“The Disciples Voice” Newsletter May 17, 2017
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COMPASS CHRISTIAN CHURCH ONLINE
Mark Your Calendars:
MAY 21 noon-2 pm
Please plan to meet after church this Sunday, May 21. We have some very important tasks ~
¨ Evaluate this year’s Bible Study classes
¨ Plan for next year’s Bible Study
¨ and plan Youth Activities
Everyone’s input is very important!
We will have about 2 hours to meet, discuss, plan and have lunch while the children eat pizza & watch Moana.
For lunch we will participate in the Linger Longer fundraiser “long-distance.” Here is how: Before Sunday, please place & pay for your order online on the City Barbeque website. (Don’t order drinks as they will be provided at church.) Someone from CCC will pick up the pre-ordered food and bring it back to the church.
Please contact Carol Y. ASAP (no later than Fri. May 19) at 513-238-8055 or firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- ¨ How many adults will attend the meeting?
- ¨ How many children will attend the movie?
- ¨ If you place an order for pick-up, what name is it placed under?
- ¨ How many children will be eating pizza?
May 27 Reach Out – opportunities to make a difference:
Help the Heltons
The following is from a Facebook post;
Announcing a benefit for the family of Shawn Helton, Pam Helton’s daughter-in-law who died of cervical cancer May 2.
Only 32, Shawn left behind a husband & 3 children.
May 27, 2017 ~ 3:00-9:00 p.m.
Knights of Columbus Hall
3144 Blue Rock Road ~ Cincinnati OH 45239
Click on the following link for;
In Celebration of our amazing youth:
May 28 5 – 8 pm and June 4
“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” Mt 11:15
God is constantly active in our world in ways both subtle and profound. Our task is to wake from our slumbers, opening eyes, ears, hearts, minds, and spirits to become aware of God’s ever-present nearness. Like Jacob at Bethel we awaken and exclaim, “Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!” (Gen 28:16). One way to awaken is to ask, “Where have I seen God today?”
Two occurrences happened in the last few weeks among our church. After being informed that a fellow Ablaze youth choir member was at the Grand Canyon over spring break, this youth left a note in the prayer box reading, “I hope Luke doesn’t get bit of a snake.” I texted this church family to let them know that our youngest were praying for them. When I spoke with this family on Easter morning they said that phone reception was bad in the depths of the canyon, and hadn’t gotten the message until they were back at the top. They had also seen a snake while below, and it had been…well-behaved. God was seen in the prayers of the young for members far away!
The second occurrence happened during the Saturday of the Nashville pastor’s class trip. One of our stops was at a full-scale replica of the Parthenon in Nashville, within which is a 41’ reproduction of Athena. Given this backdrop, I’d written a worship service based around Acts 17:16-33 where Paul visits Athens and discovers the altar “to an unknown God.” He tells the Athenians who this God is and about Jesus. Our plan was to visit the Parthenon and then worship outdoors.
As we were gazing upon the giant gold-covered statue of Athena, we suddenly heard voices singing a haunting and gorgeous song a capella. I discovered something new about the Parthenon—it is acoustically perfect for singing. I surmised that since there was a Kidsville event (arts and crafts for younger children) happening that day, that perhaps a local high school group had been recruited to demonstrate the Parthenon was indeed a worship space. Annmarie sought out the director and discovered this group was the Salem Chamber Singers from Salem, MO.
They sang a South African song “Indodana” in isiXhosa whose translation is, “The Lord has taken his Son who lived amongst us, the Son of the Lord God was crucified.” God was heard in beautiful voices singing of Christ before the statue of Athena! They sang at the Grand Ole Opry and took Gold/1st Place at the Worldstrides competition, being invited back to Carnegie Hall for the 3rd time. Here’s a recording by The Salem Chamber Singers of Indodana: The Salem Chamber Singers
God’s impeccable timing in two events over the span of 9 days! God is constantly active in our world, ever-present and near: Where have you seen God today?
Pastor Troy Sybrant
Other opportunities to volunteer and serve:
14th Annual HUNGER WALK & RUN
Benefit for the Over-The-Rhine Kitchen
May 29, 2017 9 am
Dear Friends of the Kitchens and Pantry:
If you are looking for a great way to enjoy a beautiful holiday and help to fight hunger in our community, this is a wonderful opportunity! The walk kicks off at 9:00 am!
Do you have a group of family or friends to walk with you? Then you’ve got a team!
To sign up your team for the Hunger Walk, go to http://www.cincinnatihungerwalk.org/2017/, fill out the registration, and list Over-The-Rhine Kitchen as your beneficiary.
You can also join an existing team or sign up as an individual.
Additional donations can be made through this site as well.
We hope to see you there!
Pat, Joann, Stefanie, David, Duane,
Keith H., Andre and Keith M.
May 30 5 pm Stepping Forward Dinners
We will meet at Faith Community United Methodist Church on Cox Road in W.C. about 5:00 p.m. and partner with Bethany UMC of Liberty Twp. to prepare and serve dinner to over 150 deserving members of our community.
2017 SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM
Compass Christian Church is scheduled to provide volunteers for the Faith Alliance Summer Lunch Program at Gettysburg Estates, Mon.-Wed., August 7-9. To volunteer at Gettysburg, contact Laura D. (Volunteers are still needed at other sites.
