Columbia United Methodist Church
Columbia Station, Ohio USA

Sunday Worship - 10:30 AM Sunday School - Adults & Teens: 9:30 Sunday mornings, Preschool - 4th Grade & Todler and Two: 10:30

Our Mission: "To reveal the light of Jesus Christ in Columbia and the world."

August-September 2017 Newsletter

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“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10

This Bible verse graced the back of the official mission trip t-shirts that the kids design each year. It was their mantra as they worked to spread
Christ’s love to the world by repairing and improving homes of people in need.

I think this verse also speaks to all of us. We all have been blessed with gifts. These gifts include anything we are physically capable of doing. Our Lord wants us to use these gifts and abilities in the service of others and one important way we do that is through the ministries of this church. Making the world a better place and improving the lives of others and growing God’s Kingdom are all at the heart of our mission.

In the coming months, all of us will have many opportunities to serve in new ways. Sunday School will need teachers, the choir will need voices, Youth Club, UMW, the Pre-School and the MYF will need volunteers and participants. The landscaping needs done and our church is in constant need of repair. On top of that, the Nominating Committee will soon be looking for people to fill out the various committees and ministries. Looking a little further out, 2018 is our Bicentennial and we are planning a lot of wonderful, Spirit-filled events. But we will need people to make all of this happen.

Please take some time to pray and seriously consider how God wants you to incorporate your talents and abilities into the mission and ministry of this congregation. I know that the world pulls us away from the church with events and sports and school activities, but the work of this congregation is part of the Kingdom of God. The gifts that serve us so well in secular activities should also be put to use for the greater good of all humankind. Once again, please pray and ask God how you can serve.

Blessings to all of you,

Pastor Matt

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Tomatoes Wanted

In looking ahead to Soup and Things in November, we will need 25 quarts of tomato juice. If you have a surplus of tomatoes and don’t know what to do with them, please contact Lillie Merrill (330-483-4609) who will preserve them for Soup and Things.

Fall Bible Studies

I Love Growing Older is a six week studythat considers making peace with the place you are in life and continuing to grow personally, spiritually, and in our relationships with God and others as we age.

The group will meet Tuesdays at 1 p.m. from September 19 –October 24. A sign-up sheet will be available in the narthex or you may speak with the
pastor to sign up.

The Redemption of Scrooge is a four week Advent study that looks at Charles Dicken’s classic, A Christmas Carol, through the lens of Christian faith. This very interesting study will be held on Tuesdays and Sundays. The Tuesday group will meet at 1 p.m. on November 28 and December 5-19. The Sunday Section will meet November 19 and December 3-17 immediately following worship.

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Youth Club Resumes

The start of Youth Club is just around the corner. Wednesday, September 27, is the big kick off for our 28th year! All children in grades K-8 are welcome to join our family circle. We meet on Wednesdays from 4:15 to 7:15 p.m. for Bible Study, Worship, Activities, and Family Time, which includes a shared meal. The Fall Semester will end December 6, but we will return January 10 for the start of our Winter Semester.
March 21 will be the date of our annual celebration banquet.

All children who are planning to join Youth Club this fall will need to be registered at one of three parent meetings scheduled Sunday, September 10 immediately after church and Monday, September 11 at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Parents will be asked to sign up to help in the kitchen, so personal calendars should be brought to the meetings.

For more information, contact Lillie Merrill (330-483-4609).

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Methodist Youth Fellowship

The MYF is a Christian fellowship open to all kids from 7th grade up. Their purpose is to have fun while bringing the light of Christ to the world. Their primary focus is a week long home repair mission trip held during the summer.

You can see from the photos of the mission trip that the kids did a lot of valuable work and shared God’s love and grace with many people. They also had a great time.

For the remainder of the summer, the MYF is hosting informal out-door get-togethers with kickball, a camp fire, s'mores, and a little spiritual type discussion. The next one will be August 19 with kickball at 7 p.m. and the fire, food and discussion at 8 p.m. All are welcome!

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United Methodist Women

Our summer is almost over. During the summer months the United Methodist Women in our church do not formally meet, but a few women did attend the annual Mission U held at Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. This is a 1 to 3 day program that informs us of news and topics concerning the women in the Methodist Church. Three women from our unit attended a previewed topics of study for the upcoming year. These included “Living as a Covenant Community and Missionary Conferences with in the United Methodist Church”. It gives us a sense of fulfillment to visit with other women of nearby churches and discuss similar concerns and topics.

This Fall we will be preparing for the Election Day fund raiser, Soup-N-Things. Our Fall District meeting will be held at Aldersgate United Methodist Church on Sat-urday, September 16th. And our next meeting will be held Wednesday, September 6th, at 10 AM in the courtyard room. Please mark your calendar and consider attending.

As we prepare for the finish of 2017, let us pray for a meaningful presence in our church, and carry us safely on, as the United Methodist Women continue to celebrate 150 years in service to women, youth and children. Please consider being a part of our journey as we support those who are part of the Covenant Community surrounding us.

