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A PUBLICATION OF REYNOLDSBURG UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

FALL 2012

My God Story
tIME IS A HEALEr

tHE PoWEr oF IMMErSIoN BAPtISM 2Nd ANNUAL CHILI FEStIVAL

WORSHIP SERVICES
Monday 5:459pm - Celebrate Recovery Wednesday 6:30pm - Pastors Bible Study Saturday 6:00pm - Chapel Service Sunday 8:00am - Traditional 9:15am - Contemporary 11:00am - Traditional Church Online Sunday 9:15 & 11:00 ReynoldsburgUMC.com - click on Messages & Media then Watch Online Childrens Worship at 9:15am Preschool Worship (Room 103) K4 Kindergarten through 4th Grade (Student Ministries Room) Children are welcome at all our weekend gatherings. Childcare & childrens programming are provided at the 9:15 and 11am services. Communion is offered the first weekend of each month DURING all services, and the remaining weekends immediately FOLLOWING each service in the Worship Center. (Gluten-free communion elements are available.)

The Messenger
A PUBLICATION OF

REYNOLDSBURG
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

THE MESSENGER quarterly publication FALL 2012 Check out weekly news, sermons, and features at ReynoldsburgUMC.com EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Dennis Franko EDITOR Melanie Farkas DESIGN/LAYOUT Matt Holley

PASTORAL/MINISTRY LEAD STAFF


LEAD PASTOR Jeff Greenway PASTOR OF ADMINISTRATION Kevin Kellogg PASTOR OF YOUTH Tim Levert PASTOR OF EVANGELISM Tasha Levert PASTOR OF LOCAL MISSIONS Matt Wright PASTOR OF VISITATION Maxine Smith-Pierce COUNSELOR IN RESIDENCE Dr. Carl Wiley, BCCC DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP ARTS & MESSAGING Dennis Franko LEAD COORDINATOR OF CHILDRENS MINISTRIES Mindy Mathias DIRECTOR OF MUSIC Phil Wallace

ADDRESS CHANGE: Send address change to membership@rumc.org or 614-866-5864, ext. 110

ARTICLE SUBMISSION: Send articles via e-mail to messenger@rumc.org. Deadline for the WINTER quarterly is Monday, January 7.

CONTENTS
FALL 2012 FEATURES

What If Imagine The Possibilities

My God Story: Time Is a Healer

The Power of Immersion Baptism

2nd Annual Chili Festival

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE


Amish Rejects 6 Life Groups 8 Capstone Experience 9 Milestone Events 9 Family Worship and Silliness on Labor Day Weekend 10 Rt. 56 Sundays . 11 Youth Late-Night and Lock Out .. 11 12 Nellies Catwalk 4 Kids Change Underway at the McCurdy School 14 Romania Update 18 The Partnership . 18 1st Annual Spring Hill Day Camp 19 New Web Site 20 Upcoming Events .. 21 Meet the Staff . 22

INSIDE EVERY ISSUE


In Appreciation ......... 23 New Members ...... 24 Calendar 25
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Imagine the Possibilities


Jesus said, The Kingdom of heaven is hererepent and believe in the Gospel. (Mark 1:15) What if we really believed this and lived like it? What if we really lived and revealed the Kingdom in our lives? What if we really turned our lives around and turned them heavenward? What if? is a question that can set the trajectory for our future. It is a question many of us ask as we look back over our lives with regret. It is a question which has consequential answers. It is a question that captures the hearts, minds and imaginations of many. What if? I recently asked the question What if______? on Facebook and asked people to fill in the blank. Some answered humorously: What if Eleanor Roosevelt was able to fly like Superman? What if the hokey pokey is what it is really all about? What if Jesus were President? What if butter, sugar, salt, caramel, and chocolate really are the cure for all evil terminal diseases and we just havent been eating enough of them? What if? Others answered reflectively: What if this is as good as it gets? What if we loved more, prayed more, forgave more and gave more? What if we ALL stepped out of our comfort zone and spoke the Truth just once? What if fear didnt stop me from dreams God has given
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me? What if the diagnosis had been different? What if my parents had not divorced? What if I cherished my spouse? What if I were fully present for my family? What if? Some answered pondering the change that the answer might bring in their lives: What if I didnt procrastinate? What if I had paid attention in school? What if I gave 100% all the time? What if I dont obey traffic laws? What if I dont show up at work? What if I thought and expected the best from others? What if I inherited a lot of money? What if I had Gods image of me in mind as I live my life? What if I had enough? What if? Do you ever ask yourself, What if? It may be because I am 52and in the throes of mid-lifebut I am more reflective about the what ifs of my life. Beth and I have been happily married 31 years and I want the next 31 to be better; but what if we dont work at it? Our kids are grown, married and beginning to have families of their own and I dream for them as much joy as they have given us. But, what if they encounter adversity and life gets hard? My body does not do some of the things that I used to do without pain or thinking, and I am taking steps to stay nimble and mobilebut what if? I have less hair and more middle and have come to grips with my hair line and trimming my waistlinebut what if? I am reminded almost every week that life is a precious gift. Not everyone who went to bed last night woke up this morning. What if this were my last day? Sometimes it is good to ask the what if question in relation to our faith. What if Jesus is who He said He was? What if Jesus showed up on my doorstep tomorrow? What if we spent every minute of every day living out serving Jesus as our first priority (our real first priority, not just our paper first priority)? What if Jesus had not died for us? What if we really believed the Bible? What if this world is not all there is? What if the call to live and reveal the Kingdom is bigger than the American dream? What if I really prayed? What if?

Many of us have lived lives either thinking that we have nothing to offeror being the recipients of the servanthood of others.

Jesus came to offer us a life that is bigger and betterrelationships that are deeper and fulfillingand a future with hope as citizens of the Kingdom. During the month of November, we will be asking some What if questions about our Kingdom-living during our worship gatherings in an effort to try to help us catch a glimpse of what it means to live a life that lives and reveals the Kingdom. What if we trusted? Many of us have lived lives in which trust has been betrayed by others, and trust for God may be difficult. But, what if we radically trusted Jesus with our whole lives? Imagine the difference it could make in our lives and relationships. One of the ways we grow in our trust is to develop a deeper intimacy with God and the ability to recognize His voice in our lives. For centuries, Christ-followers have practiced spiritual rhythms that have helped them develop an ear for Gods voice in their livesthe kind of faith that deeply trusts. Life in the Kingdom is a call to radically trust Jesus with every aspect of our lives. What would our lives look like if we really TRUSTED God with our whole lives? What if? What if we served? Many of us have lived lives either thinking that we have nothing to offeror being the recipients of the servanthood of others. But, what if we committed ourselves to be servants for Jesus in every arena of our livesour marriages, our families, our work, our school, our church? One of the best ways to serve is to use the gifts that God has given us, in the places God has led us, as God calls us. Life in the Kingdom is a call to serveto use what we have to help others

for the glory of God. What would our lives look like if we SERVED like that? What if? What if we gave? All we have is a gift from God, and one of the values of the Kingdom is that we give a portion (10%) back to Gods work in the world. This is difficult for many of usit just seems to be too much; but what if we gave 1% more of our income to Gods work? For our church family, this would release over $1.2 million to the work of the Kingdom. Life in the Kingdom is a life of stewardship in which we realize that all we have is a gift of God, and we begin to use the gifts God gives to us in accordance with His will. When we steward those gifts in ways that trust and honor God, our lives are blessed and memorable. What would our lives look like if we gave like that? What if? What ifwe loved? It is easy to love those who love us and are like us, but the call of the Kingdom is a bigger kind of love. A love that is patient and kindnot jealous or boastful, arrogant or rude. A love that never rejoices in wrongbut celebrates what is right. A love that believeshopesendures and never ends. A love that is selfless and embodies the loves of God. Life in the Kingdom is an expression of loveGods lovein its purest and finest form. What would it look like if we LOVED like that? What if? What if we really lived and revealed the Kingdom? Imagine the possibilities. I am honored to be your pastor.

It is easy to love those who love us and are like us, but the call of the Kingdom is a bigger kind of love.

LEAD PASTOR JEFF GREENWAY


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MY GOD STORY
by Bobby Cox-Wilson

TIME IS A HEALER

It was years ago I attended A Service of Hope in this sanctuary. It was so emotional for me that I decided never to attend another one. But I came back because I am healing, for time is a healer. I remember a time in October 1978 when my husband, Gene, had a heart attack. I followed the ambulance to the hospital. I remember they stopped along the side of the road to administer CPR again. At the hospital, I heard them announce CODE BLUE. I knew it was for Gene. My family came to the hospital, and we were told he probably wouldnt make it through the night. But he did. In fact, he made it through 14 more years of family, of friends, of camping, of watching his family grow and of building his faith in God. But also, 14 more years of pain, of taking 27 pills a day, of not knowing what the next day might bring. He lived one day at a time and each day to its fullest. Then, his day came. Ill never forget it. It was a cold, snowy day in January 1992 when I gave my husband permission to die. I said, Honey, its okay to go, Ill be okay. Then I received the most devastating news of my entire life. After six days in the critical care unit, the doctors at Mount Carmel East Hospital told me that my husband, Gene, had died.

I didnt know what I was supposed to do, how I was supposed to feel or how I was supposed to act. I cried, and I cried. I went through all of the motions of making arrangements and doing the things I was supposed to do. At the cemetery, looking at his marker for the first time, below his name and the dates is this inscription: Forever and one day. I chose this phrase because Gene always wrote those words in all of his cards and letters to me. You see, he had told me this phrase meant that he would love me forever and one day that one day being at the cemetery. At his grave, looking at the marker for the first time set me on the road to recovery. As the months went by, I realized that, for the first time in my 65 years, I was totally alone. I panicked. It was like standing in the middle of the road not knowing which direction to turn. But, time is a healer. I was afraid of what would happen to me, how I would cope, what I would do or if I would even survive. But feelings seldom lead you astray; they usually lead you to yourself. You see, not only did I lose my husband through death, but I also lost my most intimate and best friend. I was truly alone. Gene and I had climbed to the top of his pyramid together; but when we reached the top, he went on to meet God, and I was

left alone. I wanted to die, too. My daughters were grown. They had their own lives and their own families. I felt no one needed me. But, time is a healer. I was so lonely and depressed. I felt no one could possibly know what I was going through. I wanted to talk about Gene, but there was no one to listen. I wanted to share experiences, but there was no one with whom to share. Thank God I still had my faith. I started to pray more and to just sit quietly and listen. Then I started to feel as if God would not want me to be depressed and lonely and that I had a purpose in life. I began to realize I was starting to heal. God had given me permission to heal. I had given myself permission to heal. After so many years together, depending on each other, I finally had to learn to depend on myself like living alone and not being afraid, finding the water shut-off valve in my basement and filling the gas tank in my car. Healing is always the same. For example, when you cut your hand; it hurts, then it heals, but you have a scar left to remind you. Yes, I miss Gene. I miss his voice. I miss his arms around me. I miss it all. I hope that someday my life is richer for the experiences

My God Story continued from pg. 4 Ive known, the love I have felt, the loss Im enduring and the strength Im gaining. In time, I want to look back and say, I have known many blessings in my life. I have lost, but I have also gained. I have hurt, but I have also healed. I have struggled, but I have also loved. I know I still have more to experience, more to change and more to grow. For all that I have been given in so many ways, I know I am blessed. And I am thankful. In knowing all of this, I truly believe that my ministry is to facilitate a grief support group. Yes, me, the person who once decided she would never attend another Service of Hope because it was so emotional! Time is a healer. We cant sit and wait for it to pass. We have to do something about it. Volunteer, stay busy and keep your faith in God. Time is a healer time! I thought I was doing well. Then Jack came into my life. We fell in love, got married and, four years later, Jack died. I started my grieving all over again. Each of us experiences loss, whether we face the death of a loved one, divorce, a change in job status, a pet or other loss. The loss of a loved one is possibly the most stressful experiences any of us will ever have. The definition of grieving, according to Webster, is: To cause to suffer, to feel grief, sorrow. I say, its too many types of feelings. I say, we have walked through the valley of the shadow of grief. In doing so, weve had to use our spiritual muscles to come out of it stronger. No two people grieve in the same way. We grieve differently because we are different. Take it one day at a time, because time is a healer.

