We are an open community of Christians who love God and serve our neighbors.  Luke 10:27
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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                           
September Worship

Worship Series:
God-Centered Wellbeing and COMMUNITY
September 3
Matthew 16:21-28
Life is for Others
September 10
Matthew 18:15-20
Conflict Resolution 101
September 17
Matthew 18:21-35
The Heart of the Matter Is Forgiveness
September 24
Matthew 20:1-16
Who Gets What?

Children & Youth Ministries {grow}
Children's Ministry

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!
Sunday school at Maple Grove is unlike Sunday school anywhere else.  We will have periods of traditional curriculum with a craft or activity related to a bible story.   And sometimes we will embark on a project-based period where kids will read a bible story or a scripture and then put together a performance for the congregation.  These performances are like mini-musicals with a live band, kids singing songs they've heard on the radio among props they've created and a feeling that kids can tell us best what we need to know about God.   This year's first project will begin right away.  The performance will be in worship on October 29.

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.
This year we will have our KICK OFF on SEPTEMBER 10 4 - 5:30 PM at the Whetstone Park Lower Playground.  After that we will meet every other Sunday at the same time through November.  Our first Capture the Flag event, our Saturday Night Soiree will be held on Saturday, October 21 at Maple Grove.  Our first project in front of the congregation will be held on October 29!
CHILDREN'S WORSHIP is held during the second worship service each Sunday except the first Sunday of the month.  Children begin in the congregation with their parents and head into Children's worship half way through.  There they enjoy their own version of the worship service, with books, videos, music and games that tie in developmentally appropriate and meaningful way.  Kids are picked up in the chapel at the end of worship.

HOLIDAYS AT MAPLE GROVE  Thanksgiving and Christmas are so busy for families. School schedules, chores, to do lists, travel and shopping can sometimes overwhelm us all but there is opportunity at Maple Grove to connect the secular aspects of the season with the meaningful experiences that make Christmas memories. Save the date for these important activities: 
Advent Fair and Hanging of the Greens:  Noon November 26 :  Make Christmas crafts for your family, enjoy lunch together and kick off the season. C hristmas Pageant for age 4 - 6th grade:   Rehearsals Sundays  November 26 - December 17 from 4-5:30 p.m.   Performance Christmas Eve 7:00 p.m. service

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 BIG WELCOME to the new 7 th graders! We look forward to having you in Youth activities! 
Youth Group begins on Sunday, September 10 and we're meeting from 4:00 to 5:30. Parents are invited to the first meeting in Fellowship Hall so that we can get acquainted, meet new youth, parents and leaders and have an opportunity to reconnect with those who are returning.
Youth Sunday School meets from 9:45 to 10:45 in room 125 and also begins on September 10th. We'll be using the same informative and discussion-provoking curriculum we used last year -  52 Great Bible Studies for Youth
Sunday, September 24 is an Important Youth Service & Episcopal Worship Opportunity
This invitation is for the confirmation group & all youth. Our Youth will attend Street Church at St. John's Episcopal church at W. Broad & Central at 1:00 PM and after worship we will serve a lunch that we provide.  Parent help will be needed!  
Confirmation for Grades 7 & 8 begins September 17 from 12:15 to 2:15 PM. This year the youth will participate a confirmation program called Confirm not Conform, or CnCConfirm not Conform is focused on helping young people ask tough questions and search out the answers. Through innovative sessions, service, mentor relationships, worship experience, CnC will do a whole lot more than just learn facts, CnC lets youth take real responsibility for understanding their faith and its power. When they do-when they see the church and faith as something that truly belongs to them-it builds a bond that lasts.   At the end of the class, as a sign of their ability to take charge of their own spiritual life, each youth chooses whether or not to be confirmed. All participants, whatever their decision, are honored in a special service dedicated to their work, exploration, and discoveries. Please call Pastor Glenn or Cathy Davis to register or ask questions 614.262.1163.

To receive Youth updates: please contact Cathy Davis and join the Maple Grove UMC Youth group on Facebook.
Spiritual Formation & Wellbeing {grow}
Share Your Faith (But NOT in an Annoying Way!)  
Sunday, September 3, 9:45 am, Room 8

As we gear up for National B ack to Church Sunday on September 17, Maple Grove's Invitation Team wants to help you feel more comfortable and confident in sharing God's love and inviting others to "Come and See" what's happening at Maple Grove. Join us to learn and practice some skills to make our invitations as effective as possible. Come and see!
Join the Choir!
Choir Potluck
September 7 @ 6:30 PM
Fellowship hall

On  September 7 ,  The Chancel Choir will "kick-off" its new year of singing, service, fellowship, and fun by joining with all adult singing and ringing groups  in a family potluck dinner beginning at 6: 30 P in Fellowship Hall.  Open to all high school and adult singers and pr aising God  in a variety of styles, the choir will be joined by instrumental ensembles for several worship services and full orchestra for the  Christmas Cantata "Darkness Into Light" by Mary McDonald.  The group rehearses at 7:30 PM on Thursdays and usually assists  in leading worship at the 11:00 service from September through May.    New members are always welcome--for more information on the choir or potluck,   please leave a message for Len in the church office. 

