The Disciples Voice – December and January Edition
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Mission & Ministry – Highlighted Events
- 13 Cincinnati Civic Orchestra 7 pm performance – invite a friend and come to watch the free concert
- 14 and 15 Matthew 25 Special Event“Admit One to Heaven”/tickets-the-radio-play
What happens to the Christmas spirit when a church has to decide how to distribute 253 tickets that “Admit One to Heaven” to a congregation of more than 1,000?
Tickets the Radio Play is based on the short story Tickets originally written by Reverend Wendell Mettey in 1976 for his Walnut Hills congregation. The story Tickets is included in a compilation of Christmas stories (Lost and Found, Stories of Christmas) released in November of 2013.
- 16 Christmas Cantata ( No Children’s Worship and Wonder ) so all can enjoy the wondrous songs and music “Miracle in a Manager”. Youth planners have decided to let everyone enjoy their busy Christmas season and will be announcing activities to warm up the cold days of winter to come. Be watching for future activities!
- 18 1:00 p.m. Women’s Bible Study
- 19 6:30 p.m. Handbell Practice
- 19 7:30 p.m. Adult Choir
- 23 Christmas Sunday
- 24 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Service “The Lights of Christmas”
Please join us for our Christmas Eve Service of Light. Including carols, Scripture readings, a fun play performed by our youth and children, communion, and the traditional lighting of the candles.
- 25 Merry Christmas
- 30 10:30 a.m.“Happy New You”; “Naming the Old, Claiming the New” service
December 24 through Jan. 1, 2019
We will check messages but if you need an immediate response, please contact Pastor Dr. Troy or Debbie @ 513-218-0525. Emails needing quick response need to go to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond on January 2 when back in the office to all other emails. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
Local: For Christ’s love to fill our hearts through Live Nativity, cantata, Advent services & community outreach.
Regional: For Christ’s joy to fill our lives by saving Camp Christian & supporting our regional churches and general church.
Global: For Christ’s peace to fill our world so that divisive issues may be addressed and healing occurs.
- 6 New Years Party Fellowship Time (after worship approx. noon); Blood Pressure Check and sign dedication.
- 8 1:00 p.m. Women’s Bible Study
- 9 6:30 p.m. Handbell Practice
- 9 7:30 p.m. Adult Choir
- 21 6:30 p.m. Carthage Christian Church District Listening SessionThe planned the date for our district listening session will be Monday, January 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Carthage Christian Church. If the weather does not permit a meeting on that date, the secondary date will be Monday, January 28 at 6:30 p.m.We encourage all participants to fill out the 5 questions shared by the Regional Transition Team. A copy of the questions can be found in the office or the link for the series of questions referenced below: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Sm2vaDpIjt7Th6gpH3FcZ4sGQDZdFUK-4Xe3NqOerPU/edit
- 17 and 21 – join the community choir that will lead the congregation in singing at this year’s Live the Dream: Our Declaration of Unity celebration on January 21, 2019, at 12:15 p.m. at the Lakota West High School. The first rehearsal will be held on Thursday, January 17, from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 7393 Dimmick Road, West Chester; the second will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, January 21, at Lakota West High School, 8940 Union Centre Blvd., West Chester, in the auditorium. No special talent required, just an enjoyment of singing will do.
1 … New Signage
WOW! The new sign is here!
Thank you go to many people who helped to select, purchase and get the new sign in place. On January 6, 2019, after worship, we’ll recognize those folks who helped make this happen, right before we begin our New Year’s party!
2 … Connections Team
Elders plus volunteer Connection Team Members were each given a list of a portion of the membership and friends of the congregation to provide care and support.
Want to join this team? What are they doing?
Reach out when someone has an illness, or just needs encouragement or support of any kind, and basically, just to become better friends. See Daun S. if you would like more information and/or are interested in becoming part of this great team.
This Connections Team is excited about the possibilities to connect with each other in the Body of Christ!
3 … Sunday Gatherings (New Years Party Fellowship Time)
- January 6 (after worship approx. noon)
Per your last name, please bring items for the potluck.
A -H Main Course
I -P Soup or Salad
Q- Z Desserts
Church will supply drinks.
This Months Ways to Serve
(to make a difference):
1… Dec 29 – serve meals at Queen City Kitchen; Donate socks, hats, gloves (dark colors); bake Christmas cookies
We are collecting gifts for our guests at Queen City Kitchen. We have had a very generous donation of sweatshirts which we know will be well received. We’re also looking for socks (white or dark) and gloves and hats (dark colors). AND if anyone is feeling ambitious and wants to bake Christmas cookies, I am sure they will bring a smile to our guests. Gifts will be blessed at the service on December 23rd and given at the meal on December 29th.
Please contact Linda Herrington with questions or to sign up to participate 29th of December.
2… Urgent Request – Children’s Worship and Wonder Volunteer Teacher
We are looking for willing and wonderful persons to help teach the Preschool class while Leann White is out of town for the winter.
We have great materials and awesome students that make it easy!
Please see Carol Yarborough or Leann White if you can teach one Sunday, several Sundays, or even the month. We guarantee you’ll be blessed!
3… December 16 & 23 – Christmas Offering
Watch this video to see where your money goes:
Our finest gifts support the work of regional ministries this Christmas. Online donation link: Please give generously to this year’s Christmas Offering.
