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2011 Spiritual Searcher

A Weekend with Marcus Borg “My most formative religious experiences were a series of mystical experiences,” writes Marcus J. Borg, one of the foremost authorities on Jesus and Christianity, and our 2011 Spiritual Searcher coming here the weekend of March 4-6. The Spiritual Searcher team is excited to have Dr. Borg return to First Community since 2004. Marcus J. Borg is Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon. Internationally known in both academic and church circles as a biblical and Jesus scholar, he was Hundere Chair of Religion and Culture in the Philosophy Department at Oregon State University until his retirement in 2007. “The[se mystical] experiences began to occur in my early thirties,” Dr. Borg says. “They changed my understanding of the meaning of the word “God” — of what that word points to — and gave me an unshakable conviction that God (or “the sacred”) is real and can be experienced. These experiences also convinced me that mystical forms of Christianity are true, and that the mystical forms of all the enduring religions of the world are true.” (continued on page 18)

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Volume 57, Number 2

New Member Seminar: February 12, 2011

The Announcement Everyone Has Been Waiting For

Double Wet Willie Water Slides Arrive at Camp Akita

We say it every year, but this year is going to be SPECIAL! Thanks to a grant from the First Community Foundation, Camp Akita recently received funds to install two side by side, above ground, 100-foot waterslides. The slides end with a HUGE splash into the lake!    We will be the first camp in Ohio to have two of these slides. For more information check out their website at Do not miss your opportunity to be one of the first riders in 2011!

Camp Akita 2011 Thinking Ahead to Spring, see page 11 Akita Program Planning, see page 21 L.I.F.E. Guard, see page 22 Camp Akita is Almost Here!, see page 22

More About Marcus Borg See pages 18 & 19

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Summer Calendar & Prices, see page 23 Akita 5K, see page 23



Daily Readings

Go Green!

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.

February Readings 1 Ruth 2:1-16 James 5:1-6 2 Ruth 3:1-13; 4:13-22 Luke 6:17-26 3 Deuteronomy 4:1-14 1 John 5:1-5 4 Isaiah 29:1-12 James 3:13-18 5 Isaiah 29:13-16 Mark 7:1-8 6 (Sunday) Isaiah 58:1-9a [9b-12] 1 Corinthians 2:1-12[13-16] Psalm 112:1-9[10] Matthew 5:13-20 7 2 Kings 22:3-20 Romans 11:2-10 8 2 Kings 23:1-8, 21-25 2 Corinthians 4:1-12 9 Proverbs 6:6-23 John 8:12-30 10 Genesis 26:1-5 James 1:12-16 11 Leviticus 26:34-46 1 John 2:7-17 12 Deuteronomy 30:1-9a Matthew 15:1-9 13 (Sunday) Deuteronomy 30:15-20 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 Psalm 119:1-8 Matthew 5:21-37 14 Exodus 20:1-21 James 1:2-8 15 Deuteronomy 23:21- James 2:1-13 24:4, 10-15 16 Proverbs 2:1-15 Matthew 19:1-12 17 Exodus 22:21-27 1 Corinthians 10:23-11: 1 18 Leviticus 6:1-7 Galatians 5:2-6 19 Leviticus 24:10-23 Matthew 7:1-12 20 (Sunday) Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 Psalm 119:33-40 Matthew 5:38-48 21 Proverbs 25:11-22 Romans 12:9-21 22 Genesis 31:1-3, 17-50 Hebrews 12:14-16 23 Proverbs 3:27-35 Luke 18:18-30 24 Proverbs 12:22-28 Philippians 2:19-24 25 Isaiah 26:1-6 Philippians 2:25-30 26 Isaiah 31:1-9 Luke 11:14-23 27 (Sunday) Isaiah 49:8-16a 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 Psalm 131 Matthew 6:24-34 28 Deuteronomy 32:1-14 Hebrews 10:32-39


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In the Air

A Lesson in Amsterdam

–– The Reverend Dr. Richard A. Wing, Senior Minister Last August, while heading to the Rafiki Orphanage in Kenya, Africa, my group stayed overnight in Amsterdam in order to break up the long trip. In Amsterdam, I wanted to visit the house of Anne Frank. The longest line for tourists was in front of the house where she wrote the lines that most youth today read in school. She lived for months, hidden in darkness, seeking to escape the dreaded knock on the door.

Albert Schweitzer said, “Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light.” All who read her words owe thanks to Anne Frank for the light she rekindled in us. On this journey I read words from Anne Frank that I had never seen before. She said, “No one has ever become poor by giving.” Anne Frank insisted that the greatest poverty of all is caused not by what we give, but what we don’t give. Gordon Cosby was a young minister in a poor congregation where a widow lady was caring for her six children. She continued to give ten percent of her income to the church each month, which was four dollars way back in the 1940’s. A deacon came to Cosby and told him to tell her that she doesn’t need to give because of her circumstances. Cosby mistakenly followed the advice. After telling her she no longer needed to give, she said: “I want to tell you that you are taking away the last thing that gives my life dignity and meaning.” I thought about that lady as I visited Anne Frank’s house where she wrote, “No one has ever become poor by giving.” Those words were worth the entire trip. Peace to you,

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Message from the End of the Line Beginning in 2006, we were required by federal law to add closed captioning (words on the screen for the hearing impaired) to our weekly First Edition broadcasts. We eventually set up with US Captioning near Minneapolis to do this work online. Shortly after moving to ONN where our closed captioning services are handled by a different company, I received this message: Hello Randall, My name is Terri Rowland and I work for US Captioning. I was the captioner who covered First Community’s captioning weekly.  Jennifer informed me today that we will no longer be captioning your services and I am very sorry to hear that. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed those services and looked forward to captioning them as my favorite part of the week. Dr. Wing is such a gifted speaker and it was such a pleasure listening to those sermons, especially all the references to southern California as I am based out of San Diego.   I know First Community is now being shown on more than one network which is fantastic and I wish you all the success in the world.   Best wishes, Terri Rowland Postscript: I’ve always wondered whether those at the end of the line that captioned our broadcast actually enjoyed the message or just considered us another job. Now we know that our message made their work more enjoyable. Terri has not lost us – she now views us online. — Randall Rocke Director of Mission through Media

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The Foundation Corner

February Planning –– Donald Jameson, Director of Foundation Development Yes, it is time to plan for more than how many leftover Christmas cookies you can eat today and still stay on your diet or decide which TV sports event you want to watch. You will have received most of your yearend financial statements by now. You may even have splurged and spent all of the interest you earned on your savings accounts last year and bought a double cheeseburger and fries! Below are a few ideas you may wish to consider as you move cautiously into the financial complexities of 2011. At the end of 2010 Congress voted to reinstate the Charitable IRA Rollover tax law for 2011. This means you can, if you are at least 70 ½ years old, maximize tax-free gifts from your IRAs through 2011. This needs to be done very carefully but it could certainly make a real difference in the actual amount you can give to charity (hopefully to First Community Foundation). Charitable gift annuities are certainly worthy of consideration. You will soon receive a mailing from the Foundation, which we hope you will read. Where else can you receive a rate of return of five percent to seven percent and leave a gift to your church upon your passing? More folks who wish to open a Foundation fund to help our church cope with the financial challenges of the present and the future are choosing to create a Donor Advised Fund. This gives donors an opportunity to suggest specific uses for their fund, within their areas of interest. We will be glad to talk with you at any time about your particular situation and how you might enable your church to thrive in uncertain times. Most important, before making any such financial decisions, please meet with your personal financial advisor and obtain his or her counseling. We hope 2011 is a healthy and happy year for you and your family.

