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firstnews Monthly

614 488.0681

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Vol. 59 No. 8

Continuing the Conversation August Forums Bring Leaders, Congregation Together  Story & photo by Michael Barber Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. — Henry Ford Full of foresight and promise, Our 20/20 Vision is the vehicle intended to carry the ministries of First Community Church into the next seven years. The Vision, first introduced by Dr. Wing during the Annual Meeting held in February, has successfully brought together parishioners and church leaders with these common goals; to share information, discuss unique ideas and give life to inspiring new projects. The guiding forces in this endeavor are the Governing Board and the Capital Projects Committee (CPC), chartered by the Board in March. The CPC’s task is to define what will be built, anticipate the costs and funding for a sanctuary at North Campus and improvements to South Campus and Camp Akita. In June, the CPC hosted the first set of Community Forums with more than 100 in attendance. This gathering helped to provide a link between the CPC’s mission and the congregation’s passion for the vast ministries of our church. On June 24, the CPC presented the Governing Board with a recommended project definition, which was unanimously accepted.

Church member Ned Timmons listens to a report given by Nan Weir, Owner's Representative for the Capital Projects Committee, during the June 5 Community Forum.

“The Vision is a reflection of where we are today and a path for our ministries as we move into the future.” Paul Anderson, Chair of the CPC, was energized by the first Forum and looks forward to the August events. “The Community Forums are intended to be a conversation between the CPC and the Governing Board, staff and congregation,” Paul said. “In addition to an update on all of the proposed projects, our August Forums will include a brief presentation about the implementation of Our 20/20 Vision by Cindy Harsany, Director of Finance and Operations.” In recent months, Cindy has been meeting with members of the Program Staff in order to determine their specific goals with an eye toward the larger vision. “I am planning to provide an update on our progress,” Cindy said.

Information regarding all of the activity leading up to the Community Forums can be found on the church website at “I encourage congregants to peruse the wealth of information on the website, which includes the CPC Charter and the Project Definition as approved by the Governing Board,” Paul said. “Those who do not have access to the website can contact the Business Office at 614 488.0681 for hard copies.”

Forum Schedule August 11, 12-1:30 pm Grace Hall at North Campus August 14, 7-8:30 pm Brownlee Hall at South Campus

2nd Annual Mission Council Farmerʼs Market  By Bruce Crouthamel We have been very fortunate so far this summer to have had a great growing season. We hope all of you gardeners are having a lot of success and are thinking about what you can donate to our Mission Council Farmerʼs Market. The market will be open Sunday, August 18, immediately after the worship service at North Campus. We will be accepting donations of fresh vegetables and fruits, fresh herbs, plants and flowers, home canned goods and home baked goods. Please bring your donations to church with you on August 18. After church, take some time to stroll through the market and purchase the finest, freshest produce and the tastiest bakery items a person can buy in Columbus, all grown and made with much love. All proceeds will benefit Heart to Heart. This year, we are pleased to announce that Healing Art Missions will join our market with truly unique pieces of Haitian art for sale. The money raised goes directly to provide Haitians with the resources they need to help themselves. First Community Church supports Healing Arts Mission and recently funded a 260-square-foot building that houses a new 300 gallon water purification system. For more information, contact Bruce Crouthamel at 614 777.0714

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Looking Ahead Dr. Wing is preparing the following sermons:


Remember: We All Came From the Same Place

–– The Reverend Dr. Richard A. Wing, Senior Minister The church was called in the name of Jesus to remind everyone in the world that we all came from the same place, will one day all go to the same place, and now and forever we all hold the same loving space in the eyes of God.

August 11 NOT THE USUAL SUSPECT Luke 12: 32-40 September 1 LOOKING OUT FOR NUMBER ONE Luke 14:1, 7-14 Fall 2013 THE LIFE YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED (Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People) September 15 Part 1 - The Goal of the Spiritual Life Romans 12: 2 September 22 Part 2 - Training vs. Trying 2 Timothy 2: 1-7 September 29 Part 3 - The Unhurried Life Psalm 46

Richard Rohr said that in order to remind ourselves and others of these things, “first you have to forget all your certitudes, all your labels, all your explanations, whereby you’ve put this person in this box, this group is going to heaven, this race is superior to that race. Just forget it. It’s largely a waste of time. It’s usually your ego projecting itself, announcing itself, and protecting itself. It has little to do with objective reality or real love of the truth.” The gift of DNA is not just in letting prisoners go free who are innocent (the number released should make anyone who wants justice for all pause), but the gift of realizing we all came from the same place in Africa in different clusters that lived 6,000 to 25,000 years ago. Why so many different colors after all these years? Don’t know. But I do know that God likes variety in personality and in colors also. Jesus came not to get revenge on how far we have wandered from God’s desire, but to restore us to his original intention. We need to remember this as the primary calling to us in Jesus. We need to remember this before any conversation about Trayvon and George; about any conversation around gun violence. We need to remember:  we are all one.  The divisions we create are lies and the reason Jesus cried over Jerusalem saying, “I wish that you could see what makes for peace, but now it is hidden from your eyes.” Peace to you,

