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Vol. 59 No. 6

Gone Fishing Don Jameson Leaves Ledger, Tackles Retirement  Story and Photo By Michael Barber People who deal in financial matters are often no less rigid than the mundane mugs decorating the dollars they protect. No doubt the church recognized that, with Don Jameson, the opposite would attract. “In 1989, I was doing part time jobs when I read an ad in firstnews saying that the Foundation was going to hire its first part time Development Director,” Don said.” I thought it would be a fun job to do. I applied and got the job.”

I can’t think of anything I’d rather have been doing for the past 21 years, unless I won the lottery and was on a fishing boat casting off Nags Head, North Carolina.” — Don Jameson “The other applicants wanted to ask a lot of questions and think about it,” he said. “They hired me because I said, ‘I… want… that… job.’” Don’s direct approach paid off five years later when Dr. Richard Wing added Director of Stewardship to his responsibilities, creating a full time job. “Don has very strong qualities,” Dr. Wing said. “Among them: persistency, consistency, perseverance and a great sense of humor.” (Continued, Page 2)

Gone Fishing (Continued from Page 1)

Don appreciates the personal connections most.

Those qualities have served Don well the past 21 years.

When his wife Mary passed in 2002, Don went through many months trying to make sense of it. “This church staff stepped in and put me on their shoulders and carried me through,” he said. “They planned the service, the music - everything, like that was the most important thing they had to do. I’ll never forget that moment.”

During the financial stress of 2008, the Foundation lost $2.5 million in assets in one year without spending a dime. “I accepted the reality of the situation”, he said. “I told people ‘we’re all in this together and we’re all going to hold hands and be miserable. We have survived a lot of things and we’ll get through this too.’” At 84, Don ends his successful run having grown a $500,000 Foundation fund into a bank of nearly $8 million. He credits his achievement to the church congregation and staff that have supported him. “I’ve never had anyone walk into my office that I wasn’t glad to see,” Don said. “It’s all about hard work, joy and celebration. We’ve laughed and cried together.”

The church staff echoes the sentiment. Cindy Harsany, Director of Finance and Operations, has found working with Don to be very gratifying. “He brings so much knowledge about the people here and the past that help in framing the future,” Cindy said. “He is a very thoughtful and caring person. I’m happy he will still be a part of this church when he retires.”

As Don prepares for his departure from the working class, speculation surrounding his retirement spreads. “It’s been suggested that I work with Older Persons Council, and I think not,” Don said. “I’ll have opportunities where I live to do that. I’m not interested in long committee meetings or having anything to do with fundraising. Membership might be fun.” As difficult as it may be for him to define his free time, Don has no trouble counting his blessings. “I can’t think of anything I’d rather have been doing for the past 21 years, unless I won the lottery and was on a fishing boat casting off Nags Head, North Carolina,” he said. “God has blessed me with good health. What do I do with that? That’s the challenge.”

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Misplaced Attention

–– The Reverend Dr. Richard A. Wing, Senior Minister The Christian Church has blown it so badly in its 2,000 years history as it tried to get people to believe certain things about Jesus rather than do the things that Jesus clearly commanded that we do (not requested, but commanded). Richard Rohr asks, “Has Christianity been known for loving its enemies, or even building bridges of understanding between peoples? Not really.

Instead, Christianity made the important issues abstract theological questions about the nature of God (which ask almost nothing of us except argument). Much of our church life has been on that level, and no one ever “wins.” We have done this for centuries. Churches divide and separate largely over nonessential issues.” (Such as the use or non-use of an organ in worship. I wish I were kidding about this.) Rohr says, “We turned Jesus’ message into a reward-or-punishment contest instead of a transformational experience that was verifiable here and now by the good we do. Probably more than anything else, this huge misplacement of attention anesthetized and weakened the actual transformative power of Christianity.”

Our New Summer Worship Schedule Begins June 2 For details see Page 19.

Having just celebrated the birthday of the church, it is good for us to remember that the world doesn’t care what we believe as a church, but the world believes in the one we serve when they see us care. It’s not about creeds, but deeds. Not words but service. Christ is alive and powerfully among us when we get that straight. Peace to you,


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The Foundation Corner

Foundation Gifts

A Changing Of The Guard

Carol Deshler Tracy Channel

–– Donald Jameson, Director of Foundation Development As of July 1, 2013, Roger Burns will be the new First Community Foundation Director of Development, as I retire. My 21 years in that position have been enjoyable, educational and challenging. I consider myself to be truly blessed to have been offered the position in November, 1991. I’m sure Roger will help the Foundation move forward in rapidly changing times. Now for the news. The Foundation Heritage Society held a very enjoyable luncheon on May 8, for its members and friends at Brookside Golf & Country Club, sponsored by Bank of New York Mellon Wealth Management and our portfolio manager, Vice President Chandon Simonis. He discussed our investment goals and challenges and how our funds are managed to help us achieve our goals. We also heard from Douglas Torrance, 2013 Foundation Board Chair, and Roger Burns, who told us about Foundation plans for the future; the importance of members of our congregation including the Foundation in their planned giving programs and what we can achieve if we concentrate on both increasing our assets and using them wisely. The program finished with a special “Moment for Music” program by Emily Rogers, mezzo soprano and Sally Beske, pianist, to the delight of the audience. Also, The Foundation Board of Trustees approved the following actions at its April meeting. A $5,000 grant to help with the costs of the March 2013 James Finley Retreat at the church. Funding will be from the Dick Witter Memorial Fund. A $12,220 grant for the purchase of a new utility vehicle for Camp Akita. Funding will come from the Mary Johansmann Capital Memorial Fund. A $49,200 grant to purchase a broadcast field camera, housing and TV lighting for the church. Funding will be from the Johansmann 1320 Endowment Fund and the South Campus Capital Improvement Fund. A $400,000 ten year loan to the church for the replacement of the sewage-waste disposal system at Camp Akita. Construction will begin after the 2013 summer camp program ends and will be completed before the beginning of the 2014 summer camp program. Thank you for your support of our Foundation. It is appreciated.

Heart to Heart Matt and Erin Byrne In memory of: Priscilla D’Angelo Ann Sheline Phillip Tefft Marjorie Bohl Barbara Gardiner Ruth Gardner Robert and Beth Hamilton Dan and Becky Love Don and Donna Gepfert Jim and Merry Hamilton Bob and Sally Wandel Michael and Jeanne Griffith Jean Brandt Dick and Deborah Wood Marianne Thompson Richard and Nancy Pickett Chuck and Carolyn Takos Ann Sheline J. Thomas & Kathleen Jones Sallie Davis Bruce Lynn Bert and Katy Kram David and Carol Baker Gordon Johnston Bricker & Eckler John and Nancy Burtch Homer and Ila Mincy Janet Jones Holiday Christian and Donna Laver Margaret Wood Bette Millhon Tim and Christy Hawley Wanda Ross Don and Donna Gepfert Lloyd Fisher Neilly and Company CPAS Bill and Dottie Seibert Sylvan and Bonnie Frank Dan Davis and Vickie Murphy Jim and Merry Hamilton Leo and Jennifer Rose Rolland and Anne King Bob and Sandy Wandel J. Thomas & Kathleen Jones Jean Brandt Richard and Carol Meyer Dick and Louesa Foster Phyllis Means Richard and Suzanne Smith Mary Lewis Bill and Jean Kientz Dennis Christiansen & Kathleen Burchby, M.D. Janice Onken Gwynne Chadwick Sallie Davis Robert Hurst Betty O’Neill Tom Turner Robert Patridge Sarah and Bob Reid Robert Hudson Sarah and Bob Reid Joe Yearling Sarah and Bob Reid

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Foundation Gifts (Continued) Robert Hager Sarah and Bob Reid Louise and Bob Hoag Sarah and Bob Reid Kate Haddox Jane Stone J. Thomas & Kathleen Jones Richard Sims Dorothy Baker David and Jeanne Schoedinger Dick and Louesa Foster Jon and Patti Heintzelman Janet Phillips Richard Sims Rhoma Berlin Jill Fette John Bishop Gordon Johnston William Shafer Guild Group 7 Tom Shafer Guild Group 7 In Honor of: Nancy Heath Betty O’Neill Guild Group 7 President, Sherri Whetzel Guild Group 7 Ruth and Bob Gardner Ann and Robert Murtha Pam Jameson Guild Group Q Rev. Kate Shaner Diane Niermeyer Guild Group 7 Jim and Merry Hamilton Don Jameson Jim and Sandy Turner Christopher and Amy Winslow William and Diana Arthur David and Jeanne Schoedinger Dean and Judy Reinhard Buck and Nancy Byrne Michael and Charlotte Collister Robert Byrd Wayne and Paula Harer Peggy Johnson John and Cheryl Zeiger Bryon and Susan Murray Lynn Hokanson Jenny Lou Renkert Douglas and Darian Torrance Don and Donna Gepfert Paula Russell Donice Wooster Jeff and Patti Link Lauren Patris de Breuil Jeanne Blair David and Dawn Costin Glenn and Lois Zook Sally Porterfield

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Stewardship Stories

The Question –– Roger Burns, Director of Stewardship and Development A few weeks ago, I was meeting with a member of our church. We were having a truly wonderful conversation about our families, different parts of the country we had lived in and the future of First Community Church. There was plenty of laughter and during that hour life was good. Then, as our time together was winding down, they asked “The Question.” Truth be told I don’t mind “The Question.” It is on the minds of a lot of people, yet for some reason most folks are afraid to verbalize it. So when it was asked I felt a certain sense of relief. The elephant in the room had been identified. “The Question” was out in the open. “Why do you keep asking for money?” Underneath the simplicity of that question lies a host of issues about what it means to be church. For better or worse, one of the legacies of our Protestant heritage is a love / hate relationship with wealth. Money is a necessary evil but it can corrupt, get in the way of our relationship with God and is antithetical to the pure spiritual beings that God created us to be. Wealth is a blessing from God and a curse that can lead us down the path of sin. We are to work hard and support our families, but the pursuit of money is dangerous and potentially destructive. And because we tend to focus on our individual relationships with God what we do - or do not do - with our money is often seen as a private matter between each person and their Creator. Our theology of wealth is complicated at best and at its worst is a tangled mess of contradictory ideas and beliefs. So, when the subject of money is brought up in the church, many people get uncomfortable. If you want to silence a room, just ask everyone how much they give to the church. It really is amazing how the subject of money can suck the life out of most conversations. So, when my friend asked “The Question” I appreciated how difficult that was for them. “The Question” started a twenty-minute amazing conversation about why the church asks for money. I want to share some of that discussion with you but before I do, I want to ask you the same questions I asked my friend. Why do you think we ask for money? I really want to hear your answers. If you go to you will see a logo, This Is Why We Give. Click on it and it will take you to a page where you can send me your answers. Rest assured, your answer will be kept anonymous and will not be used against you. All I ask is that you be polite and respectful.


Take Heart

The Dazzling Darkness of God –– The Reverend Ms. Deborah Lindsay, Minister of Spiritual Care Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” (John 3:1-2)

Book Group In the Arms of Elders by Dr. William H. Thomas

I am writing this column from Nashville on the final day of the Festival of Homiletics, a conference that features some of the best preachers in America, as well as teachers of preaching. One of the presenters was Barbara Brown Taylor who is an Episcopal priest, author and preacher. Many at First Community have read her book, An Altar in the World. Barbara began with the story of Nicodemus to frame a question: Have we become too dependent on artificial light? Can we as individuals and the church enter into a period of darkness to bring new life to our personal and institutional spiritual lives? Barbara is currently working on a book about the faith of darkness, the purpose of which is not to enlighten, but to “endarken.” The following is her reflection on truths about spiritual darkness. -When the sun goes down, God does not turn the world over to some other deity. In fact, God does some of the best work in “the dazzling darkness of God.” -Disillusionment is essential to the journey. God is so much more than any of our current categories can hold. When we are discouraged or disillusioned with what we think we know about God, that can become the very moment when we are able to see with new eyes the overflow of divine into the world. -Doubt is part of the life of faith. Barbara says, “Your dark doubts can take you places that sunny convictions cannot.” I have seen this in my own life and the lives of others too. Questioners are not lost; we are finding our way. -Darkness can feel like distance from God. The biblical narrative often gives us a God who hides God’s face, but hidden does not mean absent. God is very much present, even in the darkest of nights. Barbara urges us to practice our faith in the dark until we find something blossoming inside, something that brings not certainty, but intimacy with a God who is “beyond all finding out.” Blessings,