Red Cross Blood Drive Thursday, February 3, 1-7 pm Brownlee Hall, South Campus Please consider joining our family of regular donors and participate in our first blood drive of 2011. Contact Cara Shary at or 614 459.3691. You can also register online at and enter our sponsor code: FCchurchsouth. You will be able to see what appointment times are available and fill in your name. Walk-ins are welcome, but those with scheduled appointments have priority. 4

First Community Foundation Gifts Gift: Richard & Jo Hollander Frank Kennard Denise Bauer In Honor of: Dick Wing Buck & Nancy Byrne Jeanne Blair Jim Long Buck & Nancy Byrne Jeanne Blair David Hett Buck & Nancy Byrne Deb Lindsay Buck & Nancy Byrne Jeanne Blair Joan Betz Steve & Sue Loebs Don Jameson Jeanne Blair Julie Osborn Jeanne Blair In Memory of: Betty Timmons Susan Brooks Danny Trautman Patrick & Carol Doyle Don Keneipp Barbara Keneipp Elizabeth Rinehart Alan & Fiona Travis Cindy Beebe Charles & Judith Shriner George Frost Homer & Ila Mincy George Haddad Homer & Ila Mincy Hobart Munsell Susan Brooks Bill & Dottie Seibert Jeff & Patti Link Jeff Keeler Brent & Julie Osborn Kim Vesco Christina Landolfi Patricia Shisler Dick & Norma Sims Robert, Alice, Peter Gitata Elisha Gitata (continued on next page)

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First Community Foundation Gifts

(continued from previous page) In Memory of: Jim Sagester Telecom Pioneers Ohio Chapter 2 Wayne & Cheri Rickert Buck & Nancy Byrne David & Karyl Hanhilammi Rita Westerfeld Katherine MacEwan Jackie Nehls J. Thomas & Kathleen M. Jones Lonnie & Kathy Wineman Tony & Julie Keefer Tim & Liz Arnold Martha Morris Dale & Elaine Jostpile Lynn & Margo Swan Regina Foster Walter & Ester Campbell Marty Fishel Deb Lindsay Jeff & Patti Link Jean Lombard James & Shirley Mason

First Community Church Gifts Prayers & Squares Quilt Ministry In Honor of: Sally Wandel Donice Wooster Susan Napier

Psychological-Spiritual Development Fund In Honor of: David Hett D. Louis Weir


In Honor of: Bobbie McComb Susan Napier K-5 In Honor of: Olivia Upbin Sarah and Brian Upbin (continued on page 6)

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Help Us GO GREEN! Thanks to those of you who signed up to receive firstnews electronically and cancelled your US mail subscription. We’ve had a great response since our article ran in last month’s news. With additional participants, we can save the church thousands of dollars annually. How can you help? Sign up now to receive our church newsletter electronically. Last year, we spent more than $35,000 on printing and postage costs for firstnews. With the participation of just 30 percent of our members we would save $10,500 in 2011! The less we spend on printing and mailing, the more we can spend on the ministries of the church. To sign up today to receive a monthly email notification when the newsletter is posted online, go to You’ll be able to view firstnews days before it arrives by mail. Help firstnews GO GREEN and at the same time save money and our natural resources.

Spring Wine Tasting Event Sunday, March 6, 3 – 6 pm Spagio Cellars, 1291 Grandview Avenue Cost: $25 in advance; $30 at the door Enjoy an afternoon of fun, fellowship and fruit of the vine at the spring wine tasting event at Spagio Cellars in Grandview. A savory selection of fine wines will be paired with a variety of hors d’ouvres. Proceeds to benefit the ministries of the church and the Spiritual Guidance room renovation. Tickets are available after worship on Sundays (starting February 13), at the South Campus Switchboard during business hours Monday through Friday, or they can be ordered online at

Additional Christmas Memorials We remember before God all those who rejoice with us, but upon another shore, and in a greater light, that multitude which no one can number, whose hope was in the Word made flesh, and with whom in the Lord Jesus we are one forevermore. James & Mary Arnett Andrew & Katy Farmwald Mary Elizabeth Farmwald Billy Frederick Robert Henry

William D. Henry, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James S. Mentzer Mary Alice & Moyne Morgan James P. Mulroy


New Member Seminar and Luncheon Saturday, February 12, 9:15 am-1 pm Beginning at the South Campus; Concluding at the North Campus Whether you have been worshiping with us for many months or have just begun your search for a new church home, we hope you will join us for the first New Member Seminar of the new year. During this gathering, members of the Clergy and Program Staff will share information about the history, theology, and programs of the church. This casual seminar is a good way to help you determine if First Community is the church home you are seeking. Register by contacting Paula Russell, Director of Membership at 614 488.0681 ext 228 or

Women’s Guild News The girlfriends of the Women’s Guild know that every moment of our lives holds all the Seasons of Life. Come and share your season of life with membership in the First Community Church Women’s Guild. There are a variety of groups with available openings. Call Susan Brooks at 614 486.5889 for more information. Leftovers from the Soup and Casserole sale were given to the Heart to Heart food pantry. All profits go to the Women’s Guild mission projects. During the Annual meeting on Sunday, January 30 , the Women’s Guild Executive Board will have an “afternoon tea table.” Free-will donations will be accepted. In addition, the Guild Board will host the ever-popular “We Love You” Luncheon for the First Community Church staff on Tuesday, February 8. A sumptuous buffet will be served and door prizes awarded. Loretta Heigle and April Howe are the co-chairs of the event. We bring thanks to our staff for the beauty of their kindnesses. — Submitted by Jill Eliot

Save the Date

Spring Women’s Retreat May 6-8 Camp Akita The First Community Church Women’s Retreat is open to all women – all are welcome! So come with friends, sisters, cousins, daughters, mothers, and Guild Group sisters, to enjoy the peace and beauty of Camp Akita in the Hocking Hills. Watch for the Spring Retreat theme and details in the coming issues of firstnews.


First Community Church Gifts (continued from page 5)

Deep Griha Society (India) & Friends of the Homeless In Honor of: David and Darcy Kriska Brian and Sarah Kriska In Memory of: Charles B Hicks Doug Hicks Charles D. Shipley

Heart to Heart Donations

Group Q Tom & Francie Kowal Matt Hersha Jonathon Kratoville Charles & Carolyn Takos Shane Casamassimo, The Lofts Vaughan Brunch Group John & Natalie Kompa Michael & Missy Fite Guild WW Jim & Debbie Waddell Dean & Judy Reinhard Tri-Village Rotary Deb Lindsey Art & Dottie Shepard Brent Devore William Grafton Couple Circle #19 Betty O’Neill Derek & Tiffany Meyer Women’s Guild of First Community Mary Olsen Bill & Patty Mielke Paul & Sandy Anderson Couples Circle #40 Womens Guild Group Seven Frank Kennard In honor of: Lydia Kriska Brian & Sally Kriska Angie Weber & Lynn Ebright Hilda Neff Pete & Pidge Diehl Brian & Sally Kriska Cathy Klamar Susan Napier John & Judy Hoberg Deborah B. Linville (continued on next page)

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First Community Church Gifts

Celebrate the Children of India

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Deep Griha Annual Dinner

Heart to Heart Donations

Sunday, February 20, 5:30–7:30 pm Grace Hall, North Campus

In memory of: Lester Lash Marilyn Lash Karen Lee Nancy & David Evans

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.

Quest Singles Thursday, February 3, 6:30 pm Dinner at Arlington Giant Eagle Kingsdale, Tremont Road Thursday, February 10, 6:30 pm Dinner at the Knotty Pine Grill 1765 West Third Avenue Thursday, February 17, 6:30 pm Dinner at Cibo 4740 Reed Road, Suite 100 Sunday, February 20, 6:30 pm We will discuss the book The Report by Jessica Francis Kane South Campus Church Annex Thursday, February 24, 6:30 pm Dinner at Louie’s Grill 3015 Northwest Blvd. Contact Nancy at 614 771.4869 or to confirm details before attending an event.

Mark your calendar to attend the annual Deep Griha Potluck this month. All First Community Church members and friends of Deep Griha are invited to join the celebration. “Making a Real Difference” will be presented by The Reverend Deborah Lindsay. Deborah and her son visited Deep Griha in January 2010. Deborah said, “When I walked through the slums of Puné I saw with my own eyes the power of Deep Griha’s work. When children have enough to eat, their eyes sparkle and there is energy in their bodies. When a small child attends a Deep Griha childcare center or preschool, the benefits move outward like ripples in a pond.” Deborah is planning to return to Deep Griha in January 2012 and will be the spiritual leader for the group visiting with her. We will be celebrating the children of Deep Griha. Sponsoring a child for $220 provides the child with the basics of nutrition, education, and medical services for one year. Deep Griha is located in the slums of Puné, India, a city of four million located two hours east of Mumbai (Bombay). In 2010, Deep Griha served more than 64,000 people. This year, Deep Griha is celebrating 35 years empowering Puné’s marginalized. First Community has supported Deep Griha for more than 30 years, and with the help of members of First Congregational Church and Dublin Community Church, we are sponsoring 120 children. There is a waiting list of children we hope to be able to include in our sponsorship program. Bring a dish that serves 8 to 12: A-H - Dessert, I-R - Salad, S-Z - Main Dish. There will be music provided by Randy Rocke. Reservations are appreciated. RSVP by calling Robin Taylor, 614 488.0681 ext 226 or visit us at a table after worship on Sunday, February 6, 13, or 20.

