Disciples Voice – Sept / Oct Edition
Mission & Ministry – Calendar of Events:
- 21 9:00 a.m. Church Grounds Workday
- 24 1:00 p.m. Women’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study @ 1:00 p.m.
The Women’s Bible Study will resume on Tuesday, September 24 at 1:00 p.m. Come share your highs, lows and in betweens, pray for one another, and develop deeper relationships with one another and God. We will finish up our Twelve More Women of the Bible study guide and discuss options for our next study. Don’t worry if you don’t have the book or did not come last year – it’s an easy one to jump in on, and we’re good at sharing books. We hope to see you there!
- 25 6:30 p.m. Handbell Choir ; 7:30 p.m. CCC Choir
- 28 9:00 a.m. Queen City Kitchen 8-10 volunteers to help prepare and serve lunch As of Sunday, September 15, we have 2 volunteers. Contact Kurt Fr. to sign up.
- 28 Retreat for Women @ Camp Christian
- 29 9:15 a.m. Breakfast with Jesus
Breakfast with Jesus 9:15 a.m.
You are cordially invited to have Breakfast with Jesus on Sunday, September 29th! As part of a Fantastic Fifth Sunday celebration, we are having an Inter-generational Sunday School! Whether you are a Preschooler or a well seasoned adult, you are invited to Breakfast with Jesus, a fellowship and learning time together. Please arrive around 9:15 to get your coffee and join us for a Fish Cracker Buffet in the Sanctuary by the Media Center. We plan to get to know each other as we delve into the story of Jesus fixing breakfast for his Disciples. All ages can participate! All ages can learn! We will finish promptly at 10:10 so that those involved in choir or need to make other Worship preparations are able to do so. Whether you have participated in a Sunday School Class or not, you can attend! Whether you are a family, by yourself, or with friends, you can attend!
- 1 1:00 p.m. Women’s Bible Study ; 7:00 p.m. Elders Meeting
- 2 6:30 p.m. Handbell Choir ; 7:30 p.m. CCC Choir
- 3 Noon Pastor @ Panera Bread, VOA
- 4 7:00 p.m. First Friday Female Fellowship
We will meet at Aladdin’s Eatery in West Chester. Wonderful Lebanese food, awesome desserts and good prices. RSVP to Alice W.
- 5 5:30 p.m. Interfaith Hospitality Network 3-4 volunteers to help prepare and serve dinner that night. Contact Kirt T. to sign up.
- 6 World Communion Sunday Special Guests
- 11 West Chester Activity Center Book Club
The book club will meet from 10:00 to 12:00 p.m. on the second Friday of the month. This months selection is “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. The Help is a 2009 novel by American author Kathryn Stockett. The story is about African Americans working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi, during the early 1960s. A USA Today article called it one of the “summer sleeper hits”. All are invited to join the group, email Sharon firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join us.
- 12 Ohio Women’s Ministry – gathering Oct 12, 2019 at 10 a.m. Bethany Christian Church, 1130 East Livingston Ave. Columbus OH 43205
- 28- Nov. 1st Fall Silent Retreat @ Camp Christian
- 29 Stepping Forward Dinner – See Ed V. for additional details
1. Oct. 6 World Communion Sunday Celebrating with St. Anne Episcopal!
The Rev. Ed Bird, Assisting Priest of St. Anne Episcopal Church and Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant will be sharing sermon times @ their churches.
Rev. Sybrant will be at their 9 a.m. service that lasts 45 minutes and is looking for 5 ambassadors from CCC to accompany him. Please contact him if interested. The Rev. Ed Bird will be joining our 10:30 service as we share the “one faith, one hope, one Lord, one loaf, & one cup.” We’ll have a variety of breads from around the world signifying the breadth of Christ’s table; bring a jam, jelly, preserve, honey, or other spread to share that day!
2. Reconciliation Offering Sept. 29 & Oct. 6
This Special Offering is used to fund our Church’s mission imperative to become a pro-reconciling and anti-racist church utilizing experiential education, inclusive worship and intentional dialogue.
One of the Disciples motto’s is “Unity not Uniformity”, join us as we celebrate our differences.
What’s the tea with Reconciliation?
On November 30, 2018 Reconciliation Ministry launched “What’s the Tea, with Reconciliation Ministry.” A podcast about faith and social justice and how Christians can learn about and engage in conversations that transform our communities by tearing down the walls that separate us. The podcast will be published bi-weekly and will feature conversations at the intersection of faith and social justice.
3. Disaster Recovery – Tropical Storm Dorian Urgent Need
Church World Service (CWS) is preparing for response with Emergency Cleanup Buckets, Blankets, Hygiene Kits and School Kits.
