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New Members Pages 10 & 11

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Garage Sale

Rafiki Event

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Vol. 57 No. 5

Sunday school sparks insightful comments; new feature Story and Photos by Michael Barber


unday school has traditionally been a place for teaching and learning Bible basics from Adam and Eve to Paul’s letter to the Apostles. At First Community Church, however, the inviting forum often prompts young philosophers and theologians to speak openly about all matters of Christianity and life.

TOP: Second-grader Colin Schleappi offers his opinion during a recent Sunday school lesson.

Dawn Costin, Director of K-5 Ministry, points out that First Community’s approach to early teaching is different than most. “We encourage children to wonder,” Dawn said. “We give them permission to doubt, to ask what part of a Bible story do they believe.” Dawn points out that Sunday school is serious business. “Often times as adults we forget that children are innately spiritual. These classes are more than childcare for parents who attend worship.” During a recent discussion about the crucifixion, fifth-grade students made a connection between Jesus and Martin Luther King Jr. pointing out that both were killed while teaching that all people are equal. In another conversation, children were discussing how David listened with his heart. The children were asked, “What do you think it means to listen with your

FAR LEFT: Bible in hand, Emily Matessa listens while her class discusses Lent. LEFT: Abigail Harr, a 3rd-grade student, demonstrates her knowledge of Palm Sunday.

heart?” The class thought for a moment and a child spoke up and said, “I think it means listening with your ears, but with a deeper understanding.” “So many times I’m blown away by statements the children make,” Dawn said. “My hope is that sharing these thoughts will affirm why we honor our children.” Our new, monthly feature entitled ‘Wisdom from our Children’ begins on Page 21.

I think (listening with your heart) means listening with your ears, but with a deeper understanding.” - Ethan, 3rd-grade

Donations and Volunteers Needed

Mission Council Garage Sale Preview Sale: Friday, May 13, 6:30-9 pm ($3 admission, prices doubled) Main Sale: Saturday, May 14, 8 am-3 pm North Campus Volunteers will begin converging on Sunday, May 8 and will spend an entire week assembling the 16th Annual Gigantic Mission Council Garage Sale. Since the first sale in 1995, we have netted $393,761. It is gratifying to think of all of the help and comfort those earnings have brought to those in need. We invite everyone to join in the fun, challenge and satisfaction of participating in this huge event.   At present, we have a need for volunteers to help with: • Unloading furniture from storage on Monday, May 9, from 8 am - 5 pm (meet at North Campus at 8 am). We need 20 volunteers to help Two Men & A Truck finish the job by 5 pm. (All volunteers will be treated to free pizza lunch for their hard labor.) • Cashiering during the sale. • Helping with clean-up on Saturday, May 14, from 3-9 pm. Other ways to contribute include: • Donating supplies such as masking tape, packing tape, skirt hangers, zip lock bags, garbage bags, shopping bags with handles, paper grocery bags, etc. • Potting some plants from the overgrowth in your yard (irises, hostas, ornamental grass, for example). These sell well. • Donating refreshments (soda, water, homemade baked goods, donuts), or food to help feed volunteers during the week. • Donating a Donato’s gift card to feed volunteers during the sale on May 14. (These can be purchased at the Mission Council grocery card table after church services.)  • Making a cash donation to help cover some of our expenses for such things as tent, truck and table rental, advertising, etc. We will accept donations at North Campus from Sunday, May 8, at 1 pm through Wednesday, May 11, at noon. A list of suggested donations (and also a list of things we no longer take) is posted on the church website and is also available at the Garage Sale Information Table after worship services.  For more information or to volunteer, contact Beth Hanson at 614 488.6526 or bethhanson@wowway. com. To access Garage Sale information, go to www., search: garage sale.


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, May 17 for the issue dated June 1 - 30, 2011. The following deadline is Tuesday, June 21. 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: Carol Baker, Sherry Barger, Dawn Costin, Terry Davis, Lynn Ebright, Jill Eliot, Beth Hanson, Cindy Harsany, Ann ElliotNaille, David Hett, Mona Hett, Don Jameson, Pam Jameson, Ron Jenkins, Natalia Jones, Sarah Kientz, Deborah Lindsay, James Long, Judith Lyons, Richard Meyer, Bobbi Mueller, Carol Neff, Scot Nicoll, Missy Obergefell, Judy Reinhard, Paula Russell, Robin Taylor, Amy Thompson, Sandy Turner, Scott Walker, Angie Weber, Sue Wilson, Richard Wing, Amy Winslow, Barbara & Sandy Wood, 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.

May 1 - 31, 2011

In the Air


A Testimonial


I am so grateful for the efforts of Mission Through Media. I grew up at First Community Church. After marrying, I moved around a bit, returning to Ohio in 1987. I discovered First Edition on TV on Sunday mornings. I’d never found a church home in my wandering. I was glad to be back. My kids attended Camp Akita and eventually participated in the Mexico trip and L.I.F.E. guarding. All along I watched on Sunday morning. I’ve been back in Columbus quite a bit during the past few years and I’m glad to physically attend services when I’m here. I may be moving out of state so I plan to check out the web broadcasts. I am so glad I have that option. Keep up the good work! - Laurie Sampson, Columbus

–– The Reverend Dr. Richard A. Wing, Senior Minister Art Sanders was a man who moved many, including myself, more deeply into the spiritual life in ways very private and beyond explanation. On April 9, Art moved from this life to the next without fear and with Easter in his eyes. He was 94 years of age. What was said of Jesus can be said of Art: “The world itself could not contain the volumes that could be written.”

He taught in his life that happiness is accepting life the way it is rather than the way that you would like it to be. He knew that there was more faith in honest doubt than in all the creeds. He knew that poetry moves one toward God more than theological argument. He knew that the poets do not irritate us by seeking to improve the moment, but by telling the truth about it. He knew that the opposite of faith is not doubt, but fear. He was for us the constant calm presence in a chaotic world. There are many who I will challenge to finish this sentence: “If it weren’t for Art, I . . . “ Art reminds us that the best things in ministry are things others cannot see. He worked not in the bright light of the pulpit, but in the back room where soul work is done. Tony Hendra wrote Father Joe, a book about the priest that saved his life. When Father Joe died, Hendra went to England for the funeral, knowing that hardly anyone would be there. To his surprise, there were hundreds who had sought out Father Joe as he had. All of those standing around sipping tea after the service were agreed on one thing: each of them knew that they were Father Joe’s best friend. Art was like that for many. He was like that for me. The last time I visited Art in hospice care, I came to bless him. And, as always, he turned the tables on me, and blessed me instead. How can I ever thank God enough for the gift of Art Sanders? Peace to you,

Looking ahead Watch First Edition Features the previous week’s service on ONN TV and WBNS 10.2 via digital outlets on Sundays at 9 am. For online Broadcast/Live Stream go to

May 1 - 31, 2011

Dr. Wing is preparing the following sermons: May 1 Just One Word May 8 Change May 15 Block of Wood Sunday When The Wood Is Green May 22 Power Surge


The Foundation Corner

Foundation Approves $100,000 Grant for South Campus Renovation –– Donald Jameson, Director of Foundation Development We are pleased to report that the First Community Foundation Board of Trustees voted on April 19 to grant $100,000 to the church for South Campus facilities repairs and improvements. Work will include projects involving moisture control, boiler and radiator repairs, tuck pointing, Brownlee Hall flooring and Gallery Court wall corrections. None of the above plans will bring tears of joy to your eyes or cause your heart to beat faster. There are no “Friends of the Sump Pump.” It is so easy to say, “Well, cover it with duct tape. Maybe next year we can allocate funding to fix it.” Yet, without adequate buildings and equipment, a church cannot fulfill its more satisfying missions. Funding for this grant will come from the First Community Church Permanent Endowment Fund. This Fund was established in 1976 by an anonymous gift of 4,500 shares of stock from a donor who knew the importance of having “rainy day” funds available and it has grown and been used many times because its dollars have been carefully invested. It is now our turn to invest in the Foundation so that funds like this can be replenished and continue to provide for the special needs of our church. As Dr. Wing said on Foundation Sunday, “The Foundation provides financial support for those special things our church does which, without that support, would never be done.” These are complex economic times, yet a simple phone call to your attorney, asking him or her to set aside five percent of your eventual estate for a gift to First Community Foundation, could make all the difference in our ability to fulfill the Church’s mission in the future.

