“The Disciples Voice” Newsletter for December 2016 and January 2017
“Christmas is a party. Specifically, it’s a birthday party — for Jesus — and birthdays are meant to be celebrated. It’s why we say “Merry Christmas!”
Preparing for Christmas can be a lot of work; With the pressure of buying gifts, sending greeting cards, decorating our homes, putting up lights, cooking, attending parties, and cleaning up afterward, we have little time to actually enjoy the meaning of Christmas.
The first purpose of Christmas is celebration! We learn this from the angel’s opening statement to the shepherds of Bethlehem. God had wonderful news for us that would cause us all to rejoice, celebrate, and throw a party: “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” Luke 2:10 (NIV)
The good news of Christmas is worth celebrating for three reasons. It is personal: “I bring YOU.” It is positive: “GOOD news of great joy.” And it is universal: “for ALL the people.” It doesn’t matter who you are, what you’ve done, where you’ve been, or where you’re headed — this news is for you.”
Opportunities to Serve at CCC
January 28, 2017 ( 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.
January 31, 2017 5-8 pm
Stepping Forward Dinner~ Serving dinner to 100+ at Faith Community United Methodist Church, 8230 Cox Road, West Chester OH 45069.
Looking for a way your family to give joy to local families this Christmas? The Christmas Shoppe needs your help! The folks who we help with weekly meals at Stepping Forward, offer a Christmas Shoppe at Faith Community UMC for their dinner guests. The goal is to allow
Opportunities to Sing at CCC
Wednesday Evening Choir Practice
- 7:00-7:30 pm Ablaze Choir (ages 5-11)
- 6:30-7:15 pm Handbell Choir
- 7:30 pm Adult Choir
NO ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE DEC. 21 OR 28
NO HANDBELL PRACTICE DEC. 14, 21, OR 28
NO ABLAZE CHILDREN’S CHOIR DEC. 21, 28 OR JAN. 4
December 18, 2016
- Christmas Cantata, One Small Child, 10:30 am
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.”
- Caroling for Homebound Friends, Noon
Opportunities to Study at CCC
Sunday Mornings @ 9:30 am
- Adult Bible Study (Revelation)
- CYF (grades 9-12))
- Chi Rho (grades 5-8)
- CCF (grades 3-4)
- Children Bible Study (ages 4 – 2nd grade)
- Toddler (ages 2-3)
NO ADULT REVELATION CLASS DEC. 25 OR JAN. 1
Upcoming Events at CCC
December 24, 2016
Christmas Eve Service
The Colors of Christmas, 5:00 pm
If so, come explore through dramatic presentations the connections those colors have with secular songs and sacred carols. Our stage will become a living room with different families discovering how colors connect us to Christmas.
In this original script by Troy Sybrant, stage directed by Michelle McKay, you’ll enjoy the acting talents of many other members, sing favorite songs from Christmas TV specials and beloved sacred carols heralding the birth of the Christ child. We’ll also share communion and pass the light of Christ with candles celebrating that the Light of the World has come and colored our world with hope, peace, joy, love, grace, and faith.
December 25, 2016
Christmas Day Service, 10:30 am
David, Lora, & Camryn B. will join Jackson, Sydney, & Scott Fr. (on guitar) and sing Casting Crowns “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”
- No ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE Dec. 21 or 28
- No HANDBELL PRACTICE Dec. 14, 21, or 28
- No Ablaze Children’s choir Dec. 21, 28 or Jan. 4
- No Adult Revelation Class Dec. 25 or Jan. 1
- Office Closed for the Holidays December 26-30
Local: For New Beginnings for individuals and families dealing with drug addictions, and the resulting situations.
Regional / National: For New Ideas for “reaching across the aisle,” and a cooperative spirit as new governing groups are sworn in.
Global: For New Approaches to caring for the environment, and the acceptance that all creation is precious to God.
Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus in a tangible way, demonstrating the very giving Spirit that God shared that very first Christmas.
Sharing Christmas gives us all the chance to see Jesus in action through us, through others, and in the smiles of those who receive.
It’s a wonderful way to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. Blessings and thank-you’s to everyone who contributed to these Reach Out Community programs !
