Summer Journey #1

The Board of Christian Education invites you to Summer Journey #1, a visit to the Scioto Audubon MetroPark on Sunday, June 26th.  Please RSVP to Susan Kinzer by return e-mail or by calling the church (614-451-1835) with how many in your family will participate.
We will meet after the 10:30 service for a light lunch at the church, followed by travel to the Grange Audubon Center in downtown Columbus.  From 1-2pm, we will have a brief orientation to the center and the park followed by a walk to the bird observation platform by the river to view the ducks, herons, turtles, and other creatures, then along the boardwalk to discover yet more creatures in the wetlands (dip nets will be provided).  Please wear old clothes and bring binoculars if you have them.
Following the walk, families may stay as long as they wish to do a self-directed scavenger hunt in the Center’s LEED Gold Certified green facility, hike along the park’s trails, play on the playground, or try the obstacle course.
Hope you can join us!

10th Mary Magdalene Celebration

TMMsonghe 10th Mary Magdalene Celebration is a Gospel Song Fest! Music is the vehicle for Message; Spoken Word, the Transition. We welcome Rev Dr Susan Smith and her Crazy Faith Freedom Choir. They will lead us in a Gospel Mary Magdalene Celebration. In addition to many gospel-inspired anthems, the congregation will raise its voice in song throughout the service!  The art of Jan Richardson is featured throughout. A Light Supper of soup, salad, fruit and cookies follows. Suggested donation is $10.00.

Advance registration is encouraged and required to receive free childcare during the Celebration. Contact Susan Kinzer, or 614-451-1835, to make your reservation. Please make your reservations now so we will know how much food to prepare.

The Mary Magdalene Celebration is a community event which allows us at North to welcome and meet people from the greater Columbus area. Please invite family, friends, and neighbors! All are welcome!

Jan Richardson: Featured Artist for Mary Magdalene

Jan Richardson who lives in Florida is the Featured Artist for the month of July and for the Mary Magdalene Celebration. Jan’s art and poetry will be displayed on the Art Wall for the month of July. On Sunday July 3rd and 10th, some of Jan’s art will be on video display in the Narthex before and after worship. Please stop by to see her art! Jan’s art will be featured throughout the Mary Magdalene Service on the 16th. We hope you enjoy Jan’s work!

Jan Richardson, an artist, writer, and United Methodist minister, is known for the distinctive intertwining of her words and images, which can be found in her books, online blogs, and web site ( She frequently collaborated with her husband singer/songwriter Garrison Doles until his sudden death in 2013. Her books include Circle of Grace, In Wisdom’s Path, and In the Sanctuary of Women. We are pleased to feature Artist Jan Richardson during the month of July!

OWL Training

Our Whole Lives is the human sexuality course jointly developed by the UCC and the Unitarian Universalists.

Our congregation hosted a training for church educators at North on June 20-22.   The program was a joint venture with the Unitarian Universalists.  The program trained young people to explore the question of who they are, including aspects of sexuality.  The OWL program provides age-appropriate materials and discussions for elementary students, Junior/Senior high school students, and young adults.

Good News x3, by Jo Anne Nay

“How could we share the good news (gospel) with the unchurched?” was the question Pastor Eric asked at the meeting of our newly elected officers in late January.
Here are my 3 good news words (in not only for church people language):  abundance, gifts and called.
Abundance.  We proclaim abundance in contrast to a world that believes in scarcity and competition.  We are not a wealthy church by American standards and we are amazed by all we DO have.  Living abundantly means paying more attention to what you DO have rather than what you do not have.  It means sharing; each week we pray:  “May we share our abundance with all who have need.”
Gifts.  We believe each person is gifted by God for the common good.  We work at recognizing the unique and valuable gifts of each person rather than expecting only certain leaders or popular or successful people have something to share.  You will find many amazingly gifted people here!  We need those differing gifts.
Called.  We believe we are each called by God to use our gifts.  Clergy are not the only ones called to ministry.  We are called to use our gifts where our deep passions meet the world’s great needs.  Perhaps it is giving away food at the SSCM Pantry or the Produce Markets.  Or being compassionate in our work as a banker.  Or teaching or tutoring children.  Or working for justice in our community.  Or showing hospitality to a new neighbor or to an immigrant.  Our gifts matter and our gifts contribute to something bigger than ourselves.
Abundance.  Gifts.  Called.  I hear this as good news for my life.  What about you?

Wednesday Evening Book Study: Eager to Love

A new book for WEBS (Wednesday Evening Book Study) begins on Wednesday evenings starting April 13th at 7 pm with
“Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi” by Richard Rohr.
Come join a group of kind hearted friends (and new friends) who enjoy reflecting together.  We meet weekly; we anticipate we will conclude this book in early June.  Each new book provides a new opportunity to join WEBS with Pastor Eric, Joyce Oyler, Jo Anne Nay & many others.
You will find the book on Amazon:  new, used, Kindle. Columbus Metro Library has 6 copies.

Covenant Class

All visitors interested in joining or learning about North Church are invited to the Covenant Class being held April 17 and May 1 and 8, 2016.

Lunch will be served immediately following the 10:30 am worship service in the Fellowship Hall, and the class will conclude by 2:30 pm.  Child care will be provided upon request.

Please let Pastor Eric know of your interest.  His e-mail address is

Gifts-Based Church Adult Education

Adult Education Series April 17 and 24 at 9:15 am “Gifted, With Gifts to Share!”
Led by Jo Anne Nay, Minister for Equipping the Saints, with stories from North Church members.
April 17:  “Each One Gifted”  What a difference to believe each person has been gifted by God and we need those differing gifts!
April 24:  “Called to Use Our Gifts”  Called by God to use our gifts means our gifts matter and these gifts contribute to something bigger than ourselves.
Lexi is available for childcare during the class.  If you need transportation to church, please contact Joanna Samuelson.


Spring isn’t too far away, and it’s time to start thinking about summer activities and putting them on your calendars. LetYourLightShine There are many camp offerings this year, some the same and some new.  Camps are available for the young and for the old (young at heart).  All the camps are fully described and very easy to view on-line at the Outdoor Ministries Website.  Please register on line as soon as possible so the camp and its staff can make plans for the programming and to receive the lowest price for the camp.  Registration deadline for the lowest price is March 31.
If you need a hard copy of the registration form, please contact the church office or Chris Isaacs. All camps have age classifications with the prices and dates. So start making plans now!  Again this year, the church will be offering camperships for those needing financial assistance.  Those forms can be obtained from the church office or Chris.  Please turn in campership forms by the end of April so determinations for assistance can be considered.

One Great Hour of Sharing

Water. Refugees. Disasters.

One of the many ways that OGHS donations help those most in need.


When disaster strikes or people are displaced or made refugees by violence or extreme poverty, you are part of the immediate response and of the long term recovery.  Development programs during the long term recovery include:  health care, education, agriculture, food sustainability, micro financing and women’s empowerment.
When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, you were there in disaster relief and in rehabilitation.  Refugees from Syria and others have access to food, medical attention, clean water, and education in Lebanon and Jordan.
One Great Hour of Sharing offering in the United Church of Christ relates in mutual partnership to churches and organizations so your gift can be in the right place at the right time to reach the most vulnerable.
Give generously to One Great Hour of Sharing during service on March 6.  Sharing brings joy.
Jo Anne Nay

Making Snowmen

Grade-school-age Sunday School students made snowmen creations during Sunday School.
Making was accompanied by singing “Frosty the Snowman” and listening to Sunday School teacher Dee Fuerst read two picture books with snowman themes.  Here’s wishing for a snowy 2016!

More snowmen creationsSnowmen Creations

WEBS Resumes

Wednesday Evening Book Study Resumed January 20, 2016
“The Way Of Transition: Embracing Life’s Most Difficult Moments” by William Bridges is the next book for WEBS (Wednesday Evening Book Study) beginning Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at 7:00 pm.  New participants are invited to join us in lively conversation focused on a chapter of the book at a time as it intersects with our lives.  The book was published in 2001 and is available through Amazon used beginning at 1 cent plus shipping or on kindle version for $10.99.  If you enter “Change & Transition” into a search engine, William Bridges’ book “Transitions” written in 1979 still comes up first.

Fiesta Dinner

Fiesta Dinner! Saturday, February 13, at 5:30 pm, make a reservation!

Join us for a fun and informative evening about Nicaragua Project Chacocente at
North Congregational UCC, 2040 W. Henderson Rd., Columbus.

The event helps send the North Church Team to Nicaragua this June 817, 2016 where they will work in partnership with the families of Chacocente.  Suggested donation of $10 per person.  Eat food typical of Nicaragua;  learn about Nicaragua from Rev. John Cramton.  For reservations, contact Susan Kinzer 614-451-1835 or


If the current weather makes you cold, think warm – the current daytime temperature in Managua, Nicaragua, is 88 degrees. So use your imagination and join us for a warm-hearted evening to support the Mission Team who will travel to Project Chacocente June 8-17, 2016!

