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Welcome New Members

Spiritual Searchers

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Volume 56, Number 7

New Member Seminar: October 12, 2010

Mission Council

The Shrimp are Coming - Hooray! Friday, July 30, 6 pm North Campus Why come to the Shrimp Boil? Have fun! Eat well! Enjoy Tom Battenberg and his Dixieland Trio! And very importantly – support Back Bay Mission! All proceeds from the dinner will go to Back Bay, a mission in Biloxi, Mississippi. Biloxi is in an area that is still struggling from the effects of Katrina, and will now have to deal with the effects of the oil spill. Our contributions will help shrimp-boaters whose livelihood has been destroyed by the spill, and will help to develop a new program for low-cost housing in the area. (Yes, we will be able to get shrimp. Ours is farm-raised and not from the Gulf.) Cost: $15 for adults; $8 for children 12 and younger Tickets can be purchased at the tables following Sunday services at both campuses, starting on July 4. Tickets are also available online for pick-up at the dinner ( Please note: The Shrimp Boil was a sell-out last year, and people had to be turned away, so don’t delay. Reserve your date with the shrimp and the Dixieland Trio.

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Time to Update Our Church Directory See page 11.



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. In addition, Psalms are provided: one to be used during the preparatory days (the Psalm for the coming Sunday) and one additional Psalm for use during the reflective days.

July Readings 1 Rom 7: 14-25 2 2 Cor 8: 1-7 3 Luke 9: 1-6 4 Luke 10: 1-11 5 Acts 19: 21-27 6 Acts 19: 28-41 7 Luke 10:13-16 8 Jam 2: 14-26 9 Acts 7: 9-16 10 John 3: 16-21 11 Luke 10: 25-37 12 Jam 2: 1-7 13 1 John 3:11-17 14 Matt 25: 31-46 15 Heb 5:1-6 16 Eph 3: 14-21 17 Luke 8: 4-10 18 Luke 10: 38-42 19 Col 1:27-2:7 20 1 John 2:1-6 21 John 6:41-51 22 Acts 1:15-20 23 Acts 2:22-36 24 Luke 8:22-25 25 Luke 11:1-13 26 Col 2:16-3:1 27 Rom 9:30-10:4 28 Matt 5:43-48 29 Rom 11:33-36 30 Eph 4:17-24 31 Mark 10:17-22 July Psalm Readings 1-4 Psalm 30 5-7 Psalm 6 8-11 Psalm 82 12-14 Psalm 7 15-18 Psalm 52 19-21 Psalm 119:17-32 22-25 Psalm 85 26-28 Psalm 44 29-31 Psalm 107:1-9,43 2

I do not do the good I want to do Poverty overflows in generosity The mission of the twelve Jesus sends out seventy disciples Demetrius opposes Paul A riot follows Paul’s preaching Woe to unrepentant cities Faith produces good works Egypt’s food rescues Israel God’s son saves the world The parable of the merciful Samaritan God has chosen the poor Do not refuse one in need As you did it to one of the least of these Christ did not glorify himself The love of Christ surpasses knowledge Jesus speaks the parables Choosing the better part To know Christ Walking as Christ walked Whoever eats this bread will live forever A traitor’s life ends The Messiah is handed over to death Jesus’ disciples cry out for safety Jesus teaches prayer About false regulations Christ is the end of the law Pray for those who persecute you God’s riches, wisdom, and knowledge A new self in the likeness of God Treasure in heaven My God, I cried to you for help Be gracious and heal me O God, rule the earth God is a righteous judge I am like a green olive tree Put false ways far from me Righteousness and peace God knows the secrets of the heart Give thanks to the Most High

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In The Air


New Video Searcher DVD Released

— A Homily by The Reverend Dr. Richard A. Wing, Senior Minister on the 40th Anniversary of his ordination

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. I Corinthians 13:1-2, paraphrased in The Message by Eugene Peterson Forty years ago (June 6, 1970), the hands of the church were laid upon me and I was ordained into the Christian ministry. Two things surprised me on that day: First, the physical weight of 30 people putting their hands on my head and shoulders. The weight of those hands and a prayer, which was too long, made a crick in my neck. Seriously. The second surprise was the text chosen by my professor of Old Testament, Dr. Rolf Knierim. I wanted the predictable text from Isaiah for ordination: “Here am I send me.” But, Dr. Knierim preached a sermon titled The Ultimate Goal of the Christian Ministry. He said the sermon was for me alone and that others could listen if they wanted to. With wide eyes and a pointed finger, he personalized the text from I Corinthians 13: “Richard, if you speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, you are nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.” He gave great emphasis to these words: “You are nothing.” He left the text and kept going: “If you have the largest church in your denomination, but have not love, you are nothing. If you have the knowledge of much learning and don’t have time to listen to a child, you are nothing. If you are adept in psychology and don’t know how to cry instead of advise people with their grief, you are nothing.” After that service I was totally exhausted. The following morning I began my first day as an Associate Minister at a Community Church and realized in the first hour that I didn’t have the faintest idea what I was doing. The custodian came by and confirmed that with me: “I can see that you don’t know what you’re doing. It’s the same with every minister we have ever had. Just keep showing up and you’ll be fine.” Incidentally, this is the same church where a woman came up to me and said, “Dr. Wing, you have no idea how much your sermons have meant to my husband since he lost his mind.” Affirmations like that keep me going. Forty years after ordination I have come to realize what a big mistake the church has made in our time. The mistake is best described by UCC minister, Rev. Robin R. Meyers who said, “The idea of faith so narrowly defined (as belief) has probably done more than anything else to drive thoughtful people out of the church. . . . If the church does not succeed in restoring the idea of faith as ‘being’, and not ‘believing,’ then the gospel story of Jesus as the heart of God in the flesh will wither and perish.” (continued on page 5)

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In a continuing cooperative project of the Mission through Media department and the Spiritual Searcher program, we are pleased to announce the release of a new DVD of Drs. Ann and Barry Ulanov from a presentation with us in 1992: Hide and Seek: The Language of Prayer. Ann and Barry Ulanov co-authored books on psychology and spirituality, including Primary Speech: A Psychology of Prayer, Religion and the Unconscious, and The Healing Imagination. Ann Ulanov, PhD, Christiane Brooks Johnson Memorial Professor of Psychiatry and Religion at Union Theological Seminary, and a psychoanalyst in private practice, is also the sole author of many books, including Picturing God, The Wisdom of the Psyche, The Female Ancestors of Christ, and Religion and Spirituality in Carl Jung. (continued on page 16)

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The Foundation Corner

There It Goes! –– Donald Jameson, Director of Foundation Development It is July already. If you have been putting off summer fun things you have been looking forward to doing until you get “caught up with your work,” you had better shift gears now or you will suddenly find it is September and as far as we know there is no “Restart at Beginning” button for summer. While you are resting in the shade, sipping lemonade, you might contemplate your will and a bequest to First Community Foundation. (Uh, oh, there he goes again!) No, it is just that maybe now you have a bit more time to think about the future. The Foundation is always planning for the future – of the church, and a bequest is such an inexpensive and simple way to indicate that you really do care what First Community Church looks like 10 and 20 and 30 years from now. Awhile back, we met with a couple who were updating their will. Her concern was that perhaps their kids would need to receive every cent of their estate. He responded that if 90% or 95% of their estate was not enough for their heirs, another 5% or 10% wouldn’t make that much difference. He also wanted to leave his children the message that their folks considered charitable giving important and a return to God of blessings received, not paying dues. That makes sense to us. So, we hope in September you can look back at this summer with very pleasant memories, photos and videos, and maybe even a new document in your safe deposit box. If you need us this summer, we will be taking some vacation time to establish rapport with some large mouth bass, but we will not be closed. Enjoy!

Camp Akita Scholarship Fund

In Memory of Danny Trautman If you wish to honor the life of Daniel J. (Danny) Trautman, you can do so by making a gift to the First Community Foundation Camp Akita Scholarship Fund in Danny’s memory. Camp Akita was a highlight in Danny’s young life. To provide a fund that enables other children and youth to be able to enjoy Camp Akita is a very appropriate way to celebrate his life. His family will be most appreciative of your gift in his honor. Your gift should be sent to First Community Foundation, Attention: Camp Akita Scholarship Fund, in memory of Danny Trautman,1320 Cambridge Boulevard, Columbus OH 43212.


First Community Foundation Gifts Gift: Guild Group 7 Guild Group X In Honor of: Dr. Richard Wing’s 40th Anniversary of Ministry The Members of the Governing Board Rod & Lynn Ebright Rev. Jim Long & Rev. Deborah Lindsay George & Jane Smith Francille Firebaugh Columbus Home Economists in Home & Community Group In Memory of: Danny Trautman Pat & Carol Doyle Dick & Mollie Stone Sonya Monroe Dr. & Mrs. Frank W. Stroebel Keith & Carolyn DeVoe Doug & Judy Sandbo Elizabeth Galbreath W.J. & Joan Wallace Merkle George & Jane Smith Tom & Emily Chidester Ann Kayser Robert & Sarah Reid Tom & Mary Jane Bolon Diane McDonald Ron & Suzanne Kendrick Catharine Burkhart Nichols Jim & Merry Hamilton Linda Ritter Steve & Jane Carmichael Lanie Xaysana Wendy & Joyce Lee Christy O. Louangrath Anthony Tai Richard & Lila Palmiter Brian & Connie Johnston Dr. Robert & Marjorie Bohl Don & Jackie Cherry Marian Nein Charlotte Stiverson Butch & Shelly Walden Guild Group N Kegler, Brown, Hill, & Ritter Jo Mechenbier (continued on page 6) June 1 - 30, 2010


The Heart and Hand Award

More simply stated, we have made the Christian faith one of verbal creeds instead of loving deeds. When really, God doesn’t care one bit about creeds; God cares totally about deeds of love. What is needed most in the church today is the internalization and imitation of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5, 6, 7).

The Heart and Hand Award was created by the Governing Board of First Community Church in 2009. It honors members of the church for substantial outstanding service to the church and its members. Church or staff members may be nominated for the award by any congregation member or staff member. The awards are presented at Governing Board meetings or can be presented at other group meetings if desired.

Nothing (continued from page 3)

Today I invite you to kneel with me at the altar of ordination, because we are all ministers of the Good News: Protestant, Catholic, seeker, doubter - together let us pledge that we will not forget Matthew 5, 6, 7 and the unmistakable, non-negotiable call to love in the name of the risen Christ. Before we get off our knees let us hear the rest of the text: 1Cor. 13:4 1Cor. 13:5 1Cor. 13:6 1Cor. 13:7

Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of wrongs, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, (Love) takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Love puts up with A LOT, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end. (Peterson)

When the clergy and laity of the Christian faith get this message straight, you had better come to church early if you want to get a seat. Peace to you,

Forms to nominate someone for a Heart and Hand Award can be found on the church website by visiting the About Us section and then choosing the Board section. For further information about the award, please contact Karyl Hanhilammi at 614 876.5121 or Recipients of the Heart and Hand Award since its inception last year include:

Susan Dunn Bob Meehan Beth Hanson Bill Johnston Cara Shary Biddie Clark Jake Wilkinson

August 2009 September 2009 October 2009 October 2009 February, 2010 April 2010 May 2010

The Governing Board is grateful for the many wonderful services provided by these recipients, and looks forward to honoring many more church and staff members in the future.

Thank You Blood Donors A special thank you to those who participated in our June 3 Blood Drive: Amy Day, Marcia Early, Kay Emrick, Tim Gaier, Karen Gardiner, Don Gepfert, Bobbi Hamann, Dave and Sandra Hammond, Becki and Ryan Harr, Mark and Mary Hollinger, Dave Markworth, Paula Nutini, Joy Plassman, Dave Ruedrich, Paula Russell, Debbie Sayre, Cara Shary, Jerry Williams, and Paul Younger. Help us increase our number of donors. The next scheduled blood drive is Thursday, September 2, from 1 to 7 pm in Grace Hall, North Campus. Sign up to donate blood or to help at the registration table by contacting Cara Shary at or 614 459.3691.

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Staff News

Welcome, JT Jones First Community Church is pleased to welcome JT Jones as its North Campus Facilities Supervisor. JT is a central Ohio native who is returning to the area after living in Nashville, TN for the past 13 years. He brings a wealth of experience, including managing the service departments of several large automotive dealerships and performing home remodeling. An accomplished musician (guitar and bass), JT has performed on stage and in the recording studio over the past three decades. JT is the brother of First Community Church member Chris Rafeld and uncle to members Jason Rafeld and Jessica Rafeld. Please give JT a warm welcome to First Community Church.

New Heart to Heart Coordinator

Meet Lynn Ebright

Lynn Ebright has been a part of the First Community Church family for many years. For the past several years Lynn has brightened up the office lobby with her cheerful personality as a receptionist. As the first line of communication for Heart to Heart, Lynn has been helping the pantry for many years as the ears of the office; she answers questions, helps with pantry emergencies, and greets pantry guests when they arrive. Beginning July 1, Lynn will increase her church duties when she moves into a more active role as a Heart to Heart Coordinator, alongside Angie Weber. They will work to serve our local and greater Columbus community with food and financial aid. Lynn has the advantage of knowing many pantry clients on a first name basis which will make the transition very smooth for Heart to Heart guests. Lynn will add considerable compassion to this program and make sure that both donations and service flourish. Thank You, Laura and Julie Julie Garrett, who has served as a Heart to Heart coordinator since September, 2008, will be retiring at the end of July. Her retirement comes shortly after Laura Stillman’s retirement. Laura spent 3 ½ years in service to Heart to Heart and gave her heart to everyone she touched in her work. Both Julie and Laura will be missed immensely, but feel confident in the continued success of Heart to Heart with the addition of Angie and Lynn. Heart to Heart Summer Hours Beginning July 1, Heart to Heart will have new hours for the pantry operation. Guests will now be served on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 am to noon. This change will stay in effect until further notice.


First Community Foundation Gifts (continued from page 4)

In Memory of: Marian Nein Jack & Kiki Gordon John & Teresa Sawyer Bonnie Barnes Rita Wolfe Ralph & Judith Williams Sally Chesrown Marian Humphreys Dorothy Cowles Robert McCormick Tanny Gustafson Richard Stander Priscilla Mead Richard & Dorothy Comfort Rosemary Lewis Myrt Kuipers Guild Group One Ann Holland Maureen Penman Martha Bowen Maureen Penman

First Community Church Gifts Ohio UCC Disaster Relief Marilyn Jennings In Honor of: Katheryn Williams Elizabeth W. Handlan Emory Raigner Judy Ross Moses L. Moody Grace Johnson Sally Kriska Lynda Paul

Deep Griha

In Memory of: Catharine Nichols Jane Belt

World Neighbors In Memory of: Catharine Nichols Betty O’Neill

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Mission Council Garage Sale

Another Huge Success As reported by Jerry Williams, one of our Garage Sale shoppers announced, “I’m a Garage Sale junkie and this one is – EUPHORIA!” Now that’s one satisfied customer! Mission Council is happy to report the total earnings of the 15th Annual Garage Sale are a whopping $52,376! This is the most EVER raised at one sale. Many factors contributed to our success this year, including the sun appearing just in time for the sale after a discouragingly damp week. Donations of goods were more generous, and we did a record-breaking 80 home furniture pickups in the preceding 12 months. Due to renovations at North Campus, we were able to add two new spacious sales rooms, one dedicated to books and one for men’s clothing and costume jewelry, and sales of those items were more brisk. We also had additional sources of income. During the year, Barb O’Brien sold some antiques which were left over from last year’s sale raising more than $800, and Sally Freeman sold left over fine jewelry raising more than $2,000. This year, the Friday evening news featured a story on the sale which drummed up more business. One woman from Kenya saw our story on TV. She heard that some of our proceeds were going to an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya so she decided she simply “had to go to that sale” to support our efforts. It was gratifying to watch our collection of treasures sell like hot cakes and go on to their new lives. The church donated a giant stack of 50 old classroom chairs that had been living in Lincoln Road Chapel since the 60’s. We learned later that the entire lot of chairs was purchased by someone who intended to send them to a school in Africa. Perfect! Even our leftover merchandise went on to many worthwhile places such as the Friends of the Homeless, VOA, Hope Emergency Program (helping the poor in Brown County, Ohio), Waste Not Center, Godman Guild, Raymond Municipal Golf Course’s program for underprivileged children, Church Women United Layette Program, Humane Society, Streets Mission Project, Camp Akita, and the Trading Post. The Garage Sale engenders a special camaraderie among the volunteers. It is in part because we all know we are in over our heads, the clock is ticking and time’s a-wastin’. Everyone throws themselves into the tasks at hand with heart-warming tenacity, creativity, intelligence, and good humor. For all of us who have participated, there is something enriching about the endeavor and the friendships that are formed as we strive to do some good for our world. Thank you to everyone who contributed their talents to this gigantic, exhausting group project. Now on to Number 16!

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First Community Church Gifts (continued from page 6)


Marilyn Jennings Carolyn V. Copeland Clint & Heath Younkin Thomas Norman Ralph & Joan Talmage Jean Smith In Honor of: Terry & Barb Davis Mary Ann Mulroy Connie Hieatt Deborah Lindsay Teagan Revelle Peggy Wible Natalie Prudden Maggie Tressler Catharine Nichols Karolyn & Gordon Burkhart-Schultz Beth Hanson Laura & Felix Klebe Scott McLaughlin Brian Gillespie Anna & Hollie Sorg Dean & Kay Elam Polly Kennard & Filomena Donadio Kennard & Donadio Family Dick & Kitty Rohrer Julia Converse My Grandmother Grace The Reverend Susan Day Paul Knies Joan Knies Amelia & Audra Naille Ann Baker Vince Collins and Kay Taylor Charlie Vachris & Judy Long Jim Furno Diane Furno Kate Supplee Kelly Montgomery K. R. Neffenger Todd Neffenger Virginia Mary Ambrose Lori Smith Jack & Lily Richert Julie & David Richert Music Department of First Community Church Shirley & Jim Mason (continued on page 8) 7

Take Heart

Your Inner Grinch –– Reverend Deborah Countiss Lindsay, Minister of Spiritual Care To varying degrees, we all struggle with an internal critic – that voice that says, “You really messed always do that wrong…how could you say that?” Writer Wendy Palmer calls the voice our inner grinch, a personal version of the Dr. Seuss character notorious for trying to steal Christmas from the Whos down in Whoville. Palmer has written a wonderful book called The Intuitive Body: Discovering the Wisdom of Conscious Embodiment and Aikido. She writes about how we can cultivate positive qualities like openness, gratitude, compassion, vitality, faith, patience and acceptance. One of the best ways to grow these traits is to apply them first to the inner grinch. Palmer calls this the “yes…and” technique. Here’s how it works: the inner grinch says, “You’re always so cranky.” You would reply, “Yes, that’s true, I am cranky and if I had more gratitude (or acceptance or another quality) in my life, what would it feel like?” Palmer’s approach is different from arguing with the negative thought, which is what many psychologists suggest. Don’t fight it, she says, flow with it. Palmer explains: “By acknowledging the negative voice, we blend with it. We soften the negative blow by going with it and not resisting. Asking the question leads our attention toward exploring the sensation of what we want to develop instead of fighting against our grinch. With practice, I have come to smile and acknowledge the familiar inner grinch that seizes any opportunity to harp on my limitations and inabilities.” Palmer’s “yes…and” technique is rooted in her lifelong Aikido practice. Aikido is a martial art that developed in Japan in the early 1900s; its aim is to defend against an attack without doing injury to the attacker. Aikido does not require great physical strength; in fact it uses the opponent’s own energy to redirect or stop the attack. It does require being centered, balanced, and focused. In the same way that an Aikido practitioner blends with his or her opponent Palmer suggests we blend with the inner grinch to disarm it. If Jesus had been an Aikido practitioner he would surely have been a master. The teachings of Jesus and Aikido founder Morehei Ueshiba share a commitment to love and respect all people, even those who seek to harm others. Jesus calls us to turn the other cheek; Ueshiba calls us to blend and flow. All of our lives can be enriched by adopting this practice toward each other and ourselves. Peace,

First Community Church Gifts (continued from page 7)

The Ministry Staff of First Community Church Cindy & Steve Rasmussen In Memory of: Bob McCormick Mike & Nancy Donaldson George Condos Elizabeth Condos

Heart to Heart

Paul Mohary, Jr. Michele Basile and Girl Scout Troop 435 Mechele Herres Guild Group 7 Guild Group I Guild Group Q Hilda Neff Beryl and Laurie Oser Miles and Lauren Hawley Jeanne Johnston Tim and Amy Mardas Erin Reish Jason and Jaclyn Comisar Rita Akins In Honor of: Julie Osborn Martha Morris William Morris “Dub” O’Neill Betty O’Neill In Memory of: Robert McCormick Betty O’Neill Marion Humphreys Bonnie Bell Webb Ann Reynolds Holland Linda Ritter Susan Huhta Patty and Bill Mielke

Akita Scholarships Guild Group Q

Friends of the Homeless Guild Group Q

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First Community Church Gifts (continued from page 8)

Rebecca’s Place Guild Group Q

Friends of Music In Memory of: Les Lash Alfred Long

Whitechapel Ringers In Honor of: Mary Evans Marilyn Lash

Children’s Choirs Joan Moore

3rd Grade Bibles

In Celebration of: Audrey Alford Kate Glaser Emma Heyer Ethan Hopping Henry James Keefer Emily Matessa Ryan Michael Mazzarerri Carter Seecamp Katherine A Supplee In Honor of: Grant and Caroline Mundy Michelle Mundy Jean Marie Reichert The Reichert Family

Prayers & Squares Ministry

In Memory of: Sandra Sawyer Harp Jan Sawyer In Honor of: Barbara Davis and Bobbie Reynolds Jan Sawyer 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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Church Expansion Committee Joe Bull (chair), Paul Anderson, Jason Barger, Rod Ebright, Deb Lindsay, Tracy Stuck, Dick Wing, Nan Weir (facilitator) The committee has met 12 times since first meeting on April 6 and is working towards creating an integrated Project Plan for the First Community Church Expansion Project. As outlined in the Steering Committee Charter, dated May 5, 2010, the Project Plan consists of a Project Budget, Financing Sources, Project Schedule, Program of Requirements, and a Communications Plan. This group is working with a vision for advancing the entire First Community Church mission, recognizing that improvements to all of our campuses are essential for growth and continued vitality of our ministries. We anticipate meeting weekly throughout the summer. Such a schedule is necessary to keep alive the possibility of a construction start in the spring of 2012. To commence construction at that time, the Governing Board will be required to authorize completion of the design as soon as September. The committee’s present plan is to provide a recommended project description and budget in advance of the decision date for the Governing Board. However, the committee’s commitment to the proposed timetable may change once there is further study and understanding of the needs of First Community Church and how well the current design meets those needs. Additionally, information about the project cost and the congregation’s ability to fund that cost may also dictate revisions to the proposed timetable. Accomplishments since the end of May include: 1. Met with the church’s owner representative, Jay Panzer, to discuss the current design and review the January 15, 2010 proposal for design modifications. 2. Conducted interviews with four fund-raising advisory firms; short-listed to two firms. 3. Selected Cramer & Associates as recommended fund-raising advisory firm (subject to Governing Board approval). 4. Developed list of potential members of the congregation to interview in connection with the financial feasibility study. 5. Identified the themes for the compelling story of First Community Church and developed the first draft of the Preliminary Case for Support for the Expansion Project. 6. Met with Cramer & Associates on June 23 to refine their scope of services and fees. 7. Met with Sullivan Bruck Architects, Corna Kokosing Construction, and Jay Panzer on June 30 to review the January 15, 2010 proposal for design modifications, and discuss other options. The Committee will make a decision on how to proceed after the meeting. Next Steps 1. Develop revised scope and schedule for work of Fund Raising Counsel. 2. Commence Financial Feasibility Study, including supporting Cramer & Associates with their assessment, the case for support, the survey (interview) group selection, and personal interviews. 3. Concurrent with the financial feasibility study, the committee will continue to review and evaluate the current design and consider possible modifications. The committee will also assess the consultant team. Additionally, the committee will begin to develop a preliminary project budget. 9

