Voices Together and the Worlds Worship Creates

The order of worship for October 17 is HERE.

In-person Worship: Sign-up HERE if you wish to attend in-person this Sunday or any Sunday through December 26. Notes: Please wear your mask. If you forget it, we will have some available. The Zoom option will continue to be offered for the service.

The Zoom link is Or dial 1-301-715-8592, ID 835 7902 8885.

Nursery & Preschoolers’ Time is offered during worship the first Sunday of the month. Those spaces will still be available every Sunday if children need a place to move and play, but a parent/guardian will need to stay with their child when the rooms are not staffed with volunteers.  The next time childcare will be available will be this Sunday, November 7. 

Worship bulletin: For our in-person worship, we will be providing a printed order of worship. We are focusing our regular bulletin production time and energy on having the songs and liturgies on slides for folks worshiping remotely via Zoom.  Announcements will continue to be sent out via email. 

COVID precautions: Before you come to church, screen your household: any fever? any loss of smell or taste? any close exposure to active COVID19? any illness? If anyone in your household is ill, we ask that you stay home that Sunday.


Parents and Children/Youth

Children/Youth Sunday School: The Christian Education Commission has decided to put Sunday School for children and youth on hiatus through the rest of the calendar year and will reassess whether to start back up in January in the months ahead.  

Christmas Program: All children up to 5th grade are invited to participate in this year’s Children’s Christmas Program, which will be a safely distanced video production the exact nature of which is yet to be determined. To facilitate planning, Debra Martin is collecting names of children who are will be able and willing to participate. She will be sending out an email this week that you are encouraged to respond to promptly. Due to the nature of the times, her email list of potential participants may not be complete, so if you do not get such an email please just send a note to her at If your child cannot or does not want to participate, please also send an email to that effect.

Mennonite Youth Choir Festival would like to invite children in grades 3-9 to join us for a weekend of singing, March 5 and 6, 2022 in Berne, Indiana.  We love praising God through song and want to pass on the love of music to youth of all ages.  No matter where you go to church on a Sunday morning, your voice is needed in our choir! For more information and registration:


Office update: Pastor Joel is on vacation and taking his quarterly Sabbath weekend. He will return to the office on Tuesday, October 19. Contact Pastor Mark for pastoral care concerns (

A memorial service for Ann Snyder will be held on Thursday, October 21 at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary. We encourage participation by Zoom using this link: Or dial 1-301-715-8592, ID 835 7902. If joining us in-person, please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Due to COVID, there is no visitation before the service and no food will be served.

Young Adult Dinner Group: Abbie and Joel Miller will be hosting a Young Adult Dinner Group on Sunday, October 24 at 5:30 at their home (5384 Olentangy River Rd.; Columbus, OH 43235).  This will be outside with yard games and a fire.  This is an open group, and anyone who considers themselves a young adult is welcome to join.  RSVP to Joel if you plan to join (  

Congregational Meeting: Our next congregational meeting will be on November 7 following the worship service. This meeting will include a discussion of the 2022 draft budget. It will be available in-person and on Zoom.

A Shelter for Edith: Directors Elisa Stone Leahy and Matthew Leahy are pleased to offer a virtual screening of the documentary, available to watch online through the end of October. A $15 donation is suggested per family. A private link will be sent to the email address you provide. RSVP here.


A Gathering of Stories for BREAD: It is time for our BREAD listening sessions which will meet by Zoom again this year. The BREAD organization looks to focus its social justice energy around topics that are affecting its members and personal stories are the best way to frame and communicate those concerns to folks working directly to make changes in policy. Questions will focus on what about your neighborhood worries you the most, a specific environmental concern, and one thing in your neighborhood or workplace that is functioning well.  Zoom meeting options:  Thursday, Oct. 14 at 7:00 PM, Sunday, Oct. 17 at 2:00 PM. Mark your calendar! The Zoom link for these meetings: Or dial 1-301-715-8592, ID 835 7902 8885.

