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614 488.0681

November 3, 2013

A History of All Saints Day All Saints Day, also known as the Feast of All Saints, was celebrated worldwide only after the legalization of Christianity by the Roman Empire circa 313 A.D. This commemoration of Saints was designed to honor those who were martyred in the name of Christ. The primary reason for establishing a common day was All Saints Day l, 1911 Oil on Canvas by Wassily Kandinsky that there were simply too many martyrs, especially during the persecution of Emperor Diocletian (284-305 A.D.). It was impossible to honor each with a day of their own. All Saints Day was celebrated on May 13 until 1073-85 A.D. when Pope Gregory VII suppressed May 13 and mandated November 1 as the new date to acknowledge this event. Today, we celebrate the lives of those in our congregation who have passed from November 1, 2012 to October 30, 2013, lifting their names in honor of their service.


Community Forum Monday, November 11

7 pm

North Campus

Renderings of the North Campus Sanctuary will be unveiled along with project definitions for South Campus and Akita.

Upcoming Events Visit or email for more information.

Sunday Morning Seminar at North


Sunday Morning Seminar at South


Tuesday at Ten


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 History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon W



Tuesday PM

New Group with Walter Watkins: Great Figures of the New Testament. Improve your biblical literacy and re-encounter the New Testament as a great repository of literary genius with former Spiritual Searcher, Professor Amy-Jill Levine, and her vivid portraits of the cast of characters in the New Testament. Free and open to the public. W

Men’s Wednesday Fellowship


Women Living the Questions


K-5 Midweek Missions


Wednesday Evening Bible Study




Men’s Study Group

The Passionate Jesus: What We Can Learn from Jesus about Love, Fear, Grief, Joy and Living Authentically.



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



Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears


Led by Julie Richards. For more information go to




Prayer, scriptures and action. Open to all. Led by Rev. Jim Long.

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

Middle School Midweek


High School Impact


Contemplative Way Group 1


Contemplative Way Group 2


Fellowship, service projects and meaningful conversation.


Bible study, deep discussion and hang-out time.



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.

Wednesday, 7 - 8 pm Room 130, North Campus

Wednesdays, 8 - 9 pm Room 128, North Campus Thursdays, 11:45 am - 1 pm Wicker Room, South Campus

Thursdays, 5:45 - 7 pm Guild Room, South Campus

Generations Art Reception

Thursday, November 7 6:30 to 8:30 pm Brownlee Hall, South Campus

Spiritual Salon

Monday, November 11 7 - 8:30 pm Burkhart Chapel, South Campus

For Dads Only

Tuesday, November 12 7 - 8:30 pm Guild Room, South Campus

100th Anniversary Celebration Concert

Friday, November 22 7:30 pm Grace Hall, North Campus

By artists Ivan Pusecker, Charles Nicholas Pusecker and Leah Pusecker-Reynoldsah

Influential Women in Early Christianity with Dr. Diane Lobody, professor of church history at Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Freewill offering taken.

We will be talking about holidays as we move into the season. All fathers welcome.

The Music of Benjamin Britten - Chamber Singers and New World Singers.

For further information on events, check the Welcome Center, firstnews Monthly,, 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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For further information on events and programs, visit Online registration is available for many events.

If you have not yet pledged for 2014, please find a pledge card located in the Welcome Pad or at the Welcome Center.

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First Edition

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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.

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The Social Gospel –– The Reverend Ms. Katherine H. Shaner, Minister of Mission Social media gives us a chance to create virtual community. I never miss an opportunity to learn from my online friends and appreciate their insight and thoughtfulness. I’d like to share a very recent example of this process. During the vote to re-open our government a court stenographer made a very public outburst regarding “not serving two masters” and Freemasons. I posted a comment regarding my lack of understanding about what she believed, which led to an amazing online conversation about evangelical thought, teachings and personal experiences. I was fascinated by the articles shared with me and would like to share some of them with you. I deeply value my evangelical brothers and sisters and their ability to enrich and inform my faith journey. Their witness and willingness to share their faith, their struggles and their continued walk was extraordinary. I wish each of them and each of us God’s peace as we struggle to remember we belong to each other. May we never stop praying for one another. This article covers Dominionism: This article from the Southern Poverty Law Center outlines the work of David Barton, frequently cited in some evangelical circles. In 2005, Barton was named by Time magazine as “One of America’s Top 25 Evangelicals.” Fabulous blog post by Morgan Guyton which begins, “When you grow up evangelical you view everything about politics through the lens of your religious experience…” Patheos hosted an interesting article on Freemasons and Christianity: Stunning post from @trischagoodwin about growing up evangelical: This article in the Wall Street Journal sparked lots of conversation among young evangelicals:

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, 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

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

The Social Gospel

Relevant, timely, important. Rev. Kate Shaner’s social networking column takes you places no other blog can. Referencing an extensive list of online resources, Rev. Shaner enlightens.


Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People - Part 8: The Life of Endurance


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 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.

Familiar Faces, New Direction Bruce Pontious After nearly 43 years in the fundraising arena, Bruce has chosen to retire and return to his roots in central Ohio. Both he and his wife Denise attributed their return to two primary reasons- family and First Community Church.

at the OSU Medical Center, now known as the Wexner Medical Center. In support of Our 20/20 Vision, Bruce has agreed to serve in a key leadership role, giving counsel to the annual Stewardship program and assisting the Foundation over the next several months. Lauri Sullivan Lauri has been working at the church for two years. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Virginia.

