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September 1 - 30, 2011

Vol. 57 No. 9

Akita… The Best Place on Earth A Director’s Thoughts

A Parent’s Reflection

By Kate Shaner, Director of Youth Ministries and Missions

Dear Akita staff and volunteers,

Photos by Jon Costin

I listened to a story told by the mother of a camper this summer. She told me her son had friends at their home and he was excitedly telling them about his upcoming session at Camp Akita. One of the boys turned to her and said, “What is Akita?” to which she replied, “Only the best place on earth!” I was struck by the dichotomy revealed in her response. There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of children and adults who have had experiences at Akita that changed their lives in deeply profound ways. And yet there remain others who have never even heard of this place we at First Community Church hold so close in our hearts. This conversation was a reminder to me that we must never take for granted this gift we have been given, but continually reach out and extend invitations to others to come and experience Akita for themselves. Simply put, each one of us who has been changed by this place has an opportunity to expand the Akita family by simply telling our stories to those who will listen and inviting them to participate in experiences of their own. (continued on page 5)

Photo by Missy Obergefell

Here is a picture (above) I took as my daughter walked to her bus to attend her summer camp session. What a pleasure it was to drop her off for an experience she and I both knew would be wonderful. I felt the benefit of your hard work and dedication from the organized, wellconsidered, fun-spirited check-in, to the return of my exhausted, dirty, happy child. Years ago, as I sat with her, then age six, at the Bald Eagle gathering of our family’s first Akita Family Camp, I got a taste of the depth of the gifts that Akita offers. Now, many family and individual camp sessions later, I am sincerely thankful for the presence of Camp Akita in our lives. We have memories, craft cabin creations and an Akita-style sense of our connection to God that we will always cherish. With love and gratitude, Missy Obergefell

For more Thoughts and Reflections on Summer Camp at Akita, see page 5.

The Children of Abraham gather for

A Service of Remembering and Hope ~ On the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 ~

First Community Church, South Campus 8:30 am on Sunday, September 11 (We will join in a brief period of silence at 8:46:26) The service will be led by: The Reverend Ms. Deborah C. Lindsay Rabbi Sharon Mars, Chaplain to the Columbus Jewish Community Imam Dr. Hany Saqr, Noor Islamic Cultural Center The Reverend Dr. Richard A. Wing Ronald J. Jenkins, Minister of Music & Liturgy Robert A. Griffith, Organist The Chancel Choir The Youth Bell Choir Sally R. Beske, Director Thomas V. Battenberg, trumpet Charles Wetherbee, violin

Twelfth Annual Akita Golf Classic Monday, September 19, 11 am Hickory Hills Country Club, Grove City

CAMP AKITA Golf Classic

“The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course.” — Billy Graham There are more than 100 campers at Camp Akita who have truly had their prayers answered by a bunch of First Community Church members and friends simply playing golf for fun. Since 1999, the Akita Golf Classic has raised funds for scholarships to Camp Akita for the children of refugee families, summer participants and family campers to attend camp. As a result of hitting a ball on grass (albeit NICE grass), Akita Council has been able to award between $15,000 and $20,000 annually and needs your participation to continue this fine mission. The Twelfth Annual Akita Golf Classic will be held at Hickory Hills Country Club Monday, September 19. This event’s format is a four player, 18-hole scramble where fun trumps form. Registration will be at 11 am with a 12:30 pm shotgun start. Cost is $125 per person or $500 per foursome. The fee includes a boxed lunch, a bucket of range balls, greens fees, cart, door prizes and hors d’oeuvres after play. Individual hole contests and an auction will be the topspin on the event. Please register at by Friday, September 16. Sponsorship opportunities are also available on the registration website.


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, Sept. 20 for the issue dated Oct. 1 - 31. The following deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 18. 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 Graphic Design: Tabitha McCleery Contributors: Michael Barber, Paul Baumer, Sally Beske, Jackie Cherry, Dawn Costin, Jon Costin, Rod Ebright, Jill Eliot, Connie Frecker, Andy Frick, Brad Griffith, David Hett, Libby Kiefaber, Don Jameson, Pam Jameson, Ron Jenkins, Natalia Jones, Deborah Lindsay, Patti Link, James Long, Judith Lyons, Bobbi Mueller, Missy Obergefell, Judy Reinhard, Randy Rocke, Paula Russell, Kate Shaner, Cara Shary, Robin Taylor, Ned Timmons, Sandy Turner, Scott Walker, Angie Weber, Richard Wing, Danita Wolfe, Sandy Wood, Donice Wooster, Amy Yore, 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.

September 1 - 30, 2011

On Sale This Month

Dr. Wing’s Upcoming Book



–– The Reverend Dr. Richard A. Wing, Senior Minister I am writing this column in France where Shirley and I have made a pilgrimage to the birthplace, childhood home and intermittent residence of Dr. Albert Schweitzer. My book on the life, work and witness of Schweitzer will be available in September and will hopefully catch you up with his life, which we can’t afford to forget. For me, Schweitzer was the greatest human being in the 20th century. More later.

Dr. Wing’s new book, Finding Your Lambarene: Albert Schweitzer for Our Time, will go on sale in September. The book comes with a DVD and commemorative medallion. More news regarding the upcoming release and book signing events will be announced.

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

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For now I want to tell you that I used, for the first time in Europe, a GPS (Global Positioning System). I’m here to tell you: don’t ever think of driving in Europe without a GPS! To have the sweet voice of a lady from England tell you which way to turn, and then when you goof up on her directions (often in my case) simply tells you another route without reprimand. My advice: don’t enter Europe without a GPS. I make this same advice when it comes to the Bible: don’t enter the Bible without a GPS—a source to get your bearings in a land where you can easily get lost and draw very bad conclusions about yourself and God. And don’t ever think of God as a GPS system. The majority of us would love to plug into God, especially in times of chaos and uncertainty (like now), tell God where you want to go and have God deliver the way without question or reprimand. That is the God many want. But that is not the God we get. The Bible, experience and an inner voice inform me that what I get with God is a companion, not a GPS. Companion is a good word that means “someone to break bread with.” God offers constant presence; food for the journey; an ear for complaint and gratitude, but never violates the gift of free choice, for which we seldom thank God. God does give one thing I found on my GPS. The nice English voice kept saying, “At your earliest convenience, make a U-turn.” And so does God. Neither God nor the nice lady shake a finger or keep score. Both invite me to begin again as often as needed until I find my way home. Peace to you,

Looking ahead Dr. Wing is preparing the following sermons: What’s Right with the World When Everything Else Seems All Wrong? September 18 I. The Gift of Grace September 25 II. The Gift of Forgiveness October 2 III. The Gift of Suffering


The Foundation Corner

Engine Company No. 1320 –– Donald Jameson, Director of Foundation Development We are all very interested in the “government” reducing expenditures and taxes. But when it is announced that we are cutting back on police or fire personnel, of necessity, we become very upset. First Community Church has its own fire department. It is known as Engine Company No. 1320, also referred to as First Community Foundation. When the bell rings, the Foundation responds. It answered the call for $100,000 this year for needed church facilities renovation. It has also acted positively to requests for $8,000 for Camp Akita summer camp scholarships, new $2,000 decking at Akita and $4,300 for heating and air conditioning equipment at the North Campus. Earlier in 2011, First Community Foundation provided help when asked, to the tune of $83,500 for our church and we expect to be called to provide substantial additional assistance for the remainder of 2011. The Foundation does not receive government funding. It relies on gifts from the members and friends of First Community and those gifts need to keep arriving if we are to be able to answer the calls in the future. A simple, painless and important way of helping the Foundation stay healthy is to include us in your wills or other estate plans. For more information on how you can help, please call me, Don Jameson, at 614 488.0681 ext. 241.

New Member Trip to Akita Sunday, October 23, 3 to 7 pm Camp Akita, Logan New Members (and not so new members), don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to experience Akita when the fall foliage is at its peak. The Membership Council is planning an exciting afternoon for all ages. You can hike the many trails, learn about the flora and fauna of Akita, relax on the deck of the Lodge overlooking the lake and enjoy dinner in the Dining Hall. The drive to Akita, in the Hocking Hills south of Lancaster, is a pleasant 60-minute trip. If you desire we can arrange for carpooling. Cost is $9 for adults, $8 for children age 4 to 17, children 3 and under are free. Register online at or contact Robin Taylor at 614 488.0681 ext 235 or


First Community Foundation Gifts In Honor of: Jeannie Blair’s Birthday Ron Arledge Mary Evans’ 90th Birthday Eileen & Doug Covell In Memory of: Art Sanders Geraldine Harris Rod & Ann Swearingen Bob Arend Jesse Kline Marcia & Dick Carthaus Dick & Norma Sims The Merck Columbus District Team Susan & Bryon Murray Donald & Marie Freidenberg C. Michael Downey Suzanne Lucas Chet Thompson Mikie Bowles Jane Starkey Gerald Todaro & Barb Waters Jim Sipp Marlene & Joe Berwanger Nancy Dunn Peggy Johnson Ann Knodt Annita Meyer & Larry Woods Dody & Dave Parsons Jim & Linda Readey Philip & Susan (Daughterly) Shafer Jim & Nancy Tjoflat Sam Vogel Bill Judy & Susan Wilson Joe Yearling & Martha Shaffer Bob & Linda Cummins Ralph & Jane Setterlin Buss & Lou Ann Ransom Diane Keeler Joyce Belmonte Mary Beth Kanatas & Mark Seeger Bill Morris Robert Morton Jean Brandt Mr. & Mrs. Paul Schulte Jim & Ginny Cunningham Sherri & Bob Whetzel Elizabeth Devery Jane Stone Rhett Laurens Jennifer Morrison Ann & Bill Leydig Don & Jackie Cherry Dianne & Roger Albrecht James & Hope Lynch Neva Lou Kampmeier Susan Brooks Richard Burkholder Cameron & Molly Mitchell Ruth Smart J. Thomas & Kathleen M. Jones Ted & Jane Smith Lindsey, Claudia & Luke Margaroli Peggy Johnson

September 1 - 30, 2011

Thoughts and Reflections on Summer Camp at Akita

A High School Senior’s Testimonial By Libby Kiefaber, senior at Upper Arlington High School Session 1, L.I.F.E. Guard Session B and High School Backcountry This summer I went to Camp Akita three different times. People thought I was crazy to spend so much time at one place in such a short period of time, but little do they know Akita is the place where I would easily spend every hour of every day. I choose to go back again and again because of the experiences, the people and the happiness.

Photo by Jon Costin

Akita… The Best Place on Earth (continued from front page) With that said, I would like to extend an invitation to each of you to experience Camp Akita and potentially experience God in new and profound ways that will change your life. Sign up for the retreat you have always been thinking of attending but never found the time, join us for an all-church day at camp, rent a cabin in the off season, invite your workplace to bring their retreats to Camp Akita, and help your children, our children, make time in their lives to be at camp. We all need time to just be; be quiet, be surrounded by God’s good creation, be refreshed and be renewed. My prayer is that by increasing our invitations, more people will choose to be at Camp Akita, the best place on earth.

Upcoming Church Sponsored Retreats at Akita October 5 • Annual Churchwide Day Trip October 14 - 16 • Women’s Retreat October 23 • New Member Day Trip (open to all) December 2 - 4 • High School Retreat December 9 - 11 • Middle School Retreat February 4, 2012 • Parenting Retreat

September 1 - 30, 2011

I can honestly say there is no better feeling than stepping off those buses onto the gravel circle and being greeted by the staff. From mornings at Vesper Hill, to lunch and free time and even a snack, life is simple and good. When you’re there, you’re there and nowhere else. You can escape and just live in the moment. Akita is the place to forget about your troubles, stress and anything negative and have the best time of your life. Many people of various ages are on a faith journey and have yet to know where they are going. I love that Akita is there to guide us along our journey, yet at the same time never forces anything. I have grown so much because of the support I’ve received, and I know my faith path will continue. I will hit some forks in the road and detours but no matter what, Akita will always be there. And for many, myself included, that has been a huge relief to have someone by your side at all times. It really is difficult to explain how much this place does for so many. I know it will always be a part of my life and has done an immense amount of good for my mind, heart and soul. I get so much out of one short week being totally myself surrounded by people who never judge and who always care. And that is truly a great feeling that I know I will never lose for Akita or First Community Church.


Take Heart

Brownlee Hall Art Gallery

Do-Overs Encouraged! –– The Reverend Ms. Deborah Countiss Lindsay, Minister of Spiritual Care I love to knit. It relaxes me, it indulges my longing to be creative, and it gives me the satisfaction of making something with my hands. I am not especially good at knitting, which is why I like to make things for babies. They do not notice the mistakes and as long as it doesn’t itch, they are content.

Together for the First Time By Missy Obergefell

This year I learned a new skill that is the most important one so far: I learned how to undo my mistakes; I learned how to un-knit my knitting. That means a mistake no longer leaves me stuck. It is still frustrating and it is time consuming to un-knit a lot of stitches, but I can do it and then carry on. Karen Wilkins is the owner of my favorite knitting shop, Temptations in Dublin. Karen says there is nothing that cannot be unraveled, untangled, unknotted or fixed in some way. She would not call herself a theologian, but between knits and purls she teaches a lot about what it means to live in a spirit of grace. Here are some other wise words from Karen about knitting and living. -Do not panic. Stop. Breathe. Take a minute to really look at where you got off track. It is almost never as bad as it looks. -Ask for help. -There is no harm in doing it over again; we learn more from our mistakes than those rows when we are breezing along. -Not everything needs to be fixed; the right strategy might be to adapt and keep going. -Hats, scarves, socks, mittens and sweaters that have perfect stitches in perfectly even rows are made by a machine. The human touch gives variety, texture and interest. -At some point, the best thing is to go to bed and start fresh in the morning. Amish quilt-makers intentionally leave a mistake in every quilt, as a reminder that only God can create perfection. My prayer is that you will see the knots and tangles in your own life as sacred opportunities for growth and that you will see yourself as God sees you: a perfect creation. Peace,

Editor’s note: Deb wrote this column on vacation after she ripped out two rows, walked on the beach, knitted two rows, ripped them out again, took a nap and finally decided the crooked rows are not a mistake but a “design feature.”

Right now, the walls in our Brownlee Hall Art Gallery are graced with an abundance of lush, warm-hued mixed media works by artist Jean Coy Auseon, PhD. This art shows the serendipitous result of her labor-intensive, process driven approach to the use of liquid dyes on cloth. She stiches, prints, paints, collages and metal leafs to grace these 2-D compositions with illusions of movement, balance and depth. The complex interactions of the processes she uses to create her art frees her from the intent to produce literal images. In turn, as viewers engage with her artworks they are free to find individual meaning in them. Jean earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Education from Truman University in Missouri and a Doctorate in Education from The Ohio State University. For many years her art form was art teaching and curriculum development, for which she received local, state and national honors, including a five-year grant from the Annenberg and Getty Foundations for the K-5 Visual Arts program she implemented at Windermere School in Upper Arlington. Her works hang in private collections across the country and are represented at Studios on High Gallery in the Short North. The Worship and Arts Council is proud to bring the wise works of this accomplished artist for the viewing pleasure of our community. This exhibit will continue through September.


September 1 - 30, 2011

Women’s Guild

Make Time for the Gift of Friendship

September 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.

By Jill Eliot The First Community Church Women’s Guild is celebrating 100 years of giving and urging everyone to make time for the gift of friendship. Guild members are encouraged to bring disposable containers to the August 31 celebration pot luck. The containers will be filled with left-over food and taken to Rebecca’s Place.  The Furber Book Corner has beautiful “Burkhart” crosses for sale. They would make wonderful back-to-school gifts for children and teachers.  Women interested in receiving the “gift of friendship” by belonging to a Guild Group can contact Susan Brooks at 614 486.5889 or     Look for the Women’s Guild Newsletter, fall edition, in your mailboxes this week. First Community Women’s Guild Come one, come all!

Kicking off our 100th year with an All-Guild Pot Luck “Baby Shower” (All layette donations will go to Church Women United)


Exodus 9:1-7

2 Corinthians 12:11-21


Exodus 10:21-29

Romans 10:15b-21


Exodus 11:1-10

Matthew 23:29-36

4 (Sunday)

Exodus 12:1-14

Romans 13:8-14

Psalm 149


Exodus 12:14-28

1 Peter 2:11-17


Exodus 12:29-42

Romans 13:1-7


Exodus 13:1-10

Matthew 21:18-22


Exodus 13:17-21

1 John 3:11-16


Exodus 14:1-18

Acts 7:9-16


Exodus 15:19-21

11 (Sunday)

Matthew 18:15-20

Exodus 14:19-31

Matthew 6:7-15 Romans 14:1-12

Psalm 114


Joshua 3:1-17


Nehemiah 9:9-15


2 Kings 2:1-18

Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32


Exodus 15:22-27


Exodus 16:1-21


Exodus 16:22-30

18 (Sunday)

Matthew 18:21-35 Hebrews 11:23-29

Romans 14:13-15:2

Mark 11:20-25 Matthew 15:[10-20] 21-28 2 Corinthians 13:1-4

2 Corinthians 13:5-10

Exodus 16:2-15

Matthew 19:23-30

Philippians 1:21-30

Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45

Matthew 20:1-16


Exodus 16:31-35


Numbers 11:1-9


Numbers 11:18-23, 31-32 Matthew 18:1-5


Isaiah 48:17-21

Wednesday, August 31 at 6 pm North Campus, Grace Hall


Numbers 20:1-13

Acts 13:32-41


Numbers 27:12-14

Mark 11:27-33

Plan to bring a pot luck dish, a layette item and a copy of your pot luck recipe.

25 (Sunday)

Exodus 17:1-7

Please RSVP to your Group Chairs or contact Rose Kandel at or 614 442.9020 by Friday, August 26.

September 1 - 30, 2011

Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16

Romans 16:1-16

Romans 16:17-20 James 4:11-16

Philippians 2:1-13

Matthew 21:23-32


Exodus 18:1-12

Philippians 1:3-14


Exodus 18:13-27

Philippians 1:15-21


Exodus 19:9b-25

Matthew 9:2-8


Exodus 23:1-9

Colossians 2:16-23


Exodus 23:14-19

Philippians 2:14-18; 3:1-4a


Stewardship Corner

It’s Not What You Think It Is –– The Reverend Mr. Paul E. Baumer, Minister of Stewardship You’re right! Here we come! It’s that time of year! Each fall, as do most churches in the United States, we take time out to think seriously about our giving to our church and our support of its ministry and mission. So let me start with … oh, no, he’s really going to write about it … tithing. Oh, yes, tithing. And you think you know what tithing is, and to a great extent you’re correct. By the time of Jesus, tithing had been reduced to an annual ten percent “tax” which you were expected and often coerced into giving to the Jerusalem temple. Tithing was a forced and anger-management causing practice. That’s why Jesus doesn’t say much about it. But let me refer you to my favorite tithing passage, Deuteronomy 14:22-29. Read it. Seriously. Read it again. And then you’ll know what the theologians believed God wants the spirit of tithing to be. At first it may seem a bit confusing, as does most of the writing in Deuteronomy, but the passage tracks out this way: 1. You tithe each year, but you eat your tithe “in the presence of the Lord your God,” in other words, at your place of worship. (What? Hang in there.) 2. But if you live too far from your place of worship to haul your tithe there, then sell the tithe (“a tithe of all the yield of your seed … your grain, your wine, your oil, as well as the firstlings of your flock”) and travel to your place of worship. There, use your tithe to purchase supplies and throw a party. That’s what verses 26-27 are talking about. Use your tithe to have a party. Part of the tithe should be used to support your community of faith (that’s what that Levite stuff is all about). 3. Every third year, use your whole tithe to support the ministry and mission of your community of faith (verses 28-29). 4. This means your tithe, large or small, should be a source of joy and celebration, and is used to support your community of faith. See ten percent in there any place? No. A tithe is simply a generous, consistent gift to be used to help your community of faith in its ministry and mission and, most importantly, to create joy and celebration in your life. I’ll soon be writing to you about this. Until then, think and pray about joyful giving. Peace and joy to you!

Worship and Arts

Choirs Start Dates Ronald J. Jenkins, Minister of Music and Liturgy Robert A. Griffith, Organist Sally R. Beske, Assistant Organist The Chancel Choir Ronald Jenkins, Director The Chancel Choir accepts new members through audition. Call 614 488.0681 ext 214 for information. Rehearsals begin Thursday, September 8, 7:30 pm Choir Room/Sanctuary, South Campus The Adult Handbell Choir – The Whitechapel Ringers Carol Neff, Director For those college age and above. Rehearsals begin Tuesday, September 6, 6 pm Room 111, North Campus The Cherub Choir Sally Beske, Director For Kindergarten - grade 2. Rehearsals begin Wednesday, September 7, 5:45 pm Room 118, North Campus The Junior Choir Sally Beske, Director For grades 3 - 5. Rehearsals begin Wednesday, September 7, 6:30 pm Room 118, North Campus The Middle School Vocal Ensemble Sally Beske, Director For grades 6 - 8. Rehearsals begin Sunday, September 18, 11:45 am Room 118, North Campus The Youth Bell Choir 1 Sally Beske, Director For beginning ringers. Rehearsals begin Wednesday, September 7, 7:15 pm Room 111, North Campus The Youth Bell Choir 2 Sally Beske, Director For experienced ringers Rehearsals begin Wednesday, September 7, 8 pm Room 111, North Campus (Membership in the Youth Bell Choirs is limited by the number of bells. Contact Sally Beske at or 614 488.0681 ext 107 for more information.)


September 1 - 30, 2011

Nominating Committee Governing Board and Diaconate Nominating Form

Guide the Future of First Community Church The 2011 Nominating Committee is currently in the process of preparing a slate of qualified nominees for positions on the Governing Board and the Diaconate. First Community Church has always been blessed with dedicated members willing to serve in various positions of responsibility and leadership. One important means of assuring a continuation of this tradition is the nominating process undertaken each year by the Nominating Committee elected by the First Community Church congregation. The Nominating Committee depends upon your participation in this process by asking you to submit the names of qualified candidates to serve on the Governing Board and as members of the Diaconate. Please help us shape the future of First Community Church by submitting prayerfully considered candidates for these important church offices. Please complete the Nomination Form on the back of this page for any candidate you believe meets the qualifications for these positions of church leadership. Self nominations are welcome. Please fill in the form as completely as possible. If you have additional information, please attach it to the form. Nominations may be returned to the South Campus reception desk, mailed to Dr. Wing's office, or filled out online at The nominations close Sunday, October 9. Late nominations cannot be considered. Your input to the Nominating Committee will be greatly appreciated.

Brad Griffith 2011 Nominating Committee Chair Members of the Nominating Committee Scott Campbell Michael Barger Blaire Catalano Noelle Fields Don Gepfert Ron Gardner Kristy Glaser Sandra Hammond Brad Griffith Wayne Harer Becky Hinga Susanne Kondracke April Howe Bert Kram Connie Johnston David Markworth Bob Moreen Stacy McVey Joy Plassman David Rickert Jon Welty Joan Talmage Sheri Van Cleef September 1 - 30, 2011


2011 Governing Board/Diaconate Nomination Process Governing Board nominees should be committed to the Christian tradition and First Community Church. They must be an active and contributing member for at least three years. We are looking for decision makers with a vision for the future and the ability to lead us with innovative ideas. Diaconate members should be willing to serve the whole church through the many aspects of diaconate work such as the calling program, communion and baptism. They should also be active, committed members for at least three years. Additional forms are available at the reception areas, Welcome Centers, in Dr. Wing’s office and online. Self nominations are welcome. Please return nominations to First Community Church, c/o Robin Taylor, 1320 Cambridge Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio, 43212, or submit it online. The deadline is Sunday, October 9. Late nominations cannot be considered. Brad Griffith, 2011 Nominating Committee Chair

Nomination Form This Nomination is for (CHECK ONE):    Governing Board    Diaconate TO THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE OF FIRST COMMUNITY CHURCH, COLUMBUS, OHIO I, the undersigned, submit the name of the following person to be considered by the Nominating Committee for inclusion on the slate of candidates to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the church. FULL NAME OF CANDIDATE_ ________________________________________________________________________ CURRENT HOME ADDRESS___________________________________________________________________________ (Number and Street)


TELEPHONE: Home_ _________________ Business___________________ Occupation__________________________ State what you know about this person's service to: 1.  Church_ ________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2.  Community_____________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Statement of candidate’s qualifications: (Specific qualities/skills)____________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Additional contact who knows candidate well:__________________________________________________________ Telephone: Home_____________________________________ Business_ _____________________________________ Your Name (please print)_____________________________________________________________________________ Address________________________________________ E-mail______________________________________________ Telephone: Home_____________________________________ Business_ _____________________________________ Your Signature______________________________________________________________________________________ 10

September 1 - 30, 2011

Neela Onawale to Visit Columbus By Sandy Wood Neela Onawale, Director of Deep Griha in Puné, India, will visit Columbus September 16 through October 2. Neela will participate in Sunday services at 9:15, 10:25 and 11 am on September 25. She will be honored at a reception hosted by the Mission Council in Brownlee Hall following the 11 am service at South Campus. Neela, a medical doctor, and her late husband Bhaskar founded Deep Griha upon their return to India after serving as “Missionaries in Reverse” at First Community Church in 1975. Deep Griha Society serves the poorest of the poor in the slums of Puné, India – a city of almost four million population. Neela started Deep Griha as a medical clinic in the kitchen of her apartment and has directed its growth since 1975. The organization has grown to more than 100 employees and volunteers in 2010 and has expanded its outreach to serve more than 64,000 persons. It provides medical, educational and other services as diverse as prenatal and newborn care, computer training, HIV and AIDS awareness and micro-loan programs for women. First Community has partnered with Deep Griha since its inception. In 2008 supporters in Columbus raised more than $145,000 to build a new Deep Griha English speaking school now located in a rural area outside Puné. That school is adding a grade each year and is directed by Ashlesha, Neela’s daughter. Ashlesha has assumed additional duties as Neela looks forward to retirement.

September 1 - 30, 2011

Visit to Deep Griha and India By Judy Reinhard There is still an opportunity to join Rev. Deborah Lindsay and others on a mission trip to Deep Griha, Puné, India and other areas of India January 14-30, 2012. The tour will begin 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, the early days of the medical center to the growth of many programs and services that support thousands of the world’s neediest people. We will visit the day care centers and many of the schools and observe their teaching methods and their classroom environment. 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 single-parent families. We will also visit the slum areas where many of the Deep Griha children live. After the visit with Neela and Deep Griha we will journey to other areas of India for approximately ten 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. Some of the major cities we will visit 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 a few more guests. If you are interested in learning more about the trip please contact Judy Reinhard at or 614 486.2262.

Upcoming Events of Interest An Introduction to the Basics of the Enneagram

September 23, 30; October 14; November 4, 18; and December 2 3:30-5:30 pm South Campus Learn about the nine personality types of this model and how your life is influenced by them. For more information email Connie Frecker at

Creativity Retreat

October 7-9 Camp Akita, Hocking Hills The Creativity Retreat, first held in January 2007, is returning amid the warmer weather and bright foliage of the first full weekend of October. Complete details and registration can be found at or by calling Rod Ebright at 614 284.0993.


Fall Adult Learning Initiative

Discovering Islam Tuesday evenings, September 13-October 4 Various Times and Locations I do not know how many Christians have read the Quran. And I do not know how many Muslims have read the Christian Scriptures. But I do know that until we come back into relationship, until we begin to learn the wisdom at the heart of one another’s traditions, we will be less likely to work for peace. And without peace in the household of Abraham and Sarah and Hagar there will not be peace among us as nations today. John Philip Newell, 2010 Spiritual Searcher This series created by the Abrahamic Faiths Initiative group of the Adult Learning Council is an initial attempt to bring Muslims and Christians back into relationship with more understanding about the faith and traditions of Islam. Additional activities are being considered as we move into the fall program year. Watch the church website for any updated information. You may also contact Natalia Jones for more information at or 614 488.0681 ext 113.

Myths & Misconceptions about Islam: A Dialogue with Rev. Deborah Lindsay & Fazeel Khan Tuesday, September 13, 7-8:30 pm Sanctuary, South Campus

Our own Minister of Spiritual Care, Rev. Deborah Lindsay, dialogues about Islam with Fazeel Khan, local Columbus attorney, secretary of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Islamic Society and editor of The Light and Islamic Review. Free and open to the public; no registration necessary. Will also be live webcast.

The Bible & The Qur’an: A Case Study

Adam, Eve and the Fall of Humanity in Biblical and Qur’anic Interpretation Dr. Rodney R. Hutton, Trinity Lutheran Theological Seminary Tuesday, September 20, 7-8:30 Grace Hall, North Campus $5 registration fee The drama of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden is critical for both Christian and Islamic faith, but in many ways their renderings of the story are surprisingly different. This study will identify the differences and place them within the context of two alternative theological systems. Dr. Hutton is professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures at Trinity Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. Register online or at the door.


Eboo Patel, Interfaith Youth Center, Chicago Capital University, Mees Auditorium Tuesday, September 27, 5 pm

We are encouraging our members to attend this free public lecture at Capital University to hear the author of Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation, selected by the Adult Learning Council as its “Community Reads” selection. We hope many in our community will take advantage of this opportunity to hear someone deeply engaged in interfaith cooperation. The review of Eboo Patels autobiography in our Discovering Islam Bibliography describes Acts of Faith as a book that begins as a coming of age chronicle and ends as an affirmation and example of the work we can do on an interfaith level to move forward together. An American of Indian and Muslim heritage, Patel says, “My struggle to understand the traditions I belong to as mutually enriching rather than mutually exclusive is the story of a generation of young people standing at the crossroads of inheritance and discovery.” Eboo Patel founded the Interfaith Youth Core, a movement based on intercultural encounter, social action and interfaith reflection. He suggests how we can encourage growth in our own community as well as concrete ways we, especially our youth, can work together to build a stronger, more peaceful world.

Mosques & Muslims in America

Dr. Paul Numrich, Methodist Theological School in Ohio Tuesday, October 4, 7-8:30 Grace Hall, North Campus $5 registration fee Based on Dr. Numrich’s latest on-theground research, this presentation will move from examples of mosque architecture to implications for relations between American Muslims and the larger society. Dr. Numrich is Professor in the Snowden Chair for the Study of Religion and Interreligious Relations at The Methodist Theological School in Ohio and Professor of World Religions and Interreligious Relations at Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Register online or at the door.

September 1 - 30, 2011

Facilities Update

1320 Improvements: Help is Needed By Pam Jameson, Facilities Manager “1320 Cambridge Boulevard is in need of repair.� Our building is old, but the need for our message and dreams continue today as they did one hundred years before. On the outside stands a beautiful church built with faith, vision, money and heart that shares our message of love and acceptance.

Carpentry: Projected costs for wood working on doors $8,500 Waiting for final bids on staining and wood framing along roofline. Due to external moisture problems and age, roofline framing and the wood doors facing Cambridge Boulevard are deteriorating. Internal areas: Projected costs for boiler system repairs $15,000 to $20,000.

Meetings with highly recommended professionals have brought forth a wealth of information both good and not so good for our budget. An estimated $600,000 will be needed before the South Campus repairs and replacements have been completed.

The following information regarding some of our immediate needs was obtained during recent inspections.

Photo by Pam Jameson

Many external walls need immediate tuck pointing to halt further deterioration. The sanctuary, courtyard and the north wall by the Burkhart Chapel entrance are on a high priority status. Gutters/Downspouts: Estimated up to $64,000 Gutters and downspouts need to be cleaned, repositioned and replaced to avoid further damage to the structure.

A $100,000 grant was approved this year by the First Community Foundation. We appreciate the support from the Foundation and those who have contributed over the years making it possible for us to receive this grant. This is a good beginning, but considerably short of the immediate needs to prohibit further structural damage. The above problems and costs have escalated beyond projected figures and need immediate attention. If you are moved to make a special donation, we would be encouraged and invite you to contact Cindy Harsany, Director of Finance and Operations. Please contact Pam Jameson at 614 488.0681 or for further information on the repairs. Thank you for your support. Loretta and Dave Heigle work hard to provide shrimp for more than 200 guests of the annual Shrimp Boil held at North Campus. When asked how they were chosen to boil the shrimp, Dave jokingly said, "I watched a guy do it once. That makes me an expert."

Photo by Pam Jameson

Replace Roof: Projected costs between $250,000 to $300,000 A membrane roof system covers the largest surface on the 1320 building. A thermo-scan was performed to determine its current condition. Significant moisture problems were uncovered. Masonry and carpentry problems also exist on the roof. Tuck Pointing (mortar in between stone): Projected costs up to $15,000

September 1 - 30, 2011

Photo by Michael Barber


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

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




COMING IN OCTOBER October October October October


5 LABOR DAY/CHURCH CLOSED Family Camp at Akita 5:30 PM, SC • Friends of the Homeless

WORSHIP: 8:30 AM Burkhart Chapel, SC • Rev. Paul Baumer preaching 10 AM Grace Hall, NC • Dr. Richard Wing preaching 11 AM Sanctuary, SC • Dr. Richard Wing preaching (All Children welcome in worship.)


9:30 AM - 12 PM, SC • Heart to Heart Open 6 PM, NC • Whitechapel Ringers Rehearsal 7 PM, SC • Transitions Support Group

Family Camp at Akita





WORSHIP: 8:30 AM Sanctuary, SC • 9/11 Anniversary - Service of Remembering and Hope • Chancel Choir 10 AM Grace Hall, NC • Akita Service - Dr. Richard Wing preaching 11:30 AM Grace Hall, NC • Akita Service - Dr. Richard Wing preaching (Child care at 8:30 am service only.)


5:30 PM, SC • Friends of the Homeless 6:30 PM, SC • Guild Group RSZ 7:15 PM, SC • Adult Learning Council


11 AM, Hickory Hills • Akita Golf Classic 5:30 PM, SC • Friends of the Homeless 6:30 PM, SC • Service Board 7 PM, SC • For Moms Only Parent Group 7 PM, SC • Mission Council

WORSHIP: 8:30 AM Burkhart Chapel, SC 9:15 AM Grace Hall, NC • Dr. Richard Wing preaching • Chancel Chamber Choir 10:25 AM Grace Hall, NC • Dr. Richard Wing preaching • Kurt Smith 11 AM Sanctuary, SC • Dr. Richard Wing preaching • Chancel Choir (Middle School & High School Seminars resume) 11:45 AM, NC • Middle School Vocal Ensemble Rehearsal 6:30 PM, SC • Quest Singles



WORSHIP: 8:30 AM Burkhart Chapel, SC 9:15 AM Grace Hall, NC • Dr. Richard Wing preaching • Chancel Chamber Choir, Whitechapel Ringers 10:25 AM Grace Hall, NC • Dr. Richard Wing preaching • Kurt Smith, Whitechapel Ringers 11 AM Sanctuary, SC • Dr. Richard Wing preaching • Chancel Choir 11:45 AM, NC • Middle School Vocal Ensemble Rehearsal

A indicates Usher assignments.



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


9:15 AM, NC • K-5 Council 9:30 AM - 12 PM, SC • Heart to Heart Open 10 AM, SC • Tuesdays 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, SC • Myths & Misconceptions about Islam 7 PM, NC • Akita Council


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

27 9:30 AM - 12 PM, SC • Heart to Heart Open 10 AM, SC • Tuesdays at Ten 5:30 PM, SC • Meals for Rebecca’s Place 6 PM, NC • Whitechapel Ringers Rehearsal 6 PM, NC • 4th Grade Communion Class/Dinner 7 PM, SC • Bridges to Healing Grief Group 7 PM, NC • Early Childhood Council

NC = North Campus

SC = South Campus

September 1 - 30, 2011

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9:30 AM - 12 PM, SC • Heart to Heart Open 9:30 AM, SC • Prayers & Squares Quilt Ministry 1 PM, NC • Red Cross Blood Drive

Family Camp at Akita

Family Camp at Akita




5:45 PM • Cherub Choir 6:30 PM • Junior Choir 7:15 PM • Youth Bell Choir 1 8 PM • Youth Bell Choir 2

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


9:30 AM - 12 PM, SC • Heart to Heart Open 9:30 AM, SC • Prayers & Squares Quilt Ministry 4:15 PM, SC • Older Adult Council 7 PM, SC • Pre-Baptism Class 7:30 PM, SC • Chancel Choir Rehearsal


9 AM, SC • Yoga Class








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

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

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


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

September 1 - 30, 2011

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

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


9 AM, SC • Yoga Class



Parish Register

Care and Spirit

Cum Christo

–­– The Reverend Mr. James M. Long, Minister of Pastoral Care There are many issues that divide the church. Our theological, denominational, social and political differences are evident to our churches and the wider world. Therefore, it is not easy to find places where people can gather in an ecumenical way to deepen their faith and encourage one another in their walk with God.

One place I have found to experience this is Cum Christo, which is an ecumenical spiritual movement run by lay people under the sponsorship of the Catholic Diocese of Columbus. This movement used to be called Cursillo, and many people from our church experienced Cursillo Men’s and Women’s weekends in the 1970’s and 80’s. I went on my weekend in the mid-1980’s, and I was sponsored by Dick Wood, Sr., my spiritual mentor and friend. This was before I was in seminary. Later, after ordination, I have been the Protestant spiritual director on four weekends, serving with a Catholic priest and deacon each time. A Cum Christo weekend is for the spiritual renewal of people who have been active in their churches, but want to go deeper. While the movement is sponsored by the Catholic Diocese, it is not designed to make Protestants into Catholics or vice versa. It also is not designed to tell you what to think on theological or social or political matters. It is designed to deepen your commitment to Christ and your walk of faith. It is a method to stay connected and focused on your journey. The movement in Columbus is one of the few that remains ecumenical. There are many people in our congregation who have made their weekend, and we have continued to have candidates for weekends up until this time. I will be the spiritual director on the next Men’s Weekend, taking place October 13-16. The Women ‘s Weekend will take place November 10-13. There is a saying that you make your weekend when you are ready, when God calls you to be there. Thus, no one is coerced or manipulated into making a weekend. Sponsors will explain the process, and you are free to look at the website at However, you should be willing to commit to being at the Cum Christo Center from Thursday evening until Sunday evening when there will be a closing at a local church. And you are asked to open to the process as it unfolds. If you are interested in Cum Christo, please contact me at 614 488.0681 ext 240 or I would appreciate the opportunity to tell you more about a possible experience that may be for you. Peace and blessings,

We share the joys and sorrows of our church family in our prayers. BAPTISMS Jasper Reason Thompson 7/24/11 William Matthew Mahaffey 7/31/11 Lane Thomas White 8/13/11 Vincent John White 8/13/11

WEDDINGS Joan Prohaska & Tim Kraner 7/23/11 RECENTLY HOSPITALIZED Jerry Brown Betty O’Neill Helen Randels Jane Smith Cynthia Baker Abby Jump

DEATHS Ruth Smart 8/5/11 Lee Pfening 7/29/11 Richard Crabbs 7/26/11 Robert A. Neff 8/05/11 brother of Walter Neff Joan Kaiser Hurst 8/14/11 mother of Joy Plassman Virgil Battenberg 8/12/11 father of Tom Battenberg Barbara Gatsch 8/7/11 daughter-in-law of Pat & Norm Gatsch Call the Pastoral Care Office at 614 488.0681 ext 239, for family births, deaths, weddings, hospitalizations and birthdays of 100 years or more.

Pictorial Directory Available For those who were photographed last year for our new church directory, you can pick up your copy following worship or at the North or South Campus reception desks. If you were not photographed, extra directories are available for a $10 donation.


September 1 - 30, 2011

Heart to Heart 25 Year Celebration Friday, October 21, 6 pm CD 101 Building (formerly Swiss Chalet Party Haus) 1036 S. Front St., 2nd Floor Banquet Rm. Cost: $25 per person

Volunteer Opportunities

Habitat for Humanity-Greater Columbus By Connie Hieatt, Director of Communications First Community Church supports the Habitat for Humanity-Greater Columbus through the Northwest Partnership of churches. We have begun work on our 2011 home for the Lhom family at 42 N. Guilford St. (Franklinton area), Columbus. This will be the 20th house we’ve built in this partnership.

Please join Heart to Heart for a special celebration to honor 25 years of serving amazing families and individuals in need. The evening will honor those who have served as Heart to Heart Coordinators as well as celebrate all the programs and changes that have occurred over the last 25 years. We will also bring you up-to-date on all the happenings in Heart to Heart today. Includes: Dinner, Program and Entertainment by The Street Players ( To purchase your tickets or for any questions, please contact Angie at or by calling 614 488.0681 ext 203. Space is limited due to the location, so please order your tickets early.