Come to The Gathering and hear Chief of Police Kim Jacobs!
Sunday, September 10 @ 3 PM
Livingston United Methodist Church
200 E. Livingston Avenue

The Gathering is a quarterly event for Reconciling United Methodists and allies in the Central Ohio area.  It is a time to gather for fellowship, support, and to hear what is going on in the movement toward full inclusion in the UMC. Refreshments will also be served.  All are welcome! Special guest speaker Kim Jacobs, the first openly gay police chief for Columbus.
Honoring the Bible Sunday School Class
6 weeks, beginning, September 10 @ 9:45
Room 8

A Short-Term Sunday School class:  Honoring the Bible: Can we read the Bible respectfully without falling to Fundamentalism or Skepticism? In this 6-week course we will look at the history of the canon, how the particular texts came to be, and we will consider approaches for reading well. We will consider how we can be a community challenged and matured by scripture without falling prey to the extremes of Fundamentalism or Skepticism. Led by David Kushner, meeting September 10 through October 15 from 9:45 to 10:45 in Room 8.  
The Intersection of Racial & LGBTQ Identity  
Sunday, October 1 @ 7 PM
King Avenue UMC

King  Avenue United Methodist Church will host a presentation on  The Intersection of Racial & LGBTQ Identity  on October 1 at 7 PM . Darren Calhoun, a Chicago-based justice advocate a nd worship leader, will provide insights and practical ways the church can become a place where all feel welcomed and loved.  Several community org anizations will be available before and after the presentation to   provide resources about sexuality, gender, race, and how communities of faith can better open their doors about spreading the message of love.  This program, which is free and open to everyone, is part of King Avenue's "Changing the Conversation" Speaker Series, which features Christian thought leaders striving for inclusion of traditionally-marginalized people and communities. More information is available here.
The Sunday School hour returns on September 10th.  These Sunday morning classes meet from 9:45-10:45 from September through May:
20/30s Young Adults - Come for conversation, coffee and mind-opening exploration of Christian faith for the modern world. Meets in the Youth Room.
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 This 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.
For Women - This class will read Little Pieces of Light  by Joyce Rupp. This book offers both courage and solace. It reaches into the human heart, encouraging the reader to approach painful, inner darkness as a help rather than a hindrance to personal growth. In a culture that pushes away darkness, this book carries a radical message: darkness is where one waits patiently for the stirrings of new life to develop.   Meets in Room 3.
Honoring the Bible: Can we read the Bible respectfully without falling to Fundamentalism or Skepticism? A Short-Term Sunday School class. Meeting September 10th through October 15th. Led by David Kushner in room 8.  
For Children & Youth
Project Sunday School for Kids for grades 4th - 6th.  Meets in the upper education wing.
Youth Sunday School for grades 7th through 12th. meets in Room 125. 
T.M.I. (Tween Ministry Incorporated) is a ministry for kids in grades 4th-6th.   
Youth Group is for youth grades 7th through 12th.
Weekday Spiritual Formation Opportunities
Monday A Course In Miracles study group meets twice a month, the second and fourth Monday evenings from 7-8:30pm in the parlor.  This group comes together to study and discuss the lessons from the book: A Course In Miracles.  The lessons give instructions on how to make a fundamental mind shift from "attack -out-of-fear" to "forgiveness-out-of-love" in our daily lives with ourselves, others, the world and God.  Please email Nancy Gay for further information.
Tuesday Breathing Under Water A 12-week book study meeting from 7:00-8:30 p.m. September 5th to November 12th in the parlor.  In Breathing Under Water, Richard Rohr shows how the gospel principles in the twelve steps can free anyone from any addiction and in some way we are all faced with addiction. When we learn to identify addiction, embrace brokenness, and surrender to God, we begin to bring healing to ourselves and our world. Books are available in the office or Sundays in the lobby for $10.  Signup sheets will be in the lobby and/or contact Jane Rantz @ 614-203-9869 should you have further questions.
Wednesday Living Spiritually Free from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. beginning September 13th. Using the book Surrender to Love  by David Benner.  Meeting in room 8.
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, off fellowship hall downstairs.
Thursday Pub Theology - Meets each month on the third Thursday at 7:00 pm at Tabletop Game Cafe (4316 N. High St.).  Beer, Conversation, 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.  Please call or email Bill Tenney 614.348-8152 for meeting dates and location.
Special Women's Gathering for the Season of Letting Go
Wednesday, September 27, 7:00 to 8:30 PM