Welcome New Members Here are the new members who joined Sunday, June 27.

Beverly Boggs

David Bratka

Jennifer Bratka

Blair Bethel

Beverly Ervine

Boyce Lancaster

Jenna Frye

Kelly Metz

Beverly Boggs attends the 10:25 am service and joins for the sermons, music, and welcoming atmosphere. She is a Regional Coordinator with Real Living HER and enjoys exercise, music, and time with family. She is the mother of new member Felicia Wilson. David Bratka, originally from Columbus, is the owner of Simplicity Landscape Services. He and Jennifer attend the 9:15 am service and decided to attend after watching First Edition. He joins for the open theology and activities. Jennifer Bratka and David are the parents of Lilly (2). Jennifer joins for the welcoming atmosphere, music, and sermons. A Latchkey Teacher for Columbus City Schools, looks forward to getting involved and meeting new people. Blair Bethel and Joe Buckley are the parents of Sam (12) and Max (8). Blair’s parents were members of First Community and she attended as a child. A veterinarian with VCA Sawmill Animal Hospital, Blair enjoys travel and time with family. Joe Buckley and Blair learned about the church from a relative and attend the 8:30 am or 11 am service. Originally from Columbus, Joe is a financial analyst with Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. He and Blair appreciate the open theology and welcoming atmosphere. Bill Chard (no photo) and Carole are reinstating their membership after moving back to Columbus. Bill is an engineer, retired from Battelle Institute, but currently contracting with Wheeling Jesuit University. He enjoys woodworking, fishing, and all sports. Carole Chard and Bill attend the 11 am service and enjoy the music and adult programs. They look forward to getting involved and meeting new people. Carole’s mother, Dorothy


Joe Buckley

Carole Chard

Kevin Satterfield Barb Burgie Satterfield Durham, is a member. Bridge, tennis, reading, and gardening are her hobbies. Beverley Ervine and Boyce Lancaster attend the 9:15 am service and heard about the church from a friend. Originally from Staunton VA, Beverley is the Music Director for WOSU Public Media. Beverley and Boyce love the Southwest, Native American culture, and music. Boyce Lancaster and Beverley join for the open theology, welcoming atmosphere, sermons, and music. The Broadcast Producer for WOSU Public Media, Boyce looks forward to getting involved. He is from Lubbox, TX and enjoys writing, sports, and cooking. Jenna Frye, a financial service advisor for JPMorgan Chase, enjoys animals, swimming, reading, and cooking. Mt Vernon, OH is her hometown. She and fiancé, Kelly Metz, join for the sermons, music, and welcoming atmosphere. Kelly Metz and Jenna attend the 10:25 am service. Kelly, a school teacher with Imagine Academy, enjoys cooking, reading, motorcycles, camping, and Tai Kwon Do. He is originally from Botkins, OH. Barb Burgie Satterfield and Kevin heard about the church from a friend and attend the 9:15 am service. Barb is owner of Burgie Mediafusion and enjoys sports and travel, particularly California and Italy. She is from Columbus and is a Penn State grad. Kevin Satterfield joins for the open theology, music, and sermons. Originally from New Carlisle, OH, Kevin enjoys traveling, particularly to California. He is a freelance musician and a video producer/director at OSU.

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Schedule Your Portrait

New Church Pictorial Directory We are creating a new pictorial directory of our church family, and hope YOU will participate! Not only are church directories historically significant, but they are an excellent way for staff and members to connect names with faces. Jim Sullivan

Shelly Wessel

Lauri Sullivan

Brian Wilson

Bryce Wessel

Felicia Wilson

Jim Sullivan is a consultant with Claddagh Consulting, Ltd. Falls Church, VA is Jim’s hometown and he looks forward to meeting new people and getting involved. Worship, adult education, and high school programs drew Jim and Lauri to First Community. Lauri Sullivan and Jim, parents of Claire (22), Kerry (18), and Danny (15), attend the 10:25 am service. Pittsburgh is Lauri’s hometown and she enjoys gardening, beading, cooking, and sharing a great meal with friends. Lauri’s mother is church member Marcie Speight. Bryce Wessel and Shelly, parents of Maggie (3), learned about the church through the Mary Evans Center. The open theology, sermons, and music are why Bryce chose to join the church. An IT Manager with HP, Bryce enjoys technology, wiffleball, and brewing beer. Shelly Wessel and Bryce attend the 10:25 am service. She feels the worship experience nurtures the whole person. Her interests are Pilates, Japan, tea, cooking, and green renovation. Shelly is an event planner for Synergy Events. Brian Wilson, a chef with Bob Evans, Inc., enjoys family, the outdoors, and cooking. The worship experience, open teachings, adult programs, Camp Akita, and welcoming atmosphere are why he joined. He and Felicia are the parents of Ryder (5), Roman (3), and Violet (1). Felicia Wilson and Brian attend the 10:25 am service. She joins for the infant and children’s programs, Dr. Wing’s sermons, and the staff. Felicia appreciates the welcoming atmosphere and looks forward to getting involved. A restaurant marketing consultant with Impact Marketing, Felicia enjoys family outings and outdoor activities.

June 1 - 30, 2010

Lifetouch® will be doing our photography, with no charge to the church or to you. Those photographed will receive a free directory and a free 8x10. You will have the option of purchasing additional photos for yourself and family members if you so choose. Three easy ways to schedule your appointment: 1. Go to and click on the directory icon 2. Sign up following worship on Sunday mornings 3. Contact the church at 614 488.0681 ext 228 or Don’t wait to schedule!   Photography dates and times are: North Campus July 13 & 14 (Tuesday & Wednesday) August 10 – 14 (Tuesday to Saturday) August 24 – 28 (Tuesday to Saturday) ­ South Campus July 20 – 24 (Tuesday to Saturday) August 17 – 21 (Tuesday to Saturday) Times Weekdays: 2:30-9 pm Saturdays: 10 am-4:30 pm

Being Photographed Supports Our Heart to Heart Food Pantry Lifetouch understands the importance of reaching out to our community in these times of need. When you have your photo taken for our new directory, Lifetouch will donate in cash the value of four meals to our Heart to Heart food pantry. And, if you bring a bag of food for Heart to Heart on the day of your appointment, Lifetouch will give you $5 off your portrait order.


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July 2010 selected events

4 Summer Schedule Begins


11 Baptisms


Worship/South Campus

Worship/South Campus

8:30 am Communion Service in Burkhart Chapel, Katherine Shaner preaching.

8:30 am Communion Service in Burkhart Chapel, Rev. David Hett preaching.

11 am Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary, Katherine Shaner preaching.

