We write it FLAMe and call it "flame"!
We are a coalition of north-central Ohio congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America located on the historic Firelands Tract. We have been sharing ministry together since 2002, making Christ known and facilitating God's work on earth.
Our calling is to faithful witness and loving servanthood. Our shared mission is declaring the saving grace of God through faith in Christ Jesus, and showing unity in our service to the world. We believe God is calling us into that world – together.
God's Work. Our Hands.
203 S Washington St.
Castalia, OH 44824
Rev. Kathleen Suggitt
Sunday: 9 a.m.
209 South West St.
Bellevue, Ohio 44811
Rev. Juli Lejman-Guy
Saturday: 5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.
106 Scheid Rd.
Sandusky, OH 44870
Rev. Stacy Lauer-Scovanner
Sunday: 10:30 a.m.
2211 Mill St.
Sandusky, OH 44870
Rev. Merlin Jacobs, Interim
Saturday: 6 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m.
243 Benedict Ave.
Norwalk, OH 44857
Rev. Anita (Ann) Marshall
Saturday: 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8 & 10:30 a.m.
502 Bardshar Rd.
Sandusky, OH 44870
Rev. Philip Gardner
Sunday: 8 & 10:30 a.m.
930 S. Main St.
Huron, OH 44839
In the Call Process
Sunday: 8 & 10 a.m.
503 Columbus Ave.
Sandusky, OH 44870
Rev. Ralph Schibler, Interim
Saturday: 6 p.m.
Sunday: 8 & 10:30 a.m.
Present: Brent Gardner, Darlene Janka, Pr. Monty Kaufman, Bob Krawetzki, Barry Laird, Judy McEowen, John Mears, Karen Munsterman, Dee Ridenour, Barb Rohrbacher, Michelle Schaffer, Cathy Wobser,
Absent: Jan TerVeen, Lori Schlick, and Jane Ann Cummings
Devotion: Barry provided the devotion about putting our confidence in the Lord that included Psalm 118.
Minutes: The Secretary’s minutes from June 20, 2016 were approved after a typing correction. Motion to accept the corrected minutes: Bob, Second: Dee.
Financial Report: The report is unchanged from last month. The checking account has $3,261.90 and the savings account has $4,432.63. Motion to accept the treasury report was made by Judy, Second: Karen. Motion passed.
JOY Time: The group met in July with 16 present. Our next meeting will be on August 11th.
The Giving Garden: The Garden is looking great and growing well. Deliveries have been made to Huron’s Community Meal, Huron Food Bank, Cross Roads, and Salvation Army. Bob suggested each church go out and pick baskets of produce to take back to their congregations for sharing. Cathy asked if church picnics could get corn from the garden. Bob thought these would be good ways for our congregations to see how FLAMe’s hard work has paid off and perhaps encourage new workers.
Stephen Ministry: The class is taking the month of July off and will resume in August.
2017 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation: Cathy announced that she heard from the Firelands Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Topilow will be performing Mendelssohn’s “Reformation” on opening night in October of 2017. FLAMe will seek donations to help cover the cost of our sponsorship. John suggested that the secretary contact Zion’s Foundation, Zion, Waterville, and Thrivent Financial. Pr. Monty reported that a Catholic/Lutheran group continues to meet and hopes to set up discussions with small groups of eight or so to examine our relationships. Pr. Phil has purchased Anniversary Resources for Congregations Reformation 500 Sourcebook. This book includes a CD, hymns for the anniversary year, a movie list, “About the Lutherans” bulletin inserts, midweek Lenten Service, and more. See Pr. Phil if you would like to see this resource.
The Mission Summit, Moving Forward to Make Christ Known: The Dinner Church committee will be hosting a run through in late July. Several FLAMe Board members are planning to attend and will report in August. The Life Tree Café steering committee has contacted all member congregations to experience an actual Life Tree Café presented by Pr. Bruce Batchelor-Glader and the Port Clinton Trinity United Methodist Life Tree Café team. The theme is “To Heaven and Back” from the author of “Heaven is for Real”. Our congregations need to provide seating in groups of four, beverages, a TV/DVD, and a snack. Once it has been experienced, the steering committee hopes volunteers will be willing to join the committee and make Life Tree happen for FLAMe. The secretary was asked to send out an attachment to all congregations so that those who have not yet responded may choose a date.
FLAMe Banner: Discussion is on hold until we decide on a logo.
Rules and Governance Revision: The committee of Karen Munsterman, Michelle Schaffer, Lori Schlick, and Cathy Wobser presented proposed changes, simplifications, and updates to the final sections of the document. The Board approved the changes presented by the committee with a motion by Dee, second by Bob. Discussion followed concerning sending the document to all pastors when it is re-typed. Cathy will talk to Pr. Phil about the decorated copy that is displayed in all of our congregations. President Barb thanked the committee for its hard work.
Third Annual Erie County Recovery Walk The check was sent and Cathy provided the name change for our sponsorship to Joey Supina.
