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July/August 2011

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The Bell Newsletter The Monthly Newsletter of Auburn First United Methodist Church

Pastor’s Perspective Thanks for your personal support during the time of loss of my good friend Dave Cross with his sudden death. Grief comes and goes with me. I appreciate you watching my tears and listening to my sobs as I express my sorrow and hurt with you. I seek to be honest and authentic with you and I have realized anew that to share hurt is as important as sharing joys. The body of Christ is to laugh with each other and cry with each other. We are to rejoice with each other and listen to each other. We do life together.

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I am so blessed to have you in my life. I pray that as one your pastors that I can walk with each of you in your journey of faith. Enjoy the blessings of these months. Thanks for being a faithful and loving church. See you in worship as we share life and faith together.

In Christ’s Love, Ted Inside this issue: Worship Highlights


Concert, Owls


Thank You’s


Child protection policy 6 Calendars






Welcome Rev. Dr. Richard Patton On Sunday, July 17, 2011 Rev. Dr. Richard Patton will begin his music ministry among us. Please welcome him to First Church!

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July & August Worship Schedule WORSHIP IN JULY


It will be a special month of worship and inspiration. On Sunday, July 3 we look at the theme of freedom. July 10 will be a Sunday to hear some of our youth share their witness and message. July 17 will feature our Praise Choir leading music at both services. This will be the service to welcome Dr. Richard Patton, our new Director of Worship Arts to First Church. Sunday, July 24 will a special time when we have our VBS Celebration with worship. We will also dedicate our Mission Team to Kokomo. On Sunday July 31 we will end the month with a message on the LorD’s prayer. We will also hear what our Mission team experienced being the hands and feet and heart of Jesus.

We will explore the life of David in August with four messages on his life. August 7 will be on the theme of David’s Sin and the Salvation that God offered him. We will celebrate Communion on that Sunday. August 14 will be a message on David and his heart for worship and desire to build God a Temple. August 21 will be the story of David and Goliath, a favorite among children and all ages. We will look at the “giants” in our life and how to face them. August 28 will be a message on the theme of David as a musician that glorified God. Come and worship God and bring a friend!!

Youth and Adult Bike Hike Get set for Saturday, July 9 to take a bike ride from the parking lot of the church building to the Jansen cottage. We will meet at 8:30a.m. then go on a 24 mile bike ride. Helmets are required. We will eat around 12 and can enjoy the afternoon to relax, swim, boat, etc. You need to be picked up by 4:00p.m. For a registration form see the poster or contact Pastor Allison. Rod and Pam Warner are the leaders of this event. Ted and Sue Jansen are the hosts. Cost is $3.00 to pay for food costs. This is for youth going into 6th grade through adults. (Youth need to fill out a permission form and have a current medical form on file.)

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VBS July 17th - 21st

VBS starts on July 17th through the 21st from 6 – 8 p.m. with dinner offered at 5:15 p.m. this year and is open to children ages 3yr. to 5th gr. We will need a lot volunteers to help with VBS. If you are interested in helping out, please see any of the Children’s Council members, Dawn Shoemaker, or fill out the volunteer form. Sign-up sheets are in the Gathering area. Please fill one out and return it to the church office. Do you have #10 cans or large cans that we could use for VBS? Please give them to Dawn at church.

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GUY PENROD & NANCY HONEYTREE Neighbors Helping Neighbors presents these artists on August 19th at 7:00 p.m. (gates open at 5:45) at the Auburn Outdoor Theater, 461 S. Center Street. Bring your own blanket or chairs. Cost is $10 per person; children ages 10 & under are free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Pre-sale tickets are available here at the church during posted office hours. Tickets will be $15 at the door. All proceeds will go to Dekalb County food banks and St. Martin’s Clinic. This Christian evening is organized by Dekalb County Ministerial Association to bring a message of hope to all who attend. Questions ask Jerry Yoder or 925-1536.

“CONVERSATIONS” This young Adult group continues to meet with Pastor Ted in the chapel at 9:45 a.m. Bring a friend and join in the “conversation”. This will be held until July 10th. Contact Ted Jansen for more information.

