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Heart to Heart needs: Boxed Stuffing & Grocery Bags
November 17, 2013
Support Heart to Heart Today, we gratefully accept a special offering for Heart to Heart, our churchâ€™s food pantry. Recently, government support of food programs has been drastically reduced, forcing faith-based pantries to dig deeper. Please give generously.
Insight Video Available Today Our short film Insight â€“ Passion and Purpose at First Community Church is available for online viewing and purchase today. This 30-minute reflection of church life will inspire and entertain. Makes a great gift for the holidays at $15.
On Sunday, November 24, we will honor our 40-year or more members with special recognition. Following the 11 am worship service, there will be a Reunion Celebration in Brownlee Hall, South Campus with refreshments, a slideshow of memories and display of archives in the Library.
Upcoming Events Visit FCchurch.com or email info@FCchurch.com for more information.
Sunday Morning Seminar at North
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Sunday Morning Seminar at South
Tuesday at Ten
Men’s Study Group
Men’s Wednesday Fellowship
Women Living the Questions
Embracing Spiritual Awakening with Diana Butler Bass. A new 5-week DVD discussion series with one of our past Spiritual Searchers teaching on the Dynamics of Experiential Faith. All are welcome. Consecutive attendance not required.
Embracing Spiritual Awakening with Diana Butler Bass. See description above.
The Making of the New Testament Canon Video lecture by Dr. Bart Ehrman. Discussion led by Walter Watkins.
New Group with Walter Watkins: Great Figures of the New Testament. Video lectures by Professor Amy-Jill Levine. Free and open to the public.
Beginning a study on the book of Romans.
Presentations and discussion of leading-edge topics. All are welcome. Ends promptly at 8 am.
Starting December 3, Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent & Lead.
K-5 Midweek Missions
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Middle School Midweek
Wednesday Evening Bible Study Prayer, scriptures and action. Open to all. Led by Rev. Jim Long.
Fellowship, service projects and meaningful conversation.
Sundays, 9 - 9:50 am November 10 - December 8 Room 115, North Campus
Sundays, 9:30 - 10:45 am November 10 - December 8 Wicker Room, South Campus Tuesdays, 10 - 11:30 am Wicker Room, South Campus
Tuesdays, 7 - 8:15 pm November 12 - December 10 Room 128, North Campus
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
Wednesdays, 5:30 - 6:45 pm Room 115, North Campus
Wednesdays, 7 - 8:15 pm Rose Wing Conference Room, North Campus Wednesdays, 6:45 - 7:45 pm Room 130, North Campus
High School Impact
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Wednesdays, 8 - 9 pm Room 128, North Campus
Contemplative Way Group 1
Thursdays, 11:45 am - 1 pm Wicker Room, South Campus
Contemplative Way Group 2
Bible study, deep discussion and hang-out time.
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Sacred reading of Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle, 30-minute meditation and closing reflections. Rev. David Hett facilitates.
Sacred reading, meditation and discussion of Thomas Merton’s New Seeds of Contemplation. Facilitated by Lisa Bueche, Spiritual Director, and Rev. David Hett.
Thursdays, 5:45 - 7 pm Guild Room, South Campus
For Moms Only
Monday, November 18 7 - 8:30 pm Guild Room, South Campus
100th Anniversary Celebration Concert
Friday, November 22 7:30 pm Grace Hall, North Campus
Children’s Christmas Musical
Sunday, December 8 9 & 10:30 am Grace Hall, North Campus
61st Annual Christmas Craft Shop
Sunday, December 7 10 am - 12 pm Grace Hall, North Campus
Advent by Candlelight
Wednesday, December 11 7 pm Grace Hall, North Campus
All mothers welcome. Topic: Holidays.
The Music of Benjamin Britten - Chamber Singers and New World Singers.
Two complete services of worship with the children’s choirs presenting the message of the morning.
Craftmaking for all ages, children through adults. TIckets online or at the door. For more information go to FCchurch.com/craft
An intergenerational experience with song, silence and a story to ease the holiday rush. Free will offering.
For further information on events, check the Welcome Center, firstnews Monthly, FCchurch.com, info@FCchurch.com or call 614 488.0681
Church Announcements Pledge 2014 Pledging is a vital component of First Community Church’s financial success. Our church relies on your annual promise of financial support to confidently fund the important programs and ministries that carry our message of God’s love into our community and the world.
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First Edition is now on WWHO-TV (The CW), Sundays at 9 am. For a list of channels go to FCchurch.com
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A Boutique Shopping Experience at Bargain Prices
Visit the resale shop, 10 am - 4 pm, Monday through Saturday, Annex, lower level, South Campus
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
We’re getting ready for Christmas at Trading Post and we need a small tree! If you have a 4-6 ft tree or one for a tabletop that we could use to display ornaments please call Rebecca Wolfe at 330 697-6218.
To become a firstnews Monthly sponsor, please visit: FCchurch.com/sponsorship
The Social Gospel –– The Reverend Ms. Katherine H. Shaner, Minister of Mission When asked what the Lord requires of us, the prophet Micah replied, “To do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God.” Many times, however, working toward a more just society seems like an insurmountable task. “What can one person do?” or “the problems seem so big,” are common statements heard surrounding the conversation on working toward justice from a faith based perspective. B.R.E.A.D. is a local ecumenical organization that seeks to “provide a vehicle for congregations to practice justice by joining together large numbers of people.” There is powerful witness in people of faith collectively speaking on behalf of the poor, the marginalized or systems that keep some of us from living a life free of bondage and oppression. This Sunday, I would like to introduce you to the work of B.R.E.A.D. and its more than 50 congregations. If you have a passion for working on justice, or are interested in working with a larger ecumenical group in the community, I invite you to look for upcoming conversations surrounding this work or email me directly at kshaner@ fcchurch.com. My prayer is that those who are searching for a way to “do justice” might find a home with our brothers and sisters of faith in B.R.E.A.D. Here is the home page for our Columbus B.R.E.A.D. organization: breadcolumbus.org/BREADabout.html Take a look at one of their newsletters here: breadcolumbus.org/BREADpublications/newsletter%20(6-13).pdf You can find the list of participating congregations here: breadcolumbus.org/BREADcongreg.html B.R.E.A.D utilizes the DART or Direct Action Research and Training method. DART brings diverse religious congregations together around shared values and concerns in order to effectively address and resolve community problems. Learn more about the process here: thedartcenter.org/ One of the issues B.R.E.A.D continues to work on is restorative justice. “Restorative justice emphasizes repairing the harm caused by crime. When victims, offenders and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results can be transformational.” (RestorativeJustice.org) You can take a look at a presentation on restorative justice from Dr. Joan Katz of Missouri Western State University here: http://bit.ly/HTJxZK You can also find good information on restorative justice here: restorativejustice.org Interested in the Scriptural call for justice? Look at some resources here: thedartcenter.org/involve-your-congregation/call-to-justice “We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The views expressed in the recommended websites do not necessarily reflect the views of First Community Church.
Job Openings at First Community Church Job-Share Sunday Pre-K Leaders - The Early Childhood Department is seeking one person for the 11 am South Campus service as a paid Sunday lead teacher, helped by parent volunteers. This person would alternate with another lead teacher, making the schedule quite flexible. Contact Donice Wooster, donicew@FCchurch.com or 614 488.0681 ext 244. Housekeepers - Two part-time (up to 25 hours per week) housekeeping positions, with the possibility of moving into full-time positions. Applicants need to have prior cleaning experience, the ability to climb, lift and move furniture up to 65 lbs. Positions require flexibility in scheduling through the week and weekends. Pay will vary depending on experience. If interested, please send resume and cover letter to pjameson@FCchurch.com
Online Blogs from Clergy and Staff Ask Donice
Parents often wish they had access to an early childhood professional; a person unrelated who can offer seasoned advice without judgment. Ask Donice provides this and more. Visit FCchurch.com/ask-donice
The Social Gospel
Relevant, timely, important. Rev. Kate Shanerâ€™s social networking column takes you places no other blog can. Referencing an extensive list of online resources, Rev. Shaner enlightens.
Christmas Memorials All who wish to make a special Christmas gift in memory of a family member or friend will have the opportunity to do so. Christmas Memorials provide for the greenery, candles, flowers and other special arrangements in our Christmas services. The church exterior decorations and the instrumentalists for the services are all made possible through these gifts. If you would like to make this gift part of your Christmas, send your check (payable to First Community Church) to 1320 Cambridge Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212, Attn: Music Dept. Include a card listing the name of the person(s) in whose memory the gift is made. Or, submit your memorial at the Worship & Arts table after the Sunday worship services from November 24 - December 15 or online at FCchurch.com under Giving Opportunities. Names received by December 15 will be listed in the Christmas Eve bulletins. A full list of names will appear in firstnews Monthly after Christmas.
Ministry of Presence Collecting Donations During November, we plan to collect items to donate to the palliative (hospice) care rooms at Franklin Medical Center (FMC). Some beautiful quilts have already been donated and we have a collection bin in the coat room of South Campus for new or gently used twin sheet sets, blankets, pillows and other soft items. We can also use paint, flooring, bedside tables & lamps, comfortable chairs, a coffee maker & microwave, and more. To donate larger items, contact Vickie Murphy (email@example.com) or Tom White (firstname.lastname@example.org) for pickup. Many thanks!