Save the Date

Dr. Terry and Barbara Davis Marafiki Golf Tournament Saturday, July 16, 7:30 am Fox Fire Golf Club, Lockbourne Watch for details in upcoming issues of firstnews. Questions? Contact Connie Hieatt at 614 488.0681 ext 227.

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Take Heart

Winter Blues? –– The Reverend Deborah Countiss Lindsay, Minister of Spiritual Care February may have only 28 days, but in my opinion it is the longest month of the year; it feels as if it will never end! As winter drags on and sunny days are few and far between, many people feel down in the dumps. To feel droopy this time of year is not unusual, but persistent feelings of sadness can indicate depression.

type of counseling known as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT, which has been shown to be as effective as medication alone in certain types of depression, looks at ways that we think and act that determine how we feel. If we change those things, often we change how we feel. The American Psychological Association website (www. has many resources for you to explore. The pastoral staff at the church can also refer you to trusted mental health professionals.

What is the difference between normal sadness and depression that could benefit from treatment? The only way to know that for sure is to talk with your doctor, but there are warning signs to be aware of. The following list comes from the Mayo Clinic: • Persistent feelings of sadness for more than a few days. • Irritability or frustration over little things that don’t usually bother you. • Loss of interest in activities that are usually enjoyable. • Change in eating and/or sleep habits. • Loss of sex drive. • Fatigue and loss of energy – even small tasks require too much effort. • Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions. • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, focusing on past failures or blaming yourself when things don’t go well. • Crying for no apparent reason. • Frequent thoughts of death or suicide.

I’ve been there; I had my own bout of depression about 15 years ago. I was determined to tough it out, which was a mistake. The result was I spent a year feeling lousy before I got the treatment I needed to get back to my old self.

In children and teenagers, depression is more common than we once thought. Often, young people who are depressed, in addition to problems with mood, may show changes in behavior such as irritability, oppositional defiant behavior, poor concentration, and anger. Because kids often don’t yet have the words to talk about how they feel, it comes across in their behavior and actions. You should consult your medical doctor or talk with a psychologist or counselor if you have experienced more than one or two of these warning signs for more than two weeks. (The exception to that are thoughts of suicide, which should be addressed immediately.) It is important to know depression is treatable with therapy and/or medication. Lifestyle changes, such as getting more exercise, can help too. Some individuals who suffer from seasonal depression benefit from light therapy. Counseling and therapy interventions for depression have advanced considerably in the past ten years, in particular, a specific


Jesus said, “I came that you would have life in all its abundance.” Depression saps the energy and fun out of life; it is the opposite of life in abundance. If you think you might be experiencing more than just the winter blues, please talk to your doctor or a psychologist or counselor. And remember, talk therapy and medication are also part of God’s good creation! Peace,

Donations Wanted

Beads, Beads, Beads! The K-5 children will begin a beading project in January to help create a sacred piece of art for their classrooms. We will accept beads of all kinds, but are particularly interested in gathering a collection of glass beads. If you have beads you would like to donate for this project, please leave them at the Switchboard at South Campus or the Reception Desk at the North Campus, marked K-5. Your donation will be most appreciated.

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2012 Visit to Deep Griha & Tour of India

Weight Training

Rev. Deborah Lindsay, Minister of Spiritual Care, will be the spiritual leader for a group visiting Deep Griha in January 2012. Rev. Lindsay visited Deep Griha as she and her son, William, welcomed 2010.

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Our trip to India was an unforgettable experience. You will meet people who are desperately poor in the material sense, yet you will come away with a sense of hope and joy and possibility. I’m looking forward to being present with others as they visit this part of the world and, along the way, discover new worlds within themselves. 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 make a visit to the slum areas where many of the Deep Griha children live, observing their environment as it relates to their life style and housing accommodations. The most recent program added is the Deep Griha Academy, which is an English-medium school that was inaugurated in 2007. The school is open to all children from the rural community and the agri-based curriculum aims to sensitize students to their environment and help them meet the challenges of modern rural India. After your 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, Ranakpur, Jodhpur, Roht, Jaipur, Fatehpur Siki, Agra, Delhi, and Varanasi, as well as several temples including the Jain Temple at Ranakpur and 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 also be leisure time to enjoy other attractions or relax. There is space for 15 guests. Guests will include members and friends of First Community Church, First Congregational Church, and Dublin Community Church. Our annual Deep Griha Celebration is Sunday, February 20 at the North Campus, 5:30- 7:30 pm. Immediately following this event, there will be an informational meeting in Room 111. A preliminary itinerary and approximate costs for the trip will be presented. Please contact Judy Reinhard at or 614 486.2262 or Sandy Wood at 614 486.0827 for questions or more information.

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Women’s MASS

Monday evenings beginning February 7, 7 - 8 pm Lincoln Road Chapel, South Campus Preparing for a wedding? Ate too many Christmas cookies? New Year’s resolution? This class is designed to help women reach their fitness goals. American Council on Exercise certified trainer and church member, Holly Brown, has been leading the course for five years. Concentration is on strength training, physical and mental balance, and increasing metabolism, bone density, and power while toning muscles. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned fitness veteran, you will benefit from the movement as well as the social fun we share together. The objective of the class is to translate fitness to everyday living. I can now put my carry-on luggage into the overhead bin all by myself, I don’t want to have osteoporosis like my mother, I fell down the stairs and did not sustain any serious injury because I’m fit are only a few of the comments that current participants have shared as to the benefits of the class. What are you waiting for? Bring your exercise mat, water bottle, and fitness ball to join in the fun and camaraderie of getting focused on a healthy and fit new you! Spread the word and bring a friend. The cost is $50 per eight-class session. The next session starts February 7. Call Holly Brown with questions at 614 531.3040.



Time to Sign Up

Biloxi Trip

The annual special Sunday of music preceding Lent will be presented on

Sunday, February 27, 9:15 and 11 am North Campus The Chancel Choir Ronald J. Jenkins, Minister of Music & Liturgy Robert A. Griffith, Organist Sally R. Beske, pianist David Thomas, clarinet Dr. Richard A. Wing, homilist The service of music will include the premiere of a newly commissioned work by Howard Helvey which was written specifically for the Chancel Choir and Mr. Thomas. The anthem is entitled, Unto the Hills. The words which are based on Psalm 121 were written by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell (1845-1914).

The service will also include: Benjamin Britten's Jubilate Deo Elizabeth Poston's Jesus Christ the Apple Tree William Hawley's Not One Sparrow Is Forgotten Eleanor Daley's Make Our Church One Joyful Choir John Rutter’s The Lord is My Light and My Salvation and René Clausen's Prayer

The text of this anthem is based on a prayer by Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890) and was a favorite of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

There will be celebrative and meditative hymns for the congregation to sing including a song in the Taizé tradition.


It’s time to sign up for the April 3-9, 2011 work camp at Back Bay Mission, Biloxi, LA. We will help restore homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina and might be helping with the beach clean up from the BP oil spill. Housing will be in the new volunteer center at Back Bay Mission. We will be working in partnership with First Congregational United Church of Christ of Longmont, CO. The work camp will be led by Rev. Paul Baumer and Dave Heigle. Online registration is now open at or you can register by contacting Robin Taylor in the Mission Office, 614 488.0681 ext 226 or email Paul at Registration cost is $300, which includes housing (bring your own sleeping bag or bed clothes), meals at the volunteer center, work supplies, and transportation in Biloxi. We do our own cooking, but frequently go out and enjoy Gulf Coast specialties. Work campers arrange their own transportation to/from Biloxi. Space is limited. Sign up now! The deadline to register is March 13.

