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A look at what happened in the life of Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church in January & February 2013.

Text of The Vine - March 2013


VOL.1Melanie Farkas

MARCH 2013

Family Fun Day |

More than 850 people enjoyed the POLKA-DOT CIRCUS Family Fun Day at Reynoldsburg UMC on Saturday, February 16. The day began with an opening session with Pastor Tim Levert and Mindy Mathias, Lead Coordinator of Childrens Ministries. Children of all ages spent hours navigating the church building to take part in the many activities offered; including inatables, a music sing-along, a science laboratory and crafting junction.

Families also took part in a mission project; assembling United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) health kits. They made 728 kits that will be sent to disaster areas. It was important for us to have a mission project at Family Fun Day because children need the opportunity to give back and to be the hands and feet of Jesus, said Mathias. The more opportunities there are for families to serve together, the more opportunities for parents to discuss giving back with their children. The day wrapped up with a closing session involving plenty of music, prayer and a concert from Christian rock band Shine Bright Baby. Thank you to all the volunteers who made this day happen - and who helped show our families Jesus love.

Im overwhelmed and humbled by the work that Jesus did at Family Fun Day, said Mathias. It was awesome to see families come through our doors who have never been to the church building before or have only been here for preschool. It was great to witness so many children smiling ear to ear and to hear laughter lling the air.

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Dear Friends of Jesus and Reynoldsburg UMC, This year, instead of giving something up for Lent, we are asking what good are you going to DO for Lent -- and offer 40 random acts of grace to others as we lead up to Easter. Each day, I am asking you to hold onto and show the identity you have in Christ as you offer a Random Act of Easter. Will you to join me? As I did a few weeks ago in worship, let me offer some suggestions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. COOK a meal for a neighbor. SHOVEL snow for someone else. SEND owers just because. SEEK out someone you have hurt and ask for forgiveness. PICK UP the tab for dinner for a single mom and her kids. WRITE a daily note of encouragement to someone who could use it. 7. CALL a friend you havent talked with for a while and reconnect. 8. REACH OUT to a friend who has experienced a loss and show them they are not alone. 9. PRAY. 10. VISIT someone who is lonely. 11. BEFRIEND the lonely person. 12. INTRODUCE yourself to your neighbors. 13. COMPLIMENT a stranger. 14. HAND WRITE a thank-you note. 15. PAY for the coffee, the toll, or the bus fare for the person behind you. 16. LET THE PERSON who seems rushed cut in front of you in line. 17. HOLD your tongueseriously. 18. OPEN the door for someone. 23. SAY thank you a lot everyone works hard. Thanks are especially important to the postal worker, the government employee, the BMV clerk, the bus driver, the grocery store cashiers (especially when you bring up all that produce and they have to look up every single code) and baggers. 24. CALL your parents and tell them you love them. 25. LET your spouse watch their showand dont roll your eyes or huff and puff about it. 26. DONT NAGeven if you really, really, really want to. 27. GO THROUGH YOUR THINGS and give freely to those in needwarm clothes, shoes, boots, etc. 28. YOU know that shirt your friend always compliments you on? Why not give it to him/her? 29. HELP someone whose car has broken down. 30. WALK the cart back to the front of the store where you found it. 31. SEND a care package to a solider. 32. LISTEN when no one else wants to. 33. TRY TO FIND goodness in the person you dont like. 34. BE someones cheerleader. 35. DO nice things and dont tell anyone about it. 36. BRING a meal, offer to clean up their house or do a load of laundry for someone who just had a baby or other life event. 37. BE KIND to yourself. 38. MAKE PEACE with your past mistakes, and use that knowledge to help others who might be going through the same thing. 39. LET IT GO. 40. NOTICE a child acting well-behaved? TELL their parents how good they are while the child is standing there. It will encourage the child to continue behaving well, and will make the parents feel good.

19. GIVE boxes to someone who is moving. 20. HELP them move. 21. BE encouraging. 22. LET people merge-in during trafcespecially at the intersection of I-70 and I-270 during rush hour!

This just scratches the surface. What we are asking is to take a chance every day during the season of Lent and do something that embodies grace with your life. I would LOVE to hear what you are doing send me an e-mail at Lent is an invitation to live a distinctively counter-cultural lifenot so much by what we GIVE UPas by what we SHOW and SHARE through our lives. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, Being a CHRISTIAN is less about CAUTIOUSLY AVOIDING SIN than about COURAGEOUSLY and ACTIVELY doing Gods WILL. This Lent, we are inviting you to join in a movementpracticing wasteful graceliving authentically and counter-culturally. After all, we are the Church of Jesus Christ and the world is changed when we really live like it. Practice Random Acts of Easter instead of gaudy acts of holiness, and our lives will become a blessing. As we do, people will ask us why and will be much more likely to listen because we have SHOWN them the love of God, before TELLING them about it. See you in worship! Pastor Jeff 2

New Jersey Mission Trips

Ashley Marshall Just over a month later, another group from Reynoldsburg UMC left for Ocean City, New Jersey. This group included 20 youth members, led by Pastor Tim Levert and Coordinator of Youth Ministries Dustin Ichida. The group helped install insulation in crawl spaces and spackled, sanded, scrubbed and painted walls. They also met many people impacted by the storm. These people really needed help, said Brooke Angle, a senior at Reynoldsburg High School. We take advantage of things here and dont realize what we have. Some people (there) didnt have beds or food. One lady told us she was trapped in her house upstairs for ve days after the storm. She was such a beautiful person and loved God so much. Both groups built long-lasting relationships with homeowners, volunteers, and each other as they shared the love of God with the residents of the area during such a tragic and difcult time.

October 29, 2012 was a life-changing day for residents on the upper east coast of the United States. As Hurricane Sandy made landfall, dumping heavy rain and gale-force wind, over 11,000 people were pushed out of their homes. Many at Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church heard a calling to take their love and talents to the hurting people who were affected by the super-storm. The rst mission group traveled to the devastated area on December 15, 2012. Fourteen members led by Pastor Matt Wright and Rocky Riddle drove to Ocean Grove, New Jersey. They helped rip out molded dry wall, chainsaw fallen trees, and clean up debris around work sites. Most importantly, the team built relationships with the homeowners and with each other. This trip taught us that Gods mission eld is where He calls us, said Riddle. The experience of watching peoples spirits uplifted after completing a worksite afrmed why we went there. This restoration of hope while building God-centered relationships created a positive experience for everyone involved.

UMW Year-End GivingAfter much discussion, the Reynoldsburg United Methodist Women divided the 2012 year-end giving of $6,600 as follows: Locally: Storybooks for Children (Prison Ministry) - $100 The Shepherds Place (Making Christmas Memories) - $600 Rahabs Hideaway - $600 United Methodist Childrens Services - $450 Nellies Catwalk 4 Kids - $150 Tom Sawyers House - $600 Nationally: RUMC Mission Team - Hurricane Sandy (NJ) - $350 McCurdy School - $500 Red Bird - $500 Internationally: Mulungwishi, Africa - $1,000 Uganda Tuition (Damalie) - $1,250 Romania (Women & Children) - $500

Maundy Thursday, March 28 7:00am & 12:00pm - Communion Services in Chapel 7:30pm - Service of the Shadows in Worship Center Good Friday, March 29 7:00am & 12:00pm - Chapel Service 7:30pm - The Rose Of Calvary Cantata Featuring Full Orchestra and Chancel Choir in Worship Center Saturday, March 30 6pm - Easter Chapel Service Sunday, March 31 6:30am - Sunrise Service 8 & 11am - Traditional Worship 9:15am - Contemporary Worship

Easter 2013

March Calendar of Events2 3 5 8 10 10 10 16 23 24 27 28 29 31 Cornhole Tournament Puppet Squad Performance Emmaus Gathering Mad Hatters Ball Discover Workshops Camp Sunday Daylight Savings Begins (Spring Forward) SHARE Saturday Guys Nite Palm Sunday No Church Programming Maundy Thursday Good Friday (Cantata) Easter


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