ATTENTION ALL MEN! You are invited to join a Men’s Group that is forming this August on Wednesday nights. The group will meet on August 24, 31, Sep 7, 14, 21, October 5, 12, 19, 26 from 6:30p.m. – 7:30p.m. in the parlor. (Located south of sanctuary.) We will be listening to John Clayton teaching from his “Does God Exist” series. Ted Jansen, Matt Fetter and others will be guiding the discussion and group time. Page 3

CONGRATULATIONS!!! SCOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS John R. “Bob” & Kathryn Parker Scholarship: Erin Ingold and Austin Shoemaker Steve Post Athletic Scholarship: Kayleigh Warner Erica Sage Hummer Memorial Scholarship: Nathan Hinrichsen

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OWLS (Older, Wiser, Leader, Senior) PICNIC AT RIEKE PARK THURSDAY JULY 14 - NOON - POTLICK AT RIEKE PARK All persons aged 55+ are invited to join the OWLS for a potluck at the Rieke Park Lodge. Chicken and drinks will be furnished. Bring your own table service and a dish to share. Join us for good food, fellowship, and bingo. Questions? Contact Bob or Flossie Cable at 357-4710 Come join in the fun and bring your friends!!!

Casserole Ministry Have you visited your church library recently? It is located on the main floor in room 201. Many new books have been added that have not been checked out. A new recent one is an autobiography by Charles Widner. At present it will be found on top of the library table at the west side of the library. Attention to those who are involved in giving the children’s moments as we have eighteen books of children’s sermons available. The will also be located on the Library table. Check them out!!!

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FUMC Casserole Ministry has met with great results. I'm so excited with this ministry. So far, since April, we have provided seven (7) meals to those in need! Thanks to everyone who has helped out so far. If you would like to be on the "call list" to help out with meals, please call me or drop me a note in my mailbox at church. I'm always looking for volunteers. This is an important part of our church's outreach program, and if you hear of someone in need, please contact me and I will get things going. Pam Anspaugh - 9255319 or

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THANK YOU TO OUR FUMC FAMILY Our Older Adults are so appreciative of the beautiful Birthday Cards that Susan Steinman makes and the OWLS deliver! Doris Habig says: “ Thanks to Susan for making my beautiful birthday card and to all who signed it. I will keep it and cherish it always.” Eileen Brandt wrote: “ Thanks so much for the beautiful 90th birthday card. I’m very proud of it and everyone signing made it very special. I am in fine health and enjoy my lovely home of two years already.”

I would like to thank everyone who helped with this year’s Garden Party and UMW Sunday. Thank you to all of the ladies who sang in the ladies’ choir and a special thank you to Kathy McClain for directing it. I appreciate everyone’s help and involvement with the preparation and details of both eventsit would not have been possible without your help. Also, thank you to the ladies who attended this year’s Garden Party. Sincerely, Susan Steinman

Indian Village Food Bank wrote: We thank you for all the items you have donated to our food bank. We are so blessed to have friends like all of you!

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Waterloo United Methodist “To our brothers & sisters in Christ at Auburn 1st: May God bless you all for your tremendous generosity in response to our roof repair need. Your assistance is greatly appreciated by all of us!” God’s blessings, Pastor David Mathews & members Waterloo UMC

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Child Protection Policy Update Recognizing that providing a positive and safe atmosphere for the children and youth of our congregation and other community groups meeting in the church is a top priority of our congregation, the Staff Parish Committee has recently reviewed the Child Protection Guidelines that the Administrative Council has adopted for those working directly or indirectly with children and youth. A summary of the policy follows. All adults and youth, employed and volunteer, who work with minors, must complete an application and screening process prior to beginning work. Any volunteers under the age of eighteen (18) must also be under the supervision of an adult when interacting with other youth. An adult or youth who has been convicted of either sexual or physical abuse of a child/youth or those who have a history of inappropriate conduct with children/youth will be not employed and/or shall not volunteer service in any church-sponsored activity or program for minors. A parent or guardian must also sign the youth application form. Employees, volunteers, and supervisors shall make every reasonable effort to observe the “two person rule” at all times. If the Church is arranging the transportation, all drivers must have completed the Volunteer application process, have a valid driver’s license, and proof of insurance. With the adoption of these guidelines, “grandfathering” will no longer be recognized. Any employee or volunteer who does not comply with the guidelines and procedures for reporting alleged incidents of abuse or any other behaviors contrary to their Behavioral Expectations agreement may be liable as an individual without the backing of the Church for their actions and may be removed as an employee or volunteer with the church. Supervision of Children and Youth: Parents need to be aware that there will be general monitoring and supervision of children or youth not more than 10 minutes prior to each activity. Parents need to accompany any child 5th grade or younger to their activity or class. Parents/guardians should not leave their child unattended in a room but remain in the room until an appropriate leader takes charge. Parents/guardians should plan to pick up all children aged 5th grade and younger from the room where their class/activity is being held. Parents/Guardians are reminded that they need to provide supervision for their children when they are in the church building. Each year, volunteers will be asked to reacquaint themselves with the Child Protection Guidelines. We are currently in the process of this annual update. Copies of the Summary of our Child Protection Policy are available in the gathering area and from the office. Copies have also been placed in the church mailboxes. If you have questions about the Child Protection Policy, please see A Staff Parish Relations Committee, Associate Pastor Allison Yankey or Office Manager Pat Kobiela. To report suspected child abuse, please contact Rev. Ted Jansen or Rev Allison Yankey.

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COMMUNITY WEDNESDAY MEALS WEDNESDAY MEAL NEEDS VOLUNTEERS We still need help with the community meal on Wednesday. If you are able to help, sign up on the board in the Fellowship Hall. If you would like to plan an activity and are not sure what to plan, we can help. We have games here at the church. An example for an activity can be Bingo, any board games, card games suitable for church. We are going to have Win, Lose or Draw Bible version on July 13th. Any questions please contact Dawn at the church office or by email

Runners and walkers- mark your calendars! The First United Methodist School of Early Learning is hosting the Daisy Walk/Run in honor and memory of children. The date of the event is Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. This event will be open to the congregation, preschool families, and the community. The walk/run starts at Rieke Park, with the majority of the event taking place on the nature trail and finishing in a park pavilion. We hope to raise funds to offer scholarships to preschool families. During the 2010-2011 school year, over 25 families received assistance from the First United Methodist School of Early Learning scholarship program. We hope to help at least the same number of families for the upcoming preschool year. Can you help? Register online at to participate. Brochures can also be found in the Gathering Area. Not interested in running or walking? You can still join in! We are looking for volunteers to help on the day of the event. Contact Kelly Oswalt at 925-2570 or email to find out how you can help. Approximately 30 volunteers are needed. We would love to have you assist! Page 7

Time to schedule for 2012! It’s hard to believe but we are already adding 2012 events to the church calendar. Congregation members and groups will be able to exclusively schedule events on the church calendar through September 30. After that date, we will allow outside groups to schedule events on the calendar. Be sure to your events on the calendar now! See Pat in the office for info on how to get your 2012 events on the

calendar. Contact her by or by calling 260-925-0885.

July/August 2011

Friday July 1 11am AA meeting Saturday July 2 No activities scheduled Sunday July 3 HS Camp starts 8:30am & 10:45 am Worship 9:40am Sunday School 9:40am “Conversations” Monday July 4 Building closed – July 4 Holiday Tuesday July 5 Church Office/Building Closed

Wednesday July 6 8am Men’s Breakfast at Richards 2pm Senior Adult Council Thursday July 7 7pm Community Band practice Friday July 8 11am AA meeting Saturday July 9 Youth & Adult Bike Trip Sunday July 10 8:30am & 10:45 am Worship 9:40am Sunday School 9:40am “Conversations” Monday July 11 8am Monday Prayer Group 6pm Heaven Bound Practice Tuesday July 12 9am UMW Executive Board 9am – 12pm Preschool Summer Fun Camp Page 8

12pm Youth Taco Bell Tuesdays at Wendy’s 7pm Praise Team Wednesday July 13 8am Men’s Breakfast at Richards 9am – 12pm Preschool Summer Fun Camp 4:30pm HS Youth to Putt Putt 6pm Community Meal 6:30pm Children’s Council Thursday July 14 9am – 12pm Preschool Summer Fun Camp 12pm OWLS at Rieke Park 7pm Community Band practice Friday July 15 11am AA meeting 6pm Wedding rehearsal Saturday July 16 Wolf/Kreigh Wedding Sunday July 17 8:30am & 10:45 am Worship 9:40am Sunday School 12pm Mission Trip Meeting 5pm VBS Meal 6 – 8:30pm Vacation Bible School Monday July 18 8am Monday Prayer Group 5pm VBS Meal 6 – 8:30pm Vacation Bible School Tuesday July 19 12pm Youth Taco Bell Tuesdays at Wendy’s 5pm VBS Meal 6 – 8:30pm Vacation Bible School Wednesday July 20 8am Men’s Breakfast at Richards 5pm VBS Meal 6 – 8:30pm Vacation Bible School Thursday July 21 5pm VBS Meal 6 – 8:30pm Vacation Bible School Friday July 22 Church office closed 11am AA meeting Saturday July 23 No activities scheduled Sunday July 24 – VBS Celebration Youth Mission trip leaves 8:30am & 10:45 am Worship 9:40am Sunday School

Monday July 25 8am Monday Prayer Group Tuesday July 26 12pm Youth Taco Bell Tuesdays at Wendy’s 7pm Praise Team Wednesday July 27 8am Men’s Breakfast at Richards 5pm Preschool Board Meeting 5pm MS Youth Movie Night 6pm Community Meal Thursday July 28 7pm Community Band practice Friday July 29 11am AA meeting Saturday July 30 No activities scheduled Sunday July 31 8:30am & 10:45 am Worship 9:40am Sunday School 11am AA meeting

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July/August 2011

Friday August 12 11am AA meeting Saturday August 13 No activities scheduled

Monday August 1 8am Monday Prayer Group Tuesday August 2 9am – 12pm Preschool Summer Fun Camp 9am UMW Executive Board 7pm Praise Team Wednesday August 3 8am Men’s Breakfast at Richards 9am – 12pm Preschool Summer Fun Camp 2pm Senior Adult Council 6pm Community Meal 6pm MS Youth 7:30pm HS Youth Thursday August 4 9am – 12pm Preschool Summer Fun Camp 7pm Community Band practice Friday August 5 11am AA meeting Saturday August 6 No activities scheduled Sunday August 7 8:30am & 10:45 am Worship 9:40am Sunday School Monday August 8 8am Monday Prayer Group Tuesday August 9 6pm Gifts & Memorials 6:30pm Endowment 6:30pm Trustees 7pm Praise Team Wednesday August 10 8am Quilt Guild 8am Men’s Breakfast at Richards 6pm Community Meal 6pm MS Youth 7:30pm HS Youth Thursday August 11 12pm OWLS Fellowship 7pm Community Band Page 9

Sunday August 14 8:30am & 10:45 am Worship 9:40am Sunday School 12pm Confirmation Banquet Monday August 15 8am Monday Prayer Group 6pm Heaven Bound practice Tuesday August 16 12pm RC Bloodmobile 5:30pm Lay Leadership 6:30pm Worship/Music 7pm Praise Team 7:30pm Staff Parish Wednesday August 17 8am Men’s Breakfast at Richards. 6pm Community Meal 5:30pm Stewardship Task Force 6:30pm Finance Thursday August 18 7pm Community Band Friday August 19 11am AA meeting 6pm Wedding rehearsal Saturday August 20 2:30pm Sleeper/Gilbert Wedding Sunday August 21 8:30am & 10:45 am Worship 9:40am Sunday School Monday August 22 8am Monday Prayer Group 6pm Heaven Bound practice Tuesday August 23 6:30pm Strategy Council 7pm Praise Team Wednesday August 24 8am Men’s Breakfast at Richards 6pm Community Meal 6pm MS Youth 6:30pm Men’s Group 7:30pm HS Youth Thursday August 25 5:30pm Preschool Orientation Friday August 26 11am AA meeting Saturday August 27 No activities scheduled

Sunday August 28 8:30am & 10:45 am Worship 9:40am Sunday School Monday August 29 8am Monday Prayer Group 6pm Heaven Bound practice Tuesday August 30 5pm Preschool Meet the Staff 6pm MS Youth 7:30pm HS Youth 7pm Praise Team Wednesday August 31 8am Men’s Breakfast at Richards 5pm Preschool Meet the Staff 6pm Community Meal 6pm MS Youth 7:30pm HS Youth

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Inside Story Headline 07/18 Kelsey Haley 07/19 Julie Bunch, Ted Jansen 07/19 Grant Fetter 07/20 Mary Helen Bowmar 07/21 George Wappes, Larry Kummer 07/22 Linda Madden, Vicki James 07/23 Dorothy Bonecutter, Lorna Mavis, Lorene Thiele 07/24 Bobbi Macy 07/25 Irv Hart, Karen Cashdollar 07/01 Ronald Armstrong, Yolie 07/26 Sara Muckenfuss Moss, Samuel Yarian 07/27 Dorcas Scheurich, Carter 07/02 Georgia Muzzillo, Feller Andrea Allen 07/28 Wilbur Yates, Don 07/03 Eileen Ridgway, Karleen Hedderig, Melanie Kennedy, Harp, Marty Dunham, Myranda Gibson Ayden Bowers 07/29 Carol Foley, Brittany 07/04 David Pepple, Herb Doehrman, Conner Smith Horrom, Lilly Wallace 07/31 Art Howard, 07/05 Don Brines, Cary McDaniel, Jacob Millspaugh Janet Hammer 07/06 Steve Harp AUGUST 07/07 Jack Moats, Dave Kurtz 08/01 Gabe Taylor 07/08 Kathy McClain, 08/02 Donna Hinrichsen Austin Marsh 08/03 Norma Mack, Janet Beaty 07/09 Greg Thrush, Erin Thiele 08/03 Natalie Taylor, Erin Ingold, 07/10 Keith Perry, Lori Donaldson Landon Frank 07/10 Mandy Bebout, 08/04 Janice Stebing, Margaret Ashlyn Teders Keech, Lori Friend, Kaden Bishop, 07/11 Ruth Grogg, Jerry Zonker, Sam Nelson Amanda Aeschliman, Spencer 08/05 Leonard Clark, Doug Baker, William Vadney Donaldson, Brittani Lude 07/12 Callie Zonker, Benjamin 08/06 George Rodecap, Sue Ober, Halie Snyder, Jansen, Mike Thrush Jadan Tompkins 08/07 Don Mumford, Linn 07/13 Phyllis Gerstner, Paul Aldrich Chavez, Donna Boseker 08/08 Betty Carbaugh, Alice 07/15 Dick Shankle, Short, Elwood Simcox, Lissa Pam Gramling Hower, Kayleen Leonard, Johnny 07/16 Hazel Sauvage, Marilyn Karch, Kevin Jansen Carr, Galen Eberhart, 08/09 Imogene Mavis Natalie Haley 08/10 Doneata Fritz, Bernie 07/17 Bob Lenhart, Thomas JohnMuzzillo, Jacob Samuelson, Isaac son, Cindy Fetter Garrison 07/18 Jim Littlejohn, Lisa 08/12 Austin Osterhout Osterhout, Ron Conrad, Page 10

08/14 Thyra Durst, Jonathan Kummer, Jamie Sexton 08/15 William MacDonald, Riley Zonker, Alex Shoemaker 08/16 Dale Williams 08/17 Ralph Lint, Emily Eis, Daniel Mahoney 08/18 Beth Horrom, Beth Kelley, Erika Brown, Kristin Seiss 08/19 Liz Mumford, Jedd Copenhaver 08/20 Velva Gay, Linda Schrimshaw, Bernie Sukala, Whitney Hantz 08/21 Marilyn Minard, Alaina Ring, Galen Anspaugh, JB Samuelson 08/22 Paula Yoder, Theresa Sibery 08/23 Lisa Kesse, Riley Baker 08/24 Morgan Thrush 08/25 Jim Brown, Madison Van Horn 08/26 Wayne Durst, Martha Lenhart, Nik Hammer 08/28 Frank Franze, Sandie Steele, Christine Azzue, Ryan Hall, Rhiannon Haley, Brian Kitch 08/29 Nate Hunt, Kyle Wehr, Will Schaab 08/30 Sara Millspaugh 08/31 Max Webb, Katie Pfister, Kayleigh Warner

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THANK YOU FOR PRAYERS First Church Staff Rev. Ted Jansen - Senior Pastor Rev. Allison Yankey – Associate Pastor Rev. Dr. Richard Patton – Worship & Music (as of 7/16) Rev. Dale Williams – Adult Ministries Dawn Shoemaker – Children’s Director Bill Kobiela – Building & Grounds Pat Kobiela – Office Manager Cathy Vadney - Office Assistant Steve Johnson – Custodian Phyllis Lahr - Musician Kelly Oswalt – Preschool Director Preschool Staff: Andrea Allen, Mary Mondor, Beatrice Blohm, Jody Jones-Kessler, Darla Marshall, Greta Lude, Jill Middaugh, Stephanie Ternet, Harmony Witmer, Stephanie Vose, Ellie Slavin Nursery Staff: Donna Hinrichsen, Christine Azzue Pastor Emeritus: Rev. Wilbur Yates Retired Pastor: Maury Bonecutter Email: Website:

Thanks to all the Prayer Partners who have been praying for the staff in 2011. Keep the prayers going as we head into the next six months! The staff appreciates your support.

Worship September 4, 2011 One Worship on Sunday, Sep 4, 9:30a.m. The Worship Committee reminds you that we will gather for worship at 9:30a.m. on Labor Day Sunday. We will celebrate Communion in our worship. Fellowship time before the service with donuts and drink. Childcare is provided that day. No children or youth classes held. Be on the lookout for cookout details after GET THE WEEKLY UPDATES

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LITTLE JOHN THE BAPTIST Johnny’s mother looked out the window and noticed him “playing church” with their cat. He had the cat sitting quietly and he was preaching to it. She smiled and went about her work. A while later she heard loud meowing and hissing and ran back to the open window to see Johnny baptizing the cat in a tub of water. She called out, “Johnny, stop that! The cat is afraid of water!” Johnny looked up at her and said, “He should have thought about that before he joined my church.”

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