19 Community Event; Cincinnati Civic Orchestra at Compass Christian Church, 7:00 p.m.
22 Sermon: “The Gentleness of Wisdom”
28 Volunteer Opportunity; Queen City Kitchen 9:00 a.m.
We’re going to try something new in July. Rather than guessing, hoping and praying we have enough volunteers for the day or finding out we have too many and sending people home, we’re going to try Electronic Sign up! Here’s the link: https://www.volunteersignup.org/CF7RE If anyone is interested in sharing shopping duties, please let Linda H. know.
29 Sermon: “God’s Kindness to Us”
31 Volunteer Opportunity Stepping Forward Dinner
We will meet at the Faith Community United Methodist Church on Cox Road in W.C. about 5 PM and partner with Bethany UMC of Liberty Twp. to prepare and serve dinner to over 150 deserving members of our community.
2 Pastor at Panera bread
5 & 12 Guest Speaker Rev. Dr. Daniel Meister
Keep Hope Alive!
Olive Tree Planting Campaign
For our VBS outreach project this year we raised money to replant olive trees in Palestine. The kids raised over $200, and many adults in the congregation added to that amount on Sunday, July 1. Compass Christian Church will be sending $274.29 for this project.
A gift of $20 covers the cost of the young tree, distribution, planting, and information for farmers on the best techniques for olive tree care. Sponsor
labels are inscribed with the donor’s name and the quote “choose to keep hope alive.”
Olive trees have been cultivated for over 4,000 years and are known as an international symbol of peace. Unfortunately, many olive trees in Palestine, which are the sole income for many Palestinian farmers, have been destroyed in the fighting in that area. The Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture has revealed that over 250,000 olive trees have been uprooted.
The YWCA of Palestine and YMCA of East Jerusalem, both longstanding partners of Disciples of Christ/United Church of Christ’s Global Ministries, are carrying out a campaign to replant 50,000 olive trees from areas where they have been uprooted.
Replanting olive trees in Palestinian territories will encourage Palestinians to “keep hope alive” and to reaffirm their commitment to work constructively toward peace-building. Contributions in the first season of the Olive Tree Campaign have resulted in the planting of several thousand olive trees. Trees have been planted in the Bethlehem area and in the fields of Nablus, Ramallah, and in the Jerusalem area.
CCC Member in Haiti
* Global Ministries evacuated Michelle M. from Haiti. She’s back home & hopefully will return in a month once things settle down in. Thank you for remembering her and the people she serves in your prayers.
New Administrative Assistant!
On July 9th, Debbie O returned to the office to be your helper as the office assistant. She is excited to be back and thankful for all the prayers for her family over the past 2 years.
Many things have changed in the past years, please feel free to stop by and say hello and inform her of all the exciting plans CCC has for the upcoming year.
Reaching Out with Helping Hands
Members in Mission
Hello everyone! Even though I am new to Compass Christian Church, I’ve agreed to take on the role of Mission Team Leader for Reach Out and Grow. I’m very excited to take this on because CCC is such an engaged and impactful congregation. I look forward to supporting our efforts as we each in our own way act as the hands and feet of Christ.
Here is a list of work I’ve seen being done by our church and by members individually. I’m sure there is more than this. Please email, text or call me and let me know what else you are involved in. Also, if you have ideas for new ways for us to reach out (maybe a mission trip for youth and/or adults), please let me know that as well.
We arrived at Camp Christian at 10:00 AM on Saturday. In total, 17 people participated: Jeremy, Sara, Andie, Navy, and Ty A.; : Lyle & Laura D.; Dave D.; Sally E.; Daun, Steve, & Andy S.; Troy S.; Sue T.; Deborah T.; C.J. Y; Ed V.
Our job was to clean the cabins (16) and camp to ready it for the following weeks’ group. Al and Donna Channell, the Camp Superintendents, made a list of all the chores that needed to be completed. In the cabins, we wiped down each bunk, swept and mopped the floors, and scoured and cleaned each bathroom in the cabin clusters (8). We also swept and mopped the common areas of each cabin cluster, the porch at the front of the dining hall, and the breezeway of the administration building. The floor of the gym was swept and mopped and the bathrooms in the gym were cleaned. Trash was taken out of the cabin clusters and driven to the dumpsters. Donna provided a beautiful lunch for us. We worked until mid-afternoon on finishing all the cleaning.
After that, we took a pool break. The water was cold, but it felt refreshing after a very hot day. The late afternoon was spent trying a little fishing (the fish were not very cooperative!), and playing some parachute games in the gym. We had pizzas delivered and Laura brought a beautiful salad for us to share. We built a bonfire in the evening and made s’mores. A few board games and card games were enjoyed in the dining hall.
On Sunday morning, Daun led worship on the dock by the lake. We served communion to each other. Each family contributed food toward our breakfast. We had muffins, Danishes, bananas, grapes and a lovely fruit salad. We packed up and cleaned the cabins and bathrooms that we had used for the night. Once everything was straightened up, we headed for home.
Our work was very much appreciated by Al and Donna.