The Fiesta Dinner will include wonderful food typical of Nicaragua, warm fellowship, and an entertaining and informative program led by John Cramton. Groups from North Church have traveled to Project Chacocente in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014, so many long term friendships have developed. Project Chacocente is a remarkable program that has changed the lives of families who once lived on the Managua dump. Now 8 families own their own homes which they built, they have a school for 152 children (theirs as well as many others in the neighborhood), residents know how to read and write, they have gained skills and have learned to work together. The school has grown each year till it offers pre-school through grade 11, which is the final grade in Nicaragua. A full day (rather than a half day with 50 kids in the class typical of Nicaragua public school) includes computers, English, physical education, and the culture and arts of Nicaragua. Kim Heimlich and Chris Isaacs are team leaders for the Mission Trip.

Make your reservations for the Fiesta Dinner on Saturday, February 13, 2016, from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. Contact Susan Kinzer, or 614-451-1835, by Monday, February 8. The suggested donation is $10 per person which will help underwrite team expenses for the Mission Trip.

An Attitude of Gratitude

from Joyce Oyler, Pastoral Intern

It’s that time of year!  Thanksgiving is right around the corner and Advent begins 3 days later!  This time of year invites us to stop, acknowledge and name the many blessings we have in our lives and the multitudes of things for which we are thankful.  In the life of North Church, many of us started that process a few weeks ago at the Family Retreat.  We traveled to beautiful Pilgrim Hills, a facility we are blessed to be able to claim as our own through our covenantal relationship with the Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ.  We enjoyed great weather, loving company, nourishing food, challenging conversations, laughter, tears, and meaningful worship.  And our theme was An Attitude of Gratitude.

One thing I’ve observed since I started as your Pastoral Intern is that an attitude of gratitude is an ingrained component of the culture here at North.  Folks are genuinely appreciative of all the many blessings that abound here and are good at letting each other know that!

From expressing gratitude for the musical offerings of the Choir, to appreciating the people who stepped up and filled in slots for selling pumpkins.  From recognizing the gift of food to eat, to extending that same gift to others through helping with the Y meal.  From gratefully receiving the gift of time and talent in a Friday night offering on end of life issues to gratefully sharing conversations on forgiveness during WEBS.  This congregation gladly offers itself to each other in many varied ways, and the gifts are graciously received and recognized with gratitude.

As we move into our season of Advent, may we keep a grateful heart, remembering those less fortunate than us, those who are not able to be with loved ones, and those who feel they have no reason to celebrate this season.  May we maintain our attitude of gratitude, expressing our thanks for the many blessings we are privileged to experience.

Thanks be to God!

B.R.E.A.D. Update

Hundreds gathered together at Christ the King Catholic Church on Monday, November 16th for the B.R.E.A.D. Annual Assembly. We heard an exciting update from the C.E.O. of the A.D.A.M.H. Board, David Royer, on our “Care, Not Crisis!” campaign that has won 3 new community treatment teams and an accredited clubhouse that will help people with mental illness find the care they need! The Director of Public Safety, George Speaks, heard our cries that “The Violence Must Stop!” and came to give an update on the implementation of the C.I.R.V. program. We also celebrated that we’ve raised over $100,000 in the Investment Drive, saw 2 new groups become members of B.R.E.A.D. (St. Christopher Catholic Church + Capital University’s S.L.I.C.E.), and we installed new officers for 2016. After our congregation caucuses, we announced that the new community problem that we’ll tackle in 2016 is… Jobs & Economic Opportunity!  Visit the B.R.E.A.D. Facebook page for more information.

No One Alone for the Holidays Thanksgiving Dinner

Welcome everyone to the ONA Outreach Team’s 6th annual No One Alone for the Holidays Thanksgiving dinner. This dinner was designed to give those who have no one, and nowhere, to enjoy the holiday an opportunity to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving with warm, caring and welcoming Christians. The meal is absolutely free. Donated side dishes are always welcomed but not required.

Faith and Film Adult Education

Explore the moral universe as portrayed in five critically acclaimed films, ranging from Casablanca (1942) to The Imitation Game (2014).  Each meeting features a 10-minute clip from the movie followed by discussion.
Our Adult Education class meets on Sunday mornings, from 9:15am – 10:15am.
Classes will be held on the following dates:
November 15,
November 22,
November 29
December 13,
December 20.
Child care will be provided.
The best movies not only entertain, they offer a compelling window into questions of spirituality and ultimate values.  They stimulate us to imagine how we can translate our own beliefs and values from the protected shelter of
our places of worship out into the worlds of chance and choice. Movies, when they encourage this kind of reflection, can be part of our ongoing worship life.