TO SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER CLICK ON THE SIGNUP GENIUS LINK BELOW. PLEASE CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING FOR EARLIER WEEKS FIRST. Thank you for caring for our children!
According to Sue Mahlock, Faith Alliance Director of Outreach, “Even though the Food Bus staff will be serving lunch to the children, volunteers are needed to assist the young ones with their lunch, monitor the lunch and clean up, and offer much needed mentorship to children who are many times left alone all day. Volunteers bring sports equipment or crafts, or even books to read with the children.”
Because there is a time with no lunches provided before school starts, Compass Christian Church will also participate in a food drive to provide boxes of food for the families before school starts.
Mother’s Day Blankets
Blanket the world with love –
Blankets were generously given in honor of or in memory of.
In 2016, thousands of blankets were delivered around the world reaching families fleeing their homes, recovering from disaster and more.
Father’s Day Church World Service “provides empowerment for people”
CHURCH WORLD SERVICE TOOLS
Empowering families. Strengthening communities.
Contributions to CWS Tools mean Church World Service will be ready to help people around the world gain the resources and develop the skills necessary to sustain themselves and their families and to build viable communities.… CWS reaches out to those who have nothing to “fall back on,” equipping them not only with solutions, but with resilience.
Church World Service “provides empowerment for people” world-wide through donations of tools and materials.
- $50 can provide 100 chicks, helping families find their way from need to nourishment with a self-propagating food source.
- $100 can provide tools for such trades as carpentry, plumbing and tailoring for refugees, asylum-seekers and survivors of trafficking who have skills but lack the necessary tools.
- $225 can provide gardening tools and materials to build three small raised beds for vegetables.
- $1250 can purchase a share of a sand dam—a concrete wall built across a seasonal riverbed, which allows sand to build up behind it, trapping seasonal rains for year-round use by families.
Choose a gift with meaning:
All these gifts are examples of how Church World Service works in partnership to find effective ways of tackling poverty and injustice. Whatever gift you choose, you will provide vital support to those in need through CWS development programs. CWS is recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, so your gift is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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Through Our Eyes: “What Really Happens Out There”
“This is probably the most important issue affecting our community,” said Lynda O’Connor, C3’s president. “We think it’s important to hear from those who are in the struggle daily.”
FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2017 ~ 11:00-1:30
To attend, register online at Through Our Eyes ~ Eventbrite or call 513-939-9255.
The program is free and open to the public, with lunch included.
Miami University—VOA Learning Center
7847 VOA Park Drive
Local leaders in the struggle against drug abuse and the mental health crisis will participate in a panel discussion & program presented by the Caring Community Collaborative (C3). Among the “Through Our Eyes – What Really Happens Out There” panelists are the following: Richard K. Jones,Butler County Sheriff; Joel Herzog, West Chester Twp Police Chief; Rick Prinz, West Chester Twp Fire Chief; Capt. Troy Banfield, West Chester Fire Dept; Dr. Lisa Mannix, Butler County Coroner; Dr. Elizabeth Leenellett, Medical Director, West Chester Hospital Emergency Department; Lori Higgins, President, Envision Partnerships; and Scott Rasmus, Executive Director, Butler County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Services Board.
What Is It Like To Have an Environmental Illness?
By Rev. Dr. Sharon L. Kiesel
From the Buckeye Disciple May-August 2017
Imagine leaving behind ten years as an intentional interim pastor because your throat closes up with exposure to fragrances, chemicals and mold. Imagine sleeping in your car during a snowy winter. How do you protect yourself when a compressor station for a natural gas pipeline, emitting tons of hazardous chemicals annually, is planned within five miles of your home?
A specialist diagnosed me with a chronic inflammatory disease, triggered by a genetic susceptibility to mold, exposure to water-damaged buildings and numerous toxins in my environment. For example, researchers believe immune systems become overwhelmed by the overuse of fungicides causing “resistant strains of fungi,” like the use of antibiotics has fueled antibiotic resistant bacteria. I also developed Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). Sixteen percent of us are unusually sensitive to chemicals and 6 percent are disabled by chemical exposures. More studies are linking environmental pollution to the epidemics of asthma, allergies, autism, diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and cancer.
Being an MCS survivor and a pastor who has ministered with other victims has helped me understand the daily struggles to survive with an environmental illness. Avoidance is the best means to accommodate this disability. My conviction is to prevent others from being sickened by the uncontrolled release of toxins into our environment.
Daily I cling to Jesus, even when I cannot safely attend worship. I read the Bible, journal, enjoy nature, and relish all my relationships, especially the unbelievable support of my husband. “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Our strong connection with Jesus continues to guide us through this wilderness to where I can once again bear fruit.
Library Corner: May is for Mothers
LET US PRAY!
Local ~ Increase in area church participation to strengthen the services of our Faith Alliance group.
Regional ~ Continued support for programs addressing drug abuse problems.
National ~ Reduction of animosity & fault-finding in our political parties, with the purpose of the coming-together of our country.
REGIONAL WEB SITES
You can learn more about each regional ministry by visiting their web site: