Compass Christian Church Newsletter March 16, 16
March 20 Palm Sunday
Out of Our Hat March 20
On March 20th we’ll have an Easter cookie decorating workshop, to continue developing decorating and artistic skills that were introduced on Feb. 21. Cookies, decorating supplies, and fellowship time will be provided. (There is no cost to participate but please consider bringing a freewill offering to help buy gloves for the homeless.) Bring a 9 X 13 pan or other container for transporting your cookies home (the icing needs to dry) and bring your lunch. We are planning on using our expanding cookie decorating skills for a church event and this is our practice time!
Please RSVP to Debi F. or Carol Y. so we know how many cookies to bring. This opportunity is for anyone ready to try on a “new hat”/skill!
March 24 Maundy Thursday 7:00 p.m.
March 25 Good Friday @CCC Labyrinth Prayer Vigil, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Friday, March 25 Disciple-wide Good Friday Service “7 Last Words” , 7 p.m. Kemper Road Christian Church
We’ve been invited to join sister Disciple congregations in the Cincinnati area to jointly remember the “7 Last Words” of Christ.
Rev. Sybrant will be one of the speakers, child care will be provided, and light refreshments will follow.
Kemper Road is located at 11609 Hanover Rd., Forest Park. Look forward to seeing you there!
March 26 Holy Saturday Labyrinth Prayer Vigil, 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Carpool from Church at 8:30 am
Hello Compass Christian Church! We still need about 15 people to hard boil and color eggs for us to distribute at the OTR Soup Kitchen. You can bring eggs to church Thursday Mar. 24 or Friday Mar. 25 and we will get them. Please sign up on the clipboard sheet, at the table in the rear of the sanctuary.
We also need a couple of additional people to come down to prepare, cook, serve and clean up. We will meet at church at 8:30 and carpool down. If we work smart, we will be back at church by 2:30.
March 27 Easter Sunday
- Fellowship brunch 9:00 am @ Mueller let’s celebrate with a great breakfast downstairs. We would love to see you and visit awhile over food, coffee, & juice.
- Worship service 10:30 am
- 7 Eggs of Easter 12:00 p.m.
Our steps are made firm by the LORD, when he delights in our way; though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong, for the LORD holds us by the hand. Psalm 37:23-34
Keep my steps steady according to your promise. Psalm 119:133
Holy Week is a journey from the triumph of Palm Sunday, the humility of foot-washing on Maundy Thursday and the Last Supper, the horror of Good Friday, the silence of Holy Saturday, and the incredible news of Easter Sunday. It’s a journey countless Christians have made over the millennia.
A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that combines the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. A labyrinth is not a maze in the popular sense, but rather has a single path on which one cannot get lost, serving as a powerful symbol of individual life journeys and our pilgrimage in faith.
Prayer labyrinths were often viewed as a journey to Jerusalem and were even called Chemin de Jerusalem (Road of Jerusalem) serving as a spiritual pilgrimage for those who could not afford to travel to Jerusalem, the center of the world. Many walked these labyrinths on the eve of their baptism, confirmation, or during Holy Week.
Numerous medieval cathedrals in Europe have prayer labyrinths embedded into their floors. Our octagonal labyrinth is patterned after the Amiens Cathedral’s design of 1288. It reflects the belief that the Resurrection created an “8th day” of new creation in the realm of time celebrated each Sunday, seen in octagonal baptismal fonts where rebirth and renewal occurred. Grace is symbolized by the never-ending path to the center and back. The labyrinth represents a journey to God and back out into the world.
In the 17th and 18th centuries most of the spiritual symbolism behind labyrinths had been lost, and many were destroyed in the process. It has been in the latter part of the 20th century that many Christians are rediscovering the power of prayerfully walking these aids for contemplation.
Apr. 3 Guest Leader
We look forward to welcoming Rev. Walker and his message, “A New Start in Christ.”
On February 28 we welcomed Letha Hendrickson into membership at Compass Christian Church—our first member since our name change! We commend her decision of faith.
Letha was born in Pineville, Kentucky and has lived there, in New Mexico, and locally in Western Hills and Mount Airy. Mason has been her home since 1973, and she retired from the Mason City Schools in 2010.
She married Joe Hendrickson in 1953 and they have two daughters, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. She enjoys being with her great-grandchildren each week, and also likes reading.
She accepted Christ and was baptized at 13 with her sister of 15 in a creek whose surface had to be broken because there was thin ice on top of it.
From the moment she stepped into church, she felt right at home. She believes God sent her here because it felt so right. She thanks everyone for being so kind and friendly.
See office for address if you want to send welcome cards.
Offering Musical & Educational Activities for All Ages!
6:15 Gathering songs and HolyMoly DVD (for all ages)
6:30 – Hand Bell Choir.
6:35– Study groups for pre-school-K, 1st-3rd, 4th-6th Grade, and adults. Learn about the Bible character presented in the HolyMoly video.
