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Vol. 59 No. 4

Essential Awareness Paper Plates Provide Insight to Local Hunger Issue  Story and photo by Michael Barber It is likely that most of us consider a paper plate nothing more than a disposable item made of cardboard. For many who cross paths with Heart to Heart’s food pantry, this unpretentious platter serves as a vital means of soulful communication. Families who visit the pantry are asked to anonymously write their thoughts about hunger on a paper plate as part of an international program known as the Paper Plate Project. Minister of Mission Rev. Kate Shaner and Heart to Heart coordinator Angie Weber first witnessed the concept while visiting the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. “It was so impactful when we saw it,” Angie said, “We knew we had to do it here to raise awareness.” Although the Project appears to have taken root in the Ohio Association of Foodbanks three years ago, it has gained world-wide attention, reaching as far east as Darfur, Sudan.

It really hurts my heart that any child anywhere goes hungry. It’s easy to pretend that hunger doesn’t exist, but there are children who can’t learn, who can’t sleep as a result of hunger.” — Rev. Kate Shaner, Minister of Mission

Kate sees this concept as a necessary form of expression for any faith-based food pantry. “I love this project,” she said. “It lets you put a human story behind hunger. There are people who need our help - not just from our city, but from our congregation. It’s our responsibility to care for them.” (Continued, Page 2)

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Participants answer two questions; ‘What is it like to be hungry’ and ‘How has Heart to Heart helped you’? Some of the messages left behind are insightful, complex and even troubling. Others give thanks for their blessings. “It means not having to pick through garbage cans for food,” wrote a Columbus woman who is a mother of four and victim of an abusive relationship. “Being hungry means it seems like God has left me,” another message reads. One positive writing states “Sincere, caring people making a difference” while another is very brief, but no less important, “Kindness.” Perhaps the most piercing message was penned by an 11-year-old named Sydney. She lives in a single-parent home with 3 siblings. “When I am hungry, I feel like my tummy is a monster. I feel sickish inside”, she wrote. Sydney included a line drawing of herself with a set of monster teeth chewing through her belly shouting, ‘Feed Me!’ “It really hurts my heart that any child anywhere goes hungry, let alone in a country that’s the best in the world,” Kate said. “It’s easy to pretend that hunger doesn’t exist, but there are children who can’t learn, who can’t sleep as a result of hunger.” “This is Jesus 101. He ate with and fed people all the time. Nobody should be hungry here.” There is no plan to discontinue the project, as long as Heart to Heart families are willing to share and the threat of food insecurity exists. “We need support to continue to provide for as many as we can,” Angie said. “Not only to provide food, but hope, love and respect.”


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 Admin. Assistant: Emily Rogers 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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Grateful Viewer Dear Dick, I cannot let another week go by without writing to tell you what your Sunday telecast means to me.   Life has changed here the past few years and walking is difficult.  I have found that I don't have to miss church at 1320 on Sunday mornings. I enjoy your message at 9 am at home!   To quote a sermon from a long time ago…you continue to be "above average".  Your wisdom, wit and sensitivity keep me thinking positive and, above all, grateful.  Thank you!   Hugs, Carolyn Takos


Where Love Is, There Is Easter

–– The Reverend Dr. Richard A. Wing, Senior Minister Father Richard Rohr said, “Jesus commanded us to love. He did not suggest it.” “He didn’t say when you get healed, love; when you grow up, love; when you get it together and have dealt with all your mother/father/husband/ children wounds, then start loving.” “No, the commandment for all of us is love 'in spite of' what is unresolved in our relationships.”

A study was made by Paul Tournier of 300 of the great leaders of the world. He noted something important: The vast majority of great world leaders were either orphans or emotional orphans. They either had no parents or they had parents who were not emotionally present. He discovered that their greatness was a creative, intentionally-chosen response to the needs of the world, often needs that were not met in themselves. They gave what they wanted, not what they had. Paul Tournier himself was an orphan. It is in loving “anyway and in spite of” that we find healing for that which we needed, but did not get. Easter happens when we love “anyway.” Easter happens when we care “in spite of” the care we did not get.

Looking ahead Dr. Wing is preparing the following sermons:

You have no idea how long it took me to discover that truth. Peace to you,

April 7, 2013 2nd Sunday of Easter HERE AND THERE & EVERYWHERE John 20: 19-31 April 28, 2013 5th Sunday of Easter THE FINAL CHAPTER Revelation 21:1-6


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The Foundation Corner

Foundation Gifts

Foundation Sunday

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–– Donald Jameson, Director of Foundation Development April 7 is Foundation Sunday. On that day the church recognizes First Community Foundation for its financial support of our church’s ministries, missions, programs and facilities. Doug Torrance, 2013 Chair of our Foundation Board of Trustees, will speak to the congregation. On May 8, we celebrate members of the Foundation Heritage Society, those church members who provide the Foundation with funding, with a special luncheon. We also need to honor and celebrate those church members whose generous gifts to the Foundation in the past enable us to assist the church today, but who are no longer with us. Their inclusion of us in their wills and other estate plans was invaluable. They knew they would not personally benefit from their gifts but they loved their church and wanted to help insure a bright future for it in this uncertain world in which we live. They created their legacies, and we will always be thankful for their generosity. Their names - and the names of our living donors - are shown on two large plaques located at the Foundation Centers at both campuses. A few of the names on those plaques, of folks who are no longer with us, are listed below. Perhaps you will remember them.

Ralph Setterlin, Sr. Irene Hirsch Bill & Frannie Pickering Ralph and Mary Johansmann Bob & Ruth McCormick Margie Passon Ralph & Kay Licklider Jody Phillips Mary Nancy Davis Calvin Candler

If you would like to know more about how you can create a legacy, please call us at 614 488.0681 ext 241.

In Memory of: Dee Williams Betty O’Neill Mark III Systems Bill Schaffer Don and Patricia Bauman George and Linda Norris Charles and Carolyn Takos Marjorie Kraft Louise Fenner Group Y Jim and Merry Hamilton Jane Stone Hazel Townsend Smith John and Ruth Ann Thompson Tom and William Schafer Biddie Clark Priscilla D’Angelo Group Y Nancy Holzaepfel Group Y Jane Stone Bob Hudson Edwin and Martha Poulton Bob Hager Edwin and Martha Hager Bob Hoag Bill and Diana Arthur Jim and Merry Hamilton Jane Stone Will McClure Susan Brooks Church Gifts Mexico Mission Trip 2013 In Memory of: Billy Frederick Anne Sheline Heart to Heart In Memory of: Marjorie Julian Kraft Cheryl & Chris Harbold Nancy & David Stonecipher Betty O’Neill Dr. & Mrs. Thomas B. Price Sally Rouault John W Kraft Shaffer Distributing Company Mari Deminski Sam Vogel Lee Burges Robert & Nanette Hoge Bill & Terri Westerhaus Luke Adams Katherine MacEwan Marilyn Wenrick Jenny Zimmerman Deborah Houser Patti & Jon Heintzelman

