The Disciples Voice – October 17, 2018
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We welcomed Rev. Richard Walker as guest speaker. His message was “God Hears”.
Thank you for your worship leadership!
To hear Rev. Walker’s sermon click HERE
The Bible and Homosexuality Tuesday Oct 23, 30, & Nov 6 @ 7 p.m.
Our own Rev. Pete Smith, CCC member, and former DOC Regional Minister will be leading us into a discussion over three weeks.
Session 1, October 23. Rev. Pete will share how his own upbringing, understanding of Bible passages, and cultural attitudes toward this and other related issues changed over time and how God “nudged” him to new places. Others will be encouraged to share how their culture shaped their own thinking and faith.
Session 2, October 30 will address: Does the Bible teach more than one thing about homosexuality? How our Disciples of Christ founders approached Bible study, and how Rev. Pete does.
Session 3, November 6 will examine several denominational statements about homosexuality, issues with narrow fundamentalism, and class member issues.
As preparation for these sessions, Rev. Pete recommends reading the following:
BACKGROUND on Disciples of Christ and Inclusion:
Formed in the early 1800s in response to the practice of Christian denominations acting in exclusion of each other rather than collaboration, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have a history of reaching out to other traditions.
ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION & GENDER IDENTITY
At the General Assembly in 2013, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) voted to affirm and welcome LGBTQ people in all aspects of church life, including leadership. While the resolution does not dictate policy for individual congregations, the denomination actively encourages congregations interested in becoming more inclusive.
ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY
Same-gender marriages are celebrated by many congregations of the Christian Church.
In response to the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of marriage equality, Rev. Sharon Watkins, former general minister and president, noted that individual congregations would maintain their autonomy but added that “ministers whose consciences call for them to conduct weddings for couples regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity may now do so legally in every state.”
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) voiced its support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act since the earliest days of the debate. As stated above, the church’s 2013 resolution calls for full inclusion of LGBTQ people in the church, including in administrative and leadership roles.
As with other issues of policy, decisions regarding ordination remain in the hands of congregations and regions. However, several regions and many congregations of The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) now ordain LGBTQ clergy. Women have been ordained in the church since the 1880s.
Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance, a national organization working toward just and inclusive church that welcomes persons of all gender expressions and sexual identities into the full life and leadership of the church.
Urgent Volunteer Opportunities and Missions:
CCC Food Panty Needs: The pantry needs crackers and egg noodles for the boxes they put together for those in need.
Thank you for your support.
Family in Need:
Lakisha Jackson has been with Queen City Kitchens for over a year, she started out as our chef assistant and has worked hard to obtain QCK’s Kitchen Manager position in November 2017. But most importantly, she has been a friend to all whether staff or volunteer and has become a loved member of the QCK family. On Monday, October 8, 2018, Kisha was diagnosed with cancer in her breast, spine, and lungs. Kisha is the sole provider of four beautiful children; two girls and two boys and has been advised she will need treatment that will place her out of work for a lengthy time. Kisha is only 34 years of age with the world on her shoulders at the moment. She has asked that we continue to keep her in our prayers. This will be a uphill battle that Kisha and her QCK family is ready to fight.
The QCK family is collecting donations for Kisha and her family to assist with monthly bills, medical expenses, and food for her children while they stay with family while she is hospitalized. You can donate through this GoFundMe page or through a jar that will be in the QCK Walnut Hills location.
If there is any other assistance that you would like to give please respond call us at 513-961-1983.
We would love to have someone adopt Kisha and her family for Christmas, if anyone would like more info please see Tia or email her at Director@QueenCityKitchen.org
Please make checks payable to Lakisha Jackson.
Feeding the Hungry in our Community:
Volunteer now to help serve on October 27th. See Linda H. or Kurt F.
Click HERE to find out additional information on Queen City Kitchen
STEPPING FORWARD DINNER
Tuesday, October 30th, 5:30 p.m.
The next opportunity for Compass Christian Church to be a part this Faith Alliance ministry is coming soon. We will meet at the Faith Community United Methodist Church on Cox Road in W.C. about 5:30 p.m. and partner with Bethany UMC of Liberty Twp. to prepare and serve dinner to over a 150 deserving members of our community.
Using the gifts we have received, let us pay forward to our neighbors by serving their needs. Please see Ed V. to add your name to the sign-up list. You will be blessed and God will be glorified.
