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A newsletter for the Amlin United Methodist Church community


December 2013

The Word

“The shepherds said to each other, ‘Come on, let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see the wonderful thing that has happened!’” -Luke 2:15



You won’t want to miss these exciting church events that will be going on in December at Amlin! Check out the calendar on the back for this month’s events!

December 7 Calendar Planning Run for God at The Jingle Bell Run

December 12-14 Live Nativity at Amlin

December 22

On Sunday, Nov. 24, Amlin church goers gathered after worship to share a potluck meal and "deck the halls" as we prepare for Christmas. Following a short church conference, willing servants broke into small teams to decorate both buildings for Christmas. With a new large Advent wreath for the New Life Center, and additional greenery received last year for the chapel, both sanctuaries look festive and seasonal for worship. Poinsettias will arrive the week before Christmas to complete our preparations.

Children's Video Christmas Pageant

The story of how Amlin United Methodist Church changed one person’s life

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My name is Cassidy Walker. I have been coming to Amlin United Methodist Church since 2001.

has made a huge impact on my life. Before I started youth group I didn't know much about God, but all the youth and Pastor Steve have taught me a lot. Our mission trips have also taught me to care for others. I never thought I would be able to

help fix someone's house but the Hammer and Nails Project let me do that. Also being able to help feed the poor was really heart touching to me because I've now seen all different people who are less fortunate. If I wouldn't

have been coming to Amlin for the past 13 years, I would of been sleeping in on Sundays and I wouldn't of been able to do all these great things. So I can definitely say Amlin has made me who I am and love every bit of it!

In My Own Words


I love how I can walk in on Sundays and feel welcomed by everyone inside the church. I recently started playing the piano for the children's choir and that has been really fun. When they are singing, you can tell they really enjoy it. I am also a part of the youth group, which

Don’t miss Live Nativity at Amlin in mid-December Did you hear we had a live camel last year at our live nativity? Her name is Faith and she loves oatmeal cookies and bananas. She’s coming back to be a part of the Amlin UMC 2nd Annual Live Nativity. We’d love to have you be a part of it as well. The Nativity will be presented December 12, 13, and 14. We will be looking for actors (no speaking parts, costumes provided), parking attendants, set construction help, cookie donations, and hospitality/greeters. Sign-up sheets and more information will be coming soon. Watch the bulletin and your email for more details. If you’d like to be a part of the planning of this exciting community outreach opportunity, please contact Pam Ellis (, Jane Fink (, or Lynn Kerr ( Sign-up sheets and more information are now available at tables at both services.

PRAYER CORNER Please keep the following persons in your prayers. If you have a prayer request, you are invited to write it on a prayer card, located in the pew, and drop it in the offering plate or contact the email prayer ministry at We will list prayer requests in the bulletin and newsletter for one month, unless you prefer not to have them printed. Gary Ellis & Family Izzy, Sue, & Laura God’s work Geraldine Sheri Upton’s father Susan Charles Philabaur Taryn Greg Tuller Laney’s Grandpa Leaman/Barnes Family Eric Keller Tori Christian’s Uncle Bill Patrick & family Jim Shane & family Eleanor & family Mary Beth Hurst Lana Wisecup Pauley’s Daughter Prysock Family Gail Campbell Cara Luce Mrs. Raether Amy Beherent

Uncle Bill Eric McFaerland/Bevington family Steve Levine Stewart Osbourne’s Parents Those who helped at the free store Mary Kay & Chuck Withrow Taylor Horn Amy Jennifer Gedeon Those serving our country Bill Mike Powell Allwyn Philippine people Church family Amy Tim Pauline Roberts Arlena’s dad/daughter bonding Christian Williams Scott Blair Hanna Blair Jim Palsgrove

David Lancione Maggie lynn Cathi Allen Mildred Bonner Jordan Miller Colby All abused & neglected animals Gerry Lasson Julie Ruland Steve & Julie Ruland Melissa & family James Family Lana Wisecup Mike Powell Allwyn Swami Those in the Philippines Our church family Pauline Robert Ruth Remchuk family Shari Sayre

