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A newsletter for the Amlin United Methodist Church community


May 2013

Easter Sunday at Amlin UMC

The Word “All the believers were of one heart and mind, and they felt that what they owned was not their own. They shared everything they had. ” Acts 4:32



You won’t want to miss these exciting church events that will be coming later in the year! Check out the calendar on the back for April events!

Easter Sunday is always a particularly spiritual day. But, for our youth group members, this year’s Easter was one to remember. The youth started the day by hosting a Sunrise Service outside, warming around the fire. The weather didn’t dampen their spirits at all. Then, during both indoor services, they shared their praise of Jesus through music by joining the Praise Team. It was a faith-filled and enriching celebration for the whole Amlin church family.

Save the ‘new’ date and get ready for VBS to “ROCK!” Please mark your calendars and get your kids ready for a fun-filled week at Amlin!! VBS has been changed to Sunday July 28 - Thursday August 1. We have a lot of fun and exciting activities planned for preschoolers through

grade 5. The theme this year is "Kingdom Rock.” We are looking for some energetic, fun helpers to guide the children through these activities. If God is calling

you to "Rock" that week please contact either Anndrea Slominski or Heather Walker. Thank you so much for your help, we promise you will have a great

time and will leave as energized as the children! VBS is a lifelong experience! Call the church office if interested or contact Anndrea Slominski at Weeprice@columbus or Heather Walker at Heatherwalker@columbus.rr. com.

June 1 Serve Lunch at WSFS June 2 Confirmation Meeting July 28– Aug. 1 Vacation Bible School NEW VBS DATES!

Aug. 16-17 Youth Limitless Conf. Sept. 7 Serve Lunch at WSFS Sept. 8 UMW Lunch Fundraiser Oct. 11-13 Fall Family Retreat

The story of how Amlin United Methodist Church changed one person’s life "Mom, that's not how you raised us. You always stressed how important it is to be in a Bible believing church and finding a church home should be the first thing we do when we move." "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your

own understanding, in all your ways submit to him and he will make your path straight." Proverbs 3:5-6 is my life verse and until that phone called I had disregarded it. I knew God was speaking through her. I headed to

church the following Sunday. To the one I'd ignored: Amlin UMC. I kept coming back. It was clear, I hadn't been listening to the Lord. He placed me in a church where the pastor is teaching God's Word. A body of believers who love the Lord and are disciples

spreading the Word to others. Here I cannot be a pew sitter but an active member, serving where needed. During this past Lent, I asked Pastor Steve a question that I've been told every pastor loves to hear: "Is there anything I can do in the church?" He had an answer.

In My Own Words

After living in Ohio for a couple of years, s in lk Dee E I received a call from my daughter that went something like this: "Hey mom, have you found a church family yet?" "No."

Join the Kerr family and “Emily’s Garden” at the CF Walk on May 5 Friends and Family, This past year seems to have gone so quickly, and we are very excited to share with you what a wonderful year it has been! Emily turned 16 last week! She has completed her year on the JV football, basketball and the varsity competition cheer teams. She will be singing as part of the Symphonic choir next year and was recently inducted into the National Honor Society. She has worked very hard this year and we are extremely proud of her. Jennifer and Jimmy had a son in September; Carter is now 7 months old and Taylor is such a wonderful big sister. Taylor has been very active taking tumbling and ice-skating lessons. Matthew recently left his management position at the country club and is beginning his new job with a financial planning company in May. You may recall that Emily started her new medicine, Kalydeco, one year ago in February. This medicine has been an incredible answer to so many prayers. This new medicine causes her body to respond as though she is a carrier of the disease instead of actually having the disease! We are excited to say that the basic sweat test used to diagnose Cystic Fibrosis came back negative. Her pulmonary function test

continued to rise over the last year and she also gained appropriate weight and grew in height. The Dr.’s have allowed us to reduce the number of vest therapies per day and have removed a medicine as well. The new medicine simply works! Just this past week, Vertex Pharmaceuticals and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation announced the exciting news that the newest medicine had completed phase 2 clinical trials with successful results. This new medicine will correct the disease in more than 90% of all C.F. patients! While this news is more than we ever hoped for, there is still work to be done. We would like to invite you to join us for our annual Great Strides Walk to be held at Wolfe Park near downtown Columbus, on Sunday, May 5th. The walk begins at 2:00 (check-in begins at 1:00). You can register on-line at Our team name is Emily’s Garden. This is a new location this year. Come celebrate with us as we start this new chapter in our lives. Thank you for your continued support not only through your generous donations, but also by lifting our family in prayer. We are very fortunate to be surrounded by such wonderful people and have had many blessings this year. Thank you, Emily, Lynn and Bruce Kerr

PRAYER CORNER Please keep the following persons and situations in your prayers. If you have a prayer request, you are invited to share it during worship, write it in the Friendship Pad, or contact Pastor Steve or the church office. We will list prayer requests in the bulletin and newsletter, unless you prefer not to have them printed. Names will remain on the list for one month, unless otherwise directed. Becky Mottlow & family Emily Rader Julie Bill The Moore Family Marianne’s Recovery Bevington Family Family & friends of Sophia Margiotta

Wyoma Richards Doris at Darby Glen Rev. Barb Sholis Joyce Allwyn Trip Nichols Sallie Johnson’s house Angie Adkins’s father Nathan Hart

Mary Kay Withrow Newtown, Conn. Boston, MA Those who are ill International Evangelism The people and ministries of our church Those involved in human trafficking.

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

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 2 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.

Those searching for jobs Our world, our leaders and those serving our nation, especially our troops International Evangelism

CONTACT INFORMATION: Phone: (614) 771-1904 Email: Website: Pastor Steve Putka or (614) 668-5001 Pastor of Administration Jennifer Gedeon (614) 562-2868 Organist & Pianist Marianne Dillon & Angela Adkins Worship Music Leader Jason Hissong Church Office Hours: Tuesday & Thurs. 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. Friday 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Treasurer Pam Ellis (614) 761-1371 Financial Secretary Becky Kent (614) 446-2359

The Pastor’s Message From Pastor Steve Putka

Praying Faithfully When followers of Jesus take the step of membership at Amlin, our church family asks them to connect to our church through their prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. In the next several issues, we’ll be exploring each of these important commitments. Why is it that prayer comes first on our list? There could be many good answers given to this question, but for me it’s all about recognizing that it’s God’s power that is building our church. While we may be doing lots of things to support ministries at Amlin, it really is all about what God is doing through us. Praying for our church in When we pray, some ways seems kind of God listens and strange. Why do we need to pray for our church, if God acts. And when we wants Amlin UMC to prosper pray, God listens already, whether we pray or and we begin to not? Frankly, I cannot explain change as well. in detail the mechanism of the Heart of God, and why prayer works. But it does! This, humbly, might be a way to explain it: God asks us to call out. God wants us to express what we want and need. It is an expression of faith and trust to ask God to bless our community of faith. Here’s the amazing thing: When we pray, God listens and acts. And when we pray, God listens and we begin to change as well. Prayer for our church shapes our church, but it also shapes us. When my children were small, I’d see them trying to do things way beyond their ability. They would try and try. But quite often, I’d wait for them to ask for help. When they asked, I knew they were ready for help, and I knew they also really wanted something to happen. I knew their heart was in it and they were ready to approach the task as a partnership. And I also knew that the way I related to them again and

again would help to build a trusting relationship. Prayer builds a healthy interdependence with God. It builds a close and strong relationship of trust. Our church continues to grow stronger in Christ. Nearly every week, I am contacted by somebody new from our membership, someone eager to become healthier and grow stronger as a follower of Jesus. Each week, you are likely seeing new faces of people coming to worship God with us. I believe all of these things are happening through the power of prayer. But to be a faithful church, we must make new disciples as well as strengthen the long-time Amlinites. So, praying for our church to be faithful also means praying for our community! How might you join in prayer? Start a simple new habit: • Include prayer for our church whenever you eat. Ask that God would take some of the energy from the food you eat and use it to strengthen our church through your actions. • Tape a picture to your mirror, or place it on your dresser. When you see it, lift up prayer for the people in our community that we haven’t yet invited to connect. (Be creative and find a community photo, not a photo of the church building.) • Sign up for our email prayer chain. Whenever you get a prayer request, also lift up prayer for our entire church, our lay and clergy leadership, and our greater community. • Pick a prayer partner! Select a person from our church and pray for them, and ask them to pray for you. • As you drive to and from church, look at all of the houses you pass on the way to church. Ask God to bless all of the people who have no church community, and to bless the churches of those who do. Ask God for the boldness to invite others to join you next Sunday! Praying faithfully for our church is an important way to actively participate in what God is doing through our church. If you aren’t actively praying for Amlin and our community, give it a try and see how your life changes for the better! See you at church! Pastor Steve

Confirmation meeting set for early June Confirmation is launching at Amlin United Methodist Church! Confirmation is a public profession of faith when youth become full adult members of the church. Youth in grade 6 and up are invited to come with an adult (or two) to our first

confirmation meeting. Pastor Steve will be leading our confirmation program, with support from other adult church members. At this meeting, you’ll learn about our confirmation process at Amlin, receive a schedule, and have your questions answered.

If you haven’t yet been baptized, confirmation will occur with baptism. The meeting will be held following the 11am service in Fellowship Hall (chapel building) on Sunday, June 2. Pizza and salad will be provided for lunch, so please register with Pastor Jennifer through our church office (771-1904 or See you there!