Lutheran Seminaries Campaign No news.
God’s Work. Our Hands. New event announced: Saturday, September 10th, Zion, Sandusky and St. Paul will join together to provide a breakfast to recognize both the Sandusky and Perkins first responders.
Catholic Charities Cathy shared notes from an informational meeting at St. Paul’s on the community services offered by Kristina Woods of Catholic Charities. An invitation was extended to all Board members to attend the July 19th meeting of the Sandusky Area Crisis Services meeting.
St. John’s announced the installation of their new pastor is September 7th at 7 pm and her first service will be September 11th . A reception will follow to welcome Rev. Stacy Lauer –Scovanner. All congregations are invited to welcome Pr. Stacy to FLAMe.
Zion announced that July 31st, Bishop Kinyunyu from the Dodoma Diocese will be speaking at both services, with a reception to follow. Due to the late date a quick email will be sent to all FLAMe congregations.
Pr. Monty announced that Pr. Marc Miller will be moving to Puerto Rico. Pr. Cathy Schibbler will be working with rostered leaders as a Portico coordinator for several regions. Portico is a ministry of the ELCA.
Judy brought to the floor the advent/lent devotionals. John made a motion to print 50 copies for each congregation, Cathy second. Motion passed. Judy will see if Carolyn Steinfeldt has time to assemble them again.
Zion, Huron announced that Pastor Mandy Oleson’s last Sunday will be August 7th. She will become a pastor at Salzburg International Christian church and also teach religion in the public school system of Austria. The FLAMe Board deeply regrets the loss of Pr. Mandy and the fact that another of our congregations must begin the call process.
Motion to adjourn: Motion by Karen, second, Bob was approved. The meeting closed with The Lord’s Prayer.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND SALM CHURCH NEWS:
Sunday, July 31: Zion, Sandusky Tanzania Bishop Kinyunyu at both services
Thursday, August 11: JOY Time, an evening of Christian ministry and fun for adults with disabilities, St. Paul, 6- 7:30pm.
Sunday, August 14: Experience Lifetree Café at Zion, Sandusky, 7pm
Monday, August 15: Experience Lifetree Café at Trinity United Methodist, Sandusky, 7 pm
Thursday, August 18: Blood Drive, St. Paul Lutheran. 2-6pm
Wednesday, August 24: Experience Lifetree Café at St. Paul, Sandusky, 7 pm
Thursday, August 25: Experience Lifetree Café at Trinity, Sandusky, 7 pm
Sunday, August 28: St. Paul will host an outdoor service at 10 am followed by the Welcome Table, community meal, open to all, noon-1:30
Monday, August 29: Experience Lifetree Café at St. Peter’s Norwalk
Saturday, September 10th: Zion, Sandusky and St. Paul, breakfast for first responders, 8-11 am.
Sunday, September 11: God’s Work. Our Hands. Service Sunday.
15th anniversary of 9/11. Please keep first responders in your project planning.
Saturday, September 17th: Third Annual Recovery Walk, 9 am-11 am Sandusky Artisians Center to Shoreline Park
Date and Location: August15, 2016, St. Paul, 7 pm.
Firelands Lutherans Active in Mission (FLAMe)
Board Meeting Minutes
November 21, 2016
Present: Bob Krawetzki, Barry Laird, Judy McEowen, Karen Munsterman, Dee Ridenour, Barb Rohrbacher, Cathy Wobser, Pr. Monty Kaufman, Brent Gardner, John Mears, and Jane Ann Cummings. Absent: Jan TerVeen, Darlene Janka, Michelle Schaffer, Lori Schlick
The meeting was called to order by President Barb Rohrbacher. The October minutes, by motion of Dee Ridenour, second by Judy McEowen, were approved with corrections to the attendance.
Treasurer Michelle Schaffer submitted her report electronically. Checking: $3,275.30, Savings: $4,432.63. The report was approved with a motion by Karen Munsterman, second by Bob Krawetzki. Cathy Wobser presented a Thanksgiving devotion and poem emphasizing an attitude of gratitude.
JOY Time: Cathy reported Christmas gifts will be purchased and fliers for 2017 will need to be designed and printed.
Stephen Ministry: The second team of care givers was commissioned on November 13th at Zion, Sandusky. Inquiries have been received for another class. Training leaders Carolyn Steinfeldt and Cindy Schwab will take a break from instruction and possibly offer another class later in 2017.
Giving Garden: No report until spring. However, Bob shared a Good News story about a new member, who is a Master Gardener, and heard the news about the Giving Garden.
