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October 2011

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

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Pastor’s Perspective Do you twitter, text, facebook, e-mail on your phone, ipad or laptop? Do you write notes, make phone calls, and stop by to visit people? These are ways we communicate in our day with technology and our lives. The essence of these different methods is to ―connect‖ with people. I believe that we were created, designed by our Creator, to be in relationship. So our spirit is seeking to be in relationship, have friends, to be known and know others. Think about this; even God, is in a relationship as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Three in One. So, if you twitter or text, or call or visit may your desire to relate to others lead you into friendships with other believers in Christ. We all need to know that we are not alone in this life, especially fellow believers in Christ. So, as the Body of Christ, the Church may we continue to communicate to all people with a variety of methods. The next sermon I give might be live or it might come to you as a podcast on your I-pad. Who knows what the future holds and what we will do to share the Good News with others. In all the ways we relate to others may we ―Love one another.‖ However we communicate that love is good. May the Lord bless you. See you in worship. In Christ’s Love, Ted

Inside this issue: Worship Highlights Adult Ministries


Faith Foundations OWLS


Epworth Report Thank you




Church Directory Music


Calendar Staff Directory




Thank You FUMC Volunteers The church staff wants to thank you for all you do. Whether you said a prayer, mowed the grass, taught a class, or any of the other million and one things this wonderful congregation does for Christ and His church, we want you to know you are appreciated. To show our appreciation, you are invited to a meal on Sunday October 23. The staff will be serving a Celebration Meal to thank you for all you have done in the past as well as all you will do in the future. Mark your calendars to attend this meal! The meal will be served at 10:45am and 11:45am so that people attending both of the services can attend. We look forward to seeing you on October 23! In Christ, First Church Staff

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WORSHIP HIGHLIGHTS FOR OCTOBER We will gather on Sunday, October 2 to celebrate Communion together. The message will be entitled, “Law and Love,” based on Exodus 20:1 – 17 and Romans 8:1 – 4. Our Stewardship theme will begin on Sunday, October 9 as explore “Fruitful Living and Giving,” and how we Believe, Grow and Impact others for Christ. We will take a look at the five aspects of the vows of faith in each of the three weeks. On October 9 we will explore “Offering our Prayer and Presence,” (Believe). On October 16 we will look at “Offering our Gifts and Service,” Mark 12:28 – 34, (Grow). Then on Sunday, October 23 the message will focus on “Offering our Witness,” (Impact). There will a time in worship to bring your pledge cards forward along with your offering that Sunday as we consecrate our gifts to the Lord. A celebration meal will be held beginning at 10:45 & 11 :45 so no matter which service you attend you can come and enjoy a meal. The meal will be served by the staff in thankfulness for all the volunteers and ways that people have served the Lord. We end our month on Sunday, October 30, with a special time of remembering our loved ones. We will name the members who have died in the last year and invite all to come and light a candle in memory of a loved one. We will also hear testimonies and witnesses of the faith. Pastor Allison is gathering people together who would be willing to share their cardboard testimony in worship on Sunday, October 30. It does not involve speaking but holding up a before and after witness of your life and faith card.

Financial Peace University A Financial Peace University class will begin on October 5 to help you with your financial life based on the teachings of Dave Ramsey. This class will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30p.m. at Norris Chapel UMC, located at 4793 County Road 40A. (This is a few miles east of Auburn). Childcare will be provided for families at no cost. There are 13 weeks of teaching with the class beginning on Oct 5 and ending on Jan 18. The cost of the class is normally $100 but a grant has reduced to cost to you for $40 per person/ couple. Various UM pastors will facilitate and lead the discussions. For more information contact Rev Mike Halferty at 260-337-5437. You can fill out the registration form and make your check out to Norris Chapel UMC. Please note on the registration form if you need childcare. Please send this form to Norris Chapel UMC, c/o Rev. Susan Smith Bryden, 4793 CR 40A, Auburn, IN 46706.

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FROM PASTOR DALE……. Our Fall Adult Ministries Classes are well underway. Wednesdays Linda Johnson is teaching the "Stop, Look, and Listen" Class in the Keystone Room (208). This is a class in spiritual formation (listening to God and each other). Dale Williams is teaching "The American Heritage Series" in the Chapel (200). This class deals with the Christian basis of the founding of the United States. Ted Jansen and Matt Fetter are teaching a Men's Bible Study using the materials of John Clayton and the theme "Does God really exist?" and the study of Ephesians. This class meets in the church parlor (209). All Wednesday classes meet at 6:15 PM.

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FAITH FOUNDATIONS Do you have questions of the faith? Are you wanting to meet other people? Do you want to join the church as a member? Do you want to get involved in the ministry at First Church?

