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                           
Christmas in July

Dear Members and Friends of Maple Grove,
It's CHRISTMAS IN JULY!  We will support ministries here at church, in our community, and around the world.  And because of previous years' generosity, we can lower the goal and still do more ministry.  This year's goal is $7000 . (In the past we raised over $15,000.)
Administrative Council has chosen these important projects for Christmas in July 2017:

  • Maple Grove's Thanksgiving Day Meal Last year 170 meals were served in Fellowship Hall and a hundred more got delivered to homes and homeless shelters.
  • Bethlehem on Broad Every year Maple Grove packs 140 food boxes to share with hungry families.
  • The Bishop Judith Craig Children's Village in Liberia, Africa.  Pastor Glenn visited this orphanage last year and the director, Rev. Robert Sieh and wife Margretta, just visited Maple Grove.  We want to help them get a van to transport children for medical and educational purposes.
  • Community Refugee & Immigration Services helps refugees and immigrants reach self-sufficiency and achieve successful integration into the central Ohio community.  This project is both global and local! 
During "Christmas in July" we will sing carols, eat Christmas cookies, meet Santa, and learn how we can change lives in Africa and down the street. Meeting the $7000 goal will cause it to SNOW inside our sanctuary-maybe even on the pastor! Stay tuned . . .
Here are three easy ways to give:
  • Cash or check (to "Maple Grove," memo: "Christmas in July").
  • Text donations to 614-980-0790--in the message type: $, the amount you want to give, space, cij (for example:  $100 CIJ).
  • Online here and choose Christmas in July.
Your giving means a happy Thanksgiving for neighbors, meals for hungry families, a hearty welcome to newcomers, and lives touched in Africa. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
In Christ,
Rev. Glenn Schwerdtfeger, Pastor                                      Cathy Davis, Assistant Minister
Lisa Jones, Thanksgiving Dinner                                        Kathy Renick, CRIS
Brian Freer, Bethlehem on Broad

Vacation Bible School
July 16 - 20
6 - 8 PM

SUMMER IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER  AND SO IS VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL!  Your kids are invited to experience the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes  of a unique culture at Passport to Peru VBS, where kids discover how  much God loves the world.
Passport to Peru is a whole new environment  filled with incredible Bible-learning adventures, cultural experiences,  team-building games, unique treats, and cool faith-building songs - all amazing
standout activities that help faith grow in real life. At Passport to Peru, we will help kids discover how to see evidence of God in everyday life, something we call God Sightings. Get ready to hear that phrase a lot! So mark these dates on your calendar:  Sunday - Thursday, July 16-20 The fun starts at 6 PM  and will end at 8 PM. VBS is for kids age 4 THROUGH 6TH GRADE!  Tweens and Teens entering 7th grade and up:  We need you to volunteer!
Use this link to register your child or to volunteer for the best week of the summer!  

As if that weren't enough ...

VBS Meals
Join us for dinner in Fellowship Hall Monday - Thursday, July 16-20!  Everyone is welcome! The cost for dinner each night is $5 for adults and $3 for children. The nightly family cap is $18 and $60 for all week.    Please register for meals by emailing Dawn so we have an idea of how many people we will be providing food for each evening. We are also looking for sponsors for CRC Kids Club families to have free dinner during VBS! 


Peruvian  Chicken and rice with raw
veggie and dippers
Taco  Tuesday (and  salad )
Pizza with fresh fruit
Chicken fingers with a quinoa pilaf and green beans

July Worship
God-Centered Wellbeing

July 2
Matthew 10:40-2
The Calling Right in Front of You

July 9
Matthew 11:2-30
Easy Burdens, Light Yokes

July 16
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
Called to Keep At It

July 23 VBS Sunday
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
The Good & the Bad Together

July 30 A Service of Healing Prayer
Luke 4:16-21, Mark 11:25
Receive Prayer for Healing of Body, Mind, Spirit or Relationships
Children & Youth Ministries {grow}
Children's Ministry

Kids ages 4 - 6th grade are welcome to join us in the upper education wing September - May
Project Sunday School  includes both traditional curriculum and new projects for the kids to develop and share with the congregation. 

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. 

JULY 16 - 20: 
Rising 4th-6th graders serve on the mission squad at  Vacation Bible School
Rising 7th graders:  Volunteer!

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

A Youth Summer Event on Monday, July 10th from 10 to 7:30.
This day consists of 3 parts: A leadership retreat at Maple Grove, dinner at an area restaurant, and an escape game at Trapped Columbus! Friends are welcome.  

1.        Youth Leadership Consultant Timi Singley will lead our youth through a day retreat on July 10th beginning at 10:00 and ending at 4:00 at Maple Grove. This is an opportunity for personal growth and leadership development.  Our youth will explore their gifts, learn new skills, and build strong relationships with others who are interested sharing their strengths and learning more about being loving, healthy, hopeful leaders in our changing world.  Lunch will be provided

2.        By foot or by bus we'll head to a restaurant for a cultural dinner experience together.

3.   After dinner we'll go to Trapped Columbus for an hour-long interactive theater specializing in escape games - Trapped is located across the street from MG.  We'll either solve a heist on a yacht, resolve a sabotaged spaceship on a mission to mars, or possibly encounter zombies in a cabin in the woods!
All day cost $25 including retreat, lunch, dinner & Trapped! Please submit payment by June 11. RSVP to Cathy.
Come Help at VBS! From Sunday - Thursday, July 16-20 starts at 6 p.m. and will end at 8 p.m. The youth will help lead the kids through a week in Peru.   Passport to Peru is designed to help kids have God Sightings. 