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Church Gifts (Continued) Heart to Heart In Memory of: Egan Ryan III Mr. & Mrs. Joseph E. Ryan Jr Joseph Egan Ryan III Mary Ann Krauss Frances Matthews Ward Dick & Kitty Rohrer In Honor of: Jennifer and Kirby Bushong for “Streets” Michelle Sullivan Rev. Jim Long Susan Forbes Miriam Clark & Connie Clark Terry Williamson Henry Bob Burns Our day of weddingness Miriam Clark Paige Schlembach Donice Wooster Friends of Music Jeanne Blair In Memory of: Kent Brandt Jean Brandt Wyn Shimer Mary Alice Bently Sandie Shimer Southern In Honor of: Bruce Lynn Becky & Bill Hinga Rose & David Kandel Louise Kutz Suzanne Schier Sharon Schier Steven Sulainis Barbara Sulainis In Celebration of: The Chancel Choir Sue Potts Richard & Sara Nicholson Older Adult Ministry In Honor of: Miriam Clark In Memory of: Al Clark Rosemary Belt

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Stewardship Stories

We Give So That All Can Search –– Roger Burns, Director of Stewardship and Foundation Development James Finley, Amy-Jill Levine, Marcus Borg, Terry Hershey, Ann Ulanov, Matthew Fox, John Dominic Crossan, Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, John Philip Newell, William Sloane Coffin Jr., Sherry Anderson, Bishop John Shelby Spong, Scott Peck, Carol Lee Flinders, Huston Smith, Parker Palmer, Walter Brueggeman. These individuals are important leaders in religion, psychology, spirituality, Bible and theology. They are also part of a larger list of speakers our congregation has been able to bring to First Community Church, central Ohio and the Midwest in the 24-year history of the Spiritual Searcher ministry. Dr. James Finley was welcomed by some 200 people. What is even more remarkable is that sixty percent of those attending were not members of our church. This is an important ministry for all of us, blessing our congregation and the community. We are the rare church that has the resources and ability to attract some of the most respected and talented spiritual leaders in the world. We make this ministry available to those who want to be stretched mentally and grow spiritually. Some of the names listed above are no longer with us physically, but because of our church’s capabilities we have preserved them and their important, timeless memories on CD and DVD. Many can still be seen and appreciated. All of this is the rich heritage and legacy of First Community Church. Dr. Roy Burkhart began his “Ministers’ Seminars” in the 1940s, bringing people like Victor Frankl and James Hillman to central Ohio to expand our consciousness and our compassion. This continues to be the vision of Spiritual Searcher as it nears its 25th anniversary. This is WHY WE GIVE. We are the church of the Infinite Quest. Each of us is welcomed where we are on our spiritual journey. As a community, we share our time, talents and resources so that we can continue to search to discover truth, grace and unconditional love.


Take Heart

Don’t Go There Alone –– The Reverend Ms. Deborah Lindsay, Minister of Spiritual Care “I know I should forgive, but…” I have heard that sentence, with a wide variety of endings, many times in my office as I listen to hurting people tell their stories. As Christians, we know we are supposed to be forgiving people, but it is rarely easy, especially when one feels deeply hurt, abandoned or betrayed. There are many verses in the Bible about forgiveness, such as this one: Do not judge and you will not be judged; do not condemn and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you shall be forgiven. (Luke 6:37) Mirabai Starr, author of God of Love; A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, says forgiveness is something we can never do alone: The sages have taught you to love your enemies and forgive those who persecute you, but what they forgot to tell you is that you are powerless to achieve this on your own. You can cultivate a loving heart through prayer and fearless self-inquiry, small acts of kindness, and more radical acts of social justice. You can turn toward your pain and say yes to your life, but you need the God of Love to meet you halfway. You cannot forgive without grace, and grace is not something you can demand. You can only sweep out the chamber of your soul and be ready to receive it when it comes. And when it does, there is not a doubt in your mind that you have been blessed. No effort of your own could have yielded this lightness of being. Forgiveness is serious business and we need to be honest with ourselves about it. To go it alone and force ourselves to forgive, when the pain is still sharp and the spirit is aching, is not what God calls us to do. As we approach Holy Week, we are reminded that when Jesus was on the cross he said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Notice he did not say, “I forgive them.” He called on God for forgiveness, reconciliation and healing. We can – and must – do the same. Blessings,

Spring New Member Seminar Saturday, April 13 9:15 am - 1 pm (lunch included) Brownlee Hall, South Campus First Community Church is a unique church, where we share meaningful fellowship as we worship, learn, serve and celebrate together. We embrace diversity and dialogue as we travel together on our faith journeys, respecting each person’s pathway to God. As we explore our spiritual life as individuals, families and neighbors, we value the church because we can do more good in community with each other, than in isolation. Join us at the Seminar to learn about the history of First Community Church, the benefits of membership and the variety of ways to be involved and connect with others. For more information about membership, or to register for the April 13 Seminar, contact Paula Russell at or 614 488.0681 ext 228.

Do you have a question about your membership status? Are you attending as an adult, but joined First Community Church through the Block of Wood program? Did we lose touch with you at a time when you moved away? Do you consider yourself a member, but don’t receive our communications, like firstnews Monthly? Contact Paula Russell at 614 488.0681 ext 228 or


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Save the Date

The Burkhart Luncheon (Formerly the Sweetheart Luncheon) It was Dr. Roy Burkhart who started a beloved spring tradition at First Community Church: the Sweetheart Luncheon. The first luncheon was a birthday party for his mother; it has continued now for over 70 years as a celebration for women in the church over age 65. To honor “Burkie”, the gathering will now be called the Burkhart Luncheon, and this year, church historian Jackie Cherry will present a program of stories about Dr. Roy Burkhart. The luncheon is Saturday, May 4, at 11:30 at North Campus. It is put on by the Service Board, in collaboration with the Older Adult Council. To receive an invitation and/or to RSVP, please call the church receptionist at 614 488.0681. While the name of the Sweetheart Luncheon has changed, First Community Church will still have its Sweethearts, and the roses that are delivered at Christmas will continue to be known as “sweetheart roses.” If you want to receive a rose, you must let us know, so please call Sandy Turner at 614 488.0681 ext 239.

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Women’s Guild  By Jill Eliot At this year’s ‘We Love You Luncheon’ for our church staff on February 12, dozens of Guild members contributed hours to plan, prepare and provide the annual event that recognizes the dedicated people who do so much for us every day. Many thanks to each of the women who helped let our staff know how much we value them. – Loretta Heigle

The Spring Event Love is friendship set to music, so gather your friends and come with us to Brookside Country Club on April 27 from 11:30 am - 2 pm for the Women’s Guild Spring Event. The theme, Looking Back and Moving Forward—A Celebration of Women, will feature Brookside’s signature pasta and salad bar, lemon pudding cake, coffee, tea and iced tea. During the gathering time, 11 am - noon, the Hilliard Davidson String Quartet will play. The program will feature Jeri Diehl Cusack, lifelong resident of Grandview Heights. Jeri serves as a trustee of the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Historical Society. A retired public librarian, she now presents programs statewide on presidential history topics, especially those concerning Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Jeri is a life-long member of the Friends of the Grandview Heights Public Library and the former development officer for the Grandview Library’s Foundation Board. In June 2012, she was named to the Executive Committee of Honoring Eleanor Roosevelt, which partners with the National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to preserve Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill Cottage in Hyde Park, NY. Jeri will share insights into the lives of the women who were married to Ohio’s eight presidents: Anna Symmes Harrison, Julia Dent Grant, Lucy Webb Hayes, Lucretia Randolph Garfield, Caroline Scott Harrison, Ida Saxton McKinley, Helen Herron Taft and Florence Kling DeWolfe Harding. Come join us for a glorious afternoon of friendship. Tickets will be sold for $25 on Sundays in April following services at both campuses. Kie Seiple is chairman of the event.

How Can a Story Change a Life? For her high school senior Capstone project, Emma Shaner chose to offer a writers’ group for older adults in our congregation. The group met a number of times to discuss and experience the process of writing short stories. In the end, each of the five participants produced an original work that was inspired by Emma’s question, “How Can a Story Change a Life?” On Sunday, April 21, at 12:30 pm in Lincoln Road Chapel, the writers will read their stories and thank Emma for her inspiration. The Older Adult Council will host a light reception immediately following the readings. Please join the writers—Ann Swearingen, Linda Dorff, Dick Costin, Dawn Costin, Missy Obergefell and Emma Shaner for a celebration of this multigenerational endeavor.


Heart to Heart Prepares for 'A Greater Need'  By Peggy Concilla At some point in our lives, we all experience a greater need for something. It might be something as simple and mundane as an afternoon cup of coffee for a quick pick-me-up. Perhaps something more complex such as closer friendships or even something with a larger reward such as more spirituality in your life. But what if your greater need was something that most people take for granted, something basic, like providing three meals a day for your family? We’ve all witnessed the increase in food costs at the grocery store this winter. The cost of fresh fruits, vegetables and meat is prohibitive for many on a tight budget. Likewise the cost of food from Mid-Ohio Foodbank, our primary source for pantry staples at Heart to Heart, has increased nearly 300% over the past two years. If this was 10 years ago and we were providing assistance to 30 households a month these increases would not be so devastating. Fast forward to January 2013, where Heart to Heart served 420 households from our pantry and you begin to understand just how great the need is in our community and how that need translates into a greater need for funds. In 2012, our small pantry served 5,580 households from the Tri-Village area. 12,902 family members received meals because Heart to Heart was there to help. We have a greater need than ever before to provide this service. On June 3, you will have an opportunity to help Heart to Heart meet The Greater Need in our neighborhood. Help us fight the hunger that is at our doorstep by attending a fundraising luncheon for Heart to Heart. Watch for your invitation in late April.

Families Benefit from New Service In order to ensure that the marginalized around us receive all the benefits to which they are entitled, First Community Church has reached out to the Ohio Association of Foodbanks to provide a counselor for their program called the Ohio Benefits Bank. Mary Hollinger has been trained to assist anyone in the community to aid them in determining what benefits are available. It is our hope that this service will provide Heart to Heart clients with necessary assistance including food, health, Medicaid and home energy. The job of the counselor is not to approve assistance, but to assist the client in filing the necessary requests electronically, by fax and by mail. It has been our experience that many people do not have the ability to apply at Ohio Department of Job and Family Services due to personal issues. We hope that we can provide them with a safe and comfortable place to fulfill this need. In addition, anyone who has Internet access may apply for their own benefits by going into the Ohio Benefits Bank website at or by calling 800 648.1176.

'A Greater Need' Luncheon Benefiting Heart to Heart Monday, June 3, 12 - 1 pm Grace Hall, North Campus The need is great for sponsors For sponsorship information, please contact Peggy Concilla at 614 457.5415 or

Heart to Heart Food Pantry Totals For February 2013 Households served..........................265 Individuals served............................542 Children served............................141 Adults served................................334 Seniors served................................ 67 Meals provided.............................4,878 Year-to-Date Households served..........................685 Individuals served.........................1,523 Children served............................440 Adults served................................917 Seniors served..............................166 Meals provided...........................13,707 Heart to Heart offers a helping hand and caring heart in times of need.

Mary will be at the Heart to Heart facility each Thursday from 8 am – 1 pm. Phone messages only to 614 486.2942 ext 155.


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We’re Listening The Listening Post is asking for ideas that would help you enjoy your experiences at First Community Church more fully. The Older Adult Council wants to hear your suggestions for making our facilities more accessible, comfortable and easy to use.

We Need You! 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 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, directing traffic, assisting customers and cleaning up at the end.                Garage Sale Week Schedule: Sat., April 30

Last day to schedule home furniture pick-up

Sun., May 12

12 noon: Table Set Up begins at North Campus 2 pm: Donation Drop Offs begin

Mon., May 13        8 am - 5 pm: Volunteers needed to move furniture out of storage to the North Campus Wed., May 15         12 noon: Donations drop-offs end Fri., May 17            6:30 - 9 pm: Special Preview Sale (Admission $3; Prices are doubled at check-out; Wine & Refreshments) Sat., May 18          8 am - 3 pm: Garage Sale (Free Admission, Prices as Marked) 3 - 9 pm: Clean Up We will accept donations at the North Campus from Sunday, May 12, 2 pm through Wednesday, May 15, 12 noon.  If you don't have anything to donate to the sale, perhaps you would consider donating supplies such as shopping bags, zip lock bags, masking & packing tape, skirt hangers or food for our refreshment stand (pop, homemade baked goods, donuts or a bottle of wine).  Look for Garage Sale information tables after worship services in April and 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 at, including a list of the donations we can and cannot accept. 

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To hear your concerns, the Council will have a Listening Post after services on Sunday, April 7, at the South Campus and on Sunday, April 14, at the North Campus. Stop by and tell us what issues of access and comfort are needed by older adults or drop a note to us at the end of the services. This is your opportunity to let the Council know how it can be of greatest service to you. If you will not be there either Sunday, contact Robin Taylor, Administrative Assistant to Missy Obergefell, Director of Older Adult Ministry, at 614 488.0681 ext 226.

Book Group I have become the fullness of myself, but only once I was able to put down the cosmetics of the self, like the titles, the privileges, the symbols, and the signs of being something more than I was - and at the same time less than I was. — The Gift of Years by Joan Chittister ElderWisdom is a book discussion group that meets every other month to discuss books that focus on the spiritual aspects of aging. Missy Obergefell, Director of Older Adult Ministry, will facilitate the group as participants share insights gained and inspiring excerpts. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at Furber Books & Gifts, open Sunday after worship and Wednesday, 12 - 4 pm, South Campus. The next gathering will take place on April 25 at 1 pm in the Older Adult meeting space on the second floor of the South Campus. Please RSVP to Robin Taylor, Older Adult Ministry Administrative Assistant, 614 488.0681 ext 235.


Refugee Resettlement – Strangers Becoming Friends

Change a Child’s Life

 By Mary Buzby

 By Sandy Wood

On February 19, Shadananda and Tulasa Kafle, sons Shreyash and Risabh, and Mr. Kafle’s brother, Ghana, completed their long journey from a refugee camp on the India/Nepal border to a new home in Columbus, Ohio.

Your contributions make it possible for Deep Griha to help some of the poorest children in the world. Sponsored children in the Deep Griha Child Sponsorship program get a chance to help themselves.

First Community Church’s welcoming team, led by Chris Casavant and Mary Buzby, had totally furnished the Kafle’s apartment with everything from sofas to toothpaste, thanks to donations from church members and friends. The Kafles were very grateful that such a comfortable home was ready and waiting for them. Nearly two decades ago, members of the Kafle family along with thousands of others - were forced from their homes by Bhutan’s government. Ethnic cleansing meant that anyone with Nepali ancestors had to leave the country. After living in a United Nations camp for so long, the Kafles are ready to start over here in the U.S. They were fortunate to be reunited with family members who arrived in Columbus in December.

