The Disciples Voice – Newsletter October 18, 2017

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Help us bring back the live animals to our Live Nativity on December 9, 2017.  Please consider sponsoring an animal.

You can send a check (write on it what animal you would like to sponsor) address the check to Compass Christian Church and send it to 6771 Tylersville Road, Mason OH 45040.


Sponsor. One way you can help is to “sponsor” a portion of the total cost of an animal.  Suggested donations are

  • $25 toward a donkey or alpaca;
  • $10   toward a goat;
  • $15  toward a sheep;
  • $30 toward a cow;
  • and $50 toward the camel.

Total cost to rent the animals are:

Goat ~ $45 Alpaca ~ $130

Sheep ~ $50 Cow ~ $140

Donkey ~ $125 Camel ~ $245

Want a ticket to our quilt raffle: Stop by Compass Christian Church during our hours open to purchase a ticket:

Sunday Service 10:30 am – approx 11:45
M-T 10:00 am – 2:00 pm call for additional times

You do not have to be a member of this church, faith, or any faith to participate in sponsoring an animal for live nativity, or purchasing a ticket for the quilt raffle.

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Mark Your Calendars

October 28:

Soup Kitchen Volunteer Opportunity

Click on the following link for additional information.

October 31: 

Stepping Forward Dinner Volunteer Opportunity @

Faith United Methodist Church

8230 Cox Rd.
West Chester, OH 45069

To learn more about the Stepping Forward Program go here:

November 4: 

November 5:


November 7:

Election Day Bake Sale

November 11: 

Attention all able bodied men (& women) of CCC

 The Live Nativity event on Dec. 9, 2017 is fast   approaching.

One of the major components of that event is the stable structure that we set up to house the actors and the animals. We have set the date for construction of the stable as November 11.  We will start at 8:00 a.m. and should be able to finish by 11:00 a.m., maybe sooner if we get enough help.

The work involves a lot of heavy lifting & carrying of the building panels, so we need as many of the YOUNG men of the church as possible. (Ladies, if you’re feeling strong, you can help too.)  If you can’t come for the entire build, at least try to be there at 8:00 for the lifting and carrying part.  That’s when we need the most bodies.

You don’t need to bring any tools, if you have an  8-foot step ladder, that would be helpful.  Of course, the build is weather-dependent, but it would have to be pretty severe for us to cancel.  We’ll play that by ear as the date approaches.  If you know you can make it, let me know so I can have an idea about how much help we’ll have.

~ Steve Seitz



Please help bring back   LIVE ANIMALS  to the live nativity on Dec. 9

Last year, we had living animals–a donkey, an  alpaca, a cow, 2 goats, 3 sheep, and a camel (!)–at our Live Nativity event.  The animals were a big hit, especially the camel, but their presence was a costly endeavor.  Below are the prices for “renting” each   animal:

Goat ~ $45 Alpaca ~ $130

Sheep ~ $50 Cow ~ $140

Donkey ~ $125 Camel ~ $245

This year, to offset the cost of bringing in live animals, we are asking for your help.

Sponsor. One way you can help is to “sponsor” a portion of the total cost of an animal.  Suggested donations are

  • $25 toward a donkey or alpaca;
  • $10   toward a goat;
  • $15  toward a sheep;
  • $30 toward a cow;
  • and $50 toward the camel.

You can send a check (write on it what animal you would like to sponsor) address the check to Compass Christian Church and send it to 6771 Tylersville Road, Mason OH 45040.

Spare Change.  Another way is to toss into the “Bring-Back-the-Animals” donation jar your spare change & dollar bills on Sundays.  If everyone does that each Sunday between now and December 3, it will add up very quickly!

Want a ticket to our quilt raffle: Stop by Compass Christian Church during our hours open to purchase a ticket:

Sunday Service 10:30 am – approx 11:45
M-T 10:00 am – 2:00 pm call for additional times

You do not have to be a member of this church, faith, or any faith to participate in sponsoring an animal for live nativity, or purchasing a ticket for the quilt raffle.

November 19:

November 12 and 19:

The Disciples Mission Fund Thanksgiving Offering on November 12 and 19 benefits the colleges, universities and graduate theological institutions affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Since the beginning of the movement, higher education has been a priority for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Alexander Campbell once said that “churches and colleges go hand in hand in the progress of Christian civilization.” Campbell’s belief and vision are still true today, and that legacy is reflected in the continued successes of our educational institutions.

The fourteen colleges and universities and the seven theological institutions in covenant with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) encourage students in their intellectual pursuits and nurture them as leaders to transform church, society and world. Your congregation’s gift to the Thanksgiving offering helps support these efforts in education and leadership formation.  The gifts received are an investment in our students and the work of our schools, and we thank you for your participation and continued support.

~ Chris Dorsey, President, Higher Education & Leadership Ministries

Coming Soon: 

New Youth Activities for All Ages! Sunday School for Teens!

Watch for emails & other announcements ~

Breads of the World

World Communion Sunday at CCC

 Communion Bread Update

Response to the bread we baked with St. Anne Episcopal Church to share on World Communion   Sunday, October 1st, was so positive that we decided to share again on the following two Sundays. We’ve solicited feedback and have discovered that most folks like the new, unleavened bread sweetened with honey, recognizing there are some issues with density and absorption with intinction. We’ve also learned that some in our congregation have sensitivities to yeast, so for them, an unleavened option is preferable.

There have been ongoing stewardship concerns raised with the Hawaiian loaf, as most of it is left unused each Sunday. Baking our own bread is not only a better use of resources, but provides added  fellowship time as bakers connect with one another.  Having homemade bread from church members each Sunday provides a personal touch that a store-bought loaf cannot. If you’d like to be part of this baking experience, contact Carol Y for more info.

