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Epworth Tower Epworth United Methodist Church September 26, 2012 Website:

Church Phone: 419-531-4236 Fax: 419-531-7487

“What is Soul-Shaping Stewardship?” asks Jerry Smolen

Giving to a church or charity serves to signal our soul that we recognize our relationship with God. We are merely stewards, temporary users of things in his cosmos. All that we own is actually his. By regular giving our souls become shaped in his likeness through Christ. A number of years ago I taught a course on money at Epworth: getting it, spending it, and giving it. What caused this undertaking? In truth I wanted to learn whether I was wasting my time attending church – said only half in jest. You see, I was a business finance professor (now retired) at the University of Toledo. At the University my purpose was to educate students in techniques and strategies focusing on money. My findings at Epworth would come from the Bible. The anticipation of only a few hours of

discussion eventually became a formal class running for several months with about 30 attendees. Here is a brief summary of my findings on money from the Bible. A convenient place to begin is Jesus’ parable of the talents and servants (Mt 25:14-30). Acknowledging this is a parable and subject to a variety of interpretations, I took the word talent as both a measure of money and one’s natural abilities. Generally, a person with more natural ability will earn more money; certainly this is true in areas of business, sports, and entertainment. Recall the story: the servant given the most talents and earning the most was most favored by the Master. The one with least talents, but who hid his talent out of fear of loss, was continued on page 3

Art & Craft Show Saturday, November 3 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Look inside for all the details and volunteer opportunities!


Wonderful Wednesday October 3 at NOON

Congratulations to:

Kay Heinrichs on the birth of her granddaughter, Avery Lynn Koffler, born September 2, 2012 to Breana and Phil Koffler, from Denver, CO.

Marcia Langenderfer, Executive Director of St. Paul’s Community Center, will tell about the wonderful work of St.Paul’s Community Center as it continues to offer services to the mentally ill and homeless in the greater Toledo area. St.Paul’s has been a one of Epworth’s mission partners for many years. John Irwin and Joe Cafferty, both Epworth members, work at St. Paul’s.

Jim McClean on competing and completing the Ironman event in Wisconsin!

Our Condolences to:

Bill and Linda Mynihan, Phyllis Benton and family on the death of Linda’s mother/Phyllis’ sister, Jean Mallett, who passed away September 10, 2012.

Chef Les will be preparing lunch again this year. Cost for the meal is $6. The menu this month is: baked ham, roasted red skin potatoes, macaroni/ cheese, grilled vegetable medley, tossed salad, dinner rolls, and pumpkin cheesecake.

Charlie Porter and family on the recent passing of his wife, Mary Jeanne. Greg and Kathy Snyder and family on the recent passing of Greg’s mother, Judy Snyder. Devin and Carla McConnell on the passing of Carla’s mother on September 14, 2012.

Please call Nancy at the church office or email her at to register or sign up on the Opportunities Page.

Nancy Quandt and family on the passing of her husband, Byron Quandt, on September 17, 2012.

Outdoor Vesper Service

Friends and Family of Skip Freeman. Skip passed away September 20, 2012.

Sunday, October 7, at 7:00 p.m. Join us at the home of Doug and Merilee Jahnke. The ENTIRE congregation is invited to come for vespers around the bonfire. The simple service will include camp songs, scripture stories, testimonies and the Lord’s Supper. There will be light refreshments (including s’mores!). Sign up on the Opportunities Page to let us know you plan to attend.

With Heartfelt Thanks

Dear Epworth Congregation,

The Chapman family is so pleased that you honored our mother with a “happy birthday” song and over 100 greeting cards. The congregation is very special to her and she spent time reading each one. Many thanks for the recognition.

Mom’s Group Learns Baby Sign Language

Fondly, the Chapman family

Moms of babies and toddlers, age 0-3, are invited to the Mom’s Group meeting on Sunday, October 21, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Come share in the fun of learning to communicate with young children through baby signs. It’s amazing how effective it is to have your child be able to communicate their needs and desires before they have developed the ability to use the words.

Dear Epworth, Thanks for all the kind notes, thoughts, and prayers during my recent illness. Sincerely, Steve Graber Dear Epworth

Mom’s Group meetings are also a time to get to know other young Epworth mothers and to share joys and concerns with one another. Child care is provided if you desire (call the church by Wednesday, October 17) but most moms keep their little ones with them as you meet in the comfortable setting of the lounge.

A great big hand for all those that helped with the Friendly Center Garage Sale in August. We made $9,200 for the children’s programs at Friendly Center. Sincerely, Jeanne Reisler 2

“What is Soul-Shaping


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asks Jerry Smolen

criticized by the Master: “You wicked, lazy servant!” (Mt 25:26). Thus, we are taught the necessity of using well what God has entrusted to us. My thought was, “Ok, good. My career focusing on making money won’t subject me to eternal damnation.” But there is more. I was not yet home free. Although the New Testament doesn’t demand tithing by the faithful, as does the Old Testament, Jesus is abundantly clear in his instructions on our attitude toward our money. Here are some verses to remind us of our responsibilities: “No one can serve two masters. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Mt 6:24). “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil….” (1 Tim 6:10) In the early church members agreed to share all that they had. (Acts 5) Ananias and Sapphira sold some land and lied about the price received to keep a portion for themselves. Their fate was sealed. Ah-ha! Elevating the importance of money and possessions above God! So where is this discussion going? Money is not inherently evil; rather it is what we do with the money we have. In the extreme case, the skinflint who has the first dime he or she ever earned, scripture suggests they will have to explain the worship of money as their god. But how about the rest of us? I put some money in the plate when I attend church. If I miss a few Sundays, the money that I would have put into the plate remains in my pocket. It is mine! But is that attitude being true to God’s plan for me? Is it Soul-Shaping Stewardship? Gerald E. Smolen

WOW Praise Crew Leaders NEEDED

Healing and Wholeness Service Tuesday, November 13

Attention Students 6th Grade and Older Are you interested in helping with children grades K-3 during the 11:00 service? We are looking for student crew leaders for the WOW Sunday school class. Our hope is that you would pick just one week each month to serve. Do you remember your VBS crew leaders when you were younger? This is your chance to return the blessing and be a role model. If you think this is something you would like to do, please contact Dana or Mary in the Education office for more information or sign up on the Opportunities Page.

7:00 p.m., In the Sanctuary The November Healing and Wholeness service will offer special prayers of healing and wholeness for all veterans in addition to offering healing prayers for anyone seeking God’s healing touch for themselves or for a loved one. The service will include a personal testimony by Frank Fischer, scripture readings, meditation, Holy Communion and healing prayers. The Hospice Choir will sing for the service. All veterans will be honored with a pinning ceremony to thank them for their service.

Stepping Up to Help This Fall

This quiet meditative service is open to all in the church and the community. Consider inviting a neighbor or friend to join you. There will be a brief time of fellowship in the narthex following the service. 3

Many possibilities are open to you to help in Sunday School. No experience required, only a love for children and a love for Jesus. All lessons, supplies, and support are ready and waiting. Substitutes are available if you need to miss a week. The Education staff will train you in small groups if you are new. Opportunities are available in preschool and elementary at 9:45 and 11:00. Teachers are especially needed now in Preschool and in WOW and in November and December in the Kingdom.

Parent’s Night Out

Sponsored by Epworth’s Parents Connections Calling all expecting parents and parents of children birth through 6th grade: Are you looking for opportunities to connect to other parents of similar aged kids at Epworth? Are you looking for chances to get out without having to feed the kids, answer 300 questions, or finding a babysitter? This fall we have planned some events and activities that provide those opportunities. Age-appropriate child care and fun will be provided for each of these events at the church, if requested in advance.

It’s Time for Trunk or Treat

Put on your Halloween costume and bring your family, friends, and neighbors to Trunk or Treat. This year’s Trunk or Treat will occur in the Epworth back parking lot on Sunday, October 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It’s a great place for safe, Halloween fun! Decorate your car and you may win a prize for the best trunks! Candy donations are welcome! Come out for a fun evening with the kids!

“Parent’s Night Out”- Bonfire Saturday, October 13 Grab your marshmallows, graham crackers, and Hershey bars because for this parent’s night out you get to make s’mores! Don’t like s’mores? No problem! Come and just hang out! The Roesti’s will be hosting our bonfire on Saturday, October 13 (time TBA). Sign up with the church office by October 7. Age-appropriate childcare will be offered at Epworth. When signing up, please note the number and ages of the children for childcare. Don’t worry about your little one(s)—they will have plenty of fun activities to do. The nursery will be open for those who are very little too!

We will need lots of trunks because we are inviting the area schools to this event. Sign up your trunk or van on the Opportunities Page of the bulletin or by calling the Education office.

Second Grade Milestone on Communion

All second graders and their parents are invited to their Milestone on Sunday, October 14, at 11:00. You will learn why we celebrate communion, and how we practice it as United Methodists. After this Milestone, the children will be able to serve communion in worship throughout the year. Sign up on the Opportunities Page in the bulletin or call the Education office.

For questions about Parent Connections or other Family/Parent Opportunities please email Pastor Keith at

Tutors Needed

Start Thinking About Adopt-A-Family

Hawkins Elementary School is looking for volunteers to tutor students during the school day. If you are interested in helping a struggling child, please contact Jane Lyon, Assistant Principal. School hours are from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Hawkins Elementary appreciates all the support from the community of Epworth.

It’s not too early for Epworth members to ask their Wesley groups, Sunday school classes, co-workers, friends or family, if they are interested in adopting a family this year for Christmas. Put in your request for a family (or two) today by contacting Kristi Hoffman.

New Family Parking Spaces

You will notice orange and white signs in the south parking lot along the building. They are designated spaces for parking for families with young children. This has been an ongoing project for many months with Trustees and Education to provide a safer experience for our young families. They won’t have to cross traffic, or carry those heavy infant carriers as far. If you see a family with young children, offer to help them into the building. This is one more way Epworth is caring for families. 4

Sunday, October 28 Concert in the Sanctuary at 3:00 p.m. The 30-person-choir is made up of highly talented musicians and dancers representing a dozen community groups from the northwestern shores of Lake Victoria. Imuka brings together not only rare singing techniques, electrifying choreography, hand drumming and multiple percussions, but also traditional dancing techniques that are adopted from

the oldest East African folk songs and dances.

Imuka’s purpose extends far beyond music, which, in Africa, has proven to be one of the most powerful tools in transforming people’s lives socially, spiritually and economically. It was out of concern for the less fortunate members of their communities that Imuka Singers was born. Imuka uses the energy and passion of the music to harness the values and dreams of East African people and encourages them to work together for self -sustaining economic development of their communities. The Imuka Singers will be joining us for the 9:45 service on Sunday, October 28, and for a concert in the sanctuary at 3:00 p.m. We will also need housing for the singers on Saturday night, October 27. You can sign up on the Opportunities Page in Sunday’s bulletin.

Adult Singles Ministry LUNCH BUNCH continues to meet every other week at various locations in the area. We will meet at noon, October 2, Spaghetti Warehouse, 42 Superior; October 16, Ya Halla, 2124 Alexis Rd. and October 30, Jing Chuan, 4424 Secor Rd.  Please RSVP to Miss Kate to save a seat for you.  We enjoy lively conversation and welcome new Adult Singles.

will lead the discussion at our October meeting. Please plan now to attend as we celebrate a successful first year and kick off a new year of Christian Fellowship for Adult Singles.  You do not need to be a member of Epworth to participate, so bring a friend! THANKS TO ALL who participated in our collection of school supplies for University Church, to be given to Reynolds Elementary School and to the Singles that attended the Kairos Prison Ministry Closing on September 30.  We continue to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our daily lives as well as our specific community service projects.  There are many ways to serve and there is a place for everyone.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY – HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, or however you want to call it.  Our next regular meeting will be October 19, at 6:30 p.m. at Linda Coon’s.  RSVP to Linda.  We will be celebrating our 1st Year Anniversary as well as birthdays for our members.  We will have birthday cake for all and ask that you bring an appetizer.  There will be birthday party type games with prizes and fun for all.  We are also incorporating additional elements into our regular meetings by having regular devotions and discussions on various topics pertaining to Singles.  Scott Lenz

LOOKING AHEAD – Please indicate if you would like to take a Road Trip to Frankenmuth in November, date TBA. We will visit Bronner’s, lunch at the Bavarian Inn and a stop at Birch Run for those interested. 5

The Epworth Artist Series

The Artist Series is an important part of the programming ministry at Epworth. By presenting local and regional talent, we provide events filled with music for our members as well as our community. Epworth’s Artist Series is proud to present the following concerts for the 2012 – 2013 seasons:

Lessons and Carols with Music by John Rutter Featuring

The Academy Brass Quintet

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, at 7:30 p.m

This concert features the Chancel Choir, Epworth Orchestra and The Academy Brass Quintet. We’ll sing favorite Christmas carols and feature the Christmas music of John Rutter.

University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club Friday, February 1, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.

Founded in 1859, The University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club is one of the oldest collegiate choirs in the United States and the oldest continually-run student organization on the Michigan campus. Long acclaimed as one of the finest male choirs in the world, the Glee Club has achieved this stature by sustaining and respecting the traditions which have been established during its 152 year history. The graduate and undergraduate members of the Glee Club, chosen by audition at the beginning of both the Fall and Winter terms, represent a wide spectrum of majors in a majority of the University’s 19 schools and colleges. The Glee Club has become renowned for its wide repertoire of music that incorporates selections from different musical styles and periods, including Renaissance motets, Romantic anthems, opera choruses, folksongs, spirituals, contemporary works, and, of course, Michigan songs.

Winter Soiree Featuring

Erik Dickey, Jazz Quintet

Friday, February 8, 2013, at 6:30 p.m.

Erik Dickey is a long established jazz artist in the vibrant Toledo jazz community. He brings together local and international musicians to provide entertaining evenings filled with the dynamic rhythms, harmonies and improvised melodies that are the hallmark of that uniquely American art form, Jazz. Erik and his quintet can be seen at many venues in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

Please consider supporting this program with your gift. This will help us to present these concerts as free and open to the public and to use the freewill offerings taken at each one to support missions that Epworth sponsors.

The Artist Series

I wish to support the performing arts by contributing to the current season. ___Partners $300 or more ___Associates $150 - $199 ___Benefactors $250 - $299

___Sponsors $100 - $149

___Patrons $200 - $249

___Friends $50 - $99

Name_________________________________ Phone___________________

(Please print clearly as you wish to be listed)

All contributions are tax deductible. Please include check payable to Epworth UMC with memo marked Artist Series, 4855 W. Central Ave., Toledo, OH, 43615. 6

Christianity’s Family Tree

New Member Seminar Sunday, October 14

Tuesday Mornings, beginning October 2

The traditions of eight other Christian denominations are examined. This study by Adam Hamilton gives a brief history, outlines major beliefs, and describes some things we can learn from that tradition to strengthen our own Christian faith. Begins Tuesday, October 2 at 9:15 a.m. Cost of participant guide is $10. This class is led by Laura Switzer and will run for eight weeks.

Would you like to find out more about Epworth and perhaps make it your church home? If so, plan to join us on Sunday, October 14, in room 213 for a one-day seminar. The first session will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by lunch and introduction of the Epworth program staff at 12:15. The final two sessions will be after lunch, concluding by 2:45. While attending this seminar does not obligate you to join Epworth, those who have attended and have completed the Spiritual Gifts Inventory, being offered beginning October 25 for 3 weeks, are welcome to unite with the church. We will receive those who desire to join on Sunday, November 11. Sign up by contacting Marla in the church office or marla@

Honor Begins At Home: The Courageous Living Bible Study For Men

Fasten your seat belt and get ready for a challenging adventure in God’s Word! The key themes of the movie Courageous, the story of the lives of five men and how they handle the challenges of their jobs, their families, life in general, living their faith, and walking with Christ, are the focus of this eight-week Bible study.


Whether you are a father, grandfather, husband, or man of the church, sign up for this exciting time to have conversations with other men, conversations that you might not otherwise have, about your walk with Christ.

           That’s what learning more about your spiritual gifts and passion are all about.            

The study group will meet at the church in room 214 from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m., Thursday nights starting October 18, for eight weeks (with a break for Thanksgiving). Registration for the eight weeks study costs only $10.


Our new members are learning about the way God has designed them with spiritual gifts, a personal style and a passion for serving the Lord. Wouldn’t you love to know those unique characteristics God has given you in order to make a difference in our world? Epworth’s goal is for every member to know their spiritual gifts so that together we will find ways to serve God that will reach people with the love and hope of Jesus. Sign up now for the next set of 3 classes which are Thursday evenings, October 25, November 1 and 8, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Email to register or sign up on the Opportunities Page.

Plan now to participate in this adventure for men! Invite a friend, a colleague, or a family member. REGISTER by calling the church office now and ask for Nancy. Questions? Call Paul Schroeder or Gary Norris.

Sign Language Classes

Have you ever thought about learning the beauty of using your hands to speak? If you’d like the challenge of learning a new skill and a great gift, think about this opportunity to begin to learn sign language. Classes in beginning ASL will meet for 8 weeks on Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., November 6 through January 7.


Class is held at the Toledo Hearing and Speech Center, 3148 W. Central. Cost is $60. Scott Lenz of our church is registered to attend and would love to have others participate with him. As our church develops a Special Needs Ministry, having members who know sign language will be a blessing. Contact Pastor Marilynn or talk to Scott if you are interested.



Epworth 2012 Christmas Card All Epworthians are invited to sign up to be listed on Epworth’s 3rd Annual Christmas Card. Proceeds from the $10 sign up donation will go to our sister church, The University Church. Your name/family name will be typeset on the inside of the card as you instruct.

The cover of the Epworth Christmas Card will be designed by a church member (see below). The card will be mailed from church to the entire Epworth Tower mailing list (over 800) in early December. Where: You may sign up to be listed on the card in the cloister at the Christmas Card table, OR, send a check for $10 to the church office specifying how you want your name/family listed in the card by Monday, November 11. When There are just four Sundays available to sign up, October 21, 28, and November 4, and 11. Don’t procrastinate and be left off the card! Why: It’s an easy way for you to wish your entire Epworth family a very Merry Christmas and support the University Church at the same time!

Calling ALL Artist and Artist Wanna-Bes!

All ages are encouraged to submit original artwork to be considered for the front of the Epworth Christmas card by Sunday, November 4. Please use festive holiday colors on a 6 X 9” paper (vertical or horizontal). Entries may be turned in to Nancy in the church office. Questions? Contact Dolli Darah.

Our church has a new address! No, the building hasn’t been moved, rather the address has become a more useful tool for people to use to know exactly where Epworth is. We now have a Central Ave. address, since that is the pathway through which most folks see our church. It is also the way into the main parking lot and our office doors.

So put this address into your phone and directory: 4855 W. Central Ave. Toledo, OH 43615 And invite a friend to come worship with you! Epworth is easy to find! 8

The Epworth Art and Craft Show Saturday, November 3, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Enjoy the Luncheon

Silent Auction Solicitations

11:00-1:30 Join us for a tasty luncheon on Saturday, November 3. The main course will be a Trio of Salads: Chicken, Pasta and Spinach salads.  A large selection of cupcakes for dessert will top off the meal.  Tickets may be only purchased in advance of the show in the cloister or in the church office during the week.  (No additions or omissions to the meal.) Don’t miss this wonderful luncheon. Tickets are on sale now through October 28 for $8 in the cloister on Sunday and in the church office during the week.

Do you bake? Do you paint? Can you repair a broken lamp or sink or chair? Do you have a vacation home or condo you’re willing to share? Do you have a service (babysitting, computer help, fishing/hunting expertise) you are willing to provide? Then the Silent Auction needs your help! Donate your talent or your tangible items (new items only please) to the Silent Auction Committee. Think outside the box. Be creative. 

Examples are:

restaurant gift certificates movie, theater/concert or sports tickets

Card Party Calling All Card Players Like to deal?

vacation/time-share destinations gift baskets

Join us for fun and fellowship while supporting UMW mission work. We are offering  a morning  session from 9:00-Noon and an afternoon session from 12:303:30 p.m. this year.  We hope to provide players time for card games (bridge, euchre, scrabble, etc.) AND for shopping at the many show booths. cards in the morning and watch football in the afternoon. Both sessions will include beverages, finger food and table prizes.

holiday items (centerpieces, decorationsonly new items please)

Reservations for tables of four and advance payment ($10 per player) can be made by calling Barbara Lawrence or Bobbie Raeder or by signing up in the cloister.  Luncheon tickets need to be pre-purchased separately.

Children’s birthday parties

artwork/pottery by local artists gifts of service lessons of any kind (golf, tennis, music, dance) Experiences (sailing trip, flying lessons, hot air balloon ride) Everything counts and everything helps! Contact Karen Knight, or Val Hendricks, if you have a Silent Auction item. In October, you can also sign up in the cloister.

Home-made Baked Goods Wanted! Home-made baked goods are needed for the pantry. Whatever your specialty is, whether it is pie, cake, cookies, muffins, brownies, frozen casseroles, etc., we would love to showcase it on our pantry display!  Please sign up to donate what you make best on the Opportunities Page or look for the sign-up sheets in the cloister.  Bring your donations, wrapped and labeled (list ingredients) for the Art & Craft Show, to the kitchen by Friday, November 2.  Thank you very much!

Babysitting available for workers of the Show. Sign up in the cloister in October for the time you need a sitter.


Health Ministries Health Ministries Moment: Elder Abuse And Neglect Broadly defined, there are three basic categories of elder abuse:   Domestic elder abuse, institutional elder abuse, and self-neglect or self-abuse.

Intervention may be either “soft” or “hard.” Most of neglect can be addressed with soft interventions, such as increased awareness of legal responsibility and availability of needed services.  Self-neglect may well be a result of health problems that have not been addressed, such as depression.

Domestic elder abuse generally refers to any of several forms of maltreatment of an older person by someone who has a special relationship with the elder (a spouse, a sibling, a child, a friend, or a caregiver), that occurs in the elder’s home, or in the home of a caregiver.

However, “hard” interventions are often needed, and are readily available. These include legal action including conviction of criminal acts.  The courts in Lucas County are accustomed to addressing these matters and take quite an active interest in identifying and prosecuting perpetrators. 

Institutional abuse, on the other hand, generally refers to any of the above-mentioned forms of abuse that occur in residential facilities for older persons (e.g., nursing homes, foster homes, group homes, board and care facilities). Perpetrators of institutional abuse usually are persons who have a legal or contractual obligation to provide elder victims with care and protection (e.g., paid caregivers, staff, professionals).  *Source:  National Center on Elder Abuse, Administration on Aging

Furthermore, Lucas County, Ohio has the Coalition of Organizations Protecting Elders (C.O.P.E.), the mission of which is “To address elder abuse, neglect and exploitation through enhanced collaboration and coordination of community resources.”   C.O.P.E. membership includes:  Lucas County Sheriff’s Department, Area Agency on Aging, Lucas County Probate Court, Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Social Security Administration, Lucas County Health Department, Toledo Area Ministries, United Way, Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office, Veterans Administration, Toledo Police Department and more, to a total membership of over fifty community organizations.

The following is a statistical breakdown of Reported Elder Abuse Cases in the U.S. (From National Center on Elder Abuse, Bureau of Justice Statistics, 9/12/2012.) Neglect Physical Abuse Financial Exploitation Emotional Abuse Sexual Abuse All other types Unknown

58.5% 15.7% 12.3% 7.3% 0.04% 5.1% 0.06%

RESOURCES AND CONTACT INFORMATION: To report elder abuse in Lucas County call 419-2138663. For other Ohio counties, call the local county Jobs and Family Services office. C.O.P.E. Website is www.

CPR CLASS Wednesday, October 24

An American Heart Association CPR/AED Training/Certification class will be offered on Wednesday, October 24, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Epworth. This class will provide CPR training, including child CPR. Training for the AED (automated external defibrillator) will also be covered. Persons age 13 and older may participate. The cost for the class is $45 per person, and a two-year certification will be received upon completion of the class. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call Nancy at 419531-4236 to register for the class. Contact Sherry Clark in Health Ministries for further information. 10

Health Ministries continued

Caring for the Caregiver Workshops: Finding the Blessings

Flu Shot Clinic

Sunday, October 7 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Health ministries committee is hosting a Flu Shot Clinic in the Family Life Center at Epworth on Sunday, October 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department will be administering flu vaccinations and the cost of the flu vaccination is $25.

Are you tending to the everyday needs of someone who is frail or debilitated? This three-session workshop can help you make life more comfortable for your friend or family member and, at the same time, help you find more meaning in the caregiving experience. Participants will learn to: *Cope with changes, losses, and life transitions *Say what is important to friends/family

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department will bill Medicare Part B, Medicaid, and Paramount. Please have your insurance cards with you. (For those with Paramount insurance, even though the Health Dept. will bill Paramount, there is no guarantee that the vaccinations will be covered under your particular policy.)

*Explore spiritual aspects of caregiving *Create positive caregiving experiences *Talk about end-of-life care and make important decisions *Know what to expect as caregiving becomes more complex

Those with health insurance companies other than those listed above will be given a receipt that can be turned in to the insurance company. In all cases, including Paramount, refer to your insurance policy regarding coverage.

*Plan for the future This series of three workshops will be presented by Hospice of Northwest Ohio in partnership with Health Ministries.

Please contact Sherry Clark in Health Ministries for more information.

The workshops will be held on the following Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Epworth on October 9, 16, and 23

Blood Drive Results

The Red Cross Blood Drive at Epworth on October 19 was very successful! Twenty-nine units were collected, which exceeded our goal of twenty-four units! Health Ministries committee thanks all of the donors for taking time to give the "gift of life!"

This series is free and open to the public. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Register by calling the church office at 419-531-4236. Contact Sherry Clark in Health Ministries for more information.

Body Recall and Aerobics Body Recall is a SAFE program of exercise. Too many exercise programs “rev up” our hearts, and cool down. Participants jump up and down quickly, leave class, and are sore all night. In Body Recall, we don’t “rev up,” and we leave as comfortably as we come. We are refreshed from a total workout. We aren’t sore the next day.

walking technique, alignment, and appropriate breathing to get the most out of our walking efforts. There is enormous value in doing it correctly. Students are encouraged to take a good brisk walk through their neighborhoods or one of the trails in our great parks on days we aren’t in class. Through it all, we stay flexible, strong, keep our good posture, and our hearts healthy.

Body Recall’s intention is to change the way you think about exercise AND about the aging process. Physical fitness is a matter of self management and lifestyle. We learn to listen to our bodies and do the responsible thing to stay (or become) fit, maintain our independence and enjoy easy movement in our every day activities at every age. We DO learn aerobic benefit through brisk walking. We use good

Morning and afternoon classes (9:00 and 4:00) started mid September, and continue three times a week through May. You may pick up a brochure in the narthex, or just phone Brenda or Pam, certified instructors, in Epworth’s office to learn how you might try a few classes to see if Body Recall is right for you! 11

Friends in Faith Sunday School

We meet in room 101 every Sunday morning at 9:45. See the Education section on page 13 for more information.


Once every month the Friends in Faith women gather at one of our homes for an evening of fellowship, food and Bunco. The hostess of the month provides the main course and everyone else is asked to bring a side dish, appetizer or dessert to share. We also request you bring kleenex to be donated. We start at 6:30 p.m. The next opportunities are: October 17, Linda Coon’s house. RSVP to Linda; November 14, address to be announced; December 12, Christmas Bunco at Lin Bingham’s house. RSVP to Lin.

Friends in Faith Kleenex Ministry

We are collecting Kleenex again for Harborside Healthcare/Sylvania, 5757 Whiteford Road. Many of the residents there do not have the resources for incidentals, so our simple gifts are so much appreciated. Please bring a box of Kleenex to any Friends in Faith event or leave your donation in the church office. Since Christmas of 2008 we have delivered 1,000 boxes of Kleenex, 802 toothbrushes and 680 tubes of toothpaste. Contact Lin Bingham if you would like more information or would like to help with the next delivery. We make a visit to each resident in the facility when we make a delivery and the residents really look forward to seeing us!

Friends in Faith Book Club

We invite you to join us for our Book Club discussions. On October 16, we will discuss On Agate Hill by Lee Smith. On November 20, we will discuss The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. We meet in the lounge at 7:00 p.m. and dessert will be served along with lively discussion. Everyone is welcome!

146 Jars of Peanut Butter Collected! For the Feed Your Neighbor Pantries

A huge thank you to all that brought jars of peanut butter to celebrate Confirmation Sunday! A shopping cart full of peanut butter (146 jars!) was delivered to the Feed Your Neighbor (FYN) Pantry at Epiphany Lutheran Church. The mission of FYN is to ensure that all people in Toledo have adequate food to eat by providing a supply of food to those in need and advocating for policies that would eradicate food insecurity in the community, the nation, and the world. Feed Your Neighbor is a ministry of the non-profit organization Toledo Area Ministries (TAM) and has fed over 70,000 people each year through its food pantries and outreach programs. Our Epworth community continually supports the FYN program throughout the entire calendar year. In addition to special collections such as this, support comes from funds provided by our Community Outreach Committee, from our Project Feed 5000 program and from the innumerable donations our parishioners make throughout the year. Thank you for your ongoing support of FYN, realizing there are always people who go hungry in our community. The following list includes examples of the non-perishables that are always needed: Canned Fruit/Vegetables Canned Meat/Stews Spaghetti/Noodles

Peanut Butter Soup/Crackers Hot/Cold Cereals Cakes/Frostings

Rice/Pasta Macaroni & Cheese Family-sized Juices

Please bring your donations any Sunday to the FYN box outside the chapel entrance. Volunteers deliver the items to our local pantry. 12

Epworth Sunday Morning Education Program Nursery, Toddler, and Pre-school Nursery and Toddler childcare meet at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 in the pre-school wing.

Pre-school Education 2012-2013

Preschool children ages 3-5 years-old not yet in kindergarten are invited to join us Sunday morning in rooms 112 and 114 for Play-N-Worship. Each month the children will explore a new Bible Point through stories, songs, and play. The children will also memorize a Bible verse, learn an action prayer, and collect Pennies for Jesus offering to buy Children’s Bibles to send with our mission teams. This exciting new approach to preschool education will have your child singing, praying, and worshiping all week long!

Elementary (Kindergarten through Fifth Grade) at 9:45

THE OASIS IS NEW IN THE KINGDOM Each week we all begin in room 205 at 9:45 to experience the Oasis, a place to refresh and renew your spirit through music, drama, and prayer. Then at 10:00, we move to other rooms with shepherds for games, cooking, art, and science activities. In September we supported S4 Service opportunities with our families. In October we will collect food for Feed Your Neighbor.

Elementary (Kindergarten through Third Grade) at 11:00 WOW (Worship Our Way)

This class meets in Bible Time Players (room 205) directly following the Pastor’s Children’s Moment. Each week the children will learn about God’s love through age appropriate lessons packed with hands on learning through praise, worship, and prayer.

Sixth Grade SLAM class at 9:45 in room 206. Donuts and the Bible Junior High, Room 003 off the FLC Senior High, Room 215 Adult Bible Study, Room 214

Adult Education at 9:45 a.m.

Grab some coffee and donuts and join the conversation as the class delves into a DVD study series on the book of “James.” Jump in when questions pop up like…What does true faith look like? How can I grow in wisdom and humility? No homework! Yippee! However, you are likely to be nudged to step out and live your faith with fresh energy and perspective. Aren’t we lucky that God keeps reminding us how to live? Bring a friend!

Coffee and Conversation Class, Volunteer Office, Room 020

Join us as we go on a round trip to ancient times, places, and customs, and back again. This video series by Ray Vander Laan was filmed in Israel. It weaves together the Bible’s historical, cultural, religious, and geographical contexts to reveal keen insights into Scripture’s significance for believers of today. (The coffee’s pretty good too!)

Parents Unite, Room 213

Parents Unite kicks off the school year with a DVD study by Tim Kimmel called “Raising Kids Who Turn Out Right.” All are welcome to join—each week will stand on its own. Come join a discussion about the joys and trials of Christian parenting

Friends in Faith, Room 101

Faith Hope and Luck: Discover What You Can Expect From God, a video based study by Andy Stanley. Come learn with us as we discover the difference between faith and hope and how to trust God in every situation. New members are welcome at any time.

Adult Education at 11:00 a.m.

Sermon Notes Discussion, Room 214

The topic for discussion will relate to the sermon of the day, guided by the weekly Sermon notes. Feel free to drop in any time. The discussion is always interesting. 13


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Epworth Student Ministries

9/28--30 Fri-Sun Confirmation Retreat A Friday 7:00 pm to Sunday 12:30 pm 9/30 Sunday 9:45 am Junior & Senior Sunday morning Donuts & The Bible 6 & 7.5 SWAT’s - Wrestling with the Bible 10/07 Sunday 9:45 am Junior & Senior Sunday morning Donuts & The Bible 12:30 Senior YLT Meeting with Lunch 6 & 7.5 SWAT’s - Wrestling with the Bible 10/13-14 Sat-Sun 7th Grade Fall Retreat – YMCA Camp Willson Bellefontaine Ohio 10/14 Sunday 9:45 am Junior & Senior Sunday morning Donuts & The Bible 6 & 7.5 SWAT’s -- Wrestling with the Bible 10/18 Thursday SWAT Italian Nite --- Youth Missions Fundraiser Dinner 10/21 Sunday 9:45 am Junior & Senior Sunday morning Donuts & The Bible Confirmation Class #1 FLC 6 & 7.5 SWAT’s -- Wrestling with the Bible 10/28 Sunday 9:45 am Junior & Senior Sunday morning Donuts & The Bible 6 & 7.5 SWAT’s -- Wrestling with the Bible 11/3-4 Sat-Sun Senior High Fall Chicago Retreat Questions about Epworth Student Ministries? Call Bob Knowles 419.509.2353 or Chuck Campos 419.902.2263 14

Art & Craft Show Saturday, November 3 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Epworth United Methodist Church

(across from Wildwood MetroPark on Central Ave.)

The Epworth United Methodist Women donate 100% of the proceeds from this event to local missions and charitable programs.

50 regional artists and vendors Hand-crafted jewelry, home accessories, art and more Silent auction Coffee and pastry bar Bake sale Card party Live entertainment Free admission & parking

Epworth Art & Craft Show Opportunities Name________________________________________________________ Email or Phone_________________________________________________ It takes a lot of people to set up and clean up as well as provide food items for the Pantry and items for the Silent Auction for this mission fundraiser to be a huge success. Please help us! _____

I will help set up Friday (11/2) in the FLC – strong men needed 2-4:00

_____ On Friday (11/2) strong youth needed to help vendors bring in boxes to tables _____4-5:30 _____5:30-7:00 (Gain community service hours) _____

I will help in the kitchen Friday

_____ 1-4:00


I will help prep and deliver vendor lunches ____ 12:15-2:00


I will help clean-up in the kitchen. ____11:30-1


I will help serve lunch. Clear and reset tables in the narthex. ____10:30-12:30


I will be a “runner” for the luncheon from Rm. 101 to the kitchen ____ 11:00-12:30 ____12:30-2:00


I will be a “plate preparer” for the luncheon in Rm. 101 ____10:30-12:00 ____12:00-1:30


I will help at the Coffee Bar. ____8:30-10:30 ____10:30-12:30






_____ I will help at the Pantry. Friday (November 2) _____3-5:30 Saturday ____ 8:30-10:30 ____10:30-12:30 ____12:30-2:30 ____2:30-4:30 _____

I will provide baked goods, candies, and/or frozen casseroles for the Pantry.


I will help at the Silent Auction table. Friday _____4-6 _____6-8 Saturday ____8-10 ____10-12 ____12-2:30 ____2:30-4:30 ____4:30-6:30


Pass out handbills for Silent Auction at Central Ave or Sr. High room entrance ____9:00-11:00 ____11:00-12:30 ____12:30-2:00


I will provide the following item(s) or service(s) for the Silent Auction: __________________________________________________________

_____ I would like to be contacted with more information about the Card Party. _____

I will help launder and iron table cloths, kitchen linens and aprons. (Pick up one bag on Saturday after 5:00 p.m. by kitchen stairs and return promptly by the following Tuesday, November 6)


I will help clean up on Saturday evening from 4-6:00. (Strong people are especially needed for table take-down. Attention Youth! Add to your community service hours.)


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