What is GodlyPlay?
The Godly Play approach helps children to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language, and to enhance their spiritual experience through wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles serves children of all ages. Dee shared her storytelling skills with us at the All Church Family Reunion – adults, youth, and children were mesmerized by the power of story. We are all learners, we all love to hear stories – so join Dee and Susan for this exciting adult education series. By the end of the series, you will have an understanding of Godly Play and experienced its power.
We are cancelling Family Game Night and Parents’ Night Out for the fourth Friday of December because of the coincidence with the Christmas holiday. We will resume on the fourth Friday of January.
- No 8:15am worship, only 10:30am
- 7:00pm Christmas Eve Family Service
- 10:30pm Pre-Service Music
- 11:00pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
- Office closed for Christmas
The altar is dressed up as The Table of Abundance for Consecration Sunday, when we recognize and celebrate the gifts shared by our members. It’s a harvest festival for the fruits of our labors.
An alternative to the Black Friday Buying Frenzy!
Friends. Freedom. Food. Music. Jobs. Parents. Children. Laughter. Emotions. And dozens of other things. We all have so much to be thankful for — everyday, not just Thanksgiving Day. So join me as I sing a unique concert of songs that express gratitude for all that we have.
Friday November 24
7:30 to 9 p.m.
Maynard Avenue Methodist Church
2350 Indianola Ave,
Free parking will be available in the church lot and on nearby streets.
Playing piano and guitar, I’ll sing songs written by, made famous by, or inspired by, a wide variety of folks — John Denver, the Weavers, Phil Ochs, Louis Armstrong, Don McLean, the Beatles, and others. Even Johnny Appleseed, Jiminy Cricket, and the “old ladies” on the TV show, “Golden Girls.”
On several songs, Ann Fisher will add beautiful flute accompaniment, David Maywhoor will add the beat on percussion, and two surprise singers will add vocal harmonies.
Besides the music, we’ll hear some thoughtful quotes, reminding us of our many many blessings on Planet Earth. No sermons here but words of inspiration and emotion from sources as varied as Albert Schweitzer, Rod Serling, Gandhi, Einstein, and Buddha.
We’ll be asking for $10 per person donations at the door. Proceeds will go to help my wife Randi make her annual winter trek to the Dominican Republic. That’s where she serve as a volunteer translator for the International Medical Alliance of Tennessee, a team of doctors and nurses who provide free basic medical care to impoverished Haitian workers who live and work just inside the D.R. border.
For many, Thanksgiving is a day to gorge on food, and the next day is a day to splurge on buying material goods. Let’s make this holiday more meaningful by celebrating our true blessings, giving heartfelt thanks for them, and taking action to make this a better world.
Join us December 3rd to hear attorney Jennifer Nimer, Executive Director CAIR-Columbus, describe how Islamophobia affects Muslims’ day to day life — through workplace discrimination, hate crimes, and through the challenges that immigrants and refugees face
in Central Ohio. The struggles faced by the Muslim Community in Columbus will be lifted up in the first-hand stories of recent immigrants receiving assistance through CRIS. Right after the Forum, through Better Plate Columbus, immigrants and the settled population will cook, share and discuss some of their favorite dishes from cultures within and outside the Muslim world.
Families with children are welcome. Onsite childcare will be provided during the 3-5 PM forum, and children can join the social hour from 5 to 7 PM.
North Congregational UCC
2040 W. Henderson Rd.
Columus, OH 43220
Nov. 23rd 12:00 PM
This meal was designed for those who would otherwise have nowhere to enjoy Thanksgiving.
ST. JOHN’S UCC
59 E. Mound St.
Parking is available in the parking garage on E. Mound St. south of High St.
North Church ONA Outreach Team is bringing Thanksgiving dinner to St. John’s Evangelical Protestant UCC again this year. No mater who you are or where you are in life’s journey, you are welcome to join us for a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
Meal prep volunteers welcome. Contact Marilyn Lloyd at North Church
By Mark Grimsley
In most science fiction films, the audience knows what it means when extra-terrestrials arrive on Earth. It means trouble. Big trouble. And that’s exactly the fear of most governments when twelve gigantic, lozenge-shaped space ships appear in locations all over the globe. What do the beings inside want? There’s no way to know without learning how to talk to them. And that’s the problem at the heart of Arrival.
To solve it, the U.S. government turns to world-class linguist Dr. Louise Banks (played by Amy Adams), who is assisted by physicist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner). The government is wary about the aliens’ intentions. But it is more afraid of what may happen if another country learns to communicate with the aliens first. What if China or Russia makes a breakthrough with the aliens first and uses what it learns against the United States? What if shots are fired, bringing alien wrath down upon the whole globe? From her first, tentative encounters with two aliens (who are only dimly visible), Banks develops confidence that the reasons behind their visit are benign. But other governments, particularly China, are moving toward the opposite conclusion, and Banks’s quest for a linguistic breakthrough becomes a race against time.
Superbly directed by Denis Villeneuve, Arrival is a meditation on the problem of communication across a wide chasm that also poses important questions about the universe, being, time and space. Critics were almost unanimous in their praise for the film, with many ranking it among the best films of 2016.