To sponsor a child in Puné, India for an entire year, choose one of these three levels of sponsorship: $95 Educational Sponsorships include: • educational materials, books, stationery, school bags, uniforms, • extra tuition to support school work • fees for educational courses for a full year $190 Basic Sponsorships include: • one balanced, nutrition-rich meal each day • clothes and shoes, counseling • medical care with regular check-ups • medical treatment when required • family assistance when needed • fun events and activities for a year $285 Full Child Sponsorship: • includes both basic and education sponsorships for a year

Our team has been supporting the family by taking them to doctor appointments, grocery shopping and outings to parks, various places downtown and the library. Although they know some English, we are helping them practice conversation. We are also helping them find jobs.

According to a recent finding by the World Food Program (WFPA), India was home to the largest number of undernourished people in the world. Nearly 44 percent of children under age 3 are malnourished.

Ghana, age 22, is looking forward to working and to completing his education. He was a teacher in a camp school. Both he and Tulasa attend English classes daily.

Send your contribution to the church or to Deep Griha USA, 3074 Glenrich Parkway, Columbus, OH 43221.

Shadananda has a Master's degree in Sanskrit and is a highly respected Hindu priest. In that role, he has already traveled to other U.S. cities. He has established a worship area in his home where others from the community meet. Some of our team members have families with young children and plan activities for the Kafle children to enjoy with them. Shreyash, 7, is enrolled in Forest Park Elementary School. His younger brother will enroll soon. We are all becoming friends during this process. Team members are getting to know the Kafles and getting to know each other. First Community Church is big and working together on the committee has been a fun way to get to know each other. We, too, are strangers becoming friends. Our city is known to refugees as a welcoming city. The ongoing work of the Refugee Task Force makes our church a leader in this ministry.


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A Month of Sundays 7


Merry Easter! –– The Reverend Mr. Paul E. Baumer, Minister to the Staff

8:30 am • Burkhart Chapel, SC - Rev. Long preaching 8:30 am • Grace Hall, NC - Dr. Wing preaching Whitechapel Ringers 10 am • Grace Hall, NC - Dr. Wing preaching Whitechapel Ringers 11 am • Sanctuary, SC - Dr. Wing preaching Chancel Choir




8:30 am • Burkhart Chapel, SC - Rev. Long preaching 8:30 am • Grace Hall, NC - Rev. Lindsay preaching Soloist 10 am • Grace Hall, NC - Rev. Lindsay preaching Chancel Chamber Choir, Middle School Vocal Ensemble 11 am • Sanctuary, SC - Rev. Lindsay preaching Chancel Choir




8:30 am • Burkhart Chapel, SC - Rev. Baumer preaching 8:30 am • Grace Hall, NC - Dr. Wing preaching Soloist 10 am • Grace Hall, NC - Dr. Wing preaching Youth Bell Choir 2 11 am • Sanctuary, SC - Dr. Wing preaching Chancel Choir

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It has none of the Christmas build up. Easter songs haven’t been playing since New Year’s Eve. The gospel writers find no agreement in the details. The Easter Bunny and Easter eggs are nowhere to be found in the Bible, contrary to shepherds, angels, wise men and all that stuff at Christmas. It’s hard to do anything decorative with an empty tomb. Yet Easter always amazes me. More of us come to worship and hear the Easter story than do so at Christmas, despite the Christmas season. My guess is there are two reasons for that. One is that it’s spring and the story of Jesus’ resurrection just goes with the season and we celebrate that. Easter is the foundation celebration of our faith. And two is that we want to be reassured again and again that the Easter story is our story and that in some way, somehow, in some manner, we’ll experience our Easter whenever that time comes and we‘ll walk into a springtime we can hardly imagine.

8:30 am • Burkhart Chapel, SC - Rev. Hett preaching 8:30 am • Grace Hall, NC - Rev. Lindsay preaching Soloist 10 am • Grace Hall, NC - Rev. Lindsay preaching Youth Bell Choir I 11 am • Sanctuary, SC - Rev. Lindsay preaching Chancel Choir


Easter always amazes me.



So I hope you had a merry Easter! And since it is the defining celebration of our faith, I hope Easter has moved you to try to live a life that walks the way of the risen Jesus Christ and embodies his love and care for everyone. In a sense, Easter is more about how we live now than it is about what happens to us later.

Dr. Terry & Barbara Davis Marafiki Golf Tournament Saturday, July 13, 7:30 am Fox Fire Golf Club, Lockbourne, OH For more information, contact Connie Hieatt at

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Care and Spirit

Parish Register

Happiness or Meaning

We share the joys and sorrows of our church family in our prayers.

–­– The Reverend Mr. James M. Long, Minister of Pastoral Care …the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. Mark 4:24 We have enshrined in our Declaration of Independence that we have the inalienable right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Experience tells us that the right to pursue happiness does not guarantee the attainment of it. Indeed, it seems that happiness really is the by-product of pursuing something else. It is not attained directly.

Many years ago, I read Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl. This was one of the most influential books to come out after World War II. Frankl had survived incarceration in a Nazi concentration camp, when most of his family died in the camps. He wondered why certain people were able to persevere in such circumstances and others gave up. The result was a concept he called logotherapy. It seemed that people who found meaning and purpose, even in the most difficult of circumstances, were more likely to survive than those who lost all hope. In a recent article from The Atlantic Monthly (What is a good life?, THE WEEK, February 22, 2013, pp. 40-41) Emily Esfahani Smith argued that happiness is temporary and that we should pursue meaning instead. It seems to be dependent on getting things we need or want, or the receiving of benefits. When we lose or fail to get these things, we lose our happiness. The late Jesuit priest, Anthony De Mello, affirmed this in his book Awareness: A de Mello Conference in His Own Words (New York: Doubleday, 1990). He said that we tend to make our happiness contingent upon receiving certain things (e.g., a job, property, relationship, money, prestige, reputation, success etc.). And yet, he said that there are many people who have attained happiness without those things. Thus, we are setting ourselves up for unhappiness whenever we make our happiness dependent on any such desire or outcome. Smith cites studies that show that what sets human beings apart is not the pursuit of happiness, but the pursuit of meaning. Similarly, Frankl found that people found purpose and meaning largely when giving to others:

BIRTHS Matthew Arlen Upbin 2/25/13 son of Sarah & Brian Upbin grandson of Peggy Bellows Max Thompson Gilmer 3/18/13 great-grandson of Sally Porterfield BAPTISMS Hudson Walter O’Riordan 3/10/13 son of Cristin and Sean O'Riordan HOSPITALIZED Bill Ewing Amy Boyd Jeanne Schoedinger Danielle “Dani” Orsini John Awe Ruth Gardner Mike Elliott Wynn Wiksell Bill Verwolht DEATHS Elizabeth Wiksell 2/20/13 mother of Wynn Wiksell Carolyn Jensen 2/25/13 Bob Hoag 3/1/13 Priscilla D’Angelo 3/2/13 Lola Mills 3/4/13 sister of Ruth Staub Ilona Boros 3/14/13 mother of Art Lanciers Polly De Vennish 3/17/13 mother of Julie De Vennish Janet Philips 3/16/13 Charles Barrington 3/18/13 father of Angela Darragh

The wisdom Frankl derived from his experiences there [the camps], in the middle of unimaginable human suffering, is just as relevant now as it was then: “Being human always points, and is directed, to something or someone, other than oneself—be it a meaning to fulfill or another human being to encounter. The more one forgets himself—by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love—the more human he is. Thus, it is in giving rather than receiving that a good life and true meaning and purpose are found. Jesus said as much two thousand years ago. Peace and blessings,


