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Holy Week 2017

PALM SUNDAY

APRIL 9, 10:30 A.M.

 

A PASSOVER MEAL ~ JOIN US!

APRIL 13, 6:30 P.M.

 

While Disciples of Christ celebrate the Lord’s Supper weekly, this practice comes from the Passover meal that Jesus celebrated with his disciples on the night  before his death.
We’ll have a light dinner of soup and sides beginning at 6:30 and a kid-friendly program starting at 7 p.m.
There will be music, singing, readings, and sampling of Passover meal items before sharing the Lord’s Supper.
All are invited

 

The word Maundy is derived from the Latin word for “command.” The “Maundy” in “Maundy Thursday” refers to the command Jesus gave to the disciples at the Last Supper, that they should love and serve one another.

Key message : Love and Serve one another!

 

Good Friday APRIL 14:

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted – Matthew 5:4

Even though we mourn the death of Jesus, we know that our journey is not over. We are sorrowful and we wait.

Easter Sunday April 16

I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die – John 11:25-26

Death was not the end of Jesus story, as we follow Jesus we know that death is not the end of our story either. Hallelujah!

Easter Brunch 9-10:15 Mueller (across the street from the church)

Easter Service 10:30 am

Lord, be the true resurrection and the life within us each and every day.

 

Holy Moly Sunday School Video of Holy Week (for the young ones, or young at heart)

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“We Believe the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:1-8, 12-21), Sunday March 26, 2017

 

Lenten Candle Extinguishing:         

  (3 unlit, 3 lit purple candles)       Don & Ruth Phillips

L1:       Today is the fourth Sunday in Lent. We remember Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. Each week the Light of the World diminishes.

 

L2:       The same Spirit that descends upon Jesus during his baptism also drives him out in the wilderness to be tempted for forty days.

 

P:         The devil takes him to Jerusalem, placing him on the Temple’s pinnacle, and invites him to jump and let the angels bear him up.

 

L1:        Resisting every test, Jesus returns to Nazareth, filled with the power of the Spirit.

 

P:         He preaches in his hometown synagogue, yet all they can see is Joseph’s son, a carpenter.

 

L2:       They take offense at him, and want to hurl him off a cliff. A shadow darkens the light.

 

P:         His neighbors think he’s crazy, and his family comes to restrain him.

 

L1:       Scribes from Jerusalem accuse Jesus of being possessed by a demon.

 

P:         Yet Jesus says a house divided against itself cannot stand.

 

L2:       (Leading unison prayer): Let us pray in one voice:

 

U:         We pride ourselves on our good judgment, of being able to tell light from dark and dark from light. Yet those who knew Jesus best minimize the messenger. Others misjudge him maliciously, wanting to murder him. Still others malign his mission as demonic. Our minimizing, misjudging, and maligning him creates shadows that darken that light. (Extinguish candle). Forgive us, O God, in your great mercy. Amen.

 

SCRIPTURE (Acts 2:1-8, 12-21)

Our reading comes from the book of Acts.      

1When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.
2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.
4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
5Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem.
6And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.
7Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?
8And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?
12All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”
13But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
14But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say.
15Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning.
16No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
17‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.
18Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.
19And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
20The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
21Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

Here ends our reading. May God bless our  understanding.

“We Believe the Holy Spirit”

@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “We Believe the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:1-8, 12-21), Sunday March 26, 2017

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“We Believe that Baptism” Acts 8:26-39, March 19, 2017

Lenten Candle Extinguishing:          

(2 unlit, 4 lit purple candles)                  The Harris family

 

L1:       Today is the third Sunday in Lent. We remember Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. Each week the Light of the World diminishes.

 

L2:       Priests and Levites are sent from Jerusalem to ask John the Baptist about his identity.

 

P:         Are you the Messiah? Are you Elijah? Are you the prophet?

 

L1:       John answers, “No, but I am the voice crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord.’”

 

P:         While John was not the light, he came as a witness to testify to the light.

 

L2:       The next day John sees Jesus and declares, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! I saw the Spirit descend on him like a dove; this is the Son of God.”

 

P:         Whoever follows him will never walk in darkness but have the light of life.

 

L1:       Yet this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people love darkness rather than light because they don’t want their evil deeds exposed.

 

P:         He came to his own; his own people did not accept him, and a shadow darkens that light.

 

L2:       (Leading unison prayer): Let us pray in one voice:

 

U:         None of us want a searchlight exposing the secrets of our souls. Yet Jesus promises that everything covered up will be uncovered, all that is hidden will be disclosed, even shouted from rooftops. All our deeds, brought to light? Is it any wonder he wasn’t accepted then, or now? Instead of straightening our ways for the Lord, we often make them crooked, and our shadows darken that light.  (Extinguish candle). Forgive us, O God, in your great mercy. Amen.

 

L:         Let us sing “We Adore You Jesus Christ”

     

SCRIPTURE Acts 8:26-39  

Our reading comes from the book of Acts.

26Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.)
27So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship
28and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.
29Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to this chariot and join it.”
30So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
31He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him.
32Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this: “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter, and like a lamb silent before its shearer, so he does not open his mouth.
33In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.”
34The eunuch asked Philip, “About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?”
35Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus.
36As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?”
38He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.
39When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.

Here ends our reading. May God bless our  understanding.

“We Believe that Baptism”

@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “We Believe that Baptism” Acts 8:26-39, March 19, 2017

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Habitat for Humanity Workday – April 1, 2017 (X-Days)

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From our coordinator Dave D.

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Habitat for Humanity Workday April 1, 2017

 

 

habitat-for-humanityThe X-Day format for 2017 will be much different from the last few years!

 

 Instead of a Sunday work effort, 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, family and friends are invite to join our efforts!  We have secured Saturday April 1st as our work day.  We currently have 14 + slots for work on the Habitat house, multiple slots to sign-up to prepare and serve lunch to the others, and if more are interested, there is work scheduled for the Habitat ReStore Center in Hamilton.

 

  • There are age restrictions for the build site.  

 

 

  • X-Days t-shirts will be made available for $10 each.  Sign-up sheets will be at the church!!  Let’s get dirty for Jesus!

 

 

About the ReStore

The purpose of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati’s ReStores is to help provide funding for our organization’s mission of helping to alleviate poverty housing in our area.  The stores do this by selling donated new and used appliances, furniture, cabinets, building products and household items to the general public.  While it is not the only source of funding for the organization, the profit from these stores has allowed us to help serve more families in the Greater Cincinnati area.

The success of the ReStores has been made possible by the generous donations of individuals and companies throughout our area.  Without their continued support and generosity, our stores would not have been able to help those in need to the extent that they have.  By providing free pick up service, the stores are also an outlet for our donors to be able to recycle and repurpose items that may have otherwise gone to our local landfills.  Since these items are donated to us, we are able to provide our donors with a charitable gift receipt.

The ReStores have become an important part in Habitat’s mission to build homes, communities…and hope.

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“The Disciples Voice” Newsletter March 14, 2017 Helping is our priority…

 

Go to the following link if you would like to view the PDF version of this newsletter:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9db5qjokkp33cbd/NL031517.pdf?dl=0

Reach Out

We believe the message that God is love is the infallible, error-free good news of the Bible. Any interpretation that fails to include this is incomplete. Other ultimate standards to be used in combination with love include: justice, peace, benevolence, dignity.

We reach out giving a hand-up to our community with projects to eliminate poverty, provide unity and promote justice, peace and love.

https://compassc.org/2017/02/05/help-us-eliminate-poverty-in-our-community-month-by-month/

The Faith Alliance

“Feed-Our-Neighbors-in-Need” Food Drive

Thanks to all who contributed!

Your generosity restocked our CCC Food Pantry with

968 pounds of food, 71 more than last year!

Special thanks to Michelle M., Ed V., Robert & Scott Fe. &  Marlene P., who weighed, moved & stacked many pounds of food!

 

 

 

The Reach Out Team & other Mission Teams want to thank the following people for making chili or soup for our Chili Cook-off:  Carol Y., Sarah F., Maureen M., Diane K.,  Jennifer H., Michelle M., Sally E., Sue P., and Debora A. Sue P. won the Chili Cook-off Champion apron, and all who attended had great food, fun, and  fellowship.

SAT., MARCH 25

9:30am -11am

…“Cost-of-Poverty Experience” (COPE) Faith Alliance Workshop, 9:30-11:00 @ Faith Community UMC on Cox Road in West Chester

“COST OF POVERTY” 

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: GO TO: LINK

You know what they say about “walking in another man’s shoes?” The Faith Alliance, Butler County ESC, and Faith Community UMC are teaming up to offer a free COPE – Cost of Poverty Experience. The training offers adult volunteers for programs which serve those in poverty a new perspective on what families must deal with on a daily basis.

 

Where: Faith Community UMC
8230 Cox Road
West Chester, OH

 

Who should attend:RECOMMENDED for all Clergy, church leadership, outreach volunteers (18 yrs. old +) for Summer Lunch, Stepping Forward, WC Presbyterian Community Suppers, Family Promise or other local programs serving those in need. You need not be a Faith Alliance member to participate.

Free Admission & light breakfast available: $10 suggested donation to Stepping Forward, free Tuesday night dinner program.

 

 

Saturday, Mar. 25

9 am – 3 pm

Sign up to help prepare and serve food @ Over-the-Rhine Soup Kitchen  Contact Kurt F. to volunteer.

 

C-3 (CARING COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE) “PASTA WITH A PURPOSE”

Sat, March 25, 2017

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 

5:00-9:00 pm @ The Living Room, 7100 Foundry Row, Liberty Township, Ohio

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO PURCHASE TICKETS GO TO THE C3 WEBSITE:  PURCHASE TICKETS LINK

Join your community for a night of fun and giving back as you attend Pasta with a Purpose at Liberty Center, a FUNraiser with proceeds benefiting the Caring Community Collaborative of West Chester and Liberty Township. Many local restaurants will offer a sample of their menu items, specializing in pasta and beyond. Sampling options for beer and wine will also be available. In addition to the great food, there will be face painting, balloon animals, and games for the kids. The March Madness/NCAA Tournament will show on two large screen TV’s. Come cheer on your favorite team.Purchase tickets in advance to get Early Bird entrance from 5pm-6pm. General admission from 6-9 for tickets purchased at the door.Food sampling ticket-$10Food, beer and wine sampling ticket-$15Sampling ticket for guests under age 10-FREEPicture ID required at door. Tickets are limited – Register now!*The Caring Community Collaborative (C3), is a local, community-wide organization that educates and raises awareness for issues in our neighborhoods including hunger, veterans issues and mental health and addiction. Through it’s Empty Bowls events, the C3 has been a supporter of hunger programs such as the Faith Alliance Summer Lunch Ministry and the Reach Out Lakota food bank.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY WORKDAY

APRIL 1, 2017

 

 

habitat-for-humanityThe X-Day format for 2017 will be much different from the last few years!

 

 Instead of a Sunday work effort, 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, family and friends are invite to join our efforts!  We have secured Saturday April 1st as our work day.  We currently have 14 + slots for work on the Habitat house, multiple slots to sign-up to prepare and serve lunch to the others, and if more are interested, there is work scheduled for the Habitat ReStore Center in Hamilton.

 

  • There are age restrictions for the build site.  

 

 

  • X-Days t-shirts will be made available for $10 each.  Sign-up sheets will be at the church!!  Let’s get dirty for Jesus!

 

Musicians, Please Step Forward

 

Stepping Forward is in need of a musician/ musicians to sing on either the second or fourth Tuesdays of the month (6:00-7:00 p.m.).  It can be a group or even just a person and a guitar.  If you are interested in serving in this way (or know someone who is), please contact: Tara Yunker , Director of Missions, Faith Community UMC, (513.777.9533, Ext 121).

Remember it does not have to be an organized band!

 Youth Corner: 

VBS – Vacation Bible School

VBS Work Days Begin in March

It seems early to be thinking about Vacation Bible School, but lots of planning goes into creating an exciting learning space for our children.  This year’s theme is Maker Fun Factory, and we’ll be creating an awesome workshop of gears, gizmos and greatness!

Anyone who can help in any way is invited to any & all the work days. We’ll be meeting at the Sharonville UMC (3751 Creek Rd, 45241) most Saturdays, 9–Noon, and Sundays, 5–8 pm, from the end of March until we  complete our creations. It would be great if we could have 2 workers from CCC at most of the work sessions.

To help, see sign-up sheet on the Kids’ Corner table at the back of the sanctuary.  For more info, contact Maureen me71mattern@gmail.com or Perry rpcmattern@gmail.com

 

Vacation Bible School

Tuesday, July 11 – Friday, July 14

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Save the date for VBS 2017, where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they’re lovingly crafted by God.  VBS is for kids 3 years old through entering 5th grade.  Older kids are encouraged to sign up to be helpers.  See Katie Baird to find out how YOU can help!

Camp Christian Summer Programs

It’s That Time of Year Again!

 

The office has materials on 2017  summer camps (all may also be found on the CCIO website) along with  forms required for registration (application, health history, scholarship app, transportation release, etc.).

Re Deadlines ~ 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, 2017All 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.”

Summer 2017 Children, Youth & Young Adult Schedule

Grandparents Camp
For Children in Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade and a Grandparent
Held at Camp Christian

Otter & Ribbit Junior Camps
For youth in grades 2, 3, 4, & 5
Held at Camp Christian


Chi Rho Camps – For youth in grades 6, 7, & 8
All Chi Rho Camps are held at Camp Christian


CYF Conferences – For youth in grades 9, 10, 11, & 12
All CYF Conferences are held at Camp Christian
Grandparents Camp June 2nd & 3rd
Chi Rho Camp Emmaus June 4th – 10th
CYF Conference #1 June 11th – 17th
Otter Camp June 18th – 24th
CYF Conference #2 June 25th – July 1st
Ribbit Camp July 5th – 8th
Chi Rho Camp Corinth July 9th – 15th
CYF Conference #3 July 16th – 22nd
Chi Rho Camp Damascus July 23rd – 29th
Advance Conference July 30th – August 6th

http://www.ccinoh.com/camp-christian/camp-photos.aspx

Youth and youth leaders in your congregations are invited to the: 

2017 STATE YOUTH CONVENTION

 

 

Holly Sanja is our keynote speaker. “Game makers” Lucas Lerma & Zack Carrier have an incredible weekend of fun and games planned and there will be mission work to benefit the Betty Jane Center in Akron, Ohio. And FOOD…yes, you will have plenty to eat all weekend too.

 

Registration forms and information as well as a place for online payments can be found at http://www.ccinoh.com/ministries/children-youth/youth-fellowship/state-youth-convention.aspx.

Registration for the weekend is $75.00 and includes 2 nights lodging, 6 meals, and all of the program materials. Registration deadline is March 27. 

—Rev. Stephen Bentley

Regional Associate Minister, Christian Church in Ohio

Nashville Pastor’s Class Trip

April 21-23

Each year we take 5th-8th graders to connect with our denominational and national history, share fun experiences along the way, and learn more about God and each other. This year we’re heading to Nashville, TN for a three-day weekend.

We’ll be exploring Vanderbilt Divinity School, Disciples Divinity House, and the Upper Room’s Museum on Friday followed by a pizza pool party.

On Saturday we’ll visit the Parthenon, worship outdoors, then see Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, and close out the evening catching a Grand Ole Opry show. We’ll have vespers before retiring on both evenings.

On Sunday we’ll drop by the Opryland hotel and head home. Please keep these young travelers in your prayers for a safe, fun, and enriching experience.

Virtual 5K

Registration will close April 1st! – Don’t wait! Register!
http://www.docfamiliesandchildren.org/dhm-virtual-5k

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Member’s Corner:

Welcome the HARRIS FAMILY!

 

During worship on Feb. 19, the Harris family officially joined our Compass Christian Church family by transfer of membership from Mount Carmel Baptist Church on Kenwood Road in Cincinnati.

Michael and Jennifer met in Michael’s home church in North Carolina when Jennifer left the Cincinnati area to attend college. After getting married, they stayed in Durham, NC for 8 years before relocating to West Chester in 2003 to be near family. Michael is a software engineer and Jennifer is a pharmacist. Caroline is in the 7th grade at Ridge Jr. High, plays clarinet in the concert and jazz bands, and is on the track team. Katie is in the 4th grade at    Adena Elementary, plays piano, and enjoys tennis. They have a 2-year-old shipoo named “Sadie Sue.”

We are pleased and honored to welcome them into membership, and look forward to them becoming even more a part of our shared life in Christ at CCC. If you’ve not already done, please extend a warm welcome to them all!

SUNDAY, MARCH 19

(after church)

Linger Longer Lunch

at the Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern

(5035 Deerfield Blvd., Mason)

The Rusty Bucket has an extensive menu called “Kids Live Well” with healthy foods for kids. We will get 15% of our sales with “coupons” available at church on Mar. 12 & 19.  Please invite your friends and neighbors to this event and enjoy good food and fellowship!

Do you like to paint?

If so, please consider joining others in helping create the new “organizational chart” for CCC!

The “chart” is a 5 ft. x 5 ft. stretched-canvas painting currently being designed by Debora A.

Preliminary painting and drawing is already done, and now we need folks who would enjoy applying paint (acrylic) to the surface. The only requirement is an interest in being part of our “paint-by-numbers” crew.  We will meet about 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and work until 6:30 or 7:00 when it is time for choirs to gather for practice.  See you there! 

 

 

 

A Passover Meal ~ Join Us!

April 13, 6:30 p.m.

 

While Disciples of Christ celebrate the Lord’s Supper weekly, this practice comes from the Passover meal that Jesus celebrated with his disciples on the night  before his death. We’ll have a light dinner of soup and sides beginning at 6:30 and a kid-friendly program starting at 7 p.m. There will be music, singing, readings, and sampling of Passover meal items before sharing the Lord’s Supper. All are invited; see Daun S. or Alice W. for more information.

