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614 488.0681

February 2, 2014

Annual Meeting Today The Annual Meeting of First Community Church is today at 2 pm at North Campus. Special programs and activities presented by the Camp Akita staff are available to welcome all generations. Light refreshments will also be available. Attendees will receive a copy of our 2013 Annual Report. This document provides extensive insight into the ministries and programs you graciously support. In addition to Dr. Wing’s presentation of his continued guidance of Our 20/20 Vision, the event will include an update on the Capital Projects, Treasurer’s report, introduction of the 2014 budget, recognition of outgoing Governing Board members and remarks by outgoing Board Chair, Jason Barger, and incoming Board Chair, Kris Kipp. An election of Governing Board members, Treasurer, Deacons and Nominating Committee will take place.


Pajama Story Time

Friday, February 7, 6:30 pm

Brownlee Hall, South Campus

Young families enjoy bedtime stories, songs and a snack.

Upcoming Events Visit or email for more information. Women’s Guild Get-Together Drop in for refreshments and visit with current Guild members. Learn about the unique role the Guild plays in our church, our history and plans for the future. Contact Estelle Scott at 614 457.1037 or

Saturday, February 22 12:30 - 2:30 pm Auddino’s Bakery and Café 3560 Fishinger Blvd, Hilliard

John Dominic Crossan DVD Preview: Jesus & History - View Dr. Crossan’s 2005 Spiritual Searcher lecture and discover his engaging style and comprehensive understanding of Jesus, Bible and history with Rev. Hett. Register online at or with Natalia at or 614 488.0681 ext. 113.

Thursday, February 13 7 - 8:30 pm Wicker Room, South Campus

Alternative Valentine’s Celebration: DVD & Dessert - Spend an evening with friends on the spiritual path as Rev. Hett and the Center for Spiritual Search offer a fascinating DVD presentation, Automatic Brain, with coffee and dessert. Individuals and couples are invited. Register online at FCchurch. com/valentine or contact Natalia at njones@ or 614 488.0681 ext. 113.

Friday, February 14 7-9:30 pm Brownlee Hall, South Campus

Crossan Book Group Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography - Rev. Hett will lead this discussion of Dr. Crossan’s bestseller. Fully grasp the radical, earthly “way” of Jesus and capture Crossan’s brilliance. Register online at or with Natalia at or 614 488.0681 ext. 113. Book available at Searcher table or contact Natalia.

Thursday, February 27 7 – 8:30 pm Room 128, North Campus

Youth Spring Retreat - The Olympics are coming to Akita! Compete in ridiculous games, represent your make-believe country, and, of couse, spend plenty of time relaxing in between events. All this fun for $100. For Grades 6-12. Registration and details at

February 28 - March 2 Camp Akita

John Dominic Crossan: Is God Violent? How to Read the Christian Bible…And Still Be Christian “Dom” Crossan leads off the 25th Anniversary year of Spiritual Searcher, with new material we will hear prior to publication. Dr. Crossan will revise, enlighten and enliven our understanding of scripture and the nature of God. Register online at

Friday, March 7, 7 pm Saturday, March 8, 9 am Grace Hall, North Campus


Early Registration Discount through February 9

Church Announcements Pasta Dinner Tuesday, February 18 5:30 - 7:30 pm Grace Hall, North Campus Join us for this annual fundraiser for the Mexico Mission Trip. Info and tickets at


Life Line Screening

Blosser, Rogers to Sing

Life Line Screening will offer a preventive health event hosting affordable, noninvasive and painless health screenings on March 18.

Monday, February 3, 8pm Weigel Auditorium, OSU 1866 College Rd., 43210 C. Andrew Blosser will present a recital featuring the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Schumann’s Dichterliebe, and Benjamin Britten's Canticle II, assisted by Assistant Professor Katherine Rohrer, Ohio State, Emily Rogers, OSU alum, and Suzanne Newcomb, Otterbein University. The concert is presented as part of the School of Music Faculty Recital Series. Admission is $10 for general public; $5 for senior citizens, Alumni Association members, non-OSU students, children; FREE to Concert Card holders and all Ohio State students, faculty and staff.

Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems. Register and receive a $10 discount off any package over $129 by calling 888 653.6441 or visit community-partners

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For further information on events and programs, visit Online registration is available for many events.

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

Visit the resale shop, 10 am - 4 pm Monday - Saturday Annex, lower level, South Campus Donate any day of the week!


The Social Gospel –– The Reverend Ms. Katherine H. Shaner, Minister of Mission During Advent this column was dedicated to advocacy. While I can cut and paste articles about standing with the other, speaking in solidarity or witnessing our faith, I know that advocacy is profoundly hard work. It is work that needs patience, hope and is often very difficult to articulate. The following Bread blog post from Shirley Mullen, President of Houghton College, does a remarkable job at giving voice to advocacy and our call to participate. My prayer is that you will take the time to read the post in its entirety and join God’s call. God Calls Us to Be Advocates for Life- BREAD Blog, January 20 For some, advocacy is like a onetime cross-cultural experience, which takes them temporarily into an exotic world of the “other” but that leaves them virtually unchanged. They know it is a good thing to do, but they do not intend to be an advocate. For some, advocacy is another way of “coming of age.” It is a way of demarcating themselves from their own history, of making a statement in their own voice, apart from their parents’ faith or political beliefs. But, in the end, it is all about them and not about those for whom they are speaking. For some, advocacy is a way of exerting their gifts of persuasion and organization to come out on top. Yes, it is all for a good cause. But the main thing is the winning. It is all about being “right” and proving that to the rest of the world. Describing these forms of advocacy in no way discounts their potential for good. Sometimes things turn out much better than we planned for or expected. Imperfect people can be agents in accomplishing very good things in the world. More often than not, however, our efforts do not yield what we had hoped, at least not in the short run. Far too often, well-intentioned and hardworking people do not see the results commensurate with their efforts. God calls us to be advocates for life — not for a season. As believers, we are to be there for the “stranger” (Deuteronomy 15), for the “widow and orphan” (James), for those who “are in prison, naked, and hungry” (Matthew 25:35). The challenge for college students, and for each of us, is to allow advocacy to become a way of life and not a one-time experience that inoculates us against a lifetime of truly seeing the needs speaking faithfully for those who cannot speak for themselves. Advocacy is tiring work. Results are not immediate. The work is never done. Even with occasional dramatic victories, changing the law is a long way from changing culture or changing hearts. Sustained faithfulness in advocacy must be grounded in a larger life of discipline, humility, and Christian hope if it is to endure for the long haul. We are sometimes called to invest our lives in causes that seem to go nowhere, because it is the right thing to do, because the tapestry of history is longer in the making than our short lives, and because we know that nothing is wasted in God’s economy.

The views expressed in the recommended websites do not necessarily reflect the views of First Community Church.


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

Heart to Heart

Looking to volunteer in a fun, caring environment? Join us at Heart to Heart. Tuesdays: to give an offering to First Community Church.

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

Wednesdays: 3 - 5 pm Thursdays:

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

South Campus Receptionist

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

Sign up at

Habitat for Humanity

Needs 3-4 volunteers to do some warranty work at our 2012 build on Saturday, Feb 8 at 8:30 am. The owner has flooring which needs to be replaced. If you can help, contact John Fisher at 614 306.8994 or

Furber Books & Gifts

Volunteers needed on Sunday mornings at both campuses. Please contact Emily Rogers at 614 488.0681 ext. 223 or

Think Trading Post This Valentine’s Day Imagine this pretty little glass filled with chocolates from Pure Imagination Chocolates, our neighbor on Grandview Ave. Buy one for $10 to benefit Heart to Heart and Tri-Village Trading Post just in time for Valentine’s Day. We are again selling $10 or $25 gift certificates to benefit Heart to Heart clients. Trading Post has been able to clothe many people with warmth this winter from the sale of these certificates. See us after worship on February 2 and 9.


