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Jane Irwin (left), her sons Sam, 2, Teddy, 4 and mother Pam Stewart represent an Early Childhood legacy of 3 generations, dating back to 1954.

Bridging Generations Early Childhood Ministry Provides Lasting Family Legacy

 Story and Photo By Michael Barber

At four, Jane Irwin was not fond of sleepovers. Unlike her friends, she became homesick easily - a concern for her mother, Pam Stewart.

The Early Childhood Ministry, led by Director Donice Wooster, includes fulltime child care, Preschool and full-time kindergarten services. The ministry benefits from a rich history of caring teachers and receptive parents.

“I remember her teacher talking with me and helping to get to the root of the problem,” Pam said. “She offered to have Jane come to her house to spend the night.”

Jane easily recalls the moment. “I have vivid memories of that,” she said. “She looked at me and said, ‘It’s alright to have the feelings that you’re feeling.’ She made everything OK.” Jane’s caring and thoughtful mentor was Mary Evans, the veteran teacher for whom the Mary Evans Child Development Center was named.

Jane’s sons, Teddy, 4, and Sam, 2, attend the Preschool today. While Teddy is enrolled in preschool, Sam

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I only remember being in the building, it hasn't changed. It's a sanctuary for imaginative play” — Pam Stewart, on her time at the Preschool enjoys time with his mother at the Twogether class, held each Wednesday and Friday morning. “I’m a stay-at-home mom,” Jane said. “Twogether is a place to go that is just fun. I enjoy watching Sam grow and develop and be interested in different things. It’s 2 solid hours where I have undivided attention on Sam with no distractions.” “It’s such a wonderful place for children,” Pam said. “It’s a place to learn basic skills, to sit in circle, share, put things away. The program gives them such fundamental skills and the staff as a resource is unbeatable.” While neither Pam nor Jane have a history with Mary Evans Child Development Center, connections exists. Pam Stewart attended the preschool in the early 1950’s and Jane in the early 1980‘s. Both women were taught by Mary Evans.

Additionally, the center’s administrator, Jamy Zambito, taught Jane in first-grade when Jamy worked at Greensview Elementary. “Miss Nelson (Jamy) went away to get married, Jane said. “When she came back, she was Mrs. Zambito. We thought her new name was too hard to say, so we called her 'Mrs. Z.” Jamy not only remembers that Jane was her student, she acknowledges she was also a guest at her wedding - properly attired in a frilly dress and knee socks. Jamy is well aware of the importance of the program’s history. “Though we haven’t been around as long, we have already begun creating our legacy,” Jamy said. “This is our 21st year. The program has been built on a firm foundation of knowledge of child development. Each day is played out with love and the legacy grows stronger every day.” No doubt the ministry’s impact is far reaching, creating a lasting affect on those who participate. Though Pam said she doesn’t remember details about her time at the South Campus Preschool in the 1950’s, she does treasure the feeling it evokes to this day. “I only remember being in the building, it hasn’t changed,” Pam said. “It’s a sanctuary for imaginative play.”

Celebrate Early Childhood Ministry in January On Sunday, January 13, we will devote a portion of the worship services to the Early Childhood Ministry. A presentation will be made at 10 am, North and 11 am, South. On Saturday, January 26, all are invited to the Early Childhood All-Family Homecoming Day. The event will be held simultaneously at North and South Campus from 10 am - 12 pm. The homecoming is intended to thank those who have made the ministry successful while bringing awareness of the program’s unique offerings to those considering the program. For more information, see pages 18 and 24.


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Looking ahead Dr. Wing is preparing the following sermons:

When Someone Loses A Child

–– The Reverend Dr. Richard A. Wing, Senior Minister UCC minister Rev. Emily C. Heath has written down the things you can say and should never say when someone loses a child. I have added some of my own language to her wonderful work:

MENDING BROKEN HEARTS January 13 Part I When Other People Hurt Us (The Wound of Grievance) Psalm 55: 1-14 January 20 Part II When We Have Hurt Others (The Wound of Guilt) Psalm 38:4, 17 January 27 Part III When We Are Hurt By Loss (The Wound of Grief) Psalm 25: 5, 15-16

Never Say These Things: “God needed another angel.” “Thank goodness you have other children and are young enough to have more kids.” (I have heard this awful thing said to people when they experienced a miscarriage. That is very painful for them). “He/she was just on loan to you from God.” “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.” “We may not understand it, but it was God’s will.” You can say this when someone loses a child: “God did not want or will this. Period.” “It’s okay to be angry and God is big enough to handle your anger even when directed at God.” “We do not expect you to ‘get over’ this.” “Don’t let anyone tell you how to grieve. Do what works for you.” “I hate what has happened to you. I am always a phone call away. I love you.” Universally people tell me that some or most of the top list is recited to them at the loss of a child. We can do better than that. We need to memorize the second list. I hope this list helps. Peace to you,

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The Foundation Corner

Ready Or Not, It Is 2013 –– Donald Jameson, Director of Foundation Development The complexity in writing this particular column is that it is being written on December 12th, 2012, to meet our printing deadline. We want to start off your 2013 with enthusiasm and encouragement, but right now we don’t know if - when you read this - you might be sitting at the bottom of Fiscal Cliff Canyon or still waiting for Santa to come down your chimney because solar flares fried his computer. Each day I drive by a large community garden located at the intersection of Goodale Blvd. and Grandview Ave. At present, it is a patch of brown earth, dark and lifeless. Its only inhabitants may be a few small critters that burrowed into the dirt for a long winter’s nap. But, I know within 90 short days a miracle will begin to be seen as green shoots and leaves begin to sprout and rapidly turn the garden plots into a colorful oasis of flowers and vegetable plants. Gardeners will help this happen, but nature will provide most of the labor because that is how the system works. I doubt that any tomato plant will stop growing in June because it wants to think whether or not this is really what it wants to do this summer. So the cycle will continue and we will be nourished because of it. Perhaps that is the approach we should take to stepping into a new year. We know there will be accomplishments and failures and laughter and tears and surprises of both the positive and negative variety, but with God’s help, we will make it because that is how it works. The Foundation is looking forward to an interesting and challenging year as it examines its operations on both the giving and receiving ends and adapts to a changing world. We have many new opportunities to serve our church and our community. All we have to do is decide what they are and how we can best reach our goals. Your comments, suggestions and ideas are always welcome. We won’t be growing crops, but hope to be productive in other ways. And the beat goes on! Happy New Year.

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First Community Foundation Gifts In Memory of: Vi Sanders Otis & Ginny Maxfield Bob Hudson Tom & Emily Chidester Bill Morris Virginia Maidlow Jane Stone John Goff George and Linda Norris Charles Hamilton George and Linda Norris Peg Fleming Eleanor Rauch Belle Boles Catherine Burkhart Nichols Kim Sides Mary Jane Kayes Bill Morris

First Community Church Gifts In Honor of: Dr. Wing and the Staff Steve & Cindy Rasmussen Heart to Heart: Douglas & Darian Torrance In Honor of: Nancy & Tad Jeffrey Susan Brooks Mrs. Robert (Anne Louise) Ports Helen Saxe Anne Riley Cynthia Baker Theresa McAtee EPECO Foundation Special Offering to NNEMAP: In Honor of: Christine Gillespie Bullock Brian Gillespie Mary Burns Bob Burns NNEMAP Board, Volunteers & Staff Deborah Eschenbacher Frank & Peg Celeste Ted & Bobbie Celeste Brenda Cindy Peyton In Memory of: Robert V. Esmond Claire Esmond Morgen Espl Anonymous William D. Krauss Mary Ann Krauss World Neighbors: Mary Helen Hopkins Psycho-Spiritual Development Fund: Rosemarie Konrath & Richard Wharton

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Stewardship Corner

Learning to Receive –– Roger Burns-Watson, Director of Stewardship and Foundation Development

Friends of Adult Education: In Honor of: Adult Education Staff Marilee Lowery Bush Katherine Carnahan Friends of Akita Fund In Memory of: George & Lilyan Haddad Carolyn Dougherty, Connie Frecker & Diane Haddad Jane Hurst Estate of Jane Hurst, c/o J.D. Hurst Robert S Le Fevre & Sarah Kathryn Le Fevre Llora Beth Le Fevre Megan Patrick Fedorko Carol & David Baker Sue, Jim, Jen, Dave & Olivia Benes Gregg & Heather Cavaliere Judy & Dean Christensen Karen Clark Carol Collier Eileen & Doug Covell Ellen Erlanger Bill & Robin Hall Jen Hegerty April Howe, The Cleary Company Kirsten Knodt & Mairead Reddy Tom & Peggy Landini Joan Moore Paula Russell Steven & Heidi Scarpitti Scott & Diane Sturges Marc & Torre Summers Bob & Dorothy Teater Deborah Tellep Marti & Ned Timmons Mike Walsh Barbara Waters & Gerald Todaro Bob & Jane White Meredith DiMola Dawn Costin Barbara Emery The Linzell Family The Piscopo Family Friends of Music Ron and Sue Maier In memory of Lance Workman Jennifer Workman-Rees Donald Keneipp Barbara Keneipp In Honor of: Tom Battenberg Women’s Guild Group Q In Celebration of Sally Beske The Harr Family Joan Marie Moore Erin Byrne Abigail Harr The Harr Family