Immersion Baptisms
by Melanie Farkas photos by Jennifer Marshbank

I felt renewed, said Teresa Hoskins. Something happened inside of me Hoskins was one of 15 people who were immersed in water to be baptized or to remember their baptisms at Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church on August 12, 2012. It was just the second time Reynoldsburg UMC had offered immersion baptisms. Immersion baptism is one of three modes of baptism. Each method sprinkling, pouring and immersion symbolizes the washing away of sin. Immersion baptism, according to The United Methodist Book of Worship, is also a powerful symbol of our burial and resurrection with Christ (Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12) and of being born anew of water and the Spirit (John 3:3-5; Titus 3:5). I find it to be a powerful symbol for people who want to profess their faith in God in a public way, said Lead Pastor Jeff Greenway. Pastor Greenway says being there with these people making such a powerful profession of faith can be very emotional for him. I know the stories behind the act and the authenticity of the act, said Pastor Greenway. To hear them and see the look on their faces is very powerful to me. Teresa Hoskins didnt grow up going to church and had never been baptized, but she always knew there was something more out there for her. I always felt a tug in my heart to know God, said Hoskins. As an adult, she attended many churches but didnt feel a real connection until she began attending Reynoldsburg UMC -which she calls her place of peace. I could feel it was where I was supposed to be, said Hoskins. Hoskins had known for years she wanted to be baptized. One Sunday at church, she read in the bulletin about immersion baptism. God was talking to me. He said, Heres your opportunity, said Hoskins. I felt it was the right thing for me to tell God, Here I am, use me as You will! Hoskins 9 year-old son, Hunter, was also not baptized. When he found out about his mothers plans to be baptized, he approached her with an idea. He told me, I want to show Jesus Im ready to follow Him. Hoskins was thrilled at the opportunity to share such an important decision with her son. It was a very special moment for me, one that Ill cherish, to share the day with my son, said Hoskins. I was so proud. Hes so young and already knows God and wants to follow Him and tell others about Him. With her husband, David, standing by them and Pastors Jeff Greenway and Tim Levert leading them into the baptismal water, Teresa and Hunter were immersed. I carried a lot of weight, said Hoskins. I felt like that all washed away, I let it go. Along with helping bring her family closer, Hoskins says shes felt other changes since the baptism. I can talk more openly about the Lord without fear of someone criticizing me. Im very happy to let people know where I stand with God. Reynoldsburg UMC offered immersion baptism again in October and plans to continue in 2013. If you are interested in being baptized or remembering your baptism, contact Pastor Jeff Greenway at jgreenway@rumc.org.

Ella Harris

Amish Rejects
A group of hard-working retirees who call themselves the Amish Rejects had their busiest year yet in helping the community. The team consists of more than a dozen people who lend a hand wherever they can.

by Melanie Farkas

The group started out working with Habitat for Humanity but they wanted to do more.

Bill Augsburger retired years ago and took up golfing several times a week. But, he knew that was not what God had planned for him. I thought, theres got to be something more meaningful than that, said Augsburger. For me, its been a Godsend. Augsburger joined this team he calls a bunch of Christian brothers to help those in the community who need help around their homes. Projects come from word of mouth and for the first time earlier this year, they had a table at SHARE Saturday at our Crossroads Church location. The group started out working with Habitat for Humanity but they wanted to do more. They began helping out at Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church with odd jobs including building walls and closets and repairing pews. Then, they heard of a woman whose home had been badly damaged by a man who had claimed to be a contractor. He basically left a hole in her house and disappeared, said Augsburger. So, his group went to the womans house in Utica and spent three weeks making repairs. This year, the team has installed several handicapped ramps, made drywall repairs, and installed windows and fencing. Often, theyre making repairs on problems not covered by insurance or incomplete or unsafe work. Ella Harris had a stroke in November 2011 that left her in a wheelchair. She hired someone to build her a wheelchair ramp at her home, but it turned out it didnt meet building code. And, the ramp was too steep for her motorized wheelchair. She heard about the Amish Rejects from a friend. Now, Harris has a wheelchair ramp at her home that meets building code and even allows her to go out onto her porch, which she hasnt been able to do since her stroke. It means a lot to me, especially because of my stroke, said Harris. Everybody needs uplifting.

The team witnessed an important milestone in another recipients life. They arrived to work on the womans house for the day, and there were balloons tied to her mailbox. The team learned the woman, originally from Liberia, was celebrating becoming a U.S. citizen. Bill Augsburger says most projects are at the home of people theyve never met, but they often become fast friends. It starts very hands-off for the person were doing the work for. But by the end, its all hugs, said Augsburger. At the end of each project, the Amish Rejects give the homeowner a hand-crafted wooden cross. They gave me a cross and prayed with me. Its very inspiring to know there are people out there that will do things for ministry and out of the goodness of their hearts its uplifting, said Shirley Johnson, who had several repairs made to her east Columbus home by the Amish Rejects. They are truly a blessing to help people in need, and thank God for them. For most projects, the homeowner pays for the materials. When it comes to paying for labor, the Amish Rejects dont send a bill. We say pay with a prayer. And - between you and God - whatever else your heart tells you to do, said Augsburger. The name Amish Rejects comes from the groups beginnings at Reynoldsburg UMC, when several men were making lecterns. Someone inspected their work and said it was pretty good, but not as good as the Amish. From that, someone else coined the name of Amish Rejects and that name has stuck, said Augsburger. The Amish Rejects are always looking for new team members. Having a background in construction or woodworking is helpful, but not required. The current group includes several former engineers, a former electrician and a retired insurance salesman. No matter

their skill level, whats important to this team is that they are Christian brothers (and one sister!) who enjoy helping people and the fellowship of working together.

JOIN THE TEAM! Contact Bill Augsburger at bjaugs@gmail.com or call

614-861-8867
If you know someone who is in need of assistance, you can contact Dick Biggs at rdbiggs62@aol.com or call

740-927-6980
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Current LifeGroups:
TUESDAYS: 7:30pm Reynoldsburg THURSDAYS: 7:00pm Reynoldsburg 7:00pm Rotates between Reynoldsburg and Pickerington SUNDAYS: 11:00am Reynoldsburg 11:00am Pickerington 5:30pm Reynoldsburg 6:00pm Reynoldsburg 6:00pm Rotates between Reynoldsburg & Blacklick 6:00pm Pickerington (2 groups available) 6:30pm Pickerington (3 groups available) 6:30pm Rotates between Pickerington & Buckeye Lake

LIFE GROUPS EXPLODING!


by Megan Mathias
LifeGroups at Reynoldsburg UMC are small groups of about 8-12 people that meet outside the church in homes. Many of these groups study a curriculum based on the sermon series that guides the group deeper into the content mentioned in the sermons. Each group also participates in social events and service projects. Some of these groups are kidfriendly, have snacks, or even include a meal! These groups make the big church smaller. They also are a great place to invite neighbors, co-workers, family, and others that might not otherwise attend a church service, but after connecting with the small group, begin attending! In September, we had our first ever LifeGroup Festivus! One Sunday, we invited the congregation to come to Kirsch Hall to meet members of all of our current LifeGroups after our 9:15 and 11:00 services. The turnout was AMAZING! Our LifeGroups decorated tables and some even decorated themselves! There were bribery brownies, candy, baked goods, nachos and more! We have a new group that began October 20th at 6pm in Pickerington that is kidfriendly and a group that would like to begin meeting in Worthington, day and time to be announced. If you would be interested in joining either of these groups contact Megan. Find a place that feels like home in a LifeGroup! If you missed this opportunity to connect and learn more about our LifeGroups, contact Megan Mathias at 614-866-5864 extension 123 or e-mail mmathias@rumc.org.
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that soon they will be entering the real world. Reynoldsburg High School recently began a new program for seniors, called the Capstone Experience, to help them get real-life experience and make the transition from high school to college less frightening. The school came up with several different options for students to make a difference. Those options included things like organizing a health fair, volunteering in the community, and taking part in internships at local organizations. Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church agreed and supported this program by offering two intern positions each semester. After finding out about this opportunity, Josh Dorsett and Christina Hess immediately said that they were interested. They began their internships in the beginning of September and will continue until the end of December. They are both required to complete around 60 hours of work on site during this time frame, as well as weekly reflections and give a presentation in front of their peers at the end of the semester. This program gives both students a great opportunity to work in the field that they are interested and figure out what exactly it is that they want to do after high school.

