The Disciples Voice Newsletter August 16, 2017

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 perryl@bcesc.org

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.

 

 No Cost, but must Preregister: 

Family-to-Family

Click “Register for Classes” below to be added to the contact list, so we can let you know when our next Basics class is scheduled.  Register for Classes

 

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 info@nami-bc.org to register.
Last Day to Register: Sept 14, 2017

Topics include:

  • Basics of brain biology and mental health conditions
  • Exploring the subjective experience of coping with a mental illness
  • Getting through a crisis
  • Coping skills/Self-care
  • Communication skills
  • Locating services and support
  • Latest medications and therapies
  •  Helping your loved ones without enabling them

Members Corner:

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:

Read additional newsletter articles on our General Assembly and other service works by Disciples of Christ Ministries :                                                                                       http://disciples.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/GA17-News.pdf

Daily Devotional :

The Upper Room Disciplines 2018

Electronic version

  • Publish Date:9/1/2017
  • Product Number:K1626
  • ISBN978-08358-1626-7

cost for e-books is $9.99

If you want an actually book then Donne will order for you to consolidate the shipping charges. Cost is $10.50

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 why place 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.

 

Christian Church in Ohio Upcoming Events:

These events and more can all be found  http://www.ccinoh.com/regional-calendar.aspx

For more information, contact Jennie Stoddart Bernard at jstoddartbernard@ccinoh.org or 614-433-0343 Ext 4.

 

Youth Corner:

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!

To all things give God honor and praise!

Other Outreach Opportunities:

A word regarding Charlottesville

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.”

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