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Columbus United Methodist Church

222 S. Dickason Blvd. Columbus, WI 53925

April, 2010

In This Issue
New Life Lenten Soup Supper Fellowship Time Schedule April Birthdays Upcoming Sermon Topics Mission Offering Friday Family Film Night Usher Schedule Wish List UMW News Groups for Ministry Award from Army Reserve Study on Book of James April Anniversaries April Children & Youth Ministries News & Notes Evaluation of 10:30 Worship Service Book StudyCaptivating Pastor Jims Goals Easter Lilies Easter Lilies From Rock to Rachmaninoff Calendar
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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New Life
Have you ever wondered what they do for Easter in Australia? Easter is the beginning of Fall for them. We associate Easter with crocuses and robins and the promise of spring. In Australia, Easter comes at an inopportune time. But, then, Gods new life doesnt really come according to a schedule. The surprising love of God doesnt come when we expect it. Instead, God shows us hope through many circumstances, through the witness of others, through the story of our faith. Remember that God wants you to be transformed in love, so that you might be someone who lives according to an ethic that asks: what is best for everyone, what is best for the earth, what will give life? Then we live, by Gods grace, according to the life-giving power of God. ~~Jim This issue of the Voice is sponsored by Fola Fietz in celebration of Clarences 90th birthday

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Lenten Soup Supper

Our Fellowship Hall was host to approximately 90+ diners on March 17th for a Chili-Soup Supper. Many volunteers from the church body helped from cooking to serving to clean-up and monetary donations. A big Thank You to all. The weather was beautiful for that Wednesday Lenten service. Pastor Carol Hermann gave the sermon and Pastor Wayne Hull was the Liturgist. There was a lot of great music. Proceeds from the supper and donations came to $408.50 and are going to Heifer Project International. WAY TO GO!!

To my Columbus United Methodist Church family, A sincere than you to all who remembered me with calls, cards, flowers, visits and prayers during my recent hospitalization and recovery. Sincerely, Stuart Smith

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 9-3) Pastors home phone......920-623-9641 E-Mail: Website: Pastors E-Mail:

Check Out Our New Web Site!

It's not what we hope it will be eventually, but it's up and running. Go to

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Fellowship Time Schedule April Volunteers
April 4th: Easter Sunday April 11th: April 18th: April 25th: No Fellowship Time The Plantenberg Family Volunteer Needed Rhonda Miller 1

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Happy April Birthdays!

Lyle Elske Dave Luepke Nicholas Sharrow 2 Tom Basten Jamie Kasmiski Sarah Venden 3 Peggy Goetsch 6 Judy Kluetzman 10 Sean Bennett Dan Roe 12 Michael Lange 14 Brittany Luepke Louise Sampson 15 Dorothy Hake 16 Diane Bleich Kevin Theede 19 Katie Bodie 20 Jody Wusterbarth 21 Adam Guenther Bella Wylesky 23 Greg Tiedt 24 Stuart Smith 26 Gail McCoy 27 Andrew Feucht Mitchell Feucht 29 Robert Sanks

Upcoming Sermon Topics

Thursday, April 1st: Friday, April 2nd: 7:00 p.m. at Columbus UMC, Patsy Roe preaches, A service of Holy Communion at The Upper Room. 1:00 p.m.Worship at Fall River UMC, Pastor Jim Cotter preaches, Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Mark 15:20-27, John 19:1-18 7:00 p.m.Worship at Faith Lutheran Church, Taiz Service 7:00 p.m.Olivet Congregational U.C.C. 7:30 p.m.Faith Lutheran Church 8:00 p.m.St. Jerome Catholic Church I Serve A Risen Savior, Matthew 28:1-10, Easter Egg Hunt10:00 a.m., No Sunday School Holy Communion, What Is Heaven Like?, Revelation 20 & 21Selected Verses Scriptures to Live By: the Golden Rule, Luke 6:2738, Leviticus 19:9-18 Scriptures to Live By: the Beatitudes, Matthew 5:1-12, Deuteronomy 28:1-12

Saturday, April 3rd: Easter Vigils Sunday, April 4th: Easter Sunday Sunday, April 11th Sunday, April 18th: Sunday, April 25th:

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Family Friendly Friday Night Film!
The family film for the evening of Friday, April 9th, at 7:00 p.m. is A Bugs Life. Experience the astonishing world of Flik and his tiny friends like never before as the magic of Pixar animation springs to life. Embark on an incredible journey with one little ant as he searches for a brave band of warriors to help him battle the bullying grasshoppers who threaten his home. When he stumbles on a bumbling troupe of unemployed circus bugs instead, their only hope for victory is the bond of friendship and the awesome power of imagination. Crawling with fun-loving characters and featuring a star-studded voice cast, this epic film of miniature proportions is a "triumph of storytelling." A BUG'S LIFE will keep the whole family buzzing for hours! Volunteers for ushers, food servers, set up and clean up are always needed. Come and join this growing family ministry!