Habitat for Humanity. On November 13th, Seth Trance will be helping lead a group of volunteers from our church at a local home being constructed by Habitat for Humanity. The home is located at 1225 East 15th Avenue and a local family is excited to move in this winter!  The volunteer day is from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. At this point, the work required to be completed will be on the interior and masks are required. Youth volunteers can work on-site, but must be at least 16 years old, and must be accompanied by a parent or adult volunteer. If you would like to participate, please email Seth at We are allowed a maximum of 7 people. More details will come as we get closer to the volunteer date of November 13th, Saturday.


Sunday’s Events

     9:30 am Worship in-person/Zoom

   11:00 am Christian Education Classes

     2:00 pm BREAD Listening Session

Activities this Week

Monday, October 18

    9:00 am Cleaning in bathrooms/foyer/sanctuary

    3:00 pm CRC Kids Club in basement (Mon-Fri)

Tuesday, October 19

     5:30 pm Community Life Commission in fellowship hall

Wednesday, October 20

   10:15 am Pandemic Resource Team via Zoom

   12:00 pm Richard Rohr Daily Meditations Discussion via Zoom

     5:45 pm Shepherding Commission

Thursday, October 21

     9:00 am Bulletin deadline

     7:00 pm Ann Snyder’s Memorial Service in sanctuary

Friday, October 22

     6:30 am Men’s Breakfast via Zoom

     9:00 am Piecemakers in fellowship hall

    4:00 pm Cleaning in sanctuary, offices, kitchen

Saturday, October 23

    2:00 pm Cleaning in sanctuary, offices

Sunday, October 24

     9:30 am Worship in-person/Zoom

   11:00 am Christian Education Classes

     5:30 pm Young Adults at Joel and Abbie Miller’s home, 5384 Olentangy River Rd. Columbus, 43235

Office Contacts and Schedules for October 17 – October 24

  • Gwen:, 614-558-2971 Mon-Fri, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm
  • Mim:, 614-745-5150, Tuesday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Mark:, 419-392-0610 Tuesday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Joel:, 614-940-7839, Tuesday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; on vacation Oct 17-18.

Last Sunday | October 10

Attendance: 132 (in-person and Zoom)

Offerings Received (last week)   $      7,670.00

Offerings Received (October)     $    12,965.00

Offerings Needed (October)        $    33,654.00

Christian Education Classes

Adult Christian Education Fall Semester

  • “Defund the Police?”: While calls to abolish police and prisons are centuries old, many of us have only just started hearing them.  Join us as we learn about police abolition through our Mennonite values of rejecting state violence and standing with marginalized peoples through a curriculum created by Mennonite Church USA. -Facilitated by Adam Glass. This class will be hybrid. Please sign up HERE so that we know how many people to expect in-person and online. Meets in rm 22.
  • Voices Together: Yearning to sing more hymns after this long hiatus from church? Eager to become more familiar with our new hymnal, Voices Together (VT)? Then join the Sunday school class that will meet this fall in the sanctuary as we explore both new and familiar hymns and worship resources in VT. We will meet in the sanctuary. Please wear masks and socially distance with your household.
  • A Hunger for Healing: For the past several years, this class/group has provided an introduction (for those who needed introduced) and/or guide (for those who had already been introduced) to the spiritual exercises known as the 12 Steps.  We will read from J. Keith Miller’s book A Hunger for Healing; The Twelve Steps as a classic model for Christian spiritual growth, as well as work our way through an accompanying series of DVDs.  What we read and watch provide a starting point for sharing, for discussion, and for (hopefully) growth and healing. No previous experience with the 12 Steps is required. Regular attendance is not required. Anyone is welcome.  This class will meet  in rm 25. We will all be wearing masks and practicing physical distancing.  The class will be facilitated by Steve Rolfe. Zoom link for those joining from home: