The Disciples Voice December Edition

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Mission & Ministry

Tuesday Women’s Bible Study  will NOT meet November 26 or December 24, 31


  • “A Song of Hope” – first in sermon series


  •  5 7:00 p.m. Cincinnati Civic Orchestra  Mystical Russian Holiday Traditions

Continuing the 91st season theme Traveling the Globe with the CCO, we hope you’ll join us for the Holiday Concert. Featuring Reed & McAlister’s Russian Christmas Music, Anatole Lladov’s Religious Song and selections from Peter Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite. Besides, we’ll hear Tchaikovsky’s Noel from The Seasons and his March of the Tin Soldiers which will be played with Pierne’s March of the Little Lead Soldiers and the March of the Toys from Victor Herbert’s Babes in Toyland.

The orchestra will celebrate Thanksgiving with Thanksgiving Medley by the CCO’s Edward F. Howard. The concert will open with Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and conclude with Festive Sounds of Hanukkah and Leroy Anderson’s A Christmas Festival, performed in the original, uncut, 1951 Boston Pops premiere edition.


  • 6 7:00 p.m. First Friday Female Fellowship; Brixx @9640 Mason Montgomery Rd. Outstanding fellowship. Prices Reasonable. Good Food!  See Alice W. for questions and to RSVP.


  • 8 “A Song of Peace”; Special music by the Handbell Choir; Reach Out Lakota Gifts due back this Sunday!


  • 13 10:00 to noon West Chester Book Club Potluck & Christmas Party

We will review the book “Ghost Gone Wild” by Carolyn Hart.

Bailey Ruth loves to return to earth as an emissary from Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions. But she’s a bit of a loose cannon and not high on the go-to list for assignments. So she’s surprised to find herself in Adelaide, Oklahoma, just in time to save Nick Magruder from a bullet. But after materializing to reassure him, she can’t go back. It turns out she’s been tricked by Nick’s late aunt into helping snare the person who wants him dead.


  • 14  4:00-7:00 p.m. Live Nativity

Bethlehem  Characters Needed – Sign Up; Ten Thousand Villages, Live Animals, Refreshments, Music, Nativity Sets

  • 15 “A Song of Joy”


  • 22 “A Song of Love”


  • 24   5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Service

“Breads of Bethlehem” Come discover how different pieces of bread in the Bible foretell the coming of the Christ Child. We’ll share Scripture, Carols, Communion, and Candles.



  • 29A Song of Faith”


  • 31 5:00 p.m. Stepping Forward;  THANK YOU” On October 29th CCC volunteers prepared dinner, made salads, desserts, washed pots, pans, dishes, packed leftovers for the guests to take home, cleaned the kitchen, serving area, and dining room, providing 193 deserving members of our community.

THANKS” to Linda B, Sally E, Perry & Maureen M, Pam H, Gerry W, Dave Th, Dave T, Jamie B, RC F, Linda H, & Ed V.  


  • Jan 5 “A Song of Grace”

Reach Out with Helping Hands

How Can I Help? Outreach Ministries

Christmas Offering  Dec. 15 & 22

Our finest gifts support the work of regional ministries this Christmas. Your regional ministry works to:

  • Connect congregations to each other
  • Foster faith development
  • Gather Disciples in camps, conferences, and assemblies
  • Nurture the development of a new generation of pastors
  • Assist churches in calling new ministers
  • Interpret the global mission of the Church
  • Represent the Church in ecumenical gatherings
  • Counsel and pray with those who are troubled of spirit
  • Lead the Church to address racism
  • Inspire leaders to experiment and create
  • Witness to the power of God to make things new

The Christmas Special Day offering supports all of these and many other ministries of our regions.  Please give generously to this special offering.

Angel Tree for Reach Out Lakota

30 Tags to choose from

Program Guidelines – purchase one new gift valued at $30 or more for each child sponsored. Tags will indicate whether the gift is for a boy or a girl and their age.  Please include batteries. Avoid purchasing clothing, stuffed animals, or combination gifts unless they are related (baseball and glove).  Please attached the donor tag to each UNWRAPPED gift. Any monetary gifts checks can be made out to the “Reach Out Lakota Holiday Giving Program”. Gift cards are welcome.

Bring gifts to church no later than Sunday, December 8th. Thank you in advance for helping out this great ministry, and making a child’s Christmas special.

Questions, contact Mairi H.

Picture from Dec. 3, 2017 – Gifts given for Angel Tree

Alternative Christmas


We are gift-giving people. This Christmas season and all year long, any gift to Global Ministries can be shared as an Alternative Gift to honor a loved one while participating in the witness of God’s global mission.

Global Ministries will send your loved one a card sharing the news of the gift you’ve made.

100% of your gift is sent to programs involved in the initiative of your choosing without administrative or banking fees taken out.

To participate in this sharing of God’s abundant life you can give online or send a check to:

Global Ministries
Office of Resource Development
P.O. Box 1986
Indianapolis, IN 46206

Please indicate the name and address of your honoree(s) and the designation you have chosen.

We can either send you a special Global Ministries card for each person that you give an alternative gift to,

or we can send the card directly to the person(s). If you give your gift online,

you also have the option of sending an e-card to your honoree(s).

Interested in receiving a printed copy of the Alternative Giving Catalog?

Call 317-713-2555 or email



During the Southern Asia Initiative, Global Ministries is highlighting Alternative Gifts

for the Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB) as they offer organic farming workshops

and support for women and families amid extreme climate changes.

Caring for creation and becoming more resilient to climate change is a priority of Global Ministries partner,

Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh.

All are welcome to participate in the Southern Asia Initiative this Christmas by making Alternative Gifts

for the Enhancing Climate Change Resilience project of the CCDB.

A gift of $15 could provide a workshop for one family
A gift of $50 could provide new tools for a farming family
A gift of $100 could provide a rainwater harvesting container

Join us in caring for the creation of this Alternative Christmas!
To learn more about the CCDB climate change resilient agriculture project, continue reading here
To honor a loved one with an Alternative Gift to support this project, you may do so here

Learn more about the Global Ministries Southern Asia Initiative


A Gift of General Support

Your general support of the work of Global Ministries is critical as it enables every relationship and ministry mentioned on this page.

Whether through the sending and receiving of mission personnel, building global partnerships,

providing educational events, or planning pilgrimages to visit the ministries of partners,

Global Ministries relies on gifts like yours to make these opportunities possible.

Unrestricted gifts allow Global Ministries to provide international expertise and an important pastoral presence,

globally engaging the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ.

Additionally, your gifts are a significant witness in walking with global partners through challenges and joys in all parts of the world.

Global Ministries also connects congregations more closely with international partners through the creation of new and engaging materials. With your support, new curriculums have been created for children, youth and adult groups that lead to a fuller understanding of God’s mission in the world and invites deeper participation.

These materials are freely available on the newly redesigned Global Ministries website,

which is intentionally partner-focused to connect you directly with the joys and concerns of international partners.

Give a gift where it is needed most


Give a Themed Gift




Looking Backwards:

Giving Thanks and Blessings

Cara R ~ On behalf of Compass Christian Church, we appreciate the care and

professionalism you’ve extended to our youngest ones over these past years.


8 brave and beautiful people showed up to REFIT Sunday! I thank God for each one! Special shout out to Sarah Ferguson for all her media and caring

assistance! I appreciate the church allowing us to use the space and continued prayer for where/ when to provide class in 2020. Laura D.

On behalf of the staff & Board of Directors, I want to thank you for the $250.00 donation on Oct. 1, 2019, to Faith Alliance of West Chester and Liberty Township. We are very grateful for your congregation’s support!

Your generous donation helps us to serve as the Collaborative Hands and Feet of Christ in our community by leading, organizing and sustaining such ministries as the Summer Lunch Program, Summer ESL and Literacy Program, Feed our Neighbors in Need and the “Help a Child in Need Succeed” Backpack Drive.

We are grateful for your generosity and partnership! Blessings Tiffany Gehrlich

West Chester Faith Alliance

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.

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 or 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.

Thank you goes to those who came out on Nov. 16th to get the stable built for the Live Nativity.

Zach & Katie B., Lindsay B., Lyle D., Dave D., Rich E., Bob P., Steve Se., Chris S., Troy S.

Many thanks to all those who contributed to our RefugeeWelcome Baskets. We collected items for one kitchen welcome basket and two-bedroom welcome baskets, with a total of 40 items collected. The items were taken to Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio, where they will be given to refugees new to America as they begin the process of resettling in Cincinnati.

Stepping Forward “THANKS” to Linda B, Sally E, Perry & Maureen M, Pam H, Gerry W, Dave Th, Dave T, Jamie B, RC F, Linda H, & Ed V. for helping serve dinners at this stepping forward ministry.

Thank you to our guest speaker on the 24th of November, James Blevins, for sharing your heartfelt testimonial.



Thank you for all that participated in the “Hanging of the Greens”, we truly appreciate all your efforts.

The Summer Lunch and ESL & Literacy Programs had their biggest year yet. 14,880 meals were served over 46 days. This is the highest number of meals in the shortest number of days. Also, 30 children received continued education in reading skills to prevent summer slides. This was all made possible with the help of volunteers from 22 churches, 26 schools, and 4 organizations, for a total of over 2100 volunteer hours.

Christian Church in Ohio

Christian Church in Ohio has established budgets for 2020 for both Camp Christian and the Region, as well as a Narrative Budget. I’m pleased to present a balanced budget that is cautiously optimistic. If we are to deliver this budget we will need to ensure that camp registrations DO NOT decline further. We feel this is achievable but we will need your support.

Please go to Christian Church in Ohio for the information.

There is now a Camp Christian Committee website as well as Social Media pages!! Please check out AND FOLLOW these pages to keep up with the work of, and communications from the Camp Christian Committee.

*Website is *Facebook and Twitter @mycampchristian; *Instagram mycampchristian

These pages will haveconstant movement about the Who, What, When, Where, and Why about Camp Christian from the work being done by the volunteers who make up the Camp Christian Committee.

Here we go on this new path to doing new things in order to bring new life, energy, and resources to Camp Christian!


Finally,beloved,whateveris true,whateverishonorable,whateverisjust,whateveris pure,whateverispleasing,whateveris commendable,ifthereis anyexcellenceand ifthereisanythingworthyofpraise,thinkaboutthesethings. Philippians 4:8

With Thanksgiving approaching, please accept my thanks for the 10th-anniversary celebration as senior pastor at CCC on September 8. Thanks too for cards, gifts, notes, and words of support to me and family during October’s pastoral appreciation month.

Here is a sampling of moments from our timeline panels of 2012.

“We don’t study history to find out what happened but to discover who we are. Our history isn’t a static record of the past, but a compass for our future.

Before there was ever a congregation, land, or building there was a community where God was already working. The Region and this congregation cooperated with God’s intention of reaching those without a church home in this suburban context. We must continue paying careful attention to that context asking, ‘What is God doing?’ and of ourselves, ‘What does God want to do?’

We have shared some significant milestones this decade. Launching adult study groups. Refinancing our mortgage to address deferred maintenance.

Voting to become a “congregation in transformation” joining regional and general efforts. Supporting campers rising through the ranks at Camp Christian. Joining the Faith Alliance to help address community needs with other congregations. Saying farewell and welcome to different ministry and office staff.

Painting a mural that tells the story of salvation from the shores of Genesis to the dock of the New Jerusalem. Expanding our Live Nativity. Starting Children Worship & Wonder. Changing our name. Raising up three new pastors and commissioning a missionary to Haiti. Fielding youth and adult mission trips, our first international one this year. Discovering what an open heart/mind/table congregation means.

Our founding mission continues to form our future, one you are invited to help create. There is history yet to be written, and you are invited to be part of it.

Remembering the best of who we ready us for the best that’s yet to come!