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 By Dr. Richard A. Wing The Psalms are for people who need forgiveness and encouragement to keep on keeping on, and that is why the name of King David is connected to it. He needed lots of forgiveness. He needed lots of encouragement. And who of us cannot say the same for ourselves? Only after receiving grace equal to the heap of things we are sorry for can we hear the words of Psalm 23: "The Lord is my shepherd; I lack nothing; He made me to lie down in green pastures; He has stilled all my longings. He restores my soul." The good news: there is no sin, mess up and sadness that God cannot mend by the power of forgiveness. That will be the destination of our journey in the next 4 Sundays.

January 5 Part 1 - vs. l-3a DIVINE DILIGENCE January 12 Part 2 - vs. 3b-4 GUIDANCE THROUGH DARK VALLEYS January 19 Part 3 - vs. 5 CALM IN THE FACE OF TROUBLE January 26 Part 4- vs. 6 FOLLOWED BY GOODNESS

Upcoming Events Visit or email for more information.

Sunday Morning Seminar at North


Sunday Morning Seminar at South


Tuesday at Ten


Tuesday PM


Men’s Study Group


Men’s Wednesday Fellowship


Women Living the Questions


Wednesday Evening Bible Study


Starting January 12: Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? When four religious leaders walk across the road, it’s not the beginning of a joke. It’s the start of one of the most important conversations in today’s world: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World. So says author Brian McLaren in this study.



Starting January 12: Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? (See description above.)



Pete and Pidge Diehl lead this new class on Bishop John Shelby Spong’s 2013 book, The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic.



Great Figures of the New Testament. Led by Walter Watkins. Video lectures by Amy-Jill Levine. Each week we look at a new, unique character. In January we start with ‘Doubting Thomas,” followed by the “Gentile Mother Who Challenged Jesus,” then characters from the parables of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son. Free and open to the public.



Will resume study of Romans in January.



Presentations and discussion of leading-edge topics. Ends promptly at 8 am.



New series: Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly.


Prayer, scriptures and action. Led by Rev. Long.


Sundays, 9 - 9:50 am Room 115, North Campus New class begins Jan. 12

Sundays, 9:30 - 10:45 am Wicker Room, South Campus New class begins Jan. 12

Tuesdays, 10 - 11:30 am Wicker Room, South Campus Resumes Jan. 14

Tuesdays, 7 - 8:15 pm Room 128, North Campus Resumes Jan. 21

Wednesdays, 7 - 8 am Wicker Room, South Campus Wednesdays, 7 - 8 am Brownlee Hall, South Campus

Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11 am Wicker Room, South Campus Resumes Jan. 8 Wednesdays, 7 - 8:15 pm Conference Rm, North Campus Resumes Jan. 8

Contemplative Way Group 1


Contemplative Way Group 2


Sacred reading, 30-minute meditation and closing reflections. Rev. David Hett facilitates.


Reading, meditation and discussion of Merton’s New Seeds of Contemplation. Facilitated by Lisa Bueche, Spiritual Director, and Rev. David Hett. W



Saturday Contemplative Way Group

A time of sacred reading, meditation and discussion based on Mirabai Starr’s The Showing of Julian of Norwich – A New Translation. Facilitated by Rose Konrath and Vickie Murphy, Spiritual Director.

Thursdays, 11:45 am - 1 pm Wicker Room, South Campus Resumes Jan. 9 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7 - 8 pm Guild Room, South Campus Resumes Jan. 16

Saturdays, 10-11:15 am Spiritual Guidance Room, South Campus Annex

Economics of Happiness Documentary

Sunday, January 12, 2-4 pm Wicker Room, South Campus

Spiritual Salon: A Walk with Martin Luther

Tuesday, January 14 7-8:30 pm Brownlee Hall, South Campus

OSU Humanities Forum

Wednesday, January 22 7:30 pm Grace Hall, North Campus

The Economics of Happiness is a documentary about the movement for “going local.” Carol Fisher from our local Simply Living organization will introduce this film and answer questions. Register at

An intimate portrait of the leader of the Protestant Reformation.

Panel on Eastern Religions with Fred Anderle Former WOSU radio host interviews representatives from Hindu, Jain, Sikh and Tibetan Buddhist traditions.

Community Forum Focuses on South Campus A Community Forum focusing on the South Campus Capital Project will be held on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 12:15 pm in the South Campus Sanctuary. The South Campus Design Committee (SCDC) will be sharing information and seeking feedback from the congregation regarding the Recommended Project Definition for the South Campus Capital Project. The Project Definition, which was approved by the Governing Board at the November 18 meeting, will serve as a guide for the Committee as it develops a Master Plan for the South Campus. A Camp Akita experience will be offered for K-12 children at Lincoln Road Chapel.