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Foundation Gifts

The Foundation Corner

We’re on the Move –– Roger Burns, Director of First Community Foundation Last month, Don Jameson shared his final column as he headed to retirement. Change begets change begets change. First, the actual office is on the move to the second floor in the office suite area shared with Membership and Marketing. This is a great space for us, close to the hub of the offices that serve the church’s needs. Second, I have agreed to be the Director of the Foundation, a role I am highly looking forward to growing with the congregation. The First Community Foundation is a gem that helps every area of ministry at First Community Church. Just last month, we approved building a patio at North Campus to avoid gatherings in the grass, tuition assistance for families at the Preschool and the Mary Evans Center and funding for the Spiritual Searcher program that brought in James Finley and many new faces. But that’s not all. We have also added Lauri Sullivan as Foundation Administrator. Lauri will be directly connected to all the funds, helping manage the day-to-day for more than 100 funds. She has been working in different areas of the church for more than two years. Her organizational skills will be a blessing. Last, we are willing to move to wherever you are. We make house calls. If you have been one of our Heritage members for years, you may still have questions. We are here to help, explain and educate. If you are new to the Foundation and could not tell the difference between a charitable remainder trust and a charitable gift annuity (and there are differences), we can help. It is our goal to make every member understand what an asset the Foundation is to First Community Church and the world at large.

In memory of: Peter Sayers Marjorie Bohl Betty O’Neill Dorothy Cowles Vernon and Jenny Morrison Susanne Wilson Martha Stevenson David and Gloria Gardner Tom and Bette Frye Bruce Lynn Jean Knecht Margaret Wood Danny and Debbie Speigner Colleen Horne Westminister Preschool Eleanor Rauch Betty O’Neill Marjorie Bohl W. A. Argo The Marvin Moore Family Charles and Evelyn McKitrick Dorothy Kreinbihl In honor of: Don Jameson Tom and Emily Chidester Gary and Karen Anklowitz David and Karyl Hanhilammi Sandy Turner Tom and Emily Chidester Heart to Heart Fishel Foundation Barbara Brooks Lee Burges Betty O’Neill Miriam Clark Betty O’Neill Guild Group 7 David and Charlotte Search

Please feel free to stop in and see our new home or give us a call to stop by yours.

Artists’ Reception

Grace and peace,

 By Missy Obergefell You may have already seen the colorful exhibit of collaborative art in Brownlee hall. These pieces were created by the people of Hague Living Skills Center with the help of those who care for them.

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


They will be shown through the end of September. An artists’ reception will be held in Brownlee Hall Wednesday, August 14 at 12:30 pm. All are welcome to come and meet these artists and their caregivers.

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Church Gifts In memory of: Herman Nack Mary Lou Nack Heart to Heart Mary Helen Hopkins In honor of: Pete and Pidge Diehl for Inspiring leadership at Tuesday @ Ten Tuesday at Ten Group Don Jameson & Randy Rocke Molly Hood Frank Shembarger Patti Hambley Sandy Turner Debra Anne Steidle Nancy Hartman Rafiki Carol Deshler Barbara Jaros Barbara Sipp In memory of: Roseanne Schlatter Rick and Tamara Willimott In celebration of: Barb Davis Barb Cunningham In honor of: Annalise Esmond’s 12th Birthday Claire Esmond Dr. Terry and Barb Davis Mike and Jayne Kaylor Fishel Foundation Rev. Lindsay’s Sermon Lindsey Margaroli Friends of Akita Joy Converse Michael McCollough Rob Sampson Friends of Music In honor of: Ron Jenkins and the Choir Jane P. Smith Virginia Frick Women's Guild Group Q Greta Caldwell's Birthday J. Thomas & Kathleen Jones In memory of: William Price Susan Brooks

