The Disciples Voice – January 2018 Newsletter

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Tis the Season;

It’s always the season to give a little of your time, talent, or treasure.

Cozy Comforters Deliver a Little Extra Love:

If you know a child who needs some extra comfort, please choose a cuddly comfort quilt from the bin located by the Children’s Corner in the back of the sanctuary. Whether it’s a problem at school, a medical problem or just something a child can call their own, please deliver the quilt to them with our love. We are at 6771 Tylersville Road, Mason OH 45040.

The Cozy Comforters of Compass Christian were hard at work this holiday season delivering a little extra love to children in need. Twenty “reading” quilts were donated to the second grade Whiz Kids at Mason Early Childhood Center.

The children loved their gifts!  Many wrapped themselves up in the quilt during the holiday party while others had their tutors guard their new-found treasure. For one child, this was the first blanket he could call his own.

Almost 20 more quilts were distributed to children during the Over-the-Rhine Soup Kitchen on December 23. As we weather the extreme cold, it is our hope that these quilts make children in OTR a little more comfortable.

(If you’d like to create quilts, contact Maureen M.)

Whiz Kids Thank You Notes:

What’s Happening in January:

  • Starting 14… A new Adult Study began January 14 ~“Hidden Books of the Bible” a/k/a The Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books of the Old Testament.  Meets 9:30 a.m. each Sunday.
  • … The 2018 Pastor’s Class also began January 14 ~ (for 5th & 6th Graders); meets at 9:30 a.m. for 10 weeks.
  • … On January 21, Linger Longer Lunches will resume at 1:00 p.m. at El Caporal.  Also, at 3:00 p.m., viewing the film “The Sultan & the Saint”  followed by refreshments & discussion at the Islamic Center in West Chester.  All invited.
  • … On Thursday, January 25, CCC volunteers will join others to work with Interfaith Hospitality, 5:00 p.m. @ Heritage Presbyterian Church.
  • … On Saturday, January 27, CCC volunteers will serve at Over-the-Rhine Soup Kitchen.
  • … On Sunday, January 28, there will be a Congregational  Meeting to approve the new budget.
  • … On Tuesday, January 30, CCC volunteers will serve at the Stepping Forward Community Dinner, 5:00 p.m.

Stepping Forward Dinner:

Directions to Faith United Methodist Church

Saving Sight Mission: 

Website for Saving Sight: CLICK HERE

How Does Eyeglass Recycling Work?

Donated eyeglasses are brought to Saving Sight by Lions clubs, other organizations, and individual donors. Volunteers sort, clean, and process the glasses by type. Prescription glasses of all types are welcome, including sunglasses, which can protect people from cataracts caused by sun damage. At this time, however, we cannot make use of glasses cases, loose lenses, or other accessories.

Saving Sight then provides the glasses to people in need through two channels: 1) ReSpectacle for U.S. distribution and 2) Humanitarian groups traveling abroad for international distribution.

Website for Saving Sight: CLICK HERE 

Food Pantry Needs: 

Interfaith Hospitality Network:

Thursday, January 25, CCC volunteers will join others to work with Interfaith Hospitality, 5:00 p.m. @ Heritage Presbyterian Church.

For additional information on IHN please watch the following video: and

visit the website

Over the Rhine Soup Kitchen (Update): 

A call was sent out on Christmas week for needing volunteers.  So many came to donate their time to this great mission – heartfelt thanks to all participated; whether to buy supplies, serve the meals, donated hats, sweatshirts, socks and more…

Our next opportunity is:



Here are a few pictures from OTR Soup Kitchen

December 23, 2017:

Serving and Skating FUN! at Matthew 25 ;

December 30, 2017

Christmas Eve Service:

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 Note:  Linda Herrington became a member of  Compass Christian Church Dec. 17, 2017. We welcome her joyfully!

Hi – I’m Linda Herrington. Most of you know my mom, Jane Herrington. I moved back to Ohio after spending 21 years in California. I’m so happy to be back in the Midwest and close to family!

I am grateful that I have been able to keep my job as a software developer with Bentley Systems, Inc. Nowadays, I work from a home office, but I continue working with the same team and on the same product, as I did in California.

While I am no longer married, my step-kids (Kyle and Kayla) remain an important part of my life. Both are married, and I am “Granny” to Kyle’s sons; Ryder, Ezra, and Levi.

I love animals, and some would even say I am a “crazy animal lady.” I’ve been involved in Japanese Chin rescue for almost 20 years. The rescue group knows I have a soft spot in my heart for the old and unadoptable dogs, so often those come to me to be loved and cherished for the remainder of their days.  I currently have 9 small dogs and an Eclectus parrot named Rico.

