“God’s Plans for Your Life” Numbers 13:17-23; John 15:1-2, 5, 8 Sunday October 16, 2016
(Numbers 13:17-23; John 15:1-2, 5, 8)
Our first reading comes from the book of Numbers.
17Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said to them, “Go up there into the Negeb, and go up into the hill country, 18and see what the land is like, and whether the people who live in it are strong or weak, whether they are few or many, 19and whether the land they live in is good or bad, and whether the towns that they live in are unwalled or fortified, 20and whether the land is rich or poor, and whether there are trees in it or not. Be bold, and bring some of the fruit of the land.” Now it was the season of the first ripe grapes. 21So they went up and spied out the land from the wilderness of Zin to Rehob, near Lebo-hamath. 22They went up into the Negeb, and came to Hebron; and Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the Anakites, were there. (Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.) 23And they came to the Wadi Eshcol, and cut down from there a branch with a single cluster of grapes, and they carried it on a pole between two of them. They also brought some pomegranates and figs.
Our second reading comes from the good news according to John.
And Jesus said to the disciples,
”I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. 2He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. 5I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. 8My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.
Here ends our readings. May God bless our understanding.
@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “God’s Plans for Your Life” Numbers 13:17-23; John 15:1-2, 5, 8 Sunday October 16, 2016
“God’s Plans for Your Life”
Music is a huge part of our lives and our service. Psalm 101:1 I will sing of your love and justice; to you, LORD, I will sing praise.
FAITH ALLIANCE MUSIC FESTIVAL BLESSES MANY
Saturday, September 24, 2016 marked the first Sing Out Against Poverty, Annual Faith Alliance Music Festival at The Square at Union Centre. About 200 people attended and the event raised $4,000 which be used to fund Faith Alliance Programs and Outreach. Leftover food was donated to Stepping Forward Dinners, WC Presbyterian Community Suppers, Reach Out Lakota and Hope In Action, a street ministry for the homeless. Hundreds struggling with poverty or homelessness were blessed with food from this event. Praise God!
Special thanks to our bands, sponsors, church liaisons and volunteers, and all our donors who offered food and support.
OPPORTUNITIES TO SING AT CCC
Wednesday Evening Practice
- 7:00-7:30 pm Ablaze Choir (ages 5-11)
- 6:30-7:15 pm Handbell Choir
- 7:30 pm Adult Choir
On October 12, the Handbell Choir resumed its regular Wednesday night practice from 6:30-7:15 p.m. in the sanctuary.
If you are interested in playing, please see Annmarie Lyons. Ability to read music is recommended.
New members are always welcome!
The choir will be sharing a Christmas Cantata called One Small Childwith the congregation during the service on December 18. We invite you to join us in singing for this event!
We will begin preparing this music on Wednesday night, October 26 at 7:30 p.m., using a book and CD to help us learn the music for this celebration of Jesus’ birth.
OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE AT CCC
October 22, 2016 9 am; 12 – 1 pm
Over-the-Rhine Soup Kitchen (located at 1620 Vine Street Cincinnati, OH 45202 – go around to the back of the building) TO HELP PREPARE & SERVE A MEAL IN OVER-THE-RHINE, call 513-754-0777 to volunteer. We start cooking at 9 a.m. to serve at noon to 1 p.m. You do not have to be a member of this church, this faith, or any faith to volunteer.
November 12, 2016 Work Day
- Live Nativity Build, 8:00 a.m.
- Ground Clean Up, 9:00 a.m.
OPPORTUNITIES TO STUDY AT CCC
Sunday Mornings @ 9:20 am
- CYF (grades 9-12))
- Chi Rho (grades 5-8)
- CCF (grades 3-4)
- Children Bible Study (ages 4 – 2nd grade)
- Toddler (ages 2-3)
- Adult Bible Study: New study of Revelation begins early Nov.
In early November the class will begin studying The Book of Revelation. We are very excited about this study.Revelation is frequently misunderstood, misused or simply not read. Join us for this interesting review, especially to find out what Revelation says to us today.
We will be using the Kerygma Study Guide, which costs $20. There will be a signup sheet at church until October 23. Please make checks out to “Steve Simmons” and give to him. He will order the guides on Monday, October 24 for those who have paid. After this you will need to order your own Study Guide.
Hope to see you in class ~ Steve S
UPCOMING EVENTS AT CCC
December 3, 2016
Voyage to Bethlehem 1 pm – 5 pm
Nativity Display & 10,000 Villages Free Trade Shop; Hot Cocoa & Cookies
Live Nativity 1 pm – 4 pm
Animals and Costumed Actors
OPPORTUNITIES TO VOLUNTEER OR PROVIDE ASSISTANCE REGIONALLY
RELIEF ASSISTANCE NEEDED IN LOUISIANA
September 21, 2016
Posted by: Josh Baird
In August, southern Louisiana experienced devastating flooding, with impacted homes receiving anywhere from a few inches of flood water up to 8 feet. With more than 110,000 households requesting assistance, it is estimated that over half a million people wereimpacted by the flood.
The slowness with which the waters receded combined with late summer humidity put tens of thousands of homes at risk of severe mold growth and more rapid deterioration. It is critical that these homes are cleaned out: removing contents and walls that absorbed water will lead to less damage – and a lower need for assistance – in the long run.
Help is needed now to assist with this clean-up work, including the mucking and gutting of homes. Disciples Volunteering has partnered with NECHAMA, Jewish Response to Disaster, for coordinating the work of mission teams through October 30. First Christian Church, Baton Rouge, is providing housing to teams which can arrive Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday and work through Sunday. Week of Compassion and the Great River Region are also partners in this response.
TO VOLUNTEER IN LA RELIEF MISSIONS
For more information and to learn how you can be a part of the response, click here!
To Register as a group or individuals click on this link:
FUNDING PROVIDED IN RESPONSE TO HURRICANE MATTHEW
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end;they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3:21-24 (NRSV)
Since Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti last Tuesday as a Category 4 storm, Week of Compassion has been in ongoing conversation with partners in the Caribbean and the Southeastern United States. Even as damage is being assessed in the affected regions, we are working with our partners to develop response plans and providing relief and assistance. Early reports and actions are detailed below.
CALL TO ACTION
Most needed now are prayer and monetary gifts.
By prayer, we remind ourselves that we are connected by God’s spirit, and we invoke that Spirit of hope, mercy, and steadfast love. By our gifts, we participate in God’s mercies, enabling the variety of responses described below–from food and water, to latrines, shelters, and psychological support.
Week of Compassion has been present in the affected areas since long before the storm. Help us continue our presence long after the waters recede.