The Vital Life of First United Methodist Church of Springboro

 

Click the link to view the newsletter foMarch 2019.

Here are some events that we would like to highlight:

 
 

 

Upcoming Events
 
 
Lenten Services
 
Lent begins on March 6th with a joint service with Church of Christ in our sanctuary. Dinner will be at 6:00, followed by the service at 7:00. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.
 
There will be a variety of small group studies on Wednesdays during Lent and also an on-line study. Dinners will start at 6:00 and cost $3.00. For information on the studies, please see page 6 of the March bulletin.
 
 
Recent Events in the Life of First United Methodist Church of Springboro
 
Chili Cook Off
 
Our annual Chili Cookoff and Game Night was held on Saturday, January 26th at the church. Everyone enjoyed sampling the many types of chili, helping to choose the winners (taste and presentation), watching the awarding of prizes and playing board games after dinner. Many thanks to those who made this event so much fun by bringing in their crocks of chili and serving them from the cleverly decorated booths.
 
All Youth Bowl-a-Thon
 
Our annual All Youth Bowl-a-Thon was held on Sunday, January 13th. Our children and young people got together at the church for an afternoon of fun while raising funds for missions. This year we will be at Poelking Lanes by the Dayton Mall from 2:00 – 4:00 for K-4th grade and 2:00 – 5:00 for 5th to 12th graders. Thanks to Kim Crosen and  Brian Schlise for organizing this event.
 
Christmas Cantata
 
The Heavenly Host Choir presented their annual Christmas Cantata at services on Saturday, December 15th and Sunday, December 16th. These special services celebrating the great gift of Jesus through music included our choirs and also several church members of all ages who provided instrumental music. It was wonderful.
 
 
Hanging of the Greens
 
The annual Hanging of the Greens also took place on December 1st at 5:30 pm, beginning with a worship service on the Christian meaning of some of the symbols of the season and followed by a shared meal and then the decorating of the church for the Christmas season. It looks wonderful, especially with all the beautiful new wreaths and other decorations added this year with the help of funds donated by Women in Faith.
 
Breakfast with Santa and Holiday House
 
Saturday, December 1st was our annual Breakfast with Santa and Holiday House, a fun morning of pancakes, sausage, activities and a visit from the jolly old elf himself. Afterwards, the children enjoyed four hours of fun in our Holiday House where they experienced, explored and created as they moved through our “Winter Wonderland” theme. Santa was a big hit, as usual.
 
Church Bazaar
 
The 2018 bazaar, sponsored by Women in Faith and supported by so many of you ,was hard work, a lot of fun and very successful. Visitors began coming in the church doors at 9:00 and the Country Store, Grandma’s Attic and the Cafe were busy all day until the bazaar was over at 4:00. All the peanut brittle and buckeyes we worked so hard to make were sold. The cafe sold out of almost everything and people were seen all day happily taking home the treasures they found at Grandma’s. Our vendors were also very busy. Here are a few pictures of them taken by Mary Lynn Lawton, who coordinated our vendor activities this year.
 
   
 
 
Bibles for Our Children and a Party to Learn to Use Them
 
Children in third grade and older who had not yet received their Adventure Bibles received them on Sunday, November 18th, during first service (9:15 am). These children then joined Pastor Amy at 5:30 that evening for pizza and pop as they learned to use their new bibles. Please let the church office know if your child needs a bible.
 
Mortgage Burning and Easter Party – Our Church is Debt Free!
 
We are leaving this event and its accompanying pictures on the website because it was such a wonderful moment in the life of First United Church of Springboro. Since then, we have continued improving the church, including a beautiful wood floor at the front of the church, comfortable seats in the front row of the sanctuary that can be removed to get more space around the altar and an improved sound system. 
 
On April 23, 2017 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
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