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November 2011

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

First Church Following Christ

Pastor’s Perspective: As we head into the month of November take a few moments to consider what you are thankful for. It is a great time of the year to focus on the blessings we have in our family of faith and the blessing in your own family. It has been fun to read the cards in the Fellowship Hall of the names and stories of thanks. We have had a chance to thank God for the many people who volunteer and serve. We are blessed with a unique caring family of faith. It has been neat to hear that our college students, shut ins, pre-school and SS classes have been adopted. What a blessing of love to others this is. I have enjoyed the great music in worship in a variety of styles and this enriches our spiritual life. (I know that the Cantata practice has already begun and this is a special musical blessing we can be in and listen to in December.) We can be thankful for the many ways our spirit is inspired each Sunday. I thank God for each visitor that comes to worship. We have a number of newer people coming to worship this fall. It seems like I am meeting and trying to remember new names each Sunday. What a great thing to see that we are reaching out and welcoming newer people in our lives. Take time this month to “count your blessings” and be filled with thanks. See you in worship. In Christ’s Love, Ted

Inside this issue: Worship Highlights Church Directory


UMW Christmas Bazaar


Christmas Cantata 4 Newcomer Fellowship Food Collection Office News


Craft Show Thank You


Christmas Workshop OWLS


Calendar Birthdays

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Electronic Giving Program Is Coming! The First Church Finance Committee is excited that we will begin to offer an electronic giving program in January 2012 as a way to automate your regular church offerings. Electronic giving offers convenience for individual congregation members and provides much-needed donation consistency for our congregation. We anticipate that electronic giving will appeal to many church members – from longtime church members who will appreciate an alternative to frequent check writing to younger members and others who prefer to pay or donate by electronic means whenever possible. We will be offering Direct Debit Giving which automatically transfers funds from your checking or savings account to the church’s bank account. If you already use direct debit to pay your mortgage and car payments or to pay utility bills, you know how convenient it is. As you contemplate future contributions, please consider electronic giving. See Pat in the office for more information.

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WORSHIP HIGHLIGHTS FOR NOVEMBER We will gather on Sunday, November 6 to celebrate Communion together. The message will be entitled, “Wisdom for Each Generation,” based on Proverbs 4. On Sunday, November 13 and November 20 we will be looking at the Five Goals we set as a part of being a vital congregation. The messages will be based on Acts 11. We will be collecting food for the food banks in our area on Sunday, November 20. Bring all your items into the gathering area. We will have our children and families bring the items forward into the sanctuary on that Sunday. We begin “Advent,” the season of preparing our hearts in the Christmas season on Sunday, November 27, with the lighting of our Advent Candle and having our sanctuary decorated. The theme for our messages in Advent is “The Unexpected!” Come and join us at this wonderful time of the year!

Vision Mission Update Many of you have already signed up for your portrait session for the new church directory, but there are still plenty of appointment times available. Just one more week remains to sign up in Fellowship Hall for directory photos. The sign-up table will be available from 9:30-10:00 a.m. When you have your portrait taken at the church by Lifetouch Directories and Portraits, you will be entitled to a free 8 x 10 photo, plus a directory. If you were unable to sign-up for photography in Fellowship Hall, you may still sign up for your photo session on-line until right before the photography is scheduled in mid-November! Here are the easy steps to sign-up for your portrait session on our church web site: 1. Go to 2. When the church web site appears, hover your mouse over the “Church Directory” tab at the top of the page 3. Click on the words “Directory Picture Schedule” on the drop-down menu, and the Lifetouch Portrait Session window will appear 4. Click on the button “Select Number in Group” and choose how many family members will be in your photo 5. On the calendar, choose one of the available photography dates (white squares) 6. Choose an available time 7. Fill out the name and contact information on the window that appears (be sure to make a note of your sign-in ID and password) 8. Click the “Finalize Portrait Session” button, log out of your session and you are done! Wonderful way to connect with your church family! Page 2

First Church is making disciples for the transformation of the world by inviting people to Believe, Grow and Impact. The five goals we set at Charge Conference are as follows. More will be shared on these goals and how we as a congregation will develop plans to meet these goals. May the Lord guide us as we make disciples.

Believe 15 Professions of Faith in 2012 *This is measured by youth or adults who join the church by a profession of faith.

Grow 350 people as an Average Worship Attendance in 2012 *This is measured by the attendance count at our worship services. 27 Small Groups in 2012 *This is measured by the 22 current small groups and 5 new groups to be started.

Impact 40 people engaged in mission in 2012 *This is measured by the children, youth or adults who give of their time in a Christian ministry in a local, national or international mission/outreach setting. $100,000 given to mission in 2012 *This is measured by the Conference tithe, Advance Special giving and all monies given beyond our needs from all the groups of First Church.

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UMW CHRISTMAS BAZAAR 2011 UMW Christmas Bazaar **Friday, November 11th 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.** Serving Free coffee until 10:00 a.m. Lunch: Hot Chicken Sandwiches, Bean Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup, Salad and Peach Crisp. Supper: Meaty Chili, Hearty Vegetable Soup, French Bread, Pasta Salad, Apple Crisp Ala Mode.

**Saturday, November 12th 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.** Available both days…. Fresh-From-The-Oven Pecan and Cinnamon Rolls. (Take some to the office, your co-workers will love you!) Christmas Décor and Unique, One-Of-A-Kind Gifts. Frozen Homemade Casseroles, Soups, Meat Loaves and Desserts. (Perfect gifts for the hard-to-buy for senior or stock your freezer for handy meals.) Bake Shop- Featuring Homemade Cookies, Pies, Breads, Candies, etc. (Buy ahead and freeze for the holidays.) Ever-Popular Jewelry Boutique. Much, Much More- come and see what’s new this year! By shopping at the Christmas Bazaar you will be helping support UMW missions, including local food banks, UMC Preschool scholarships and UMC camp scholarships throughout 2012.

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CHRISTMAS CANTATA Practices for “Shout The Good News” are open to all singers. Rehearsals on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 and last 30-40 minutes in the choir room on the lower level behind the activity room. Come Join us, all are welcome!

Please get your reading reports to me by November 13th. You may put them in my church mailbox. After that date send them to 26 Evergreen Drive, North Ft. Myers, FL 33917 Dorothy Bonecutter

Attention All Men! You are invited to join a Men’s Bible Study that meets on Wednesday nights. The group will meet November 2, 9, 16. from 6:30p.m. – 7:30p.m. Room 208. (Located south of sanctuary.) We will be studying Ephesians. Matt Fetter and other men will be guiding the discussion and group time.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR HELP Your help is greatly needed and appreciated. Sign-up sheets are in the Gathering Area. Mark your calendars for November 11th & 12th. We are also looking for used jewelry & purses. Donations may be placed in the small trunk in Gathering Area. Any questions please call Tammy Teders at 927-1471. The time for fresh, hot, pecan and cinnamon rolls is coming in November. The UMW Christmas Bazaar Bake Shop will be open for business as usual. Our bake shop has many other goodies for sale, however. Please consider making a recipe of one of your favorite cookies, coffee cakes, breads, candies, etc., to donate to our shop for sale on Friday, November 11. You may contact the shop's proprietor, Sue Shankle, if you have any questions at 925-0995 or

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NEWCOMER FELLOWSHIP There will be Newcomer Fellowship held on Sunday, November 13th at 9:40 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. This is a chance to meet other new people and learn about the ministries at First Church.

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FOOD COLLECTION NOVEMBER 20, 2011 Brown Bag Sunday food collection will be November 20th. Please bring your non perishable food items to church that day. This is a crucial time of year to share your abundance with those in need.

We hope you enjoyed the yummy meal that we had in your honor in October. We really appreciate all the volunteers who do various things around our church. Our church could not run without your continued support. Thanks you so much. ENDOWMENT COMMITTEE MEETING The next Endowment Committee meeting will be November 8th. Any requests must be in by November 1st. If you have questions contact Pat in the office at 925-0885.

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE NEWSLETTER DELIVERY INFORMATION We are fortunate to have volunteers to offer to have your newsletter be put in your mailbox. If you would like to have your newsletter placed in your mailbox, please let the church office know.

From the kitchen As a reminder: IF you have taken towels, dishcloths or aprons home to launder, please return them in a timely manner. Thank you for your help!