Abbey and I traveled to D.C. on June 23 for The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival’s rally and march. Our General Minister and President, Rev. Terry Hord Owens, invited Disciples to join her for this historic event. Abbey and I went as representatives of our congregation, region, and general church and share the following so you might have a sense of being there as well.
We took the Metro and walked to National City Christian Church where President Lyndon Baines Johnson once attended. Our GMP was pleased her initial call for 30 other Disciples to join her was vastly exceeded, honored that fellow Disciple Rev. Dr. William Barber was co-chair of this event, and reminded us that “Hope is here, the truth is here, we are the change.” Also present were other general church staff, regional ministers, and theologian/author Rita Nakashima Brock.
We walked with Disciples Public Presence signs and arrived on the Mall with a large stage area before us, the Capitol Building in the background and the Washington Monument behind us. The rally opened with an Apache drum and song blessing. Multiple faith representatives spoke of justice from their sacred texts. The opening words of the Declaration of Independence were read alongside Dr. Martin Luther King’s words from the 1968 Campaign: “People ought to come to Washington, sit down if necessary in the middle of the street and say, ‘We are here; we are poor; we don’t have any money; you have made us this way…and we’ve come to stay until you do something about it.”
A roll call from 40 states was done, showing the breadth of the state level campaigns launched after Mother’s Day. Dr. Barber spoke from Ezekiel 22 of political leaders like wolves shedding the blood of the poor and needy, God-seeking repairers of the breach to stand in the gap, and asked, “Is there anybody willing to stand?” The Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop Michael Curry quoted Alexis de Tocqueville, “America is great because America is good; and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” Systemic racism is one evil that must be addressed for our greatness to occur. David Goodman, brother to Andrew who was murdered in 1964 in MS during the Freedom Summer, spoke next. Others spoke of current efforts to discriminate and disenfranchise the marginalized including Supreme Court decisions in CO against LGBTQIA and OH to purge voter rolls.
Our GMP spoke on systemic poverty and reminded us that scarcity is a lie, that God provides more than enough for everyone, and that poverty is a human invention opposed by God. One significant feature was that key speakers weren’t experts, but folks impacted directly by systemic injustice. Such speakers included a biracial transgender woman without health insurance, a former addict/homeless woman, a nurse that joined 400 others in 1969 in Charleston, SC to strike for better wages, and labor presidents who gave up the dais to introduce workers organizing in different trades. A Reformed rabbi reminded us that ecological devastation distorts God’s intention for the world; “the earth belongs to the Lord and all that is in it,” and not to us. A Unitarian Universalist minister reminded us of King’s words, “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” 53% of our discretionary spending goes to the military, with only 15% for social uplift.
Interspersed between speakers were amazing singers, poets, and others because music and the arts are essential to the struggle for justice; ethnomusicologists take sorrow and rage and transform it into something beautiful. Matt Morris united us singing, “When you lift from the bottom, everybody rises!” At the conclusion, we joined over 10,000 to march around the Capitol, not to commemorate but continue Dr. King’s work 50 years ago. Thank you for your support so we could be present.
L: Gladden the soul of your servant, O Lord, for I lift up my soul to you.
P: We lift up our hearts unto the Lord!
L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
P: It is right to give God thanks and praise!
U: It is right, and a good and joyful thing, to always and everywhere give you praise!
Scripture (1 Thessalonians 2:1-12)
Our reading comes from the first letter to the Thessalonians.
1You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain,
2but though we had already suffered and been shamefully mistreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition.
3For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery,
4but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so, we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts.
5As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed;
6nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others,
7though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children.
8So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves because you have become very dear to us.
9You remember our labor and toil, brothers and sisters; we worked night and day so that we might not burden any of you while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.
10You are witnesses, and God also, how pure, upright, and blameless our conduct was toward you believers.
11As you know, we dealt with each one of you like a father with his children, 12urging and encouraging you and pleading that you lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.
@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “Being Gentle in our Ministry” (1 Thessalonians 2:1-12) Sunday, July 15, 2018
Compass Christian Church is participating in this Backpack ministry; and will be handing out supply cards. Items can be purchased, or a donation can be made online. If you make an online donation please notify Sarah F.
The 2017 Faith Alliance Help a Child in Need Succeed Backpack Ministry supporting Reach out Lakota’s Back to School Program was another wonderful success! Nine Faith Alliance churches partnered to collect backpacks and school supplies for low-income children at Reach Out Lakota.
The results from the Faith Alliance Churches were:
More than 450 children sponsored with school supplies and backpacks
More than $14,000 of school supplies donated
More than $10,000 in backpacks and miscellaneous supplies donated
According to Sarah Ferguson, ROL Coordinator for Compass Christian Church, our congregation collected 26 backpacks, 4 grocery bags of school supplies + 3 bags of “extra supplies,” and monetary donations totaling $240. With this, we supported 43-50 needy students.
Reach Out Lakota’s Annual Back to School Supply Drive provides school supplies to over 500 children every year.
Local children need your help to start
the school year prepared to learn
It’s officially summer…but it is also time to start thinking about school supplies.
The Reach Out Lakota Annual Back to School Drive is underway! Please take
part in our mission to ensure that all children in the Lakota School District
begin the school year with the tools needed to succeed.