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firstnews Monthly

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Vol. 58 No. 12

A December to Remember First Sunday in Advent Children’s Musical North Campus, 9 & 10:30 am How to be the Perfect Christmas Tree Worship Services: South 8:30 & 11 am North 9 & 10:30 am Second Sunday in Advent Candlelight Christmas Concert North Campus, 5 pm Worship Services: Communion South 8:30 & 11 am North 8:30 & 10 am Advent by Candlelight 7 pm, North Campus Third Sunday in Advent Worship Services South 8:30 & 11 am North 8:30 & 10 am Fourth Sunday in Advent Worship Services South 8:30 & 11 am North 8:30 & 10 am Children’s Christmas Eve Service South Campus, 4 pm Christmas Eve Family Service North Campus, 4:30 & 6 pm Christmas Eve Service South Campus, 9 & 11 pm A Festival of Lessons & Carols

Marti Timmons (center), First Soprano in the First Community Church Chancel Choir, sings in preparation for the Candlelight Christmas Concert Carols for Christmas! to be held Sunday, December 9, 5 pm at North Campus. The choir will practice an estimated 22 hours in fewer than 8 weeks. For more information on the concert, see page 6.

Ready, Set, Glow Church Faithful Prepare for Holiday Events  Story and Photo By Michael Barber The National Football League has its Super Bowl. Avid cyclists look forward to the Tour de France. For the many volunteers, singers, musicians and staff of First Community Church, their most anticipated annual event is fast approaching. These trusted souls are not professional athletes, but their inner strength and determination toward reaching a series of extraordinary goals would challenge the most elite champion of any cause. These are the saints that make Advent more meaningful, Christmas concerts more endearing and worship services more impactful. As you enjoy the results of their dedicated efforts, give thanks for their contributions; a series of uncommon, selfless acts on these the most holy of days.

Carols for Christmas! Sunday, December 9, 5pm, North Campus

Official Notice

2013 Annual Meeting Sunday, February 3, 2 pm North Campus, 3777 Dublin Road Annual Meeting of the Congregation will include: • Call to Order, Michael Schoedinger • Opening Prayer, Rev. Kate Shaner • Opening Hymn • Treasurer’s Report • Introduction of the 2013 budget • Recognition of outgoing Board members and Past Chair • Outgoing Board Chair Remarks, Michael Schoedinger • Election of Governing Board, Board of Deacons, and Nominating Committee • Senior Minister Richard A. Wing’s Vision for 2013 and Beyond • Introduction of incoming Board Chair, Jason Barger • Meeting Adjourned, Jason Barger

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Following a tradition begun by Dr. Roy Burkhart, each year the Deacons of the church visit our “Sweethearts” during Advent and bring them a rose as a symbol of our love for them. Dr. Richard Wing brought Christmas greetings and the first “Sweetheart Rose” of the Advent season to Dottie Cowles. If you would enjoy a visit from your church this Advent season and have not identified yourself as a Sweetheart (age 65 years or older), call the Pastoral Care Office at 614 488.0681 ext 239.


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Looking ahead Dr. Wing is preparing the following sermons:

You Never Know

–– The Reverend Dr. Richard A. Wing, Senior Minister Preachers never know what effect words have on others. I have had no greater response to any sermon anytime than when I talked about the spiritual practice of “slowing.” I quoted John Ortberg in that sermon and then put his quote in my column last month. I indicated that I was just “preaching to myself” when I talked about the practice of slowing.

ADVENT 2012 December 2 1st Sunday in Advent DON’T MOVE! Luke 21: 25-36 December 9 2nd Sunday in Advent DON’T INSIST ON PERFECTION Malachi 3: 1-4/Luke 3: 1-6 December 16 3rd Sunday in Advent DON’T TALK POLITICS AT THE CHRISTMAS PARTY Luke 3: 7-18 December 23 4th Sunday in Advent DON’T TRY TO UNDERSTAND Luke 1: 39-45 December 24, Christmas Eve MAY WE SEE YOUR IDENTIFICATION? Luke 2: 1-20

One more time, here is what John Ortberg’s spiritual director told him as he was seeking spiritual balance in his life and what I need to read every day: “You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.” Read this every day in Advent. After reading that, read this: “If, as Herod, we fill our lives with things, and again with things, if we consider ourselves so unimportant that we must fill every moment of our lives with action, when will we have time to make the long, slow journey across the desert as did the Magi? Or sit and watch the stars as did the Shepherds? Or brood over the coming of the child as did Mary? For each one of us there is a desert to travel, a star to discover, and a being within ourselves to bring to life.” (Unknown author) Let us not approach Advent with the dread of busyness, but delight in being fully present, unhurried and finally blest. Peace to your Advent path,

Join Dick and Shirley Wing For Lunch in Florida Watch First Edition Features the previous week’s service on CW Columbus (WWHO-TV) Sundays at 9 am. For online Broadcast/Live Stream go to

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In Naples on Wednesday, February 20 In Sarasota on Thursday, February 21 Details coming soon! To receive an invitation, please make sure we have your Florida address by contacting Robin Taylor at 614 488.0681 ext 235 or 3

The Foundation Corner

WHAT! AGAIN? –– Donald Jameson, Director of Foundation Development It seems like every fall just as I begin to get settled into my late-in-the-year work routine and have changed my closet from summer clothes to winter garb and had my car serviced for cold weather, it happens. I knew I was in trouble when the Sunday Columbus Dispatch carrier asked me to help him lift my newspaper off his cart and carry it into my home. I figure that if I could buy just one of everything advertised in those supplements, the Columbus retail economy would finish 2012 leading the nation in growth for the year. Later in the day, after spending a little time in meditation, (OK, it was a nap), I began to feel differently. Watching Christmas TV commercials where children were decorating a tree and adults were feeding folks at a homeless shelter seemed so much more relevant and satisfying than the deluge of political advertisements we have experienced all this year. Perhaps we really do need to be reminded each year of the birth of Christ and what that meant and how it changed - and continues to change - our world. Of course, we will eat too much and spend too much and probably rest too little, but as the saying goes “There is a reason for the season.” There could be no better reason to celebrate and love each other and thank God and reach out to those who especially need to know we care. So I hope each of us this season will take a very deep breath and inhale as much “Christmas” as our lungs will permit and enjoy to the fullest this very special time of year. Finally - now it is time for our own Christmas advertisement! Gifts made to First Community Foundation by Dec. 31, 2012, will be eligible for consideration for charitable gift tax deductions for this year. Next year – who knows? The employees and Board of Trustees members of First Community Foundation wish you a most blessed holiday season. Merry Christmas!