Based on feedback, starting in November we will offer the following bread options at communion:

(1) an unleavened, honey-sweetened bread; (2) white sandwich bread that’s less dense and more absorbent; (3) rice crackers for those with gluten issues.

If you have questions, please contact Sally E.



In October the season really begins to change. These books might help you do some changing in your life, too.


Lord, Only You Can Change Me by Kay Arthur is subtitled “A  Devotional Study on Growing in          Character from the Beatitudes.” This in-depth study on the Sermon on the Mount gives us insight in ways to rely more on the Lord, and less on  ourselves.

From our Youth section, Way to Live: Christian Practices for Teens, edited by Dorothy C. Bass & Don C. Richter, gives perspectives from 18 teens & 18 adults as they tackle the question of a way to live. Their different points of view and personal stories will offer new ideas for you.

Our final selection is Out of the Question…Into the Mystery: Getting Lost in the GodLife    Relationship by Leonard Sweet. The author states, “Faith is not simply a decision that is made or a commitment that is promised… Rather, faith is a new life that we practice. And that life is  practiced in the context of relationship.” God wants us to know him personally, not just know about him. Delve into this book to deepen your relationship with God.

Please take time on Sunday mornings, or anytime you’re at church, to visit the library corner. Browse to your heart’s content!  Enjoy reading!

Your Friendly CCC Librarian

Maureen Mattern



For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law.              Romans 3:28

Anniversaries are times to remember the past, reflect upon the present, and renew promises for the future. Christianity has a 500th anniversary to recollect at the end of this month, when an Augustinian monk named Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses upon the Wittenberg church door. That action set in motion the Protestant Reformation, a series of events that                      transformed the religious, political, cultural, and intellectual face of Europe and set the stage for modernity.

 First, a remembrance of the past. A number of principles came from the Protestant Reformation,  including contributions from Reformed theologian John Calvin. Luther held to the above Scripture as a key interpretive principle for understanding Christian faith, sola fidei or “faith alone.” Good works are not a means or requisite for salvation; we are declared just by God by faith alone. Good works are evidence of saving faith, but such works don’t determine our salvation.  Sola Scriptura “Scripture alone” holds the Bible is the final authority over church traditions, creeds, and teachings, and that the Bible interprets itself. Sola gratia “grace alone” holds that God alone saves us through the gift of grace, and we cannot cooperate with grace to merit greater graces for ourselves.

Secondly, a reflection on the present. Our founders, Alexander Campbell in particular, called themselves “Reformers” and believed they were completing the European Reformation here in America. The Stone-Campbell movement held the Bible as the final and   authoritative rule for Christian faith, the right and duty of private judgment in the interpretation of Scripture, and the priesthood of all believers, i.e., that every Christian has direct and unmediated access to God. Campbell acknowledged his debt to the European Reformers that preceded him, and understood their    intent was not to create schisms but to restore the ancient faith around which Christians would unite. These principles are their legacy to our present faith.

Thirdly, a renewal of promises for the future. Swiss   Reformed theologian Karl Barth revisited a saying first given by Jodocus von Lodenstein, a Dutch Reformer of 1674 who said, “Ecclesia reformata semper reformanda secundum verbum Dei” or “The reformed church always being reformed according to the Word of God.” This conviction is that the Church must continually reexamine itself in order to maintain its purity of  doctrine and practice, an ongoing re-formation with no end in sight.

As we recall this 500th anniversary, let us remember, reflect upon, and renew the gifts of the Reformation that continue to shape our present and form our future.

Dear Clergy & Congregations,

At the October 3, 2017 regular meeting of the Executive Committee of the Regional Church   Council, we received our Year-to-Date financial  reports as of August 31, 2017 since our transition to the bookkeeping services of Treasury Services. We knew we faced financial challenges, but with these reports we recognized we are in financial crisis, a crisis that has been building for over a decade of over spending. You will learn more of our financial position after the official receipt of these reports by the Regional Church Council at their October 28 meeting, beginning 9:00 am at Northwest Christian Church. It is an open meeting and all are invited to attend.

In response to our financial crisis, the Executive Committee took immediate action to eliminate three regional staff positions and end all funding to new church projects for the foreseeable future. These  decisions were made in an attempt to bring expenses in line with our current income. More cuts in expenses will be considered in the proposed 2018 Regional Church and Camp Christian budgets.

The elimination of staff positions affected the positions held by the following: Joanne Arnold, who has served for well over a decade as our Executive Administrative Assistant; Lynne Smith, who has served for over a year as the assistant to the Treasurer; all funding from the regional church for the position held by the Rev. Trayce Stewart as pastor of Second Chance Christian Church in       Columbus, and all regional funding for ministry programing at Second Chance Christian Church.

These decisions were not easy, but necessary, simply to pay our month-to-month bills. We are  grateful for the service of Joanne and Lynne on the regional staff, and for the pastoral leadership of Rev. Stewart at Second Chance Christian Church where she continues to serve as pastor of the congregation.

In our commitment to transparency, we will continue to make reports on the decisions of the     Executive Committee and the Regional Church Council. As we continue to journey through this time of transition in regional ministry, please be in prayer for our Christian Church in Ohio.

Grace and peace to you,

Rev. Dr. Tom Stephenson, Moderator

Rev. John M. Richardson, Interim Regional Pastor



 Local ~ For the homeless ~ for help as the weather turns colder

Regional ~ For those affected by the opiate epidemic

Global ~ For improvements in mental health care


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Peace in the midst of the storm

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