First Community Church Gifts Eloise Hays Psychological-Spiritual Development Fund In Honor of: Jack Steven Mahaffey David Hett William Matthew Mahaffey David Hett Jasper Reason Thompson David Hett Heart to Heart In Memory of: Louise Keppler Marilyn R. Lash Back Bay Mission Buck and Nancy Byrne In Honor of: Paul Baumer Deb Linville Dave and Loretta Heigle Choir Director Shirley and Jim Mason Scott, Beth and Rachel Ryan Anonymous Earl and Martha Harsh Ann Knouff In Memory of: Roger Boyd P Boyd Alvan Clark Terry Jo and David Williamson Sandra Sawyer Harp Jan Sawyer

September 1 - 30, 2011

About the Family Yero Lhom came to Columbus from the Congo 11 years ago. His wife, Maimouna, and then baby daughter, Kadidia, remained in the Congo until 2007. Yero came here because his brother, Oumar, lives here.

Photo by Ned Timmons

Yero works on the assembly line at Siemens. Maimouna is a homemaker and is expecting their fourth child in January. The family are of the Muslim faith.

We need volunteers. We work on Thursdays (8:30 am-noon) and Saturdays (8:30 am-3 pm), however if you can’t work the entire time, we appreciate any time you can give us during those hours. Lunch is provided on Saturdays. Jane Belt coordinates the lunches. Email Jane at if you’d like to help. If you’d like to volunteer on the build (one time or on a regular basis), contact Ned Timmons at 614 457.7401 or There are also many other ways to contribute to Habitat not directly on the build sites. Some of them include: assisting with operations at the Habitat ReStore, neighborhood clean-ups, speaking on behalf of Habitat at volunteer events, etc. Find out more by contacting church member Matt Kreiner in the Habitat for Humanity-GC office at 614 364.7030.

New Member Seminar and Dinner Tuesday, October 4, 6 – 9 pm Brownlee Hall, South Campus An exciting year is before us at First Community Church and now is an excellent time to consider becoming an active member of our church family. The staff is preparing for the 9/11 Service of Remembrance, the celebration of Akita that same Sunday and then Kick-off Sunday on September 18. The calendar will be full of opportunities to get involved and meet other church members. If you have been attending worship for some time or are just beginning your search for a church home, join us on Tuesday, October 4, to hear from Clergy and Program Staff about the history, theology and programs of our church. You will meet others interested in becoming church members and have the opportunity to ask questions. Contact Paula Russell, Director of Membership, at 614 488.0681 ext 228 or for more information or to register for the seminar.


The Infinite Quest

An Inquiry into the Holy Spirit –­– The Reverend Mr. David S. Hett, Minister of Religious Life and Learning As I write, I’m just coming off a nine-day retreat exploring Diamond Guidance, one of the “wisdom vehicles” of the Diamond Approach teaching. The Christian equivalent is the Holy Spirit, the “Advocate,” “the Spirit of truth,” who will be with us forever according to Jesus: “You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. The Holy Spirit…will teach you everything…” (John 14) We forget this aspect of the Holy Spirit—as Advocate, the Teacher within us—who can guide us into Truth. You know, “the Truth [that] shall set you free.” There are myriad reasons we forget or dismiss the divine guide, and rely on our conventional minds instead. Therefore, in our practice we begin our inquiry with the blocks there are in our hearts and souls and ego-selves to divine guidance. This is a nine (or 90 or 900) day process because the inquiry is a deeply personal, often painful, search into the darkened and repressed areas of our own lives and souls. Think of step four of the 12-steps: Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. Questions to guide your own inquiry include your ideas about guidance: “What do you believe about guidance? Where does it come from? What were the elements that allowed guidance to lead to maturation in your life?” Moving into personal history as deeply and as feelingly as you can is vital: “What are ways you experienced guidance in your history?” “How did your parents (especially the one who took the archetypal father-guidance figure role) guide you, if at all? How did you respond to that guidance?” And, since Divine Guidance comes out of the “divine” realm, not from our conventional knowledge, mind or ego-driven self, we need to ask ourselves in a very deep, honest and sustained way regarding what Eric Erickson called “basic trust:” “How well do you trust that the Ground of Being is loving and wants what is truly best for you?” What are the ego structures and patterns that inhibit our experience of Guidance? As usual, Richard Rohr puts the matter succinctly: “Once we are liberated from ego, false religion, mind games and conventional thinking and given some kind of practice whereby we can go deeper in prayer, we will know how to be liberated by Jesus for God. Jesus, more than anything, came to liberate us for God.” Shalom,


Spiritual Autobiography

Women’s Retreat October 14-16 Camp Akita, Logan OH Everyone has a significant autobiography to discover, especially when considered from a spiritual perspective. Unlike historical or biographical research, uncovering your spiritual life story is an intuitive process. Tracking this process can be deeply healing and bring important discoveries about who you are, who you’re becoming, and about your unique creative energy and how it flows. We are very pleased to welcome Joanne Blum, PhD, as our program leader. She is co-founder, with husband Joe Lambert, of IN SPIRIT MINISTRIES which is a spiritual non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the wholeness of all people through the healing power of word and song. Joanne has had articles published in Unity Magazine, Science of Mind, Ohio Magazine, Columbus Monthly and is the author of four books including Living Your Calling and Oh My Beloved: Seven Lessons in Sacred Relationship. Retreat cost is $115 or one-nightonly is $90 with scholarships available and a discount for ages 70 and up. Registration begins online soon and after worship services on Sundays September 18, 25, October 2 and 9. Go to, search: Women’s Retreat. Contact Natalia Jones at 614 488.0681 ext 113 or for further information.

September 1 - 30, 2011

Weekly Adult Learning Groups Classes are free except where noted and open to the public. Books used for most 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 For more details on specific classes, go to, search: adult learning. Sunday Morning Seminar: Connecting the Dots: Exploring Progressive Christianity Grey Austin, PhD, facilitates this series designed as “An Exploration into the Themes of Progressive Christianity.” Topics being generated for each session include science and religion, the varieties of religious experience, psychology and spirituality, and creationcentered spirituality, and focus on many thinkers and spiritual leaders like Marcus Borg, Anthony deMello, Michael Dowd, Jean Houston, Barbara Marx Hubbard, William James, Otterbein College’s Paul Laughlin, Bruce Sanguin, Brian Swimme, Ken Wilber and many others. The 8 Points from The Center for Progressive Christianity will frame the eightweek series: go to to see the 8 Points. All are welcome to attend the Adult Learning Sunday Morning Seminar when and as you are able. Simply bring your open mind, inquiring questions and challenging comments to add to the creative and stimulating mix.

Begins September 18 Sundays, 9:30 - 10:45 am Wicker Room, South Campus

Tuesday at Ten: Great World Religions: Islam Tuesday at Ten study group begins its program year using a 12-session DVD series about Islam presented by John L. Esposito, Professor of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. Included are Basic Tenets of Islam, Muhammad, The Quran, The Muslim Community, Muslim Law, Role of Women in Islam, and Islam’s Future. Each DVD lecture will be followed by a lively discussion of the material. Tuesday at Ten is open to all, free of charge. Co-facilitators are Rev. Deborah C. Lindsay, Rev. Peter Diehl and Dr. Pidge Diehl.

Begins September 13 Tuesdays, 10 - 11:30 am Wicker Room South Campus

Fall Adult Learning Initiative: Discovering Islam See article in this issue of firstnews (page 12) for details or go online.

Tuesdays, Sept. 13 - Oct. 4 Various Times & Locations

Men’s Study Group Join us for weekly discussions of the Bible often using the “lectionary” texts for Sunday worship—a lesson each from the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), Epistles, Gospels and Psalms. Contact Price Finley, 614 488.7978,, or Craig Sturtz, 614 481.9060, for information.

Wednesdays, 7 - 8 am Wicker Room, South Campus

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

Wednesdays, 7 - 8 am Brownlee Hall, South Campus

Women Living the Questions Open to all women, this discussion group focuses on spirituality and personal growth. Richard Rohr’s newest book, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, will serve as the basis for conversation and deepening this fall.

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

A Course in Miracles An open group creating a lifestyle of love, forgiveness and compassion. Bryan Finley facilitates this spiritual growth group. For information, call 614 870.1280.

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

Wednesday Evening Bible Study Meditation, prayer and scripture discussion. Led by Rev. Jim Long.

