We are an open community of Christians who love God and serve our neighbors.  Luke 10:27
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2017 Vision
2017 Vision
We are an open community of Christians
INVITE To cultivate a culture of invitation to Christian community
who love God GROW
To commit to an ever-deepening relationship with God
and serve our neighbors.
Luke 10:27
To form life-changing relationships while serving others                           
 April Worship
Sunday, April 2
Perfect Love Casts Out Fear
1 John 4:16b-21
Holy Week

Palm Sunday, April 9
When Afraid, Hold on to God
Psalms 27 & 46
Plus: A Palm Sunday Parade
Maundy Thursday, April 13
Passover Seder Meal
7:00 PM Fellowship Hall
Good Friday, April 14
Gethsemane: Praying Through Fear
Matthew 26:36-48
Noon & 7 PM in the Chapel
Easter Sunday, April 16
Fear Not!
Matthew 28:1-10
Chancel Choir, JuBELLate, Organ
Brass Ensemble & Timpani

Sunday, April 23
A Smiling Jesus
Holy Humor Sunday

Your  Personal God-Centered Wellbeing

Sunday, April 30 
The Emmaus Experience
Luke 24:13-35
Children & Youth Ministries {grow}
Children's Ministry

SUNDAY SCHOOL meets from 9:45 - 10:45 Sunday mornings September - May 
Kids ages 4 - 6th grade are welcome to join us in the upper education wing!

Project Sunday School meets from  9:45 - 10:45 Sunday mornings ! Kids ages 4 - 6th grade are kids_welcome.jpg welcome to join us in the upper education wing.  Project Sunday School  includes both traditional curriculum and new projects for the kids to develop and share with the congregation.  

April 2:  The story of Lent, preparing for Easter
April 9:  What is Holy Week?  Craft, Cooking and Story
April 16:  No Sunday school:  Easter Breakfast
April 23:  The Sower
April 30:  The Good Samaritan

T.M.I. (Tween Ministry Incorporated) 
T.M.I. is a ministry for kids in grades 4-6.  Together we share God's word,  complete mission activities and have fellowship together. 

April 2:  Service Project, Fun and Fellowship
Prep for Seder Meal and Egg Hunt
April 13:   Volunteer at the Seder Meal
April 15Volunteer at the Egg Hunt
April 30:  Field Trip (TBD)

Family.Faith.Fun Children's Ministry Maple Grove Member Beth Wiley has created a fellowship  and service group for younger elementary kids at Maple Grove. This ministry is geared toward kids and their parents and will include fellowship and service opportunities. For Grades K-3.  Please contact Beth Wiley at 614-256-8461 if you are interested in participating. 
Youth Ministry

Youth Sunday School meets from 9:45 to 10:45 in room 125. O ur topic during April will be Living the Joy! Happiness comes and goes - we'll read some passages from Philippians about joyful Christian living.  Paul learned how to be joyful even while in prison.  Youth Sunday School will not meet on Easter Sunday. Everyone is invited to the Easter breakfast in Fellowship Hall to benefit the Adult Mission trip.

Youth Group will be meeting on these Sundays: April 2, 9, 23 from 4 - 5:30 PM.
The last Youth Overnight of the school year in on Friday, April 28 @ 8:30 PM to 7:30 AM on Saturday. Come and bring friends, games, a snack to share, and a pillow and sleeping bag.
Don't forget - the Youth Flower Sale is underway!   Please order your flowers through the youth and plan to help with the flower sale on Friday, May 12th (3:30ish to unload the Strader's truck) Saturday, May 13th (between 9 and noon to distribute and deliver flowers) or Sunday, May 14th (after each worship service to distribute flowers).
Maple Grove Youth have a facebook group - join so you can see what is happening!

April is Sign Up Month! Please Sign Up to support the Maple Grove
 Youth Summer Mission Trip through the Kroger Community Rewards Program

Each year during April Kroger requires a renewal sign up to your designated beneficiary organization.  Once you signup, every Kroger purchase can help fund the Maple Grove youth mission work. Whether you are renewing or signing up for the first time, please go to www.kroger.com  and create, or sign in, to your account. Go to your account settings select Community Rewards to designated Maple Grove Youth from the organization search list and verify that it is 7 W. Henderson Rd. and then SAVE the change.  Then beginning in May, Maple Group Youth will be listed as the recipient at the bottom of your Kroger receipt. Thank you for supporting our youth! Please contact Cathy Davis 614.262.1163 if you have questions or need help signing  .
Spiritual Formation & Wellbeing {grow}
Addiction & Grace
Wednesdasy @ 10 AM beginning April 12
Room 8

Addiction and Grace - An 8-week Wednesday morning book study beginning April 12. Join facilitators Susan Bourquard and Jane Rantz to read and discuss Dr. Gerald May's book Addiction and Grace .   Dr. May is a psychiatrist working with the chemically dependent. He emphasizes that addiction represents an attempt to assert complete control over our lives. Addiction and Grace offers an inspiring and hope-filled vision for those who desire to explore the mystery of who and what they really are. May examines the "processes of attachment" that lead to addiction and describes the relationship between addiction and spiritual awareness. He also details the various  addictions from which we can suffer, not only to substances like alcohol and drugs, but  to work, sex, performance, responsibility, and intimacy.  This group will meet 8 Wednesday morning from 10-11:30 in Room 8 beginning April 12

New or Renew Membership 
Sundays, April 23 - May 28, 9:45 - 10:45 AM

Are you interested in becoming a member of Maple Grove OR do you want to renew and refresh your faith journey? You are invited to join Pastor Glenn for A Disciple's Path: Deepening Your Relationship with Christ and the Church, starting Sunday, April 23. A Disciple's Path is a six-week introduction to the life of faith and to Maple Grove. We will meet during the Sunday School hour (9:45 to 10:45 AM) April 23 through May 28. New members will be received and existing members can reaffirm their faith at either service on Sunday, May 28. Study manuals and new member packets are available in the church office. If this schedule does not accommodate you, contact Pastor Glenn to make alternative arrangements. 
Breathing Under Water
Thursdays, April 20 - July 6
7 - 8:30 PM

Breathing Under Water will meet on Thursday evenings, 7 - 8:30, from April 20 - July 6.  We are all addicted in some way. When we learn to identify our addiction, embrace our brokenness, and surrender to God, we begin to bring healing to ourselves and our world. In Breathing Under Water, Richard Rohr shows how the gospel principles in the twelve steps can free anyone from any addiction. This can be from an obvious dependence on alcohol or drugs to the more common but less visible addictions some of us have, such as relying on people, places and things for our happiness. This results in emotional and spiritual suffering. Learn how God wants to free us from all the things that may cause us spiritual bondage. Please join with me for a 12-week book discussion of Breathing Under Water beginning Thursday, April 20 at 7:00 PM, in the parlor.  Books are available in the office or Sundays in the lobby for $10.  Signup sheets will be in the lobby and/or contact Jane Rantz @ 614-203-9869 should you have further questions
Additional Sunday School studies meeting from 9:45 to 10:45
20/30s class - Failing, Falling, and Flying: Genesis Stories of Original Grace - A class for millennials.  Put away your flannel-graphs because this study of Genesis is anything but one-dimensional. Join guests Kevin Miller, Nadia BolzWeber, Reinhilde Ruprecht, Terence Fretheim, Chip Bouzard and Beth Johnson for a series that will challenge what you think you know about seemingly familiar stories. Spoiler alert: There's way more grace there than you think. Led by Eric Smoot and meeting in room 6.
The Adult Bible Study - Using the International Bible Lessons curriculum this class engages in stimulating discussion that explores the biblical message and how to apply it to daily life. Meets in the Parlor.
The Kitchen Class - T his class engages in topical Christian conversation and book studies however during Lent, they will be participating in the Facing Fear study. Meets in the Kitchen.
Word Among Us - This class typically reads the lectionary texts together however during Lent, they will be participating in the Facing Fear study. Meets in the Chapel.
Weekday Opportunities 
Thursday Meditation at 7 - This hour gathering begins with prayer and a brief scripture or devotional reading, followed by 15 minutes of meditation and then time for reflecting on and sharing your experience.  Meets in the Youth Room.
Friday Men's Breakfast Bunch - Meets most Friday mornings at Bob Evans. This group of independent thinkers share a variety of ideas about religious beliefs and practices during their time together.  For further information contact Bill Tenney at 614- 348-8152.
Pub Theology - Meets every third Thursday at 7:00 pm at the Table Top Game Cafe (on High street across from Maple Grove). Beer, Conversation and God.  An informal, low-key way to think and engage others about life and faith.
Maple Grove Millennials April Potluck
Friday, April 7, 7 - 9:30 PM
Sandy & Brian Freer's House 

