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Vol. 58 No. 2

Haden DeRoberts makes no secret of his passion for Camp Akita. A tattoo of the Akita fish and L.I.F.E. — Last is First Eternal — is displayed on his ankle.

Haden DeRoberts

Akita Spirit Provides Teen Comfort, Confidence  Story and Photos by Michael Barber At age 11, Haden DeRoberts sat in the middle of the dark woods of Camp Akita. Joined by a dozen other campers and his counselor, the group took turns yelling out their deepest fears. Though he cannot remember what he yelled then, Haden, now 19, will never forget the impact the experience had on his teen life.

“This age is an insecure time for any kid,” Haden said. “You’re not really sure who you are. Akita taught me a lot about myself, who I am. The yelling was a unique way to build confidence.” Like hundreds of campers, Haden remembers the excitement he and his friends had around the start of a new camping season. “I fell in love with Akita when I was younger,” he said.

The 'Akita Spirit' is something that is mutually understood. You don't even have to define it, it's defined for you.” — Haden DeRoberts (Continued, Page 2)

Akita Spirit

(Continued) “Every summer, my friends and I would call each other up to see who was going.” As he grew older, Haden enjoyed every aspect of camp, especially the camaraderie and friendships that grew from his high school-age camping adventures. He considers most to be friends for life as a result of the “Akita Spirit.” “The ‘Akita Spirit’ is something that is mutually understood,” Haden said. “You don’t even have to define it, it’s defined for you. It’s a good, friendly, loving bond.” Haden is confident that he will return to Camp Akita this summer in spite of a recent diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Haden DeRoberts

On October 22, 2011, Haden became ill. After a series of tests, his doctor presented him and his family with unwelcome news. “You could tell something heavy was going to get dropped,” he said. “There was this look on his face.” After a brief moment of panic, Haden said he was able to analyze the situation, then tackle it head-on. He was admitted to The Ohio State University Medical Center immediately for a one-month treatment, then again for a follow-up. Haden now expects to spend the month of February receiving an experimental treatment where he will be closely observed by doctors and staff. “The support from the church has been immense,” Haden said. “Several of the first people I called were Akita people. They offer a genuine type of support. In fact, I find that I’m not getting better for myself, but I’m getting better for them.” This strong connection makes it easy for Haden to recommend Akita to high school-age campers. “The experience is ridiculous, wild and weird,” he said. “When you arrive at camp, people are dressed up funny. You are overwhelmed. That goofiness, combined with spiritual elements, creates a great environment to be that age. You can just be exactly who you are.”


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Looking ahead



Dr. Wing is preparing the following sermons:

–– The Reverend Dr. Richard A. Wing, Senior Minister At Camp Akita, our goals are three: that children and youth have fun, are safe and are affirmed.

February 6 Pray Then Like This (The Lord's Prayer for Our Time) Part 5 - Facing Temptation Matthew 6:13

Safety is a big deal at all our locations. Insuring safety at all our locations is costly and very important and worth every penny. There are some people who want to avoid anything that is not safe. Here is how you can keep yourself safe:

February 19 On a High and Windy Hill Mark 9:2-9 February 26 Hard Roads Lenten Series Part 1 - Showdown in Jersalem Acts 15:1-21

1. You need to avoid riding in a car. They are responsible for 20% of all fatalities.

March 4 Hard Roads Lenten Series Part 2 - Jailbreak Acts 16:11-40

3. You need to avoid walking on streets or sidewalks because 14% of all fatal accidents occur there.

March 11 Hard Roads Lenten Series Part 2 - Jailbreak Acts 16:11-40

2. You need to avoid staying at home. There is where 17% of all fatal accidents occur.

4. Do not travel by air, rail or water because 16% of all fatal accidents involve these forms of transportation. Driving to the airport is much riskier than the flight. 5. Of the remaining 33% of deaths, 32% occur in hospitals. So, if you have to be in the hospital, get out of there as quick as you can. 6. Now get this: .001% of all deaths occur in worship services at church and those have to do with previous physical disorders. And get this: even lower is the percentage of people who die in Bible study. If that doesn’t get you to sign up, I don’t know what will! Remember, in church we contemplate words of life and encouragement that make a difference no matter what cards are dealt to us on all the highways and byways of life. See you in church! It’s safe! Peace to you,

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The Foundation Corner

The First Community Foundation Heritage Society –– Donald Jameson, Director of Foundation Development No, this is not Heritage Sunday, the day in November when we honor our very special 40-year church members. The Heritage Society is a separate organization recognizing all of the members and friends of First Community Church who have chosen to make meaningful gifts, either through immediate contributions to the Foundation or by including the Foundation or the Church in their wills or other estate plans. An immediate gift of $2,500 or more or a letter stating that you have included us in your will makes you a member. You will join 200 other Church member individuals or families who have made a commitment to support the future of our Church. We all know, especially in uncertain times like these, how important it is to have a Foundation that can provide our Church with extra financial assistance for those special needs that cannot be covered by annual operating funds or capital campaigns. 2011 was an excellent example of why Dr. Roy Burkhart established the Foundation, in its first informal form, in l948. A statement sometimes heard is “I love this Church and all it has done for me and my family and have supported it financially for many years. Why should I make an additional gift as I leave this life?” A better statement might be “I love this Church and all it has done for me and my family and have supported it financially for many years. Why would I not make a final gift as I leave this life, especially since such a decision now will not negatively affect my current lifestyle or jeopardize my ability to financially cope with the future?” If you have included us in your estate plans, please let us know. Specific details are not necessary. We would like to honor you, and selfishly, nothing attracts new gifts more than the knowledge that other folks you respect have made that legacy decision. If you are a member of the Heritage Society, please mark Wednesday, April 25 on your calendar. The Foundation will hold a very special celebration on that day and we would like you to be our guest. If you would like to learn more about the Foundation, please stop by our new office, located right next to the South Campus switchboard.

Notice to Past Deacons “Once a Deacon always a Deacon” The combination of this well-known saying combined with the sadness Deacons experience when their three-year term ends has prompted the creation of a new opportunity. If you are interested in being a substitute (remember trading spaces?) contact Sandy Turner in Jim Long’s office to let her know your preference for serving communion at the 8:30, 9:15, 10:25, or 11 am service and/or helping with Vespers at First Community Village on Sunday afternoons. Sandy can be reached at 614 488.0681 ext. 239. You may also contact Sandra Hammond, the 2012 Deacon chair, at 614 486.4648.


