Over the Coffee - Oct 2019

We are now into October and will begin our fall series. This year we will be

discussing the role of the Christian in the modern world of technological change. The

series will be given the title “Living the New Creation in a New World”, and it will be

drawn from 2 Corinthians 4:1-7:1. In order to have an opportunity for everyone to

participate we will be meeting during the Bible Fellowship hour on Sunday mornings

(9:30 - 10:20) from October 13 through November 3. The schedule is as follows: !

October 13 “Celebrating the Advantages of Our Modern Technology”

9:30 a.m. – Breakfast and discussion in Fellowship Hall !

October 20 “Understanding the Downside of Modern Technology”

9:30 a.m. – Breakfast and discussion in Fellowship Hall !

October 27 “Celebrating Our New Creation in Christ”

9:30 a.m. – Breakfast and discussion in Fellowship Hall !

November 3 “Keeping the Focus on Our Mission of Reconciliation”

9:30 a.m. – Breakfast and discussion in Fellowship Hall !

The Common Lectionary Readings and Message Titles are as follows: !

Oct. 6 Lamentations 1:1-6; Psalm 137; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Luke 17:5-10

Message – “Relighting the Fire of God's Gift” - 2 Timothy 1:1-14 !

Oct. 13 Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7; Psalm 66:1-12; 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Luke 17:11-19

Message – “Expanding the Compassion Zone” - Luke 17:11-19 !

Oct. 20 Jeremiah 31:27-34; Psalm 119:97-104; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5; Luke 18:1-8

Message – “The New Covenant” - Jeremiah 31:27-34 !

Oct. 27 Joel 2:23-32; Psalm 65; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14

Message – “Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall” - Luke 18:9-14 !

I hope everyone will join us for the breakfast and discussion on navigating our faith

in the modern world during the fall series. Shari and I were able to get away for several

days in Maine at the end of September. Acadia National Park was beautiful!


Pastor Cy

Over the Coffee - Sept 2019

For most purposes, the summer has come and gone and we are functionally into fall. The

children of Juniper School will be returning right after Labor Day, and the teachers have been

spending a number of days getting their classrooms ready in both our upper and lower

Education Wing. It has been quiet around the church this summer for Kota and me. We tried

to escape the heat in the afternoons and found early morning and late at night more bearable

around our brick building – but that is the nature of these things during a hot summer. !

The Common Lectionary readings and message titles for September are as follows: !

Sept. 1 Jeremiah 2:4-13; Psalm 81:1,10-16; Hebrews 13:1-8,15-16; Luke 14:1,7-14

“Learning Humility” - Luke 14:1-14

Sept. 8 Jeremiah 18:1-11; Psalm 139:1-6,13-18; Philemon 1:1-21; Luke 14:25-33

“Total Commitment” - Luke 14:25-33

Sept. 15 Jeremiah 4:11-12,22-28; Psalm 14; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10

“An Honest Appraisal of Self” - 1Timothy 1:12-17

Sept. 22 Jeremiah 8:18-9:1; Psalm 79:1-9; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Luke 16:1-13

“The Last Piece of a Puzzle” - Luke 16:1-13

Sept. 29 Jeremiah 32:1-3a,6-15; Psalm 91:1-6,14-16; 2 Timothy 6:6-19; Luke 16:19-31

Rev. Gary Riggs speaking !

We are done with the Combined Summer Bible Fellowship class on Sunday mornings and

the Women's class with Judy Darst will meet in the Library and my class will meet in the

Fellowship Hall. We will be looking at the Common Lectionary Readings during the month of

September. Come and share this special time at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays. !

We resume our Wednesday Adult Bible Study at 11:00 a.m. on September 4th. For the

month of September we will be looking at some tips for better personal Bible study and begin

a series of lessons from the letters of the Apostle Paul when we get to October. I have also

been working on some material for a fall program on “The Role of Believers in the Modern

World”. I will be working with the Christian Education Team on the logistics of this program,

but it will probably be something that will take place on Sunday afternoons or early evenings.

For some time I have been concerned that we get so sidetracked by the cacophony of voices on

the political extremes that we miss the real emphasis we ought to have on Christian

Discipleship and Personal Devotion, Being the Spirit of Christ in the World, Dealing with the

Omnipresent Surveillance Culture and its Determination to Control Human Behavior, and

Facing the Collective Challenges of a Shrinking Planet. I will bring some resources to

this program that all can read and meditate on as we talk about what it means to follow

Christ in the present chaotic world. Let us be in prayer that this program will enhance

not only our personal lives, but the work that we do as the body of Christ in this



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Over the Coffee - Aug 2019

We are closing in quickly on the end of another summer and fall will be here before

we know it. During August we will continue our series in worship on “Reflections on

Some Minor Prophets.” Listed below will be Scripture and message titles for this

month. We will be having worship in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, August 11th and

then a picnic afterwards, normal times, For those who have been coming to our Bible

Fellowship Class on the Lord’s Prayer this summer, we will be having our final class

breakfast on August 25th. The discussion has been lively and the book very insightful

so an encouragement to any who have not decided to join us, there are still books left

and some time to come and get caught up.

