“The Disciples Voice” Newsletter Christmas Edition 11/16/16

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Church Life Calendar – at a Glance


20             Advent Devotionals distributed

24-25       Thanksgiving Holiday (Office Closed)

26              Over-the-Rhine Soup Kitchen 9 am – 1 pm

27              Advent begins

29             Stepping Forward Dinner 5 pm



1             Cincinnati Civic Orchestra Concert 7pm

3            CCC “Voyage to Bethlehem” ~ Live Nativity (1:00-4:00 pm outside) & Ten Thousand Villages (1:00-5:00 pm inside)

18          Christmas Cantata

24         Christmas Eve Service, 5:00 pm

25         Christmas Day (regular service) 10:30 am


Opportunities to Give

Angel Tree Program for Reach Out Lakota:

Gifts by Sunday December 4, 2016

care_share_give-3Show that you care this Christmas – sharewhat you can with those in need and give back to the West Chester and Liberty Township community! This year we expect to serve 800 local children and their families and we need your help to ensure they experience the joy of the season.

Please pickup up a tag for a boy / girl  and age group – they are on the angel table near our new library.

Our collection day is scheduled for Monday, December 5th in preparation for distribution on Saturday, December 10th.

Make sure you bring the gifts to Compass Christian Church by Sunday December 4, 2016.

How can I help?

Take a name from the Angel Table and purchase the suggested gift(price $25) or purchase a small “stocking stuffer.”

Place these unwrapped gifts along with your angel tag under the tree.

Thanks for putting a🙂  on a child’s face at Christmas!

If you want Reach Out Lakota to shop for you go to the following link:

Change the Fund to Christmas and make sure you fill in the child’s name on the card and age in the Comments Field.  Also put that it is from Compass Christian Church.  If you do so, tell Mairi H. and give the card back to her.

If you do not belong to our church you can still use the Reach Out Lakota (ROL) donation link to donate money for a child.  ROL will shop on your behalf.

Trades of Hope: Support our Spring Youth Mission Trip

Order Online by December 12, 2016

toh-logo-cart-2You are cordially invited to participate in a fund-raising project for our youth spring mission trip.  Tradestoh1 of Hope is a fair trade company that sells jewelry, home décor, fashion accessories and Christmas gifts & decorations.

By making a purchase you are creating a 3 way blessing:

  1. The receiver of your gift will be blessed.

  2. The artisan who made your gift will be blessed.

  3. Our youth will be blessed.

It’s easy to shop. Go online to:

Make your selections, and they will be delivered to your door.

Our party ends on December 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm.  Any purchases completed by then will arrive in time for Christmas.                                   Thank You!

Questions?  Contact Maureen at

Amazon Smile: Christmas Shopping

Order in advance to give enough time to meet your holiday schedules

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Marcar este enlace : y seleccione Tylersville Iglesia Cristiana Camino a ser su caridad participantes. Sólo hay que hacerlo una vez. La próxima vez simplemente sesión con

 For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.


Opportunities to Serve 

November 26, 2016       9 am & 12 – 1 pm

empty-bowls2Over-the-Rhine Soup Kitchen

(located at 1620 Vine Street Cincinnati, OH 45202 – go around to the ack 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. Email email if you are interested in participating.  It is a great opportunity for the whole family to give back at Thanksgiving.


stepping-forwardNovember 29, 2016 5-8 pm

Stepping Forward Dinner

~ Serving dinner to 100+ at Faith Community United Methodist Church, 8230 Cox Road, West Chester OH 45069.

The next opportunity for Compass Christian Church to be a part this Faith Alliance ministry is coming soon. We will meet at the Faith Community United Methodist Church on Cox Road in West  Chester about 5 p.m. and partner with Bethany UMC of  Liberty Township to prepare and serve dinner to over 150 deserving members of our community.     Using the gifts we have received, let us pay forward to our neighbors by serving their needs. Please see Ed V. , or email to add your name to the sign-up list. You will be blessed and God will be glorified.