Good News! Right now we are $17,000 away from meeting our pledge budget for 2011. If you have not sent in your pledge, do so and that will assist us in fully signing off on the budget. Success with our budget came from these things: • Active participation from our Board in thanking people who pledged and encouraging everyone to do so. • Tightening the budget down seven percent less than last year. • Increased pledges an average of five percent. Remember that this tight, no frills budget does not include raises for anyone on the staff and demands constant monitoring. Thank you for all the many efforts to keep us going strong and looking forward at First Community Church.

First Community Foundation Gifts In Honor of: First Community Church W. F. Hardin In Memory of: Art Sanders Nancy & Roger Baker Deb Lindsay Ron & Sue Halley Helen Wilson Guild Group 7 Jane Starkey Lois Smith Group I Ron Arledge Nancy & Roger Baker John Zeller Gardiner Marshall Mowrey Libby Rinehart Bob & Marjorie Bohl Lois Reese Deborah Echenbacher Thomas & Marlene Jander Richard Dick, Sr. Ron & Sue Halley Robert Nosker Jean Lombard William T. Morrow Jeanne Morrow

First Community Church Gifts In Honor of: Sarah Kientz Jonathan Ebright High School Youth Department Susan Brooks In Memory of: John Zeller Gardenir Bob & Marjorie Bohl

Prayers & Squares In Honor of: Bobbie Reynolds Sue Loebs

Mission Through Media

Jim and Ginny Cunningham In Honor of: Ned Timmons Dave & Loretta Heigle Evelyn Gillespie Brian Gillespie & Scott McLaughlin (continued on page 7)


May 1 - 31, 2011

1st Quarter

Finance Report –– Cindy Harsany, Director of Finance and Personnel I would like to share my personal testimony explaining why I am motivated to do what I do at First Community Church. Since September of 2009, I have met some amazing, caring people and have become acquainted with an extremely talented staff. The church’s programs reach out to those in the pews and in the community providing platforms for personal growth. First Community is a special place.

The past couple of years have been financially challenging. It is with excitement that I have watched the church rally to a new year. The pledges have increased by five percent, 1320 Cambridge Boulevard is receiving some much needed improvement, communication is improving through the launch of a new website in July and firstnews is getting a face lift. What an exciting time to be a part of this church and to be a part of helping others on their spiritual journey! Thank you for your contributions and support to the programs that are making such a difference.

These qualities encourage me to do what I can to help bring financial strength back to the church.

Budgeted Financial Statement for March 31, 2011 Summary Statement of Activity

DESCRIPTION ANNUAL BUDGET YTD BUDGET YTD ACTUAL REVENUE Gross Regular Pledges $ 2,070,000 $ 749,000 $ 748,706 Less: Unpaid Regular Pledges (61,710) (6,500) - Net Regular Pledges 2,008,290 742,500 748,706 New Member Pledges 27,000 5,000 2,303 Prior Year Payments 10,000 10,000 7,315 Total Pledge Revenue 2,045,290 757,500 758,324 Sanctuary Offerings 106,000 23,300 21,647 Fee Supported Ministries 1,627,173 429,202 421,535 Education Ministries 44,485 11,340 11,553 Facilities & Administration 2,100 525 594 Other Ministries 203,865 39,000 49,451 Foundation Annual Gift 58,000 - - Supplemental Gift 43,000 2,850 1,394 Other Revenue 92,600 13,250 9,908 Grand Total Revenue 4,222,513 1,276,967 1,274,406 EXPENSES Fee Supported Ministries 1,390,595 266,268 250,778 Education Ministries 69,917 20,403 18,802 Facilities & Administration 839,046 237,990 234,423 Other Ministries 435,713 104,839 116,007 Program Salaries & Benefits 1,487,242 370,457 374,794 Grant Total Expenses 4,222,513 999,958 994,804 Net Revenue & Expenses $ - $ 277,010 $ 279,602

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VAR$ $

(294) 6,500 6,206 (2,698) (2,685) 824 (1,653) (7,667) 213 69 10,451 (1,456) (3,342) (2,561)

(15,490) (1,601) (3,568) 11,168 4,337 (5,153) $



Visit to India and Deep Griha

Take Heart

Always Near

–– The Reverend Deborah Countiss Lindsay, Minister of Spiritual Care On April 9, the Rev. Dr. Art Sanders passed from this world into the eternal light of God. Art came to First Community Church in 1959 and for the next 27 years he served as Minister of Pastoral Care. He was our Pastor Emeritus until his death.

Art was important in the lives of so many people and in the life of First Community; for me he was teacher, mentor, and most of all, friend. As a Christian, Art held the conviction that death is not an ending, but a new beginning. He believed that the death of the physical body is “an opportunity for some kind of continued growth.” Many years ago, Art preached a sermon in the weeks after Easter in which he talked about death and what comes next for us. Following is part of that sermon that was shared at Art’s memorial service:

Join Rev. Deborah Lindsay as she leads a mission trip to Deep Griha, Puné, India and other areas of India January 14-30, 2012. The tour begins with a three-to-four day visit to Deep Griha. There we will visit with Dr. Neela Onawale as she shares the life of Deep Griha and its many programs and services that support thousands of the world’s neediest people. We will visit the daycare centers and many of the schools, observing their teaching methods and their classroom environment.

“It is not important that we should know much more about the conditions and circumstances of the next life. So many people want to know more. What more is there to know? It is easy to speculate about it. I have conducted many services of memory and personally, I believe our loved ones are not nearly as far away from us as we suppose. For some reason we persist in believing heaven is very far away. Perhaps our own fear of dying keeps us from the joy of knowing our loved ones are always near.” Art reminds us that after his resurrection, Jesus is reported to have appeared to his disciples in and around ordinary places and activities that were familiar to them. Art writes, “All of this should cause us to know the spiritual world is near and not remote and that the transition between this life and the next is easy to make; that eternal life is an experience which is continuous with the present; that we shall begin there where we leave off here.” There really are no words to adequately thank God for the gift of Art Sanders.

After visiting with Neela and Deep Griha, we will journey to other areas of India for approximately 10 days. India is a society of more than 1.15 billion people, growing by a million a month, divided and united by language, caste, religion and regional loyalties.


Monday Meals Needs You The Monday Meals program (Friends of the Homeless) has been providing meals at the Men’s Emergency Shelter since 1983, that’s more than 1,400 meals. In the past, Friendship Circles volunteered to do most of the meals as a way to do a service for the church and have a good time. As members of those Circles aged, they no longer volunteered and newer Circles haven’t discovered this great opportunity. This year only six Circles have signed up to provide meals and volunteer groups are needed for the following dates: Monday, May 16 Monday, July 18 Monday, May 30 Monday, September 19 Monday, June 20

Monday, October 17 Monday, October 31

First Community Church has never missed a Monday. New groups will get support in planning and executing a Monday meal for the men at the shelter. For more information or to volunteer your group, contact Carol Baker at 614 488.3007 or


We will have the opportunity to visit City of Child, a residential project that provides basic needs for children who are either orphans or come from singleparent families. We will also visit the slum areas where many of the Deep Griha children live.

Some of the major cities on our adventure include Udaipur, Agra, Delhi and Varanasi as well as several temples including the Jain Temple at Ranakpur and the Taj Mahal. The tour includes an elephant ride, a ride on cycle rickshaws, a jeep safari and a cruise on the Ganges River. There will be leisure time to enjoy other attractions or relax. There is space for 15 guests. Please contact Judy Reinhard at or 614 486.2262 for more information.

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First Community Church Gifts (continued from page 4)

Mission Through Media In Memory of: Joe Mrochek, Sr. The Mrochek Family

Heart to Heart

Mary Olson Claire Esmond Sharon Maceyak Willis & Martha Underwood Henry & Martha Wilson Jeremy & Sarah Hoepf Corlene Adams Carol Alfred Ronald Arledge Lynne Ayres Cynthia Baker Toni Ballentine Paul and Jan Baumer Carol Berg Debi Berthel Bryan & Sally Beske Joseph Bevilaqua Bruce Bigham In Memory of: Martha Thomas Joy Barney

Early Childhood Scholarship Fund

In Honor of: Donice Wooster In Memory of: Cathy Harper Amy Winslow April Howe Barb Smith Cheri Klisares Donna Alexander Doug & Missy Obergefell Holly Cavallaro Jennifer Roe Kim Crumrine Marilyn Cordle Mary Evans Center Staff Nancy Cox Paige Schlembach Patti Link Steve & Sue Loebs Your gifts are greatly appreciated. Please be certain to include the name(s) of the person(s) you are remembering or honoring, and that your name is exactly as you wish it to appear.

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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.

May Readings

1 (Sunday) 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 (Sunday)

9 10 11 12 13 14 15 (Sunday) 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 (Sunday) 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 (Sunday) 30 31

Psalm 16 Acts 2:14a, 22-32 1 Peter 1:3-9 John 20: 19-31 Judges 6:36-40 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 Jonah 1:1-17 1 Corinthians 15:19-28 Jonah 2:1-10 Matthew 12:38-42 Isaiah 25:1-5 1 Peter 1: 8b-12 Isaiah 26:1-4 1 Peter 1:13-16 Isaiah 25:6-9 Luke 14: 12-14 Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 Acts 2:14a, 36-41 1 Peter 1:17-23 Luke 24:13-35 Genesis 18:1-14 1 Peter 1:23-25 Proverbs 8:32-9:6 1 Peter 2:1-3 Exodus 24:1-11 John 21:1-14 Exodus 2:15b-25 1 Peter 2:9-12 Exodus 3:16-22, 4:18-20 1 Peter 2:13-17 Ezekiel 34:1-16 Luke 15:1-7 Psalm 23 Acts 2:42-47 1 Peter 2:19-25 John 10:1-10 Ezekiel 34:17-23 1 Peter 5:1-5 Ezekiel 34:23-31 Hebrews 13:20-21 Jeremiah 23:1-8 Matthew 20:17-28 Genesis 12:1-3 Acts 6:8-15 Exodus 3:1-12 Acts 7:1-16 Jeremiah 26:20-24 John 8:48-59 Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 Acts 7:55-60 1 Peter 2: 2:2-10 John 14:1-14 Exodus 13:17-22 Acts 7:17-40 Proverbs 3:5-12 Acts 7:44-56 Proverbs 3:13-18 John 8:31-38 Genesis 6:5-22 Acts 27:1-12 Genesis 7:1-24 Acts 27:13-38 Genesis 8:13-19 John 14:27-29 Psalm 66:8-20 Acts 17:22-31 1 Peter 3:13-22 John 14:15-21 Genesis 9:8-17 Acts 27:39-44 Deuteronomy 5:22-33 1 Peter 3:8-12

Red Cross Blood Drive Thursday, June 2,1-7 pm Brownlee Hall, South Campus The need for blood donations increases significantly during the summer months. To participate contact Cara Shary at or 614 459.3691. You can also register online by going to Enter our sponsor code: FCchurchsouth. You will be able to see what appointment times are available and fill in your name. Walk-ins welcome, but those with scheduled appointments have priority.


Finances Are Family –– The Reverend Paul E. Baumer, Minister of Mission It gets boring and we try to ignore it. But those incessant offerings at church! Every Sunday those folks come down the aisle with those plates. And they keep asking for money. Seems like that’s all we hear about. And all they talk about is meeting the budget. Church ought to be a bit more exciting than that. Well, sure, of course. And all the above is true. In a recent staff meeting, and I forget the context for the remark, one of our staff members said, “But, you know, finances are family.” That was an unusual statement to me, but it caught my attention. And it’s true. Every family has to deal with money and to some degree our finances define who we are and how we operate as a family. Our finances can determine our diet, our transportation, the kind of home we live in, what we do on a weekend, the kind of education our children have … Need I go on? It means we have to have income and a family budget. We’re a family of the people of Jesus Christ. We have “homes” to maintain, schools for us and our children, celebrative events, all kinds of stuff to help us be together and to live the life of the people of Jesus. It takes a place and people and tools and books and music and all that stuff. It means we have to have income and a family budget. And, as in our families, we have to talk about it now and then. On we go! Peace and joy to you.

Staff Highlights

Paul and Teresa Jansons We are pleased to have Paul and Teresa Jansons on our facility staff team serving our North Campus location. They have been a blessing to our church since they arrived in September 2010. They bring experience, a keen eye for cleaning and a warm welcome to all of those that they encounter. Paul and Teresa were both born in Lancaster, OH and are high school sweethearts who have been married for 30 years. They have two daughters, Crystal, 27, a school teacher and expecting their first child (and grandchild!) in November and Kelly, 24, a senior at Ohio State University. Paul and Teresa work as a team to ensure our facility needs are met during their working shifts. Please share your gratitude for their efforts the next time you see them at the North Campus.


The Business Office is Going Green In an effort to reduce spending and the use of paper, the business office is now able to email pledge statements. The cost last year to mail statements totaled approximately $4,800. This year the cost will be reduced significantly due to the number of members who are choosing to have their statements emailed. An emailed statement arrives more timely and can be sent monthly, quarterly or annually. If you are interested in receiving your statement via email, please contact Amy Winslow at awinslow@FCchurch. com or 614 488.0681 ext 234.

May is Library Amnesty Month The Library Committee at South Campus has been busy cataloguing and reorganizing the books currently on the shelves. As we conclude this endeavor, we need your help. It’s easy to misplace or forget about a borrowed book; it happens to us all the time. With that in mind, please check your bookshelves, closets, basements and attics for any church library books that you may have checked out in the past. If you do find a book here and there that looks like a library book and has a First Community Church stamp on the title page, then it is one of ours. We would greatly appreciate you returning the book to its rightful place. There is a wooden box outside the library at South Campus that is specifically for book returns. There, you can anonymously drop off any errant books that have made their way onto your shelves and we will graciously reshelve them for you. Next Month: How to search for a book in our newly organized library.

May 1 - 31, 2011

Clarinet Concert

David Thomas Friday, May 20, 7:30 pm Sanctuary, South Campus Get ready for a musical evening of extraordinary talent. David Thomas, principal clarinetist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, will present a program of exciting French music with well-known pianist, accompanist and church member Suzanne Newcomb. David came to Columbus from the Kennedy Center Orchestra in Washington, DC. Beyond his many appearances as soloist with the Columbus Symphony, Thomas has performed concertos with the Baltimore Symphony, the National Symphony and the National Chamber Orchestra. David grew up as a world traveler, living in India and Iran as well as Washington DC and brings all of this diversity of living into his playing. Plan to attend this special event of our Music Series.

Upcoming Music Events in June MorningSong

Sunday, June 5, 9 & 11 am Grace Hall, North Campus Annual Service of Worship & Music Chancel Choir and Orchestra. Ronald J. Jenkins, Minister of Music & Liturgy, Robert A. Griffith, Organist, Dr. Richard A. Wing, Senior Minister.

Chancel Choir Concert

Monday, June 20, 7:30 pm Grace Hall, North Campus A choral program presented for the opening evening of the Ohio Choral Directors Summer Conference. An evening of exciting choral music from the Renaissance to Gospel and Spirituals! Public invited.

Back row - Mark Stull, Toni Ballentine, David Evans, Nancy Rogers; Middle row - Mary Evans, Kim Harris, Dottie Cowles, Lara Belliston; Front row - Betty Drobny, Biddie Clark, Carol Neff - director, Janet Shearron; Tony Miller and Meg Wagner (not pictured

The Bells are Ringing! Sunday, May 1 at 7 pm marks the date for the Greater Columbus Handbell Festival to be held at New Albany High School. First Community Church Whitechapel Ringers will be participating in this event. There will be 14 handbell choirs ringing five pieces including two pieces with a brass quintet and one challenge piece. Bill Alexander from Hermantown, MN, an internationally known handbell clinician and conductor, will conduct the concert. He has been directing handbells at First United Methodist Church in Duluth, MN for 29 years directing five choirs, including the touring ensemble Strikepoint. Six choirs will ring solos. The Whitechapel Ringers solo will be Will You Come and Follow Me, arranged by Susan T. Nelson - a lovely traditional Scottish piece with flute soloist Biddie Clark. Everyone is invited to this exciting evening of handbell ringing. There is no admission charge; a free-will offering will be taken. Come and enjoy the concert.

Trumpet Recital

Mark Tegtmeier

First Community Church Chamber Singers in Concert

Tuesday, June 21, 7:30 pm Summer Music Series at Gloria Dei Chapel, Trinity Lutheran Seminary 2199 E. Main Street, Bexley Varied program of wonderful choral music. Ronald Jenkins, Director. Public invited.

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Mark Tegtmeier, trumpet student at Ohio State University, will be giving his junior trumpet recital in the South Campus sanctuary on Friday, May 6, 5 pm followed by a reception. Mark is also a member of the baritone section of our Chancel Choir. The public is cordially invited.