Holiday HoneyBaked Ham  By Donice Wooster The Early Childhood Council will be offering HoneyBaked hams, smoked and roasted turkeys and combo packages and assorted desserts and coffee cake for Christmas and company. All proceeds benefit Early Childhood programs and scholarships. Avoid the lines and support our programs at the same time. Orders will be taken after worship at both campuses on December 2, 9 and 16. Pick-up will be on Saturday, December 22 from 11 am - 1 pm at the North Campus. You can place your order with a check or credit card after worship or you can call in your order with a credit card at 614 488.0681 ext 243. The deadline for phone orders is Friday, December 14 . The last day to order after worship is Sunday, Dec. 16.


First Community Foundation Gifts In Memory of: John Goff Peggy Polorski Jane Stone Robert Hudson Guild X Bill Judy & Sue Wilson Fred Brothers Tom & Pam Stewart Jane Stone Ethelwyn Shimer Donald Streibig Gladys Hamilton Jane Stone Peg Cook Couples Circle 70 Robert Minor Jane Stone Edith Miller Jean Brandt In Honor of: The baptism of Estella Grace Zogbaum Charlene Setzer Fullerton

First Community Church Gifts Heart to Heart In Honor of: Theresa McAtee Anonymous In memory of: Jason “Jake” Reish son of Erin and Tim Reish and grandson of Mike & Sharon Taylor Mike & Sharon Taylor Margaret Nichols Mary Ellen & Chuck Lindquist In Honor of: Nancy & Tad Jeffrey Mr. & Mrs. Robert H. Jeffrey Friends of Music Ralph & Jane Setterlin Jeanne Blair Cynthia V. Baker In Memory of: Gerald Veach Rebecca L. Veach Ned & Marti Garvin Timmons Drs. Joseph and J.M. Feldhaus Jeannette Perrins Beck Jinny & Bill Ress Martha Kohr David & Terry Williamson William Lance Workman Jennifer Rees Rosaleen Meyer Sharon & Dick Millisor Helen & Borden Hively Kit & Christoph Schmauch Kent Brandt Jean Brandt Catharine Nichols K & G Burkhart-Schultz

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First Community Church Gifts (Continued) Victor Schroeder Grant Schroeder Frank E. Lanaman Lola T. Lanaman Herman Nack Mary Lou Nack Emily & Jessica Brown Ann Bateman Theodore A. DiSantis Patty DiSantis Robert V. Esmond Claire Esmond Bob Deaton Justin & Noelle Fields Peg Fleming Tanny Gustafson Judith L. Coleman Carl Coleman Sally Jo Coleman Carl Coleman In Honor of: Ron Jenkins Stacey McVey Rev. Jim Long Buck & Nancy Byrne The Music Program Scott & Beth Ryan The Chancel Chamber Choir Louise Kutz Terry & David Williamson Miriam Clark Steven Sulainis Barbara Sulainis In Celebration of: Matie, Gwen, Karina Winer The Liepins Robert a. Booey John Hines The Chancel Choir Shirley & Jim Mason Louise Kutz

Refugee Task Force Co-Sponsors Family ď Ž By Mary Buzby We are forming a team to resettle a refugee family in early 2013. This is your opportunity to help a family start a new life in the U.S. We need people to meet the family at the airport, take them to the grocery, to the doctor, to register at schools. We’ll need people to help family members learn English. Others can work on setting up a new home for the family or helping with furnishings and clothing. There will be an informational meeting about the program January 13, 11 am 12 pm in Room 115, NC for those that are interested. This is a project where many hands make the load light. Call Mary Buzby, member of our Refugee Task Force, at 614 754.8444 or Rev Kate Shaner at You can also view a video at

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Christmas Memorials This Christmas, all those who wish to make a special Christmas gift in memory of a family member or friend will have the opportunity to do so. These memorial funds provide the greenery, candles, flowers and other special arrangements in our Christmas services. The church exterior decorations and the instrumentalists for the services are all made possible through these gifts. If you would like to make this gift part of your Christmas, send your check made payable to First Community Church to 1320 Cambridge Boulevard, Columbus, OH 43212, Attn: Music Dept. Include a card listing the name of the person(s) in whose memory the gift is made. You also may submit your memorial at the Worship & Arts table after the Sunday worship services or online at Names received by December 16 will be listed in the Christmas Eve bulletins. A full list of names will appear in firstnews Monthly after Christmas.


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Getting Ready For Our Guests –– Roger Burns-Watson, Director of Stewardship and Development December is here (I know, where did the year go?!) and that means First Community Church is about to have a lot of guests. We have many special programs and worship services coming up and many of these are attended by folks who do not belong to our church. Some are your relatives who have come to join you in worship. Others are looking for a safe place to connect with God during Christmas. In case you were not sure, having company is a good thing. No, it is a great thing! Almost every culture in the world celebrates the opportunity to host guests. We make sure the house is clean, serve special meals and do everything we can to make our visitor feel at home. We welcome guests with open arms and treat them like family. So, what does it mean for us, the members of First Community Church, to welcome guests? First, make time for our visitors. Take a few minutes to greet people you don’t know. Make them feel wanted and welcome. Some folks may just be passing through but others may be hurting and need to know that someone, anyone, cares about them. The holidays can be a lonely, painful time for some people. The time you give to a visitor may mean more to them than you will ever know. Second, share what we have. Make sure our guests get a place to sit, to know where the rest rooms are, how to find child care. Do what you can to make them feel at home. Finally, make an extra monetary gift to the church. We spend a little more this time of year because of all of our programs and the increase in visitors. This too is a great thing. We are blessed to be able to offer so many different ways for people to experience God during this month and doubly blessed that our members have the financial resources to provide high-quality programs and worship services. Having so many guests over the next few weeks is a real honor for our church. They are a gift from God to us. Let us welcome them as such.