Opportunities to Study 

Sunday Mornings @ 920 am:

  • Adult Bible Study
  • CYF (grades 9-12))
  • Chi Rho (grades 5-8)
  • CCF (grades 3-4)
  • Children Bible Study (ages 4 – 2nd grade)
  • Toddler (ages 2-3)


Opportunities to Singmusicnote

Wednesday Evening Practice

  • 7:00-7:30 pm Ablaze Choir (ages 5-11) – November 30 Ablaze Choir resumes
  • 6:30-7:15 pm Handbell Choir
  • 7:30 pm Adult Choir


Upcoming Events 

December 1, 2016  7:00-8:30 pm

Cincinnati Civic Orchestra Concert

 CINCINNATI CIVIC ORCHESTRA PRESENTS: 2016 Holiday Concert “The Magical Musical Number Five”cco2


soundsoftheseasonOur 2016 Holiday     Concert will continue our 88th season theme “The Magical Musical Number Five.”

The performance will   feature a new arrangement of The Twelve Days of Christmas Carols by our own Edward F. Howard, a delightful and fun-filled medley based on the traditional Five Golden Rings.

We will  celebrate the holidays with music of five holiday traditions from around the world, including German Carol Festival, French Christmas Suite, Fantasia on Greensleeves, Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker and, from the USA, A Charlie Brown Christmas.  The concert will conclude with our traditional finale,     Festive Sounds of Hanukah and Leroy Anderson’s A Christmas Festival.

Please join us for an evening of holiday music!


December 3, 2016 1 pm – 5 pm


“Voyage to Bethlehem”

…  Nativity Display & 11,000 Villages Free Trade Shop; Hot Cocoa & Cookies

…  Live Nativity (1 pm – 4 pm)

Compass Christian Church will once again host a Live Nativity scene outside the church, nativitycomplete with Mary & Joseph, the  Magi, shepherds & angels, as well as some friendly beasts, suitable for petting.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ~ We need volunteers to be characters in the Live Nativity and volunteers to be parking lot attendants.

We will have two “shifts” of characters & attendants: the first shift will be from 1:00-2:30 p.m.; the second shift will be from 2:30-4:00 p.m.  Please arrive 15 minutes early to get into your costume. To sign up, see clipboard at the back of the church.  For questions, contact Sarah F.

As of today (Nov. 15), we need the following characters, one for each shift:

  • Joseph

  • several angels (children only), and

  • a shepherd who has a brief speaking part

  • For the first shift, we also need Magi 2 and 3.

  • (If you are interested in being Mary please check with Sarah F. as one shift may be covered.)

  • And we still need 4 parking lot attendants for each shift.

Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale 1-5 pm

picture2Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Ten Thousand Villages will bring “a global marketplace of fair trade items” to CCC next month.  Ten Thousand Villages is “a non-profit social enterprise that partners with independent small-scale artisan groups, co-ops and workshops to bring their wares to our markets.”

Do your Christmas shopping here on Dec. 3!

Buy lovely, unique, hand-made gifts while  supporting the worthwhile vision of Ten Thousand Villages.

Enjoy our Live Nativity then go indoors for cookies, cocoa, and Nativity display indoors. 10,000 Villages will be selling their free trade goods. Go to the following link to see event on Facebook: webcal://


December 18, 2016 10:30 am

Christmas Cantata ~ One Small Child

cantata“One Small Child –  a musical for all choirs and congregations who ask the questions: “Who is this Child whom God has sent to  redeem us?” and “How can I know Him better?”

This 40-minute presentation by Dove-Award-winning arrangers, Dennis & Nan  Allen, includes narrations, orchestrations, SATB choir, solos, and congregational  singing.… a perfect addition to your Christmas celebration.”

Please join us for a musical Sunday morning!


Christmas Service


24             Christmas Eve Service, 5:00 pm

25             Christmas Day (regular service) 10:30 am

Members & Youth Corner: 

 Welcome to the CCC Library Corner

library1The library re-organization is completed and the books are waiting to be used.library2

The library is organized by topic so you can easily find what you need. 

As you prepare for the upcoming   holidays, check out these titles: 

 Two From Galilee by Marjorie Holmes.  Found in the Fiction section, this book brings the Christmas story to real life.  It is a touching and memorable story.

In the Music section you’ll find Blessed Assurance by Dorothy D. France.  A former Akron area Disciple, Dorothy gives us 52 meditations inspired by familiar hymns of the church which will surely add to your  devotional life.

