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“Leave Worry Behind” (Psalm 37:18-26; Matthew 6:24-34) Sunday, April 29, 2018

We extend a special welcome to our guest worship leader, the Rev. Richard Walker.

 

Rev. Walker worked at P&G for 23 years before going to United Theological Seminary and receiving his M.Div.

 

He was licensed and appointed to pastor congregations in Columbus and Dayton.

 

 

Call to Worship  

 

L:         Because of God’s faithful love,

 

P:         We do not perish, for His mercies never end.

 

L:         They are new every morning;

 

P:         Great is Your faithfulness!

 

U:        The Lord is our portion, therefore we will put of hope in God!

 

Scriptures (Psalm 37:18-26; Matthew 6:24-34)

 

                                   

Our first reading comes from the psalms. 

18The Lord knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will abide forever;
19they are not put to shame in evil times, in the days of famine they have abundance.
20But the wicked perish, and the enemies of the Lord are like the glory of the pastures; they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.
21The wicked borrow, and do not pay back, but the righteous are generous and keep giving;
22for those blessed by the Lord shall inherit the land, but those cursed by him shall be cut off.
 23Our steps are made firm by the Lord, when he delights in our way;
24though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong, for the Lord holds us by the hand.
25I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.
26They are ever giving liberally and lending, and their children become a blessing.

Our second reading comes from the good news according to Matthew.

            Jesus said,

24 “No one can be a slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot be slaves of God and of money.
 25 “This is why I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing?
 26 Look at the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they?
 27 Can any of you add one moment to his life-span by worrying?
 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they don’t labor or spin thread.
 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these!
30 If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t He do much more for you—you of little faith?
 31 So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’
32 For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.
 34 Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Here ends our readings. May God bless our understanding.

@Copyrighted by Rev. Richard Walker Sermon: “Leave Worry Behind” (Psalm 37:18-26; Matthew 6:24-34) Sunday, April 29, 2018

“Leave Worry Behind”       

 

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Sunday -Genesis 1:28; Rev. 21:5a, Earth Day Sunday, April 22, 2018

 

For the Beauty of the Earth

Call to Worship

L: To the Lord Your God belongs heaven itself       

 

P: The highest heaven, the earth and everything in it.           

 

L:  The earth is the Lord’s and all that’s in it.

 

P: The world and those who dwell therein.   

 

U: You leave us breathless when Your awesome works answer us by putting everything right…

     You are the hope of all creation, from the far corners of the earth to distant life-giving oceans.

             

Our first reading comes from Genesis 1:28.  Listen for God’s word.   

Then God blessed them and gave them this directive:  “Be fruitful and multiply.  Populate the earth.  I make you trustees of My estate, so care for My creation and rule over the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that roams across the earth.

Our second reading comes from Rev. 21:5a 

And the One who sat on the throne announced to His creation,
The One:  See, I am making all things new.

Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.

Special Music:

Gathering Music  (a village in the Scottish highlands)  Sarah L, Trumpet

A sample of this song on YouTube:

 

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands  Matthew, Sarah & Andrew Nature Video                                                                                                     Katie & Caroline H

Hymn The Earth is the Lord’s   *slide with lyrics

Communion Music   The River Flows in You by Yiruma  Andrew L, Piano

A sample of this song on YouTube:

Closing     Earth Chant;  Youth and Children of the Church, Congregation

Earth Chant:

E-A-R-T-H, that spells Earth you see!

E-A-R-T-H, make it better for you and me!

                                                                                 

Cue “Earth Day Every Day (Celebrate)” by John Denver   *Video/audio file

Dance out

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

He’s got the whole world in His hands,
He’s got the whole wide world in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands.

He’s got the rivers and the mountains in His hands,
He’s got the oceans and the seas in His hands,
He’s got you and He’s got me in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands.

He’s got the land and sea in His hands;
He’s got the wind and rain in His hands;
He’s got the spring and fall in His hands;
He´s got the whole world in His hands.

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The Disciple’s Voice – Newsletter April 18, 2018

To view this newsletter as a PDF go HERE

Christian Church in Ohio (CCIOH)  Christian Youth Fellowship (CYF) Honors Daun Seitz as Outstanding Ohio CYF Leader!

The 2017 Ohio, CYF Picture Book, is dedicated to Daun Seitz. Daun is well-known to the CYF youth of Ohio as director of CYF3 as well as serving on the staff of the United Nations Seminar and other Ohio CYF activities.

Daun began serving as a  counselor at the former Lakeside Conference in 1986. She then counseled at Wilmington Conference and served as an assistant director at that conference. Daun has served for the last three years as the director of the re-organized CYF Week 3 Conference at Camp Christian. Also, she has been on the staff of five United Nations Seminar trips. She also serves on the CYF Commission. Her winning smile is well-known throughout the Ohio region!