The Common Lectionary Readings are as follows:

Aug. 4 Hosea 11:1-11; Psalm 107:1-9,43; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21

Aug. 11 Isaiah 1:1,10-20; Ps. 50:1-8,22-23; Heb. 11:1-3,8-16; Luke 12:32-40

Aug. 18 Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:1-2,8-19; Hebrews 11:29-12:2; Luke 12:49-56

Aug. 25 Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; Hebrews 12:18-29; Luke 13:10-17

The Scriptures and Message titles for August include:

Aug. 4 Micah 4:1-8 – “Plowshares and Pruning Hooks”

Aug. 11 Joel 3:14-21 – “A Good Flow”

Aug. 18 Zechariah 8:1-8 – “New Jerusalem”

Aug. 25 Malachi 3:6-4:6 – “God’s Strategy in Human History”

Tim McCarthy, our long-serving and efficient church treasurer, shared with our

council that we have been dipping into our reserves to pay bills for the past several

months. It would be good for all of us to be aware of this, to be in prayer, and to get

caught up if we are behind in our giving. While it is our hope to continue our discussions

with the Juniper School about the purchase of the property and the sharing of the

facility down the road, this is all still very much in the future. Current needs are current

needs. Let us be in prayer about this as well, and faithful to trust in the guidance of the


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Over the Coffee - July 2019

Most of you are well aware that North Baptist Church has been sharing part of our

educational building this past year with the Juniper School, an elementary school using

the Waldorf method of education – a learning method built on creativity, enthusiasm

for learning the natural world, and seasonal celebration. That is a simplification, but

the joy of the children we have seen using our facility and grounds this past year has

been infectious. We have had some K-3 children in several classrooms. The Juniper

School would like to expand and become a certified Waldorf K-8 school, and in order

to do that they need to have an upgraded facility that can pass various inspections.

Some months ago the director, Nicole Graf, contacted our council with the request that

the North Baptist Church sell our church facility and grounds to them so that they can

undertake this expansion. In a special business meeting on June 23rd, the active

members of North Baptist Church voted to empower the church council to proceed

with pursuing this offer. Any sale would require another church vote once terms of a

sale are drawn up. It is our intention to continue to meet at North Baptist Church and

partner with Juniper to share the facility with them. At the same time, with our loss of

so many long time members over the past decade, and our average congregational age

continuing to climb, it makes great sense to pass on the stewardship of the building

itself to a younger group. We have always held that the church is a fellowship of

believers and not a building, but we do have a special connection to 76 Charleston

Avenue that stretches back 65 years. We anticipate continuing to meet here, although

the sale of the property will make some changes for us. Let us all continue to pray for

the Lord's will for our future.


The July Common Lectionary Readings are as follows:


July 7 2 Kings 5:1-14; Psalm 30; Galatians 6:(1-6) 7-16; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

July 14 Amos 7:7-17; Psalm 82; Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37

July 21 Amos 8:1-12; Psalm 52; Colossians 1:15-28; Luke 10:38-42

July 28 Hosea 1:2-10; Psalm 85; Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19); Luke 11:1-13


The July Scripture Readings and Message Titles are as follows:


July 7 Luke 10:1-20 - “Heal the Sick Who Are There”

July 14 Amos 7:7-17 - “Checking Our Plumb Line”

July 21 Hosea 3:1-4 - “Checking Our Real Love”

July 28 Jonah 3:1-4:11 - “Checking Our Bias”


Pastor Cy

Over the Coffee - June 2019

Summer is here! Well, not literally (wait a few weeks) – but kids are out of school

and the outdoor pools are open. The spring blossoms are giving way to that long stretch

of green that is so beautiful this time of year. It doesn’t seem that long ago that it was

all brown everywhere. But green is refreshing and we need to enjoy it in the brief time

that it lasts. May all your summer plans come together for a most enjoyable time.