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Akita Spring Work Party

K-5 Council

May 20-22 Camp Akita

Friday, February 11, 6 to 8 pm North Campus Cost is $6 per person (children under 3 are free)

Thinking Ahead to Spring I would like to reflect on the volunteers that completed the projects at last year’s Akita weekend work party. The volunteers comprised a cross section of the First Community Church family. We had a retired Army sergeant mixing mortar with a business woman while an architect and a retiree were laying concrete block. At the same time a computer manager, college student, and nanny would move block, strike and point, expediting their skills to a variety of construction needs. After a day and a half in the rain this eclectic group rebuilt the rear portion of the Patton Observatory. This was just one of several projects this enthusiastic crew completed at the 2010 work party.    There will be another work party at Camp Akita this spring (Friday, May 20 thru Sunday, May 22) that will possibly include a construction project, trail clearing, building caulking, painting, gardening and many other possible projects. All skill levels are welcome to join in and be part of the party. There is limited space available (at Dogwood) for those who wish to stay over the weekend. The camp staff will be providing meals for us. You are welcome to commute or come for part of the weekend. Choose what works well for you and be part of the Akita Spring Work Party. I’m confident when I say that everyone last year gave much sweat and effort, yet they went home with much more. If you would like to participate this year contact Sharryn or Graham Webb by email at or call 614 296.9917.

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— Submitted by Graham Webb

Family Beach Party

Join K-5 families for our annual fun-filled Beach Party on Friday, February 11 at the North Campus. Sponsored by the K-5 Council, tacos will be served at our Boardwalk Café, along with music, crafts, games, Dance, Dance, Revolution, hair art, face painting, and much, much more! Wear your beach clothes and bring your friends for fun for all ages! Contact the K-5 department at 614 488.0681 ext 113 for questions or to volunteer.

Save the Date

Living Spirituality in a Time of Global Transformation Mark your calendars for a very special weekend with Sr. Alexandra Kovats, PhD. She will be at First Community Church April 15-17 to share her wisdom about Living Spirituality in a Time of Global Transformation. Dr. Kovats has a doctorate in Eco-Spirituality. She will offer suggestions for incorporating reverence, creativity, and compassion into our daily experiences.

Solve this Mystery Do you have information about the well-worn Bible that was found under the pew in the sanctuary on Christmas Eve? It is inscribed, Presented to Lester Evans by his mother, May 15, 1892.  We would love to know the story behind this precious find. Please call Sherry Barger at 614 488.0681 ext 235 if you can help us solve this mystery.


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February 2011 selected events

6 Installation & Volunteer Recognition B 13 Heart to Heart Sunday


Worship/South Campus

Worship/South Campus

8:30 am Communion Service in Burkhart Chapel, Rev. Paul Baumer preaching.

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

11 am Worship in the Sanctuary, Dr. Richard Wing preaching: Justice is Covenant, Not Control. Music: Chancel Choir.

11 am Worship in the Sanctuary, Dr. Richard Wing preaching: Religion is Relationship Not Righteousness. Music: Chancel Choir.

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 in Lincoln Road Chapel

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 Rd Chapel Middle School: Crossroads in Lincoln Road Chapel

Worship/North Campus

Worship/North Campus

9:15 am Worship in Grace Hall, Dr. Richard Wing preaching: Justice is Covenant, Not Control. Music: Chancel Chamber Choir, Youth Bell Choir I.

9:15 am Worship in Grace Hall, Dr. Richard Wing preaching: Religion is Relationship Not Righteousness. Music: Chancel Chamber Choir, Junior Choir.

10:25 am Worship in Grace Hall, Dr. Richard Wing preaching: Justice is Covenant, Not Control. Music: Kurt Smith, Youth Bell Choir II.

10:25 am Worship in Grace Hall, Dr. Richard Wing preaching: Religion is Relationship Not Righteousness. Music: Kurt Smith.

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 School: In worship (9:15) Middle School: Crossroads in Room 130 (10:25) High School: Crossroads in Room 130 at 11:30 am

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 School: In worship (9:15) Middle School: Crossroads in Room 130 (10:25) High School: Crossroads in Room 130 at 11:30 am

7 Monday Parent Growth, 9:30 am, South Campus Friends of the Homeless, 5:30 pm, South Campus

14 Monday Parent Growth, 9:30 am, South Campus Friends of the Homeless, 5:30 pm, South Campus

8 Tuesday Morning Meditation, 9:30 am, South Campus, see p. 17 Tuesday at Ten, 10 am, South Campus, see p. 17 Bridges to Healing Grief Group, 7 pm, South Campus For Dads Only Parent Group, 7 pm, South Campus, see p. 20 9 Wednesday

Men’s Wednesday Fellowship, 7 am, South Campus, see p. 17 Men’s Study Group, 7 am, South Campus, see p. 17 Group Silent Meditation, 9 am, South Campus, see p. 17 Women Living the Questions, 9:45 am, South Campus, see p. 17 Wednesday Evening Bible Study, 7 pm, North Campus, see p. 17 A Course in Miracles, 7 pm, South Campus, see p. 17 Marcus Borg Seminar,   7 pm, North Campus, see p. 17

11 Friday

K-5 Family Beach Party, 6 pm, North Campus, see p. 11

15 Tuesday Morning Meditation, 9:30 am, South Campus, see p. 17 Tuesday at Ten, 10 am, South Campus, see p. 17 Transitions Support Group, 7 pm, South Campus

16 Wednesday Men’s Wednesday Fellowship, 7 am, South Campus, see p. 17 Men’s Study Group, 7 am, South Campus, see p. 17 Group Silent Meditation, 9 am, South Campus, see p. 17 Women Living the Questions, 9:45 am, South Campus, see p. 17 Wednesday Evening Bible Study, 7 pm, North Campus, see p. 17 A Course in Miracles, 7 pm, South Campus, see p. 17 Marcus Borg Seminar,   7 pm, North Campus, see p. 17 17 Thursday Holy Grounds, 7 pm, North Campus

12 Saturday New Member Seminar, 9:15 am, South Campus, see p. 6 12

February 1 - 28, 2011

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February 2011 selected events





Worship/South Campus 8:30 am Communion Service in Burkhart Chapel, Rev. Jim Long preaching.


11 am Worship in the Sanctuary, Rev. Deborah Lindsay preaching. Music: Chancel Choir. 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 Rd Chapel Middle School: Crossroads in Lincoln Road Chapel

All Worship Services will be held at the North Campus.

Worship/North Campus

Worship/North Campus

9:15 am Worship in Grace Hall, Rev. Deborah Lindsay preaching. Music: Chancel Chamber Choir, Whitechapel Ringers.

9:15 am Worship in Grace Hall, Dr. Richard Wing preaching. Music: Chancel Choir.

10:25 am Worship in Grace Hall, Rev. Deborah Lindsay preaching. Music: Kurt Smith, Whitechapel Ringers. 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 School: In worship (9:15) Middle School: Crossroads in Room 130 (10:25) High School: Crossroads in Room 130 at 11:30 am

11 am Worship in Grace Hall, Dr. Richard Wing preaching. Music: Chancel Choir. 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 School: Crossroads in Room 130 (11 am) High School: Crossroads in Room 130 at 11:30 am

Deep Griha Dinner, 5:30 pm, North Campus, see p. 7

21 Monday Presidents Day, Church Closed Friends of the Homeless, 5:30 pm, South Campus

22 Tuesday Morning Meditation, 9:30 am, South Campus, see p. 17 Tuesday at Ten, 10 am, South Campus, see p. 17 Bridges to Healing Grief Group, 7 pm, South Campus 23 Wednesday

Men’s Wednesday Fellowship, 7 am, South Campus, see p. 17 Men’s Study Group, 7 am, South Campus, see p. 17 Group Silent Meditation, 9 am, South Campus, see p. 17 Women Living the Questions, 9:45 am, South Campus, see p. 17 Wednesday Evening Bible Study, 7 pm, North Campus, see p. 17 A Course in Miracles, 7 pm, South Campus, see p. 17 Marcus Borg Seminar,   7 pm, North Campus, see p. 17

North Campus 3777 Dublin Rd.

South Campus 1320 Cambridge Blvd.

614 488.0681

This calendar is not a comprehensive list of all meetings and activities at First Community Church. For additional information: • Click: • Call: 614 488.0681 • Visit: The Welcome Center at North or South Campus

A indicates Usher assignments.

February 1 - 28, 2011


Care and Spirit

Practice, Practice, Practice

–­– The Reverend James M. Long, Minister of Pastoral Care Wisdom is not gained by knowing what is right. Wisdom is gained by practicing what is right, and noticing what happens when the practice succeeds and when it fails. Wise people do not have to be certain what they believe before they act. They are free to act, trusting that the practice itself will teach them what they need to know. An Altar in the World Barbara Brown Taylor

The above quote from Barbara Brown Taylor comes from a book given to me by my late friend and colleague in Bible study, Jim Sagester. Jim joined the church not long after I was ordained, and we soon became good friends and worked on many projects together. In particular, we enjoyed teaching the scriptures together. Jim definitely was the more disciplined and organized of the two of us. He was well prepared and always on time. He did many other things in the church, but remained deeply committed to Bible Study, leading a number of groups inside and outside the church. Some of this discipline and commitment came from his background as the occupational health and safety officer at Ameritech. He was responsible for the safety of thousands of employees, so he had to be organized and disciplined. He also had a deep personal desire to learn more and deepen his faith. He had cancer four times in the past 15 years, but continued to live a life of prayer, study, and action. Jim would have agreed with the Reverend Taylor that the spiritual life takes practice. He was an action-oriented person who worked at his own spiritual life. Since he lived with cancer, he always said that he was “preparing for the final exam.” By that, he meant that he was preparing for the day when he returned to his maker. I know that Jim is with the God who made him the unique and wonderful person he was. I will miss my friend and will think of him often when I need to get something done a little earlier and maybe a little better. I also will be reminded to practice, practice, practice! Peace and blessings,

Parish Register

We share the joys and sorrows of our church family in our prayers. BIRTHS Essa Li Eichhorn 12/10/10 granddaughter of Carol Alfred Kylen Richard Willlimott 1/6/11 son of Tamara & Rick Willimott Dane Joseph Gabriel 12/28/10 son of Adam and Mindy Gabriel BAPTISMS Olivia Elaine Upbin 12/26/10 Samuel Thomas Irwin 12/28/10 Ryan Gilbert Ingram Guy 1/9/11 Rowan Fessler Vroom 1/9/11 Haiden Matthew Morrison 1/16/11 Elizabeth Susan Dingle 1/16/11 William Gerard Dingle 1/16/11 RECENTLY HOSPITALIZED

Jan Billman Richard Wagner Mary Lou Nack Mark Stull Marc Summers Louise McCain Norma Rook Kevin Friend DEATHS

James Dupler 12/22/10 father of Roxanne Crocco Jack Harris 12/26/10 George Reid 12/19/10 father of Ann Patrick Steve Kramer 12/26/10 brother of Paul Kramer Diane Hunt Bare 12/27/10 sister of Fred Hunt Steve Farber 12/28/10 father-in-law of Brooke Morgan Farber Matthew deGrood 12/30/10 brother of Sarah Jonaus Lois Frost 1/8/11 Donna Chadwick 1/16/11 Barry Hett 1/18/11 brother of David Hett 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.


February 1 - 28, 2011

February Special Offering

Heart to Heart Sunday: Celebrating 25 Years of Service When the song of the angel is still When the star in the sky is gone, When the kings and princes are home, When the shepherds are back with their flock, The work of Christmas begins; To find the lost, the heal the broken, To feed the hungry, to release the prisoner, To rebuild the nations, to bring peace among peoples, To make music in the heart. — Howard Thurman These beautiful words taken from the Sunday bulletin on January 9 portray the essence of the Heart to Heart mission of First Community Church. This mission includes operating a food pantry, offering emergency financial assistance, providing Christmas for families that would go without through our Adopt-A-Family Program, as well as most recently the Streets Mission Project. As needs continue to increase in all these areas, we expect to serve more people than we did in 2010.

As we approach Heart to Heart Sunday on February 13 we ask you to open your hearts to the needs of others in our community. Heart to Heart is supported solely through donations and our ability to serve depends on our ability to fund our mission. Heart to Heart celebrates 25 years of service this year and we hope our 25th year will allow us to open our hearts fully to the needs of our increasingly large family. As we prepare for Heart to Heart Sunday, we are guided by the words from the beautiful hymn by Daniel L. Shutte: Finest bread I will provide, ‘Til their hearts be satisfied. I will give my life to them. Whom shall I send? Here am I, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.

In December, we served 322 households (587 individuals) with enough food for 4,383 meals. Compared to last year’s numbers, we are seeing more people in one day than we used to see over the course of a month. Overall, in 2010, we provided enough food for over 37,000 meals, which is almost 10,000 more meals than in 2009 and 20,000 more meals than in 2008. The amount of food needed to maintain these enlarged numbers has increased drastically. Requests for emergency financial assistance are also at an all time high. Families and individuals are struggling to pay their utility bills to avoid shut off, as well as paying rent to avoid being evicted.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us to serve! Thank you for your generous support.

The Adopt-a-Family program also saw a dramatic increase this year with 35 families adopted by 42 participating groups. We greatly appreciate the families and groups that opened their hearts and shared love with these families in need.

Shrove Tuesday, March 8 Dine-in seatings at 5:15 & 6:30 pm, Drive-thru available 5-7:30 pm Grace Hall, North Campus

This year Heart to Heart expanded their range of service by helping the homeless. We have expanded the Streets Mission Project, which started in the Youth Department ten years ago. Each Wednesday, we, along with other adults, go to various camps where homeless individuals are living on the street and hold them in our hearts along with providing tents, tarps, propane heaters, propane tanks, boots, socks, warm clothing, and food. This evergrowing population needs help now more than ever.

February 1 - 28, 2011

— Angie Weber & Lynn Ebright Heart to Heart Coordinators

Save the Date

High School Mission Trip Pasta Dinner

Please join the high school youth of our church for our annual Pasta Dinner. Proceeds from the dinner will support the high school spring break mission trip to Tecaté, Mexico to build homes with Amor Ministries. The pasta will be provided by Carrabba’s Italian Grill. Tickets will be available online and at the tables after worship in the upcoming weeks. If you have questions please contact Scott Walker at


The Infinite Quest

Looking at Prayer from Below

–­– The Reverend David S. Hett, Minister of Religious Life and Learning In her Spiritual Searcher lecture here in 1992, Ann Ulanov described prayer as “a speech that is basic and is beneath words.” As such, it is “full of inarticulate groaning, moaning, cursing, sighing, silence. It springs from the unconscious as well as consciousness.”

We learn many of the most significant and lasting lessons about who we are in relation to others by the time we are 12 months old—or perhaps even earlier,” writes Dr. David Wallin. The brain centers that mediate language and autobiographical memory do not come effectively ‘online’ until 18-36 months of age. So if prayer remains just on the level of words it misses the wealth of our experience prior to the development of cognitive and language skills, arguably the most important part of our personal and relational development. “Evidently,” concludes Dr. Wallin, “we lack verbal access to many of the experiences that shape us most profoundly, either because these experiences occurred before we had the neural equipment to encode them linguistically or because this equipment was temporarily disabled by overwhelmingly intense painful emotion.” “The core of the self is nonverbal and unconscious,” so engaging in this “primary” prayer may be more helpful than in setting resolutions, as psychoanalyst Michael Bader puts so well: Here’s the real story behind the well-documented failure of New Year’s resolutions: We don’t develop self-destructive behaviors because we’re weak, or because ‘they just became a habit,’ or because everyone around us was doing them, or because of our neurobiology or heredity. The meaning of these behaviors is unconscious and we develop them because they serve unconscious beliefs and needs. These beliefs and needs are important, albeit unconscious, building blocks of our identities. They provide a sense of unconscious safety, and changing them is unconsciously experienced as dangerous. Thus, Father Thomas Keating can call contemplative prayer (prayer beneath words) “divine psychotherapy,” in that it gives us the chance of contacting our inner depths where “the core of the self resides”. Ann Ulanov’s talk, “Hide and Seek: The Language of Prayer,” used the children’s game as a metaphor for “primary” prayer. But she said the surprise comes in discovering that in this game it is the Divine who is seeking us.