A Low & High Ropes Challenge at Summit Vision on Monday, August 7th.   These courses will challenge us and help us discover our strengths and overcome our weaknesses as we work together.  The cost for this day will be $35 and will also include lunch.  Needs based scholarships are available. 
Friends are welcome at all of these events! RSVP to Cathy,  614-262-1163.
Spiritual Formation & Wellbeing {grow}
Spiritual Formation

Weekday Opportunities 
Tuesday 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.
God-Centered Wellbeing @ the Heart of Maple Grove
Wellbeing Connection:  Your Wellbeing Matters!
 New Initiatives, Human Connection Groups, Wellness Tips
God-Centered Wellbeing Sermon Series
Pastor Glenn is preaching on God-Centered Calling Wellbeing during the summer.  The Summer Lunch and Learn Series will support our growth in God-Centered Calling Wellbeing.  Plan to join us!

Click here to see what is happening with all of the God-Centered Wellbeing Groups at Maple Grove!
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 . 
Serving Our Neighbors {transform}

Monthly Dinner

The CRC Dinner will be Thursday, July 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.
Electronics Recycling Update

Thank you to everyone who participated in the electronics recycling event. Here are the stats:  45 Donors.  Approx. 4680 total pounds. With the amount of materials collected,   GroundWork group  will be able to teach over  117 hours  of job skills to the men and women in our training programs.  And, they reported their "first-ever drop-off via bicycle"!
Adult Mission Trip

Please join us on our adult mission trip to the Kanawha Valley. The Maple Grove Adult Mission Team is preparing to visit Clendenin west Virginia and help in rebuilding homes that were damaged in the 2016 devastating flood that hit the Elk river and Kanawha river valleys in our neighboring state. We plan to leave Maple Grove following the service on  Sunday July 23 , and return the following
Saturday, July 29If you are interested in joining the mission team or would like more information, please contact Patti Rottenbiller Dan McDowell or John and Kay Hoppers
Maple Grove UMC Represents at Pride!

Many MG members joined the Pride March on Saturday, June 17 in downtown Columbus. Thank you to all who marched in support of LGBTQ rights. Visit our Shutterfly Share Site to view more pictures.
Church Events {invite}
Summer Lunch & Learn Series
July 31 & August 13, 11:15 AM  1:30 PM
Fellowship Hall

What is our Purpose?
The summer Lunch and Learn Series will challenges each of us to reflect on our own personal mission statement and on a credo for Maple Grove. 
July and August - Credo Workshops
CREDO will be a series of two summer "Lunch and Learn" events.  As Christians and as people of Maple Grove, it is often easier for us to state what we DON'T believe and what we DON'T like about religion than it is for us to state what we DO believe and what our values ARE.  Under the gentle guidance of Don Ackerman, we will focus not on what may divide us, but on what binds us together.  Let's discover and name the values and commitments that are at the heart of Maple Grove. 
Don Ackerman is active duty military, teaches at Capital University, and is a seminary student and candidate for ministry in East Ohio Conference.  Don and his wife, Erin, have two young sons, James and Luke.

To register for the July 31 workshop, please click here.
Contract Bridge League
Tuesday, July 11, 12:30 - 3:30 PM

The first annual meeting of the Maple Grove Contract Bridge will be Tuesday, July 11 at 12:30 PM in the Parlor. Newcomers welcome! Contact Betty Hirsch with questions, 740.507.2086.
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
Traffic and TriFit Challenge
Sunday, July 16

Allow extra time to get to church July 16.  Traffic may be disrupted on Sunday, July 16 due to the OSU Tri Fit Challenge.  One lane of High Street will be blocked off and Henderson Road will be closed Eastbound between Olentangy River Road and High St.  It's all for a good cause-OSU's Ross Heart Hospital.  Please allow some extra time to get here that day. More information about the event may be found here.
One Service in August

At a recent meeting of the Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC), the possibility of having one service in August was discussed. This will be a trial run for having one service in the summer of 2018.  The schedule for August will be:

            August 6         10:00 AM
            August 13       10:00 AM
            August 20       10:00 AM
            August 27         8:30 AM   Feed the World Sunday begins at 10 AM
We hope you will join us in August so we can all worship together!  In the fall, SPRC will send a survey to assess your feedback on having one service. Please plan  attend in August so you are better able to complete our survey! We will also look at the attendance numbers and decide whether to have one service in the summer of 2018, June-August.  Please feel free to contact Lynne Matthaes, SPRC Chair,  if you have questions or concerns.
Capital Campaign Update

On Sunday, June 25, Emily Winters presented a Capital Campaign update. Click here to view the slides from her presentation.
Congregational News

Please pray for the friends and family of ...

Peggy Bowers, Maple Grove Member, who passed away June 28.

Helen Williams, Maple Grove Member, who passed away June 28.
Recently Hospitalized

Peggy Bowers, Marjorie Burnham, Joe Hirsch, Glenna Kemper, Beth Molino, Evelyn Murray, Keith Nash
Thank Yous and Notes

View recent thank yous received in the church office.

Connor Notestine Donations

Thanks to all who came to support Connor Notestine's vocal recital on June 17. If you weren't able to attend, you can still support Connor's trip to Germany with the Otterbein Concert Choir: cash or checks to Maple Grove (labeled "Connor Notestine") or by going online  here and entering your donation on the appropriate line.