“Learning to grow old--learning to harvest the richness that age can bring, and bringing a new elderhood into being is good work that can keep us all engaged for decades to come.” ElderWisdom is a book discussion group that meets every other month to discuss books that focus on the spiritual aspects of aging. Missy Obergefell, Director of Older Adult Ministry, facilitates the group as participants share insights and inspiring excerpts. Copies of the featured book are available for purchase in the bookstore. The next gathering will take place on June 27, at 1 pm in the Older Adult meeting space on the second floor of South Campus. All are welcome. To ensure that we have enough seats, please RSVP to Robin Taylor, Older Adult Ministry administrative assistant, 614 488.0681 ext. 235


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Back Bay Reflections If Back Bay Mission is on your bucket list, seven enthusiastic First Community Church members encourage you to wait no longer. Our church makes a difference, and equally important, we volunteers do. Our physical presence to work one week on post-Katrina houses, at the soup kitchen and food pantry, and in the Micah Day Center for the homeless means that Back Bay’s mission continues in its 92nd year. In Columbus, we are one of many churches like ours, yet in Mississippi, there are just two UCC congregations in the entire state. Does it mean something for our members to travel 2,000 miles round trip to pick up the tools, serving spoons and scrub buckets? Do our Mission Council offerings, Shrimp Boil and June luncheon for Heart to Heart make a difference? Resoundingly yes, and just as much as if we had crossed an international border to get there. Our “Heart to Heart” group was paired with “Hearts of Gold,” a UCC group from Highland, Illinois, a small town just east of St. Louis. Admittedly we all were of retirement age, so the Back Bay crew chief gave us projects within our physical capability.

Doug Torrance, Chair of the First Community Foundation Board, wants to make sure that everyone in the church community is aware that those who want to support the long-term stability and sustainability of Heart to Heart can now donate to a specific Heart to Heart Fund in the Foundation. We should all continue giving to the day-to-day operations of this very worthwhile cause. Consider stretching your giving a little further to assist the Foundation in providing a means to perpetually fund the needs of Heart to Heart. All you need to do is make your payment payable to First Community Foundation and designate it for the Heart to Heart Fund. Send to First Community Foundation, 1320 Cambridge Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43212.

Back Bay volunteers pictured are Loretta and David Heigle, Marge Calloway, Priscilla

We removed wallpaper, scraped plaster Mead, Loren and Cheryl Van Deusen, popcorn from ceilings, took up linoleum, Susan Napier. put up siding, laid a deck, scrubbed, primed, and painted both indoors and outdoors, and dedicated trees at alreadycompleted homes. Our pace was reasonable and though tired, our muscles not aching much.

The daily schedule gave us plenty of time to visit local spots for seafood and chicken. Highlight of the week was a big shrimp and crayfish boil with our Highland friends, complete with cobbler. All of us look forward to next May when we will return. Vignettes we cherish: • The McDonald’s server who looked at our nametags and said with tears in his eyes, “I know you. You helped me pay my rent. You paid my utility bills when I couldn’t.” • Miss Sarah, whose neighborhood has six houses that Back Bay rescued and whose yard now sprouts a new tree we dedicated, who quietly said, “You changed my life.” • Gary, a neatly dressed gentleman who slowly is preparing to live with a roof over his head again thanks to Micah Center services, smiled across the steam table to say, “Keep coming. You make a difference for us.” • Miss Ethel, the heart and soul of Micah Day Center, who marched into Back Bay, took over the supervision of the Day Center, and has worked there every day for years - without compensation. Back Bay’s mission is simple: “ To do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.“ We lived this intentionally for one week, making God’s love visible in every task, and we will return. Join us. Visit for photos and information. Contact Kate Shaner at to participate in future Back Bay trips.

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Heart to Heart Fund

Heart to Heart Food Pantry Totals For April 2013 Households served..........................140 Individuals served............................414 Children served............................159 Adults served................................219 Seniors served................................ 36 Meals provided.............................3,726 Year-to-Date Households served.......................1,103 Individuals served.........................2,578 Children served............................789 Adults served.............................1,518 Seniors served..............................271 Meals provided...........................24,125 Heart to Heart offers a helping hand and caring heart in times of need.


The Egalitarian Way –– The Reverend Mr. Paul E. Baumer, Minister to the Staff In these days of increasing change in church life, I wonder what our church will be like fifty years from now. What is going on in the United States is a dramatic change in denominations and congregations. Due to economics, the only churches that are healthy are either very small ones or very large ones. Very small churches don’t need a whole lot in order to survive. Very large churches have a broad enough base that they can hang in there. Due to an increasing lack of support for institutions and organizations of any kind (just ask any Masonic order, Kiwanis or Rotary club or any other similar organization), mid-sized churches and all denominations, which depend for support from the member churches, are struggling. So what about First Community Church? I’m very optimistic for several reasons. One is, we’re fortunate to have a fairly strong financial base in our church membership. Thanks to all of you for your good stewardship! Two is, we’re fortunate to have a very strong commitment base in our church membership. People are always ready to volunteer for stuff and are ready, willing and able to do it well. And we have an exceptionally strong staff who are ready to open doors and get us the tools we need. We have an egalitarian spirit and all are welcome and all are encouraged to take on whatever challenges appear. And three is something many of us don’t really appreciate. We have a church that operates at a very high level. Our worship, our music, our education programs, our missions, our care for children and senior adults, our …. well, the list could go on and on … is of a quality well beyond most congregations. For this guy, and I hope for you, it’s an absolute pleasure to be part of it all. The challenge before us is to continue to do so. God is trusting us to live together in faith, hope and love. It means the egalitarian way of our congregation is deeply correct.