In his professional career, Bruce spent five years as Associate Vice Chancellor for Development at the University of Arkansas preparing the University for a comprehensive $1 billion Capital Campaign. During that time, he helped organize the division and increase annual fundraising to more than $100mm in three years, a first in their history.

Lauri has been working exclusively with the Foundation for the last year. As a member of the congregation, she understands the vital support the Foundation adds to the church’s programing and facilities.

Prior to Arkansas, he spent more than 21 years at The Ohio State University. He supervised development programs for five major gift programs.  He also led the highly successful development program


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

Furber Books & Gifts

Volunteers needed on Sunday mornings at both campuses. Please contact Emily Rogers at 614 488.0681 ext. 223 or to give an offering to First Community Church.

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.

Join Our Usher Team

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.

For Early Childhood, contact: Paige - (NC) Donice - (SC) For K-5, contact: Dawn -

TV Camera and Control Room

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

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


Tri-Village Trading Post

Heart to Heart

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

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

Wednesdays: 3 - 5 pm Thursdays:

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

Sign up 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

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

Akita Retreat Opportunities

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

Women’s Guild

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


This Week at First Community Church Sunday, November 3 - All Saints Sunday 11:30 am Middle School Vocal Ensemble Monday, November 4 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 5:30 pm Friends of the Homeless 5:30 pm Ministry of Presence 6:00 pm CPC/NCDC Meeting 7:00 pm Membership Council 7:00 pm Women’s Mass (Middle Age Solution) Tuesday, November 5 6:30 am Election (until 7:30 pm) 6:30 am Election (until 7:30 pm) 7:00 am Betty O’Neill Bake Sale (until 5 pm) 8:30 am Heart to Heart Food Pantry (until 1 pm) 10:00 am Tuesday at Ten 4:30 pm Grants Committee Meeting 6:00 pm Whitechapel Ringers Rehearsal 7:00 pm Pre-Baptism Class 7:00 pm Transitions Support Group 7:00 pm Tuesday PM Wednesday, November 6 7:00 am Men’s Study Group 7:00 am Men’s Wednesday Fellowship 9:30 am Women Living the Questions 5:30 pm Midweek Missions 5:30 pm Kindergarten Choir Rehearsal 6:00 pm Cherub Choir Rehearsal 6:00 pm CPC/NC Design Committee Meeting 6:30 pm Junior Choir Rehearsal 6:30 pm Bookstore Volunteer Gathering 7:00 pm Middle School Midweek 7:00 pm Wednesday Evening Bible Study 7:15 pm Youth Bell Choir 1 7:45 pm Youth Bell Choir 2 8:00 pm High School Impact Thursday, November 7 8:30 am Heart to Heart Food Pantry (until 1 pm) 9:30 am Prayers and Squares Quilt Ministry 11:45 am Contemplative Way Group 1 1:00 pm Organist Rehearsal/RG 3:00 pm Organist Rehearsal/SB 5:30 pm Contemplative Way Group 2 6:30 pm Grandview Candlelight NA/Open Group 6:30 pm Artist Reception 7:30 pm Chancel Choir Rehearsal Friday, November 8 8:30 am Jung Association - Healing Trauma... 7:00 pm Jung Association - Healing Trauma... Saturday, November 9 9:30 am Jung Association - Healing Trauma... C = North Campus, 3777 Dublin Road N SC = South Campus, 1320 Cambridge Blvd.

Rm. 118 (NC) Guild Rm. (SC) Guild Rm./Library (SC) Grace Hall (NC) Guild Rm. (SC) Kitchen (SC) Wicker Rm. (SC)  Brownlee Hall (SC) Rm. 111 (NC) Lincoln Rd. Chapel (SC)  Grace Hall (NC) Brownlee Hall (SC) South Campus Only Annex Rm. 103/104 (SC)  Wicker Rm. (SC)  Library (SC) Rm. 111 (NC) Wicker Rm. (SC)  Library (SC) Rm. 128 (NC) Wicker Rm. (SC)  Brownlee Hall (SC) Wicker Rm. (SC)  Rm. 115/Unity Lounge (NC) Rm. 118 (NC) Rm. 118 (NC) Wicker Rm. (SC)  Rm. 118 (NC) Guild Rm. (SC) Rm. 125/130 (NC) Rose Wing Conference Rm. (NC) Rm. 111 (NC) Rm. 111 (NC) Rm. 128 (NC) Annex Rm. 103/104 (SC)  Annex Rm. 101/102 (SC)  Wicker Rm. (SC)  Sanctuary (SC) Grace Hall (NC) Guild Rm. (SC) Lincoln Rd. Chapel (SC)  Brownlee Hall (SC) Sanctuary (SC) Grace Hall (NC) Grace Hall (NC) Grace Hall (NC)  = Wheelchair inaccessible


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


Illustration by Sophie Port

Sunday School Reflection In describing what she thought God was like, Sunday School first-grader Sophie Port wrote “God is love, God is sharing and God’s spirit is like a candle.” Sophie put her vision to crayon and paper, creating the illustration above. Sophie is the daughter of Kat Cochrane-Yamaguchi.

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