11 am Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary, Rev. David Hett preaching.

All children are welcome in worship.

Infants & young toddlers: Room 221 Older toddlers & 2-year-olds: Room 222 Three to five-year-olds: Room 209 K-5: Begin in worship, then excused to Lincoln Road Chapel Middle School: Crossroads will resume in the Fall.

Worship/North Campus Worship/North Campus 10 am Worship in Grace Hall, Katherine Shaner preaching. All children are welcome in worship.

5 Monday

10 am Worship in Grace Hall, Rev. David Hett preaching. Infants & young toddlers: Rose Wing Room 10 Older toddlers & 2-year-olds: Rose Wing Room 8 Three to five-year-olds: Rose Wing Room 6 K-5: Begin in worship, then excused to Rose Wing Middle & High School: Crossroads will resume in the Fall.

13 Tuesday

Church Closed.

6 Tuesday

Morning Meditation, 9:30 am, South Campus, see p. 17 Transitions Support Group, 7 pm, South Campus The Unfolding Now Spiritual Practice Group, 7 pm, South Campus, see p. 17

7 Wednesday

Men’s Wednesday Fellowship, 7 am, South Campus, see p. 17 Women Living the Questions, 9:45 am, South Campus, see p. 17

8 Thursday

Heart of Christianity Study Group, 7 pm, North Campus, see p. 17 A Course in Miracles, 7 pm, North Campus, see p. 17

Morning Meditation, 9:30 am, South Campus, see p. 17 Bridges to Healing Grief Group, 7 pm, South Campus The Unfolding Now Spiritual Practice Group, 7 pm, South Campus, see p. 17

14 Wednesday

Men’s Wednesday Fellowship, 7 am, South Campus, see p. 17 Women Living the Questions, 9:45 am, South Campus, see p. 17

15 Thursday

Heart of Christianity Study Group, 7 pm, North Campus, see p. 17 A Course in Miracles, 7 pm, North Campus, see p. 17

17 Saturday

Church Beautification, 9 am, North Campus, see p. 21

A indicates Usher assignments.


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July 2010 selected events





Worship/South Campus

Worship/South Campus

8:30 am Communion Service in Burkhart Chapel, Rev. Deborah Lindsay preaching.

8:30 am Communion Service in Burkhart Chapel, Rev. James Long preaching.

11 am Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary, Rev. Deborah Lindsay preaching.

11 am Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary, Rev. James Long preaching.

Infants & young toddlers: Room 221 Older toddlers & 2-year-olds: Room 222 Three to five-year-olds: Room 209 K-5: Begin in worship, then excused to Lincoln Road Chapel Middle School: Crossroads will resume in the Fall.

Infants & young toddlers: Room 221 Older toddlers & 2-year-olds: Room 222 Three to five-year-olds: Room 209 K-5: Begin in worship, then excused to Lincoln Road Chapel Middle School: Crossroads will resume in the Fall.

Worship/North Campus

Worship/North Campus

10 am Worship in Grace Hall, Rev. Deborah Lindsay preaching.

10 am Worship in Grace Hall, Rev. James Long preaching.

Infants & young toddlers: Rose Wing Room 10 Older toddlers & 2-year-olds: Rose Wing Room 8 Three to five-year-olds: Rose Wing Room 6 K-5: Begin in worship, then excused to Rose Wing Middle & High School: Crossroads will resume in the Fall.

Infants & young toddlers: Rose Wing Room 10 Older toddlers & 2-year-olds: Rose Wing Room 8 Three to five-year-olds: Rose Wing Room 6 K-5: Begin in worship, then excused to Rose Wing Middle & High School: Crossroads will resume in the Fall.

19 Monday

For Moms Only, 7 pm, South Campus, see p. 22

20 Tuesday

Morning Meditation, 9:30 am, South Campus, see p. 17 Transitions Support Group, 7 pm, South Campus The Unfolding Now Spiritual Practice Group, 7 pm, South Campus, see p. 17

21 Wednesday

North Campus 3777 Dublin Rd.

South Campus 1320 Cambridge Blvd.

614 488.0681

Men’s Wednesday Fellowship, 7 am, South Campus, see p. 17 Women Living the Questions, 9:45 am, South Campus, see p. 17

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

22 Thursday

For additional information:

A Course in Miracles, 7 pm, North Campus, see p. 17

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• Click: • Call: 614 488.0681 • Visit: The Welcome Center at North or South Campus


Care and Spirit

Crying in the Wilderness

–­– The Reverend James M. Long, Minister of Pastoral Care We too should be the voice of one crying in the wilderness, should cry to God continually although our cry seems to be swallowed up by the endless silence and solitude, and even when there seems to be no answer to our call. We shall hear the answer. “A Voice in the Wilderness” Biblical Homilies by Karl Rahner

All of us experience difficulties and challenges at certain times in our lives. Some of these bring great personal suffering. It generally is not helpful to compare these experiences with those of others, since there always are people who seem to have a greater or lesser share of grief and sorrow. While comparison may help put our sufferings in perspective, it should not be used to diminish the reality of our own pain and suffering. Also, I have come to know that what binds us together is this common experience of vulnerability and loss. Many things may happen to us in life. Whether it is the death of a loved one, the breaking of a relationship, sickness or injury, financial reversals or loss of work, or natural disasters of all kinds, they bring a dislocation in our lives. Even good things such as graduation, marriage, children, getting a new job, buying a house, or retirement bring a transition period before we enter something new. Like the Israelites going out of bondage in Egypt, we do not immediately go into “the promised land,” but wander in the wilderness before entering into our inheritance. The Bible speaks of wilderness experiences. John the Baptist and Jesus each spent time alone in the wilderness. Karl Rahner, the great Catholic theologian of the last century, said that we too should be like John the Baptist, a voice crying in the wilderness. (John 1:19-28) As human beings, we may cry in the wilderness and feel that we are alone, perhaps abandoned by God. In the silence and solitude, we may hear no answer. Our world may seem desolate. However, the eternal reality that is the only reality already has entered into our world. God in Jesus Christ has entered our sufferings. By grace, we hold out a little while in the wilderness because “in all our wildernesses, in every feeble self-denial, in every whispered cry to him, he is already here.” Rahner recognizes that there is a now, but not yet, reality to this experience that seems harsh. But in faith, he says: “Even then shall we not say to the unshakeable centre of our lives: You are here.” This is what we hold on to when we cry in the wildernesses of our lives. Peace and blessings,


Parish Register

We share the joys and sorrows of our church family in our prayers. BIRTHS Grace Katherine Garish 4/18/10 daughter of Laura & Jim Garish granddaughter of Marianne & John Bedell Noelle Claire Griffith 5/20/10 daughter of Brad and Abbey Griffith granddaughter of Donn and Gayle Griffith Logan Enrique Escamilla 6/7/10 grandson of T. J. Riley Maxwell Harrison Hyde 6/8/10 son of Amy & Drew Hyde grandson of Cheri & Wayne Rickert great-grandson of Charles Hicks Jasper Reason Thompson 6/14/10 son of Betsy & Paul Thompson BAPTISMS Sydney Nicole Elmore 6/6/10 Danielle Renee Elmore 6/6/10 Joshua David Richey 6/13/10 Ashlyn Irene Holt 6/13/10 WEDDINGS Stacy McVey & Ken Dodson 5/22/10 Joan Watts & Jeffrey Weiser 5/29/10 Alison Roark & Geoff Wible 6/5/10 Kathryn Maxwell & Matthew Ufferman 6/12/10 Michelle Heier & Nicholas Johnson 6/19/10 daughter of Pat Heier RECENTLY HOSPITALIZED

Fred Pfening, Jr. Bob Hudson Pat Doyle Ginny Barney Barbara Boggs DEATHS

Julie Groezinger 5/9/10 Ann Reynolds Holland 5/17/10 sister of Susan Huhta Martha Bowen 5/17/10 aunt of Susan Huhta Phil Boswell 5/23/10 brother-in-law of Karen & Bob Claussen (continued on next page)

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Pastoral Care


There is a group of First Community Church members who pray for the needs and concerns of anyone requesting prayer. If you are in need of prayer or if you would like to be one of those who pray, please contact Sandy Turner in the Pastoral Care office at 614 488.0681 ext 239 or sturner@  All names of the people who pray are confidential as well as all of the prayers requested.