Ministries Welcome New Servants  By Cindy Harsany Daniel Ehrman has been named Director of the Heart to Heart Ministry. Having served as a leader for numerous outreach initiatives and as a volunteer for The James Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Ohio State University, Daniel brings with him a passion for community outreach and social justice. As former advisor to the Buckeye Leadership Fellows Program, a privately-funded leadership development program at OSU, he also brings experience in supervision, donor relations and a B.S. in Human Ecology from The Ohio State University.  Kathy Weatherby has joined the church staff as the Pastoral Care Administrative Assistant.  Kathy is a church member.  Most of her involvement has been shared with her two children, Max and Kiana, as a part of our children’s ministries and worship services. Kathy has past work experience within a church office environment. She has a passion for helping and serving others. Her education includes a B.S. in Marketing.  Rebecca Wolfe, a member of First Community Church, has enthusiastically agreed to lead The Trading Post. Rebecca grew up in a Christian Church (Disciples) in NW Ohio and started her career as a Director of Christian Education at High St. Christian Church in Akron, becoming a licensed lay minister while serving on that staff. From that experience, Rebecca moved into public education as a teacher, then curriculum coordinator and finally as Principal of Greenwood Early Learning Center.

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Take Heart

Nelson Mandela: The Shaping of a Leader –– The Reverend Ms. Deborah Lindsay, Minister of Spiritual Care For most of this summer, former South African president Nelson Mandela was hospitalized, on the edge of the transition between this world and the eternal light of God. Mandela was the leading activist in the fight against apartheid in South Africa, the nation’s first black president and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Tutu wrote about Mandela’s transformation in his book, God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time: He mellowed in jail. He began to discover depths of resilience and spiritual attributes that he would not have known he had. And in particular, I think he learned to appreciate the foibles and weaknesses of others and to be able to be gentle and compassionate toward others even in their awfulness. So the suffering transformed him because he allowed it to ennoble him. So much was anger replaced with forgiveness that he invited his former jailer to be a VIP guest at his inauguration.

For 27 years, he was identified as prisoner number 46664; 18 of those years he was imprisoned in the isolated and dehumanizing environment on Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town.

How remarkable to think that even someone of the stature of Nelson Mandela had to grow into himself, that he had to mature into the leader he was meant to be. That gives me hope for the world.

When I traveled to South Africa several years ago, I fell into conversation with a young man on a flight between Cape Town and Johannesburg. He was just a teenager when South Africa elected Mandela as president in 1994. I asked him how he was able to forgive the sins of apartheid and release feelings of resentment and bitterness. He said simply, “Nelson Mandela was able to do it after 27 years in prison. If he can forgive and look toward the future, who am I to say that I cannot?”


His words made me think about how we are shaped by the people we look up to and the struggles we endure. Before my pilgrimage to South Africa, I read a book by Richard Stengel called Mandela’s Way: Lessons on Life, Love and Courage. One of Mandela’s important traits, as an activist, a political prisoner, and later president of his country, was his steady and unruffled demeanor. Stengel wrote: We think of temperament as something we’re born with. But in Mandela’s case, it was something he formed. As a young man, he was hot-headed and easily roused to anger. The man who emerged from prison was the opposite and almost impossible to rile. He waited before making decisions. He considered all options. It is impossible to have perfect knowledge of every situation before making a decision and we would paralyze ourselves if we insisted on it. But Mandela’s example shows the value of forming as complete a picture as possible before taking action. Most of the mistakes he made in his life came from acting too hastily rather than too slowly. Don’t hurry, he would say; think, analyze, then act. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, another hero of the antiapartheid fight, sees a sacred outcome in Mandela’s evolution into a calmer, more mature leader.


Robben Island, October 2011, Easter lilies - resurrection lilies - growing wild on the grounds of a dehumanizing place.

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Thrift Shop Mania  By Missy Obergefell “True wisdom belongs to those who can fill the empty spaces between life’s great events with meaning." In the Arms of the Elders, By Dr. William Thomas In our August gathering, we will continue our focus on this important book. It contains an interesting parable about the wisdom and influence of elders and also a section that explores an emerging real-life model of elderregard and care. Both sections are worthy of further discussion and exploration. 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, facilitates the group as participants share insights gained and inspiring excerpts.  Copies of the featured book are available for purchase in our bookstore, Furber Books & Gifts. The next gathering will take place on August 29, 1 pm in the Older Adult meeting space on the second floor of South Campus. All ages welcome. Even if you’ve attended previous gatherings, please RSVP to ensure that we have enough seats each time. Call Kathy Weatherby, Older Adult Ministry Administrative Assistant, at 614 488.0681 ext 239.