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Holiday Craft Show The School of Early Learning is looking for crafters for the school's annual Holiday Craft Show Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds will go toward learning materials for students. Spaces at approximately 5 feet by 10 feet are available for $35 and will include two chairs. Some electrical space will be available, but crafters must supply their own extension cords. Eight-foot tables may be rented for an additional $10. For a registration form, or if you have any questions, contact Kelly Oswalt by phone at 925-2570 or by email at If you are interested in donating items for our snack shop, email Kelly Oswalt at Your donations are appreciated! Water hot dog buns jar of pickles deli meat- ham deli meat- turkey bag of apples packages of sliced American cheese singles gift card to Walmart for food purchases Hamburger buns

Hot dogs 12 oz. cans of Pepsi 12 oz. cans of Diet Pepsi 12 oz. cans of Sierra Mist 12 oz. cans of Mountain Dew bananas cookies

We are also looking for people who would like to volunteer their time for the craft show. Helpers are needed on Saturday, Dec. 3rd. Please call or email Kelly Oswalt (925-2570 or Church youth are more than welcome to help, also! Thank You to Allison Yankey and your Youth for the large donation to the Community Center Food Pantry from the scavenger Hunt. Your support is greatly appreciated! Shirley Johnson RSVP Thank You to Max & Helen Grogg and Lydia Jansen for their volunteerism in the Church Nursery. They have volunteered on a regular monthly basis. Their devotion to helping to nurture our little ones is a blessing! We appreciate having more volunteers for the Nursery as well. There is a sign-up sheet located by the Nursery door. Donna Hinrichsen, Nursery Chairperson

Dear Church Family, Thank you so much for my special birthday card that was brought to me. It was beautiful and I really enjoyed it. Virginia Finley Page 6

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FUMC STAFF Rev. Ted Jansen - Senior Pastor Rev. Allison Yankey – Associate Pastor Rev. Dr. Richard Patton – Worship Arts Director Rev. Dale Williams – Adult Ministries Dawn Shoemaker – Children’s Ministries Pat Kobiela - Office Manager Bill Kobiela – Supervisor of Building & Grounds Cathy Vadney – Office Assistant Phyllis Lahr – Musician Stephen Johnson - Night-time Custodian Kelly Oswalt – Preschool Director Preschool Staff: Andrea Allen, Beatrice Blohm-Hart, Jody Jones -Kessler, Greta Lude, Darla Marshall, Jill Middaugh, Shalon Meyer, Mary Mondor, Ellie Slavin, Lynn Stone, Stephanie Ternet, Stephanie Vose, Harmony Witmer, Katie McClure Nursery Staff: Donna Hinrichsen, Christine Azzue, Jody Jones-Kessler Pastor Emeritus: Rev. Wilbur Yates Retired Pastor: Rev. Maury Bonecutter Church Office Hours 8am – 4pm Monday – Thursday 8am – 12pm Friday Office may be closed from 12pm – 1pm for lunch Email: Website: Phone: 260.925.0885

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The SPR announces that Pastor Allison will be on maternity leave mid November until January. We wish her God’s best as she and Josh (and Calleigh) welcome a new child into their lives!

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Moms, Dads, Grandmas, Grandpas, and everyone else! Come join us on November 27th for our annual Christmas Workshop. This year we are making it a family affair! We are having a potluck, decorating trees, making crafts, and decorating the church. So mark your calendar for this event sponsored by the Children’s Council and Worship committee. If you have any questions, just ask Dawn Shoemaker at 925-0885 or or Nora Maupin at 927-1072. We hope to see you there!!! ============================================================================================== ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON - BRIDGEWATER GOLF CLUB - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 - 12 NOON.

Sit down luncheon served at our table, includes: oven roasted roast beef with natural au jus, salad, au gratin potatoes, vegetable, and chef’s special red velvet bread pudding. Special program presented by Sara Gabbard, special Lincoln scholar, to present little known facts about the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. This goes beyond the program presented last thanksgiving! Euchre will be played following the program. COST: $12 AND MUST BE PAID TO THE CHURCH OFFICE BY SUNDAY NOVEMBER 27, 2011. CLEARLY MARK YOU PAYMENT FOR "OWLS DECEMBER 8". SIGN-UP DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 27, 2011.

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NOVEMBER CALENDAR Tuesday Nov 1 9am UMW Executive Board 9am Shawl Ministry Wednesday Nov 2 See BIG Wednesday Schedule 8am Men’s Breakfast at Richards 9am Women’s Bible Study 2pm Senior Adult Council 6:15pm Grief Discussion Group 6:30pm Men’s Group 6:30pm Faith Foundations Thursday Nov 3 No activities scheduled Friday Nov 4 Youth Retreat- off site 11am AA Saturday Nov 5 Youth Retreat- off site Sunday Nov 6 – Communion Youth Retreat- off site 8:30am & 10:45 am Worship 9:40am Sunday School 9:40am Faith Foundations 6:30pm Women’s Bible Study Monday Nov 7 8am Monday Prayer Group 6pm Girl Scouts 6pm Heaven Bound Tuesday Nov 8 9am Nellie Weaver Circle 9am Shawl Ministry 6pm Gifts & Memorials 6:30pm Endowment 6:30pm Trustees Wednesday Nov 9 See BIG Wednesday Schedule 8am Men’s Breakfast at Richards 8am Quilt Guild 9am Women’s Bible Study 6:15pm Grief Discussion Group 6:30pm Children’s Council 6:30pm Men’s Group 6:30pm Faith Foundations Thursday Nov 10 UMW Bazaar Set up 6:30pm Finance Budget Meeting Friday Nov 11 7am – 7pm UMW Bazaar 11am AA

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Saturday Nov 12 8am – 2pm UMW Bazaar

Wednesday Nov 23 NO BIG Wednesday tonight 8am Men’s Breakfast at Richards 9am Women’s Bible Study Thursday Nov 24 Thanksgiving Holiday Building Closed Friday Nov 25 Thanksgiving Holiday – office closed Directory Photos 11am AA Saturday Nov 26 Directory Photos

Sunday Nov 13 8:30am & 10:45 am Worship 9:40am Sunday School 9:40am Newcomer Fellowship 6:30pm Women’s Bible Study Monday Nov 14 Newsletter Deadline Church Directory Photos 8am Monday Prayer Group 6pm Girl Scouts 6pm Heaven Bound Tuesday Nov 15 Church Directory Photos 9am Shawl Ministry Sunday Nov 27 6:30pm Worship/Music 8:30am & 10:45 am Worship 7:30pm Staff Parish Relations 9:40am Sunday School Wednesday Nov 16 12pm Potluck/ Advent Fair/ Church Directory Photos Hanging of the Greens See BIG Wednesday Schedule Monday Nov 28 8am Men’s Breakfast at Richards 8am Monday Prayer Group 9am Maxine Coleman 6pm Girl Scouts 9am Women’s Bible Study 6pm Heaven Bound 6:15pm Grief Discussion Group Tuesday Nov 29 6:30pm Finance Meeting 9am Shawl Ministry 6:30pm Men’s Bible Study Wednesday Nov 30 7:30pm Volunteer Training See BIG Wednesday Schedule Thursday Nov 17 8am Men’s Breakfast at Richards No activities scheduled 9am Women’s Bible Study Friday Nov 18 6:15pm Grief Discussion Group 11am AA BIG Wednesday Set up for UMW Officer’s school 5:30 - 6pm Children’s Choirs Saturday Nov 19 5:30 – 6pm Beginning Bells UMW Officer’s school 6 – 6:30pm Meal 11/2: Chile & Hot Chicken Sandwiches Sunday Nov 20 Food Collection 11/9: Lasagna 8:30am & 10:45 am Worship 11/16 : Soup/Sandwiches 9:40am Sunday School 11/23: NO BIG MEAL 11/30: Pizza 9:40am Newcomer’s Meeting 6 – 7:15pm Middle School Youth 5:30pm Movie Night 6:15 – 7:15pm Wed Eve Bible Studies 6:30pm Women’s Bible Study 6:15 – 7:15pm Rhythm Ringers Monday Nov 21 7:30 - 9pm Sr Hi Youth 8am Monday Prayer Group 6pm Girl Scouts 6pm Heaven Bound 6:30pm Ad Council Tuesday Nov 22 9am Shawl Ministry

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