Follow Along With the Choir on Their European Tour Sunday, June 2, 2013 7 pm “Auf Wiedersehen” Concert Grace Hall, First Community Church, Columbus, Ohio, USA Sunday, June 9, 2013 10 am Sing in worship at Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral) 2 pm Domgemeinde St. Hedwig (St. Hedwig’s Cathedral), Berlin Monday, June 10, 2013 1 pm Recital at Thomaskirche (St. Thomas Church), Leipzig Tuesday, June 11, 2013 7:30 pm Concert at Kreuzkirche (Holy Cross), Dresden Thursday, June 13, 2013 11 am Recital at Katedrála svatého Víta (St. Vitus Cathedral), Prague 3 pm Concert at Kostel Matky Boží pred Týnem (The Church of Our Lady before Týn), Prague Sunday, June 16, 2013 10 am Mass, Dom zu Salzburg (Salzburg Cathedral) Missa Longa in C Major, KV 262— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 2:30 pm Dom zu Salzburg (Salzburg Cathedral) Recital of American Music Sunday, June 23, 2013 10:30 am Service of Worship, First Community Church, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Dr. Terry & Barbara Davis Marafiki Golf Tournament Saturday, July 13, 7:30 am Fox Fire Golf Club, Lockbourne, OH For more information, contact Connie Hieatt at


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Rafiki Academy: Bulging at the Seams  Story and Photo by Terry Davis First Community Church has been a strong and steady supporter of the Rafiki AIDS ministry since 2004. While many great things are happening now at Rafiki, the most exciting is the launching and development of Rafiki Academy. Besides basic food, shelter and nurturing to create a good sense of self-worth, education is what these children need the most to be successful in life. Before Rafiki Academy, the biggest part of our annual budget was school fees that pay for our children to be taught in public classes in a town of 60 students – with marginal supplies. With the launch of Rafiki Academy, our students are in classes of no more than 25 with excellent teachers and supplies. In addition, our computer laboratory and School of Music give our kids opportunities that don’t exist in the public schools. We launched in January, 2012 as one pre-school class and Grades 1 - 2, with the original plan of adding one class per year. As you will recall, when we came to the congregation last summer, those three classes were under filled with only 35 total students. The problem was transportation for kids from the town. First Community Church responded and we got a van. When I visited Rafiki this February, we had 110 students enrolled in seven classes up to fourth-grade. And we were converting a pick-up truck to a second school van. Huge demand exists to add grades 5-8 which would be a triple win: 1. Our children win: much better education 2. The community wins: most students will be from the community 3. Our orphanage wins: the classes are very profitable because of school fees from the community, and fees we don’t need to pay for our own children. This will support Rafiki’s overall mission. But we are out of space. We have completely renovated the Technical School Building into small classrooms for the Academy and cannot add any more classrooms to the interior of the building. To expand, we need to add a new wing out in back of the tech school to add 4 more classrooms. That building will cost approximately $33,000. We would like to have it built by the beginning of the fall school year. This Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16 will be the congregation’s chance to pitch in. Use the Special Offering envelope in the bulletin to donate as generously as you can to the new wing. You can also donate online by visiting or send a check to First Community Church, Attention: Missions, 1320 Cambridge Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212. Let’s collect enough to make this addition the “First Community Church Education Wing of Rafiki Academy.” Thanks, as always, and in advance for your generous support!

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Summer Reads With Substance  By Ann Eliot-Naille Summer is that time of year when everyone relaxes a little and life becomes a bit more casual.   Furber Books & Gifts has some great reads for you - some that focus on outdoor activities we love to watch or participate in; others that can be read a page or two at a time. We have titles for the on-the-go person who, even in the summer, only has a couple of minutes of downtime before they jump into that next activity. Faith of 50 Million: Baseball, Religion, and American Culture by Christopher Evans and William Herzog II, explores the connections that “America’s Pastime” has with religion and American culture. Think Bull Durham and the “Church of Baseball.”  In Play It as It Lies: Golf and the Spiritual Life, author Mike Linder states that while golf cannot guarantee spiritual insight, it can provide a thought-provoking moment or two.  A primarily individual game, golf can afford the player with the potential to engage in and “get in synch with the rhythms of mystery.” Don’t Stop Believin’: Pop Culture and Religion from Ben-Hur to Zombies by Johnston, Detweiler and Taylor is a compilation of short essays that illustrates how pop culture reflects what we believe. Arranged by decade, this book touches on subjects as varied as Godzilla, Nike Ads and Facebook and cultural icons like Elvis Presley, Mother Theresa and Ellen Degeneres. Sabbath In the Suburbs by MaryAnn McKibben Dana tells the story of how one family’s decision to “keep the Sabbath” for one whole year became a powerful affirmation of discovering the moment instead of managing the time. How many times has a child said, “I wish I could take camp home with me?” This book illustrates how that question could be answered. And what better way to maintain that “summer attitude?” All books are available at Furber Books & Gifts and at


Blood Donation in Honor of Your Loved One Physical or mental challenges strike everyone’s life. We want to help, but how? Donating your blood in honor of their struggle is just plain good for all, whether your loved one knows of the act or not.  If you’re a regular blood donor or would like to make the commitment for the first time, Red Cross and First Community Church offer you the following opportunities:

Church Gifts Special Offering: Tandana J. Thomas & Kathleen Jones Tom & Pam Stewart Claire Esmond In honor of: Joan Talmage Lynne Ayres The Taft Family Bill & Susan Napier

South Campus: North Campus: Tuesday, June 18, 1 - 7 pm Sunday, September 8, 9 am - 2 pm Thursday, December 19, 1 - 7 pm

Heart to Heart In memory of: Keith E. McVey & Eugene McVey Roselynn J. McVey

To schedule your blood donation contact Cara Shary at 614 459.3691 or

Refugee Task Force In honor of: Barbara & Sandy Wood First Community Church Group Q Ruth K. Decker

The Women’s Guild  By Jill Eliot Billy Sheehan’s quote, “Music is always changing and the changes are unpredictable,” brings us to the end of the 101st year of the First Community Church Women’s Guild and the change of officers for the upcoming 2013-14 year. New officers are: Kie Seiple, President; Amy Wentz, Treasurer; and Susan Huhta, Corresponding Secretary. Still to be named are Vice-President and Recording Secretary. The Fall Kick-Off Potluck Dinner/Layette Baby Shower includes an evening of Celebration and great joy with the Ceremony of Honor and the Installation of Officers at North Campus. The event will be held on Wednesday evening, August 28. One hundred fifteen ladies attended the lovely Spring Event held at the Brookside Country Club. Historian, Jeri Diehl Cusack presented a marvelous program about the 1st Ladies of Ohio Presidents. During the event, the Women’s Guild honored Betty O’Neill, Ohio’s former First Lady, The Election Day Bake Sale is named in her honor, as well. A grand time was had by all. The Trading Post is encouraging people to bring in summer items. The hours are Monday through Saturday 10 am - 4 pm. The intake room is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 am -12 pm. Consider spending a few hours a month to help at the Post. Call 614 486.6564 and talk with Helen Sax, Portia Hanson or Arlene Keethler to learn about the opportunities available. The Women’s Guild is holding a Constitution Review on June 27 with representatives from each Guild group. The meeting will be held at 1 pm in the South Campus Library. Closing words from the great composer, Leonard Bernstein are most appropriate for our current year, He writes, “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” Bravo to Rose Kandel for leading the Women’s Guild in its 101st year. Keep making sweet music! 10

Friends of Music In memory of: William Price Susan Brooks In honor of: Virginia Frick Women's Guild Group Q Friends of Akita Fund In Honor of: Camp Akita Wayne Carlson Women’s Guild Group Y Megan Patrick Fedorko Jennifer Hambach

Congrats Dr. Matthew Wooster Matthew C. Wooster received his Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from Chicago Theological Seminary on May 18. Dr. Wooster grew up at First Community Church, an active participant in the youth programs, high school choir and Camp Akita staff as counselor and Lifeguard leader. From 1996-98, Matthew served as Director of High School Ministries as a seminary intern and was ordained at First Community Church. For the last ten years, he has served as Associate Minister for the First Congregational Church of Tallmadge, Ohio.

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A Month of Sundays 2



10:30 am • Sanctuary, SC - Dr. Wing preaching Whitechapel Ringers



10:30 am • Sanctuary, SC - Dr. Wing preaching Soloist Joining the 2013 Block of Wood recipients for the photo above are Dick and Patty Wetherbee, who received their honor in 1940 and 1941 respectively.



10:30 am • Sanctuary, SC - Rev. Lindsay preaching Soloist



10:30 am • Sanctuary, SC - Rev. Lindsay preaching Chancel Choir


Block of Wood Recipients Mackenzie Cleveland Bull William Alexander Collis Braden Eugene Comford Olivia Nicole Dunasky Matthew Jeffrey Dunasky Grant Hazelwood Farmer Ethan Daniel Garland Delaney Kate Geitgey Gwenyth Abigail Hughes Elizabeth Anne Keefer Robert Sterling Le Fevre

J. Cole Linville Shelby Elise Metzger Zachary Todd Mueller Annie Evans Murray Emily Kaitlyn Orsini Samuel Clayton Plinke Morgan Dolly Reasinger Avery Josephine Roe Corinne Elizabeth Stowe Eric Daniel Waldvogel William Matthew White


10:30 am • Sanctuary, SC - Rev. Lindsay preaching Soloist

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Care and Spirit

Parish Register

Graduation Day

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

–­– The Reverend Mr. James M. Long, Minister of Pastoral Care For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; Ecclesiastes 3:1

When I was in seminary, Dr. Simon De Vries taught an introductory course on Old Testament Theology. One of the premises of the course was that death as presented in the Hebrew Scriptures is tragic. At times it may be a release from suffering and pain, but it is tragic. This may seem obvious, but it has been said that we live in a “death denying culture” so we don’t often reflect on this. Much as when the late Scott Peck opened The Road Less Traveled with the memorable line “life is difficult,” we need to confront this reality. Life is difficult and death is part of life. It is difficult for the dying and for the loved ones who surround them. The Book of Ecclesiastes is part of the wisdom literature of the Hebrew Scriptures. It describes life as we experience it, as we know it to be. The teacher says that there is a time to be born and a time to die. Thus, we see that there is a limitation of time, no matter how long or short, and that death is a part of life as we know it. Similarly, Dr. John Patton in Pastoral Care: An Essential Guide states that in pastoral ministry we help one another to accept that death is an integral part of life, and not its contradiction. However, our scriptures, particularly the New Testament, assure us that death is not the last word on any life—not yours or mine. Thus, Dr. Roy Burkhart, our Senior Minister from 1935 to 1958, preached that our death day is our graduation day. We graduate to that nearer presence of God, the one who loves us and will never, ever let us go. I have reflected on this analogy to graduation and recognize that it may pass too readily over the grief and tragedy of death. In particular, there are deaths that come too young or too violently or at one’s own hand. It is very hard to see in such cases that it was “a time to die.” In If It Were Not So, his book on memorial services and death and dying, Dr. Burkhart recognizes that some die with words unspoken and deeds undone due to the untimely nature of their death. However, he stands on Jesus’ words to his disciples in the gospel of John that he goes to prepare a place for us. (John 14:1-3) This foundational assurance allows him to claim that our death day is our graduation day no matter when it comes in our lives or under what circumstances. And this promise makes all the difference. Peace and blessings,