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If you discover a birthday or anniversary missing from the newsletter, please call the church office at 623-3625 and let us know. We strive to keep our database upto-date but still find that we have some missing information. We welcome your input!

Mission Offering for April

Our Mission Offering for April will go to the Wisconsin Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for its project, Schoolbooks for East Angola. This will provide schoolbooks for the Methodist orphanage in East Angola. East Angola has been devastated by a war torn past. After 40 years of war, the East Angola Conference emerged with damaged infrastructure and few churches. Our Wisconsin Conference is determined to help the 40 congregations that have risen from the ashes. For more information, or to donate on line, contact Rev. Deborah Thompson at or 888-240-7328. ~~Your Missions Committee

If you are interested in an updated directory, please call the church office at 623-3625 and one will be prepared for you!

Volunteer Needed
The Liturgy in Bloom Committee is in need of more people to help decorate our lovely altar. Here and there we lose someone, but there is no one to fill a vacant slot. So, we would appreciate your doing some serious thinking about becoming a "team mate" and working along side at least one other team mate. It can be a lot of fun if you get together ahead of time and plan your strategy. Consider coming aboard! Please contact Dorothy Hake @ 350-0083 or talk to me in church. Thanks.

April Usher Schedule

April 4th: April 11th: April 18th: April 25th: Roger & Mandy Rego and Dan & Patsy Roe Louise Elske, Marlo Gaddo and Deb Perry Tim & Julie Jensen and Beth Burnard Gene & Dorothy Hake and Susan Gmeinder

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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 Wish 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 FundCounseling Microphone boom stand Wireless hand-held microphone and receiver Soundboard/mixer Amount Required $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 More sponsors needed Amount Received To Date

$2800.00 Various Amounts $50.00 $600.00 $800.00

UMW News
On March 11th, the Columbus UMW was host to Rev. Deborah Thompson from the Church Conference Office whose job is Coordinator of Missions. She was very interesting and informative, coming from a strong Methodist background (her father was also a Methodist minister). She has served in various communities in her career, even though Rev. Thompsons position is with the conference. She told us she has a hard time turning down UMW groups interested in hearing her speak about mission. Her mother was a very strong UMW influence for her and her heart is there, too. Thank you, Rev. Thompson. On April 10th (Saturday), Columbus UMW will bus to Milwaukee for a field trip to United Methodist Womens Center and the Hmong House of Good News. We are inviting anyone who wishes to join us, we have plenty of room on the bus. $20.00 covers bus fare, lunch is extra. Any non-perishable goods will be donated to both places. Please call the church office at 623-3625 to sign up. Please come it will be fun . . . When was the last time you were on a field trip?! ~~Patsy Roe, Secretary

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Marianne Cotter, wife of our pastor, has been awarded a place in the 2010 Summer Collegium at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. The collegium will be about ministry in the small church. Marianne was one of 25 chosen out of nearly 175 applications from 20 denominations in 43 U.S. states and eight Canadian provinces. This is an all-expenses-paid seminar, lasting more than a week in June and July. Congratulations to Marianne!

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Award from Army Reserve

On March 14, Sergeant First Class Mike Smith of the U.S. Army Reserves came to present to us an award for our willingness to support the families and loved ones of soldiers deployed overseas. We thank him and the U.S. Army for this honor, and for highlighting the needs of military families. This is part of an effort called Fort Family, which is a way of supporting military families beyond geographical boundaries. For more information, go to http://

Groups for Ministry

Would you like to start a quilting group? A sand-volleyball team? A woodworking group? A theater troupe? We have people in the congregation who have a sand volleyball court in their yard, who have crafted many quilts, who have done great woodworking, and who are excellent actors. We have others who have a hunger for Bible study or mission work. All of these are more fun to do together. If you would like to start some sort of group, bring your idea to Pastor Jim. The ideal group has a leader, a shepherd (who looks after the groups spirit) and a hospitality person (food, of course!). The group also should have a mission (doing something for someone else), and some kind of prayer. All of this can be made as simple as possible.

April Anniversaries

4/16 4/20 4/21 4/27 4/28

Pat & Eileen Bennett Kelly & Barb Green Dan & Bobbie Rake Jason & Karissa Guenther Joe & Louise Sampson

Study on the Book of James

Those who are interested in a study of the book of James are invited to sign the clipboards during worship or call the church office at 623-3625. The study will take place in the afternoon at 1 p.m. on either Wednesday or Thursday. We will use the Serendipity Bible for Groups, which has study questions built into it. No need to purchase anything. Just read and ponder the chapter ahead of time, and then well discuss it. The study would start either April 14 or 15.

I would like to thank everyone after my recent surgery. All of your prayers, greetings, calls, visits and offers of help mean so much to me. God bless all of you. ~~Carol Balfanz

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April Children and Youth Ministries News and Notes By Mary Baker, Coordinator

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Rotation Sunday School will be filled with lots of activity as we learn about the Beatitudes. There will be many opportunities for learning how the scriptures apply to the daily lives of all people. Art, music, drama, and cooking will provide many experiences to help students discover how to have a BE-attitude. Jesus teaches us how to BE in tune with Gods word. Safe Sanctuary Training Training is going well. The group is working on reviewing sample policy and procedural documents. We are getting closer to final review . April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The child victim is never responsible for causing the abuse, and the child victim is never to be blamed for the abuse. Three million incidents of child abuse are reported each year. That equates to one incident every ten seconds around the clock, seven days a week! What is ABUSE? Child abuse may include Physical Abuse Emotional Abuse Neglect Sexual Abuse Ritual Abuse No matter where a child is harmed, or by whom, as Christians we grieve for the inestimable injury done and for the losses experienced by the child and the childs family. As Christians we are called to move beyond grieving to active efforts to eliminate the possibility of child abuse everywhere, and most especially in our churches. * (above information from the Safe Sanctuaries Training resource) Please pray for the children in our world. Jesus calls us to care for the children, and to take seriously his call to be role models of his love for them. We hear Jesus say in Matthew 18:5, Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. Lets pray and work together to welcome AND PROTECT from harm, each and every child of God.

Thank you for your love and care and prayers. Mary Baker

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Evaluation of 10:30 Worship Service
In September of 2008, we changed our worship schedule and added a second service, intending to reach out to new people. At that time, we said we would evaluate it after two years. So right now, we are figuring out how to do the evaluation we need to do in August of this year. We will be compiling information about the 10:30 service, and would like to know your questions. What would you like to know about it, that would help us evaluate it? Some questions might be:

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Book StudyCaptivating
On Monday, April 19th, and Tuesday, April 20th, a study of the book Captivating will begin. The message of Captivating is this: Your heart matters more than anything else in all creation. The desires you had as a little girl and the longings you feel as a womanthey are telling you of the life God created you to live. He offers to come now as the Hero of your story, to rescue your heart and release you to live as a fully alive and feminine woman. A woman who is truly captivating. The study will be led by Kerrie Shea and Peggy Goetsch and will be held on Mondays and Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. You have a choice of either night and are welcome at both. If you are interested in this study, please sign up on the clipboards during worship or by calling the church at 623-3625. The hope is that this study will truly bless your heart!

How has attendance changed in the

time since September of 2008?

What has the church gained from

adding a second worship service? What are the financial costs for the music personnel, etc. for 10:30 worship? What positive financial impact has the 10:30 worship made? What has it done to make new/ renewed disciples of Jesus Christ? What are the needs the 10:30 service has met? How many people has it brought to our church that would not come to a traditional service? How has 10:30 worship affected our other ministries?

Pastor Jim's Goals

Each year, Pastor Jim presents his goals to the Staff Parish Relations Committee, and they are discussed. This year's goals are as follows:

Please give your additional questions to Dan Burnard or the church office by April 15, so the Church Council can put together the criteria to evaluate the 10:30 service.

worship 3. Consider a Relational Covenant 4. Getting more people involved in ministry: Groups each should have some elements of prayer, serving, and support for the members of the group. Some options for this would include a drama group, a group reaching out to youth, adult studies, etc. 5. Continuing Education about preaching If you have comments about Pastor Jim's goals, or would like to make suggestions about any of our staff members, please contact the members of the Staff Parish Relations Committee: Rhonda Miller, Charles Fuller, Tessie Sharrow, Kelly Green, Stuart Smith, Philip Waterworth or Patsy Roe.

