Please continue to keep the people of Texas in your prayers. Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas last night, causing flooding and structural damage in towns along the coast. Winds have weakened since landfall, but catastrophic rainfall of three feet or more will occur over the next few days as Hurricane Harvey meanders around Texas.
A tornado has also been reported south of Houston, damaging approximately 50 homes.
Week of Compassion will continue to monitor the storm and reach out to Disciples communities and our partners. If you are interested in helping, the best immediate response from afar is two-fold: pray and send donations. You can donate at http://www.weekofcompassion.org and designate US Storms where 100% of your gifts will go to help communities rebuild after storms such as Hurricane Harvey.
Announcements: (Upcoming Events)
Tues. Aug. 29 ~ Stepping Forward Dinner, 5:00 p.m.
You can read the PDF version of this newsletter (which is a little different than this one) by clicking here
Following events free and open to the public ;
No need to register. Just show up:
New Education Opportunity for the Community – Christianity & Islam
Where we will discuss frankly the similarities and differences between the two in order to have a greater understanding of each.
You do not have to be a member of this church, faith or any faith to attend all, one or many of these sessions.
at Compass Christian Church 6771 Tylersville Road Mason Ohio 45040
Day / Time : TBD
5th Annual Butler County Social Services Resource Expo
This event is free and open to the public!
No need to register. Just show up!
Learn about the wide range of services and resources available to support Butler County families with over 70 organizations present. The organizations will be split into four main categories:
¨ Basic Needs
¨ Disability Services
¨ Mental Health/Substance Abuse
¨ Family Supports/Education/Employment
There will be door prizes, a resource directory, re-usable bags, a food truck and much more!
If you are interested in having a booth for your organization, please contact email@example.com
Lauren Perry, FCFC Training Coordinator
Butler Co. Family & Children First Council
400 N. Erie Blvd. Ste. A, Hamilton, OH 45011
513-785-6770 (office) / 513-869-9797 (cell)
SING OUT AGAINST POVERTY MUSIC FESTIVAL
When Sat, September 30, 2017, 12 pm – 5 pm
Where The Square at Union Centre, 9285 Centre Pointe Dr, West Chester Township, OH 45069, USA (map)
Free admission and open to the public! Four local Christian bands will play with STAR 93.3 and DJ Julie Pierce kicking off the festivities! Free food and beverages offered along with door prizes and the Hauser Air Kid Zone featuring games & prizes, corn hole, face painting, coloring contest, and a Cool Zone tent! Donations go to support programs helping neighbors in need with food, meals, educational supplies and Reading Programs.
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Day: Thursdays Start Date: August31, 2017 Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Location: NAMI offices inside Mental Health Board offices, 5963 Boymel Drive, Fairfield, Ohio 45014 Registration: Call 513-860-8396 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Last Day to Register: Sept 14, 2017
Basics of brain biology and mental health conditions
Exploring the subjective experience of coping with a mental illness
Getting through a crisis
Locating services and support
Latest medications and therapies
Helping your loved ones without enabling them
The Dailey Family reports on their mission trip to Wooster Ohio:
On July 2, Dave Tietsort was commissioned to serve as the Compass Christian Church representative to the Disciples of Christ 2017 General Assembly in Indianapolis.
One Article from the following newsletter disciples.org:
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Books will be ordered after payment is received; Deadline to pay: Oct 6.
OVERVIEW of Disciplines 2018 from the publishers:
Faithful users appreciate this best-selling devotional guide as an insightful, grounding, and must-read devotional for spending daily time with God. Fifty-three writers from diverse Christian backgrounds invite you to immerse yourself in scripture and apply its truths to your daily life.
Each daily reading offers
a selected Bible reading drawn from the Revised Common Lectionary
a thoughtful reflection on the scripture passage
a prayer or suggestion for reflection
In addition to a weekly overview of scriptures and questions for small-group or individual reflection, Disciplines contains an appendix of the lectionary readings for 2018 as well as morning, midday, and evening prayers.
Leadership Retreat Report
On August 12, our Board, Elders, and Open Table graduates gathered at a meeting room in David Broz’ workplace to explore whyplace is important in the Bible, that God is operative outside the boxes we create, and how we can begin addressing questions of what God’s up to locally.
By gathering to share our faith stories with fellow church members and becoming more present in the neighborhoods we share, we’ll discover that God is already ahead of us, operating in ordinary places and everyday times of regular people who live near us. You’ll be hearing more about this in the coming weeks.
