“Renew with Spirit” (John 14:15-17, 25-26; 15:26-27; 16:7-15) Sunday Sept. 18, 2016


(John 14:15-17, 25-26; 15:26-27; 16:7-15)                  

Our reading comes from the good news according to John. 

             And Jesus said,

15”If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. 17This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. 25”I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. 26”When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. 27You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.

7Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9about sin, because they do not believe in me; 10about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; 11about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned. 12“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.

@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “Renew with Spirit” (John 14:15-17, 25-26; 15:26-27; 16:7-15) Sunday Sept. 18, 2016

“Renew with Spirit”


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There are 53,000 more Ohio children living in poverty and the overall rate is higher than during the recession in 2008, according to 2015 Kids Count data released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The state’s child-poverty rate rose to 23 percent last year from 18 percent in 2008.

Ohio is 31st worst in the nation in child-poverty rate and 23rd overall, about the same as last year.. to be continued below


soap The First Annual Faith Alliance Music Festival, “Sing Out Against Poverty,” will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 24 at The Square @ Union Centre.

Live bands from five Faith Alliance church partners will play Christian rock and praise music including: Bethany United Methodist, Crestview Presbyterian, Lord of Life Lutheran, Royal Redeemer Lutheran and St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic churches.

Festival admission, entertainment, food and beverages, and children’s activities will all be free. Net proceeds from donations and food sales at this event will go to support Faith Alliance programs and outreach ministries benefiting local individuals and families in need. Those supported include the Summer Lunch and Summer Literacy Programs,Help a Child in Need Succeed Backpack Ministry, and Feed our Neighbors in Need Food Drive.







For more information, call 513-309-4526 or visit the Faith Alliance website atwww.thefaithalliance.org Volunteers are still needed for set-up and tear-down.

Please watch this video for additional information:


The annual report by the nonprofit foundation considers a wide variety of economic, health and educational factors in assessing the well-being of children nationally and in all 50 states individually.

“Although we are several years past the end of the recession, millions of families across the country still have not benefited from the economic recovery,” Patrick McCarthy, president and chief executive officer of the Casey Foundation, said in a statement. “While we’ve seen an increase in employment in recent years, many of these jobs are low-wage and cannot support even basic family expenses.

“Far too many families are still struggling to provide for the day-to-day needs of their children.”

Minority children have been largely “sidestepped” by Ohio’s economic bounce-back, the report said.

Black children are three times as likely to live in poverty areas in Ohio, and twice as likely to be in a single-parent family, while Latino children are most likely to be in a household where the parent isn’t a high-school graduate.

“The data show that wide gaps remain between the living standards of many children of color and other children,” said Dawn Wallace-Pascoe, the Kids Count project manager at Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio.

“The time is now for Ohio to get serious about ending child poverty, reducing economic, educational and health disparities, and improving well-being for all children.”

Summertime offers a challenge for many low-income families because without school programs, many children don’t have lunch available. That is why many schools and community centers, such as Gladden Community House, offer breakfast and lunch programs in the summer months.

There were some encouraging signs for Ohio in the Kids Count data, including a significant decline between 2008 and 2014 in the teen birthrate, to 27 per 1,000 from 39 per 1,000.

Also improving over the same time period were eighth-grade students not proficient in math (down to 60 percent from 65 percent), and high-school students not graduating on time (16 percent, down from 21 percent). Numbers for children without health insurance and teens abusing alcohol and drugs also improved.

Nationally, Minnesota’s kids had the overall best well-being, along with those in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Iowa and Vermont. Children in Arizona, Nevada, Louisiana, New Mexico and Mississippi fared poorest.

The report is available online at aecf.org.



booksofarReplenish your library at BARGAIN PRICES!

  • Hardcover $1.00
  • Paperback .50
  • Coffee Books Hardcover – Prices vary; priced to sell
  • Individual book series (multiple books sold as a series) 1/4 of the original cost of the series

Book Donations Welcome

 If you wish to donate books, please drop them off at the church by October 1.  Please call in advance to ensure someone is there when you deliver them (513-754-0777).

Thank you for supporting our missions!

One of the modular classrooms is filling up with books graciously donated for the Compass Christian Church 2016 Fall Book Sale.


On Friday, Sept.  9,  Stewardship Team volunteers  accepted a  donation of 750+ books from a single donor! Thank you so much for this donation!


CCC Booksale Full Picture


Chi Rho is a term to describe youth in GR 6-8

All are welcome to join us for a night of singing camp songs, playing games, seeing old friends and making new ones! Spend a night at Carthage Christian Church and celebrate worship the following morning. This is a free event, all are welcome!


When: Saturday October 22 7 pm to Sunday October 23 noon


Where: 19 W 73rd St. Cincinnati Ohio 45216 Map: https://goo.gl/maps/2WNNsTftddy


Link to Carthage Christian Church website: http://carthagechristian.weebly.com/




October 23-29 Adult Mission trip to SC

disasterThe Disaster Recovery Support Initiative (DRSI) is a new collaborative effort between the United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries, Church of the Brethren Disaster Ministries, and the disaster ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): Disciples Volunteering and Week of Compassion.


Last October, South Carolina was beset by severe storms and heavy flooding. Today, DRSI is one of only a very few groups still working around Columbia, SC, organizing mission teams for long-term repairs and rebuilding. This is where you come in: volunteer mission teams are needed to serve in the recovery.


On Sunday, Oct. 23, nine (so far) volunteers from Compass Christian Church and others are welcome – (just register by contacting attached email) will travel to East Charleston, South Carolina to stay until Saturday, Oct. 29.  In East Charleston, they will join other   Disciples disaster relief groups to repair and restore buildings damaged by floods last year.  Workers will tear out ruined walls and floors,  re-install drywall, finish and paint —whatever is needed when they  arrive.

Anyone who wants to go on the Home Mission Trip is welcome. The CCC group is not taking a van this year, so individuals must provide their own transportation or carpool with others.  Food & housing costs at the site are minimal.

Work: Most work will be repairs to flood damaged homes. Work days are Monday – Friday with groups welcome to  arrive Sunday afternoon and stay through Friday evening or Saturday morning. Tools will be provided.

Housing: Holy Apostles Orthodox Church, West Columbia, SC   Cooking facilities are available on site; groups will provide their own meals. Mattresses are provided, individuals must provide their own bedding, towels, etc. Showers will be via a shower trailer on site.

Cost: $50 / person to off-set the cost of housing, to be paid via one group check to the host church upon arrival.

For more info about the CCC mission trip to SC,  contact Larry O. or Daun S. you can send a note to admin@trcchurch.org  and put Volunteer in Adult Mission Trip in the subject line.