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As we begin a new year, I want to start a conversation with you about what it means to be good stewards. One of the most important lessons I learned about stewardship happened while I was a missionary in Kenya, East Africa. I was teaching at the Presbyterian Teachers’ Training College – Rubate, a national college started by the Presbyterian Church of East Africa. Students came from all over the country and followed the British model of education, three months on campus then a month home, for the entire two years of the program. I wanted a chance to get to know our students better and to see some of the country, so I started visiting students during the break. In Kenyan culture, having a visitor is considered a great honor and in each home I visited I was welcomed with unbelievable hospitality. Extended family members were often present to greet me and huge meals were set out to celebrate my presence. I did not mind meeting student’s family, but the meals were a problem for me. I knew that many of the students were poor and I was concerned that they were spending so much money to put on a feast in my honor. Not certain what to do, I reached out to Jim Wilson, a long-term missionary in southern Africa. I asked Jim how I could get the students to stop spending so much money on me. Jim’s response was simple and powerful. It was not my place to tell my students how to welcome me. Rather, I was to accept their gifts with gratitude and joy. As a general rule, Americans are not very good at receiving gifts. We are good givers, but struggle to accept the generosity of others. Yet the best stewards I have ever met - those who share their time and talent and financial resources in a way that is an example to the rest of us - have one thing in common; they all know how to receive a gift. Stewardship is an act of thanksgiving. It is a response to the gracious gifts that God bestows on us. When we learn how to receive what God has given us then we discover what it truly means to share with others. In 2013 First Community Church will continue to offer life-changing ministries in Columbus and around the world. As you think about what part of your time and talents and money you want to devote to those ministries, I encourage you to pause and first consider all that God has done for you. Learn to receive those gifts with joy and thanksgiving. They were freely given by the One who created you. Give thanks, then think about how best to share all you have been given with others. Grace and Peace,


Take Heart

Bar None for 2013 –– The Reverend Ms. Deborah Lindsay, Minister of Spiritual Care “They’re not real Americans and they’re taking over the neighborhood.”

gracious, the most merciful…” Muslims are called by their sacred text to show mercy, compassion and generosity to other people, following God’s example.

“They want to convert everyone to their religion - and their religion makes no sense.”

In the New Testament, Jesus teaches how we are supposed to treat each other: feed the hungry, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, care for the sick and visit the person in prison. (Matthew 25) The Qur’an has a similar message and even quotes Jesus, saying, “O you who believe! Be helpers of God - as Jesus the son of Mary said to the disciples, ‘Who will be my helpers in (the work of) God?’ Said the disciples, ‘We are God’s helpers!’”

“We are not letting our kids play with their kids, no way.” These are the kinds of things you might have heard around the neighborhood of First Community Church - 75 years ago. Oh, you thought I was talking about Muslim stereotypes? In the 1930’s, the ethnic friction in the neighborhood around First Community Church (we had only one location then) occurred between Anglo Protestants and Italian Catholics. And “friction” is a polite word for it. In those days, the church had a gym and a visionary minister named Roy Burkhart. Burkie created quite a ruckus when he invited the Italians into the gym to play basketball. From the perspective of 2013 it sounds almost laughable, but it was a real point of tension then. To bridge the divide and to give young people a safe place to gather and have “wholesome fun,” Burkhart initiated the Bar None dances. The slogan was “No Bar and None Barred.” Everyone – everyone – was welcome at the church and First Community Church was dedicated to breaking down walls and eliminating barriers between God’s people. That remains our work today. The most damaging religious divide of the current era is between Muslims and Christians. Worldwide, the number of followers of Islam and Christianity is roughly the same; together we make up more than half the world’s population. As many have said before me, without peace between us, there can be no peace. Indeed, the future of the world depends on peace between Muslims and Christians. Over the Christmas holidays a member of our church asked me, “As we were singing the carol about love and peace I was wondering, do Muslims talk about those things too? Do they talk in their mosques about caring and compassion?” The answer is most definitely, yes. In Islam God is understood to be both loving and the source of love. Every chapter in the Qur’an (with the exception of two or three) begins, “In the name of God, the most


Both Christians and Muslims believe we are called to love God and love our neighbor. It is a sacred foundation for both traditions. The Bar None dances were one way of living out the message that the doors of First Community Church – and hopefully our hearts as well – are barred to no one. Such inclusiveness is in the DNA of our congregation and it’s why Bar None in Christian-Muslim relations is a worthy New Year’s resolution for all of us. Blessings,

Learn more about Islam and Christianity  By Rev. Deborah Lindsay On January 6, I will preach a sermon that is one piece of my Doctor of Ministry project on Building Bridges Between Christians and Muslims. Your participation is important, so I hope you will attend and share your reactions. On January 27, First Community Church will host Islam 101, a one hour seminar on the basics of the Islam faith. The seminar will be led by Jeri Millburn, a member of the Noor Islamic Cultural Center in Hilliard. All ages are invited and all questions are encouraged. Islam 101 will be held Sunday, January 27 at 11:15am at North Campus, Grace Hall. To respond to a brief survey about my January firstnews Monthly Take Heart column, please go to FCchurch. com and click on “Islam Series” box.

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You Can Help a Child Succeed  By Linda Ritter You can help a child obtain education, nutritious food and medical care. These are expected basics for our children, but only a dream for many children living in Puné, India, who experience depressing living conditions. By sponsoring a child through Deep Griha, you can offer hope and a better life. Meet a few of the children who are sponsored by First Community members. Six-year-old Suhasini’s father is deceased and she lives with her mother, who is HIV positive. Because of poor health, her mother is unable to work outside the home. Deep Griha provides Suhasini with a meal each day, books and supplies she needs for school. Playing with her doll and eating ice cream are some of Suhasini’s favorite things. Prachita, an eleven-year-old, lives in a two-room home with her mother and older sister, her grandmother, an aunt and her husband and their four children. Her mother washes dishes to help support the family. Prachita’s sponsorship helps her with school supplies and a tutor. She likes school and wants to become a teacher someday. Shubham and his sister, Neha, live at City of Child, Deep Griha’s orphanage. Their parents are deceased and their grandmother is unable to care for them. Last year, Shubham won first place in the track and field competitions in Mumbai. His goal is to study commerce and business. Many other children in Puné would like to have your help so that they can enjoy a brighter future. A complete sponsorship costs $270 a year. A basic sponsorship for nutrition and medical care is $180 per year and an educational sponsorship, which pays for uniforms, books, and school supplies, is $90. Visit or contact Sandy Wood at to sponsor a child or to obtain more information. Charlie Nichols contributed to this story.

University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg Partners With Deep Griha USA  By Sandy Wood Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania is partnering with Deep Griha USA to publish a website for donations at Deep Griha USA was formed by members of First Community Church. It now has membership from four churches. It is a 501(C)3 organization which supports Deep Griha in Pune, India. First Community Church has been a major partner of Deep Griha since 1975.

Refugee Task Force Meeting  By Mary Buzby A family living in a refugee camp right now will soon learn that they are going to have a new home here in Columbus. You can help this family get a new start by becoming part of First Community Church’s resettlement team. We are forming a group who will cosponsor the family with the Community Refugee and Immigration Service or C.R.I.S. Partnering with C.R.I.S., our team will provide support that connects the family with the community. Team members will act as guides to living in the United States; taking the family to the grocery, enrolling children in schools, demonstrating how to take the bus or use the library. Co-sponsoring takes many volunteers and we ask for your help. Your involvement will bring comfort and encouragement to the families. Refugee families become self-sufficient more quickly when they have help from faith groups like ours. Find out more about this rewarding experience at an organizational meeting on January 13 at 11 am in room 115 at North Campus. C.R.I.S. representative, Claudine Leary and members of the Refugee Task Force will answer questions. A refugee family will soon be arriving at Port Columbus. Working together, we can welcome them and help them on their way to becoming active members of our community.

Deep Griha was established by Neela (a medical doctor) and Bhaskar (a Christian minister) Onawale in 1975 when they returned to Puné, India after a 6 month visit as “missionaries in reverse” at First Community Church. The organization provides a huge variety of medical, educational, nutritional and other services in the slums of Puné, India, a city of 4 million population. Services are provided to the poorest of the poor without regard to race, religion, caste, creed, or ability to pay.

