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                           
June Worship

Made to Live
June 4 - Pentecost
Acts 2:1-21
Made to Live with Authority
You are the World's Leading Expert
on Your Experience of Jesus
June 11
Acts 2:43-47
Made to Live in Community
The early Christians loved to be together.
We get to invite others into that joyful community.

God-Centered Wellbeing and CALLING
June 18
Campfire Sunday in Fellowship Hall
Campfire Stories:  This Is God Calling
June 25
Matthew 10:24-39
Losing and Finding Our Lives

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. 

Family.Faith.Fun June Event: Saturday, June 24 at 10:00 AM
4340 Tamarack Blvd (near Karl and Morse, behind Menards)
Columbus, OH 43229

Please bring an item from the Wish List.
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.  
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.
Stephen Ministers: The After People
People often ask, "What exactly is a Stephen Minister?" One way to put it is that Stephen Ministers are the After People.
Stephen Ministers are there:
... after the phone call you hoped you'd never get.
... after the funeral, when everyone has left and the emotions you've held at bay come crashing in on you.
... after the relationship falls apart and the bottom falls out of your life.
... after the doctor says, "I'm sorry, but there's nothing more we can do."
... after the nursing home director shakes your hand and says, "Welcome to your new home."
... after the last child honks the horn, waves, and drives away-and the house suddenly seems empty.
... after the gavel comes down, the handcuffs go on, and your loved one is led away.
... after the baby arrives, demanding more of you than you ever dreamed possible.
... after you find a pink slip with your final paycheck.
... after your family and friends have heard your story one too many times, but you still need to talk it out.
Stephen Ministers are the After People. They are ready to come alongside you-or your friends, neighbors, coworkers, or relatives-and provide comfort and support for as long after as needed. If you would like to receive the confidential and skilled care of a Stephen Minister please contact one of our Stephen Leaders: Nancy Gay at 614-267-6418, Jane Rantz at 614-203-9869 or Cathy Davis at 614-262-1163.
Copyright © 2016 by Stephen Ministries St. Louis. 
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 . 
Cancer Care Ministry Team

The Cancer Care ministry team offers resources, support and event information for us each month. Click here for this month's recommendations.
Serving Our Neighbors {transform}

Monthly Dinner

The CRC Dinner will be Thursday, June 1, 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.
"Love Will Win" Stonewall Columbus in Collaboration with CRIS
Wednesday, June 7 @ 7 PM
King Avenue UMC, 299 King Avenue

This year, in lieu of a a Pride Grand Marshal, Stonewall Columbus will recognize a group of brave individuals as Community Honorees: the LGBTQ refugees who have fled their homelands for fear of persecution or death. "LOVE WILL WIN" is a presentation created and shared by two Ugandan refugees who escaped religious and governmental persecution of their sexual orientation. Please RSVP to Stonewall Columbus or call 614.299.7764. Absolutely no photography is permitted.
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 29. If you can only spend a part of the week with us, that is fine. The work is always rewarding, and getting to know Maple Grove friends is a gift. You will return home with a feeling of accomplishment from being the hands of Christ for a few days. This year we are fortunate to have a bit of advance information because North Broadway UMC recently returned from their mission to the same small town. Some comments from their returning team are:  "This trip was by far one of our most memorable, in many ways," ..."The homeowners there had so much to give, despite so much loss. We formed a deep commitment with many of the people we met and worked side by side with throughout the week." Cost will be $250 per person which includes transportation, lodging and food (except for meals on the road). Come for all or part of the week! If you have never been on a mission work trip, plan to come along. The pay is not impressive, but the satisfaction factor is unique!
 If you are interested in joining the mission team or would like more information, please contact Patti Rottenbiller Dan McDowellor John and Kay Hoppers
Church Events {invite}
Maple Grove Millennials Conversation Circle
Friday, June 2 @ 7 PM
Fellowship Hall

Millennials: Come for the Conversation Circle THIS Friday, June 2  at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall.  What is a conversation circle you ask? People gathering in a circle to think together. Circles naturally slow people down, allow people to focus, create equality, and connect. Devoted to respectful conversation on a contemporary issue - possibly an issue that is currently being debated in your community, church, or school; a national issue of importance; an issue about which you personally have a keen interest. The power of the Conversation Circle comes from the sharing of ideas and thinking together in a safe environment that nurtures innovation, curiosity, and exploration. In the circle of conversation the questions are often more important than the answers. Reflective thinking is the outcome. Curiosity is the instrument. And ... snacks will be provided.
A Visit from Liberia

United Methodist Pastor Robert Sieh and his wife Margretta are planning to visit Maple Grove June 3 - 20.  If all goes well, they will be able to attend West Ohio Annual Conference at Lakeside, and then spend some time getting to know the people of Maple Grove and sharing with us about the Bishop Judith Craig Children's Village and Harriet E. Bailey United Methodist School in Monrovia, Liberia.  Pastor Glenn and Emily visited the Siehs in Liberia, West Africa, last December.  Through "Christmas in July" offerings, Maple Grove is pledged to offer financial support to the orphanage and school in Liberia later this year.  If you are interested in a mission trip to Liberia, please see Pastor Glenn.

Ice Cream Social
Thursday, June 8 @ 7 PM
Maple Grove UMC
Come to an Ice Cream Social and Meet the Other Half  Yes, the other half, you know, those who attend the opposite church service than you attend.  It's time to get acquainted!  Mark your calendar for Thursday, June 8, 7:00 PM, rain (Fellowship Hall) or shine (Community ParK)! Please indicate on the back of your green connection card if you will be joining us and how many are in your party.  Sign-up sheets are in the lobby after each service if you would like to donate a dessert for this event.  We will have Ice cream, desserts and lemonade!!  Please plan to attend for a fun filled evening!  Sponsored by MGM SPRC (Staff-Parish Relations Committee).
Meditation Group Potluck
Friday, June 9 @ 5:30 PM
Sue Fletcher's House
The Meditation Group is having a potluck Friday, June 9 at 5:30 PM at Sue Fletcher's home. If you would like to find out more about our group, or are in the mood for burgers, please join us!  Contact Sue at 614-309-9620.
Electronics Recycling Event
June 13, 11 AM to 2 PM
Maple Grove UMC

GroundWork group and Community Computer Alliance will be hosting an electronics recycling event at Maple Grove, Tuesday, June 13 from 11 AM to 2 PM to support autism awareness. Acceptable items include: Most all electronic devices, Computers & Servers, Laptops and PDA's, IPads & IPods, Cell Phones, Gaming systems, Keyboards & Mice, LCD & CRT Monitors, Printers/Scanners/Copiers, Stereos, VCR's & DVD players, Household appliances, Televisions $2.00 per sq. in., CRT Monitors $15.00 each.    
Columbus Pride Activities
June 16 - 17

Columbus PRIDE weekend is June 16-17.  There will be two ways to take part with Maple Grove.  Please sign up for one or both in the lobby.  We will be helping to make transportation arrangements for all who sign up.  

1. The Pride Worship Service will on Friday, June 16 at 7 PM at Worthington UMC (600 High St.). Choir members are invited to rehearse and sing with the Pride Service Choir-rehearsal will be the evenings of Thursday June 8 and Wednesday June 14 at 7 PM.  All are welcome to come and worship in this inclusive and affirming setting. 

2. Maple Grove will march with other Reconciling United Methodist Churches in the Pride Parade on Saturday, June 17.  The Parade kicks off at 10:30, though to march you must be in place long before that. Maple Grove's team will be working with other congregations to provide the best possible transportation options. If you need to ride rather than walk the parade, please note that on the sign-up sheet.
Cyclists Fundraising for T1 Diabetes
June 20

June 20, Maple Grove will host a group of 22 cyclists and their host families for dinner as they pass through town in a cross country bike ride to raise money for a  cure Type for 1 Diabetes.  After the meal, Maple Grove will welcome folks from the community to spend time with the riders at an ice cream social.  If you would like to be part of welcoming this group to our church, please contact Dawn.
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!  
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
New Members Received

On May 28 during both services, the following 14 individuals were received into/reaffirmed membership at  Maple Grove:  

Doug Davis Rebecca Furru Lynne Herrell Joe Hirsch Jamie Oxier
Valerie Davis Krissy Garner Karen Harris Allen Jacobson Jennifer Young  
Linda Furru Becky Grabosky Betty Hirsch Leslie Larson

Thank you Teachers & Volunteers!

Thank you so much to all of the volunteers that have served in educational ministry for the 2016-2017 school year!  From Sunday school teachers, nursery helpers and Children's Worship leaders to Youth volunteers and adult Sunday school leaders, you have made a wonderful impact on the people of Maple Grove!  We are forever grateful!
If you would like to know more about volunteering with the children of Maple Grove, contact Dawn Nauman or with youth, contact Cathy Davis.
Attention Crafty (and not-so-crafty) People!

Dawn is requesting volunteers to make tissue paper flowers for vacation bible school decorations. This can be done on your own time. Supplies and instructions provided! Contact Dawn Nauman  if you would like to help.
Summer Worship Hours
June - August
8:30 & 10 AM

Summer Worship hours begin  Sunday June 4 and continue through  Sunday August 27 .
Ushers Appreciated Ushers Needed

Are you willing to serve on an Usher Team once a month?  Are you willing to be an occasional usher substitute? Each Sunday 6 to 8 people serve as ushers at each service. Ushers are very helpful to our congregation and an integral part of our worship service! Ushers arrive early and stand ready to distribute bulletins, they also receive the offering, serve communion and help congregants with other worship needs. Please contact Usher team leader Rob Schmidley i f you have questions or contact Cathy Davis  to sign up for this team. Let us know which service, 8:30 or 11:00, you wish to usher.  Thank you!
Congregational News

Please pray for the friends and family of ...

Donald Wachtel, father of Ann McDowell, who died on April 28.

John Burnham, Maple Grove member and husband of Marjorie, who died May 12.

Joan Purtee, grandmother of Karen Luther, who died on May 14

Shirley Marley, sister of Dottie Trax, who died May 19.

Harry Porter, brother of Ellen Porter, who died May 21.

Joe Parks, brother of Monica Tenney, who died May 23.

Barbara Heimberger, sister of Bob Agnew, who May 24.

Congratulations to Michelle Hand and Ben Wannemacher on the birth of their daughter, Ariella Aeislin Michelle Wannemacher, on May 26.

Recently Hospitalized

Tom Armstrong, Nell Bonaventura, Delaney Davis, Karen Harris, Molly Ohsner, Emma Lee Tolliver, Dick Weaver
Thank Yous and Notes

View recent notes and thank yous received in the church office.