Parish Register

(continued from previous page) Cathie Nichols 5/27/10 Myrt Kuipers 5/29/10 Daniel James “Danny” Trautman 6/2/10 grandson of Carol & Pat Doyle Thomas Sours 5/29/10 brother of Barbara Leighner Marian Nein 6/10/10 Mary Alice Reed 6/14/10 Mary Ann Waugh 6/15/10 mother of Betsy McCollum Moses L. Moody 6/15/10 brother of Grace Johnson Donna Jean Urick 6/22/10 mother of Betsy Johnson Call the Pastoral Care Office at 614 488.0681 ext 239, for family births, deaths, weddings, and hospitalizations, or for a birthday of 90 years or more.

July Special Offering

Back Bay Mission – Your Mission on The Gulf Coast Remember Hurricane Katrina? Not so much! Don’t blame me. A lot has happened since then. I fell into this deep, dark hole. I did not have any food or water. I was alone. My situation felt hopeless. Suddenly, a ladder was lowered down to me. I started to climb out but a rung broke, Hurricane Katrina. I hold on trying to keep climbing. Another rung breaks, financial crisis. I have to battle depression and the feeling of helplessness and keep climbing. You know the next broken rung, oil spill. Sitting at my home in Powell, I cannot even come close to feeling what it must be like to be living on the Gulf Coast, battling to get out of the dark hole. Back Bay Mission staff persons can, and they keep providing hope and every ladder that they can. So, what has Back Bay Mission been doing? With the Katrina damaged mission facilities rebuilding completed in October of last year, a new homeless day care center was opened this April. Within three weeks, an average of 38 clients were showing up daily. In addition to laundry and a shower, all of the services of Back Bay are available to them. The Homelessness Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing Program is now housed in this building, developing and maintaining individual service plans and agreements with homeless and at-risk clients. We broke ground on an affordable housing subdivision. The goal is to have up to 32 units housing marginalized families who previously could not afford housing. This project is a new ladder for Back Bay seeking to meet the needs of the Gulf Coast. In 2009, 4,621 individuals received emergency assistance. We built six new homes, performed major rehab on seven homes and minor rehab on 17 homes. 1,391 volunteers from 87 churches/organizations assisted in this work. In our Home At Last program that provides housing and case management to the chronically homeless and disabled individuals, we housed 20 clients in 14 units. Our food pantry provided meals daily to those without food. AND I cannot begin to tell you what our case managers deal with every day. At the May Board meeting, I assumed the position of President of the Board and found out that our budget had a deficit of $126,000. The financial crisis has hit Back Bay. Shortly thereafter, I heard that our food pantry ran out of food. When the people and organizations in the area heard this, they responded and filled the pantry. They understand how important Back Bay is to the area and they responded. This time they provided the ladder. (continued on page 20)

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The Infinite Quest

The Golden Rule 2.0

–­– The Reverend David S. Hett, Minister of Religious Life and Learning I’ve been thinking much more about human maturity following a May pilgrimage to the north woods of Wisconsin on the death of my last surviving aunt. As my first cousins, one brother, and I stood in Aunt Velda’s kitchen, where we all hung out last as wild, crazy, and naïve kids, the realization dawned upon us one by one that we—the carefree kids—are now the elders.

It reminded me of something the philosopher Alan Watts once wrote, that the one secret that parents always keep from their children is that they don’t feel grown up either. Maturity doesn’t automatically come with getting taller, or even by becoming a “success” or amassing degrees, wealth, or prestige, and I don’t see much evidence for it among contemporary politicians, pundits, business, or religious leaders. So I was impressed with some recent thoughts by someone who seems to have attained elderhood: Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder (Sophie’s World), who believes we need an upgrade on an old “rule:” “The Golden Rule or The Principle of Reciprocity (you shall do unto others as you would have them do unto you) can no longer just have a horizontal dimension – in other words a ‘we’ and ‘the others.’ We must realize that the Principle of Reciprocity also has a vertical dimension: you shall do to the next generation what you wished the previous generation had done to you.” A practical application he suggests: “We should only permit ourselves to use non-renewable resources to the extent that we at the same time pave the way for our descendants to be able to manage without the same resources.” He is talking about what Robert Moore (The Archetypes of the Mature Masculine) describes as the task of men and women who have fully matured the “Warrior” energy that every person is born with: they “steward this power for the good of an inclusive community…to aggressively seek to extend the boundaries of Shalom – of peace with justice.” “We want ‘grand’ fathers,” says Richard Rohr; those who offer “a worldview in which we all feel safe, alive and adventurous.” “No civilization has survived spiritually,” he warns us would-be ‘grand’ fathers and mothers, “unless the elders saw it as their central task to pass on wisdom and actual life to the next generation.” This is our challenge – to extend the boundaries of Shalom. Shalom,


Refugee Task Force

Request for Donations

Wanted: Two sewing machines and a car What can the Refugee Task Force do with these items? There are two Nepalese women who know how to sew and would like to use that skill to do something, probably alterations. And we have a Nepalese man who has a job but needs a car for transportation to work.   Please call Barbara Wood at 614 488.0827 or contact MaryEllen Hett at the church Mission office at 614 488.0681 ext 226 or Thank you in advance for your generosity that has always come through for us in the past.

New Video Searcher DVD Released (continued from page 3)

Dr. Barry Ulanov was a renaissance man who had been McIntosh Professor of English at Barnard College and a faculty member at Union Theological Seminary in New York City in the Department of Psychiatry and Religion. Deceased in 2000, Barry Ulanov also authored varied books on jazz, the arts, culture and religion. This release, along with sixteen other presentations from six Searchers, is available through the First Community Church Website store. A number of the most recent releases are also available through the Furber Book Corner.

June 1 - 30, 2010

Wednesday Fellowship

New Name for Men’s Breakfast To be more accurate in presenting ourselves to the world, we will now be called the Men’s Wednesday Fellowship. Our group was started more than fifty years ago by Dr. Roy Burkhart and a few other church members. Each Wednesday morning begins promptly at 7 am in Brownlee Hall at South Campus with most members arriving earlier. Reverend Burkhart personally led the group for a short time but since then the members and invited speakers have taken responsibility for the informal talks that cover a vast range of spiritual, secular, informative, or entertaining topics. The group is as diverse as the topics. Many are members of First Community Church, but there are also Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Catholics ( Catholic), and a couple of economists. We sing two hymns and usually tell strangers that many people come for the great music – but that is a lie. Another area in which we solemnly resolve to be more truthful is that there is not really much breakfast – orange juice, a donut, and coffee. But it would be awkward to be called the Men’s Wednesday Orange Juice, Donut and Coffee Group! Although we do not offer much breakfast, we provide supportive fellowship, a joke of the week, and intellectual give and take. New members are invited to join us. We stop promptly at 8 am so all attending can get on with the rest of their day. We warn that you may want to keep coming for the next fifty years to this fellowship!

June 1 - 30, 2010

Weekly Adult Learning Groups The Unfolding Now Spiritual Practice Group Tuesdays, 7 to 8:15 pm, through July 27 Room 105, South Campus Annex

A summer “inquiry” group engaging in silent meditation, journaling, and weekly self-reflective practices in becoming more “real” as we work through the material in A.H. Almaas’ book, The Unfolding Now: Realizing Your True Nature through the Practice of Presence. If you are not already a part of this group, and are interested in finding out more about it, contact Rev. David Hett directly, or by calling the church office. A free-will donation will be asked of participants during this course.