April 1 - 30, 2013

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

Joshua 10:16-27

1 Corinthians 5:6b-8


Judges 4:17-23, 5:24-31a Revelation 12:1-12


2 Samuel 6:1-15

Luke 24:1-12


1 Samuel 17:1-23

Acts 5:12-16


1 Samuel 17:19-32

Acts 5:17-26


1 Samuel 17:32-51

Luke 24:36-40

7 (Sunday)

Acts 5:27-32

Revelation 1:4-8

Psalm 118:14-29

John 20:19-31


Esther 7:1-10

Revelation 1:9-20


Esther 8:1-17

Revelation 2:8-11


Esther 9:1-5, 18-23

Luke 12:4-12


Isaiah 5:11-17

Revelation 3:14-22


Isaiah 6:1-4

Revelation 4:1-11


Genesis 18:1-8

Luke 14:12-14

14 (Sunday)

Acts 9:1-6[7-20]

Revelation 5:11-14

Psalm 30

John 21:1-19


Ezekiel 1:1-25

Acts 9:19b-31


Ezekiel 1:26—2:1

Acts 26:1-18


Isaiah 6:1-8

Luke 5:1-11


Ezekiel 11:1-25

Revelation 1:1-10

Ezekiel 20:39-44

Revelation 6:1—7:4

Ezekiel 28:25-26

Luke 12:29-32

21 (Sunday)

Acts 9:36-43

Revelation 7:9-17

Psalm 23

19 20

John 10:22-30


Ezekiel 37:15-28

Revelation 15:1-4


Ezekiel 45:1-9

Acts 9:32-35


Jeremiah 50:17-20

John 10: 31-42


Ezekiel 2:8—3:11

Revelation 10:1-11


Daniel 7:13-14

Revelation 11:15


Daniel 7:27

Revelation 11:16-19

28 (Sunday)

Acts 11:1-18

Psalm 148

Revelation 21:1-6 John 13:31-35


1 Samuel 20:1-23, 35-42 Acts 11:19-26


2 Samuel 1:4-27

April 1 - 30, 2013

Acts 11:27-30

Nominating Committee Elected At our February 3, 2013 Annual Meeting, the following 12 people were elected to a two-year term to serve on the Nominating Committee. They join 12 others who were elected last year. The nominating process begins early fall with nominations from the congregation and results in the slates of candidates for the Governing Board and Board of Deacons that will be presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting.

Sherry Barger Joy Barney Buck Byrne T.R. Gross Allison Kingsley Mary Ann Krauss Doug Obergefell Brent Osborn Karen Patterson Craig Sturtz Kelsey Walker Mike Zook

‘Theology After Auschwitz’: Abrahamic Perspectives Dr. Gunda Werner-Burggraf, Professor of Dogmatic Theology at RuhrUniversity, Bochum, Germany, presents this year’s annual lecture Wednesday, April 17, 7 pm in the Jessing Center at the Pontifical College Josephinum, 7625 N. High St., Columbus. The Annual Lecture on World Religions & Interreligious Dialogue is sponsored by The Theological Consortium of Greater Columbus, which includes our church’s partner seminaries, The Methodist Theological School in Ohio and Trinity Lutheran Seminary. No RSVP is required for this lecture. For directions or information contact the Academic Dean’s Office at the Josephinum, 614 885.5585 or


The Infinite Quest

A Thief of Time –­– The Reverend Mr. David S. Hett, Minister of Religious Life and Learning By not practicing Sabbath — to take time to “rest” in the ever-unfolding divinity that we are — Abraham Joshua Heschel said that we are “embezzling” our own life. What a striking statement from this modern mystic-prophet! Even coming off our weekend retreat with Jim Finley practicing the “contemplative way,” I dropped quickly back into my “dissonant” way of being in the world, distracted by various “to-do” lists, by the desires of the self (with a small “s”), by my life plan of constant attempts to conform to my “ego-ideal” (“the inner image of the self one wants to become”). Living in this all-too-normal way, writes Ana Levy-Lyons, “we are withholding, for the purposes of theft, time that has been entrusted to us by God to be used for other purposes, [including] awakening consciousness and deepening relationships, wisdom, and ecstasy.” As Pema Chodron reminds us, “Our true nature is not some ideal we have to live up to. It is who we are right now.” When I “take the time” to engage in Sabbath rest (even just for a moment in the midst of a dissonant hour), sensing into and settling into my inner (and outer) experience, I sometimes become aware of the mystical coemergence of this particular small self with the all-embracing divine Love. What struck me the other day in inquiring with a friend is how incredibly easy it is for the petty preoccupations of this tiny egoic self to run roughshod over the infinite, loving and dynamic Divine Holding that is actually what breathes us into being and carries us through our lives. But God loves us so much that there is no intrusion into even our tiniest desires. This is why we practice - why we practice “Sabbath rest” in all its various forms, whether sacred reading, or meditation, or journaling, or mindfulness, or body movement, or chant, or worship, or whatever our contemplative practices might be. “What I’ve realized about practicing,” says Pema Chodron, “is that practice is about finding our own true nature, and speaking from that, acting from that. Whatever our quality is, that’s our wealth and our beauty.” Jim Finley sums up “Sabbath” practice in his primer on living the “contemplative” life, Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God: We who are seeking to live a more contemplative way of life in the midst of today’s world must cultivate a contemplative culture in our homes and places of employment by creatively finding ways to make habitual a contemplative awareness of the inherent holiness of the life we are living.

A 'Contemplative Way' Practice Group Forms Growing out of the Christian Meditation study and following James Finley’s suggestions at our recent Contemplative Way Spiritual Searcher retreat, the first “Contemplative Way Group” is forming and will begin Thursday weekly meetings on April 11, from 11:45 am - 1 pm in the Wicker Room at South Campus. The structure for Contemplative Way Group 1 includes 20-30 minutes “teaching,” a 30-minute silent meditation and a 15-20 minute comment and discussion time each week. The “teaching time” will be devoted initially to a sacred study of either one of the mystics presented by James Finley during his retreat weekend or one of Dr. Finley’s own books. Rev. David Hett will facilitate these weekly meetings as we begin creating more groups that practice “the contemplative way,” as Jim Finley describes it, “experiencing the presence of God.” “The communal life of any contemplative gathering is most singularly experienced and expressed in the communal stillness in which all present sit together in meditation,” Dr. Finley writes in The Contemplative Heart. “Meditating with others…is like this. Each one present draws from and contributes to a collective presence that embodies and gives witness to the Presence in which all sit as one." At this point, there is no commitment to attend weekly, but registration is requested at FCchurch. com or by contacting Natalia Jones at, 614 488.0681 ext. 113



April 1 - 30, 2013

Weekly Adult Learning Groups Classes are free except where noted and open to the public. Books for most classes are available at Furber Books & Gifts. 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 at South 6-week study continues thru April 28 on The Evolution of Faith. Bruce and Cathie Hickin and Mike Elliott will facilitate this study based on the new book by Philip Gulley (also author of If Grace is True, a theology of universality). In the new book, we are urged to continue the journey toward a dynamic faith by looking at beliefs and discerning how God is creating a better Christianity. Anyone is welcome to join in these lively discussions each week.

Sundays, 9:30 – 10:45 am Series continues thru April 28 (no meeting April 14) Wicker Room, South Campus

Tuesday at Ten In April the group will continue the video-led discussion of the Spiritual Brain using lectures from Dr. Andrew Newberg. The topics are: April 2: Transmitters to God (all those things like DMT, serotonin, dopamine, GABA, cortisol, norepinephrine, etc.!); April 9: Stimulated States and Religious Experience (rituals, natural occurrences, drugs such as LSD, peyote….); April 16: Near-death Experiences and the Brain (Ok, so what IS going on in Proof of Heaven???); April 23: The Believing Brain (What are beliefs anyway? What about memory?); April 30: The Brain’s Influence on Religious Ideas (from practical/mundane to esoteric/mystical). The group meets from 10 to 11:30 every Tuesday in the Wicker Room; all are welcome!