- To Scott Fr., Bob P., Lindsay B. for getting the steeple and roundabout lights fixed.
- Thank you, men, for coming together on Nov. 17 to build the stable.
- Thank you all for hanging around to help beautify the church for the Advent season.
- Thank you to Sally E for locating the Angel Tree ornaments.
- Thank you to all who helped give gifts to 45 children for Christmas.
- Thanks all for goodies, time, service to give back to the community on the 8th at our Live Nativity.
- Ten Thousand Villages was at our Live Nativity and was very pleased with the support.
Update How You Have Made a Difference
1…Reach Out Lakota – Holiday Giving Program (our Angel tree) Update
Through the generous support of individuals, local parishes, and community partners Reach Out Lakota is helping over 300 families, including more than 780 children, enjoy the holiday season this year. The Reach Out Lakota Holiday Giving Program – that provides holiday food baskets for families as well as new toys for their children – is proof positive that our community is a great place to live.
Families seek help from Reach Out Lakota for a wide variety of reasons; overwhelming medical bills, chronic underemployment, and personal tragedy are just a few. One thing these families all have in common is a desire for a loving household where hunger and heat are not daily concerns. Once again our community has pulled together to provide some relief this December. Donations of food baskets will help feed entire families during the holiday season and collected toys will not only bring joy to the boys and girls receiving them but will bring thankful smiles to the parents who are able to give a surprise gift to their children.
From the mother who simply wanted a toy for her child so they could become closer by playing together, to the grandparent taking custody of a child whose family has experienced tragedy, the Reach Out Lakota Holiday Giving Program is making an impact on families in our community in ways that cannot be measured but will be remembered. On behalf of all of our recipients, Reach Out Lakota sincerely thanks our donors whose collective generosity is improving the lives of so many in West Chester and Liberty Township.
Christmas & Back to School
2…News from Our Haiti Missionary
From: writing-in-the-margins.com. Michelle McKay Thanks to Michelle for sharing this with us!
When I met Denis it was the end of my first week as a conversational English teacher at a Port au Prince school. I had just finished “teaching” a class of seventy-one students and was more than overwhelmed to walk into another classroom of over fifty teenagers. After writing some basic English greetings on the chalkboard, I asked, in English, for the class to read the phrases out loud. After a few painful minutes of lame attempts to evoke a response, a soft-spoken, brightly smiling student walked over and offered to translate. When God shut the mouths of the lions, I bet Daniel must have felt the same relief I did when Denis stepped up to help! Later in the year, I had the honor of sitting down with this young man and chat about his life and vision for his future.
Denis is currently in his third year at College St. Andre as a Rheto [junior] student and is president of the English Club. (He’s an excellent English Language Learner speaker!) At most Haitian schools, students are taught in French while learning Kreyol, Spanish and English. In addition to his basic schooling and language learning, he has also taken technical courses such as plumbing, paving, sewing and will soon begin computer classes next semester.
There is much more to this story about Denis; go the website to see what his vision is and how he wants to help his community.
Waypoints – Bringing Unity
Sunday Gatherings; Connections Team “allelon”
When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. Acts 2:1
In the September 23rd sermon “Creating Camaraderie Among and Beyond the Crew” the leadership and I shared the following: 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 an international movement for wholeness whose shared and primary loyalty to Christ creates a united community despite the differences that might otherwise divide. Recognizing the importance of first establishing camaraderie among the crew before extending it beyond, the leadership of the congregation is launching several initiatives in 2019. One of those is our Connections Team under the direction of the Elders, while the other will occur one Sunday of each month after worship throughout 2019 as we share food, conversation, fun, and faith with one another.
The early Christian communities established something heretofore unknown: gatherings of Jews and Gentiles, slaves and free, male and female, rich and poor, Greeks and Romans, barbarians and Scythians, and many others bound together by Christ and sharing one Lord, one loaf, one faith, one cup, and one baptism. Into a tribalized Mediterranean world of division, the early Church spoke and enacted the word “allelon” to bring unity. It’s a reciprocal pronoun meaning “one another, mutually” and it occurs when two or more people do something together and both receive the benefits. Occurring 94 times in the New Testament, these churches “alleloned”
and demonstrated to the divided pagan world the kind of community that God intends. Here are things we do with and for “one another:” love (Jn 13:34; 1 Th 4:9; 1 Pt 1:22; 1 Jn 4:7), forgive (Eph 4:32; Col 3:13), encourage (1 Th 4:18, 5:11; Heb 10:25), build up (1 Th 5:11), bear with (Col 3:13; Eph 4:2) live in harmony (Rm 12:16, 15:5), welcome (Rm 15:7; 1 Pt 4:9), be kind (Eph 4:32), speak truth (Eph 4:25), serve (Ga 5:13, Eph 5:21; 1 Pt 4:10), honor (Rm 12:10), do good (1 Th 5:15), exhort (Heb 3:13), confess sins (Jas 5:16), teach (Col 3:16), agree with (2 Cor 3:11) admonish (Rm 15:14), be humble (1 Pt 5:5), pray for (Jas 5:16), care for (1 Cor 12:25), motivate to excel (Heb 10:24), receive (Rm 15:7), bear burdens (Ga 6:2), and lay down our lives (1 Jn 3:16). Our Connections Team and Sunday gatherings will help us fulfill our “allelons” with and for each other.