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Faith briefs 11/10/2012

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First Christian Church keeps tabs on a range of numbers amid its wide-ranging ministry.
Seth Bingham | For The Republic First Christian Church keeps tabs on a range of numbers amid its wide-ranging ministry.

Philip Stewart
Philip Stewart

Piano concert at First United Methodist Nov. 17

A benefit concert, “Piano Music From Around the World,” will be presented at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at First United Methodist Church, 618 Eighth St., Columbus.

Shen Liu Macheel will perform. The Columbus Chinese Association, a nonprofit group that is part of the Columbus Area Multi-Ethnic Organization, is sponsoring the event to benefit the Columbus Chinese Language School.

Macheel, a native of China, made her American debut by winning first prize at age 16 in the Brevard Music Center’s annual piano competition, becoming the youngest winner in competition history.

She has enjoyed a fruitful performing career that includes nearly 100 solo, chamber and orchestral appearances.

She is currently working toward a master’s degree in music at Indiana University.

Sustained dialogue workshop Sunday

The public is invited to participate in a 2 p.m. discussion and workshop on sustained dialogue Sunday at First Presbyterian Church. It will be presented by Philip Stewart, founding board member and secretary of the International Institute of Sustained Dialogue in Washington, D.C.

The discussion is presented by the Interfaith Forum of Columbus as part of its 2012 Reconciliation Day


During the discussion, Stewart will present the basics of sustained dialogue, a communication process that focuses on the relationships that underlie, and often propagate, a particular issue. Participants will learn to communicate in a way designed to transcend political, cultural, economic and educational barriers that can impede meaningful exchange.

The program is free and open to the public.

First Christian minister lives  by the numbers

A lot of pastors will tell you their church or ministry is hardly about numbers.

But it takes some significant numbers to keep a church healthy. First Christian Church Worship Minister Dan Wallace would be the first to acknowledge that.

For several years, he has kept track of the number of volunteers in various First Christian programs, studies, outreaches and much more. He even knows such minute details as how many many light bulbs illuminate the church on Sunday — 1,514, in case you wanted to know.

But he can shed light on much more, such as:

  • Number of people fed annually through its Helping Hands outreach: 1,280.
  • Number of people volunteering in children’s ministry: 175.
  • Number of sheets of construction paper used at the church preschool annually: 18,750. If stacked one atop the other, the sheets would rise to a height of 12.5 feet.
  • Number of times children and staff pray aloud each year at the church preschool: 1,462 times.
  • Average number of times the front office staff answers the phone each day: 50.
  • Amount of trash disposed of during the church’s spearheading a “green-up” cleanup on Earth Day: 100 tons.
  • Average electricity usage cost: $1,000 per week.
  • Number of goldfish crackers served to children per month on Sundays: 3,000.

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