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2013 Governing Board Candidates Scott Campbell Scott is a partner at Thompson Hine, LLP law firm. In the church he has served on the Mission Council as Chair and Secretary between 2005 and 2010. He also was a member of the Nominating Committee from 2010-2012. Scott has participated as a Sunday School teacher and attended family camp from 2001-2010. Scott is also active in a Friendship Circle. In the community, Scott has been involved with the City Year Columbus Advisory Board since 2007. He has also been on the Central Community House Advisory Board the past two years. Scott enjoys the Harvard Club of Central Ohio Schools & Scholarships Committee, is President of American Inns of Court Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Inn Master, President of the Franklin County Democratic Lawyers Club and Chair of the Columbus Bar Association Judicial Campaign Advertising Committee. Don Gardiner Don is retired from his profession but actively involved in the church and community. He has been Chair of the Governing Board, Finance Committee and North Campus Expansion Review Task Force. He is also active in his Friendship Circle 47. In the community, Don has been Chair of the First Community Village Board of Trustees. He also has been a member of the National Church Residences Board of Trustees and Columbus Symphony Board of Trustees. Don was president of Scioto Country Club and Adjunct Professor at OSU Law School and Business School. Hayley Head Hayley is the Director of the Tri-Village Mentor League Director. She has been active in the church as a Middle School leader, a member of Early Childhood Council and a member of K-5 Council. She has been involved with Missions and was Fundraising Chair. Hayley has also volunteered in Heart to Heart and participated in Wednesday Morning Mom's Group. Currently, Hayley is assisting the Youth Program with transitional and long-range planning. In the community, she has been a member and volunteer in the Marble Cliff Chamber of Commerce, President of the Columbus Coralina Synchronized Swimming Club, YES facilitator, volunteer for The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio and Grants Reader, as well as YMCA and numerous PTO and school events and functions. She will be a volunteer next year for the Upper Arlington Special Olympics.


John Hoberg John is a retired attorney from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease after 30 years of practicing environmental and oil gas law. He currently assists with videography of the Women’s Guild history and activities and is active in his Friendship Circle. He has also been involved with the Governing Board as member and Chair, member of the Foundation and Board of Deacons, Bethel Bible series teacher, Sunday School teacher, member of the Media Council and Vision Committee. John was a member of the Same Gender Union Task Force, Strategic Planning Committee, Faith and American Politics, Centennial Video videographer and producer and longtime member of the church. In the community, John has been involved as member and President of the Grandview Heights City School District Board of Education, founder of Forum for Faith in the Workplace, member and President of the Rosemont Center for At-Risk Youth and videographer for Hallmark Channel and Columbus Black History Month Celebration. He has also participated on the Franklin County Republican Central Committee, President of YMCA Board and member of the Columbus International Program. Susan Murray Susan is a CPA controller for Ohio Medical Physics Consulting. She has been serving on the First Community Church Foundation Board Grants Committee. Susan has also been active as a Chair for K-5 council, a Sunday School teacher and 1, 2, 3 Akita teacher. She has volunteered for Akita check-in and luggage truck. In the community, Susan has been treasurer for Greensview Elementary PTO, chaired several PTO committees and volunteered for numerous activities with Greensview, Hastings and Upper Arlington High School.

2013 Nominating Committee Candidates Sherry Barger Joy Barney Buck Byrne Erin Byrne Tamar Campbell-Sower Bill Ditty Stephanie Evans TR Gross Allison Kingsley Connor Kinsey Rose Konrath Mary Ann Krauss

Doug Obergefell Brent Osborn Karen Patterson Amy Pelzer Cydney Philbin Stewart Pitchford Dave Quelette Craig Sturtz Marc Summers Kelsey Walker Pat White Mike Zook

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2013 Board of Deacons Candidates Ginny Cunningham Ginny works part-time in a neuro ophthalmologist office. She currently is active in her Friendship Circle and Guild Group V. Ginny participated in KEO (Know Each Other) before joining the church. She then became a member on the Service Board, three time member of Mission Council and representative for Habitat for Humanity. Ginny has been a member of the Local Family Selection Committee, Deacon, Sunday School teacher, volunteer for Heart to Heart and Refugee Task Force. Patrick Donadio Patrick is a Business Communication Coach and Speaker. He has been on the First Community Church Mexico Mission Trip. He also was a member of the Senior Minister Focus Goal Review Group and Strategic Planning Committee. Patrick was a member of the Marketing and Development Council and Chair and member of the Media Advisory Council. He has been to Family Camp and is active in his Friendship Circle. Robert Eberhart Bob is currently an attorney. He was a member of the Service Board from 2010-2012. Bob also was a member of Kiwanis Club of Columbus.

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Jude Endicott Jude works as a leasing specialist. She has been active in the church and on the Service Board, a current Greeter at North Campus and an alternate Usher at North Campus. Jude is Chair of the outside area of the church Garage Sale and member of the Women’s Guild. Jude has also been an active volunteer for the church’s children’s events, Meals on Wheels, Flying Horse Farm, Make A Wish Foundation, American Heart Association, RACE for the Cure, Dave Thomas Foundation and Big Brothers/ Big Sisters. Matthew Gatsch Matt is an Actuarial Consultant with Oliver Wyman Actuarial Consulting. He is an active member of Friendship Circle 80 and volunteer with elementary age activities and events. He also has attended Family Camp. Matt was an active member in the church his entire life, earning all charms through high school. He also has been active in the community as Committee Chair and Den Leader of Cub Scouts and the soccer coach for HRSL. Laura Kubik Helland Laura works as a chef for Local Matters. Laura currently is involved with Youth Council and volunteer for Sunday School teacher. She has also been a member and Chair for the K-5 Council and past Sunday School teacher. In the community, Laura has been involved with PTO, Upper Arlington District Wellness Committee, American Culinary Federation and volunteer chefinstructor for Cooking Matters.

James Ledman Jim currently works as a lawyer. He is a North Campus usher and an active member of Friendship Circle 48. Jim has also been a member of the Governing Board, First Community Church Foundation Board of Trustees and First Community Village Board of Trustees. He has participated in church as a Deacon, an Usher, a member of High School Council and Worship and Arts Council. He has been involved with Stewardship campaigns and in the community, a member of Planned Parenthood of Central Ohio Board of Trustees. Donald Ross Don is currently retired. He was active in the church for many years during the 1980s and 90s. Don has been a Deacon, on the Governing Board, a Sunday School teacher for 25 years, and a member of the Akita Council. He also has been on 10 Mexico Mission trips, a member of the Vietnam Refugee Committee and a member of the Spiritual Guidance Weekends Committee. Darian Torrance Darian works as a Grants Manager at the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is currently a member of the Adult Learning Council Program Committee and active in Women’s Guild Group C. Darian has also served on the First Community Church Service Board, participated on the Women’s Retreat Committee and a member of the Adult Learning Council. In the community, Darian was the Area Coordinator of the A.R.E. of Central Ohio.


Christmas Memorials 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. Ronald J. Adams Floyd & Dorothy Arledge Susan C. Armstrong Virginia B. Armstrong Warren A. Armstrong Warren C. Armstrong Paul I. Bainbridge Tillie Bainbridge Norman E. Baker Samuel M. Beaty Mary Alice Bentley Maury & Germaine Berry K. Spencer Billman Ed & Martha Binder David H. Blair Barbara Gilchrist Boggs Mr. & Mrs. John G. Boggs David A. Bowman Roger C. Boyd John Bradford Tom Bradford Bill Bradley Kent Brandt Bette J. Breth Carolyn & Charles Brooks Lauren Elizabeth Brown George & Clara Brush George Nitschke Brush Ralph Burges Ralph Burges, Jr. Violet D. Burges Dr. Roy & Hazel Burkhart Dr. William E. Burkhart Millard F.W. Byrne Nancy Wilson Byrne John J. “Jack” Cannell Michael J. “Mickey” Cannell Mr. & Mrs. Howard Chard Jean & LaClaire Chidester Stanley Hale Chidester Alvan Clark Alfred C. Clarke John & Jo Conklin Bob & June Corwin Chad & Annette Countiss John E. Coventry Dorence S. “Doc” Cowles Julie Ann Cowles Ray, Maxine, & Helen Cummins Leonard Davidek Martha Davidek David W. (Bill) Davis Ginnie Perry Davis Isabelle Davis Mary Lea Davis Maynard & Eleanor Davis Harold & Lillian Day Robert Deaton David Dew Dolly Dew Jeff Dew Ella Kathaleen Dimes Charles E. Dobkins Jim & Jean Dones Dean L. Doudna Ann Walsh Dountz Fred Dountz


Catherine Drazic Dean A. Dugger Ethel R. Dugger Wendy Edwards Mr. & Mrs. Dan Eger Robert V. Esmond Jack C. Evans Lloyd Evans William F. Evans William E. Ewing, Jr. Tom, Carol, & Mike Falk Mary Elizabeth Farmwald Megan Fedorko Charles & Jeanne Feldpausch Al & Evalyn Fendrick David Fenner Ken & Marty Fishel Peg, Ned, & Don Flick Mr. & Mrs. Konstantins Folkmanis Joyce Fortney Robert H. Fox Billy Frederick James B. Frick Lee Funk, Jr. Louise D. Funk John & Betty Garvin Norman & Lucille Gatsch Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. Gilchrist Charles “Bud” Gilchrist James “Eyes” Gilchrist Robert Glaze Dr. George D. Gordon Miriam M. Gordon Mariana Gosnell Mary Lou Gossard Lois Graber Dan & Marjorie Haag Robert D. Haag Peggy Hanhilammi Paul A. & Frances Virginia Hanke John Hartenfels Russell & Emmie Hartenfels John Andrew Hartman Virginia “Fritzi” Hartman Ruth E. Heaton Bob Hegedus Robert Roderick Henry William D. Henry, Jr. Brenda Hill Patricia Hinton Kenneth I. Hittle Roma J. Hittle Dr. Donald E. Hoffman James H. Holcomb Ann Holland Martin E. Howell John M. Hunter Bill & Betty Hutchins Marsha Hutchins Andrew & Margaret Jack Russell C. James Paul & Charlotte Jenkins Byron M. Johnson Ellie (Lee) Johnson Huldah A. Johnson

