The Disciples Voice Newsletter August 17, 2016

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Service: Sundays 

  • 9:15 Awakenings (share food and fellowship together)
  • 9:30 Adult Education Hour
  • 10:30 Service – weekly communion / worship / children worship & wonder

Members Corner:

JAMIE BROZ @ THE OLYMPICS! CCC Member Jamie Broz, Staff Athletic Trainer for U.S. Men’s Gymnastics Team

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Jamie Broz: 

U.S. Men’s Gymnastics Team, 2016 Olympics in Rio

Below are excepts from “U.S. Men’s Gymnastics Team Finds Motivation in Care Package,” by Nick Zaccardi, published online August 6, the day before Olympic competition began.

Rio de Janeiro—Before the U.S. Men’s gymnastics team departed for the Olympics, staff athletic trainer Jamie Broz Jamie Brozhanded captain Chris Brooks a care package.

It included super glue (for two reasons), a fruit-and-nut mix, and a sticky pad of 30 inspirational quotes.  The quotes, Broz said, were for Brooks to read to the team, one per day, before they leave the Olympic Village for the gymnastics arena.

Broz happened to be passing by the gymnasts’ room early Tuesday (Aug. 7) when she heard Brooks “shout” the quote. Then they all stepped into an    elevator and embarked for team qualifying on the first day of the Games.

“They love it,” Broz said of the motivational tool.  “It kind of gets them out the door.”

“Chris [Brooks] is the team captain, and he’s inspirational to everybody,” [Broz] said. “When he was announced team captain, I thought, give them all the tools they need.  That’s kind of  my job.”

The super glue, distributed not just to Brooks but also to the rest of the team, serves two purposes.Gymnasts actually use it to cover ripped-up skin.

Broz also wanted it to symbolize how each of the five is part of a glue that keeps the team together.

Broz has been with USA Gymnastics for nearly 20 years.  And this is the first time she has done this with a men’s team.

What makes this one so special?  It’s their differences, Broz said. … “They have that mixture that, if you add all the ingredients in … they’re going to be something big.”

Miss Lois:

Dear Church Family,

Thank you all so much for the wonderful tribute luncheon.  Thanks especially for the too-kind words, the cards, the thumbprint tree and the beautiful  picture quilt.  My love and best wishes to all of you.  You will be missed.

–   Miss Lois

Programming Resumes:

Children’s Worship & Wonder resumes its regular schedule on Sunday, August 21.

Musical NOTE ~musicnote

The Adult Choir will  resume its weekly rehearsals on Wednesday, Sept 7.  The first   worship service anthem will be performed Sunday, Sept 11.  



Upcoming Events:

WEDNESDAY, August 31 ~ Final Open table conversation. 

conversations continue each Wednesday 6:30-8:30 until then. It’s not too late to Join us! Bring a dish to share;  dessert & drinks Provided.



27            Volunteers needed! Over-the-Rhine Soup Kitchen, 9:00 am

28            Organizational Meeting for Children’s Bible Study after Worship

30             Volunteers needed: Stepping Forward Dinner, 5:00 pm

31          Last Open Table Conversation 6:30-8:30 pm


1  Pastor @ Panera at 12:00 noon-1:00 pm

5 Labor Day ~ Office Closed

6 Elders Meeting 7:00 pm

13 MLT and Board Meeting,  7:00 pm

19 Newsletter deadline for submissions

24  Over-the-Rhine Soup Kitchen

25  Reconciliation Special Offering

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Youth Corner:


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CAVE QUEST – Vacation Bible School VBS SUCCESS!

Another successful Vacation Bible School is in the books!  We learned all about how Jesus gives us hope, courage, vbscreaturedirection and his

power.  We had 28 kids participate, about half of whom were not regular  attenders of   Compass Christian Church.  We definitely showed them that CCC is a fun and exciting place to be!  We played games, heard Bible stories, watched skits, did   science experiments, sang songs, ate snacks and watched videos about real kids who rely on Jesus.  It was a full week!

Thank you to all our volunteers, financial sponsors and Cave Decorators who helped make our Cave Quest VBS an awesome, fun, God-centered week!  It would not have happened without your great team effort!  Our  leaders and helpers for the week were:  Katie Baird, Betty Bowman, Camryn Broz, Lora Broz, Eleanor Buchanan, Vickie Caudill, Laura Dailey, Pat Diehl, Sally Engle,  Sarah Ferguson, Jackson Frazier, Missy Frazier, Sydney Frazier, Debi Freimuth, Mairi Huizinga, Diane Kobos, Maureen Mattern, Perry Mattern, Maddie McGarvey, Michelle McKay, Avery Moore, Marlene Perdue, Don Phillips, Ruth Phillips, Cara Rapp, Carvens Romain,  Abbey Sybrant, Sue Tarbox, Ed Vennerholm, Gerry White, Leann White, and Carol Yarborough.