The Common Lectionary Readings for June this year are as follows:

June 2 Acts 16:16-34; Psalm 97; Revelation 22:12-21; John 17:20-26

Pastor Cy on vacation

June 9 Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:24-35; Romans 8:14-17; John 14:8-17 (25-27)

Message – “Language” – Genesis 11:1-9 – Pentecost Sunday

June 16 Proverbs 8:1-4,22-31; Psalm 8; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15

Message – “Wisdom” – Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 – Trinity Sunday

June 23 1 Kings 19:1-15; Psalm 22:19-28; Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 8:26-39

Message – “On Feeling Alone” – 1 Kings 19:1-15

June 30 2 Kings 2:1-2,6-14; Psalm 16; Galatians 5:1,13-25; Luke 9:51-62

Message – “Life After the Whirlwind” – 2 Kings 2:1-14

All adults are invited to join the combined Bible Fellowship Class in the Choir

Room on the second level of the Educational Wing at 9:30 a.m. We will be spending

the summer months (June 9 – August 25) in a study of the Lord’s Prayer. We will be

reading a book by an American Baptist African-American pastor, Rev. Alice Burnett

Green. The book has the title, The Revolutionary Power of the Lord’s Prayer, and it is a

2017 paperback that has chapters divided by the phrases in the Lord’s Prayer. The book

is $13 and copies will be made available to all who want to join us. You may make a

donation to cover the cost of the book but that is not required. Come and share this

study with us.

Pastor Cy

Over the Coffee - May 2019

We are well into a very beautiful time of the year – flowers blooming, grass green,

birds nesting, and grills appearing on patios. It has been wonderful to watch our church

neighbor, Brad Park, a Christian gentleman who owns the house to our east, landscape

his wall area off of our parking lot. It really makes our property look better as well.

Brad has owned the house for many years and put a lot of work into improving it. He

appreciates our church and the generosity of our parking lot for guests that he has. We

have appreciated his monetary contributions as a way of expressing that gratitude. All

in all it has been another spring in which we have tried to demonstrate to our Sharon

Heights neighborhood our commitment to sharing the values that show the Spirit of

Christ among us. Sometimes we are on the receiving end of that sharing and it is good

to embrace that.


The Common Lectionary readings and Message Titles for this month are as follows:


May 5 Acts 9:1-6 (7-20); Psalm 30; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19

“Follow Me” - John 21:1-19


May 12 Acts 9:36-43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30

“On Never Perishing” - John 10:22-30


May 19 Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 148; Revelation 21 :1-6; John 13:31-35

“New Worlds” - Revelation 21:1-6


May 26 Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10, 21:22-22:5; John 14:23-29

“Keeping the Word and Passing the Peace” - John 14:23-29


We continue to study the Common Lectionary in Bible Fellowship throughout May,

but we will be combining the two adult classes over the summer and using a book as a

springboard for discussion. At the present time we are narrowing that selection to a few

possibilities and more information will be coming in the bulletin soon. I am reading a

wonderful book on the Lord's Prayer by an African- American woman ABC pastor right

now and we may use that book. It is put out by Judson Press. May each anticipate and

experience a wonderful and enjoyable May as we move through the spring season.


Pastor Cy

Over the Coffee - April 2019

We continue in the Lenten Season to share around the theme of Religious

Freedom. April 10th will be our final Wednesday Lenten lunch, and our Maundy-

Thursday Upper Room Dinner and Communion will be on April 18th. Easter is

Sunday, April 21st. We will have an early prayer service on the lawn at 9:00 that

morning, followed by an Easter breakfast in place of Bible Fellowship at 9:30 – Easter

worship in the sanctuary at 10:30. The luncheons and study have been very enjoyable

for those who have come and we have learned together a lot about the early Christians

who settled New England.

The Common Lectionary Readings and Message titles are as follows:

4/7 Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3:4b-14; John 12:1-8

Pastor Cy on vacation; Message – Rev. Steve Waltman

4/14 Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Luke 19:28-40 Palm Sunday

Scripture – Luke 19:28-40 – “And the Stones Shout Praise”

4/21 Isaiah 65:17-25; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-18

Scripture – John 20:1-18 – “I Have Seen the Lord!” Easter Sunday

4/28 Acts 5:27-32; Psalm 118:14-29; Revelation 1:4-8; John 20:19-31

Scripture – John 20:19-31 – “The Breath of God”

Thanks much to Steve Waltman for taking the service on April 7th. I look forward

to continuing our studies and messages after vacation.

The Columbus Baptist Association will have an installation service and reception

for new officers on Sunday afternoon, April 28th at 5:00 p.m. It will be here at North

Baptist and it would be nice to have as many in our congregation attend as possible.

The CBA is made up of our 33 American Baptist Churches in the Columbus metro area

and we rarely have the privilege of hosting them. So plan to come and share in our


Pastor Cy

Over the Coffee - March 2019

March begins the season of Lent for us at North Baptist Church. We will have a Lenten

Devotion and Luncheon during each of the Wednesdays at 11:00 beginning on March 6th. It is

anticipated that we will be done with the devotion and lunch by 12:30 for those who are coming

on a lunch break from work. Here is the schedule for the Lenten Series:


The 2019 Lenten Series: “Soul Freedom in the Past and Today”

·         Wednesday, March 6 – 11:00 “The Reformation in England

Luncheon – Baked Fish Sandwich on Bun, Cole Slaw, Pink Fudge Brownies

·         Wednesday, March 13 – 11:00 “The Separatists – Plymouth Bay

Luncheon – Sloppy Joe on Bun, Chips, Tossed Green Salad, Apple Pie

·         Wednesday, March 20 – 11:00 “The Non-Conformists – Massachusetts Bay Colony

Luncheon – Ham Sandwich on Wheat or White Bun, Green Beans and Mozzarella Cheese Salad, Chocolate or Vanilla Pound Cake

·         Wednesday, March 27 – 11:00 “Soul Liberty “Roger Williams and Providence Plantation

Luncheon – Coney Cheese Dog on Bun, Baked Beans, Banana Chip Cookies

·         Wednesday, April 3 – 11:00 “Baptists and the Experiment of Religious Freedom

Luncheon – Chili, Tossed Salad, Cookies

·         Wednesday, April 10 – 11:00 “Religious Freedom in America Today

Luncheon – Chicken Salad, Raw Veggies, Carrot Cake

·         Thursday, April 18 – 6:00 “Maundy-Thursday Upper Room and Communion

Dinner – Old Fashioned Vegetable Beef Stew, Seafood Bisque, Corn Bread, Cole Slaw,

Fresh Fruit Plate, Communion at the Tables

·         Sunday, April 21 – 9:00 Easter Devotion on the Lawn

Easter Breakfast – 9:30 – “Island Breakfast Fruit Salad, Muffins, Sweet Bread,

Bagels, Sticky Cinnamon Buns, Coffee and Juice

Easter Worship in the Sanctuary at 10:30


The March Common Lectionary passages and the sermon titles will appear on the next page

in this Beacon. I have a few copies of some books that deal with religious freedom in early

America and we will make them available to pass around and read during the series. May all who

come really embrace our common faith and respect for one another’s soul liberty.


Pastor Cy

Over the Coffee - February 2019

What a winter we have been having! We even had to cancel one Sunday in

January. Hopefully that will be the only time this winter. As we have shoveled snow

and ived with the few days of Polar Vortex it is a reminder that we aways ought to

thank God for the provisions of His care in this world and for each other. Many people

labor be hind the scenes so that we can have food, shelter, warmth, fuel for vehicles,

news, clothing, and all that we take for granted in life. Let us pause and be grateful.

The Common Lectionary texts for February are as follows:

Feb. 3 Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-30

Feb. 10 Isaiah 6:1-13; Psalm 138; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11

Feb. 17 Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1; 1 Corinthians 15:12-20; Luke 6:17-26

Feb. 24 Genesis 45:3-11, 15; Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40; 1 Cor. 15:35-38, 42-50;

Luke 6:27-28

We continue to discuss the Common Lectionary in my Bible Fellowship class on

Sunday mornings and we will be discussing the passages in our Wednesday Bible study

at 1:00 a.m as well. When we move into Lent this year in March

Bible study begins again on Wednesday, January 9 at 11:00 a.m. We have finished

the Joseph narrative and will move on to some selected Bible study passages as we

move through this time before Lent. When we move into Lent this year in March we

will be discussing the topic of religious freedom on both Sundays and Wednesdays.

On Wednesdays we will be having a Lenten lunch (simple meal) and study beginning

on March 6th. I thing that everyone will find this a rewarding and interesting topic.

Our wonderful volunteer secretary, Janis Snowball, will be having hip surgery

toward the end of February and I hope we will all express our desire that she recover


On Saturday, February 16th we will have movie night (Lord willing) and finally get

to see The Russians Are Coming – an old comedy!

Pastor Cy

Over the Coffee - January 2019

A new year begins! We here at North Baptist are moving into our 71st year as a

congregation and we are thankful that the Lord has brought us through so much, and

we know what it means to depend on His grace. We lost one of our oldest members,

John McCallum, right before Christmas and his funeral service was on December 29 –

just two days before his 98th birthday. He will be missed.


The Common Lectionary Readings for this month and message titles are as



Jan. 6 Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7,10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matt. 2:1-12

Message – “Epiphany” – Matthew 2:1-12

Jan. 13 Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17,21-22

Message – “Hearing the Voice of Affirmation” – Luke 3:15-22

Jan. 20 Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 36:5-10; 1

Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11

Message – “The Messiah of Joy” – John 2:1-11

Jan. 27 Nehemiah 8:1-10; Psalm 19; 1

Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21

Message – “Finding Our Mission” – Luke 4:14-21


I will be using the Common Lectionary again for the adult Bible Fellowship class

that I teach. We will be meeting upstairs in the Christian Education wing this winter.

Sunrise begins at almost 8:00 a.m. this month and the sunset moves from around a

quarter past 5:00 till a quarter to 6:00 p.m. – so we are on our way to a little more sun

each day. After setting a record for most rain last year it is hard to know what the rest

of this winter will bring – but why not get up and join us for Bible Fellowship at 9:30.

It is usually light outside!


Bible study begins again on Wednesday, January 9 at 11:00 a.m. We have finished

the Joseph narrative and will move on to some selected Bible study passages as we

move through this time before Lent. We may do something different during Lent but

that is still being decided.


Pastor Cy


Over the Coffee - December 2018

We have arrived at the last month of 2018! The year has gone by quickly! Here are

the Common Lectionary readings for the month of December – which includes Advent

and the movement into year C – the third year in the cycle – the year for Luke’s gospel.

Dec. 2 Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Thess. 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36

Message – “A Righteous Branch” – Jeremiah 33:14-16

Dec. 9 Malachi 3:1-4; Luke 1:68-79; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6

Message – “Preparing the Way” – Luke 3:1-6

Dec. 16 Zephaniah 3:14-20; Isaiah 12:2-6; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18

Message – “What Should We Do?” – Luke 3:7-18

Dec. 23 Micah 5:2-5a; Luke 1:47-55; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-55

Message – “Christmas Mothers” – Luke 1:39-55

Dec. 30 1 Samuel 2:18-20,26; Psalm 148; Colossians 3:12-17; Luke 2:41-52

Message – “Astonishment” – Luke 2:41-52

For the rest of December we have these activities and programs going on:

Dec. 1 – Darst Christmas Party for Adults

Sundays of Advent – Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23

Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering

Bible Study – Wednesdays, December 5 and 19

Christmas Craft and Breakfast – 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 9

Annual Business Meeting for Budget and Election of Council – December 9

Christmas Caroling to Home Bound – December 12, 11:00 a.m., meet at church

Let’s make the most of this last month of 2018 and prepare ourselves to welcome in

2019. Thanks to all who have done so much to make our services, studies, and

ministries so wonderful. We collected 16 turkeys for CRC and I delivered them on

Monday, November 19.

Pastor Cy

Over the Coffee - November 2018

We are nearing the end of another church year. Sunday, November 25th will be

Christ the King Sunday and we start Advent in December. Here are the Common

Lectionary readings and the message titles and scripture for November:

Nov. 4 Ruth 1:1-8; Psalm 146; Hebrews 9:11-14; Mark 12:28-34

Message - “Being Salt!” - Matthew 5:13

Nov. 11 Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17; Psalm 127; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44

Message - “The Widow's Mite Revisited” - Mark 12:38-44

Nov. 18 1 Samuel 1:4-20; Psalm 16; Hebrews 10:11-14, (15-18); Mark 13:1-8

Message - “The Path of Life” - Psalm 16

Nov. 25 2 Samuel 23:1-7; Psalm 132:1-18; Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37

Message - “The Kingdom of OUR LORD” - John 18:33-37

We continue with Adult Bible Study on Wednesdays, meeting on the 7th, 14th, and

28th. We will cancel the day before Thanksgiving, Nov. 21st. The Adult Bible

Fellowship class I teach continues in the book of Philippians, and we will take a break

on Sunday, November 18th for an adult forum on the subject of Thanksgiving. Both

adult classes will meet in the Fellowship Hall for a continental breakfast and study.

Let's begin promptly at 9:30 a.m.

We will decorate the church on Sunday, November 25th sometime after church.

Look for additional information elsewhere in the newsletter.

Coming up in December -- another adult forum and all-church craft project for

Christmas during Bible Fellowship hour on December 9th; a Christmas play during

worship on Sunday, December 16th, and Christmas Caroling to our elderly and home

bound members beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 12th in place of

Bible study. We will go somewhere nearby for lunch afterwards.

Pastor Cy

Over the Coffee - October 2018

Fall is definitely here. Leaves are turning and the footballs are flying. In the

baseball world the Cleveland Indians are still in it and maybe this will be their year.

Shari and I got away for a week vacation and went to Vermont and New Hampshire and

spent a few days in the White Mountains. We took a cog-railroad to the top of Mt.

Washington and hiked the Flume Gorge in Franconia Notch. It was gorgeous. A great

thank you to Sandy and Bud Runyon for watching our cats for us while we were away.

And thanks to Tim McCarthy for leading and preaching at the worship service on the

last Sunday of September.

Many exciting things this month. We will celebrate 70 years as a congregation on

Sunday, October 28th with a luncheon after the service. We will have a display of some

items and pictures from our history as a congregation. Plan to come and invite others to

celebrate with us. Nancy Bootes will want a head count so that she can plan adequately

for the lunch.

The Common Lectionary readings and sermon titles for this month include:

Oct. 7 Job 1:1, 2:1-10; Psalm 26; Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16

Message - “On Being Children” - Mark 10:13-16

Oct. 14 Job 23:1-9,16-17; Psalm 22:1-15; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31

Message - “Spiritual Poverty” - Mark 10:17-31

Oct. 21 Job 38:1-7, 34-41; Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c; Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 10:35-45

Message - “What Do You Want God To Do For You?” - Mark 10:35-45

Oct. 28 Job 42:1-6, 10-17; Psalm 34:1-8,19-22; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 10:46-52

Message - “Full Circle” - John 3:1-21 - 70th Anniversary Worship Service

Sunday afternoon, October 14th at 4:00 p.m. will be our annual Columbus Baptist

Association Multi-Cultural Service. This year it will be held at the East Livingston

Baptist Church. The speaker will be Rev. Quentin Respress from the Kingdom Power

Baptist Church. As you may recall, the service was held at North Baptist last year and I

was the speaker. Let's have a good representation at this event! We can carpool from

the church at 3:00 p.m. Dinner afterwards. Let's support CBA!

Pastor Cy

Over the Coffee - March 2018


We are a month away from Easter this year and looking forward to the season of

spring. Daylight Savings time begins on Sunday morning, March 11th, so be sure to set

your clocks ahead on Saturday night, March 10th. Wednesdays – March 7th, March 14th,

and March 21st we will continue with our Lenten Devotion and Lunch beginning at

11:00 a.m. and ending just after noon. We will not meet on Wednesday, March 28th.

Instead, we will be having our regular Maundy Thursday Upper Room Supper and

Communion on Thursday, March 29th. This service will begin at 6:00 p.m. Easter

Sunday is April 1st this year. We will have a short devotional and singing at 9:00 a.m.

either indoors or out on the lawn, and then have an all-church Easter breakfast at 9:30.

Plan to come and share in these important moments in our spiritual life.

The March Common Lectionary Readings and messages are as follows:

  • March 4 Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 19, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, John 2:13-22

John 2:13-22 - “We've Been Doing It This Way for Years!”

  • March 11 Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3,17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21

Rev. Steve Waltman preaching

  • March 18 Jeremiah 31:13-34, Psalm 51:1-12, Hebrews 5:5-10, John 12:20-33

John 12:20-33 - “Being Lifted Up So All Can See”

  • March 25 Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 118:1-2,19-29; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 11:1-11
  • Mark 11:1-11 - “Everyone Loves a Celebrity, until They Don't”

We lost an out-of-state member recently. Mary Grazer was a longtime resident of

Worthington and an active member of the community who knew some of our members

through her community work before she joined North Baptist about a decade ago. I

remember visiting her in her apartment on Karl Road. As she approached her 90s she

relocated to San Jose, California to be near family. In her brief time at NBC she really

grew to love the Lord's people here. The testimony of one who “became one of us”

speaks volumes about the great fellowship we have. For that I give thanks.

Pastor Cy

Over Coffee - Febuary 2018

Over the Coffee

It is February and the winter is cold, the parking lot at church has been icy a great

number of days, attendance has been low on Sunday and Wednesday – and we have six

more weeks of this according to Punxsutawney Phil. We are a bit spoiled after the mild

winter last year and I guess we will just have to put our heads down and bear it. At least

we have the Super Bowl and Valentine's Day.

Lent comes early this year. Ash Wednesday is February 14th and Easter comes on

April 1st this year. Due to the weather and the early start of Lent, the new teams and

council and myself have not finalized plans for our Lenten Program. What I will

propose is a series on Wednesdays in place of Bible study that will include a short

devotional, some Bible study, and a very light Lenten lunch – beginning on Ash

Wednesday (Feb. 14th) and continuing on Wednesdays through March 21st. We can start

at 11:00 a.m. as usual and be done before 12:30 p.m. We will skip March 28th since we

usually have our Upper Room service on Maundy-Thursday and that will be on March

29th. Final details coming soon.

The Common Lectionary texts and the schedule of worship messages for February:

  • Feb. 4 The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany - Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-11,20; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39   -     Message - “Have You Heard?” - Isaiah 40:21-31

  • Feb. 11 Transfiguration Sunday - 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9    -  Message - “On Missing the Point” - Mark 9:2-9

  • Feb. 18 The First Sunday of Lent - Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15   -  Message - “On Getting the Point” - Mark 1:9-15

  • Feb. 24 The Second Sunday of Lent - Genesis 17:1-7,15-16; Psalm 22:23-31; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38      -  Message - “A Poor Return on an Investment” - Mark 8:31-38

Let's keep the faith!

Pastor Cy

Over Coffee - January 20181

Over the Coffee

A New Year! Let us pray that it brings far more peace and joy than the last year we

have all been through. Lots of misery and upset in the human family in many places.

At least 50% of the people in Puerto Rico have electricity now! Still seems vastly

unacceptable. As we have the power to do good things and make a difference in our

lives, let us do make those positive differences with all our might.

Here is the Common Lectionary material for the month of January. Included is the

passage I will use in worship and the message title.

  • Jan. 7 Genesis 1:1-5, Psalm 29, Acts 19:1-7, Mark 1:4-11 - “The Role of Affirmation” - from Mark 1:4-11
  • Jan. 14 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20); Psalm 139:1-6,13-18; 1 Cor. 6:12-20; John 1:43-5 - “Finding Good in Unlikely Places” - from John 1:43-51
  • Jan. 21 Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:5-12; 1 Corinthians 7:20-31; Mark 1:14-20 - “Facing the Truth” - from Jonah 3:1-5, 10
  • Jan. 28 Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Psalm 111, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, Mark 1:21-28 - "What Is This?” - from Mark 1:21-28

I know that the weather has been cold lately (although far worse in other parts of

the country) – but if you are able to get out – Bible Study is on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.

We will be considering some changes in our normal routine. I am considering having

us work on some basic Bible study methods that will enhance home study and understanding.

This would involve moving away from reviewing the Common Lectionary

material. We will still do a text study of Common Lectionary material in Bible

Fellowship on Sunday morning in the class that I teach.

The Columbus Baptist Association will have a meeting at New Life Baptist Church

on January 30th at 7:00 p.m. We will be looking at updating the CBA constitution and

by-laws which have become somewhat outdated. Let me know if you have an interest

in attending this event and I can give you more information.

Pastor Cy

Over Coffee - December 2017

Over the Coffee

While we have one more month left in the year 2017, we are beginning a new

church year with the first Sunday of Advent on December 3rd. The Common Lectionary

Readings for this new year in the month of December are as follows:


  • Dec. 3 Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37
  • Dec. 10 Isaiah 40:1-11, Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8
  • Dec. 17 Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126; 1 Thess. 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28
  • Dec. 24 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Luke 1:47-55; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38
  • Dec. 31 Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalm 148; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:22-40

We will have Bible study on December 6th and 13th at 11:00 a.m., and then on

December 20th at 11:00; we will gather at the church and go caroling to a few of our

home-bound members. After caroling we will have our traditional lunch together at

Donato’s just up the street from the church. This has been a meaningful time for those

whom we have visited the last few years, so don't hesitate to come and join us. A great

singing voice is not a requirement!

Bible study will be cancelled on December 27th and will resume on January 3rd. We

will have some special music and additional readings on Christmas Eve Sunday,

December 24th, during the morning worship service. Thanks to all who helped decorate

for the Advent and Christmas season. The lights outside the church look great at night

What a year it has been! We studied some highlights in church history throughout

the year, culminating in our discussion of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

during October. We hosted the Columbus Baptist Association Multi-Cultural Service on

October 8th. I had the privilege of speaking at that event, and Nancy Bootes prepared an

amazing dinner enjoyed by the sixty or so who came. We lost our oldest member, Hazel

Cline, who was 100 years old this past year. Many other highlights will be shared, Lord

willing, in the annual report next year. Enjoy Christmas and the anticipation of a New



Pastor Cy

Over Coffee - November 2017

Over the Coffee

November – Thanksgiving, OSU football, Daylight Savings/Standard Time,

Veterans Day, The Reign of Christ Sunday and end of the church calendar year, plans

for Christmas... that time is finally here. Let us enjoy it and make the most of it!

The Common Lectionary Readings closing out Year A are as follows:

  • Nov. 5 Joshua 3:7-17; Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37; 1 Thess. 2:9-13; Matthew 23:1-12
  • Nov. 12 Joshua 24:1-25, Psalm 78:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13
  • Nov. 19 Judges 4:1-7, Psalm 123, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, Matthew 25:14-30
  • Nov. 26 Ezekiel 34:11-24, Psalm 100, Ephesians 1:15-23, Matthew 25:31-46

The messages this month will come from the gospel readings for the Matthew

passage of the day and the sermon titles will be: Nov. 5 - “The Place for Hypocrites”,

Nov. 12 - “Keeping Watch”, Nov. 19 - “Being Faithful with What We Have”, Nov. 26 -

“What It All Comes Down To”.

Even though the first Sunday of Advent is in December this year, we will have our

traditional “Trimming of the Tree” and getting the church ready for the Christmas

season early – on November 19th at 3:30 pm. Come and share a coffee and snack and

help us.

We will honor Veterans on November 12th. The Columbus Baptist Association

(CBA) will have a meeting at the New Life Baptist Church on Tuesday evening at 7:00

p.m. Tim McCarthy is our representative to the CBA and you can see him if you

would like information on this event and if you plan to attend. We will cancel the

Wednesday Bible study on the 22nd, the day before Thanksgiving, so that everyone will

have time to plan for family and holiday events.


Let us keep one another in prayer. The passing of Bud Petersen this past month is

a reminder to us that we all have a limited time with the fellowship of North Baptist

(even if it is 50 years like Bud) – and that we are called to use that time to carry each

other’s burdens till we are called away to something more glorious. When the candles

are lit on Sunday morning and all is set up, I think of Bud and give thanks.

Pastor Cy

Over Coffee - October 2017,

The last quarter of 2017 is here! The year has, as it seems it does these days,

moved along quickly and now we are in the time of fall leaf colors and brisk mornings.

A neighbor of mine says that he is hoping we have lots of snow this winter (he has a

little pre-school daughter) and I responded that it would be OK for a white Christmas,

but I will take the moderate temps if they come. But fall is special.


Instead of listing the Common Lectionary this month (I will let you look that up

yourselves on-line if you are following things), I thought I would use this space to

promote the very important programming that we have coming this month:


First of all, we have our ABC of Ohio Annual Gathering in the Crowne Plaza –

Columbus North. This will be held October 3-4 and the theme is “Transformed by the

Journey.” The keynote speaker is Dr. William Shiell, the president of Northern Baptist

Theological Seminary. You can consult the ABC of Ohio website for details.


Secondly, we are hosting the Third Annual Multicultural Service for the Columbus

Baptist Association on October 8th at 4:00 p.m. This worship service will be a special

celebration of our unity in Christ and I will be giving a message from Galatians 3:28

with the title, “Celebrating Unity in a Diversity Time.” I hope that all of you will come

and be part of this. The support of our congregation will go a long way toward making

that unity a reality. Nancy Bootes is preparing a delightful and tasty dinner for us to

share in the Fellowship Hall afterwards. There will be a combined CBA choir singing,

as well as traditional hymns.


Thirdly, in honor of the 500th Anniversary of the start of the Reformation, we will

be having an All-Church Breakfast on October 22nd at 9:30 a.m. There will be a movie

shown during breakfast that highlights the Reformation. We are still screening some

movies to find the right one to fit in that time slot.


Fourthly, we will be celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation at a

luncheon on October 29th at noon. This will take place right after the morning worship

service and it will give additional historical highlights for your consideration. Carol

Miller has completed two new banners for this month's celebrations. Come and share in

these special times. You will be blessed!


Pastor Cy


Over The Coffee - Sept 2017

As this next month begins we can't help but be overwhelmed with concern and care

for our brothers and sisters who have been upended by Hurricane Harvey. Millions of

people will find themselves still trying to get back to normal months and even years

from now. Donations can be made to North Baptist Church and designated for the relief

effort of our denomination and they will be passed on through the appropriate channels.

I have noticed that there are all kinds of other places to give – even in the coin boxes at

your local Panera restaurant. While God's mercy has worked to spare human loss, the

suffering of those effected will undoubtedly be great for a long time to come. Let us be

thankful for the way in which great good is being shown despite the terrible


As we come back to a normal schedule this fall, we will be looking at the Common

Lectionary texts for most of the Sundays. As we move into October we will have a

special month celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. We will

review some history and talk about the continual reformation that is taking place in our

own time as well. We are certainly at a crossroads in many ways and the issue of where

to go from here is alive today.

Common Lectionary Readings for September:

Sept. 3 Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28

Sept. 10 Exodus 12:1-14, Psalm 149, Romans 13:8-14, Matthew 18:15-20

Sept. 17 Exodus 14:19-31, Psalm 114, Romans 14:1-12, Matthew 18:21-35

Sept. 24 Exodus 16:2-15, Psalm 105:37-45, Philippians 1:21-30, Matthew 20:1-16

Scripture and Messages for September

Sept. 3 Matthew 26:17-35 “Where Do We Go From Here?”

Sept. 10 Matthew 18:15-20 “The Power of Two”

Sept. 17 Matthew 18:21-35 “On Failing to Follow Our Example”

Sept. 24 Matthew 20:1-16 “The Logic of God's Grace”


Summer is essentially over! Midweek Bible Study begins on Sept. 6th at 11:00 a.m.

Pastor Cy