“The Disciples Voice” – February 15, 2017
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DOES WHAT WE DO REALLY MATTER?
Recently, the Faith Alliance received this letter from a Lakota high school student:
I would like to thank you for raising money to help a complete stranger. The money your churches (Faith Alliance partners) donated to help me actually made a difference.
I could not apply to colleges until I paid the fees (for transcripts from my previous school). I was not going to be able to pay the fee money on my own. I felt like the years of my hard work did not even matter.
The money donated has given me hope again. Thank you for going out of your way to help me. Sincerely,’ Sienna.’”
The Butler County Success liaison who works with the Faith Alliance reported to us that that “Sienna’s” high school has now received her transcript from her previous school; she is scheduled to graduate in May and is working with her counselor to apply to colleges.
Praise God! This is just one example of how our alliance of churches, working together, is making a real difference in people’s lives. Thank you to all who helped Sienna.
—Sue Mahlock of the Faith Alliance
2017 PASTOR’S CLASS
Sundays @ 9:30, Feb. 5 – Mar. 12
Pastor’s class participants this spring are Camryn B. and Matthew L. Each Sunday, these 6th and 5th graders meet with Pastor Troy Sybrant and an accompanying elder to explore their questions about Christ, Christianity, and the possibility of baptism at a future date.
Pastor’s Class Elders:
- Feb 5~Mary Jane G
- Feb 12~Ruth P
- Feb 19~Daun S
- Feb 26~David B
- Mar 5~Steve Se
- Mar 12~Dave D
Charity Auction raises over 2,500; all of which will go directly to research for the cure, cause and prevention of DIPG childhood brain cancer.
Heartfelt thanks to all who contributed—in materials, donations and prayers—to the success of the KylerStrong Foundation Charity Auction held Jan. 21 at the new West Chester Antique Center.
This event raised over $2500, all of which will go directly to research for the cure, cause and prevention of DIPG childhood brain cancer.
- As a result of this event, the West Chester Antique Center has donated permanent booth space for the KylerStrong Foundation to sell donated items and continue to raise funds. Stop by and visit the booth on Aisle 4!
If you have quality items for donation, please contact David D.
Drew D. and Daun S. were commissioned on Sunday, Feb. 12 for the upcoming 2017 DOC UN Youth Seminar.
The two leave Feb. 24 for a week-long trip with 22 youth and 8 adults from Disciples churches in Ohio, traveling to Washington, D.C. and NYC where among other things, they will visit the UN headquarters
It’s That Time of Year Again!
Camp Christian Summer Programs
The office has received information on 2017 summer camps, all of which may also be found on the CC in Ohio website, along with required forms (application, transportation release, health history, scholarship app, etc.) for registration. A list of upcoming camp dates, prices & deadlines is posted on the office window.
From Camp Christian:
“It is very important that your registration be sent in by the deadline in order that we may have a place for you in camp. There is an Early Bird rate for all youth camp registrations postmarked and paid in full (or scholarships approved) by May 1, 2017.
All other deadlines are set as postmarked no later than 10 days prior to the start of the Camp or Conference.
Checks are to be made out to Christian Church in Ohio. You can also register online with a credit card at: http://www.ccinoh.org .
All registration fees are due and payable in full on or before registration day.”
Reaching Out to our Community:
On Sun., Feb. 12, Members of the “Mad Hatters” (shown above) were commissioned for their newly re-begun Prayer Shawl Ministry.
Mad Hatters Are Back!
We are renewing our Prayer Shawl Ministry, providing lap-size blankets to be distributed to members and friends in need of social, emotional, and/or physical healing.
If you would like to knit, crochet, or quilt in a prayerful way, please consider joining us. Anyone who wants to learn is invited to come ~ we will be glad to teach you! All skill levels can participate.
Mad Hatters meets after church at 11:45 on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. It will be a time of prayer and meditation as we work together to create the shawls.
Next meeting is February 26 approx 11:45 am
Please contact Debi F. or Carol Y. to find out how you can be part of this ministry!
“KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOR” a SUCCESS
A house divided against itself cannot stand”
– Abraham Lincoln, June 16, 1858
The Islamic Center’s “Know Your Neighbor” program was honored to host over 600 visitors from all backgrounds and ages on Saturday Feb 4th.
We would like to thank each of them for making the time as well opening their hearts and minds to learning and building relationships with fellow Muslim American neighbors. We also would like to thank the dozens of ICGC volunteers that helped to make it a warm and welcoming success.
The ICGC Tours & Talks team would also like to thank the community for helping to make this another successful event. Inshallah, we plan to continue to offer this important program and we welcome your ideas and help. This new initiative has increased the exposure as well as interest from other communities to be more involved in the Tours & Talks programs.
The Tours & Talks team welcomes you and your schools, institutions, places of worship, etc. to work with us in combating Islamophobia via our trained speakers and tour guides.
We encourage you to visit here to learn more about the Tours &Talks program.
The next “Know Your Neighbor” event will be Sat. Mar. 11, 2017
February 25, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
In celebration of the Lenten season, we will host a CHILI COOK-OFF on Feb. 25 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. (or later). We are hoping to have a dozen different dishes, with a prize going to the People’s Choice winner. So invite your friends, relatives, & neighbors and come enjoy a cheap night out with food, fellowship & fun!
Sign up to help prepare and serve food at the Over-the-Rhine Soup Kitchen
Saturday, Feb. 25
Contact Kurt F. to volunteer.
Please join us for a brief Ash Wednesday Service at 7:00 p.m. on Mar. 1, followed by Adult Choir Practice at 7:30.
FEED OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED FOOD DRIVE
Volunteers bring non-perishable food to several drop off points including,
collecting at Compass Christian Church 6771 Tylersville Road Mason OH 45040.
- Use Kroger paper bags or others of your choice
- Fill them with non-perishable food items
- Leave the bags outside the doors
YOU CAN USE KROGER PAPER BAGS OR OTHER BAGS OF YOUR CHOICE AND LEAVE THEM OUTSIDE OUR DOORS- COLLECTING UP TO MARCH 5, 2017.
The 4th Annual “Feed our Neighbors in Need” Food Drive in March 2016 resulted in more than 27,700 pounds of food & personal hygiene products that were donated to 12 area food pantries in Butler, Warren and Hamilton Counties. With the help of 17 local congregations, we outdid last year’s total collected by more than 2,400 pounds! The estimated impact of this collaborative community event is estimated as providing enough food to feed 166 families of 4, or 664 people, 2 meals per day for 6 weeks or an estimated 55,776 meals. Praise God! That is the beauty of collaboration!
CCO at CCC
Sunday, March 5 @ 3:00 p.m.
From the Cincinnati Civic Orchestra:
We hope that you will join us for our Winter Concert that will continue our 88th season theme “The Magical Musical Number Five.”
The orchestra will perform, for the first time, the lyric and forceful Symphony No. 5 in e minor by Peter Tchaikovsky as well as the waltz from his opera Eugene Onegin. Two Humoresques will be performed, one by Tchaikovsky and the other by Antonin Dvorak, allowing the audience to compare the composers’ interpretations.
The concert will conclude with delightful music from MGM’s animated feature film, Anastasia.
Please join us for this exciting program! Admission is Free.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY X-DAYS
Volunteers offer a variety of activities from preparing lunches for the workers, light work on the homes, as well as some construction.
The X-Day format for 2017 will be much different from the last few years! Instead of a Sunday work project, the Faith Alliance has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to complete a local house-build and do work at the ReStore Center. Members of Compass Christian Church, their families & friends are invited to join our efforts!
We have secured Saturday, April 1 as our work day, and we currently have 14 + slots for work on the Habitat house, as well as multiple sign-up slots to prepare & serve lunch to others. (Age restrictions apply for the build site.) If more are interested, work is also scheduled for the Habitat ReStore Center in Hamilton.
X-Days T-shirts will be available for $10 each. Sign-up sheets will be at the church!! Let’s get dirty for Jesus! —Dave D.
Faith Alliance churches are encouraged to also have other community service projects to supplement this X Days group project. Check with your church liaison for details about what projects will be offered at your church. For other ideas, contact Sue M., Director of Outreach.
June 2016: The 4th Annual X Days Community Service event took place. 600 volunteers from several Faith Alliance churches served at sites all over West Chester, Liberty Township, Hamilton, Middletown, Mason and Cincinnati. More than 60 projects were served. Over four years, thousands of X Days volunteers have served at more than 350 different projects. Some sites served include: Serve City, One Way Farm, Hope’s Closet, several nursing and foster homes, shut-in residences and many more. To view more photos go to our Facebook page here Click here
STEPPING FORWARD :
STEPPING FORWARD TUESDAY NIGHT DINNERS & GETTING AHEAD PROGRAM AT FAITH COMMUNITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Many people grow up in generational poverty while others experience economic hardships after a job loss, divorce, or major medical problems. Getting out of these situations can be difficult as there can be many barriers in the way. Stepping Forward can help you with specific skills, tools, and relational support so you can move out of poverty to a higher level of self sufficiency.
EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT – STEPPING FORWARD INCLUDES:
- Free Community Dinner • 6-7 pm
- Free Job and Life Skills classes • 7-8:30 pm (see list below)
- Free ESL Classes for all adults, all levels • 7-8:30 pm
- Referrals to needed services • 6:30-8:00 pm
- Homework Room and fun activities for the Kids • 6:30-8:00 pm
A STEPPING FORWARD DINNER “THANK YOU”
On Jan. 31, 2017, eleven volunteers from Compass Christian Church 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 about 150 deserving members of our community.
“THANKS” to: Sally E, Pam H, Perry & Maureen M, Linda B, Debra A, Michael, Jennifer, Caroline, Katie H, & Ed V.
Our next Stepping Forward Dinner will be Tuesday, May 30, 2017.
COMMUNICATIONS to CCC
From a letter dated January 25, 2017:
Dear Troy & Congregation:
Thank you for your donations in 2016 of $250 to FAITH Ministries. … Your donations are used each and every week to help as many families as possible from becoming hungry or homeless. We also help needy students who are without decent clothes.
FAITH continues to be very careful about how we spend our funds. We have strict policies about how we help the needy in our community. Our expenses are nearly zero and all our work is done by volunteers.
Your donation combined with funds from other churches, Warren County United Way, Kiwanis Club of Mason, and the Warren County Bar Association make a difference in our community.
Again, thank you very much for your generous donation.
FAITH Ministries/FAITH Emergency Services Board
Opportunities to Study at CCC
Sunday Mornings @ 9:30 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)
Sundays, FEBRUARY 5 – MARCH 12
- 9:30 am PASTOR’S CLASS for 5th & 6th graders
Welcome to Library Corner:
Opportunities to Sing at CCC
Wednesday Evening Practice
- 7:00-7:30 pm Ablaze Choir (ages 5-11)
- 6:30-7:15 pm Hand-bell Choir
- 7:30 pm Adult Choir
JULY 8-12, 2017
In July we will gather as ONE for the General Assembly in Indianapolis. Thousands of Disciples gather from across the United States and Canada to demonstrate our unity in service to the Christ. We will hear inspiring messages, elect a new General Minister and President, hear about the results from Mission First! and learn together. Bible studies on the theme text (John 17:20-21a) from scholars at Disciple-related seminaries are available online so you can go deeper into the scripture.
Early registration discounts expire April 1, so register today for a 20 percent savings at http://disciples.org/ga
Final Thoughts: (Waypoints)
You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt. Exodus 22:21
Historian and author Thomas Cahill wrote seven volumes in his “Hinges of History” series, formative moments in Western Civilization. These were hinge moments that had they gone differently would have altered history irrevocably. Upon these pivots of time hangs the future.
The story of Ruth and Naomi is one such hinge moment in salvation history. Both had been married to Jewish men, and now both are widowed and vulnerable. Naomi is Jewish, Ruth is a Moabite. Her Moabite pedigree is incestuous (Gen. 19:36-37), idolatrous (Num. 25:1-2), and they are enemies of Israel (Judges 3:28). There’s a famine in Moab where they live, and they return to Bethlehem in Israel hoping for compassion during the barley harvest.
This is where the first in a series of hinge moments happens. Will the rich landowner Boaz remember Leviticus 23:22? “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest; you shall leave them for the poor and for the alien: I am the Lord your God.” Boaz could be greedy and strip the fields bare, he could be miserly and withhold compassion, or he could claim there’s not enough to go around. But he remembers the covenant obligations laid upon Israel by God and treats Ruth and Naomi with compassion. Out of that compassion he eventually ends up marrying the Moabite Ruth, and they have a son named Obed.
Fast forward a number of generations to some other hinge moments in salvation history. The angel Gabriel asks a young maiden of Nazareth named Mary whether she’s willing to bear the Christ child. The future of salvation hangs in the balance with her answer (Lk 1:26-38). Joseph decides to break off their engagement after Mary’s pregnancy is discovered. Joseph, a descendant of David, can choose to protect the vulnerable Mary and child or not. The future of salvation hangs in the balance with his answer (Mt 1:18-25).
Boaz didn’t know it, but the decision he made that day to remember the covenant obligations laid upon Israel and to treat the foreign, poor, and widowed Ruth with compassion would be one of those hinge moments in history. “Boaz was the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, who was the father of King David.” These are all ancestors listed in Jesus’ genealogy (Mt 1:5-6). Links in a chain, pivot points in time, hinges upon which the future hangs.
Had Boaz forgotten those covenant obligations that day, there would be no Obed, and without Obed no Jesse, and without Jesse no King David, and without King David no Joseph, and without Joseph…no Jesus.
Hinge moments aren’t just in the past; the future hangs upon how we treat the vulnerable today.