1. Assess Contemporary worship 2. Conduct advertising/marketing for

Our deepest sympathy to Nick & Tessie Sharrow and their family on the death of Tessies father, Lon Bond. Pastor Jim officiated at a graveside burial on Saturday, March 27th.

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Thank you for making our Sanctuary so beautiful for this Easter Season! The lilies were donated by:
Lois & Stuart Smith, in memory of Wallace & Daisy Kukuk and Leonard & Lessie Smith Lorna Will, in honor of her loving family Shirley Farr, in memory of Russell Farr Gene & Dorothy Hake, in memory of Dorothys brothersDaniel, David & James Lyle & Louise Elske, in memory of Walter & Dorothy Elske and Steve Licitar Tim & Connie Hoffman, in memory of Bob & Marion Hoffman Ruth Marks and Tim & Connie Hoffman, in memory of Russell Marks and Tom Marks Esther Circle, in honor of Eleanor Scheiding Marlo Gaddo, in memory of John J. Gaddo Jeff & Teri Hurst, in memory of Marian Hurst Julie Jensen and Zanie Rahn, in memory of Howard Rahn Miles & Kerrie Shea, in honor of Jesus Lynne & Charles Fuller, in honor of Lynnes mother Dan & Beth Burnard, in honor of their family Colleen Feucht, in memory of Hooker & Rosemary Cook Fred & Della Dartt, in honor of their family Dan & Patsy Roe, in memory of Harlan & Marilyn Roe and Elmer & Millie Stickles Dorothy Harris, in memory of Kelly Harris Jesse & Shirley Felland, in memory of Jesses & Shirleys parents Ann Ehlenfeldt, in memory of Rachel & Don Ehlenfeldt Ann Ehlenfeldt, in memory of Richard & Lynn Ehlenfeldt Mike & Patrice Flock, in honor of Ben & Mildred Henke

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From Rock to Rachmaninoff

Marshall United Methodist Church (318 Williams Street) will be holding a handbell choir concert this year on Sunday, April 18th, at 2:00 p.m. The theme is From Rock to Rachmaninoff and features music from the 1950s, 1960s and 1890s! The music includes titles such as Rock Around the Clock, Rock-A-My Soul, Beethovens Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee, The Beach Boys Good Vibrations (with vibrating chimes featured) and of course a piece by Sergei Rachmaninoff himself featuring a flute solo with the bells. One work encapsulates a number of pieces within the composition. This is an arrangement by PDQ Bach and is a spoof on classical and romantic era music and a delightful piece that will bring smiles to the listener as familiar tunes weave in and out in a most surprising way. Admission to the concert is a non-perishable item for the Marshall-Waterloo food pantry. And, of course, you will be treated after the concert to some wonderful home-made pie and refreshing ice cream. Invite your friends. Phone 608-655-3932 for more information.

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Upcoming events you might want to know about!

Thursday, April 1st:

1:00 p.m.DAR 7:00 p.m.Maundy Thursday Service at Columbus UMC Friday, April 2nd, Good Friday Services: 1:00 p.m.Fall River UMC 7:00 p.m.Taiz Service at Faith Lutheran Church Saturday, April 3rd, Easter Vigil Services: 7:00 p.m.Olivet Congregational U.C.C. 7:30 p.m.Faith Lutheran Church 8:00 p.m.St. Jerome Catholic Church Sunday, April 4th, Easter Sunday: 9:00 a.m.Traditional Worship 10:00 a.m.Easter Egg Hunt 10:30 a.m.Contemporary Worship 6:00 p.m.Community Choir Rehearsal Thursday, April 8th: 9:30 a.m.Morning Circle 7:00 p.m.UMW Meeting Friday, April 9th: 7:00 p.m.Family Friendly Friday Night FilmA Bugs Life Sunday, April 11th: 6:00 p.m.Community Choir Rehearsal Thurs, April 15th: 6:30 p.m.Community Choir Dress Rehearsal Sunday, April 18th: 7:00 p.m.Community Choir Performance at Columbus UMC