Children’s Bible Study

children__s_mainCarol Yarborough is planning to offer the Children’s Bible Study at two different times this fall, using the same curriculum as last year.  One time will be during the week at 6:30 and the other on Sunday mornings before church.

Carol says: “After talking to parents/grandparents/guardians of our kids, there seems to be a need to give our busy families a choice of times.  I will lead the one during the week and am hoping to find someone or a team to lead the other before church on Sundays.  (My hope is that eventually we can start a Bible Study for parents  before church, as well.)”

 organizational meeting on August 28 after worship. (Bring your own lunch, dessert provided.) 

Volunteers Needed: 

We need at least 2-3 additional teachers, helpers, and we welcome anyone who interested in helping or            supporting us in any way.  Hope you will join us!

Light a Candle for Children Prayer Vigil & Children’s Sabbath 2016

Our theme for the 2016 Light a Candle for Children Prayer Vigil and National Observance of Children’s Sabbathlightacandle is “Helping Our Children Heal from Violence.” Our children are not immune to the violence in our neighborhoods,  cities, and shown in our media. But how do we reach out? How do we help them heal?

Join us in daily prayer and reflection September 11 – October 16, 2016 and consider observing Children’s Sabbath in your congregation on Sunday, October 16th.

Each day we will post a scripture and reflection, in addition to resources and tools for tackling these complex issues.

Follow our daily reflections & resources beginning September 11:

Facebook: Light a Candle for Children Prayer Vigil Page
Twitter: @pray4children
Via email: Sign up on the Light a Candle blog

You may also use our weekly scriptures and themes for reflection in your small group or Sunday service.

For further reading on helping children heal from violence, check out Kate Epperly’s thoughts and resources on the Disciples Justice for Children blog.

(Family & Children’s Ministries Aug 2016 online newsletter)

Additional BLOG comments:

Helping Children Heal from Violence (Near and Far)


It seems like violent acts are becoming almost an everyday feature on our broadcast news. For all too manyviolencechildren and families, these very same acts of violence strike close to home, occurring in their very own cities or neighborhood streets.  Fear mongers are exploiting the situation. The way of Jesus calls us to let go of fear and violence and act with compassion and empathy for all God’s children.

We in faith communities must begin by creating true “sanctuaries”  (safe havens) in our churches, homes and schools in which we can help our children can heal from the spiritual, emotional and physical wounds of violence. As persons of faith, however,  our goal must be growth beyond healing. We must help each other gain strength in faith so that we can take action as agents of  non-violent conflict transformation in partnership with God and each other throughout our lives. But how, you ask?

Well, we in Family and Children’s Ministries are providing  you with a four part resource which will help you with the task. Here, beginning today, I will be publishing a series of blogs on the topic. We will also be putting an extensive bibliographical resource on our website.

These resources will dovetail with our publication of our annual “Light a Candle for Children” (pre-Children’s Sabbath) devotional series beginning early in September. Our primary hope is to facilitate intergenerational, faith-based sharing and caring by parents, caregivers, church school and youth group leaders help our children heal from violence.

In addition, however, we hope these resources  will lay emotional, psychological and spiritual foundations for us all to  become more active in transforming everyday conflict and acts of violence  here and abroad into opportunities for peacemaking, empathy and human understanding. The way of Jesus calls us to creatively engage and embrace the gifts of diversity at home, at church, at school, in our communities,  our nation and our world. (Isaiah 56:7-8 – My house of worship  will be known as a house of prayer for all people.”)

Please plan to participate in our FB or online  “Light a Candle for Children” devotion and action vigil to “Help our Children Heal from Violence” this year. Happily, this year we will hear from the voices of the youth in our midst as contributors to our daily vigils!.

I invite you to join us on this exciting journey of discovery as we, our youth and our children strengthen our Disciples witness as “a movement for wholeness in a broken world”. Amidst times of chaos and violence let us join together to live out Christ’s resurrection truth, that “Love wins!” Love conquers all things, even death!

Please contact me at or through this blog ( or my colleague in FCM Rev. Olivia Bryan Updegrove ( any questions or comments about these offerings.