Fall is the time of letting go.  We let go as our children go off to school, we let go of the warmth of summer as nature let's go of seeds for next year's growth. Join us for a time of reflection, music, sharing and prayer as we contemplate how Spirit is calling us to let go this season.  Desserts provided.
United Methodist Women: Faith * Hope * Love in Action
The UMW are women with a purpose!They are a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
The UMW focuses on mission. Our mission initiatives include:
  • Providing opportunities to grow spiritually
  • Equipping women & girls to be leaders
  • Providing transformative educational experiences
  • Organizing for growth & flexibility
  • Working for justice through service & advocacy 
Maple Grove has two UMW Circles; e ach circle works toward these mission initiatives. These Circles are :
  • Ruth Circle meets day/time and all women are invited to join us in the Parlor.  Contact Patti Hirst at 614-885-7880 for more information.
  • Priscilla Circle meets at 6:00 on the third Tuesday of the month at Rusty Bucket. 
Walk to Eammaus and Cum Christo 

Brochures explaining the Walk to Emmaus and Cum Christo weekends are  available in the church office.  If you are interested in making a weekend (view list here), contact Marialice Bennett  for assistance with the application and obtaining a sponsor.
God-Centered Wellbeing @ the Heart of Maple Grove
Wellbeing Connection:  Your Wellbeing Matters!
Bulletin Board, Human Connection Groups, Wellness Tips
Check out the God-centered Wellbeing Bulletin Board in the east hallway!  Enjoy the pictures of "I spy God" that are also on display in the east hallway.

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 . 
What Is a Stephen Minister?

Stephen Ministers are Christian men and women-trained to listen and provide confidential 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 desire to bring Christ's accepting and non-judgmental love and care to people during a time of need. 
Maple Grove is a Stephen Ministry congregation and if you would like to receive the 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 614-263-0195 .
Stephen Ministry congregations  receive a practical and powerful way to respond to Christ's commandment: "Love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12).
Serving Our Neighbors {transform}

Monthly Dinner

The CRC Dinner will be Thursday, September 7, 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.
Feed My Sheep:
Food Needs Continue

Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Do you love me?"  Peter answered, "Master, you've got to know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my sheep." -John 21:1518-19
Thank you Maple Grove for supporting area food pantries!  In addition to your food donation, our
Community Vegetable Garden team has provided weekly fresh-from-the-garden produce to the CRC food pantry.   Our  Feed My Sheep Team gathers your non-perishable food donations and delivers them to the CRC and NNEMAP on the second and fourth week of every month. The  Feed My Sheep Team also delivers the individually wrapped sandwiches to Faith on 8 th that you make and place in the large Fellowship Hall refrigerator kitchen by noon on the first and third Monday of each month .  Thank you! Your non-perishable food donations can be made any time to the  Feed My Sheep bins inside the south entrance doors. Your donations are so helpful and appreciated.
Responding to Hurricane Harvey

Dear Maple Grove members and friends,

Many people are asking the best way to help people affected by Hurricane Harvey.   Click here for latest information from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).  We will be organizing the collection of items for "relief kits" at Maple Grove soon.  Meantime the best ways to help are to pray for safety, recovery and wellbeing for everyone affected, and to donate to UMCOR.  You can donate directly through this link or by making contributions through Maple Grove (labeled "Hurricane Harvey").  I appreciate your concern and desire to serve our brothers and sisters in need.
Pastor Glenn
Grooming Kit Collection
By Sunday, October 16
Pick up a bag to fill in the lobby

Maple Grove is collecting NNEMAP GROOMING KITS! Again this year NNEMAP will distribute family grooming kits to their clients during October and November. For years Maple Grove has generously helped provide these much needed items. On a table in the lobby are large plastic bags with a sticker list of the full-size items for the kits. Shop anywhere you like however, at Dollar Tree, these items can be purchased for $1 each. Please take a bag, or two, to fill and return to the church by Sunday, October 16.
Church Events {invite}
Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, September 17 @ 1 PM, Blessings @ 2 PM
Fellowship Hall

Join us for the 16th Annual Blessing of the Animals! Activities include visits from animal rescue organizations, microchipping and photos with your pets. 
Community Family Fun Day, Sponsored by S.A.I.L. 
(Safe Alliance of Interfaith Leaders)
Sunday, September 17, 2017, 3 - 6:00 PM
Noor Islamic Cultural Center
5001 Wilcox Rd. Dublin, Ohio 43016

Join us for fun, fellowship, and outdoor games, including a corn hole tournament with prizes for winning teams. Don't have a team? Walk-ons welcome. Corn hole tournament registration from 3:00-3:30. Learn about community resources. Food and drinks available for purchase. All ages welcome. For more information and to RSVP, please visit  www.safeallianceofinterfaithleaders.org
 *Free will offerings for S.A.I.L. will be gratefully accepted.
* Rain date is Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
50th Wedding Anniversary Reception  
Sunday, September 24 @ 2 PM

