MARCH 5, 2023
HELP RESTOCK THE PANTRY AT IPM
We will be collecting food for the Inter Parish Ministries (IPM) food pantry each Sunday through March 19. The pantry would like our church to focus on bringing canned fruit, peanut butter, granola bars, single-serve mac and cheese, and single-serve ravioli. Our goal is to fill 30 boxes with pantry supplies!
HAVE YOU COMPLETED YOUR SPIRITUAL SURVEY?
If so, thank you! If not, there’s still time. You can complete the survey online, or pick up a paper copy from the counter in the lobby. We are asking that all surveys be returned by Wednesday, March 8.
SPRING QUARTER BEGINS FOR ROCKs STUDENTS
The spring quarter for children through grade 5 is titled From Heaven to Earth and begins with the birth of Jesus. Families should stop by the table in the hall outside the auditorium to pick up their “prayer packs.” Prayer packs include the church’s prayer focus for each month of the quarter, and activity ideas for your family based on the prayer focus.
SUNDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY RETURNS THIS WEEK
Sunday Evening Bible Study begins again this week, March 5, with Keith Baker leading a review of Romans 14. Everyone is welcome to attend the Sunday evening group, which is held in the auditorium at 6 p.m.
SAVE THE DATE FOR AN ACAPELLA EXPERIENCE
Our church will be hosting Songfest with Keith Lancaster on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. Please mark your calendars for this special event and be sure to invite your friends – it’s an acapella experience!
IT’S TEA TIME, LADIES!
All ladies are invited to the Ladies Luncheon Tea on Saturday, March 25 at 10 a.m. Spring attire, hats, gloves, pearls are suggested, but not required, as we fellowship and reflect on how the Lord can “Fill my cup” (Psalm 23:5-6). RSVP online or stop by the table in the lobby.
MINI SCHOOL NEEDS TEACHERS
Mini School is a 37-year tradition at Withamsville. To keep this program going, we need teachers. Your time commitment would be Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. beginning the Friday after Labor Day and running through the last Friday of April. See Karen Mason for more details.
ROCKS and Homebuilders are going to a hockey game on March 19 and want the whole church to join them! This game is at 3 p.m. and tickets are $14. You must RSVP and pay by this Sunday, March 5. For questions or to RSVP, contact Sara Faison at 513-581-7636 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEXT PIECEMAKERS GATHERING IS MARCH 18
The Piecemakers’ group is for anyone who enjoys quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, etc., plus fellowship and friendship. All hobbies are welcome as is anyone from our church or the community at large. The next meeting is Saturday, March 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is included.
GOD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER
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If you cannot join us in person this Sunday, please join through our YouTube live stream.
- Bible class begins at 9 a.m. – Updated Vision Initiatives
- Worship service starts at 10 a.m. – Why Core Values Matter
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MARCH PRAYER FOCUS
Missions – pray that God will open doors for us to proclaim clearly the mystery of Christ. “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.” – Colossians 4:2-4 NIV.
- Fran Johnson will be having knee replacement surgery on Monday, March 6.
- Also on Monday, Pam Wanninger is scheduled for a procedure involving a spinal stimulator that may relieve her pain.
- Wayne Johnson’s mother broke her hip, which required surgery, and is recovering in a rehabilitation facility.
- Continued prayers for the Tucker and Tegge families in the loss of Laura Tucker Tegge. Laura’s mother, Eileen, also now has covid.
- Safe travels, spiritual learning, and fun for our middle school students who are on retreat this weekend at Mid-Western.
PRAY FOR OUR EXPECTING MOTHERS: Jessica Gillespie due May 23; Chelsea Whitaker, due July 5; Danielle Halcomb, due Sept. 1; and Paige Daughety, due Sept. 14.
- Ladies Book Club – Tuesday, March 14, 6 p.m. @ Bob Evans Eastgate
- Piecemakers – Saturday, March 18, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (lunch included)
- Cyclones Hockey Game – Sunday, March 19, 3 p.m. @ Heritage Bank Center
- Ladies Luncheon Tea – Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m.
Youth Group is for young people in grades 6 through 12. Youth are encouraged to invite friends to participate in studies and activities.
- Middle School Retreat – Friday, March 3 – Sunday, March 5 @ Mid-Western Children’s Home
Adults – Updated Vision Plan, auditorium
Several of our elders, along with Kevin Stewart, will discuss the church’s updated vision plan for 2023. Learn how the new initiatives tie into the core values and how we will measure results for each initiative.
College and Young Adults Class – Colossians, Mike Gulley’s Office
For Paul, the nature of Jesus as Creator and Redeemer was nonnegotiable. He focuses on Christ as being sovereign and over all things. As such, Jesus is also Head over the church. He has reconciled all things to Himself through His death on the cross, making believers alive to God and setting them on the path to right living.
OT1: Where’s Jesus? Joe Pauley/Ben Painter – Youth House
NO Class for middle school students this week due to the retreat.
Deal or No Deal, Mike Gulley/Dan Moore – Youth House
For teens in grades 9 and 10, Deal or No Deal is a study of the various covenants in scripture and the God who made them. Throughout this study, we strive to establish the importance of covenants in our lives today as well as understand God’s role and usage of covenants throughout scripture.
Bible v. World, Don Moore – Youth House
For teens in grades 11 and 12, the purpose of Bible V. World is to provide a strong, biblical foundation on some of life’s more difficult topics or struggles. The aim is to help strengthen/prepare the students before the next step in life’s journey.
Children’s Classes – Lower-level classrooms, 4-K in the loft
The spring quarter, titled From Heaven to Earth, begins this week with the lesson Jesus Was Born. Children’s classes are for our kids through grade 5.
Adults –Amos and Micah, Tom Painter and Ben Painter – Fellowship Hall
Youth – Sermon on the Mount: Living the High Life
Meet in the Youth House. Hangout time at 6 p.m. and class at 7 p.m.
Children – Meet in the fellowship hall with parents. Dismissed to class after announcements. Kids age 2-K are in the loft. Kids in grades 1-5, meet downstairs, classroom #7.
Nursery – The nursery is now staffed on Wednesday evenings for children under 2. Meet in the fellowship hall with parents. Dismissed to nursery after announcements