Welcome New Members

Erin Canlas

Rob Canlas

Lois Chaney

Casey Chester

Carol Chester

Nancy Dell

Kyle Edwards

Christine Edwards

David Eisel

Courtney Eisel

Rick Hollander

Jo Hollander

Erin Canlas (no bio) Rob Canlas (no bio) Lois Chaney attends the 11 am service and volunteers for Heart to Heart. From northern Ohio, Lois has traveled extensively, loves crossword puzzles and MetOpera simulcasts. Casey Chester is an attorney with Chemical Abstracts and enjoys family activities, sports, and physical fitness. Carol Chester and Casey attend the 10:25 am service and are the parents of Jeff, a college freshman. Carol’s mother, Geraldine Pfeil, and sister, Sheryl Pfeil, are members of First Community. Traveling, cooking, and reading are Carol’s hobbies. Nancy Dell was introduced to First Community Church through First Edition. She looks forward to meeting new people and getting involved. Originally from Buffalo NY, Nancy enjoys knitting, volunteering and travel. Kyle Edwards, a realtor for Keller Williams, is the son of member Jim Edwards and grandson of the late David and Nancy Edwards. He has joined the Akita Council and looks forward to meeting people and serving others.


Christine Edwards is a marketing manager for Cult Marketing originally from Silver Springs MD. Christine and Kyle enjoy traveling, reading, fly fishing and their fox red Labrador retriever named Ranger. David Eisel and Courtney are the parents of Gabby (2) and Sophia (6) and attend the 10:25 am service. They learned about the church from members Brian and Felicia Wilson. David is a chef at Bob Evans Farms and enjoys cooking (of course), baseball, spending time with family, and traveling to tropical beaches. Courtney Eisel is a stay-at-home mom and coordinates private events at G Michael’s in German Village. She enjoys yoga, walking, and volunteering for her children’s events. She and David join because of the inclusive theology, adult and children’s programs. Rick Hollander and Jo attend the 11 am service driving 35 miles from Alexandria. They learned about the church on the Internet and First Edition and look forward to being a part of this congregation and getting involved. Rick is a retired medical administrator.

JoEllen Hollander is a retired registered nurse who enjoys gardening, time with family, walking their dogs, OSU sports and beach vacations. Rick and Jo join because of Dr. Wing’s sermons, the “awesome” choir, and the inclusive theology. Brad Howe, a self-employed real estate developer and owner of Short North Fitness, attends the 11 am service with fiancée, Lauren Bigham. Brad heard about the church through First Edition and joins for the worship experience and inclusive theology. Originally from Jackson, Brad enjoys sports, exercise, biking and travel. Lauren Bigham “loves Dr. Wing’s sermons.” She participated in the Middle and High School programs and attended Camp Akita. Her cousin is member Andrew Wildman (Caren) and her grandmother, Nancy Stratton, used to work for the church. Lauren is Manager and Director of Development at Short North Fitness. Kathy Kaliker started attending the 10:25 am service after watching First Edition. She recently retired and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, OSU sports, traveling, and gardening. She looks forward to being a part of this faith community.

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Meet the new members who joined Sunday, May 1.

Brad Howe

Lauren Bigham

Kathy Kaliker

Linda Larrimer

Leslie Phillips

Lori Plinke

Next New Member Seminar Tuesday, June 7, 6-9 pm Brownlee Hall, South Campus See page 13 for more information.

Dory Sisson

Cheryl Southworth

Steve Whatley

Leslie Whatley

Ann Knouff (no photo) is a tax accountant with Charles Spicer Inc and attends the 10:25 am service. First Edition is how Ann learned about First Community. Navarre is Ann’s hometown and she enjoys spending time with her children Cate (1) and Jonathan (4).

Lori Plinke and Eric learned about the church from member, Bobbi Mueller. They and their family have already participated in mission events, youth programs and Camp Akita. Lori, a homemaker, is originally from Urbana OH.

Linda Larrimer attends the 11 am service and has a connection to Donice Wooster – her daughter is married to Donice’s son, Dave. Before retiring, Linda was an art consultant and now volunteers with the Studio Art Program at Goodwill Industries.

Cheryl Southworth is the mother of Jake (11) and Gavin (10) and attends the 10:25 am service. An IT Vice President at Glimcher Realty Trust, Cheryl enjoys time spent with her boys, watching their sports and traveling.

Leslie Phillips heard about the church from church member Debra Leno. She is retired from Metro Parks and enjoys nature studies, dog training and hunting. Salem is Leslie’s hometown. An inclusive theology and the music drew Leslie to join. She and Debra attend the 10:25 am service. Eric Plinke is an attorney, originally from Wilmington OH. He and Lori attend the 10:25 am service and are the parents of Mallory (16), Sam (13), Gretchen (9) and Hattie (6).

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Leslie Whatley and Steve attend the 9:15 am service and first experienced our worship services through First Edition. Leslie is in sales at Macy’s and enjoys cooking and working with seniors. She is also from Shreveport LA.

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Steve Whatley is an Organizational Consultant at The Ohio State University Medical Center. He and Leslie learned about the church from members Lee and Anna Vescelius. Originally from Shreveport LA, Steve has traveled to Europe and enjoys college sports and physical fitness.


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WORSHIP: 8:30 AM Burkhart Chapel, SC • Rev. Baumer 9:15 AM Grace Hall, NC • Dr. Wing Preaching 10:25 AM Grace Hall, NC • Dr. Wing Preaching 11 AM Sanctuary, SC • Dr. Wing Preaching 7:52 PM, NC • Mexico Reunion




WORSHIP: 8:30 AM Burkhart Chapel, SC • Rev. Hett 9:15 AM Grace Hall, NC • Dr. Wing Preaching 10:25 AM Grace Hall, NC • Dr. Wing Preaching 11 AM Sanctuary, SC • Dr. Wing Preaching Women’s Retreat at Camp Akita 12 PM, NC • Garage Sale Setup 8 PM, NC • Crossroads Closing Celebration



WORSHIP: 8:30 AM Burkhart Chapel, SC • Rev. Long 9:15 AM Grace Hall, NC • Dr. Wing Preaching 10:25 AM Grace Hall, NC • Dr. Wing Preaching 11 AM Sanctuary, SC • Dr. Wing Preaching 10 AM, SC • Block of Wood Gathering 6:30 PM, SC • Quest Singles





WORSHIP: 8:30 AM Burkhart Chapel, SC • Rev. Lindsay 9:15 AM Grace Hall, NC • Dr. Wing Preaching 10:25 AM Grace Hall, NC • Dr. Wing Preaching 11 AM Sanctuary, SC • Dr. Wing Preaching

WORSHIP: 8:30 AM Burkhart Chapel, SC - Kate Shaner 9:15 AM Grace Hall, NC • Rev. Lindsay 10:25 AM Grace Hall, NC • Rev. Lindsay 11 AM Sanctuary, SC • Rev. Lindsay

A indicates Usher assignments.


May 2011 selected events






9:30 AM, SC • Parent Growth 3 PM, SC • Women's Guild Executive Committee 4:30 PM, SC • Women's Guild Board Meeting 5:30 PM, SC • Friends of the Homeless 7 PM, SC • Women's MASS 7 PM, NC • Membership Council Meeting

9:30 AM, SC • Silent Meditation 9:30 AM - 12 PM • Heart to Heart Open 10 AM, SC • Tuesday at Ten 6 PM, NC • Whitechapel Ringers Rehearsal 7 PM, SC • Transitions Support Group 7 PM, NC • Youth Council

7 AM, SC • Men's Study Group 7 AM, SC • Men's Wednesday Fellowship 9:30 AM, SC • Women Living the Questions 5 PM, NC • Streets Mission Project 5:30 PM • Focus on Food/Mid-Ohio Foodbank 5:45 PM • Cherub Choir Year End Performance 7 PM, SC • A Course of Miracles 7 PM, SC • Evolution’s Garden/Adult Learning 7 PM, NC • Wednesday Evening Bible Study









9:30 AM, SC • Parent Growth 4:00 PM, SC • Refugee Task Force 5:30 PM, SC • Friends of the Homeless 6:30 PM, SC • Guild Group RSZ 7 PM, SC • Women’s MASS 7:15 PM, SC • Adult Learning Council

9:30 AM, SC • Parent Growth 5:30 PM, SC • Friends of the Homeless 5:30 PM, SC • Service Board 7 PM, SC • Women’s MASS 7 PM, SC • For Moms Only Parent Group 7 PM, SC • Mission Council