B.R.E.A.D. Annual Assembly, November 16, 2015

The B.R.E.A.D. Annual Assembly
Monday, November 16th at 7pm
We will be celebrating the success of our Mental Health “Care, Not Crisis” Campaign and hearing personal testimonies on serious community problems.  We at North will be part of the voting to select the new community problem we will take action on in 2016. The top problem areas raised during our listening meeting of all the BREAD congregations: 1) crime 2) jobs and economic opportunity 3) education and 4) youth and family. We hope to see you there!

“Inside Out” Intergenerational Movie Night at North Church

The Project Chacocente mission team is pleased to host a movie night for our North Church family and friends.   We’ll be showing the recent blockbuster hit, “Inside Out” (rated PG), a film that uses the universal language of feelings to touch the hearts and minds of viewers of all ages and life experience.
This will be the first of our fundraising events as we prepare to travel to Nicaragua in June of next year.  We will collect a love offering to offset some of our travel-related expenses.  Refreshments will be provided.
Please arrive by 6:45 pm for the 7:00 showing on Saturday, November 21st.  Any questions?  Please contact Leanna Frederick,, or Joanna Samuelson,   All are welcome!

Feed the People Concert Benefits SSCM Pantry

November 14, 7 p.m. at St. Paul UCC, 225 E. Gates St, Columbus, 432066th Annual SSCM reduced II
with overflow parking at St. Leo’s church, just 1 block south at 221 Hanford.

We have a new sponsor this year, WCBE 90.5 FM.
They will be doing promotional spots for the concert.

The concert features Donna Mogavero, the Klatt Brothers Band and, as always, Throat Culture.
All three are local musicians and have great local followings.

Contributions from the free will offerings are always the biggest single part of the support needed to fund our SSCM Food Pantry.  Having a good fund raising season is especially critical this year as we were quite short of contributions needed last year.  Fortunately, the previous few years had brought in more than needed, so our savings along with some cost cutting measures are carrying us through 2015.  Unfortunately those savings are gone, so we are praying for the resources to be able to operate fully in 2016.

We hope you will attend and we also hope you let all of your social media friends know about the concert as well.

Hanging of the Greens

Get in the Holiday Spirit – share lunch and laughter and help decorate the church for Christmas!  Join the Board of Christian Ed for a potluck lunch on November 29th immediately after the service and then help with the Hanging of the Greens.  Contact either Jay Yutzey or Kurt Moeller with questions.  Remember that meal contributions should not contain nuts of any kind.
Want to get into the spirit even earlier?  Contact Jeff Goodwin to see about putting up decorations earlier.

Hospice Care Information Series

North Church’s Caring Ministry team invites you to participate in a special program this month.   The remaining session is:
Friday, October 30, 7:008:30 p.m.   “Facing our Own Mortality”
What plans do I need to make now about the end of life?
What are the differences between living wills, advance directives and DNR orders?
North Church is blessed to have so many hospice care professionals within our own congregation who are willing to share their expertise with all of us about this important topic.  Leading us in this series will be John Cramton, Dawn Leach, Mariann Fahrenholz Day, Cynthia Speller and Jean Feeney.
This program is open to the community so you are encouraged to bring your neighbors and friends.  Child care will be provided upon request.  If you need more information, please contact Beth Marlor, or Joanna Samuelson.

CHOICES Clothesline Project

Stand up and Say No to Domestic Violence
It’s an unsettling statistic…1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. In Franklin
County, police responded to more than 9,200 domestic violence related calls in 2014. This issue is clear.
We have to raise awareness and make the statement that any violence in an intimate partner
relationship is not ok.
The Clothesline Project is a program started on Cape Cod, MA in 1990 to address the issue of violence
against women. It is a vehicle for anyone affected by domestic violence to express their emotions by
decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the
problem of domestic abuse.
During the Month of October, t-shirts that tell the stories of domestic violence survivors will be hung around Columbus, bringing awareness to the critical issue of domestic violence in our community.  Take a picture when you see one of the shirts, and post it to your social media accounts with the hashtag #CbusSaysNotoDV .
The staff at CHOICES here in Columbus uses the Clothesline Project model in the shelter and at
support groups as a learning and healing tool for survivors. During Domestic Violence Awareness
Month in October, these shirts will become a powerful visual tool to bring awareness of the issue to
the community and offer ways to help. This will happen through customizable art installations,
fundraising and social media campaigns.
Your help is needed.
You can stand up and say NO to domestic violence by committing to use
your voice during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This toolkit will get you started with ideas.
Whichever path you take, don’t forget to document your efforts on social media and use the hashtag
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, call the hotline at 614-224-4663.  Lives are on the line.