Volunteer at Mid-Ohio Foodbank Tuesday, September 24, 5:30 - 8 pm Saturday, October 5, 9 am - 12 pm Tuesday, October 29, 5:30 pm - 8 pm Saturday, November 5, 9 am - 12 pm

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“Thrifting” is all the rage with everyone looking to decorate on a dime, repurpose an article of clothing or just find a bargain. At First Community Church, we don’t have to go far to find the best thrift shop around. The Trading Post is located in the Annex at South Campus. Our customers say it is the most welcoming spot they visit and has the best prices. The Trading Post, as it has been affectionately known for 60 years, is a vital outreach mission. It serves as a ministry to those who want or need to shop outside the mainstream stores. Profits from the store go to fund other mission projects of the church. Under the new direction and leadership of Rebecca Wolfe, The Trading Post will see welcomed changes as the store moves into its next 60 years of service. You can help by stopping in to visit the store Monday thru Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm and getting a feel for the ministry. Donations of new or gently used “in-style” clothing or useable housewares are always welcome. If you’d rather consign your items, that service is available as well. You can give of your time; just a couple hours a week or once a month would be greatly appreciated. There are plenty of jobs to fill and one might just be your niche. No experience required. You will be trained for any position you might like. For more information, please contact Rebecca Wolfe at 614 488.6564 or

Women’s Guild - August 2013  By Jill Eliot From Burt Bacharach and Hal David come these lyrics, “Growing together, just being together. That’s how the year starts. Pulling together, working together, just building together.” On August 28, the new year begins for the First Community Church Women’s Guild to grow and work together. The theme for the 2013-14 Guild year will be, “Growing Together in Faith and Friendship.” Join us for the new year festivities on August 28 in Grace Hall at North Campus from 6 - 8 pm. The evening will include installation of new leadership and a celebration potluck dinner/layette baby shower. Please bring a dish serving 8-10 and a layette item to donate to Church Women United. If you are interested in learning more about the Women’s Guild, contact Estelle Scott at Join us as we begin growing together by just being together.


Care and Spirit

Parish Register

A Living Presence

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

–­– The Reverend Mr. James M. Long, Minister of Pastoral Care Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. John 14:27

One of the highlights for me of the Choir’s trip to Europe was to hear a concert in Thomaskirche, the church in Leipzig where Johann Sebastian Bach served for many years and where his remains are buried. We also worshipped in the Dom zu Salzburg, the cathedral where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his father served. We heard his first Mass, Missa Longa, sung by our choir along with the cathedral choir. To hear the sacred music of these giants in the church settings where they had served was a thrilling experience. Many people know of my love of history. However, my appreciation of Bach and Mozart is not just as historical figures, but is because their music lives on, even as it is interpreted and re-interpreted for new generations. I feel much the same about other historical figures. Of course, some simply are of interest as we seek to understand human nature and how we behave in certain situations and circumstances. However, the ones who we truly honor and revere are those who leave a legacy of values and ideals that continue to guide and inspire us. This is why we commemorate certain events and remember certain people. They remain relevant in the present as we continue to grapple with our hopes and dreams for the future. This is really why we remember and revere Jesus. He is not simply a historical figure, but one who lives in us and inspires us with a vision of a world that is here, but not yet. It is still unfolding and coming to be. Thus, it is not his death, but his living presence that guides us. His values, ideals and spirit remain with us as we seek to bring change to a world that is really God’s world. As much as we may be dismayed by events of our time and of unfulfilled hopes and dreams, the Kingdom of God is still breaking into history. Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.” (John 14:1) It is the living Christ who guides us into the future. Peace and Blessings,


BIRTHS Parker James Stair 6/15/2013 Son of Annie & Jim Stair Grandson of Nancy & Jack Burtch Great Grandson of Ruth McNeal BAPTISMS Madison Kirtlund Bower 7/14/2013 Daughter of Jennifer & Erik Bower Aiden John Breedlove 7/14/2013 Son of Hollie & Bill Breedlove Isaac Marshall Burkhart 7/14/2013 Son of Laren & Paul Burkhart Bryce Burtch Dusseau 7/7/2013 Son of Kelly & Chris Dusseau Jonah James Hoepf 7/14/2013 Son of Sarah & Jeremy Hoepf Atlas Andrew Patrick 7/14/2013 Son of Thea & Nathan Patrick Mackenzie Grace Rogers 7/14/2013 Daughter of Paige & Derek Rogers Evelyn Simms Ufferman 7/14/2013 Daughter of Katy & Matt Ufferman WEDDINGS Hollie Sorg & Jason LaMar 6/29/2013 HOSPITALIZED Judi Parsons John Patton Ralph Setterlin, Jr. Mark Stull Russell Watts Father of Rachel Mushrush DEATHS Charles Golden 6/25/2013 Father-in-law of Sandra Golden Eleanor Rauch 7/5/2013 Lynn Music Byers-Clifford 7/6/2013 Nancy Greene 7/8/2013 Marjorie Baldwin Meese 7/10/2013 Dorothy Durham 7/11/2013 Mother of Carole Chard Turner Richard Ison 7/21/13 Mary Dusseau 7/22/13 Mother of Paul Dusseau

