The Disciples Voice Newsletter – July 19, 2017

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Mark Your Calendars:


 Local ~ For CCC members to share the Fruits of the Spirit to connect neighbors with God.
Regional ~ For the Spirit to guide those seeking answers or comfort to find God’s help instead of  man’s artificial solutions.
Global ~ For Christians worldwide to demonstrate Jesus’ compassion & peace in support of God’s perfect plan for the world.


Youth Corner:

“The young, free to act on their initiative, can lead their elders in the direction of the unknown… The children, the young, must ask the questions that we would never think to ask, but enough trust must be re-established so that the elders will be permitted to work with them on the answers.” — Margaret Mead

Vacation Bible School (VBS)  2017 


July 16th, 2017 Worship Service& VBS Lunch :

Congrats to all our Graduates

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” — Marianne Williamson, as written for Nelson Mandela.

Youth Mission Trip 2017 

Community Outreach:

Sing Out Against Poverty Music Festival

Music Festival Raises Awareness for Poverty

Save the date for the 2nd Annual Sing Out Against Poverty Music Festival on Saturday, September 30th! This family-friendly event organized by Faith Alliance will run from Noon to 5pm at The Square at Union Centre and will offer free admission to enjoy Christian music, and free food and children’s activities. Food provided


Over the Rhine Soup Kitchen

Reach Out Lakota’s Back to School Program

School supplies ready for distribution

Donate Directly to Reach Out Lakota:

Reach Out Lakota’s Annual Back to School Supply Drive provides school supplies to over 500 children every year. For more information about how to donate please click here.


Summer Lunch Programs:

Food Bus, Volunteers Kick Off Summer Lunch 

The Summer Lunch Program in Lakota has been around for close to 10 years now and started as a ministry of local churches in partnership with the BC Success liaisons who work with struggling families at our schools. Now the program is in the second year of partnership with the


 Members Corner:

Thank you to all who helped with the Romain reception today. Bakers, servers, cleaner-uppers, we couldn’t have done it without your help. We wish the Romains all good things in their new endeavors. Bless you all.



What an honor, privilege and super funtime we had tonight, celebrating  Reverend DOCTOR Troy Sheldon Sybrant!! 🎉
Congratulations Pastor and Friend. We are SO proud of you!!

On the last Sunday of June, 2017,  CCC members, attenders and friends met for dinner & celebration of Pastor Troy Sybrant’s completion of his Doctorate of Ministry degree. 

Recognizing that such an achievement requires loving support of those near and dear, some CCC women created lovely reminders of this accomplishment as “A Family Affair.”

For Troy, they stitched a quilted minister’s stole from squares of cloth donated by CCC members & friends.

For his wife , Amy Donnenwerth, the women made a full quilt from the same pieces of cloth, and daughter  Abbey  received a matching throw-pillow!

Other Events:


 Disciples News

Introducing our new general minister and president Teresa Hord Owens:



This is about God’s work in the church we all love; the church universal. So I need you to show up. You’ve been prepared. You have tremendous gifts. Show up for justice. Show up with your local congregations. Be who you know you can be. I cannot do this job alone . . .

~ Rev. Teresa Hord Owens


In July, Rev. Teresa Hord Owens was installed as  Disciples General Minister & President, the “first African-American woman installed as head of a denomination.”

In his Sojourner’s commentary on this event, Disciple Robert Wilson-Black says: “The challenges she will face include traditional mainline needs for spiritual               revitalization and a renewing of congregational models. She’ll also be tasked with reimagining what members really want in an association of churches and how to do justice among regions defining it differently.”

Wilson-Black (who is CEO of Sojourners and for 6 years led a Disciples’ History & Thought seminar at the Disciples’ Divinity House, University of Chicago) says it’s “an exciting time” for Disciples again. He notes “the stance of the founders of the movement” that led to its   initial growth:   

“We are not just another group, [they held] but want to restore the unity of all Christians.” Success in that call meant that 100 years ago this non-denominational denomination was the fastest-growing faith group in the United States and its homegrown religious body of greatest size.

Wilson-Black continues:

If President Hord Owens serves for two terms, she will be in office as preparations are underway for the bicentennial of the 1831 merger between Stone and Campbell movements, which became the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Within hours of her    election, she was  already  signaling that she would focus her attention on the restoration movements’ two strong currents: faithful evangelical impulse and unity of all   Christians on the basis of a high view of      scriptural authority and Jesus as Lord.





History on Disciples of Christ:


A farmer went out to sow…unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it dies alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.   Luke 8:5, John 12:24  


  The May 2014 journal Science published, “Large-Scale Psychological Differences Within China Explained by Rice Versus Wheat Agriculture.” Wheat, the grain of northern China and the Western world, doesn’t require irrigation, but is dependent upon rain. Planting and harvesting takes half as much work as rice does, and substantially less cooperation. Rice, the grain of southern China and half the world, requires complex irrigation systems to be built and drained each year. One farmer’s use of water affects his neighbor’s yield; a community of rice farmers needs to work together in tightly integrated ways.


  Over thousands of years, these different crops gave rise to distinctive cultures. Wheat cultures value  individualism, autonomy, analytical thinking, and independence. Rice cultures value collectivism, holistic thinking, heteronomy, and interdependence.  It’s  stunning that something so small could have such profound psychological, cultural, and social impacts.


We are finishing the “Root to Fruit” sermon series. Paul gives 9 fruit in Galatians 5:22-23, Love, joy, peace, patience, compassion, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control.” Revelation 22:2 speaks of 12 fruit and the remaining 3 aretruthfulness, hope, and justice. Unlike the gifts of the Spirit that are assigned selectively to different Christians, the fruit of the Spirit are given to every Christian, fruit to be nurtured, sweetened, and shared.


Take a long look at the list of 12; as individual Christians our lives are to be defined by these characteristics. These virtues are to be so evident that others can “taste and see” that the Lord is good through our life’s witness. Westerners, being wheat-minded, might despair of remembering this list, much less re-presenting it individually. Philip Kenneson’s Life on the Vine: Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit in Christian Community reminds us that the cultivation of these fruit isn’t only an individual task, but one done collectively within a community, more like rice.


Kenneson recognizes the significant cultural impediments to cultivating these fruit in our individual lives. Because these values are so counter-cultural, they cannot take root alone in our society, but only within a church community. Discerning those socio-cultural challenges and developing our cultivating skills in Church are critical skills for us, and having fellow      gardeners in the Lord’s fields is essential to interpret the signs of the times. We do not bear this fruit alone, but together. “God has given us everything needed for life and godliness” (2 Pet 1:3)—Christ, the Holy Spirit, and each other—to bear fruit thirty, sixty, and even a hundredfold for God’s kingdom.


See you in the field.

Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant