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The Gift of Friendship New Program Reminiscent of Times Past  Story and Photos by Michael Barber In 1995, Issie McCoy and Barb Cunningham were neighbors. Living across from one another proved to be the perfect environment for visits at all hours of the day and night.

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Issie McCoy, left, and Barb Cunningham enjoy time together at Issie's home as part of the Friend to Friend project.

“We weren’t too particular about time,” Issie said. “As long as we were together, that was a great thing. We could talk about anything. We’re kinda unique.” Issie, a vibrant 93-year-old lady and member of First Community Church since the age of 2, currently calls Friendship Village of Dublin home. She looks forward to frequent talks with her

long-time friend, Barb, a retired clergy of the church. “Issie brings me alive,” Barb said. “She gives me ideas, never gives advice. She simply teaches me what she was taught.” Their visits are made more special by the revival of a church program nearly (Continued, Page 9)

Holy W eek & Easter

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Holy Week & Easter Maundy Thursday, April 5, 8 pm South Campus, 1320 Cambridge Boulevard Candlelight Choral Service of Holy Communion and Tenebrae Led by Members of the Clergy with readings by members of the Diaconate Choral Music by the Chancel Choir Ronald Jenkins, Minister of Music & Liturgy; Robert Griffith, Organist Good Friday, April 6, 12 noon North Campus, 3777 Dublin Road A Service of Worship and Music Chamber Singers and Orchestra With portions of Handel’s Messiah as well as music of Bach, Ferguson, John Rutter, and Barber’s Adagio for Strings presented by members of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the First Community Church Chamber Singers Ronald Jenkins, Director; Robert Griffith, Organist; C. Andrew Blosser, tenor Dr. Richard A. Wing, Senior Minister delivering a meditation Worshippers are also invited to walk the outdoor Labyrinth before or after this service.


Easter Sunday, April 8, 8:30 am Burkhart Chapel, South Campus HOLY COMMUNION The Reverend Mr. James M. Long, Preacher Sally R. Beske, Assistant Organist Children in worship Easter Sunday, April 8, 10 am & 11:30 am Sanctuary, South Campus The Reverend Dr. Richard A. Wing, Preacher Chancel Choir with brass and tympani Ronald Jenkins, Minister of Music & Liturgy; Robert Griffith, Organist The Reverend Mr. David S. Hett and The Reverend Ms. Katherine H. Shaner, Liturgists (10) The Reverend Mr. James M. Long and Sarah Kientz, Liturgists (11:30) Child care: Crib to pre-K at 10 and crib to two years at 11:30 Easter Sunday, April 8, 8:30 am Grace Hall, North Campus The Reverend Dr. Richard A. Wing, Preacher Chancel Choir with Brass and Percussion Ronald Jenkins, Minister of Music & Liturgy; Robert Griffith, Organist The Reverend Paul E. Baumer and The Reverend Ms. Deborah C. Lindsay, Liturgists Child care: Crib to pre-K Easter Sunday, April 8, 10 and 11:30 Grace Hall, North Campus The Reverend Ms. Deborah C. Lindsay, Preacher (10) The Reverend Paul E. Baumer and Scot Nicoll, Liturgists (10) The Reverend Ms. Katherine H. Shaner, Preacher (11:30) The Reverend Mr. David S. Hett and Andy Frick, Liturgists (11:30) Sally R. Beske, Assistant Organist; Kurt Smith, Guitarist Child care: Crib to pre-K at 10 and all children in worship at 11:30


firstnews Articles Include the date, contact person’s name, phone number and/or e-mail address with all submissions. Submit to: email - fax - 614 488.2763 phone - 614 488.0681 We reserve the right to edit all submissions. The deadline for all submissions is 12 pm, on the 15th of each month. firstnews is a communications mission of First Community Church, published for church members and the community to share insights, educate and inform. Editor: Michael Barber Graphic Design: Tabitha McCleery First Community Church firstnews (USPS 196-300) is published monthly by First Community Church, 1320 Cambridge Boulevard, Columbus, OH 43212-3200. Periodicals postage paid at Columbus, Ohio. Subscription rates — U.S. First Community members - $1/year; non-pledging members and non-members - $25/year. Canadian or foreign subscriptions must be paid in U.S. dollars. For non-U.S. rates, call the firstnews office. Postmaster: Send address changes to First Community Church, 1320 Cambridge Boulevard, Columbus, OH 43212-3200.

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Looking ahead Dr. Wing is preparing the following sermons: April 1: Palm/Passion Sunday MISSION IMPOSSIBLE Mark 11: 1-11 April 8: Easter YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE THIS! Mark 16: 1-8 April 15: Second Sunday of Easter THE COURAGE TO DOUBT John 20:19-31 April 22: Third Sunday of Easter HAPPY TO SEE YOU, I GUESS Mark 15:42-47 April 29: Fourth Sunday of Easter HIGH ANXIETY John 10:11-18



–– The Reverend Dr. Richard A. Wing, Senior Minister

Yearly I tell the story of Izak of Krakow. Recently, I had many requests to put it in writing. Here it is. Long ago there was a Jewish man by the name of Isak who lived in Krakow, the great city of artisans and many fellow Jews. Isak decided that he wanted to create a temple for God. He dreamed each day of finding a treasure of gold to build the little temple for God. One night, he had a dream that if he went to Prague, the great city, and dug underneath the bridge that goes to the palace of the King, that he would find the gold to build the little temple to God. When he awoke, he knew that his dream in the night showed him what he was to do. So, off he went to Prague. As he was digging under the bridge, a guard caught him and asked what he was doing. After being caught, he knew honesty would be the best policy. “I had a dream that if I dug here, I would find a gold treasure so that I could build a temple to God.” The guard started laughing uncontrollably. “Why, just last night I had a dream,” said the guard, “that if I were to go to the city of Krakow and find a man by the name of Isak and went into his home and moved the stove and opened up the floor that I would find a pot of gold. Do you think I am stupid enough to go to Krakow that is filled with many Jews named Isak and seek to find that gold?” He told Isak to leave while laughing at his stupidity. Isak began the long walk home. Upon arrival he went into his house. He moved the stove in the middle of the room. He opened up the floorboards and there found a pot of gold with which he built a little temple for God. The moral of the story is this: everything you need in life is near you and inside you. But sometimes you have to go on a long journey to know that such is true. Peace to you,

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Trip to Holy Land: Informational Meeting Sunday, April 22, 12:30 pm Wicker Room, South Campus Join Dr. Richard and Shirley Wing for a memorable trip to the Holy Land next year and be inspired! Escorted tour departs from Columbus on April 10 and returns April 18, 2013. Airfare from Columbus is included. For information contact: Marti Garvin Timmons 614 457.2382


The Foundation Corner

A Special Day of Celebration –– Donald Jameson, Director of Foundation Development April 25 will be a special day of celebration for members of the Foundation Heritage Society. On that day the Foundation will hold a special luncheon at Brookside Golf and Country Club to honor Heritage Society members for their support of the future needs of First Community Church. Invited guests will include Heritage Society members and volunteer leaders of First Community Church. Invitations will be mailed in early April. The program will include a performance by QUBE, the Artist-in-Residence string quartet comprised of faculty members at Otterbein University. Support for this event will be provided by BNY Mellon Wealth Management, manager of the Foundation’s investment portfolio. The Society members are First Community Church members who decide that financial support of our church and its ministries is important beyond the immediate needs of the church for operating budget and capital campaign gifts. They know that many of the church’s programs, ministries and projects, which make our church unique, are made possible by grants from First Community Foundation. In 2011, Foundation grants totaled $457,259. Much of the money provided in those grants came from Foundation funds that were established years ago through direct gifts or estate plans. Those donors strongly believed in leaving a legacy for the future of our church. The ability of the Foundation to provide assistance for our church tomorrow will depend largely on legacy decisions made today by current church members. Please join us in this special effort. Heritage Society members qualify for membership in the Society by making cash gifts to the Foundation of $2,500 or more or by including the Foundation or the Church in their wills or other estate plans. If you would like to learn more about the Heritage Society, please contact Don Jameson at 614 488.0681 ext. 241.

Sowing the Seeds Perhaps the only time more enjoyable for children than a day at a country farm is a day at Mary Evans Child Development Center. On Friday, April 27 from 6 - 8 pm, North Campus will host Down on the Farm, combining this fun event with an open house. Parents and children will experience farm-related crafts and games along with available horseback rides and a light meal. The Center will be open for tours at the same time, providing a glimpse inside the rich learning environment. For more information regarding Down on the Farm, see page 18. Registration for preschool and kindergarten classes for fall 2012 is currently open. Contact Jamy Zambito at 614 777.4099 or

First Community Foundation Gifts In memory of: Dorothy Peppe Janet Stone Dr. Robert Bohl Carolyn Copeland David & Elaine Buck James & Shirley Bull The Bohl Family Jeannette Kuyper Rolland & Artha Anne King Batelle Jeanne & Herb Johnston Joe Yearling Joyce Brannan Rosemary Belt Diann Reitelbach Robert & Patricia Prior Karen Lee Robert & Patricia Prior Libby Krouse Teresa Cottingham Gave Campbell Bill Morris In honor of: Dr. Richard Wing Robert & Patricia Prior Guild Group 7 Mary Jean Bradley Betty O'Neill Kate Shaner David & Karyl Hanhilammi Miriam Clark's 90th Birthday Terry Jo & David Williamson

First Community Church Gifts In memory of: Joan Snyder Wayne & Nelda Piper Siegfried & Marjorie Claussner Margaret Hommel Bonie & Ron Psychological-Spiritual Development Fund In honor of: Kelly Hogrefe & Marilyn Presshell David Hogrefe & Brian Kemp Emily Groom Charlie Vachris & Judy Long Joy Plassman John Hoberg Spiritual Searcher Thomas Fox Heart to Heart Food Pantry Sally and Bryan Beske Douglas and Darian Torrance Brian and Felicia Wilson Anne Powell Tim Hufffman In honor of: Deborah Linville John & Judy Hoberg Mark & Sandra Misicka and George & Corinne Wilson John Scurlock Joe Yearling & Bob Rieger Bill & Nancy Ewing (continued on page 5)


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First Community Church Gifts (continued from page 4) In celebration of: Laura, Justin & Ashley Claire Shary Angie Weber Buck & Nancy Byrne Angie Weber & Ray Bostic Wendy Vaughan Bill & Susan Napier The Harr Family Wayne & Cheri Rickert Biddie Clark Anonymous Conner & Sophia Mayhorn Judy Long & Charlie Vachris Jill Thomas Biddie Clark Her husband John “Buck” Patton for Valentines Day Jodi Patton June Corwin Anonymous Our Grandchildren: Thomas & Zoe Snyder Rev. Tom & Kitty Snyder Sally Beske & Bell Choir 2 Anonymous Teagan Revelle Peggy Wible In memory of: Jim Burnholtz’s mother & Cathy Burnholtz's mother-in-law Fred & Donna Rieser Carl Norris Lee Burges Dottie Peppe Vernon Morrison Jennifer B. Morrison Grandma Roseanne Kyrsten Willimott Jim Sipp Barbara Sipp Lawrence & Fern Edwards Gerald & Kimberly Lane Rev. Gabe Campbell Kim Close Cindy Close Jeanette Kuyper Bobbie Reynolds Dean Reinhard, Jr. Bobbie Reynolds June Corwin Anonymous Friends of Music In memory of: Morgan Espe Mrochek Family Vance Cotter Jerre Cotter Jeannette Kuyper Janet McCutcheon In honor of: Ronald Jenkins Brett Kingsley Will Davis Louise Kutz The Chancel Choir Loretta & Dave Heigle

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Women’s Guild  Submitted by Jill Eliot The Women’s Guild of First Community Church is a gift comprised of all types of women - daughters, mothers, wives, sisters, grandmothers, aunts, cousins. They are tall and skinny; short and pleasingly plump; happy and busy; kind and considerate; young and old. They are friends for life and they are most certainly friends in Christ. In this season of resurrection and renewal, we continue our anniversary of 100 years of good works. These good works stand as the bow on our gift. The Guild Video Project is proceeding with Joy Plassman at the helm. A short video highlighting the Guild was shown on Guild Sunday. The final video will incorporate all Guild Groups and each Group will receive a DVD of the project. Joy is looking for a few women with media or artistic interest and backgrounds who would like to preview the video and provide feedback to Joy and her production group. If interested, contact Joy at, 614 459.1454 or 614 634.2824.

We Want Your News Firstnews is dedicated to providing readers with quality news and features each month. We are particularly interested in receiving information directly from members regarding their participation in church events and programs.

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Attention Kroger Shoppers

Take Heart

Transitions –– The Reverend Ms. Deborah Countiss Lindsay, Minister of Spiritual Care Divorce, or the ending of a significant relationship, is one of life’s most painful transitions. Dr. Bruce Fisher, author of a wonderful book about divorce called Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends, reminds us “it’s natural, expected, healthy, even okay to hurt. Pain is nature’s way of telling us that something in us needs to be healed, so let’s get on with the healing.” At First Community Church, one of the ways we help individuals get on with the healing is a twicemonthly support group called Transitions. Led by psychologist Dan Davis, PhD, Transitions provides a space for the sharing of feelings, spiritual support and community. This spring, the Transitions group is experiencing a transition of its own. Dr. Davis has designed a ten-part series of sessions, based on Dr. Fisher’s Rebuilding approach, which is one of the most widely and successfully used models for helping people manage divorce or the ending of a significant relationship. The sessions will focus on grief, anger, the importance of letting go and taking care of oneself, as well as love, openness and entering into new relationships. Following the ten-week educational program, there will be another ten weeks of open support group gatherings and then the program will begin again. Dan and I have facilitated groups together over the last few years; he is a gifted leader and therapist. In addition, he brings to the work his own deep spirituality and a clear sense of God’s presence in our lives. He also has a great sense of humor and knows the healing power of a good laugh. (Dan has helped me to take myself a little less seriously and I am forever grateful.) Transitions meets the first and third Tuesdays of every month at 7 pm in the South Campus library. The new program will begin Tuesday, June 5. A favorite quote of mine comes from a Muslim poet named Hafiz, who lived in the 14th century in what was once known as Persia. Hafiz wrote: “He who sits in the house of grief will eventually sit in the garden.” In this faith community we sit together in the house of grief and when the time comes we sit together in the garden as well. If you or someone you know is experiencing the pain of a broken relationship, please join us for Transitions as we get on with the healing.

Your participation in the Kroger Reward Program last year earned thousands of dollars which were spent on church mission programs. April is the month to re-enroll in the program or to sign up as a new participant. Once you are enrolled for the year, you can contribute points every time you shop. Kroger does all the bookkeeping and sends us quarterly checks based on the amount of our purchases. To re-enroll online after April 1: • Go to • Click “Already Enrolled? Sign In” • Log in using your email address and password For original enrollment: • Go to the above website • Click the purple Ohio button • On the right side of the screen, scroll down to “Get Started – Sign Up Today” and follow the directions. • Be sure to select First Community Church as your organization. If you would like to help with the sign up process, please stop by the Mission Council grocery tables after Sunday services. You may pick up more detailed instructions or sign up to have someone complete the enrollment for you on their computer.


Older Adult Council  Submitted by Nancy Evans The Older Adult Council will conduct a survey on Sunday, April 22 at North Campus and Sunday, May 20 at South Campus for interested members to share their ideas about making facilities more accessible, more comfortable, safer and easier to use. Please plan to contribute.


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Caring for your Aging


Spring New Member Seminar Saturday, April 14 9:30 am - 12:30 pm What does it mean to become a member? What are the benefits? What is the membership process and what is expected of members? What if I’m a member of another denomination? What if I haven’t been baptized? What if my spouse or partner doesn’t want to join?

May 16 at 7 pm Brownlee Hall, South Campus Free of charge and open to all. Sponsored by the Older Adult Council.

Heartfelt Letter The most important mission for Heart to Heart is to treat our friends with dignity and compassion. It is always rewarding to receive feedback from those we serve. Below is a letter we recently received from a friend who frequently visits our food pantry.

If you would like to learn more about First Community Church or would like to become more engaged and feel more connected to others, we invite you to attend our Spring New Member Seminar. To register for the Seminar or for more information, contact Paula Russell, Director of Membership, at or 614 488.0681 ext 228. If you would like to become a member, but cannot attend the Spring Seminar, please let us know.

Heart to Heart Food Pantry Totals For February 2012 Households served..........................431 Individuals served............................860 Meals provided.............................7,740 Year-to-Date Households served..........................910 Individuals served.........................1,870 Meals provided...........................16,830 Heart to Heart offers a helping hand and caring heart in times of need.

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First Community Church Gifts

Stewardship Corner


–– The Reverend Mr. Paul E. Baumer, Minister of Stewardship If you think Easter is all about eternal life, think again. Yes, it brings us the promise of eternal life with God. It also brings us the promise of renewed life, now. For me, Lent was always a time of getting battered down. (Fortunately, that’s not the way we do it here at First Community Church.) Growing up in a bit of a conservative congregation, Lent was (when I listened, and my Dad was the preacher) a series of “aren’t we awful” sermons, given on Sundays and during the Wednesday evening services. The music was drab and mournful. The prayers of confession were anything but helpful. What do you mean, “there is no health in us”? I really didn’t like Lent. The whole bit was to tell us how sinful we were and God was going to get us until and unless we got squared away. But a verse from Genesis always pounded away in the back of my mind.“ God saw everything that He had made, and indeed, it was very good.” At the foundation of it all, including at the foundation of each of us, we are very good. That is what I think Jesus is all about. Jesus didn’t come to tear us up and scatter the pieces. He came to help us get and keep it together. So what do you see when you look in your mirror? Someone you’d rather not know? Or someone who sees Easter reaching into your life not as a future promise but as a power in your life right now? The good news is that no matter what we see in the mirror, God gives us the always present choice to have the junk become part of our past rather than part of our present and future. God gives us the always present choice to use our lives to tell the good news of life in Jesus. Determining how you use your life in that way is the beginning of Christian stewardship and the life that tells the good news of Jesus. Happy Easter!

Red Cross Blood Drive

(continued from page 5) Missions In memory of: Wyn Shimer Susan Huhta Margaret Johnson Linda Ritter Anne Sheline Bobbie Reynolds Sandra Susan Harp Jan Sawyer Joe Yearling Carole Yoder Mary Virginia Ambrose Lori Smith and Todd Neffenger Jeanette Kuyper Anne Sheline Jerry Tollifson Ann Sheline Deep Griha Linda and Carl Nelson Kelly Ali Jodi Patton Mark and Mary Hollinger Glen Schmidt George and Linda Norris Bill Canden Tamar Campell-Sauer Anne Sheline Jane Belt William A. Lotozo Crystal Allen Carol Baker Marcia B. Early Linda Ritter Connie Johnston Michael Schaal Susan Huhta Bill and Jane Mead Joy Converse Larry and Marianne Anderson Ginny and David Culver Jim and Ginny Cunningham Kathryn Kram Jim and Claire Long Carol and Dick Meyer Bill and Susan Napier Jan Sawyer In honor of: Judy Reinhard Anne Sheline

Thursday, April 19 from 2 to 7 pm Brownlee Hall, South Campus

Mexico Mission Trip In memory of: Billy Frederick Anne Sheline

Facts to consider: • 1 pint of donated blood can save 3 lives. • Every 2 seconds someone needs a blood transfusion. • Less than 38% are eligible to donate blood. • Platelets critical for cancer patients have a shelf life of only 5 days.

K-5 In honor of: Audra Naille Jill Eliot

The need for blood increases as the weather gets warmer. To donate contact Cara Shary at or 614 459.3691. You can also register online by going to Enter our sponsor code: FCchurchsouth. You will be able to see what appointment times are available and fill in your name. Walk-ins welcome, but those with scheduled appointments have priority.


Media In memory of: Joan Snyder Marjorie Claussner Wayne and Nelda Piper Margaret Hommel The Haverford School

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This kind of visiting calls for an expenditure of energy and self. You have to be in it wholeheartedly if you really want to be a friend.” — Issie McCoy

Volunteer Ron Arledge, who was paired with Lydia Kriska, 98, also finds great satisfaction in providing simple friendship. “We all assume that everyone has lots of family, friends and neighbors,” Ron said. “That’s not the way it is. We can all use one more friend.” Ron and Lydia have enjoyed talking about their common Pittsburgh connections and ethnic foods. “I told Lydia the next time I visit, I’m taking pen and paper to get her recipes,” he said.

The Gift of Friendship (Continued from Page 1) forgotten years ago called Friend to Friend. “I was inspired by volunteer Bonnie Bishop,” said Missy Obergefell, Director of Older Adult Ministry. “She encouraged me to bring the program back. Soon, four people came to me in a week asking about it. It had to happen.” Bonnie joins Barb and four others who will pilot the Friend to Friend project. The project pairs volunteers with 2 people who are in need of companionship.

Above: Barb considers her visits with Issie mutually beneficial. “Issie brings me alive." Top: Barb Cunningham (left), retired clergy at First Community Church, enjoys reminiscing with long-time friend Issie McCoy at Friendship Village of Dublin.

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Bonnie’s experience with older adults is not new. She recently volunteered in a nursing home, mastering the task of running a BINGO game every Monday for 4 years. “You wouldn’t believe the experiences BINGO can bring,” she said smiling.

Issie agrees that simply spending time with a person holds great value. “Anyone considering volunteering should look forward to developing appreciation for one another,” Issie said. “This kind of visiting calls for an expenditure of energy and self. You have to be in it wholeheartedly if you really want to be a friend.” Issie’s gratitude for her continued relationship with Barb and for the evolving Friend to Friend program is met with wonderment. “This is the way life goes,” she said. “Life is full of surprises and I’m always here.”

To volunteer as a visiting friend, or to suggest members to be visited, please contact Missy Obergefell, Director of Older Adult Ministry, at 614 488.0681 ext. 246 or

“I knew Friend to Friend was something I would like to do. We really enjoy talking about old times and reminiscing.”


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8:30 am • Burkhart Chapel, SC - Rev. Baumer preaching 9:15 am • Grace Hall, NC - Dr. Wing preaching Chancel Choir 10:25 am • Grace Hall, NC - Dr. Wing preaching Kurt Smith, Bell Choir 2, Middle School Vocal Ensemble 11 am • Sanctuary, SC - Dr. Wing preaching Chancel Choir



8:30 am • Burkhart Chapel, SC - Rev. Long preaching 9:15 am • Grace Hall, NC - Dr. Wing preaching Chancel Chamber Choir 10:25 am • Grace Hall, NC - Dr. Wing preaching Kurt Smith, songleader & Cherub Choir 11 am • Sanctuary, SC - Dr. Wing preaching Chancel Choir


Pictured left to right: Seated: Meg Wagner, David Evans, Mary Evans Standing: Janet Shearron, Nancy Rogers, Annita Meyer, Carol Neff (Director), Mark Stull, and Deb Linville.


8:30 am • Burkhart Chapel, SC - Rev. Lindsay preaching 9:15 am • Grace Hall, NC - Dr. Wing preaching Chancel Chamber Choir 10:25 am • Grace Hall, NC - Dr. Wing preaching Kurt Smith, songleader & Middle School Vocal Ensemble 11 am • Sanctuary, SC - Dr. Wing preaching Chancel Choir * Whitechapel Ringers


Nine Whitechapel Ringers will attend the Handbell Musicians of America Spring Festival Conference, Bellebration West, at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14.

North Campus: Dr. Wing Chancel Choir & Brass Rev. Lindsay Kurt Smith/Junior Choir/ Youth Bells 1 Rev. Shaner Kurt Smith



 Story and photo by Carol Neff



South Campus: 8:30 am Rev. Long 10 am Dr. Wing Chancel Choir & Brass 11:30 am Dr. Wing Chancel Choir & Brass

Bell Choir to Attend Spring Conference


8:30 am • Burkhart Chapel, SC - Rev. Shaner preaching 9:15 am • Grace Hall, NC - Dr. Wing preaching Chancel Chamber Choir 10:25 am • Grace Hall, NC - Dr. Wing preaching Kurt Smith, songleader 11 am • Sanctuary, SC - Dr. Wing preaching Chancel Choir


Tim Waugh, an internationally acclaimed conductor, composer and performance arts educator, will be the conductor. Recently retired after thirty years as a public school music educator in southern West Virginia, Tim serves as Artist-In-Residence at Beckley Presbyterian Church. The Friday night opening handbell concert will feature The Alluring under the direction of Patricia Saunders. An estimated 400 ringers will rehearse five handbell pieces, attend classes and present a final public concert at 5:30 pm Saturday.

Check the website for the most up-to-date information. For additional information: Click: Email: Call: 614 488.0681 Visit: The Welcome Center at North or South Campus

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Facilities Update

1320 Improvements  By Pam Jameson, Facilities Manager As of March 14, 2012 a total of $412,178.71 has been spent on improvements to the building with an additional $55,488.07 repairs pending completion.

accomplish our project goal of $662,000. We are so grateful for the gifts we have received towards this important and necessary project.

Completed Projects • Boiler System, Pneumatic Controls, Radiators and Sanctuary air conditioning repairs. • Gallery Court floor joists and wall repairs. • Roof drain repairs including plastering ceiling. • Repaired wooden doors along the front of the 1320 building. • Tuckpointing: Courtyard, Sanctuary, Burkhart Entrance and three chimneys on the roof. • Repair parapet wall in east alley and replaced window angle irons. • Remove concrete stone parking lot-tripping hazard. • Concrete work to the steps at Lincoln Road Chapel. • Thermo graphic scan over entire membrane roofline. • Repaired small slate roof in courtyard over egress doors. • Added lighting in alley and corrected lighting around the Annex building.

A total of $316,489 has been received for the improvement project, which includes a grant of $165,000 from the First Community Foundation.

Pending Repairs • The roofing project is close to completion. • Replace damaged dome skylight on roof. • Replace small shingle roof along the east side of the building. • New gutters and downspouts on the 1320 building, including gable repairs/replacement. • Re-wire and reset rooftop units and controls. • Sealing exterior stone around Sanctuary and courtyard. • Unexpected repairs to floor joists, walls and ceiling in stairway next to courtyard. • Final refinishing work of various wooden doors and replacement of the door in the courtyard. • Interior plaster repairs to areas surrounding courtyard and Sanctuary. Next Steps, Pending Fund Availability • Replace flooring on the first floor of 1320. • Tree trimming/removal. • Stucco repairs • Replacement and/or redesign of needed sidewalks on property. • Improved handicap access. • Resurface parking lot. • Windows replacement & joint sealant. The “Next Steps” are in need of additional funds in order to address the items listed. Our journey addressing improvements to the 1320 property is not finished. We have additional wants and needs to

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An anonymous family has challenged our congregation with a matching $200,000 donation for improvements, which has not been included in the gift total. With this, your contribution will be doubled up to $200,000. If you are interested in making a special donation to this important project, please contact Cindy Harsany, Director of Finance and Operations, at 614 488.0681 ext. 230 or send your donation with a note “1320 Matching Donation” to the Business Office. As we have placed a strong emphasis addressing the needs of our South Campus location during the 1320 Improvement Project, we have also kept an eye on needs at our North Campus location. The following is a partial list of recent and upcoming improvements. 2012 North Campus Upgrades: Support from the First Community Foundation has made it possible to provide the following improvements for the North Campus: a new lift for maintenance use in Grace Hall and other high ceiling areas, new choir risers and platforms and new media equipment for Grace Hall. Courtesy Parking: Courtesy Parking signs are being planned late March to early April along the front spaces of parking rows closest to the main entrances on our property at 3777 Dublin Road. The parking spaces will be available to anyone needing a close parking space including but not limited to; health related reasons, injuries, inability to walk far distances, loading/ unloading and families needing close parking. Handicap Operator: Bids are being sought to install a handicap operator on the egress doors closest to Grace Hall. Summer Projects: Parking lot repairs, improved lighting and improvements to the grounds. Please feel free to contact Pam Jameson at 614 488.0681 ext. 232 or for additional information.


Parish Register

Care and Spirit


–­– The Reverend Mr. James M. Long, Minister of Pastoral Care In our end is our beginning; in our time infinity; in our doubt is our believing; in our life eternity. In our death, a resurrection; at last, a victory, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see. Hymn of Promise Natalie Sleeth (From In the Bulb There Is a Flower Hymn No. 433, verse 3 The New Century Hymnal)

We often sing the hymn, In the Bulb There Is a Flower, for funerals and memorial services at our church. It has a strong spring and resurrection theme and a joyful tune that provides hope in the midst of grief. It originally was composed as a choral anthem, Hymn of Promise, by Natalie Sleeth and was dedicated to her husband who died shortly after she completed it. We often say that death is part of life. Dr. Roy Burkhart said it is our graduation day; we graduate to that nearer presence of God, the one who loves us into eternity and will never let us go. And yet, there is always grief in the death of someone we love. Good Friday comes before Easter. And so, in this sacred time of year, we face our mortality and our grief. However, we do so with the conviction that death is not the last word on any life, no matter how difficult or tragic the circumstances. We claim the “Hymn of Promise” that in our death is a resurrection and in our life is eternity. On that Easter morning long ago, new life came from the tomb just as a flower in springtime grows from the bulb buried in the ground. We claim this even in the face of our genuine human doubt. As we approach Holy Week and the Easter season, I think of many who have gone before me and give thanks for them and for their lives. In particular, I think of Dr. Arthur Sanders, pastor emeritus at our church, whose graduation to eternal life we celebrated on Holy Saturday last year. He has joined that great cloud of witnesses to the good news of life beyond life in Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God. Peace and blessings,

Sweetheart Luncheon Saturday, May 5, 11:30 am
 Grace Hall, North Campus The Service Board invites you to the Annual Sweetheart Luncheon for women 65 and over. Look for your invitation in the mail or respond today. RSVP to the church receptionist at 614 488.0681. If you need transportation, please let us know when you RSVP.


We share the joys and sorrows of our church family in our prayers. BIRTHS Josephine Louise Malhame 3/5/12 daughter of Katy & Kevin Malhame Kash Alexander Farmer 3/12/12 son of Kathryn Moreen & Joshua Farmer grandson of Robert Moreen BAPTISMS John Robert Stair 2/26/12 son of Anne & Jim Stair Vivian Perry Mikes 3/4/12 daughter of Andrea & Michael Mikes Justin James Wendel 3/4/12 Gavin William Wendel 3/4/12 Tyler Peyton Wendel 3/4/12 sons of Shannon & Justin Wendel Samuel Forrester Caine 3/11/12 son of Christy & Scott Caine Mason Christopher Fahrbach 3/11/12 son of Jessie & Karl Fahrbach Evelyn Patricia Jelen 3/11/12 daughter of Tina & Tom Jelen Foster John Kelley 3/11/12 son of Lisa & Justin Kelley Gabriel John Mowry 3/11/12 son of Alicia & Matthew Mowry Sarah Margaret Pelzer 3/11/12 daughter of Amy & John Pelzer Gabriella Nicole Zerkle 3/11/12 daughter of Nicole & Tom Zerkle RECENTLY HOSPITALIZED Lois Zook Mark Stull Haden DeRoberts Joan Hesler Dick Sands (in Florida) Barbara Hack Marcie Speight Bill Seibert Jo Hollander Richard Ison Brett Kingsley DEATHS June Johnson 3/14/12 grandmother of Matt Johnson Robert W. Bohl 2/18/12 Joseph Briggs DeVennish 2/25/12 father of Julie DeVennish Ralph LaMar Hough 1/16/12 uncle of Sue Day Robert Riegel 2/1/12 husband of Ruth Riegel David Perry 3/4/12 father of Pam Davis Janet E. Mueller 3/12/12 mother of Joseph Mueller Paulus Jansons 3/13/12 father of Paul Jansons Barbara Grauel 3/13/12 sister of Ginny Schafer

April 1 - 30, 2012

Supporting Refugees with Resettlement Have you traveled abroad where you didn’t know the language and felt tongue-tied, silly and downright frightened? Imagine starting over with no bank account, no bed or worldly supplies, limited language and no job. To do this you must be truly desperate and full of faith. This is why First Community Church created the Refugee Task Force, an arm to support families running from deplorable situations to Columbus, Ohio. Mission Council’s Annual Garage Sale raises money for many worthy charities in Columbus and around the world. It takes an entire week to set things up before the sale. Last year more than 300 volunteers participated in this gigantic undertaking. Would you be able to donate a few hours of your time this year? No previous experience is required. We will need people to do all kinds of jobs including sorting, organizing, pricing, repairing, lifting (furniture), assembling, measuring, polishing, sizing, cashiering, arranging, assisting customers and cleaning up at the end.           Garage Sale week schedule: Saturday, April 30 • Last Day to schedule home furniture pick up Sunday, May 13 • 12 noon: Table Set Up begins at North Campus • 2 pm: Donation Drop Offs begin Monday, May 14 • 8 am - 5 pm: Volunteers needed to move furniture out of storage to the North Campus

Since 1983 the Refugee Task Force recognized the need to help these families with basic tools to thrive, and has evolved into a partnership with other community agencies who serve refugees. These refugee families are determined to “make it” so their children will be well-equipped for a successful life. The keys are language, education and employment. Currently refugees are from Iran, Iraq, Burma, Nepal and Somalia. English is a major challenge for new arrivals. They attend classes using Oxford Picture Dictionaries purchased with Refugee Task Force Funds. Members run seminars on child care, home safety and maintenance. They are given essentials such as band aids, vinegar and toilet plungers. Refugee parents express concern over their children’s education. For the most part, the children do very well, assisted by summer school and afterschool tutoring programs. Last summer, the RTF paid summer school fees for ten children.