Marcia L. Adamczyk, UMW President

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Upper Room Devotional Group
This is a group that meets every Thursday at 11:00 AM in the Courtyard Room. EveryThursday we talk about a different devotion in the book so each session has a new topic to discuss. Everyone is welcome! Regular attendance is not required.

Upper Room Devotional books are available for $1.25. They come out every two months and will be in the narthex.

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Monday Night Adult Bible Study

Every Monday night 7:30-8:30 PM. Study will resume in the fall. All are welcome!

Adult Sunday School 

The Adult Sunday School Class will resume its study of Sheron C. Patterson’s book A Mile in Her Shoes: Lessons From the Lives of Old
Testament Women.
Class time is 9:30 Sunday mornings. All adults are welcome!

Free Community Dinner

Columbia United Methodist Church Free Community Dinner Schedule

Saturday, October 21, 2017: 2-4 PM
Saturday,February 17, 2018: 2-4 PM
Saturday, May 12, 2018: 2-4 PM-

For further information contact the church office.

Phone: 440-236-8822

Worship Committee Notes (in brief)

Due to the more relaxed schedule during the summer, WC notes are brief.
Calendar wise, upcoming Communion Sundays are August 6th and September 3rd. The Liturgical season kick-off Sunday is September 10th. Some new choir music has been ordered and rehearsals begin Thursday, September 7th. The Baldwin Wallace Brass will play for the
August 27th service, and the Wonnacotts will be hosting a special coffee hour following the service for the church family to share in their 50th wedding anniversary.

Two sanctuary microphones-choir #2 and the pulpit-were replaced. A huge thank you to the United Methodist Women who have generously paid to have all choir robes and stoles cleaned.

The next worship committee meeting will be held on August 13th, following the worship service.

Wandering Remote Control Units

Above you see a picture of one of the remote controls for our air conditioning system in the Education Wing. Recently, these romotes have begun to wander around the building and have become difficult to locate.

To remedy this problem, the Trustees have mounted the remotes on the walls and labelled each one with it’s assigned location. The locations are the office, the Courtyard Room, and the Fellowship Hall.

If you use one of these remote controls, please replace it in the correct wall-mounted holder. Thanks to all of you for your cooperation.

Landscape Days

Wednesday, August 23-6:30-8:00 PM

Saturday, August 26-9:00-12:00 PM

Bring rakes and shovels!!

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Columbia United Methodist Preschool Update

The Columbia United Methodist Pre-school will resume after Labor Day.

The Executive Board has hired three teachers for 2017-2018. Preschool will meet five days a week. The pre-K class will meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The three year old class will meet on Tuesday and Thursday.

The parent meeting will be held on Mon-day, August 28, 2017 at 7:00 PM. The Pre K class will begin on Wednesday, September 6. The three year old class will begin on Tuesday, September 5.

We still have a few openings in both classes. Questions should be directed to Joyce Jenkins, administrator at (440) 387-6505 or (440) 309-5896 or Renee Huntington, Preschool Board Chairman at (440) 539-6835.



Phone: (440) 387-6505

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Men's Fellowship

Join us for breakfast and fellowship on the first Sunday beginning in October, 2017.

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A Little Reminder

Would you like to donate flowers (in memory of or in celebration of) or have a coffee hour on a Sunday Morning? Just sign up on the sign up sheets that are on the bulletin board. Any questions call church office 236-8822.

Altar Flowers and Coffee Hour Sign-up...
Remember there are Coffee Hour and Flower sign up sheets on the bulletin board. Make sure you sign up if you intend to host a coffee hour or buy flowers in order to avoid double booking.

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Please Help Us Know...when people are in the hospital. Over the last several years, it has become increasingly more difficult for churches to obtain information about their members who are patients in the hospital. This has become even more difficult as all hospitals have begun implementing the regulations of HIPPA (Health Information Portability and Protection Act). This was enacted by Congress to protect the confidentiality and privacy of patients. This has changed things for the Spiritual Care of patients. Even if someone from the hospital asks about your church affiliation, or asks if you would like the pastor notified - it does not mean that the church will be contacted. If you would like the pastor or church to know that you are

In Our Prayers...

For Daily Prayer:
Scott Burnham, Jerry Dengler, Mary Bentley, Tye Webster, Bill Purcel, Ashley Wojciak, Brooke Roberts, Tesa Robbins, Kathy Lewis, Sean Garrow...

Prayers for the families of:
Edna Mills, Sister-in-law of Pat Schaffer

Congratulations to:
Allison Lee Morgan and Caleb Adam Barney, married in our sanctuary on June 3rd.

Those in service to our country:

J. Campbell, Tim Boris, Mark Kincaid, Jordan Kinal, Nicole Wiltrout-serving in Iraq with National Guard..…

Those in nursing homes or assisted living:
Geneva Hammon, Mary Alice Lewis, Marie Knopf.


If you know of someone who is hospitalized or in a care facility and would like support from our church community, Please notify the church office! Hospitals no longer notify the church when members are admitted, even if your denomination and church is listed on the admitting form. Also, PLEASE let us know when prayers have been answered and names can be removed.)

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
Ephesians 6:18

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