Lenten Sermon Series by Glen Miles
March 21, 2021
Week 5
Again & Again, We Are Changed
Focal Scriptures John 12:20-33 | Jeremiah 31:31-34

We desire for God to write on our hearts so that God’s law can re-shape and change us from the inside out. Change is a journey of letting the old fall away for something new to emerge, of returning to God’s words over and over, of being drawn into the heart of God. This is the process of justification and sanctification; transformation must be internal and communal.

commentary by Rev. T. Denise Anderson | Guide by: Rev. Lisle Gwynn Garrity | sanctifiedart.org |
Missed last week's sermon? Click the video below.
Strategic Planning Update
By Pam Shisler, Planning Team Chair

The Strategic Planning Team is busy moving forward with our Appreciative Planning process to create mission imperatives for First Community’s immediate future. Program staff, clergy, Governing Board members and other church leaders attended our Kick-Off meetings March 6 & 7 led by Rev. Sarai Rice, a consultant from Des Moines, IA. You can view Rev. Rice’s presentation on national church trends here. Since then, the Planning Team has been busy finalizing our plans for connecting with First Community members and developing a timeline for the process going forward.

All church members will have the opportunity to participate in the Strategic Planning Process by joining a small group meeting or completing the all-church survey. Small group meetings will begin the last week in March. Look for future emails and visit the Strategic Planning page on the First Community web site for more information and updates.

Thanks to our Planning Team members: Catherine Adams, Paul Anderson, Terry Davis, Tanner Gaerke, Jamie Greene, Glen Miles, Jodi Patton, Cydney Philbin, and Carrie Schwab for their commitment to this important work. If you have comments or questions about the Strategic Planning process, please connect with us at StrategicPlanningCommittee@FCchurch.com.
Currently, we have very limited spots available for our in-person worship service beginning April 11. We have created a wait list which can be accessed here. If you wish to attend the in-person worship service but are unable to register, please add your name to the waitlist. We will notify you if space becomes available. 

Our goal is to safely accommodate all those who wish to be in-person at First Community. We are looking at ways in which we can increase our offerings while maintaining a safe and healthy environment. We will be announcing more in-person opportunities very soon. 
Signs of Spring
 Early signs of spring by Lincoln Road Chapel
Submitted by Pam Jameson, Director of Facilities Ministry

There is a hard truth to be told: before spring becomes beautiful, it is plug ugly, nothing but mud and muck...But in that muddy mess, the conditions for rebirth are being created.
Sunday School
This week in Sunday school we will continue to learn about the central teachings of Jesus, the Beatitudes. What do you think about Jesus’ teaching that people who are kind, humble and gentle will inherit the earth? Please join us on Sunday to talk about this question.

Children in grades K- 5 can participate in our LIVE Zoom Sunday school at 10 am. Please join us. We love getting to spend time with the kids in our program. This unit contains wonderful response materials that are included in our Sunday morning email and can be printed at home for your whole family to enjoy.
Contact Julie Richards, Director of
K-5 Ministry, with questions and to receive the Zoom link.
K-5 Easter Eggstravaganza
Join the K-5 team for an in-person, socially distanced and masked Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 3 at 10 am OR 11:30 am at First Community North. There will be an egg hunt, dance for candy, goodie bags and a photo opportunity. This fun family event is open to all children, toddler through grade 5 and their parents. This is an outside event that will be held unless there is extreme weather.

The Easter Eggstravaganza is free, but you must register HERE by March 31 to reserve a spot.
Volunteers for prep (at home) or day of event needed. Click HERE to help.

Contact Julie Richards, Director of
K-5 Ministry, with questions.
Tail Feather Raffle- Purchase by 3/20
Win a weekend stay at Tail Feather, Camp Akita’s newest cabin! Construction is almost complete on our new 4-bed, 3-bath log cabin. The raffle winner will receive an available weekend of their choice in Fall 2021. Raffle tickets will be sold online from March 1 – 20, and the winning ticket will be drawn on March 21. Tickets are $25 each, or 5 for $100. All proceeds benefit Camp Akita scholarships and on-site camp improvements.
Is It Time For A New Job?
First Community is launching a new Job Search Group assisting you to find a job YOU love. These sessions will be focused on individual progress. We hope to offer them regularly.

Over three sessions, Mike Collins (a retired third-party recruiter) will guide the group through:

  • Your successes and how you improved your company or organization.
  • Acing the interview.
  • Finding a job you love.

Sessions will begin right after Tax Day on April 19, April 26 and May 3; from 6 - 7:30 pm via Zoom. You can register here . For more information email Robin Hood or call 614-488-0681 ext. 235
Annual Burkhart Luncheon
May 1, 2021
FCchurch.com and Facebook
Growing by Dr. Glen Miles

We will be having our annual Burkhart Luncheon for our Sweethearts (members who are 65+ years young) on May 1 at 11 am. The program will be available to access on Facebook and on the First Community webpage, similar to how we view worship. Brunch boxes will be delivered to your home the day of the event.

This year’s program has the theme Growing, with a presentation by Dr. Glen Miles and music from Sally Beske.

Invitations will be mailed this week. If you would like to receive an invitation, contact Robin or 614-488-0681 ext. 235.
Our generous sponsors this year providing Brunch boxes are Brookdale Trillium Crossing, Dublin Retirement Village, First Community Village, Forum at Knightsbridge, Wesley Glen, and Westminster-Thurber. In addition, our sponsors providing roses this year include Heartland Home Health and Hospice, Clear Captions, and Capital Health.
Holy Week at First Community
The Burkhart Center Events
Father Boyle Book Discussion, Part Two – Virtual Event
Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship
March 25, 7 – 8:30 pm
Contemplative Way Group
11:45 am – 1 pm
Much Matters Book Discussion
White Too Long
March 18
6 -8 pm
Additional Links