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                           
 February Worship
LENT 2017

March 1

Ash Wednesday
Sermon Title:  Telling God the Truth
Psalm 56
7:00 AM (Chapel) & 7:00 PM (Sanctuary)
March 5
Matthew 6:25-34
Not to Worry
March 12
Leviticus 19:33-34, Deuteronomy 10:17-19, Hebrews 13:2
Fear (and Love) of Foreigners and Strangers
March 19
The Samuel Story
8:30 'Tween Ministry Inc./11:00 Project Sunday School

March 26
Matthew 14:22-33
Take Heart! It is I! Don't Be Afraid!
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 resumed on January 8.

Now through March 19:  We are writing a mini-musical about the life of Samuel!
The performance will be on March 19
March 26  we begin a Lenten Study.

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:

The Seder Meal (April 13)
Easter Egg Hunt (April 15)

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. March Event: See Kids Dream Project, Saturday, March 25, Worthington Kilbourne High School, 1499 Hard Road, Columbus, OH 43235. Please register for the 10:30-12:30 session Register online: www.seekidsdream.org/projectSKD Space is limited to the first 200 families.  Registration deadline is March 22. What does it mean to eat healthy?  It is a right or a privilege?  Learn how you can make healthy eating an option for your family and for other families in Central Ohio.  Families will learn what it means to eat healthy, why this can be a challenge for so many of us, and how everyone has a role in this important goal.  See Kids Dream will send you an educational activity to complete with your family prior to arriving at the event. This project focuses on ensuring healthy foods are available for all families in our community. Each family that participates is asked to bring at least 1 "meal" that consists of 5 healthy, shelf-stable foods--1 from each of the 5 categories described in the pre-service activity: starch/grains, protein, veggie, fruit, other. All meals that families contribute will be donated to local food pantry organizations that will be participating in the event.
Youth Ministry

Youth Sunday School meets from 9:45 to 10:45 in room 125.  We're continuing the topic: Money and Lifestyle.  Jesus knew the attraction of money, even though, as far as we can tell, he had very little of it and didn't seem to want it. Yet he spent lots of time on earth talking about money. We'll read some of what he had to say. 

Youth Group
Youth Group: Meeting on these Sundays: March 5, 12, and 26 from 4:00 to 5:30 PM.
On Sunday, March 19, the Youth Group is heading to Lazer Kraze for 2 laser tags games! We're leaving from Maple Grove at 3:30 and returning at 6:00. Admission for both games is paid through our youth fund.  Bring cash for any additional games or food!
The final Youth Overnight  is set for Friday, April 28 starting at 8:30 PM and ending at 7:30 AM on Saturday.
Maple Grove Youth have a Facebook group - join so you can see what is happening!
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}
Facing Fear: A 5-Week Lenten Study
Beginning March Sunday March 5 and Tuesday March 7.
Offered on Sundays 9:45 -10:45 AN and 4:00 - 5:15 PM 
and Tuesdays 7:00 - 8:15 PM

Join us as we face our fears. Pairing awareness training with Harold Kushner's book Conquering Fear: Living Boldly in an Uncertain World we'll uncover what triggers our fear, how it affects us physically, mentally and spiritually and how we may unconsciously be reacting to it.  You'll be equipped with exercises and practices to help you make conscious, healthy choices for working through fear.  Using Kushner's book Conquering Fear we'll explore the teachings of religious and secular literature and read true stories of people who have faced their fears. Kushner will help us to see that fear can present us with extraordinary opportunities-to connect with our emotions, rethink our values, and change our lives, and the world, for the better. 
Spiritual Growth and Formation

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.
Contemplative Creativity
Perfect Love Casts Out Fear
March 26
2 - 3:30 PM 
Chapel, then Fellowship Hall

Join us for THE LAST Sunday afternoon of contemplation and creativity. Be still and listen to God speak to you in different ways. No artistic experience or talent needed! The next gathering, March 26, we will focus on fear.  We will be writing in creative and unusual ways.  Refreshments and fellowship will follow as this season of contemplative creativity comes to an end.
God-Centered Wellbeing @ the Heart of Maple Grove
Wellbeing Connection:  Your Wellbeing Matters!
Covenant care Reminder, New Initiatives, Human Connection Groups, Wellness Tips

Covenant Card Reminder
Did you complete a Covenant Card at Maple Grove United Methodist Church on Sunday January 15th? Did you request a monthly reminder to help support your covenant? If so, you should have received your first reminder in February. If you would like to have a monthly reminder, please e-mail Marialice Bennett and we will add you to the list! 

It may seem like a long time ago! If you would like to request a reminder of what you wrote on your card in January or if you would like to request a new card, just send an e-mail to Marialice Bennett. We wish you God-Centered Wellbeing in 2017!

God-Centered Wellbeing Sermon Series
Pastor Glenn preached on God-Centered Relationships during the month of February. The bulletin board in the hallway off of the lobby will display activities happening in our church and in our community that support God-Centered Relationships. Starting in April, Pastor Glenn will be preaching on God-Centered Personal wellbeing. Watch for more details and activities to support our personal wellbeing this Spring!

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.

Do you suffer from Fibromyalgia or Chronic Pain? Please contact Beth Molino at if you are interested in connecting with others to form a human connection group to journey together. 

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 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.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month   

Many people do not want to talk about colorectal cancer even though it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths every year in the U.S. However, with regular screenings, it is both preventable and highly-survivable. It can start with no symptoms, which is why having a screening test is so important. Colonoscopy screenings are recommended for most people beginning at age 50, then every 10 years. If everyone aged 50 years or older had regular screening tests, at least 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided.  People with higher risk factors, like those with a family member who has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, may need earlier or more frequent screenings. If someone in your family has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, it is recommended that close relatives get screened 10 years earlier than that date of diagnosis. For example, if a person was diagnosed at age 56, all children and siblings of that person should be screened at age 46.  The colonoscopy procedure is painless and only takes about 30 minutes.  Colonoscopies for preventative screenings are usually fully covered by most insurance carriers. Having a colonoscopy not only saved my life, but by following the recommendation that my family members also be screened, it also saved my son's life. THE LIFE YOU SAVE MAY BE YOUR OWN ... OR YOUR CHILD'S.  There is no reason not to SCHEDULE A COLONOSCOPY TODAY.
-Michael Newland, Colon Cancer Survivor 
Stephen Ministers Commissioned at Maple Grove

On Sunday, February 19 Tim Mercer and Sandy Trout were commissioned to begin serving as Stephen Ministers. They completed 50 hours of caregiving training with the Stephen Series system, which equips and empowers lay caregivers to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. Tim and Sandy join a team of twelve active Stephen Ministers at Maple Grove. 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 267-6418, Jane Rantz at 436-1812 or Cathy Davis at 262-1163.
Bridges Out of Poverty: A Powerful training Opportunity
March 16 & 17, 8:30 AM - 4 PM
Marion, OH

Join with others from Maple Grove and participate in the Bridges Out of Poverty training being offered in Marion, OH on March 16 and 17. This powerful and eye-opening training offers multiple benefits including: building relationships, developing mediation skills and effective communication skills. Jodi Pfarr, National Trainer for the Bridges Out of Poverty Program, will lead the Basic Bridges Out of Poverty two-day training on
Thursday and Friday, March 16 and 17, from 8:30 to 4:00 and the cost is $20.00 each day. Please contact Cathy Davis if you plan to attend this training. For more information on the program or to register, contact Marion Matters.
Serving Our Neighbors {transform}

Monthly Dinner

The CRC Dinner will be Thursday, March 2, 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.
Ministry with Refugee Families
Wednesday, March 8, 7 PM
Fellowship Hall

On  Wednesday, March 8, at 7:00 PM , Angie Plummer will share with Maple Grove leaders, members and friends about how churches can be involved in welcoming refugee families to Columbus.  Angie is executive director of Community Refugee & Immigration Services (and daughter of Maple Grove choir member, Sandy Boger).  Families arrive with little but a suitcase or two, and need help with things such as getting seasonal clothing, transportation to appointments, welcome meals, conversation in English, and much more.  Through CRIS, churches can help families get a good start in their new country.  All are welcome.
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}
Cardboard Testimonies
Wednesday, March 29
7 - 8:30 PM

Find out Wednesday, March 29  Last fall several courageous people participated in a Cardboard Testimony Workshop and then shared their moving testimonies during worship.Cardboard testimonies use two sides of the cardboard; the first mentions a personal struggle or assumed identity and the second side describes the healing journey with God and community. These inspirational testimonies are about just that... how God's love changes our lives.  Following the Maple Grove testimonies many people asked "What would my cardboard testimony be?" On Wednesday, March 29, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM ou are invited to a Cardboard Testimony Workshop to discover that for yourself.  
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!
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!
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
Spring Forward!
Please remember to move your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed on Saturday, March 11.
Calling all green thumbs or gardeners-in-training!
God's Gardeners is having a preseason meeting after the second service  on  Sunday, March 19 , in the Parlor.  If you have already signed up for  this  ministry or are thinking of joining, please come and meet the group!  We  are always happy to add new people to our team.  No experience is  required, but a love of spending time outdoors in a garden is an asset.  Our ministry has made many contributions to making our outdoor space  A welcoming place in the neighborhood - a playground for children, benches  to sit on and contemplate, trees for shade, and of course beautiful flowers  for all to enjoy. 
Auction and Dinner a Big Success!

The spaghetti dinner and silent auction was a great success. Because of the efforts of the cooks, waiters, decorators, ticket sellers, donors, and auction workers  $4000 was raised. Thanks to everyone! Click here to view this year's generous patrons!
Capital Campaign Update from the Connection Team
Thanks to your generous giving, and diligent work by Skip Keeling our project manager, several key projects funded by the capital campaign are underway! 

Roof - Completing the multi-year project of replacing of the tile roof is our biggest outdoor expense and the first project on the list.  Roof tiles have been ordered and we expect the scaffolding to go back up in this spring as work begins.   
Electrical updates - The electrical work will be completed as several separate projects.  The first project, to replace four electrical panels, has been completed. 

In their February meeting, the trustees also voted to approve bids for the sidewalk repair, additional electrical updates and lighting.  Expect more news on these items in the next update. 
To date we have received $331,363 of the $874,287 in commitments, including the Trustee contribution.   Please remember your commitment to the capital campaign throughout the winter months. To ensure proper accounting, please mark your contributions with "Generations of Generosity or Capital Campaign." If you have questions about the projects underway, please contact Pastor Glenn or Connie Hale, chair of the trustees.  
Congregational News
Recently Hospitalized

Barbara Clegg, Mary Jo Lanum, Joe Lipsky
Notes & Thanks

Click here for notes & thanks.