Begins October 5 Wednesdays, 7 - 8:30 pm North Campus, Room TBD

September 1 - 30, 2011


Adult Learning

Tuesday at Ten Group Explores Islam Beginning September 13, Tuesdays, 10-11:30 am Wicker Room, South Campus Interested in a comprehensive but basic series of lectures and discussion about Islam, past, present and future? Then the Tuesday at Ten program may be for you. Co-led by Rev. Deborah C. Lindsay, Rev. Peter Diehl and Dr. Pidge Diehl, the group will use a 12-session DVD series about Islam presented by John L. Esposito, Professor of Religion and International Affairs, Professor of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University and Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Walsh School of Foreign Service. The series includes topics such as Basic Tenets of Islam, Muhammad, The Quran, The Muslim Community, Muslim Law, Role of Women in Islam and Islam’s Future. Each DVD lecture will be followed by a lively discussion of the material, especially focusing on improving not only our understanding but also exploring the positive ways we can interact with the Muslims in our neighborhoods, schools and workplace. (See box describing Prof. Esposito’s book). Tuesday at Ten will begin its program year September 13, and will pursue the Islam series, together with some special speakers, until just before Christmas. This class is open, free of charge, to anyone who is interested. All are welcome to join us in this journey toward greater understanding.

Discovering Islam Book Review

What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam By Pidge Diehl Georgetown University Professor John Esposito, whose DVD series will be the focus of Tuesday at Ten’s study beginning September 13, is also the author of What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam (Second Edition). What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam is one of the books recommended on our church’s “Discovering Islam Bibliography” prepared by the Abrahamic Faiths Initiative of the Adult Learning Council. Dr. Esposito’s book is intended to be a handbook and reference rather than a “read it straight through” work. One strength of this book is that Esposito attempts to answer questions that may never have occurred to you.

Red Cross Blood Drive

If You Could Save a Life… Thursday, September 1, 1-7 pm North Campus, Grace Hall Thursday, December 1, 1-7 pm South Campus, Brownlee Hall Would you? Amy Day, Courtney O’Mara, Tom Jones, Tim Arnold, Deb Sayre, Karyl Hanhilammi, Roberta Williams, Jeff Stevenson, Mark Hollinger, Rosemarie Konrath, Paula Nutini, Andrea Knoch, Sandy Anderson, Dick Rohrer, Hannah Krimm, Anita Meyer and Paul Younger recently saved up to 51 lives. Each donor can save up to three lives by sharing your blood donation with a critically ill patient. This summer Central Ohio patients are counting on committed blood donors and blood drive sponsors, like First Community Church, to ensure their life saving blood products are available. Currently, there is a national urgent need for blood donations. Please help us to exceed our donor goal by scheduling your blood donation, and perhaps for a willing friend or family member, at Click on blue box “Make a Donation Appointment” and enter our sponsor code: fcchurchnorth where you will be able to see what appointment times are available and fill in your name. Or you can contact Cara Shary at 614 459.3691 or 

For example, in writing about whether Muslims will attempt to impose Sharia (Islamic law) on the United States - certainly a subject of great interest as well as misinformation - Esposito observes: “Many reformers note that Muslims in the West share an identity informed by multiple subcultures. Muslims are Muslim by religion and French, British, German, American by culture. Like 20th century Roman Catholic reformers, who faced similar questions regarding Catholic life and loyalty in a secular society where some laws and cultural practices differed from the teachings of their faith, Muslim reformers argue that to embrace secularism and an open society is not a betrayal of Muslim principles; it enables all citizens to live together and is the necessary condition for religious freedom--for Muslims and others.” (p. 164)

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The Discovering Islam Bibliography for Adults, Youth and Children is available at the receptionist desks at either campus, or you may email Natalia Jones at to receive a PDF version of the bibliography. firstcommunitychurch


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September 1 - 30, 2011

Fall Spiritual Searcher

Dr. Christopher Bache and ‘The Birth of the Diamond Soul’ November 18-19 Grace Hall, North Campus Last Spring at First Community Church, Spiritual Searcher Marcus Borg brought mysticism and mystical experience into our community’s conversation out of the Judeo-Christian religious perspective. This fall, Dr. Christopher Bache will open up the transpersonal, and even evolutionary, dimensions of mysticism, when his weekend presentation focuses on The Birth of the Diamond Soul: Reincarnation, the planetary crisis, and the future human. “If our planet is coming to a tipping point in its history,” says Dr. Bache, “the soul also appears to be coming to a tipping point in its long evolutionary journey. The fundamental structures of consciousness appear to be shifting…In short, if the planetary crisis is the cocoon, what is being birthed in that cocoon is the Diamond Soul – a fully conscious Soul integrating all its former life experience.” To understand this Diamond Soul, Dr. Bache first encourages us to take a new look at the concept of reincarnation. His Friday night presentation, “Rethinking Reincarnation,” will shed light on modern research regarding the concept as well as reasons why it “didn’t make the cut” in the development of orthodox Christianity, but why the contemporary church might reconsider it. “The amnesia surrounding our former lives is lifting” with this new frame of consciousness, he says. “Our minds are becoming more transparent to the innate intelligence of the cosmos, and a deeper, more integrated consciousness is emerging.” Dr. Bache’s Saturday workshop will then help us explore The Birth of the Diamond Soul in History, revealing the impact that our current planetary crisis is having on the human soul in our time. “We will explore the idea that the global transformation humanity is undergoing is mirroring and accelerating an equally profound shift taking place inside the soul,” Dr. Bache says. Christopher Bache, an award-winning professor and international speaker, is the author of Lifecyles: Reincarnation and the Web of Life, and more recently, one of the groundbreaking books in the growing field of collective consciousness, Dark Night, Early Dawn: Steps to a Deep Ecology of Mind. Christopher Bache, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Youngstown State University, and has also served as adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies since 1998. His teaching has focused on Eastern religions, transpersonal studies, psychology of religion and Buddhism.

Profound statements are made in our Sunday school. This feature offers insight from our youth. This summer the children at the South Campus pondered lyrics and music that help point the way to God. During one of the lessons, volunteer Amy Jones commented that she wasn’t sure what the children get from the songs, but it must be something important because the children are consistently so quiet and attentive. Leader Amy Yore used the words, “calm acceptance” as a way to describe the mood of the children this summer. Children do indeed listen to our words.

Camp Akita Needs A Bobcat A Bobcat Compact Track Loader is a piece of equipment the camp could use to save the church money on outsourcing projects requiring heavy digging and camp projects. A used Bobcat would be fine. For anyone who owns such a piece of equipment willing to donate it or willing to purchase it for camp, this would be a tax deductible donation. The maintenance department at camp has had it on a wish list for about ten years! Anyone willing to help should contact Danita Wolfe, Akita Facilities Director and Camp Administrator at 740 385.3827 or

More information about our Fall Spiritual Searcher presentation is available at, including registration and fee information. You may also contact Natalia in the Spiritual Searcher Office at or 614 488.0681 ext 113.

September 1 - 30, 2011


K-5 Volunteer Opportunities

Do You Enjoy Working with Children? As we begin to launch our new program year, we know that we can only provide our wonderful ministry to children with the many hearts and hands from our family of faith. Ministering to our 300+ children requires congregational commitment from those who benefit from our ministry. Not sure of how you can help? Here are some ways you can contribute to the faith journey of our K-5 children: Sunday Mornings: • Storyteller – Greet the children as they enter their classroom and read/present the lesson for the day—easyto-lead lessons and all supplies provided, providing opportunities for the children to respond to the story by presenting the “Discussion Ideas” provided within the lesson. Storytellers work with a team of other leaders to insure consistent leadership, while maintaining scheduling flexibility. Must enjoy children. • Length of Commitment: September – May • Location: North or South Campus • Time: 9:15, 10:25 or 11 am worship service • K-5 Doorkeeper—Assist the Storyteller in Sunday school. Greet the children, help with nametags, take attendance, help with snack (provided), and enjoy being with the children. Curriculum, supplies, and activities provided. • Length of Commitment: September – May; flexible scheduling with other team members. • Location: North or South Campus • Time: 9:15, 10:25 or 11 am worship service K-5 Council: Provides K-5 Ministry support, helps plan events for K-5 children, and connects with young families in the church, nurturing fellowship among its members. • Length of Commitment: 1-3 years • Meets second Tuesday morning of the month, 9:15 -11 am, September – May. • Location: Rose Wing Café, North Campus K-5 Time Tithers: Help with ongoing K-5 needs throughout the year by offering your personal gifts and talents to enrich our Ministry; such gifts include, woodworking, sewing, crafting, Sunday morning greeter, assisting with one-time events. If you would like to share your personal gifts in K-5, we encourage you to become a K-5 Time Tither. • Length of Commitment: at your convenience We welcome volunteers from all age groups, so please contact Dawn Costin at to offer your help for the 2011-2012 program year.

Early Childhood

Openings for Young Children The Mary Evans Child Development Center, a year-round center open 7 am to 6 pm and housed at our North Campus, has a few openings remaining for preschool age children (3-5) who can attend either full time or part time. There are also two available spots in the full-day kindergarten, with wraparound care available. The kindergarten school day is 8:30 am3:30 pm. Families can opt to have children arrive earlier and stay until 6 pm. Contact Jamy Zambito at 614 777.4099 or The part-time Preschool at South Campus, with classes beginning the week of September 5, has the following openings: Monday-Wednesday-Friday 3 year olds, 9-11:30 am, two openings Tuesday-Thursday 3 year olds, 9-11:30 am, one opening Contact Donice Wooster at 614 488.0681 ext244 or

September Parent Groups For Dads Only Tuesday, September 13, 7-8:30 pm Guild Room, South Campus The topic is family time management, especially as fall routines begin. All fathers are welcome and there is always time for your questions or thoughts about any area of parenting. For Moms Only Monday, September 19, 7-8:30 pm Guild Room, South Campus The topic is how the family in general and the children in particular interact with all kinds of technology - including technology that children might use and technology that parents use. All mothers are welcome and we make time for talking about any of your questions. The morning Parent Growth group will begin meeting in October. Check the October firstnews for details. For more information about either group, contact Donice Wooster, 614 488.0681 ext 244 or


September 1 - 30, 2011

K-5 Summer Wrap-up

Youth Fall Kick Off

By Dawn Costin, Director of K-5 Ministry We’ve had a wonderful summer in K-5. Throughout summer Sundays, the children explored stories, songs and devotions that exemplified the teachings of Jesus. We had a strong core of children and volunteers who created wonderful summer memories. Camp Akita continued to provide our K-5 children with the opportunity to experience love, laughter and God in the beautiful setting of Akita. We had hundreds of campers who enjoyed overnight camping at Akita, all under the guidance of our amazing summer camp staff and leadership.

Ethan Howe (right) enjoys singing a duet with 'co-star' Quin Hopping during the 1,2,3 Akita event held at North Campus. Music was one of many activities provided first, second and third grades children.

Additionally, 100 1st - 3rd graders enjoyed 1,2,3 Akita. The children experienced two days of fun and fellowship at the North Campus, and then, on the third day, boarded buses for a full day at Akita. The message the children received was one of unconditional love and the appreciation of God’s gift of nature. We were also blessed to have 20 middle school volunteers to help lead this ministry.

A new program was introduced this summer, called Pathways to God. This was a three-day experience that helped the children explore pathways to God. This program was housed at our South Campus, where the children were able to see the inner workings of our church, while exploring pathways to God. We are so grateful to the volunteers and staff who helped make this an enjoyable summer for our K-5 children. Our work could not be done without your willing hands and hearts. Thank you!

By Andy Frick, Middle School Program Coordinator After three months of blissful abandon at Camp Akita, the Youth Program is making its triumphant return to the North Campus. It was a wonderful summer, filled with reflective mornings on Vesper Hill, hot afternoons cooled by dips in the lake and long nights staring up at the stars with close groups of friends. We will resume our fruitless attempt to recreate Akita in the “real world,” as we have since 1949. As Roy Burkhart said, “I can make a bigger impact on children in just one week at Akita than I can on Sundays all year long.” Well, that never stopped us from trying! The Middle School and High School Programs will start back up on Kickoff Sunday, September 18. Middle Schoolers will meet in Room 130 during the 10:25 am worship service at the North Campus. High Schoolers will meet in Room 130 at 11:30 am. Parents are welcome at both these gatherings to meet the First Community Youth Team and our volunteer class leaders, learn about what’s in store for this year and laugh politely at our jokes. Sunday morning Crossroads is the Youth Program’s version of Sunday school. Each grade participates as a small group with volunteer leaders, coming together to deepen their understanding of God, create their own faith journeys and belong to an accepting community. The Middle School Program and the High School Program also host their own full-group activities. Middle School Program Coordinator Andy Frick is bringing back all our favorite middle school traditions, including our monthly Y Family Mission service project, Fun Bus Club, Akita retreats, the infamous Ski Trip and many others. Stay tuned for more details. Knowing this is still too early in the day for many high schoolers, High School Program Coordinator Sarah Kientz has many other opportunities in store for our teens. These include our weekly service project, Streets; a senior fall mission trip to the Dominican Republic; Akita retreats; our spring Mexico Mission Trip; and, do I hear whispers of a High School Ski Trip? Come to Kickoff Sunday to find out more.

Photos by Michael Barber

1,2,3 Akita participants enjoy the fine art of flubber production. This gooey substance is made with water, glue, borax and food coloring.

September 1 - 30, 2011

If your child is interested in participating in the First Community Youth Program, please register him or her on Registration is free of charge and simply a way for us to keep your family informed about upcoming events. See you on September 18.


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Heart to Heart

Food Pantry Totals July 19 - August 11, 2011 Households served....... 321 Adults served................ 458 Children served............ 167 Meals provided.......... 5,625 Total funds distributed: $2,019 Total Donations: $225 Year-to-Date Households served.... 2,203 Adults served............. 3,730 Children served......... 1,047 Meals provided........ 42,824

A helping hand and caring heart in times of need.

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


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

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

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

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

Older Adult Council

A Day at Camp Akita Wednesday, October 5 • 8 am to 5 pm Camp Akita, Hocking Hills Everyone is invited to participate in this very special Older Adult day trip to Akita. Meet in the South Campus parking lot, 1320 Cambridge Blvd. (at First Ave.) by 8 am where the bus will depart at 8:30 am and return around 5 pm. The day’s activities include: Historical anecdotes and stories of camp by Jackie Cherry and Bill McComb Communion at Vesper Hill Lunch in the Dining Hall Afternoon tours of Camp

Cost: $40 (includes lunch and bus transportation) Mail in your check and reservation using the form below or go online at to register.

A Day at Camp Akita

October 5, 2011

Reservation Deadline: Friday, September 23 Name______________________________________________________________________________________ Address_____________________________________________________________________________________ Phone #______________________________________


Number Attending____________________________ Amount Enclosed $_____________________________ Please indicate preferred activity:  Van ride to Bald Eagle

 Tour of Akita cabins

 Van ride to Rock Stalls

 Rock & relax on the deck

Send your check payable to First Community Church, Attn: Missy Obergefell, 1320 Cambridge Blvd., Columbus OH 43212.

Camp Akita 29746 Logan Hornsmill Rd. Logan, Ohio 43138

A Mission of First Community Church 740 385-3827

For years Akita has been a getaway location for small groups. Church, family, and corporate groups have found the unique setting of Akita to be a blessing to their members. Groups of two to twelve can be accommodated in five winterized cabins complete with modern kitchens and bathrooms.

Toad Hall -

Bent Nail -

A perfect cabin for a couple to use as a weekend getaway. Bent Nail has dining and living room areas, a full kitchen, sleeps two and has a full bath. It has central heat and air conditioning. A large deck provides a view of our scenic valley.

Sleeps six and features a full bathroom. One of the two bedrooms has bunk beds, while the other has a fullsized bed.

Dogwood -

Our newest cabin, sleeps 12 and has two full bathrooms, a fire-place, multiple decks, a kitchen and central heat/air conditioning.

Cabin in the Glen -

This classic log cabin is the original cabin at the complex and has been impressively updated. Situated in a valley, this cabin is the closest to the lake and athletic fields. Cabin in the Glen sleeps six and features a spacious main room with a fireplace, a large screened porch, a kitchen, one full bathroom and window air conditioning units.

Sky Valley -

Sleeps 10 and has two full bathrooms, a fireplace, and floor-to-ceiling windows in a vaulted-ceiling main room.

September 2011 firstnews  

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