We are an open community of Christians who love God and serve our neighbors.  Luke 10:27
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2016 Vision
2016 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                           
 December Worship
  Advent Series

November 27
Looking for Jesus? Then Stay Awake!
Matthew 24:36-44

December 4
Looking for Jesus?
He's Wherever the Lame Walk & the Poor Hear Good News
Matthew 11:2-11

December 11--Rev. Charles Hill, preaching
Can You See Him Now?
Matthew 1:18-25

December 18--Rev. Michelle Baker, preaching
Choir Sunday
Both Services
Music of the Season
NewSong, The Chancel Choir, Soloists and Instrumentalists

Blue Christmas

Wednesday, December 21 @ 7 PM
A quiet, prayerful time 
in the Chapel 
to honor feelings of sadness and loss 
during the holidays.

Christmas Eve Services
11 AM & 1 PM
Candles & Communion

7 PM
Children & Youth Pageant
9:45 PM
Prelude Music
10 PM
Candlelight Service

Parking on Christmas Eve To accommodate our many guests at 7 and 10 PM services, if you are young and physically able, please remember to park at Wesbanco, the Post Office or elsewhere on Christmas Eve.  If you can serve as a parking helper that evening, please contact Bill Tenney or the church office.  Thank you.
Christmas Day--ONE Service
10 AM 
No Sunday School
We will sing carols
share a Christmas story
and give each other good cheer
Christ the Savior is born!
Kids: make it Pajama Sunday!

New Year's Day--ONE Service
10 AM 
No Sunday School
Behold: I Make All Things New!
We will baptize a baby and receive Holy Communion
A new day, a new life, a new name,
a new way, a new commandment, a new covenant.

Jubilations abound! Welcoming Statement Approved

At the November 20 Church Conference, Maple Grove United Methodist Church resoundingly approved to become a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network--93 percent of the 134 who voted! This allows us to move forward with our paperwork to officially become a Reconciling Ministry Congregation. We will be listed on the Reconciling Ministry website so that those outside the church looking for a safe and inclusive place will be able to find us. There are many who have been hurt in the past by their church experiences and we want them to know that we as a church family love and respect all persons.

We are eager to make our inclusion work here at Maple Grove known. We will seek guidance and support from all within the congregation. Our future hopes are to highlight and embrace the words of our statement, encouraging all to "come and see". Thus far the conversations have been very positive and there has already been wonderful statements/testaments including joy and even tears upon the vote's conclusion. We are aware that change can be difficult and so we seek to go forward in a respectful and community based way.

Please stay tuned for future discussions that will revolve around signage, programming and a celebratory event that should send a strong message to our community that all are welcome.
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. During the month of December, we will study Advent as we prepare for Christmas and the coming of Jesus!  There will be NO Sunday school on Christmas Day and New Years Day!

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. 

December 9: 6 - 8 PM 
Christmas Party: Bring a dish to share and a white elephant gift.

Families with kids Kindergarten - 3rd grade ... Join us for Family. Faith. Fun! 
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 future events.

Calling all Children age 4 through 6th grade!  It's time for our annual Christmas Pageant!

Rehearsals: Sundays 4-5:30
Dress Rehearsal December 23 10 AM - Noon
Christmas Eve Pageant December 24 7:00 PM

Sign up on Facebook, or outside the Chapel beginning November 13!
Youth Ministry

Youth Sunday School meets from 9:45 to 10:45 AM in room 125 and each week we discuss another topic and related scripture. 

Youth Group Schedule 

* December 4 - 4:00-5:30
* December 11 - 4:00-5:30 Caroling to homebound MG members
* December 18 - 4:00-5:30 Our White Elephant Christmas Party!

Youth and Christmas Eve - Youth lead worship at the 7:00 Christmas Eve Pageant - there are spots for readers, musicians and dancers. Rehearsal are on December 11 & 18 from 3:15 to 4:00 and on December 23 at 10:00 followed by a pizza lunch.

Youth Ski Trip - to Perfect North Slopes on January 14 & 15. We'll leave Saturday morning for the slopes, ski, snowboard or tube all day and then we'll have an overnight at the Rutter's house in Cincinnati and return to the slopes on Sunday and arrive back in Columbus around 8 PM on Sunday. The total cost for the weekend will be between $120 and $150 depending on #s going and group rates.

Support the Youth Mission Trip through the Kroger Community Rewards

Just go to your online account and designate Maple Grove Youth and for every purchase you make - our Youth Mission fund is rewarded. Thank you for supporting our mission trip.
Spiritual Formation & Wellbeing {grow}
A Saturday Workshop, January 21 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Living in the Spirit: Abiding in God's Presence
Guided Meditation * Feng Shui * Eden Energy Medicine  * Sound Therapy * Breath & Healing Work

This event is hosted by the Maple Grove Spiritual Explorers who are committed to bringing people together to experience a variety of spiritual practices for living in harmony with ourselves, each other, our world and the Sacred.
$50.00 includes lunch and Register for your choice of three 90-minute workshops.

