The Disciples Voice Newsletter – June 15, 2016

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

  1. Calendar Highlighted Events
  2. Helping Hands Community Outreach
  3. Youth Corner
  4. Members Corner
  5. Prayers ; If you want to request prayers or to contact us please go here: :
  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


2 Week Outlook:



  • 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



  • 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.


~ 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!


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


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:


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
  •  CLAYTON ~ Don & Ruth Phillips
  •   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
  • … 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:

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:


~~~~~ 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.

XDAYS logo

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



Some Pictures from Previous X-Days:

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


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 to see an article and sign-ups for all the sites.  For more information on program, read:

~~~~~Backpack Ministry for 2016 ~~~~~


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:



 * 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.




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: 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:


Moderator:  Bob Phillips

Moderator-Elect:  Michelle McKay

Secretary:  Mike Lyons

Treasurer:  Pam Hacker

Vice Treasurer:  Steve Seitz

Financial Secretary:  Rich Engle



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


Richard Roberson, Chair



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


Tech/Comm:  Mairi Huizinga


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


  • Scott Frazier, Chair
  • Steve Simmons
  • Ruth Phillips


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


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.



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

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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.

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“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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