• Council Corner: July

    During its regular business meeting June 12, Congregation Council continued discussion of church growth and community. Among the issues: Defining the community of All Saints and how it fits into the neighborhood surrounding the building vs. its regional nature, drawing from areas well beyond Worthington. “We don’t need to focus on one community to the exclusion of others,” said Council President Mike Williams. “But we do need to keep in mind our local ties.” Pastor Mike Weaver discussed successful congregations, including those he visited in Israel, where congregations exist that are 1,600 years old. Although they attract visitors from around the world, they still handle the Sacraments and life passages of those who are in their community. “All these places point to something bigger,” Pastor Mike said. “The goal is to keep this story alive.” Council agreed that it needs to continue to focus on developing a strong vision and mission, and, while numbers in the form of attendance and donations are an objective way to measure, they are not the purpose. In future meetings, Council intends to examine specific questions on the health of the congregation. “You want to take vitamins when you’re healthy to stay that way,” Williams said. Read more...

  • From Our Pastor: July

    Did you know that you and I first began to learn to talk while inside our mother’s womb? Scientists tell us that unborn babies hear their mother’s voices clearly and distinctly throughout the pregnancy. Other voices outside the womb can be heard as well, like the father’s voice for example, but those voices are muffled by the fluids that surround the child. Once a child is born, while they immediately recognize and are bonded to their mother’s voice in a unique way, they don’t know how to speak languages. Vocabulary develops as a child is spoken to. Notice, every human being begins life by listening and being spoken to first. We can speak only as we are spoken to. Read more...

  • Tools for School Community

    tools4school.jpg For the 14th year, our church will partner with St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ironton, Ohio, to provide over 1,700 children in Lawrence County with school supplies and backpacks. Nearly one of every two students in Lawrence County is classified as economically disadvantaged. Teachers in the area have expressed their gratitude to St. Paul’s, and in turn churches like ours, that provided the necessary supplies to help these kids get off to a good start in the fall. Read more...

  • Worthington Pantry Needs You

    The Worthington Pantry will be busy this summer feeding children throughout our community. Summertime can present a challenge for families in feeding their children. To help meet this need, the pantry is partnering with SON (Serving Our Neighbors) Ministries to provide lunches to area children who live in apartment communities. They will also continue to support the Worthington Schools summer feeding program, as they have done for the past few years. Read more...

  • Council Corner: May Meeting

    During its regular business meeting May 15, Congregation Council followed up on discussion from its retreat earlier that month, taking stock of how to best encourage church attendance and growth in faith. While Council is pleased with many new initiatives in recent years, it wants to be sure that the church stays current and growing into the future. Council member Melissa Wheeler shared that she had recently heard a presentation by former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz who said: “Your goal should never be just to maintain.” Council members agreed it was good advice for the church. Members talked about ways to reach out to members old and new and to nurture relationships, commitment and faith. Read more...

  • From Our Pastor: June

    The summer has officially started. OK, maybe not according to the calendar, but within the hearts of schoolchildren, recent graduates, teachers and staff, summer has officially begun.This means that many people will be traveling and vacationing to relax and renew their energy. We pray for all who travel this summer. We pray for safe travel, rest, peace and a deepening of faith while away. In addition, we pray that, while you are gone, you will continue to remember that the mission of the Church continues, even in the summer months. Read more...

  • Sermon for May 7

    Pastor Mike Weaver's sermon from our 11 a.m. traditional worship service. Read more...

  • From Our Pastor: May 2017

    Every year around this time, I plant vegetables in a small garden behind our home with the hopes of a summer harvest. Over the years we’ve planted and harvested tomatoes, peas, jalapeno peppers, carrots and various herbs and have used the fresh produce on our dinner table. You might plant a larger garden and have a much greener thumb than I have, but you probably share the same joy of eating the fresh produce from your garden for dinner. Thankfully, with my marginal gardening skills, I do not need to make my living growing vegetables. However, some people in our world do. Read more...

  • Council Corner: March Meeting

    During its regular business meeting March 13, Congregation Council heard a brief update on the status of repairs to the Narthex, which has suffered damage from soil erosion. Director of Administration Gloria Bock said that she, Facilities Director Tom Oswald, Pastor Bonnie Gerber and members of the Property Committee continue to work with engineers to determine the best course of action. Concerns include the removal of the windows during the process of stabilizing and, perhaps, raising the building. The costs and exact details of the work are still unclear, as the engineers continue to work on a plan, Bock said. Council plans to update the congregation as soon as possible with the cost expectations and the timeframe, although it is clear the work cannot start until at least August based on events already scheduled. Read more...

  • Sermon from April 9, Palm Sunday

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  • Holy Week and Easter

    Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, this year, April 9, when we celebrate Christ's entry into Jerusalem to cries of Hosanna. It was followed by a week that led to his passion and death on the cross. But as we mark these dark days in the life of Jesus, we remember that he died for our sins and look ahead to his glorious resurrection and defeat over death for him and for us. Read more...

  • Share Your Passion! Community

    During April, we're going to ask the congregation to make a sacrifice of time for service at organizations or charities that matter to our members. Do you have a favorite place to volunteer -- a local animal shelter, a park or playground that may need preparation in the spring, a literacy program -- whatever interests you that might not fall under our usual ministries. Read more...

  • Council Corner: March 2017

    During its regular business meeting Feb. 13, Congregation Council welcomed new members and elected officers for the upcoming year. New to council after the congregation’s vote in January are Bob Loomis and Melissa Wheeler, with Mona Deringer returning for her second three-year term. Council elected Mike Williams as president, Tom Lehman as vice president, Katie McCartney as secretary and Fred Lockwood as treasurer. Carolyn Eselgroth will remain on council for a year as immediate past president, meaning that council will comprise 10 members in 2017 rather than its usual nine. As treasurer, Lockwood will serve as council’s liaison to the Support Committee. Aaron Glasgow will represent council on the Endowment Committee, and Mona Deringer will continue as liaison to the Preschool Board, on which she is the current chair. Read more...

  • Pastor’s Page: March 2017

    In the year 1626, a century after the Reformation of the Church began, a German citizen found a book preserved under the foundation of his home. The book contained quotes from some of Martin Luther’s students of the things Luther said around the dinner table in his home. Thankfully, the book was preserved and shared across the centuries as "Table Talk." Read more...

  • Annual Meeting

    During its Annual Meeting Jan. 29, the congregation elected three members to vacant seats on Congregation Council. Current member Mona Deringer, a retired dietician who will be serving her second three-year term, was re-elected. Bob Loomis, a manager in the communications department for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, and Melissa Wheeler, an advocacy professional, will begin three-year terms in February. Read more...

  • Council Corner: February 2017

    During its regular business meeting Jan. 16, Congregation Council reviewed encouraging budget numbers for 2016 as it approved a proposed budget for 2017. The Congregation approved the 2017 budget at the Annual Meeting later in the month. ​Treasurer Mike Williams reported that the congregation ended the year with a surplus of almost $45,000. “We watched this year exceed our humble expectations,” said Council President Carolyn Eselgroth. “This has been one of the easier years (for budgeting). It’s so much easier when there is enough to go around.” Of that $45,000 surplus, $2,000 was allocated to the youth mission trip, with the remainder placed into the property reserve fund with the expectation it will be spent on repairs to the Narthex and front doors, which have been damaged by soil settlement issues. While it is unlikely to cover those costs entirely, said Pastor Bonnie Gerber, it is a good start on the project. Pastor Bonnie said the unexpected amount of income was a blessing and saw it as a sign”God’s up to something big.” Read more...

  • From Our Pastor: February 2017

    Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. -- Colossians 4:2 Read more...

  • Souper Bowl Community

    The big game may be in the history books, but our Souper Bowl continues! So far, we've collected 340 cans of soup for Lutheran Social Services food pantries! Read more...

  • Youth Spaces Shift

    youthroom3.jpg The New Year brings a shift of some rooms at All Saints, with high school youth redecorating the current nursery for its activities and the nursery moving to Room 6 in the Preschool/Education wing. Read more...

  • Council Corner: January

    Congregation Council heard updates on the building, including a reallocation of space that will mean a new youth room and a move for the nursery. The nursery currently averages only three children on a Sunday, making the current space too large to be practical. When Youth Ministry Director Lisa Brooks brought forward a proposal to convert it to a youth room, the Property Committee and Nursery Coordinator Amy Jepsen gave the plan support. The nursery will move to Room 6, which, as part of the preschool, has a child-friendly restroom adjoining and a welcoming atmosphere for children. Toys will be kept in bins and brought into the nursery for Sunday mornings. The reallocation of space gives the youth a more welcoming atmosphere and also gives the nursery a more manageable space, said Pastor Bonnie Gerber. During the meeting, Council also heard from Administrative Director Gloria Bock on the status of the Narthex portion of the building, which is in need of repairs after settling has put the structure out of alignment. Gloria and Facilities Director Tom Oswald are awaiting a report from the engineers on what must be done to keep the project moving ahead. Read more...