First Community Foundation Gifts In Honor of: Janet McCutcheon, Shirley Wing, Betty O'Neill, Dottie Cowles, and Mary Jean Bradley Jeanne Blair Mary V. Ambrose Melody & Matt Smiley Kate Shaner Jenny Lou Renkert James M. Long Robert & Anne Eberhart In Memory of: Charles Traphagen Jim & Diane Rice Jeannette Kuyper Nancy & Roger Baker Betty O'Neill Bob & Sherri Whetzel Linda Ritter Don & Jackie Cherry Jeanne Blair Joe Yearling Frank Hall Betty O'Neill Blaine & Yvonne Sickles George & Corinne Wilson George & Jane Smith Brian & Connie Johnston Bill & Patty Mielke Richard & Molly Stone Bill & Diana Arthur James & Audrey Oliphant Gale R. King & Cynthia King James Hartley Art & Dottie Shepard Bob & Sherri Whetzel Don & Jackie Cherry Shirley & Jim Mason John & Cathy Klamar Barbara Leighner Michael Sullivan Mike & Nancy Donaldson Betsey & Pete Gallagher Jeanne Blair Bill Judy & Sue Wilson Mary & Mark Milligan Judy Pigman Libby Krouse Bob & Sherri Whetzel Tom Coady Robert & Anne Eberhart Judy Pigman

First Community Church Gifts Heart to Heart Donations In Honor of: Jim & Clare Long’s 60th birthdays David C. Jones Her son’s birthday Helen R. Wood Cheryl Krueger, HB & Jamie MacArthur, Mary Glaseore & Mr. & Mrs. Robert Oyster Jerry Todaro & Barb Waters Liz & Bob Cummins Linda & Bob Cummins Kay Garrett Jim & Julie Garrett Will Davis & Ron Jenkins Susan Huhta

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First Community Church Gifts Heart to Heart Donations In Memory of: Thomas C Coady Duke & Jill Thomas Barbara Boggs Francie & Tom Kowal Marge & Frank Smith James & Nancy Nicklaus Barbara Vallone Brian & Jill Cummings Brian & Mary Loe Carol Moorehead Cecil & Jane Scott Charles & Karen Motil Charles Hendrickson Colleen & Michael Adkinson C.S. Warmolts Daniel & Hollace Swanson Daniel & Lynn Rohr David Gardner Debra & William Marsh Fritz Arens George Brown Gilbert Morris Howard & Ellen Lowrey Howard & Virginia Gauthier Jackie Wood James & Tammie Fisher Jasna Kragalott John & Ernestone Dilorenzo John & Laura Fisher Joseph Hermans & Claire Mali Kevin & Elizabeth Carpenter Laman Siddiqi Mark & Allison Abell Mark & Carol Allaire Matthew & Allison Dee Melissa Gordon Michael & Jane Endres Mildred Patten Peter & Diana Pema Quarterly Magazine Concepts Raygan Barrett Reid Huntley Robert & Deborah Lentz Robert Turner Robin & Janice Schmidt Sean & Ronda Carpenter Sherry Gordon Stephen & Judith Sutton Thomas Davis William Weldon Friends of Akita Ann B. Crane In Honor of: Buck, Jodi, John & Jessica Patton Julie & William Douglas Wiley In Memory of: Libby Krouse Putnam & Sybil Pierman Stephen A. Collins Dawn Nolen Jim Willit Eugene Smayda, III Children’s Music Program Marilyn Jennings In Honor of: Caroline Andujar Angela Andujar Sally Beske Sarah Volker

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Red Cross Blood Drive  Submitted by Cara Shary It takes just about one hour of your life to save another’s life.  One hour, one pint. “It’s so easy to do so much good,” said Debbie Sayre, First Community Church member and blood donor.  Through one simple act, you can help your community and bring hope into challenged lives. Roll up your sleeve, join a lifesaving cause and help strengthen the world’s blood supply. The drive is Thursday, February 2 from 1-7 pm in Brownlee Hall, South Campus. You can schedule your time online at (Click on blue box on right ‘Make a Blood Donation Appoinment’ then key in sponsor code: fcchurchsouth), or contact Cara at or 614 459.3691

February 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 5 (Sunday) 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 (Sunday) 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 (Sunday) 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 (Sunday) 27 28 29

Jeremiah 29:1-14 Proverbs 12:10-21 Job 36:1-23 Isaiah 46:1-13 Isaiah 40:21-31 Psalm 147:1-11, 20c 2 Kings 4:8-17, 32-37 2 Kings 8:1-6 Job 6:1-13 Leviticus 13:1-17 Leviticus 14:1-20 Leviticus 14:21-32 2 Kings 5:1-14 Psalm 30 2 Chronicles 26:1-21 2 Kings 7:3-10 Job 30:16-31 2 Chronicles 7:12-22 Isaiah 38:1-8 Isaiah 39:1-8 Isaiah 43:18-25 Psalm 41 Isaiah 30:18-26 Micah 4:1-7 Lamentations 5:1-22 Ezekiel 16:1-14 Ezekiel 16:44-52 Ezekiel 16:53-63 Hosea 2:14-20 Psalm 103:1-13,22 Hosea 3:1-5 Hosea 14:1-9 Isaiah 62:1-5

Mark 5:1-20 Galatians 5:2-15 1 Corinthians 9:1-16 Matthew 12:9-14 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 Mark 1:29-39 Acts 14:1-7 Acts 15:36-41 Mark 3:7-12 Hebrews 12:7-13 Acts 19:11-20 Matthew 26:6-13 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Mark 1:40-45 Acts 3:1-10 1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1 John 4:46-54 3 John 2-8 Hebrews 12:7-13 Luke 4:38-41 2 Corinthians 1:18-22 Mark 2:1-12 Acts 14:8-18 2 Corinthians 1:1-11 John 5:19-29 Romans 3:1-8 2 Peter 1:1-11 John 7:53—8:11 2 Corinthians 3:1-6 Mark 2:13-22 2 Corinthians 3:1-6 2 Corinthians 11:1-15 John 3:22-36


Take Heart

God is Not a Christian

–– The Reverend Ms. Deborah Countiss Lindsay, Minister of Spiritual Care I write this column as I prepare to leave for India with a group from First Community Church. We are headed for a country where religious diversity and tolerance is the law. As in the United States, religious freedom is a fundamental right under India’s constitution. In India, the group will visit Hindu and Jain temples, important Islamic landmarks and the Deep Griha Society, a humanitarian organization founded by Bhaskar and Neela Onawale, a Christian minister and his physician wife (and beloved friends of First Community Church).

