Saturday and Sunday May 5-6Join us for fellowship, spirituality, and some light exposure to nature! TheNorth Men will be helping to prepare the summer camp campus for 2017.
Wednesday April 11th 7:00pm WEBS
Studying Interrupting Silence: God’s Command to Speak Out by Walter Bruggeman
Come out and play for our inter-generational family board games night, or take a couple hours for couplehood with pure parents night out!
Free Family Board Games Night
6:30pm Friday April 27th. Bring a game to share our play ours with us. Light snacks will be served.
Free Parents’ Night Out
6:30pm -8:30pm Friday April 27th. Leave your children with our qualified Sunday school teachers while you take time for a quieter dinner.
Monday April 9th, 6:30pm
2040 W. Henderson Rd, Columbus 43220
Saturday April 28th, 7pm
Proceeds benefit the music ministry and South Side Food Pantry
I land firmly in the latter camp. I used to really struggle with this. I used to pine after certainty, thinking there I would find security. If I were able to believe X or Y about God; if I were able to hold Q tenant of orthodox Christianity, then I would be okay. Thing is, belief does not come easy for me. I doubt, I reject, I reconsider; I go toe-to-toe with God about each and every little bit of it.
Or, I used to. At some point, I gave up the struggle to have it all figured out. I moved from needing certainty to embracing mystery. Embracing the mystery is a gentler place for me, but it is not always helpful when I need something to hold on to. Thankfully, all the stripping away of my faith as I wrestled with doubt revealed the faith that’s been there the whole time.
So, this is what I’ve got. This is what I hold to in the midst of the tensions and contradictions and unknowings of my life. Four things:
1. God likes me. I know, too, that God loves me, but sometimes I need something more human-sized. God likes me. Exactly as I am. Enjoys hanging out with me. God desires for me a life of meaning, delight, friendship, and healing.
2. God is present with me. Always. Through it all. God does not run. Sometimes I forget this. That’s when I call on a friend and they remind me, and I remember I am not alone.
3. God created me for community. This keeps me reaching out, especially when I want to hide because of my insecurities. I reach out, and I am listened back into speech and I am loved back into life.
4. Resurrection happens. I trust that for all the little deaths that have punctuated my life – hardship, challenge, loss – these do not have the final word. All the events and circumstances that diminish my vitality for a time – these are not the end of my story. God’s restorative activity is at play, always.
Four things. God likes me. God is present with me. God created me for community. Resurrection happens. A far cry from the litany of what I used to believe, and, it is enough. It is enough. Thanks for letting me share.
Here’s the schedule for our annual Easter celebrations, please join us!
– 10:00am Easter Egg Hunt
Monday, May 7th, at 7:00 p.m.
Celeste Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds
717 E. 17th Ave.,
Columbus, OH 43211
Registration begins at 6:15 p.m.
Join thousands of community members as we fight for solutions to serious community problems that our members voted on.
Join us at the Rally on
Monday, April 9th, at 7:00 p.m.
at Congregation Tifereth Israel
1354 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43205
Meet at North Church at 6p for carpool.
We’ll go over our game plan for the Nehemiah Action, hear updates from our research committees, hear testimonies from BREAD leaders, and you’ll get your tickets for the Nehemiah Action.
“Here Comes the Sun: Women of Jesus’s Ministry”
Maundy Thursday Service
Sunday, March 29
Women played an important role in the earliest days of Christianity. The Jesus of the Bible spoke directly to women and refused to treat them differently from men. The gospels portray them as disciples during Jesus’ ministry, and the first witnesses of the resurrection.
–Sarah Bessey, Author
Our North Church drama ministry will bring to life encounters that Jesus had with women of the Gospels.
Through drama and song, we will meet:
- The woman at the well
- An adulterous woman
- Mary and Martha
- Mary and Judas
Come for light Mediterranean dining and a program of music and memorable story.
Please RSVP your reservations to Susan at 614-451-1835 or email@example.com before March 27th.
This lenten season, some at North are fasting. It is not too late for you to join with us to explore this ancient spiritual disciple that offers endless possibilities to connect with God. Below is a fast fact sheet for your consideration.
Fasting Fast Facts
This fasting is not:
A way to begin a new diet, or a bodily detox
A way to align ourselves with starving children or other social justice issues
This Fast is:
A way to join millions of others who have gone before us in participating in this spiritual disciple. All the major world faiths, our Hebrew Scriptures, and Jesus called for or practiced fasting. Even our early US presidents, Washington, Adams, and Jefferson called our nation to fast. Fasting is not a new age phenomena.
A way to slow down to listen. The hunger pangs can facilitate intentional listening. Some possibilities for you are:
a needed direction,
healing through forgiveness,
affirming God’s love for you, and many others.
Be open to the endless possibilities that God has in mind for you. It may be different than what you expect or desire.
Next, we moved into Fellowship Hall for our B.R.E.A.D. potluck and program where we heard from Rob Sievert-Wagner, the Lead Organizer from our local B.R.E.A.D. Organization, as well as our own Joyce Freund and Ellen Baumgartner, both of whom are involved with the B.R.E.A.D. Youth and Family research team.
Sunday, March 4,
First, we will briefly gather in our new kitchen to celebrate and to dedicate it to the service of God and community. I understand that we may even learn a new song being written for this occasion!
Next, we will move into Fellowship Hall for North’s “third sacrament” — a tasty, one-of-a-kind potluck meal! So, please bring your favorite dish to share. (There are sign up sheets in the narthex. Yes, I realize that sign-up sheets take the “luck” out of potluck but it does help us with our planning — thanks!).
During lunch, we’ll hear from Rob Sievert-Wagner, the director of our local B.R.E.A.D. Organization, who will report on the progress of the research teams and some of the big projects in the works. Ellen Baumgartner and Joyce Freund will also share the latest from the “Youth and Family Concerns Committee,” one of B.R.E.A.D.’s research teams on which they both serve.
B.R.E.A.D. isn’t just an organization — it is a movement. And recently, many of us at North have observed that there is a new energy and momentum building through the social justice ministry of B.R.E.A.D. as it moves from a confrontational to a more collaborative model of change. B.R.E.A.D. continues to build relationships and form new partnerships with other ‘power holders’ in our community (e.g., OSU, our elected officials, other community organizations) in order to create meaningful change on behalf of the most vulnerable in our community.
So, come! Come and share in this meal as we dedicate our kitchen — and as we dedicate ourselves again — to the service of God and our wider community.
Lexi will be available to provide child care. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Grace & peace,
Begins March 18th
Signup sheet for A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World will be out starting this Sunday. Please sign up by March 4 if possible, so Ellen can order the books, and hand them out on March 11. That way you can read the first chapter before the first class.
Cost: The books are $30 if ordered as a group. Postage is a few more dollars per book when ordered singly, which can be done. Ebooks are also available which you can order yourself at www.nwei.org Financial help can be available for those who need help with purchase price. Please speak to Pastor Eric.
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sunday March 11 special offering
OGHS is one of four Special Mission Offerings that we give to each year. As part of Our Churches Wider Mission, OGHS is the offering of the United Church of Christ denomination that carries God’s message of love and hope to people in crisis. The UCC works with international partners to provide sources of clean water, food, education and health care, small business micro-credit, advocacy and resettlement for refugees and displaced persons, and emergency relief and rehabilitation. OGHS also supports domestic and international ministries for disaster preparedness and response.
Seven Christian denominations – American Baptist Church, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Church of the Brethren, Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ, and Church World Service work together to develop common promotional materials thereby sharing ideas, costs, and a commitment to faithful service. Each denomination receives and manages its respective OGHS offerings, and together raise over $10 million annually.
Nearly 60% of the UCC’s offering supports international development initiatives, including annual support for missionaries. There are 4 OGHS supported missionaries and 2 Global Mission Interns working in disaster relief, health care, education, sustainable agricultural development, and refugee support. The offering also funds disaster preparedness and response, and disaster related volunteer initiatives in the U.S. The initiatives of volunteers from many different church communities is made more impactful with your OGHS gift.
There are dozens of examples of the far ranging impact of OGHS. Here’s one: two years ago this month, Sepa and his wife Josivini wondered whether they and their neighbors would live or die as Cyclone Winston roared across their Fiji Islands community of Navakawau, on Taveuni Island, blowing away 96 of the village’s 111 homes, including theirs.
Thanks to UCC Disaster Ministries, Sepa, Josivini and many of their neighbors had shelter in the community hall while they worked with volunteers to rebuild their homes – and now enjoy reliable drinking water and a new health center.
Please join the Stewardship Board on March 11 as we use the One Great Hour of Sharing envelopes found in our pews to support this important and deeply impactful mission of the wider church.
by Rev. John Cramton
Friday, March 9, at 7:00 pm
C.S. Lewis was a well-known author of children’s stories, most famously The Chronicles of Narnia; and Christian apologetics, most famously Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters. But he also wrote The Problem of Pain, an earnest, intelligent, but somewhat pat effort to explain the age-old question of how a benevolent God can allow such terrible human suffering. For most of his life, Lewis—“Jack” Lewis to his colleagues and friends—lived a cozy life as an Oxford professor of literature and designed that life so as to avoid any personal encounters with problem of pain.
Then came Joy Gresham, who in some ways was Jack’s opposite—brash where Jack was restrained, for example; and in other ways his equal, particularly in her quick intelligence.
Shadowlands depicts the true story of the relationship between Jack (portrayed by Anthony Hopkins) and Joy (Debra Winger). They meet after she writes him an admiring letter. Their correspondence leads to her first visit to England with her 12-year old son Douglas in tow, escaping an abusive marriage. Douglas (Joseph Mazzello) is surprised to discover that, unlike the fictional wardrobe that leads into Narnia, Lewis’s wardrobe leads nowhere. Joy is surprised to discover the comfortable rut Jack is in: the dinners at his college dining hall, the evenings in front of the fire listening to classical music, his brother “Warnie” (Edward Hardwicke) his only close friend. Jack is astonished to discover, gradually, first how much he enjoys Joy’s friendship and later how completely in love with her he has fallen.
Shadowlands tells how Jack is able to leave his comfortable, well-barricaded life, and risk the human suffering he has only written about before.
Directed by Richard Attenborough, Shadowlands won critical acclaim when released in 1993. It is rated PG (for mild profanity). It will be shown in the Rainbow Room on Friday, March 9, at 7:00 pm. Refreshments will be provided. If you would like to attend and need childcare, contact Mark Grimsley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Giving Voice to LGBTQ
Older Adults One-Day Symposium
Saturday, April 14th
9 am – 4 pm
Remember CALLED TO BE? Many blessings came from that outreach event. Our faith values, once again, call us to do justice, this time in support of our GLTBQ senior brothers and sisters.
LGBTQ seniors are dying prematurely and alone because they are fearful of discrimination from professional caregivers who enter their homes or from bullying residents and staff in residential care centers. For those who do not have friends or family to help advocate on their behalf, these injustices happen daily affecting their body, mind and spirit.
Inspired by filmmaker, Stu Maddux’s, 2011 documentary, GEN SILENT, a group of church leaders, with the support of the Executive Director for the Ruth Frost Center for Abundant Aging, Co-Chair for TransOhio, Executive Consultant to Equality Ohio, a former staff member of Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, and North Church members, formed a ministry to assist faith communities recognize the issues facing LGBTQ seniors and realize their resolutions.
GEN SILENT follows the lives of six LGBTQ seniors who put a face to the epidemic of our deeply flawed and antiquated healthcare system. Their frank discussion on engrained prejudices discloses that many former GLTBQ equal rights fighters are heading back into the closet. GEN SILENT depicts the disparity in the quality of professional caregivers including those now committed to making their LGBTQ clients safe and happy whether at home or in-care residences. We are offered new hope as each cross paths with impassioned people trying to change LGBTQ aging for the better.
It is our hope that this Symposium will empower LGBTQ older adults with information to build self-advocacy skills, find supportive resources, better equip their support team of family and friends, and introduce ecumenical church congregations to the difficulties facing its LGBTQ members.
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