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Epworth Tower Epworth United Methodist Church August 29, 2012 Website:

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

Confirmation Celebration Sunday (Formerly Rally Day)

Sunday, September 9

8:30 a.m.—Blended Worship with Communion and Infant Baptism 9:45 a.m.—Traditional with Confirmation Celebration for:

Corey Anderson Madelyn Baker Katherine Ellis Lillie Gephart (confirmed 6/24/12) Rebecca Hamman Morgan Jacob

Emma Karrenbauer Jillian Koffman Cierra Mostek Tyler Norris Kendal Smith Tyler Smith

Nicholas Vlasnik Alexa Wasylkowski Hannah Watt Jacqueline Wilkinson Jack Wolff

11:00 A.M.—CONTEMPORARY with Baptism Nursery, toddler, and preschool classes during all three services. Elementary classes at 9:45 and 11:00, youth and adult classes at 9:45.

Please bring finger foods to share and Peanut Butter for Feed Your Neighbor Pantries.

Pastor Thomas will be starting the Fall Preaching Series:

9/9: Who Are WE? 9/23: Who Will COME?

9/16: Why Are We HERE? 9/30: What Do We Do NOW?

Epworth Art and Craft Show

Saturday, November 3, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

See pages 14 & 15 for details!


With Heartfelt Thanks

Saying thank you does not express enough gratefulness to all who helped to transform a two year, closed up moldy disrepair house into a livable clean smelling home. My nephew Joe and his son Xavier, were suddenly displaced and had to return from Kansas back to Ohio to an uncertain future in finding a home and job. Unknown to him, God’s hands and feet were at work.

Congratulations to:

Molly Chapman on turning 100 years old on August 21! Jennie and Landon Matuska on the birth of their son, Laymen Mark, on August 10, 2012. Heather and Micah Dunzweiler on the birth of their son, Bennett Charles, on August 15, 2012. The proud grandparents are Bruce and Pat Dunzweiler.

I had two weeks to fix this house. After one week of preparing the house, I prayed for a “crew” of people to help with the extreme makeover. There were nine beautiful souls who were able to answer by pleas, with others behind the scene. Thank you to Dave and Polly Richardson, Janet McPherson, Teresa Ferner, JednakKasunic family (Paul, Tim, Scott, and Cameron, and friend Scott), Conell and Chelsea Benton, Kris Cuprys, Scott Lenz and Epworth staff. Again, thank you for embracing my family with God’s loving arms. It was truly a miraculous welcome home!

Our Condolences to:

Chelsey Conway and family on the passing of her mother, Tamra Mae Conway, on August 3, 2012. Mike and Lisa Ballmer and family on the passing of Mike’s mother, Anne Marie Ballmer, on August 6, 2012. Marsha Palmer and family on the passing of her husband, Robert (Bob) Palmer, on August 8, 2012.

Kay Heinrichs

Friends and family of Elbert (Bud) Elliott. Bud passed away August 9, 2012.

Thanks for all the cards, visits, calls and prayers from my Epworth Family during my hospital stay and recovery. All the concerns are greatly appreciated.

Jeff and Darlene Boze and family on the passing of Jeff’s grandmother, Anna Belle Heslep, on August 9, 2012.

Linda Coon

Epworth Early Childhood Education (ECEC) Fundraisers

A Special Thank You to Our Sr. High S.W.A.T.

ECEC will have a special day at Shorty’s BBQ on Monday, September 24, thanks to the planning committee made up of Inga Holton and Stacey LaPointe. The preschool will earn a percentage of each meal purchased on that day (eat in or takeout).  Please plan to enjoy a delicious meal.  Nick Mancy, the owner of the restaurant, has been generous   to ECEC and the Toledo community. Let’s give him and ECEC our support. Watch for more details.

Dear Pastor, Staff, and Volunteers,

We thoroughly enjoyed having your team here at the New York City Rescue Mission. Your willingness to serve and make a difference in the lives of our residents as well as those that came in from the streets was evident. Your mission was accomplished. We appreciated your giving hearts and countless acts of generosity, which were displayed continuously throughout each day. It did not go unnoticed. The men and the staff at the New York City Rescue Mission want to thank you so much for all you did. You not only made a positive impact on many lives, but added a blessing to the wonderful city of New York. May the Lord bless each and every one of you.

