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Community Workday (X-days) “Who is my neighbor?” June 26, 2016

SCRIPTURE:

Jeremiah 29:4-7; 1 John 3:17-18; Matthew 5:14-16

Our Scripture readings come from the prophet Jeremiah, the first letter of John, and Matthew’s gospel. Listen for God’s word. 
 
4Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. 6Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. 7But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
From the first letter of John:
17How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? 18Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.
 
From the gospel of Matthew:
 
And Jesus said…
            14‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

Click here to view some of our x-day pictures : community workday picture

Sermon Video:

From Faith Alliance:

X Days mission: “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

The month of June is X Days month! X Days is a Faith Alliance community service project day in which some of our partner churches’ members go out into the world to be the “eX-ternal” church. Throughout the weeks to come, keep your eyes and ears open for God sightings. You just may see a group of volunteers out in the community serving our neighbors in Jesus name.

What is the purpose of this X Days event?

X Days unifies area churches under one common mission in Jesus Christ, displaying to the community what His church can do together, clearly revealing that the “church” is not a building–it is His people at work to make His name famous and power revealed. Jesus wants us to be His disciples and to spread God’s love! To follow in Jesus’ footsteps we need to do as He did, to be among others, building relationships with them as living reflections of His redemptive love.

Dozens of projects will be done at sites such as: Family Promise of Butler County Day Center, several Butler County foster homes and nursing homes, One Way Farm, Serve City, Reach Out Lakota, Hope’s Closet, Heritage Elementary and 5 West Chester Fire Houses.

Here at Compass Christian Church:

This year there are various projects in which we served:

1. Built a walker/wheelchair ramp for a lady who is contending with several health issues.

2. Painted Exterior and interior for a family who has close connections to our congregations.

3. Cleaned up brush and did yard work.

4. Created Knapsacks of love.

Much thanks to the following people. If your name is not on this list we sincerely apologize for the oversight.

The crew for the wheelchair ramp included:

  • Kim Sinclair
  • Scott Frazier
  • Mike Harris
  • Ron Alexander
  • Lindsay Buchanan
  • Dave Diehl
  • Lyle Dailey
  • C J Yarborough
The Deck & Window Re-Painting also included Mairi Huizinga

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“Are You Distracted by your Enemies?” Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43 Father’s Day Sunday June 19, 2016

SCRIPTURE:

Matthew 13:24-30 New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Weeds

24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.

“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”

Matthew 13:36-43 New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Weeds Explained

36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”

37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man.38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age,and the harvesters are angels.

40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.

@Copyrighted by Rev. Richard Walker Sermon: “Are You Distracted by your Enemies?” Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43 Father’s Day Sunday June 19, 2016

  • Welcome, Rev. Richard Walker, Guest Minister & Rachel Kramer, Guest Accompanist!

“Are You Distracted by your Enemies?”

Sermon Video:

No Sermon Slides for today.

Opportunities for Service:

All are welcome, you do not have to be a member of this church, or any church to be able to participate.  Many of these activities are a great for families to volunteer together.

The links below do not work.  If you want to enroll in these programs go to :

https://compassc.org/category/volunteer-opportunities/

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The Disciples Voice Newsletter – June 15, 2016

Disciples’ Voice “Walking Today’s Journey of Faith Together”

(513) 754-0777  Fax (513) 754-0779 compassc.org 

  • Awakenings – 9:15 a.m.                          
  • Adult Education Hour – 9:30 a.m.
  • Worship/Communion & CHILDREN WORSHIP & WONDER – 10:30 a.m.

If you would like to see this newsletter in PDF please click here

or

see our tab called Newsletters PDF

This Newsletter is organized with the following topics: (links are provided to view more information about each topic)

  1. Calendar Highlighted Events https://compassc.org/calendar-2/
  2. Helping Hands Community Outreach https://compassc.org/outreach-2/
  3. Youth Corner https://compassc.org/youth/
  4. Members Corner
  5. Prayers ; If you want to request prayers or to contact us please go here: : https://compassc.org/contact-us-prayer-requests/
  6. Waypoints Message – Troy to TRCC and also a message from General Minister and President Sharon E. Watkins of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

July Church Life Events Highlights

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2 Week Outlook:

 

June

  • 25              Over the Rhine Soup Kitchen, 9:00 a.m.
  • 26             X-DAYS ~ Worship at 8:30 followed by Community Service
  • 27             Youth Mission Trip to St. Louis thru July 1

 

July

  • 3    MadHatters
  • 5   Elders Meeting 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • 7    Pastor @ Panera at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • 12  MLT and Board Meeting,  7:00 pm – 8:00
  • 12-15 Vacation Bible School, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
  • 16  Blues & Burgers ~ Cook Out  & Music, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Guest Worship Leader:

Reverend Richard Walker will join us asrw

Guest Worship Leader

on June 19 &

July 10

Rev. Walker always has wonderful scriptural and personal insights to share, we look forward to hearing him speak.

Wednesday Night Open Table Conversations

oasisStarting June 15   6:30-8 p.m.

 With the adult choir on hiatus in summer, we’ll be offering an opportunity to connect more broadly and deeply with one another from June through August.

As Disciples of Christ we have an “open table” practice welcoming all who trust Christ to his table. We offer this each Sunday, and invite you to come midweek for another kind of open table with food, faith, and fun.

Just BYOD (Bring Your Own Dinner), a willingness to make new friends, and engage in conversations that help us better understand one another, Scripture, our community, and our denominational tradition.

YOUTH MISSION TRIP : June 27-July 1

~ Three youths and three adults from Compass Christian Church are excitedly anticipating heading to St. Louis to join with other youth groups from around the country on June 27- July 1.  This is a Disciple Summer Mission trip, and there will be about 250 people involved.  We will be staying at Washington University in St. Louis, and assisting three ministries already functioning in the city.  We will also be coming together for fellowship, fun, praise and worship with other young people. We will have one free evening on our own to explore.

Blues & Burgers July 16 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.burgersblues

Come for a festive extravaganza with food trucks, live music, bouncy house, games and more.

Invite a friend to this community event!

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Cincinnati Civic Orchestra – Summer Concert 7 p.m. July 21

SUMMER POPS CONCERTS THE MAGICAL MUSICAL DOOR TO FANTASY !

Brigadoon and Camelot by Lerner and Loewe

Hook , Pan, Pirates of the Caribbean,  Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back by John Williams

Disney Magic,  American Tail

Helping Hands Community Outreach:

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Disciples believe in Mission first – helping our communities both locally, regionally and the world. Please watch this video

Tools of Hope – Father’s Day, June 19

Tools of Hope donated for Father’s Day

In Memory Of:

  • … ROBERT SCOTT ~ Janell Vennerholm
  • … GOSTA VENNERHOLM ~ Ed Vennerholm
  • … LEONARD PHILLIPS & MARION
  •  CLAYTON ~ Don & Ruth Phillips
  • … VERNON TIETSORT & GENE
  •   SYMMONDS, SR. ~ David Tietsort &  Barbara Tietsort
  • … JOSEPH PERDUE ~ Marlene Perdue
  • … REV. C.A. MATTERN & CHARLES C. EARLY, JR. ~ Perry & Maureen Mattern
  • … CARL HOFFMAN (father) & DAVID
  •  HOFFMAN (brother) ~ Lois Hoffman
  • … STREET W. BUTLER & HOWARD R. GOOD ~ Mary Jane Good

In Honor Of:

  •  …LYLE DAILEY ~  Laura, Calvin & Drew Dailey
  • … BILL DAGUE ~ Lyle, Laura, Calvin & Drew Dailey
  • … BOB DAILEY ~ Lye, Laura Calvin & Drew Dailey
  • … BILL GUCKERT ~ Jim & Susan Guckert
  • … BILL DIEHL ~ Dave & LeeAnn Diehl & Rick & Carol Yarborough
  • … RICK YARBOROUGH ~ Jeanne Stribling & Jenne, Jenae & C.J. Yarborough
  • … DEVON STRIBLING ~ Deci, Elora & Leo Stribling
  • … DAVID CARVER ~ Jesse Carver
  • … DON BECK ~ Scott, Sarah, Matthew & Cameron Ferguson
  • … BILL LANDERS & SCOTT FERGUSON ~ Perry & Maureen Mattern
  • … KEN PERDUE, BRENT JARRETT & JEFF PERDUE ~ Marlene Perdue
  • … GREGORY DONNENWERTH ~ Amy Donnenwerth, Troy & Abbey Sybrant
  • … EUGENE SYBRANT ~ Troy & Abbey Sybrant, Amy Donnenwerth

If you still want to honor your father(s):

Tools of Hope

The Church World Service Tools of Hope program reaches dads around the world, supporting their efforts to rebuild in areas struck by disaster, improve food security, provide clean water.

A $10 contribution to CWS Tools of Hope makes a wonderful gift in honoring fathers.

If you wish to donate online please go to the following link: https://cws.global/5

If you do donate online and would like Compass Christian Church to honor you or someone else father please fill out the online form as follows:

Volunteering It’s Good for You!

Did you know Volunteering is good not only for your soul but also there is other health benefits:

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~~~~~ X-Days Weekend of June 25, 26 ~~~~~

Service starts at 8:30.  Please note you do not have to be a member of this church or any faith to volunteer for this event.

The community can volunteer by going to here to register for this and all our community projects.

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X Days Community Service Day is a way to “eXternally” be the church while serving others.  It unifies area churches under one common mission, to build relationships and spread God’s love by being the hands and feet example of Christ’s love.  In the past 3 years, hundreds of volunteers from churches making up the Faith Alliance Collaboration have served at sites all over West Chester, Liberty Twp., Hamilton,         Middletown, Mason, and Cincinnati.  Projects were    performed for many individuals as well as sites such as One Way Farm, Gettysburg Estates, nursing homes, schools, and many more.

This year Compass Christian Church is again part of this community service with two off-site projects and two on-site projects.

Off-Site Projects:

… Constructing a wheelchair ramp for a single lady who is contending with several health issues.    Building materials will cost just under $700 and are being supplied by Home Depot who has graciously        allowed us a generous discount.  As sponsors,   Christian Men’s Fellowship invites members and friends to donate to “X Days” and will match each dollar donated to reach the figure above.  Leader: Dave D.

Interior and exterior painting and possible repairs to the home of a family in need with a close connection to our congregation.  Leader: Gerry W.

On-Site Projects:

… Yard work and brush clean-up of the Church      Outdoor Chapel area. Leader: Bill A.

… Making knapsacks of love/blessing bags for the homeless. Leader: Amy D.

 

On Sunday, June 26, please join us in making new knapsacks of love/blessing bags for the homeless. We will set up stations to get an assembly line going AND we will have a station for little ones and other youth to draw pictures and write scripture on colorful paper to include in the bag. We are also asking for   donations of the following items:

  • water bottles
  • individual fruit cups
  • small tissue bags granola bars
  • individual wipe packages Chapstick
  • deodorant soap (please no Irish Spring)
  • toothbrush toothpaste
  • individual snack cracker packages

Or money to purchase them (Amy D. will do the shopping).

 

In 2015, there were close to 1,000 volunteers from ten churches who served at more than 90 different projects all over Butler, Warren and Hamilton Counties helping others all in the name of Christ. Check out the video below and more information on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/XDays2015

ABOUT THE FAITH ALLIANCE

THE FAITH ALLIANCE IS A 501(C) 3 NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION DESIGNED TO EMPOWER, ENABLE AND ENCOURAGE CHURCHES TO COLLABORATE, COMMUNICATE MORE EFFECTIVELY AND RESPOND TO THE NEEDS OF OUR HURTING COMMUNITY.

Some Pictures from Previous X-Days:

Click on year to see pictures from graciously provided by Dave D. 2015 , 2014 , 2013 .

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The annual Hoxworth Blood Drive will be different this year. No More Bloodmobile ~ Instead, from July 5-9, you can go to your closest Hoxworth Blood Center to donate blood in the name of “Compass Christian Church.” More information to follow.

 

~~~~~ VBS Setup ~~~~~

Many hands make light work.  Come help us set up for VBS !   Two dates to choose from – or come to both! On Sunday, July 10 we will be clearing away the chairs following worship and putting up black plastic on the windows to transform our sanctuary into a cave.  On Monday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. we will be decorating our cave space in the sanctuary.  Any help is appreciated!

 

~~~~~Gettysburg Estates Summer Lunch Program, August  1 – 5 ~~~~~

Train up a child in the way s/he should go… and they will not stray from it!  Proverbs 22 (Laura’s paraphrase). You might be the only way some of these kids learn about Jesus!