Music is one of my favorite past times. I play French horn in the Cincinnati Civic Orchestra and I’ve recently joined the CCC choir. In addition to music, I’ve been exploring an old hobby of mine; quilting.  I also enjoy volunteer and service work such as serving at Over-The-Rhine soup kitchen, tutoring a 2nd grader through the Whiz Kids program, and volunteering at the zoo.

That’s me in a nutshell. I hope you’ll take time to say ‘hello’. I look forward to getting to know you.

Linger Longer Luncheon and Film Viewing: 

JANUARY 21 3:00 to 5:15 pm

 @ The Islamic Center West Chester, OH


The public is invited to attend the showing of “The  Sultan and the Saint,” a film that tells the true story about a meeting between St.     Francis of Assisi and   Sultan Malik Al-Kamil during the Fifth Crusade in 1219  (not recommended by children under 10). This meeting transformed both men when they discovered a way of finding peace between them.

The film will be followed by refreshments and a  discussion of the film’s relevance in today’s society.  Please join us for this Christian/Muslim dialogue,




 These are the products that can be dropped off at Matthew 25 Ministries in Blue Ash, Ohio


… On my & my family’s behalf, our deepest appreciation for your continued generosity for the Christmas gift we received.    

    Blessings, Troy

… CCC Family ~ Thank you so much for the generous Christmas gift!  It is always a blessing to our family and we are looking forward to putting it towards a family trip out West this summer.  As always, it is a pleasure to serve with this body of Christ and share songs of praise each week ~


… Dear Compass Christian Church Friends ~ Thank you very much for your generous gift.  It was greatly appreciated.  I hope you had a wonderful Holiday season.  I wish everybody a great 2018!     

Love, Anna

… Dear Friends ~ Because of my circumstances this year, your Christmas gift was especially timely & helpful & deeply appreciated.  It made Christmas.  May God bless you all

~ Donne


When the King James Bible was published in 1611, it contained the books of the Apocrypha between the Old and New Testaments.  These 18 books and portions of books do not appear in the Hebrew Bible but do appear in the early Latin Vulgate     Bible, either as part of the Old Testament or as an appendix.

While Christians vary about the degree of authority of these books of Scripture, they were written in the 400-year gap between the Old and New       Testaments and are extraordinarily valuable. They provide critical insights into Jewish history, beliefs, and religious practices prior to Jesus’ birth.  These books set the stage to better understand the political, cultural, ethical, and religious context in which Jesus appeared.


 A new adult Bible study group (9:30 a.m. Sundays) will focus on these Apocryphal & Deuterocanonical Books of the Old Testament, which are omitted in some translations of the Bible.

To be part of this exploration of the “hidden books,” participants are asked to purchase The Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books of the Old Testament (New    Revised Standard Version, i.e., NRSV).

The first meeting was Sunday, Jan. 14, but it’s not too late to join the class.  Newcomers welcomed. 

For more information, contact Steve Si. or Ed V.


Our Library Corner has a new banner for the month of January, the time of Epiphany: Wise Men Still Seek Him.  We’re hoping to have a new banner each month, and plans are in the works for Valentine’s Day & February, the month for showing extra love to others. 

Do you have a picture you’d like to share with someone you love? A family picture, or your pet or a favorite snapshot of those wonderful kids/grandkids? If you’d like to be a part of our “love fest,” give your picture to Maureen M. and it will be included in our February banner. (Yes, you’ll get your photo back!)


“Wise Men Still Seek Him.”

Check out these new books and others we have for your spiritual enrichment.

  1. So What’s the Difference by Fritz Ridenour explains basic beliefs of many different denominations of Christianity as well as other religions of the world.
  2. Max Lucado has another fine book for us. God doesn’t want to be a weekend getaway, or a Sunday bungalow or a summer cottage. He wants to be our primary mailing address, our home — always. He wants us to live in The Great House of God.
  3. A String of Pearls by Bettie B. Young,, Ph.D., gives us inspirational stories celebrating the resiliency of the human spirit.
  4. Finally, Ten Eternal Questions by Zoe Sallis offers wisdom, insight, and reflections for life’s journey from a variety of authors, notables, and religious leaders.


One thing we hear is that our church acoustics are amazing and that music fills their souls.  Here are a few pictures of our music choirs, handbells:




 Local  ~ For a spiritual renewal in our community to shelter and clothe those in need, feed the hungry, and care for our neighbors.

Regional ~ For safety and comfort for all affected by natural disasters, and for the Spirit to move the rest of us to meet them at their point of deepest need.

Global ~ For an end to rhetoric that divides communities and nations, fuels conflict and hate, and de-humanizes God’s children.

If you want to request prayers, one option is to go online:

Other News:



The Faith Alliance Programs Committee has decided not to do an organized Faith Alliance X Days in 2018. This does not mean that your own church cannot do your own community service day any time you want. It just means that there will not be an organized group project this year or any media, graphics or coordination provided.

That being said, efforts are underway to organize an entire Habitat home-build in 2019 with Faith Alliance churches. Please keep posted with Laura Zajac, the Programs Chair, or my successor regarding those plans. If you have interest in joining the planning team to make that Habitat project happen, please contact Laura Zajac at

I will be checking emails for a few more weeks yet until a new FA contact is named. Feel free to reach out with questions.

Sue Mahlock for The Faith Alliance

Faith Alliance 2018 CALENDAR

 Quarterly Liaison Meeting – Thursday, January 25, 7pm, Christ the King Lutheran Church

Quarterly Christ and Coffee Clergy Gathering –Tuesday, February 6, 10am-12, Crestview Presbyterian Church

Literacy Summit – Friday, February 23, 5pm-7pm, Bethany UMC (New date)

Feed our Neighbors in Need Community Food Drive – Church collection Sat/Sun, March 3-4; (Distribute     flyers/grocery bags February 18 & 25)

Summer Lunch Kick-off Luncheon – Thursday, March 22, 11:30am – 1:00pm, Cornerstone UMC

Quarterly Liaison Meeting – Thursday, April 19,  7pm, Christ the King Lutheran Church

Quarterly Christ and Coffee Clergy Gathering – Thursday, May 3, 10am-12, Zion Global

X Days OR Community Service Day – One Saturday in April or May TBA (See notice re X-Days in the previous column)

Summer Lunch Ministry – Wednesday, May 30 through Tuesday, August 7 (tentative)

Summer Lunch Literacy Program – Monday, June 4 through Friday, July 13 (6 weeks)

Quarterly Liaisons Meeting – Monday, July 9, 7pm, Christ the King Lutheran Church

Help a Child in Need Succeed Backpack Ministry Collection Saturday and Sunday, July 28-29; (Distribute  Sponsorship Cards July 15 & 22)

Quarterly Christ and Coffee Clergy Gathering –Tuesday, August 14, 10am-12, WC Hospital

Summer Lunch Wrap Up Luncheon – Wednesday, August 29, 11:30am-1pm, Saint Anne Episcopal Church

Sing Out Against Poverty Music Festival – Saturday,        September 29, The Square at Union Centre

2018 Annual Celebration Dinner & Meeting – Thursday, October 25, 6pm-8pm, Crestview Presbyterian Church

Quarterly Liaisons Meeting – Thursday, November 15, 7pm, Christ the King Lutheran Church

Quarterly Christ and Coffee Clergy Gathering – Thursday, November 29, 10am-12, Saint Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church Rectory      

News From Tom Stephenson
Regional Moderator


I am pleased to announce the new Regional Minister Search Committee was approved by the Executive Committee on January 9, 2018, and will begin its work later this month. 

This roster is made up of a wide variety of servants from across the regional church. I am grateful to each of them for their willingness to serve in this capacity as we search for the individual God is preparing for Ohio.

Until a chair is appointed, you may direct any questions or comments to me ( ). The Executive Search Process is our model and we will be assisted by our General Church partner, Regional Minister Rick Spleth of Indiana.

Please be in prayer for this Committee and our search process, that together we might all be in discernment about the next chapter in our shared life and ministry through the Christian Church in Ohio.



In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., here are excerpts from his sermon “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break       Silence” of April 4, 1967.


I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.

A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our present policies. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.

A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous   indignation, it will…see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America,  only to take the profits out with no concern for  the social betterment of the countries, and say, “This is not just.”

A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war, “This way of settling differences is not just.” A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.

America, the richest and most powerful nation in the world, can well lead the way in this revolution of values. There is nothing except a tragic death wish to prevent us from reordering our priorities so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence over the pursuit of war.

A genuine revolution of values means in the final analysis that our loyalties must become ecumenical,  rather than sectional. Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole.

We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation. If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight.

Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world. The choice is ours, and though we might prefer it otherwise, we must choose in this crucial moment of human history.

If we will make the right choice, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our world into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. If we will but make the right choice, we will be able to speed up the day, all over     America and all over the world, when “justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.”