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August 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 2 3 4 (Sunday)

Hosea 8:1-14 Hosea 9:1-17 Hosea 10:1-15 Hosea 11:1-11 Psalm107:1-9, 43 5 Hosea 11:12-12:14 6 Hosea 13:1-6 7 Hosea 14:1-9 8 Isaiah 9:8-17 9 Isaiah 9:18-10:4 10 Isaiah 1:2-9, 21-23 11 (Sunday) Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 Psalm50:1-8, 22-23 12 Isaiah 2:1-4 13 Isaiah 24:1-13 14 Isaiah 24:14-23 15 Isaiah 2:5-11 16 Isaiah 3:1-17 17 Isaiah 3:18-4:6 18 (Sunday) Isaiah 5:1-7 Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19 19 Isaiah 5:8-23 20 Isaiah 5:24-30 21 Isaiah 27:1-13 22 Jeremiah 6:1-19 23 Jeremiah 6:20-30 24 Jeremiah 1:1-3, 11-19 25 (Sunday) Jeremiah 1:4-10 Psalm 71:1-6 26 Jeremiah 7:1-15 27 Jeremiah 7:16-26 28 Jeremiah 7:27-34 29 Jeremiah 11:1-17 30 Jeremiah 12:1-13 31 Jeremiah 2:1-3, 14-22

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Romans 11:33-36 Ephesians 4:17-24 Mark 10:17-22 Colossians 3:1-11 Luke 12:13-21 Colossians 3:18—4:1 Colossians 4:2-6 Luke 12:22-31 Romans 9:1-9 Acts 7:1-8 Matthew 6:19-24 Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 Luke 12:32-40 Hebrews 11:1-7 Hebrews 11:17-28 Luke 12:41-48 Hebrews 10:26-31 Hebrews 10:32-39 Matthew 24:15-27 Hebrews 11:29—12:2 Luke 12:49-56 1 John 4:1-6 Acts 7:44-53 Luke 19:45-48 Hebrews 12:3-17 Acts 17:1-9 Luke 6:1-5 Hebrews 12:18-29 Luke 13:10-17 Hebrews 3:7—4:11 Revelation 3:7-13 Luke 6:6-11 1 Peter 3:1-8 1 Peter 4:7-11 Matthew 20:20-28

Special Offering

Habitat for Humanity MidOhio  By Ryan Miller, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Ohio Please mark your calendars for the special offering on August 18 to support the efforts of Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio. First Community Church has a longstanding tradition of supporting the important work of this ministry in our community. Habitat for HumanityMidOhio seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to inspire hope, build homes, empower families and develop communities. The opportunity to offer more families hope and a brighter future has never been greater. Your help will provide a solution of safe and affordable housing.

Heart to Heart Food Pantry Totals For June 2013: Households served..........................141 Individuals served............................417 Children served............................160 Adults served................................215 Seniors served................................ 42 Meals provided.............................3,753 Year-to-Date: Households served.......................1,244 Individuals served.........................2,995 Children served............................949 Adults served.............................1,733 Seniors served..............................313 Meals provided...........................27,878 Heart to Heart offers a helping hand and caring heart in times of need.


The Infinite Quest

A Time to Mourn –­– The Reverend Mr. David S. Hett, Minister of Religious Life and Learning America has a spiritual problem when it protects guns rather than children. — Marian Wright Edelman, Children’s Defense Fund My mind is not intelligent enough to write this column because my heart does not have enough capacity to hold the woundings so many of our brothers and all my sisters have recently received in our nation. So it’s just my gut that seems to know how much grieving that I, as an individual, and we as a society, have ahead of us in order to break through the collective delusion that keeps us bound up in what Martin Luther King, Jr., called “the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism.” “We, like Ahab and his crew, rationalize madness,” Chris Hedges speculates, using the metaphor of Melville’s Moby Dick to characterize the American illusion. Regardless of the legal arguments around the trail of George Zimmerman, one fact remains unalterable: Trayvon Martin, an innocent young black youth, is dead. We need to feel Trayvon’s death as if he were our own child, as Jim Wallis wrote: “If my white 14-year-old son Luke had walked out that same night, in that same neighborhood, just to get a snack, he would have come back to his dad unharmed. … Everyone, being honest with ourselves, knows that is true. But when black 17-year-old Trayvon Martin went out that night, just to get a snack, he ended up dead—and is no longer with his dad and mom. Try to imagine how that feels, as his parents.” More, we need to feel Trayvon’s death as though it is our own death, for as John Donne presaged four centuries ago, we are all diminished by his death. Jesus demands no less from us. In fact, Jesus, in line with the entire Prophetic Imagination, as Walter Brueggemann wrote long ago, calls us to grieve through our collective delusion. Grief cuts through blindness: “The imperial consciousness lives by its capacity to still the groans and to go on with business as usual as though none were hurting and there were no groans. Newness comes precisely from expressed pain. Suffering made audible and visible, produces hope, articulated grief is the gate of newness, and the history of Jesus is the history of entering into the pain and giving it voice.” On one level, our task is that summarized by Robert Jensen in We Are All Apocalyptic Now: “We seek justice, the simple pleas for decent lives for all, and sustainability, a balance in which human social systems can thrive within the larger living world.”

Summer Coffee With Clergy July 28 – August 25, 9:15 – 10 am Room 128, North Campus The Adult Learning Council presents an opportunity to sit down with our clergy staff and a cup of coffee for a 45-minute question-and-answer session. Each week, a different member of the clergy staff, that supports Senior Minister Dr. Richard Wing, will join those in Room 128 at North Campus (near the end of the old education wing down from Grace Hall) for these topically-based discussions—the clergy will leave each Sunday at 10 am to prepare for their duties at the 10:30 am summer worship service in Grace Hall. Dates and topics for each Sunday are: July 28: Rev. Paul Baumer The Apostle’s Creed & All That Stuff August 4: Rev. Jim Long The Faith of Our (American) Fathers August 11: Rev. Kate Shaner Issues in Reproductive Justice August 18: Rev. David Hett The Coming Interspiritual Age August 25: Rev. Deborah Lindsay The Heresies of Difference Each meeting is free and open to the public.

Meanwhile, said Thomas Merton, “It is true that we are called to create a better world.” But on the soul level, we are first of all called to a more immediate and exalted task: that of creating our own lives. Ultimately these are not separate tasks. As we create our own lives - which is really about the recovery of our own souls by opening our hearts and guts - our conceptual minds and our very human bodies, as fully as we can to the complete human experience, the world around us has already begun to be transformed, what Jesus saw and spoke of as “the Kingdom of God in our midst.” Shalom,


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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 North: Summer Coffee with Clergy

Each week a different member of the clergy staff, that supports Senior Minister Richard Wing, will lead topically-based discussions—the clergy will leave each Sunday at 10 am to prepare for their duties at the 10:30 summer worship service in Grace Hall. Dates and topics for each Sunday are: August 4 Rev. Jim Long August 11 Rev. Kate Shaner August 18 Rev. David Hett August 25 Rev. Deborah Lindsay

Sundays, 9:15 – 10 am Room 128, North Campus

The Faith of Our (American) Fathers Issues in Reproductive Justice The Coming Interspiritual Age The Heresies of Difference

Each meeting is free and open to the public.

Men’s Study Group

Wednesdays, 7 – 8 am Wicker Room, South Campus

Men’s Wednesday Fellowship

Wednesdays, 7 – 8 am Brownlee Hall, South Campus

Women Living the Questions

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

Contemplative Way Group 1

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

The Wednesday morning men’s group continues to discuss the message and teachings from the New Testament’s The Letter to the Ephesians. Contact Price Finley at 614 488.7978 or, or Craig Sturtz at 614 481.9060 or

Members and invited speakers discuss a wide range of topics.

The group continues Rick Hanson’s book, Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom. All women on the spiritual search, whether church members or not, are invited to attend. Contact Lisa Bueche at if you have any questions.

Growing out of James Finley’s Contemplative Way Spiritual Searcher retreat, a weekly 30-minute meditation (from 12:15-12:45 pm) highlights each week’s meeting which starts at 11:45 am with a reading from mystic Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle and concludes by 1 pm with comments and discussion. Rev. David Hett facilitates. Join any time as the sacred reading brings new insights each week. A free-will offering supports the next Spiritual Searcher event with Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III.

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Fall Spiritual Learning Mark your calendars for these numerous Adult Religious Learning and Spiritual Searcher opportunities:

Quest Singles

Spiritual Salons

Women’s Retreat

August 1, Thursday at 6:30 pm Dinner at Z Cucina di Spirito 1368 Grandview Avenue

God’s Growing Pains: The Evolutionary Theology of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Tuesday, September 10, 7 pm Location to be determined Dr. Paul Laughlin, Professor Emeritus Religion & Philosophy, Otterbein College

Understanding the Instincts Within Friday – Sunday, September 27-29 Camp Akita

August 8, Thursday at 6:30 pm Dinner at Aladdin’s Eatery 1423-B Grandview Avenue

A colorful, graphic, PowerPoint-driven presentation of the radical, visionary theology of Catholic priest, mystic and scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955). Spiritual Women Through the Ages Monday, November 11, 7 pm Location to be determined Dr. Diane Lobody, professor of Church History, Methodist Theological School in Ohio.

Sunday Morning Seminars Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and An Evolving Faith New Living the Questions DVD-based discussion series. Beginning Sunday, September 15 South Campus: 9:30-10:45 am Bruce & Cathie Hickin, facilitators North Campus: 9 am-9:50 am Walter Watkins, facilitator

Tuesday Evenings with Walter Watkins The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People Dr. Wing’s Sermon Series Discussion Beginning Tuesday, September 17, 7 - 8:15 pm North Campus Dr. Wing’s fall sermon series is based upon John Ortberg’s book, The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People. Adult Education Coordinator Walter Watkins will lead this class in discussing the previous Sunday’s sermon as well as the relevant chapter from Ortberg’s book.


Women’s Retreat at Camp Akita features Connie Frecker, LSW, Life Coach, and Lisa Bueche, MA, Spiritual  Director on Understanding the  Enneagram Instincts Within You. The power and potential in understanding the Enneagram Instincts can be a “huge fulcrum to personal growth and personal transformation.” says Lisa. No previous Enneagram experience is necessary to come and enjoy the early fall weekend, and good fellowship of women at Akita.

August 15, Thursday at 6:30 pm Bonefish Grill 5712 Frantz Road August 15, Thursday at 6:30 pm Book Discussion MCL Cafeteria at Tremont Shopping Center August 22, Thursday at 6:30 pm Rusty Bucket Corner Tavern 1635 West Lane Avenue

Fall Spiritual Searcher

August 29, Thursday at 6:30 pm The Big Fat Greek Kuzina 2816 Fishinger Road

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III Tuesday & Wednesday evening, October 1-2

Contact Nancy at 614 771.4869 or to confirm details before attending an event.

Senior Minister of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, the church home of President Barack Obama, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III is part of a new generation of ministers committed to preaching prophetically that the messages of love and justice are inseparable companions. His intergenerational preaching gift has made Rev. Moss a popular speaker on college campuses, at conferences and churches across the globe. Rev. Moss is a native of Cleveland, an honors graduate of Morehouse College, Yale Divinity School and he has earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Chicago Theological Seminary. Rev. Moss is author of Redemption in a Red Light District co-author of The Gospel Re-Mix; How to Reach the Hip-Hop Generation. He has been published as well in America’s Most Effective Preachers, The Audacity of Faith: Christian Leaders Reflect on the Election of Barack Obama and Sojourners Magazine.






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A Month of Sundays 4



10:30 am • Grace Hall, NC - Rev. Long preaching



10:30 am • Grace Hall, NC - Dr. Wing preaching

Youth Choirs Begin Rehearsals September 11 18 10:30 am • Grace Hall, NC - Rev. Shaner preaching



We are making a schedule change for this season that will only affect Bell Choirs 1 and 2. Bell Choir 1 will now meet for ½ hour, 7:15 - 7:45 pm, and Bell Choir 2 will meet from 7:45 - 8:30 pm. All the vocal choir rehearsal times will stay the same as last season. All rehearsals will continue to be at North Campus.

Farmer's Market after worship.



10:30 am • Grace Hall, NC - Rev. Baumer preaching

After listening to feedback from youth and parents over the years, we have considered ways to help our middle and high school youth get home from choir a little earlier on Wednesday nights due to the very early start times for so many of their schools.


The complete youth choir schedule is listed below: Youth Vocal Choirs: Wednesdays beginning September 11 Kindergarten Choir, 5:30 - 6 pm, Room 118 Cherub Choir (grades 1 and 2), 6 - 6:30 pm, Room 118 Junior Choir (grades 3-5), 6:30 - 7:15 pm, Room 118 Middle School Vocal Ensemble: Will meet Sundays following Crossroads beginning September 15 in Room 118, fellowship and snack 11 - 11:20 am, rehearsal until 12 pm.

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

Youth Bell Choirs: Wednesdays beginning September 11 Bell Choir 1 (beginning ringers), 7:15 - 7:45 pm, Room 111 (contact Sally Beske for availability) Bell Choir 2 (experienced ringers), 7:45 - 8:30 pm, Room 111 (full, contact Sally Beske for wait list information) For more information, contact Youth Choir Director Sally Beske at

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August 1 - 31, 2013


August Parent Groups For Dads Only

Will meet Tuesday, August 13 from 7 - 8:30 pm in the Guild Room, South Campus. We will be discussing how a father’s attitudes and information about sexuality can influence his children’s beliefs and feelings about their own sexuality. How can a father understand developing sexuality and give his children good information without fear?