Click here to read about the presenters and workshops.
God-Centered Wellbeing @ the Heart of Maple Grove

  During this time of Advent and Christmas, we ask that you prayerfully reflect on what you feel God calling you to be or do in 2017.   Where in your life do you want to grow in wellbeing? How would you like to move beyond wellness towards wellbeing?  How would you like to move beyond isolating your faith towards integrating it into all aspects of your live?  How would you like to move beyond your personal health towards the wellbeing and unity of your community?  How would you like to create a faith community where together we support one another on our journeys towards wellbeing centered in God's Love?

Join us in January to explore and grow our wellbeing.

Sunday January 15, 2017 Wellbeing Covenant Sunday
Creating your personal wellbeing plan 

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: 
  • HOPE (Formerly Anxiety and Depression),  3rd Saturdays 11 AM - Noon,  Youth Room, facilitator  Sue Fletcher
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss, facilitator Janet Thode 
  • Coloring Connection Group,  3rd Monday @ 7 PM, Parlor, facilitator Sandy Boger
  • Walking and Talking,  Wednesdays @ 6:30 PM; Saturdays @ 8:30 AM (meet at Antrim Park Deck) facilitators Sandy Freer  or Mary Jo Weaver
  • Diabetes, facilitator Bethany Glick 
  • Fibromyalgia, facilitator Krista Keipper
  • Veterans/Military, facilitator Bill Tenney
  • Caregivers, contact Marialice Bennett
  • Family & Friends of Addicts, 3rd Saturday @ 11 AM in Room 8, facilitator Jane Rantz 
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.
Dining with Diabetes:  Beyond the Kitchen - FREE online course created by OSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences.   See http://fcs.osu.edu/BTK for more details!

Buckeye Wellness Tips
Maple Grove Millennials 
Sunday, December 4 12:15 - 1:30 PM
Fellowship Hall

Join the Maple Grove Millennials, Sunday December 4, 12:15 - 1:30 PM. Are you a Maple Grove attendee between the age of 20 and 40? Interested in connecting with other millennials at church? Please join us to discuss future opportunities to meet together in fellowship and service. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, December 4 following the second service. Lunch and childcare will be provided. Questions? Contact Emily Scarborough,  or Bethany Glick
Serving Our Neighbors {transform}

The CRC Dinner will be Thursday, December 1, at 5:30 PM.  Opportunities to provide food or volunteer to serve/interact with the community are available. Go to http://www.PerfectPotluck.com: Coordinator Last Name: Norcross  Password: MG CRC or by contacting Melessa Norcross at (614) 725-8501. 

Thursday, December 8 - The 10 th annual holiday fundraiser at Mozart's is set for 5:30-8:30 PM. Food from 15 local restaurants will be on the menu, along with a silent auction, holiday music and more.
Bethlehem on Broad
Saturday December 3, 10 AM - Noon
Fellowship Hall

Thanks to your generous support for Christmas in July, over 100 food boxes will be packed at Maple Grove and delivered to Broad St. UMC for families in need. THIS Saturday, December 3, at 10:00 AM in Fellowship Hall, an assembly line of food items is formed: grab a box, follow the line, and pack full with food. Coffee, juices, and donuts will be on hand for you to enjoy. Distribution of the food boxes will occur on Saturday, December 10, from 12:30 - 1:50 PM at Broad St. UMC. For additional information, contact Brian Freer at 614-761-2721 or Jeanne Skinner.  All ages are welcome to come join in this joyful service.
Indian Springs Secret Santa
Collections Taken December 4 & 11, both services

Each year the week before Christmas break, Indian Springs Elementary
School holds a gift shop where children can shop for holiday gifts for their family members. Typically, a parent or caregiver will fill out a list and send a small amount of money to school with which the children can shop. However, there is a population of students at Indian Springs who don't have the ability to participate in this project due to lack of funds. For the last two years, Maple Grove has provided them with cash so that they can provide kids with vouchers to pick out the same items as the other kids shop from rather than shop from a different section. We will be accepting donations for this cause on December 4 and 11 during worship--envelopes will be provided. If you have any questions or would like more information, contact Dawn Nauman at 614.506.0388.
Lifeline Screening
Thursday, December 15
Fellowship Hall

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, is pleased to offer a preventive health event at Maple Grove United Methodist Church on December 15. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. To register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit the Life Line web site.
Church Events {invite}
Cookie Walk to Defeat ALS
Saturday December 3, 9 AM - Noon
Room 8

The annual Cookie Walk to Defeat ALS is December 3. This bake sale is a big fundraiser and features HOMEMADE goodies.  Items are sold for $5 with no limit. To make this a success, we are in need of bakers to donate goodies.  Items may be dropped off to Room 8 at the church Friday, December 2, from 6 - 8 PM.  The sale is Saturday, December 3 from 9 AM to Noon. Contact Janet Thode 614.436.1760 for more information.
"Celebrate Christmas"--An Original Work by Jeanne Skinner
Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 PM
Fellowship Hall

Advance tickets are now on sale in the church office for an all-new holiday program by Jeanne L. Skinner featuring the MGPlayers, Youth and Chorus,  Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 PM in Fellowship Hall. Suggested donation is $5.00. All proceeds benefit a new Fellowship Hall sound system.
JuBELLate in Concert
Sunday, December 11 at 3 PM

Join us for  JuBELLate in Concert! December 11 at 3 PM.  Sacred, secular and sounds of the season. Join us for a great of afternoon of music.
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!
Maple Grove Ca$h Mob!

cash mob
a group of people coordinated to meet and spend money at a local, independent business at a particular time.

The December Ca$h Mob will be Panera Bread Clintonville, 4519 N. High Street, Friday, Saturday &  Sunday, December 16, 17 & 18 . Ca$h Mob Cards will be available in the lobby beginning December 3.   
The Blessing Tree
This Advent a Blessing Tree will be in the lobby and you can take a blessing card from the tree as a gift to yourself or to gift someone else with a blessing.
50th Anniversary Reception Invitation
Sunday, January 8, 2 - 4 PM

The children and grandchildren of Nancy and Kirk Gay cordially invite Maple Grove Church to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary on  January 8 in the church Parlor from 2 until 4:00 PM. There will be light refreshments.  Please no personal gifts but canned goods/staples or checks for CRC, or checks to your favorite charities would be appreciated. 
Where Do You Spy God?   We Spy God Project

Help us share the news that the Divine is at work!  It is once again time to submit photos or works of art and share what it means for the glory of Christ to shine through in our everyday lives. Sometimes it is difficult to feel the presence of God. Sometimes we simply are too busy to even think about God and what the Spirit is doing in our lives. This is an invitation to look for the Sacred and share your vision with the Maple Grove community. Keep your eyes and heart open and your camera ready and take photos of where you spy God, not only in creation but through relationships, daily events, times of joy and times of trial. Photos and works of art will be displayed in the Art Gallery and on the We Spy God website. Some photos will also be displayed during Transfiguration Sunday Worship Service. Submit photos (5x7 or 8x10) to the office, submit online, or call Sue Fletcher for more information 614-309-9620. Be sure to include a few lines about where you spy God in the photo! Deadline is February 2, 2017.
The 2017 Women's Spirituality Retreat
Save this date - May 5 through 7 - for the 2017 Women's Spirituality Retreat. We will return to the Lial Renewal Center in Whitehouse, Ohio for a weekend of prayer, reflection and sharing.  Lial offers 27 private rooms - 14 have private bathrooms and cost $150 for the weekend and 13 share a hallway bathroom and cost $110. Plan time now to retreat and renew your soul.
Church Calendars
Church Business
Holiday Hours

The office and building will be closed from Friday, December 23 at noon until Tuesday, January 3 at 9 AM.  Special arrangements have been made for 12-step programs; all other meetings must make arrangements to meet somewhere other than Maple Grove.  MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Poinsettia Orders

If you would like to order a poinsettia, please complete this form and place it in the offering plate or return it to the church office by  Sunday, December 11 . The cost is $10 for each poinsettia. If you wish, you may take home the plant you have purchased after the 10 pm service on Christmas Eve. Order forms will also be available in the bulletins beginning  November 20 .
Paid Nursery Position

We are looking for adults who would be interested in staffing our nursery on an occasional basis on Sunday mornings or for other times throughout the year when childcare is needed. This would be an hourly paid position with rate to be determined based on experience and availability. We would like to have a list of 2-3 folks in addition to our current coordinator Mandy Wray that we can schedule to provide consistent nursery care for our little ones at Maple Grove. If you are interested in applying for a paid sitter position, please contact Dawn Nauman.
Congregational News

We express our deepest sympathy to the family & friends of ...

Lawrence D. "Buddy" Burns, brother of Connie Burns, who died October 13.

Maple Grove Member Sue Secrest, who died November 5.

Maple Grove Member Shirley Lelux, who died November 9.

Maple Grove Member Ruth Henry, who died November 11.
Births baby-blocks2.jpg

Congratulations to Aaron and Kris Shear on the birth of their son, Jaden Mercer Shear on November 8.

Recently Hospitalized

Dottie Trax
Notes & Thank You's
Maple Grove would like to thank Steve Clary for his many years of service picking up the Sunday Altar Flowers!

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