We will experience in new ways the truth of the phrase “God is not a Christian.” These words form the title of a recent book by Archbishop Desmond Tutu: God is Not a Christian: Speaking Truth in Times of Crisis. Tutu is best known for his role in the fight against apartheid and as a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, but he is also a thoughtful and gifted theologian. For decades, Tutu has been a voice for interfaith connection and a universal understanding of God: What we call the Spirit of God is not a Christian preserve, for the Spirit of God existed long before there were Christians, inspiring and nurturing women and men in the ways of holiness, bringing to fruition what was best in all. We do scant justice and honor to our God if we want, for instance, to deny that Mahatma Gandhi was a truly great soul, a holy man who walked closely with God. Our God would be too small if he was not also the God of Gandhi: if God is one, as we believe, then God is the only God of all people, whether they acknowledge God as such or not. God does not need us to protect God. Many of us perhaps need to have our notion of God deepened and expanded. It is often said, half in jest, that God created humanity in God’s own image and humanity has returned the compliment, saddling God with our own narrow prejudices and exclusivity, foibles and temperamental quirks. God remains God, whether God has worshippers or not. Of course, we don’t have to travel 8,000 miles to experience different perspectives on God. We have our own glorious mix right here; the diversity of the United States is a blessing and a source of our strength and resilience. So take heart, God is not a Christian…or a Jew…or a Muslim…or a Hindu. God is God. The rest, as the rabbis say, is commentary. Blessings,

Deep Griha Annual Dinner Sunday, February 12, 5:30–7:30 pm Grace Hall, North Campus Mark your calendar to attend the annual Deep Griha Potluck this month. All First Community Church members and friends of Deep Griha are invited to join the celebration. A special presentation will be made by Kate Shaner. Her topic will be “The Power of One.” Master of Ceremonies will be Don Streibig. Sponsoring a child for $220 provides them with basic nutrition, education and medical services for one year. Deep Griha is located in the slums of Puné, India, a city of four million located two hours east of Mumbai (Bombay). In 2010, Deep Griha served more than 64,000 people. The church has supported Deep Griha for more than 30 years, and with the help of members of First Congregational Church and Dublin Community Church, we are sponsoring 120 children. There is a waiting list of children we hope to be able to include in our sponsorship program. Bring a dish that serves 8 to 12: A-H Dessert, I-R Salad, S-Z Main Dish. Reservations are appreciated by reserving your spot online at, calling the Mission Office at 614 488.0681 ext 113, or visit the table after worship, February 5 and 12.

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Furber Book Corner

Books for Winter

Youth Trip to Mexico March 16-24, we will travel to Tecate, Mexico for another house-building mission trip. Partnering with Amor Ministries (, a group of high school and college students and adults will build houses for people in need. This trip has become a staple of our youth program and is always a highlight of the high school program. Cost for the trip is $1,050. For more information and to register, please visit our website or contact Scott Walker at

There are quite a few new titles in the Furber Book Corner that are being used for adult education groups this winter. Tuesday at Ten is studying Marcus Borg’s newest book, Speaking Christian (hardcover $22.50). Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward (hardcover $16) is the focus for the Friends of Richard Rohr group that has been meeting each Saturday at North Campus.  John Dominic Crossan’s The Greatest Prayer (hardcover, $22.50) is the focus of the education group that meets each Sunday morning at South Campus. Saving Jesus From the Church (paperback, $14.99) is written by the 2012 Spring Spiritual Searcher Robin Meyers and will be the study Sunday  mornings during Lent.  Another new book from an old friend and Spiritual Searcher is also available at the Book Corner:  John Spong’s latest book – Reclaiming the Bible for a Non- Religious World (hardcover, $22.50) puts to rest the idea that Spong’s Eternal World: A New Vision (2009) was to be his final work.  “A definitive voice for progressive Christianity, Spong frees readers from a literal view of the Bible. He opens the possibility that some of the characters in the New Testament are imaginary composites or even literary creations—such as Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus; Judas Iscariot; Nicodemus; the Samaritan woman by the well; and Lazarus who was raised from the dead. He presents the Bible as an ever-changing and always growing story. He demonstrates that it is possible to be both a deeply committed Christian and an informed twenty-first-century citizen.” – Barnes & Noble.

2012 Pasta Dinner Support our High School Mexico Mission Project on Tuesday, February 21 by attending our annual pasta dinner. Tickets are available online or through a trip participant. Drive through between 5 - 8 pm or dine with use in Grace Hall between 5:30 - 7:30 pm. This will be our 14th trip to Mexico to build houses with AMOR Ministries for those less fortunate. For more information, visit the high school program page on our website,

Akita 5K is Saturday April 14 Join us for a run, walk or relay in support of the Camp Akita Scholarship fund. The Akita 5K will be held at Fred Beekman Park. Information about time, cost and registration will be available soon at Please mark your calendar and tell your friends.

The First Community Online Store is continuing to evolve and will soon have more selections available. Stay tuned in and logged on.

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Stewardship Corner

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Welcome New Members

–– The Reverend Mr. Paul E. Baumer, Minister of Stewardship The day is named after Saint Valentine, martyred in Rome around the year 270. There seem to have been at least two martyrs named Valentine. Actually, the holiday itself began in much happier circumstances. During the Middle Ages, in England and France, folks came to believe that birds began to pair together in mid-February. So why shouldn’t people do that?

Brian Burnett

Melissa Burnett

Doug Daughters

Nancy Drake

Rick Greene

The English and French holidays might have roots in ancient Rome which celebrated Lupercalia, the coming of spring. The celebration included the ritual cleansing of houses and the opportunity for romance as the ritual expanded to include cleansing and purification of folks so they would enjoy successful fertility. Be that as it may, the Christian Church tried to clean up the festival by using it to commemorate Saint Valentine. The Emperor Claudius had decreed that no young men could marry before serving in the army because unmarried men made better soldiers than married men. Therefore Claudius also dismissed married men from the army. Valentine performed marriages in order to help men escape the army. Claudius had Valentine executed. Another Valentine tried to help Christians escape from Roman prisons and was himself imprisoned. Legend has it that he fell in love with the jailor’s daughter and sent her love notes, signing them, “from your Valentine.” Any further explanation for Saint Valentine’s Day needed? It’s a day when we remember that part of our stewardship is caring for those we love. Day to day helpfulness and partnership; seeing to insurance policies, wills and bequests; sending flowers when it’s not Valentine’s Day; keeping them safe; all of that and so much more. To care for others. Stewardship. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Megan Daughters

Brian Burnett, a manager at Limited Brands, enjoys basketball, softball, biking and cooking. He and Melissa attend the 10:25 am service and join because of the worship experience and Camp Akita. Melissa Burnett and Brian heard about First Community from a relative and look forward to getting involved. Melissa, a teacher employed by Mosaica Education, Inc., enjoys writing, reading and traveling. Doug Daughters is the son of members, John and Cathy Conner. He and Megan attend the 10:25 and 11 am services. Doug works at IGS Energy and enjoys travel, sports and being with family and friends. Megan Daughters and Doug were involved in the Youth program as teenagers. They served as L.I.F.E. Guards and Counselors at Camp Akita and participated in the Mexico mission trip. Megan, a teacher at Marburn Academy, enjoys travel, cooking and fitness. Nancy Drake first joined in 1959 and is reinstating her membership. She is retired from The Ohio State University and enjoys music - classical, folk, pop and opera. Nancy attends the 9:15 or 11 am service and enjoys Dr. Wing’s “fresh and dynamic” sermons. Rick Greene is a member of the Chancel Choir and joins because of the inclusive theology and music. Rick is a specialist at Columbus State Community College and is married to Karen. He enjoys music, baking, movies and plays.


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Beth Gupta

Jay Gupta

Janet Hannaway

Pat Hannaway

Bill Kientz

Betsy Miely

Meet the new members who joined Sunday, January 22. The next New Member Seminar will be Saturday, April 14.

