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September/October 2018 MONTHLY NEWSLETTER | FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH The Bible promises that God will guide you if you let Him. Your job, of • Christian Education course, is to let Him. But sometimes, you will be tempted to do otherwise. • Missions/Church News • Summer Highlights Sometimes, you’ll be tempted to go along with the crowd; other times, you’ll • FCC Connections be tempted to do things your way, not God’s way. When you feel those • Calendar of Events must resist them. temptations, you o Kick-Off Sunday 9.23 § Worship Choir What will you allow to guide you through the coming days; your own desires (or, for that matter, the desires of your peers)? Or will you allow God to lead the way? The answer should be obvious. You should let God be your guide. When you entrust your life to Him completely and without reservation, God will give you the strength to meet any challenge, the courage to face any trial, and the wisdom to live in His righteousness. So trust Him today and seek His guidance. When you do, your character will most certainly take care of itself, and your next step will most assuredly be the right one. God’s plan for our guidance is for us to grow gradually in wisdom before we get to the crossroads. We must always invite Jesus to be the navigator of our plans, desires, wills, and emotions, for He is the way, the truth, and the life.


Hi Friends!

In This Issue

Pastor Larry

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Christian Education

Sunday School Kicks Off

September 23 By Director, Shelby Sturt @ 10AM We finished planning for the new Sunday School season and are excited for another awesome year! We have a wonderful group of leaders that are dedicated to teach your children a love for God and a knowledge of his We want to create an environment where the children feel loved and safe, a place where they can teachings. ask questions, discover their own faith, and build relationships with each other in the process. VOLUNTEERS: We are always open for new people to help out at any age level…. see Shelby if you are interested! Summer Recap “Game On” VBS June 2018 As soon as the students got out of school for the Student Ministry CIA Meet and Greet (6th-12th Grade) CIA Meet and Greet summer in early June, we held our annual Vacation Held: Sunday, 9, 20189 @ 11:30AM - 12:30PM Parents youth: Sunday September join us for lunch and planning andSeptember Bible School. Thank you to all our volunteers for along with some fun! RSVP by the 6 to make sure we have enough FOOD. Please giving of their time and talents: Tricia, Jake & Youth joined ustable for lunch and planning along with Ideas on the Luke Knight, Michelle Hunter, Vicki Means , Verbi • Volunteer opportunities: some fun activities! Douglas, Tina Cooper, Marti Adams and Crystal • Loads of Love, • Northwest Volunteer Ohio Food bank Saturday 9-12 we need minimum of 5 • Discussed: Opportunities, Fundraising, Gillespy. We are going to think “Outside the box” volunteer. Concerts, Growth, among other topics. for next year and try some new ideas. If you would • Fund raising Concerts like to be part of the planning, please contact Upcoming •Activities: • Growth rd Shelby. • September 23 – Join us for Chili Dogs/Chips th • October 7 — First “Soup to Go” Fundraiser; NAPF/HOPE June 2018 come & support our youth; stay after for the FCC Nine of us participated in our annual mission/youth quarterly meeting retreat. We went to sunny San Diego, CA. After a long and very early flight, we participated in mission work and worship and praise sessions with other Congregational churches across the country. We did demolition and rebuilt an inner city pastor’s home. We added landscaping to an inner city park as well as cleaned one up. Our very own Eric Cooper was part of the planning team this past year and Trevor Titsworth will assume the position for our next retreat, which will be out our back door in Cleveland. This mission trip is our youth that have completed 8th through 12th grade (NAPF) and college age through 26 years (HOPE). Thank you for supporting our youth! Kroger Community Rewards “Supports Our Youth” Kroger is committed to helping our communities grow and prosper. Year after-year, local schools, churches and other non-profit organizations will earn millions of dollars through Kroger Community Rewards. All you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card! Use First Church Organization code 81147! th



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By Karen Friemoth

Zena Cole – Paralympics Medal Winner by Matt Wiitalla


We had the opportunity to help bless Zena, who has risen above her circumstances with courage, determination, perseverance, and resilience, with a new ramp to help access her home in Napoleon. For this build, we worked with the ability center construction supervisor who guided us in the process and donated the actual pieces of the ramp. Zena says thank you and sends her appreciate to everyone!

UTMC Stuffed Animal Drive Our drive earlier this year was a huge success. UTMC was completely out of animals and so very thankful for our offering in support of: adults, teens, kids coming into their ER. The stuffed animals are given out to help ease anxiety and provide comfort.

Era Blakney Era continues to be the hands and feet of the Lord. She worked the SewHope 2018 LEAP Event (their annual fundraiser) and has been devoted and passionate in supporting the mission. SewHope raises awareness and supports health and wellness in Guatemala. “Love Ends All Poverty”

Eli & Lizzie Edwards, CRU Eli and Lizzie are a newly married couple serving with Cru at the campus of Bowling Green State University. Their hearts are to reach all corners of their college campus with the gospel of Jesus Christ and that every student would have the opportunity to hear the message of the love of Christ. We have supported their efforts to make a difference in reaching these students for Jesus and will continue to lift them up in prayer.

Young Lives Single Mom/Baby Camp — Thank you to all who supported the Baby Bottle Coin Drive. We earned $500.00! We made it possible for young teen moms to attend Young Lives Single Mom/Baby Camp this year. Connect with Shelby to hear about her awesome experience.

Marissa Mallue, CRU Missionary We supported Marissa this summer as she spread God’s word through CRU. From Marissa: “I cannot express my thanks enough to you for prayerfully and financially joining me on this summer’s mission. May you know that you’ve made an eternal impact on me, the students and people all over the world.”

Grant Heil, Missionary Grandson, Dave & Ronnie Fish. We had Grant in our prayers as he participated in a mission trip this past June to Columbia, South America (pictured to the right; arrow). Thank you so much Grant for letting God use you for His glory. From Grant: Thank you so much to everyone for your kind words, support, or prayer for the mission trip to Armenia, Colombia! 383 people from Colombia trusted Jesus as their Savior and began a relationship with Him during our week in country! I got to watch 28 people accept the free gift of Jesus while in Colombia, helped guide the new followers of God with how to grow their relationship with God, witnessed God heal people, and got to encourage and be blessed by fellow followers of God in Colombia!

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Operation Christmas Child Celebrating 25 Years of Giving Shoebox Gifts to Operation Christmas Child, a Children in Need. project of Samaritan's Purse, has delivered 157 million shoeboxes to boys and girls around the world. so many children whose lives have been We praise God for transformed because of a simple gift.

DATE: Sunday, October 7th TIME: 11:30AM after service

First Church will have boxes available the whole month of will be held on Nov. 4. Shine your light! October. Collection

Highlighting: • Missions • Women’s Fellowship Light Refreshments Youth Soup-To-Go Fundraisers

BRANCHES Small Group/Bible Fellowship John 15:5 “I am the vine, and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me.”

A Deeper Look at the “Sermon on the Mount” DATE/TIME: Tuesday September 11; Thursdays September 27; October 11 & 25 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM WHERE: First Congregational Church, 2315 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo, OH 43620. We would love to have you join us for Branches, our small group bible study and fellowship time! It is easy to step in at any time so mark your calendars. Children are welcome and a light dinner is provided. Leading: Dave & Ronnie Fish

Leading: Randy & Tina Cooper

Paige Titsworth Graduated Clay High School this year and is now attending UT this Fall. Congrats and many blessings to Paige in her new journey!

Gabriella Friemoth

Anthony Friemoth received 1st place at a Karate tournament earlier this year. Way to Go Anthony!

was Student of the Month award at the end of school last year and started 6th grade this Fall. Good luck! Tina & Randy Cooper’s Blessing over their Bike

Pastor Larry prayed a blessing over their new motorcycle for safe travels during the summer and fall season.

Continued Safe riding Randy & Tina!

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Fall Feast Oct. 21 Potluck

Diaconate Fall Feast

DATE: Sunday, October 21, 2018 TIME: @11:15 AM - 12:15 PM WHERE: First Congregational Church, 2315 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo, OH 43620 The Diaconate would like to invite you to join us on October 21st for our Annual Fall Feast. The Diaconate will be providing the turkey and potatoes so please bring a Fall dish to share (i.e.: stuffing, squash, green bean casserole, desserts, etc.)

Diaconate Fun and Fellowship at the Mud Hens this summer…Great Win!

Women's Fellowship Summer Luncheon Cindy Rimmelin hosted their annual luncheon once again this year on Wed., Aug. 8. Everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch on her deck overlooking the Maumee River.

Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

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September Pauline Levesque 1st — Paige Titsworth

at church, please watch our worship service live @ 10am!

2nd —Crystal Gilespy 7th — Tate Walter 11th — Jarod Misson 12th — Bob Duris 17th — Karen Friemoth 20th — Larry Vriezelaar 20th — Rich Knight 22nd —Peter Krall 25th — Michelle Reiter 30th

October Morgan Tayler 6th — Susie Hufford 6th —

Sally Tober 7th — Dana Krall 8th — Chloe Knapp 9th — Teri Walter 11th — Michelle Hunter 12th — Clare Roemer 14th — Gordon Hufford 17th — Daryl Gillaspy 18th

November Dick Titsworth 1st — Carol Seney 3rd —

Nancy Langenderfer 6th — Trace Douglas 6th — Adam Glaser 11th — Dave Fish 14th — Mark Reiter 14th — Finn Douglas 17th — Zachery Misson 24th — Janice Stoycheff 26th — Sharon Winkle 29th


September Donna & Dick Titsworth 13th —

Gordon & Susie Walker 16th — Tom & Teri Walter 19th

Facebook! Make sure you are receiving the First Church Facebook posts regarding events, digital newsletters, youth information and anything happening at the church.

First Church Toledo @firstchurchtoledo If you have any questions regarding our social media channels, please contact Taylor Knight.

October Kristina & Adam Glaser 20th

November 27th

Brad & Amanda McBride and Herm & Denise Dunwald

Connection Information Facebook — First Church Toledo Twitter— to follow Snapchat — to follow Calendar — Link below: Ministries @ / 419.248.6248 • Rich Knight — Moderator • Rocky Roemer — Deputy Moderator • Shelby Sturt — Christian Education • Randy & Tina Cooper — Diaconate • Karen Friemoth — Missions • Rob Friemoth — Trustees • Marti Adams — Women’s Fellowship • Teresa Morgan & Bob Duris — Music

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Note: Operation Christmas Child boxes will be available in Fellowship Hall during the Month of October.

We have an online calendar for your quick reference. Use this new tool for up-to-date information…Check out:

First Congregational Church 2315 Collingwood Blvd. Toledo, OH 43620

What’s Happening at First Church? Check It Out! Pastor Larry Vriezelaar Christian Education Director, Shelby Sturt Worship/Bell/Kids Choir Director, Teresa Morgan Praise Team Leader/Organist, Bob Duris 419.243.6248

September/October 2018 Seed  

Monthly Newsletter of First Congregational Church

September/October 2018 Seed  

Monthly Newsletter of First Congregational Church