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May 4, 2014

The Foundation: A Ministry for the Ministries  By Lauri Sullivan, Director of First Community Foundation First Community Foundation celebrates its Sixtieth anniversary this year. The Foundation was established to honor Roy Burkhart on his twentieth anniversary as a permanent endowment program for the church. There is not a ministry, building, staff member or member of the congregation that has not benefited from the Foundation’s grants. Today the earnings and new gifts provide almost $400,000 annually. The timpani in the last Soli Deo Gloria was brought to you by a gift from the Foundation. Children’s lunches at the Mary Evans Child Development Center are kept cold in refrigerators funded by the Foundation. New HD camera equipment provides a clearer picture for the First Edition television program thanks to the Foundation. The list of grants is long and impressive. Many of our gifts come from bequests, but the majority are a gift for an occasion like a birthday or memorial for someone loved. All are acknowledged. Giving to the Foundation is belief that the church will continue to thrive and benefit from resources beyond annual pledging. It is a ministry of faith. New Members Joining Today


Thank you so very much for such a lovely and informative new member seminar on Saturday. We are very much looking forward to becoming part of the First Community family. We can’t wait to become involved with a church whose ideologies coincide so much with ours. — Lindsey and Lee Swad

Upcoming Events Visit or email for more information.

MorningSong Sunday, June 1, 2014

9:15 and 11 am

North Campus

Continue the experience of God in music and nature at Camp Akita at 2 pm. Complimentary bus transportation from North Campus is provided at 1 pm.

Women’s Guild Spring Event: Fashion Fling All women and guests are invited. This year we will have a fashion show featuring items from Tri-Village Trading Post. Tickets are $28, available after worship services today.

Saturday, May 10 11:30 am - 2 pm Brookside Country Club

Crossroads Closing Celebration - Join us in celebration of the 2013-14 school year as our high school classes receive the Block of Wood, Seven Keys, Rose and Crossbearer charms. The evening will conclude with a short speech by each of our HS seniors. All are welcome.

Sunday, May 11, 7 pm Sanctuary, South Campus

Living Faith Awards Breakfast - Two of the eight honorees this year are First Community Church members: Connie Hieatt and Tom White. Contact or 614 228.8867 for reservations.

Thursday, May 15 8 - 10 am Harry C. Moores Center, Capital University

Mission Council’s Gigantic Garage Sale Plan to come and shop or volunteer to help. Additional information is available at

May 16 & 17 North Campus

Deborah’s Daughters: Next Spiritual Salon Professor of Church History, Joy Schroeder, presents the story of Deborah (Judges 4-5) and how biblical interpreters throughout the ages have applied her story. Freewill offering taken.

Thursday, May 22 7 – 8:30 pm Brownlee Hall, South Campus

Pre-Registration Open for Spiritual Searcher Mirabai Starr - Registration has begun and reduced fees are available through May 5. Call the church, stop at the Sunday morning tables after worship or go to

June 6 & 7 Grace Hall, North Campus


Church Announcements Open Sundays After Worship

A fresh way of thinking about spirituality that grows throughout life In Falling Upward, Fr. Richard Rohr seeks to help readers understand the tasks of the two halves of life and to show them that those who have fallen, failed or “gone down” are the only ones who understand “up.” Most of us tend to think of the second half of life as largely about getting old, dealing with health issues and letting go of life, but the whole thesis of this book is exactly the opposite. What looks like falling down can largely be experienced as “falling upward.” In fact, it is not a loss but somehow actually a gain, as we have all seen with elders who have come to their fullness. This important book explores the counterintuitive message that we grow spiritually much more by doing wrong than by doing right.

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Calling All Gardeners

Planting your vegetable garden? Put in a few extra plants and donate your surplus harvest to the Farmer’s Market to be held at the North Campus in August. All proceeds go to support missions. For more information call Bruce Crouthamel at 614 777.0714

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The Social Gospel –– The Reverend Ms. Katherine H. Shaner, Minister of Mission Good Friday is fresh in my memory, the day we remember the execution of Jesus. We recoil at the brutality of this story yet live in one of the few countries that continue to sentence her citizens to death. Two thirds of the world (141 countries) have abolished the death penalty with most known executions happening in China, Iran, North Korea, Yemen and the United States. Find some basic death penalty facts here: This week Shane Claiborne, a young Southern Christian activist, offered this powerful article about his time with men on Tennessee’s death row: Tennessee just passed a bill re-instating the electric chair due to a shortage of lethal injection drugs. Note: The current shortage of drugs used in lethal injections is due to European objections to the death penalty. Read about the bill here: Oklahoma scheduled its first double execution in 80 years for Tuesday, April 29 after a prolonged court battle over the rights of inmates to know what drugs will be used to execute them. This story is almost too much to believe: Some called Ohio’s last execution “botched.” Read the BBC coverage of that story here: The Boston Globe addressed “botched” executions in “What botched executions tell us about the death penalty”: In 1994, Stephen Bright, President of the Southern Center for Human Rights and Yale Law School Faculty, wrote this foundational article noting the majority of those sentenced to death could not afford a lawyer. Read Counsel for the Poor: The Death Sentence not for the Worst Crime but for the Worst Lawyer here: The Huffington Post released research this week on the “shocking amount” of innocent people sentenced to death: Read about two such people here: Ndume Olatushani and Ruben ”Hurricane” Carter here: In the resurrection and new life of Easter, I pray our country will awaken to the desperate need for an end to the death penalty. As children of God we must and can do better. Until that day, have mercy on us Oh Lord, so we in turn will show mercy to others. Amen.

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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.

Support Missions

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

Mission Council Garage Sale Volunteers Needed This year’s sale is May 16 & 17 and we could use your help. Stop by the Garage Sale table after worship services to sign up, or contact Beth Hanson at 614 488.6526 or

Good Call Using the browser on your smartphone, go to to give an offering to First Community Church.

Lend a Hand Heart to Heart

Tri-Village Trading Post

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

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

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

Wednesdays: 3 - 4:30 pm Thursdays:

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

Join Our Usher Team

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

Furber Books

Volunteer in the bookstore on Sunday mornings at either campus. If interested, please contact Emily Rogers at 614 488.0681 ext. 223 or


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

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Heart to Heart has an Ohio Benefit Bank counselor available as needed. For an appointment, call 614 488.0681 ext 155

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

Akita Retreat Opportunities

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


This Week at First Community Church Monday, May 5 9:30 am Parent Growth 3:30 pm Women’s Guild Executive Committee 4:30 pm Women’s Guild Board Meeting 5:30 pm Friends of the Homeless 5:30 pm Ministry of Presence (Franklin Med. Center) 7:00 pm Women’s MASS (Middle Age Solutions) 7:00 pm Membership Council

Guild Rm. (SC) Guild Rm./Library (SC) Guild Rm. (SC) Kitchen (SC) Wicker Rm. (SC)  Lincoln Rd. Chapel (SC)  Rm. 111 (NC)

Tuesday, May 6 6:30 am Election (until 7:30 pm) Grace Hall (NC)/Brownlee Hall (SC) 8:30 am Heart to Heart Food Pantry Open (until 1 pm) Annex Rm. 103/104 (SC)  10:00 am Tuesday at Ten: Embracing Spiritual Awakening 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: Jim Wallis’ The Other Side Rm. 125 (NC) Wednesday, May 7 7:00 am Wednesday Morning Fellowship 7:00 am Men’s Study Group: Epistle to the Romans 9:30 am Women Living the Questions: Eckhart Tolle 4:00 pm NCDC Meeting 5:30 pm K-5 Youth Choir Rehearsal & Dinner 7:00 pm Wednesday Evening Bible Study 8:00 pm High School Impact

Brownlee Hall (SC) Wicker Rm. (SC)  Wicker Rm. (SC)  Library (SC) Brownlee Hall/Sanctuary (SC) Rose Wing Conference Rm. (NC) Rm. 128/130 (NC)

Thursday, May 8 8:30 am Heart to Heart Food Pantry Open (until 1 pm) Annex Rm. 103/104 (SC)  11:45 am Contemplative Group: Teresa of Avila Wicker Rm. (SC)  4:15 pm Older Adult Council Brownlee Hall (SC) 6:30 pm Grandview Candlelight NA Lincoln Rd. Chapel (SC)  6:30 pm Jung Association Lecture Wicker Rm.  7:30 pm Chancel Choir Rehearsal Sanctuary (SC) Saturday, May 10 10:00 am Contemplative Group: Julian of Norwich NC = North Campus, 3777 Dublin Road SC = South Campus, 1320 Cambridge Blvd.

Annex Rm. 105 (SC)   = Wheelchair inaccessible


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)

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