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Vol. 57 No. 7

Coming in July

Finding Your Lambaréné

(Albert Schweitzer for Our Time) “There are people we cannot afford to forget. I am convinced that Albert Schweitzer is one of them.” Thus begins this short journey into the life of Albert Schweitzer (1875-1960) with the hope of allowing his life to speak to ours. Following a theology teaching career, he began his life as a medical doctor in Lambaréné, Gabon, West Africa. Schweitzer worked as a doctor, started a hospital, lived for a short while in captivity as a prisoner of war, wrote books, spoke out against nuclear arms and received a Nobel Peace Prize.

Lifetime Legacy

Sherry Barger Retires, Looks Forward to Future Service

Dr. Wing refers to her simply as the person who brought him constant optimism.

Schweitzer did not think everyone should serve in the same manner he did. However, he did believe that everyone needs to “find their Lambaréné,” where your passion meets the world’s great need. That place is where life is found.

“You can wrap Sherry up in the phrase ‘we can do this,’ Dr. Wing said. “She is always going to find the encouraging word at the moment you need it most. She’s a master of that.”

Stay tuned for further details on Dr. Wing’s book release and upcoming book signing events.

Story and Photo by Michael Barber Sherry Barger, a member of First Community Church who served on the Governing Board and a variety of committees, Guilds and Circles, may best be known as Dr. Wing’s Administrative Assistant.



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Here Come the Shrimp Friday, July 29, 6 pm North Campus By Linda Ritter Join a friendly, hungr y group of people at the Shrimp Boil on July 29. Eat delicious shrimp. Have fun. Be entertained by the What the Heck Four quartet, featuring our own Rev. Paul Baumer and friends. Come and enjoy yourself, and know that all proceeds from the dinner will go to support Back Bay, a mission in Biloxi, Mississippi. Rev. Shari Prestemon, Executive Director of Back Bay, will join us this year. She will bring us up-to-date on the important work of the mission, and tell us about the effects of Katrina and the impact of the oil spill. We will also hear about the lives of some of the people who are supported by our contributions. Cost: $15 for adults, $8 for children 12 and younger. Tickets may be purchased at Sunday worship tables starting July 10; at the South Campus switchboard; and at Deadline for reservations is Monday, July 25. The Shrimp Boil has been a sell-out event the last couple of years, so don’t delay. Get your tickets and join us for an evening of fun, food and music!

Sherry Barger Retires (continued from front page) Dr. Wing recognizes that Sherry quickly became the face and voice of the church. “I never had to worry about the way people were greeted or welcomed into my office and the life of the church,” he said. “She has a contagious joy and love of the church.” In addition to her role on staff, Sherry is proud of the progress the church made during her tenure, particularly the controversial decision to allow commitment ceremonies to take place and the creation of the North Campus Expansion Project. “It was never about leaving my own legacy, it was about what we accomplished as a church...” Sherry said. Sherry had the unique experience of watching all three of her children serve on the church staff while she tended to the needs of the Senior Minister. She now looks forward to the impact the church will have on future generations “I witnessed how the church nurtures young people in their faith, career paths and personal growth,” she said. “I experienced it myself as a young person, now I see this for my grandchildren.” In parting, Sherry maintains the sense of humor that she credits for the success she enjoyed the last eleven years. “I’m excited about the future. Part of me would like to be there as Dick’s assistant, but I certainly won’t miss scheduling my vacation time around his calendar.” When considering her future, it appears Sherry need only refer to the past. It points toward a lifetime of service to the Church instilled in her by her parents who were strong advocates of First Community. “It’s in her DNA.” Dr. Wing said. Dr. Wing is grateful for Sherry’s influence. “I will never forget how much she has affected my life for the better, as well as the life of this congregation and our shared ministry,” he said. “She represents the absolute joy of living and the best of life that is found in the company of the committed.”


firstnews Articles

Include the date, contact person’s name, phone number and/or e-mail address with all submissions. Submit to: email - fax - 614 488.2763 phone - 614 488.0681 We reserve the right to edit all submissions. Upcoming deadline is 12 pm, Tuesday, July 19 for the issue dated August 1-31, 2011. The following deadline is Tuesday, Aug. 16. firstnews is a communications mission of First Community Church, published for church members and the community to share insights, educate, and inform. Editor: Connie Hieatt Associate Editor: Michael Barber Graphic Design: Tabitha McCleery Contributors: Linda Baldeck, Sherry Barger, Paul Baumer, Sally Beske, Dawn Costin, Barb Davis, Nancy Dunn, Ann Eliot-Naille, Jill Eliot, David Hett, Don Jameson, Pam Jameson, Ron Jenkins, Natalia Jones, Deborah Lindsay, Patti Link, James Long, Judith Lyons, Bobbi Mueller, Missy Obergefell, Linda Ritter, Randy Rocke, Paula Russell, Robin Taylor, Sandy Turner, Angie Weber, Nan Weir, Richard Wing, Donice Wooster, Jamy Zambito, Lois Zook First Community Church firstnews (USPS 196300) is published monthly by First Community Church, 1320 Cambridge Boulevard, Columbus, OH 43212-3200. Periodicals postage paid at Columbus, Ohio. Subscription rates — U.S. First Community members - $1/year; non-pledging members and non-members - $25/year. Canadian or foreign subscriptions must be paid in U.S. dollars. For non-U.S. rates, call the firstnews office. Postmaster: Send address changes to First Community Church, 1320 Cambridge Boulevard, Columbus, OH 43212-3200.

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In the Air

Internet is a Rich Resource


What Not To Do When Others Grieve

–– The Reverend Dr. Richard A. Wing, Senior Minister

We are helped more by identifying what God is not, rather than trying to convey what God is. Apophatic theology or Via Negativa is the name for this method.

By Randy Rocke First Community Church began its Internet presence in 1996, originally as a method of sharing its media resources (television, sermons, etc.) beyond the broadcast confines of central Ohio. This made our website one of the first church sites to provide continuous video and audio resources. For quality and impact, the broadcasts and cablecasts of the church are still our most powerful outreach, but our online media allows users around the world tremendous access to messages, services, broadcasts, special events and productions. The majority of these resources are available from the Online Media Resources area on the left side of the home page and other web pages on Webcasts The South Campus 11 am service is webcast live each Sunday. It is viewable on PC, Mac and mobile devices. If you are unable to view at the time of the service, the webcast will be available later that afternoon in the Live Webcast Archives area. Services are available for two months. Special services, such as MorningSong, will be posted for six months.