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

Men’s Study Group Join the Men’s Study Group as they explore the Enneagram personality system and its impact on psychological and spiritual growth. Contact Price Finley at 614 488.7978 or, or Craig Sturtz at 614 481.9060 or craig.sturtz@

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 The group will complete their study of Richard Rohr’s The Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self April 3, 10 and 17. On April 24 they will begin a study of Buddha’s Brain: A Practical Neuro-science of Happiness, Love and Wisdom by Rick Hanson, Ph.D. and Richard Mendius, MD. Any woman on the spiritual search, whether church member or not, is invited to attend. Contact Lisa Bueche at if you have any questions.

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

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

Wednesdays, 7 – 8:15 pm Conference Room, North Campus

Rediscovering Values Faith and American Politics’ favorite, Jim Wallis, will guide us in Rediscovering Values in this six-week series beginning April 3, based on his book. Facilitated by church members Larry Anderson, Christy Caine and Charles Vachris. Free and open to the public, registration is requested online at

Wednesdays, 7 - 8:30 pm Beginning April 3 thru May 8 Brownlee Hall, South Campus

Contemplative Way Group 1 An initial “Contemplative Way Group” growing out of James Finley’s Contemplative Way Spiritual Searcher retreat: Includes 20-30 minute study of the teaching of the mystics, a 30-minute silent meditation, and a 15-20 minute comment and discussion time each week. Rev. David Hett facilitates.

Thursdays, 11:45 am – 1 pm Beginning April 11 Wicker Room, South Campus

April 1 - 30, 2013


Images from James Finley Retreat Many people were able to experience the wisdom and guidance of contemplative way master, Dr. James Finley, at the Contemplative Way weekend retreat March 1-3 in Grace Hall hosted by Spiritual Searcher. The photographs available for viewing at capture a part of this moving and enriching experience. Here are a few responses from retreat participants: As one relatively new to contemplative prayer, it was a great event. Experiencing Jim Finley’s wisdom, spirit and energy was wonderful. It expanded my vision of God and God’s acceptance of us exactly as we are. Photo by Charles Baldeck

Dr. James Finley pauses to smile during the March Contemplative Way weekend retreat. The event was hosted by Spiritual Searcher.

Jim Finley is truly a rabbi—he sits and teaches my heart. My needs for growth, inspiration, fun and play were met.

It exceeded my expectations--I thought it would be more ‘intellectual’ so I couldn’t grasp the feeling of it. He is both a teacher and a practitioner; an articulate and eloquent speaker. He embodies compassion and great presence. These words from his own book, The Contemplative Heart, fit well with our collective experience with the mystic Jim Finley during the weekend—it also fits with his deep and authentic humility as a person of God: Sometimes this…interpersonal instance of finding and entering one’s contemplative community arises in situations in which we are present in the audience, where…a mystic…holds forth the mystery, rips it open, lets it all pour out. It is not the ego of the graced person around whom all are gathered but rather the graced person’s childlike fidelity and transparency to the mystery that comes welling up and out, uniting all who are present in a communal moment of contemplative wakefulness.

Akita Retreat April 12-14

Following The Contemplative Way Whether or not you experienced James Finley’s Spiritual Searcher weekend in March, you can engage in the practice of The Contemplative Way in the midst of the beauty of Camp Akita Friday evening, April 12 through Sunday morning, April 14. During this weekend experience led by Rev. David Hett and members of the Spiritual Searcher and Center for Infinite Quest teams, we will learn more about living contemplative lives in the midst of our everyday world, what Jim Finley calls “A Monastery without Walls.” With time for group teaching, discussion and meditation as well as individual reflection, silence, rest and re-creation in nature, we will have the opportunity to touch once again into our true nature as children of God. Cost for the full weekend retreat is $175, including meals and refreshments from a light dinner Friday evening through Sunday morning brunch. More information, as well as registration, is now open online at, or by contacting Natalia Jones at, 614 488.0681 ext. 113 In The Contemplative Heart, James Finley notes that retreats such as this elicit “the collective experience of contemplative wakefulness…with a meaning and rhythmic power that evokes a communal contemplative experience uniting all who are present.” In fact, says this master of the contemplative way, “one of the most frequently expressed sentiments I hear during these retreats is how good it is simply to be in a room filled with people who are present, each in his or her own way, out of a simple, child-like desire to live a more contemplative way of life.” You are invited to join with such a group at Akita, April 12-14.


April 1 - 30, 2013

C.G. Jung Association

Active Imagination Workshop

Ronald Jenkins Honored By Columbus Symphony Chorus In 2007, the Board of the Columbus Symphony Chorus (CSC) began dreaming of an appropriate way to honor its conductor, Ronald J. Jenkins, on the occasion of his then upcoming 25th anniversary season (2008-09). The Board convened a small group of former CSC Board Presidents to serve as the steering committee for the effort. One member, Kim Boyd, suggested the Chorus commission a new work in celebration of Ron’s service.

“Individuation” is the term Swiss psychologist Carl Jung used to describe the process of becoming a mature human being, and “active imagination” was one of the major techniques he and his followers developed to work on becoming fully human. In its April 19 and 20 workshop in Brownlee Hall, our friends in the C. G. Jung Association bring Karen H. Keefer here to combine both of these growth-oriented processes in Images of Inner Wisdom: Enlisting the Power of Active Imagination for Individuation.

When presented with the suggestion, Ron recommended that American composer Stephen Paulus be approached about creating the piece. Jenkins and Paulus collaborated on the text selection. Jenkins further requested that one movement of the work be written a cappella. to focus on the Symphony Chorus’ skill in unaccompanied choral singing. This provides other choirs and choruses, without access to an orchestra, the ability to extract one movement to perform.

Karen Keefer, with her colleague and mentor, Dr. William Yabroff, produced Four Gifts of the Mind, helping people discover inner images that can assist in bringing balance to life, in uncovering aspirational longings and in stimulating spirituality and selfexpression, all guided by Carl Jung’s four major functions of Sensing, Intuition, Feeling and Thinking. Even those with no experience in psychological type can benefit from the Friday night lecture and guided imagery experience (7-9 pm in Brownlee Hall, South Campus) as well as the “Type Imagery Journey” workshop on Saturday, April 20, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm in Brownlee Hall.

Now, in this 30th anniversary season under the leadership of Maestro Jenkins, we are delighted to present, Of Songs and Singing. We are deeply grateful to all of the many chorus members - present and past - as well as many friends of Ron, who made very generous financial contributions in support of this marvelous piece.

For further information, fees and registration, contact the Jung Association of Central Ohio (JACO) at, 614 291.8050

The opening movement, That Music Always Round Me, is a setting of a Walt Whitman poem. The music is full, exuberant and outgoing.

Composer Sings Jenkins’ Praise  By Stephen Paulus I wrote Of Songs and Singing in honor of the 30 years of wonderful music-making by Ronald Jenkins as Director of the Columbus Symphony Chorus. It is an honor and a privilege to write a work for someone who has devoted a lifetime to the advancement of the choral arts. I have known Ron for several years now, and I jumped at the chance to create something for him. The work is in four movements and lasts just over 15 minutes. Of Songs and Singing features the poetry of Walt Whitman, Shakespeare, Rumi and Henry Heveningham. It is an eclectic mix that is typical of our diverse times and interests. The common theme to all of the poems is a celebration of music and singing.