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

CHURCH CLOSED 5:30 PM, SC • Friends of the Homeless


9:15 AM, NC • K-5 Council 9:30 AM, SC • Silent Meditation 9:30 AM - 12 PM • Heart to Heart Open 10 AM, SC • Tuesday at Ten 6 PM, NC • Whitechapel Ringers Rehearsal 7 PM, SC • Bridges to Healing Grief Group 7 PM, SC • For Dads Only Parent Group 7 PM, NC • Akita Council Meeting

9:30 AM, SC • Silent Meditation 9:30 AM - 12 PM • Heart to Heart Open 10 AM, SC • Tuesday at Ten 6 PM, NC • Whitechapel Ringers Rehearsal 7 PM, SC • Transitions Support Group 7:30 PM, SC • Deacon Board Meeting 7:30 PM, SC • Foundation Board Meeting

9:30 AM, SC • Silent Meditation 9:30 AM - 12 PM • Heart to Heart Open 10 AM, SC • Tuesday at Ten 5:30 PM, SC • Meals for Rebecca’s Place 6 PM, NC • Whitechapel Ringers Rehearsal 6:30 PM, NC • Wisdom of Life & Death Series 7 PM, SC • Bridges to Healing Grief Group


7 AM, SC • Men’s Study Group 7 AM, SC • Men’s Wednesday Fellowship 9:30 AM, SC • Women Living the Questions 5 PM, NC • Streets Mission Project 7 PM, SC • A Course of Miracles 7 PM, SC • Evolution’s Garden/Adult Learning 7 PM, NC • Wednesday Evening Bible Study 7 PM, SC • Guild Group D 7 PM, SC • Spiritual Searcher Committee


7 AM, SC • Men’s Study Group 7 AM, SC • Men’s Wednesday Fellowship 9:30 AM, SC • Women Living the Questions 5 PM, NC • Streets Mission Project 7 PM, SC • A Course of Miracles 7 PM, SC • Evolution’s Garden/Adult Learning 7 PM, NC • Wednesday Evening Bible Study


7 AM, SC • Men’s Study Group 7 AM, SC • Men’s Wednesday Fellowship 9:30 AM, SC • Women Living the Questions 6 PM, NC • Girls Night Out K-5 Fundraiser 7 PM, SC • A Course of Miracles 7 PM, NC • Wednesday Evening Bible Study

9:30 AM, SC • Silent Meditation 9:30 AM - 12 PM • Heart to Heart Open 10 AM, SC • Tuesday at Ten

NC = North Campus

SC = South Campus May 1 - 31, 2011

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May 2011 selected events







9:30 AM - 12 PM • Heart to Heart Open 9:30 AM, SC • Prayers & Squares Quilt Ministry 7:30 PM, NC • Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Women’s Retreat at Camp Akita

Women’s Retreat at Camp Akita 9 AM, SC • Japa Yoga Class

5 PM, SC • Mark Tegtmeier Trumpet Recital


9:30 AM - 12 PM • Heart to Heart Open 9:30 AM, SC • Prayers & Squares Quilt Ministry 4:30 PM, SC • Older Adult Council Meeting 7:30 PM, SC • Chancel Choir Rehearsal


9:30 AM - 12 PM • Heart to Heart Open 9:30 AM, SC • Prayers & Squares Quilt Ministry 11 AM, SC • Guild Group I 7:30 PM, NC • Chancel Choir Rehearsal


9:30 AM - 12 PM • Heart to Heart Open 9:30 AM, SC • Prayers & Squares Quilt Ministry 7:30 PM, NC • Chancel Choir Rehearsal



6 PM, NC • Middle School Retreat Check In 6 PM, NC • Life Guard Retreat Check In 6:30 PM, NC • GARAGE SALE PREVIEW NIGHT



6 PM, SC • David Thomas Clarinet Concert


21 9 AM, SC • Japa Yoga Class

Next New Member Seminar Tuesday, June 7, 6-9 pm Brownlee Hall, South Campus Join us for dinner and learn about the history, theology and programs of First Community Church from clergy and staff. Whether you are ready to become a member or would simply like more information to help you with that decision, this seminar is an opportunity to learn about membership, ask questions and meet our staff. To register for the seminar or if you have questions, please contact Paula Russell, Director of Membership, at 614 488.0681 ext 228 or

28 7-10:30 AM, Streets Closed/Memorial Day Parade 9 AM, SC • Japa Yoga Class

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


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


Care and Spirit

The Spirit of Art Sanders

–­– The Reverend James M. Long, Minister of Pastoral Care He never left! - The Reverend Dr. Arthur Sanders Our beloved late Minister of Pastoral Care, Art Sanders, told me more than once of an encounter he had on the golf course with a prominent political leader. They had been put together in a foursome and this person learned that Art was an ordained minister. He took the opportunity to ask Art what he thought of the second coming of Jesus Christ. Art’s response was: “He never left!”

This was vintage Art Sanders. It was a simple statement, but it represented his deep belief that Christ was always with us. I well remember when I began teaching Bible study many years before I entered the ministry, Art and I had lunch together. I was asking him theological questions. I remember him saying: “I believe in the fundamentals of the Christian faith, but I’m not a fundamentalist.” This may sound a bit facile, but I knew what he meant. He said to me later, and always believed, that we needed to go deeper in our faith. I think everyone who encountered Art remembered him. His quiet and peaceful demeanor might cause one to underestimate his great inner and outer strength. But no one underestimated his commitment to pastoral ministry. He counseled, baptized, married and buried many of our church family through the years. He provided stability during difficult times and transitions. He and Vi and their wonderful family are part of us. I know that I speak for many when I say that the spirit of Art Sanders will never leave our church. It is built into our DNA. And that spirit is a reflection of the one who never left us and will never let us go. For this and for the ministry of Art Sanders, we give eternal thanks! Peace and blessings,

Refugee Task Force Dinner A special and very colorful evening of good food, entertainment and sharing was enjoyed by members of First Community and 50 refugee friends on April 10. First Community has supported refugees and other immigrants from many foreign countries. Entertainment was provided by singers and instrumentalists from Myanmar (Burma) and Uzbekistan. Burmese children in their native dress told a traditional story of planting and harvesting through dance. Dinner guests talked about their experiences in relocation with others at their table and these thoughts were then shared with the entire group after dinner. The event is a bi-annual event held at the church.


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

BIRTHS Blake Charles Yoakam 2/28/11 son of Michelle and Greg Yoakam BAPTISMS Harper Louise Lynch 3/27/11 Reed Victoria Franklin 4/10/11 Emily Claire Shampine 4/10/11 WEDDINGS Leah Harper & Patrick Boggs 4/9/11 Helen Rotnem & Bruce Vivian 4/30/11 RECENTLY HOSPITALIZED Daisy Clarke Francine Crider John “Buck” Patton Mary Thomas Sue Benes Joan Talmage Brett Kingsley Joan Hesler Brian Gillespie Donna Valentine Kristina Givens Mark Stull Jan Shelby Tom Near

DEATHS Odey M. Wyant 3/28/11 grandmother of Jason Downey Luella Emma (Panning) Plassman 4/4/11 mother of Tom Plassman Dorothy Bemiller 3/29/11 Rev. Dr. Arthur Sanders 4/9/11 Lois Reese 4/8/11 Melissa “Missy” Moreen 4/15/11 Charles Traphagan 4/18/11 Norma Rook 4/20/11 Call the Pastoral Care Office at 614 488.0681 ext 239, for family births, deaths, weddings, hospitalizations and birthdays of 90 years or more.

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Mission Council

A Taste for Rafiki

May Special Offering

Kids With A Future: Priceless.

Friday, June 24, 6-8:30 pm North Campus

In the beginning, it was empty land. On a cold rainy day in the fall of 2004, we stood on that land and prayed with the founder, John Nganga, a few orphan kids and a few members of his Board of Directors. John’s dream was to be able to grow his fledgling orphanage, a rented house outside of Nairobi, Kenya, into a great facility that could be family for children orphaned by the death of their parents to AIDS – the Rafiki AIDS Ministry.

Mark your calendar now to attend A Taste for Rafiki, a spectacular evening wine tasting event sponsored by the Mission Council. All proceeds from this event will go to support the Rafiki AIDS Ministry in Kenya. The evening will feature a “Best Wine Contest” where guests have the option of bringing their own unique bottle of wine to share. There will also be local musicians providing an evening of eclectic entertainment. Hors d’oeuvres and light finger foods will be served. At the event you will learn more about the Rafiki Ministry. You can be involved in the following ways: • Sponsor a child • Buy a brick for the school • Attend silent auction • Request trip information • Learn how to help Rafiki Tickets are $15 for adults and $25 for couples and can be purchased at the tables following Sunday services at both campuses starting on June 5. Tickets are also available online at www., search: rafiki.