For Moms Only

Will meet Monday, August 19 from 7 - 8:30 pm in the Guild Room, South Campus. Our topic will be the stages of moral development - how do children at different ages understand what is right and wrong? The characteristics of moral understanding change dramatically from young children to adolescents - we will look at that developmental path and how understanding it can help with parenting. Mothers and fathers are welcome to attend any time. No pre-registration is needed. Contact Donice Wooster,

New Online Blog: Ask Donice Parents often wish they had access to an early childhood professional; a person unrelated who can offer seasoned advice without judgment. Ask Donice provides this and more. Visit

My Blood is Your Blood Drive Akita Sunday, September 8 9 am - 2 pm Bloodmobile, North Campus Someone who badly needs a blood transfusion can get that safely and securely only through the American Red Cross. The supply is limited, making any and all blood donations very vital.

Please share your blood with another in need by scheduling your blood donation today in one of three ways: By phone: Cara Shary at 614 459.3691 or Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS Via email: Online:, use sponsor code: fcchurch, date 9/8/13

First Community Village: First Among Retirement Communities In 1961, Dr. Roy Burkhart, senior minister at First Community Church, envisioned an innovative retirement community for Upper Arlington residents, “A place to live in security with little worry.” Just two years later that vision became First Community Village — one of Ohio’s first dedicated retirement communities for seniors. Working hand-in-hand with the Church, the Village has celebrated many notable “firsts” over the years as it catered to the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, physical and social needs of residents.

Village was named one of the country’s six best retirement communities by Changing Times (now Kiplinger’s Personal Finance) in 1965. The Village also opened the first nursing home with a residential design and furnishings in 1986. What is now the Healthcare Center was built after purchase of the “Miller Triangle”, land at Waltham Roads and Route 33.

The new community pioneered models of care from the very beginning. For example, Hillside House was the first assisted living facility in central Ohio when it opened in 1963. Within two years, the addition of an on-site nursing home transformed the Village into one of the nation’s first true continuing care communities. Public acclaim followed as the


Another proud first in Village history came later that year when it became one of the first four retirement communities in the U.S. — and the first in Central Ohio — to achieve accreditation from the Continuing Care Commission.

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The Village became one of the first — and perhaps, only — retirement communities with a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Miller Ice House, constructed in 1860 is one of the oldest structures in Upper Arlington. Another new chapter in Village history began in 2010 when it became an affiliate of National Church Residences. As it enters its second half-century, the Village enjoys renewed stability and security through the backing of the nation’s largest nonprofit developer of affordable housing for seniors. “By combining the strong, faith-based heritage of these two great organizations, the possibilities for First Community Village are endless,” said Ted Mong, Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing. “We look forward to celebrating many more firsts at central Ohio’s premier continuing care retirement community.”

August 1 - 31, 2013


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K-5 Coordinator

A part-time position for 12-15 hours per week, the Coordinator will work as a vital K-5 team member, providing leadership to children and their families on Sunday mornings and in K-5 Midweek Missions, as well as assisting with special events. Minimum qualifications include proven experience working with children and volunteers, strong organizational and communication skills and computer competency in using Word and Excel. If you feel called to accompany children on their faith journey, please send a letter of interest and your resumé to Cindy Harsany at

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Direct: 614-208-9129 Email: 1510 W. Lane Ave. Upper Arlington, OH 43221 Each office is independently owned and operated

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Following the success of the 2012 summer season, we are again enjoying an “All together in one place” worship experience. All are invited to worship these next several weeks at North Campus. July 28 – Sept. 1 North Campus 10:30 am Sept. 8, Akita Sunday North Campus 9 & 10:30 am Sept. 15, Fall schedule begins at both campuses


September 8, 2013 From 12:00 to 4:00 PM At The Chelsea Lawn Transportation will be available from First Community Church

Please join us for the 50th Anniversary Picnic at First Community Village. Celebrating 50 years of secure and active retirement envisioned by First Community Church.

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2nd Annual

Mission Council

FARMER’S MARKET Benefitting the Heart to Heart Ministry Join us after worship

AUGUST 18 NORTH CAMPUS Also Including Original Haitian Art For Sale In Support of Healing Art Missions

South Campus 1320 Cambridge Boulevard Columbus, OH 43212 614 488.0681 FAX 488.2763


North Campus 3777 Dublin Road Columbus, OH 43221 614 488.0681 FAX 777.4098

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; 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.

Affiliated with The United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

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