Dear Live Nativity & Voyage to Bethlehem volunteers, (Thank You)
Thank you to all my outdoor performers and helpers: Sydney Fr, Abbey S, Troy S, Kurt F, Maureen M, Mairi H, Andie A, Navy, Ty, Aniyah J, Debi F, Steve Si, Linda B, Laura D, Jamie B, Scott Fe, Perry M, Kelly N, Devon M, Liam N, Cameron F, Matthew F, Luke B, Camryn B, Reuben R, Steve Se, Drew D, & Lyle D!
A special thank you to Outreach: Sally E for organizing our indoor Voyage to Bethlehem.
Thank you to our indoor helpers: Diane K, Ed V, and Sally E.
Thank you to Ten Thousand Villages for their display that added world nativities and a cause to support & Michelle McKay for securing their presence.
Thank you to all the families who brought their nativity sets in to display for us to enjoy.
God Bless you all this Christmas!
Peace, Sarah Ferguson
The sales amounted to $1,300 which is part of the fair trade program back to the developing countries and their artisans.
Ten Thousand Villages graciously donated (15%) of their event sales or $195.00 towards our missions. Thank you to all that participated or purchased at our event!!!
On Nov. 29th, 2016 15 volunteers from Compass Christian prepared and served dinner, made and passed out salads, desserts, washed pots, pans, dishes, and cleaned up in the kitchen, serving area, and dining room in order to provide for 164 deserving members of our community.
THANKS to: Kay Y, Pam H, Perry & Maureen M, Alice A, Jeanne Y, Steve Se, Laura D, Debora A, Ruth P, Michael, Jennifer, Caroline, & Katie H, & Ed V.
In 2017, CCC will again participate in this ministry on the following Tuesdays: Jan. 31, May 30, Aug. 29, and Oct. 31.
Angel Tree Reach Out Lakota THANK YOU
THANKS so much for all who contributed to our Angel Tree Reach Out Lakota program this will be a sign that God as well as our community are there for those precious kids and their families.
We originally signed up for 40 children but with the monetary donations we helped 50 children.
The work you enabled me to do during my time with you built a foundation to move ahead to a new level. I continue to appreciate your willingness to try some new ideas. I miss you and pray for you often. You are good people doing God’s work.
I write this letter to thank you for allowing Michelle McKay (CCC, Vice-Moderator) to help me over the past few months as I continue to build on what we started at my new call. She has been working to bring the Children Worship & Wonder program to the sanctuary each week. She has helped me develop ways to keep our children in worship, and help them participate fully in the life of the little church I currently serve. Already during her time, we have seen our children participate more consistently in worship.
I have been asking a lot of this little church (Independence Christian Church). Without Michelle and her wonderful storytelling ability, I would not have been able to move forward in the healthiest way for my new call. She is truly a gift to the church as a whole, as are MANY of you.
In a few weeks she will come back to you in worship. She has missed you.
Thank you for sharing her gifts with this little church. If this little church actually makes it, you can know that you were a part of supporting their shift. If they do not, you can know that you still gave them a quality person to help them on their faith journey.
- Perry & Maureen Mattern & Sarah Ferguson took on the huge task of sorting, culling, selling, and re-establishing the CCC library, moving it from the modular to its new space in the sanctuary. Here are a few more:
- Scott & Roberta White, CCC members & owners of River Ranch Carpet Cleaning (513-387-9202) donated their time & expertise to clean the sanctuary carpet.
- Gerry White, with help from Don Phillips, painted the west foyer where more people enter & leave the building.
- Don Phillips has organized storage, moving loads of miscellaneous stuff from the two Mechanical Rooms to a more organized space in the modular.
- Lindsay Buchanan, Bill Aylor & Don Phillips are working to get a new storage building to replace the shed out back.
To All Who Give of Yourselves, We Thank You!
