The Disciples Voice – October and November Edition
Looking Forward to Upcoming Highlighted Events
- 20 Guest Worship Leader & Tote Party
We welcome Rev. Dr. Daniel Meister back and look forward to his message.
- 22 1:00 p.m. Women’s Bible Study
- 23 6:30 p.m. Handbell; 7:30 p.m CCC Choir
- 26 9:00 a.m. Queen City Kitchen; 2 to 3 additional volunteers are needed, see Kurt F. to signup
- 27 Fall Farm Outing (post-service)
Who: Kids & Youth of all ages & their families
Where: Burwinkel Farm, 4359 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton
When: Sunday, October 27 following church
Cost is $8/person and includes it all – 2 corn mazes, skid maze, Halloween scavenger hunt, crawl-thru straw tunnel, hayrides to the pumpkin patch and a pie pumpkin. More details to come, see Katie B. with any questions.
- 29 5:30 p.m. Stepping Forward Dinner (currently all volunteer slots have been filled, praise God!)
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 forward to our neighbors in need. See Ed V. add your name to the sign-up list. You will be blessed and God will be glorified.
- 1 7 p.m. First Friday Female Fellowship; see Alice W. for details
- 3 All Saints Day and Blood Pressure Check
We will be remembering Dottie Miller & Robert Lippincott as those we have known and loved.
- November 5 Elections
CCC welcomes 3 precincts voting here. Warren County Health District renewal, school levies, police and fire levies – Issues are for different townships or villages; See Warren County for those which affect your home.
- 7 Noon Pastor @ Panera Bread, VOA
- 8 10:00 a.m. West Chester Book Club (use our church space)
November’s book will be “Killers of the Flower Moon”
~“The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” by David Grann. In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long.
- 16 9:00 a.m. Live Nativity Stable Build
- Consecration Sunday, November 17
Consecration Sunday during Worship ~ Soup is our plan for the gathering after service ~ Watch for more information!
- 24 7:00 p.m. District 12 Thanksgiving Service @ Body of Christ CC on Bridgetown Rd. Cincinnati
Sister Disciple churches in our area will gather to share worship and give thanks at Body of Christ Christian Church @ 5629 Bridgetown Rd., Cincinnati. All are invited.
Thanksgiving Offering on Nov. 3 & 10th
The Thanksgiving Offering benefits the Colleges, Universities, Seminaries, and Divinity Houses affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Higher education has been an important focus for Disciples since the very beginning of the movement.
The Thanksgiving Offering also provides scholarships and support for our theological education institutions. Each of our seminaries and divinity houses is committed to educating and forming Christian leaders for church and society.
Support for Disciples Mission Fund and gifts to the Thanksgiving Offering are a critical part of the ongoing collaborative work of the church and higher education that is such a foundational part of the heritage of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Please give generously to this offering. Your gift makes a difference in the lives of our students and it makes a difference in the world.
The Library Corner is here for you. In this special place, you will find books that focus on spirituality, devotions, family concerns, personal faith development, Bible study & history, and worship helps, too. Stop by. Browse the shelves. Find something that will help strengthen your life. We’re here for you!
Reaching Out With Helping Hands
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Don’t throw away your empty pill bottles! You can donate them to Matthew 25 Ministries right here at church. They will be used to distribute medications to those in need around the world. See the outreach table for guidelines.
Refugee Welcome Baskets
The women’s Bible study will be collecting items for kitchen and bedroom welcome baskets for refugees resettled in our area. These baskets will help refugees begin to start a home here. You can sign up for item(s) to donate here: https://signup.com/go/hymzdmE
All items should be new and in original packaging. Please bring your items to the church by Sunday, October 27.