Our next MGM potluck will be Friday April 7 at Sandy and Brian Freer's home in Powell. The address is: 10900 Buckingham Place, Powell, 43065. We will be meeting from 7-9:30 PM. Feel free to bring any of your favorite games or snacks/potluck items. Please RSVP to Bethany Glick
God-Centered Wellbeing @ the Heart of Maple Grove
Wellbeing Connection:  Your Wellbeing Matters!

Are you a Maple Grove attended between the age of 20 and 40? Are you interested in connection with other millennials at church? Questions? Contact Emily Scarborough ,  or Bethany Glick .

An Addiction Ministry Team is forming. For Jake's Sake: In honor of Jake Rantz
A group is forming to bring awareness and education about addictions to Maple Grove and our surrounding community. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Marialice Bennett.

Walking Human Connection Group will be back in action soon. Watch for details in the bulletin! Contact Sandy Freer  or Mary Jo Weaver for more information.

We all need someone to help us find peace and hope! Get connected with one of our Human Connection Groups.  The groups currently in formation are: 
You are invited to join any of these groups. Don't see what you are looking for? Suggest a new Human Connection Group! If you would like more information on a group contact the group facilitator or Marialice Bennett . 
The Addiction Crisis  

Maple Grove UMC needs your help! The Maple Grove United Methodist Church is creating an Addiction Ministry initiative for the upcoming year to support the needs of our church and community in a loving and meaningful way. We would like for you to tell us what would be impactful for you. By now you should have received an email from the church with a link to a confidential survey. Your input is important to us! The survey should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete and will be anonymous.  Paper copies of the survey are available in the office. Sponsored by the God-Centered Wellbeing Team.
Cancer Care Ministry Team Members

The Cancer Care ministry members would like to introduce ourselves.  If you or someone you know is in need of support, either as an individual with cancer or a caregiver, please feel free to contact one of us. Click here for team member bios.
April is Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month
Head and neck cancers are a group of cancers that usually begin in the squamous cells that line the mucosal surfaces inside the mouth, nose, throat, and occasionally the salivary glands. These squamous cell cancers are often referred to as squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck. Head and neck cancers account for nearly 3 percent of all cancers in the United States, the National Cancer Institute reported. Alcohol and tobacco use are major risk factors for head and neck cancers. Infection with cancer-causing types of the human papillomavirus (HPV) also increases a person's risk of certain head and neck cancers. Click here to learn more!
Serving Our Neighbors {transform}

Monthly Dinner

The CRC Dinner will be Thursday, April 6, at 5:30 PM.  Opportunities to provide food or volunteer to serve/interact with the community are available. Go to Perfect Potluck Coordinator Last Name: Norcross  Password: MG CRC Contact Melessa Norcross at 614.725.8501 if you have questions.
MG is Serving Breakfast at the CRC Every Sunday in April