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

Communal silent meditation, reflection, and prayer. During the months of July and August meditation will be self-guided.

Men’s Wednesday Fellowship Wednesdays, 7 to 8 am Brownlee Hall, South Campus

Fellowship and weekly speakers. A donation is accepted for donuts and coffee.

Women Living the Questions Wednesdays, 9:45 to 11:15 am, Wicker Room, South Campus

Contemporary spirituality is the springboard for this summer’s discussion group. For information about this group of women and their summer program please contact Lisa Bueche 614 226.5472 or

Heart of Christianity Study Group

Thursdays, 7 to 8:15 pm, through July 15 Wicker Room, South Campus On Thursday evenings during June and July, this group will discuss the ideas and practices Marcus Borg puts forth in his book, The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith. Rev. David Hett facilitates this group. Participants are asked to read the assigned chapters of the book, and to pay a $10 registration fee. Scholarships are available.

A Course in Miracles

Thursdays, 7 to 8:15 pm Room 115, North Campus Bryan Finley facilitates this group. For information, call 614 870.1280. Classes are free, except where noted, and open to the public. Books used are available at the Furber Book Corner. For more information, contact MaryEllen Hett at 614 488.0681 ext 226 or at


Spiritual Searchers 2010-2011 Terry Hershey – Sunday, October 10, 2010 Preaching Sunday Morning: 9:15, 10:25 and 11 am Workshop Sunday Afternoon: Living without Fear: The Truth About Intimacy, Love, Passion and Sexuality Rev. Terry Hershey, a popular presenter, is back for a third time as Spiritual Searcher. Like everywhere else he speaks, the feedback is the same: “Terry Hershey was truly humorous, enlightening and inspiring all in one. He gave us permission to be embraced by grace. And we learned as much as we laughed.” Terry’s lectures and books (including The Power of Pause and Sacred Necessities) inspire one to see that happiness is already inside. Learn more at John Philip Newell – December 3-5, 2010 Experience the World’s Leading Voice in Celtic Christianity Friday: An Introduction to Celtic Spirituality Saturday: A New Harmony - The Spirit, The Earth, and The Human Soul Sunday: Preaching at 11 am Worship The Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell is a poet, a scholar and a teacher. Formerly Warden of Iona Abbey in the Western Isles of Scotland, he is currently Companion Theologian for the American Spirituality Centre of Casa del Sol in the high desert of New Mexico, while making his home in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is internationally acclaimed for his work in the field of Celtic spirituality, including Listening for the Heartbeat of God and Christ of the Celts, as well as his poetic book of prayer Sounds of the Eternal. He is a Church of Scotland minister with a passion for peace in the world and a fresh vision for harmony among the great spiritual traditions of humanity. John Philip has played a leading role on both sides of the Atlantic in the re-birthing of a creation spirituality for today. Marcus Borg – March 4-6, 2011 Friday and Saturday: Lecture Themes To Be Determined Sunday: Preaching at All Worship Services Marcus J. Borg is, and has been, one of the most widelyknown and influential voices for an emerging Christianity. His best-selling book, The Heart of Christianity, gives an overview of a progressive Christian faith, life and practice for the 21st century. Dr. Borg is Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University. Author of many books, including the best-selling Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, and The God We Never Knew, he has co-authored with John Dominic Crossan the recent The First Paul. He has just published his first novel, Putting Away Childish Things: A Tale of Modern Faith. We are pleased to bring Marcus Borg back to central Ohio.

Faith-Based Summer Events Spirit, Hope, Health & Wholeness Prayer Workshop

Saturday, July 10, 9:30 am – 1 pm All Saints Lutheran Church, 6770 N. High St., Worthington Contact: 614 885.0112, An innovative workshop on prayer for Stephens Ministers, prayer teams, care-givers, and those in healthcare. Amanda Stone Cushing, Director of the Spirituality Network will present “Intercessory Prayer, Tools, Techniques, a Blessing Ministry.” Other speakers will look at “Effect of Prayer on Body/Healing: Research” and “Effect of Prayer on Attitude, State of Mind: Patient Outcomes.” Suggested donation of $5 includes lunch.

IACO Main Event Luncheon: Faith in Motion—Sacred Dances

Interfaith Association of Central Ohio Sunday, August 8, Noon – 3 pm Lincoln Theater, 769 East Long Street $28 per person, deadline July 23 Contact IACO: 614 849.0290, iaco@, At this year’s Annual Interfaith Main Event Luncheon come, see and hear spiritual expressions from Eastern and Western faith traditions. Program by Kathryn Mihelick and Andrea Shearer of Leaven Dance Company, and Smitha Migal of Silambam Dance School.

For further information as it becomes available, please visit our website or contact the Spiritual Searcher office at 614 488.0681 ext 226 or


June 1 - 30, 2010

Personal Spiritual Deepening Program October 2010 – April 2011

Music Ministry

Thank You

Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation Nan Weir and Nancy Nikiforow, faculty

Dear Ron, Bob, Sally, and Choir Members,

Church member and spiritual director Nan Weir will co-lead a year-long Personal Spiritual Deepening Program locally beginning this October. The program includes experiential learning in group and at-home settings, contemplative prayer practices, assigned readings, spiritual community, an opening retreat October 1 and 2, and a closing retreat on April 9, 2011.

I thank you –

The Personal Spiritual Deepening Program: Living in God, was created 15 years ago by the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, DC, with whom Nan is affiliated, but this will be the first one of its kind offered in Columbus. Nan Weir will be joined by another associate faculty member of the Shalem Institute, Nancy Nikiforow, in leading the program. Program fee is $650; registration deadline is August 31.

For Soli Deo Gloria, which lifts our spirits and blesses us with some of the finest music ever written,

For more information, or to request a brochure or application, contact Nan Weir at 614 538.1153 or For more information about the Shalem Institute see

For all the Sundays in Ordinary Time, when the music is way beyond ordinary,

For all the special music in the periods of anticipation – Advent and Lent, culminating in the glorious celebration of Christmas and Easter, For Pentecost, especially Lord Listen to Your Children, which made me want to leap from my chair and shout “Amen!” For MorningSong, which ends the choir year with a Hallelujah and sustains us through summer while you are enjoying your well-deserved break, For choosing to use your musical talents to praise God, and for the joy reflected on your faces as you sing, which helps us lift our praise to God also,

Dr. Yvonne Zimmerman, professor of Christian Ethics at The Methodist Theological School in Ohio, presented a talk and discussion in Grace Hall on June 23, helping participants discern a responsible ethics of sexuality and human relationship without resorting to a list of rules. Her talk was sponsored by the Adult Learning Council. Pictured with Dr. Zimmerman is Jon Jump, Chair of the Adult Learning Council, and Rev. David Hett, Minister of Religious Life and Learning.

For all the hours of planning and practice that go into making the First Community Church music program the best in the country and probably the universe. I never feel as close to God as I do when I am immersed in the beautiful music you create every week. Although I cannot make the music myself, I appreciate every beautiful note. With my love and great admiration, Claire Esmond

June 1 - 30, 2010


Women’s Guild

Biddie Clark

Harriet Brown

Amelia & Ann Eliot-Naille

Julie Osborn

The “girlfriends” from the Women’s Guild were up and dancing with the Rwandan Women in Action dancers at the Guild Spring Event held at the Brookside Country Club. And a good time was had by all. Photos by Jinny Frick.   Coming attraction:  All-Guild girlfriends will gather for an old-fashioned potluck to kick off the 2010-2011 year on September 7, 5:30 pm at North Campus.       A Reminder: Panera Coupons are still for sale after services at both campuses all summer.