BIRTHS Madison Kirtlund Bower 4/21/13 daughter of Jennifer Bower granddaughter of Shirley & Michael Weasel Thomas Patrick Wildman 4/19/13 son of Caren & Andrew Wildman grandson of Bill Keating Merritt Claire Smith 05/04/13 granddaughter of Jane & George Smith Juliet Rebekah Rowland-Beske 5/17/13 granddaughter of Sally & Bryan Beske BAPTISMS 5/12/13 Mae Elise Archer daughter of Julie & John Archer Walker Lee Murry son of Abbey & Tony Murry Paige Heather Shookus daughter of Jenny & Jeff Shookus Dominic David Skerl son of Liz & David Skerl Sophie Margaret Martin daughter of Karlye & Chad Martin WEDDINGS Miranda Clark & Craig Kauderer 5/4/13 Michelle Aro & John Evans 5/18/13 HOSPITALIZED Julie De Vennish Ann Dickerson Mark Stull Lee Vescelius DEATHS Daniel Hendrickson 10/12/12 Janet Hendrickson 4/22/13 parents of Daniela Hendrickson Samuel H. Porter 5/5/13 grandfather of Sam Porter Phillip Tefft 5/6/13 husband of Jean Tefft Lewis Lemley 5/13/13 father of Jayne Kaylor Ernest Mazzaferri, Sr. 5/14/13 father of Ernest Mazzaferri, Jr. Colleen Horne 5/14/13

June 1 - 30, 2013

Pride Parade First Community Church is joining forces with other local UCC churches to walk in the Pride Parade, Saturday, June 22. Members and friends of First Community Church are invited to join us as we share our message of love and acceptance. If you plan to walk with the group, contact Paula Russell in the Membership Office, or 614 488.0681 ext 228, so that we can communicate last-minute details with you.

June Daily Readings These Bible readings are from the Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings. In general, readings on Thursday, Friday and Saturday are selected to prepare for the Sunday reading; readings on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are selected to reflect the Sunday lectionary. 1 2 (Sunday) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 (Sunday) 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 (Sunday) 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 (Sunday) 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 (Sunday)

June 1 - 30, 2013

1 Kings 18:1-19 1 Kings 18:20-39 Psalm 96 Ezekiel 8:1-18 Ezekiel 14:1-11 Ezekiel 14:12-23 Exodus 29:1-9 Numbers 15:17-26 Joshua 9:1-27 1 Kings 17:8-24 Psalm 146 Job 22:1-20 Job 24:9-25 Job 31:16-23 1 Kings 20:1-22 1 Kings 20:23-34 1 Kings 20:35-43 1 Kings 21:1-21a Psalm 5:1-8 Genesis 31:17-35 2 Samuel 19:31-43 Malachi 3:5-12 Genesis 24:1-21 Job 6:14-30 Proverbs 11:3-13 1 Kings 19:1-15a Psalms 42 and 43 2 Kings 9:1-13 2 Kings 9:14-26 2 Kings 9:30-37 1 Kings 22:29-40, 51-53 2 2 Kings 1:1-12 2 Kings1:13-18, 2:3-5 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20

Luke 4:31-37 Galatians 1:1-12 Luke 7:1-10 Acts 8:26-40 Acts 3:1-10 Mark 7:24-30 Acts 22:6-21 Acts 26:1-11 Matthew 9:2-8 Galatians 1:11-24 Luke 7:11-17 Galatians 2:1-10 Galatians 2:11-14 Luke 8:40-56 James 4:1-7 Romans 11:1-10 Luke 5:17-26 Galatians 2:15-21 Luke 7:36—8:3 Galatians 3:1-9 Galatians 3:10-14 Mark 2:1-12 Romans 2:17-29 Galatians 3:15-22 Matthew 9:27-34 Galatians 3:23-39 Luke 8:26-39 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 Ephesians 2:11-22 Luke 9:37-43a Corinthians 13:5-10 Galatians 4:8-20 Luke 9:21-27 Galatians 5:1, 13-25 Luke 9:51-62

Prayers and Squares The Prayers and Squares Ministry has been creating quilts for those who request prayer through our Pastoral Care Ministry team. The quilts are for themselves or a loved one. This ministry has been a part of First Community Church for more than a decade. Each quilt needs knots tied and prayers prayed over the quilt in order for it to be completed. Below is a letter from church member Allison Kingsley whose brother, Dan, is dealing with a very challenging cancer diagnosis. “Thanks so much for making a quilt for my brother. I recently told him about it and he was so touched by the outpouring of prayers from people he doesn’t even know. He has been rather depressed lately due to his prognosis. I know when he receives the quilt and reads all the names of people that tied knots, it will give him a feeling of being surrounded by love.  A love from God that is shown through each stitch, knot and name written.  A love that will bring him comfort on trying days as well as energy to make the most of each day. Please thank everyone in the Prayers and Squares Ministry for making this quilt. Words truly cannot express my brother’s, as well as our entire family’s gratitude.” We quilters encourage all members and visitors to tie a prayer knot when quilts are present at North and South Campuses before or after Sunday worship services. Each one of you can make a difference in supporting those who are facing difficult times.

Volunteer at Mid-Ohio Foodbank Tuesday, September 24, 5:30 - 8 pm Tuesday, October 29, 5:30 pm - 8 pm