Maple Grove has a ministry team that serves breakfast at CRC on Sundays. CRC provides this service as most food pantries and food support is not available on Sundays. April is our month to provide this service in 2017. This is a great time of sharing with folks who need help.  We are looking for people who are willing to provide food, including breakfast casseroles, breakfast potatoes, juice, milk, bacon/sausage/ham, fresh fruit and coffee cakes. Food should be cooked and Hot, ready to serve. Food should be delivered to CRC at 9:45 AM Sunday or to Maple Grove's Fellowship Hall Kitchen by 9:30.  You are also welcome to come help serve and visit with our guests. Sign up in the lobby after each service or sign up using the Perfect Potluck website Coordinator Last Name is Freer and password is mg crc.
Maple Grove Run4Refugees 5k Team
Saturday, April 29 8:30 - 11 AM
Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville

Maple Grove is sponsoring and will be forming a team to participate in the  CRIS (Community Refugee and Immigration Services) Run4Refugees 5k on  Saturday, April 29 at Sharon Woods Metro Park in Westerville from 8:30-11 AM. This is part of a continued partnership between Maple Grove and CRIS. Located on 161, Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS) is an independent non-profit organization that serves the growing refugee and immigrant populations in Central Ohio. The event will raise funds critical for the continuation of services provided to refugees and immigrants in the Central Ohio community.  You may walk or run at your own pace and come for part of the event time. Information and a sign-up sheet will be in the church lobby after services. Look for the Facebook event as well. An email will be sent to the Maple Grove team closer to the race date with event meeting and car pool details. Registration for Children 12 & under is free, or pay $10 for a t-shirt.  Adult registration is $38.35 through April 15. Register online here. . For more information, contact Sue Frost at (614) 783-3615 or  Kathy Rennick at (614) 359-3260.
March for Freedom
Sunday, May 7 @ 2 PM
Meet at Maple Grove @ 1 PM to car pool

Join  Maple Grove Ministry to Stop Human Trafficking
March for Freedom Columbus is hosting a March on Sunday, May 7 @ 2 PM. The intent behind March for Freedom - Columbus is to raise awareness of the human rights violations of sex and labor trafficking and human trafficking.  We will progress from Columbus City Hall, 90 West Broad St. to the Ohio Statehouse where we will hear several heart stirring messages and take a pledge to personally fight human trafficking. Maple Grove Human Trafficking  Ministry will meet at the church that afternoon at 1:00 PM to carpool together. Registration is $25 (including a  a new 2017 March For Freedom t-shirt) per person ($10 for children 10 and under).  Please visit www.marchforfreedomcolumbus.org  to register. All funds received will be used for anti-human trafficking causes. For additional information or please email  or call   Sue Pohler at  614-579-8970. 
Adult Mission Trip

Planning is underway for this summer's adult mission trip and we would love to have you join us! Several locations are being considered, including the areas in WV that were hit by last summer's disastrous flooding, and economic recovery efforts in Detroit. The trip is being planned for late July. Please join us for this wonderful opportunity to serve our neighbors. No experience or specific skills are required. More details will be in the bulletin and future Maple Leaf newsletters. If you are interested in joining the mission team or would like more information, please contact Patti Rottenbiller Dan McDowellor John and Kay Hoppers
Pop Tabs for Ronald McDonald House

Maple Grove collects Pop Tab for the Ronald McDonald House!  RMHC generate thousands of dollars from their pop tab collection program every year. You can participate by saving your pop tabs and bringing them to church. It's an easy way to do something good and make a difference in the life of a seriously ill child.  
Church Events {invite}
Please Order Your Spring Flowers through the Maple Grove Youth Flower Sale! 

You can purchase Strader's greenhouse-quality annuals and perennials through the Maple Grove Youth Flower sale fundraiser and help send our youth on a summer mission trip. Our flowers are from at great prices and we carry traditional favorites. The gorgeous, full hanging baskets make wonderful Mother's Day gifts! Please place your flower order by Sunday, April 2 . The Flowers will be available for pickup on Saturday, May 13 or Sunday, May 14.  Orders over $50 can be delivered to your home.
Look for the flower sale table in the main lobby starting March 12 to place your order, or leave your order form with payment in the church office. If you are looking for something special please call Lisa Jones at 614-580-7954 . Thank you for supporting the Maple Grove youth!
Easter Flower Orders
Due April 9

We will have flowers decorating the sanctuary on Easter Sunday. If you would like to sponsor a flower and make a dedication, please complete this form and place it in the offering plate or return it to the church office no later than Sunday, April 9. The cost is $10. Order forms will also be available in the bulletins beginning Sunday, March 26. You may take your flower after the 11 AM service on Easter. Please leave the plastic trays, since they are reused each year.
Maundy Thursday Seder Meal
April 13 @ 7 PM
Fellowship Hall

The Passover Seder is the Jewish ritual feast that marks the beginning of the seven-day Passover celebration. The name Passover refers to when God, through Moses, led the Israelites out of slavery. To recall that great deliverance, the food, actions and  words of the Seder meal symbolize the Israelite experience. Christians recall that it was at a Passover meal that Jesus shared the Last Supper with his disciples and instituted the Christian meal of Holy Communion.
Save the Date--Family Easter Egg Hunt!
Saturday, April 15 @ 10 AM

Begins at 10:00 AM! For kids toddler through 3rd grade! Join Maple Grove family and friends on the Saturday before Easter for the Maple Grove UMC Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Enjoy crafts, games, face- painting and tattoos, refreshments, and coffee for the adults. Bring your camera for special Easter photo-ops! This is a holiday event you won't want to miss!  This event will go on rain or shine!
Cupcakes for Easter Egg Hunt

Cupcakes needed! Donations of decorated cupcakes will be collected in the church Friday, April 14 (Good Friday) until noon for the Easter Egg Hunt to be held at Maple Grove on April 15.  If you are in the mood to bake, please consider helping us out with this great event!
Easter Breakfast
Easter Sunday, April 16 @ 9:30 AM
Fellowship Hall

C ome to Fellowship all for breakfast between the services on Easter Sunday, April 16.  At 9:30 AM, join us for a buffet of eggs, bagels, fruit, pastries, and more. The breakfast is presented by the Adult Mission Team and Friends who support our summer mission trip. Reservations are not needed and there is no charge, but donations are welcomed. For information about the Easter Breakfast, contact Dan McDowell at 268-0480. We look forward to seeing you! Clean-up help is needed-please contact Dan if you are able.
Flower Cross

Bring a flower  on Easter Sunday to add to our flower cross! 
Carry on the tradition and snap a photo or two! #maplegroveflowercross

Justin Roberts in Concert
May 28, 2017
Sponsors needed
Volunteers Needed
Join us on Memorial Day weekend for a family event you won't want to miss.  Back by Popular Demand, Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players will rock our community park.   Save your spot in front of the stage and join in the pre-show activities from 3-4.  T he concert starts at 4Sponsorship Opportunities are available for the Justin Roberts Concert. To become an individual or business sponsor, contact Dawn.  Want to serve the community and welcome some families to our wonderful church?  Save the date to volunteer at this great event.  More details to follow.   
Maple Grove Event Photos!

Bookmark this link! Maple Grove has a Shutterfly Share site for you to view photos of recent and past events.  Newly uploaded:  Over 80 Luncheon, Bible Presentations and Pastor Appreciation Sunday!
Church Calendars
Church Business
Calling all green thumbs or gardeners-in-training!
God's Gardeners have the following on the calendar:

April 29, 9 AM - Noon  Grounds Clean-up
May 13, 9 AM - Noon   Planting Day
May 20, 9 AM - Noon   Planting Day (if rained out May 13)
Congregational News
Recent Deaths

Please pray for the friends and family of ...

Pat Krug, whose father passed away recently.

Joe Lipsky, Maple Grove Member, who passed away March 29

Congratulations to Lauren & Adam Roberts on the birth of their TWINS, William Adam REED and KATE Renee' Marie on Friday, March 3.
Recently Hospitalized

Mary Jo Lanum, Sue McGarvey, Connor Notestine, Reed Roberts