Watch for reviews of books from our library in upcoming newsletters and enjoy browsing in the Library Corner!


“Abundant Living” ~ Consecration Sunday  


Dear Members and Friends,

This coming Sunday, November 20, 2016, is Consecration Sunday for our 2017 Stewardship campaign, and the goal is to have every member and friend in attendance that morning. I urge you to plan and pray now to be with us for the three important events of that day.

The first is our Sunday morning worship at 10:30 a.m. with the conclusion of our “Abundant Living” series message, “Doing More by Doing Less.” The second event will be the Celebration lunch immediately following. The third event is the Hanging of the Greens, decorating our worship space.

Each of us is deeply committed to sharing our talent, treasure, and time for the work of God through and beyond our congregation, and on November 20, we will be making a financial commitment to God as an act of worship.

At the November 13 worship service, everyone was asked to make a commitment to be present on November 20 by completing an RSVP card with family name & number attending.

We want to make sure that we have enough soup and fruit pizza for the lunch, so to make your reservation, please contact the office by 1:30 p.m. Friday, November 18.  (Office phone:  513-754-0777 or email:

The effectiveness of our congregation’s many missions depends upon the financial support from each and every one of us. Will you please join us on November 20, Thanksgiving Sunday, to express your gratitude to God for his many gifts to us?

Paul in 2 Corinthians 9:8 says, “God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.” In Matthew 10:8 Jesus says, “Freely you have received; freely give.”

Out of God’s abundance we are blessed to share with others.

Yours truly,

Sarah F.

Stewardship Team


Advent Devotionals adventdevotional

will be distributed Nov. 20, the Sunday before Advent.

This year’s devotional will be Follow the Story by Marva J. Dawn:

In these 28 brief, 2-minute devotions for Advent, internationally renowned theologian, author and  educator, Marva J. Dawn, leads readers in a refreshing and insightful way step-by-step through the events of the amazing story of the birth of Christ, who came to rewrite the ending to our human history…

Marva J. Dawn:  “The writer of numerous books on worship, spirituality and the Church, including Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down and A Royal “Waste” of Time.

Dr. Dawn serves as Teaching  Fellow in Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and is a popular speaker at seminaries, conferences and church assemblies the world over.”


devotional2017 DISCIPLINES  ~ Devotionals from the Upper Room

If you would like to order the 2017 Disciplines devotional from the Upper Room through the church, the cost is $14.99.

To order your book, please let Donne know and get a check or cash to her by Nov. 30.  She will order books for which she has received payment.



Children’s Bible Study 9:30 a.m. Sundays

 Advent vs. Christmas

 December 15, 2015 Olivia Bryan Updegrove
  At some point I realized that Advent and Christmas really are not the same. Just like a person cannot celebrate Easter fully without participating in Lent, Christmas loses its real meaning without Advent and just becomes a season of unrealistic and overhyped expectations.

Advent is not about keeping “Christ” in Christmas, but trying to figure out how to get to new life through the darkness. Christ is not here yet, and we are on a dirty long road to a stable to find him.

 When we are most frustrated, annoyed, and bummed out – then we are experiencing Advent. When our families start fighting, the toy we sought is sold out, the recipe for the cookies went wrong, and the Christmas lights falter, then and only then can we begin our journey to Bethlehem.

 I, like many others, have years when I have struggled through the holiday season. My attempts to “be merry and bright” have been filled with loneliness and grief. In these years, Christmas finally arrives and goes by so quickly that I barely have time to register that we finally made it before I’m in the dreary middle of January. I’ve missed out on Christmas entirely.

This year, however, I find myself asking new questions about what it means to observe the season. What happens when we prepare for Christmas without the struggle? When December feels like we are “living the dream?” This holiday season I keep waiting for the bottom to drop out. I have not felt too much stress. My family has check marked off all the “fun holiday traditions,” and I even had time to get my carpets cleaned!

 Did I miss Advent? My family is lighting the candles each night, marking off the calendars around our house, talking about the parts of the Christmas story. Did I miss it? Is it coming later?

 … hmmm …

 No. Just as we should not set “perfect” expectations for Christmas, there is also no “right” way to experience the Advent journey. We don’t live in a Hallmark movie where everything goes wrong right up until Christmas Eve and then comes together in a perfect ending. There is not even a “right” time to experience our Advent journey. We live in the real world, where sometimes things are good and sometimes they are not, and our joys and sorrows may not follow the church calendar.