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 Weatherby 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 has an Ohio Benefit Bank counselor available as needed. For an appointment, 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. Child care available this year on Saturday with pre-registration. Check firstnews Sunday, firstnews Monthly and for more information.


This Week at First Community Church Sunday, February 2 11:30 am Middle School Vocal Ensemble Rm. 118 (NC) 11:30 am HS Block of Wood Gathering Burkhart Chapel (SC) 12:15 pm High School Vocal Ensemble Rm. 118 (NC) 2:00 pm Annual Meeting Grace Hall/Education Wing (NC) Monday, February 3 9:30 am Parent Growth Guild Rm. (SC) 11:00 am NCDC Meeting Brownlee Hall (SC) 3:30 pm Women’s Guild Executive Committee Library (SC) 4:30 pm Women’s Guild Board Meeting Guild Rm. (SC) 5:30 pm Friends of the Homeless Kitchen (SC) 5:30 pm Ministry of Presence (Franklin Med. Center) Wicker Rm. (SC)  7:00 pm Women’s MASS (Middle Age Solutions) Lincoln Rd. Chapel (SC)  7:00 pm Membership Council Rm. 111 (NC) Tuesday, February 4 8:30 am Heart to Heart Food Pantry Open (until 1 pm) Annex Rm. 103/104 (SC)  10:00 am Tuesday at Ten: The Fourth Gospel Wicker Rm. (SC)  12:00 pm Guild Group 7 Guild Rm./Kitchen (SC) 6:00 pm Whitechapel Ringers Rehearsal Rm. 111 (NC) 7:00 pm Transitions Support Group Library (SC) 7:00 pm Tuesday PM: New Testament Figures Rm. 125 (NC) Wednesday, February 5 7:00 am Men’s Fellowship Brownlee Hall (SC) 7:00 am Men’s Study Group: Epistle to the Romans Wicker Rm. (SC)  9:30 am Women LIving the Questions: Daring Greatly Wicker Rm. (SC)  5:30 pm Midweek Missions Rm. 115 (NC) 5:30 pm Kindergarten Choir Rehearsal Rm. 118 (NC) 6:00 pm Rafiki Mission Trip Informational Meeting Brownlee Hall (SC) 6:00 pm Cherub Choir Rehearsal Rm. 118 (NC) 6:30 pm Junior Choir Rehearsal Rm. 118 (NC) 6:45 pm Middle School Midweek Missions Rm. 125/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) 7:45 pm Youth Bell Choir 2 Rm. 111 (NC) 8:00 pm High School Impact Rm.128/Rm. 130 (NC) Thursday, February 6 8:30 am Heart to Heart Food Pantry Open (until 1 pm) Annex Rm. 103/104 (SC)  11:45 am Contemplative 1: Teresa of Avila Wicker Rm. (SC)  6:30 pm Grandview Candlelight NA Lincoln Rd. Chapel (SC)  7:30 pm Chancel Choir Rehearsal Sanctuary (SC) Friday, February 7 6:00 pm ALC Movie Screening Wicker Rm. (SC)  6:30 pm Pajama Story Time Brownlee Hall (SC) Saturday, February 8 10:00 am Contemplative 3: Julian of Norwich Annex Rm. 105 (SC)  NC = North Campus, 3777 Dublin Road SC = South Campus, 1320 Cambridge Blvd.

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Rev. Hett 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,, or call 614 488.0681


Back Bay Mission Experience Biloxi, Mississippi Trip Dates: April 27 - May 3 Informational Meeting: TBA Check for updates

Rafiki Mission Experience Nairobi, Kenya Trip Dates: Tentatively July 29 - August 6 Informational Meeting: Wed., February 5, 6 pm, Brownlee Hall

Got Coats?

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Coats may be placed in the Refugee Task Force baskets in the Rose Wing Lobby at the North Campus or the coatroom of the South Campus. Questions? Call Charlie Nichols at 614 486.1769

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