September 2nd – 4th

Camp Christian, Magnetic Springs, Ohio 
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Our Labor Day presenter will be Rev. Josh Baird. Josh is currently serving as Director at Disciples Volunteering and is not a stranger to Camp Christian. He has attended Chi Rho camp, CYF Conference, Advance Conference and also served on summer staff. We welcome Josh, his wife Rev. Laura Fitt-Baird, who is the minister of Medina Christian Church, and their 3 children.

     For our service project, we will be collecting supplies to replenish the Camp Christian summer camp office. Please consider bringing computer paper, pens, pencils, scotch/masking tape, colored paper, white poster board, staplers and staples, small paint brushes, black sharpies, paper clips, or anything camp office supply related.

     What a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of your every day life and enjoy the out-of doors! Spend a weekend with God and friends, both old and new, and go home feeling refreshed and relaxed. This is a great opportunity for you to come and experience camp, whether you have grown up here or are a first time camper. This retreat is also a great opportunity for younger children to see what camp is like when they are able to attend the Summer Camp Programs.

Hope to see you there!!


Reach Out with Helping Hands:


Backpack Ministry 2016 Followup Summary


 The Faith Alliance 2016 Help a Child in Need Succeed Backpack Ministry supporting Reach Out Lakota’s Back-to-School Program was an outstanding success!

backpack2016 part 2In an organized response ten of the Faith Alliance churches, for the first time, took care of 100% of those requesting help in our community:

  • 520 children sponsored with school supplies for the year, (100% + of those registered!)
  • 300 + Backpacks
  • $1300 + more coming in!
  • Many boxes of miscellaneous supplies

 Sue Cheney, ROL Back-to-School Coordinator commented:  “Your group’s help has made a huge impact on our community! We are very excited to be able to announce that we are fulfilling the complete supply lists as requested by the various buildings. This is our first year doing this; in the past we have cut short classroom supplies like tissues and wipes so that we could buy the hands on supplies like binders and calculators. The impact of our partnership will surely be felt throughout the entire district.”

According to Sarah Ferguson, ROL Coordinator for Compass Christian Church, our congregation collected 26 backpacks, 4 grocery bags of school supplies + 3 bags of “extra supplies,” and  monetary donations totaling $240.  With this we supported 43-50 needy students.

Thank you to all who donated time and talent to help our local children in need. Special thanks to Sarah Ferguson, who gave her time and energy to coordinate our Backpack Ministry at Compass Christian Church.


Sing Out Against Poverty, The First Faith Alliance Music Festival

Volunteer Opportunity

Saturday, September 24th at The Square at Union Centre, from Noon to 5 p.m. Mark your calendars to attend this first-ever event!

singoutSing Out Against Poverty is a FREE, family-friendly, Christian rock festival open to the public.  Enjoy live praise band music, food, and fun for the kids! Donations go to support Faith Alliance programs and outreach ministries benefiting local individuals and families in need.

Sponsorships at ALL levels are now available. If you or your company would like to donate or volunteer for this event, please contact Sue Mahlock,  Director of Outreach,  or 513-309-4526.



Stepping Forward Volunteer Opportunity

Tuesday, August 30Stepping Forward

The next opportunity for Compass Christian Church to serve in this Faith Alliance ministry will be here soon.  We will meet at Faith Community United Methodist Church on Cox Road in West Chester about 5 PM and partner with Bethany UMC of Liberty Township to prepare and serve dinner to over a 150 deserving members of our community. Click here for additional details.

You do not have to be a member of this church, this faith, or any faith to volunteer:

Over the Rhine Soup Kitchen Volunteer Opportunity


You do not have to be a member of this church, this faith, or any faith to volunteer:

Reconciliation Special Offering

reconcilaton special offering


The Special Offering is used to fund our Church’s mission imperative to become an pro-reconciling and anti-racist church utilizing the tools experiential education (training), inclusive worship and intentional dialogue. Our efforts to promote healing, relationship and restoration in the whole family of God are enlivened by funds from this offering providing for programs of leadership development , curriculum for dialogue and learning, and partnerships within the Church and our communities.

Tough Work – Workshoppoverty

This workshop is ideal for people who currently (or want to) work with people experiencing poverty.  Come to this workshop to learn about poverty and to work more effectively in alleviating the root causes.

When: Saturday September 24 9am- noon (breakfast at 8:30)

Where: Mason United Methodist Church

6315 Mason Montgomery Road , Mason OH 45040

Cost: $15 any profits will go to the local food pantries


Sponsored by Faith Emergency Services and Ohio State University Extension Office in Warren County.