Whisper Music is the only a cappella movement in the work. It was created to highlight the sounds of the chorus. It offers one section that other choruses could perform without an orchestra. The poem is by Shakespeare. Birdsong is movement three. It is a quirky movement, lightly orchestrated which provides a contrast to the other three movements. The text is by the 13th century Persian poet, Rumi, a Sufi mystic. The final movement, If Music Be the Food of Love, is based on a poem by Henry Heveningham (1651 - 1700). It shares this first line with the famous Shakespearian poem from Twelfth Night. It is accompanied by harp, brass, woodwinds, percussion and strings and moves along at a healthy clip throughout, coming to a boisterous finish with all of the orchestra participating and the chorus declaring triumphantly, “Sing on! Sing on! Sing On!”

April 1 - 30, 2013


Parent Groups For April

2013 Akita 5K

For Dads Only Tuesday, April 9, 7 - 8:30 pm Guild Room, South Campus We will be talking about boundaries and setting limits and how this evolves from early childhood into adolescence. All fathers are welcome!

 By Scot Nicoll

For Moms Only Monday, April 15, 7 - 8:30 pm Guild Room, South Campus All mothers are welcome to join this group for discussion. Parent Growth Monday mornings, 9:30 – 11 am Guild Room, South Campus There is a $5 fee per session and child care available for $4/child. Parent Growth resumes for spring on Monday, April 8 (no session April 1). For spring topics, email Donice Wooster,

For 64 years, Camp Akita has been a place of powerful, positive transformations for our campers. Countless lives have been changed by spending a week focusing on strengthening our relationship with God, self, others and nature. We believe that every child should be able to benefit from Camp Akita regardless of their financial situation. With that goal in mind, our church community started an Akita scholarship fund many years ago. We now award approximately $15,000 annually in scholarships to help children experience the wonder of Camp Akita. This financial assistance has helped church members, members of our community and refugee families from around the world send their children to Camp Akita to hear our church’s message of a loving God.


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Friday, April 26 6 pm to 8 pm

First Community Church North Campus 3777 Dublin Rd., Columbus 43221

• Horseback rides provided by:

Cost: $5 per person; children under 1 are free

($2 fee/weather permitting)

Includes pizza, salad & lemonade • Farm animals provided by: • Crafts and more!

Please help support our scholarship fund by participating in this year's Akita 5K run/walk. This great family-friendly event has raised $10,000 for our scholarship fund the past couple of years. We are hoping to raise $15,000 this year, but we can’t do it without your help. You can sign up to run or walk a 5K or sign up as a threeperson relay team where each member completes a 1-mile leg. We have a 1-mile Kids Fun Run, inflatable bouncy toys and lots of Akita-style fun. If you don’t want to participate in the run, you can still support us by being an event sponsor. For more information or to register as a participant, sponsor or volunteer, visit our website at

614 488.0681

The 2013 Akita 5K will be held on Saturday, April 27 at Fred Beekman Park on The Ohio State University campus. Checkin will begin at 8:30 am, the children’s run starts at 9 am and the 5K will begin at 9:10 am sharp. Thank you for your continued support of Camp Akita. We hope to see you at the Akita 5K!


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THE PROGRAM STAFF OF FIRST COMMUNITY CHURCH  Richard A. Wing, Senior Minister; Paul E. Baumer, Minister to the Staff; 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; Michael Barber, Director of Marketing and Communications, Sally R. Beske, Assistant Organist/ Director of Youth Choirs; Scott T. Binder, Director of Worship Technologies, Roger Burns, Director of Stewardship and Development, Tim Carlson, Director of Camp Akita Ministries and Youth Programming; Dawn J. Costin, Director of K-12 Ministry; Cynthia Harsany, Director of Finance and Operations; Pam Jameson, Facilities Manager; Scot Nicoll, Executive Director of Camp Akita; Missy Obergefell, Director of Older Adult Ministry; Randall R. Rocke, Director of Mission Through Media; Paula L. Russell, Director of Member and Visitor Services; 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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April 2013

NEWSLET TER From the Chair

Why Give to First Community Foundation? As Chair of the First Community Foundation Board, and as a former member of the Foundation Grants Committee, I have seen first-hand how the Foundation supports so many worthwhile church activities and projects over and above the regularly budgeted day-today programs. My service on the Mission Council and as a Deacon have made me very aware of the Foundation’s valuable support to many church activities. In the past year, we have supported our media ministry, Camp Akita, Heart to Heart, physical improvements to both North and South Campuses and various mission projects. Enhancements and improvements to these and other ministries and church programs would not have been possible without generous contributions from church members in the past to our Foundation. As church members, we should be thinking of the long-term support of our church, allowing it to continue well into the future and leaving our own legacy of faith for future generations. The First Community Foundation provides a means for you to assist in long-term funding for the needs of the church and its valuable programs and ministries. You can contribute to the Foundation with a general, unrestricted gift or give to a specific church program of particular interest to you. Personally, I have contributed - and will continue raising more donations - to begin a fund in the Foundation designated for Heart to Heart, a church program which I have supported for many years. What area of our church will you contribute to in our Foundation so that you too can be a part of this great legacy which will continue to benefit the church for many generations to come? Doug Torrance First Community Foundation Chair

Past, Present, Future  Don Jameson, Director of Foundation Development As I move into the last three months of a “temporary” job I accepted in 1991, it is time for a brief reflection on the past 21 years. I have learned quite a bit during my tenure as Development Director of our Foundation, 14 years of which included the position of Director of Stewardship. In corporate life you learn you need a respected company name, a product that has merit and a growing market to be successful. I cannot think of a better name than First Community Church. I also find it difficult to imagine a more needed product today than the acceptance of God’s love and how to use that acceptance to help change our world. Do we have a market? I honestly have never been associated with a finer group of persons than the congregation and staff of our church. Working here has been a life-changing experience. So, we have all the ingredients for success. But, here is a pertinent question. Why do we need a separate Foundation? Why isn’t a large church savings account sufficient? Here is one answer. When I attended new member classes to talk about (Continued, Page 2)

First Community Foundation

Past, Present, Future

Rafiki Dorm

(Continued from Page 1) both the financial needs of our church and our Foundation, it was not unusual for someone coming from another church to state “Tell me about your Foundation. Our church did not have one, nor a separate, growing endowment fund and while we managed to pay our bills even in tough times, we never had any funds available for the special things that could have enriched our lives and enabled us to move into new areas of ministry and community service”. A sound, progressive church - especially today - requires all the resources it can obtain each year to serve the immediate needs of its congregation, community and mission efforts. When new buildings or major renovations are required, a capital fund drive is held.

 By Terry Davis Last year, the First Community Foundation gave a grant of $13,200 to our Rafiki AIDS Ministry to complete the First Community Church Boys’ Dormitory. The dorm had been a long time coming, but these funds put us over the top to actually complete and furnish it.

