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Columbus United Methodist Church

222 S. Dickason Blvd. Columbus, WI 53925

February, 2011

In This Issue
From the Pastor February Anniversaries Rock & Worship Road Show February Usher Schedule February Birthdays February Fellowship Time Schedule Family-Friendly Friday Night Film “Saving Jesus” Wish List Mission Offering for February Upcoming Sermon Topics Children & Youth Ministries UMW News Call to Prayer and Self-Denial Your Feedback is Helpful Valentines Day Quotes Calendar Page 2 Page 2 Page 2 Page 3 Page 3 Page 3 Page 4 Page 4 Page 4 Page 5 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 7 Page 8 Page 8

Our purpose is to: Follow Jesus Together We do this by: Opening our hearts to people and to Christ in worship and fellowship, so that we know God and each other more fully, Opening our minds to deepen our Christian faith, understand our heritage, and think together to solve common problems, and Opening our doors in welcome and hospitality, even as we go out of those doors to invite people into God's church and be in service to all of our neighbors everywhere.

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From the Pastor
I never was much of a film watcher until I discovered Bollywood films. I like them because they’re colorful, have lots of music and dancing humor. They are often about relationships and family dynamics. There is usually a mother who is a key figure in the film. They are, most of them, truly family films. In one film, whose Hindi title would mean nothing to you, the female lead character is on a plane. The plane is flying through turbulence, and she begins to recite the Lord’s Prayer in Hindi. This may not seem remarkable until you consider that this is a Hindu character. Would a Hindu in India really recite the Lord’s Prayer? The answer is yes. Hindus borrow from other religious traditions, even prayers. So why not borrow the most important prayer from the largest religion in the world—Christianity? After all, the Lord’s Prayer is appropriate in so many situations! When we need to put things in perspective, we can pray “Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory” (the power is not mine but God’s). When we want to seek God’s will, “thy Kingdom come.” When we long after luxuries, we are reminded to ask for the basics: “Give us this day our daily bread.” When we’ve strayed, we can pray “forgive us our sins.” When we’re tempted to be bitter and angry, we can say, “as we forgive those who sin against us.” When we just want to remember that God loves us like a parent loves a child, we pray “Our Father.” If the Lord’s Prayer can show up on the lips of a movie character from India, where only about 2% of the country is Christian, there must be a lot to it. Let’s take advantage of this jewel of a prayer, and pray it often.

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February Anniversaries
2/8 2/15 2/15 2/29 Fred & Della Dartt Charles & Ginger Hansell Mike & Vickie Toth Roger & Mandy Rego

Rock & Worship Road Show
On February 5, there will be a Christian concert at the Alliant Energy Center featuring prominent Christian bands: Mercy Me and Jars of Clay. At least a dozen are going to go to the concert from Columbus UMC. Tickets are $10, and can only be purchased at the door. The concert starts at 6 p.m., and the doors open at 5 p.m. We plan to carpool together. For more information, talk to Kerrie Shea or Shirley Felland.

Safe Sanctuaries. What is that?

The Voice is the monthly newsletter of the Columbus United Methodist Church. Please send all correspondence to: PO Box 392, Columbus, WI 53925-0392. Pastor: Jim Cotter Secretary: Wanda Guenther Church Office………...……………...920-623-3625 (Office Hours: Monday thru Friday from 10-3) Pastor’s home phone…………....…..920-623-9641 E-Mail: Website: ............................. Pastor’s E-Mail:


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February Usher Schedule
Feb. 6th: Feb. 13th: Feb. 20th: Feb. 27th: Orville & Beverly Karow and Lyle & Louise Elske Jim & Judy Vale and Marlo Gaddo Tim & Julie Jensen and Dan & Beth Burnard Rita & George Jordan and Gwenn & Sue Gmeinder
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Happy February Birthdays!
Bernetta Pritchard Brie Sheard Gwenn Gmeinder Phillip Bleich Patsy Roe Ronald Balfanz Albert Zeier Megan Sharrow Kaitlynn Luepke John Plantenberg Donald Pritchard 18 20 22 24 James Vale Mandi Swaagman Jim Fritchen Danny Brisky Clara Goetsch Amanda Spangler 26 Alyssa Slack 27 Lon Elske MacKenzie Spangler 28 Bailee Ban