Church Announcements ReMember is a book about coming alive and engaging in your life and work. Author and church member Jason Barger has donated 65 copies to First Community Church. All proceeds benefit FCC.

$15 at Furber Books & Gifts Trading Post Gift Cards a Hit!

Soup For You

Thank you to all who have purchased gift cards thus far for Heart to Heart patrons, enabling them to shop at TriVillage Trading Post for much needed clothing and wares. Some have already begun to redeem them and are coming to the Post for the first time.

The Women’s Guild Annual Soup and Casserole Sale is Sunday, January 19. We will be selling at North Campus at the 8:30 and 10 am services and South at the 11 service.

Join the Service Board

Lamar Graham and Rebecca Wolfe will continue to foster the relationship between our two missions in the coming year to better serve our neighbors in need. Look for a special “LOVE” fundraiser coming your way on Heart to Heart Sunday in February.

Looking for a way to be more involved in the church? We are a multigenerational group of church members who support the workings of the church. We meet monthly, 8 times per year. Activities include serving communion with the deacons, delivering roses to church members who are hospitalized and serving refreshments after services at South Campus. We also sponsor the Burkhart Luncheon (formerly the Sweetheart luncheon) each spring.

Until then, gift certificates are on sale in $10 and $25 denominations. Contact Rebecca Wolfe at 614 488.6564 if you are interested in purchasing.

We our new year begins Saturday January 18. Contact Mary Gossard at 614 774.9560 or

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We Appreciate Our Sponsors Thomas Leo Laudick, Leo Alfred Jewelers Tom White, Brexton Real Estate Chad Martin, K.A. Menendian First Community Village Lorelei M. Lanier, Attorney at Law Donald Eliot, Clinical Audiologist

Tri-Village Trading Post is closed for the Christmas season and will reopen on January 6, 2014


Give Please take this opportunity to review the many ways you can provide for your church and your community. We welcome your gifts of time, talent and financial support.

Support Missions

Purchase Giant Eagle grocery gift cards or enroll in the Kroger Rewards program. Visit the Mission page at for information or visit the tables after worship.

Lend a Hand

Good Call Using the Browser on your smartphone, go to

Sunday School

We have consistent lead teachers in all of our classes, but rely on parents to assist the teachers with taking attendance, helping serve snacks and providing extra hands and hearts. to give an offering to First Community Church.

For Early Childhood, contact: Paige - (NC) Donice - (SC)

Tri-Village Trading Post

Be a volunteer in the Receiving Room or in the Shop. Share your spare hours with the Post. Friendly faces will greet you and help you learn the work. If interested, contact Rebecca Wolfe at 330 697.6218 or

For K-5, contact: Dawn -

Heart to Heart

Looking to volunteer in a fun, caring environment? Join us at Heart to Heart. Tuesdays:

Join Our Usher Team

8 - 11 am or 11 am - 1:30 pm

We need a minimum of 20 ushers each week to cover all of our services. Can you help? Contact Jennifer Morrison at or Lois Zook at for details.

Wednesdays: 3 - 5 pm Thursdays:

8 - 11 am or 11 am - 1:30 pm

Sign up at

TV Camera and Control Room The Media Team needs you! No experience necessary, just a willingness to learn and develop television broadcast skills for First Edition. If you are available on a regular basis, contact Scott Binder at

South Campus Receptionist

Volunteers needed to answer phones and greet our congregation. Contact Pam at


Receive First Community Church provides many opportunities for learning, spiritual growth and fellowship, as well as material and spiritual assistance to those in need.

Care & Prayer

All prayers are held in confidence. Please contact Kathy in the Pastoral Care Office at 614 488.0681 ext 239 or


Providing dignity, compassion and respect.

Pastoral Counseling

Pastoral Care is intertwined throughout all the programs and the business of the congregation as we explore life together. Contact the Pastoral Care Office at 614 488.0681 ext 239 or

Choice Food Pantry open Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:30 am - 1 pm Lamar A. Graham, Director 614 488.0681 ext 203

Transitions Support Group

1st/3rd Tuesdays of the month, 7 pm Library, South Campus For those experiencing divorce or a broken relationship. Led by Dr. Dan Davis and Vickie Jean Murphy, Spiritual Director. For more information, contact Kathy Weatherby in the Pastoral Care Office at 614 488.0681 ext 239 or

The Benefit Bank is the registered trademark of Solutions for Progress, Inc. and that TBB, OBB and The Benefit Bank logo are the trademarks and service marks of Solutions for Progress, Inc.

Heart to Heart now has an Ohio Benefit Bank counselor on site Thursdays during pantry hours. For an appointment outside pantry hours, call 614 488.0681 ext 155

Women’s Guild

Akita Retreat Opportunities

For information about the Women’s Guild, please contact Estelle Scott, Chair of the Guild Membership Committee, at 614 457.1037 or

Church members receive a discount on rentals. For individual or group retreat opportunities, visit or call 740 385.3827 ext 222

Upcoming Parent Retreat Save March 8-9, 2014 for the Parent Retreat at Camp Akita. Stay one day or overnight. Registration will open in January. Check firstnews Sunday, firstnews Monthly and for more information.


This Week at First Community Church Sunday, January 5 11:30 am Middle School Vocal Ensemble Monday, January 6 9:30 am Parent Growth 3:30 pm Women’s Guild Executive Committee 4:00 pm Organist Rehearsal/SB 4:30 pm Women’s Guild Board Meeting 7:00 pm Women’s MASS (Middle Age Solutions) Tuesday, January 7 8:30 am Heart to Heart Food Pantry (until 1 pm) 5:30 pm Ministry of Presence (Franklin Med. Center) 5:30 pm Friends of the Homeless 6:00 pm Whitechapel Ringers Rehearsal 7:00 pm K-12 Council Meeting Wednesday, January 8 7:00 am Men’s Study Group 7:00 am Men’s Fellowship Group 9:30 am Women LIving the Questions 5:30 pm Kindergarten Choir Rehearsal 6:00 pm Cherub Choir Rehearsal 6:00 pm CPC/NC Design Committee 6:30 pm Junior Choir Rehearsal 6:45 pm Middle School Midweek Missions 7:00 pm Wednesday Evening Bible Study 7:00 pm Guild Group D 7:15 pm Youth Bell Choir 1 7:45 pm Youth Bell Choir 2 8:00 pm High School Impact Thursday, January 9 8:30 am Heart to Heart Food Pantry (until 1 pm) 9:30 am South Campus Planning Committee 11:45 am Contemplative Way Group 1 4:15 pm Older Adult Council 7:30 pm Chancel Choir Rehearsal Saturday, January 11 9:00 am W&A De-Decorating 10:00 am Contemplative Way Group NC = North Campus, 3777 Dublin Road SC = South Campus, 1320 Cambridge Blvd.

Rm. 118 (NC) Guild Rm. (SC) Library (SC) Grace Hall (NC) Guild Rm. (SC) Lincoln Rd. Chapel (SC)  Annex Rms. 103/104 (SC) Wicker Rm. (SC)  Kitchen (SC) Rm. 111 (NC) Rm. 128 (NC) Wicker Rm. (SC)  Brownlee Hall (SC) Wicker Rm. (SC)  Rm. 118 (NC) Rm. 118 (NC) Wicker Rm. (SC)  Rm. 118 (NC) Rm. 125/Rm. 130 (NC) Rose WIng Conference Rm. (NC) Guild Rm./Kitchen (SC) Rm. 111 (NC) Rm. 111 (NC) Rm.128/Rm. 130 (NC) Annex Rms. 103/104 (SC) Library (SC) Wicker Rm. (SC)  Guild Rm. (SC) Sanctuary (SC) Both Campuses Annex Rm. 105 (SC)  = Wheelchair inaccessible


8:30 am 8:30 am 10:00 am 11:00 am

Rev. Hett preaching (Burkhart Chapel, SC) Dr. Wing preaching (Grace Hall, NC) Dr. Wing preaching (Grace Hall, NC) Dr. Wing preaching (Sanctuary, SC)

You’ve Never Seen Passion & Purpose Like This Insight DVD’s are available now at Furber Books & Gifts or online at For further information on events, check the Welcome Center, firstnews Monthly,, or call 614 488.0681


Do you have a passion for mission? Are you looking to meet others that share your passion? Mission Council may be the group for you! The First Community Church Mission Council is a group called to ministry outside the walls of the church. We are passionate about the relationships we have built with each other, our community and our world. If you would like to learn more about becoming a member of Mission Council we would love to talk with you. Please contact Crystal Allen, 2014 Mission Council Chair at or Rev. Kate Shaner, Minister of Mission at Say you’ll join us!

Some of our current partnerships include: Heart to Heart Food Pantry Central Community House The Hilltop Shalom Zone Habitat for Humanity Friends of the Homeless Mid-Ohio Foodbank Back a Bay Mission-Biloxi, MS Rafiki School and Orphanage- Nairobi Kenya Deep Griha-PunĂŠ, India Tandana-Mali and Equador Healing Arts Mission-Dumay, Haiti Dominica School-Santo Domingo, DR AMOR-Mexico

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