Easter Offering

April 9 & April 16

Your gift to the Easter  Offering helps bring life, love and learning through the   general ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

 

 

 

The following ministries    receive funding from the Easter Offering:

… Council on Christian Unity

… National Convocation

… Treasury Services

… Disciples Home Missions

… Disciples Women

… Center for Faith and Giving

… Central Pastoral Office for Hispanic Ministries

… Disciples of Christ Historical Society

… National Benevolent Association

… North American Pacific/Asian Disciples

…  Division of Overseas Ministries/Global              Ministries

… Disciples Church Extension Fund /

Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation

 A huge thanks to the Cincinnati Civic Orchestra for their wonderful gift of music; playing

Symphony No. 5 (Tchaikovsky)

APRIL PRAYERS

Local:  To come together and provide food to the hungry and jobs to those needing work.

Regional:  That mental health issues receive serious attention, and people receive needed care.

Global:  That people of all faiths work together to care for the marginalized, including refugees displaced by disaster or violence.

 

Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life.                                                                                        Proverbs 4:23

 

In Lent we pause, pray, reflect, recollect ourselves, repent, and reorient our lives so we are readied to follow Jesus into Jerusalem and beyond. Lenten practices of  alms giving, fasting, and praying open more space for the Spirit to operate within us.

I have been on a self-imposed “media fast” since   mid-January to focus on completing my dissertation. We live in a hyper-saturated media environment that is incessantly tugging at our attention, a 24/7 media cycle with the latest bulletin “just in,” and that “consumers of news” (note the image) are voraciously gorging themselves on the menu of options at their fingertips. Fasting is a needed countermeasure in such a culture.

Parents recognize the necessity of healthy boundaries within which children can flourish; it’s one of the reasons for parental controls limiting exposure to certain online content. We see the dangers of such sites for loved ones, yet often do not see our need for healthy boundaries.  Unplugging reminded me of this importance for our spiritual lives, especially in Lent.

“Guarding your heart” is not only biblical, but practiced among monastics. Mother Gail Fitzpatrick in “Enclosure and Solitude of Heart or, Guarding One’s Heart” said the monastic enclosure/walls are a physical sign of the more important spiritual practice of guarding your heart. She writes, “To guard one’s heart is to recognize that many things may be good in themselves, but they may not be conducive to growth in my heart of love, compassion, centeredness on Jesus Christ and the gift of oneself daily and hourly in prayer for the Kingdom. To guard one’s heart is to discern continually the call of God, the call of love, and to exclude from one’s inner chamber the trivial, the curiosities, the  animosities that destroy the reign of God’s peace within.” Consider this when going online.

She continues, “So we might want to ask the  question: what is it that enclosure excludes from the monastery? St. Bernard in the 12th Century made a list that still rings true. He wrote: ‘You enjoy the solitude if you refuse to share in the common gossip, if you shun  involvement in the problems of the moment and set no store by the fancies of the masses, if you reject what everybody covets, avoid disputes, make light of losses, and pay no heed to injuries’ (Song of Songs 40:4-5).” How might this change our online habits?

She concludes, “One asks of every stimulus, every  activity, every relationship in our lives, ‘How does this help my goal of living a spiritual life, of seeking God in all the events and activities of my life?’ Enclosure also means inviting into one’s inner space those things and people who will further our goal of consciously living in God’s presence and of finding our true selves in the   process.” Wise words as we journey through Lent.

 

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Opportunities to Serve at CCC

March 25, 2017  9 am  – 2:30 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 leave the church at 9, go to the kitchen, prepare the meal, serve from 12 to 1 and then clean up.  Depending on the number of people we have, we get back to the church between 2:30 and 3:30.  You do not have to be a member of this church, this faith, or any faith to volunteer.

 March 26 11:45 am

Prayer Shawl Ministry ~ Join the CCC Mad Hatters the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month

 April 1 All day

X-Days ~ Sign up to work on project with Habitat for Humanity, Re-Store or CCC spring cleanup

 

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)

 

 

Opportunities for Music 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

 

Coming Events at CCC

March 19 Linger Longer Lunch @ the Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern

Mason, OH

 April 9      Palm Sunday

Mad Hatters Prayer Shawl Ministry

April 13         Maundy Thursday Passover Meal, 6:30 pm

April 16      Easter Breakfast @ Mueller, 9:00-10:15

Worship, 10:30

 

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