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


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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.


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.


9:30am -11am

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



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.



Sat, March 25, 2017

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM


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


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.


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


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




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!

Get your bling! Get moving for wholeness!

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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!


(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)


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.


Summary of : 

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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