There is an urgent need. The deadline for the kits has passed for the immediate need from Tropical Storm Dorian. You can still prepare buckets and kits for future needs. CWS has list for the kits or contact Annmarie L. or Deborah T. and they will get more information for you.
If you would like to contribute, you can always make monetary donations directly to Church World Service for buckets/kits at the following website: https://cwskits.org/donate/
If any of this is unclear or you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
4. Faith Emergency Services In Need of Volunteer Treasurer
- Manage 5/3 bank account, write checks and enter in to accounting system, answer emails and phone calls about checks (weekly – 1 -2 hours)
- Quarterly – Compile financial report and yearly – complete yearly forms and audit.
To apply or get more information: Jim S, Faith Board President at email@example.com
http://www.faithemergencysvcs.org/ Faith is a 501 C (3) charity that provides emergency relief to persons living in Deerfield Township, Mason, Shadow Lake and South Lebanon, Ohio. CCC partners with them.
As our church explores what it means to have open minds, open hearts, and open table, may God give us wisdom and understanding as to how we can bring that to fulfillment here.
May we pray for greater listening and tolerance of views, values, and beliefs so that we as a nation may find a unity greater than that which divides us.
In this time of greater nationalism in our world which pits one country against another, may Christ’s example of peace and love be a beacon for all nations.
News Report Updates:
1. Fall Kickoff Click HERE to view the pictures
2. Christian Education Update
September 8th was the start for Sunday School for Preschool children through 6th grade. Leann W. and Nancy T. are teaching the Preschool and Kindergartners in the Nursery area. Katie B. is teaching 1st-3rd Graders in the Sunday School room by the West entrance, and Zach B. is Teaching 4th-6th graders in the Pantry room! Its never too late to start attending Sunday School and there is always room for more children! Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday. If you are looking for Sunday School opportunities for children older than 6th grade, please let Carol Y. know and we will make sure that opportunity is available!
Children’s Worship and Wonder started on the 8th as well. This is a special opportunity for children ages 4-3rd/4th grade to participate in a Worship time that teaches Bible stories, ways to worship God, and the importance of parts of our church’s Worship. Children can meet the Worship and Wonder Greeters at the back of the sanctuary after the Children’s Sermon. Worship and Wonder is held in the modular. If we are not finished by the time Worship in the Sanctuary is finished, please come to the middle room of the modular to wait for your child. If we are finished earlier than the conclusion of Worship in the Sanctuary, we will bring the children to the Sanctuary to finish Worshiping with their families. Part of Worship and Wonder teaches the children that we take whatever time we need to spend and worship and that we do not hurry through worship. The children learn to walk more slowly and talk more softly during Worship and Wonder so that they are considerate of others who are worshiping, as well. Each session is led by a Story Teller and assisted by a Feast Greeter and a Materials Greeter. We are always in need of Greeters and would love more volunteers! For more information or to volunteer, please contact Carol Y. or Katie B. Thanks for your support and participation in shaping the hearts, minds, and lives of our children!
3. Camp Christian Update to the Region – Sept 10
Greetings Christian Church in Ohio!
We have completed another wonderful summer season at Camp Christian! We had Grandparent’s Camp (1st-2nd grades), Otter Camp (3rd-5th), Ribbit Camp (2nd-4th), three Chi-Rho Camps (6-8th), three CYF Camps (9-12th), and Advance Conference (19-29 year olds). We also had our very first CYF-Chi-Rho Joint Camp near the end of the summer and thanks to our extraordinary Directors/ADs it went incredibly well.
This summer, we were blessed to receive the gifts and talents of our new staff members–Wendy Taylor (Food Services Coordinator) and Ted Nelson (Camp Site Manager). Wendy and Ted worked very hard to get acclimated quickly and hit the ground running when the season started. They have done an incredible job and people can’t say enough good things about them! Together with all our counselors, directors, ministry associates, and staff members God’s beloved community was nurtured and lives have been changed.
You should also know that the Camp Christian Committee (CCC) was re-formed in late spring and they have been meeting over the course of the summer. Much hard work has been put in already to prepare a presentation in the fall for possible renovations, marketing and revitalizing our summer camp season, along with ideas for utilizing camp more in the “off-season.” We want to build off the energy generated by the Keep the Bell Ringing campaign which paid off the mortgage earlier this year…PLEASE keep us in your prayers and look for updates in the coming months.
Lastly, we do need to let you know that (as keeping with the pattern of the last decade or so) registrations were down for our summer programming. We will be in great need of your continued financial support as we seek to make improvements at Camp and expand our reach to congregations and communities. We hope you find ways to encourage kids and families in your reach to make camp part of their summer plans! We believe strongly in the mission of Camp Christian and hope to Keep the Bell Ringing well into the future. If you have any questions feel free to contact any of the Camp Christian Committee!
