The vital life of FUMC of Springboro


Click the link to view the newsletter for November 2017.

Here are some events that we would like to highlight:




Upcoming Events

Hanging of the Greens

Our annual Hanging of the Greens will begin at 5:30 p.m. on November 25 with a worship service that focuses on the Christian meaning of several of the symbols of the season assisted by the Confirmation class. Following worship we will share around the table; soup will be provided, please bring a side dish, salad  or dessert. We will conclude the evening by decorating the church for the Christmas season. All ages are welcome to share in this evening. 


Church Conference

On Monday, November 27, all members of FUMC are invited to attend our annual Church Conference, at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Rev. Laura Saunders from Franklin  First United Methodist Church will be our presiding elder to assist us in working through our yearly business of electing officers, setting pastoral compensation, recommending candidates for ministry, and updating the membership roll. We will celebrate what has gone well this year, and set goals for next year. The Church Conference is the official decision-making body for the local congregation in relation to the broader connection of the UMC.

Breakfast With Santa and Holiday House

Saturday, December 2 will be our annual Breakfast with Santa and Holiday House.  Plan to join us for a fun morning of pancakes, sausage, activities and a visit from the jolly old elf himself!  Afterwards, parents can leave the little ones for four hours of fun in our Holiday House where they will experience, explore, and create as they move through our “Treasures of Christmas” theme.   Look for more information in upcoming bulletins or call Kim or Ida at 748-2612.


Christmas Cantata

The Heavenly Host Choir will sing their annual Christmas Cantata at services on Saturday, December 16 and Sunday, December 17
.  Please join us for these special services that celebrate the great gift of Jesus through music. 


Travelers Christmas Service

If you are like many people and don’t get to celebrate Christmas at First United Methodist due to traveling to spend the holiday with family, now is your chance.  On Sunday evening, December 17, we will offer a Traveler’s Christmas Candlelight Service.  All are welcome to join us as we celebrate Jesus’ birth with a candlelight service at 5:00 p.m.

Movie Night

The next Movie Night will be on Friday, December 8.  You enjoy a night out, while the kids enjoy a night in at the church!  Space is limited to 50 children, so call or email (748-2612 or to secure a spot for your children. Everything is included in the $10 per child price: pizza, drinks, popcorn.

Christmas Eve Services

Christmas Eve falls on Sunday this year.  Our regular Sunday morning services will be led by the children of First United Methodist.  They will present a special message entitled 
“A Springboro Christmas Carol”.   
Please note, there will not be Sunday school classes that morning.


Then in the evening, we will hold two candlelight services.  The 7:30 p.m. service will feature our choir and the 10:30 p.m. service will have communion. 


New Years Eve Services

We will have one Sunday worship service on December 31 at 10:00 a.m. There will not be any Sunday School classes offered that day. 


Poinsettia Sales

Bring a festive glow to the Sanctuary by placing your order for a poinsettia.  Orders will be taken between services by members of the Flower Committee on November 12, 19, and 26 and at Saturday evening services on November 11, 18, and 25.  Each poinsettia is $10 with payment made when your order is placed.  Deadline for ordering is noon on December 4.  Poinsettias can be ordered in memory or in honor of a loved one and come in red and white.  Thanks!





Wonderful Wednesdays

After a short break during the holidays, Wonderful Wednesdays will resume again in January (watch bulletin insert for details on start date and classes).  We hope you will join us for small groups and fellowship! 



Recent Events in the Life of First United Methodist Church

Pancake Dinner and Breakfast

Thank you to all who supported the youth group’s annual  pancake dinner and breakfast on November 11 and 12.   Money earned will support youth mission projects around town and will help pay for their summer mission trip.  


Congregational Golf Outing

Twenty people from the church enjoyed an inter-generational, congregational golf outing on Saturday, November 4.  While the weather was chilly, all still had a great time!

Bible Night Pizza Party

Children in third grade and older who have not yet received their Adventure Bibles will receive Bibles on Sunday, November 19 during first service (9:15).  These children are invited to join Pastor Amy at 5:30 that evening for pizza and pop as they learn to use their new Bibles.   PLEASE LET US KNOW if your child needs a Bible.  Pastor Amy will help the children learn to use their Bible.  Parents are invited too.  Please RSVP to the church office (937-748-2612).

Christmas in Springboro

First United Methodist was involved with Christmas in Springboro in many ways.  
  • We were excited to be a part of the Christmas in Springboro parade again this year! Our Polar Express train and children’s wagon won 2nd place in the parade.  
  • Our Women in Faith group hosted another successful Christmas Bazaaron Saturday.   They had an indoor, sit-down café, a Country Store which featured all-homemade food items and Grandma’s Attic with gently-used household items, books and holiday decorations at very reasonable prices. Individual vendors sold items such as jewelry and crafts in the church’s Sunday School rooms.
  • Finally, we had our Second Annual Christmas Carol Sing on Saturday evening.  


Halloween Party

Our Wonderful Wednesday gathering on October 25 was a special Halloween Party for all ages. We gathered  for a meal together. and then had a short devotional, a costume contest and inter-generational games and fun.

Movie Night 


The first Movie Night for the 2017/2018 school year was Friday, October 13.  Parents got to enjoy a night out while the kids enjoyed a pizza, drinks, popcorn – and of course, a movie!  Watch for details on another movie night to be held in December.

Church Picnic and Rally Day

On August 20 we celebrated the end of summer and the beginning of a new year of loving God and loving neighbor with our Rally Day and Church Picnic! This was a great day as we learned names and listened to stories of others who also attend here. Check the map in the hallway – you might be surprised to find out who lives in your subdivision, or who shares your same interests.
There were games for children and youth and a picnic at noon. Thanks to the Hospitality Committee for all their hard work during this really special day.

Heroin Crisis Presentation

Given the record number of deaths nationwide from heroin overdose and our region’s location at the epicenter of the crisis, it’s astonishing how few of us know much about the situation beyond the headlines. In a unique chance for our church members and community to be better informed and to grow in compassion for those trapped in addiction, the Stephen Ministers of our church presented a program by Tony Vasilakis and Rich Bertagna, both active community leaders and volunteers who work with inmates in area prisons.

We learned how the heroin “business” hooks people, what steps are being taken to prevent and treat addiction right now, and what still needs to be done.  We were also told about resources such as videos and books where we could learn more about this horific problem. One of these books,
Dreamland – The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemi
c by Sam Quinones, will be discussed at our upcoming Wonderful Wednesdays from September 20 through November 15th (see above).
Vacation Bible School
We had two wonderful weeks of “Hero Central” VBS in late July.  Our church hosted 94 children for the evening program and 150 for the day time one.  We truly appreciate all the youth and adults who volunteered and made this another successful year.  We also thank all who prayed for the VBS team.  Please click on Media and select Photo Gallery to see pictures of our 2017 VBS.

Relay for Life of Warren County

Having cancer is so hard.  Finding help shouldn’t be.  If you’ve heard the words “you have cancer” you know how important it is to have easy access to support and resources.  Thanks in part to Relay For Life supporters, the American Cancer Society is able to be there for millions of people touched by cancer each year.  Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.  
On June 10, our church participated in Relay for Life at the Warren County Fairgrounds.  We were one of 25 teams.  We were able to raise $277.  The event raised $14,392. These donations are used to fund life-saving cancer research , patient support services, prevention/education information and detection and treatment programs.  Thanks to the cancer survivors who participated, all who donated money, walked laps, participated in event activities and purchased luminaries in memory of loved one lost to cancer.

Rummage Sale

The Youth Group’s annual rummage sale was held on Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3.  Thank you to everybody who supported the rummage sale.  We had another successful year because of your donations, sharing the word about the sale, purchases, and support during set up and clean up.  The kids worked hard to promote the event as well.  At the end of the sale we were blessed to have earned enough money to support two kids’ attendance at this year’s mission trip.  Thank you!


Mortgage Burning and Easter Party – Our Church is Debt Free!

On April 23 our church had a wonderful celebration!  We started the day with a combined worship service with the message provided by Bishop Gregory V. Palmer.  We were honored to have in attendance District Superintendent, the Rev. Dr. Todd Anderson and his wife, and our former pastors Rev. Dr. Suzanne Allen (and her family) and Rev. Dr. Mark Shimer, and Mrs. Patty Sands, widow of our former minister Rev. Gary Sands.  Following the service, the church gathered outside to burn the mortgage!  We then all joined together for a wonderful lunch and Easter party festivities, including an Easter egg hunt.  It was a truly memorable day full of joy and love for our Lord, his risen Son and the holy Spirit that binds our church family together!
Above: (L to R) Rev. Dr. Todd D. Anderson, Rev. Dr. Suzanne Allen, Rev. Amy Haines, Rev. Dr. Mark Shimer, Bishop Gregory V. Palmer
To see a slide show of many of the pictures taken by Mike Hampton, click on
Media on the top Menu bar at the top of this page and then select Photo Gallery.



Congratulations to our latest Confirmation Class!
On September 18 we confirmed 10 new members into our church family.



Six New Stephen Ministers Commissioned
 Six new Stephen Ministers were commissioned during services on the weekend of June 11-12. Pat Ballard-Massie, Kirby Cain, Linda Pierce, Tina Stafford, Keith Wylie and Tina Yeamans completed the 50 hours of training required to become a Stephen Minister: They join our other Stephen Ministers: Susan Raihala, Zandra Woody, Anna Wade, Stephanie Bindemann, Lois Eley, Barbara Jean Geiger, Lois Gollihugh, Harold Masteller, Linda Leese and Jennifer Fry as active members of the ministry.


For more information on the mission and accomplishments of our Stephen Ministry, please see page 10 of the June newsletter.

Mission to Malawi
Morgan Hunsaker has returned from her mission trip to Malawi. She will be telling everyone about her trip during services soon. In the meantime, here are a few pictures from her trip.
Women in Faith Hold Card Making Fund Raiser

The Women in Faith’s last meeting before summer vacation included a card making fund raiser organized by Linda Leese with the assistance of Barb Mills and Susan Raihala. Everyone who attended was able to make at least two cards and we made many extra ones for Retta Willis to send during the year to members of our congregation in need of comfort and encouragement of some kind. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and we hope to do this again some time in the near future.







Photos of Youth Activities
Our young people have been busy lately, both working  and having some fun. Above are recent pictures of them visiting a corn maze, enjoying a Harry Potter party, raking leaves to earn money for their missions and packing shoe boxes for Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child. Click on the first picture to go through them yourself or click on the option to view a slide show. When you are finished, hit escape to return to the Events page.