Our youth are involved in choir, worship & wonder, service to the community and more… For more information please visit here
YOU ARE A MIRACLE, ENTIRELY UNIQUE;
There has never been another with your combination of talents, dreams, desires and hopes.
You can create. You are capable of love and compassion.
You are a miracle. You are a gift of creation to itself.
You are here for a purpose, which you must find.
Your presence here is sacred – and you will Change the world. – David Krieger
“Helping Every Child in Need Succeed”
– Backpack and School Supply Program
Compass Christian Church goes over and above again! What an amazing outpouring of love!
This year we collected 33 filled backpacks ~ that’s three more than cards taken! In addition, we supplied Reach Out Lakota with 4 extra empty backpacks, $65.00 in donations, and 3 bags of extra supplies!
Not to mention those secret church mice who donated directly to Reach Out Lakota upwards of $400 ~ Bringing our total church giving to approximately $1900.00!
From General Minister and President Terri Hord Owens –
Sisters and brothers, my heart breaks at the violence this weekend in Charlottesville – the loss of life, the dishonoring of children of God, the vile insults hurled and the wounds of history reopened. I pray for the family of the woman who died. I pray in praise of the peaceful demonstrators. We cannot take backward steps fueled by hatred. We cannot be silent when the humanity of black persons is being assaulted and terrorized.
The commandment in 1 John 4:20 calls us to account: “Those who say, ‘I love God,’ and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.”
And so let us love one another as we love God. With such love, we are compelled to stand for justice, and walk in peace. Terri
So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. So then, let us work together for the good of all. Galatians 6:9-10
What happened in Charlottesville, VA, this past weekend wasn’t an isolated incident, a foreign element introduced by outside agitators. It was simply the latest example and natural consequence of America’s love affair with white supremacy. Many residents posted online #NotMyTown to distance themselves from the KKK, Neo-Nazis, white nationalists, alt-right and other racists that had converged there. Racism has been woven into American life since August 20, 1619 when slaves were brought to Jamestown, VA; there is no “NotMyTown” where we can distance ourselves from it.
Racism infects our history as a nation, our legal and judicial systems, zoning ordinances and urban planning, hiring decisions, school system disparities, local, state, and national politics, and even churches. Denominations divided over slavery into northern and southern branches in the Civil War.
Thomas Jefferson, whose university was the site of this weekend’s violence, penned “all men are created equal” yet owned slaves himself. This contradiction would be addressed, but not resolved, by the Emancipation Proclamation, the U.S. victory over the Confederacy, and the 13th, 14th, and 15th Constitutional Amendments. Reconstruction enfranchising former southern slaves was overturned by state legislatures enacting Jim Crow laws. Those laws were upheld by Supreme Court decisions, effectively undoing these rights until 1965. Federal Civil Rights Acts to restore these rights started in 1957 and continued in 1960, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1987, and 1991. With President Obama’s 2008 election there was talk that America was now a “post-racial nation.” President Trump’s election in 2016 gave the lie to that, one painted in vivid colors on the streets of Charlottesville.
Racists proudly marched with torches at night, faces bared for all to see, boldly revealing white supremacy’s ugliness. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote in his 1963 “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”: “Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.”
King confessed his grave disappointment in white moderates “more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice” and with white churches. While thankful for the few whites and clergy that stood with him, he realized that “few members of the oppressor race can understand the deep groans and passionate yearnings of the oppressed race, and still fewer have the vision to see that injustice must be rooted out by strong, persistent and determined action.
Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be coworkers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation.
We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right. I hope the church as a whole will meet the challenge of this decisive hour and come to the aid of justice. I have no despair about the future because the sacred heritage of our nation and the eternal will of God are embodied in our echoing demands.
Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.”
P: Even so God’s ways are higher than our ways, and God’s thoughts than our thoughts.
L: For just as rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return there without saturating the earth,
P: Making it germinate and sprout, and providing seed to sow and food to eat,
U: Even so God’s word that comes from God’s mouth will not return to God empty.
(Genesis 1:26-31; Luke 13:1-9)
Our first reading comes from the book of Genesis.
26Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”
27So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
28God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”
29God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.
30And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.
31God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Our second reading comes from the good news according to Luke.
1At that very time there were some present who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
2He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans?
3No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did.
4Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem?
5No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.”
6Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none.
7So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?
’ 8He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. 9If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”
Here ends our readings. May God bless our understanding.
@Copyrighted by Rev. Richard Walker (Guest Speaker) Sermon: “Godly Governorship of God’s Very Good Creation” (Genesis 1:26-31; Luke 13:1-9) August 6, 2017