 

Both of her children have gone through the Ohio youth camp program at Camp Christian, served on the Camp Maintenance Staff and counseled at an Ohio CYF Conference. Daun has attended the Grandparents Camp and Ribbit Camp with her granddaughter. She looks forward to bringing more of her grandchildren to the Camp Christian camping experience.

Daun was the first female deacon serving communion in the history of the Hampton Park Christian Church in  Toledo, later serving as the first female elder. She and Steve also served as youth directors there. Then they were founding members of the Tylersville Road Christian Church (later renamed Compass Christian Church) in Mason, where they initiated the church’s CYF program.

Daun also has an extensive professional life, serving as a secretary and administrative assistant in doctors’ and law offices. She also worked in-home nursing care as a doula. She retired in 2015 after 15 years at Xavier University, having spent 5 years there in the Athletic Advising Office, and the final 10 years as Assistant to the Dean of the Business College.

Daun and her husband Steve have been married for over 40 years. They have a son Andy and a daughter Emily. They also have five grandsons and a granddaughter.

Daun’s numerous hobbies include kayaking, canoeing, crafting, sewing, teaching piano, traveling with her husband (also retired), listening to live music, wine tasting, spending time with friends, and, of course, spoiling her grandchildren!

May God continue to richly bless you, Daun, as you provide inspiration and leadership for the Ohio CYF  program!  (reprinted from award plaque given to Daun)

 

There are two organized opportunities to volunteer spring-cleaning at Camp Christian :

Ohio Disciples Men’s

Spring Mission Retreat/Workday

May 18 & 19, 2018

After a long winter, there’s a lot of spring cleaning to be done to get Camp Christian back in shape for the summer, and each year Ohio Disciples Men make it part of our Ministry and Mission to help ready the camp for the summer season and the campers and conferees to come. Thanks to some generous donations to cover the cost of food there is no cost for Saturday only.

 

Past work has included mowing, weed-whacking, plumbing, retrieving, picnic-bench building, painting, and sweeping. No matter your age or ability there’s something you can do! Nobody is too young or too old to lend a hand.

 

In addition to the Saturday workday, you are also invited to stay at Camp on Friday night and join us in a time of worship and fellowship!

 

Come join in our mission work as we work to improve Camp for this summer and for years to come!

 

For more information and registration, please visit http://www.ccinoh.com/ministries/adult/ohio-disciples-men.aspx

 

CCC CAMP CHRISTIAN

MINI-MISSION TRIP

Saturday, June 9 – 10AM – ???

Sunday, June 10 – until 2 PM

 

Volunteers needed to go camping Christian on Saturday morning, June 9.  See SIGN UP SHEET at the back of the church.

 

Please plan to arrive by 10:00 a.m. You can come for the day, or stay overnight to continue working on Sunday morning. We will be finished by 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, or earlier.

 

Our mission will be to do whatever needs be done to make Camp ready for new campers the following week.  We will be cleaning the cabins and grounds and doing other small tasks to be assigned by Camp Superintendent, Al Channel.

 

Some folks will be carpooling from the church if you need a ride. Additional information regarding what to take will be emailed to those who sign up. Please contact Daun Seitz or Dave Diehl if you have questions.

Dave D. our photographer extraordinaire!

Camp ChristianSummer 2018 Camp & Conference Forms

You do not have to be a member of this church to attend Camp Christian.

Registration forms and information for Camp Christian Summer 2018 Camps and Conferences are now available on the CCIOH website. Select Summer Forms, Downloads, and Links or just go to the following link:.

http://www.ccinoh.com/camp-christian/summer-programs/forms,-downloads-and-links.aspx

SUMMER ACAcolorCAMPS & CONFERENCES

 


 

Grandparents Camp
For Children in Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade and a Grandparent
Held at Camp Christian; you don’t have to just be a grandparent to attend.

Otter & Ribbit Junior Camps –
For youth in grades 2, 3, 4, & 5
Held at Camp Christian

 


Chi Rho Camps – For youth in grades 6, 7, & 8
All Chi Rho Camps are held at Camp Christian

WARM WELCOME to New Members: Dave & Nancy Thorsen!

On Easter Sunday, April 1st, we welcomed Dave & Nancy Thorsen into membership by transfer from Four Corners Church.

 

Dave grew up in Dayton, KY, and Nancy in Price Hill. Both were “cradle Catholics” and went to parochial schools. They met at Villa Madonna College in Covington, which moved during their sophomore year and became Thomas More College. Dave majored in accountancy and Nancy in elementary education. They dated throughout college and were married on June 13, 1970. Their children are Julie, Ken, and Laura, and they have 8 grandchildren ranging from 5 to 23.

 

Dave worked mainly in the nonprofit healthcare industry doing accounting; he received his MBA from    Xavier University and is a retired CPA. Nancy was primarily a stay-at-home mom but taught and worked as a Cincinnati Enquirer news aide.

 

They have lived in various apartments in Price Hill, a home in College Hill, then to Bridgetown, a condo in  Colerain Twp, and now are in Fairfield Township to be closer to their younger grandchildren.

 

They say, “We are glad to be now members of the Disciple of Christ church, Compass Christian Church.”

 

WARM WELCOME to New Member: Wilma Wood!

 On Sunday, April 15 we welcomed Wilma Wood into membership by transfer from St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Middletown. Wilma is married to Ivan; they have a son, daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren.

Wilma retired after 35 years in education, teaching, and administration. She has Masters Degrees in Educational Administration and Counseling from UC and Miami University. She participated in a work-study program at Jarvis Christian College (a Disciple college) in Hawkins, TX, and traveled to El Salvador with the Jimmy Carter Project to build homes for the homeless there.

She lives at Heritage Pointe in  Mason with Kitty, a loving, feline companion, also beloved by Ivan who’s a resident at Caresprings Healthcare Center.

Wilma says, “I look forward to continuing my faith journey here at Compass Christian Church and contributing in any way I can.”

In Memoriam:

We are saddened to report the passing of Bill

Guckert, whose memorial service was at CCC on April 14.

William Edward “Bill” Guckert

September 7, 1928 – April 6, 2018

In 1995, Bill & his wife Nancy moved from Cleveland Heights to Sunrise Landing in Maineville, Ohio to be closer to the family. He became an active member of  Tylersville Road Christian Church in Mason, Ohio (now known as Compass Christian Church).

He served on many committees involved in raising money to help build the new building in 1998 and remained active in the church until his health prohibited it.  He and Nancy have resided at The Lodge in Montgomery for the past few years.

Rest in peace, Bill.

Additional Volunteer Opportunity; Community Outreach:

Enjoy the pictures taken at the last Queen City Kitchen on March 24, 2018, by clicking: HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HELP! We’re Shipwrecked!

This year each room we use for VBS will be decorated to enhance our Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus theme.

  • … Pre-School – Underwater Wonders
  • … KidVid – On the Beach
  • … Imagination Station — In the Jungle
  • … Bible Discovery – Castaway Shelter
  • … Treat Time – Coconut Grove

 

To achieve these effects, we will need some extra supplies ~ see list below. A box will be placed in the Library Corner for donated items.  We’ll need everything no later than June 1, but we can start working on our decorations as soon as we have supplies. To avoid duplication, we will also have a sign-up sheet in the library.

NEEDED:

  • 100 brown paper lunch bags
  • Large brown paper grocery bags
  • Beige/tan/yellow solid color bed sheets – for “sand dunes” – these may not survive the week, so thrift store finds are great.
  • Plastic tablecloths (Dollar Tree) – 10 green for vines; 8 blue for water
  • Cotton clothesline – 50 ft
  • Paper towel rolls or wrapping paper rolls – lots of them! these will become palm trees
  • Masking tape – 3 – 1″ rolls; 1 – wide roll
  • Cardboard boxes – big ones that we’ll transform to look like shipping crates
  • Stuffed animals – Be sure you have your name on them (maybe as a collar?) so we can get them back to you.
  • Animals needed: gecko, sloth, jaguar, manta ray, toucan, fish, octopus, other animals you might find on a tropical island
  • In May & June, we’ll need helpers to cut bags & make vines.

Thank you so much for your help in rescuing us!

 U.N. SEMINAR

February 22 – March 2nd, 2019
“An Opportunity of a Lifetime”

 

The United Nations (U.N.) A seminar has been a vital part of the Ohio Christian Youth Fellowship (C.Y.F.) since the early 1960’s. From then to now well over a thousand young people from Disciples congregations around Ohio have had the opportunity to travel to New York City and Washington D.C. for a week. For many, this has been a life-changing experience, witnessing the diverse ways that faith plays a part in the decision making of our nation and the world.

This trip will be open to High School Youth who will be in grades 10, 11, or 12 during February 2019.

The CCC office has applications, a brochure, and an information letter. All of this information can also be found on the UN Seminar page of the CCIOH website. For more information or if you have any questions, contact Rev. Ralph Wearstler at revralphw@sbcglobal.net.

UN Seminar Registration Form

UN Seminar Information Letter

 

 

 

Pictures: Dr. King’s Memorial; rally on the National Mall; gospel singer Yolanda Adams; the Disciples Justice Action Network, and our former GMP Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins

There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)

In that renewal, there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all! (Colossians 3:11)

I was privileged to participate on April 3-5 “A.C.T. to End Racism” prayer march, interfaith service, and rally on the National Mall. Leaving by bus Tuesday night at 10 p.m. from  Columbus (our youngest passenger was an 8-year-old  boy) we joined thousands of others called to D.C. by the National Council of Churches.  Alongside them and many other national and international faith groups, we marched, prayed, and committed ourselves on the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination to continue the work of justice now.

Arriving Wednesday morning with those of moral conscience and Christians of every stripe we marched with matching tee-shirts, banners, and drums from the King Memorial to the National Mall past pink and white cherry blossoms. An interfaith prayer service with Jews, Muslims, and a Zoroastrian revealed King’s “beloved community/world neighborhood” working and praying for peace with justice.

The main focus of the day was to A.C.T. (Awaken, Confess, Transform) to End Racism, with different keynoters, artists, actors, dancers, faith leaders, and musicians each sharing their gifts. Awakening to racism is what the baptismal formulas above address: being “one in Christ” means any ethnic, cultural, class, or gender divisions in Church are sinful. As Church, we confess our complicity in practicing, promoting, and profiting from white privilege and racial division. Telling the truth is transformative when we confront racism’s deformation of education, jobs, healthcare & criminal justice, civil, human, and voting rights, immigration, and media and environmental justice. The rally ended with a renewal of commitment and call to action locally and beyond once home, something the OH Council of Churches and other Councils are doing.

We boarded buses Wednesday evening and arrived back in Columbus early Thursday morning. Thank you for the opportunity to represent our denomination, region,  community, and especially congregation!

-Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant

 

CCC LIBRARY CORNER

APRIL Library Info

 

This month we have more donations! Thank you, one and all.

From our Tuesday Morning Bible Study, we have a copy of Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break by Kelly  Minter. Although written for group study, this can also be used as an individual study. Members of the Women’s Bible Study group would be willing to share insights on this. Contact Maureen M. or Katie B. if interested.

 

Praying in Color by Sybil MacBeth was suggested to the group by one of the participants. It offers a new way to develop a prayer focus.

 

From another CCC member comes the book 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper, a true account of his own death and return to life and its impact on many other people.

 

As Michelle M DE clutters for her upcoming mission experience, she gifts us more books, including God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew. This is an exhilarating true story of a young man who risked his own life to smuggle Bibles into closed countries.

 

And lastly, another Bible was written, especially for young readers & teens. Between chapters & books, sections of the Bible are presented in graphic novel style—like a comic book—whose illustrations bring the Bible stories to full-color life.

 

Enjoy these titles and the many others you can find on our library shelves.

 

Maureen M, your friendly church librarian!

COMPASS CHRISTIAN CHURCH  ONLINE

 Website:  compassc.org

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/cccdoc 

Photo Gallery: (Easter Pictures)

https://hyperperformance.smugmug.com/Church/Compass-Christian-Church/2018

A Sample of picture from Easter Sunday, click above link to see more (thanks to Dave D. for these amazing snaps)

 

 

 

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“The Gift pf Renewal” Scripture (John 3:1-21) Sunday, April 15, 2018        

Call to Worship      

L:         God is making all things new.

 

P:         Through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit!

 

L:         Now it springs forth; do you not perceive it?

 

P:         Although hidden from the eyes of the world, it manifests itself to the faithful.

 

U:        Open our eyes, O Lord, that we might see your kingdom come!

 

Scripture (John 3:1-21)         

                                   

Our reading comes from the good news according to John. 

1Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews.
2He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.”
3Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”
4Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?”
5Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.
6What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is the spirit.
7Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’
8The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
9Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?”
10Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?
11“Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen, yet you do not receive our testimony.
12If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?
13No one has ascended into heaven except for the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.
14And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
16“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
17“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
18Those who believe in him are not condemned, but those who do not believe are condemned already because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
19And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.
20For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed.
 21But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”

Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding

@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “The Gift of Renewal” Scripture (John 3:1-21) Sunday, April 15, 2018 

“The Gift of Renewal”

Sermon Video: To see the Sermon Slides Click HERE

 

 

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“The Gift of Restoration” (John 21:1-17)  Sunday, April 8, 2018

Call to Worship   

 

L:         God’s grace is always greater than our sins.

 

P:         We are grateful beyond words for such mercy!

 

L:         Such forgiveness makes new life possible.

 

P:         We are being made new by God’s Spirit!

 

U:        Restored, renewed, and revitalized, we rejoice!

 

Scripture (John 21:1-17)                                                                 

                                   

Our reading comes from the good news according to John. 

1After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way.
 2Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples.
3Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
4Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.
 5Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.”
 6He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish.
7That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea.
8But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.
9When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread.
10Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.”
11So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn.
12Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord.
 13Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.
14This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.
15When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”
16A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.”
 17He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.

Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.

@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “The Gift of Restoration” (John 21:1-17)  Sunday, April 8, 2018

“The Gift of Restoration”

Sermon Video:  To see the Slides that go along with the video click HERE

 

 

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