Phyllis Johnson Lynne Shepard Jones Mr. & Mrs. Ralph E. Jones Carolyn Cole Judy Pauline & Reg Kaithern Rand Hamilton Kampmeier Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Katz Leo & Betty Kaylor Joseph F. Keeler, Jr. Ralph Kidd Dale King Aunt Kitty & Uncle Ward Dietmar Knodt Martha Kohr Ted Kohr Bill Lanier Fern Lauber Henry W. Lauber Dr. Philip A. Lauber Herb Ledman Karen Lee Betty & Flip Lersch Eugene F. Letcher Anna Lindsay Jan Long Jim & Betty Long Jim & Jeretta Long Mabel D.& Wilfrid E. MacDonald Mildred Mahoney Allen John Markworth John & Ruth McDowell John McDowell, Jr. Keith E. McVey Eugene McVey Russell & Helen Mechling Raymond & Mildred Meyer Rick Meyer Rosaleen Meyer Salo Miller William Jacob & Floy Miller Arthur F. Mitchell Pauline D. Mitchell Nelda F. Moore Marv & Sunny Moorehead Robert J. & Martha R. Morris James P. Mulroy Link & Martha Murphy Robert & Phyllis Murphy Mr. & Mrs. William S. Napier Alfred A. & Ruth W. Neff John Neff Robert A. Neff Catharine Nichols Rev. Charles S. Nichols Rev. Josephine Z. Nichols Margaret M. Nichols Yoshino M. Nichols Carl Norris M. DeWitt & Frances Norris Sybil Norris Clarice Owen Myrna H. Packard Sally Pape Robert Pearson, Sr. Dr. Claude & Jo Perry Bill & Penny Pettus Ferd Pickens II

Dorothy Sandles Pierman David & Nancy Putnam Bea & Earl Pynero Robert & Ellen Quigg Margaret Gordon Raines Uncle Ralph Marjorie Ramseyer Joe Ratajczak Chet & Evelyn Riley Lowell & Beth Riley Grandma Roseanne Daniel G. Russell Dr. & Mrs. Carl R. Ryan Bob & Vivian Schmidt Rooney Seibert Catherine & Ralph Setterlin Steven John Setterlin Beatrice T. Shepard Brian A. Sherwood Wyn Shimer Jim Sipp Courtney Lea Smith Art & Adele Snashall Marjorie S. Snouffer Bill & Juanita Snyder Bob & Dottie Snyder Linda Marie Snyder Mary Lou Snyder Thurman & Florence Snyder William T. Snyder Pete Sohl Isabel & William Spencer Bill & Page Stewart Martha Stone W. Wallace & Virginia Stover Martha Thomas John W. & Alberta K. Townsend Ora VanDeusen Sharon Varnell Mr. & Mrs. Hollis B. Vaughan Ruth Vaughan Mr. & Mrs. J. L. Vesper Dr. & Mrs. Robert W. Vesper Jerry Walsh William & Emily Wandel Gale Weisman John Robert Wetmore Harry Weyrich Jane Weyrich Paul C. Wiese Mr. & Mrs. Paul E. Wiese George & Helen Williams Jeff Williams Tom Wilson Carol Winfield John & Kay Winters Orrin M. Wood Andrew Woods Joy B. Young Mary Miller Young Robert E. S.Young, M.D. Ruth C. Young Leonard A. Zane Fronnie S. Zook John J. Zook, Jr. Sarah A. Zook

January 1 - 31, 2013

Women’s Guild  By Jill Eliot Joy to the world, the Lord has come and, in turn, a new year has arrived. However, we need to keep this wondrous season in our hearts  and forever remember the song of the angels, the brightness of the star, the kindness of the kings, the love of the shepherds. Can we prepare your dinner for you? The Soup & Casserole Sale is Sunday, January 20 after services.  This is a wonderful opportunity to treat yourself and your family to a delicious meal on a cold day. The sale is held at both campuses at the Guild tables. Please contact Rose Kandel at 614 442.9020 or

A Month of Sundays 6



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

Reserve the Date The “We Love You” Luncheon will be held Tuesday, February 12. This is a special event to thank our wonderful First Community Church staff. Please contact Loretta Heigle at 614 488.1541or Christmas has come and gone, but we women of the world will continue the joy.

The Women’s Guild is forming new Groups. If you are interested in learning more about Guild membership, and want to see if it’s a fit for you, come check it out. Lunch will be provided. Saturday, February 2, 12 – 1:30 pm North Campus.   Please RSVP to Joy Plassman, Guild Membership Chair at 614 634.2824 or

Back Bay Work Camp 2013 April 28 - May 4 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.



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




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

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

For more information or to register for the trip, visit

January 1 - 31, 2013


Care and Spirit

Traveling in the Dark

–­– The Reverend Mr. James M. Long, Minister of Pastoral Care We receive enlightenment only in proportion as we give ourselves more and more completely to God by humble submission and love. Ascent to Truth Thomas Merton

I recently read a profile of the rock star Bruce Springsteen in The New Yorker (We Are Alive, David Remnick, July 30, 2012, p. 38). It describes his great success after coming from very humble beginnings in New Jersey. Like many people, he has painful memories of his upbringing, particularly of his relationship with his father. After he achieved great material success, he found himself driving many times at night by his old house in Freehold, New Jersey. He was depressed and later entered therapy: . . . Springsteen introduced his song “My Father’s House” by recalling what the therapist had told him about those nighttime trips to Freehold: “He said, ‘What you’re doing is that something bad happened, and you’re going back, thinking that you can make it right again. Something went wrong, and you keep going back to see if you can fix it or somehow make it right.’ And I sat there and I said, ‘That is what I’m doing.” And he said, ‘Well, you can’t.’” Therapy often involves such a “reality check” or a “wake up call.” How many of us keep driving by a painful or dark place in our lives, hoping to fix it or make it right. But, we can’t do it. However, we can go deeper. I have heard it said that spirituality is about reality. On our spiritual journey, we cannot be in denial about what has happened in our lives or the pain it has caused. However, we can wake up to the reality of God, the one who loves us unconditionally through the pain. We can become enlightened on our journey of faith. Thomas Merton has written that the journey of faith seeks light, but generally is traveled in darkness. He asserts that the person who waits to see clearly before beginning the journey will never start. “We do not first see, then act: we act, then see.” (id.) This is an act of will in love, and not of the intellect. Thus, we receive the light by giving ourselves completely to God in the darkness. He came to us in Jesus Christ who endured the darkness for us. He came so that we would have life in abundance, even in the midst of the dark places. Merton is certain that if we have the grace to start the journey, we will receive all the grace needed to continue on and reach the end. This is reality. This is faith. Peace and blessings,

Parish Register We share the joys and sorrows of our church family in our prayers. BIRTHS Hudson Walter O'Riordan 11/712 son of Sean & Cristin O'Riordan grandson of Tom & Cindy Hudson BAPTISMS Harper Rosslynne Weaver 12/16/12 daughter of Tiffanie & Benjamin Weaver WEDDINGS Laura Wickerham & Mike Elliott 12/12/12 HOSPITALIZED Rick Watson Joan Hesler Jeanne Johnston Emily Chidester Margaret Wood Bette Solis Rose Holland Mark Stull DEATHS Kathryn McArtor 11/17/12 Dottie Shepard 11/20/12 wife of Art Shepard Mary Jane Kayes 11/20/12 Betty Foster 11/4/12 Megan Patrick Fedorko 11/29/12 Joe W. Walker 12/5/12 grandfather of Scott Walker Violet Dennis 12/8/12 mother of Marianne Bedell Esther Evans 12/16/12 Christopher Sandell Parsons 12/15/12 son of Karin Sandell & John Parsons Jean Cook 11/29/12

New Member Seminar January 19, 9:15 am - 1 pm Brownlee Hall, South Campus For more information or to register, please contact Paula Russell, Director of Membership, at 614 488.0681 ext 228 or


January 1 - 31, 2013

Heart to Heart Extends Services

January 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

Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 Psalm 8 2 Proverbs 1:1-7 3 Job 42:10-17 4 Isaiah 6:1-5 5 Jeremiah 31:7-14 6 (Epiphany) Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 7 Daniel 2:1-19 8 Daniel 2:24-49 9 Numbers 24:15-19 10 Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 11 Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 12 Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 13 (Baptism of Isaiah 43:1-7 the Lord) Psalm 29 14 Judges 4:1-16 15 Judges 5:12-21 16 Numbers 27:1-11 17 Jeremiah 3:1-5 18 Jeremiah 3:19-25 19 Jeremiah 4:1-4 20 (Sunday) Isaiah 62:1-5 Psalm 36:5-10 21 Isaiah 54:1-8 22 Song of Solomon 4:1-8 23 Song of Solomon 4:9—5:1 24 Isaiah 61:1-7 25 Nehemiah 2:1-10 26 Nehemiah 5:1-13 27 (Sunday) Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Psalm 19 28 Jeremiah 36:1-10 29 Jeremiah 36:11-26 30 Jeremiah 36:27-32 31 2 Chronicles 34:1-7

Revelation 21:1-6a Matthew 25:31-46 James 3:13-18 Luke 8: 16-21 Acts 7:44-53 John 1:1-18 Ephesians 3:1-12 Matthew 2:1-12 Ephesians 4:17—5:1 Ephesians 5:15-20 Luke 1:67-69 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 1 Corinthians 2:1-10 1 Corinthians 2:11-16 Acts 8:14-17 Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Ephesians 6:10-17 1 John 5:13-21 Luke 11:33-36 Acts 8:18-24 1 Corinthians 7:1-7 Luke 11:14-23 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 John2:1-11 Romans 12:9-21 1 Corinthians 1:3-17 Luke 5:33-39 Romans 7:1-6 Romans 12:1-8 Luke 2:39-52 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a Luke 4:14-21 1 Corinthians 14:1-12 2 Corinthians 7:2-12 Luke 4:38-44 Acts 10:44-48

Heart to Heart Food Pantry Totals For November 2012


Households served..........................551 Individuals served.........................1,256 Children served............................381 Adults served................................764 Seniors served..............................111 Meals provided...........................11,304

Households served.......................5,423 Individuals served.......................11,981 Meals provided.........................107,829 Heart to Heart offers a helping hand and caring heart in times of need.

 By Angie Weber First and foremost I want to thank everyone who has supported Heart to Heart over this past year. A huge thank you goes to all the donors and the volunteers. We are able to help those in need because of you. Heart to Heart is continually trying to evaluate what we do to make sure we are serving the needs of our families while watching expenses. Our pantry has grown so much over the past year that we have decided to make some changes beginning in February. We are currently serving 40-50 families each day we are open in a 2 ½ hour period. We have decided to extend our hours to allow working families to visit us during their lunch hour. We will be open 4 ½ hours every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 am – 1 pm. To help reduce expenses while increasing hours, we will allow families to visit us once each month instead of twice. Most pantries follow this rule. We have a couple of other exciting additions to the pantry: • We will become a Benefit Bank site, which will allow our families to find services and benefits to which they are entitled. This will be run by volunteers, so we will not incur any additional expense. • We will provide an hour of group time once each week. This is intended to be a safe place for those struggling to share with others in a similar situation. We have a counselor volunteering her time to help make this possible. Finally, Heart to Heart will provide hot meals for our homeless friends and to the community in the Franklinton area once each month instead of once each week. We will still cook out, but they will be able to eat and visit inside Jericho’s Lighthouse. The meal will take place the last week of the month when our friends are struggling to get through the end of the month. Thank you for making Heart to Heart possible.

January 1 - 31, 2013


The Infinite Quest

Wholly Embodied Spirit –­– The Reverend Mr. David S. Hett, Minister of Religious Life and Learning Early on, says Richard Rohr, the church lost touch with the key element of the True Self: being created “in the image of God.” Thus we lost the awareness that “divinization” is our objective identity in God, he says describing the theme of his new book, Immortal Diamond: Search for the True Self. Such an awareness separates the mystics from the theologians. Anthony deMello, for instance, taught that following Christ means an inner transformation, not an external conformity to some suspected “likeness” to God: You know, sometimes people want to imitate Christ but, when a monkey plays a saxophone, that doesn’t make him a musician. You can’t imitate Christ by imitating his external behavior. You’ve got to be Christ. Then you’ll know exactly what to do in a particular situation, given your temperament, your character, and the character and temperament of the person you’re dealing with. No one has to tell you. But to do that, you must be what Christ was. An external imitation will get you nowhere. This is where the theologians of whatever stripe can freak out: “You’re calling yourself God! How arrogant! What blasphemy!” That would be true if there was a “self” present when the realization of our complete oneness with the Divine arose. But on the contemplative way, says Spiritual Searcher James Finley, “there is a moment where you and God simultaneously disappear as other than each other.” Our stubborn holding on to the sense of a separate self makes that realization impossible. “This insight,” says Finley in his classic Merton’s Palace of Nowhere, “arises as an obscure yet deep realization in faith that our ultimate identity is hidden in the secret of God’s identity.” Julian of Norwich said that we come from the Womb of the Eternal. We are not simply made by God, she said, we are made “of God,” to which the contemporary Celtic-Christian mystic, John Philip Newell, adds, “Christ’s soul and our soul are like an everlasting knot. The deeper we move in our own being, the closer we come to Christ. In Christ, we hear not foreign sounds but the deepest intimations of the human and the divine intertwined.” This, in fact, is the True Self. Hameed Ali calls it the Essential Self, the Point of existence—to realize our true nature as humans of Being. Divine Beings. Or, a phrase that comes to me as I contemplate the nature of our true reality: (W)hol(l)y embodied spirit. This is the meaning of Epiphany, Jesus’ recognition of his true divine nature, and our inner journey to the depths of our own being, the Christ. Shalom,


January 1 - 31, 2013

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 Science and Religion Today Walter Watkins leads a DVD-based study on some of the current topics related to science and religion, including Darwin and Responses to Evolution and Fundamentalism and Creationism. Featuring weekly opening lectures by Professor Lawrence Principe of John Hopkins University as a lead-in to group discussion. Free and open to all.

Sundays, 9:30 – 10:45 am Beginning January 6 Wicker Room, South Campus

Sunday Morning Seminar at North The Best of James Finley, DVD talks by the renowned spiritual teacher who is our March Spiritual Searcher. Facilitated by Spiritual Director, Lisa Bueche.

Sundays, 11 am – Noon Begins in February Room 115, North Campus

Tuesday at Ten Rev. Pete Diehl, Dr. Pidge Diehl, and Rev. Deb Lindsay will lead the class of neurotheology using a video-based lecture series entitled, “The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience”. The group will explore topics such as the relationship between the human brain and spirituality, the impact of prayer and meditation, differences between atheists and believers, how the brain changes God and how God changes the brain. Free and open to all.

Tuesdays, 10 – 11 am Beginning January 8 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 The group will begin Richard Rohr’s stimulating new book, The Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self on January 9. Any woman on the spiritual search, whether church member or not, is invited to attend. Contact Lisa Bueche at if you have any questions.

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

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

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

January 1 - 31, 2013


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 will use this time to look at what spiritual teacher James Finley “experienced and has come to understand of Christian contemplative spirituality during the five and a half years” he lived as a monk at the Abbey of Gethsemani where Thomas Merton was his spiritual director. We will also practice a time of group meditation each week with a brief time for comment and discussion as we prepare for Dr. Finley’s “Contemplative Way” Spiritual Searcher retreat March 1-3 in Grace Hall. Free and open to the public, registration is requested online at, or by contacting Natalia at njones@, 614 488.0681, ext. 113.

Spiritual Salon Augustine—Appealing or Appalling Theologian? Thursday, January 24 7 – 8:30 pm Wicker Room South Campus Saint Augustine was one of the first and greatest of theologians, most famous (or infamous!) for his teaching on original sin. But is this all he is to be remembered— and perhaps despised—for? Walter Watkins, nearing the completion of his Master of Theological Studies, will present more about Augustine of Hippo (354-430) at this informal “salon” discussion. We might be surprised at how modern, and even postmodern, Augustine can sound. For instance, he wrote the following, which would not be out of a place in a First Community Church sermon: “Since it is God we are speaking of, you do not understand it. If you could understand it, it would not be God.” Free and open to the public, registration is requested online at, or by contacting Natalia at njones@, 614 488.0681, ext. 113.

The Spiritual Brain Tuesdays, beginning January 8 10 - 11 am Wicker room, South Campus

Sunday, January 27, 11:15 am -12:15 pm Grace Hall, North Campus Following the 10 am North Campus worship service on January 27, grab a cup of coffee and stay for Islam 101, a one-hour seminar on the basics of the Islamic faith. Jeri Milburn, an engaging Muslim woman from the Noor Islamic Center in Dublin, will be our presenter, and is open to any questions about Islam you may have.


Tuesday at 10 will begin a study of neurotheology on Tuesday, January 8, at 10 am in the Wicker Room. Using a video-based lecture series entitled, The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience, the group will explore topics such as the relationship between the human brain and spirituality, the impact of prayer and meditation, differences between atheists and believers, how the brain changes God and how God changes the brain. The course uses the latest in brainimaging studies of different spiritual practices to peer into the brain during intense prayer, meditation, speaking in tongues and other states. The lecturer, Dr. Andrew Newberg, is Director of Research at Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He is also a professor of Emergency Medicine and Radiology at Thomas Jefferson University and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Nuclear Medicine. Each video lecture runs 30 minutes followed by a discussion led by Rev. Pete Diehl, Dr. Pidge Diehl and Rev. Deb Lindsay. All are welcome in this group which meets Tuesday mornings through May.

January 1 - 31, 2013

Cindy Harsany Appointed

Official Notice

2013 Annual Meeting

Dr. Wing has appointed Cindy Harsany to the permanent position of Director of Finance and Operations with the support of the Governing Board, Personnel Committee and the Program Staff.

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

“It has been an honor to serve First Community Church within the Finance and Operations role over the past few years, Cindy said. “We will be increasing staff resources within the Business Office to support my expanding role within operations.  I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve this church and staff.”