We want to thank everyone for the calls, cards and hugs we have received since the death of Ron’s mother. Each one has helped us in the healing process. A special thank you to Pastor Jim for his calls and care. We are blessed to have such a wonderful church family! God bless you all. Ron & Wanda Guenther

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Thank You for Stock Gifts Safe Sanctuaries. We have that. What does it mean?
We are very thankful that some of you have chosen to give gifts of stock to the church. They have added to our income and helped us finish last year on a good note. We have a concern, however. The way most of these gifts come in to the church means that the church does not have a record of who gave them. This means that we cannot give donors a (tax record) statement showing their gift . If you donate stock to the church, please also inform our financial secretary, Shirley Felland or our Finance Committee chairperson, Dave Stricker. Then we can send you a letter affirming your gift. The Finance Committee

Fellowship Time Schedule February Volunteers
February 6th: February 13th: February 20th: February 27th: Wanda Guenther The Spangler Family Julie Jensen Dan & Patsy Roe

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Family-Friendly Friday Night Film — February 11th at 7 p.m.
Columbus United Methodist Church invites you to attend the Family Friendly Friday Night Film on February 11th at 7 pm. This fun-filled evening will provide your family with some great entertainment. There is no cost to you for the event. This Family-Friendly Friday Night will be a Valentines Day Special. We will be showing A Charlie Brown Valentine, Be My Valentine Charlie Brown & Veggie Tales “You Are Special”. There is no admission charge and refreshments will be provided. Each child will receive a special valentine. Come join the fun !! As always, volunteers for “ushers”, food servers, set up and clean up are always needed. Come and join this growing family ministry!

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“Saving Jesus”
It’s an odd title for a study. How do we save the savior? In point of fact, we can’t, but we can take a closer look at what Jesus said and try to achieve a better understanding of Jesus. We can get closer to Jesus’ concern for the least and the lost, to his real concern for love and justice. The study uses video segments from leading scholars in the areas of Biblical studies, Church History and Theology. The study raises questions about who Jesus was, what he taught, and how he has been regarded through the ages. If you would like to be part of this study, come at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays or 1 p.m. on Thursdays. For more information, talk to Pastor Jim.

Safe Sanctuaries. Watch and listen for more information in late February.

The Wills & Gifts Committee of our church is pleased to present you this Wish List. If there are any additional items you believe should be on this list, please contact the Chairperson, Lyle Elske, or call the church office at 623-3625. These are opportunities for special giving. Columbus United Methodist Church Wills & Gifts Wish List Bulletin Sponsor VOICE Sponsor Gift Bibles for 1st & 3rd Graders Child care for Praise Band Rehearsals 7 Confirmation Picture Frames & Matting (each frame holds six pictures) Seasonal silk flower arrangement for Sanctuary Easter/Wedding Altar Cloth and Pulpit & Lectern Paraments Wellness Fund—Counseling $15.00 per week $50.00 per month $13.00 each $15.00 per week $230.00 each frame (or sponsor one picture at $40.00) $35.00 to $40.00 each $2800.00 Various Amounts

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Mission Offering for February
The mission offering for February will go to UMCOR Relief for Haiti. January 12 marked one year since the devastating earthquake shook the impoverished nation of Haiti. While progress has been painstakingly slow, signs of hope are springing up for those affected by the earthquake. Through school construction, health, livelihood, and water and sanitation support, UMCOR is pressing forward in partnership with the people of Haiti to keep hope alive as the recovery work continues. The earthquake affected more than three million people and left more than one million people without homes. UMCOR responded and is working with partners including ACT Alliance, Church World Service, GlobalMedic, and Église Méthodiste d’Haiti to meet urgent needs. Support UMCOR’s relief and longterm recovery work in Haiti by partnering with the people of Haiti as they work to rebuild their nation. Give to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325. Please write the Advance # and project name on the memo line of your check. Online: By Offering: For local church and Annual Conference credit, put your gift in the offering plate on Sunday. By Check: Make your check to UMCOR and mail to: UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087. By Credit Card: Call toll-free (800) 554-8583 Your Missions Committee

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Office Hours
The hours for the church office have been changed. The new hours are 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Safe Sanctuaries. Just Do It!! (We are!)