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. Visit, search: marafiki golf.

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Within a year, First Community Church jumped in to help. Dozens of us have gone to witness what is happening at Rafiki and we have donated generously. Since 2004, we (the Mission Council, the Guilds, Special Offerings and anonymous donors associated with the church) have donated $240,000. Those donations, when combined with those of Rotary Clubs, have been used to change the landscape of the place where that first prayer took place. It is now the Rafiki Campus on ten acres which it owns. It is not just a productive farm (with a barn, cows, chickens, pigs and irrigated farm land producing all kinds of crops), but also a mill, a girl’s and boy’s dorm and a kitchen and dining room. A school building on the campus currently houses a trade school. In the near future it will become The Rafiki Academy. Our own Bryan Beske and Lee Wilkinson are heading up the team to make that happen. We will provide education to the Rafiki kids, as well as those in the community, in small classrooms with excellent teachers. Also on that land, the Upendo Clinic is providing medical care to the Rafiki community as well as the surrounding townspeople who, until now, had no access to medical care. The most enduring outcome of the donations though is the kids. Ten “alumni” (Rafiki kids who have gone on to graduate from high school) were there the weekend I visited in February as they are every weekend to help out and give back. They have gone into law, community health nursing, design, higher education, barbering, have gotten married and are having families. These kids all “have a life” that would have been totally out of the question without Rafiki. And that is priceless. Please be prepared to give generously when the special offering comes around on May 8. Rafiki gives to their kids what all of us strive to give to our own kids; food, shelter, warmth, love, education and a real sense of self-worth. — Submitted by Dr. Terry Davis


The Infinite Quest

I’m Just Sayin’

–­– The Reverend David S. Hett, Minister of Religious Life and Learning As you are aware, the commandment about “taking the Lord’s name in vain,” means not putting God’s name to that which is not God’s. I’m just sayin’ this as a preface to those who believe this is a “Christian nation” founded on “biblical principles.” The voice of Israel’s God (thus of Jesus) is clear and unequivocal about the essential task given the king in Israel—that is, the governmental leaders:

The king delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper. From oppression and violence he saves their life; and precious is their blood in his sight. (Psalm 72) I’m just sayin’ this is what’s in the Bible. Now, it’s one thing if democratically elected leaders who do not profess Christianity enact policies that neglect “the widow, the orphan and the stranger.” It’s another, and far more dangerous tack, for those who claim a Christian basis in pursuing unjust economic policies. While excoriating promoters of a certain recent budget proposal, Jim Wallis turned to this prophetic warning: Doom to you who legislate evil, who make laws that make victims—laws that make misery for the poor, that rob my destitute people of dignity, exploiting defenseless widows, taking advantage of homeless children. What will you have to say on Judgment Day, when Doomsday arrives out of the blue?” (Isaiah 10:1-3, The Message) Again, I’m just sayin’ that these words apply to political leaders who profess their core commitment to Christianity, who sing with Mary at Christmas that in the birth of Jesus God “fills the hungry with good things, and sends the rich away empty.” Speaking of “Doomsday,” I understand that there are billboards talking about Jesus returning May 21. I wouldn’t break out the champagne: Alas for you who desire the day of the Lord! It is darkness not light…(Amos 5:18) Why would it be a day of darkness? Because of injustice to the poor and oppressed. So if you want to avoid the dark day of the Lord, says Amos, “Let justice roll down like waters…” The archetypal pattern produced by Good Friday and Easter is both personal and political, write Borg and Crossan in The Last Week. Good Friday and Easter address the fundamental human question, ‘What ails us?’… So what ails us? Very compactly, egoism and injustice. And the two go together. We need personal transformation and political transformation. I’m just sayin’. Shalom,

Heart to Heart The donations we receive at Heart to Heart allow us help our friends in need – those who benefit from the food pantry, those in need of financial assistance and our homeless friends living on the streets. Since the first of the year, our Streets Mission Project has continued to see changes weekly. We go into homeless camps every Wednesday, no matter the weather. We are excited to see a few of our friends get off the streets and into housing. Some have managed on their own and some with our assistance. We have also helped a few get into facilities specializing in drug and alcohol rehabilitation and mental health counseling. One of our friends, Gloria, has been in and out of treatment and jail. She has endured more trauma in her life than anyone can imagine. Going through rehabilitation meant dealing with those issues again. Earlier this year, Gloria made the decision to pursue treatment. She is now receiving counseling and rehabilitation. We continue to keep in touch with her every other day and visit her to let her know we care. During one of our visits she said, “I don’t know why you chose me to care about, but I couldn’t do this without you.” We are cautiously optimistic this will be the change she needs in her life. Our outreach group has found some new folks living under overpasses balanced on wood pallets while others are covering up with only a tarp at night. We continue to visit our friends to let them know we care about them, taking them food and supplies. Finally, we offer emergency financial assistance helping with partial rent assistance to keep our friends from being evicted from their apartments. We hope to be able to prevent more homelessness. We appreciate your support of what we do at Heart to Heart and we hope to continue making a difference in the lives of all our friends! — Lynn Ebright & Angie Weber Heart to Heart Coordinators


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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 Jones at 614 488.0681 ext 113 or at For more details on specific classes, go to, search: adult learning. Sunday Morning Seminar Mysticism & Marcus Borg See article on page 18.

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

Tuesday Morning Meditation Communal silent meditation, reflection, and prayer.

Tuesdays, 9:30 to 10 am Burkhart Chapel, South Campus

Tuesday at Ten The last three weeks (April 26, May 3 and May 10) of the program year explore Sufi Mysticism. The group then ends its programming until September.

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

Men’s Bible Study Group Meet before the workday begins to discuss Christianity’s sacred texts.

Wednesdays, 7 to 8 am Wicker Room, South Campus

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

Wednesdays, 7 to 8 am Brownlee Hall, South Campus

Wednesday Morning Meditation This weekly 30-minute silent meditation is open to all.

Wednesdays, 9 to 9:35 am South Campus Annex Room 105

Women Living the Questions Open to all women, this discussion group focuses on spirituality and personal growth, and is currently exploring the work of Anne Hillman.

Wednesdays, 9:45 to 11:30 am Wicker Room, South Campus

Evolution’s Garden See article on page 18.

Wednesdays through May 18 7 to 8:30 pm Brownlee Hall, South Campus

Wednesday Evening Bible Study Meditation, prayer and scripture discussion.

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

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

Wednesdays, 7 to 8:15 pm Room 104, South Campus Annex


Women’s Retreat May 6-8 Camp Akita, Logan, OH SPA TREATMENTS AT AKITA Embrace Life’s WOW! Program speaker: Sandra J. Street, a gifted and experienced teacher and practitioner in mind/body/spirit therapies For information and to register, go to, search: womens retreat and view videos of the treatments being offered. You may also register after worship May 1.

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Older Adults Listening Post The Older Adult Council will hold its second Listening Post on Sunday, May 15, at North Campus. The Listening Post will be open before and after the 10:25 am service. The Council wants to hear suggestions for making our facilities more accessible, comfortable and easy to use. This is church members’ opportunity to tell the Council how it can be of greatest service to you. Following the first Listening Post on April 10 at South Campus, several offered suggestions are being acted upon. If you cannot attend services on May 15, contact Robin Taylor at 614 488.0681 ext 225 or


Adult Education

Evolution’s Garden Wednesdays, through May 18 7 – 8:30 pm Brownlee Hall, South Campus With speakers from Sister Alexandra Kovats to scientist Brian Swimme to theologian Matthew Fox, First Community Church takes an unapologetic view about the compatibility of evolution and Christianity. We are excited to have church member Dr. David Haury, associate professor in the School of Teaching and Learning at Ohio State University, presenting this four-week series, Evolution’s Garden: April 27: Evolution Changes Everything May 4: Leaving the Garden; Filling the Earth May 11: Then There was One: Human and Cultural Evolution May 18: Can Evolution Save Us? This series will explore the influence of evolutionary thinking on science, religion and our view of ourselves in a dynamically changing world. David Haury was recently named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science from The Ohio State University faculty.