Our annual sale of cookie dough and coffee cakes begins on October 1. Please contact ECEC or an ECEC parent if you desire to purchase chocolate chip, double chocolate, sugar, snicker doodle, or peanut butter dough for the holidays. Delivery is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14. Just in time for the holidays!

David B. Knoche Volunteer Director/Administrative Assistant New York City Rescue Mission 2


Many new babies have been born during 2012! Moms, you are invited to the Mom’s Group to “show off” your bundle of joy on Sunday, September 23 (NOTE NEW DATE), 4:306:00 p.m. in the church lounge. Come meet other mommies and share your baby’s stories and ask questions of one another. Bring your “quickly growing up” toddlers, too. And invite your friends who are pregnant to come along.

September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Ways for EVERYONE to serve: children, youth, adults, friends, and families! Epworth is known for service to the community. Six Super Saturdays of Service is a six-week opportunity for us as a church to partner with local agencies to be the “Hands and Feet of Christ” right here in the Greater Toledo area. Beginning August 25, for six consecutive Saturdays, there will be multiple local agencies benefiting from service projects staffed by Epworth that will involve at least 100 or more volunteers. There will be projects lasting from 3 to 4 hours or longer for all ages and skills.  Childcare will be provided for those who have young children (3 days advance notice needed) so everyone can fully participate in giving something back to our community.   You can sign up in the narthex on Sundays, email the church office at or sign up on the website: go to and click on the S4 banner. Invite a friend or neighbor to join you!

Mom’s Group is a way to connect with other women who are having similar experiences as you are because of the age of their children. It’s a great way to make new friends! Although your children are certainly welcome to stay with you throughout the meeting, child care is also available in the nursery if you call the church by Wednesday, September 19. Susan Smith and Abby Aasbo, both of whom have new babies as well as toddlers, are leaders of the Mom’s Group. Call Pastor Marilynn at church if you have any questions about the group.

Deborah Circle

Priscilla Circle

We are looking for someone who has a knitting machine and would be interested in a large supply of yarn. Also, we receive many donations and would like to thank you for your generosity. If you leave supplies at the church would you please leave your name attached.

Because of the Six Super Saturdays of Service, Deborah Circle will not meet in September. We encourage you to participate sometime this month in at least one of the service opportunities. Invite some other Deborah Circle members to join you! Watch the Tower for October’s meeting.

2ND ANNUAL AMAZING GRACE RACE Sunday, September 30, 4:00 p.m. Last fall 28 adults had fun, fun, fun going on a video scavenger hunt! After videotaping their visits (5-6 person teams traveling by car) to places that began with the letters in the word “GRACE,” teams returned to church for a potluck while watching the videos each team made. We saw a team holding balloons at Red Robin (the letter “R”) and another singing outside AAA. One team cleverly chose to do the letter “E” at the Epworth ECEC sign.

Race will offer! You’ll have to join us to discover the “word” for this year’s Race. Your team could even win one of the “amazing” prizes. Register to attend by calling Nancy at church. Plan to bring your potluck dish: A-L will bring a side dish and /or dessert; M-Z will bring a main course. Child care will be provided if requested by Wednesday, September 26. After the adult teams return from the scavenger hunt, the children will join us for the potluck meal.

This year it’s your turn to discover the laughter the 3

Healing and Wholeness Service Tuesday, September 11 EPWORTH’S next Healing and Wholeness Service will be held on Tuesday, September 11, at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel. The service is open to the entire community.

The Healing and Wholeness team participating in the service will be: Beth Irwin, B.J. Brengartner, Ann Koffman, and Penny McCartney. Cecil Baughman will accompany the service.

Lisa Haas will speak about God’s healing and wholeness through the various stages of her recovery following a serious auto accident three years ago.

A free-will offering will be received for the Ability Center.

The service will include healing prayers and the Sacrament of Holy Communion led by Pastor Thomas.

Please invite a family member, friend or neighbor who needs God’s healing touch.

The 6th Annual Laura J Fall Fest – A Celebration of Life! Please join us as we gather to celebrate the life of our daughter, Laura Jahnke, on what would have been her 28th birthday.

Lots of fun, fellowship and food! Come for all or part of the evening. A Potluck Dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. We will supply the meat and beverages, and we ask you to bring a side dish or dessert to share. After dinner, sample treats from the dessert tent, or enjoy s’mores around the campfire! Yard games, hayrides, and the children’s playground. Please RSVP to Merilee by September 14.