The welcome baskets are requested by and will be donated to Catholic Charities Southwest Ohio. Catholic Charities is the only agency serving refugees who are resettled in Greater Cincinnati. Through the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the U.S. Department of State, Catholic Charities resettles about 200 refugees a year in Cincinnati. More than 12,000 refugees have been resettled by Catholic Charities in this community since 1980. The refugees most often come from Bhutan and the Congo, as well as Burundi, Iraq, Eritrea, and Sudan. More information can be found at https://www.ccswoh.org/services/refugees/
T-Shirt Tote Bags for LAFWA
We are launching our project to raise funds for LAFWA! It only took me five minutes and a sharp pair of scissors to make this version. I also ironed on a small cross appliqué, but one could use hearts or any other emblem which shows we are sharing God’s love in Christ to steward creation and support our Haitian brothers and sisters in the DR! We will start collecting T-shirts and plan some get-togethers for those who want to craft together! Or, feel free to make yours at home. Our goal is to have plenty to sell by the time of the election. Also, folks can feel free to start making on their own. (There are several slightly different ways, but a google search will give you a tutorial!).
This is just one of many online which folks can use to see how to do the t-shirts. T-shirts can be any color/design…don’t need to be striped or fancy. Leaving the fringe inside or out or adding embellishments is optional too. I will put a labeled laundry basket at the back of the church if anyone wants to bring in shirts to donate.
This Sunday, October 20th
Flash T-shirts to Totes party on Sunday after church for anyone who wants to stay for an hour or two to cut and tie. All are welcome! Bring your own lunch or we can order out!
I am thinking $5 or a free-will donation. *$5 is not much to us. It doesn’t go very far in the U.S. However, in the DR with the exchange rate and the poverty level of the Haitian folks we want to help, it is a lot! So we ask God to bless our fundraising efforts to assist the least of these. 2 Corinthians 9:10 The same One who has put a seed into the hands of the sower and brought bread to fill our stomachs will provide and multiply the resources you invest and produce an abundant harvest from your righteous actions.
Queen City Kitchen
Saturday, October 26 Queen City Kitchen
As of Sunday, the 13th, we have 7 volunteers. 2 more volunteers would be helpful to prepare and serve lunch; Contact Kurt Fr. to sign up.
Christian Education Update and Opportunities
Breakfast with Jesus, Recap…
On Sunday, September 29th, generations joined together to have Breakfast with Jesus. We shared a fish cracker buffet and to dove into the story of Jesus having breakfast with his disciples. We spent time getting to know each other, participating in a
drama version of the story, making beaded fish and learning about the early Christians’ use of the Ichthus fish. Generations learning together was a wonderful experience and we are planning more opportunities for sharing Breakfast with Jesus!
Worship and Wonder Volunteers Needed:
We also need to make another plea for Worship and Wonder volunteers – Feast Greeters, Material Greeters, and Story Tellers. They can contact either Katie B. or Carol Y.
Chi Rho Rally (Grades 6-8) Saturday, Nov. 2 at Camp Christian
Come to camp and feel like it’s summer again. We’ll have summer-themed games, crafts, and a chance to reconnect with your camp peeps or meet new friends. This is a great time for new campers to check it out!
Cost is $10 per person for Youth and Adults participating in the rally. Pizza, Crafts, and Program Activities are all included in the registration cost.
Cost is $5 for adults who would like to stay on campus, join the rally for lunch, and serve camp in other ways during the rally by helping organize the Free Store or do other projects around camp as directed by Wendy and Ted.
10:00 a.m. Registration, 3:30 p.m. Head Home
We will be creating a Tower of Towels for the Free Store at Camp Christian. Bring new or gently used bath, hand, kitchen towels and/or washcloths. Ask your neighbors, school friends, and churches if they have any towels to donate!
What to bring?
Your phones! We have a new Chi-Rho Instagram. Let’s show the world why we love to camp! Friends! Bring ALL your friends! No prior camp experience necessary!
Click HERE: to see more exciting events http://www.ccinoh.com/regional-calendar.aspx
Camp Christian Fall events
Ohio Disciples Men’s Fall Retreat
Nov 15 & 16, 2019 at Camp Christian
“Who Do You Say That I Am?
Discovering our Identity as a Man of God, Developing as a Disciple of Christ, Deepening our Walk with the Spirit
Camp Christian Summer 2020 Schedule
May 22-24: Disciples Fellowship Retreat
June 5-6: Grandparents
June 7-13: Chi Rho Camp Emmaus
June 14-20: Otter Camp
June 21-27: CYF Week #1
June 28-July 1: Ribbit Camp
July 5-11: CYF Week #2
July 12-18: Chi Rho Camp Corinth
July 19-25: Chi Rho Damascus & CYF Week 3
July 26-August 2: Advance Conference
September 4-6: Disciples Fellowship Retreat
Registration materials for the Children, Youth & Young Adult Camps and Conferences will be available in the coming months. We will also be sharing information on payment plans for registration fees.