Mysticism & Marcus Borg Sundays, May 1 through May 22, 9:30-10:45 am Wicker Room, South Campus Facilitated by Grey Austin Whether or not you attended Marcus Borg’s Spiritual Searcher Weekend in March, you are invited to attend this free follow-up to his lectures. Grey Austin will facilitate this discussion utilizing Dr. Borg’s handouts from his Friday and Saturday presentations on “Reclaiming Christian Language” and “Mysticism & Resistance”. “Marcus Borg’s visit left us with a deeper interpretation of what Christianity and the Christian life are all about,” says Grey Austin. “In the Sunday morning seminar we will hope to find further understanding of these ideas and impetus for their application.” Schedule for the four-week series is: May 1: Salvation - Not “Are you saved?” but are we, individually and collectively, liberated, enlightened, whole and committed, politically as well as personally, to peace and justice for the world? May 8: Mysticism - “Foundational to the world’s religions” – “experience of union with the sacred.” May 15: Mysticism in the Bible - Empowerment, Resistance, Advocacy. May 22: Being American and Christian today in a country of overwhelming military superiority, great income inequality and environmental irresponsibility. We will use Borg’s eight-page handout, which is available at the reception desk at both South and North Campuses, or by contacting Natalia at All are welcome. Free and open to the public.

Earth Give You Guidance, Stars Give You Hope Jesus declared in his opening sermon these words from Isaiah 61: “The Lord has anointed me; God has sent me to enflesh good news to the oppressed.” Sister Alexandra Kovats joined us in April, encouraging us in Living Spiritually in a Time of Global Transformation. During this weekend Adult Learning experience, she moved us toward understanding the oppressed as our entire creation, not just humans, and to learn more how we are to not just do justice, but to embody justice. “The test of authentic creativity,” she said, “is justice.” Alexandra, this passionate presence who is both a Spiritual Director and PhD in Ecological Spirituality, closed the weekend by borrowing this prayer/chant: May vision and truth companion you May beauty be in your being Love hold you close


Earth give you guidance Stars give you hope Blessings of life to you

May 1 - 31, 2011

In Review

Health Care Forum III

June Workshop

Taming Your Inner Critic We are all familiar with that inner voice that shames, scolds and berates us or on the other hand, urges us to do more, to be better, to be good. And this is just the tip of this superego critic that contracts our lives and limits our possibilities. Lou Weir will be coming to us from Ann Arbor the weekend of June 10-12 to lead us through an experiential workshop, Taming Your Inner Critic.

Did you know that scheduled airline flights and nuclear power are safer than health care in the US? And the US ranks only 19th among industrialized countries in preventable deaths? These were two of many points made by Dr. Terry Davis, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, at Health Care Forum III on March 29. The Forum dealt with the challenge that patients face in getting adequate information regarding health care. He reported on the Patient Safety Program being implemented by eight children’s hospitals in Ohio to eliminate medical errors. Early results suggest surgical site infections already declined by 60 percent (also reported on Minnesota Public Radio on April 13). Dr. Steve Delavaris, Millhon Clinic, described the Patient Centered Medical Home Model (discussed in the Columbus Dispatch on April 16) in which patients’ primary care physicians lead a team to provide on-going care. Other medical providers are arranged as needed. With this approach, patients reported receiving more comprehensive care when needed compared to other delivery systems. Lea Blackburn, Ohio Health, described how this model facilitates information flow between patients and providers. Patients actively participate in self-management of their health including healthy lifestyles and adherence to a therapeutic regimen. Dr. Jeff Caswell, retired Ohio State University health economist, explained why such efforts are needed to reduce information problems common in health care. The panel agreed that patients themselves must become more active in seeking and evaluating health care information while medical care suppliers work to supply more quality information.

“Many of us experience a sense of self-evaluation as a general atmosphere of our inner experience,” he says. “It can be obvious and aggressive at times, or more often, can be a sense of guilt, or shame, or of never being quite good enough. Our judge, or inner critic, sets standards for our behavior. We rarely satisfy it and for the most part, it operates automatically.”  This class will shed some light on this inner coercion.  Through meditation, psycho-dynamic exercises and selfstudy, you can start to peel away the layers of self-criticism.  “The truth is that there is nothing wrong with you,” Lou states.  “Through our study, we will learn about the origin of the super-ego, and how it operates in our lives. Because the workshop is experiential, you will learn about how your own critic operates. By shedding some light on it, there is an opportunity for more freedom from its power.” Schedule for the weekend workshop: Friday, June 10, 7 – 9 pm Lincoln Road Chapel, South Campus Saturday, June 11, 9:30 am - 4 pm Lincoln Road Chapel, South Campus Sunday, June 12, 8:15 – 10:45 am South Campus Annex, Rooms 104 and 105. The cost for the weekend is $75. Register online or by contacting Natalia at, or 614 488.0681 ext 113. Scholarships are available. Ask Natalia for information. Lou Weir is a senior student of the psychological-spiritual work called the Diamond Approach. He is a vipassana meditation teacher at Deep Spring Center in Ann Arbor as well as a practicing attorney. Lou has been studying this work for more than 10 years, teaching it for five years, and enjoys sharing this with others.

The power point slides presented by the panel are available at, search: health care forum, and the CD recording can be borrowed from the church library. — Submitted by Richard Meyer

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Celebrating 45 Years of Service

X Marks the Spot for Faith and Friends Women’s Guild Bake the cake, light the candles, blow ‘em all out with one puff and then let the wishes pile up for many more years of friendship and fellowship. That’s what the 37 members of Women’s Guild X will do this month as they celebrate 45 years of caring and sharing all the joys and sorrows they have experienced along their journey through womanhood. Over the years since its installation in April 1966, Guild X women have met monthly in member’s homes to cheer on and pray for each other. They bring a sandwich and share a salad at lunchtime and enjoy hearing a guest speaker as they make plans to support the many church missions and programs. - Photo by Michael Barber

In the past, members have served regularly at the men’s luncheons, planted and tended flowerpots at the South Campus front doors. They continue to contribute to soup sales, silent auctions and other fundraising projects. Their efforts reflect an outstanding record of service and support to the church faith community. Betty Millhon, a member of Guild X, enjoys a recent meeting held in the Wicker Room.

The annual Guild X calendar is highlighted by a festive Christmas dinner hosted by Anna and Dick Greer. Guild X takes pride in its members who have served as leaders of the Women’s Guild – Jane Ann Ellis, Nancy Long, Connie Patridge and Sarah Reid. Nancy Long and Jenny Lou Renkert have served on the Governing Board; Mary Sims and Nancy Long have served on the Foundation Board; Nancy Heath has since retired as Director of Older Adult Ministry with Janie Smith now serving on that ministry council. Many have been greeters as well as members of Service Board and Board of Deacons. Among other “X’r” sisters in the faith, Emily Chidester can rightly be called the “glue” that holds the group together – she produces the roster and the important monthly newsletter X Files Update which is complete with all the newsy tidbits of who’s doing what, why, when and where. Join the First Community family in giving three cheers for these exceptional women as they celebrate 45 years of success. — Submitted by Sue Wilson

The First Community Women’s Guild is celebrating without abandon the spring season of our life! We celebrate with laughter and joy. Women’s Guild Spring Event A luncheon will be held on May 21 from 11:30 am to 2 pm at Brookside Country Club, 2770 W. DublinGranville Road. There will be a sumptuous buffet, door prizes and a “bellitiful” program with Carol Neff and the bells. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased after services at both South and North Campuses. Service of Installation The Installation of new officers for the Women’s Guild and new chairwomen of Guild groups will begin with a reception in Brownlee Hall at 5 pm on June 6. The reception will be followed by the installation service at 6 pm in Burkhart Chapel. Fulfillment of Good Works We lend help with the fulfillment of good works to Michael Tompkins, a senior at Upper Arlington High School, with his Capstone Project for the Muscular Dystrophy Summer Camp. We are gathering medical supplies needed by the camp. Interested people may call Michael at 614 330.8826. Items will be collected until May 31. Items needed are : All sizes of Ace bandages, anti-bacterial wipes and gel, bathroom cups, masks, cough drops, Visine, Jr. Tylenol, Tums, safety pins, Caladryl Lotion and more. Collection boxes are located in the Guild Room at South Campus. All-Guild Pot Luck Dinner The 2nd annual All-Guild pot luck dinner will be held August 31 at North Campus beginning at 6 pm. The theme for the event will be a baby shower for the Layette Project of Church Women United. Ginny Culver is the liaison with the CWU organization. — Submitted by Jill Eliot


May 1 - 31, 2011

Facilities Update

1320 Improvements and a New Memorial Garden The South Campus facilities is the focus for this article. Updates will be provided quarterly to include both South and North Campuses. The Memorial Garden currently under construction at our South Campus location is progressing beautifully. The garden is a wonderful gift to our church. Thanks to the Foundation’s support, an independent assessment of the South Campus Facilities was conducted by URS Architects-Engineers-Planners in November, 2010 which rated our South Campus property in “fair” condition. The report pointed out several areas which need attention, as well as areas that have been uncovered with the help of our Property Management Team. The improvements, both internal and external, will correct immediate moisture problems, heating problems, maintenance, appearance and general facility upkeep to control future expenses. They are as follows: 1. Replace needed areas on the Flat Roof (Late Spring/Summer) This will be a major undertaking and expense. 2. Tuck Pointing Main Building (Late Spring/Summer) There are several areas on the outside of 1320 that need tuck pointing to correct moisture leaks inside the building. 3. Replacing and repositioning necessary gutters. (Spring-Fall) This will be the third process to help eliminate moisture and maintain the gutter system surrounding the building. 4. Boiler, steam convection radiators, replacing valves, flanges, pumps, control units and possible water tank. (Before Fall) Our boiler system is working harder than necessary due to pipes, valves, control units, pumps and improperly working radiators. Correcting this problem will allow for an efficiently running system. 5. Replace flooring on first floor of 1320 (Late Summer) The carpet on the first floor needs to be replaced. Brownlee Hall will be our first area, followed by hallways depending on the amount of money remaining. 6. Exterior Lighting (Spring-Fall) Correct existing and adding new. Annex, Lincoln Road, Sanctuary by the street, and alley. Improved lighting is needed for safety. 7. Parking Lot, curb cuts and sidewalks (Late Summer) Repairs will be done as needed to improve safety and appearance. The list is extensive and our needs are many. We will prioritize and carry out repairs and improvements with what we have available. Improvements and maintenance will continue to be projected for the next year and beyond. My goal as Facilities Manager is to maintain and improve using the gifts that have been passed on to us by previous generations as we carry forth our message another 100 years. Please feel free to contact me at any time with your suggestions.

Each week, profound statements are made in our Sunday school. This feature offers insight from our youth. As we discussed the troubles Zaccheaus had getting along with others and what might cause a person to be a bully, a child responded, “I think people who are mean are insecure and lonely”. - Mandy, 5th grade After telling the story of Jesus’ life as a teacher, the children were invited to bring things from around the room that would help us understand the story. One child brought our Desert Box (a large container with sand). When asked why she chose that item, she replied, “The sand is soft, and Jesus is soft”. - Abigail, 3rd grade In responding to the story of how Martha and Mary welcomed Jesus into their home—Martha being very distracted and feeling the need to do other things while Jesus was visiting, and Mary sitting by Jesus’ side, listening to his every word, a child spoke up and said, “I want to be like Mary, but I think I am more likely to be distracted like Martha, although I wish I could be like Mary”. -Evan, 4th grade

Thanks to the members of the Governing Board and the Trustees of the Foundation Board who approved the grant to begin this meaningful process. — Pam Jameson, Facilities Manager

May 1 - 31, 2011


Come Join the Fun!

Preschool’s Summer Session

Girls Night Out

Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays for four weeks May 31 – June 23 9 am – noon Preschool, South Campus

Come shop, share time with friends and enjoy wine & cheese.

Cost: $225 per child for the four-week session Optional fifth week, June 28-30, $55

Sponsored by K-5 Council Proceeds benefit the K-5 Ministry Bring along a friend or two.   The following vendors will be present:

Open to children age 4 or 5 by September 30, 2011 Summer session includes lots of playground time, including water play. Weather permitting, children wear swimsuits under their clothes and bring a towel for getting-wet fun. Some classroom activities move out-of-doors like art activities and the sensory table. The day includes both indoor and outdoor play, stories and singing. For questions or to register, contact the Early Childhood Office at 614 488.0681 ext 244 or

Mary Evans Child Development Center

Get ready for Seeds of Hope North

Wednesday, May 25, 6-8:30pm North Campus, Grace Hall

Stella & Dot (jewelry) Torre Summers Cabi (clothing) Kim Whitman Tastefully Simple (food) Becki Harr Ava Anderson (Non-toxic skin care products) Mary Ann Hopping Can’t come but would like to shop? Place your order online and a percentage of your sale will go to the K-5 Ministry. For more information contact Torre Summers 614 657-5623 or

May Parent Groups For Dads Only Tuesday, May 10, 7 pm Guild Room South Campus Topic: How children’s friendships develop, especially focusing on inclusion/exclusion issues and gender differences. For Moms Only Monday, May 16, 7 pm Guild Room South Campus Topic: Extended family and other adults in your child’s life – gifts and challenges.

Andy Frick, Middle School Program Coordinator and talented “rototillist,” prepares the soil for construction of our community garden. The produce grown will go to the Heart to Heart mission. The children at Mary Evans are very interested and excited to garden along with the garden committee. To learn more about Seeds of Hope North contact Dick Helland or Jamy Zambito. Volunteers are celebrated!


Parent Growth Mondays, 9:30-11 am Guild Room South Campus Child care available - $4 per child May 2: Helping children learn the social graces May 9: How to talk to children about hard things (death, divorce, etc.) May 16: Open topics from 9:30-10:30 am, End-of-Year Party 10:30-11 am

May 1 - 31, 2011

Third Grade Bibles All third graders will receive a Bible, as a gift from our church, on May 22 during the 9:15, 10:25 and 11 am worship services. To reserve a Bible for your third-grader, please complete a reservation form by going to, click on 3rd Grade Bible Presentation. Reservations need to be made by May 9.

Mexico Mission Trip Amy is a senior at Upper Arlington High School. This was her second Mexico Trip. First Community Church led a group of 74 high school students to Tecaté, Mexico in March. While there, we built five houses for families in need. This year, we built a house for a young newlywed couple and their 16-month-old daughter. The husband’s father, Hector, spent his week away from his job to help us build a house for his son. Although there was a language barrier, Hector was enthusiastic to do whatever task we had ahead of us Throughout the week, the bond between our workgroup and the family grew. They made us a feast that included hot dogs wrapped in bacon, a recipe Hector used when he sold hot dogs on the streets of Mexico. After the meal, we handed the keys over to the family. In perfect English they repeated, “If you ever come back to Mexico, come see us. This home is your home too. You are all our brothers and sisters.”

Akita 5K Wrap Up Thanks to everyone who helped make our 2nd Annual Akita 5K such a success. We had more than 150 registered runners for the event. The rain stayed away making for a beautiful morning for running. It was great to see so many people out who love Akita. All the money raised from the event will go into the Camp Akita Scholarship Fund.

Amy’s Mexican family presented her work group with a feast. Their completed house stands behind them.

It’s clear that the work we have done and the love we have shown to the families we build for is continued through time as every participant on the Mexico trip has a special bond with each other.

Little did I know the mission trip would change my life, as well. By surrounding myself with a family that has so little, but are thankful for everything they have, I have learned the importance of appreciating the world around me and my life for what I have. As I enter college, I know that things might not always work out the way I want and I might not have everything I have back home. I know there is always a group of people that will give me everything I need to be happy. They will give me one of the simplest, easiest, undemanding actions we can show one another. Love. — Submitted by Amy Thompson

Seeking Donations

Akita Craft Cabin A very special thank you goes out to the Akita Council for all the hard work they put into this event. Thank you to all of our volunteers who woke up bright and early Saturday morning to help out, as well as our sponsors. We could not have had the event without all of you.

May 1 - 31, 2011

The following items are needed for our Camp Akita Craft Cabin for this summer: Metal bottle caps (any kind, as they will be spray painted) Paper towel rolls Gift wrap paper Please drop your items off at the North Campus, labeled Akita Craft Cabin.


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Heart to Heart

Food Pantry Totals March 18 - April 18, 2011 Households served....... 328 Adults served................ 430 Children served............ 124 Meals provided.......... 4,986 Total funds distributed: $2,247 Total Donations: $575 Year-to-Date Households served.... 1,228 Adults served............. 1,715 Children served............ 370 Meals provided........ 17,996

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 Mission; 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; 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)

Attention members of First Community Church

You’re Invited to join residents, employees, and friends of

First Community Village

Picnic on the Terrace Sunday, May 22, 2011 12:30 p.m. Great Food & Music Entertainment Free of Charge

R.S.V.P. to Lindsey 614-324-2115 Now an Affiliate of:

1800 Riverside Drive Columbus, OH, 43212

May 2011  

First Community Church Firstnews Volume 57 Number 5