Global Gallery Global Gallery is a Fair Trade organization with locations in Clintonville, the Short North and Campbell Hall at The Ohio State University. It is committed to four main values: compassion, equity, creativity and gratitude. Mobile Global, a refurbished bookmobile, brings an opportunity to shop the Global Gallery to the North Campus on Sunday, December 1. Global Gallery offers items by artisans from over 30 countries and offers handicrafts, coffee and gifts from around the world. Your purchases support Global Gallery’s educational programs: Women Crafting Change (a project that brings together Columbus women of all backgrounds to empower one another through creation); High School Docent Program (a curriculum for engaging high school students with Fair Trade); Bolivia Orphanage Project (after-school program and home for youth).
Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Relief Your generous support is needed to help those affected by “Typhoon Haiyan.” The UCC has set up a page to accept donations. To donate, please visit:
Food For Thought: A Community Conversation about the Spirituality of Food By Karen Patterson The Hilliard Ray Patch YMCA, in collaboration with the Safe Alliance of Interfaith Leaders (S.A.I.L.), will be hosting Food For Thought: A Community Conversation about the Spirituality of Food from 6 - 7 pm on November 20. The event will be held at The Hilliard Ray Patch YMCA, 4515 Cosgray Rd., Hilliard, OH 43206. Our conversation will be led by representatives from local churches and houses of worship and will include perspectives from Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Additionally, representatives from local farms and community gardens will provide information about options for accessing healthy food locally. This is a free event, but tickets are required as seating is limited. Healthy snacks and water will be provided, and childcare is available. Contact Rev. Dr. Stephen Smith, 614 766.2664, or Malik Moore at the Hilliard Ray Patch YMCA, 614 334.9622
Win! Win! Win! Buy a gift certificate from Trading Post and donate it to Heart to Heart. This will allow a person to pick out some much-needed clothes. It will give revenue to the Post and ultimately money will come back to the church’s mission projects. Everyone will be a winner! See us at North Campus outside Grace Hall and South Campus in Brownlee Hall, November 24, December 1 and December 8 or call Rebecca Wolfe at 614 488.6564 to make a purchase.
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.
Purchase Giant Eagle grocery gift cards or enroll in the Kroger Rewards program. Visit the Mission page at FCchurch.com for information or visit the tables after worship.
Lend a Hand
Good Call Using the Browser on your smartphone, go to
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.
FCchurch.com/minute to give an offering to First Community Church.
For Early Childhood, contact: Paige - email@example.com (NC) Donice - dwooster@FCchurch.com (SC)
Heart to Heart
Looking to volunteer in a fun, caring environment? Join us at Heart to Heart.
For K-5, contact: Dawn - dcostin@FCchurch.com
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 rwolfe@FCchurch.com
8 - 11 am or 11 am - 1:30 pm
Wednesdays: 3 - 5 pm Thursdays:
8 - 11 am or 11 am - 1:30 pm
Sign up at FCchurch.com/heartto-heart-food-pantry
TV Camera and Control Room
Join Our Usher Team
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 sbinder@FCchurch.com
We need a minimum of 20 ushers each week to cover all of our services. Can you help? Contact Jennifer Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lois Zook at lzook@FCchurch.com for details.
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 kweatherby@FCchurch.com
Providing dignity, compassion and respect.
