We are an open community of Christians who love God and serve our neighbors.  Luke 10:27
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November Issue
2016
2016 Vision
Mission
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
TRANSFORM
To form life-changing relationships while serving others                           
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN Generations of Generosity 

There is an inspirational quote that states, "The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit." The founding members and previous generations of Maple Grove families certainly understood this and sacrificed to ensure that their beloved church would continue to stand at the corner of Henderson and High. Our Generations of Generosity campaign offers us an opportunity to be thankful for these faithful servants and to celebrate our gifts for the generations yet to come. 

The Generations of Generosity campaign focuses on three priorities for our church: improve safety, repair and maintain infrastructure, and meet current needs and expectations. To accomplish this work, benchmarks have been established:

First Step Benchmark: $400,000. We are pleased that we have commitments in hand at this level already!

Challenge Benchmark: $750,000. Commitments at this level will allow us to complete the most important improvement projects that have been identified by the Trustees.

Celebration Benchmark: $950,000. Commitments at this level will allow us to accomplish additional projects that will further improve our church building and rebuild principal for future needs.

In November, several key campaign activities will occur. Please join us in supporting Maple Grove now and for future families and children that will worship and serve here.
November 6, Commitment Sunday - Bring your Every Member in Ministry and your Generations of Generosity Capital Campaign commitment cards to worship and offer your gifts of prayer, presence, service, witness, and financial commitments for the operating budget and the capital campaign.
November 20, First Fruits Offering - Bring your first gift for the Generations of Generosity Capital Campaign. These gifts will be used to start some of the highest priority projects.

Thank you for your generous gifts of time and talents and for "planting the trees" for our children and our children's children. With your help, Maple Grove will grow into the future and continue to be an open community of Christians who love God and serve our neighbors.
Thanksgiving Day Meal Ministry Participation
November 24

Since the early 1990's, we have held a Thanksgiving Day dinner at noon in Fellowship Hall for members of the community, and for Maple Grove members, friends and family. Last year over 200 people shared this free meal which was prepared and presented by Maple Grove volunteers and friends. Here are the ways you may participate (sign up in the lobby on Sundays):
  • Provide Food
  • Help set up, serve, clean up
  • Be available to visit with guests who are alone
  • Come as a guest and enjoy the meal
We are an open community of Christians who love God and serve our neighbors. For more information, contact: Lisa Jones at (614) 580-7954 or email.
 November Worship
November 6 (REMINDER--change your clocks Saturday night before bed! Fall back.)
Commitment Sunday & All Saints
Lighting Candles for Our Departed Members
Dedicating Commitments for Annual Budget and Capital Campaign
2 Kings 6:11-17
More with Us Than with Them

November 13
Sunday School and TMI Presentations: Gratitude
Recognizing Our Veterans

November 20 
 Thanksgiving Sunday
Psalm 126
Between Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving


ADVENT 2016--LOOKING FOR JESUS?
November 27
Matthew 24:36-44
Looking for Jesus? Then Stay Awake!
Reconciling: Questions Answered

Click here to learn the What? Why? How? When? and Where? of the upcoming vote to become a part of the Reconciling Ministry Network during our Church Conference on November 20.
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 welcome to join us in the upper education wing. It's time for our next Project!  Join us at Project Sunday School to develop a performance based on three scriptures about THANKFULNESS.  Kids will paint, build, develop, create, act, sing, and share any other talent we even thought of! Our final performance will be Sunday, November 13 at 11:00 AM.

November 20: Thanksgiving movie and popcorn morning
November 27: Countdown to Advent

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. 

November 13 8:30 AM
PROJECT PRESENTATION: I nvestigating Thanks: A Video Diary
November 20: Field Trip Bowling!
December 9: 6 - 8 PM: Christmas Party
OFF UNTIL JANUARY

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.  Eleven kids showed up in costume at Wesley Glen to hand out Halloween treats. They met some of our Maple Grove family members as well as several other residents of Wesley Glen. Afterwards, they explored the walking path in the ravine behind Wesley Glen.

For our November event, we will be working with Peg Kearns and her group Blue Star Mothers to put together 200-300 care packages for military personnel overseas. The packages will be mailed out later that same day, so we will start the fun of getting them together early! We will meet at Sharon Memorial Hall in Worthington (137 E. Dublin-Granville Road) at 8:30am on Saturday, 11/19. To learn more about Blue Star Mother's, please visit the local chapter web site. Please contact Beth Wiley at 614-256-8461 if you will be able to attend this event, or if you are interested in future events.

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

Rehearsals begin November 27: 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. In November we will continue with exploring Forgiveness and begin Gossip - how it hurts, how Jesus handled it and how we can handle it.

Youth Group meets MOST Sunday afternoons from 4:00 to 5:30 PM in the Youth Room. Thanks to a memorial gift from the family of Mark Totten the Youth Room has all new furniture and a fresh inviting look. Thanks to Pam Holbrook, Jeanne Skinner, Sandy Gittings and Carl Weaver the Youth Room has been painted with all new light and soothing colors.

Here are important upcoming dates:

* November 4 Friday Overnight 8:30 PM to 7:30 AM  Friends are welcome. Bring games, sleeping bag, and a snack to share.
* November 6 No Youth Group
* November 13 Youth Group 4:00-5:30 We'll be working through the CRC to rake leaves for seniors in Clintonville.
* November 20 No Youth Group Happy Thanksgiving!
* November 27 Youth Group 12 to 2:00 - Help with Hanging of the Greens! Come to Fellowship Hall and have pizza and salad lunch and then help decorate Maple Grove for Christmas.

Youth and Christmas Eve - Youth lead Christmas Eve worship at the 7:00 PM family service and Christmas Pageant. Please let Cathy know if you plan to participate in the service through music and/or readings. 

Maple Grove Youth have a Facebook group - join so you can see what is happening!
Kroger Community Rewards--Support Youth!

We are beginning to plan for the 2017 summer High School Youth Mission Trip and you can help by registering your Kroger Plus Rewards card with the Maple Grove Youth. For every purchase you make - our Youth Mission fund is rewarded. Thank you for supporting our mission trip.
Spiritual Formation & Wellbeing {grow}
Still, still, still ... come be still
A Contemplative Women's Advent Gathering
Tuesday, November 29, 7 - 9 PM
Chapel

The Advent Season is a sacred time of expectancy. As we prepare to open our hearts for the coming of the Divine Light, we want to share hope and peace among the Beloved women of Maple Grove. Please join us for a special evening including a prayerful service, music, candles, sharing, creativity and delicious desserts. Please sign up in the lobby, call the office or email Cathy Davis.
Advent Study
Sundays at 9:45 beginning November 27
Room 3

Advent Studies Join us for a special Sunday School Class starting November 27 in Room 3 at 9:45 AM. We will be using Henri Nouwen's daily reader, Advent and Christmas: Wisdom from Henri Nouwen. Class time will be spent sharing our experiences, "Advent Actions" from the book, and a brief time of silent meditation. We will also have a Tuesday night study using the same book. This group will meet at 7 in the Parlor on the following dates:   November 22, December 6, 13, and 20. Please sign up in the lobby.  For more information, call Sue Fletcher at 614-309-9620.
What is a Stephen Minister?

Stephen Ministers are laypeople-Christian men and women-trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, illness or relocation. Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. Their commonality? A passion for bringing Christ's love and care to people during a time of need. Since 1975, more than 600,000 people from more than 11,000 congregations and other organizations have been trained as Stephen Ministers. 

Two men and two women from Maple Grove are participating in the current training class. Please keep them and the trainees from North Broadway UMC and Overbrook Presbyterian in your prayers. 

If you would like to receive the 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.
"So continue encouraging each other and building each other up, just like you are doing already." 1 Thessalonians 5:11

A Transformative Weekend: Make a Walk with Christ!  
Be sponsored by your friends at Maple Grove. 
 
The Walk to Emmaus is an experience of Christian spiritual renewal and formation that begins with a three-day short course in Christianity. It is an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ in a new way as God's grace and love is revealed to you through other believers. In the Emmaus community, each participant's individual gifts and servant-leadership skills are developed for use in the local church and its mission and participants are encouraged to find ways to live out their individual call to discipleship in their home, church, and community.

Women's Walk: November 10-13
Living in the Spirit:  Abiding God's Presence
Saturday, January 21, 9 AM to 5 PM
Maple Grove UMC

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. This workshop will offer opportunities to learn about and experience guided meditation, Feng Shui, energy work, sound healing and more. The cost for the weekend $50, lunch is included. Watch for more details soon.
God-Centered Wellbeing @ the Heart of 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.
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
Health, Wellness & You
November 8, 6-7 PM
Parlor

Are you looking for ways to stay healthy and maintain motivation? Linda Murden, a holistic health coach as well as Maple Grove member, will be discussing these topics as well as talking about health coaching. This event will be  Tuesday, November 8 from  6-7 PM in the Parlor.   This event is open to anyone interested and is supported by God-Centered Wellbeing connection groups.
Veterans Service
Sunday, November 13, both services

Invite veterans and their families to Maple Grove! Veterans' Day is Friday, November 11 and during both worship services on Sunday, November 13 we will recognize and honor military members and veterans.  We are also creating a Veteran's Day bulletin board and slideshow and invite you to submit photos of active duty service members or living veterans to be on display.  Please bring your photo to the church office, marked to the attention of Bill Tenney.  Invite your friends and neighbors who are veterans or active duty, along with their families, to come join us in thanking them for their service to our country.
Maple Grove Millennials 
Sunday, December 4 12:15 - 1:30 PM
Fellowship Hall

Save the Date! 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
Cancer Care

JamesCare for Life to Offer Special Programs During Family Caregivers Month

JamesCare for Life is recognizing the important role of caregivers by presenting special programs, concerts and videos during November. Programs are offered free of charge and are open to family caregivers of cancer survivors:

* Simple Strategies to Aid Your Loved One with Daily Challenges: Thursday, Nov. 17, 6 - 7 PM, L035 James
* Caregiver Conference - Caring for Your Loved One With Cancer: Saturday, Nov. 19, 8:30
AM - 1 PM, Fawcett Center
* Caregiving 101: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Martha Morehouse Plaza, Pavilion building
→ For more information and to register, visit this web site or call JamesCare for Life at 614-293-6428.
Serving Our Neighbors {transform}
CRC 

Thursday, November 3   The CRC Dinner will be Thursday, November 3, 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, November 10 - Slice of Clintonville will be held, in partnership with Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce, at the Clintonville Woman's Club, 3951 N. High St. Come help decide who serves the best pizza in the community, 5:30-8 p.m. For tickets, visit the CRC's website.

Tuesday, November 29 - It is Giving Tuesday across the nation! After Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, be sure to save a few bucks to contribute to your favorite nonprofit agency during this online campaign. Please consider making a contribution to the CRC, where dollars help feed local families, serve seniors in our community, provide afterschool experiences for children and lots more!

Thursday, December 8 - The 10 0th 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.
Harmony for Hunger
Friday, November 18, 7:30 PM
Northwest United Methodist Church
5200 Riverside Drive

Support NNEMAP by attending the  Harmony for Hunger! concert. Top talent from the many churches that support NNEMAP soloists, quartets and instrumentals. Chris Bradly, 10TV Chief Meteorologist, is the Master of Ceremonies. Featured performers include Philomet, Capital University Vocal Chamber Ensemble. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door, by calling 614.297.0533 or by  email.
Flood Relief, World Communion Sunday and Haiti Assistance

Thank you! Maple Grove contributed $580 this summer for flood relief in West Virginia. Our offering for scholarships on World Communion Sunday was $462. And we recently collected $134 to help Haiti recover from Hurricane Matthew. We will continue to collect offerings for Haiti, as the need there is great and lasting. Remember that 100% of all offerings given through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) goes directly to disaster relief. All administrative expenses are covered separately by our One Great Hour of Sharing offerings.
We've missed you! Do You Need a Ride to Sunday Worship? 

If you do not have transportation to worship and would like to be connected with some Maple Grove drivers who attend the service you'd like to attend, please contact Cathy Davis in the church office at 614-262-1163 and we'll begin getting you connected!
Church Events {invite}
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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
noun
1.
a group of people coordinated to meet and spend money at a local, independent business at a particular time.

OOPS! We missed promoting the October Ca$h mob, so we've moved it to November. The  November  Ca$h Mob will be Skyline Chili,2054 Bethel Road, Friday, Saturday &  Sunday, November 18, 19 & 20 . Ca$h Mob Cards will be available in the lobby beginning November 6.   Hours:  Sun: 10:30 AM - 10 PM; Mon - Sat: 10:30 AM - 10 PM.
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Toy Train Ministry 2016 Display
November 13, between services and 12:30 to 4 PM
Fellowship Hall

Come and see our toy train displays open to see after both church services and from 12:30 to 4 PM on Sunday, November 13. We encourage everyone who visits this display to consider bringing a canned food donation for the Clintonville Resource Center.  The Toy Train Ministry's purpose is to bridge the gap in ages of children and adults with a common interest in toy trains.  Men and women participating in this group invite anyone with an interest in Toy Trains to participate with us. We encourage those with toy trains stored away to get them out and join with us to delight our church family members and community members.  The group has taken responsibility to provide operating exhibitions of toy trains for summer children's events and an autumn weekend display of operating and static displays for the community and Maple Grove members.
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Maple Grove's All-Church Christmas Party!
Advent Fair & Hanging Of The Greens
Sunday, November 27, Noon - 1:30 PM
Fellowship Hall

Free Pizza & Salad

Crafts, games and activities for all ages
Help deck the halls of Maple Grove
Music and fun for individuals and whole families

EVERYONE is invited! Join us for the Advent Fair and Hanging of the Greens on  Sunday, November 27 . Meet in Fellowship Hall after second service for pizza and salad lunch. If you love to craft, jump in with your own craft, or help a little one with their project. Not crafty? Help deck the halls at church or sing carols with your church family. It's Maple Grove's Christmas party! Register on Facebook or in the lobby beginning November 6.

Gather your family, friends or a Maple Grove group you belong to and decorate a Maple Grove room for Advent on Sunday, November 27 during our annual Hanging of the Greens and Advent Fair. Sign up in the lobby for the room or area you will prepare for Christmas
The Fellowship Tree!
In preparation for Decking-the Halls we invite you to donate an ornament for the Fellowship Tree in Fellowship Hall. Bring in an ornament behalf of yourself, in honor of your family, or in memory of a loved one. During November please place your donated ornament in the decorated box in the lobby or, during December, hang your ornament on the Fellowship Tree in Fellowship Hall. Join us for the Advent Fair on November 27th and you can also make an ornament to place on the tree! 
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.
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
Sanctuary

Save the date 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.
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
Church Conference
Sunday, November 20 after Second Service

Church Conference Maple Grove's annual Church Conference, led by district superintendent Rev. Linda Middelberg, will be after second service (about 12:15 PM) on  Sunday, November 20 .  All are welcome to attend and all Maple Grove members may vote.  At charge conference we will elect church leaders for 2017, set compensation for the pastor, review church membership, and take care of other business as needed.  This year we will also vote on becoming a Reconciling Congregation and on affirming the Statement of Inclusion previously approved by Administrative Council. 
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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 .
Over 80 Lunch Recap

On Saturday, September 24, we held our annual Over 80 Luncheon.  A delicious lunch of chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetables, Jell-o and homemade breads and cake was prepared and served by the Ministry Team.  The MG Players provided the entertainment which was enjoyed by all..  Check out the pictures on the hallway bulletin board or online on the Maple Grove Shutterfly site. It was an afternoon filled with good food, fellowship and fun. We are already planning for next year!
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
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Deaths

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

Mary Hathaway, mother of Eve Hathaway, Office administrator,  who died October 12.

Chalice Taylor, Maple Grove Member, who died October 23.

Ross Wilcox, Maple Grove Member, who died October 25.
Recently Hospitalized

Pauline Reed
 
Notes & Thank You's
  • Linda Jerome thanks everyone for getting meals to her.
  • The MG Staff would like to thank everyone for the cards, treats and gift cards during Pastor and Staff Appreciation month!!
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