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Click here to view the newsletter for September 2017.

Here are some events that we would like to highlight:




Upcoming Events


Acolyte Training

On Sunday, October 8 during the second service (10:35), we will offer training for any student interested in becoming an acolyte.  Children in third grade and above who are interested in serving in this way are encouraged to attend the training.  It’s fun and educational as they learn the history and meaning of the Acolyte and learn how they can be a part of this tradition. Please call or e-mail Kim with any questions (748-2612 or 


Halloween Party

Our Wonderful Wednesday gathering on October 25 will be a special Halloween Party for all ages. On this night we will gather at 6:00 p.m. for a meal together. The main course will be provided. Please bring a side dish to share. Desserts will be provided by anyone who wishes to be part of the Pumpkin Bake-Off. Costumes are encouraged for this night—please nothing violent or bloody. Following supper there will be a short devotional, then a costume contest and intergenerational games and fun. Our time together will conclude at 8:00 p.m.  
Volunteers are needed to help plan and execute the food and activities for the party.  If you are interested, please contact Rebecca Delbridge or Kim Crosen. 


Movie Night 


The first Movie Night for the 2017/2018 school year will be Friday, October 13.  You enjoy a night out, while the kids enjoy a night in at the church!  Space is limited to 60 children, so call or email (748-2612 or to secure a spot for your children. $10 per child.  Everything is included in that price: pizza, drinks, popcorn.

Drop off details:

  • Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Please enter through the front doors of the church.
  • Your children stay with you until we have collected your registration forms and payment, and have given them a name tag.

What happens after you leave:

  • Parent Volunteers help supervise the evening. We should have a 1-8 ratio.
  • Pizza and drinks are served followed by popcorn during the full length movie.
  • The kids will enjoy a newly released on DVD movie.

Pick up details:

  • Pickup person MUST be someone on the registration form with ID.
  • Please wait in the lobby as we match you up and have you sign out your children.

Please pick up promptly at 9:00 p.m.


Wonderful Wednesdays

Wonderful Wednesdays will run from September 20 to November 15 this fall.  Please join us each of these Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  We will start each evening with a time of community prayer in Fellowship Hall before breaking into small groups for discussion and learning.  Please note, we will no longer be having dinner prior to the class time but snacks and water will be available. 


The study offerings for fall Wonderful Wednesdays include: 

  • Kid’s Club (Ages 5 – 4th Grade): Explores the Bible through games, art, stories and fun!
  • Youth (Grades 5-12):  Kirby will meet with 5th—8th graders and Brian will lead the 9th—12th grader covering topics geared to the age group. Youth can also join other studies if they would like.
  • The Shack: MacKenzie Allen Philip’s youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack. Four years later, in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack’s world forever. Pastor Doug leads a study of “The Shack.” for the first five weeks of Wednesdays.  Books are available in the church office for $7.00.
  • Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic:  This powerful book tells the true story of how addiction devastated Portsmouth, Ohio through the collision of prescription pain pills and cheap heroin.  Pastor Amy will lead a discussion of this best selling book with a focus on the impact in our community and what FUMC can do to help battle the epidemic.  Books can be ordered through the church office for $12.00
  • Parent Connection – Have a New Kid by Friday: This CD-based class  will focus on the book by  New York Times Best Selling author, Dr. Kevin Leman.  Have a New Kid by Friday shows parents how to reverse negative behavior in their children–fast! This study offers hope and real, practical, doable strategies for regaining control and becoming the parents they always wanted to be.  Study guides can be ordered through the church office for $8.00.
  • Choir and Hand Bell Choir Practice – at 7:00 and 8:00 respectively
  • Watch for other potential study offerings in bulletin inserts.


Nursery care will be available for children under age 5.  We hope you will join us for another series of great evenings of togetherness and fellowship shared among all ages of our congregation!


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 Bazaar

Women In Faith’s annual Christmas Bazaar will be held in conjunction with Christmas in Springboro on Saturday, November 18.  Continue to watch for ways you can help as listed in the bulletin and November newsletter. Volunteers will be needed to work the luncheon. See dates below if you can help make peanut brittle or buckeyes/candy. Financial help is also appreciated. A collection will be taken during worship on October 7 and 8 to assist with expenses related to the bazaar.


Additional Upcoming Events

November 4—WIF Peanut Brittle Baking

November 11—WIF Buckeye/Candy Making


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.


Recent Events in the Life of First United Methodist Church

Church Picnic and Rally Day

On August 20 we will 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 with fried chicken, chicken tenders, macaroni and cheese and veggie trays and drinks provided. There were also lots of desserts to share.  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!


High Attendance Sunday

On Sunday, May 14, we celebrated High Attendance Sunday.  We recognized students who have missed six or fewer weeks of Sunday School (or Wonderful Wednesday) that day. Congratulations to all the students and their families. :

2016-2017 Attendance Awards

  • 1st Year: Theo Erwin, Zachary Erwin, Nathan Haines, Rachel Haines, Timothy Haines,

                        Cameron Horning, Abby Savin, Sam Savin, Claire Veren, Paige Veren, Clara Wrazen,

                         Evie Wrazen

  • 2nd Year: Julianna Pickett, Andrew Ruskaup, Gracieann Ruskaup
  • 3rd Year: C. Horning, Chloe Robinson, Noah Robinson, Caydence Townsend, Easton Townsend ,

                              Noah Townsend

  • 4th Year: Christian Dokas, Will Hampton
  • 5th Year: Sarah Schlise, Amanda Schlise, Emily Schlise, Helen Tiffin
  • 8th Year: Dean Dershem
  • 9th Year : Faith Hampton
  • 12th Year: Amber Stull, Brayden Stull

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.