The Disciples Voice – July and August Edition
Mission & Ministry
18 7:00 p.m. Cincinnati Civic Orchestra
19 10:30 a.m. Taste of Faiths @ Islamic Center of Cincinnati
20 9:00 a.m. Leadership Retreat We will gather onsite to set direction, train leaders, and plan the year ahead. Please hold our administrative and spiritual leaders in your prayers as they discern and plan our congregational life for this year and the next.
21 Guest Speaker ~ Rev. Dr. Daniel Meister
21 – Aug. 4 Troy out of Office Pastor Troy will be attending the General Assembly July 21 -24th. He will follow that with a family vacation and return to the office on August 5th. Please contact the office at 513.754.0777 or 513.218.0525 and Debbie O will contact the appropriate person to follow up on your request.
20-24 General Assembly Delegates; Our delegates are Dave T., Abbey S., and Rev. Dr. Troy Sy. Thank you for holding them in your
prayers as they travel to Iowa and vote on behalf of our congregation.
27 Queen City Kitchen 3 more volunteers are needed for July 27. Thanks to our Special volunteers Laura D. and Deborah T. who will be our QCK Shoppers. Please see Kurt Fr. to volunteer.
30 5:30 p.m. Stepping Forward The next chance for Compass Christian to be a part of this Faith Alliance ministry is coming soon. We will meet at Faith Community UMC on Cox Road at 5:30 PM and partner with Bethany UMC to prepare and serve dinner to the deserving members of our community.
With gifts we have received, let us pay it forward to our neighbors in need. We need 12 friendly, cheerful, smiling, able-bodied volunteers. See Ed V. to add your name to the sign-up list. You will be blessed and God will be glorified.
4 Guest Speaker ~ Rev. Richard Walker; First Sunday of the month Blood Pressure Checks Lacey S. will be in the pantry area to check
blood pressure. Drop on by!
6 7:00 p.m. Elders Meeting
7 7:00 p.m. First Friday Female Fellowship – See Alice W. for details on our next outing
25 Come hear about our LaFWA mission trip during service
Helping Hands Outreach
Sunday School begins in September It’s not too early to consider being a teacher for any age! We can find a place for you whether you can volunteer for a month, once a month, or all year! consider being a Greeter or Storyteller for Worship and Wonder, too!
Current Project – Reach Out Lakota’s Back to School Program
Find your sponsor card from the poster located at the church. Shop at the school sales in the area and return your donation to church no later than Sunday, July 28th. All donations should be new supplies and will be picked up Monday, July 29th 9:45-10:30 am.
Should you wish to contribute cash instead, please give your donation to Sarah Fe. This year the Reach Out Lakota organization simplifies the cards to better reflect the total cost to you. Therefore should you wish to donate a backpack, please pick up a $20 or $40 value card. You are always welcome to send additional supplies such as tissues and cleanser wipes.
Let’s make this a great year! Happy shopping! Places who have started their sales are Meijer, JC Penny, Target, Walmart, Dick’s, Finish Line, Old Navy, Staples, etc.
Eagle Scout Project
A Chance to Help If you have old instruments who need a home, bring to church and Andrew and Annmarie will make sure they get to Aaron
for his project.
A Letter from Interfaith Hospitality Network of Warren County
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Interfaith Hospitality Network of Warren County, I want to thank you for your help during this past week.
Without the support of churches such as you, we would not be able to serve the people of our community who are in need and without a home.
Your generous support has touched many lives. The families that have stayed with you this past month speak well of their experiences. Each and
every person has their own unique story, and I’m sure they’ll never forget the hospitality you provided. More importantly, you have touched the hearts and lives of the children in a way that they will always remember.
Since our inception in October 1998 Interfaith has assisted more than 602 families in finding affordable housing, employment, and daycare. Our families come to us without homes of hope. When the family leaves, they have found housing, employment, education, and daycare. Mostly they have found the love of God through your time and kindness. Again, many thanks for your commitment and continued support of Interfaith Hospitality Network of Warren County. Linda Rabolt, Executive Director
- For Ribbit campers Asher B., Matthew F., & camper Zach B.
- For CYF campers Lora Br. & Carvens R., Rho camper Camryn Br.
Camps will be coming to a close in mid-August for week-long camps. Camp Christian does not completely close down for the year. You can join
them for the Disciples Fellowship Retreat on Labor day weekend and more. Yes, the mortgage is paid off but basic upkeep and programs still have needs.
For many ways to donate please check out http://www.ccinoh.com/camp-christian.aspx
Vacation Bible School
It was a great week of fun. VBS staff conquered power outage, technical difficulties and encouraged 40 + youth on Faith, Kindness, Thankfulness, and Hope.
For the generosity of VBS Children & Families raising $360.33 supporting Haitians via Global Ministries, Matthew 25 items incl. 40 quilts, placemats & singing @ Chesterwood!
Crestview Church of God in Germantown gave a gift toward Global Ministries for the donation of our stage set and props to their week of “Mars and Beyond.”
Our To Mars and Beyond was a BIG success! We had 45 children registered and 28 volunteers spend 4 days learning how they can “Go Beyond” with their faith, with kindness, with thankfulness, and with hope! We went beyond in our Mission work, too, by collecting donations to Matthew 25 Ministries, making placemats and taking them to Chesterwood Village, and collecting change for Disciples Global Ministries in Haiti. Our decorations were out-of-this-world!
We thank all of our volunteers! We also thank everyone who participated in the rocket and robot contest!
Our VBS continues to go beyond – Our decorations were donated to another church in Georgetown!
Way to Go Devon!
Good luck as you enter the next phase of life!
Eagle Scout Project
Awesome! The fence is completed and mulch is laid. Thank you Andrew L. and his Troop for all their hard work along with the many volunteers from CCC.
Member in the News
Fairfield considers lifting 13-year-old pitbull ban
Fairfield, for now, is the only Butler County community that bans pit bulls. City Council is expected to consider later this summer or in early fall a series of revisions concerning animals in the city, including possibly eliminating the 13-year-old ban on pit bulls and requiring all dog owners to carry at least $10,000 in liability insurance. “This is something we’ve been talking about for a long time, and there’s been a great deal of interest within the community regarding our animal control ordinances,” said City Manager Mark Wendling. City leaders have worked on updating the ordinances for the past few months, he said. “We really looked at overhauling a lot of the way we do things, and a lot of the ways things are controlled,” Wendling said. Besides proposing to eliminate the pit bull ban, the city’s animal ordinances overhaul includes strengthening penalties on dogs running at large, defining nuisance, dangerous and vicious dogs, and strengthening penalties against pet owners if a dog bites another dog or a person.
We looked at the state legislature and the city’s ordinances to identify inconsistencies, with the idea that we wanted to have our ordinances follow in line with state code,” said Fairfield city attorney Steve Wolterman. “We wanted to have as strong as possible requirements, penalties, and conditions related to owning dogs that might be a nuisance, dangerous or vicious dog.”
…. The city’s process included input from the Humane Society of the United States. Wolterman has been provided sample legislation from Kurt Freimuth, a district leader volunteer with the Humane Society. “One of the big things here that I wanted to do, or that I strongly suggested we do is move the responsibility from the animal to the owner,” he said. “I think if you look at the changes, we effectively have done that.” One of the new proposed codes is a “strict liability” provision, which means the fault of the dog owner would be presumed.
“What that means if a nuisance, dangerous or vicious dog were to attack someone or injure someone, that person would not have to prove the liability of the owner of it in trial or a civil claim,” Wolterman said. “It would be just about the damages element of the claim.” From Journal News
Please see this link for the whole article
Church Work Day was Sat., June 29th
Thank you goes to all who came out and volunteered that day. Volunteers were removing brush, roof patching, mulching, sidewalk clean up, repair and paint ramps, weeding and more. Thank you for stewarding the resources of the campus God has entrusted to us for sharing that love.
Final Thoughts – Waypoints
I pray that you may have the power to comprehend…the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:18-19
Since our last issue, we shared our “Becoming Who We Are” sermon series. Insights and questions were solicited for discussion about what being open-minded, open-hearted, and open-tabled means for us as a church. Here they are:
*In reference to religious dogmas (settled doctrinal truths), some would say there’s no room for open-mindedness as it’s a settled matter.
*God can, and has, changed His mind. When He does, it’s because of mercy.
*Give opinions much love and understanding; listen and learn.
*We can learn more about our faith by practicing it open-mindedly.
*“In Christ is hidden all wisdom and knowledge.” Therefore we need to know Him to become wiser and more open-minded.
*I hope that open-mindedness includes equality (not a hierarchy!) between “clergy” and “laity.” We are church together.
*Disagreement does not constitute closed-mindedness. An open mind can find more than one conclusion. With open-mindedness comes the freedom to accept differences. Just because it’s different doesn’t mean it’s wrong. Matters of faith (unity) vs. matters of opinion (diversity). Different ideas are not wrong. They make you think.
*Despite our 3 historic divisions [Church of Christ, Christian Church, and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)], the table is there as part of worship.
*Hospitality is a mark of discipleship—this was new to me.
*There are blatant examples throughout church history of people putting restrictions on Jesus’ teachings on who can come to the table. Our Luke 14:16-23 parable of the great dinner argues for a broad welcome of known and unknown, good and bad.
*Why is this threatening to some?
*Is God testing us to be open-minded & inclusive?
*What are the Living Oracles?
*Why does the DOC not have a larger place in the Christian community? We should be a larger player.
*What are the essentials? How do we determine what they are? I think the distinction between “essentials” which require unity and “opinion” which has room for liberty is critical to having an open mind. The smaller the “essential” set is, the more open-minded we can be by giving others liberty.
*Why historically do people get caught up in trivial issues (circumcision vs. non-circumcision, sprinkling vs. immersion baptism)?
*Open hearts and open minds should not accuse, should they?
*What about infant baptism vs. believer’s baptism?
*Why are Disciples of Christ more comfortable with Campbell than Stone?
*Why does the human brain prefer judgment over love? How do we achieve a balance of open hearts and open minds? Why split the two most important parts of being human?
*What actions as a congregation can we take to open doors to welcome others? How do we behave differently now as a congregation in light of this insight into our roots?
*How do we “make visible the unity of all Christians?” This seems to go beyond the table; can’t think of any other answer but love! Matthew 5:44 says to “love your enemies.”
*Why do other Protestant churches not have weekly communion?
*We invite all to the table, no matter if they believe, or do we still say they need to believe in Jesus to be allowed. (Is this really an open table?) We say, “All those who believe Jesus is our Lord & Savior are welcome to come and partake.” Or don’t we say this anymore? If you are unchurched do you have to truly believe in Jesus before you are welcome to the table? Can’t you be an
unbeliever/seeker who learns about Scripture? Is a profession of faith necessary before coming to the table? “All who trust Jesus are welcome to the table”—what does that mean? What comes
*What do we need to be doing in order to grow?
The initial answers to these questions may be found at the back
table. These three sermons have been to create a framework for an
ongoing conversation, undergirding our work of answering some
key questions for our church moving forward: What actions/
different behaviors can we take as a congregation to become
more open-minded, open-hearted, and open-tabled? If you’d
like to be part of this continuing dialogue, discovery, and
discernment, please let moderator Steve Seitz know.