Likewise, we are helped more by identifying what does not help people in grief rather than talk about what does help. Be assured, you can help people in grief: be present, listen and let them know that you hate what has happened in their life. Then, by all means, avoid these things Val Walker enumerates: - Don’t tell people how they should feel or what they should do, unless they ask for advice. - Don’t try to cheer someone up or encourage a person to look on the bright side. - Don’t tell a person to contact you if he or she needs help. Having to ask for help is no comfort. You keep in contact. Simply call and say you are thinking about them and then let them say whatever they want. - Don’t say you know how the bereaved person is feeling because you don’t. Even if you’ve been through it yourself, don’t say that. Each person’s grief is different. - Don’t bring up religious beliefs ever. They will be helped when you lead with your heart, not your words of faith. - Don’t offer more than you can provide. - Don’t worry about not knowing what to say or about saying the wrong thing. Simply say you are sorry, and be ready to listen. - Don’t take it personally if a grieving person is not helped by your efforts. Peace to you,

Telecasts If you are unable to view the weekly Sunday morning First Edition broadcast at 9 am Sundays on the Ohio News Network or WBNS Digital 10.2, use the First Edition Telecast Archives. Sermon Podcasts All sermons are uploaded early in the week. You can use the Recent Sermon Podcasts page to download the sermon audio to your computer’s hard drive or simply stay on the page and play back the sermon. To access the archives, click the Sermon Archive link near the top of the podcast page. YouTube We have a presence on YouTube for special content. Our YouTube channel is FirstCommunityCh.

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First Edition Features the previous week’s service on ONN TV and WBNS 10.2 via digital outlets on Sundays at 9 am.

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The Foundation Corner

93,000 Expressions of Love –– Donald Jameson, Director of Foundation Development We are pleased to announce the receipt of two meaningful gifts to the First Community Foundation. The estate of Martha Morris has made a gift of $5,000. Martha was a church member for more than 60 years, President of Guild Group N, was in Couples Circle 7, served on the Governing Board and as President of the Women’s Guild. Our church was very important to her. Bob and Mary Jane McCormick established a Charitable Remainder Trust in 1997. They included the Foundation in the trust. They are no longer with us and we have received a check for $88,000. A fund will be established in their names. It will be designated for purposes of general church/staff development and support of Camp Akita. The McCormicks obviously had a great love for First Community Church and were interested in helping it thrive and serve our community far beyond the period in which they could personally enjoy it. I wonder how they would feel if they knew their check arrived at a time when their church’s need for Foundation support was especially important. The Foundation will support the church and its ministries this year with total grants of up to $339,000. These will include support for South Campus renovation, three seminary students, Akita and Early Childhood scholarships, older persons’ assistance, the Akita waterslide, mission projects, church staff education, media equipment and more. While a rising stock market helps provide additional funding, that cannot be counted on, as we all know! What will keep us going in the future will be the decisions you make, like those made by Bob and Mary Jane McCormick and Martha Morris, to step forward and include First Community Foundation in your estate plans. That can make all the difference. Please contact us and explore the ways you can help our church in the future, especially if you have ministries or programs in which you have an especially deep interest.

Save the Date

Annual Churchwide Day at Akita Wednesday, October 5 Bus leaves at 8:30 am – Returns at 5 pm Camp Akita, Logan, OH Cost: $40 (Includes lunch, snacks and transportation) Watch for more details in August firstnews!


First Community Foundation Gifts In Memory of: Art Sanders Robert Gutches James & Virginia Cunningham Sallie Davis Virginia Frick Guild Group 7 Guild Group Q Gene & Carol Hagemeier Bill & Nancy Rigsby David & Elaine Smith Steve & Mary Stover Jean Cook Mary Ann Krauss Craig & Kathleen Cottingham Robert & Barbara Hudson Michael & Diane Hockman Kay & Chuck Emrick Jean Brandt Judy Yoder Gerald & Virginia Sutermaster Conrad Shisler Carl P. Norris Lee & Raleigh Burges Charles Traphagan Robert Roach Steve & Mary Stover Chet Thompson Sue & Jim Thorne James B. Frick Virginia Frick John Zeller Gardiner Mary Jane Kayes Lois Reese Joan Reid Louis Fritz Guild Group 7 Norma Rook Sallie Davis Frank & Jocelyne Linsalata Philip & Leslie Petrella James & Jane Vondrak In Honor of: Terry Smith Robert Foster Ron & Sue Halley 50th wedding anniversary Bill & Mary Lee John & Tali Stepp Mary Evan’s 90th Birthday Terry & Barb Davis Annita Meyer & Larry Woods

First Community Church Gifts Mary Evans Child Development Center In Honor of: Mary Evan’s 90th Birthday Diana & Bill Arthur Marilyn Lash Meg and Richard Wagner Ruth Gardner Dale and Norma Wilhelm Dorothy C. Cowles Friends of Music In Honor of: Ronald Jenkins Don & Jackie Cherry Scott, Beth & Rachel Ryan Judy Yoder Ralph & Jane Setterlin Sally Beske Gavin & April Howe The Chancel Choir Mike Elliott Ralph & Joan Talmage Judy Haager Louise Kutz Claire & Allison Mabel Rice

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First Community Church Gifts Friends of Music In Honor of: David & Rose Kandel Barbara Jurjans Sally Jo Coleman Judith Coleman William T. Morrow Jeanne V. Morrow Alvan & Miriam Clark David & Terry Williamson Jack Hesler Joan W. Hesler John Schenek Jill & Don Eliot Jim & Myron Shimer Sandie Southern Jackie Cherry Louise Kurtz Paul Knies Joan Knies Louise Clayton Ann Jacob Keith Brannock Michele Brannock The Sturtz Family Anne Clifford Linda Forsythe Mark & Bonnie Farland Reverend James Long Shirley & James Mason Nancy K. Mowrey Marshall Mowrey Parents & loved ones Sarah and John Mignery In Memory of: Martha Davidek Wilma Jenkins Frieda Behrent Richard & Greta Caldwell Lillie Morral Harriet Morral Perkins Rafiki In Honor Of: Connie Johnston, Pat Donovan, Crystal Allen Bill and Susan Napier In Celebration of: Beth Ernst Angela Van Fossen The Tandana Foundation In Honor Of: Joan Talmage Lynne Ayres Norb Knies Joan Knies Fathers Dwacka and Dan Dillon Barbara Bolan Fred Hensley In Memory Of: Sandra Sawyer Harp Jan Sawyer Stephanie Jaros Higgins Barbara M Jaros In celebration of Third Grade Bibles, gifts to the church were received in honor of the following third graders: Ethan Andujar Andujar family and Jane Wetzel Madison Collins Sophie DuPont Mason Halley Kate and Brad Halley Abigail Harr Olivia Kathleen Jump Jack Kamnikar Paige Kingsley Scott, Allison, Ethan and Brett Kingsley Sophia Lenhart Katie Liepelt Julia Grace Linzell William Macintosh Elijah Rhein-Murray Jamie Rein and Steven Murray Akusib Somerville

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Welcome New Members Meet the new members who joined Sunday, June 26. The next New Member Seminar will be Tuesday, October 4.

Jenny Albright

Rob Albright

Rosemary Belt

Greg Bennett

Andrew Blosser

Janice Burns-Watson

Chuck Rowland

Dorothy Rowland

Jenny Albright and Rob learned about the church from relatives and have both experienced Camp Akita. Jenny’s grandparents, John and Edith Miller, were members of First Community. Rob Albright and Jenny are the parents of Lauren (6) and attend the 10:25 am service. Rob, whose brother Jeff Sharp sang in the choir, is in sales with Goodyear and enjoys hunting, fishing and traveling to New York. Rosemary Belt is reinstating her membership of 45 years. She is the aunt of member Jane Belt and cousin to Barb Keneipp. A retired teacher, Rosemary enjoys Scrabble, Bridge, Bingo and Bible study groups at Friendship Village of Dublin where she lives. Greg Bennett, a member of the Chamber and Chancel Choirs, enjoys running, golf, tennis and being with family and friends. He works at Cardinal Health as a business consultant in sales and his hometown is Tobyhanna, PA.

Andy Blosser has sung in the Chamber Choir and Chancel Choir for four years. He is a Lecturer of Music-Applied Voice at The Ohio State University. Originally from Belle Center, Andy enjoys traveling to Europe (especially Austria), golfing, cooking and wine. Janice Burns-Watson, ordained in the Christian Church, learned about First Community from the Wellstreams and Spirituality Network programs. She is the mother of Naima (14), Nathanael (9) and Abigail (7) and has done extensive missionary work in Kenya. Charles Rowland and Dorothy attend the 11 am service for the traditional worship and music. Originally from Sunbury, Chuck enjoys traveling around the world, contemporary religion and looks forward to getting back to golf and fishing since retiring. Dorothy Rowland was previously a member of First Community Church in the 70s and 80s. She likes to travel, primarily long cruises, and also enjoys ballroom dance, nutrition and fitness. Louisa, VA is Dorothy’s hometown.


Take Heart

Blessed Assurance –– The Reverend Deborah Countiss Lindsay, Minister of Spiritual Care One of the great gifts of preaching and teaching is the conversations that happen after the sermon or the Bible study or the lecture. Last month I had the privilege of being the guest preacher and lecturer at Bay View, a Chautauqua community in Northern Michigan. As always, at Bay View I was inspired by – and learned from – the questions, comments, stories and musings of listeners. One day we talked about experiencing the presence of the Spirit, or, to put it another way, hearing the voice of God. After the lecture, a retired Methodist minister approached me to share his personal and profound experience. I was especially moved by the language he used; he spoke about having an experience of assurance. It was a brief luminous moment when he felt enveloped by a sense of love and the presence of God. It is always a struggle to express in words that which is beyond words. But this word, assurance, feels right to me. It doesn’t explain or define or theologize; it simply suggests a calm knowing that we are not alone. It brings to mind a parent comforting a child during a thunderstorm in the middle of the night. In its definition of assurance, the Merriam-Webster dictionary says it is a sense of security, a confidence of mind or manner, an easy freedom from self-doubt or uncertainty. I am not sure there’s much that is easy about the walk of faith, but those words easy freedom resonate; that is surely what God wants for us in the living of our days. The notion of assurance calls to mind the words of the prophet Isaiah: “Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you.” (Isaiah 41:10) May you be assured of God’s love for you and God’s steady presence in your life. Blessings,

Older Adult Ministry

Listening Posts By Molly Hood Helpful suggestions to improve comfort, access and safety at both campuses were offered by members at the Older Adult Ministry’s Listening Posts in April and May. Some involved improved lighting and safety factors that will benefit all members and visitors. The suggestions have been forwarded to the Governing Board and other councils. Until the council holds future Listening Posts, members may submit suggestions to Robin Taylor at 614 488.0681 ext 235 or

Heart to Heart By Angie Weber This month I would like to thank all the generous groups that have held food drives for Heart to Heart. The most recent groups included Jones Middle School, Drew Karem and Jake Johns for their Capstone Project, and the Middle School kids and Mission Council sponsored all-church food drives. It is also exciting to show up at work and find all the groceries that folks drop off at the pantry. We purchase all of our food from MidOhio Foodbank (MOFB) at a greatly reduced price over what we would pay at a grocery store. The food we purchase is based on what MOFB has in stock at the time. The great thing about a food drive is that we get a great selection of foods for the pantry clients to choose from. For example, for vegetables, we usually have available green beans, corn and sometimes carrots. When we have a food drive we get all kinds of different vegetables and the clients love those extra choices. Summer time also brings all the fresh vegetables that different groups bring in from community gardens, as well as their own. We feel like it is Christmas when we receive the fresh items for our clients – and it is so important to offer them such healthy choices. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone for their continued support of Heart to Heart.

The Power of Prevention

Life Line Screening Providing Affordable, Reliable Health Screenings Monday, July 11 Brownlee Hall, South Campus Pre-registration is required. Call: 1 800 324.1851 Priority Code: HSC3132 community-partners


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Offsite Education Events of Interest The Qur’an: A Response to Recent Controversies Concerning Islam’s Holy Book Lahore Ahmadiyya Islamic Society Saturday, July 9, 10 am – 3 pm Embassy Suites, Dublin This free seminar (including lunch) is open to First Community Church members who RSVP. Rev. Deborah Lindsay presents an opening talk on “The Need for Understanding,” and presenters from this Islamic educational society discuss various aspects of the Qur’an in talks throughout the rest of the day. RSVP: Fazeel S. Khan at 216 288.0951 or Reiki Symposium at Yoga On High Saturday, July 9 1081 N. High St., Columbus Two church members facilitate a morning and afternoon workshop (prerequisite for either session: Reiki 1). Katherine Dufrane, RMT, leads “Coming Home to Spirit: Reiki as a Spiritual Path,” 10:45 am-1:40 pm, $55 fee. Jodi Patton, RMT, facilitates “Sharing Reiki Energy with Those in Need,” 3-4:15 pm, no fee but registration required by calling 614 291.4444. Facing Fear with Love, Wisdom and Courage Avery Solomon, Ph.D. Friday, August 12, 7 pm Upper Arlington Municipal Building For more information, call Linda or Charles Baldeck, 614 459.0722. Personal Spiritual Deepening Program: Living in God Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation October 2011 – May 2012 Columbus, Ohio For more information, or to request a brochure or application, contact Nan Weir at 614 538.1153 or

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End of an Era Women's Guild Group I members Jane Hurst (left) and Jane Johnson enjoy the last meeting of the group held at South Campus May 19. The Guild, which had been one of the oldest in existance, was the first established to accommodate working women in 1938. They are best known for their cake sales, where participation was enjoyed and made from scratch baked goods, not boxed, were expected.

July 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 Genesis 27:1-17 Romans 7:7-20 2 Genesis 27:18-29 Luke 10:21-24 3 (Sunday) Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 Psalm 45:10-17 Romans 7:15-25a Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 4 Genesis 27:30-46 Romans 1: 18-25 5 Genesis 29:1-14 Romans 3: 1-8 6 Genesis 29:31-35 John 13:1-17 7 Exodus 3:1-6 Romans 2:12-16 8 Deuteronomy 32:1-10 Romans 15:14-21 9 Isaiah 2:1-4 John 12:44-50 10 (Sunday) Genesis 25:19-34 Psalm 119:105-112 Romans 8:1-11 Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 11 Micah 1:1-5 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 12 Jeremiah 49:7-11 Ephesians 4:17—5:2 13 Obadiah 15-21 Matthew 13:10-17 14 Isaiah 44:1-5 Hebrews 2:1-9 15 Ezekiel 39:21-29 Hebrews 6:13-20 16 Exodus 14:9-25 Matthew 7:15-20 17 (Sunday) Genesis 28:10-19a Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 Romans 8:12-25 Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 18 Genesis 32:3-21 Revelation 14:12-20 19 Genesis 33:1-17 Galatians 4:21—5:1 20 Genesis 35:16-29 Matthew 12:15-21 21 Genesis 29:1-8 1 Corinthians 4:14-20 22 Genesis 29-14 Acts 7:44-53 23 Genesis 29:31—30:24 Matthew 12:38-42 24 (Sunday) Genesis 29:15-28 Psalm 105:1-11, 45b Romans 8:26-39 Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 25 Genesis 30:25-36 James 3:13-18 26 Genesis 30:37-43 Ephesians 6:10-18 27 Genesis 46:2—47:12 Mark 4:30-34 28 Isaiah 14:1-2 Philippians 4:10-15 29 Isaiah 41:8-10 Romans 9:6-13 30 Genesis 31:1-21 Matthew 7:7-11 31 (Sunday) Genesis 32:22-31 Psalm 17:1-7,15 Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 14:13-21


Stewardship Corner

Shifting Gears –– The Reverend Paul E. Baumer, Minister of Mission So, Paul, are you ever going to retire? Well, I did. Then Dick Wing offered me a job I couldn’t refuse, and for five years or so I’ve been doing work in our congregation that I totally enjoy. Being on mission is what I believe is the Christian church’s primary reason for existence. Along with that goes our worship and praise of God, learning about the ministry and teaching of Jesus, and strengthening the companionship and community we all experience as followers of Jesus. Our life as a community of Jesus’ people nurtures and strengthens our individual lives in ways we can easily identify and in ways of which we’re hardly aware. We need to pay attention to keeping that life strong and able. That means energy. Energy which comes from our individual participation and our supplying the resources to make it all possible. It’s clear we need to pay attention to all of this. That happens by carrying out what I believe to be is one of the necessary ministries of any Christian church, and that is helping all of us become better managers of the resources available to us as individuals and as a church of Jesus Christ. So I’ve accepted a new challenge, and that is to develop a stewardship program for our congregation. As you may have observed, that began a few months ago but becomes “official” this month. I shift gears from mission to stewardship, and I trust you’ll enjoy the ride along with me.

Profound statements are made in our Sunday school. This feature offers insight from our youth. After the third graders were presented with their Bibles on May 22, during their Sunday school class time they were asked, “How does it feel to have your very own Bible?” Rebekah thought for a moment and said, “Well, in this room we have heard the stories, and seen the stories, now it feels like we can enter the stories. It feels like I’m in the book.”

Women’s Guild News By Jill Eliot Our current celebrations are complete with the installation of our new Board, the recognition of the Women's Guild past presidents, and the commemorating of Joy Plassman's second term presidency. We look forward to celebrating our 100-year anniversary beginning with the second all-Guild potluck to be held at 6 pm on August 31 at the North Campus. Our evening's theme will be a baby shower for the Layette ministry sponsored by Church Women United. Our fall Women's Guild Newsletter will be sent out in August. A request is being made for "finger food" recipe submissions. Please e-mail Jill Eliot at jeliot@ Selected recipes will be printed in the newsletter in a column entitled "100 Years of Guilding the Kitchen." Pictured are past Women’s Guild presidents representing more than 40 years of service to First Community Church. Seated: Jinny Frick, Lois Smith, Harriet Brown; Second Row: Meg Wagner, April Howe, Biddie Clark, Paula Russell, Jackie Cherry, Joy Plassman; Back Row: Sue Dunlap Potts, Mona Hett, Susan Brooks, Kathie Jones.