The class will meet on Sunday at 9:40a.m. – 10:30.m. in the chapel. The Wednesday class will meet from 6:30p.m. – 8:30p.m. in room 201 (Library). At the end of the class participants can decide to join the church if they desire. For more information contact If you have questions like these then you are invited to Ted Jansen at join a six week group that will explore the life of Jesus, Christian Faith and Mission in the World. The Oct 2, 5 Believe class will be held on Sunday and Wednesday and the Oct 9, 12 Believe theme/lesson will be identical. This class is based on Oct 16, 19 Grow our Mission of inviting people to Believe, Grow and Oct 23, 26 Grow Impact in the faith. Ted Jansen and others will teach Oct 30, Nov 2 Impact and guide this class. Nov 6, 9 Impact

ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT….. OWLS THURSDAY October 13th Trip to Sweetwater Sound We will visit their performance theater; Dave’s Music Den, their recording studio; and learn about the Sweetwater trading post. Then we will have lunch in their cafeteria. There is no charge other than the charge for your lunch at the cafeteria. All are welcome but we must limit it to the first 30 people so they accommodate us. We are meeting at the church at 9:45am to be there at 10:30am. For more information, call Marie Sanger at 9253688 or Eloise Davidson at 925-4692. THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON OLD FASHIONED THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2011 - 12:30 PM (Note later start time than usual) -SMITH FARMS MANOR INDEPENDENT LIVING COMMUNITY, WESLEY ROAD AND SMITH DRIVE, AUBURN. This will be a festive luncheon served at our table and includes: Turkey with dressing, cranberry salad, candied sweet potatoes, and the Chef's prize winning pumpkin dessert, and beverages. "LINDA AND FRIENDS" will provide a lively musical program of "golden oldies" and gospel music for our afternoon entertainment. Our First Church members residing at Smith Farms will be joining us for this luncheon. COST: $10 and must be paid to the Church Office by October 30th. Clearly mark your payment for the OWLS! SIGN-UP DEADLINE IS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2011.

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Epworth Forest Legacy Campaign Update Our youth enjoyed the new facility at Epworth Forest on July 3rd thru 8th this summer. You have seen pictures and heard the stories of how their camping experience has changed their lives. The legacy continues as the new facilities are being used for year round retreats for all ages. The second waterfront lodge out of six is nearing completion and will be dedicated on October 23, 2011. Our church has pledged $75,000 as major tribute gift and will be honored with a plaque in the common area of one of the lodges once our pledge has been fulfilled. Many thanks go out to those who have pledged and contributed towards this gift. The remaining balance of our pledge is $28,533. Additional pledges are needed and may be made and paid through our church to go toward our total church pledge of $75,000. Individuals who pay their pledge through our church will have individual tribute opportunities. The tribute allows the honoring or remembering of a special event or person in the donor’s life. It is an important way for donors to share their excitement, history and vision for Epworth Forest. A Memory Tree will be placed in Freeland House lobby temporarily, and then it will be moved to the lobby of the new Conference Center upon its completion. Donors to the Epworth Forest Project will have the opportunity to place a leaf on the Memory

Tree in honor of or in memory of a special person, family or group. The Path of Faith is a special path of bricks, which will eventually surround the Jesus Statue when it is moved to its new location. Until then, the path of bricks will be laid just outside the current auditorium. The tribute opportunities are: PATH OF FAITH BRICKS: $500 per brick MEMORY TREE: $1,000 Bronze Leaf $5,000 Silver Leaf $10,000 Gold Leaf (The leaves and bricks will allow for 30 characters, including spaces.) If you have any questions about the twelve-million dollar project that will be able to bring more youth and adults to Christ through the facilities at Epworth Forest, please contact anyone on our church Legacy Campaign Committee: Jerry and Paula Yoder, Susi and Brian Webb, Sherri Sible, Norm Hartman, or Pastor Wilbur Yates. Festermacher Lodge Opening Ceremony Sunday October 23, 2011 3:00 - 5:00 pm Epworth Forest Conference Center 8580 E. Wesley Lane North Wester, IN 46555 This is a free event and open to all.

The Trustees would like to thank Lee Atkinson and Louie Alday for all of the time they have put in on mowing and general outside upkeep at the FUMC grounds this summer. We encourage you to thank them when you see them next! Also, thank you to the keystone class for purchasing a new wheelchair for our members who need some assistance. Dear congregation; Thanks for sending me to camp! I had a fantastic time growing in my walk with our lord. From Lydia jansen Thanks to those who have “Adopted” a Shut in, preschool class, Sunday school class or college student! Page 4

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HOLIDAY BAZAAR The United Methodist Women’s Annual Holiday Bazaar is quickly approaching and your help is needed. There are many ways you can contribute. Needed are: Crafters/sewers to make handmade items such as wreaths, Christmas décor, aprons, handbags, household decorations, potholders, knitted/crocheted items, scrapbooks, etc, etc, etc, Bakers to make cookies, pies, breads and other homemade goodies for the bake shop. Kitchen Helpers for the Noon and evening meals. Donated Jewelry items for the ever-popular jewelry sale. (Watch for information on when/where to donate your good used jewelry.) Donations of new/almost new Christmas decorations. Helpers to make pumpkin rolls for the frozen casserole/ frozen dessert sale. The Holiday Bazaar is the major fundraiser for UMW. Proceeds will benefit our own preschool, local food banks, UMW programs and more. The Holiday Bazaar will be held in Fellowship hall November 10th and 11th. If you can help in any way, please fill out this form and place in Susan Steinman’s mailbox.

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A huge thank you to Lee Atkinson, Jerry Samuelson and George Wappes for transporting 70 boxes of donated items to Red Bird Mission in Kentucky in September. Also, thank you to George and Helen Wappes, Judy Haney, Dorothy Bonecutter and Dottie Alday for packing the items as well as to Lee Atkinson, Bob Oswalt, Louie Alday and Darl Steinman for moving and loading the boxes. Everyone’s involvement in this outreach projected is very much appreciated. Thank you again- UMW Executive Committee.

TRUNK OR TREAT Our Children’s Ministries Department and the School of Early Learning are teaming up to offer an exciting event coming this October 30th! Come out to the church from 5-7 PM and participate in our 1st annual Trunk or Treat event! We are looking for people willing to decorate their trunks and pass out candy in the church parking lot as well as little ones to come and enjoy the festivities! If you are interested in hosting a trunk, please contact Pastor Allison Yankey or Dawn Shoemaker at 925.0885. We will also be offering a trunk of costumes to those in the community who cannot afford to purchase one for their family, so if you have any gently used, appropriate (G-Rated, no scary) costumes that you would like to donate, please contact Kelly Oswalt at or 925.2570. Hope to see you there!

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NEW CHURCH DIRECTORY!!!! We are creating a new directory! This project will require some volunteer effort. If you would be willing to learn more about this exciting project, please contact Maureen Williams at 260-479-5800 or e-mail at We will be needing volunteers to help contact our families for photography appointments (during October) and greeting our families during photography sessions (in November).

Instrumentalist and Singers are welcome to join the expanding music program. A first service Ensemble would love to use your instrumental gifts and a Praise Band for Guitars, drummers, and others are sought for second service. Singers do not need to read music and are welcome for Praise Team, Choir and for the Christmas Cantata. See Richard or notify the church office.

We also need good sharp photos (digital or prints) of special events, children's activities, plus youth and adult groups, for possible use on our "activity pages". Any submitted activity photos will be handled with utmost care and returned to the contributors in a timely fashion. We plan to have our new directory printed by the end of this year. Thanks in advance for volunteering to help with this project!!

Charge Conference HERE Charge Conference to be held at First Church on Thursday, October 27 at 7:00p.m. This is for all people to attend. All the churches in the cluster and surrounding areas will be invited to attend as well.


You are invited to join a Men’s Bible Study that meets on Wednesday nights. The group will meet on October 5, 12, 19, 26 and November 2, 9, 16. from 6:30p.m. – 7:30p.m. in the parlor. (Located south of sanctuary.) We will be studying Ephesians. Matt Fetter and other men will be guiding the discussion and group time.

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October Calendar Saturday Oct 1 – DeKalb Co Fair Wednesday Oct 12 9:30am UMW District Exec Board See BIG Wednesday Schedule Sunday Oct 2 - Communion 8am Men’s Breakfast at Richards 8:30am & 10:45 am Worship 8am Quilt Guild 9:40am Sunday School 6:30pm Faith Foundations 9:40am Faith Foundations 6:30pm Men’s group 9:40am Praise Team Thursday Oct 13 12 – 4:30pm Youth Scavenger Hunt 10am – 1pm DeKalb Reads 6:30pmWomen’a Bible Study Friday Oct 14 Monday Oct3 11am AA 8am Monday Prayer Group Saturday Oct 15 6pm Heaven Bound 8am – 5pm Church Doctor Workshop 6:30pm Girls Scouts Tuesday Oct 4 Sunday Oct 16 9am UMW Executive Board 8:30am & 10:45 am Worship 9am Shawl Ministry 9:40am Sunday School 10am – 1pm DeKalb Reads 9:40am Faith Foundations Wednesday Oct 5 9:40am Praise Team See BIG Wednesday Schedule 5:30pm Movie Night See change in youth schedule 6:30pm Women’s Bible Study 8am Men’s Breakfast at Richards Monday Oct 17 – Newsletter Deadline 2pm Senior Adult Council 8am Monday Prayer Group 6-8:30pm Youth Scavenge 6pm Girl Scouts for the Hungry 6pm Heaven Bound 6:30pm Faith Foundations Tuesday Oct 18 6:30pm Men’s group 9am Shawl Ministry Thursday Oct 6 12pm RC Bloodmobile No activities scheduled 5:30pm Lay Leadership Friday Oct 7 6:30pm Worship/Music 11am AA 7:30pm Staff Parish Relations 6pm wedding rehearsal Saturday Oct 8 BIG Wednesday Hassett/Uhrick wedding 5:30 - 6pm Children’s Choirs 5:30 – 6pm Beginning Bells Sunday Oct 9 6 – 6:30pm Meal 8:30am & 10:45 am Worship 10/5: Chili Cheese Dogs 9:40am Sunday School 10/12: Lasagna 9:40am Faith Foundations 10/19: Soup & Sandwich 9:40am Praise Team 10/26: Pizza 12:15pm Administrative Council 6 – 7:15pm Middle School Youth 6:30pm Women’s Bible Study 6:15 – 7:15pm Wed Eve Bible Studies Monday Oct 10 6:15 – 7:15pm Rhythm Ringers 8am Monday Prayer Group 7:30 - 9pm Sr Hi Youth 6pm Learning Link 7:30 - 9pm Adult Choir 6pm Girl Scouts 6pm Heaven Bound Tuesday Oct 11 9am Nellie Weaver Circle 9am Shawl Ministry 6:30pm Trustees

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Wednesday Oct 19 See BIG Wednesday Schedule 8am Men’s Breakfast at Richards 9am Nellie Weaver Circle 5pm Preschool Board 6:30pm Finance Meeting 6:30pm Men’s Group 6:30pm Faith Foundations Thursday Oct 20 No activities scheduled Friday Oct 21 11am AA Saturday Oct 22 No activities scheduled Sunday Oct 23 8:30am & 10:45 am Worship 9:40am Sunday School 9:40am Faith Foundations 9:40am Praise Team 10:45am & 11:45am Celebration Meal 6:30pm Women’s Bible Study Monday Oct 24 8am Monday Prayer Group 6pm Girl Scouts 6pm Heaven Bound Tuesday Oct 25 9am Shawl Ministry Wednesday Oct 26 See BIG Wednesday Schedule 8am Men’s Breakfast at Richards 6:30pm Men’s Group 6;30pm Faith Foundations Thursday Oct 27 6:30pm Charge Conference Friday Oct 28 11am AA Saturday Oct 29 No activities scheduled Sunday Oct 30 8:30am & 10:45 am Worship 9:40am Sunday School 9:40am Faith Foundations 9:40am Praise Team 6:30pm Women’s Bible Study Monday Oct 31 8am Monday Prayer Group 6pm Heaven Bound

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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 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 Page 9

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Ruth Walters, Deb Holden, Taylor Doehrman Gary Sible, Phil Dooley, Nicholas Frank, Nathan Hinrichsen Grant Friend, Brian Brown, Ava Kohli, Margaret Blow, Jacob Kummer, Alex Yarian, Jenny Cleveland, Luke Coffman, Rae David Linda McCallister, Jackie Hantz, Erica Eis, Emersyn Smith Mark Thiele, Josh Hammer Christy Williams Amy Van Horn, Lynn Stone Virginia Finley, Zeth Baker, Cady Conrad, Logynn Bishop Bob Zimmerman, Keith Schrimshaw Judy Haney, Sherry Littlejohn, Ashton Miller Greg Littlejohn John Bower, Jamie Sukala, Cole Althouse Dixie Jones, Austin Macy, Grant McAfee, Harleigh Cool John Chalmers, Brett Eltzroth Austen Brow, Matt Kuyvenhoven Tony Knox Kerry Parrott

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Kelly Oswalt Maury Hagan Don Smolinske, Signa Shuff Steve Brill, Lorraine Muzzillo, Todd Zonker, Melissa Harlow, Kyle Feller Phyllis Perry, Lee Ann Pixley, Susan Steinman, Tim Smith Lavonne Foulk, Edwin Washler Laura Horton Mary Dooley, Ken Macy, Trenton Sibery, Austin Marquardt, Christian Marquardt Bill Arnold, Irene Lincoln, Cathy Williams, Joseph Millspaugh Wayne Madden, Eric Pedersen, Jason Smith Tim McKean Sue Shankle, Jan Barber, Ian Mercer Don Muckenfuss

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