Advent & Christmas Schedule Page 7
Christmas Memorials Page 12
Heart to Heart needs: Soups & Grocery Bags
December 15, 2013
40th Annual Candelight Concert
Carols for Christmas Today, December 15, 4 pm
Grace Hall, North Campus
Chancel Choir and Chamber Singers with Chamber Orchestra of Columbus Symphony Musicians. Freewill offering.
Ronald J. Jenkins, conductor
Stephen T. Mainâ€™s Wonder Tidings
Our thanks to church member and author Jason Barger for donating 65 copies of his book, ReMember. All proceeds benefit First Community Church. Get your copy after worship. See Page 6 for more information.
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
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 excellent 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. W
Great Figures of the New Testament. Led by Walter Watkins. Video lectures by Amy-Jill Levine. Each session unique. W
Studying the Christmas story through December. Will resume study of Romans in January.
Men’s Study Group
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. 7
Tuesdays, 7 - 8:15 pm Room 128, North Campus Resumes Jan. 21
Wednesdays, 7 - 8 am Wicker Room, South Campus
Women Living the Questions
Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11 am Wicker Room, South Campus
Wednesday Evening Bible Study
Wednesdays, 7 - 8:15 pm Conference Rm, North Campus Off for Dec., Resumes Jan. 8
Contemplative Way Group 1
Men’s Wednesday Fellowship
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.
Sacred reading, 30-minute meditation and closing reflections. Rev. David Hett facilitates.
Wednesdays, 7 - 8 am Brownlee Hall, South Campus
Thursdays, 11:45 am - 1 pm Wicker Room, South Campus Resumes Jan. 9
Contemplative Way Group 2
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Saturday Contemplative Way Group
Reading, meditation and discussion of Merton’s New Seeds of Contemplation. Facilitated by Lisa Bueche, Spiritual Director, and Rev. David Hett.
A time of sacred reading, meditation and discussion based on Mirabai Starr’s newest book, The Showing of Julian of Norwich – A New Translation. Facilitated by Rose Konrath and Vickie Murphy, Spiritual Director. Free-will offering each week.
Spiritual Salon: A Walk with Martin Luther The founder of Protestantism, Martin Luther, is the focus of our next “Spiritual Salon”, an intimate portrait of the leader of the Protestant Reformation.
1st/3rd Thursdays, 7 - 8 pm Guild Room, South Campus Resumes Jan. 16
Saturdays, 10-11:15 am Beginning January 4, 2014 Spiritual Guidance Room, South Campus Annex
Tuesday, January 14 7-8:30 pm Brownlee Hall, South Campus
Blood Drive Thursday, December 19 2 - 7 pm South Campus Give the gift of life by donating blood. Schedule your donation now by contacting Cara Shary at 614 459.3691 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit redcrossblood.org and use out sponsor code: fcchurchsouth. Your blood recipients thank you.
Commemorative Christmas Ornament Only $5 at Furber Books & Gifts.
For a complete list of Christmas events, see page 7. 3
Church Announcements Holiday Hours & Tax Info
Both North and South Campuses will close Tuesday, December 24 at noon and re-open 1 hour prior to the Christmas Eve services.
Pledging is a vital component of First Community Churchâ€™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 Godâ€™s love into our community and the world.
South Campus will re-open Friday, December 27 with normal business hours. North Campus remains closed through January 1. South Campus will close Wednesday, December 31 at noon.
We would like to thank those of you who have pledged in 2013.
Please note that in order to receive tax deductions for 2013, all contributions must be postmarked or delivered in person on or before December 31.
If you have not yet pledged for 2014, please find a pledge card located in the Welcome Pad or at the Welcome Center.
A flier on Charitable Contributions is available at the Welcome Center. Both Campuses resume regular hours on January 2.
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The Social Gospel –– The Reverend Ms. Katherine H. Shaner, Minister of Mission The world traveled this week. They traveled from all over, together, to pay tribute to a man of peace. The world gathered together this week to sing Nelson Mandela to heaven. As I watched people stream into the African rugby stadium, 100,000 strong with the largest gathering of foreign dignitaries we may see in our lifetimes, I could not help but reflect on the parallel of their journey to our Advent journey. We are in the third week of Advent, symbolized by the lighting of the Shepherd’s candle. This candle symbolizes joy and the angels announcement of the coming birth of the Prince of Peace. I cannot think of a better time to celebrate our earthly brother, Madiba, who fought so passionately for peace. Archbishop Desmond Tutu commanded those gathered in South Africa to promise “to follow the example of Nelson Mandela.” As we celebrate the “good tidings of great joy” this Sunday at the coming of the birth of Christ, may we also commit ourselves to being apostles of Christ’s peace and work for reconciliation until we too are sung into heaven.
From The New Yorker, Mandela and the Politics of Forgiveness http://nyr.kr/1bALFAr From African blogger Okwonga: Mandela will never, ever be your minstrel: okwonga.com/?p=869 Be Nelson Mandela http://bit.ly/18dBt1J An amazing spoken word poem “on behalf of the American people” by Maya Angelou: His Day is Done http://bit.ly/18JxlXK The world shone South Africa’s light: http://bit.ly/1aSwDBM
The views expressed in the recommended websites do not necessarily reflect the views of First Community Church.
$15 at Furber Books & Gifts 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. 6
Kidwell Heads For Deep Griha
Christmas Event Schedule
By Sandy Wood Tabitha Kidwell will volunteer at Deep Griha from February - April, 2014. Her experience will be particularly helpful to Deep Griha’s English Medium School, which First Community Church helped build beginning in 2008.
Christmas Eve Services Tuesday, December 24
North Campus 4:30 pm - Candlelight Service Dr. Richard Wing preaching. 6 pm - Candlelight Service Dr. Richard Wing preaching.
“I’ve dreamed about volunteering there for years,” Tabitha said. “My hope is that I could be helpful as a resource for the teachers.”
South Campus 4 pm - Children’s Service Led by Donice Wooster and Rev. Deborah Lindsay.
Tabitha is an active church member, daughter of Vickie Murphy and cousin to Jim Long. She spent 2 years teaching English to aspiring English teachers at a Muslim University in Salatiga, Inndonesia, 2 years teaching in Madagascar with the Peace Corps and 1 year teaching in France.
9 pm - Festival of Lessons & Carols Chancel Choir and Orchestra. Dr. Richard Wing preaching. 11 pm - Festival of Lessons & Carols Chancel Choir and Orchestra. Dr. Richard Wing preaching.
Sunday after Christmas
She majored in French and Spanish Education at Miami University and earned an MA in Foreign and Second Language Education while teaching 4 years at Kilbourne Middle School in Worthington.
Sunday, December 29, 11 am Sanctuary, South Campus Rev. Paul Baumer preaching. All children and youth welcome in worship.
Tabitha was an adult leader for the FCC High School program for 4 years.
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Deep Griha has been supported by FCC for more than 38 years. Founded by Neela and the late Bhaskar Onawale, the organization serves the poor in the slums of Puné, India and is currently directed by Ashlesha Onawale, daughter of Neela and Bhaskar.
Deep Griha employs more than 100, half of whom are past recipients of Deep Griha services. The program reaches 78,000 individuals with a budget under $350,000, about $4.49 per recipient.
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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
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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 - donicew@FCchurch.com (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 rwolfe@FCchurch.com
For K-5, contact: Dawn - dcostin@FCchurch.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Lois Zook at lzook@FCchurch.com for details.
Wednesdays: 3 - 5 pm Thursdays:
8 - 11 am or 11 am - 1:30 pm
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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 sbinder@FCchurch.com
South Campus Receptionist
Volunteers needed to answer phones and greet our congregation. Contact Pam at pjameson@FCchurch.com
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, December 15 10:00 am Middle School Adopt-a-Family 11:15 am High School Adopt-a-Family 3:00 pm Choir and Orchestra Gathering 4:00 pm Carols for Christmas Candlelight Concert
Rms. 130/128/125 (NC) Rms. 130/128/125 (NC) Education Wing (NC) Grace Hall (NC)
Monday, December 16 9:00 am Heart to Heart Donation Drop-off (until 5 pm) Guild Rm. (SC) 11:00 am Trading Post Luncheon Brownlee Hall (SC) 4:00 pm Organist Rehearsal/SB Grace Hall (NC) 5:30 pm Friends of the Homeless Kitchen (SC) 7:00 pm Women’s MASS (Middle Age Solutions) Lincoln Rd. Chapel (SC) 7:00 pm Governing Board Meeting Off Site Tuesday, December 17 8:30 am Heart to Heart Food Pantry (until 1 pm) Annex Rm. 103/104 (SC) 9:00 am Heart to Heart Donation Drop-off (until 6 pm) Guild Rm. (SC) 7:00 pm Transitions Support Group Library (SC) Wednesday, December 18 7:00 am Men’s Study Group Wicker Rm. (SC) 7:00 am Men’s Wednesday Fellowship Brownlee Hall (SC) 9:00 am Heart to Heart Donation Drop-off (until 8 pm) Guild Rm. (SC) 9:30 am Women Living the Questions Wicker Rm. (SC) 8:00 pm High School Impact Rm. 128 (NC) Thursday, December 19 8:30 am Heart to Heart Food Pantry (until 1 pm) Annex Rm. 103/104 (SC) 9:00 am Heart to Heart Donation Drop-off (until 8 pm) Guild Rm. (SC) 9:30 am Prayers & Squares Quilt Ministry Annex Rm. 101/102 (SC) 1:00 pm Organist Rehearsal/RG Sanctuary (SC) 2:00 pm Red Cross Blood Drive Brownlee Hall (SC) 3:00 pm Organist Rehearsal/SB Grace Hall (NC) 6:30 pm Grandview Candlelight NA/Open Group Lincoln Rd. Chapel (SC) 7:30 pm Chancel Choir Rehearsal Sanctuary (SC) Friday, December 20 9:00 am Heart to Heart Donation Drop-off (until 5 pm) Guild Rm. (SC) Saturday, December 21 10:00 am Choir & Orchestra Rehearsal
NC = North Campus, 3777 Dublin Road SC = South Campus, 1320 Cambridge Blvd.
= Wheelchair inaccessible
NEXT SUNDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE - December 22
8:30 am 8:30 am 10:00 am 11:00 am
Rev. Lindsay preaching (Burkhart Chapel, SC) Dr. Wing preaching (Grace Hall, NC) Dr. Wing preaching (Grace Hall, NC) Dr. Wing preaching (Sanctuary, SC)
For further information on events, check the Welcome Center, firstnews Monthly, FCchurch.com, info@FCchurch.com or call 614 488.0681
Christmas Memorials All who wish to make a special Christmas gift in memory of a family member or friend 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, fill out the form below and submit your memorial at the Worship & Arts table after worship today. You may also send a check (payable to First Community Church) to: 1320 Cambridge Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212, Attn: Music Dept. Please include a card listing the name of the person(s) in whose memory the gift is made. Christmas Memorials are also accepted online at FCchurch.com/memorials Today is the last day to have your memorial listed in the Christmas Eve bulletins. However you can still give up until Christmas. A full list of names will appear in firstnews Monthly after Christmas.
CHRISTMAS MEMORIAL DONATION (Please Print) DONOR _____________________________________________________________ ADDRESS ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ IN MEMORY OF ______________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ AMOUNT ___________________________________________________________