Saturday, September 15 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Hosted by Doug and Merilee Jahnke

Parents Nights 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. “Parent’s Night Out”- Bonfire 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 child care will be offered at Epworth. When signing up, please note the number and ages of the children for child care. 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! For questions about Parent Connections or other Family/Parent Opportunities please email Pastor Keith at

Sunday Afternoon Fun! Like football? Like to watch it on the big screen? Like wings? Then join us for food, football, and fun on Sunday, September 16, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings on Central and McCord. Sign up with the church office by Sunday, September 9. Age-appropriate child care will be offered at Epworth from 3:15–7:30 p.m. When signing up, please note the number and ages of the children for child care. Don’t worry about your little one(s)—they will have plenty of fun activities to do. There will be bounce houses (supervised of course) for the kids to play on at the church (one for the toddlers and one for those who are older), and pizza for dinner. The nursery will be open for those who are very little too! 4

BIBLE MANIA September 23

Calling 4-7 Graders to Serve as Acolytes

Each year we present Bibles to our Fourth Graders with the help of their parents. Bibles will be presented in worship at 9:45 and then students and parents will leave for Bible Mania, their Milestone using their new Bibles. You should be receiving a letter about this soon. If you do not, please contact the Education office for more information.

Acolytes have been helping in church services since ancient times. The word acolyte is taken from an ancient Greek word meaning companion, attendant, or helper. Acolytes work closely with the pastors and take part in church services to help people worship God. Being an acolyte is a great way to get started in your service to Epworth. We are looking for boys and girls in the 4th through 7th grade to serve as acolytes this year. Usually this is done at the 9:45 service and at other special services during the year (like Christmas Eve).

If you would like to help purchase a Bible for a child, or be part of the prayer team for these children, please call the Education office.

Stepping Up to Help This Fall

On September 9 our children will begin a new year learning more about themselves and our God who loves them. Many possibilities are listed to help in Sunday school below. 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.

Those interested in serving this year should contact Mrs. Norris or Mrs. Boze. Thank you to our Acolytes this past year. Your service was truly appreciated. Andrew Lyon Brammer Brakel Brenden Anderson Caroline Thomas Hope Roth Jeremiah Luke Karly Folger


Preschool meets at 9:45 and 11:00: Two leaders--One month commitment Lessons are repeated during the month in different ways each week. Elementary meets at 9:45 for Kingdom Rotation: Two shepherds care for the same group September through June. No lessons, responsible for prayer time, discipline, assistance. Leaders teach one lesson for a month to different groups each week. Elementary meets at 11:00 in W.O.W. Leaders teach the same Sunday of each month to grades K-3. The children come out after Children’s Moments in the service, and experience their own worship service.

Kathryn Gyori Kristen Andrews Lily Roth Sydney Price Travis Hamman Tyler Norris Zach Smith

Also thank to you to our Adult “Helpers” Brian Lochbihler, Dave Mason and Gary Norris.

To All Widowed Persons

We are starting a new year of 3rd Sunday fellowship. Meeting only for the pleasure of eating a Sunday meal together with no obligation and no structure. Please join us on Sunday, September 16, at the Hilton Hotel on Glendale at noon. Call Sue Moesser to save a seat at the table.

Kids ROC! Kids Reaching Our Community

“Kids ROC” is a service outreach ministry for students in grades 4, 5 and 6. It will be an opportunity for students in these grade levels to meet once a month outside the Sunday School classroom to reach out into the community to serve and help others in a service project. After the project, the group will meet to go out for hot chocolate, ice cream or lunch. Besides serving others, hopefully the children will bond and connect to develop lasting friendships at Epworth. The first activity will be a part of Super Saturdays, making cookies for the Kairos Ministry on September 15, at 9:00 a.m. in the church kitchen. Parents are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Jane Lyon. 5

Circuit Shuffler Bridge Players

Epworth Tennis Group

The Monday Epworth Tennis Group is looking for players and substitutes. We play Mondays at Shadow Valley on Central Ave. at 12:30-2:00 p.m. Our season is from September through December and then January through April. If only one of these sessions works for you and you are interested, that might work, too. We have 2 courts, men and women, and rotate players, playing at about a 2.5-3.0 level. Regular court fees apply. We are an informal, friendly bunch and don’t keep track of scores beyond that day. We have fulltime players and part-time players (that rotate a slot with another player). Substitutes would be on our list and called when needed. If you would like more information or would like to sign up, please contact Susan Kanwal.

The process of putting together the 2012-2013 Circuit Shufflers schedule is starting. Church membership is not necessary and if you don’t have a partner we will try to match interested people. The schedule is once a month from October to April. If hosting is a problem, arrangements could be made at the church. The Circuit Shufflers need new members, so if you know anyone that might be interested, have them call Barb or Wendy Lawrence.

WANTED: Greeting Cards

Snail mail can still provide encouragement to us when we need it most. Therefore Congregational Care knows that cards received in the mail are a special ministry. Do you have some unused greeting cards hiding in your house? Many of us receive unasked for cards in the mail from various companies and charities. If you don’t plan to use yours, our Congregational Care Committee will! Many cards are mailed throughout the year to shut-in members as well as to members celebrating special events or having to face personal challenges. You may donate yours for this use by bringing the cards to Nancy’s office marked “Congregational Care.” Thank you very much!

Epworth’s New Sign

We hope that you have noticed Epworth’s new sign on Central Avenue. This sign replaces the older sign that was unable to be repaired and will allow us to promote our ministries and activities of the church in a more visible fashion. We want to especially thank John Ingersoll, chairperson of Epworth’s Trustees Committee, for his extended work in the acquisition of this new sign.

Epworth Adult Singles Service Project for September Everyone is encouraged to sign up for Super Six Saturdays of Service that is going on at Epworth. There is a place or task for everyone.  You can pickup registration forms and a list of opportunities at Epworth.   For more information or to register online go to our website,, and click on the S4 Banner.

LUNCH BUNCH meets bi-weekly at various locations throughout the area at 12:00. We will be meeting September 4 at El Sol, 1007 S McCord.  Be sure to contact Miss Kate to save a seat.  On September 18, we will eat at Star Bar and Grill, 5215 Monroe (at the back next to Lifestyles).  We always have interesting table talk and welcome your comments.  Our Regular meeting will be Friday, September 21 where we will be dining at the HUNGRY I on HollandSylvania Rd.  This is an opportunity to bring a friend to participate in our Epworth Adult Singles Ministry.  Our purpose is to provide an atmosphere of Christian fellowship and growth as we continue our Christian Journey and to be the hands and feet of God.  We do community outreach and welcome new members.  You do not have to be a member of Epworth to participate.  

LOOKING AHEAD HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Details to be announced but expect to have a fantastic Birthday Party for our singles in October when we celebrate the one year anniversary of our Epworth Adult Singles Ministry. YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS IT! 6

New Adult FALL Classes To sign up for any of the following classes, sign up in the Sunday bulletin or email Christianity and World Religions led by Laura Switzer

Married? Then this is the class for you!

Begins, September 5, 6:30 p.m. Four of the major world religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism, are examined by Adam Hamilton, pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. Begins September 5, and will run for six weeks. Cost of book is $12.

Begins September 18 Whether you are a newlywed or an oldywed or something in-between, you have the chance to enhance your marriage giving you more joy, better communication, and deepening your friendship. In the Love & Respect Marriage Class, you will learn five key principles to bring fresh insight into your marriage in an enlightening and entertaining way. The group will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:30–8:00 p.m. from September 18 to October 23. The group will be facilitated by Gbenga Ajilore and Gayle Alberda-Ajilore. Childcare will be provided. Cost of the study guide is $10.

DISCIPLE III: REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE Begins September 12 This Class is part of the four-phase DISCIPLE program and is prepared for those who have completed BECOMING DISCIPLES THROUGH BIBLE STUDY. The driving idea in this study is the connection between memory and identity as the people of God. Participants will read the major and minor Old Testament prophets, with the exception of Daniel, and will read the thirteen Letters traditionally attributed to Paul. Several themes weave their way through the study—the call to remember, the call to repentance, the need for renewed vision, and the place of community. The prophets and Paul are continually calling hearers and readers back to their God and to a sense of who they are as a people “set apart.” Facilitated by Jay Whitney. Begins Wednesday, September 12, at 6:30 p.m. for 32 weeks. Cost for the class is $40.