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Friends of the Homeless Friends of the Homeless is a mission project that began in 1983 to provide one meal a week for the men and women at a residential shelter located at Carpenter and Main Streets. While most church members think of Monday Meals when Friends of the Homeless is mentioned, our involvement is much more. For many years, half of the Christmas Offering has been given to this mission. Friends of the Homeless has grown and, instead of the one shelter, Friends now includes both a men’s shelter (Carpenter Place) and a women’s shelter (Rebecca’s Place), with many needs beyond a daily meal. The shelters provide social services that support 120-130 men and 50-60 women. The shelters receive hard use and are in constant need of upkeep and repair. In the past, funds from our church have provided many things for the shelters including an exhaust fan on the roof of Carpenter Place, new showers and tables and chairs as well as bus passes and personal identification. At this Christmas time, please remember the men and women within our Friends of the Homeless mission with your Christmas offering.

The Best Gifts Come in Small Packages Give and receive the great gift of life from one pint, one small pint with enormous value. Donate your blood. You may be moved to donate through a loved one’s need for a transfusion or you may wish to put the power of your faith into anonymous action. This Christmas, you can truly change someone’s life as well as your own.

Red Cross Blood Drive Tuesday, December 18 2 - 7 pm Brownlee Hall, South Campus

December is an urgent month for blood donations and the need is always high. Go to and use our sponsor code: fcchurchsouth, or contact Cara Shary by phone at 614 459.3691 or email at


Take Heart

Did you know? –– The Reverend Ms. Deborah Lindsay, Minister of Spiritual Care When my son was little one of his favorite expressions was, “Mom, did you know…?” followed by details of whatever interesting discovery he had made that day. It was always neat to hear about the new thing he had learned or seen or experienced. Did you know? is a good interfaith question for Christians as we enter into the holy season of Advent and Christmas. It is a time of sacred waiting and expectation as we anticipate the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. We remember the story of his parents, Mary and Joseph, making the long and arduous trip to Bethlehem. We cherish the tale of them searching for a place to stay and when none could be found, settling into a stable where their baby was born. We sing songs we have known since childhood, “The cattle are lowing; the poor baby wakes. But little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes.” Did you know the baby Jesus and Mary are also revered figures in Islam? In the faith of Islam, Jesus is a beloved prophet and a messenger, revered for his life and message of peace and compassion. Both Jesus and Muhammad are considered to be messengers of God, along with figures of the Old Testament such as Abraham and Noah. According to Islamic tradition, the Torah was delivered through Moses, the Gospels through Jesus and the Qur’an through Muhammad. The Muslim poet Rumi wrote a series of Jesus poems like this one that describes Jesus as a healer of the world: Where Jesus lives, the great-hearted gather. We are a door that’s never unlocked. If you are suffering any kind of pain, Stay near the door. Open it. Christ is the population of the world, And every object as well. The Qur’an affirms that Mary was a young virgin; as in Christianity, the virgin birth was believed to be a sign of Jesus’ specialness. The Qur’an says, “And remember her who guarded her chastity: We breathed into her of Our spirit, and We made her and her son a sign for all peoples.” (In the Qur’an “we” refers to God.) The common reverence for Jesus and Mary is just one example of the common ground between Christians and Muslims. The more we learn about each other, the more we learn about the values and convictions we share. Of course we have our differences, but - take heart - they need not divide us. This newsletter article and future events are part of my doctoral project on building bridges between Christians and Muslims. Please help by going on the web to complete a very brief survey (it will take less than one minute to complete) about this article. Go to this web address:

Take the Islamic Faith Survey In less than a minute, you can share your knowledge of the Islamic Faith with Rev. Deborah Lindsay. Go to and click on ‘Islam 101.’

Islam 101 Seminar and Sermon Thank you in advance for helping with my research, which is a critical piece my doctoral project. I also hope you will participate on January 27 when we offer Islam 101, a one-hour seminar on the basics of the Islamic faith. The seminar is at 11:15 am, immediately after worship in Grace Hall at North Campus. The teacher is Jeri Milburn, a smart and energetic Muslim woman from the Noor Islamic Center in Dublin, who promises that no questions are offlimits. In addition, I will be preaching on January 6 about the common ground our faith traditions share. — Rev. Deborah Lindsay

You can also visit and click on the box labeled Islam 101 to respond to the survey. Thank you in advance for helping with my research, which is a critical piece of the project.


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A Lighthouse in India

Deep Griha Continues to Flourish  By Linda Ritter

Back Bay Work Camp 2013 April 28 - May 4, 2013

Deep Griha, which means “Lighthouse” in the Hindi language, serves as a true source of light and hope to people in the slums of Puné, India. You will have an opportunity to support this important mission with your gifts to the Christmas offering. Deep Griha was started as a small medical mission by Bhaskar and Neela Onawale 37 years ago. It has grown to offer education, nutrition and childcare programs. Deep Griha’s mission is to empower people through support and education, giving them the skills and confidence they need to improve their lives. In January, I had the privilege of visiting Deep Griha with a group from First Community Church. The concern and caring shown to the people who depend on the mission is heartwarming. We saw children in crèches (preschools) playing, eating nutritious lunches and making it possible for mothers and older siblings to have jobs and to continue their schooling.

Calling all those willing to roll up their sleeves and get to work. We are looking for 15 church members to travel to Back Bay Mission to continue relief efforts on the Gulf Coast. Informational meeting for those interested in participating: Thursday, January 10, 7:30 pm Room 111, North Campus. For more information or to register for the trip, visit

Rafiki Trip, 2013 July 29 - Aug 8, 2013 This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience Africa and spend time with our friends and partners at Rafiki.

Women were learning computer skills, sewing and English so that they might become employed. Groups of women showed us the presentations they use to educate their community about HIV/AIDS and pre-natal care. Deep Griha Academy, a school outside Puné, provides a first-class education for rural children. We observed children who were excited about learning in classes that look much like American elementary classrooms. Classes are taught mainly in English as this will afford more job opportunities. The Academy includes preschool through fourth-grade and is expanding by adding one new grade each year. First Community mission money recently provided a bus to transport children from their rural homes to the school. The City of Child program provides a home for children whose parents are deceased or who are unable to care for them. We talked with children who live in a family community, eager to entertain us with their after school activities. As we toured the various missions of Deep Griha, we were continually aware of the smiles and spirit of the people. The staff and participants were glad to have us visit. It was a happy, friendly atmosphere. To learn more about the work of Deep Griha, go to, or

Save the date!

February 24, 2013 - Plan to attend a Bollywood and Barbeque dinner complete with dancing, food, friendly people and opportunities to celebrate our involvement with Deep Griha.

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This trip will include a Masai Mara safari to witness the great migration, visit to an elephant sanctuary, time spent at the Rafiki orphanage and clinic and participation in a 15th anniversary celebration. Rev. Kate Shaner, along with The Right Rev. Nathan K. – Diocese of Hoima in Uganda, will be the main speakers at the anniversary celebration, joined by the Upendo Choir of Tanzania. Join Dr. Terry Davis and Rev. Kate Shaner for an informational session: Thursday, December 13, 7:30 pm Brownlee Hall, South Campus Please contact Rev. Kate Shaner for information at kshaner@FCchurch. com or visit Registration for this trip is open and deposits can be placed online.


Expanded Gift Card Program

Raise Funds for Missions with Your Everyday Shopping Visit the Missions table before or after service to pick up your Giant Eagle grocery card and your Scrip gift card or order form. What is Scrip? Participating retailers agree to sell gift cards to First Community Church at a discount. When you buy the cards at full face value, our Missions programs receive the difference. Scrip is exciting because everybody wins. Cards can be used for just about any household purchase including food, clothing, entertainment, gasoline and dining out.

A Day in the Life of a Gift Card User This little piece of fiction comes from Cathy Hanson, who wrote this with her monthly budget and errands in mind. I woke up this morning ready to go – first stop Starbucks for a tall coffee and a slice of banana walnut bread. I was going to need the fuel for all the errands I hoped to accomplish today.

Trading Post Christmas Bazaars  By Cathy Hanson The Trading Post, our church’s consignment shop, will hold its 8th Annual Christmas Bazaar before and after church services this month; December 2 at North Campus and December 9 at South Campus.  Please consider doing some of your holiday shopping with us.  We will be selling holiday decorations and clothing, gift items, Christmas cards and books, jewelry, toys and much more.  A portion of our profits goes to support the church and its missions. 

The morning included a trip to The Container Store for some closet organizers, then to Bed Bath and Beyond for a new shower curtain liner. At Target, I picked up a birthday card, some paper towels and a new frying pan to replace the one I’d scorched into oblivion the night before. I was hurrying to meet a friend at Bob Evans for lunch, but first I swung by Great Harvest Bread to pick up something for next week’s breakfast.

Shopping at our bazaars is a great way to save money, help your church and help others in need - all in one convenient stop. (Please note, we take cash and checks only.)  If you miss us at church, you can visit our shop in the basement of the South Campus Annex Monday thru Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm.

After lunch - newly motivated by a fun chat with a friend - I zipped over to Kohl’s for a new pair of jeans, then on to Lowe’s to pick up supplies for long-delayed home improvement project and Jo Ann Fabrics for the guilty pleasure of a new holiday stamp. At lunch, my friend had told me about a Stefanie Spielman coffee cup promotion at Panera, so that was my next stop, then on to CVS to pick up my prescription and over to Giant Eagle for the basics – butter, milk and eggs.

Akita for Parents A Time for Renewal

Too fatigued to face cooking dinner, I stopped at Chipotle for take-out on the way home. Reaching into my purse to pay, I realized I hadn’t used a single penny all day – I’d used ONLY gift cards and every place I had made a purchase had plunked a couple more cents into the Mission Council coffers. As they say at Staples - where you can use one of your Scrip Gift Cards, by the way –“That was easy!” Tomorrow, I’ll get coffee at Wendy’s on my way to do errands at Home Depot, Pier One, Michael’s and Pottery Barn. Since I have gift cards for all of these, my cash will still be sitting happily in my purse and I can think about all the good that our church is doing for the world. Thanks to Cathy Hanson for her tremendous support and for donating $49.53 to Missions Council by just doing her weekend errands. To start using scrip, visit Signing up is easy and you’ll need enrollment code D9DE89C533L92. Don’t use a computer? Pick up an order form on Sundays from the Missions table. Live out of town? Call Dayna Harp, Scrip Coordinator at 614 588.6845 or email We will register you, take your order and ship your cards.


February 9-10, 2013 Camp Akita For parents of all ages - with a focus on caring for yourself. One or two sessions with leaders who will help you think about creative ways to stay in touch with yourself. Lots of free time with some creative options to try; hiking, napping, reading, socializing. Full retreat with dinner, overnight accommodation in the Lodge and 8 am breakfast Sunday - $80 Saturday only with all sessions and lunch, ending around 4:30 pm - $40 per person

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Stitched and Stretched An exhibition featuring quilts by Prayers and Squares and ceramics from John Bryan Community Pottery will be held at Gallery 831, 831 South Front Street, December 4 - 31. An opening reception will be held Friday, December 14, 6 - 9 pm. Prayers and Squares is a group of quilters from our church. They are part of an international group that works through a variety of church affiliations to create quilts for those who have requested prayers. They work with traditional and contemporary fabrics and designs and their work represents a broad spectrum of styles. John Bryan Community Pottery is a non-profit facility located in Yellow Springs, Ohio.  Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 3 pm - 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 1 - 6 pm. For more information, visit and

Women’s Guild  By Jill Eliot Shakespeare said, “If music be the food of love, play on.” The Women’s Guild will have soups and casseroles for food to love on January 20, 2013. The annual Soup and Casserole Sale will be held at both campuses that day. Purchases can be made after services. All food items must be marked clearly with ingredients.  The special ingredient cards will be provided to members via the event group chair, Rose Kandel. To have a “Stone Soup” day in the South Campus kitchen, a group needs to reserve space by contacting Pam Jameson at 614 488.0681 ext 232.      Just as the proceeds from the Betty O’Neill Bake Sale went to benefit the Women’s Guild Missions, the same is true for the Soup and Casserole Sale. Food items that remain will be given to Heart to Heart.     Group “Y” is celebrating their 50th anniversary as a guild group. The ladies chose the letter “Y”, standing for the word “youth”, as they were young women with young children in 1962. Kay Graff is their chairman. More information to come next month.   A thought to ponder: Creating a symphony of love the “Choirs of angels hover over His roof and sing Him to sleep. On love, on love alone, He will build His Kingdom.”  Words are Gian Carlo Mennotti’s from Amahl and the Night Visitors. Have a blessed Christmas of love.       