 Seasons of preparing, like Advent and Lent, are to remind us that other faithful people have had times of struggle. Our struggles may come in July and not March. Our tough journeys may come in November and not December. In the same way, our joys may come in early December and not wait until the 25th.

 If we are truly waiting for a baby, we should know by now that babies don’t usually show up on their due dates. By limiting myself to fit the church calendar of emotions, I have limited my joy. Joy comes so rarely. Yes, I am still in Advent, but there can be joy in the journey, and I may dance on the road to Bethlehem singing a Christmas song a little early.

  (This article also appears as a guest post at

 Advent Resources



Stronger community awareness and action for the need of outreach to those less fortunate in our community.



Continued concentration of work on programs to reduce the Heroin epidemic that is growing in our Region



For our citizens to heal our differences and work for the unity of our Country.



After a momentous national election, people of faith are wondering what to do. Some are disappointed their candidate(s) didn’t win, and despairing. Others are thrilled their candidate(s) did win, and rejoicing. Whatever side of the political aisle one finds oneself, however, we as a nation have some serious work ahead of us. Divisions that have been exposed in ethnicity, gender, class, religion, and others will need to be addressed. Voices of the disenfranchised and disempowered will need to be heard.


Now that the election is behind us, the temptation is to sweep up the confetti and go back to business as usual. However, democracy is not a spectator sport, and the real work now begins. Newly elected leaders will need to be held accountable to “we the people” to insure they not only represent those that voted for them, but for all their constituents, even, or especially, those that didn’t vote for them. As leaders need to be held accountable, so the citizenry needs to be actively engaged in order for this experiment called democracy to work; all of us are needed.


In this unprecedented election where all the old rules of politics have been upended, it’s comforting to know there are timeless principles of good leadership. Standards by which as people of faith can evaluate local, state, and federal leaders that have been elected to represent all of us. Paul Schlieker at wrote a Bible study on Proverbs with “10 Characteristics of a Good Leader.” What follows has been adapted.


Solomon was the King of Israel. Proverbs is his book of “leadership wisdom.” In Proverbs, he is teaching young, potential religious and political leaders the wisdom that God gave him as king. We can learn to make good decisions in leadership following these principles.


In Proverbs, Solomon acknowledges the following:

  • God is greater than the king, and the king is subordinate to God.

  • God is the source of all wisdom, and reveals that to kings who search for it.

  • The king’s role is to fear God – that is, discern God’s wisdom and rely on God’s power.

  • The king’s role is tied to God’s sovereignty, and his ability to make godly, wise decisions.


The principles in Proverbs regarding leaders apply to many areas of our life – home, church, government, and work. The attitudes and wisdom that made a good king in 1000 B.C.E., also make a good 21st century leader. When we are the leader, too often we concentrate on our rights, our power, and who is on our side. However, the Bible teaches us to focus on responsibility, not rights; service, not power; obedience, not taking sides.

  More next issue….




Reach Out with Helping Hands

Our Election Bake Sale:


Pictured: Ed V., Sally E., Janell V., Linda B., & Carvens R.

The total amount going to the Youth is $337.65.

Thanks to the following people who gave of their time: Don & Ruth P., Vic & Diane K., Ed & Janell V., Lyle, Laura, and Drew D., Marlene P., Sally E., Mairi H., Perry and Maureen M., Gerry and Leann W., Abbey S., Maia T., Debora A., and Linda B. I  apologize for anyone I left out; I seriously Thank You!  Also a Big Thank You goes to all the  bakers who made this sale possible. Without your time baking and donations from others, this would not have been such a success!!

Many Blessings to one and all ~
The Reachout Team


Matthew 25: Ministries in Blue Ash presents…



The Radio Play

What happens to the Christmas spirit when a church has to decide how to distribute 253 tickets that “Admit One to Heaven” to a congregation of more than 1,000?

Join us at Matthew 25: Ministries for this    charming, heartwarming, family-friendly holiday entertainment that celebrates the Christmas spirit. Tickets: The Radio Play (by Reverend Wendell Mettey) recreates the ambiance of an old-time recording studio, where actors perform in front of a live “studio” audience, complete with old-style sound effects.

Tickets the Radio Play3 performances:  Dec. 2 (7:30 p.m.) and Dec. 3 (3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) at Matthew 25: Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets available online at:

Disciples Mission Trip to South Carolina 2016:

“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” missiontrip1

1 Peter 4:10 NRSV

disaster      And so, with our varied “gifts” we took off from Compass Christian Church on a very early Sunday morning to drive to Columbia, SC to serve where we were needed. In early October 2015, during a 5-day period, the area was inundated with over 18 inches of rain. A year later, they are still working to recover from the floods, and families are still waiting to return to their homes. Many homes that were flooded have either been razed to be rebuilt, or were completely gutted because of water damage and mold issues.

Both projects on which we worked were   headed by The Disaster Recovery Support  Initiative (DRSI) which 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.

The experience was a challenging one –   challenging for our muscles! We moved rocks, poured concrete, put up drywall, which we then taped, mudded, sanded and painted. We did lots of painting – ceilings and walls (two coats) in an entire house and we painted a two-story fireplace.

All in all, it was a wonderful trip. The people we met were so very grateful for the work we were doing. We enjoyed great fellowship, lots of laughs, some great food, and a feeling that we made a difference. We did it through love and our God-given gifts. And, we’ll do it again!



Disciples News: 


Reconciliation Ministry would like to build a database of strong resources that address racism, prejudice, inequality and culture in our society: Resources

Each of us can become a blessed channel of peace for the healing of Earth’s wounds: We can awaken from apathy and find creative, non-violent ways to transform the abuses rampant in today’s world.
Nan Merrill with Barbara Taylor


Disciple Clergy Join In Prayer for Standing Rock


Along with 500 clergy from 20 denominations, several Disciple of Christ pastors gathered at the camp in Standing Rock, ND on November 2-3 to offer prayers for the health of our planet and people. Rev. Laurie Pound Feille read from the Churches Uniting Statement in Support of Standing Rock with gathered clergy, water protectors and others in Standing Rock, ND.
“Therefore, we stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, other tribal nations and indigenous peoples in support of their children, their tribal sovereignty, natural resources, cultural heritage and sacred places. We pray that the federal government will continue to halt pipeline construction on Corps land so that a more thorough review of applicable laws and that thorough and transparent tribal consultations be conducted.

Above all, we pray for a peaceful resolution that brings forth a new and more equitable chapter for tribal nations and a just transition towards a carbon-free future.”

As clergy were preparing to travel, Green Chalice ministers, Disciples Home Mission staff, DHM President Rev. Ron Degges and General Minister and President, Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins offered gratitude and prayers through a conference call.

UCC & Disciples Youth Event


 “Will you be our princess @ Disney?” were the words printed on the “proposal” from the General Youth Council (GYC) to our OMGP Sharon Watkins at the National Youth Event (NYE) with the United Church of Christ in Orlando, Fla. The fun, the silliness, and the seriousness that happens in amazing ways when (3,000ish) youth gather just continued throughout the week….

It was filled with hands-on, worship-filled, and deeply spiritual connections to God, each other, and the “small world” we live in. GYC member from Oklahoma and current Chapman first-year, Avery Claire Bennett says, “I really liked the youth speakers during worship! It’s incredible to hear of young people taking on ‘adult roles’ and making change in society.” Any age can be a part of the movements that are inspiring youth and the world to shift in faithful ways. The worship speakers reminded all of us that change can happen and be led at any time and age.  Worship speakers included Michelle Higgins who is the director for Faith for Justice (, and a primary leader in the Movement for Black Lives; Conservationist activist Sean Russell of the Stow-it Don’t Throw it Project (; Trisha Prabhu, a 15-year-old innovator who created the ReThink words software that is helping stop cyber bullying in teens (www.; Aidan Thomas Hornaday, a musician and activist who began his organization Aidan Cares at the age of 8 (; and finally, Hadiqa Bashir who has organized a young feminist group speaking out against child marriages in Pakistan.

continued…  to view the full article click on the Disciples Advocate Fall Newsletter link:


Fall Newsletter

Rev. Olivia Bryan Updegrove Family & Children Ministry

Regional Web Sites

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


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