David Haury Named Science Fellow Dr. David Haury has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science from The Ohio State University faculty. David, who is vice-chairperson of our Adult Learning Council, and who has taught several courses at church, including a Science and Religion series and the “God and National Parks” series at both campuses, is associate professor in the School of Teaching & Learning at OSU, specifically instructing those who are going into science teaching. The award is significant in that those faculty named are selected by peers within their disciplines who are members of the AAAS, the largest professional scientific organization in the world. David was named as an AAAS fellow for outstanding contributions to science education, including being founding editor of The Journal of Science Teacher Education and director of the ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education. We hope to have David Haury teaching another class at First Community Church this spring, focusing on Evolution.

The apostle understood that “we do not know how to pray as we ought,” but if we go beneath verbal language, “the very Spirit intercedes for us in sighs too deep for words.” Shalom,


February 1 - 28, 2011

Weekly Adult Learning Groups Sunday Morning Seminar Sundays, 9:30 to 10:45 am Wicker Room, South Campus

The new Marcus Borg-John Dominic Crossan DVD series Eclipsing Empire: Paul, Rome and the Kingdom of God. Borg and Crossan are on location in Turkey, Greece, and Italy as they trace the Apostle Paul’s footsteps throughout the Roman Empire, and look closely at his thinking, at the real letters of Paul, and what it means for us today. Upcoming Schedule: 1/30: The Character of Paul 2/6: Paul’s Vocation 2/13: City Life in Paul’s Travels 2/20: The Letters of Paul 2/27: No class meeting due to WinterSong services 3/6: No class meeting; Marcus Borg peaching at 10:25 am Service, North Campus

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

Communal silent meditation, reflection, and prayer. Rev. Deborah Lindsay facilitates.

Tuesday at Ten

Tuesdays, 10:00 to 11:30 am Wicker Room, South Campus Mysticism study continues using DVD with Professor Luke Timothy Johnson and group discussion. Led by Rev. Deborah Lindsay, Pete & Pidge Diehl. Next topics: 2/1: Medieval Female Mystics 2/8: Mendicants as Mystics 2/15: English Mystics of the 14th Century 2/22: 15th,16th Century Spanish Mystics 3/1: Mysticism among Protestant Reformers

February 1 - 28, 2011

Men’s Bible Study Group Wednesdays, 7 to 8 am Wicker Room, South Campus

Open to men from any walk of life—business professionals, retirees, educators, etc.—who want to learn and discuss the sacred texts of Christianity as they apply them to life in the world. Contact Price Finley, 614 488.7978,, or Craig Sturtz, 614 481.9060, for information.

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

Open to men from any walk of life: a time of fellowship and a chance to hear invited speakers discuss a wide range of topics starting at 7 am and stopping at 8 am.

Wednesday Morning Meditation

Wednesdays, 9 to 9:35 am Spiritual Guidance Room, South Campus Annex Room 105 This weekly 30-minute silent meditation is open to all; silent meditation will begin at 9:05 am each week and end at 9:35 am. We would ask that all attending would be seated and settled prior to 9:05 in order to engage in meditation practice for the entire 30-minute period.

Wednesday Evening Bible Study

Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 pm Rose Wing Conference Room, North Campus Meditation, prayer, and scripture discussion. Led by Rev. Jim Long.

Wednesday Evening Seminar on Marcus Borg Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 pm, February 2 – March 2 Grace Hall, North Campus

We will explore Major Themes in the Work of Marcus Borg: Embracing an Adult Faith in this five-week series, using DVD of Marcus Borg, comments by facilitator Rev. David Hett, and group discussion and exercise. DVD presentations show Marcus Borg in dialogue with a small, diverse group of adults as they confront the big questions and work together toward authentic answers. The seminar has a $15 registration fee (for one or all four sessions), but is open to the public. Register online at by March 2. Financial aid is available.

A Course in Miracles

Wednesdays, 7 to 8:15 pm Annex Room 104, South Campus Bryan Finley facilitates this spiritual growth group. For information, call 614 870.1280.

Women Living the Questions Wednesdays, 9:45 to 11:30 am Wicker Room, South Campus

Open to all women, this discussion group focuses on spirituality and personal growth, and is currently exploring the work of various Spiritual Searchers on themes of prayer, mysticism, and spirituality. Facilitated by the Rev. David Hett.

Classes are free except where noted and open to the public. Books used are available at the Furber Book Corner. For more information on registration or financial aid, contact Natalia Jones at 614 488.0681 ext 113 or at


A Weekend with Marcus Borg (continued from front page)

Our Spiritual Searcher weekend experience will deal with this reality of the sacred and what the actual experience of God might mean in our personal lives and in our world today, as Marcus Borg leads us through a re-thinking of Christianity and the practice of Christian life during his weekend talks. His opening keynote lecture and discussion on Friday, March 4, 7 pm to 8:30 pm, in the South Campus Sanctuary is titled Speaking Christian: Re-Claiming Christian Language. This “rescuing” the sacred words of the faith, poorly understood by Christians and non-Christians alike, is a continuing theme of Dr. Borg, whose many books deal with a new understanding of Christianity today. Friday evening’s talk will present the ideas in his newest book (due out at the end of March), Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power—and How They Can Be Restored. On Friday evening, we will also host Marcus Borg in Brownlee Hall at a post-lecture reception and booksigning from 8:30 to 9:30 pm. Saturday’s Lecture Series in the Sanctuary will then explore Dr. Borg’s primary theme for the weekend, Mysticism & the Christian Life. The three lectures and discussion times will run from 9:30 am – 3 pm, with a lunch break, and will focus on three topics: 1. Mysticism—Experiencing God: defining mysticism, describing mystical experience and mystical consciousness—a transformed way of seeing and living. 2. Mysticism in the Bible: Empowerment & Resistance: The major figures of the Bible, including Jesus, Paul and Moses, are consistently people whose direct experiences of God caused them to see in a new way, and challenge “the way things are.” 3. Mysticism, Empowerment & Resistance Today: What does mystical experience and consciousness mean for Christianity and Christians today, especially American Christians.

More on Marcus Borg For those of you who might be new to our 2011 Spiritual Searcher, here is a “brief” description of his work: Marcus J. Borg is the author of nineteen books. A few tidbits about some of them:  Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time (1994) is the single best-selling book by a contemporary Jesus scholar.  The God We Never Knew was named “one of the ten best books in religion in 1997 by Publishers Weekly.  The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions, co-authored with N. Thomas Wright, a well-known British New Testament scholar from the conservative side of the spectrum. It won the “Best General Interest Book of 1999” award from the Association of Theological Booksellers.  Reading The Bible Again for the First Time (2001) has made Publishers Weekly “ten best selling books in religion.”  The Heart of Christianity (2003) has been a group study book in hundreds of churches. Described by The New York Times as “a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars,” he has appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” and “Dateline,” PBS’s “Newshour,” ABC’s “Evening News” and “Prime Time” with Peter Jennings, NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross, and several National Geographic programs. A Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, he has been national chair of the Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature and co-chair of its International New Testament Program Committee, and is past president of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars. His work has been translated into eleven languages. His doctor’s degree is from Oxford University, and he has lectured widely overseas and in North America, including the Chautauqua and Smithsonian Institutions.

Dr. Borg will also preach at the 10:25 am Worship Service at North Campus, on Sunday, as well as give a special presentation to the High School Crossroads classes following worship. Live Webcast paid subscriptions for both the Friday night and Saturday lectures are also available for Marcus Borg’s weekend. For full description of times, prices and fees, as well as to register, go online at, or contact Natalia in the Spiritual Searcher Office, 614 488.0681 ext 113,


Marcus Borg Speaking in Grace Hall.

February 1 - 28, 2011

Dinner with Marcus Borg

Become a Spiritual Searcher Sponsor For the first time in its 23-year history, Spiritual Searcher is offering an opportunity for members and friends to pledge your support as a Spiritual Searcher Sponsor. Your donation of $250 per person will assist Spiritual Searcher to continue bringing speakers like Marcus Borg to our church and community, and to keep participation costs as low as possible for all those who wish to attend. Interested persons should contact Rose Konrath at 614 620.7406 or Natalia in the Spiritual Searcher Office at 614 488.0681 ext 113 or As a special thank you to our Sponsors, donors will be invited to a dinner with our 2011 Spiritual Searcher Marcus Borg on Saturday evening, March 5, at the Cambridge Tea House. The dinner will be limited to the first 30 Spiritual Searcher Sponsors who reserve their place at dinner.

Wednesday Evening Seminar

Major Themes in the Work of Marcus Borg Wednesdays, February 2 – March 2, 7-8:30 pm Grace Hall, North Campus Rev. David Hett facilitates this new series focusing on five major themes in the work of Dr. Marcus Borg: God, Jesus, Salvation, Community, and Practice. The series includes new DVD material with Marcus interacting with a group of adult learners. This seminar is open to the public, and there is a one-time registration fee of $15 (no matter how many sessions are attended) to pay DVD/curriculum costs. For more information and to register go online at between now and March 2 at 4 pm. Or contact Natalia Jones,, 614 488.0681 ext. 113. In preparation for Dr. Borg’s Spiritual Searcher visit, you may also wish to participate in the ongoing Sunday Morning Seminar: Marcus Borg & John Dominic Crossan on Paul (see page 17).

February 1 - 28, 2011

Putting Away Childish Things By Rev. David S. Hett, Minister of Religious Life & Learning We’re going to take a brief peek into a classroom at Wells College in Willow Falls, Wisconsin, where Religion Professor Kate Riley has just been dialoguing with undergraduate students in her “Religion and the Enlightenment” seminar. They had been discussing if, when and where they had heard or realized that Adam and Eve were not real people. One student said, “I have a friend…who says that if you can say that there never was an Adam and Eve, then the story isn’t true, do you know which stories in the Bible are true?” Kate nodded: “Let me begin with your friend who wonders what happens if the story of Adam and Eve isn’t true. What’s interesting is your friend’s use of the word ‘true.’ It identifies truth with factuality.” “The identification of truth with factuality is a cultural product of the Enlightenment… …in the minds of many people, truth and factuality became the same thing…” “Now, take a breath,… I want to use where we are to make the transition to what I want to emphasize today. And that is another way of understanding the Genesis stories that has emerged since the Enlightenment. It sees them as true even though not factual…” Putting Away Childish Things: A Tale of Modern Faith by Marcus J. Borg, 2011 Spiritual Searcher In his introduction to The Heart of Christianity, Marcus Borg writes this: For some time now I have been convinced that there are no serious intellectual obstacles to being Christian. There is a way of seeing Christianity that makes persuasive and compelling sense of life in the broadest sense—a way of seeing reality and our lives in relationship to what is real; a way of seeing God, our relationship to God, and the path of transformation. The sacrifice that Christianity asks of us is not ultimately a sacrifice of the intellect. This is the type of thinking that has endeared Marcus Borg and his work to Dr. Wing, myself, the Spiritual Searcher team and the Adult Learning Council, as well as so many other members and friends of First Community Church. This is why we encourage everyone to take advantage of this incredible opportunity to hear and experience Marcus J. Borg in person March 4-6.


Parents of Young Children

Parenting Groups in February For Dads Only

Tuesday, February 8, 7-8:30 pm Guild Room, South Campus The topic is children’s temperaments – especially when siblings have different temperaments. What parenting strategies fit different kinds of children? Do you treat siblings just alike, or fine-tune to your child’s personality?

For Moms Only

Monday, February 28, 7-8:30 pm Guild Room, South Campus Our topic will be determined at our late January meeting, after this goes to press! Please contact Donice Wooster, for the topic.

Parent Growth

February 7, 14 and 28, 9:30-11 am Guild Room, South Campus February 7 – Social Skills and Friendships February 14 – Grouchy, Angry, Tantrums – Managing Anger February 28 – What Should I Say Instead? Meaningful Parenting Language Child care is available during Parent Growth for $4/child. If you have questions about any of these groups, contact Donice Wooster,

Mary Evans Child Development Center


Preschool Registration Registration is open for the Preschool at South Campus – all registrations received by February 18 will be in the first group placed in classes for fall. Registrations received after February 18 will be placed in openings as they are received. Church members are placed first in each enrollment category. Preschool offerings: Twogether: Two year olds with a parent or caregiver W and F 9:15–11:15 am Three year olds M-W-F AM 9-11:30 am T-TH AM 9-11:30 am Enrolling in both classes to attend five days is possible; contact Donice Wooster.

The best preparation for life is to live fully as a child. - John Dewey

Combined three and four year olds T-TH 9 am-1 pm, children bringing lunch

The Mary Evans Child Development Center continues to be a leader in the care and education of children ages 6 weeks through 6 years. We are located in the beautiful new Rose Wing at North Campus.

Four and five year olds M-W-F 9-11:30 am 5 days 9-11:30 am

We are currently enrolling children for our full-day kindergarten, 8:30 am 3:30 pm with extended care available 7:30 am – 6 pm. Preschool registration is on-going for children who will be 3 years old by September 30. We offer full and part-time options. Children can come 2, 3 or 5 days a week from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm with extended care available from 7 am to 6 pm. We also invite children aged 3-5 to join us June 7 – August 12 for our 10-week summer session. Our Summer School Age Program is carefully planned for children who have completed kindergarten through second grade. Please contact Jamy Zambito, Director, at 614 777.4099 ext 1 to get enrollment and tuition information and to schedule a tour. 20

Extended day options: Children attending on M-W-F or five days can bring a lunch and stay until 1 pm either two days (M and W) or 3 three days (M, W and F) If you would like more information or a tour, contact Donice Wooster, or Patti Link,, or call 614 488-.0681 ext 243 or ext 244. Information is also available at

February 1 - 28, 2011

One-Day Retreat at Akita

Becoming the Parent You Want to Be Saturday, March 5, 9 am to 6:30 pm (Doors open at 8 am) Camp Akita, just an hour away in the beautiful Hocking Hills Cost: $30 per person through February 18; $40 per person after February 18 (lunch and dinner included). New this year! Overnight option includes lodging and full breakfast on Sunday, March 6 for an additional $40 per person. Parents of young and school age children, come to Camp Akita for a day in which you can attend workshops, nap, hike, enjoy delicious camp meals, talk with new and old friends or your parenting partner uninterrupted, and recharge your batteries. The day includes lunch and concludes with dinner. For those who would like to extend their stay this year, we are offering the opportunity to spend the night at camp. Plan ahead and join us for this day of renewal. The workshops will turn different lenses on how our own family systems shaped us, and how to choose what we want to keep and what we want to change. We’ll learn techniques for relaxation and meditation in the midst of busy parenting. Optional workshops and activities, along with the free time and space of Camp Akita, will nourish you as a person and a parent. Online registration is now available; click on Parenting Retreat on the home page at

Summer 2011

Akita Program Planning We are only a few weeks into 2011 and the Akita Program team is in place and planning. We are scouring TV, the Internet, and old Reader’s Digests to find inspiration for our 2011 summer program theme. Like all things at Akita, we do everything for a reason. The idea behind the program is to unite the camp behind the heroes and against the villains. This common experience can then be used to develop friendships with people we may not have anything else in common with. Laughing together is a great way to make friends. We also try to model that you can be very, very funny without being inappropriate or cruel. In this age where clean comedy is hard to find, we try to provide an excellent example for our campers. To give you a glimpse into our planning process, here are some ideas that we’ve talked about, but have eliminated already. 1. Over the Rainbow: A reality show based on the life and family of the Travelocity Gnome. Follow him on all his crazy adventures around the world, and wait till you meet his adorable family. 2. The Yearling: A behind the scenes spoof of beauty pageants. The twist is that the contestants are baby deer. Watch the drama unfold as the contestants’ parents fight in the lobby of a hotel, and what will happen when the judges are bears? 3. Grunge: The early 90’s, Seattle, flannel shirts, and the rise of the $3 cup of coffee. It was a movement that shaped my childhood, why not your child? 4. Akitaleaks: A loose cannon computer hacker cracks the matrix and breaks into our camp computers. Amazing revelations will be revealed daily! Find out the amazing answers to questions like, who stole the cookie from the cookie jar, where in the world is Carmen Sandiego, and what does Scott Walker eat for breakfast? We are very excited to try and make all of our campers laugh out loud this summer. We know laughter is the shortest distance between two people, and also a great way to make new friends, build community, and help young people feel comfortable in a new environment. We hope to share some laughs with you this summer, but you are going to have to come to camp to find out the theme! See you soon. — Scot Nicoll, Director of Youth Ministry Programming