A Month of Sundays 2



8:30 am • Burkhart Chapel, SC - Rev. Baumer preaching 9 am • Grace Hall, NC - Children's Musical 10:30 am • Grace Hall, NC - Children's Musical 11 am • Sanctuary, SC - Dr. Wing preaching Chancel Choir, Whitechapel Ringers




8:30 am • Burkhart Chapel, SC - Rev. Lindsay preaching 8:30 am • Grace Hall, NC - Dr. Wing preaching 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. Hett preaching 8:30 am • Grace Hall, NC - Dr. Wing preaching 10 am • Grace Hall, NC - Dr. Wing preaching Chamber Choir 11 am • Sanctuary, SC - Dr. Wing preaching Chancel Choir



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



11 am • Sanctuary, SC - Rev. Long preaching

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Parish Register

Care and Spirit

Living in God

–­– The Reverend Mr. James M. Long, Minister of Pastoral Care The mystics are fond of this metaphor—“I live in the ocean of God as a fish in the sea.” That is the life of union, of conscious abiding in God . . . What is Mysticism? Evelyn Underhill Collected Papers

Evelyn Underhill, an Anglo-Catholic novelist and writer in the last century, wrote much on the Holy Spirit and the spiritual life. In one of her papers on mysticism, she describes our living in God as a fish lives in the sea. We are surrounded; it is our total environment! And yet, we are so often unaware of it. Anthony de Mello took this metaphor further when he said we are like a fish swimming in the ocean asking: “Where’s the ocean?” It’s all around us. In the Book of Acts the Apostle Paul is preaching at the Areopagus in Athens. He quotes one of the ancient poets who said: “In him we live and move and have our being.’” (Acts 17:28a.) He wrote further: “and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20) Thus, we live in God and God lives in us. However, it is so easy to lose hold of this. We are celebrating the anniversary of the Christmas Craft Shop where children in our church over the years have made ornaments and decorations for Christmas. I remember as a child making a snow scene with greenery, a candle and a small deer on a platform. It all was sprayed with snow. I could look into that scene and imagine myself walking through the woods in the snow amongst the evergreens and seeing a deer. In a sense, I was immersed in my imagination in that wonderful environment. I loved it. I was too young to know of contemplative prayer, but in some initial way I was being drawn into an awareness of the reality of a God who lives in us and surrounds us and always is with us. Christmas is more than nostalgia for a more peaceful or simple time. It draws us to the deeper reality that God has come to us through Jesus Christ and that we are never alone. This reality is what Paul Tillich describes as “the ground of our being.” And that reality is love. Have a blessed Christmas. Peace and blessings,


We share the joys and sorrows of our church family in our prayers. BIRTHS Sunny Judith Foster 10/10/2012 granddaughter of Mary Ann & Dick Porter BAPTISMS 11/11/12 Beau Quentin Baker son of Amy & Chad Baker Chloe Olivia Johnson daughter of Brittany Hall & Aaron Johnson Anna Elise Montgomery daughter of Chelly & Christopher Montgomery Mackenzie Alexander Mossbarger daughter of Lauren & Ryan Mossbarger Alexandra Ruth Norelli daughter of Lauren & Jonathan Norelli Blair Elizabeth Ratajczak daughter of Beth & JP Ratajczak Lillian Antoinette Upell daughter of Kelley & Jay Upell Hunter Douglas Welch son of Cassandra Glass & Lance Welch Anderson Julian Stankovich 11/18/12 son of Abigail & Christopher Stankovich WEDDINGS Marianne & Bill Ditty 10/12/12 HOSPITALIZED Margaret Wood Haden DeRoberts Pat Doyle Jeanne Harris Joan Hesler Wynn Wiksell Anne Cooper Don Cherry Lois Smith DEATHS Grover “Jack” Thomas 10/25/12 Bob Hudson 10/28/12 Diane Day 10/29/12 sister of Randy Black Tom Schafer 9/12 son of Ginny & Bill Schafer John Hartman 11/8/12 father of Georgetta Kuhman Peg Cook Fleming 11/14/12 Robert Lightner 11/06/12 grandfather of Laura Koprowski

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December 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 Advent (Sunday) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 (Sunday) 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 (Sunday) 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 (Sunday) 24 25 (Christmas) 26 27 28 29 30 31

Nehemiah 9:26-31 Luke 21:20-24 Jeremiah 33:14-16 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Psalm 25:1-10 Luke 21:25-36 Numbers 17:1-11 2 Peter 3:1-18 2 Samuel 7:18-29 Revelation 22:12-16 Isaiah 1:24-31 Luke 11:29-32 Malachi 3:5-12 Philippians 1:12-18a Malachi 3:13-18 Philippians 1:18b-26 Malachi 4:1-6 Luke 9:1-6 Malachi 3:1-4 Philippians 1:3-11 Luke 1:68-79 Luke 3:1-6 Isaiah 40:1-11 Romans 8:22-25 Isaiah 19:18-25 2 Peter 1:2-15 Isaiah 35:3-7 Luke 7:18-25 Amos 6:1-8 2 Corinthians 8:1-15 Amos 8:4-12 2 Corinthians 9:1-15 Amos 9:8-15 Luke 1:57-66 Zephaniah 3:14-20 Philippians 4:4-7 Isaiah 12:2-6 Luke 3:7-18 Numbers 16:1-19 Hebrews 3:7-17 Numbers 16:20-35 Acts 28:23-31 Micah 4:8-13 Luke 7:31-35 Jeremiah 31:31-34 Hebrews 10:10-18 Isaiah 42:10-18 Hebrews 10:32-39 Isaiah 66:7-11 Luke 13:31-35 Micah 5:2-5a Hebrews 10:5-10 Psalm 80:1-7 Luke 1:39-55 Micah 6:6-8 Luke 1:46b-55 Isaiah 9:2-7 Titus 2:11-14 Psalm 96 Luke 2:1-20 2 Chronicles 24:17-24 Acts 6:1-7; 7:51-60 Proverbs 8:32-36 John 21:19b-24 Isaiah 54:1-13 Revelation 21:1-7 1 Chronicles 28:1-10 1 Corinthians 3:10-17 2 Chronicles 1:7-13 Mark 13:32-37 1 Kings 3:5-14 John 8:12-19

Heart to Heart Food Pantry Totals For October 2012


Households served..........................497 Individuals served.........................1,129 Children served............................334 Adults served................................709 Seniors served................................ 86 Meals provided...........................10,161

Households served.......................4,872 Individuals served.......................10,725 Meals provided...........................96,525

December 1 - 31, 2012

Heart to Heart offers a helping hand and caring heart in times of need.

Heart to Heart Thanks ‘Heroes’ for Successful Year  By Angie Weber and Ray Bostic Heart to Heart would like to thank everyone for their support this past year. We can’t believe another year has flown by and we have been in our new pantry space for a year now. You have allowed us to continue to serve all those with food insecurities. We are currently providing food for 80100 families each week. We continue to see new families daily – many having lost jobs or having medical bills so high they can’t afford groceries. Many come to see us because we treat our families with dignity, compassion and respect. We let families shop so they can have a choice of foods instead of being handed a box like other pantries provide. Not only are we seeing about four times the number of families we saw two years ago, our food prices at Mid Ohio Food Bank, where we purchase 95% of our food, have increased dramatically. We used to pay 90 cents for 24 cans of peaches. Today we are paying $12 for 24 cans. Peanut butter used to be 50 cents for 12 jars. Today we are paying $20 for 12 jars. Canned vegetables such as corn, beans and carrots used to be 90 cents for 24 cans. Today they are an average of $11 for 24 cans. The cost to operate Heart to Heart and serve those with food insecurities has risen dramatically due to the increase in the families visiting us and the cost of food. Share your heart and become a Heart to Heart Hero to make sure we can continue to help these families in need. Any donation over $25 will receive a free Share Your Heart wristband to show that you are a Heart to Heart hero. Visit or send a check to Heart to Heart to the church address.


The Infinite Quest

The Paradox of Pain and Joy –­– The Reverend Mr. David S. Hett, Minister of Religious Life and Learning The artificial light and gaiety of our contemporary American Advent season mirrors our egoic fear of “the dark side.” The spiritual path prepares us for entering into the “heart of darkness” of our world and our souls by opening us to our own deep darkness—our angers, our wounds, our hatreds, our losses. “The whole spiritual life is a constant choice to let your negative spiritual experiences become an opportunity for conversion and renewal, whether it’s despair, doubt, loneliness, sexual confusion or anger” said Henri Nouwen. “We have to really look at these, not put them away and live virtuously. It’s much more like trusting that, if I embrace my loneliness, depression, and struggle in faith that, somewhere…I find light and hope.” Or, as our March 2013 Spiritual Searcher James Finley quotes his spiritual director Thomas Merton: “Let no one hope to find in contemplation an escape from conflict, anguish, or from doubt. On the contrary, the deep inexpressible certitude of the contemplative experience awakens a tragic anguish and opens many questions in the depth of the heart like wounds that cannot stop bleeding.” But it’s not just the “bad” stuff that gets hidden in the shadows of our souls. Brene Brown confirms something I’ve known for years: “Joy is probably the most difficult emotion to feel.” “It’s hard to feel joy because we are so keenly aware that it’s fleeting,” says the author of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. “When we lose our tolerance for vulnerability, we lose the courage to be joyful. Joy is a daring emotion!” Henri Nouwen recognized the nonduality that transcends the polar egostructuring of our souls: “In the world sadness and gladness are always separate; if you are sad, you cannot be glad. If you are glad, you cannot be sad. We say: ‘Be happy so we can forget all our troubles.’ In the spiritual life it’s precisely the opposite. Sadness and gladness can never be separate. You embrace your sadness and trust that, right there, you will find gladness….By embracing the pain, you are speaking about joy. That’s a very, very spiritual thing.” It’s also a very, very paradoxical thing, and a mature spiritual realization. So we start where we are, with whatever our experience happens to be, accepting it all, the dark areas as much as that which is bright. That’s the Advent journey. That’s the spiritual journey. Shalom,

Experiencing the Presence of God A Class on James Finley’s Christian Meditation with Rev. David Hett Thursdays, January 17 - February 28 Noon - 1:15 pm Wicker Room, South Campus “We can think of meditation as a way of calming our minds and hearts to offer the least resistance to the graced— even of realizing oneness with God is our very life, our very reality,” says spiritual teacher James Finley, author of Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God. In anticipation of the contemplative psychotherapist James Finley’s March Spiritual Searcher retreat, Rev. David Hett will lead this meditation class based on Finley’s work. There will be time each week for teaching, meditation, and discussion. About meditation, James Finley says, “Whether I use the traditional Christian terms contemplation, contemplative prayer, or mystical experiences…I will always be referring to this interior, rich, mysterious depth of awareness that includes, even as it utterly transcends, the realm of ego consciousness and all that is less than God.” Finley’s “Contemplative Way” retreat March 1-3 in Grace Hall will flesh out more deeply how to recognize and yield to the often subtle ways that the Spirit opens our minds and hearts to the presence of the Divine. In this series we will look at the way “the whole process of meditation and contemplative prayer embodies the desire to experience, even while in this earth, the influx of a wholly spiritual, divine realization of God, beyond anything the ego-self can experience or comprehend.” Free and open to the public, registration is requested online at, or by contacting Natalia at, 614 488.0681, ext. 113.


December 1 - 31, 2012

Weekly Adult Learning Groups Classes are free except where noted and open to the public. Books for most classes are available at the Furber Book Corner. For information on registration or financial aid, contact the Adult Learning Office at 614 488.0681 ext 113 or For more details on specific classes, go to, search: adult learning. Sunday Morning Seminar at South - Advent Study The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach about Jesus’ Birth. Kurt Taube leads this 4-week study based on the book by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. They join forces to show how history has biased our reading of the nativity story as it appears in Matthew and Luke. They successfully show that the Christmas story, read in its original context, is far richer and more challenging than people ever imagined. Classes are free and open to the public; consecutive attendance not required.

Sundays, 9:30 - 10:45 am December 2 - 23 Wicker Room, South Campus

Sunday Morning Seminar at North - Advent Study The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach about Jesus’ Birth. Mike Elliott leads a 3-week study based on the book by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. See the description of Borg and Crossan’s work above. Classes are free and open to the public; consecutive attendance not required.

Sundays, 11 am – Noon December 9 - 23 Room 115, North Campus

Tuesday at Ten Rev. Deb Lindsay leads a 3-week series in December using material from Desmond Tutu’s God Has a Dream following the recent series on the Dalai Lama’s Beyond Religion. Weekly discussions with this stimulating group of participants. Free and open to all.

Tuesdays, 10 – 11 am December 4, 11, 18 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

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 Living the Questions is a DVD discussion series featuring a wide range of speakers from Marcus Borg to Amy-Jill Levine and many other past Spiritual Searchers. The themes each week, and our discussion, opens us to a broad understanding of religion, the Bible and spirituality. Open to all women interested in the spiritual search in all of its forms. 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 Rm., North Campus

Saturdays with James Finley & Richard Rohr Spiritual Director Lisa Bueche presents Richard Rohr and James Finley’s DVD series, Jesus and Buddha, Finding the four noble truths in the heart of Christianity. Discover why Richard Rohr considers Jim Finley, our March Spiritual Searcher, to be his “senior” in the contemplative path that leads to God. Open to the public, a free-will offering is taken each week to support the Psychological Spiritual Development Fund. You will gain something from each session whether or not you attend them all.

Saturdays, 9 - 10:30 am Dec. 1 & 8: Room 128 Dec. 15: Room 111 North Campus

December 1 - 31, 2012


Final 2012 Webcast with Richard Rohr Searching for Our True Self

Saturday, December 8, 11:30 am – approximately 2:30 pm North Campus, Room 130 Live Webcast begins immediately at noon. Open to the public. Register online or at the door. Free-will offering.  By Rev. David Hett Master teacher and theologian Fr. Richard Rohr (OFM), speaks on his provocative new book, Immortal Diamond: Searching for Our True Self, in this final live webcast presented by Spiritual Searcher direct from Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Father Rohr speaks from the “Perennial Tradition” that is a part of First Community Church’s DNA from before the time of Roy Burkhart as “the church of infinite quest” until now with our incredible psychological-spiritual heritage. Check out the progression of some direct quotes from Immortal Diamond that will give you a sense of Rohr’s powerful message for spiritual seekers from any path: We are all looking for an immortal diamond: something utterly reliable, something loyal and true, something we can always depend on, something unforgettable and shining. We are made for transcendence and endless horizons, but our small ego usually gets in the way until we become aware of its petty preoccupations and eventually seek a deeper truth. It is like mining for a diamond. We must dig deep… Our True Self is surely the “treasure hidden in the field” that Jesus speaks of. It is your own chunk of the immortal diamond. Your True Self is that part of you that knows who you are and whose you are, although largely unconsciously. Your False Self is just who you think you are—but thinking doesn’t make it so. Your True Self is who you are in God and who God is in you…“My deepest me is God!” St. Catherine of Genoa shouted as she ran through the streets of town. You (and every other created thing) begin with a divine DNA, an inner destiny as it were, an absolute core that knows the truth about you, a blueprint tucked away in the cellar of your being, an [image of God] that begs to be allowed, to be fulfilled, and to show itself. Please plan to attend this live webcast and engage in a short time of discussion following to allow this profound wisdom to enter your souls even more deeply. We encourage registration online at or by contacting Natalia at, or by calling 614 488.0681, ext. 113. But feel free to come that morning between 11:30 and noon and register at the door as well.


James Finley Spiritual Searcher Retreat

Give ‘The Contemplative Way’

As we join in the Christmas celebration of “God-with-us,” consider the uniquely appropriate gift for someone (or yourself) of a registration to our March 1-3, 2013 Contemplative Way retreat with spiritual teacher James Finley who will assist us in awakening to “God’s presence in our lives.” The three-day “in house” retreat in Grace Hall, North Campus, is structured around Dr. Finley’s three vital guidelines for contemplative living: Find your practice and practice it. Find your teaching and follow it. Find your community and enter it. Richard Rohr considers the contemplative psychotherapist James Finley his “spiritual senior,” and Finley himself traces his lineage to Thomas Merton, who was James’ spiritual director when Finley was a novice monk at Trappist Abbey of Gethsemane. At our retreat, Dr. Finley will begin Friday night with “The Wisdom of Thomas Merton” as we move together more deeply into the soul-enlivening path that is “the contemplative way.” This is a unique opportunity for us to move more deeply into the development of heart and soul in our own community. Experience the full retreat with this warm, compassionate and humorous master teacher for only $150, with reduced rates for those 30 years of age and younger, and a special Friday evening only fee. Register directly at, or contact Natalia at

December 1 - 31, 2012

Ever wonder how God’s word translates to popular culture? Wonder no more. These books endeavor to draw parallels between Christianity and commercial icons. Some are quite informational, others are inspirational. Offers both a feminist critique of Twilight and a theological review of the stories' ideas about salvation, heaven and hell, power, reconciliation, resurrection and organized religion. $16.99

From humility and obedience to singleness of purpose and unconditional love, Robert Short shows us how we can learn from the remarkable qualities of dogs. $11.95

Journalist Mark Pinsky explores the role that the animated features of The Walt Disney Company have played in the moral and spiritual development of generations of children. $14.95

All are available for holiday purchases at our Furber Books & Gifts locations and online at

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang have enjoyed the kind of success most cartoon characters can only dream about. A delightful experience awaits in this modern-day guide to the Christian faith, fully illustrated with Peanuts. $13.95

The doors are open and the coffee is brewing. God is serving the refreshing antidote to the unsatisfying, arms-length spiritual life– and he won’t even make you stand in line. $13.99

Connie Neal, an author and youth minister, finds many glimmers of the gospel in the stories of Harry Potter, Dumbledore, Severus Snape, and the other characters who inhabit the magical world of Hogwarts. $14.95

BOSS! In this engaging book, Jeffrey Symynkywicz, a minister and dedicated Springsteen fan, shows us that Bruce Spingsteen's enduring importance stems largely from the rich spiritual themes that run throughout his albums. $13.99