Patti and Bob Hirst's nieces and their families cordially invite Maple Grove Church to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary  Sunday, September 24 in the Parlor from 2:00 until 4:00 PM.  Please no personal gifts but a donation of nonperishable food items would be appreciated for the food pantry.  
Over 80 Luncheon
Saturday, September 30 from 11:30 AM - 2 PM
Fellowship Hall

It is time once again for the Annual "Over 80'" Luncheon.  It will be held on Saturday, September 30 from 11:30 until 2:00 in the Fellowship Hall.  Call Bob and Patti Hirst at 614-885-7880 for reservations or sign up on Sunday, September 17 and 24  after both services.  If you are Over "80" and did not receive an invitation, please make a reservation as we would like to have you attend.  Looking forward to honoring our special members who are 80 and older.

Now more than ever...Take a Closer Look: An October Lunch and Learn Workshop
Come join us for on Sunday, October 8 from 12:15 - 2:00 PM while we take a closer look at the importance recognizing bias and its role in promoting diversity and inclusion. the
Everyone has biases, both positive and negative. Sometimes we aren't even aware that we have them. Our biases play a significant role in our lives and can have a larger impact our criminal justice, health care and education systems. Recognizing and confronting our biases can create positive social change and help us to become closer to Jesus.  Please sign up in the lobby or click here. Childcare will be provided upon request.
Now more than ever...Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
Better Business Bureau Presentation: Scams, Identity Theft and More!
Wednesday, October 11 @ 1 PM

Ruth Circle is hosting Better Business Bureau presenters Lee Anne Lanigan and Dean Pulliam who will discuss scams, identity theft and the ins and outs of the metal charitable donation drop off boxes. They will also offer information regarding the alphabetical listing of charities subject to BBB evaluations.  This 90-minute program, including time for Q & A, will be presented in the Sanctuary. Bring your family and friends so they can be better informed and to share this information.  Please contact to the church office  , 614.262.1163, by Monday, October 2 to register.  
Maple Grove Event Photos!

Bookmark this link! Maple Grove has a Shutterfly Share site for you to view photos of recent and past events.  Here is just an example of what you will see there ... the MG Walking & Talking Connection Group!

Church Calendars
Church Business
You can Advertise Your Business in the 2018 Maple Grove Guide Book
The FREE Maple Grove Guide Books is a church directory and church resource and will be mailed directly to every Maple Grove member thanks to Guide Book advertisers.  If you have a business and wish to be in the Guide Book please contact Cathy Davis at 614-262-1163.
SNOW Celebration for Christmas in July
On Aug. 6 it snowed on Pastor Glenn and snow cones were served on the patio, all to celebrate another successful Christmas in July.  Exceeding the goal of $7000,  $11,690.00  was raised for Bethlehem on Broad food boxes, our Thanksgiving Day dinner, Community Refugee & Immigration Services of Columbus, and the Bishop Judith Craig Children's Village in Monrovia, Liberia.  Thank you for your generous support of missions!
Return to Regular Hours!
Just a reminder that Sunday September 3 we return to  8:30 & 11 AM Worship!

Looking Ahead ... Our Stewardship Campaign begins on October 1st!

What, you may ask, is the purpose of the Stewardship Campaign?
The Stewardship Campaign occurs annually, in October. It is a time when all members are asked to make financial and service commitments to Maple Grove for the coming year, guided by the vows we take of Prayer, Presence, Gifts, Service and Witness.
Your financial pledge is instrumental in the creation of our annual budget, supporting all expenses necessary to live out the ministries at Maple Grove. And your service commitment enables us to staff our numerous ministry teams that serve as Christ's hands and feet in the community.
Watch your mail  later this month   for an   orange envelope containing the Every Member in Ministry booklet and a Commitment Card for your participation in this stewardship campaign.
Each year, we strive for 100% participation from our congregation. No pledge amount is too great or small. Thank you for your faithful and generous giving!
Congregational News

Please pray for the friends and family of ...

John Weaver, brother of Maple Grove Member Dick Weaver, who passed away August 6.

Jill Richards, sister-in-law of Maple Grove Member Jeanette Belz, who passed away on August 7.

Viola Perry, mother of Maple Grove Member Karen Harris, who passed away August 12.

Vonna Fissel, Maple Grove Member, who passed away August 18.

Conratulations to Josh and Lana Runkle on the birth of their daughter,  Piper Flynn, on August 21. 

Recently Hospitalized

Bob Barbary, Gale Burkett, Rosemary Everhart, Glenna Kemper
Thank Yous and Notes

Emma Lee Tolliver would like to thank everyone for the prayers and cards she received. She is home now and doing well.

View recent thank yous received in the church office.