Arrival, rated PG-13 for some gun violence and occasional profanity, will be shown in the Rainbow Room on Friday, November 10, at 7 pm, with a Video Descriptive Service audio track available for those who may need it. Refreshments will be provided. If you would like to attend and need childcare, contact Jo Anne Nay at firstname.lastname@example.org
North Church Inter-Generational Family Game Night
Bring your kids, your parents, your friends and your games and come play! We will provide games and light snacks.
Starts 6:30pmPick up by 9:00pm
Faith and Film Night last Friday viewed “Loving.”
The film tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, the couple behind the landmark Supreme Court case that struck down laws against interracial marriage.
Loving was shown with a Video Descriptive Service audio track available for those who may need it, and there was a group discussion of the film and themes afterward.
Congratulations to Terry, our former student pastor, on his ordination! Terry has been serving as a licensed pastor at Orchard Hill United Church of Christ in Chillicothe for the past several years.
Today is BREAD Sunday at North Church, so our children computers this prayer during the children’s time portion of our worship. They talked about how BREAD helps our community, and how we can support BREAD. This is their prayer:
Help us build a community where all people feel welcomed, where we listen to each other, where all people has a home, where everyone gets education, we all get food (ice cream especially), everyone is kind to each other, where we all are family, every body feels loved, and where theres freedom of speech.
Upcoming events for BREAD:
House meetings our congregation during the month of October. These sacred conversations will provide a space to get to know people in our congregation, strengthen relationships, talk about serious community problems, and give you more information on the work of the Justice Ministry or Rodef Tzedek Network. Please contact the leaders of the Justice Ministry or Rodef Tzedek Network in your congregation for more details.
Join North Church at the BREAD Annual Assembly!
Monday, November 13th
Christ the King Catholic Church
2777 E. Livingston Ave.
Columbus, OH 43209
We’ll celebrate Investment Drive accomplishments, hear updates from BREAD leaders and local officials on campaigns to implement solutions to community problems, hear testimonies from BREAD leaders, and vote on the next community problem that we’ll tackle.
We had a lovely evening Friday playing Scrabble with members and visitors, while some of our kids played ball with the neighbors’ children in the parking lot.
Games Night / Parents’ Night Out happens on the fourth Friday. Stay and play, or drop your kids off for a while with our Sunday school teachers for some grown-up time.
Pumpkins will be arriving the first week of October to fill the North Church pumpkin patch! Bring the kids, and pick out a great pumpkin for carving.
Sunday through Friday 11:30 – 7:30
Saturday 10:00 – 7:30
Concert for Us
Thursday, December 7 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $25 and $50, special needs seating available
All the Harmony Project choirs, 1000 voices in total, will perform.
Harmony Project has been holding concerts twice a year since 2009. They began at the Lincoln Theater, then moved to the Southern, then to the Ohio Theater, where last season they held two sold out concerts. The choirs have grown to the point that they had to find a larger venue.
The concert will include music from Styx, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Pete Townshend, Elton John, Rag’n’Bone Man, and One Republic.
As a member of Harmony Project, Pam Highlen is able to order tickets before sales are open to the public. IF you would like to order from Pam, please contact her between August 24-September 8, 2017. IF you order early from her, you will receive the best available seats in Nationwide Arena! Be sure to specify you name, email and postal address, the number of tickets you want to purchase, and whether you want $25 or $50 tickets, AND if you have special needs (aisle seat, wheel chair, disability seating, main floor; no steps).
Friday August 25th, 6:30pm
Drop your kids after they’ve eaten, we’ll entertain them for a couple of hours with light snacks and board games during Family Games Night at no cost. Our Sunday school teachers will ensure your kids enjoy the time as much as you do!
We’re facing not-so ordinary times–international and national, statewide and local, political news, fake news, personal views, perceived and real threats, challenges to our way of life, our security, our welfare and future.
Some of us need to talk about it all.
We’ll resume on September 19th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Bring something to eat, and any concerns and ideas you want to discuss. Our conversations are always wide open and respectful.
The Wednesday Evening Book Study (WEBS) will resume Sept. 20th.
WEBS meets Wednesdays at 7:00pm, and this session we’ll read together Beyond the Comma | Life at the Intersection. Pastor Eric can order you a book for $16 by August 15th, or you can order it online for yourself at this link. Please let Pastor Erick know if he can help with the cost.
A new Bible study group will be meeting to read Genesis | LISTEN UP! Bible Study series (Copeland, Layzer, and Rardin) together on Friday mornings beginning September 15th from 11:00am to 12:15pm. The book covers chapters 1-11 of Genesis, with other books to follow.
Pre-order a book by asking Pastor Eric before August 15th. The book cost is $5 through the group purchase ($7 if you get it yourself online.) Please let Pastor Eric know if he can help with the cost.
During the 10:30 service on next Sunday August 6th, the will be a presentation of a short drama based on the story of “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” the story of a young girl who lived in Hiroshima during World War II.
Dr. Sekyeong Seong will present a free classical piano concert today at 3pm before she begins her tour in South Korea.
If you’d prefer to have your kids play games instead, they will love being entertained by members of our highly qualified Sunday School staff while you take a moment to recall your life before your kids. No charge, light snacks will be served.