I decided to do this because I wanted a deeper knowledge of the job and experience in the field, said 17 year-old Josh Dorsett. I have always loved being with people and sharing my faith, said senior Christina Hess, who is also interested in ministry. I have felt called into ministry for quite some time now, so I am hoping this internship will help me get a better understanding of what that will look like for me in the future. Hess and Dorsett are both scheduled to work Monday and Wednesdays for three hours. Each student has a main project to work on as well as help with church and youth functions. Josh is working with youth coordinator, Dustin Ichida, to organize Disciple Now -- youth retreat meets slumber party -- around Christmas time. While Christina is working with youth pastor, Tim Levert, on the demographics of the Reynoldsburg area and finding a way to help families with Christmas presents for their children. Both are very grateful for this opportunity given to them from Reynoldsburg UMC and are looking forward to what will happen the next few months.

CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE
by Christina Hess Senior year can be a very exciting, yet frightening year for high school students. While being eager to get out on their own, it is also a time when students begin to realize

MILESTONE EVENTS:
by Mindy Mathias

UPComING mILESToNE EvENTS Family Devotions/Introduction to K4 Worship Age Group: Kindergarten When: Sunday, October 28 at 9:15am or 11am (choose one) Families of our brand new Kindergartners will participate in K4 Worship. After worship, the children will attend Small Group and the parents will remain in the Student Ministries Room for training on how to conduct consistent, effective and positive devotion time in their homes. How the Bible Was Built Age Group: 2nd Grade When: Sunday, November 4 at 11am On the Sunday prior to the presentation of the 2nd Grade Bibles, the children and their parents will gather and learn, through an interactive lesson, How the Bible came to be. Bible Sunday Age Group: 2nd Grade When: Sunday, November 11 at 11am The 2nd Graders will be presented an age appropriate Bible in big church during the 11am service.
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BUILDING AND EqUIPPING DEUTERONOMY 6 PARENTS


Over the past few years, we have reported alarming statistics regarding the infrequency of faith/life discussions between churched youth and their parents, the irregular reading of the Bible in the home and the few servanthood events in which youth and their parents participate. Recent research has shed some promising light on this lack of spiritual leadership in the home. According to The Barna Group, Its not that parents are unwilling to provide spiritual leadership for their children, but they feel illequipped to lead them in this way. We want to help parents be the parents God intends them to be. Parents who live by Deuteronomy 6:69: These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. One of the ways we equip parents to be the spiritual leaders of their homes is by presenting Milestone Events where parents and children have the opportunity to come together in a worship/discipleship environment. At these events, parents learn faith skills which can be incorporated into the home.

Family Worship and Silliness on Labor Day Weekend


by Mindy Mathias Sunday, September 2, 2012 was a special Sunday for families and children at Reynoldsburg UMC. During the 9:15am worship hour, families worshipped Jesus together in the big church. During this service, the childrens Fuel Injected worship team led motions to the songs praising our Lord. Fuel Injected did an amazing job showing our church family how to use their hands and feet to praise Jesus. During the 11am worship hour, children ages preschool through sixth grade participated in Silly Sunday. During Silly Sunday, children and volunteers sang silly
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songs to Jesus, played games and listened to a short Bible lesson. The Bible lesson was based on Isaiah 64:8 which states, Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay. You are the potter. Your hands made all of us. Ms. Mindy used Silly Putty as clay during this object lesson. To cap off the morning of fun, all of the children received putty to remind them that God is the potter and they are the clay.

Youth Late-Night & Lock-Out


by Josh Dorsett Reynoldsburg UMCs youth group hosted a Junior High late-night and a Senior High lock-out on September 2, 2012. For the Junior High late-night, the youth met at 8pm and played video games, sardines, and power point games. They divided into groups and decorated flags. Dustin Ichida, a youth leader at at Reynoldsburg UMC, said the night was fun for all. It was amazing! We had a room of crazy 7th and 8th grade kids spending their Friday night having good fun with other kids that share the same faith, said Ichida. Going to the lock-out on September 2 was very exciting for me because I had been to a lock-out a few years ago and it was awesome! This night consisted of games, roller skating, laser tag, bowling, and IHOP for breakfast the next morning. Not only was the lock-out a fun time for the youth, but it was also a great time for us, as regular youth group attendees. We invited people that may not have been involved in a church before or were looking for a church that fits their life better. Lock-outs are a great time for people that share the same faith to go out and have a fun time together and grow in relationships with people that they might not have bonded with otherwise. For this lock-out, I asked one of my friends, Josh, who used to be a regular attendee of Reynoldsburg UMC until some major family issues. After hearing about what we were going to be doing that night, he said that hed like to go. Just recently, I asked him to describe the lock-out in one sentence. It was a great fun-filled night, Josh said. The lock-out, along with the friendly people, was what really helped me to decide to get back into going to church and being in the youth group. Since the lock-out, Josh has not missed one youth event.

Rt. 56 Sundays: Come be a part of the Fun!


5th & 6th Grade Youth Group
by Mindy Mathias
The Rt. 56 2012/2013 programming year began with a bonfire on October 7. Fun was had by all as we roasted marshmallows and hotdogs over the fire. We fellowshipped with each other and played our annual pumpkin games, including Capture the Pumpkin, which is a variation of Capture the Flag but with pumpkins instead of flags. On November 4, Rt. 56 packed shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. The offering collected in the 5th and 6th Grade Sunday Schools in September and October went to purchase items for the boxes as well as pay for postage. If you were not able to make the October or November Rt. 56 Sunday events, its not too late to join in on the fun. Here are some upcoming events: Indoor Swimming at the Worthington Rec Center Sunday, January 20, 2013 2:30 6:00pm Romans vs. Christians at the church building Friday, February 15, 2013 6:00 8:45pm We always need parent chaperones and drivers for Rt. 56 events. Please contact our parent leaders, Susan Harper (harpermom@ sbcglobal.net) or Scott Ayer (ayerfamily@ insight.rr.com) to volunteer. For more information about Rt. 56, please contact Mindy Mathias, Lead Coordinator of Childrens Ministries, at mindy@rumc.org.

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There was a huge need and so little money. It just didnt add up, said Krumlauf. I felt a call to help.

by Melanie Farkas
Like many people, Nellie Krumlauf learned about the devastation of cancer early in her life. She lost her grandmother, Goldie, to lung cancer when Krumlauf was just seven years-old. Cancer took away someone I loved, said Krumlauf. I was very alarmed and traumatized at a young age. Several years later, when Krumlauf was a sophomore in high school, she was looking through her grandmothers old, hand-made jewelry and had a revelation. Krumlauf still felt anger over losing her grandmother but thought there had to be something she could do. I wanted to channel that anger into something positive. I knew I wanted to make a difference in the community, said Krumlauf. Fashion was always something that connected her to her grandmother so Krumlauf decided she wanted to do a fashion show. Then, she just needed a cause to support. Krumlauf searched online for inspiration. Her research revealed that despite childhood cancer being the number one cause of death by disease for children, it was also one of the least funded.
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Her Inspiration Krumlauf was just 16 years-old when, with the help of friends and family, she planned the very first Nellies Catwalk 4 Kids (NC4K) fashion show to benefit Nationwide Childrens Hospital. The August 2007 show had 25 models and 200 guests in attendance. It was in planning that first show that Krumlauf met the little girl she says inspired her to expand Nellies Catwalk 4 Kids. Eden was battling cancer and was a model in the first show. Krumlauf had an instant connection with the six year-old. I truly believe we were meant to meet, said Krumlauf. I thought, if I could make her laugh for five minutes, thats what I wanted to do. Krumlauf had originally meant for the fashion show to be a one-time event. But, after the show, Eden told her how much fun it was and how she couldnt wait until next year. For Krumlauf, something clicked. That was really a defining moment for me. If she could go through cancer and chemotherapy, I could be a high school student and plan an annual fashion show, said Krumlauf. The following year, Eden was too sick to take part in the fashion show. It wasnt long after that, the little girl died after battling

3 staff members Nellie Krumlauf (left), Steve Thompson (middle), Ashley Marshall (right)

cancer for several years. Sitting at Edens funeral, Krumlauf realized what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. That was a turning point. From there, we added other events and a high school club, said Krumlauf. Growing Her Charity Krumlauf continued working on NC4K even after graduating in 2009 from Reynoldsburg High School. Nellies Catwalk 4 Kids became a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization and refocused what was done with the money raised. There were so many organizations that raised money for cancer research. But after talking with many families, Krumlauf realized there was a great need for financial help for families daily expenses. Friends and family support sometimes only

goes so far, said Krumlauf. There was a need to fill, and we wanted to allow these families to focus on their kids. She decided their proceeds would be focused on helping families pay expenses like mortgage payments, bills, gasoline, movie tickets and whatever that family needs to help them cope. Each family is given a care package that is built specifically for their needs and includes items for every member of the family. Our giving model is to help families financially and emotionally. When you combine the two together, you can really make an impact, said Krumlauf. Fashion Show The annual fashion show continues to be the charitys big event. The August 2012 show included more than 300 models ranging in age from 5 to 25 most of whom were either cancer patients or volunteers. The theme was Masquerade where the models could wear whatever they wanted but had to stick with a color theme and wear a mask. Krumlauf loves to be backstage and see the models right after they walk the runway. She sees a transformation, especially in models that are usually very shy. Everyone is glowing. Where else are you able to be in front of thousands of people and model, said Krumlauf. The (pediatric cancer patients) just want to feel normal, and thats what were all about. NC4K also has Nellies Club in area high schools that gets young people involved in raising money and awareness for childhood cancer. The teens in these clubs were instrumental in hosting a Christmas party last year for 25 families impacted by childhood cancer. The clubs worked with Nationwide Childrens Hospital to find patients and their families who were the most in need. Then, the clubs shopped for gifts, put together packages and planned the party at Easton Town Center. People dont give teens enough credit. When provided the right opportunity, they really step up and it becomes contagious, said Krumlauf. NC4K has also added a golf outing, a 5K run/walk and a dance marathon. A Busy Life During these years of growing her charity,

Krumlauf has also been a full-time student. She will graduate in May 2013 from Ohio Dominican University (ODU) with a major in public relations and minor in non-profit management. She also has battled the obstacle of her age and many peoples expectations of someone so young. At first, it was tough to get people to buy into it especially with the information coming from a high school or college student. Its easier now that we have a built a foundation and can show what weve done. Krumlauf still gets nervous presenting at schools and in front of potential sponsors. Her classes at ODU, including business and presentation courses, have helped. The university has also been supportive in her efforts. University leaders knew of her charity before she even attended there, and the college hosted her 2011 and 2012 fashion shows. Krumlauf says her family and friends have also helped drive her efforts. I had this dream and vision. It would not be what it is now without everyone whos been behind it. If youre passionate about it, you can do anything. She turns to God for daily uplifting and to help her through tough times like funerals for children. The hard part about my job is we do lose children to cancer. People told me not to get emotionally involved, but how can you not? Plans for the Future There are big plans for the future of Nellies Catwalk 4 Kids. The charity is in the process of going national. The organization is in the early stages of training branch managers in at least 11 other states. These managers

will launch satellite offices, run fashion shows and reach families in need. Fashion shows are already on the 2013 calendar in Cincinnati and Cleveland. Krumlauf also plans to go on a nationwide tour after graduation to officially launch NC4K as a national organization and to bring awareness to childhood cancer. Despite its rapid growth, Krumlauf says NC4K will always be true to where and how it began. We really want to be strong in the communities where we began and support the people who live in those communities. So, even though we are going nationwide, we want to show we are a grassroots organization at the same time. Her plans dont end there. Krumlauf is constantly working on more ideas including a traveling fashion show. Shed like to have a vehicle full of clothes and other dress-up items that is driven to a patients home and volunteers would hold a fashion show in the driveway. Krumlauf knows that, whatever the future holds for NC4K, itll always be part of her life. We can make it as big or as small as we want it to be. As long as we serve families on some level, Ill be happy. You can learn more about Nellies Catwalk 4 Kids, upcoming events and how to volunteer or donate by going to nc4k.com or by going to their Facebook page at facebook. com/nc4kforlife. If you or someone you know is a family who would like assistance from NC4K, go to nc4k.com and click on the NC4K Families button.