December 1 - 31, 2012

— Ann Eliot-Naille, Bookstore Manager


Early Childhood

All-Family Homecoming Day Mark your calendar for a rare opportunity to celebrate our Early Childhood program’s past, present and future. Two simultaneous homecoming events will take place at South and North Campus on Saturday, January 26 from 10 am - 12 pm. Families who have enjoyed these programs and contributed to their success are invited to participate and encouraged to bring guests. A photographer will be on-hand to make quick family pictures while music, snacks, crafts and the occasional exotic animal entertain. Check for updates at

Parent Groups for December Parent Growth

Monday mornings through December 10 (will resume in January) 9:30 - 11 am Guild Room, South Campus There is child care on the second floor for $4 per child. A 3-week series on Talking with Children about Big Topics begins November 26 with Illness and Death and continues in December with Sexuality (12/3) and Spirituality and God (12/10) All are welcome to this lively group for parents, led by Donice Wooster.

For Dads Only

Tuesday, December 4, 7 - 8:30 pm Guild Room, South Campus

For Moms Only

Monday, December 17, 7 - 8:30 pm Guild Room, South Campus

Gladden Community House Benefits from Midweek Missions  By Torre Summers, K-5 Coordinator Thank you for donating to K-5 and Middle School Thanksgiving Baskets for Gladden Community House Families. The children of Midweek Missions truly appreciate your efforts in helping them bring Thanksgiving meals to 25 families. In preparing for the delivery, the children decorated the baskets, made recipe books and painted 50 trivets as an extra gift to the Gladden families. They also spent time learning about the Gladden Community House, listening to Bible stories such as Rich Man, Poor Man and Loaves and Fishes and discussing why giving is so important and what they were thankful for. What a wonderful experience we have had this fall. Thank you again for helping share our blessings with the Gladden Community House families.


Join Our Youth Choirs By Sally Beske The 16th annual Children’s Christmas Musical How to be a Perfect Christmas Tree will be presented by our youth choirs during worship on Sunday, December 2 at the North Campus at 9 and 10:30 am. After the musical, the children’s choirs will take a break for the rest of December. January is a great time to join us. All rehearsals are at the North Campus. For more information, contact Sally Beske at Middle School Vocal Ensemble: Sundays after Crossroads until 12:15 pm beginning January 6 Kindergarten Choir: 5:30 - 6 pm, Room 118, Wednesdays beginning January 9 Cherub Choir: For Grades 1 and 2: 6 - 6:30 pm, Room 118, Wednesdays beginning January 9 Junior Choir: For grades 3, 4 and 5: Room 118, Wednesdays beginning January 9 Bell Choirs 1 and 2: Room 111, Contact Sally Beske for information about bell choir openings

Third-Grade Bibles All third-graders will receive a Bible as a gift from the church on January 27, 2013. Bibles will be presented during worship at the 10 am service at the North campus and the 11 am service at the South Campus. To reserve a Bible for your third-grader, please visit the K-5 Ministry page at If you would like your child’s name in the Bible in calligraphy, please submit forms by January 4. Forms can be submitted thru January 20. For more information, please contact Dawn Costin at 614 488.0681, ext 109 or

December 1 - 31, 2012

Chili Cook-Off Raises Money for Adopt-A-Family

Preserving Camp History  By Scot Nicoll

The Youth Program enjoyed an evening of fun and great chili during the 6th Annual Chili Cook-Off. A total of 24 pots of chili were delivered to Grace Hall by some of the church’s best cooks. All proceeds from this event benefit the Youth Program’s Adopt-A-Family, a mission to purchase Christmas gifts for local families in need as identified by Heart to Heart. Our goal is to raise $2,800 by December 16 in order to provide gifts for seven families ($400 per family). Middle and High Schoolers will take the raised funds to shop for families, wrap and deliver the gifts. If you would like to contribute to help our youth reach their goal, please contact Sarah Kientz at 614 488.0681 ext. 103 or skientz@FCchurch. com All donations, no matter how small or large, are deeply appreciated. Oh, and by the way—the Kingsley Family won first place for their Chili. Thank you to Scott, Allison, Paige, Ethan and Brett for their hearty competitive spirit and great chili. Chef hats off to you!

Maintenance Director Mike Young and Executive Director Scot Nicoll stand in the newly-renovated kitchen area inside Cabin in the Glen at Camp Akita.

Of all the buildings at Camp Akita, the Cabin in the Glen serves as a constant reminder of the early history of Camp Akita and First Community Church. In the February 15t, 1948 edition of Firstnews, Dr. Roy Burkhart announced that his dream of having a camp for our youth was made a reality with a gift from John Galbreath. The gift was a 160 acre farm in the Hocking Hills with a small cottage surrounded by ravines and valleys. Camp Akita now has 1200 acres, a lake, amazing facilities and a 63-year history of life-changing ministry. The small cottage given to us by Galbreath is now called Cabin in the Glen. On October 23, the maintenance staff began a project to update the kitchen. They removed the wallpaper that was older than anyone could remember and patched and painted the walls. They replaced the tile floor that was stained from years of use and installed a new stove. They patched and painted the ceiling, put in a new countertop and installed a new overhead light. After two weeks of work, Cabin in the Glen is looking better than ever. There is work to be done in order to preserve our history. By the start of our next summer camping season, we will have more exciting updates to tell you about. In the meantime, get to Camp Akita. It is a magical place that has positively changed camper’s lives for generations. You can rent any of our cabins in the non-summer months by going to our website, or by calling our property manager at 740 385.3827 ext 222. Here we will not only find spiritual renewal, but through the years it can become the church in God’s out-of-doors, where children and young people and those of us who are older can find life’s deeper secret and a faith greater than life. — Dr. Roy Burkhart

December 1 - 31, 2012


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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, Interim Director of Marketing and Communications, Sally R. Beske, Assistant Organist/Director of Youth Choirs; Scott T. Binder, Director of Worship Technologies, Roger Burns-Watson, Director of Stewardship and Development, Tim Carlson, Director of Camp Akita Ministries; 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 Membership; Scott Walker, Director of Camp Akita Ministries; M. Donice Wooster, Director of Early Childhood Ministry.

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

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Vol. 58, No. 12