The Infinite Quest

Next Spiritual Salon

The Spirituality of Trauma –­– The Reverend Mr. David S. Hett, Minister of Religious Life and Learning “How do we live in a traumatized world without being traumatized?” is the question James Finley asked at our March Spiritual Searcher retreat in Grace Hall. We seem to move from trauma to trauma: from Sandy Hook Elementary School to the Boston Marathon to a squalid house in Cleveland. I think of the unbelievable wounding to the souls of Amanda Berry (and her daughter), Gina deJesus and Michelle Knight over years of rape, abuse and humiliation and to the long uncertain healing process that, thank God, has begun for them. And I remember how Jim Finley answered that question, this Christian contemplative mystic-psychotherapist who specializes in abuse having grown up in the face of horrible trauma himself: We have to be grounded in that which transcends the trauma even as it permeates it intimately. A spirituality that has integrity is one that does not shy away from the harsh realities of life, and Dr. Finley does not: Whatever it means that God protects us, it does not mean that God prevents the bad thing from happening, nor does it mean that God intervenes in it. This is “the traumatization of spirituality,” the “shattering of some core sense of safety and reassurance in the world.” Dr. Finley said in our March Spiritual Searcher retreat, “When I heard my father beating my mother at night, and I prayed to God and God took me to the 'secret place', it did not stop my father from beating me the next day.” But there is a corresponding “spirituality of trauma,” says Dr. Finley: discovering a mysterious presence that utterly permeates and sustains us in the midst of the tragic while not protecting us from it. (Parenthetically he added, “That’s why God depends on us to protect each other from it.”) What a spirituality of trauma means, he continued, “is that I heal from the trauma; it means I discover that God was unexplainably present in my life in the midst of that trauma.” “Somehow,” he said, “I would not be who I am today if I had not endured that suffering. It doesn’t justify it—it’s regrettable, tragic and wrong, but even though it’s wrong, who I am today is somehow out of the tragedy I went through.” The poet Christian Wiman, quoting the author Fanny Howe, says that “there must be a shattering experience in order to build a vocabulary of faith.” Jim Finley concludes his answer with this vocabulary of faith: “Somehow in having to endure the worst we can come upon the better than the best, and we can discover some unexplainable reassurance in the midst of a tragic world.” Shalom,


Does God Change? Process Philosophy & Christian Theology with Prof. Sarah Lancaster Tuesday, June 11 7 – 8:30 pm Brownlee Hall, South Campus Process thought is one of the more recent influences on modern theological understandings. For our next “Spiritual Salon” lecture and discussion, Dr. Sarah Lancaster, Professor of Theology at The Methodist Theological School in Ohio (Methesco), will present Does God Change? Process Philosophy and Christian Theology. “For centuries,” says Dr. Lancaster, “philosophy supported the idea of a simple, unchanging God, but the development of process philosophy opened the way for thinking about a complex, changing God. This fundamental shift leads to some promising ways of understanding how God interacts with us, but it also requires adjusting some of our basic expectations about God.” Dr. Sarah Lancaster is Professor in the Werner Chair of Theology at Methesco. Her books include; Women and the Authority of Scripture: A Narrative Approach (Trinity Press International) and The Pursuit of Happiness: Blessings and Fulfillment in Christian Faith (Wipf & Stock). Join us for this fascinating presentation with a stimulating lecturer Tuesday, June 11, 7 pm in Brownlee Hall, South Campus. Open to the public, a free-will offering is taken to support these Adult Learning programs. Preregistration is requested online at or by contacting Natalia Jones at, ext. 113. You may also register at the door.

June 1 - 30, 2013

Weekly Adult Learning Groups Classes are free except where noted and open to the public. Books for most classes are available at Furber Books & Gifts. For information on registration or financial aid, contact the Adult Learning Office at 614 488.0681 ext 113 or For more details on specific classes, go to, search: adult learning.

Sunday Morning Seminar at South The class continues the DVD series on Cultural Literacy for Religion as taught by Professor Mark Berkson of Hamline University. We will be looking at world religions. Schedule: June 2: Gita to Gandhi; Yogas & Modern Hinduism; June 9: Mohammed, Qur’an and Islamic Civilization; June 16: Unity in Islam: The Five Pillars; June 23: Forms of Islam – Diversity among Muslims; June 30: The Buddha & His Teachings; July 7: Vehicles to Nirvana – The Schools of Buddhism. Anyone is welcome.

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

Tuesday at Ten This lively discussion group concludes their current series on neurotheology, The Spiritual Brain, with Dr. Andrew Newberg with these sessions: June 4: Why God Won’t Go Away; June 11: The Mystical Mind; June 18: Reality and Beyond; There will be a break over the summer, and Tuesday at 10 will resume in early September.

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

Men’s Study Group Join the Men’s Study Group as they explore for the next several weeks the message and teachings from the New Testament’s The Letter to the Ephesians. Contact Price Finley at 614 488.7978 or, or Craig Sturtz at 614 481.9060 or

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 begins Rick Hanson’s book, Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom. 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 Wicker Room, South Campus

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

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

Survey June 1 - 30, 2013

Will continue at 9:30 am, July 14 – August 25 at North Campus.

Give Your Input on Adult Learning Complete our survey by picking one up at the church reception desks, online at or by scanning the QR code at the right.


Coming in July

The Bible or Your Brain: Must We Choose? With Walter Watkins, Master of Theological Studies Wednesdays, July 10-31, 7 - 8:30 pm Wicker Room, South Campus Fresh from receiving his master’s degree from The Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Walter Watkins will present this four-week series looking at the “authority of scripture.” How was the canon formed? What did the Protestant Reformation mean for scripture reading and usage? How do we read the Bible? How do other traditions understand the same scripture very differently? How do modern interpreters view the role of scripture and interpretation? What do we do with passages that just don’t seem to make sense? Always informative and inspiring, Walter will help us understand how vital it is to look at our view of the basic texts of our faith. Register soon online at or by contacting Natalia Jones at, ext. 113.

The Adventure of Meditation With Avery Solomon, PhD Thursday, June 6, 7 pm Brownlee Hall, South Campus The Philosopher’s Center of Columbus once again presents Dr. Avery Solomon in this lecture subtitled Acknowledging the sacred presence in every moment.

Akita 5K Success Thank you to everyone who participated in the Akita 5K on Saturday, April 27. We had beautiful weather and were able to raise more than $11,000 for camp scholarships. We are grateful to our sponsors who helped make this day a success. This year, we had four Friendship & Couples Circles join us including Friendship Circle #84, Friendship Circle #67, Couples Circle #70 and Friendship Circle #81. Special thanks to: Jimenez-Haid Custom Homes; IGS Energy; Avery Animal Hospital; The Arlington Bank, Cam Taylor Realtors; Cathy & John Connor; The Biros Family; Fifth Third Bank; House Beer; Huffman’s Market; Steve Walker; and TPI. We would also like to thank Jason’s Deli, Sudden Impact Marketing, Paul Peterson Company, TPI and Steve Shaner for their contributions to the event. A very special thank you to our amazing group of Akita Council members, whose talents and hard work make this event so much fun. Camp Akita is such an important ministry of First Community Church, and we are so blessed to be able to offer scholarships to campers in need.

Please join us for an evening of shared experience, discussion and meditation as we explore the real spirit of meditation. How can we give more of our moments to God during the day? Dr. Solomon will also present a weekend seminar, “Wholeness Healing,” on Saturday and Sunday at Wesley Glen Education Center, 5155 N. High St. Both the Thursday lecture and weekend seminar are open. There is no set fee for either, though donations are welcome. Visit Dr. Solomon’s website at For more information on the weekend or to register, call Linda or Charles Baldeck at 614 459.0722


June 1 - 30, 2013

Welcome Kindergartners The K-5 Ministry would like to extend a hearty welcome to kindergartners who will be entering Sunday school in the fall. Kindergarteners and their grown-ups are invited to attend a brief reception immediately following worship on July 21 in the South Campus sanctuary or August 25 in Grace Hall, North Campus. There will be a brief overview of the K-5 Ministry, including Sunday school, Kindergarten Choir, Midweek Missions and Camp Akita. After the presentation, the children will have the opportunity to explore their Sunday morning classroom. This is valuable experience for both parent and child. All children must be registered for Sunday school. A registration form available on our website provides us with emergency contact information and allergies among other important information. Please go to to register your kindergartener.

Youth Choirs Schedule Our Youth Choirs are taking a break for the summer. We will begin again with the same schedule on Wednesday evenings at North Campus starting September 11. Kindergarten Choir 5:30 - 6 pm, Room 118 Cherub Choir (grades 1 and 2) 6 - 6:30, Room 118 Junior Choir (grades 3-5) 6:30 - 7:15 pm, Room 118 The Middle School Vocal Ensemble begins Sunday, September 15 following Crossroads at North Campus, Room 118. Bell Choir 2 is currently full and accepting a waiting list. Bell Choir 1 for beginning ringers starting in the fourth-grade has limited openings.  Contact Youth Choir Director Sally Beske for more information at or 614 488.0681 ext. 107

Come Join the Fun! Preschool Summer Session:

Parent Groups in June

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays for four weeks: June 4 - 27, 9 am - 12 pm

For Dads Only will meet Tuesday, June 11, 7 - 8:30 pm in the Guild Room, South Campus.

Open to children age 4 or 5 by September 30, 2013

Our topic will be technology - when and how much can children use technology? What are the effects on development? For Moms Only will meet Monday, June 17, 7-8:30 pm in the Guild Room, South Campus.

Cost: $225 per child

Child’s Name __________________________________________________________ Sex _______________________ Birthdate _________________________________ Currently enrolled in First Community Church Preschool?  Yes

 No

Parent(s) Name(s)______________________________________________________ Address_______________________________________________________________

Our topic will be “I’m bored” - creating an environment that encourages creative play and why it’s important.

Zip _________________ Email ___________________________________________

Parent Growth will resume in the fall.

To register, return this form with $100 deposit or full $225 tuition to: Early Childhood Office, First Community Church, 1320 Cambridge Blvd., Columbus 43212.

All parents are welcome to the evening groups in June.

June 1 - 30, 2013

Primary Phone __________________ Cell phone for parent _________________

If you choose to pay the deposit, the remainder will be due June 4.


Job Opening

Job Opening

Financial and Human Resource Administrator

Pastoral Care Administrative Assistant

This is a full time salaried position that reports to the Director of Finance and Operations. Position requires an understanding of employee benefits and employment laws. In addition an indepth understanding of budgeting, financial statements and accounting systems. Qualified candidate should have a bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance and 5+ years equivalent work experience. Must possess excellent computer skills. If you would like the opportunity to join an amazing team serving the needs of this church, please send your resume, salary requirements, and letter of interest to Cindy Harsany at

This is a full time position of 36 hours per week that reports to the Minister of Pastoral Care. This position calls for skills which include experience with Microsoft Word and Outlook. Kindness, compassion and an ability to keep confidences is essential. Person will provide assistance to the Minister of Pastoral Care, Minister of Spiritual Care, the Older Adult Ministry Director and groups associated with Pastoral Care. If this sounds like a position that you would be passionate about and you have these, please send your resume, salary requirements and letter of interest to Cindy Harsany at


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June 1 - 30, 2013

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Summer Worship Schedule

June 2 – July 21 South Campus 10:30 am July 28 – Sept. 1 North Campus 10:30 am Sept. 8, Akita Sunday North Campus 9 & 10:30 am Sept. 15, Fall schedule begins at both campuses

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The congregation is invited to attend a Community Forum to discuss Our 20/20 Vision and the Capital Projects. Wednesday, June 5 North Campus, 7 – 8:30 pm Sunday, June 9 South Campus, 12 – 1:30 pm

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THE PROGRAM STAFF OF FIRST COMMUNITY CHURCH  Richard A. Wing, Senior Minister; Paul E. Baumer, Minister to the Staff; David S. Hett, Minister of Religious Life and Learning; Ronald J. Jenkins, Minister of Music and Liturgy; Deborah Countiss Lindsay, Minister of Spiritual Care; James M. Long, Minister of Pastoral Care; Katherine H. Shaner, Minister of Mission; Michael Barber, Director of Marketing and Communications, Sally R. Beske, Assistant Organist/ Director of Youth Choirs; Scott T. Binder, Director of Worship Technologies, Roger Burns, Director of Stewardship and Development, Tim Carlson, Director of Camp Akita Ministries and Youth Programming; Dawn J. Costin, Director of K-12 Ministry; Cynthia Harsany, Director of Finance and Operations; Pam Jameson, Facilities Manager; Scot Nicoll, Executive Director of Camp Akita; Missy Obergefell, Director of Older Adult Ministry; Paula L. Russell, Director of Member and Visitor Services; M. Donice Wooster, Director of Early Childhood Ministry.

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

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Firstnews Monthly  

Vol. 59, No. 6

Firstnews Monthly  

Vol. 59, No. 6