The Older Adult Writer’s Group will be led by Emma Shaner, a senior at Upper Arlington High School, for her Senior Capstone project. She will be working with Missy Obergefell, Director of Older Adult Ministry, who will serve as her mentor for the project.

Third-Grade Bibles

A Story Can Change A Life

All third-graders will receive a Bible as a gift from the church on January 27. Bibles will be presented during worship at the 10 am service at North campus and the 11 am service at South Campus.

 By Emma Shaner

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, otherwise forms can be submitted through January 20. Please contact Dawn Costin at 614 488.0681, ext 109 or

K-5 Midweek Missions

Donations Needed We are collecting travel-sized toiletries for February projects.

Shampoo Conditioner Lotion

Soap Razors Shower Gel

Tooth Brushes Tooth Paste

You may bring donations to Sunday School classrooms on Sundays or drop off at the Midweek Missions classroom at North Campus, room 115 on Wednesday evenings.

The Senior Capstone project is a year long project that allows the senior students at Upper Arlington High School to study something that they love. It consists of a thesis paper, community service and a final product. I chose to study writing and stories because that is what I love and hope to study in college. Part of my project is starting a writer’s group for older adults. This group will meet to write fiction or nonfiction together. The focus of our group will be on stories and the impact that they have on us. It is my hope that by the end of February each participant will create a finished piece to share with their loved ones. In March, a reception will be held at the church where members of the group will have the option to share their work. We will meet every Sunday in February at 3 pm in the Older Adult meeting space on the second floor of South Campus. For more information, contact Missy Obergefell at 614 488.0681 ext. 246 or To register, contact Robin Taylor at 614 488.0681 or rtaylor@ The deadline to register is Friday, February 1.

Contact Torre Summers 614 488.0681 ext 116 or

January 1 - 31, 2013


Early Childhood

All-Family Homecoming Day Mark your calendar for a rare opportunity to celebrate our Early Childhood Ministry’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 that have enjoyed this ministry 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.

Nicole Taylor, Marin Summers, Evelyn Schleappi and Sophia Barger pose after participating in the children's musical, How to Be the Perfect Christmas Tree, in December.

Parent Groups for January

Children’s Choir

Parent Growth

January is a great time to join the children’s choirs. Children have a fun, positive experience in church while learning how to read music, be effective singers and meaningful participants in worship. 

Resumes for winter, meeting on Monday mornings (excepting holidays) from 9:30 to 11 am in the South Campus Guild Room. Child care is available for $4/child, and the sessions are $5, or $45 for the full 10-week winter session. January 7

Parent Language – choosing effective and encouraging words

January 14

Parent Actions – how to follow through

January 21

NO SESSION – Martin Luther King Day holiday

January 28

Kindergarten Readiness – more than a birth date

We are on a brief recess for the holiday and will resume rehearsals on Wednesday, January 9. The Middle School Vocal Ensemble rehearses on Sundays beginning January 6 after Crossroads. All rehearsals are at the North Campus. Kindergarten Choir: Wednesdays, 5:30 - 6 pm, Room 118 Cherub Choir: For grades 1 & 2 Wednesdays, 6 - 6:30 pm, Room 118

For Dads Only

Junior Choir: For grades 3, 4 & 5 Wednesdays, 6:30 - 7:15 pm, Room 118

January 8

Middle School Vocal Ensemble: Sundays, Choir Activity and Fellowship immediately following Crossroads, rehearsal from 11:30 - 12:15 pm, Room 118

Meets from 7 – 8:30 pm in the South Campus Guild Room. All fathers are welcome. Parent Language – choosing effective and encouraging words

For Moms Only

Youth Bell Choir 1: For beginning ringers Wednesdays, 7:15 - 8 pm, Room 111

January 28

Youth Bell Choir 2: For experienced ringers Wednesdays, 8 - 8:45 pm, Room 111

Meets from 7 – 8:30 pm in the South Campus Guild Room. All mothers are welcome. (Date change due to MLK holiday) Fairness and Sharing - ongoing work

Contact Sally Beske for information about Bell Choir openings or for general information at 614 488.0681 ext. 107 or


January 1 - 31, 2013

Camp Sessions


Entering 3rd/4th Grade Session 5 Session 9

July 1 - 3 July 29 - 30

Entering 4th/5th Grades Session 11 Aug. 5 - 8 Entering 5th/6th Grades Session 4 June 26 - 30 Session 6 July 6 - 10 Session 10 July 31 - Aug. 4

Akita Ready for 2013  By Tim Carlson, Director of Camp Akita Ministries When the weather reaches its coldest and we celebrate the beginning of a new calendar year, I know it’s time to start thinking about summer at Camp Akita. Akita is home to many programs and groups throughout the entire year and the largest of these is the youth summer camp from June to August. You probably don’t have to go very far in Columbus before you see an Akita T-shirt or run into someone who has been to summer camp and was affected deeply by the loving ministry that takes place. Akita is an exciting place to be during the summer and campers are never bored. They experience the climbing tower, the giant swing, swimming, crafts, basketball, hiking and lots of games on the athletic field. The staff at Akita are experts at leading energetic and silly activities that everyone will enjoy. Along with all the fun and excitement, we create dedicated and purposeful times to be quiet, to reflect and to strengthen our relationships with ourselves, with each other and with God. We realize our campers are looking for more than just fun and games and we are excited to offer educational opportunities during our camp sessions. Last summer, we offered cooking classes with our camp chef, yoga in the woods with a yoga master, a giant swing physics lesson, woodworking and more. This summer, we look forward to adding guided nature hikes, photography classes and Adirondack chair building. Stay tuned as we add more exciting programs taught by experts in their field. If you have a passion that you would be willing to share with our campers, please let me know. We are always looking for volunteers to enhance our camping experience. This summer is also special for me, because I will be directing the summer camp program for the first time. Before stepping into my current role, I spent five summers as a counselor and leader at Akita. I was also a Crossroads leader for eight years and have been involved in numerous groups and activities at the church and at Akita.

January 1 - 31, 2013

Entering 7th/8th Grades Session 2 Session 3 Session 8

June 14 - 19 June 20 - 25 July 19 - 24

Entering 8th/9th Grades Session 7 July 12 - 18 Entering 9th - 12th Grades & Graduated Seniors Session 1 June 7 - 13 L.I.F.E. Guard Sessions


June 7 - 19 June 20 - July 3 July 6 - 18 July 19 - 24 July 29 - Aug. 8

A (Graduated Seniors Only) B C D E

Special Sessions


HS Backcountry MS Backcountry 1, 2, 3...Akita! Family Camp

June 20 - 25 June 26 - 30 July 23 - 25 Aug. 30 - Sept. 2

Whatever your plans are for this summer, make sure they include Camp Akita — you need to be there, and we can’t wait to welcome you! Member registration for summer camp begins January 14; nonmembers may register starting January 28. To sign up, go to For more information, Contact Tim Carlson at


Celebration of Giving

It is with appreciation that we acknowledge those who have pledged to First Community Church. Corlene Adams Sue Adams Mark Adkins Jerry & Margie Aeh Fran Alberty Elsie Albrecht Roger & Dianne Albrecht Carol Alfred Naeem & Kellie Ali Crystal Allen Marilyn Allen Bill Allen Nancy Amberg & Susan Parker Barbara Andersen Paul & Sandy Anderson Angie & Frank Andujar Todd & Maria Arend Ferne Arnett Tim & Liz Arnold Carl & Belva Aschinger Damon & Ann Baker Carol Baker Chad & Amy Baker Cynthia Baker Dorothy Baker Lynn & Cornelius Bakker Charles & Linda Baldeck Bob Baldridge Melissa & Arthur Baldwin Bob & Andrea Baldwin Melanie Bales & Gilberto Albuquerque Wayne Ballantyne Toni Ballentine Jason & Amy Barger Jack & Sherry Barger Michael & Carolyn Barger Joy Barney Marshall & Ginny Barney Tom Battenberg Paul & Jan Baumer Bill & Jean Bay Jim Bean Janice Beaty Paul & Leitsa Becher John & Marianne Bedell Mark & Chrys Beebe Jane Belt Rosemary Belt Jim & Sue Benes Mark & Lisa Berens Michael Bergen & Leslie Koethe-Bergen Bryan & Sally Beske Sallie & Pete Bethge Jody & Terry Bevilaqua Doris Beymer Jan Billman Scott & Rachael Binder Steve Binder & Nancy Ockay JD & Deanna Biros Jeanne Blair Marilyn Boardman John Boggs Courtney Bowe Debbie Bower Diann Bowman Pat Boyd Bob & Barbara Boyte Kay Bradford Barbara Bradley Nan Bradley


Jean Brandt Joyce Brannan Michele Brannock Bette Breth Susan Brooks Jerry & Harriet Brown Herb & Bev Brown Regina & R Brown Steve & Katy Brown Jon & Pam Browning Bev Bryan David & Elaine Buck Joe Buckley & Blair Bethel Lisa & Errol Bueche Dick & Shirley Bull Rob & Kim Bumgarner Lee Burges Jen Burns & Chris Gehring Dave & Jeanne Busch Peg Buterbaugh Brian & Mary Buzby Bob Byrd Matthew & Erin Byrne Buck & Nancy Byrne Lorena & Michael Caito Mac Campbell Jane Campbell Jerry & Bobbie Campbell Scott Campbell & Marcie McNary Tim & Erica Carlson Wayne & Pamela Carlson Mark & Blaire Catalano William & Carolyn Chavanne Don & Jackie Cherry Casey & Carol Chester Judy Christensen Biddie Clark Erik & Shelli Clark Miriam Clark Bob & Karen Claussen Anne Clifford Kim & Cindy Close Bob & Helen Clouse Sue Coady Nancy Colley Lisa Collins Todd & Beth Collis Mike & Charlotte Collister Brian & Amy Comford Dennis & Peggy Concilla Liz Condos Matt & Cindy Cook Anne Cooper Don Cooper Carolyn Copeland Dave & Dawn Costin Sara Cotter Pam Cowles Jim Coyle & Cynthia Carnes Chuck & Marilyn Cozad Loann Crane Anne Crawford Gus & Linda Crim Judi Crusse Bob & Liz Cummins Bob & Linda Cummins Jim & Ginny Cunningham Chuck Curry Priscilla & Gene D'Angelo Dan & Kathy Damiano

Curtis & Nicole Daniels Dan Davis & Vickie Murphy Terry & Barb Davis Jim & Jodie Davis Peggy Day Jim & Ruth Decker Sandy & Michael DeCrane Sandra Deeds Eleanor Deis Nancy Demuch Martha Denig Carol Deshler Gene & Roslyn Dew J D & Ann Dickerson Stacy & Ken Dodson Patrick Donadio & Beth Kennard Pat Donovan Linda Dorff Pat & Carol Doyle Neil & Betty Drobny Bette Dugger Jeff & Anita Dunasky Wanda Dunbar Sue Dunlap Potts & Thomas Potts Nancy Dunn Paul & Claudia Dusseau Phyl Duy Marcia Early Bob & Shirley Edler Pete & Chris Edwards David & Nancy Edwards Pete & Suzanne Edwards Dean & Kay Elam Mike & Laura Elliott Jane Ellis Chuck & Kay Emrick Jude & Rob Endicott Deborah Eschenbacher Claire Esmond David & Nancy Evans Esther Evans Gail Evans Jim Evans Mary Evans Mason & Linda Evans Stephanie Evans Bill & Nancy Ewing Jim & Betsy Fahrbach Steve & Nancy Falk Richard & Mary Farr Louise Fenner Bob & MaryKay Fenner Justin & Noelle Fields Tabitha & Quinn Fisher Rob & Jeanne Flowers David & Linda Fontana Susan Forbes Rob & Linda Forsythe Lila & Charles Fowler Dave Franklin & Linda Sheppard Carolyn Freeman Sally Freeman Nelson & Emmy French Jinny Frick Jennifer Fry Tom & Betty Lou Frye Chris Gage Bobbie Gardiner Don & Karen Gardiner John Gardner

Bob & Ruth Gardner Ron Gardner Katie Garretson Pam Gartin Matt Gatsch Norm & Pat Gatsch Paul & Claire Gatsch Steve & Janey Gentile Don & Donna Gepfert Greg & Elizabeth Gerhard Scott & Kristy Glaser Doug & Kathy Glass Tim Glasser & Hayley Head Elizabeth Glover Jeff & Wendy Gomez Virginia Gordon Jim & Mary Gossard Kay Graf Jamie & Amy Graver Curt & Nancy Greene Rick & Karen Greene Kip & Katy Greenhill Mike & Jean Griffith Tom Gross Greg Guy & Lisa Ingram Charles & Sara Haag Judy & Carl Haager Barry & Marilyn Haas Barbara Hack Katie Haddox Gene & Carol Hagemeier David & Sarah Hahn Elizabeth & Reginald Haines Brad & Katie Halley Sarah Hambley Dave & Sandra Hammond David & Karyl Hanhilammi Paul Hanke David Hanscel Beth Hanson Jim & Portia Hanson Cheryl Harbold Patsy Harmon Steven & Dayna Harp Katie Harper Mary Harper Ray & Susie Harpham Ryan & Becki Harr Brad & Melissa Harrold Cindy Harsany Nancy Hartman Nancy Hartshorn Jo & Shorty Hatten Carrol Hauck Tom Hawk Mary Lou Hawkins Susan & Dennis Heebink Dave & Loretta Heigle Joan Hein Patti Heintzelman Dick & Julie Helland Daniela Hendrickson & Steve Wingate Jack & Susan Hendrickson Bill & Loralee Henry Richard & Faye Herriott Rudy & Gudrun Herzog David & Mona Hett Bruce & Cathie Hickin Janie Hickman

January 1 - 31, 2013

Daniel & Kathleen Hill Bob & Laura Hill Bill & Becky Hinga Alene Hinshaw Louis & Germaine Hirsch Dave & Tracy Hoag John & Judy Hoberg Deborah Hodges Tom & Lisa Hoffman David Hogrefe & Brian Kemp Lynne Hokanson Steve & Liz Holbert Judy Holcomb Mark & Mary Hollinger Todd & Lara Holman Marilyn Hood Mary Helen Hopkins James & Ann Hopper Rebecca & Ronald Hord Kathie & David Houchens Bev Houseman Mary Jane Howell Bryan Huber & Leigh Roessler Penne & William Huckleberry Barb Hudson Tom & Cindy Hudson Susan Huhta John & Nancy Huneck Fred & Freda Hunt Lois Hunter Robert & Mary Hurst James Hutchins Darrel & Barb Irwin Dick & Pat Ison Bob Jacques Chris & Susan Jagers Mary James Al & Pam Jameson Don Jameson Tom & Tina Jelen Ron Jenkins & Will Davis Marilyn Jennings Daniel & Carolyn Jensen Marie Jerencsik Craig & Mindy Johnson Peggy Johnson Mark & Debbie Johnson Bob & Vicki Johnson Ron Johnson Brian & Connie Johnston Herb & Jeanne Johnston Tom & Kathie Jones Jim & Amy Jones Jan Jones Julie Jones Martha Joyce Jon & Michelle Jump Leslie & William Junk John & Kimberly Kadlic Jane Kaiser Bob Kaithern David & Rose Kandel Jerry & Merci Katz Jeff Kayes Jim Keckley Tony & Julie Keefer Diane Keeler Arlene Keethler Charles & Twi Kegler MarJean Keller Lona Kemmerling Frank Kennard Jim & Edie Kennedy Kathleen Kennedy-Hatcher John & Eileen Kern Tabitha Kidwell Bill & Jean Kientz Bill & Anne Kientz Bob & Shirley Kiger

January 1 - 31, 2013

Cynthia King Jo King Rollie & Anne King Scott & Allison Kingsley Kris Kipp & Steve Smith John & Cathy Klamar Karl & Cindi Klamar Felix & Laura Klebe Bret & Cheri Klisares Norb & Joan Knies Ann Knodt Kirsten Knodt Christine Kochs Catherine Kohn Tim & Lynne Kohr John & Natalie Kompa Scott & Susanne Kondracke Alan & Lisa Konieczynski Bert & Kathryn Kram Paul Kramer & Mary Martin Mary Ann Krauss Brian & Sally Kriska Connie Kristoff Charles & Judith Kuck Jeff & Angela Kuntz Helen Kunze Tom Lafferty Iola Lanaman Boyce Lancaster & Beverley Ervine Ted & Kelly Lape Linda Larrimer Mary LaRue Marilyn Lash Alvin Lawrence Wilbur & Sonnie Lawrence Marjorie Layne Jim & Jane Ledman Bill & Dee Dee Leffel Barbara Leighner Deb Leno & Leslie Phillips Keith E & Mandy Levell Gloria Lieser Hall & Carolyn Liles Deborah Lindsay Patti & Jeff Link Tony & Mindy Lively Curt Long Carl & Lorena Long Jim & Clare Long Michael & Pamela Long Ron & Nancy Long Richard & Kathy Loos Lorelei & Bill Lotozo Barbara Lott Mark Loux Katie Lown Bruce Lynn Katie Mac Ewan Larry & Cynthie Macintosh Robert Mahan Lindsey Margaroli Frank Marlor Mary Mars Jim Marshall Jean Marshall Chad & Karlye Martin Anne Mason Nancy Masters Tony & Angie Matessa Ernest & Laura Mazzaferri Jolene & Chris McCabe Elsie McCall Steve & Patty McClarren Peter McClelland Jim & Michelle McClure Greg & Betsy McCollum Issie McCoy Dick & Peggy McCray Doug & Lynn McCready

Janet McCutcheon Mary McDonald Mike McDonald & Connie West Gerald & Nancy McFeeley Linda McGuire Christine McKiterick Jeff & Evelyn McKitrick Roselynn McVey Ed Mead Priscilla Mead Bill & Jane Mead Walt & Charlaine Menendian Larry Woods & Annita Meyer Derek & Tiffany Meyer Morris & Janice Meyer Richard & Carol Meyer Bill & Patty Mielke Mark & Molly Miely Alice Miller David Miller Doug & Debbie Miller Bette Millhon Harry & Kitty Minck Homer & Ila Mincy Mark & Sandra Misicka Cameron & Molly Mitchell Tony & Jane Moog Joan Moore Kay Moore Bob Moreen Dan & Carol Morris Bill & Julie Morris Melanie Morrison Jeanne Morrow Joe & Ellen Mrochek Dave & Lisa Mueller Joe & Bobbi Mueller Midge Muhlbach James Muhlbach Beverly Muhlenhaupt Mary Ann Mulroy Michelle Mundy Bryon & Susan Murray Steve & Rachel Mushrush Joseph Myers Steve & Susan Nagy Bill & Susan Napier Jim & Amanda Naprawa Andy & Carrie Narcelles Hilda Neff Walt & Carol Neff Ruthie Nester Carl & Linda Nelson Suzanne Newcomb & Ted Kessis George & Esther Newell Charlie Nichols Patty Nichols Andrew & Lauren Norelli Tom Norman George & Linda Norris Sally Norris Margaret Nourse Paula & Steven Nutini Dan & Barb O'Brien Robert & Patricia Oberst Kevin & Heidi Orsini Loa Ott Erin Paider June Palmer Tom Parker Dave & Dody Parsons Judi & John Parsons Thea & Nathan Patrick Millie Patten Wes & Karen Patterson Buck & Jodi Patton Sally Patton Lynda & David Paul Greg & Courtney Pearson

Maureen Penman Geraldine Pfeil Sandy Pfening Richard & Nancy Pickett Erick & Beth Piscopo Doug & Cynthia Plummer Lowell & Martha Poland Jason Poling & Paige Turner Bruce & Denise Pontious Dick & Maryann Porter Sherlyn Porter & Allan Dudek Steve & Chiaki Porter Sally Porterfield Roger & Patti Post Marti & Steve Post Monnie Postle Liz & Doug Putnam Amy & Michael Rabadam Denny Ramey Marjorie Ramsay Jim & Helen Randels Buss & Lou Ann Ransom John & Ann Rarey Steve & Cindy Rasmussen Bob & Eleanor Rauch Joe & Susie Ray Jim & Linda Readey Larry & Missy Reasinger Kelsey & Kirk Reckless Dottie Rector Jack & Jennifer Rees George & Cathie Reichert Bob & Sarah Reid Dean & Judy Reinhard Mark & Tricia Reisch Jana Relick Jenny Lou Renkert Bill & Ginny Ress Abby Retterer Bobbie Reynolds Brian & Caryn Reynolds Lisa Reynolds Sandy Rich Dale & Julie Richards Eugene & Gloria Ricker David & Julie Rickert Wayne & Cheri Rickert Ruth Riegel Anne Riley Mike Rish & Jackie Marchan-Rish Linda Ritter Anne Robbins David & Lorraine Robinson Randy & Betty Rocke Dick & Kitty Rohrer Judy & Ed Ross Marlese Rouda Tom & Mary Jo Ruby Paula Russell Bill & Linda Ryan Becky Ryan Scott Ryan Stephen & Amy Salay Joan Sant Chris Sauer & Tamar Campbell-Sauer Merry Ann Sauls Jan Sawyer Rick & Barbara Schaal Kimberlee & Robert Schlatter Paige & Gerard Schlembach Kit & Christoph Schmauch Glen & Beverly Schmidt John Schmidt Susan Schneiter Dave & Jeanne Schoedinger

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Meals for Mission

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Mike & Lisa Schoedinger Margaret Schorr Ted & Mary Schwartz Eric Schweinhagen & Melanie Senitko Andrew & Kari Scott David & Estelle Scott Charlotte & David Search Bill & Dottie Seibert Judi Sensenbrenner & Thomas Kibbey Ralph & Jane Setterlin Steve & Kate Shaner Kyle & Karen Sharp Amy & Robert Sharpe Claire Shary Cynthia & Dennis Shaw Anne Sheline Susanne Sherwood Conrad Shisler Eric & Pam Shisler Jennifer Short Debbie Showe Jack & Patricia Shuter Tom & Sandy Shutt Jean & Roger Sickles George & Beth Simeon Marilyn Simon Dick & Norma Sims Barbara Sipp Bob Skeele Ed Skeens & Judi French Aaron & Jayne Skidmore Luanne Skinner Elizabeth Sliwinski Amber Smiley Jane & George Smith Ronald Smith Jill & Chad Smock Drake & Leah Sneed Andy & Jill Snyder Carolyn Snyder Jerry Snyder Marcie Speight Candi Spencer Andy & Lauren Spitzer Howard & Dace Sprecher Helen & Jack St Cyr Steve & Debbie Steidle Hal & JoAnn Stevens Jeff & Laurie Stevenson Tom & Pamela Stewart Dick Stone Joe & Missy Storer Tracy Stuck Mark Stull Marc & Torre Summers Ginny Sutermaster Paul & Amy Sutton Rod & Ann Swearingen Jed & Dianne Swift Lajos & Willy Szabo Bob & Donna Tait Charles & Carolyn Takos Ralph & Joan Talmage Glen Tamplin Tom & Janet Tatham Kurt & Priscilla Taube Lucy Tayama Mike & Sharon Taylor Robin Taylor Susie Taylor Jean Tefft Frank & Diane Thielman Sam & Lauren Thomas

Duke & Jill Thomas Lauren Thomas Tydvil Thomas Marianne Thompson Jonquil Thoms Ned & Marti Timmons Linda Tobin Jerry Todaro & Barbara Waters Doug & Darian Torrance Jim & Meredith Trapp Tom & Rita Trimble Fred Truxall Mark & Katherine Tucker Dan & Kristin Turner Jim & Sandy Turner Dick & Carole Turner Ken & Jan Underwood Sharon Valvona Sheri Van Cleef Loren & Cheryl Van Deusen John & Susan Van Doorn Wendy Vaughan Tim Veach & Chris Kirk Lee & Anna Vescelius Dick & Patty Vesper Dirk Voelker Sarah & Pete Volker Jim & Debby Waddell Dick & Meg Wagner Janice & Peter Walsh Rebecca Walstrom Bob & Sally Wandel Jennifer Ward Carolyn Warmolts Walter Watkins Bonnie Webb Chuck & Barbara Webb Lynn & Ron Wells Jon Welty Amy Wentz Cathy & Ed Wheaton Bob & Jane White Bob & Aimee White Tom & Pat White Ruth Whitehouse Peggy Wible Cindy & Ed Wilkins Lee & Julie Wilkinson Marcia Williams Steve & Peggy Williams Chuck & Emily Wilson George & Corinne Wilson Bill Judy & Sue Wilson Brian & Monika Winer Dick & Shirley Wing Nancy Withers Steve & Amy Wolf Gary & Rebecca Wolfe Helen Wood Dick & Margaret Wood Donice Wooster Frank & Judy Wright Gregory & Michelle Yoakam Carole Yoder Judy Yoder David Younger Paul & Susan Younger Barb Youngs Bill Zapp Jane Zartman John & Cheryl Zeiger Glenn & Lois Zook Mike & Mollie Zook

Please join the First Community Church Family in support of our youth as they prepare to travel to Mexico to build houses for those in need. Instead of worrying about what's for dinner, please take a coupon, grab the family and have someone else cook for you. Each restaurant is donating a portion of their sales back to our Mexico Mission Trip. If you can't make it out for dinner but would still like to make a donation to the trip, please contact Sarah Kientz at or 614 488.0681 ext 103. 1725 West Lane Ave. Upper Arlington 614 481.5555 First Community Church Youth Council

Meals for the Mission Fundraiser Bring this coupon with you for lunch or dinner on January 8, 9 and 10, 2013 and Carsonie’s will donate 20% of your purchase to the First Community Church Youth Mission Trip Good for lunch & dinner, dine-in or take-out.

2102 Tremont Center Upper Arlington First Community Church Youth Council

Meals for the Mission Fundraiser Bring this coupon with you for lunch or dinner on Sunday, January 27 and Old Bag of Nails will donate 10% of your purchase to the First Community Church Youth Mission Trip. Good for lunch & dinner, dine-in or take-out.

Sale Amt: $ _______

Coupon must by presented at time of order to receive credit for the sale.

Upper Arlington • 2111 W. Henderson Rd., Columbus, OH 43220 First Community Church Youth Council

Meals for the Mission Fundraiser Bring this coupon with you for lunch or dinner on Monday, January 14 and City Barbeque will donate 25% of your purchase to the First Community Church Youth Mission Trip Good for lunch and dinner, dine-in and carry-out orders.

Note: If ordering carry out for large groups, please use our Pig Up ‘n Go Menu.

Check out our menus and Order Online at Coupon cannot be passed out on City Barbeque property. Fundraiser cannot be combined with other promotions or offers. Not valid on gift card purchases. We look forward to serving you to help raise money for your organization! These are not paid advertisements.


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Saturday, January 26 10 am – 12 pm North & South Campus

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


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

THE PROGRAM STAFF OF FIRST COMMUNITY CHURCH  Richard A. Wing, Senior Minister; Paul E. Baumer, Minister to the Staff; David S. Hett, Minister of Religious Life and Learning; Ronald J. Jenkins, Minister of Music and Liturgy; Deborah Countiss Lindsay, Minister of Spiritual Care; James M. Long, Minister of Pastoral Care; Katherine H. Shaner, Minister of Mission; Michael Barber, 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.

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


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