July Special Offering

Next time you shop at Kroger’s, look at the bottom of your receipt. If it says that you have chosen to donate your reward points to First Community Church, good for you – and for missions the church supports! If these words are missing from your receipt, please enroll in the rewards program by going to www.krogercommunityrewards. com, and following the directions.

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Kroger’s Magic Words

No computer or instructions confusing? Stop by the grocery tables during coffee hours after worship for help. So far this year, more than 100 people have enrolled. Last year there were almost 400 church members lending their support to this program. Please take time to enroll, and to add your support to those who are enriched by our mission dollars. You will know that, while buying food for your family, you are helping to feed others who benefit from our church’s generosity.


Back Bay Mission – Your Mission on The Gulf Coast First Community Church understands how important the services of Back Bay Mission are. We have supported Back Bay for many years, providing both volunteer and financial assistance. It seems that the need does not diminish. It just changes direction. Back Bay will continue to serve the poor and marginalized in many ways, changing and growing with the need. Please continue your support of Back Bay Mission. A special offering for Back Bay will be held on Sunday, July 18, and I invite you to share generously. Thank you! — Mark Hollinger

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Church Beautification Project Saturday, July 17; 9 am – noon North Campus Please join our North Campus staff on Saturday, July 17 and help us create a beautiful outdoor space for fellowship. We will weed and plant, construct new benches, and enjoy our time together. Coffee, juice, and doughnuts provided. Please bring your own gardening tools. Additionally if you have variegated hostas or day lilies that you can divide, bring those as well. If you cannot come, but would like to make a contribution, we welcome financial gifts. Please specify on the check, Garden Fund. We look forward to working with you to make our church beautiful! Contact Dawn Costin at or call 614 488.0681 ext 109 to let us know you will be coming or for further information.

Give a Gift for Beauty In addition to the time and talent needed for the July 17 church beautification project at our North Campus, you can help by donating cash (First Community Church – Garden Fund) or any of the following items: Yard Waste Bags Donuts/Coffee/Napkins/Drinking Cups Assembly-Required Garden Benches Wood Stain/Sealer Rags or Brushes to apply wood stain Additional items needed, but not necessarily related to work day: Drinking Fountain Outdoor Trash Cans To give, or for more information, contact Dawn Costin at dcostin@ or call 614 488.0681 ext 109.

Ronald Jenkins, Minister of Music & Liturgy, conducts members of the Chancel Choir and orchestra at the June 6 MorningSong worship service.

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Early Childhood

Parenting Groups for July

The South Campus Preschool year will begin on Tuesday, September 7 and there are still a few openings for young children. If you have new neighbors moving in or friends with young children, let them know that there are a few spaces in our excellent Preschool program!

For Moms Only

A Few Preschool Openings Remain

Twogether: 2-year-olds come with a parent or caregiver, experiencing the Preschool together, while parents benefit from child development and parenting information. Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:15-11:15 am. Three Year Olds: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 to 11:30 am Three and Four Year Olds: A combined class of 3’s and 4’s. Children bring lunch and enjoy a longer Preschool day. Ideal for parents working part-time or from home. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 am-1 pm. For more information or to register, contact Patti Link, or 614 488.0681 ext 243, or check the website

Monday, July 19, 7 pm Guild Room, South Campus The guest leader will be Rev. David Hett, who will lead a discussion on maintaining a spiritual life and connection to your own inner process during the busy years of parenting younger children. All mothers are welcome to attend.

For Dads Only

No July Meeting Tuesday, August 10, 7 pm Guild Room, South Campus The topic for our August meeting will be Children and Safety – we will talk about balancing protection of children while encouraging their interaction with the world. We will talk about parents’ fears for children and how to equip children for safe interactions. All fathers are welcome to attend. Questions? Contact Donice Wooster at

On Sunday, June 13, all of the donors to the enhancement of the North Campus Outdoor Learning Environment were invited to a reception to see the progress of the outdoor space adjacent to the Rose Wing. Donors helped provide trees, picnic tables, benches, and natural features. Children are enjoying small picnic tables and fort-building materials made of wood from Camp Akita. The Outdoor Learning Environment is a work in progress, and we look forward to its continuing development. Take a look next time you are at North Campus! Pictured above are former Director of Early Childhood Ministry Mary Evans, current Director Donice Wooster, and Jamy Zambito, Administrator of the Mary Evans Child Development Center.


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June 1 - 30, 2010

Celebrate Kids!!!

30th Anniversary Production

Third Grade Bibles We congratulate our third graders who received their Bibles during a wonderful worship service on June 6. Many thanks go out to Kathleen Jones who has provided the calligraphy for our Bibles over the past several years.

Celebrate Kids!!!, the National Freedoms Foundation Awardwinning production, is celebrating 30 years with performances at the Upper Arlington Library lawn on July 1 at 6:30 pm; at the Genoa Park Amphitheatre during Red, White & BOOM! on July 2 at 1:30 pm; and at the outdoor stage at the Grandview Heights Public Library on July 3 at 3 pm.  Celebrate Kids!!! is co-directed by First Community Church members Ann Eliot-Naille and Jill Eliot. The musical features medleys from The Jersey Boys, Hair, Shrek and opens and closes with patriotic songs, a tribute to the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, and historic characters.

Pastoral Care

Photographer Needed The Pastoral Care department is looking for a volunteer who would be willing to take photos of public and private baptisms when Charles Baldeck is unavailable. Charles has been taking individual photos of our baptisms for many years and is looking for a sub when he is out of town. Ideally, this would be someone with a camera and flash. Charles will work with new volunteers to help get them started. Contact Sandy Turner at 614 488.0681 ext 239 or

June 1 - 30, 2010

Katherine Adams-Fisher Evan Albers Audrey Alford Isabel Ali Evan Binder Hunter Blair Ian Bull Gabrielle Caito Kevin Cummins Graham Dilley Michael Doellinger Peter Edwards, III Annalise Esmond Ruby Gentile Kate Glaser Carter Gray Ben Helland Emma Heyer

Logan Hiller Evelyn Holman Ethan Hopping Katz Kadlic Henry “Hank” Keefer Paige Kompa Maya Konieczynski Brandon Koprowski Noah Krier Cooper Lape Madison Leibrock Olivia Loos Elizabeth Masters Chad Masters Emily Matessa Amanda Mazzaferri Ryan Mazzaferri Caroline Mundy Grant Mundy

Danielle Orsini Emilia Pierman-Goodknight Joseph Queen Jan Marie Reichert Nicholas Reish Maura Savelson Trevor Scherer Carter Seecamp Hannah Sharp Mallory Sharp Sierra Shaw Jessie Stevenson Katherine Supplee Alex Tredway Ethan Wagner Gabriel Walsh Lauren White Olivia White


Periodical Postage PAID at Columbus, Ohio


First Community Church 1320 Cambridge Boulevard Columbus, OH 43212

Dated Material: Do Not Delay


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

Heart to Heart Food Pantry Totals: May 18 - June 21, 2010

Households served..................110 Adults served...........................237 Children served.........................92 Meals provided....................2,961 Year-to-Date

Households served..................529 Adults served........................1,117 Children served.......................514 Meals provided..................14,679 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; Arthur Sanders, Pastor Emeritus; Sally R. Beske, Assistant Organist/Director of Youth Choirs; Dawn J. Costin, Director of K-5 Ministry; Rod Ebright, Executive Director of Administration and Development; Cynthia Harsany, Director of Finance and Accounting; Constance Hieatt, Director of Communications; Scot Nicoll, Director of Youth Ministry Programming; Julie R. Osborn, Director of Older Adult Ministry; Randall R. Rocke, Director of Mission Through Media; Paula L. Russell, Director of Membership and Small Group Ministry; 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)

June 1 - 30, 2010

July 2010  

First Community Church firstnews Volume 56, Number 7

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