You’re Invited

The Fink family would like to invite you to a celebration of Robbie's high school graduation. Please join us on SundayMay 26th, Sunday, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at our home at 3251 Vinton Park Place, Hilliard. Food, fun and swimming (weather permitting). Everyone is welcome!

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Monthly Meeting The next meeting will by May 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We welcome all women of the church to meet with us! Fair Trade Coffee/Tea A reminder that we continue to have coffee and tea for sale through the Fair Trade Coffee Project. These are available in the NLC each week. Living Water Lunch Fundraisers The April 21 salad and sandwiches lunch was a success, enjoying a meal together and raising nearly $600! We have met our goal to raise $5,000 to build a deep water well in a third world country in memory of Mary Spencer. Serving Lunch at West Side Free Store We will be making and serving lunch at the West Side Free Store on the first Saturdays of May and June. We could always use help. Please join us!

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. May: bath soap June: deodorant July: shaving supplies August: new underwear

September: socks October: hats & gloves November: diapers/wipes December: shampoo

For more information, please contact Mary Vulic & Jane Fink, Mission Projects Coordinators

Women’s Bible Study The Women’s Bible Study meets on the first and third Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. All women are invited to attend. We are studying Remarkable Women of the Bible.

Dear Members and Friends of Amlin United Methodist Church, Sunday, May 5th, 2013 is our congregation’s Consecration Sunday. I urge you to plan now to attend the two important events: Sunday morning worship and the Celebration Luncheon immediately following the 11:00 worship service that same day (a catered meal, not a potluck dinner). This spiritual-growth-oriented process is designed to enrich our biblical understanding of Christian stewardship. Rather than focusing on the need of the church to receive, the experience concentrates on the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual development. We believe that you are concerned enough to attend on Consecration Sunday and make your financial commitment as an act of worship in the church sanctuary. No one will call on you at your home for a pledge. But we will contact you personally to secure your commitment to attend morning worship on Consecration Sunday and the Celebration Luncheon immediately after the 11:00 worship service. Cordially, Tony Ganim, Administrative Board Chair

Team plans several easy ways to help fundraise This year the special events team, Sally Pauley, Doreen Cole and Margy Johnson, will sponsor three fundraising events. Kroger‘s Community Rewards program has been renewed for another year. Please renew your Kroger’s card the first of April or as soon as you can. Check the flyer in the bulletin for instruction. Wendy’s Burger Bash was on April 19 at the Tuttle Crossing location. Wendy’s rewarded us with 20% of all food sales, drive-thru, carry out and dinning inside, sold between 5:30 and 7:30. We will plan another Burger Bash at Wendy’s in August. The Farm Science Review in September will be our last event. We will need volunteers to help prepare food at the Kiwanis food tent. Our salaries will be donated to the church. All money raised from these events will be donated to the church trustees for beatification of the church grounds. Any question contact Margy Johnson (614-876 -6874)

Blessing of the Bikes service scheduled On Sunday, May 19, we will be having a brief service for the “Blessing Of The Bikes.” These services are conducted at numerous churches throughout the country. It is actually a blessing of the riders for a safe and enjoyable riding season. Everyone is invited to attend. Anyone who rides a motorcycle is encouraged to ride their bike to church that morning. Please feel free to ask any other riders that you know. We will have a special parking area just for the bikes. There will be a fellowship potluck also on that Sunday. In case of rain on the 19th the Blessing will be held on June 2. The potluck will still be held on the 19th.

Service Ministries Schedule



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




5 Consecration & Celebration Lunch New Members Class Youth Group 6:30-8:00pm

6 Disciple 7:00-9:00 pm Praise Team “2”, 7pm-8:30 pm



13 Disciple 7:00-9:00 pm Praise Team “2”, 7pm-8:30 pm


19 Blessing of the Bikes Church Potluck Youth Group 6:30-8:00pm



Disciple 7:00-9:00 pm

Weight Watchers 6:30 pm




Disciple 7:00-9:00 pm

Weight Watchers 6:30 pm

Weight Watchers 6:30 pm

Weight Watchers 6:30 pm





1 Disciple 1:00-3:00 pm Praise Team, 7pm



4 WSFS Lunch

UMW 7:00 pm

Men’s Fishing Trip

Men’s Fishing Trip

8 Disciple 1:00-3:00 pm Praise Team, 7pm




15 Disciple 1:00-3:00 pm Praise Team, 7pm




22 Disciple 1:00-3:00 pm Praise Team, 7pm




29 Disciple 1:00-3:00 pm Praise Team, 7pm



Committees 7 pm Ad Board 8:15 pm

May 2013

Country Talk - May 2013  

Newsletter for the Amlin United Methodist Church community

Country Talk - May 2013  

Newsletter for the Amlin United Methodist Church community