The Kerygma program: Hallelujah, the Bible & Handel’s Messiah Begins September 26, at 7:00 p.m. Pastor Thomas will lead this program. The 10-part series on the impressive and beloved oratorio will explore the biblical basis and background to one of our most beloved musical works. Participants DO NOT have to be an expert in either music or the Bible to benefit from this study. The only requirements are a genuine interest in learning more about the Bible and a desire to appreciate Handel’s Messiah more deeply. Class sessions will include Bible study and listening to the related portions of the music. There will be a class trip to a live presentation of Messiah. (Details for the class trip to be released at a later date.)

Financial Peace Begins September 18, at 7:00 p.m. We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God’s ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!

Christianity’s Family Tree

FPU classes meet for an hour and a half each week for nine weeks beginning September 18. Pastor Keith Luke will be leading the class. If you have questions, please contact Ruth Ann in the Education office or You may sign up by emailing Ruth Ann or calling the church office. Cost of the member kit is $75 due upon registration. Scholarship money is available. Once you have purchased a member kit you may attend classes anywhere at no extra charge. To have your kit at the first class, please register by September 5.

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. This class will run for eight weeks.


More Classes

New Member Seminar Sunday, October 14


Do you know a man who would like to learn more about being the fathers, grandfathers, husbands, and men of the church God called them to be? If you do, have them sign up for the Courageous Living Bible Study.

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.

The study is based on 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.

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

The study group will meet from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., Thursday nights starting September 20. A study guide, Courageous Living Bible Study, costs $10.00 Plan now to participate in this adventure for men! Invite a friend, a colleague, or a family member. Questions? Call Paul Schroeder or Gary Norris. REGISTER by calling Nancy in the church office at 419531-4236.



As we begin another fall at Epworth, I hope you will consider using your gifts in the Music Ministry. We have many places for you to serve. If you have any questions or want to talk about how you might be a part of the music program, please feel free to call Cecil Baughman, Director of Music, or Kyle Folger, our Contemporary Worship leader, at 419-5314236, or email, or The different groups and the times they meet are listed below: Chancel Choir, Thursdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m.: college age and up, beginning September 6 Wesleyan Ringers, Thursdays, 6:15-7:15 p.m.: college age and up, beginning September 6 Praise Team, “Hearts Afire,� Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m.: singers and instrumentalists Wesleymen, 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.: men, college age and up, beginning September 11 Epworth Orchestra, Sundays, 4:00 p.m.: college age and up beginning October 7 Tower Ringers, Sundays, 7:00 p.m.: junior and senior high youth beginning September 16 Children's Choir, Wednesdays, 5:15 p.m.: ages 4 through 6th grade beginning October 3 Joy Ringers, Wednesdays, 6:15 p.m.: grades 4, 5 and 6 beginning October 3 8

Macular Degeneration Support Group Monday, September 10

Epworth has an established Macular Degeneration Support Group that meets during the months of September through May. The meetings are held at Epworth on the second Monday of each month at 2:00 p.m.

Many persons in our church family deal with disabilities of one kind or another. One year ago, after the Doug Anderson consultation, Epworth realized we needed to have a Special Needs Committee to help each of us become more aware of those around us and ways we can include everyone in ministries of our church. As a result, Buddies have been trained to meet the special needs of our Sunday School children. The Health Fair and two Sunday morning sermons focused on Disability Awareness. A consultant from “Joni and Friends” came to help us discover ways to provide services that might be needed. Also our congregation is considering “adopting a Sunshine Family Care Home” so that Epworth folks can develop caring relationships with persons with developmental disabilities.

The first meeting for this fall is on Monday, September 10, at 2:00 p.m. Fellowship will be enjoyed at this meeting and this year’s calendar of topics and activities will be discussed at this meeting. New members are always welcome! If you would like more information about this support group, please contact Tracy Bortolotti.

“Motivated to move, that’s what we are!” say Body Recallers

Although Body Recall has been taught at Epworth for almost 30 years, only a percentage of class participants are Epworth members. It is a great outreach ministry that keeps people moving and feeling good so that they can enjoy an active lifestyle outside of class.

You can be part of the caring simply by being yourself—having conversations with those who have special needs and showing Christ’s love to each and every person. Pray that God will use Epworth to be a welcoming presence in the lives of persons and families in our community who have special needs. If you want to be directly involved with the committee, call Dana, Director of Christian Education.

Epworth certified instructors Brenda Kunkel and Pam Christensen can’t imagine their week without Body Recall. Three days a week, they plan their lessons and benefit themselves from their workout, including a motivational lesson that gives new insight into the aging process and all the “issues” we face as a livinglonger population. Weakness, balance and falling, strength and flexibility are all a part of the discussion, and exercises are led to increase stability in those things which make life harder day to day. As we age, we face a wide range of challenges that come from varying degrees of fitness due to chronic physical conditions, being sedentary, or just the aging process itself. Body Recall addresses these things and responds ACTIVELY.

Furniture Ministry Next pickup dates: September 8, 22. Call 567-694-3710 to arrange for a donation pickup.

Classes begin September 10, and meet M, T, and TH, at 9, 10 and 4. Just leave a message with Nancy in the Epworth office, and Brenda or Pam will be in touch with you to see if this outreach ministry is for YOU! You won’t believe how FUN GETTING FIT AND STAYING FIT can be! (419-531-4236).

Client Selection Saturday: September 15, October 20. For future dates, go to our website. 9

Health Ministries Health Ministries Moment: National Preparedness Month There are many items that we don’t think about on a dayto-day basis unless we are placed in a threatening situation. At the beginning of the school year, many of our children’s classes get them thinking about being prepared for an emergency. However, the beginning of school is one of the most hectic times for parents, and many of these items get put on the “nice” to do list rather than the “need” to do list. Perhaps you have children away at college, you live alone, or you or someone you know has a disability. This is the perfect time of year to get ready for the “what ifs” in life.,, and all have information on this matter.

care of children, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance, as well as resources to help others.

Individuals with Access and Functional Needs

Each person’s needs and abilities are unique, but every individual can take important steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies and put plans in place. By evaluating your own personal needs, you can be better prepared for any situation. If you or someone close to you has a disability or other access or functional need, you may have to take additional steps to protect yourself and your family.

Make a Plan


Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance: how will you get to a safe place; how will you contact one another; how will you get back together; and what will you do in different situations?

People with special dietary needs should take precautions to have an adequate emergency food supply. Discuss your needs with your network and make sure everyone knows how to operate necessary equipment. When appropriate, discuss your needs with your employer.

You should also inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time: work, daycare and school, faith organizations, sports events and commuting. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one. Talk to community leaders, your colleagues, neighbors and members of faith or civic organizations about how you can work together in the event of an emergency.

Seniors should keep specialized items ready, including extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen, catheters, medication, food for service animals and any other items you might need. Keep a list of the type and model numbers of the medical devices you require. Be sure to make provisions for medications that require refrigeration. Make arrangements for any assistance to get to a shelter.

As you tailor your plan, consider working with others to create networks of neighbors, relatives, friends and co-workers who will assist each other in an emergency. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication,

For more information, read - Preparing Makes Sense for Older Americans, Family Communication, Build an Emergency Kit, Home and Workplace Plans. Downloads-Family Emergency plans.

Make a Difference…Give Blood! Health Ministries committee invites you to give the “Gift of Life” at our American Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, September 19, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center at Epworth.

The Red Cross needs over 300 donors per day to keep up with the current blood needs in Northwest Ohio. Please join us in supporting our community and making a difference!

To schedule an appointment to be a donor, please email your top two preferred times to our Blood Drive Chairperson, Ernie Humbert, or call Nancy in the office at 419-5314236 with your preferred times. A committee member will get back with you, and our committee will do its best to accommodate your time requests!


Health Ministries continued

“Caring for the Caregiver” Workshops

Expansion of Home Communion Ministry

Are you a “Caregiver” tending to the needs of a loved one or friend? No matter what form your efforts take, caregiving can have a profound personal effect on your life and how you feel as you commit your time, energy, and emotion to your responsibilities. If you feel overwhelmed, burnt-out, isolated, or even if you would just like to learn helpful hints from others who are doing the same thing, this program would probably be very beneficial to you!

The Home Communion ministry is available for families of Epworth with loved ones who are unable to make it to church for various health or other reasons, regardless of age. The Home Communion ministry was formed three years ago as a means of providing this most important ministry to our homebound members. Beginning this month, the number of Home Communion stewards has been increased in order to reach more of our members, even if they are homebound for only a temporary time period.

“Caring for the Caregiver” is a 3-part series of workshops that will be hosted by Health Ministries and presented by Hospice of Northwest Ohio. The workshop dates are on Tuesday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Epworth, October 9, 16, and 23. You may register for classes now by calling the church office at 419-531-4236.