500th Anniversary Observance: Cathy shared that she had written confirmation that Living in Faith Together, formerly known as Lutherans in Fremont Together, or LIFT, has reserved the Sandusky State Theater for October 29, 2017, Reformation Sunday, for a Great Hymns of Faith Concert. LIFT will be inviting all area churches to join in the concert. Information from the Firelands Symphony Orchestra (FSO) was also shared. FLAMe will be a sponsor for the FSO’s Opening Night when the Reformation Symphony will be performed at our request. Discussion followed concerning dedication of the concert and the Board gave Cathy a list of questions to ask the FSO Director. She will report back to the Board at the January 2017 meeting. A motion was made to pay the $2500 concert sponsorship fee. Motion made by Jane Ann, second by John Mears. Motion passed without opposition. Another idea was presented to have a Progressive Dinner that would take us from church to church for a tour of our FLAMe churches. Cathy shared that Pr. Phil has organized a Catholic-Lutheran discussion in the Sandusky area for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Karen reported that Zion, Huron is still working to get some discussion going with St. Peter’s in Huron.
Dinner Church: The team is hosting a November 28th dinner at the State Room and a January meeting at Chet and Matt’s. The team is in the process of finding a permanent location and regular meeting date to promote this ministry to the de-churched and unchurched in the FLAMe area.
Lifetree Café: Brent reported this ministry is on hold until leaders and volunteers come forward.
FLAMe Banner: A motion was made by Jane Ann Cummings and second by Bob to approve the new 2.5’ x 6‘double sided, grommet banner from a company called New Designs. The banner is colorful, clear, and simple in design to hopefully eliminate any future changes. The motion passed without opposition.
Rules and Governance Revision: Discussion included a meeting with area pastors in early 2017 to share the changes and discuss the signing and church copies. It was suggested that this would allow more input than just emailing the document. It will also serve as our annual meeting with the pastors and allow the introduction of our new president. After discussion, it was decided that our January meeting would be used to discuss and plan a meeting in which we invite our FLAMe Pastors and Church Councils to attend. It was decided that the meeting will be held on Sunday, February 12th, at 6 pm.
Advent Devotional Booklet: Judy distributed the booklets to all congregations and the printing bill ($380) has been submitted to the Treasurer.
St. John’s announced that Pastor Stacy Lauer-Scovanner is willing to serve as our next pastoral advisor. President Barb brought it to the Board’s attention that the meeting was Pastor Monty’s last meeting to serve in this capacity. The Board thanks Pr. Monty for his service as FLAMe’s pastoral advisor. The Board thanked all current officers, especially President Barb Rohrbacher who will be stepping down from the presidency. President Elect Barry Laird invited FLAMe to meet at St. John’s, Scheid Rd. for 2017. President Barb asked for this item to be put to a vote. A motion was made by Brent Gardner, second by Bob. Discussion followed. The vote passed with six in favor, 3 opposed and one abstention.
Motion to adjourn: Jane Ann, second by Judy
Next meeting: January 16, 2017 - St. John’s, 7 pm. Devotion: Cathy
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND SALM CHURCH NEWS: FOR YOUR CALENDAR:
The Eastern Conference Women of the ELCA: Spring Gathering, April 8th at St. Paul, Sandusky. Fall Retreat, September 30th, Faith Lutheran Church, Fremont.
NEW!!! Throughout Advent on Wednesdays at noon: Zion, Sandusky, Chat & Chew, light lunch and Advent meditation.
NEW!!! Men in the Morning. The last Wednesday of every month this group meets at the Lunch Box in downtown Sandusky for opportunities for spiritual growth..
Friday, December 9, at 7:30 pm, Saturday, December 10, at 2:30 pm: Zion Sandusky: free concert. FIRELANDS CHORUS “Tis the Season”...with Jeffrey A. Kearney, director, and Moran Noon, accompanist.
Sunday, December 18: St. Paul, Welcome Table, community meal, open to all, noon-1:30.
Sunday, December 18: Zion, Huron, 6:30-8:30 pm, Lighting the Way, the Prayer Path Luminary Walk. Walk along the labyrinth and enjoy over a thousand luminaries that will light the path. There will be live music, both Celtic and Praise, and refreshments.
December 21st: Longest Night
Sunday, January 15th, Dinner Church, Chet and Matt’s Pizza, 1013 E. Strub Rd. Sandusky. Dinner Church is an ecumenical, non-conventional worship experience in a more casual setting. Time to be announced.
Sunday, December 18th, St. Peter’s Norwalk, Blue Christmas Worship Service, 3:00 p.m. Whether the loss is recent or of long-standing, all who are grieving are welcome to this quiet service of remembrance, candle-lighting and prayer.
Sunday, January 18th, St. Paul Lutheran, Sandusky, 7:00 p.m. Eastern Conference Women of the ELCA meeting
Sunday, January, 22: St. Paul, Welcome Table, community meal, open to all, noon-1:30.
Sunday, January 22, 2017: A COMMON PRAYER SERVICE among Lutherans and Roman Catholics location & time to be announced. This is during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and will recognize the historic commitment each church is making to heal the Body of Christ.
Sunday, February 12: St. John’s 6 pm all FLAMe Pastors and Church Council members are invited to a FLAMe meeting.