The Disciples Voice – June-July Edition
Our hope is that you will find what you need to consider visiting our church family Sunday 10:30 service 6771 Tylersville Road Mason OH 45040
- Develop a closer relationship with God
- Join us in our many missions to end poverty, racism, and heal the brokenness in our community
- Come to share the joy, fun, excitement, and energy that is CCC!
- Come as you are and leave feeling loved and accepted.
Many of our members are new to the community and find that they miss the support of friends and family.
Others are long-term residents that have simply never found the right church home.
- Our worship services are a blend of old and new,
- traditional and contemporary,
- comfortable and sometimes challenging moments.
Indeed it is a stressful world full of confusion, stress, anger, and isolation. We hope sincerely that you will take a few moments to review this newsletter and get a feel for the commitment, diversity, acceptance, and love that God has bestowed upon Compass Christian Church.
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From baptism & first communion to graduation to joining a church, to accepting a call to go on a mission, this past month saw Compass Christian Church marking important passages for individuals in the congregation
was baptized and received his first communion on Pentecost, May 20, 2018.
was recognized for her completion of the Pastor’s class, presented by Laura D.
Also recognized was regular CCC attender, Aniyah J. baptized two days earlier in a Catholic Church.
On Sunday, May 20, CCC commissioned and asked blessings on Michelle M’s call to mission work She will serve in Port O’ Prince, Haiti as Program Assistant on Christian Education, Children Ministries, and International Networking. Michelle’s last Sunday in the U.S. with us will be July 1. We hope you can be here!
graduated summa cum laude from King’s HS and was the only National Merit Finalist from King’s Local School District. He will study Mechanical Engineering at Cooper Union Institute for the Advancement of Science and Art in NYC. Founder Peter Cooper believed in equal opportunity for education, so everyone admitted receives a half-tuition scholarship.
graduated cum laude from Fairfield High School and received the Phi Nuxhall Scholarship, the “2018 Outstanding Actor” award, and 3 Thespian Stars. He is planning to attend Xavier University where he was awarded an Academic Scholarship & the Muskie Grant, a musical theater scholarship.
graduated from Skyward Academy. After taking a “gap year” to work, he plans to attend college in the UK the following year.
Recognition of twelve new members
Another life event marked on Sunday, May 20, was the recognition of twelve new members who have joined Compass Christian Church since last Pentecost. Already an active part of the congregation, these folks are most welcome!
Linda H., David & Lynn L.
Caroline, Katie & Jennifer H. (not shown, Michael H.)
Lacey S. & Kirk T., Dave & Nancy T. & Wilma W.
Donne, you will be missed
Friends, I have resigned from my position as CCC Office Administrator in order to serve in the “regional office” of my own denomination, i.e., the Wilmington Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). My last day in this office will be June 28. I have enjoyed my sojourn among the Disciples of Christ, and deeply appreciate the kindness you have shown me through my daughter’s illness.
Your Friend, Donne Hayden
During the summer Worship and Wonder is held in the sanctuary
Our ABLAZE Choir
As a community,
we share in the joys of life and comfort one another in times of sorrow.
We stress individualism and a respect and tolerance for those differing in race, religion, age and the other things that cause us to be isolated and saddened.
We challenge each other to share our talents.
We believe each person has a responsibility to create their own relationship with God through our Savior Jesus Christ and rely upon His words to guide our daily lives.
Now after the wise men had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. Matthew 2:13-15
Today, June 20, is World Refugee Day when across the globe we remember those displaced by war, violence, or persecution that are forced to flee their homes in hopes of finding welcome, safety, and protection in another country. They are not criminals but among the most vulnerable of all. As U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says, “Their story is one of resilience, perseverance, and courage. Ours must be of solidarity, compassion, and action.”
It was after the devastation and refugee crisis created by WW2 that the U.S. led efforts to draft the 1951 Refugee Convention. Under this Convention and Protocol, the U.S. is prohibited from penalizing asylum seekers “on account of their illegal entry or presence” because after WW2 many nations treated refugees as “illegal entrants.” Under both U.S. and International law, those fearing persecution in their home country don’t need the approval to seek asylum here. Criminalizing those seeking asylum is not only illegal, but immoral, and a revocation of the best part of our national history, civic identity, and moral authority.
For a country that claims to be founded on Christian principles, it’s also a fundamental rejection of the core biblical practice of hospitality found in both Testaments. Refugees have a moral claim on Israel because Israel was once a refugee people (Ex 22:19). Refugees have a moral claim on Christians because Jesus himself was a refugee. Jesus only escaped the murderous Herod because of the hospitality of Egypt, the site of Israel’s former slavery. When the Holy Family returned to Israel they did n’t resettle in their hometown Bethlehem but lived as refugees in Nazareth. That sense of displacement marked Jesus as one who had nowhere to lay his head (Mt 8:20) and who promises that how the hungry, thirsty, stranger, sick, and imprisoned are treated is how he is treated.
Our world currently faces a refugee crisis that hasn’t been seen since WW2: How shall we respond?
Festival of Faiths
Greater Cincinnati’s first-ever Festival of Faiths on Sunday, June 24, 2018, at Xavier University’s Cintas Center will bring together neighbors, families and spiritual leaders to celebrate the area’s religious diversity. The day will feature faith-based exhibits, dialogues, workshops, art, music and fun activities for all ages. The event is free and open to the public.
Modeled after popular long-standing festivals in Louisville and Indianapolis, Cincinnati’s festival will showcase the many faith traditions of our region. It also includes a day of community service for interfaith groupings of volunteers.
Organized by the local Bridges of Faith Trialogue, the Festival’s objectives are to promote awareness of Greater Cincinnati’s religious diversity, celebrate the variety of cultural contributions to our community’s quality of life, and educate families about the world’s religions.
The theme for this inaugural event is “Compassion through Action” in recognition of the role the faith community has historically played and continues to play in advancing a civil, socially just and welcoming community for all who live, work and visit Greater Cincinnati. The event will also serve to unify our community, focusing on our similarities and celebrating our differences.
Co-Chairing the Festival’s Steering Committee are the Rev. Canon Manoj Zacharia, sub-dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Sandy Kaltman, president of the local American Jewish Committee, and Maria Munir, a board member of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati. Heading up the Program Committee are the Brueggeman Center’s James Buchanan Ph.D., Umama Alam of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, Sarah Weiss, director of the Holocaust and Humanity Center, and Nazly Mamedova, an attorney with Waclaw.
“Religions worldwide contribute in many ways to the soul of a community – its values, mores, human relations and ultimately its progress. Regardless of creed, religions universally lift up compassion as a pathway to enrich spiritual and personal relationships that build a community’s vibrancy and livability for all,” said Maria Munir, Festival Co-Chair.
Compass Christian Church is a part of Faith Alliance, a community of twenty churches who come together to perform missions like eliminating poverty in our region. Here are some of the programs we are currently involved in:
(For additional information go to http://www.thefaithalliance.org/blog/ )
The Summer Lunch Program is one of our most recognized ministries. Many people remember making sack lunches in church kitchens to deliver to children in sponsored neighborhoods. Since its inception, the Summer Lunch Program has become so much more than lunch! Bobbie Turner, our amazing Summer Lunch Leader, (pictured) has
The Faith Alliance Summer Literacy Program 2018 is well underway. Elementary students are working with our experienced team of educators to strengthen reading skills and reduce “summer slide”. Books, new vocabulary and a trip to the Cincinnati Zoo ensure students have a blast on this learning adventure. We are thrilled
Help a Child Succeed Backpack Ministry – Faith Alliance and Reach Out Lakota
Compass Christian Church, along with 10 other local congregations, supports the Faith Alliance program Stepping Forward, which provides an evening meal for deserving neighbors in our community every Tuesday at Faith Community United Methodist Church on Cox Road. On each 5th Tuesday, (which occurs four times a year), CCC and its ministry partner, Bethany UMC, prepares and serves a meal.
While providing a meal for those in need is important, there is much more to the evening than just good food. An after-dinner program offers guest families tools and relational support in order to move their lives forward. The program, for instance, maybe a job-skills or life-skills class or ESL (English as second language) instruction; support can take the form of a homework room and fun activities for the kids; information and referrals for a food pantry for qualified families living in the Lakota School District, or referrals to various other services available in the community. As in any such ministry, help is deeply appreciated. If you have skills which could be utilized in the after-dinner programs, please contact Ed V.
Run 4 Home 5K Interfaith Hospitality Network of Warren Cty
Queen City Kitchen Missions
June is when we honor our graduates, our teachers, and those who have agreed to fill the various positions of church leadership.
Support, encouragement & guidance can all be found in our church library.
We’ve all experienced times of utter chaos. When Life is a Zoo God Still Loves You guides us to see that that’s when we need to rely on the One who calmed the storms. By Bob Russell, this book lets the animals of Bible stories show us how God cares for all of his creation.
Growing in Grace by Bob George helps us see that outward appearance is minor to our inward, true growth as Christians. Again, our perfect Savior will lead us to become the best we can be.
Some people say, “There is no such thing as a coincidence.” In the Guidepost book Amazing Coincidences, you’ll find that they are right. These true accounts show that God will guide & direct us to answer all our needs.
Come to the library to find these books and more that can help you become the best you can be.
Cincinnati Civic Orchestra Returns