Country Talk is a monthly publication of Amlin United Methodist Church, issued at the beginning of each month. The deadline for articles is the 20th of each month for the next month’s issue. Articles and photos should be put in the church’s DropBox account. If you need access to the DropBox account, please contact the office at If you have other questions about or suggestions for the newsletter, please email Jennifer Sayre at

g{tÇ~ lÉâ4 The Amlin United Methodist Church family would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank Paul Reed for the donation of his power washing services in the cleaning of the chapel. Paul has a son who attends the Amlin Community Preschool. Thank you, Paul! Paul Reed, Preferred Pressure Washing Services phone: 614-499-2372 email:

CONTACT INFORMATION Amlin United Methodist Church 5441 Cosgray Road Dublin, Ohio 43016 Phone: (614) 771-1904 Email: Website: Church Fall Office Hours: Wednesdays & Fridays: 9:30 –12:30 Thursdays: 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. Or by appointment Pastor Steve Putka or (614) 668-5001 Pastor of Administration Jennifer Gedeon (614) 562-2868 Traditional Service Music Angela Adkins Marianne Dillon Christian Mateos Contemporary Worship Leader Jason Hissong Supplementary Worship Leader Todd Hanes Joan Lasson Kaci Osbourne

Regular Sunday Morning Schedule 9:30–10:30 Traditional Worship* & Sunday School in the Chapel 10:30–11:00 Fellowship Time for Both Services in the New Life Center 11:00–12:00 Contemporary Worship* & Sunday School in the New Life Center 12:00 p.m. – Fellowship Time in the New Life Center *Nursery care (birth through 3 years) is provided in the New Life Center throughout the morning. Sunday School is for ages 3 through grade 6 is held during both services. Children start in the worship service and are dismissed following “Children’s Moments.” They move to the Fellowship Hall, where they participate in lessons including songs, prayer, bible study, etc.

Treasurer Dee Elkins (614) 771-1904 Financial Secretary Becky Kent (614) 446-2359

They witnessed to us about how their life was different because of their connection to God through St. Paul United Methodist Church in Stevens Point, From Pastor Steve Putka Wisconsin. Your Witness Matters They did so in a positive way, like talking about what they enjoyed at the potluck. Or how the pasTrue confession: For many years, the tor’s message reminded them of something I said in our conversation. It spoke volumes when he was word “witness” made me nervous, eswilling to talk about church when other guys were pecially when the word was used about around, even at the Izaak Walton League Lodge church stuff. It made me almost as unwhen we were playing cards and talking about life. comfortable as the word “evangelism.” They didn’t fit my Christian stereotypes (which, I Frankly, after growing up in a deeply religious home, I might add, were profoundly unfair). It was spent ten years of my life avoiding church. But their daily witness that led me to believe that if it weren’t for an effective “witness,” I would I spent ten I wanted to go to this place that would welnot be a Christian, let alone your pastor. years of my come people like them. Maybe there were I spent ten years avoiding the church, as I life avoiding more like them! We were so excited when believed that church people were primarily a church, as I they invited us to go with them to church. judgmental bunch. I believed that I could funcbelieved that Sometimes people believe that witnessing tion as a Christian without the church. This church people is about telling people about the saving work continued for years until one family changed were primarily of Jesus. And that is certainly one good way my life. a judgmental to witness. But witnessing with our daily She worked as the day care person at the bunch. lives is also a good way, too. But our life YMCA where I worked out. Her husband was a only becomes a witness when we connect it member of the Izaak Walton League, a local to the source, and tell others that we are Christians. hunting and fishing conservation group. They were likThis month, we’ll be distributing postcards with able, normal people. They were kind, friendly, and fun. information about our Christmas Eve services. I’m My wife Wendy and I both liked them. And they were hoping you’ll share a few with friends and invite church people! them to join you on Christmas Eve. It’s an easy way They never told us we were sinners doomed to hell to witness that you’ll be there at the manger, and without Jesus. They never judged us or looked at us that Christmas won’t be complete unless they’re differently because we weren’t part of a church commuwith you too! See you Sunday! nity. But they showed us the true meaning of “witness.”