Summer-Lunch-ProgramThis is a federal government, local schools, community and church partnership—a new social justice model.  The lunch program and process is different this year!  A federal grant obtained allowed Lakota Schools to transform two buses into vehicles for serving lunches at 7 sites within Lakota.

The grant also provides the food for the lunches.  So we are no longer involved with donating items and making lunches, or even serving.

Because of the change, we are now asked to be lunch monitors or to use a less severe term, positive helpers and role models for the children as they get their lunches on the bus, and as they eat and clean up!  We are always there to be a human form of Christ to these kids!  This year our creativity is being tapped as well in that we can provide activities for the children (ranging in age from around 3-16, but typically more in the younger ages and elementary or middle school range) after lunch!

We need a couple of volunteers each day (but could be more!) to help the students with their lunch, then lead some enriching, fun activities for an hour or so after lunch.  I like the idea of using a theme for the week as some churches have.  And I’m thinking, why not use some Bible school ideas/activities?  Anything that can help encourage, teach, inspire, tickle their funny bones, engage them musically or in creative games or activities!  Sounds like Bible school to me!

Compass Christian Church traditionally provides and serves lunch to children at Gettysburg Estates for one week in the summer; this year the dates are Aug. 1-5.  Sign up for Monday through Friday from 10:45-1:00 or so.  You may call or email Laura D. or sign up at church.  We will meet in July to make plans.

Also, volunteers are still urgently needed for other sites on days through out the summer.  Please help if you can!  If you would like to sign up for other sites besides Gettysburg, please go to http://www.lakotaonline.com/news.cfm?story=4147 to see an article and sign-ups for all the sites.  For more information on program, read:  http://www.journal-news.com/news/news/local-education/lakota-students-in-need-to-get-meals-on-wheels-thi/nrQSy/

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2016/05/21/crisis-suburban-poverty-growing-school-lunch-data-shows/83385952/?showmenu=true

~~~~~Backpack Ministry for 2016 ~~~~~

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Thank you for your service to the least of these! 

Help a Child in Need Succeed!

We expect this to be an outstanding year in collaboration and support of Reach Out Lakota’s Back-to-School Drive! Last year we were able to provide   support to 70% (370) of children registering for help with their school supplies at Reach Out Lakota.  They will thrilled with the extra support from our faith community which saved them more than $30,000 for this program.

Participating churches give out sponsor cards for $10, $20, $25, $50 or $100 worth of school supplies.  Each card has a shopping list for a girl or boy in a certain grade. Sponsors purchase appropriate supplies for the designated amount.  Donated supplies are collected by churches, and in early August, are         delivered to locations where Reach Out Lakota volunteers sort through the donations and distribute them to various schools.

It is easier than ever to participate in this program which means so much to the children and gives them the school supplies they need for the entire 2016-17 school year.

We are grateful for Sarah F. coordination once again of this important ministry! Our collection will go from July 24-31; keep your eyes peeled for more details in the next edition!

 

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A STEPPING FORWARD DINNER:                     

On May 31st, eleven members of Compass Christian church volunteered their time to prepare and serve dinner, make and pass out salads, desserts, wash pots, pans and dishes, and clean up in the kitchen and serving area in order to provide for 180 deserving members of our community.  Those serving were: Debora A, Linda B, Pam H, Perry and Maureen M, Gerry W., Madolyn M, Ron A, Lindsay B, Janell and Ed V.  CCC will  participate in this ministry again on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016

 

Youth Corner:

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… CONGRATULATIONS, CCC 2016 GRADUATES!

 * Jenae Yarborough  graduated with a BA in Interior Design from the University of Alabama.

* Courtney Rapp graduated from Xavier with a BA in Public Relations.

* Cara Rapp graduated from Mt. Healthy HS and will be attending Xavier.

* Sarah Phillips graduated summa cum laude from Fairfield HS and will attend Wright State.

 

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YOUTH MISSION TRIP 

Three youths and three adults from Compass Christian Church are excitedly anticipating heading to St. Louis to join with other youth groups from around the country on June 27- July 1.  This is a Disciple Summer Mission trip, and there will be about 250 people involved.  We will be staying at Washington University in St. Louis, and assisting three ministries already functioning in the city.  We will also be coming together for fellowship, fun, praise and worship with other young people. We will have one free evening on our own to explore.  We give thanks for all who are participating!!!

Watch the video on our National Youth Event : July 26-30  Walt Disney World FL

 We give thanks for Children Worship & Wonder;

CW&W has completed its first full year and is now on summer break.  We would like to thank ourCW&W2 dedicated storytellers who prepare the story each week and participated in a  two day training event to learn all about how to do Children Worship & Wonder: Katie Baird, Zach Baird, Betty Bowman, Sally Engle, Sarah Ferguson, Michelle  McKay, and Carol Yarborough. Our wonderful greeters were Laura Dailey, Pat Diehl, Lois Hofmann, and Diane Kobos.  We also were blessed to have Abbey Sybrant helping out as a Youth Greeter.

During the summer, children may go to the Children’s Worship area on the right side of the sanctuary following the Children’s Moment.  They are welcome to stay in that area during worship or take a tray of activities back to sit with their family.

If you would be interested in helping with Children Worship & Wonder in the fall as a Storyteller or Greeter, please see Katie Baird.  We can always use new members on our team!

 

Vacation Bible School  Tuesday, July 12 – Friday, July 15

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

cavequest2Three ways you can help:

1) Register: Get your kids, friends and family registered – there’s a link on our website: compassc.org or on our facebook site.

2) Volunteer: Let Katie know if you are able to help during VBS.  We have jobs big and small!

3) Sponsor:   Help us provide a high-quality FREE VBS for those within and beyond CCC.  Sponsor a child’s week for $25, a whole day for everyone for $150, or anywhere in between!  Please mark your donation for VBS and place it in the offering.

Members Corner:

Congratulations and much thanks to all those who are volunteering their leadership, fellowship, time and talents:

OFFICERS OF THE GENERAL BOARD

Moderator:  Bob Phillips

Moderator-Elect:  Michelle McKay

Secretary:  Mike Lyons

Treasurer:  Pam Hacker

Vice Treasurer:  Steve Seitz

Financial Secretary:  Rich Engle

GENERAL BOARD

MEMBERS-AT-LARGE

  • Ed Vennerholm
  • Lois Hofmann
  • Mary Jane Good
  • Jane Herrington

TRUSTEES

Richard Roberson, Chair

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PASTOR’S LEADERSHIP TEAM

Worship:  Daun Seitz

Infrastructure:  Don Phillips

Media:  Steve Seitz

Music:  Annmarie Lyons

Reach Out:  Sally Engle

Health: Mairi Huizinga

Stewardship:  Sarah Ferguson

Youth EducCarole             Yarborough

Adult EducSteve Simmons

FellowshipOPEN

Tech/Comm:  Mairi Huizinga

ELDERS

  • Chair-Elect: OPEN
  • Dave Diehl
  • Ruth Phillips
  • Zach Baird
  • Mary Jane Good
  • David Broz
  • Steve Seitz
  • Debora Ahmed
  • OPEN
  • OPEN
  • OPEN
  • OPEN
  • OPEN

PERSONNEL

  • Scott Frazier, Chair
  • Steve Simmons
  • Ruth Phillips

NON-VOTING POSITIONS

Church Historian:  OPEN

Public Relations:  OPEN

Safe Sanc Coord:  Sally Engle

VBS Coordinator:  Katie Baird

Ass’t Fin. Sec.:

  • Ron Alexander
  • Missy Frazier
  • Jane Herrington
  • Janell Vennerholm
  • Molly Weber
  • OPEN

 DEACONS (24-36 reqd)

  • Carol Yarborough, Chair
  • Chair ElectOPEN
  • Jackson Frazier
  • Pam Hacker
  • Lois Hofman
  • Diane Kobos
  • Kelly Nolte
  • Abbey Sybrant
  • Alice Woodward
  • Drew Dailey
  • Sydney Frazier
  • Anne Marie Lyons
  • Sarah Lyons
  • Letha Hendrickson
  • Norm Miller
  • Andrew Lyons
  • Linda Bernett
  • Steve Simmons
  • Debi Freimuth
  • Rhonda Godbey
  • Lindsay Buchanan
  • Linda Bernett
  • Jamie Broz
  • Julie Clark
  • Dave Clemons
  • Scott Ferguson
  • Debi Freimuth
  • Rhonda Godbey
  • Susan Guckert
  • Andrew Lyons
  • Bev McKinney
  • Cara Rapp
  • Diane Ray
  • Tom Ray
  • Steve Simmons
  • Joe Weber
  • Gerry White
  • Leann White
  • OPEN

Prayers:t10

LOCAL:  That those suffering from mental illness find help through therapy & support.

REGIONAL:  That hate crimes and crimes of terror cease, with special prayers for all the victims & families of the Orlando mass shooting.

GLOBAL: That we realize we are connected as citizens of the world and we must spread the love of Christ to EVERYONE.

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 Waypoints:

I grew up in the rural south. For many the calendar was marked by various hunting seasons: deer, pheasant, quail, and duck. My grandparent’s den had a gun rack above the mantelpiece and walls with stuffed waterfowl in mid-flight. Eating quail for dinner, carefully spitting out the tiny birdshot pellets. BB guns and air rifles playing with my brother and cousins. Shooting sparrows that were eating chicken feed in the chicken houses. Guns were simply part of the culture of my formative years in the rural south.

Had my family stayed in the DC metro suburban area, my upbringing would have been significantly altered.  No hunting seasons, no quail for dinner, no running around the woods shooting BB guns and air rifles. Young boys running around with guns, even toy ones, are viewed quite differently in the rural south than the suburban north. If you’re a child of color, it can get you killed like Tamir Rice in Cleveland. Guns have become increasingly pervasive in our country. There are 357 million guns and counting in a nation of 316 million, and the latest mass shooting leads to ever more purchases. Guns are simply part of America’s culture.

Rev. Rob Schenk’s article in the May 2016 issue of Sojourners asks: “Should Christians Own Guns?” Rev. Schenk is a conservative evangelical pastor and National Rifle Association member. Schenk believes the increasing presence of firearms among American evangelicals represents a moral crisis for the church.

Schenk isn’t anti-gun and sees a need for such to maintain an orderly society, but this is to be deeply regretted, not celebrated. What concerns him is the idea of just about anybody brandishing a firearm in the name of self-defense, but without a serious, biblically oriented discussion of the moral and ethical implications of a Christian using deadly force.

In carrying a gun for protection, one must be ready to kill, and this changes how we view others. This change is contradictory to three paramount New Testament principles: Love of neighbor, love of enemy, and fear of God only. Love of neighbor means we respect the sanctity of the other’s life, as someone made in God’s image (Gen 1:27). Jesus says we’re to value even the life of our enemy. The very rare act of sanctioned human killing, even if defensive during a violent confrontation, is abnormal.

Contemplating taking another human life requires we dehumanize certain people; a “threat” has been “neutralized.” Guns tempt us to believe we can dominate others in any given space, but Jesus tells us, “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant” (Mk 10:43). In the one instance (Lk 22:38) where Jesus appears to approve of his disciples acquiring deadly weapons [two swords], he responds, “It is enough!” He implicitly limits the number and type of weapons, analogous to how society limits the use of defensive firearms to a relative few police officers and military. They are highly trained, highly regulated, and held highly accountable. This is a diminution of human power; to arm every citizen is, instead, an inflation of human power.

There is psychological damage done to the shooter after a fatal killing, even when justified. Known as “moral injury” it’s the emotional and spiritual damage from taking another life.  Fear drives the purchase of guns: fear of a home invasion, carjacking, kidnapping, or a crazed gunman in the sanctuary. Jesus tells us not to fear those who can only kill the body, but to fear God alone (Lk 12:4-)

In respecting the Second Amendment, we must be careful we don’t violate the second of the Ten Commandments, which prohibits the worship of idols made by human hands.”

Charles Gutenson, former chief operating officer of Sojourners writes, “How can we have meaningful and productive conversations with people who disagree with us about guns? The answer isn’t so much about arming ourselves with discussion points, but something that’s even more difficult: listening.

Troy to TRCC

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/christianchurchdoc/?fref=nf

 

A message from General Minister and President Sharon E. Watkins offers this video in response to the recent events in Orlando and the anniversary of the Charleston shooting.

Our hearts are broken once again – this time by the hateful violence at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando:

  • to those who lost loved ones –may you be surrounded with love in your grief and loss;
  • to the injured and your families, may you know healing and hope;
  • to the brave first responders and caregivers – as you face the memories of what you witnessed, may you find peace of mind;
  • to LGBTQ neighbors – beloved of God – to families, allies and friends –may you find courage and hope in the knowledge of our love.
  • To Muslim neighbors and friends – we know that such violence does not represent who you are any more than the actions of extremist Christians represent who we are. We stand together.

Sadly, today we also remember the first anniversary of the mass shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. We continue to mourn with families and communities still grieving over that awful day.

We think about the many – too many –  mass shootings of this past decade alone – Virginia Tech, Ft. Hood, Aurora, Sandy Hook, San Bernadino, Charleston and now Orlando. In this confluence of many social and international currents, the search for policies and processes to help prevent these acts will be complex. But it must begin with a rejection of hate and violence.

Through it all, this is the time to reach out to each other – as secular communities and communities of faith – as one human family knit together by God who loves us. Let us take action, in ways small and large, to show that love is stronger than hate. Love wins.

 

We Disciples seek to be part of the one Body of Christ. Together, we can be the hands that serve, showing the world that God is good, God is here, and God will make us One.

Make plans today to attend the 2017 General Assembly in Indianapolis from July 8-12, 2017.

Watch http://disciples.org/ga for online registration and information.

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Music:
“One Spirit of Love”
Words and Music Paul B. Svenson ©1987 Dad’s Songbook Music
Arranged by Christopher Higgins and performed by members of Allisonville Christian Church, Indianapolis, Ind.
Used with permission.

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“Are You Prepared?” Luke 21:5-19 Sunday June 12, 2016

SCRIPTURE:

Luke 21:5-19

 Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, “As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.”

“Teacher,” they asked, “when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?”

He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.”

10 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

12 “But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name.13 And so you will bear testimony to me. 14 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17 Everyone will hate you because of me. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 Stand firm, and you will win life.

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X-Days Community Service Day – June 26, 2016

Community Service Day: 

To see all opportunities, for volunteering in the summer, including this X-day Community Service Day see the following link: Other volunteer include summer lunch programs, tutoring, share your musical talents at a provided Stepping Forward dinner, and much more…

http://www.thefaithalliance.org/category/outreach-engagement/

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June 26, 2016:

To see the enlarged versions of these photos visit: https://hyperperformance.smugmug.com/Church/Tylersville-Rd-Christian/2016/June-26th-Worship-Service-and/

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This year there are various projects in which you and I can serve:

These are specific to Compass Christian Church.  But If your church group would like to participate OR if you know of a project that our partners may want to help with, please contact Sue at smahlock@thefaithalliance.org.

1. To build a walker/wheelchair ramp for a lady who is contending with several health issues.  Construction will begin on June 26th with the work being spread out over several days. The lead person for this project is Dave D.

2.  There is a family who has had a close connection to our congregation for several years who is in need of some interior and exterior painting projects and possible repairs to their home.  The lead person for this project is Gerry W.

3.  Adjacent to our building is an area which is in dire need of yard work and brush cleanup.  The lead person for this project is Bill A.

Please note – we start work at 9 am but if you can only stay 1/2 hour that’s wonderful.  We are having a brief service at 8:30 am, and all are welcome, but you do not have to attend to volunteer.

We will carpool from church Compass Christian Church 6771 Tylersville Road, Mason, OH, 45040

Map: Compass Christian Church

Register on our volunteer page click here and someone will contact you to discuss how you might like to help.  Families are encouraged to participate.

Did you know volunteering is good for your health:

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Message from 2015:

Watch a video prepared by one of our church partners:

CPC X Days from Casey Ryan on Vimeo.

Church partners, inter-denominational faiths, come together on X Days to be the “Hands and Feet” of Christ and serve others. Between 1,000 and 1,200 church volunteers serve at sites all over West Chester, Liberty Township, Hamilton, Middletown, Mason and Cincinnati on their designated day. Between 70 and 100 different projects at both non-profits and private individuals’ homes are normally chosen by each participating church to serve at.

Some of last year’s project sites included: Serve City, Middletown Choice Market, One Way Farm, Pathway to Hope Women’s Shelter, Gettysburg Trailer Park, Hope’s Closet, Pine Hill Lodge, Birchwood and Doverwood Nursing Homes, dozens of private residences of shut-ins and foster homes, Woodland Elementary, 5 West Chester fire stations plus many more. In addition, a field day was organized for disabled children at Joe Nuxhall Miracle Field Park as well as building a house with Habitat for Humanity.

From Dave D. : A great day of Serving our neighbors and community. Thanks to all that came out and got dirty for Jesus, Faith Alliance X Days 2015 was a great success! Over 40 people from CCC were involved working to mulch over a tenth of a mile of woodland trails, power wash the wheelchair ramp, clean and organize the inside, paint a door, all at the Mason Nature Center; Gardening, clean-up and packing the supplies for the Knapsacks of love at CCC. Thanks again to all that were involved, the sore muscles are worth it!

Here is the path to the photos from this morning, enjoy!:

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SCRIPTURES                                 

Jeremiah 29:4-7

 4Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. 6Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. 7But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.

I John 3: 17-18

 17How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? 18Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.

Matthew 5:14-16

 14‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

 X-DAYS – CALL TO WORSHIP:

Leader:  God has given us gifts to use for the common good.

All: Today let our work be our worship!

Leader: God has given us talents to share for the betterment of neighbors.

All:  Today let these projects be our praise!

Leader: God has given us hearts to love and hands to serve others.

All: Today let the collaboration of congregations embody Christ in our community!

Meditation

                        
Jesus says the greatest commandment is to love God with all we’ve got, and love neighbors as ourselves. His answer prompts another question, “And who is my neighbor?” That question echoes down the cul-de-sacs of West Chester and Mason. Today we’re given an opportunity to love our neighbors in a very concrete, tangible way. I want to thank each of you for your commitment this day to be part of an effort that enlists countless volunteers from 10 churches, with 90 projects at 78 project sites, all to show God’s love for neighborhoods and residents in our community. A special thanks to Dave D, our site coordinator for all his efforts in making today possible.
Certainly one question that could be raised is: Why? Why commit a Sunday morning to mulching trails, cleaning and organizing inside and out, and staining the deck and wheel chair ramp of the Mason Nature Center? Our passage from Jeremiah begins to answer that question. “Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you, for in its welfare you will find your own.”  The word translated as “welfare” is “shalom” which is more than simply peace, but wholeness, health and wellness. Shalom is having everything you need to flourish physically, socially, spiritually, and economically. It’s about justice and righteousness, prosperity and fairness. In seeking peace and justice for others, we discover our own. In seeking health and wellness for our community, we find our own. In seeking prosperity and flourishing for others, we somehow find ourselves blessed, too. One of the reasons for today is simple reciprocity, that in seeking the common good for our larger community it redounds upon this community. In seeking to bless others, we become blessed.
The first letter to John asks a hard question of us: If we ourselves are blessed and say we love God, but don’t share that with those in need, how can God’s love be in us? Love is easy in word and speech, but love in action and truth is another thing entirely. The author later in that same letter says, “Those who don’t love a brother or sister whom they have seen cannot love God whom they have not seen” (1 Jn 4:20). In other words, the author is saying, when it comes to love, talk is cheap. It doesn’t cost us anything to mouth a few false syllables of love, but the truth of one’s love for others is costly: it’s borne out in deeds, in actions, in commitment. Today we have an opportunity to love neighbors in action and in truth.
 Ultimately, the reason we do this is more than simply reciprocal flourishing or demonstrating enacted love. Ultimately, it’s not about us or our neighbors, it’s about God. That’s what Jesus is telling us in Matthew. The point of letting our light shine is not so the light illuminates us, nor that the light bedazzles our neighbors, but that the light points beyond either of us toward the source of life and light for all people. It is in following that light, and walking in that light, that we discover that the city of light where there is “no need of lamp or sun” (Rev. 22:5) is reflected within our very own city, our very own neighborhoods. Today affords us an opportunity to catch a glimmer of the golden glow of the New Jerusalem’s streets among the roads of our town. To see among our neighbors a glimpse of a city where every tribe, tongue, and nation is just around our corner. What an opportunity we are afforded today!  Amen.

 

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