Click HERE to view Google Maps
Angel Tree Program – Reach Out Lakota Holiday Program
We are grateful for your support again this year!We are currently in the process of registering our families for the 2018 program with an enrollment deadline at the end of this month. Once I have completed our list of children, I will be happy to deliver a packet of 40 cards for 40 children.
This holiday season you can make a difference for those in need in the West Chester and Liberty Township communities. These gifts insure there are gifts under the Christmas tree for needy children in our communities; thanks in advance for your support of this holiday ministry!
Holiday Giving Program is one of the many services that Reach Out Lakota provides to the community. The Holiday Program consists of a toy program and a food program. For the toy program in 2017, Reach Out Lakota had approximately 745 children from 244 families that live in the Lakota Local School District registered to receive Christmas toys. Each child was provided with two gifts valued at $25 each. Gifts are donated by various individuals, business groups, social groups and church groups. In addition to the gifts, each child receives a bag of stocking toys valued at $5 – $10 each. For the food program in 2017, 253 families registered to receive food. Each of the families received boxes of food to feed them for the full week of Christmas. The food is provided by members of St. John Catholic Church and St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church.
Member in Mission Spotlight
Cozy Comforts for Kids Cozy Comforts for Kids was born out of the quilt making service project of the Hiram College Alumni Volunteer Day that CCC hosted for 3 years.Because I enjoy the creative process of quilt making & had leftover material, I wondered how to use my talent & treasure.
Our church has several outreach projects for adults, but not one exclusively for kids. After much thinking & praying over my idea of making quilts for kids, I brought it to the Women’s Bible Study. With their eager support & Pastor Troy’s approval, I was encouraged to start Cozy Comforts for Kids.
Each time I think, “I can’t do this because . . ” something happens that shows me I can & should continue this ministry. When I get low on supplies, someone brings me a bag (sometimes 2) of material. When I think no one needs these quilts, I hear of a child who loves the quilt he/she received.
So here we are. Almost a year later and over 50 quilts made & given. If you’d like to help with this ministry, you can
a.) donate material – fleece, flannel, cotton/cotton blends in kid friendly patterns or neutral color thread,
b.) cut the cotton material into 8″ squares,
c.) make a quilt! – It’s easy & I can teach you how.
d.) give a quilt to a child,
e.) pray for those receiving the quilts.
Christmas is coming, and I would love to blanket our community with a tangible gift of our love. Maureen M.
New Ministry ; Plarn Ministry Kickoff!
Monday, November 12 at 7 p.m. at CCC
What to Bring:
- Plastic bags
- Crochet needs (size I or J) if you plan to crochet
- Enthusiasm for service to our Lord Jesus Christ
- Love for our friends in need
Watch the weekly updates for more information. Hope to see you there!
Thanksgiving Offering Nov 11 & 18
The Thanksgiving Offering supports Disciples colleges, universities and theological institutions. Disciples have a long history of post-secondary and theological education. This offering provides a direct connection to 14 colleges and universities, 7 seminaries and theological programs. Gifts from this offering continue the Disciples tradition of developing leaders for our communities and the Church.
A big Thank You to the bakers for World Communion, Ruth Phillips, Lacey Stewart, Sarah Ferguson, and Sally Engle. Breads were made from Russia, India, Australia, China, and the Middle East. Thanks from the Worship Team.
Thank you to the following for all their hard work on Saturday’s work day. Bill & Alice A., Layle & Laura D., Don & Ruth P., Dave & Nancy T., Rich & Sally E., Steve & Daun S., Gerry W., Ed V., Kirk T., Mike L., Alice W. & Mairi H.
A thank you to all who participated in the Paint Nite which brought in over $450 for the Dominican Republic 2019 Mission Trip!!
Thanks to our Regional Assembly Representatives!
We appreciate the prayers of many, and the presence of Jane & Linda H., Daun S., Troy S., Ed V., and Wilma W. who traveled to Gender Road Christian Church to represent CCC in the business sessions involving our future as a region.
We are planning to have fees and registration materials for the Children, Youth & Young Adult Camps and Conferences ready by Thanksgiving, so keep an eye out for that. http://www.ccinoh.com/camp-christian.aspx
Camp Christian Concert Fundraiser
Sat. Nov. 17, 7 p.m. “A Night with Noah & Jessi!”
Award winning guitarist, Noah Wotherspoon and Jessi Bair will be sharing their immense talents onstage at Camp Christian. Noah and Jessi have been collaborating since they met in central Pennsylvania in 2009. Together they weave an ethereal musical tapestry of Americana, alt/country, and Appalachian blues. In 2012, they released their first EP as a duo entitled: “Carolina Songs”.
Please join us as we enjoy great music, good food and fun. For those interested, we will have an “open mic” after Noah and Jessi’s performance. This is a family friendly event.
Tickets are $25. You may also choose to add an overnight option at Camp Christian for an additional $25 per person. 100% of the proceeds will go to Camp Christian.
Help us raise money to “Keep the Bell Ringing!”
Coins for Camp With $1104 from coins & $4146 from commemorative coins, 2 gift checks (anonymous & Nancy Pigg memorial gift), a grand total of $5250 from CCC was dedicated at the Oct. 6 Regional Assembly! Thanks for everyone’s generous support!
Pizza / Craft Party – November 4th
Ohio CYF invites high-schoolers to join in engaging with faith and politics
CYF abbreviation for “Christian Youth Fellowship”
Posted on October 5, 2018 at 3:22 pm.
Disciples News Service
Submitted by Rev. Alan Dicken
Religion and politics – two things you are not supposed to talk about at dinner. And yet, it is always important to know how your faith informs the rest of your life. Deciding to follow Jesus means following Christ in the classroom, at work, and in the community. Now more than ever, it is important to know how our faith shapes policies made in this country and around the world.
hat spirit, that the Ohio CYF embarks every two years on a “UN Seminar” trip. For a week, high schoolers from around the state travel to New York City and Washington D.C. to explore how faith and politics impact one another.
While in the Big Apple, students tour the United Nations Building (technically leaving U.S. soil briefly)! We meet with representatives of Church World Service and the Nation Council of Churches. In our nation’s capital, students have a chance to meet with congressional representatives, and sometimes even one of the senators of the Buckeye State. The UN Seminar participants have the opportunity to visit the Holocaust Museum, the National Museum of African American History, and many other fascinating places of learning.
While there are many opportunities for education and chances to interact with decision makers in our country, there are also a lot of other experiences to be had on the UN Seminar! Throughout the week, participants participate in a service project, see a play, go to the top of the Empire State Building, take in a Broadway musical, worship in some of our nation’s important Disciples churches, and go sightseeing all over!
Traditionally, this has been an experience reserved for Ohio high schoolers, but we would like to take this opportunity to invite anyone and everyone from high schools all over the country who would like to join us on this once in a lifetime trip! We’ll be going from Feb. 22- March 2, 2019 and all are welcome to apply!
Focus on the Youth – Books to Read ; Books can be loaned from our library
School’s back in session, so this month we focus on our youth and how we can help them in their faith journeys.
You’ve heard of extreme sports? In Burn by Thomas Nelson, publishers, we’re shown how to live with extreme compassion – the compassion Jesus had. This is not for the casual Christian, but for someone looking to really get involved.
Our youth can’t develop on their own. Author of more than 30 books, George Barna, explores how adults can develop a more effective ministry for children in Transforming Children Into Spiritual Champions. Anyone who cares about & for our church kids will discover what Barna feels is necessary to help transform them for Christ.
If You’d Been There in Bible Times by Abingdon Press really makes Bible stories come alive! The colorful pages combine the story with information on what life was really like when it happened. What kind of homes did people live in? What did they eat & wear? How did they travel? Kids (and parents) can deepen their understanding of Bible times in a fun & interesting way.
These and other great books await you in the Library Corner.
We all live off his generous bounty, gift after gift after gift. We got the basics from Moses, and then this exuberant giving and receiving, this endless knowing and understanding— all this came through Jesus, the Messiah. John 1:16-17
Native American farmers practice companion planting with corn, beans, and squash. Flat mounds of earth 1’ high and 20” wide are formed at whose center several corn kernels are planted. When the corn plants are about 6” tall, bean and squash seeds are planted alternately around the perimeter. Native Americans call these three plants the “Three Sisters,” each of whom has a role to play. Sister Corn is the leader, Sister Bean is the giver, and Sister Squash is the protector.
The corn provides the poles for beans to climb, the beans provide nitrogen for corn and squash, and the squash leaves block sunlight to reduce weeds, create a microclimate to retain moisture, and their prickly hairs deter pests. Corn lacks essential amino acids the body needs, but beans contain both and these three together provide the complex carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, and all 8 essential amino acids we need to thrive. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden website says, “Each is part of a cooperative, symbiotic plant community, a circle of interdependence, giving and receiving.”
A key component of Christian community is “mutual upbuilding” (Rom 14:9) where different spiritual gifts equip the Church for ministry. This upbuilding is marked by grace, pleasing one another, encouragement, and consolation. This love helps each part work properly together, promotes the body’s growth, and whose purpose is building up the Church. Its goal is the unity of the faith, the knowledge of God’s Son, and spiritual maturity. The Three Sisters build each other up.
The origin of Christian community is within the Trinity itself, the tri-unity shared among Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It’s found in Jesus’ prayer for the Church in John 17:21-26 where the unity, glory, and love that Jesus shares with the Father is shared with us. This is so the world may believe the Father sent Jesus and that the Father loves us. Our community life witnesses to the world the unity and relationship of the Trinity.
The Greek word for this relationship is perichoresis from peri which means “around” and chorein which means “to make room for, go forward, contain.” It’s often visualized by three figures holding hands in a circle, dancing without end, a circle of interdependence, of giving and receiving.
Our September fall launch shared:
There is no more urgent task for our time than the
rebuilding of community among our scattered families, anonymous neighborhoods, competitive workplaces, (anti)social media, and partisan politics.
The Church, at its best, represents a transnational movement for wholeness whose shared and primary loyalty to Christ creates a united community despite the differences that might otherwise divide.
Might a planting technique help us imagine the community we’re called to create?
Regional & Camp Christian Financial Reports ; Regional Finances
At the end of August last year we had a negative Cash Bank balance of ($148,319). In contrast, as of August 31 of this year we have a positive Cash Bank balance of $19,603! The same date last year we owed the Office of General Minister & President $19,207. As of August 31, 2018 we owe the OGMP $5,933. This amount will be paid in full by the end of the year, according to the Treasury Services projection, assuming we continue in the positive trend of holding down expenses and increasing income. We need a generous Christmas Offering to finish out the year in a strong financial position.
The Camp Christian section of the financial report is not as strong, primarily due to the lower number of campers and the lower numbers than anticipated in Camp Facilities & Meals from retreats and other non-summer rentals at Camp Christian. And, our expenses are under budget by $17,231! Almost all of this reduction is due to saving in the Food & Kitchen expense line. Our Camp Christian net deficit was($13,793) as of August 31.
The Total Income was helped by the Gifts of $71,294. These were gifts toward paying down the balance on the loan with Disciples Church Extension Fund. These figures were updated at the October 6 Regional Assembly. Camp Superintendent Al Channell reminded folks the 2013 mortgage was $389,000. In May of 2018 it was $212,000. As of September 28 it was $113,000. Between September 29 to October 5, it was $77,000. Nancy Pigg’s Memorial gift along with CCC’s spare change, collectible coins, tee-shirts, calendars, and an anonymous gift came to $5,250, 36% of the Regional Assembly Camp Christian offering of $14,500! As of October 6, the new mortgage has now been reduced to $63,000! And to top it off, the IN Regional Assembly, meeting the same day as ours, took up an offering for the Ohio region.
That is much better than one year ago, but must continue to improve. Treasury Services projects, based on 8 months of actual numbers and 4 months of budgeted numbers, we should reach a positive cash balance of $1,112 as of December 31, 2018.
We are making significant strides and progress to insure the good work of Camp Christian continues for future generations of our children and youth.
For full report click HERE
Regional Assembly Decisions
The following decisions were approved by the 350+ members at Gender Road CC on October 6:
#1: Recovenanting as Ohio Disciples was approved as amended, dropping “Ohio Disciples” as our “Doing Business As.”
#2: Vacancies on the Regional Church Council were filled with nominees from the floor across the 5 areas of our region.
#3 Resizing & Streamlining the Regional Church Council to be no more than 21 members & the Executive Council to be no more than 10.
#4 Regional Transition Team to create a process whereby we can move forward & take next steps.
Focus on Health: Medicare Part D
Some changes to part D are coming in 2019. Just as a reminder, Medicare part D is the prescription drug plan part of medicare. Before going deeper into what the changes for the 2019 plan year are let’s discuss some terminology.
Deductible: A deductible is the out of pocket cost you are responsible for before your coverage kicks in.
Doughnut Hole or Coverage Gap: The doughnut hole or coverage gap is a period of time in your part D coverage where your medication costs go up after you spend over a certain threshold. This threshold is considered the bottom of the doughnut hole and is calculated by adding the total amount paid by you and your insurance company for your medications. The top of the doughnut hole, the threshold you need to meet so you no longer have to pay those higher drug costs, is calculated by adding the amount you paid out of pocket to get into the doughnut hole and what you pay out of pocket while in the doughnut hole.
Catastrophic Coverage: Catastrophic coverage is on the other side of the doughnut hole and is where your copays go back down from the coverage gap levels.
Now that we’ve reviewed the terminology, let’s look at the specifics for 2019. The maximum out of pocket deductible for this year is $415 which is slightly higher than last year. The coverage gap or the doughnut hole thresholds are also changing. In 2019 the initial coverage limit or bottom of the doughnut hole is going to be $3820 and the top of the coverage gap will be $5100. Remember paying $3820 between both you and your insurance will put you in the gap and paying $5100 out of pocket (including what you paid before you got into the gap) will get you out of the gap. While in the gap you will pay 30 percent of the cost of brand-name drugs, and 37 percent of the cost of generics this coming year.
As always, if you have questions please see Lacey S. Also, don’t forget to stop by for the Health Ministry’s monthly blood pressure checks after church in the pantry area!
Local: For resources to heal infants and children in the opioid epidemic.
Regional: For upcoming election results & their effect on all Ohio residents.
Global: For aid workers in natural and human-created international disaster areas.
Calendar of Upcoming Events
Unless otherwise denoted all events are held at Compass Christian Church, 6771 Tylersville Rd, Mason, OH 45040, USA
- Awakenings October 21, 2018 at 9:00 am – 9:30 am
- Adult Study October 21, 2018 at 9:30 am – 10:10 am
- Worship October 21, 2018 at 10:30 am – 11:30 am
- Healing & Anointing October 21, 2018 at 11:20 am – 11:35 am
- Women’s Bible Study October 23, 2018 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
- The Bible & Homosexuality October 23, 2018 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
- Handbell Practice October 24, 2018 at 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
- Adult Choir Practice October 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
- Ablaze Choir October 25, 2018 at 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
- QUEEN CITY KITCHES IN OVER-THE-RHINE October 27, 2018 at 9:00 am – 2:00 pm 1620 Vine St. Cincinnati OH 45202 We will prepare and serve a meal for about 300 people – cooking starts at 9 a.m. service is noon to 1 p.m.
- Interfaith Hospitality October 27, 2018 at 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
- Awakenings October 28, 2018 at 9:00 am – 9:30 am
- Adult Study October 28, 2018 at 9:30 am – 10:10 am
- Worship October 28, 2018 at 10:30 am – 11:30 am
- Women’s Bible Study October 30, 2018 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
- Stepping Forward Dinner October 30, 2018 at 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Faith Community United Methodist, 8230 Cox Rd, West Chester Township, OH 45069, USA Volunteer to help serve.
- The Bible & Homosexuality October 30, 2018 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
- Handbell Practice October 31, 2018 at 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
- Adult Choir Practice October 31, 2018 at 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
- Pastor @ Panera November 1, 2018 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Panera Bread, 7725 Voice of America Centre Dr, Westchester, OH 45069
- Ablaze Choir November 1, 2018 at 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
- Awakenings November 4, 2018 at 9:00 am – 9:30 am
- Adult Study November 4, 2018 at 9:30 am – 10:10 am
- Worship November 4, 2018 at 10:30 am – 11:30 am
- General Election November 6, 2018
- Elders November 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
- The Bible & Homosexuality November 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
- Handbell Practice November 7, 2018 at 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
- Adult Choir Practice November 7, 2018 at 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
- Ablaze Choir November 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
- MLT & Board November 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
- Live Nativity Build November 17, 2018
- Consecration Sunday November 18, 2018 – a light meal of soups following service 12 pm
- Live Nativity December 8, 2018 at 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
- Cincinnati Civic Orchestra December 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
- Christmas Cantata December 16, 2018 at 10:30 am – 11:30 am
- Christmas Eve Service December 24, 2018 at 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Google Maps Link: 6771 Tylersville Road Mason OH 45040