A leaky Akita canoe gets a new home at the Mary Evans Child Development Center! The canoe is the latest addition to our natural playscape. There are limited openings in our preschool and full-day Kindergarten program for fall. Contact Jamy Zambito 614 777.4099 ext 1 or for more information.

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Coming This Fall

Middle School Vocal Choir


Third Grade Bibles

All Middle School youth who would like to sing are invited to plan now to be part of this exciting new choir beginning September 18. We will meet after Crossroads on Sunday mornings at the North Campus in Room 118. No audition required. Rehearsals will begin with a light snack and fellowship time, with vocal warm-ups starting at 11:45 am. Contact Youth Choir Director Sally Beske at for more information.

Parents of Kindergartners The K-5 Ministry would like to extend a hearty welcome to our new kindergartners. You and your kindergartener are invited to attend a brief reception immediately following worship on Sunday, August 28. At the North Campus, we will gather in Grace Hall following the 10 am service and at the South Campus we will gather in the Sanctuary following the 11 am service. During this time we will give you a brief overview of the K-5 Ministry at First Community Church including the children’s choir, Midweek Missions and Camp Akita opportunities. Following our presentation, we will move to the children’s classroom so they can become acquainted with their new Sunday morning space prior to Kick-Off Sunday. This is a valuable experience for both you and your child and we look forward to seeing you on August 28. Please RSVP at 614 488.0681 ext. 109 or at

Parent Groups for July For Dads Only

Tuesday, July 12, 7-8:30 pm Guild Room, South Campus Guest Leader: Rev. Deborah Lindsay

Third Grade Bible Recipients: Ethan Andujar Cameron Biros Spencer Browning Jack Caine Grace Campbell Madison Collins Tyler Comford Dylan Domachowski Sophie DuPont Miles Eriksen Dane Farmer Emily Friend David Gallapoo Megan Gatsch Jennifer Gomez Bradford Halley Katherine Hans

Abigail Harr Alicia Howe Tatum Jentgen Anna Jonaus Olivia Jump Jack Kamnikar Tyler Kessis Paige Kingsley Sydney Lape Sophia Lenhart Katie Liepelt Julia Linzell William Macintosh Abigail Mullins Rebekah Murray Elijah Rhein-Murray Ethan Rose

Georgia Ryan Margaret Ryan Ethan Sandstrom Drew Sauer Julianna Schlatter Ethan Shaw Ellen Sneed Alison Somerville Anne Volker Cole Walters Katherine Whitman Karina Winer Ashley Wood Brooke Yoakam Clint Younkin Peter Zelnik

For Moms Only

Monday, July 18, 7-8:30 pm Guild Room, South Campus Guest Leader: Missy Obergefell

July 1 - 31, 2011


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July 2011 selected events




This calendar is not a comprehensive list of all meetings and activities at First Community Church.

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









5:30 PM, SC • Friends of the Homeless

WORSHIP: 8:30 AM Burkhart Chapel, SC • Rev. Deborah Lindsay preaching 10 AM Grace Hall, NC • Dr. Wing preaching • Chancel Chamber Choir 11 AM Sanctuary, SC • Dr. Wing preaching • Chancel Choir


5:30 PM, SC • Friends of the Homeless

WORSHIP: 8:30 AM Burkhart Chapel, SC • Rev. David Hett preaching 10 AM Grace Hall, NC • Rev. David Hett preaching • Chancel Chamber Choir 11 AM Sanctuary, SC • Rev. David Hett preaching • Chancel Choir


5:30 PM, SC • Friends of the Homeless 7 PM, SC • For Moms Only Parent Group 7 PM, SC • Mission Council 7 PM, SC • Women’s MASS

WORSHIP: 8:30 AM Burkhart Chapel, SC • Rev. Paul Baumer preaching 10 AM Grace Hall, NC • Rev. Paul Baumer preaching • Chancel Chamber Choir 11 AM Sanctuary, SC • Rev. Paul Baumer preaching • Chancel Choir


9:30 AM - 12 PM, SC • Heart to Heart Open 7 PM, SC • Transitions Support Group 6 PM, NC • Akita Session 5 Check-In


9:15 AM, SC • K-5 Children’s Retreat 9:30 AM - 12 PM, SC • Heart to Heart Open 1 PM, NC • Akita Session 6 Check-In 6:30 PM, SC • Wisdom of Life & Death 7 PM, SC • Bridges to Healing Grief Group 7 PM, SC • For Dads Only Parent Group


9:30 AM - 12 PM, SC • Heart to Heart Open 7 PM, SC • Transitions Support Group

6 PM, NC • Akita Session 7 Check-In





8:30 AM Burkhart Chapel, SC • Katherine Shaner preaching 10 AM Grace Hall, NC • Katherine Shaner preaching • Chancel Chamber Choir 11 AM Sanctuary, SC • Katherine Shaner preaching • Chancel Choir


5:30 PM, SC • Friends of the Homeless 6 PM, SC • Personnel Committee 7 PM, SC • Governing Board Meeting 7 PM, SC • Women’s MASS


9:30 AM - 12 PM, SC • Heart to Heart Open 1 PM, NC • Akita Session 9 Check-In 5:30 PM, SC • Meals for Rebecca’s Place 6:30 PM, SC • Wisdom of Life & Death 7 PM, SC • Bridges to Healing Grief Group

8:30 AM Burkhart Chapel, SC • Rev. Shari Prestemon (Guest) preaching 10 AM Grace Hall, NC • Rev. Shari Prestemon (Guest) preaching • Chancel Chamber Choir 11 AM Sanctuary, SC • Dr. Wing preaching • Chancel Choir

A indicates Usher assignments.