Mike Miely

Meghan Roehll

Trent Roehll Tamar Campbell-Sauer

Elizabeth Francis Gupta was involved in the Youth programs and Camp Akita as a teen. She teaches yoga and biodynamic craniosacral therapy, movement and dance. Her travels have taken her around the world, including work at Deep Griha. Jay Gupta and Beth, parents of Luna (almost 3), are expecting another child in March. They join for the inclusive theology, adult and children’s programs. Formerly from St. Louis, Jay is a professor at The Ohio State University and enjoys music, reading and bicycling. Janet Hannaway, daughter of members William and Loralee Henry and sister to Laurie Sampson, grew up in the church participating in the Youth programs and Camp Akita. A recruiter for Aspen Staffing Services, Janet enjoys floral design and gardening. Pat Hannaway and Janet were married at First Community and are the parents of Nikki, a high school senior. Pat is a truck driver for Vitran and enjoys golf and travel. He and Janet attend the 9:15 am service. Bill Kientz is the husband of member Anne Kientz and grandfather of Sarah Kientz, who is on our staff. Bill has enjoyed the webcasts and now attends the 11 am service. Retired from the insurance industry, Bill’s hobbies are woodworking and photography. Betsy Miely, an Analyst for OCLC, joins for the worship experience, inclusive theology and adult programs. Betsy’s uncle, Dick Sims is a member. Betsy and Mike are also the parents of new member, Meghan Daughters.

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Chris Sauer

Mike Miely is the brother of Mark (Molly) Miely, a church member. Mike is a food broker for Michaels and Associates. He and Betsy have already participated in church missions and Camp Akita and look forward to meeting new people and serving others. Meghan Roehll teaches at Franklin University and is currently a graduate student of philosophy at The University at Buffalo. She and Trent learned about the church from the Internet and have attended several adult classes and programs. Trent Roehll and Meghan attend the 10:25 am service. After participating in the adult programs, they decided to become members. Trent is a Systems Administrator at Franklin University and enjoys computers and basketball. Tamar Campbell-Sauer, principal at Ridgeview Elementary School in Hilliard, has participated in the Dominican Republic mission trip for Senior High students. She and husband, Chris, attend the 10:25 am service. Chris Sauer and Tamar are the parents of Logan (11), Drew (9) and Lydia (6). They join for the worship, music, inclusive theology, children’s and youth programs. Chris owns Columbus Architectural Salvage and enjoys woodworking, architecture and history. If you are interested in becoming a member of First Community Church or would like to learn more about church membership, contact Paula Russell at 614 488.0681 ext 228 or


Events in February

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8:30 am • Burkhart Chapel, SC - Rev. Hett preaching 9:15 am • Grace Hall, NC - Dr. Wing preaching Chancel Chamber Choir & Youth Bell Choir 1 10:25 am • Grace Hall, NC - Dr. Wing preaching Kurt Smith, songleader & Middle School Vocal Ensemble 11 am • Sanctuary, SC - Dr. Wing preaching Chancel Choir




8:30 am • Burkhart Chapel, SC - Rev. Shaner preaching 9:15 am • Grace Hall, NC - Rev. Long preaching Chancel Chamber Choir & Cherub Choir 10:25 am • Grace Hall, NC - Rev. Shaner preaching Kurt Smith, songleader & Youth Bell Choir 2 11 am • Sanctuary, SC - Rev. Long preaching Chancel Choir & Whitechapel Ringers



We remember before God all those who rejoice with us, but upon another shore, and in a greater light, that multitude which no one can number, whose hope was in the Word made flesh, and with whom in the Lord Jesus we are one forevermore.

A indicates Usher assignments.


At Camp Akita

Deep Griha Society Potluck 5:30 pm at North Campus


Conversations in the Humanities



7 pm at North Campus

Mexico Mission Trip Pasta Dinner 5-8 pm Drive through, 5:30-7:30 pm Dine In at North Campus

Ash Wednesday Taizé Service

8 pm at North Campus


Early Childhood Pajama Storytime


6:15 pm at South Campus

Special Leadership Dinner & Worship 5:30 pm at South Campus

Governing Board Meeting 7 pm at South Campus

This is not a comprehensive list. Please check the website for the most up-to-date information.

Additional Christmas Memorials

Roy C. Haddox, Jr. John & Barbara Emery

Retreat for Parents

9:15 am • Grace Hall, NC - Dr. Wing preaching Chancel Choir 11 am • Grace Hall, NC - Dr. Wing preaching Chancel Choir

Lois S. Chope Lu Graves


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



For additional information: Click: Email: Call: 614 488.0681 Visit: The Welcome Center at North or South Campus

Parent Groups for February Parent Growth continues to meet on Monday mornings, 9:30-11 am in the South Campus Guild Room, with child care available. No session February 20. For Moms Only will meet on Monday, February 13, 7-8:30 pm in the South Campus Guild Room. The topic for February is handling other adults who criticize your parenting or try to intervene in your parenting. For Dads Only will meet Tuesday, February 21 (the third Tuesday, not the usual second Tuesday) from 7-8:30 pm in the South Campus Guild Room. Our topic will be how to assess a child’s readiness for a transition – to kindergarten, middle school, and the other transitions that come in a child’s life. All groups are led by Donice Wooster, and all parents are welcome to join us in any group, at any time! Contact Donice at with questions.

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Facilities Update  By Pam Jameson, Facilities Manager Roofing Project: $330,000 Thanks to our mild weather the roofing project awarded November 22 to Capital Roofing, LLC, is more than 50% complete. Metal decking had to be replaced in several areas due to corrosion. Gutter and Downspouts: Projected costs up to $30,000 Due to the complexity of the roofing project, work on the buildings gutters and downspouts will begin after completion of the roofing project. (Weather permitting.) Tuckpointing: $47,000 Sealing Exterior Stone-Sanctuary and Courtyard: Projected costs up to $12,000 Interior Plaster Repairs 1320: Projected costs up to $7,000 Tuckpointing has been completed on many areas of the external stone walls surrounding the Sanctuary, courtyard and the parapet wall along the northeast side of the building. However, due to the age and the size of the 1320 building, many areas have soft mortar allowing for small amounts of moisture to penetrate through the walls. This is particularly noticeable on the interior walls surrounding the courtyard and Sanctuary. Sealing the exterior stone will halt moisture leaks and prevent further damage to the structure. 2012 plans include sealing the Sanctuary and exterior walls surrounding the courtyard. Replace flooring. Projected costs up to $35,000 We have great need to replace worn flooring on the first floor of 1320. We are extremely thankful to those of you who have been a part of the $107,000 in gifts we have received so far and also for the grant of $165,000 from the First Community Foundation for our 1320 Improvement Project. The additional funds will allow us to continue with urgent repairs and improvements towards our project goal of $645,000. First Community Church has been blessed with a wonderful matching gift opportunity. An anonymous family has challenged our congregation with a matching $200,000 donation for the 1320 Cambridge Boulevard improvements. With this, your contribution will be doubled up to $200,000. We have many other areas that need attention. If you are interested in making a special donation, please contact Cindy Harsany, Director of Finance and Operations, at 614 488.0681 ext. 230. Or, feel free to write a check to First Community Church and note on your check “1320 Matching Donation”. If you are interested in receiving additional information on this project, please contact Pam Jameson at 614 488.0681 ext 232 or

Is Your Member Information Correct? Find out by going to Click on the Membership link on the homepage, then the Update Member Information link in the dropdown menu. Contact Paula Russell at 614 488.0681 ext 228 or prussell@ with questions.

February 1 - 29, 2012

Rest, Relax, Rejuvenate — to be a better parent. Saturday, February 4 and Sunday, February 5 Camp Akita Register online at by February 1. For additional information, contact Donice Wooster at 614 488.0681 ext 244 or

Women’s Guild  Submitted by Jill Eliot    The Women’s Guild continues the “gifting” year with the annual, We Love You Luncheon to be held Tuesday, February 7 in Brownlee Hall beginning at noon. Members of the Guild have as much fun preparing as the staff will have in receiving. The ladies will give their gifts of creating hearts and valentine magic. The luncheon will include a main dish along with homemade salads and desserts, gifts from the Guild members. Each year unique and unusual door prizes are awarded. The purpose of the event is to thank the First Community staff for the gifts of their hard work, love and support. This is the gift that keeps on giving. All ladies who are making food for the luncheon can bring it to the South Campus kitchen by 11 am. The set-up crew is requested to arrive at 10:15 am. The clean-up crew is requested to arrive at 12:45 pm. SAVE THE DATE: The Spring Event will be held on Saturday, May 12th at Brookside Country Club in Worthington from 11:30 am – 2 pm. All First Community Church women, mothers, daughters and friends are invited.


Care and Spirit

Ask for What You Need

–­– The Reverend Mr. James M. Long, Minister of Pastoral Care We are underway, wanderers between two worlds.

The Need and the Blessing of Prayer Karl Rahner

In the aftermath of World War II, the great Catholic theologian Karl Rahner wrote a little book for the general public on prayer. He discussed many common issues and concerns regarding this difficult subject in light of the awful conflagration that had engulfed Europe and the world. He described how prayer essentially opens our hearts to God, and he reminded us that we have the gift of the Holy Spirit to help us pray. He recognized that our prayers are directed to a God of love, but that we may become distracted when we are selfconscious in our prayer with undue concern about doing it right. His prayer is always for a pure heart and to grow in love: Be always with me, and when I am tempted to leave you, my God, do not let me. Leave me only one thing: Your love. (p.36) Rahner discusses many types of prayer, such as daily or “everyday” prayer, and prayers of consecration, guilt, and decision. However, I was struck by his discussion of prayers of need, often called prayers of petition. We may feel guilty about such prayers because they can seem selfish. We may understand that God is not some remote deity who has to be appeased and manipulated to give us what we need. We may know that it is a caricature of God to pray to a divine Santa Claus in the sky with a conveyor belt of gifts to be delivered to earth upon request. As such, we may even turn away and deny the necessity and efficacy of prayers of need. What makes the difference for Rahner is that God has given the essential answer “by his becoming flesh and letting the cry of need rise from his own tormented heart." (p.55). We pray as Jesus prayed with realism and faith. We claim that the eternal Word “became the cry of human need and dwelt among us.” (ibid.) The Kingdom of God came near and is near. Thus, we pray as wanderers on earth asking for what we need on earth. But we also pray as pilgrims of eternity who know that the life and benevolence of God surrounds us and that even in death we fall into the eternal love of God. Peace and blessings,

Parish Register We share the joys and sorrows of our church family in our prayers. BIRTHS Betty Maeve Woodruff 12/25/11 granddaughter of Bobbie & Ted Celeste Ella Grace Walker 12/27/11 daughter of Scott and Kelsey Walker granddaughter of Patty & Dick Vesper Margaret Virginia Smith 1/5/12 granddaughter of George & Rick Kuhman BAPTISMS Holly Ann Stoltz 12/18/11 Aiden Joseph DiFrancesco 12/27/11 Hudson “Crosby” Goff 12/29/11 Lydia Grace Ellmore 1/8/12 Shawn Roma Scott Adams 1/15/12 Lucia Rose Clevenger 1/15/12 Elliana Grace Day 1/15/12 Ashley Winter Dick 1/15/12 Cole Tosi Gempel 1/15/12 Stella Louise Hague 1/15/12 Kara Elizabeth Levell 1/15/12 WEDDINGS Katie Ball & Jason Marks 12/17/11 RECENTLY HOSPITALIZED Brett Kingsley Ferne Arnett Wyn Shimer Bob Gardner Sandie Southern Carole Doyle Roger Albrecht Patty McClarren DEATHS Jeannette Zupancic 12/17/11 Tom Coady 12/20/11 Bruce Baker 12/21/11 brother of Bobbie Celeste Joe Yearling 1/9/12 Dottie Peppe 1/6/12 Jeannette Kuyper 1/8/12 Roger Scherer 1/9/12 father of Michelle Jump Joy Schmidt Geiger 11/30/11 sister of John Schmidt Call the Pastoral Care Office at 614 488.0681 ext 239, for family births, deaths, weddings, hospitalizations and birthdays of 100 years or more.


February 1 - 29, 2012

Heart to Heart Sunday

May 6-12

Helping Those in Need Matthew 25: 35-40 “For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in." February 12 is Heart to Heart Sunday. This event offers the church family and community the opportunity to respond with compassion by supporting this important mission. As we each count our blessings, know that the need for your help has never been greater. Please celebrate with us by bringing a can of food to our open house at noon. See our new pantry, provided by the Tri-Village Rotary, in the Annex at South Campus. The Tri-Village Trading Post, located in the basement of the Annex, and the Prayers and Squares room, located on the first floor, will also be holding open houses at the same time. Thank you for your support of this critical mission. It truly makes a difference close to home. You can donate through the offering on Heart to Heart Sunday, by mailing a donation specifying it is for Heart to Heart or by donating online on the Heart to Heart webpage on the church website at

Back Bay Mission Workcamp As it has done for many years, First Community Church will send a work camp to Back Bay Mission, Biloxi, MS, May 6-12, 2012. You never know what will happen. During one of our work camps, we began to take down damaged wings of a house. Work campers and Back Bay staff members soon wondered if we were working on a Biloxi treasure, an original “shotgun house,” an historic and unique architectural style in the Gulf Coast area. A husband and wife who feared they would not be able to afford reconstruction of their home suddenly found themselves being helped by Back Bay Mission and the church. They also received a visit from Biloxi city officials and national historic places authorities who assured they would have good help in bringing their home back to life. Careful work by the church work campers uncovered a true “shotgun house” and our crew laid the groundwork for accurate reconstruction of the historic home. Now it’s your turn.


Rafiki Clothing Drive For the children at the Rafiki Orphanage in Kenya

Donate now through Friday, February 24 Elementary through young adult sizes for boys and girls: Socks (crew/athletic for boys & ankle/footie for girls) Sports Bras (small & medium) Underwear Please bring your donations to the K-5 classrooms or the Rose Wing Lobby at the North Campus, or the Coatroom by the main restrooms at the South Campus. For more information, contact Dawn Costin, at 614 488.0681, ext 109 or

February 1 - 29, 2012

You can help the continuing recovery in the Biloxi area from Hurricane Katrina. Join our work group, limited to eight people this year, and be part of our next Back Bay Mission workcamp, May 6-12. Costs per person are $350 registration, including lodging at Back Bay Mission, food, transportation and work supplies in Biloxi. In addition, you’ll need to arrange your Columbus to Biloxi transportation. If you are interested in being part of the work camp, contact Paul Baumer, Minister of Stewardship, at 614 488.0681 ext. 284, or 614 538.1090.


The Infinite Quest

Love Actually: The Multidimensionality of Love –­– The Reverend Mr. David S. Hett, Minister of Religious Life and Learning At the end of the Italian summer… I remember it all Love was everywhere You just had to fall --Stevie Nicks, Italian Summer Love has personal and political relationship dimensions. Marianne Williamson’s new Enchanted Love Workshops challenges the idea that “ initial romantic fervor” (falling in love) is “a state of ultimate illusion.” Quite the opposite: The initial romantic high is the true reality— “an unearned and temporary enlightenment experience which then crashes into the illusion of the wounded personality.” In Can Love Last? psychologist Stephen Mitchell ascribes a “swing back toward a Romantic sensibility” with movements like existentialism, spirituality and postmodernism. Their common thread is “a belief that rationality and objectivity, although good and useful for many purposes, may not be the exclusive or even the best route to engaging our world. “ Thus, the “transcendence of ordinary reality in the [idealization of the beloved in romantic love] is not a contamination or masking of what is really there, but an alternative construction, a window into what is really there. “The problem we have,” says Marianne Williamson, “is not that in our romantic fervor we fall into a delusion of oneness; the problem is that we then fall into the delusion of separateness.” “Oneness” is what makes love political, as Chris Hedges writes so compellingly: Love is not benign. The core of nearly all religious teaching is about love and compassion…It is about pushing this love outward into the world. This compassion, which does not exclude justice, is one that urges us to have empathy for the other, to stand in the other’s shoes. It is the first prerequisite to making peace, to healing personal and national conflict and to defying the powers on earth that drive us to serve other gods. The forces that seek to harness the power of religion and deform it into a civic religion have no use for the fundamental core call to love…even as they cloak themselves in religious piety and employ religious language. Love is always driven underground in states ruthlessly bent on achieving power and expanding empire. The persistent ego-illusion of separateness feeds a constant desire to acquire. “Divine love reveals that richness and abundance, all that the soul desires, is not only inside, but everywhere,” writes A.H. Almaas. “Spiritual practices built around devotion and love of God tend to invoke this dimension as God’s love, mercy and grace.” Shalom,


2012 Lenten Series

Soundings: Contemporary Practices For Going Deeper Lent is a time of going deep, into the dark and mysterious substance and depth of our own souls. Tuesday evenings in March, you are invited to engage in spiritual practices that can serve as “soundings” for your soul. Sailors the world over used to throw a weighted line into the water off of the ship to gauge the “current depth” of the water. This was known as “to sound” or “a sounding.” In spiritual formation, spiritual practices can become “soundings” for our soul work, witnessing and assessing the depths of our own soul. During our Lenten Series this year, we will plumb these depths taking “soundings” of various forms, including exploration of how fractals, music, photography and movement may all be practices when looked at through the lens of contemplation and meditation. For instance, the Rev. Pete Diehl will present jazz and video meditation exercises and spiritual directors Dan Schleppi and David Zeils will present photography as iconography and fractal imagery meditation, respectively. The sessions will include informal teachings regarding each week’s practice as well as individual participation and reflection on the experience and small or large group discussion. More details will appear soon on the church website and bulletin insert. For now, reserve Tuesday evenings, March 5 – 26, and possibly April 3 as well, from 7 – 8:30 pm in Brownlee Hall, South Campus. Open to the public, a free-will offering will be taken at each session. Spiritual directors Barbara Davis and Nan Weir, and the Rev. David Hett, are the planning team for this series for the Adult Learning Council.

February 1 - 29, 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: Saving Jesus from the Church A four-week study of Dr. Robin Meyers’ book subtitled, How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus, in preparation for Robin’s Spiritual Searcher visit March 2-4. All are welcome to attend the Adult Learning Sunday Morning Seminar at the South Campus when and as you are able. Simply bring your open mind, inquiring questions and challenging comments to add to the creative and stimulating mix.

Four-week series, February 5, 12, 19 and March 4. (No meeting Feb. 26)

Tuesday at Ten: The Work of Amy-Jill Levine and Marcus Borg Free and open to all The inclusive discussion group, led by Rev. Deborah C. Lindsay, Rev. Peter Diehl and Dr. Pidge Diehl, will base winter explorations using both Amy-Jill Levine’s video series, Great Figures in the New Testament, and Marcus Borg’s book, Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power—and How They Can Be Restored. February classes focus on Borg’s book: 2/7: Intro and Chapters 1 & 2 Speaking Christian and Beyond Literalism, pp. 1-35; 2/14:  Chapter 3 Salvation, pp. 36-54; 2/21:  Chapters 5 & 6 God and God’s Character, pp. 65-83; 2/28:  Chapter 7 Jesus, pp. 85-96.

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

Jesus for the 21st Century Registration Fee: $25 Rev. David Hett facilitates a host of experts for conversations around the meaning and message of Jesus for a progressive church using the new DVD-based series, Saving Jesus Redux. DVD presenters include past Spiritual Searchers like Marcus Borg, Diana Butler Bass, John Dominic Crossan, Matthew Fox, Amy-Jill Levine and John Spong, as well as upcoming Searcher Robin Meyers. Small and large group discussions follow short video segments presented by these scholars on a variety of Jesus-themes.

Tuesdays through February 14, 7 -8:30 pm Brownlee Hall, South Campus

Men’s Study Group Join us for weekly discussions on a variety of biblical and religious topics. Contact Price Finley at 614 488.7978 or, or Craig Sturtz at 614 481.9060 or for information.

Wednesdays, 7 - 8 am Wicker Room, South Campus

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

Wednesdays, 7 - 8 am Brownlee Hall, South Campus

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

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

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

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

Mind-Body Approach to Weight Control Registration Fee: $20 Life Strategies Coach, Judy Rojas, is repeating her class on weight management through tried and true methods of how to approach food and integrate it into your daily life.

Thursdays, through February 9, 6:30 – 8:30 pm Wicker Room, South Campus

Saturdays with Richard Rohr & Friends - New DVD Series The well-known contemplative Richard Rohr joins with psycho-spiritual teacher Russ Hudson in this DVD study based on the wisdom of the Enneagram personality typology and spiritual system: The Enneagram as a Spiritual Tool for Non-Dual Consciousness. Cofacilitators for this series are Spiritual Director, Lisa Bueche and Connie Frecker, co-director of The Enneagram Institute of Central Ohio. Consecutive attendance is not necessary as each segment offers its own wealth of wisdom. Open to the public; a weekly free-will offering will benefit the Spiritual Searcher/ Psychological-Spiritual Development Fund.

Saturdays through March 10, 9 – 10:30 am Room 111, North Campus

February 1 - 29, 2012

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


Spiritual Searcher Dr. Robin Meyers, March 2-4

The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus Dr. Wing based a 2011 sermon series on a book called Saving Jesus From The Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus, written by Dr. Robin Meyers. Now we are bringing Robin Meyers to the church the weekend of March 2-4 as our 2012 Spiritual Searcher. Robin’s lectures and workshops will be centered around the themes in Saving Jesus as well as his latest book which is being published this month, The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus (Jossey/Bass, February 2012). Robin Meyers proposes that the faithful recapture the spirit of the early church with its emphasis on what Christians do rather than what they believe, and that the best way to recapture the spirit of "The Way" is to recognize that Jesus-following was—and must be again—subversive in the best sense of the word. Instead of endless theological and political arguments, the church must be more concerned with being loving than with being right. “When was the last time you thought of going to church as dangerous,” writes Archbishop Desmond Tutu about Robin’s new book. “The Underground Church tells the story of how we forgot where we came from, and why we must recover our subversive roots. Read it if you dare. Become part of the movement if you are daring.” Marcus Borg calls Dr. Meyer’s new book “a passionate and challenging call to churches to be liberated from the cultural captivity of convention…” Dr. Robin Meyers is a nationally known United Church of Christ minister, and professor of rhetoric in the philosophy department at Oklahoma City University. He writes for The Christian Century magazine and is an award-winning commentator for National Public Radio. Robin has been the Senior Minister of Mayflower Congregational UCC church of Oklahoma City since 1985. Including The Underground Church and Saving Jesus from the Church, Dr. Meyers is the author of six books. He has also written Morning Sun On A White Piano: Simple Pleasures and the Sacramental Life, The Virtue In The Vice: Finding Seven Lively Virtues in the Seven Deadly you dare. “Read this book ifnt if you are daring.” moveme Become part of the Sins, and Why The Christian Right Is Wrong: A Minister’s Manifesto THE for Taking Back Your Faith, Your Flag, and Your Future. —ARCH BISH OP


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For information and registration, go online at or email Natalia Jones at, or call Lauri Sullivan at 614 488.0683 ext. 113.

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Dr. Robin R. Meyers The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus March 2-4, 2012 Sanctuary, South Campus If you believe it is more important to be loving than to be right, and want to live into that belief in every dimension of your life, The Underground Church is for you…May the underground church rise up and flower everywhere! — Parker Palmer, past Spiritual Searcher, author of Let Your Life Speak and The Heart of Democracy Friday, March 2, 2012, 7 – 8:30 pm, Keynote Lecture $15 ($20 at the door) Student/Group Fees available Galilean Sage or Supernatural Savior (Or How I Became a Heretic with Help from Jesus) Reception following in Brownlee Hall, South Campus Saturday, March 3, 9:30 – 3:30 pm, Two Lectures plus Workshop $45 for Saturday only ($50 at the door); Entire Weekend: $50 ($60 at door Friday night) Student and Group Fees available I. The Risks and Rewards of Fearless Preaching 9:30 – 11 am II. The Underground Church:  Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch: 12:30 – 1:30 pm (boxed lunch available, $10) III. What Kind of Church Would You Find Irresistible? Workshop in Brownlee Hall 1:30 - 3:30 pm Sunday, March 4 Dr. Robin Meyers will be the guest preacher at 9:15 and 10:25 am worship at North Campus and 11 am worship at South Campus. Robin Meyers lets us in on a secret: The bad news is really good news! The bad news is that people are fed up with conventional church. The good news is that people are seeking a more vibrant, faithful and meaningful experience of God. The Underground Church invites Christians to encounter a radical Jesus, to practice a subversive way of life, and move beyond belief to love. This is no longer merely church—rather, it is a movement that many are aching to join! — Diana Butler Bass, past Spiritual Searcher, author of Christianity after Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening

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February 1 - 29, 2012

Nanci Danison's Afterlife Experience

A Personal Conversation  Submitted by Mona Hett March 23-25, 2012 Camp Akita, Logan, OH This Women’s Retreat will have a very unique atmosphere as we are truly fortunate to have Nanci L. Danison, author of the Backwards books, presenting the Saturday morning program. Although Nanci continues a long and successful career as a lawyer, she devotes a significant amount of time to disseminating the spiritual information she gained during an extensive afterlife experience which followed her death in March of 1994 during an invasive radiological procedure. For the program, Nanci will give an overview of her experience describing how she adapted to a new perspective and universal viewpoint while in the afterlife - some call it near death - experience. By accessing this Universal Knowledge, Nanci claims she viewed the history of planet Earth and how religion developed and has been woven into the fabric of human evolution. The second half of the morning’s program will be open to question and answer for a more personal discussion. Learn more about Nanci at There will also be plenty of time to relax, canoe, hike, read, nap, chat with friends and enjoy crafts like jewelrymaking. Retreat cost is $115. One-night-only price is $90. For this retreat, we are offering one-day-only pricing of $75 which includes breakfast, lunch and/or dinner on Saturday.

OSU Humanities Institute Program Here February 16 What Does it Mean to Say ‘You’re Spiritual but Not Religious?’ Our church is hosting Conversations in the Humanities with Fred Andrle, a recurring program of The Ohio State University Humanities Institute on February 16, 7 pm in Grace Hall, North Campus. Former WOSU Open Line radio talk show host Fred Andrle, now an associate with OSU’s Humanities Institute, will be in dialogue with Dr. Linda Mercadante, Professor of Theology, Methodist Theological School in Ohio on the theme, “What Does it Mean to Say You’re Spiritual but Not Religious?” Professor Mercadante has been exploring the exploding religious category of “Spiritual But Not Religious” (SBNR) for several years now. This rapidly growing segment of our society may comprise more than 25% of American adults, with much higher percentages among those under 40. In their February 16 “conversation,” Fred Andrle will explore with Dr. Mercadante what it really means to say you are “spiritual but not religious.” The “SBNRs,” she points out, avoid dogmatism, shun institutionalism and practice a variety of spiritualities.  Unexpectedly, they can be found both within and outside organized religion.  “We’ll explore the attitudes and beliefs of this burgeoning group and ask some important questions in our conversation,” Fred Andrle said about this event. “Is ‘spiritual but not religious’ the wave of the future?  What does this movement mean for American society?  Do you fit this profile? Join us for a comprehensive discussion, with a leading national authority on the issue.”

Register by Monday, March 5 to receive a $20 discount. An additional $20 discount is available for those who are 70 and over. Scholarships are available. More information is available at, search “Women’s Retreat” to register online, see directions to camp and a “what to bring” list.

Professor Mercadante is writing a book about her findings soon to be published by Oxford University Press. She has conducted extensive research, including more than 100 in-depth interviews and focus groups, as well as scores of informal conversations, site visits and participant observation.  For this project, she has been named a Henry Luce Fellow in Theology for 2010-11, one of only six American scholars chosen for this prestigious research award.

There will be information tables after Sunday worship services on February 26, March 4, 11 and 18. You may also contact Natalia Jones at 614 488.0681 ext 113 or

This event is free and open to the public, with no registration required. It is co-sponsored by The OSU Humanities Institute and our Adult Learning Council and Spiritual Searcher Committee.

February 1 - 29, 2012


K-5 Family

Beach Party Friday, March 2 6 to 8 pm Grace Hall, 3777 Dublin Rd Get your tickets at the door $6 per person (children under 2 are free)

Join us for dinner at our Taco Bar The Beach Bake Sale will provide yummy desserts Wear your beach clothes and bring your friends for fun for all ages Akita-style activities include: Wii games, hair art, face painting, crafts and much more

For questions or to volunteer, call 614 488.0681, ext. 113

Profound statements are made in our Sunday school. This feature offers insight from our youth. During Advent, the children explored the idea of angels. Our fourth-graders had many thoughts about angels. Rebekah stated, “Angels were good people who have died, so now they are God’s helpers and they bring happiness and luck.” Jack said, “I think of angels as God’s messengers.” Katie said, “There are angels in our Advent calendar by the manger and I’ve always wondered how high they fly.”

Preschool Registration for 2012-13

Pajama Story Time

Registration is open for the fall Preschool classes at South Campus – all registrations received by February 17 will be in the first group placed in classes for fall. Registrations received after February 17 will be placed in openings as they are received. Church members are placed first in each enrollment category. Our Preschool offers the following classes:

Friday, February 24, 6:15 - 7 pm Brownlee Hall, South Campus

Twogether: two-year-olds with a parent or caregiver W and F 9:15 – 11:15 am Three-year-olds: M-W-F AM 9 - 11:30 am T-TH AM 9 - 11:30 am Enrolling in both to attend five days is possible; contact Donice Wooster. Combined three and four-year-olds T –TH 9 am - 1 pm, children bringing lunch Four and five year olds M –W – F 9 – 11:30 am 5 days 9 – 11:30 am Extended day options: children attending on M –W –F or 5 days can bring a lunch and stay until 1 pm either 2 days (M and W), 3 days (M, W and F) or 5 days. If you would like more information or a tour, contact Donice Wooster, donicew@ or Patti Link, or call 614 488.0681 ext. 243 or 244. Information is also available at


Young children and their families are invited to come to Brownlee Hall in pajamas, bring a special pillow, blanket or soft toy and enjoy some stories and singing before bedtime. Children and parents can cuddle up on the floor for the stories. The Early Childhood Council presents this annual event, which includes a short snack break for graham crackers. All are welcome. Help Bring Stories to Others at Pajama Story Time - When you come to Pajama Story Time, we will have a big collection box for The Pajama Program, a non-profit group that supplies pajamas and story books to children in homeless shelters and safe houses. Children’s books and pajamas from toddler through teen sizes are welcomed by the program.  If you would like to help with this program, you may bring your pajamas and story books (both must be new, not used). 

February 1 - 29, 2012

Too Old for Summer Camp

Akita Gifts

 By Sarah Kientz

In 2011, Camp Akita was graciously given a few notable monetary gifts. In the last few years Camp Akita has had to put off some very needed capital improvements. Thanks to the gracious donations of a few families we were able to make some greatly needed enhancements.

In 2003, my friends and I attended Camp Akita’s High School Session. At the end of a fabulous week, I remember my counselor begging us, “Please come back to L.I.F.E. Guard!” That summer I asked my mother if I could serve two L.I.F.E Guard sessions in addition to my week as a camper. “That’s too much camp,” she said. 2012 will be my seventh summer on the Akita Staff. I sure showed her! Today’s campers get excited about Akita’s big-ticket items: the Wet-Willie waterslides, the Foam Dome and the Giant Swing just to name a few. But the magic of Akita isn’t in these big things. It’s the small, everyday interactions between campers and counselors that really matter. Akita would only be a group of buildings and a bunch of trees if it weren’t for the relationships we build, the community we foster and the love we share. When those things come together they make what we call the "Akita Spirit". No one understands this spirit better than the high schoolers. Not only do high schoolers need Akita, Akita needs high schoolers. “What are they thinking?” we wonder. “Do they feel like they’re too old for summer camp?” You can’t take a picture of the Akita Spirit or the love that blankets you from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave. You can’t write words that describe the excitement you feel driving on the gravel road or the sensation of cool grass beneath bare feet on Bald Eagle. Akita’s magic lies in the fact that its real attractions are invisible and its Spirit indescribable. You have to be there to truly understand. It was these invisible pieces that kept me coming back to Akita year after year. While the world was telling me to grow up, Akita showered me in mud, encouraged me to play with my food and asked me the way that I felt about things. I was able to form relationships with college counselors who eased my fears about high school graduation. I made life-long friends with kids who attended other high schools, individuals whom I never would have met otherwise. I engaged in conversations about life’s bigger questions on growing up, my hopes and dreams and my faith. I felt—and continue to feel—like the best version of myself. Akita was a rare oasis where I could be exactly me, because nobody minds and everyone cares. Over the years, Akita has become a welcome pit stop on my life journey. Who knew that a place that allowed me to revel in my childhood would also enable me to grow up? There’s no such thing as “too much Akita,” and you’re not too old for summer camp—you never will be.


A T I K A P M A C n O p en o i t a r t s i g e R Member t i k A p m a C t Now a

February 1 - 29, 2012

Graham and Sharryn Webb made a contribution towards new primitive camping restrooms at Outpost. We will now have a men’s and woman’s restroom and shower for people who would like to camp out in Hocking Hills. Our old bathroom facilities were demolished many years ago. With their gift, we hope to open the Akita land to camping and hiking enthusiasts looking for a getaway close to Columbus. You may have seen in a previous issue of firstnews that the Brandt family donated money used for a new truck. Our new Toyota is beautiful and, more importantly, safe to drive into town to pick up lumber and other supplies. We also received a gift from the Graf family in honor of Jack Graf. Jack was a two-sport athlete at The Ohio State University and a former coach of the OSU men’s basketball team. In his honor, we are using the money to install new lighting on our athletic field and basketball court. With these lights, we will be able to use both areas after dark, enabling us to have new programming this summer at Camp Akita. This gift will benefit everyone who comes to camp and we hope to be able to attract new groups during the school year. We do not have the space to thank everyone who has made a donation in the last year, but please know that every gift is greatly needed and positively affects thousands of children. If you are interested in donating to Camp Akita, please contact Scott Walker at 488.0681 ext. 105.


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Heart to Heart Food Pantry Totals For December 2011 Households served....... 465 Individuals served......... 971 Meals provided.......... 8,739

Year-to-Date (January - December 2011) Households served.... 4,649 Individuals served...... 8,603 Meals provided........ 77,427

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

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

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Firstnews Vol 58, No. 2  

First Community Church Newsletter

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