Looking Back and Giving Praise and Thanks
- Thank you World Communion bread bakers: Linda B., Sally E., Lynn L., Carol Y.
- Thank you to our Interfaith Hospitality Network volunteers: Abbey S., Troy S, Gerry & Leann W. Kirk T and Lacey S.
- Thank you to all who came out for the fall clean up of our grounds.
- Thank you to Sally E., Marlene P., Ruth P. for helping in the office! Thanks, Pam H. for being my back up helper.
- We collected $641 toward the Reconciliation offering on 9/29 and 10/6. Thank you for supporting anti-racism and overcoming our differences!
World Communion Sunday Celebration Sunday, Oct. 6
We celebrated with St. Anne Episcopal Church at their 9 a.m. service and welcomed their assisting priest the Rev. Ed Bird to share worship with us at 10:30! Bread bakers from both congregations collaborated the day prior to fill our worship spaces with Rotis from South Africa, pita from the Middle East, island sweet bread from the Bahamas, chipas from Argentina, cornbread from the Americas, and gluten-free bread so all could find a welcome. CCC ambassadors were present at the 9 a.m. service where the Rev. Phyllis Spiegel, St. Anne’s rector, gave an insightful and encouraging message about the commonalities between both traditions. The Rev. Ed Bird and Rev. Dr. Sybrant shared a dialogical message on the history and future of ecumenism globally and locally. Both churches are looking for other ways to connect in the future. After service, we shared the remainder of the pieces of bread with favorite spreads and fellowshipped. Special thanks to Worship team leader Sally Engle for setting up our worship space in advance.
Some pictures at St. Anne’s 9 a.m. service with Revs. Ed Bird, Phyllis Spiegel, and Troy Sybrant.
Disciples and The United Church of Canada celebrate full communion
On Oct. 6, 2019, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, The United Church of Canada and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) celebrated our God-given unity. The Full Communion agreement, passed by the governing bodies of the denominations in 2018 and 2019, was enacted at a service of worship at Broadway Disciples United Church, a congregation of our two communions, and it was a special gift to celebrate our agreement on World Communion Sunday.
The local and regional expressions of both churches were invited to be part of the celebration by incorporating an affirmation of faith created by the Planning Committee for Full Communion, which is based on the confessions of the two faith communities, into worship services. (We did so at CCC in our World Communion Sunday service shared with St. Anne Episcopal Church!)
Butler County Helping Veterans Sept. 19, 2019 Article
The board approved the $3.1 million budget Wednesday, and more than half of it ($1.73 million) will fund direct services to veterans like transportation and financial and food assistance.
“So our assistance is still exceeding our operating costs which I think is important,” Executive Director Caroline Bier said.
The commission, which is responsible for being available to help about 26,000 veterans, is funded by a percentage of the general fund millage the legislature carved out to help veterans. Revenues from the millage got a boost this year because property taxes are up, so the board expects about $3.8 million in revenue, an additional $400,000, for next year. Unspent revenues are returned to the county’s general fund.
The vet board assisted 652 veterans last month, well above the five-year August average of 521 and the highest number ever. The previous record for veterans served in a month was 598 just after the remnants of Hurricane Ike hit the area in 2008.
“We were chirping about it,” board President Chuck
Weber told the Journal-News.
He added that “we’ve done a lot of outreach in the last three to four months and it continues. I think the busier the better.”
Global Ministries Gift Idea Alternative Christmas
Christmas time is approaching, and you might be wondering what to give your friends and family members who have everything they need. Consider an alternative Christmas Gift through Global Ministries, honor your loved ones and help those in need around the world. You could help people learn to farm, recover from a natural disaster, provide water, education, health care, credit, or church building. Global Ministries will send a card to your loved one to let them know about your gift.
To participate in this sharing of God’s abundant life you can give online
What does it mean to be a good steward?