NC = North Campus

SC = South Campus July 1 - 31, 2011

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COMING UP IN AUGUST August August August August

19 27 28 31

- 21 • Akita Folk Festival • Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream • Kindergarten Reception • All Women’s Guild Potluck


7 AM, SC • Men's Study Group 7 AM, SC • Men's Wednesday Fellowship 9:30 AM, SC • Women Living the Questions 7 PM, SC • A Course in Miracles


7 AM, SC • Men’s Study Group 7 AM, SC • Men’s Wednesday Fellowship 9:15 AM, SC • K-5 Children’s Retreat 9:30 AM, SC • Women Living the Questions 7 PM, SC • A Course in Miracles


7 AM, SC • Men’s Study Group 7 AM, SC • Men’s Wednesday Fellowship 9:30 AM, SC • Women Living the Questions 7 PM, SC • A Course in Miracles


7 AM, SC • Men’s Study Group 7 AM, SC • Men’s Wednesday Fellowship 9:30 AM, SC • Women Living the Questions 7 PM, SC • A Course in Miracles

July 1 - 31, 2011

9:30 AM - 12 PM • Heart to Heart Open 9:30 AM, SC • Prayers & Squares Quilt Ministry

9:15 AM, SC • K-5 Children’s Retreat 9:30 AM - 12 PM, SC • Heart to Heart Open 9:30 AM, SC • Prayers & Squares Quilt Ministry

9:30 AM - 12 PM, SC • Heart to Heart Open 9:30 AM, SC • Prayers & Squares Quilt Ministry

9:30 AM - 12 PM, SC • Heart to Heart Open 9:30 AM, SC • Prayers & Squares Quilt Ministry

7:30 AM • Marafiki Golf Tournament


1 PM, NC • Akita Session 8 Check-In

6 PM, NC • Mission Council Shrimp Boil

30 1 PM, NC • Akita Session 10 Check-In


Care and Spirit

In the Image of God

–­– The Reverend James M. Long, Minister of Pastoral Care Spirituality means, among other things, taking ourselves seriously. It means going against the cultural stream in which we are incessantly trivialized to the menial status of producers and performers, constantly depersonalized behind the labels of our degrees and our salaries. But there is far more to us than our usefulness and our reputation, where we have been and who we know; there is the unique, irreproducible, eternal, image of God me. Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading Eugene H. Peterson

We live in a highly competitive world, and we are challenged daily to produce results. We also live in a culture that values reputation and celebrity. Thus, it is very easy to believe that our true worth is based on success and preserving a certain self image. And yet, scripture assures us that we are made in the image of God. Like the coins of ancient Rome stamped with the image of the emperor, we are stamped at birth with the image of our creator. Thomas Merton wrote of the “true self” in each of us. This is the person God created us to be. We need to find that true self below the many false selves we project to the world and to ourselves. This goes beyond our jobs and possessions and achievements. It is deeper than our reputations and status. Indeed, it is our true status, what Eugene Peterson calls the “personal dignity” which is the foundation of our spirituality. Too often, we put ourselves down or assert our shortcomings, rather than ground ourselves in the reality that we are sons and daughters of a loving God. Jesus modeled for us the acceptance and love of God for all people. There are no exceptions. Let each of us claim this reality in our life! Peace and blessings,

Staff News Robin Taylor has been named Administrative Assistant to Dr. Wing. She joined the staff in November 2010 as Administrative Assistant to Paula Russell, Rev. Paul Baumer and Missy Obergefell. Robin will continue to support these members of the staff. Robin has been a member of First Community Church since receiving her Block of Wood in 1994. She also went through the high school program. "I am very much looking forward to my new responsibilities,” Robin said. “It is an incredible feeling to wake up and be excited to come to work. I can’t wait for what lies ahead." Paul Baumer, who has been Minister of Mission, is now Minister of Stewardship. Kate Shaner, Director of Youth Ministries, will be adding Missions to her duties. Michael Barber, an IT subcontractor for the church since August 2010, officially joined the church staff as Creative Technologies Specialist in March. Michael maintains all computer equipment and contributes to the production of firstnews and the church website.


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

BIRTHS Annalise Zibners Naprawa 5/27/11 daughter of Jim and Amanda Naprawa George Henry Zook 6/15/11 son of Mollie and Mike Zook grandson of Lois and Glenn Zook WEDDINGS Jessica Krawczyk & Ted Bigham 6/11/11 Heather Garrett & David Redenbarger 6/12/11 Lauren Styer & Matthieu Patris de Breuil 6/17/11 daughter of Chris Casavant & Phil Styer Courtney Bauer & Craig Bowe 6/18/11 Jason Rafeld & Michelle Brugh 5/14/11 son of Blake and Chris Rafeld Cristin Hudson & Sean O’Riordan 5/28/11 daughter of Cindy & Tom Hudson Marilyn Hatfield and Ron Bright 6/4/11 BAPTISMS Beatrix Josephine Robinson 5/22/11 Vance Alan Nicol 6/14/11 Samantha Jayne Nicol 6/14/11 Daniel Alexander Nicol 6/14/11 90TH BIRTHDAYS John Emery 11/12/10 Barbara Emery 4/21/11 Mary Evan’s 6/5/11 RECENTLY HOSPITALIZED Bob Smith Stewart Pitchford Jane Johnson Jess Casamassimo Cynthia Baker Lois Smith Rose Happell daughter of Suzanne Schier-Happell & Kevin Happell

DEATHS Samuel Foster 5/19/11 Nancy Twitchell Swihart 5/25/11 sister of Joan Betz Ruth Jones 5/15/11 David W. Schumaker 5/19/11 brother-in-law of Steve & Rachel Mushrush Roger Chrisman 6/14/11 father-in-law of Dianne (Roger) Chrisman Call the Pastoral Care Office at 614 488.0681 ext 239, for family births, deaths, weddings, hospitalizations and birthdays of 90 years or more.

July 1 - 31, 2011

July Special Offering

Back Bay Mission By Rev. Paul Baumer Sunday, July 31, you have the opportunity to help support one of the most effective community ministries of the United Church of Christ. Back Bay Mission, Biloxi, has served the Mississippi Gulf Coast for 90 years. Shari Prestemon, the Mission’s Executive Director, will be here to be part of the Shrimp Boil, July 29, and to preach at the 8:30 and 10 am services on July 31. Beginning as a weekend school for children working in the Biloxi shrimp processing plants, the Mission has grown into a wide-ranging ministry. Direct services to clients provide emergency assistance, food, school supplies, prescriptions, counseling, utility relief and case management support, plus financial counseling, literacy training and employment training. Housing recovery and work camp hosts more than 40 work camps per year and helps Biloxi respond to the overwhelming need for housing restoration. When the Mission accepts a house for rehabilitation, it commits to completing the project which may require everything from mold abatement to electrical and plumbing work and roofing. When needed, the Mission cooperates with Habitat for Humanity in building a new house. Grants from the city of Biloxi, the United Church of Christ, individual congregations and some corporations help the Mission restore houses for homeowners who lack the financial resources to do the projects on their own. Back Bay Mission is the leader on the Gulf Coast in community empowerment. Thanks to its leadership, the community now has a Head Start program, a battered women’s shelter, an Interfaith Disaster Task Force and hospitality network, family counseling, the Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen, an AIDS Task Force, a medical and dental clinic network and a variety of services to the homeless. Home At Last (HAL) helps disabled homeless persons find and maintain their own apartments. The most recently begun program is the affordable housing initiative. With 65,000 homes destroyed and 64,000 badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina, Back Bay Mission has broken ground for Bethel Estates, an affordable housing project. Your generous support of our July 31 special offering for Back Bay Mission will help continue this exceptional mission program.

July 1 - 31, 2011

Dr. Terry and Barbara Davis

Marafiki Golf Tournament Saturday, July 16, 7:30 am Fox Fire Golf Club, Lockbourne Proceeds benefit Rafiki Education for HIV/AIDS Orphans in Kenya. Four person, 18-hole scramble format. Sponsorship packages are still available. Visit, search: Marafiki Golf to register. For questions or to volunteer, contact Connie Hieatt at or 614 488.0681 ext 227.


Kroger Alert By Robin Taylor Kroger Community Rewards Program - Time for a reminder to re-enroll for 2011 Thank you to those already enrolled, helping to raise money for the Mission Ministries through the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Kroger requires that each Community Rewards Member re-enroll once a year. April 1 was the kick-off to re-enroll for this year. It’s easy to sign up (enroll) or re-enroll online. The May “re-up” report shows that last year’s figures are way down in numbers of those who have registered their Plus card to benefit First Community Church. The general Missions Fund from which the Mission Council distributes money stands to lose several thousand dollars without the support of our many friends. As there are often glitches in these procedural changes, we are asking all of you with Kroger accounts to sign up again unless you had First Community Church enroll you. In addition, you do not have to be a church member in order for First Community Church to receive the benefits of the community rewards program. There are three ways to sign up: 1. Register at 2. Call the church with your Kroger Plus card number and email address. We will do it for you. 3. Sign up at the missions table on Sundays. Contact Robin Taylor at 614 488.0681 ext 235 with questions. If you do not have a Kroger Plus card, you can enroll at any Kroger service counter and designate First Community Church as your community rewards choice. Through your participation the Kroger program brought in approximately $12,000 last year. Thank you so very much for taking the time to re-enroll.


The Infinite Quest

Men Behaving Badly –­– The Reverend David S. Hett, Minister of Religious Life and Learning My work will be continued by those who suffer. C. G. Jung, The Wisdom of the Heart Anthony Weiner, another example of political men behaving badly, just points to the potential for any man being near that territory regardless of profession, celebrity status, personality or sexual orientation. In my own inner work community, Diamond Heart, my most precious connections are with some of the men who have undergone the courageous journey to the depths of soul. In looking at the Weiner episode, psychologist Michael Bader offers this: For reasons having to do with their childrearing and with the social construction of masculinity, men tend to be emotionally disconnected from themselves and others. In the course of growing up…they end up cut off from their inner lives… Men are isolated from their deepest selves, in my experience no more than women, but with more hesitation to dive in when the time is ripe. Thus, women involved in group depth-work often wonder, “Where are all the men?” Being “cut off” from the inner life is another, deeper form of castration. According to Jung, writes analyst Eugene Monick in Castration and Male Rage: The Phallic Wound, “the psyche seeks ways to make itself whole; it is self-regulating, selfhealing. [But] Spirit comes from within. Interiority, obscure to the male, is the starting place of renewed erection… For a man to move his frame of reference within is itself a kind of doing, very different from feminine being.” Inner work contains a distinctly masculine component. In Divine Duality, Will Keepin’s book on gender reconciliation work, “Jim” tells his story of moving away from addiction to pornography. As his healing began, he said: I started to become aware of a deeper and higher meaning to what my longings were about, which brought me to the awareness that I was longing for something—it was like longing for home, a longing for a deep connection to Source that was playing itself out around my sexuality. Jim recounted that he gradually began to see that his longing was for a sacred inner mate, or for this thing we’re calling The Beloved. I realized I was reaching for it in the magazines and the women, and in the dancers— but in a twisted way. “This thing we’re calling The Beloved”…seek, and you shall find. Men, as well as women. Shalom,

Quest Singles Thursday, July 7, 6:30 pm Dinner at Cabo Cocina 6125 Riverside Drive, Dublin Thursday, July 14, 6:30 pm Dinner at the Easy Street Cafe 5 S. Liberty Street, Powell Thursday, July 21, 6:30 pm Dinner at Moretti’s of Arlington 2124 Tremont Center Sunday, July 17, 8 pm Theater Performance at Schiller Park German Village Midsummer Night’s Dream Thursday, July 28, 6:30 pm Dinner at Lindey’s German Village Contact Nancy at 614 771.4869 or at to confirm details before attending an event.

Searching for a Library Book By Ann Eliot-Naille Changes are being implemented to the Library at South Campus in order to make browsing more user-friendly. Here are some tips to help you search: * The headings above the shelves indicate categories into which the books are sorted. Most follow Dewey Decimal guidelines, with the exception of two special categories, Spiritual Searchers and First Community Church Authors.  These books have (where possible) the Dewey Decimal number, but have been shelved in this way to make browsing/searching easier.  * We are also updating the author and title card catalogs. On the title card, the first subject listed is the category that is at the top of the shelves. If there are secondary subjects, that will be labelled on the shelf. The books are then shelved by Dewey Decimal number.  * The Subject card catalog is obsolete and will be replaced by a listing in a binder and eventually on a desktop computer. If you have questions, call Ann EliotNaille at 614 488.0681 ext 247 or


July 1 - 31, 2011

Summer Education Activities Mind-Body Approach to Weight Management Life Strategies Coach Judy Rojas will lead a four-week mind/body nutrition program in August at the church. Those who want to explore ways to nourish themselves on many levels, including achieving a healthy weight and learning to listen to the body’s wisdom, will want to consider this class. More details coming soon online and in the August firstnews. There will be a small participant fee to cover room rental. ‘Community Reads’: Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel Begins a Focus on the Abrahamic Faiths With the tenth anniversary of 9-11 approaching, one of the educational foci for the fall program year will be a closer look at the Abrahamic Faith traditions that include Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Weekly Adult Learning Groups Classes are free except where noted and open to the public. Books used for classes are available at the Furber Book Corner. For more information on registration or financial aid, contact Natalia at 614 488.0681 ext 113 or For more details on specific classes, go to, search: adult learning. Men’s Bible Study Group Meet before the workday begins to discuss sacred texts, currently the Beatitudes.

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 Open to all women, this discussion group focuses on spirituality and personal growth, and is currently exploring Anne Hillman’s Awakening the Energies of Love.

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

A Course in Miracles An open group creating a lifestyle of love, forgiveness and compassion.

Wednesdays, 7 - 8:15 pm Annex Rm 104, South Campus

We will start with a series on the Islamic faith, including a summer “Community Reads” selection, Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel.

Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream

Mr. Patel is the founder of Interfaith Youth Core, an organization that unites young people of different religions to perform community service and explore their common values.

Costs: Adults $15, Students $5, Optional Box Lunch $10

We are inviting the entire congregation to read this book and share it with others, including high school and college youth. Patel’s biography is also the summer reading book for those attending Capital University, and Eboo Patel will be presenting a public lecture at Capital on Tuesday, September 27, at 5 pm.

Designed with the collaboration of some of the finest scientific, indigenous and activist minds in the world, the Symposium explores the current state of our planet from a new perspective and connects participants with a powerful global movement to reclaim our future.

We hope to share in this exciting work he is doing. Other events are also being planned for this focus.

The symposium will be facilitated by First Community members trained by the Pachamama Alliance. The day will include presentations by local community groups concerned with sustainability and social justice.

A Symposium on Making a Difference in the World Today Saturday, August 27, 9 am – 3 pm Grace Hall, North Campus

Through dynamic group interactions, leading edge information and inspiring multimedia, participants of this event are inspired to reconnect with their deep concern for our world and are empowered to make a difference.

This symposium has been described as “life-changing” for many previous participants who experience a shift in their own relationship with all other living beings. They report that their participation has empowered them to make wise and creative choices about how they can live out their values in more sustainable and just ways.

For information or to register, contact Natalia Jones 614 488.0681 ext 113 or You can learn more about the parent organization for this important international program at

July 1 - 31, 2011


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First Community Church 1320 Cambridge Boulevard Columbus, OH 43212

Dated Material: Do Not Delay

firstnews Submission Information All news articles and photos for firstnews must be submitted to by the published deadline (see page 2). Direct questions to Connie Hieatt at 614 488.0681 ext 227 or

Heart to Heart

Food Pantry Totals May 18 - June 21, 2011 Households served....... 171 Adults served................ 554 Children served............ 204 Meals provided.......... 6,822 Total funds distributed: $760 Total Donations: $475 Year-to-Date Households served.... 1,543 Adults served............. 2,785 Children served............ 731 Meals provided........ 31,475

A helping hand and caring heart in times of need.

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 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; 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 Personnel; Constance Hieatt, Director of Communications; Sarah Kientz, High School Program Coordinator; 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; Katherine H. Shaner, Director of Youth Ministries & Missions; 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)


Memorial Garden

Story by Rev. Jim Long

The Memorial Garden is a dedicated space at the South Campus for the interment into the soil of the cremated remains of loved ones and the remembrance of their lives on a memorial wall at the entrance. It was creatively designed by Bob Wandel in light of the architecture of the South Campus and the surrounding area and was constructed through the generosity of Sallie Davis Bethge in memory of her late husband, Jacob Davis II.

TOP: A father and son take a quiet moment to explore the Memorial Garden site prior to the dedication ceremony. ABOVE: A limestone arch sits at the entrance of the Memorial Garden located at the First Community Church South Campus. RIGHT: Memorial Garden is designed to be a place of reflection and remembrance. Photos by Michael Barber

The Memorial Garden is located in a Cotswald-style courtyard that was originally intended for spiritual use. The materials are those found in the courtyards of English country churches. It is a place where you can be removed from the world’s activity, but remain aware of its vibrancy. It is a place of reflection and remembrance. The Memorial Garden is an outdoor room delicately enclosed by a boxwood hedge. It is entered through a limestone arch where the names of those memorialized will be etched. There is an articulated black granite bench where you can sit and reflect on those whose ashes have been placed there. The path from the archway to the bench is random, and made of irregularly-shaped bluestone. The primary surface of the Garden is lawn sloped and mounded to refer to the hills of the countryside.

LEFT: Memorial contributor Sallie Davis Bethge and designer Bob Wandel have the honor of being the first to walk through the arch of the Memorial Garden following a dedication ceremony held June 12. ABOVE: Dr. Richard A. Wing reflects on the efforts made to establish the Memorial Garden.

The Memorial Garden is neither a cemetery nor a columbarium with individual plots or niches for the interment of urns. Rather, the cremated remains are poured into the ground at a random place within the Garden and allowed to co-mingle with the soil. The name of the church member or family member whose cremated remains are interred will be engraved on the inner wall of the entrance archway along with the years of birth and death. Church staff must oversee the interment, committal service and etching of the name and dates of the person memorialized. This may not be done individually. There is a required written agreement and fee for the use of the Memorial Garden. Arrangements may be made through the Pastoral Care Office. The Memorial Garden is a visible reminder of those of our church community who have gone before us to the nearer presence of God and of our faith that death is not the last word in our lives. It was established as a place of remembrance and contemplation for all who enter there.

ABOVE LEFT: Memorial designer Bob Wandel speaks while Sallie Davis Bethge looks on. ABOVE RIGHT: Memorial contributor Sallie Davis Bethge speaks on behalf of her late husband, Jacob Davis II.

ABOVE: Participants in the dedication make their way through the arch in a ceremonial stroll through the garden.

July 2011  

Vol 57 No. 7

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