The Pastor’s Message

Kick off the new year of worship with Beginning January 12, Amlin will be kicking off a new worship series: The Gospel in Disney! Did you know that Christian themes run throughout many Disney animated classics? Week by week we’ll be exploring Christian themes that are highlighted in these familiar stories in both message and song. While Pastor Steve has been known to “call an audible” and shift the order or format, here’s the lineup we have planned: Jan 12: Snow White’s attraction to the poison apple, and how it all began Jan 19: How to become a real boy, and what Pinocchio can teach us Jan 26: Luxuries or relationships, or what to do with 101 Dalmations Feb 2: The Jungle Book, and who you can trust as a man cub in the jungle Feb 9: The Lion King, and how to avoid becoming a bug-eating lion

2013 Fundraiser Wendy’s Kroger’s Rewards (2 quarters) Farm Science Review Total

Amount $332.00 $484.65 $303.75 $1120.40

Proceeds from these fundraisers have been earmarked for the trustees for landscape improvements. Kroger rewards could be increased if each church member would enlist one person to enroll in the Kroger rewards program. Farm Science Review proceeds increased from last year due to the addition of two volunteers at $7.50 an hour. Our team would like to thank all that volunteered and supported our fund raising efforts this year. We welcome any suggestions for fundraisers for 2014. Please contact Sally Pauley, Margy Johnson, Doreen Cole or the church office.

Special Events Team Year End Report

Hilliard comes together for Brown Bag Outreach program In November, Amlin UMC joined with the Hilliard UMC for a Thanksgiving Brown Bag Outreach program. The makings for a complete Thanksgiving dinner were given to 500 Hilliard area families. Our church bought, bagged and brought in the nonperishable supplies for 55 of those families. We also contributed pies and money to help purchase rolls and turkeys. This year Hilliard schools, through donations and collections at many of the district’s schools, contributed a whopping 850 bags full of the non-perishable items. Personal touches in the form of handmade cards or small bags of candy were added to many of the bags from the school children. Scioto Ridge UMC pitched in with a monetary contribution. On Friday, Nov. 22, a group from our church went to the Hilliard church to help set-up and organize. Due to the unprecedented quantity of the donations, much time was spent sorting out food items that will help stock the shelves of the Hilliard Assistance Council for months into 2014. On distribution day, Saturday, Nov. 23, volunteers helped meet, greet and talk with recipient families. Year-long outreach programs that might be of assistance were explained. Help was provided in getting the dinner to the car. This year, a supermarket gift certificate was given to each recipient family for the purchase of a turkey or other alternative food needs. We thank our friends at Hilliard UMC for sharing this opportunity to serve with them in Christ’s name.

Paid nursery position available The SPRC is looking to hire another full time nursery teacher (attendant). This is a paid position for Sunday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Applicants must be 18 years old to apply. Please contact Pastor Jennifer in the office if interested.

Would you help on Sundays? We are looking for new people willing to commit to serving as Lay Reader, Usher, Greeter, or Nursery Volunteer. Our hope is to get enough people not already serving so the rotation will be one time every two or three months. This is a very easy but very important way to help! Please contact Eugene Pauley at or 614-570-8706 and he will get you signed up! Thank you for your consideration!

Would you help clean God’s house? Our church is seeking God’s servants willing to rotate weekly cleaning/custodial duties in the NLC. You will share a turn no more than once a month. This will be light to moderate cleaning, restocking of bathroom supplies, and other miscellaneous duties that can be performed at your convenience. Checklist provided.

Success continues with children’s ministry Wow! That is the only way to describe the growing Christian Education program at Amlin! The dedication of teachers, assistants and families has made it into a vital ministry. A special thank you to Mary Vulic, Cathi Allen, Sheila Buckley, Jane Fink and Nancy Brinda for stepping forward and agreeing to teach for at least a month of Sundays. This allows for relationships to be built and continuity that we know is best for children.

Please prayerfully consider being a teacher or an assistant. Assistants are not responsible for lesson development—they serve only one week at a time and are present to fulfill our commitment to child safety. We will present 36 graders with Bibles on Jan. 5, 2014—Happy Epiphany! We will

then begin an 8 week program of learning to use these new Bibles. If you haven’t let us know about your child in this age group, please let the office know. We don’t want to miss anyone for this exciting program.

Marybeth Walters, director AmlinCommunityPreschool@gma 04 771-19 (614) g C.or inUM Aml

Dearest Amlin Friends, zing, carI am so thankful I am a part of this ama Thankfulness is a wonderful blessing. l. We are overchoo pres little families God has brought to our ing church. I am so thankful for the praying for her, anot one of ren are sharing, taking care whelmed with blessings everyday! Child erflies, and butt rs, siste , hers brot m homes, puppies, babies, war for God king than , bers mem ily fam His love for His d because of God's Amazing Grace and worl the in job best the have I . bugs lady Children. I am truly Blessed! ving Day in preschool. We have learned Thanksgi November is a wonderful month to be tional words and of posi with book ey turk a ia song, reading facts, several turkey songs, the cornucop day." I am hopeful ing "I am going to eat on Thanksgiving course a turkey! We have also been sing language for turkey we sure are! We have also learned sign they are singing this at home because collected canned so busy learning at preschool. We have and Happy Thanksgiving. Wow! We are g the groceries to are enjoying counting, stacking and sellin good for a local food pantry. The children raced the emb y reall in our dramatic play area. They have one another. We have a grocery store . room some future green grocers in our grocery store business. Maybe we have stmas program s to Christmas. We will be having our Chri I am very excited about switching gear We ilies. fam their will be enjoying the morning with December 18th and 19th. The children with filled be will r ch. The month of Decembe will have singing, crafts, cookies and pun I am planting these little seeds in their minds. love I , learning the story of Our Lord's Birth makbe also will we s, Jesu for Happy Birthday to s Blessed. We will be learning sign language hand Little . tree room class g and redecorating our ing gifts for their families, and decoratin ard forw ng looki am I . them for this is a fun activity don't often get to decorate the tree so ers nap. Yes, Maybe, I will even sneak in a long wint ily. fam my to a long winters break with I am Blessed. stmas Season. Please have a Beautiful and Joyful Chri Forever your Preschool Gal, Marybeth

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Monthly Meeting The next meeting will by Jan. 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We welcome all women of the church to meet with us! Join us for a Women’s Christmas Dinner All women of Amlin are invited to join us at Olive Garden on Dec. 5 at 6:30 to celebrate Christmas as a group of Christian Women. Please RSVP by Dec. 1 so we can reserve a big enough table! Cookie Donations Needed The UMW group will be organizing and donating cookies for Mary Richardson’s recital on Dec. 5.

Serving Lunch at the West Side Free Store We (Amlin UMC) has agreed to another year of assisting the West Side Free store. We will serve lunch on the first Saturday in January, March, May, September and November. Will need about 8-10 volunteers each month. Please consider serving for this wonderful and much-needed ministry. Free Store Monthly Collection This year the UMW will continue collecting donations for the Westside Free Store with a monthly theme. The overall focus is collecting the small, mostly consumable items that are seldom covered by usual donations. We will take the items to the Westside Free Store at the end of each month. We appreciate everything you are able to do to help the growing number of individuals needing assistance in these economic rough times. As you do your own shopping please keep in mind the themes for each month and consider contributing to the program. December: shampoo For more information, please contact Mary Vulic & Jane Fink, Mission Projects Coordinators

Service Ministries Schedule

If you would like to provide Hospitality refreshments between the early service and the late service, or if you are interesting in Service Ministries as a Lay Reader, Usher or Greeter please contact



Amlin United Methodist Church 5441 Cosgray Rd. Dublin, OH 43016




2 Disciple- Chapel Praise Team 2-NLC Run for God– off


9 Disciple (Chapel-7:00)


16 Disciple (Chapel-7:00)




24 Christmas Eve Services 6:00 & 8:00 (NLC)





Youth (6:00-8:00)

15 Youth Cookie Party (6:00-8:00)

Noisy Sunday








UMW– Christmas Party (offsite)

Piano Recital (NL C)



Live Nativity 6:30-8:30

Live Nativity 6:30-8:30

14 Live Nativity (Kids Night) 6:30-8:30









Weight Watchers6:30 (NLC)


Weight Watchers6:30 (NLC)

7 Ad. Board (Calendar Mtg.) 9:00 a.m. Run for God Race!

Weight Watchers6:30 (NLC)

December 2013

Country Talk - December 2013  

A newsletter for the Amlin United Methodist Church community.

Country Talk - December 2013  

A newsletter for the Amlin United Methodist Church community.