February 1 - 28, 2011


L.I.F.E. Guard—Last Is First Eternal—Putting Others Before Ourselves L.I.F.E. Guard is an opportunity for high school students to give back to Camp Akita. Much of the program is focused on work projects, from everyday tasks such as serving meals and mopping floors, to lasting projects like building stairs or repainting cabins. L.I.F.E. Guards see what goes on “behind the scenes,” and experience all the work that goes into setting up and tearing down full-camp activities. And at the end of the day, L.I.F.E. Guards reap the rewards of their efforts, namely by getting to enjoy the soap slide they set up themselves. The L.I.F.E. Guard program is both fun and rewarding for high school students, and a crucial part of the Camp Akita experience. Each session includes work projects, journal time, discussions, and fun activities that have a lasting impact on the high school students who choose to serve the camp they love. Registration for L.I.F.E. Guard is a first-come, first-served online registration that requires a non-refundable $75 deposit to hold a spot in the program. Registration preference is given to church members for one month beginning February 7 at 6 pm. Member registrations will be processed first. Non-member registrations will begin being processed on March 7. In the hopes of including busy students who juggle summer jobs, sports, and other camps, we offer L.I.F.E. Guard sessions that vary in length. Sessions will range from 7 to 13 days. L.I.F.E. Guard Session A, from June 1022, is reserved for seniors graduating in the class of 2011. If there are questions regarding membership status, please contact Paula Russell, Director of Membership, at 614 488.0681 ext 228 or Please note that the price of L.I.F.E. Guard has increased in 2011. This price adjustment will allow the projects that the high schoolers help with to be paid out of their fees, similar to our other mission opportunities. If a high schooler wishes to participate in both L.I.F.E. Guard and summer camp, they will receive $100 off the L.I.F.E. Guard fee. If you have any questions about registration or the L.I.F.E. Guard program in general, please contact Sarah Kientz, High School Program Coordinator, at at or 614 488.0681 ext 103.


Summer 2011

Camp Akita is Almost Here! Summer 2011 is getting closer every day, and that is something that makes everyone on the youth team, and I suspect a lot of campers, very happy. We have been hard at work hiring the best college staff in the country and coming up with the best programming anyone has ever seen this side of the Pacific Ocean! We have some exciting new additions to Akita this year that you won’t want to miss. Whether you are a first time camper or have been coming since third grade, I know that this summer is going to be special for you. Camp Akita has been around for more than 63 years and what makes it unique is the people who make time to travel that winding road through the hills of southeastern Ohio each summer. Camp Akita is a place to come and meet new friends, try new things, and learn about God in one of the most beautiful settings in the world. At Akita we can be ourselves, let go of the cares of the world, and spend intentional time thinking and talking about the things in life that matter the most. If you came to camp last year, think back to the feeling you had when you left and remember the challenge we sent you home with; bring a friend to camp who has never experienced the Akita Spirit, so that they can have the same feeling. Registration for this upcoming summer for church members will begin on February 7 at 6 pm. For the first time ever, registration for all of our programs will start on the same date. Members have a month to register before registration is open to the general public. This is a change that we hope will help the members of our church with camp placement and preferred dates. If you have any questions about Camp Akita please feel free to contact me at I love talking about Akita and would enjoy the opportunity to talk to you about the place that so many people young and old call their home away from home.

Scott Walker, Director of Camp Akita Ministries

February 1 - 28, 2011

Summer 2011 at Camp Akita

Save the Date

Summer Programs Calendar & Prices

Saturday, April 16, 9 am Jones Middle School, Upper Arlington

Akita 5K

Grades are as entering for the Fall of 2011-2012 school year Grades entering 2011-12

Program/ Dates Session

1st, 2nd or 3rd 1,2,3…Akita 8/2 - 8/4 3rd or 4th Session 11 8/8 - 8/9 3rd, 4th, or 5th Session 8 7/23 - 7/25 4th or 5th Session 4 6/28 - 7/1 Session 9 6/26 - 6/29 6th or 7th Session 3 6/23 - 6/27 Session 6 7/12 - 7/16 Session 10 7/30 - 8/2 Session 12 8/10 - 8/14 8th or 9th Session 2 6/17 - 6/22 Session 5 7/5 - 7/10 Backcountry 7/23 - 7/27 9th - 12th Session 7*** 7/17 - 7/22 10th – 12th Session 1 6/10 - 6/16 2011 HS Graduates La Vida 7/20 - 7/31 All ages! Family Camp 9/2 - 9/5

Member Cost (through 4/15*)

Non-Member Cost (through 4/15*)

$85** $120** $250 $360 $360 $395 $395 $395 $395 $405 $405 $350 $405 $425 $850 $115/person**

$95** $135** $300 $410 $410 $445 $445 $445 $445 $455 $455 $400 $455 $475 $900 $115/person**

age 3 & under free age 3 & under free

* With the exception of Family Camp, 1,2,3…Akita! and Session 11, listed prices are applicable from February 7 – April 15, 2011. Beginning April 16, prices increase by $50 for both Members and NonMembers for all other sessions. ** Listed prices for Family Camp, 1,2,3…Akita! and Session 11 are applicable until June 30, 2011. Beginning July 1, prices increase by $15 for both Members and Non-Members. ***Leadership & Service Focused Program

L.I.F.E. Guard Calendar & Prices Grades entering Session Dates* 2011-12

Member Cost

Non-Member Cost

2011 HS Graduates 10th - 12th grades

$350 $300 $350 $350 $300

$400 $350 $400 $400 $350


6/10 - 6/22 6/23-– 7/1 7/5 - 7/16 (off 7/11) 7/23 - 8/3 8/8 - 8/14

Please join us for the Second Annual Akita 5K. This event will raise money for the Camp Akita Scholarship Fund. Last year we were able to raise more than $2,000 to send kids to Camp Akita. The race, which is run by Premier Sports, will start and end at the Jones Middle School Track in Upper Arlington. Stay tuned for more information. Registration will begin on February 18 at Do you have a business that would like to advertise at this event? Your donation will not only get your business widespread advertising, but will help kids in need to experience Camp Akita. For more information, contact Scott Walker at or 614 488.0681 ext 105.

* Not all of these days are spent at camp, as L.I.F.E. Guard also helps with summer camp check-in and returns in Columbus. L.I.F.E. Guard will stay at home in the evenings between a summer camp return and a check-in that occur during their L.I.F.E. Guard session.

February 1 - 28, 2011


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Heart to Heart Food Pantry Totals: December 17, 2010 - January 18, 2011 (closed for a week)

Households served..................308 Adults served...........................448 Children served.......................115 Meals provided....................3,267 Year-to-Date

Households served...............1,424 Adults served........................3,134 Children served....................1,383 Meals provided..................40,662 Total funds distributed: $7,256.53 Total Donations: $4,026 A helping hand and caring heart in times of need.

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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; Andy Frick, Middle School Program Coordinator; Cynthia Harsany, Director of Finance and Accounting; Constance Hieatt, Director of Communications; Sarah Kientz, High School Program Coordinator; Scot Nicoll, Director of Youth Ministry Programming; Missy Obergefell, Director of Older Adult Ministry; Randall R. Rocke, Director of Mission Through Media; Paula L. Russell, Director of Membership; Katherine H. Shaner, Director of Youth Ministries; Scott Walker, Director of Camp Akita Ministries; M. Donice Wooster, Director of Early Childhood Ministry.

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

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February 1 - 28, 2011

Feb 2011  

First Community Church firstnews Volume 57, Number 2

Feb 2011  

First Community Church firstnews Volume 57, Number 2