Dr. Roy A. Burkhart decided in 1948 that this solution was not sufficient for First Community Church. If many successful, not-for-profit organizations felt having a separate foundation was important, why not First Community Church? In 1991 the Foundation Board of Trustees decided to hire an employee. The Foundation had assets of about one million dollars. Its assets today are about $7,600,000 in spite of a $2.5 million paper loss in the 2008 market crash and it has given away in grants about $4 million. The Foundation is designed to enable our church members to make gifts that will not be used up this year, but rather carefully invested to grow and be available for special purposes far into the future. It is called “Creating Your Legacy.” It gives our Church an opportunity to move forward in many ways as well as the ability to successfully navigate its way through unusually difficult times. There is a new Foundation brochure titled Creating Your Legacy available at both Foundation displays. It will help you understand our work. Large plaques list our donors. This newsletter contains a section which will give you the details of our 2012 year end financial statement. For a quick summary of “What has the Foundation done recently?” please see the numbers below. For the combined years of 2011 and 2012, listed are the amounts of approved grants for those two years for five major categories, plus other grants and total grants for those two years.

Camp Akita $139,900 Missions 136,500 Media 62,200 Church Operating Expenses 119,000 Church Facilities Repairs and Renovations 251,400 Other Grants 224,132

Total 2011/2012 Grants


First Community Foundation plays a vital role in the life of First Community Church. We urge you to learn more about it and we encourage you to support it, especially through planned estate gifts and wills. Those gifts cost you very little now but can have a dramatic affect on the future of our church. Thank you for your friendship and support for these past 21 years.


First Community Foundation

Church Boys’ Dormitory was finally actually opened. Its first occupants were the Upendo Choir from Tanzania. It is a fine building indeed and First Community Church should be rightly proud to have it open for business. This summer, it will briefly be home to all of the kids, while some badly needed renovations happen in the original St. Benedicts Girls’ Dorm. By the fall, both dorms will be open. - Excerpt from the update last year when the Dormitory was opened

A Telling Legacy of Story and Song  By Scott Mclaughlin, Programs and Projects Committee Chair, First Community Foundation In 1866, occupying the long days of convalescence from an illness which almost took her life an English woman named A. Katherine Hankey wrote a poem in two parts. The first part The Story Wanted had some fifty stanzas. Verses from the second part entitled The Story Told were used in 1869 to create the popular hymn I Love to Tell the Story.

Ken and Marty whole-heartedly believed in the development of programs which address issues that promote stronger children, stronger families and ultimately, stronger communities. After establishing the Fishel Fund through the Foundation, Ken felt strongly that whatever he gave should not be designated, but should be used for any need the Foundation determined supportive of their vision.

Its lyrics still inspire those who thirst for greater purpose and embark on the journey to realize the life altering message of God’s sufficient grace. Very few hymns have so taken hold of the hearts of the peo­ple, both the young and the old, as has this sim­ple lit­tle song.

I love to tell the story; more wonderful it seems than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams. I love to tell the story, it did so much for me; And that is just the reason I tell it now to thee.

Refrain: I love to tell the story, ’twill be my theme in glory, To tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love. The First Community Foundation has a function to steward the gifts given by so many for continued funding of programs, projects and organizations which bolster the mission and vision of our church. But that is just a part of our work, we are also fortunate to be called storytellers. As a member of First Community Church, I am grateful to be able to hear and participate in the story of two discerning church members who walked before me and whose legacy still supports my family’s spiritual life today. Ken and Marty Fishel were visionaries, committed to providing leadership through hard work, creativity and financial investment. Recognizing the need for spiritual enrichment of both their neighbors as well as people around the world, the Fishel Fund was established through The First Community Foundation in 1956. This prescient gift continues to be a cornerstone of our church under the stewardship of The First Community Foundation. Joining the church in 1942, Ken and Marty along with the Barnett, Guthrie, McClellan, and Cottingham families were members of Couples Circle number one. They enjoyed a robust social life while becoming close to Dr. Burkhart and the groundbreaking dreams of outreach through giving which continues to be lived out today.

Throughout the years, the Fishel’s story continues to impact the lives of the members of First Community Church and the work we are committed to, both next door and worldwide. Just as that old hymn written one hundred and forty-six years ago lingers softly in our minds - bolstering us in times of need Ken & Marty Fishel - so does this gift which helps to tell the story of two lives influenced by service to God, his sustaining love and their desire to pay forward that which they were so grateful to have earned. The imprint of the Fishel Fund is expansive. When combined with other established funds and gifts designated to support our needs, we realize the strength and power of a legacy, of a story told. It may surprise you to learn that when a church operating need arises, Ken and Marty’s story is told. When we are moved by the sounds of the voices in our choir, their story is told. When a child, smiling and exhilarated from a day of lively companionship and spiritual growth rests their head on a pillow in cabin five at Camp Akita, their story is told. When a seminary student awakens to a call of service and asks God to order their steps and ensure the tuition fees for seminary are met without burden, again the story is told. So many have given to The Foundation and we remain proud to tell all of their stories through our work and thoughtful stewardship of their gifts. While we will never be able to fully know what long-reaching impact the faithful vision of Ken and Marty Fishel and others will ultimately have, we are immeasurably grateful to be able to continue their good work, their story. A story that is… to be continued.

First Community Foundation


The Powerful Impact of Spiritual Searcher

Finance Update

 By Rev. David Hett

 By Cindy Harsany

Celtic Spirituality scholar and mystic John Philip Newell has become one of our most profoundly influential Spiritual Searchers in its 24-year history when he came to us from Edinburgh, Scotland, in December 2010.

John Philip Newell

One comment that spoke to his influence, and that touched me deeply, was when one of our church members told me that prior to this Spiritual Searcher weekend he had no idea what people were talking about when they described having a “mystical experience.”

He could no longer say that after the weekend, for during one of John Philip’s spiritual practices in our own sanctuary, he had his own experience of the ineffable mystery of God and came to a new realization of the divine presence in his life. Without the generous assistance of a $4,000 grant from our Foundation we would never have been able to afford bringing this kind of presenter from overseas to our community, nor to make this enriching spiritual experience with John Philip affordable for our members, helping us discover “A New Harmony of the Spirit, the Earth and the Human Soul.”

2012 was a strong year for the Foundation investment portfolio that is managed by BNY Mellon. We averaged 11.34% through the year. Our investment started with $6,814,194 and we ended with $7,181,160; this was an increase of $366,966. Our investment portfolio is made up of $2,154,348 of fixed income securities (30%), $4,667,754 in equities (65%) and $359,058 in cash and equivalent (5%). As of February of 2013 our investment has reached $7.5 million. During 2012 we approved 37 grants which totaled $475,873. This was an increase of $18,614 from 2011. We appreciate the contributions to the Foundation that made this possible. Our contributions in 2012 were $143,274.

Foundation Sunday is April 7

“We have made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when we plant shade trees under which we know full well we will never sit.” — Elton Trueblood

Our Mission First Community Foundation of First Community Church is a not-for-profit organization created to encourage and receive gifts from people and organizations wishing to support the programs and ministries of First Community Church, Camp Akita, and other worthwhile projects. Its purpose is to fund religious, charitable, scientific, literary, and educational endeavors. It encourages friends and members of the church to include the Foundation in their financial and estate planning, and to establish funds within the Foundation to help fulfill its mission.

First Community Foundation is a separate 501 (c) (3) public charitable corporation whose Board of Trustees is appointed by the church Governing Board. The Foundation stands apart from First Community Church, yet by its side to assist the church in those areas of financial need not covered by the church’s annual operating budget or special capital campaigns. We have an education video as well as printed material about the Foundation that we would be happy to share with you. It is our hope that you will consider including First Community Foundation in your financial and estate planning. We are available to speak to groups; please do not hesitate to contact us.

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