Wednesday, May 15              • 12 noon: Donations Drop Offs end Friday, May 18 • 6:30 - 9 pm: Special Preview Sale (Admission $3; Prices Doubled; Wine & Refreshments available) Saturday, May 19                 • 8 am- 3 pm: Garage Sale (Free Admission, Prices as marked) • 3 - 9 pm: Clean Up   We will accept donations at North Campus from Sunday, May 13 at 2 pm through 12 noon on Wednesday, May 15. If you don’t have anything to donate, perhaps you would consider donating supplies such as shopping bags, zip lock bags, masking and packing tape, skirt hangers or food for our refreshment stand such as soft drinks, homemade baked goods, donuts or a bottle of wine.  Look for Garage Sale information tables after worship services in April & May. If you have questions, would like to volunteer or would like to schedule a home pick up of large items, contact Beth Hanson at 614 488.6526 or Information is also posted on the church website including a list of the donations we will and will not accept.

April 1 - 30, 2012

In addition, eighteen refugee teens attended Camp Akita for a total immersion into American life, fostering language skills in a serene and safe environment. The Refugee Task Force provides emergency financial assistance for housing and transportation. In one ButaneseNepali family, all four members lost jobs at the same time and requested temporary relief for rent. Transportation to work is an issue for many, but church members have helped by donating cars. More than one hundred winter coats plus scarves, gloves and blankets from church members were given to new arrivals. While the Refugee Task Force always needs money, it also welcomes new members. This is a ministry of action, where the needs change as lives change. Consider attending our monthly Board meeting to learn more. Please contact Barbara Wood at for information.


The Infinite Quest

Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler –­– The Reverend Mr. David S. Hett, Minister of Religious Life and Learning My wife turned me on to Rabbi Rami Shapiro, who dispenses some of the best and most succinct spiritual advice I’ve encountered in his “Roadside Assistance…” column in Spirituality & Health magazine. In the March-April issue a questioner asks, “I want to devote my life to spiritual pursuits [but] how do I know the real thing?” Rabbi Rami’s answer speaks to those in any faith tradition: You know you’re on the right path if your capacity for holding paradox expands, your sense of humor broadens, your commitment to justice deepens, your compassion for and protection of life grows, and your love of people transcends race, color, creed, tribe, religion, politics and sexual preference. I value his wisdom in placing first the increased capacity to hold paradox, or as Jungians say, to hold “the tension of the opposites.” This growing ability mirrors the God who not only is “Beyond Good and Evil” in Nietzsche’s phrase but Who contains both that which we consider “good” and that which we consider to be “evil.” Rabbi Rami names Zalman Schacter Shalomi and Father Thomas Keating as two teachers he trusts. “It seems that all my teachers teach the same things, and I continually fail to learn them: 1) There is no limit to God; 2) There is no limit to love; 3) There is no limit to how many times I can fail to realize there is no limit to God and love.” He doesn’t add this fourth, but I think it’s safe to say as well that there is no limit to starting over fresh each time we fail to realize there is no limit to God and to love. Finally, in his Rabbi Rami Guide to Parenting, which is more like a guide for all of us spiritual beings who are having a human experience (as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin described us humans), the rabbi answers some big questions like “What is the purpose of life?" Life doesn’t have a purpose. Life is purpose. You don’t have to find something extra other than life; you only have to live life rightly with curiosity, courage and compassion. When you do, your heart will open and you will be filled with an everincreasing capacity to love and be loved. You are not here to win something, or earn something, or to escape to some other dimension. You are here to live and live well. Isn’t that the Jesus way too? “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Shalom,

Family Journey Becoming The

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Tuesdays, May 1, 8 & 15; 7 - 9 pm South Campus $25 for the three-session series for an individual $35 for three-session series for two people from the same family, or $10 per session for an individual attending one or two sessions. Explore how your family system set the tone for who you are and how you relate to the world from even before you were born up to today, through this joint project of Adult Learning, Early Childhood Ministry and Spiritual Searcher. See how a more complete picture of your family can assist you, your children and your grandchildren to better meet the challenges of human interaction. Dr. Robert I. Mathis, family systems teacher, therapist and coach, will help participants in this series to connect with their own family stories to discover a broader view of how they were shaped and formed, including: • Developing a 3-generation diagram of your own family that can serve as a doorway to your life’s journey. • Discovering the part you’ve played in your particular family system. • Identifying how you’ve been shaped as a person and in relationship because of your family • Learning how all of this influences your children and future generations. To learn more go to, or contact Natalia Jones at


April 1 - 30, 2012

Weekly Adult Learning Groups Classes are free except where noted and open to the public. Books for most classes are available at the Furber Book Corner. For information on registration or financial aid, contact the Adult Learning Office at 614 488.0681 ext 113 or For more details on specific classes, go to, search: adult learning. Sunday Morning Seminar: Brian Swimme’s Journey of the Universe Beginning April 15, Grey Austin will lead a six-week study of the book, Journey of the Universe, written by past Spiritual Searcher Brian Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker. In Journey of the Universe Swimme and Tucker tell the epic story of the universe from an inspired new perspective, weaving the findings of modern science together with enduring wisdom found in the humanistic traditions of the West, China, India, and indigenous peoples. The authors explore cosmic evolution as a wondrous process based on creativity, connection, and interdependence, and they envision an unprecedented opportunity for the world's people to address the daunting ecological and social challenges.

Sundays, 9:30 - 10:45 am Wicker Room, South Campus

Tuesday at Ten: The Work of Amy-Jill Levine and Marcus Borg The inclusive discussion group, led by Rev. Deborah C. Lindsay, Rev. Peter Diehl and Dr. Pidge Diehl, will base winter explorations using both Amy-Jill Levine’s video series, Great Figures in the New Testament, and Marcus Borg’s book, Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power—and How They Can Be Restored. April 10: Borg Chapter 10 Believing and Faith, pp. 115-124 April 17: Doubting' Thomas: A.-J. Levine April 24: Peter: A.-J. Levine May 1: John and James, the Sons of Zebedee: A.-J. Levine May 8: Martha, Mary, and Lazarus: A.-J. Levine May 15: Final Session. Borg Chapters 18 & 19, The Ascension and Pentecost, pp. 175-188

Tuesdays, 10 - 11:30 am Wicker Room, South Campus

Soundings: 2012 Lenten Series - Going Deeper in the Spiritual Journey Contemporary Methods for Traditional Spiritual Practice with local clergy and spiritual directors. Individual Experiences; Small Group Reflections. Open to the public, a free-will offering will be taken at each session. Final experience: April 3: The Breath of Life, The Light of God: A Holy Week Experience with Rev. Michael Jupin

Tuesdays, 7 – 8:30 pm through April 3 Brownlee Hall, South Campus

Men’s Study Group Join us for weekly discussions on a variety of biblical and religious topics. Currently: The Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen. Contact Price Finley at 614 488.7978 or, or Craig Sturtz at 614 481.9060 or

Wednesdays, 7 - 8 am Wicker Room, South Campus

Men’s Wednesday Fellowship Members and invited speakers discuss a wide range of topics.

Wednesdays, 7 - 8 am Brownlee Hall, South Campus

Women Living the Questions: Jesus and Buddha: Paths to Awakening This DVD series, featuring the contemplative psychological-spiritual teachers Richard Rohr and James Finley, serves as the centerpoint of discussion in this new series: Jesus and Buddha: Paths to Awakening, Finding the Four Noble Truths in the Heart of Christianity. Open to all women, this discussion group focuses on the spiritual search in all of its forms.

Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11 am Wicker Room, South Campus

Wednesday Evening Bible Study A time of study of scripture and prayer. Led by Rev. Jim Long. Open to all.

Wednesdays, 7 - 8:30 pm Conference Room, North Campus

Saturdays with Richard Rohr & Friends Jesus and Buddha: Paths to Awakening, Finding the Four Noble Truths in the Heart of Christianity, begins Saturday, April 14, for seven weeks through May 26. This DVD series features the contemplative psychological-spiritual teachers Richard Rohr and James Finley. Dr. James Finley will be here March of next year as our 2013 Spiritual Searcher. Conducted by Spiritual Director, Lisa Bueche. Consecutive attendance is not necessary. Open to the public; a weekly free-will offering will benefit the Spiritual Searcher/ Psychological-Spiritual Development Fund.

Saturdays, April 14 through May 10 9 – 10:30 am Room 111, North Campus

April 1 - 30, 2012


Practicing Gratefulness in Turbulent Times

Men’s Spirituality Focus of April Workshop

Saturday, May 12 9:30 – 10 am: Registration and Fellowship 10am – 12 pm: Seminar Grace Hall, North Campus Facilitated by Kathy Cleveland Bull

Richard Rohr’s men’s organization, our own Spiritual Searcher/Psychological-Spiritual program and the Enneagram Institute of Central Ohio are teaming up for A Gathering of Men on Saturday, April 28, 10 am - 3pm in Brownlee Hall, South Campus.

Kathy Cleveland Bull is a First Community Church member and a professional speaker, trainer and author. She has had the opportunity to personally experience the wisdom of Brother David Steindl-Rast through his retreats, webinars and writings. Kathy has facilitated gratefulness programs throughout the US and on three continents. “Gratefulness is the inner gesture of giving meaning to our life by receiving life as gift.” — Brother David Steindl-Rast How can we appreciate the great gift of life while at the same time hold the suffering of those in our community and in our world? What is grateful living and how does one develop a spiritual practice of gratefulness for daily life? These spiritual questions and hungers of our age will be explored in community and safety. Participants will engage with the art of grateful living as conceived by Brother David Steindl-Rast, an Austrianborn Benedictine monk and one of the most influential spiritual teachers of our time. Brother David describes this art of grateful living as “the heart’s full response to the gratuitousness of all that exists, which allows us to move gracefully with the flow of life.” Through story, poetry, practice, sharing and video, participants will explore more deeply and intentionally the concept of a freely given Universe and what Brother David describes as the “only appropriate response – gratefulness.” The full fee of $20 per person will go directly to the church’s Psychological-Spiritual Development Fund. Additional donations are welcomed! Registration is available online at the church website or email Natalia Jones at


Men from our church and community as well as interested men throughout Ohio are invited to a morning workshop on “Discovering the Enneagram for Men: One Tool Toward a Mature Spirituality,” a lunch gathering, and an afternoon orientation session to Men as Learners and ElderS (M.A.L.Es.), the national organization formed out of Richard Rohr’s masculine initiation work. Any adult male is invited to participate. The $50 registration fee includes box lunch and refreshments. More information and registration available at or email Natalia at for registration information. The day’s schedule includes the Enneagram Workshop from 10 am - 12:30 pm; Box lunch gathering and Orientation to Men as Learners and ElderS from 12:30-3 pm. The Enneagram (ennea is the Greek word for the number 9) is a system for understanding personality on one level, including nine personality orientations. On a deeper level, the Enneagram is a powerful psychological-spiritual tool for understanding ourselves. The Enneagram system arises out of an ancient symbol for unity and diversity, change and transformation. Learn more about the Enneagram at, including several free short tests if you’d like to determine your Enneagram type 1-9, or to take a $10 comprehensive Type Inventory. It is not necessary to know your Enneagram type in order to take this workshop. Workshop Leaders are Riso-Hudson Certified Enneagram Teachers, Connie Frecker and the Rev. David Hett, Minister of Religious Life & Learning. Church member Connie Frecker, L.S.W., is Co-Director of the Enneagram Institute of Central Ohio. She uses this system with clients and groups seeking to better understand themselves, their relationships and their spiritual connection. The vision of Men As Learners and ElderS (M.A.L.Es.) is to reclaim the spiritual initiation of men through experiential journeying into the True Self, creating a tradition for future generations. As Richard Rohr says, “None of our current social or church issues are going to change until the ordinary male matures spiritually.” M.A.L.Es. grew out of Father Rohr’s initial Rites of Passage work for men, forming an extended network of initiated men and leaders who have an ecumenical vision of Gospel-based male initiation. The M.A.L.Es. mission includes a commitment to directing men in lifelong spiritual learning, in training men to be Elders and to provide Men’s Rites of Passage opportunities and rituals. Chuck Rihm, Ohio Region M.A.L.Es. Convener, will facilitate the orientation session. Visit menaslearnerselders to learn more.

April 1 - 30, 2012

Hollis Lecture The Sailor Cannot See the North: The Psychospiritual Dilemma of Our Time James Hollis, Ph.D. Lecture, April 20 7-9 pm Workshop, April 21, 9:30 am – 4 pm Brownlee Hall, South Campus James Hollis is a Jungian analyst and author whose presentations are lucid and engaging, both for those new to Jungian thought and for those who are well-versed. Hollis takes his title from Emily Dickinson: The sailor cannot see the north, But knows the needle can. He asks “What are the sources of guidance for a thoughtful person in our country amid political fractionation, animosity, divisive ideologies and numbing distractions – a time in which the individual has an enormous summons to social, psychological and spiritual integrity?” This presentation will challenge the audience to assume responsibility for a thoughtful, discerned and experientially verified authority which bases itself on respect for others, but also embodies a willingness to show up, to be different and to stand for something real. Hollis will lecture and take questions in the Friday evening presentation. Participants in the Saturday workshop are invited to bring a notebook for personal reflection and be challenged to discern their own values, be accountable for them and summon the courage to live them. Registration is possible for Friday or Saturday only, or for both. CEUs are available for counselors, social workers and psychologists. For more information and a registration form, go to

April 1 - 30, 2012

April Daily Readings These Bible readings are from the Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings. In general, readings on Thursday, Friday and Saturday are selected to prepare for the Sunday reading; readings on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are selected to reflect the Sunday lectionary.

1 (Palm/Passion Sunday)

Liturgy of the Palms Liturgy of the Passion 2 3 4 5 (Maundy Thursday) 6 (Good Friday) 7 (Holy Saturday) 8 (Easter Sunday) 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 (Sunday) 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 (Sunday) 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 (Sunday) 30

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 Mark 11:1-11 Isaiah 50:4-9a Philippians 2:5-11 Psalm 31:9-16 Mark 14:1—15:47 Isaiah 42:1-9 Hebrews 9:11-15 Psalm 36:5-11 John 12:1-11 Isaiah 49:1-7 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 Psalm 71:1-14 John 12:20-36 Isaiah 50:4-9a Hebrews 12:1-3 Psalm 70 John 13:21-32 Exodus 12:1-14 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 John 13:1-17, 13b-35 Isaiah 52:13--53:12 Hebrews 10:16-25 Psalm 22 John 18:1—19:42 Job 14:1-14 1 Peter 4:1-8 Psalm31:1-4, 15-16 Matthew 27:57-66 Acts 10:34-43 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 John 20:1-18 Genesis 1:1-19 1 Corinthians 15:35-49 Genesis 1:20—2:4a 1 Corinthians 15:50-58 Song of Solomon 3:1-11 Mark 16:1-8 Daniel 1:1-21 Acts 2:42-47 Daniel 2:1-23 Acts 4:23-31 Daniel 2:24-49 John 12:44-50 Acts 4:32-35 1 John 1:1-2:2 Psalm 133 John 20:19-31 Daniel 3:1-30 1 John 2:3-11 Daniel 6:1-28 1 John 2:12-17 Isaiah 26:1-15 Mark 12:18-27 Daniel 9:1-19 1 John 2:18-25 Daniel 10:2-19 1 John 2:26-28 Acts 3:1-10 Luke 22:24-30 Acts 3:12-19 1 John 3:1-7 Psalm 4 Luke 24:36b-48 Jeremiah 30:1-11a 1 John 3:10-16 Hosea 5:15—6:6 2 John 1-6 Proverbs 9:1-6 Mark 16:9-18 Genesis 30:25-43 Acts 3:17-26 Genesis 46:28—47:6 Acts 4:1-4 Genesis 48:8-19 Mark 6:30-34 Acts 4:5-12 1 John 3:16-24 Psalm 23 John 10:11-18 1 Samuel 16:1-13 1 Peter 5:1-5


Parent Growth Topics Mondays, 9:30 - 11 am Guild Room, South Campus Child care available on second floor. All parents are welcome to join us for all sessions. April 2

Playground Parenting How do you handle other people’s children on playgrounds or at pools when limits need to be set?

April 9

NO SESSION – church closed

April 16

Superheroes and Powerful Play What does it mean for children and how can we manage it?

Three –Week Series on Myers-Briggs Personality Types: April 23

Introduction to Myers-Briggs Types There are four axes along which everyone has a place; we’ll talk about them as a way of understanding certain basic personality differences.

April 30

NO SESSION – staff retreat

May 7

Parenting and Myers-Briggs Types Given your personality, which parts of being a parent are easy for you and which are more challenging?

May 14

Children and Myers-Briggs Types As you come to know your child’s personality, how might that help you fine-tune your parenting?

Parents who attend the full spring session pay $30, a savings of $5 for the full session. Parents who wish to attend some sessions can pay $5 per session. In addition, there is a $4 per child cost for child care by our wonderful caregivers. Contact Donice Wooster, or 614 488.0681 ext. 244.

April Parent Groups For Dads Only will meet Tuesday, April 10, 7 - 8:30 pm in the Guild Room, South Campus For Moms Only will meet Monday, April 16, 7 - 8:30 pm in the Guild Room, South Campus

Profound statements are made in our Sunday school. This feature offers insight from our youth.

Both groups will not meet in May so that parents can attend “Family and the Journey of Becoming” (see page 14).

While exploring the Easter story, one child commented that he didn’t understand how God and Jesus could be the same. Anna, a fourth-grader, said, “Well, maybe it’s like how God lives in each of us.” The fourth and fifth-graders wondered why Jesus insisted upon being baptized by John the Baptist. Megan suggested that “maybe Jesus was trying to show how everyone is equal.”


April 1 - 30, 2012

Come to Mary Evans The Mary Evans Child Development Center announces the following openings: • 2, 3 or 5 days preschool only (8:30 am - 1:30 pm) • 2, 3 or 5 days preschool full day (any hours between 7 am and 6 pm) • Full day kindergarten 8:30 am- 3:30 pm, with care before and after the school day 7:30 am - 6 pm. For more information, contact Jamy Zambito at 614 777.4099 or

Fall Preschool Openings The Preschool at South Campus, offering part-time classes for young children during the school year, has begun its registration for the 2012-13 school year. Some classes are already full, however there are still spots for each age group. You are welcome to call Donice Wooster or Patti Link at 614 488.0681 to schedule a tour or to ask questions. Children need to be 2, 3 or 4 by September 30 to register for the respective classes. Openings are: 2-year-olds: Twogether class on Wednesday and Friday, 9:15 - 11:15 am, with a parent or caregiver 3-year-olds: Tuesday and Thursday, 9 am - 11:30 am 3 and 4-year-olds: Tuesday and Thursday, 9 am - 1 pm, bringing lunch 4 and 5 year olds: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 am - 11:30 am, optional Lunch and Play, staying until 1 pm and bringing lunch

April 1 - 30, 2012


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THE PROGRAM STAFF OF FIRST COMMUNITY CHURCH  Richard A. Wing, Senior Minister; Paul E. Baumer, Minister of Stewardship; David S. Hett, Minister of Religious Life and Learning; Ronald J. Jenkins, Minister of Music and Liturgy; Deborah Countiss Lindsay, Minister of Spiritual Care; James M. Long, Minister of Pastoral Care; Katherine H. Shaner, Minister of Mission and Youth Ministries; Sally R. Beske, Assistant Organist/Director of Youth Choirs; Scott T. Binder, Director of Worship Technologies, Dawn J. Costin, Director of K-5 Ministry; Andy Frick, Middle School Program Coordinator; Cynthia Harsany, Director of Finance and Operations; Pam Jameson, Facilities Manager; Sarah Kientz, High School Program Coordinator; Stacey Kuzda, Director of Marketing and Communications, Scot Nicoll, Director of Youth Ministry Programming; Missy Obergefell, Director of Older Adult Ministry; Randall R. Rocke, Director of Mission Through Media; Paula L. Russell, Director of Membership; Scott Walker, Director of Camp Akita Ministries; M. Donice Wooster, Director of Early Childhood Ministry.

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.

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