The Mission committee is pleased to announce that it distributed $1100 which we received from Wills & Gifts for 2010 to the following: Columbus Clubhouse, PAVE, NICC foundation, Columbus-Fall River Food Pantry, and Northcott Neighborhood House in Milwaukee. Also, our Mission Offering in November for United Methodist Student Day totaled $338. We also received donations to Paul Webster’s Mission in Zambia, totaling $500! Thank you for your generosity!

Upcoming Sermon Topics
Sunday, February 6th: Sunday, February 13th: Sunday, February 20th: Sunday, February 27th: Holy Communion, “God Forbid”, 2 Samuel 23:13-17, Luke 20:9-18 “God bless You!”, 2 Kings 4:8-7, 16-37; Psalm 67:1-7 “For God’s Sake!”, Psalm 25:1-22, Luke 18:24-30 Safe Sanctuaries Day, Psalm 20, Luke 18:15-17, Matthew 18:1-6

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February News & Notes : Children and Youth Ministries Coordinator

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Sunday School  We would be happy to have volunteers for teaching and assisting. Our materials are well done and easy to use. We have opportunities to use your talents and gifts in the Creation Station, HOLYWOOD (showing related videos with activity and teaching pages), Tent of Tales (storytelling and reading, and Games (all printed and organized for your tailoring and set-up), Cooking Corner (yummy food to enhance the bible stories we are hearing).  Our February Rotation will continue our journey with Jesus from the manger to the cross. We will meet many new people as we listen to the stories of Jesus and his Disciples. Students will learn about the places we find Jesus as he does miracles and uses parables to teach us very important lessons about how to live as God calls us to live. We will use maps, books, videos and some very interesting craft projects to help us learn and remember the wondrous messages found in the Scriptures.  Students and staff will be working on some special Valentines for a short time each Sunday. The message on them is that Jesus loves you and so do we!! These will be delivered to the Larson House.  Families please note that we will be handing out Registration Forms for Sunday School to all students from the 2 year old class through grade 6. Confirmation students will also be given this form. These are essential to updating and correcting information we have for each student. It will save money and much time and effort if you could fill them out when you get them and leave them in the office, my mailbox or give them to one of the Sunday School teachers. We are hoping we will not have to mail out many of the forms and then track each one individually. We want to have records current and information correct as we plan for classes and events. Thank you for your help. Family Friendly Friday Film is a Valentines Day Special Join us February 11 at 7 pm .for A Charlie Brown Valentine, Be My Valentine Charlie Brown & Veggie Tales “You Are Special”  There will be a Special Valentine for all children.  Tell your friends about this great opportunity for family entertainment. We want to reach out to as many people as possible.  We welcome volunteers to provide a simple snack, set up, clean up, and help during the film. This Mission of caring is “going and growing”!  February is the month for our Camping Emphasis!  Be sure to visit the display in Fellowship Hall, Encourage children and adults to take a look and see what wonderful opportunities for a great adventure are offered at our Wisconsin Conference camps.  Sunday February 20th we will be sharing some information and highlights of this ministry during worship services.  We cover one half of the camping fee. If any additional assistance is needed you are encouraged to call Pastor Jim or I. We want everyone to have the opportunity to attend. Camping experiences are available for children, youth, and adults. I would like to share this prayer from Guide My Feet by Marian Wright Edelman well known child advocate. It seems fitting for this month where we focus on Valentines Day. It is wondrous to know that the love of God is true and real and not the Hallmark version we see marketed today. God help me to weave a tapestry of love and not hate in my children, a spirit of tolerance and caring, and a dedication to freedom for all and not just some. God help me to sow seeds of peace and justice in my children’s hearts today. With Love and Prayers for a new year filled with God’s Blessings, Mary Baker

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We started 2011 with a program about bees and beekeeping. Since the hives are rather more quiet in winter than in summer and their inhabitants are rather less obvious it might seem like an odd time to talk about bees. It was a great time to talk about bees. Our speaker, local beekeeper and church member Don Pritchard had us all envisioning backyard hives! Don gave an extremely informative speech and I, for one, learned much. For instance, the crops we see every spring and summer as we drive around our state are generally not the kind beneficial to bees. Imagine all those acres of crops and not being able to utilize them. A couple of things we can do is to voice our wishes to have the roadsides planted with specific plants that would help (you can probably ask Don about that) and to plant things in your own yards that state that they are attractive to butterflies. Thank you Don. And I would like to say to you all to seek out Don and his fellow beekeeping enthusiasts when you think about buying honey…it really does make a difference. But that’s another whole presentation ; ) Our business meeting mainly focused on what’s coming in 2011, namely, retreats and Green Team focus and School of Christian Mission and the other programs we have planned for our monthly meetings to keep us connected to the big picture. We also have some new people on board and are trying to organize another circle. If you are at all interested in checking out UMW please, please, PLEASE come to a meeting. Enjoy the fellowship of women and ask questions or just observe. Our February 10th meeting will focus on women in the military with Eileen Bennett as the guest speaker. Devotions will be by Mary Baker and Spiritual Growth by Kerrie Shea. We will begin with a snack and devotions at 7:00pm. I hope to see you there. Your UMW President, Peggy Goetsch

New Birth
Congratulations to Brian and Brenda Hamilton on the birth of their daughter, Leah Grace. Leah was born on January 10th. She weighed 4lbs. 11oz. and was 18 inches long. Leah has four sisters and a brother waiting for her at home. Congratulations to the whole family!

Women are observing the Call to Prayer and Self-Denial on Friday, March 11th. Anyone interested is invited to the church library between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The theme for this year is “Give the Gift of Love.” If you cannot come to the church library, you may participate at home. Resources are available for your use. The Call to Prayer and Self-Denial is a special observance for United Methodist Women. Through it they are challenged to engage in prayer and to reflect upon stewardship as they respond to needs in specific areas of the mission program of the church. The Call to Prayer and Self-Denial offering in 2011 will support the Retirement Benefits Fund. This fund provides pensions and health care for retired United Methodist Women deaconesses and missionaries. Please consider participating in this observance.

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Your Feedback is Helpful

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We would like to remind the congregation that the Staff Parish Relations Committee is interested in your input and comments about the staff, how well we are all doing (including this SPRC Committee) at meeting the needs of the membership. We invite your comments and feedback directly to any one of us and really hope you will take the time to provide us that feedback. The Committee is charged with the staffing responsibilities in the church, which includes hiring people for the paid positions and then evaluating the performance of those people. The positions include the Pastor, Church Secretary, Treasurer, Music Director, Choir and other Music Group Directors, Nursery Staff, and Custodian. These are important positions in this church and represent a significant financial commitment to support them each year. We work each year at keeping these positions filled. We try to meet twice each year with each staff member to discuss the work they do and the input we have for them. Your input is welcome and a necessary part of helping as all serve this church. The current membership of the Staff Parish Relations Committee includes the following: Rhonda Miller Kelly Green Tessie Sharrow Phil Waterworth Katie Bodie Patsy Roe Stuart Smith

Valentines Day Quotes
Loving is not just looking at each other, it's looking in the same direction. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand, and Stars, 1939 Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love. ~Albert Einstein I don't understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine's Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon. ~Author Unknown For you see, each day I love you more Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow. ~Rosemonde Gerard Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart. ~Author Unknown Grow old with me! The best is yet to be. ~Robert Browning I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach. ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning Love is missing someone whenever you're apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you're close in heart. ~Kay Knudsen Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart, and the joy in a heart. ~Author Unknown A baby is born with a need to be loved - and never outgrows it. ~Frank A. Clark

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5:00 Carpool from church 6:00 Rock and Worship Road Show at Alliant Energy Center Sunday, February 6th:  9:00 a.m.—Traditional Worship/Communion  10:00 a.m.—Fellowship Time  10:30 a.m.—Sunday School  10:30 a.m.—Contemporary Worship/Communion Thursday, February 10th:  7:00 p.m.—UMW Meeting Friday, February 11th:  7:00 p.m.—Family-Friendly Friday Night Film—A Charlie Brown Valentine, Be My Valentine Charlie Brown & Veggie Tales “You Are Special” Friday, February 18th:  Newsletter Deadline