Register at or call Jim Savage at 513-697-8448.

Registration is limited to 30 people and must be submitted by September 10.



Local – Pray for a solution to childhood poverty and hunger

National – Pray for an end to violence against law enforcement officers

Global – Pray for a solution to allow the peaceful coexistence of Christians and Muslims around the world

August Montage: 

August Montage



O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.   Ps 139:1-3


footprintsLast month I shared some of the “footprints of faith” from our Youth Sunday where folks shared some of their experiences “walking with God.” Here are some other contributions from other fellow travelers. 


Working on listening to God’s voices through Scripture, Spirit, sense, and saints.


God helped me through a hard when I was taking the OAA. It wasn’t easy but I got through it with God.


My kids playing peacefully together.


My walk with God: As a child—Sunday school and children’s church. As a youth—Camp Christian. As an adult—CWF retreats, being a Sunday school teacher, singing in the choir. As a retiree—continuing to learn through Bible study. I pray to grow deeper in faith on my journey of life.


Being with my friends in this church.


Never felt alone or abandoned, even at my lowest.


This year I learned to trust God completely and to pray for help relentlessly. God helped carry me out of the fire.


When Kurt was so sick last year, God sent an angel to help both of us. She worked so hard providing physical and emotional support to us. His nurse was truly one of God’s angels.


My journey has led to me many encounters of God’s love, God’s grace, and God’s strength to keep along the right path and sharing his Word.


He carried me through a really hard game but he helped me stay confident and played so good!


My walk with God has been a long journey. During this time I have found myself close to him, not understanding why bad things happen to good people if he’s in charge, praising him anyway, angry with him, using his strength, sharing him with my friends, doubting him, but through it all I never lost my belief that he is with me.


A Little Housekeeping:


recycling2Please remember that all containers need to be rinsed before putting them in recycling bins. This includes beverage containers, aluminum cans, and all other containers with food.  The biggest concern is dealing with pest control such as ants and mice.



Disciples News:

Christian Church in Ohio Regional Assembly

REGIONAL ASSEMBLY – October 13-15 Columbus OH

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“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 NRSV

Northwest Christian Chruch, 1340 Fishinger Rd – Columbus, OH


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for details on all of the options.

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Ohio Women’s Fellowship (OWF) FALL RETREAT Sept. 9-11 at Camp Christian

Ohio Women’s Ministries
Fall Retreat!
September 9th – 11th, 2016
Camp Christian
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& Retreat Information
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workshop choices to

Keynote Speaker: REV. MARY ANNE GLOVER
Theme: “CHANGE — WHAT?????”

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19.

A retreat for women ready for change is awaiting you in the beautiful surroundings of Camp Christian. So take a step away from your regular routines and responsibilities and take 48 hours to relax, connect and reconnect with other women, hear solid Biblical teaching and spend time focusing on the Lord. This weekend will provide a unique opportunity for God to work in your life, and to get to know other women, through worship, bible study, small group discussions, and free time. No matter where you are in your relationship with Jesus, He knows your heart and your needs and ministers to you accordingly.  All women wishing to explore a closer relationship with Jesus Christ are encouraged to attend.

Retreat Service Project  “Days For Girls”

Days for GirlsLearn what you might do in making sustainable (reusable) sanitary items for girls in areas of the world that may be prohibited from going to school on “those days’!  You will see the products, have sewing demonstrations and assemble kits.  You may even sew during
free time.

For more information about this project
download the above Retreat Information.

For more information about the “Days for Girls” Project and Mission, please visit their website at   

North East Inter-Regional Fellowship (NIRF) September 22-25, 2016 ~ Christian Church Conference Center ~ Bethany Beach, Delaware

~ Join the women of NIRF (Northeast Inter-Regional Fellowship) for the Interregional Leadership Training Event for the Disciples Women cabinets/commissions and other identified leaders. Registration will be open to women who are active in women’s ministries, along with other identified women leaders in our regions. You are invited to be a part of the Ohio delegation. Contact Ohio representatives Pat Brown or Gena Stone  Phillips if interested in attending.

Looking for a Disciples of Christ Church in your state :


You can learn more about each regional ministry by visiting their web site:

Alabama-Northwest Florida
California, Northern-Nevada
Capital Area
Central Rocky Mountain
Great River
Illinois and Wisconsin
Kansas City, Greater
North Carolina
Northeastern under revision – e-mail
Oregon and Southwest Idaho
Pacific Southwest
South Carolina
Upper Midwest
West Virginia