The first Sunday of each month is designated at “Home Communion Sunday.” If you or a family member would like to receive Home Communion on a regular or temporary basis, please contact Sherry Clark in Health Ministries at for more information.

Each class size will be limited to a maximum of 12 caregivers. Arrangements can be made for respite care for your loved one in order for you to attend the workshops if needed. Please let us know if you need this assistance at the time of registration.

First Aid Kits and Defibrillator

There are four first aid kits at various locations at Epworth, which are maintained by the Health Ministries Committee. The kits are marked with signs.

If you have any questions, or would like some more information, please contact Sherry Clark in Health Ministries at

Please make yourself familiar with the first aid kit locations:

• Narthex area---On top of coat rack in coat room

near entrance to narthex by nametags • Family Life Center---On top of the coat rack at entrance to Family Life Center • Upstairs---On top of the coat rack in hallway (down the hall from room 214) • Kitchen---Drawer in kitchen near sink (drawer has first aid symbol on it)

Grief Support for Women

A new grief support group for women will begin this fall at Epworth. Losing a loved one can leave you in a dark and lonely place; grief can be overwhelming. This group will provide a supportive environment for participants to share their challenges and begin the process of healing.

There are also additional first aid kits in the preschool area, which are maintained by ECEC.

“Grief Support for Women” will meet Mondays at Epworth from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., for 10 weeks beginning September 10. We will use the book Understanding Your Grief by Alan Wolfelt as a springboard for reflection and discussion, but the primary “authors” of this journey will be the participants themselves. The book and related materials will be available at the first meeting, and the cost for the materials is $20. We hope you will consider joining us on the journey from grief to growth. Registration is limited, so if you are interested in learning more, please contact Sherry Clark in Health Ministries at 419-531-4236. Karen Landes and Jennifer Church will be facilitating the discussions. 11

Epworth also has a defibrillator, which is located in the narthex on the wall on your left side as you enter the cloister area. The defibrillator is linked to our emergency system, so that when the door to the defibrillator is opened a loud alarm will go off and the local emergency response teams will be notified. Health Ministries periodically offers CPR training courses, which include defibrillator training.

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 opportunity is: September 12 at Christina Nishiki’s. RSVP to Christina.

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, Tuesday, September 18

Join us for our next book club discussion on Tuesday, September 18, at 7:00 p.m. in the lounge. Our selection is Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family by Condoleezza Rice. We welcome anyone who would like to attend. Dessert will be served up along with lively discussion.

Stephen Ministry One day Joseph Little found himself wandering the streets of Houston alone, no longer employed, his marriage crumbling, and searching for a place to live. A few weeks earlier he had moved to Houston with his family. “I had been a partner in a law firm, and I gave up my law practice to move back to my wife’s hometown and work for her family’s company,” Joe said. “Shortly thereafter, I got served with divorce papers. So, I found myself in a new city where I knew practically no one. No job. No wife. No kids, at least temporarily. It was a great personal crisis.”

Continue to pray for our Stephen Ministers and for those who are in need of one-on-one care during times of crises, need for a good listener, and life’s transitions. If you know someone in need of a Stephen Minister or would like to learn more about this life-changing ministry, please contact Pastors Bob, Marilynn, or Keith or our Stephen Leaders Janice Harris or Sheri Luke. Stephen Ministry Training Classes Classes will begin Tuesday September 18, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., and each following Tuesday for the duration of the training. Plan to join us to explore the opportunity to learn and grow through the Stephen Ministry program. Program trainers are Pastor Bob, Sheri Luke, Wes Johnson, and Janice Harris. Please contact any of them if you are interested in attending the Stephen Ministry Training Classes.

In his wanderings he caught sight of the steeple of First Presbyterian Church, where he had been married. He approached the associate pastor, who soon provided a Stephen Minister. For 18 months Joe’s Stephen Minister cared for him and “walked” with him as he weathered the divorce and began rebuilding his life. The Epworth congregation is blessed with 13 Stephen Ministers. These dedicated caregivers are being the hands and feet of Christ to those both in our church and community who are hurting in one way or another.  12

Note: This is not to be mistaken for requesting a Stephen Minister (caregiver). We welcome requests for a caregiver (Stephen Minister) and can be made by contacting Pastor Bob, Pastor Keith, or Pastor Marilynn.

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 Children are invited to come to room 112 for “Play -N- Worship.” Each month

the children will explore a new Bible point through stories, songs, and play. In addition, every month they will learn a different memory verse and action prayer to reinforce the Bible point. This exciting new approach to preschool education will have your 3 year-olds, 4 year-olds and 5 year-olds not yet in kindergarten singing, praying and worshiping all week long! The preschool children have been collecting “Pennies for Jesus” to buy Bibles to send with our mission teams.

Elementary (Kindergarten through Fifth Grade) at 9:45

For one more Sunday, September 2, we will continue our story of Peter in prison and the people who prayed for him. On September 9 we will begin with new shepherds in new groups as we begin new Kingdom classes. Each week all will begin in BibleTime Players to experience music and prayer, and then move to other rooms with your shepherd for games, cooking, art, and science activities. Quarterly mission projects will be announced soon.

Elementary (Kindergarten through Third Grade) at 11:00 W.O.W. (Worship Our Way)

We are inviting all K-3rd grade children to join us during the 11:00 service for W.O.W.—worship our way. We will be focusing on “Lessons From The Life Of Christ.” Your children will learn about Jesus’ life, His leadership, and His love and how to apply what they’ve learned about Jesus to their daily lives. These action-packed lessons from the life of Christ will help your kids know, follow, and live like Jesus.

Sixth Grade SLAM class at 9:45: This class will resume on September 9, 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, for parents with kids of all ages, kicks off the school year with a new study on September 9. Come join us as we support each other in parenting matters. We can survive and even thrive with God on our side! Grab a cup of coffee and be ready for talk and laughter.

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

Epworth UMW’s

Art and Craft Show Saturday, November 3

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. At Epworth United Methodist Church Everybody’s in! Search your heart and see where your fit is: A Contributor!

We’re talking donations here. A service or item for the silent auction—be creative— including vacation cottages, babysitting, gourmet meals, boat rides; a baked good (desserts, candy, bread) for the pantry; or your time as a volunteer, for preparations, day of, or both – we’ll even take care of your kids while you help! And of course, monetary donations are also appreciated.

A Volunteer!

We can’t say this enough – the Art and Craft Show’s success is due to the hard work from everyone in our congregation. It takes more than a hundred people to pull it off, and the more the merrier! Sign-up sheets will be posted in the cloister in September.

A Supporter!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 3 – and bring a friend or two! Place your bids, early and often, for the silent auction items. The silent auction is the biggest money maker for this event! Shuffle up to the card party. Buy tickets for the delicious luncheon (must be pre-ordered). Shop, shop, shop, and throughout the year, make sure to patronize the vendors and donors who make the Art and Craft Show what it is. Their participation plays an integral role in allowing us to raise the thousands of dollars that help support Epworth’s missions!

Sign-up sheets will be posted in the cloister in September. Tickets for the luncheon will be available in October (must be pre-ordered this year). And, look for more information in your bulletins and in the Epworth emails!



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Epworth Student Ministries

9/02 Sun Labor Day 9:45 am Jr & Sr Donuts & The Bible No SWATs 9/06 Thurs Confirmation 2012 Banquet & Rehearsal – 6:00 – 7:30 pm Narthex & Sanctuary 9/09 Sun 9:45 & 11 Confirmation Sunday in Worship Gathering 6:00 Junior SWAT in Epworth FLC 7:30 Senior SWAT in Epworth FLC 9/14 Friday 7:30 pm Junior SWAT Overnighter in FLC thru 9:00 am Saturday 9/16 Sun 9:45 am Jr & Sr Donuts & The Bible 12:30 Senior SWAT Youth Leadership Team (YLT) 6 & 7.5 Jr & Senior SWAT’s 9/23 Sun 9:45 am Jr & Sr Donuts & The Bible 6 & 7.5 SWAT’s 9/28--30 Fri-Sun Confirmation Retreat A Friday 7:00 pm to Sunday 12:30 pm 9/30 Sun 9:45 am Jr & Sr Donuts & The Bible 6 & 7.5 SWAT’s 10/07 Sun 9:45 am Jr & Sr Donuts & The Bible 12:30 Senior YLT 6 & 7.5 SWAT’s 10/13-14 Sat-Sun 7th Grade Fall Retreat – YMCA Camp Willson Bellefontaine Ohio 10/18 Thurs SWAT Italian Nite --- Youth Missions Fundraiser Dinner FLC 11/3-4 Sat-Sun Senior High Fall Chicago Retreat 15

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