7:00 -Ablaze choir (check with Deborah T. for schedule. (Bible study activities continue for adults and children who are not participating in Ablaze.)
7:30 – Adult choir.
Christian Youth Fellowship Sundays after Worship
Several of our CYF members and leaders will be attending the St. Louis mission trip with Disciples Summer Missions the week of June 27th. The youth will be selling raffle tickets soon to earn money for the trip. The youth will plan to meet every week after worship, to eat together and engage in the small group Connecting in Jesus. A special thank you to Amy Donnenwerth for organizing and to all of the faithful folks who worked at the bake sale and/or provided goodies on voting day! We are eternally grateful for all your support! May God bless you for your selfless service.
Spring is here, and that means summer camp is coming!
There are camps for all ages starting June 10 onward. Go online for details:
Vacation Bible School Tues. July 12-Fri. July 15 9:00 — 11:30 a.m.
VBS is for kids 3 years old through going into 5th grade. Older kids are encouraged to sign up to be helpers. See Katie B. to find out how YOU can help!
April 24 is Youth Sunday where the CCC Youth and friends will lead the worship service. It is always one of our favorite Sundays.
Sundays, 9:30 a.m.
We have now finished our study of the Gospel of Matthew. We look forward to moving on to our next study.
After Easter we’ll start “Romans: A Letter for Today.” Join us Sunday mornings for study and lively discussion. The cost of the Kerygma Program study guides is $20. There will be a sign up sheet at the table in the back. For more info contact Steve Si.
See Ruth P. for information on the topic and time of the daytime Wednesday class.
Helping Hands, Community Outreach:
March 26 Soup Kitchen – see under previously Holy Week Events Section
Our congregation has a lengthy history of helping those in need all across this nation in countless ways. Since 1998 when we first helped Habitat for Humanity to provide low-income housing to neighbors and up through succeeding years we’ve annually had groups of adults on mission trips, as well as youth on mission trips. Your next adult mission trip opportunity will be to partner with Disciples Home Missions & Plymouth UCC in Louisville, KY to help UrbanSpirit renovate their space to be ready for their summer poverty education programs.
Showers will be built, new walls added, as well as painting and repairs. The cost is $50 per person, not including food. For more info contact Leroy O. at email@example.com or go to:
The next opportunity for Compass Christian Church to serve in this Faith Alliance ministry will be here soon. We will meet at the Faith Community United Methodist Church on Cox Road in W.C. about 5 PM and partner with Bethany UMC of Liberty Twp. to prepare and serve dinner to over a 150 deserving members of our community. Please see Ed Vennerholm to add your name to the sign-up clip board. During this Lenten season, let us pay forward to our neighbors the gifts we have received. You will be blessed and God will be glorified.
- Breakfast @ 8 a.m. at Bob Evans
- Work @ 9 a.m. at CCC
Last year a donor made possible the beautification of our campus, weeding islands and grounds, mulching, trimming trees, bushes, and more. That investment continues to pay dividends this spring.
Speaking of spring, things start growing once again and we’d like to insure our campus continues to look its best in preparation for our All Creatures Pet Blessing & Adoption event on Saturday, May 7.
Come for a hearty breakfast at Bob Evans off Tylersville Road (7781 Dudley Dr.) at 8 & we’ll see you at the church at 9!
Big News! MIX 94.9 will be with us from 10 to 12. Steve Mann will DJ, broadcast their station, interview guests, and do remote reports. He’s been on the air in Cincinnati for 10 years and was part of the crew that worked My Furry Valentine.
We’ve sent invitations to over 80 rescue groups in the Cincinnati metro area, and about 20 have said “Yes.” I’m expecting 10-15 to actually show up as they’re all volunteer organizations. If you have contacts with rescue groups please put in a good word for us.
This is a gift from Compass Christian Church to the community and we want to leave a positive impression. Thank you for your support!
Feed Our Neighbors in Need Food Drive Results!
The results of our congregational food drive are in, and in 1 week we raised 804 lbs. of canned and packaged goods to feed our neighbors! We exceeded last year’s total in less time; thanks for everyone’s generosity that helped restock our food pantry shelves.
With the participation of 17 congregations in the Faith Alliance, we surpassed our goal and were able to raise over 27,500 lbs./13.75 tons (2,200 lbs. greater than last year!) Our collective efforts helped supply 12 different area food pantries! How wonderful it is when people of faith come together to do great things for God!
We welcomed our Regional Associate Pastor Rev. Steve Bentley be a part of our service to help formalize our name “Compass Christian Church A Disciples of Christ Community.
We want to thank all that made this celebration so memorable!
Music is the prayer the heart sings
March blessed us with the joyful sounds of hand-bells, children and adult choirs, and the Cincinnati Civic Orchestra .
Local — For supporting local agencies to find an end to heroin & other addictions.
Regional — For this election year to be a time when Americans return God to being first in our country.
Global — For all oppressed to find relief & for world leaders to promote peace, not war.