Newsletter April 20, 2016


Mission and Ministry Highlighted Events :


23        9 a.m. Over-the-Rhine Soup Kitchen

24        Youth Sunday

27          6:15 Wednesday Nights

6:30 p.m. Handbell Choir

7:00 p.m. Ablaze Choir End-of-Year Party

7:30 p.m. Adult Choir



Members Corner:

Welcome Donne Hayden Our New Admin Assistant!Donne

Donne Hayden was born and raised in New Mexico.  She taught high school English for more than 20 years in places as diverse as Cuba, New Mexico, Fort Collins, Colorado, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Salzburg, Austria.  In 2002, she left her teaching career to attend Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana.

During seminary, she served as minister to a small Universalist Unitarian Church and after graduating, she was called to be minister & Public Friend at Cincinnati Friends Meeting.  She retired in July 2015 to have more time to pursue her interest in writing and spend more time with her family.

Donne has one daughter, Krystin, and two grandsons, Hyland (18) and Silas (5).  She is  looking forward to adopting a dog on May 7.


Church Beautification Day Update & Thanks


A number of folks showed up for breakfast on Apr 16, followed by an even greater number (30+!) that helped beautify our campus and sanitize our nursery.

Thanks to the many hands that helped weed, trim plants, prepare the garden, mow grass, spread mulch on the islands, repair a mower, cut cattails, clean and organize our nursery, and more!

This is in preparation for our All Creatures Great & Small event on May 7, as well as the first of future beautification necessary for summer and fall events. Stay tuned!

Flowers Given On Easter


  • … The Baird family, celebrating Easter.
  • … Linda Bernett in memory of Marvin “Butch” Bernett.
  • … Bob & Betty Bowman, celebrating Easter.
  • … The Broz’ in honor of Broz & Oetzel grandparents.
  • … Suzan Doan in honor of Emily & Jillian Wylds.
  • … Easter2Rich and Sally Engle for Sally Engle, her sister.
  • … Matthew & Cameron Ferguson for great-grandparents Frances Early, Don Beck, & L. Louise Mattern.
  • … Letha Hendrickson for mother & dad, and to honor this church.
  • … Easter3Vic & Diane Kobos, Aniyah Jernigan in memory of Rev. & Mrs. Charles Daniel & Joe Daniel.
  • … Perry & Maureen Mattern in memory of their fathers.
  • … Don & Ruth Phillips in memory of Martha & Leonard Phillips, Phyllis & Marion Clayton.
  • … Abbey Sybrant & Amy Donnenwerth in celebration of Rev. Troy Sybrant’s 20 years in ministry.
  • … Layla, Ellery, & Nolan Weber in honor of Rich Weber & Nancy Schott.




“Liturgy” isn’t a word we hear often, but it means “worship.” It comes from the Greek word leitourgia which means “the work of the people.” It’s often translated as “service” in the New Testament.

We first encounter it as Zechariah, father of John the Baptist, is completing his term of service in the Temple (Lk 1:23). Paul refers to a collection for the poor in the mother church of Jerusalem as a “service” (2 Cor 9:12). We find it again in Paul in Philippians where he talks about his ministry serving them (2:17) and their serving Epaphroditus, a coworker in the gospel (2:30). Hebrews speaks of the ministry of Jesus (8:6) and the vessels Moses used in worship (9:21). “Liturgy” includes much more than we usually think of worship, but also a collection for the poor, and ministry offered and reciprocated. Worship is more than what happens on Sundays, but is the ongoing work of the people.

Since that’s the case, there are a number of people to give thanks for their recent “liturgy” among us for our Holy Week activities.

  • All who helped with advertising—banner, social media, flyers on voting day, inviting another to church.
  • All who helped with bulletins, PowerPoint slides, media support, Table preparation for worship, taking pictures.
  • Worship leaders, readers, candle snuffers, communion servers, children’s moment leaders, participants in Children Worship & Wonder.
  • Ablaze choir, handbell choir, adult choir.
  • Chair resetters, labyrinth setup or takedown, labyrinth hosts and walkers.
  • Childcare providers.
  • Participants in Kemper Road CC’s Good Friday service.
  • Shoppers, preparers, and servers at OTR soup kitchen, or those who helped boil & dye 27 doz eggs.
  • Setting up or cleaning up Mueller’s fellowship space for Easter brunch.
  • Brunch cooks, “7 Eggs of Easter” preparers & distributors.
  • Easter flower purchasers.

It was another joyful work for the Apr. 1-3 pastor’s class trip to Indianapolis. We toured the new General Church offices, the Soldiers & Sailors monument, Christian Theological Seminary, Children’s Museum, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, and capped it off with a lively worship service at Light of the World Christian Church. Thanks to Camryn, Lora, & David Broz, Abbey Sybrant, and 3 members of Kemper Road CC (Christy & Grant Johnson, Kyla Brown) who joined us. This trip is another “service” our congregation offers to shape hearts and minds of youth, no less worshipful than anything done during Holy Week.

Worship takes many forms in the above list, and is the joyful work of the people of God. “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for people, knowing that from the Lord you’ll receive your inheritance as a reward” (Colossians 3:23). Troy to TRCC

April Montage

 April Montage

New Website on its Way!


We are in the process of finalizing our website design for New Website The is no longer being updated with current information as the software release is no longer maintained. If you want a demo or need assistance navigating the new site please contact Mairi H.

Linger Longer Luncheon

Because of the Memorial Day weekend, Linger Longer will meet May 22 instead of May 29.

Choir Taking a Break, Final Practice May 25musicnote

As we head into the summer, the choir will be taking a break.  The final choir practice this spring will be May 25. Throughout the summer, we would love to continue with special music during our services!

Please consider sharing your gifts and talents with the congregation in a special offering of music!

Dust off that old instrument or grab a few friends to sing a favorite hymn or camp song!  If you aren’t sure what song to do or how to get music, check with Susan and she’ll be glad to help you prepare something to share this summer!

Youth Corner:

YOUTH SUNDAY, April 24 My Walk With God

Youth SundayCome worship in a multitude of fresh ways with our wonderful young people leading us!  Be blessed and share in the thought-provoking praise as we journey the path of faith in Jesus together.

The youth service may at times gently change our typical patterns, and invite us to step off the beaten path into God’s will!  Music, dance, scripture and senior talks from our valued children and teens will inspire and glorify the One who guides us in the Way of life!

After the Youth Sunday service, please join us for an ALL CHURCH POTLUCK lunch. All are invited!  Your freewill donation will be used for the Youth Mission trip to St. Louis the week of June 27.


To raise additional funds for the trip, the youth will also be selling raffle tickets for the next youth2few weeks. Only $1 gets you a chance to win two Kings Island tickets valued at $168; a Longhorn Steakhouse gift card valued at $30; or a DQ gift card valued at $25. Drawing will be Sunday May 8. You do not need to be present to win.

Proceeds from the potluck and the raffle will be used for the mission trip to St. Louis with Disciple Summer Missions.  We will be joining with other youth from around the Midwest to participate in urban ministries.  We will stay at Washington University, and have one afternoon for free time on our own. Otherwise, the youth will have praise and worship, fellowship and fun together!

Wednesday ActivitiesWed

Offering Musical & Educational Activities for All Ages!

6:15 Gathering songs and HolyMoly DVD

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 will have its end-of-year party on April 27 and will be on hiatus after that date.

(Bible study activities continue for adults and children who are not participating in Ablaze.)

Christian Youth Fellowship ;  Sundays after Worship

cyf.pngSeveral of our CYF members and leaders will be attending the St. Louis mission trip with Disciples Summer Missions the week of June 27. To   earn money for the trip, the youth are selling $1 raffle tickets for a May 8 drawing. Prizes include two Kings Island tickets valued at $168; a Longhorn Steakhouse gift card valued at $30; or a DQ gift card valued at $25. Drawing will be Sunday May 8. You do not need to be present to win.

The youth meet every week after worship, to eat together and engage in the small group Connecting in Jesus.

Camp Christianyouth mission

Camps for all ages start June 10. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ~ MAY 1 ~ Camp Scholarship applications must be received before May 1.

For details and to register, see CCINOH website ( )

Grandparents Camp
For Children in Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade and a Grandparent
Held at Camp Christian

Otter & Ribbit Junior Camps
For youth in grades 2, 3, 4, & 5
Held at Camp Christian

Chi Rho Camps – For youth in grades 6, 7, & 8
All Chi Rho Camps are held at Camp Christian

Vacation Bible School (VBS) 

vbsTues. July 12-Fri. July 15

9:00 — 11:30 a.m.

 Save the date for an over-the-top underground adventure!  We’ll spelunk our way to discover the rock-solid foundation of Jesus’ love.  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!


Helping Hands, Outreach:

 All Creatures Great & Small (ACG&S) ; Pet Blessing & Adoption

Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m.— 2 p.m.

acgs2Big 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 on 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.

We’re expecting around 500 guests to come, and we’ll need your help! To volunteer, sign up on the clipboard in the church or call Kurt F.  This is a gift from Compass Christian Church to the community and we want to leave a positive impression. Thank you for your support!

Mad Hatters in MAY

madhattersMad Hatters will not meet the first or second Sunday in May, but watch for information on another cookie decorating event!

Details to be announced.



Stepping Forward Dinner Outreach

Tuesday, May 31

Stepping ForwardThe 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.  Let us pay forward to our neighbors the gifts we have received. You will be blessed and God will be glorified.




MARK YOUR CALENDARS ~ X-DAY Sunday, June 26, worship at 8:30 a.m., followed by service projects.

Details to follow.



Some Pictures from Previous X-Days:

New church movement experiencing a Second Wind

Pentecost Offering May 15 and May 22

Second Wind

The Disciples new church movement is experiencing a Second Wind.

With courageous leaders at the helm and the wind of the Holy Spirit breathing vitality into the movement, Disciples are on course to start 1,000 new churches by 2020.

Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation invites you to join the new church fleet by supporting the 2016 Pentecost Offering, which will be celebrated in Disciples of Christ churches

May 15 and May 22.

Since the creation of the 2020 Vision, Disciples have planted 934 churches in the United States and Canada, sharing the gospel with more than 61,000 individuals who may not have had a relationship with Christ.  According to Gilberto Collazo, president of Hope Partnership, “A Second Wind,” which is the theme for this year’s Pentecost Offering, is energizing the new church movement, making it a vital force for sharing God’s Word. “The new church movement is very much on course and gaining momentum,” he says. “Our new church planters are more determined than ever to share the gospel and win souls for Christ.”

Each year one half of the Pentecost Offering is designated to the Region or Area in which the offering is taken, while the other half is used by Hope Partnership to support the recruitment, assessment, training and coaching of new church leaders.

Once again, Hope Partnership invites Disciples congregations to view the 2016 Pentecost Offering video created by the award-winning production company, the SALT Project. This two-minute video offers a creative style in highlighting the Pentecost Offering theme. Also, for additional resources and for more information about the Pentecost Offering, visit

Blanket Sunday – Mothers Day 

May 8, 2016

Only $10 can provide blankets that will be used in helping those touched by disaster around the world. In 2015, CWS distributed 7,820 blankets around the world.

blanketsunday See this website to find out how to help.



May Prayers:

LOCAL: For those quietly battling issues and looking for support.

REGIONAL: To be more accepting of others around us, even when their opinions differ from ours.

GLOBAL: For quick relief and restoration from disasters both natural and unnatural.


Disciples News

news1Reflection on a Middle East Pilgrimage, Part 4
Posted: April 13, 2016

And how are the children? “How are the children… all of the children?” This refrain from a sermon preached by the Rev. Traci Blackmon, the United Church of Christ’s acting executive minister for Justice and Witness Ministries at the Near East School of Theology’s chapel service in Beirut, Lebanon, echoed throughout a recent Global Ministries […]

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Earth DayGreen Chalice offers tips for lighter impact

On April 12, Disciples Home Missions hosted other Disciple Center staff for a celebration of Earth Day with everything from fun facts to gummi worms and beautiful plants. Green Chalice provided the following ideas for living a little “greener.” 16 Things You Can Do To Walk More Gently on the Earth Carry your own cup […]

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Guest blog: Faith groups work to mobilize disability vote

By Curtis Ramsey-Lucas, Director of Interfaith Engagement, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) One of the four major areas of focus for the Justice Table of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is hunger and poverty. We know these realities of life in our society are intimately connected with a lack of economic opportunity […]

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Ministry leaders speak out on Missouri legislation

April 13, 2016 The Honorable Elijah Haahr, Missouri House of Representatives Committee Chair, House Emerging Issues Committee 201 W. Capitol Avenue Room 410-A Jefferson City, MO 65101 Dear Representative Haahr, Given the history and tradition of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Senate Joint Resolution 39 is a direct challenge to our religious beliefs. We […]

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news2Guest blog: Acompañamiento

The Wee Waltz – a metaphor for mission Elena Huegel serves with the Pentecostal Church of Chile (IPC). She serves as an environmental and Christian education specialist. Her appointment is made possible by your gifts to Disciples Mission Fund. The Spanish word acompañamiento and the core value mutuality made me think of Carolina Fernández, my […]

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news3Kansas City church receives Syrian refugees

Family is first to arrive in U.S. as part of stepped-up resettlement efforts by Nancy Lear, Country Club Christian Church member Last Tuesday, seven women from Country Club Christian Church met, as they do many Tuesday mornings, in our church parking lot to make the 20-minute trip to Northeast Kansas City.  We are a few […]

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news4Disciple pastor making difference for immigrants

“We need to seek partnerships that could help us be the Gospel in a concrete way, to embody God’s creative hope. We are called to do justice, advocate, and be co-creators of new life-giving opportunities for our communities on the margins,” says Rev. Héctor J. Hernández of Iglesia Nueva Creación (New Creation Church) in Indianapolis. […]

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news5Canada names new regional minister

The Christian Church in Canada welcomes the Rev. Dr. Jen Garbin as the new regional minister. Garbin will begin June 1, 2016. She comes from her current position as senior pastor of one of Canada’s new congregations in formation, Sugarbush Christian Church (DOC), located in Guelph, Ontario. Garbin has served on area and regional boards and […]

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