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Changes Underway at the McCurdy School


by Melanie Farkas A great deal of change is underway at the McCurdy Charter School in Espaola, New Mexico, and the McCurdy Mission Team at Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church is working hard to help. This year, the school celebrated 100 years of helping children, youth and families in the Espaola Valley. The school is now a charter school that receives public money. The campus is also adapting to twice as many students as last year by demolishing several old buildings, planning the construction of some new ones and many other changes. What used to be known as the McCurdy School has come a long way in 100 years. Mellie Perkins, an Evangelical United Brethren deaconess, started the school in 1912. Perkins had visited the Espaola Valley and was concerned about the poverty and lack of public education to the mostly Spanish-speaking residents. Today, the McCurdy Charter School campus includes more than 500 students attending pre14

school, elementary, middle and high school. Students, parents and people from the community can also take part in programs to combat drug abuse, violence and much more. In August 2012, a team of 22 people from Reynoldsburg United Methodist Churchs McCurdy Mission Team traveled to New Mexico for their annual trip as part of the McCurdy Ministries Volunteers in Mission (VIM) program. The program connects McCurdy with the United Methodist Church to help the school in a myriad of ways. Volunteers often do not know what their week will entail until they arrive. We arrive Sunday and have no idea what jobs well do until Sunday night or Monday morning, said mission co-leader Brenda Waligura. This years mission trip was a flurry of activity that included clearing out buildings that are marked for demolition, installing insulation, painting, weeding, tree-trimming and many other odd jobs. They even dug trenches for new fiber optic phone lines, saving the school up to $8,000. It was a huge undertaking and a great accomplishment for the guys who worked

on the project, said another volunteer, Carla Chambers-Lynde. In 2011, the schools 1st Grade classroom was completely destroyed by a fire set by vandals. This year, funds from Reynoldsburg UMC helped rebuild the classroom. The first graders loved their new classroom! said Chambers-Lynde. Volunteers are so busy they do not interact with students as much as they would like. But, they know the work theyre doing is making a positive difference. Waligura says the community, located in northern New Mexico about 20 miles north of Santa Fe, has a great number of problems with substance abuse and domestic violence. But, everyone has a common goal: making sure the students choose another path. The parents are just like any parent -- they want the best for their kids, said Brenda Waligura. And I love to see the dedication of the McCurdy Ministry staff as well as the staff of the school. They care about their students they really care. And you want to help them because they care. The work done by volunteers from Reynoldsburg UMC and other churches

helps the school and ministry staff free up their time to focus on the important programs that help students thrive. Due to the new charter status, McCurdy Ministries no longer runs school operations, but offers before- and after-school programs, a breakfast and lunch program and a program that combats high school dropout rates by providing positive adult role models, mentoring, support groups and therapy. The mission is to reach students with Christcentered activities to prepare them for productive, spirit-filled lives. The efforts are working. McCurdy Charter School boasts a zero percent drop-out rate -- compared to 53% at the areas public schools. Most McCurdy graduates go on to college, many with thousands of dollars in scholarships. While the school is expanding, so are the McCurdy Missions programs to reach more students and show them how to live into the future God has for them. It took my heart the first year. Every time I go, I get more into it, said Waligura. Help is always needed for the McCurdy Mission Team. They collect Box Tops and Soup Labels for Education to help the school purchase critically needed supplies. In the past, the fundraiser purchased a van, computers and other educational equipment. You can take your Box Tops and Soup Labels in the main lobby at Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church. To get more information or get involved with the Reynoldsburg UMC McCurdy Mission Team, contact Dave Pagura at (740) 9275771 or email missions@rumc.org.

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by Lee Leonard

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On Saturday, September 22, the south grounds of Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church were overrun by people sampling home-made chili, enjoying Christian music and playing games. The air was filled with the enticing blended aromas of the various homemade chili recipes under blue and sunny skies. The sounds of amplified guitars and an occasional roar of a Harley motorcycle permeated the atmosphere. It was the second annual Reynoldsburg Chili Festival, accompanied by a motorcycle cruise-in, sponsored by at least five area Christian biker ministries. Between 1,500 and 2,000 people from the community flocked to the grounds during the five-hour event aimed at providing family fun and an introduction to our church. More than 300 people who registered received e-mailed invitations to the next days worship services. Proceeds from the event went to the H.E.A.R.T. Food Pantry serving East Side residents. More than $500 was raised. It was awesome! exclaimed Matt Reed of Canal Winchester, a biker, as he walked away with a large trophy for best sport cycle in the motorcycle judging. It sort of gave me the itch to enter more competitions, he said. Its a great way for the community to come together, said Bill Campbell of

Reynoldsburg, who was there with his wife, Jennifer, and their daughter Chloe, 4-1/2. It was really well-put-together, Jennifer said. I liked it all. There was something for everyone. Children enjoyed crafts, clowns, facepainting and several large inflatable creations where they could let off steam. The Truro Township Fire Department provided a pair of fire engines, allowing children to tour the inside and receive a red plastic firefighters helmet. Youth had beanbag toss, touch football and Gaga, a cross between four-square and dodge ball. For the adults, there was the ever-popular chili cook-off, which had 20 entries. The judges choice was Damnation, a peppery concoction submitted by the Dave and Annette Pagura LifeGroup. The peoples choice by balloting was Sleeping Alone Tonight, which needs no further explanation since it was served up by the Gass Master Cooking Squad dressed in hazmat suits and gas masks. For Buckeye fans, there was a big-screen TV so they could watch the scarlet and gray take on the University of Alabama at Birmingham. There were 26 entries in the motorcycle judging, coordinated by Craig Decker and Jim Stanley.

Rotating music was provided by Tim and Tasha Levert and the 9:15 Worship Praise Team, plus Jennifer and Dennis Franko, Hannah Mapes, Evan Carr, and Mitch Booth. Dale and Carla Chambers-Lynde, the 2011 chili competition winners, donated containers of their chili with proceeds going to the H.E.A.R.T. Food Pantry. For chili eaters with flaming tongues, Jenis provided Hummingbird Cake ice cream to cool the palate, proceeds also going to H.E.A.R.T. Im so proud of our church family, said Tasha Levert, the chair of the event. One person cant pull off an event as big as the Chili Festival. I had over 100 volunteers on my team, who were passionate about reaching out to the city of Reynoldsburg. From set-up to tear-down, the Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church family shined bright. Bill Campbell, the Reynoldsburg resident mentioned earlier, was so enthusiastic he said he would be one of those volunteers in the future. I would have it twice a year, he said. Stay tuned for details on the 2013 Reynoldsburg Chili Festival.

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by: Matt Elliot

ROMANIA UPDATE
September 9th was the one-year celebration of the Way of Faith Churches in Cluj and Micesti, Romania becoming official United Methodist Churches. Superintendant Daniel Topalski from Bulgaria joined the celebration. There was a presentation of a book, which is about to be published, authored by Pastor Rares Calugar and Assistant Pastor Cristian Istrate of the Cluj church. It is titled; The United Methodist Church of Romania Who We Are and What We Believe. This book will be available soon and will explain the history, doctrine, and beliefs of the United Methodists, for those who are unaware of this new denomination in the country of Romania. Recently two members of Way of Faith UMC in Cluj travelled to Ruse, Bulgaria for a UMC Womens Conference. This was an amazing event due to the growth of international relationships for the church in Cluj, which is also under the Bulgarian Conference. Ioana Samartineanu, the church treasurer, and Cristina Pop, a board member and former staff member, said they had a wonderful time. The Assistant Pastor of the Cluj Church, Cristian Istrate, has recently been accepted in a Greek Catholic Seminary in Cluj to study theology. This is common for Methodist Pastors in Eastern Europe since Methodist
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Theological Seminaries are not readily available. Cristian is commuting between Cluj and Budapest, Hungary now as his wife Ligia is doing a 6 month cross-cultural European doctoral residency there. Cristian and Ligia are staying at the United Methodist House in downtown Budapest and were recently visited by Bishop Patrick Streiff as he was attending meetings in the city. Pastor Rares Calugar is continuing his seminary studies in Talin, Estonia as well as online with the Bishops eAcademy program. Rares is taking both schools in English simultaneously while also overseeing the Cluj Church and the mission.

THE PARTNERSHIP Supports Rahabs Hideaway


by Tom Hofmann
THE PARTNERSHIP is a group of 10 United Methodist Churches and Ministries on the Far East side of Columbus. The organization was recently looking for a program that all the churches could support. On Sunday, May 20 at the Etna United Methodist Church, founder of Rahabs Hideaway, Marlene Carson, shared the need for bicycles for the young women who the ministry serves. The organization also had a constant need for health kits (personal products) that girls and women are given as they escape human trafficking. The members decided to do a bike drive at their churches and committed to over 175 kits. On September 1, all items were delivered to Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church and loaded into a truck to be delivered. As the 23 bikes and many kits were delivered, Marlene and her co-workers could not believe the number of bikes and the various sizes that all ages could use. For many of the participants, this is their only means of transportation. Thanks to all members who contributed a bike or money to help purchase new bikes. To get involved in THE PARTNERSHIP, contact Tom Hofmann at tomh@wowway.com. You can also learn more about Rahabs Hideaway by going to rahabshideaway.org.

DID YoU KNoW

Reynoldsburg United Methodist Women is on Facebook. Please visit our page to get the latest information on upcoming events. Go to www.facebook.com/ ReynoldsburgUMW or snap the qR code with your smartphone to go directly to the link.

BUCKEYE DAY Thank you to everyone who helped make Buckeye Day a success. The profit so was

1st Annual Spring Hill Day Camp


by Susan Harper Spring Hill Day Camp took place at our church for the first time on August 6 - 10. It was a week-long adventure for 82 kids who had completed Kindergarten through fourth grade. The kids began each day with a dance party, hearing a Bible story and learning the weeks verse. They spent most of the week outside enjoying many activities including water games on the inflatable slide and slip-n-slide, jumping on the bungee trampoline, climbing the rock wall and the rope ladder and shooting targets with the bow and arrow and a paintball slingshot. For crafts, they tie-dyed t-shirts and painted picture frames. They sang silly songs and played games including Gagaball and 9-square. After each activity, staff members debriefed with the kids to discuss how they could relate the activity to Jesus. At the end of the week, the camps closing ceremony included a recap for the parents and an award certificate for each child. Spring Hill Day Camp will be returning in 2013 during the week of August 5-9.

$448
which will go to RUMW end-of-year giving to missions.

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NEW WEB SITE


by Melanie Farkas Reynoldsburg United Methodist church is excited to unveil a brand new, redesigned Web site ReynoldsburgUMC.com. The new website includes everything members and visitors need to know about the life of our church, with a team of people keeping it constantly updated. We want to make it super simple for people to pull up our site and find all of the information they need, said Pastor Tim Levert, who is part of the team who developed the new site. The site includes four rotating images on the homepage that feature links to what people look for the most on our Web site: a welcome page with information for first-time visitors, information on our current message series and links to two upcoming events. Theres a tension between providing enough information to help people make an informed decision and sensory overload. I hope were striking a healthy balance between the two, said Levert. The Web site includes a master calendar that has information on events scheduled at Reynoldsburg UMC through its many ministries including the Childrens Ministries, Fusion Youth Ministry, Adult Discipleship, music ministry, support groups and much more.

Parents are able to find information about childcare, Sunday childrens programming and the preschool at Reynoldsburg UMC.

Those worshipping from home on Sunday can find links to watch our LIVE stream of the Sunday 9:15am and 11:00am services and register their attendance.

The site gives you several opportunities to contact staff members to ask questions and get more information. We also welcome input and suggestions on any portion of our website. We hope you enjoy this new way to connect to Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church.

You can get connected to our affiliate organizations and ministries including: Crossroads Church, Kindway, The Shepherds Place and the Reynoldsburg Emmaus Community. You can also submit prayer requests and get information on support groups, counseling services and more

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UPCOMING EVENTS
RUMW UPCOMING EVENTS
December 11 Evening Christmas celebration. Dessert will be served. December 15 Cookie & Candy Sale

BOX TOPS & LABELS


Please assist Reynoldsburg UMW in saving Labels for Education, a Campbells brand program and Box Tops for Education, a General Mills program. Just clip and save UPCs and beverage caps or box tops from participating products. Then, bring them to the church and put them in the marked basket near the reception area. RUMW sends the box tops and labels to the McCurdy Charter School in New Mexico so they can get the supplies they need to continue their mission.

THANKSGIVING
Thanksgiving Eve Service: Wednesday, November 21 at 6:30pm Join us for our Thanksgiving Eve Service in the Worship Center. All are welcome. There will be no Wednesday night meal or Pastors Bible Study on this evening. Thanksgiving Day Dinner: Thursday, November 22 at Noon & 3:00pm Join dozens of families on Thanksgiving Day for food and prayer. If youd like to donate food, volunteer for preparation and/or serving, or make a reservation to eat, you can sign up at a table set up in the carpeted hallway outside the worship center or call the church at 614-866-5864. The deadline for reservations is Friday, November 16. If you have special needs or questions, call dinner coordinator David Garberson at 614-322-9786.

CHRISTMAS
Blue Christmas: Sunday, December 23 at 7:00pm The Blue Christmas Service is a service of hope and consolation for those for whom Christmas is a difficult time to celebrate in the traditional fashion. Christmas Eve Services: monday, December 24 5:00pm Worship for Families with Children 7:00pm Traditional Candlelight Service 9:00pm Contemporary Candlelight Service 11:00pm Traditional Candlelight Service with Chanel Choir

REYNOLDSBURG ON ICE
On Friday, January 11 at 7pm, join the Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church family for Reynoldsburg on Ice. A group from Reynoldsburg UMC will cheer on the Columbus Blue Jackets as they take on the Carolina Hurricanes. The special rate for our group is $20 per person and you get a free hat! This event is for all ages and everyone will sit together at Nationwide Arena. The family with the best Blue Jackets sign and the family dressed in the best CBJ gear will get a prize! For more information on the event, contact Tasha Levert (tashalevert@gmail.com). To purchase tickets, go to www.bluejackets.com/reynoldsburgonice.
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Norman (Matt)hew Wright


Pastor of Local Missions

Media / Communications Production Manager

Melanie Farkas

MEET THE STAFF


RELATIoNSHIPS
Married to Stephanie Wright Dan Farkas

CHILDREN
Not yet, but hopeful: may soon adopt Leah (2), baby boy due in December

EDUCATIoN
Hocking College / Cincinnati Bible College Urbana University / United Theological Seminary BAA from Central Michigan University in Journalism

JoINED THE STAFF July 2012 RESPoNSIBILITIES


Local Missions / Celebrate Recovery / Mens Ministry Pastor of Crossroads Church Mission Site Member of RUMC Lead Team Staff Media Relations / Web Site Development / Social Media Editing & Publication Coordination for Weekly Bulletin, The Messenger, brochures and business publications Plan production for weekly sermons

September 2012

FUN FACT
Im full of surprises Im a twin sister. We are fraternal twins. She lives a block from Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, MI. Everyone in my family, including myself, are Michigan fans. Dont hold it against me!

Tacos / Fish / Asparagus

FAvoRITE FooD

Anything Italian

HoBBIES
Anything outdoors: Camping / hunting / fishing hiking / tennis / disc golf / collect old fishing lures Reading / Writing / Spending time with my daughter

House

FAvoRITE SHoW movIE/BooK

Dancing With the Stars

Movies: Braveheart / Last of the Mohicans Book: The Necessity of an Enemy by Ron Carpenter, Jr.

Movie: Snow White & The Huntsman

FAvoRITE TEAm
Cincinnati Reds / Cincinnati Bengals Detroit Red Wings

WHY I WoRK HERE


District Superintendant, Jeff Greenway, and Gods Holy Spirit I worked at 10TV and covered several amazing events going on at Reynoldsburg UMC including the missions to Haiti and the Roll Students Roll trip to Alabama.

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IN APPRECIATION
Thank You Church Family, Recently, you were asked to help out with some costs for urgently needed building maintenance. We asked, you responded. We asked for $200,000 for a variety of needs and received $11,773 in additional donations. Also, those who donated to the building fund approved the use of $500,571 of previous designated offerings toward this need. Many of you may have noticed the painting of the steeple, the painting of some interior walls, and the sealing and striping of the parking lots. These have cost about $126,000. We are currently in the process of obtaining approval for signage with an anticipated cost of approximately $30,000 to be completed in the near future. Some individuals have asked about the use of the amounts authorized to pay off the remaining outstanding debt on existing buildings. We recognize the merit of the suggestion but believe the best course of action is to continue to stay the course on our debt repayment as our current debt is $354,320 and is included in our annual budget. In order to be good stewards of the funds you have entrusted to us, all remaining funds authorized for release for these projects, but not used due to your generous response, will be returned to the building fund to be used as previously designated. Thank you for your support of these needs and your generosity to our church family. -Board of Trustees & Finance Committee To the Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church, A special thanks to Pastor Jeff Greenway for his get well message and bulletin, along with visits from Pastor Maxine in the hospital. Also, the get well cards from the church, Mary Circle, telephone calls from many of the members. Each thoughtful person has helped in my recovery. A big thank you to all. Irene L. Godfrey Dear Church Friends and Family, I want to thank everyone for their prayers, visits and cards in the death of my husband, Okey Roush. The love and concerns from so many of our church friends, neighbors, and carefriends from Wesley Ridge was overwhelming and so comforting. A special thanks to the ladies who do comfort meals for their refreshments after the funeral. God bless all of you, Kathleen Roush and Family From the Reynoldsburg United Methodist Women: We would like to thank everyone who donated to the UMCOR kits presented at the Annual Conference at Lakeside in June.

Dear Reynoldsburg UMC Family, Thank you so much for the generous farewell gifts. The offering was an unexpected surprise and incredible blessing to my family and me. For ten years, I was afforded an extraordinary opportunity to develop and lead the Childrens Ministry at RUMC. Thank you for allowing me to be an influence for God in the lives of our children and their families. Love and blessings, Tracy Holstein

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NEw MEMbERS
Logan Cuppy lives at 5689 Saranac Dr, Columbus. He has a daughter, Lilly, who is in 1st grade. Logan is Veteran of the United States Army Reserves. He enjoys computers, photography, hiking, and family activities. Logan attends the 9:15am service and joins our church by profession of faith. Amber Everetts lives at 3808 Bonita Road, Columbus. Amber is a full-time student and will graduate in March of 2013. She enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as supporting the Emmaus Community. Amber attends the 9:15am service and joins our church by profession of faith. Jeff Morrow and Kaye LovseyMorrow live at 301 S. Waggoner Road, Reynoldsburg. Jeff is self-employed and Kaye is employed by Nationwide Childrens Hospital. They have four children ranging from Kindergarten to 9th Grade. They attend the 11:00am service and join by profession of faith. Jimmy and Donna Easley live at 8064 Kingfisher Lane, Pickerington. Jimmy and Donna have been married for 49 years. Jimmy and Donna are retired and like to spend time with family, travelling, and square dancing. Jimmy also enjoys golf, and Donna enjoys reading. They attend the 9:15 service and join by transfer from Woodland UMC in Akron. David and Teresa Hoskins live at 7624 Creekbend Drive, Pickerington. Both are self-employed running an on-line musical instrument shop. They have a son, Hunter, who is in 3rd grade. David enjoys antiques, coins, movies, tennis, and biking. Teresa enjoys gardening, volunteering, travelling and biking. She also serves as a small group leader in our childrens ministries. They attend the 9:15 service and join by profession of faith. Robert Sheline and Karen GreenSheline live at 5799 Lucinda Ct., Columbus. Robert is employed by Ranalli Painting, Inc., and Karen is retired. They have five children. Robert is an artist (oil and watercolor) and a sportsman. Karen enjoys music and scouting. They attend the 11:00am service and join by profession of faith.

Shirley Unverzagt lives at 6287 Rutherford Place, Columbus. Shirley has a BS in Accounting and is now retired. Shirley plays canasta and mahjong. She enjoys gold, exercise, reading, and her three grandchildren. Shirley attends the 8:00 am service and joins our church by profession of faith.

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REYNOLDSBURG
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
1636 Graham Road Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 614-866-5864 ReynoldsburgUMC.com