We are so blessed to have our own photographer Dave D. To view his amazing Live Nativity pictures please click on this link. https://hyperperformance.smugmug.com/Church/Tylersville-Rd-Christian/2016/Dec-3rd-2016-Live-Nativity/
Please note : All photos are Copyright Hyper-Performance. Publication, including websites, blogs, printed material, etc. is strictly prohibited. Contact us to secure permission to use and publish any of these photographs. Thank you for your understanding! firstname.lastname@example.org
Faith Alliance Event: January 14, 2017
It might be warm now, but we know that come January, we will all be looking for some way to help our teens burn off energy after being stuck inside after the holidays. We have the answer…Dodgeball! The Faith Alliance is holding an indoor dodgeball tournament at Lakota East High
FALL PLEDGE UPDATE
To date we have received 44
pledges totaling $144,590 for the
General Fund and 33 pledges
totaling $46,450 for the Capital Fund.
For those who have not yet pledged, it’s not
too late ~ pledge cards still available in the office!
Your gifts will help us meet God’s mission in 2017.
Year End Gifts & 2016 Taxes
As many of you know, throughout the year the Financial Secretary (Rich Engle) enters individual weekly giving amounts into the computer, using software purchased by the Church. If a person writes a check, the contribution is entered either by Envelope # (more easily tracked by the software) or by their name. (The Financial Secretary does not offer Envelope #s except to new members or unless asked; please let Rich know if you would like to have an Envelope # assigned to you.)
In January, the Financial Secretary provides each contributor with a summary of their giving for the previous year.
If you wish to claim donations to CCC as tax deductions for 2016, the Financial Secretary must receive them by Dec. 31, 2016. Donation checks dated Dec. 31 & given to Rich Engle on Sunday, Jan. 1 will be included in 2016 donations.
Welcome to the CCC Library Corner
It’s All About Christmas
A Christmas Filled with Miracles is a compilation of 60 miracles contributed by people from around the world which will fill you with the Christmas spirit.
Enjoy browsing in the Library Corner!
Poinsettias for Christmas – Order Now
1 New Year’s Day (regular service) 10:30 am
4 Choir Practice (Adult choir & Handbells)
5 Pastor @ Panera Noon-1:00 pm
28 Over-the-Rhine Soup Kitchen 9:00-1:00
31 Stepping Forward Dinner, 5:00 pm
Last issue began an exploration of how best to evaluate and hold elected leaders accountable to the timeless principles of good leadership found in Scripture. Based on Paul Schlieker’s Bible study on Proverbs at http://www.bible-study-lesson-plans.com/characteristics-of-a-good-leader.html his “10 Characteristics of a Good Leader” has been adapted.
Characteristic #1: Wisdom
Proverbs 28:16 – A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor; but one who hates unjust gain will enjoy a long life. Proverbs 8:15 – By me (wisdom) kings reign and rulers make laws that are just.
All leaders must have God’s wisdom. Wisdom is different than mere knowledge. The wise leader can see farther than others. Their spiritual discernment is what sets them apart as God’s leader. Churches, businesses, and governments are in dire need of wise leaders.
Characteristic #2: Integrity
Proverbs 16:12 – Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness.
Proverbs 29:4 – By justice a king gives a country stability, but one who is greedy for bribes tears it down.
Personal integrity is demonstrated by who we are and what we do when no one is looking. Righteousness and justice are key aspects of good leaders who not only who seek to be right with God but to do right by others, especially for the powerless.
Characteristic #3: Love
Proverbs 20:28 – Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure.
How we love is more important than what we know or achieve. One can be religious, yet unloving. People don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care. Good leaders know it’s better to be loved than feared.
Characteristic #4: Seeks Good Advisers
Proverbs 11:14 – For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure. Proverbs 29:12 – If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked.
Every effective leader needs advice and seeks advice. What is the character and capability of those whom the leader chooses as advisers? The ability to listen to and heed the advice of trustworthy advisers is the mark of a great leader.
Characteristic #5: Self Control and Moderation
Proverbs 28:15 – Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked man ruling over helpless people. Proverbs 31:4-5 – It is not for kings to drink wine; not for rulers to crave beer; lest they drink and forget what the law decrees and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
Leaders who cannot control themselves will not be able to command the respect of those they lead. Moderation is not just a virtue with alcohol, but in all things. Moderation is needed in actions, words, thoughts, and feelings.
REGIONAL WEB SITES
You can learn more about each regional ministry by visiting their web site: