We are an open community of Christians who love God and serve our neighbors.  Luke 10:27
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January Issue
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                           
 January Worship
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.
(8:30 & 11:00 AM)
January 8 - Baptism of the Lord 
No Matter What-You Are a Child of God
Matthew 3:13-17
January 15 -- Create Your Personal Wellbeing Plan
January 22 - Being Loved, Loving Others
Matthew 4:18-22
January 29 - Our True Self Is Blessed
Matthew 5:1-12

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  in 2017 will include both traditional curriculum and new projects for the kids to develop and share with the congregation.  If your child likes to act, sing, paint, brainstorm, create, write, or do any other sort of thing, then they should try project Sunday School!  Sunday School resumes on January 8.

January 8:  Talk with the Teachers
January 15: Come to the River
January 22: Change the Water
January 29: Born Anew
February 5:  Our next project begins!  We will write a mini-musical about the life of Samuel! Performnce will be on March 19!

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. 

Meeting alternating Sundays
January 8 - March 19:
Fear in our lives & The Story of Samuel
God is listening.  Are we?
TMI will also be involved with:
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper (March)
The Seder Meal (April)
Easter Egg Hunt (April)

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. January 8 : Ice skating at Easton Chiller Ice Rink Public Skate from 1:30-5:00 PM. Cost $7/person, includes skate rental, reference Maple Grove Children's Group. February 5 : Ohio Wildlife Center in Powell at 2:00 PM. Cost is $5/person.
Youth Ministry

Youth Sunday School meets from 9:45 to 10:45 in room 125. The topic for January is "The Kingdom of Heaven."  Jesus calls people to wake up and assess where they stand because something called the 'kingdom of heaven' has invaded this earth.  We're going to find out what this 'kingdom of heaven' is like as we read the Gospel of Matthew.

Youth Group: Meeting Sunday, January 8, 15 and 29 from 4:00 to 5:30. Our January focus is on human trafficking. We'll learn about, pray about and act to end human trafficking. 
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. - Isaiah 1:17
Youth Ski Trip - to Perfect North Slopes on January 14 & 15 .  Reservation are due! 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.

The Youth Super Bowl Sub Sale Begins!  This fundraiser benefits our youth summer mission trip and typically raises over a $1000. The subs are made with salami, ham, sandwich pepperoni, and cheese on a bakery fresh 9" hoagie roll by the youth on Thursday, February 2 at 7:00 in the Fellowship Hall kitchen. The subs are $6.00 each and can be purchased for yourself or purchased to be donated and delivered to Faith on 8th. Proceeds from this sale will be used to support the youth summer mission trip. Subs will be ready for pick-up on Super Bowl Sunday, February 5. Help will be needed to pass them out.
Another way to support the Youth Summer Mission Trip is 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}
Spiritual Growth and Formation
Sunday School @ Maple Grove meeting from 9:45 to 10:45 beginning January 8

Hope: A Pessimist's Guide - A class for  millennials.  Join others your age to view a video and talk about reasons for hope in a world that often feels hopeless. This challenging and inspiring eight-part series takes on this difficult question. Darkwood Brew's Dr. Eric Elnes is joined by noted author Scott Russell Sanders, who wrote the book Hunting for Hope, that draws inspiration from unconventional sources of hope, which include Wildness, Body, Fidelity, and Simplicity. Unpack the reality that hope is a viable force in our world, and explore ways to harness its energy for a better future. 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.  Class time always includes time to share individual cares and concerns.  Meets in the Kitchen.
Word Among Us - This class reads together one or more of the lectionary texts for the week, looks at the historical context and the life applications for the scriptures.  Meets in the Chapel.
The Cup of Life:  Joyce Rupp's bestselling contemporary classic The Cup of Our Life has sold over 180,000 copies and this new edition continues a fifteen-year tradition of helping individuals and groups pray about everyday life using the rich symbol of a cup.   Sign up in the lobby.  Books are available for $12. Beginning the week of January 15.  
Weekday Opportunities 

Tuesday at 7 PM - The Cup of Life (See above for description).
Wednesday at 10 AM - Breathing Under Water - 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 Wednesday, January 18, in Room 8 @ 10:00-11:30. Sign up sheets will be in the lobby and/or contact Jane Rantz @ 614.203.9869 should you have further questions. 
Thursday Meditation at 7 PM - 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 Parlor.
Pub Theology  - Meets every third Thursday at 7:00 PM at the Rusty Bucket. Beer, Conversation and God.  An informal, low-key way to think and engage others about life and faith.
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.

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. A paper registration form is available or   Click here to register online.
Contemplative Creativity
January 29, February 26 & March 26
2 - 3:30 PM 
Chapel, then Fellowship Hall

Join us for three special Sunday afternoons of contemplation and creativity. These sessions are invitations to be still and listen to God speak to you in different ways.   Each month will focus on a specific topic and a different form of creative expression. No artistic experience or talent needed!  The first session will be  January 29 and the topic will be prayer using collage.  Other dates are  February 26  (drawing and painting), and  March 26 (writing). All sessions will be held from 2:00-3:30 PM.  We will begin in the chapel and move to Fellowship Hall.   Please sign up in the lobby or contact Sue Fletcher at 614.309.9620 or Sherri Scholl.
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, add to the Maple Grove Shutterfly Share Site 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.
God-Centered Wellbeing @ the Heart of Maple Grove
Wellbeing Connection:  Your Wellbeing Matters!
Wellbeing Covenants for 2017,  Human Connection Groups, Wellness Tips
Choose Abundant Life!
During this time of Christmas we ask you to envision how you can integrate the message of Christmas into your wellbeing journeys.  May you prayerfully watch for signs of what you feel God is calling you to be or do in 2017.    
  • What is the vision God is giving you?
  • 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 Wellbeing Covenant Sunday in January to explore and grow our wellbeing.
Sunday, January 15  Wellbeing Covenant Sunday
Creating your personal wellbeing plan
Connecting with others
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 
Are you a Maple Grove attendee between the age of 20 and 40?  Are you interested in connection with other millennials at church?   Questions?  Contact Emily Scarborough, e.scarborought@gmail.com or Bethany Glick bak614@gmail.com

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
Serving Our Neighbors {transform}
Indian Springs Secret Santa Donations

Thanks Maple Grove. Your generosity to the kids at Indian Springs Elementary means they got to do some shopping for their family.  An Indian Springs teacher called to share the impact Maple Grove's Secret Santa donations have made for the kids at the school. For the first time in many years of teaching, this teacher received a call from a child's grandparent. She was in tears because the grandchild in her care was able to shop for family members. She wanted the child to be able to shop, but didn't have the funds. In her words, when the child came home from school with gifts for family members, "this made my Christmas." Thank you Maple Grove! AND there are gift cards leftover for those in need.
CRC Monthly Dinner

The CRC Dinner will be Thursday, January 5, 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. 
Church Events {invite}
Removal of the Greens!

Please come join us for the Removal of the Greens on Saturday, January 7th at 10:00. There are jobs for all ages and any amount of time you have to give to help pack away the Christmas decorations.  
Orders due January 29, Subs Ready February 5!

They'll be ready for pickup on February 5 The Maple Grove youth are selling delicious, handmade Italian sub sandwiches. The subs are made with salami, ham, sandwich pepperoni, and cheese on a bakery fresh 9" hoagie roll. The cost is $6.00 per sub. Subs can be purchased for yourself or purchased to be donated and delivered to Faith on 8th. They can be heated in the oven for your Super Bowl party or frozen for later use. Proceeds from this sale will be used to support the youth summer mission trip. Subs will be available for pick-up at Maple Grove on Super Bowl Sunday, February 5.  Thank you! Your support makes our mission trips possible.  Click here for your order form or you can place an order in the lobby following worship beginning January 8
Maple Grove Spaghetti Dinner
Saturday, February 11
5 & 6:30 PM Seatings

Save the date for the Annual Maple Grove UMC Spaghetti dinner! The annual Spaghetti Dinner will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Seatings are at 5 PM and 6:30 PM.
Tickets will go on sale in January. Please remember that we need items donated for the children's sale table, such as, books, games, puzzles, costume jewelry, etc. If you have businesses you visit regularly, please ask them if they would like to donate an item or gift card for the silent auction. Donations should be clearly marked Spaghetti Dinner Silent Auction and may be left at the church office. Proceeds benefit the church grounds and community park. If you have questions please contact Mike or Lynne Matthaes @ 644.261.3633. 
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!
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. 
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 January Ca$h Mob will be City Barbecue on Henderson Road, Friday, Saturday &  Sunday,January 20, 21 & 22 . Ca$h Mob Cards will be available in the lobby beginning
January 8.   
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
Thank You to Our 2016 Ministry Team Leaders!

We have shared together the blessings of God. Philippians 1:7
With your leadership we become the hands and feet of Christ to serve inside and outside of Maple Grove. We appreciate your faithful service.
Valerie Aveni, Dorothy Bash, Linda Boggs, Donna Brown, Angela Dean, Jennie Dedmon, Ann Elder, Sue Fletcher , Al Foulger, Brian and Sandy Freer , Nancy Gay, Conni Hale, Gerry & Mary Ann Hepp , Pam Holbrook, John Hoppers, Bob & Patti Hirst, Carol Igo, Lisa Jones, Nancy Manecke, Don Maston, Lynne & Mike Mattheas, Ann & Dan McDowell, Beth Molino, Sharon & Dwain Montgomery, Beth Morgan, Bev Petit, Barb Pelleriti Craig & Marty Preston, Sue Pohler, Jane Rantz, Phil Raynes, Patti Rottenbiller , Jeanne Skinner , Carol Smith, Louise Smith , Bill & Monica Tenney, Kim Tolliver, Dottie Trax, Julie Wells, Maria Welter , Beth Wiley, Trina & Jarrod Williams and Jennifer Young.
His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.' Matthew 25:21
Your EMIM 2017 Commitment to Service
Thank you for your 2017 commitment to serve through our Every Member In Ministry teams.   Your 2017 commitment begins February 1st.  During the month of January ministry team leaders will begin to reach out to team members with orientation and training events.  If you have signed up for a team that serves later in the year you may not receive contact until closer to the date of service.  If you have signed up for a team but do not receive contact about it, please call the church office to make sure we have your commitment in our database. We do occasionally miss an entry.
Generations of Generosity Capital Campaign Update

Thank you to everyone who was so generous and contributed to the campaign.  Maple Grove is truly a community of faith that supports our church and its mission! Our prioritized list of projects that need to be done (of course the list of things to be done could be endless) totaled $750,000 so that was the amount the campaign hoped to raise. WE DID IT! Commitments towards the campaign are at $774, 327 This does not include the $100,000 the Trustees have committed. 
And on November 20 we had our First Fruits Offering. On that Sunday we received $269,751, which does include the $100,000 from Trustees.  We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that worked so hard on the campaign. We especially want thank Pastor Glenn, Monica Tenney and Patti Rottenbiller who put in many, many hours on the campaign.  Thank you again for your generosity that will impact generations to come.  

Brian and Sandy Freer and Jon and Marialice Bennett, Campaign Chairpersons
Congregational News
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Please pray for the friends and family of ...

Peggie Hannah, Maple Grove Member, who died December 23.
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Congratulations to  Krista & John Keipper on the birth of their daughter Kathryn Anne, on Friday, December 2. 

Congratulations to Alison and Drew Thibaut on the birth of their daughter, Lucy, on Tuesday, December 20.
Recently Hospitalized

Helen Mount