Rev. Chad Delaney – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Dr. Alecia Hayes – email@example.com
(Co-chairs of the CCC)
Camp Christian Fall events
Sat. September 28th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A day of contemplation, conversation and creativity.
Based on the book “Braving the Wilderness” by Brene Brown
Mon. October 28th – Fri. November 1st
The Spiritual Life Committee of the Ohio Region issues an invitation on behalf of Christ Jesus to ALL who are weary and jangled, to all who seem to have lost connection to the Source, to all who are in need of quiet time to come away by yourselves and rest awhile. We understand that not everyone has the ability to have a full week of retreat so you may come for as long as your schedule permits.
These and other upcoming events for all Ohio Disciples are all linked on the Regional Church Calendar. Let me know if you have any trouble with the links or any questions.
4. Regional Church Council Update
The Regional Church Council met August 24 with the 4 surrounding Regional Ministers that have been providing oversight during this transition time.
A number of highlights from that meeting:
- 1) Cost-cutting measures have been helpful, but aren’t sustainable long-term.
- 2) We’re within $33K of being back in trust with permanently restricted funds, a huge milestone.
- The Regional Transition Team recommendations were summarized, Lilly Grant funding for a regional curate was proposed, the need for a Camp Christian capital fund for repairs, and continuing the partnership with 4 surrounding Regional Ministers without a specific end time.
The full report can be found online at http://www.ccinoh.com/about-us/regional-church-council.aspx or you can pick up a copy at church. Thanks for continued prayers!
Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. At the same time pray for us as well that God will open to us a door for the word, that we may declare the mystery of Christ, for which I am in prison, so that I may reveal it clearly, as I should. Colossians 4:2-4
In May we convened a “Pizza and Conversation” gathering after worship at one of our Community Builder monthly gatherings. We discussed how experiences of exclusion and inclusion shape our experiences and where we see them expressed in our world. In June and July we unpacked the cultural, Scriptural, and denominational meanings of what being an open minded, open hearted, and open tabled community of faith means. Through sermons and conversations after worship we captured insights and further questions to explore.
Those insights and questions were then distributed in our July edition and discussed at our leadership retreat that month. A key question remains unanswered: What actions or different behaviors can we take as a congregation to become more open minded, open hearted, and open tabled? With board approval, an open invitation was extended to members to engage this question. The Open Task Force (OTF) consists of Lyle & Laura D., Kurt Fr., Linda H., Norm M., Marlene P., Don & Ruth P., Dave & Nancy T., Ed V., and Gerry & Leann W.
I met with that group last Friday to begin the work of engaging this question for our future; the Whites were kind enough to host our gathering. We divided into three groups, each taking one of the three aspects of this question. Each group was given materials pertinent to their focus: Scriptures, message, discussion handouts, feedback from leadership retreat, and a worksheet to begin imagining how answering their question will impact both the internal and external relationships of our congregation with the community. Their goal is to create a list of action steps, recommendations and suggestions for how we can more effectively become the church that we say we are and aspire to be.
These groups will meet separately and engage mission team leaders and others along the way to enlist their insights to improve the conversation and enrich the outcomes. Once those groups have their list of recommendations, they will reconvene to discover what commonalities are shared among all three foci. Their timeline is to then share their action steps at the November 12 board meeting, get feedback and then have a Community Builder conversation at our November 17 Consecration Sunday celebration. This timeline will help insure that any financial impacts to these action steps will be factored into the 2020 budget.
I’m sharing this detailed outline with you so you can be aware of the process and goals for this important work. They welcome your prayers “that God will open to us a door for the word” and your support as they work on our congregation’s behalf to put actionable steps in place for future growth and development. Should you have any questions ask me or one of the OTF members.
6. LaFwa Mission Trip – August 25th, 2019
Final Words; Giving Thanks:
To the 8 CCC volunteers that served 170 @ QCK on 8/24.
Thank you to Ed V. for his help in the donation of chairs to St. Vincent De Paul .
Thank you to Bill A. & Dave D. in removal of broken fountain at the sign.
For troop 750 & CCC vols constructing new playground.
First WC book club meeting & open task force meeting on 9/13.
5 new LED panels in youth Sunday school room thanks to Scott Fr., Bob P.
Thank you to Mairi H & Sally E for clean up of Associate’s office.
From Reach Out Lakota: I would like to thank you for our recent generous donation of $100 for our Back to School Program. Scott S., CEO
From Global Ministries: Global Ministries thanks you for your gift in the amount of $360.33. As indicated, this gift will be used in its entirety to support ministries in Haiti. Rev. Jane S., CFRE Thank you VBS Families for this outreach.