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 kweatherby@FCchurch.com
Choice Food Pantry open Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:30 am - 1 pm Lamar A. Graham, Director 614 488.0681 ext 203 HeartToHeart@FCchurch.com
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 kweatherby@FCchurch.com
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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
Bridges to Healing Grief Group
2nd/4th Tuesdays of the month, 7 pm Wicker Room, South Campus A support group for those experiencing grief. Led by Rev. Jim Long and Dr. Dan Davis. For more information, contact Kathy Weatherby in the Pastoral Care Office at 614 488.0681 ext 239 or kweatherby@FCchurch.com
Akita Retreat Opportunities
Church members receive a discount on rentals. For individual or group retreat opportunities, visit CampAkita.org or call 740 385.3827 ext 222
For information about the Womenâ€™s Guild, please contact Estelle Scott, Chair of the Guild Membership Committee, at 614 457.1037 or email@example.com
This Week at First Community Church Sunday, November 17 11:30 am Middle School Vocal Ensemble Rm. 118 (NC) 12:30 pm Chamber Choir Rehearsal Grace Hall (NC) Monday, November 18 9:30 am Parent Growth Guild Rm. (SC) 4:00 pm Organist Rehearsal/SB Grace Hall (NC) 5:30 pm Friends of the Homeless Kitchen (SC) 5:30 pm Ministry of Presence (Franklin Medical Center) Wicker Rm. (SC) 6:00 pm Mission Sub-Committee Meeting Library (SC) 6:00 pm Personnel Committee Rose Wing Conference Rm. (NC) 6:45 pm Service Board Brownlee Hall (SC) 7:00 pm Women’s Mass (Middle Age Solution) Lincoln Rd. Chapel (SC) 7:00 pm For Moms Only Parent Group Guild Rm. (SC) 7:00 pm Adult Learning Council Rm. 115 (NC) 7:00 pm Mission Council Wicker Rm. (SC) 7:00 pm Governing Board Meeting Rm. 111 (NC) 8:00 pm Vocal Rehearsal/ER Grace Hall (NC) Tuesday, November 19 8:30 am Heart to Heart Food Pantry (until 1 pm) Annex Rm. 103/104 (SC) 10:00 am Tuesday at Ten Wicker Rm. (SC) 6:00 pm Whitechapel Ringers Rehearsal Rm. 111 (NC) 7:00 pm Transitions Support Group Library (SC) 7:00 pm Tuesday PM Study Group Rm. 128 (NC) 7:30 pm Deacon Board Meeting Wicker Rm. (SC) 7:30 pm Foundation Board Meeting Brownlee Hall (SC) Wednesday, November 20 7:00 am Men’s Study Group Wicker Rm. (SC) 7:00 am Men’s Wednesday Fellowship Brownlee Hall (SC) 9:30 am Women Living the Questions Wicker Rm. (SC) 5:30 pm Midweek Missions Rm. 115/Unity Lounge (NC) 5:30 pm Kindergarten Choir Rehearsal Rm. 118 (NC) 6:00 pm Cherub Choir Rehearsal Rm. 118 (NC) 6:30 pm Junior Choir Rehearsal Rm. 118 (NC) 6:45 pm Middle School Midweek Rm. 125/115 (NC) 7:00 pm New World Youth Singers Rehearsal Rm. 130 (NC) 7:00 pm Wednesday Evening Bible Study Rose Wing Conference Rm. (NC) 7:15 pm Youth Bell Choir 1 Rm. 111 (NC) 7:15 pm Chamber Choir Rehearsal Grace Hall (NC) 7:45 pm Youth Bell Choir 2 Rm. 111 (NC) 8:00 pm High School Impact Rm. 128 (NC) Thursday, November 21 8:30 am Heart to Heart Food Pantry (until 1 pm) Annex Rm. 103/104 (SC) 9:30 am Prayers and Squares Quilt Ministry Annex Rm. 101/102 (SC) 10:00 am South Campus Planning Committee Library (SC) 11:45 am Contemplative Way Group 1 Wicker Rm. (SC) 1:00 pm Organist Rehearsal/RG Sanctuary (SC) 3:00 pm Organist Rehearsal/SB Grace Hall (NC) 5:30 pm Contemplative Way Group 2 Guild Rm. (SC) 6:30 pm Grandview Candlelight NA/Open Group Lincoln Rd. Chapel (SC) 7:30 pm Chancel Choir Rehearsal Grace Hall (NC) Friday, November 22 7:00 pm Choir Gathering Rm. 118 (NC) 7:30 pm Concert: Music of Benjamin Britten Grace Hall (NC) C = North Campus, 3777 Dublin Road N SC = South Campus, 1320 Cambridge Blvd.
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NEXT SUNDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE - November 24
8:30 am 8:30 am 10:00 am 11:00 am
Rev. Long preaching (Burkhart Chapel, SC) Dr. Wing preaching (Grace Hall, NC) Dr. Wing preaching (Grace Hall, NC) Dr. Wing preaching (Sanctuary, SC)
A Special Anniversary Concert
Friday, November 22, 7:30 pm On the exact date of the 100th anniversary of his birth, St. Cecilia Day
Grace Hall, North Campus The First Community Church Chamber Singers
Ronald J. Jenkins, Conductor
Robert A. Griffith, organ
Emily Rogers, mezzo-soprano and C. Andrew Blosser, tenor Suzanne Newcomb, piano with
The New World Singers of the Columbus Childrenâ€™s Choir Jeanne Wohlgamuth, Artistic Director Chad Baker, piano
Performing Canticle II, Rejoice in the Lamb, Jubilate Deo, A Ceremony of Carols, Friday Afternoons, Psalm 150 ~ Freewill offering ~