On a Mission!

March 2020

News and Upcoming Events

Deep Griha Dinner

Come help us celebrate Deep Griha Society at the annual dinner on Friday, March 13, from 6 to 8 pm at First Community North. Our speaker this year is Doug Kridler, the President & CEO of the Columbus Foundation. Mr. Kridler is devoted to the support of community charitable and non-profit organizations, and is a renown, entertaining speaker.

The dinner supports Deep Griha Society, the Lighthouse, a community outreach organization working in the slums and surrounding rural areas of Pune, India. The programs address the various health, education, and social needs of those living in the slums, expanding through time to meet the residents’ ever-changing needs. The Onawales always valued education and its role in helping young people escape the slums. The dinner offers the opportunity to purchase or renew child sponsorships, which provide children in the slums with a healthy meal each day, all of their school needs (ie. tuition, books, supplies, uniforms, tutoring, etc) and clothes, family support services, health & dental checkups, etc.

Dinner will be provided by City Barbecue with some additional vegetarian dishes and homemade desserts. Tickets for the Deep Griha dinner are $15 for adults and $8 for children under 12 and can be purchased after worship services beginning Sunday, February 16 and online. So please mark your calendars for March 13 and plan to attend this enjoyable, fund-raising event for this incredible outreach mission!

For more info and a link to register, visit: FCchurch.com/deep-griha

2021 Trip to India

A trip is being planned to explore India and visit Deep Griha Society in Pune. The 15 to 16-day trip will take place in January of 2021.  

An informational meeting for any interested travelers is scheduled for 8 pm following the Deep Griha dinner on March 13, in Room 101 at First Community North.   

If you have questions, please contact Ken Bitter,  (614) 906-3041.

Trading Post Outreach

Each year Trading Post volunteers choose area organizations to gift with money for their programs.  This year Choices and Huckleberry House were selected to each receive $5,000 from Trading Post.  Choices is Franklin County’s only domestic violence shelter helping protect those who are in need of escape from their domestic situations.  Huckleberry House helps youth ages 14-24 with issues their facing such as abuse, violence, neglect, poverty, and homelessness.  Many of these youth are those who have aged out of the foster care system with no place to go.

In addition, Trading Post gave back to First Community Mission Council over $6500 for the sale of items gleaned from the garage sale. All this, and the church received $59,000 in support of general ministries and mission efforts.

Thanks to all who donate, volunteer and shop – we are making a difference at Trading Post.

Contribution Acknowledgements

It is with gratitude that we accept the following gifts. Click on the + next to each category title to view contributions to Missions in January 2020.

Charlie Nichols

Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation

Tom and Pam Dobies

Ann and Charlie Jacob

Lynne Knapp

Rebekah Murray

Stephen Mushrush

George Norris

Duke and Jill Thomas

Sheri VanCleef

Jean Verwohlt

Marilyn Wenrick


In celebration of

Jim Ledman’s 80th Birthday

      Jim and Jane Ledman

      Sue Coady and the Bridge Club

Hunger Hoedown

      Steve and Sandra Young

      Glenn and Lois Zook


In honor of

Eagle Scout Murphy

      St. Agatha Church

Doug Perry

      Alice Finley

Terry Davis

      Kathleen Dunn


In memory of

Greg Longworth

      Jared and Amy Caskie

Special Offering Schedule

The Mission Council has set the following dates for designated special mission offerings in 2020.

March 15: Mexico Mission Trip
April 12: Rafiki and Refugee Task Force
May 3: Emergency/General Mission Fund
July 19: Back Bay Mission
November 15: Heart to Heart
December 24: General Fund/Friends of the Homeless

Save the Date

It’s hard to fathom, but this year Mission Council will be holding its 25th Annual Gigantic Garage Sale!  The sale will again be located at the Franklin Co. Fairgrounds in Hilliard.  Set up will start on Sun., May 12 and the sale will be held on Fri. evening May 15 & all day Sat. May 16.  It takes us an entire week…..working morning to night……to get the sale put together.  As most will attest, it is a lot of work but also a whole lot of fun, and is a great way to get to know other people in our big church.  (No special skills are required.) 

We have been squirreling away donations since last June, and our huge warehouse is nearly full.  We anticipate renting a couple of smaller storage units in the near future to tide us over.  Click here for more information about the Garage Sale. There you will find a Garage-Sale-Week schedule along with a list of the donations we will and will not accept, information about volunteering, and a list of other ways you can help with this huge endeavor.  This event raises the majority of money that our church gives to the many important missions we support, including Heart to Heart, Friends of the Homeless, Healing Arts Mission (Haiti), our church’s youth mission trips (Mexico and the Dominican Republic), Refugee Task Force, Back Bay Mission (Biloxi, MS) and many more. 

If you would like to schedule a pick-up or would like more information about the sale, please contact Chairperson Beth Hanson at 614-488-6526.  To volunteer, contact Chris Casavant, the event’s Volunteer Coordinator.

Join us in Mississippi

Our next trip to Biloxi is this October. If you have any interest in joining us, please come to the first meeting on April 29. More info at FCchurch.com/Back-Bay-Mission.

Heart to Heart News

Please read the news and recaps of our February events including the Hunger Hoedown, Heart to Heart Sunday and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. You can learn more about the food pantry on our website or sign up to receive our emails at h2h.FCchurch.com/email