Disciples Voice – May Edition

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Good News from our Treasurer

Dear CCC,

I want to share some additional good news from last week’s Board meeting. Thanks to your continuing generosity, our finances are in great shape. We were concerned that prolonged absence from in-person worship might cause a drop off in giving, but that has not been the case. Thank you again for keeping the faith. I can’t wait until we all can gather again – soon. But more about that in an upcoming announcement.

Treasurer’s Report – May 12, 2020

  • Checking balance $71,735
  • Savings balance. $115,786

Giving this year – General fund

  • Jan. $21,883
  • Feb. $24,254
  • Mar. $17,310
  • Apr. $11,595
  • For average $18,760/mo (up 27% over 2019) 2019 – average monthly giving $14,787 

Giving this year – Capital Fund 

  • Jan. $6507 
  • Feb. $2696
  • Mar. $3204
  • Apr. $4112
  • For average $4130/mo (up 5% over 2019)

2019 – average monthly giving $3952/mo (with rentals)

In addition, the donations for the Helping Hand Fund and Rainy Day Fund this year have totaled $3070.

You can mail checks to our address or have your bank automatically send one; the Post Office is holding our mail. Please designate general and/or capital funds. Our address is 6771 Tylersville Road, Mason, OH 45040.

If you use our PayPal option please notify Rich E to designate funds. Thank you for your support. If questions, please ask. Pam H., Treasurer

❤️ing this succinct version of Rev. Terri Hord Owens’ statement yesterday. Ministry doesn’t happen in a building, it happens through worship, fellowship, and service in all sorts of expansive ways.

Reopening our Building

Over the past couple of weeks CCC’s leadership has been keeping track of the various guidance concerning reopening society, particularly churches.

We feel that not only do we have a legal responsibility, but a moral one as well, to safeguard the health and well-being of our congregation. Just because we are allowed to reopen doesn’t mean it is the wise thing to do.

To that end, I announced at the May 12th Board meeting that we have made a decision to not open on Sunday May 17, or any other Sundays in May. We have formed a task force to work toward reopening safely in possibly June or July.

There are many aspects to gathering safely and we need time to figure them out. We will advise the congregation when we have definite plans in place. I know that we are all anxious to be together again, but we won’t jeopardize anyone’s health by rushing back too soon. Let’s learn from the Catholics and go from there.

Steve Se. Board Chair

Watch your emails for another message from the board on our nominations of officers for the coming year.

Outreach

Sixteen grocery bags of basic hygiene products were taken to Reach Out Lakota from the Blessing Bags supplies. Your generosity enabled Amy D. to gift these items to the needy in our community!

Interfaith Hospitality Update

IHN of Warren Co shared that with COVID-19, they’ve put their rotational shelter program on hold until June 27, 2020. The Board will meet again on or before May 27 to update that plan and determine when/if they can return to normal operations for the June 28 week. The board is continuing plans for the July 4 5K run with hopes the restrictions will be lifted some by then. Full details can be sent from the office.

Mark Your Calendars

Reach Out Lakota’s backpack drive will run from July 12 to 26. Together with other Faith Alliance churches we can make a difference in students’ lives. More details to follow.

Waypoints – Mark Your Calendars – DIGITAL EVENT!

They have treated the wound of my people carelessly, saying “Peace, peace,” when there is no peace.”

Jeremiah 6:14

COVID-19 has forced the nation into an unprecedented emergency. The current emergency, however, results from a deeper and much longer-term crisis — that of poverty and inequality, and of a society that has long ignored the needs of 140 million people who are poor or one emergency away from being poor.

In 1968, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others called for a “revolution of values” in America and sought to build a broad movement that could unite poor and dispossessed communities across the country. Today, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has picked up this work. People across the nation have joined under the banner of the Campaign to confront the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, climate change and ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism.

They are coming together to demand that 140 million poor and low-income people of our nation— from every race, creed, gender, sexuality, and place — are no longer ignored, dismissed, or pushed to the margins of our political and social agenda.

That’s why the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is proud to join the Poor People’s Campaign as a mobilizing partner for the Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington Digital Justice Gathering, on June 20, 2020. COVID-19 has revealed the wounds to the body politic of America, wounds we’re all too familiar within our work of feeding the homeless in Over-the-Rhine and Mason, or serving hungry suburbanites through Stepping Forward in West Chester. Connecting our community’s needs to a larger campaign of poor and impacted people is vital for our neighbors and our nation.

The Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington will be a historic, generationally transformative digital event. Across the internet and the airwaves we will drive the vision and agenda of our communities into the heart of the national narrative.

In this unprecedented moment, we must tell the truth about the dire failures of our political leaders. We must also demonstrate that it is the leadership emerging from poor and dispossessed people that are paving a different way forward.

History teaches us that it is exactly in moments like these that a movement of the many is necessary to force the nation into action. In the midst of a pandemic, economic collapse, climate change, and more, the key to real and lasting change lies within our communities

— within our ability to come together in new and bold ways. I’m registered and encourage you to be part of this historic event. join us register https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/june2020/

On June 20, we cry power to the nation!

For Our Youth:

Watch for something new for fall when we return to the building to worship!

To our families: We have missed sharing children and family worship with you! We will be sending out a fun activity to share with your family. “Would You Rather” questions can be shared together as a short activity at mealtimes over the next weeks or you can sit down and do all the questions in one or two times. We hope you will enjoy the family discussions and both honest and silly answers!

So watch your mail for more details. Carol Y.

Camp Christian Summer Camps April 29 posted an update

To be clear, it is still the intention of the Ohio Region to have Camp next summer. This is not a permanent closure of Camp Christian. Although we will still need to do some fundraising and we may still need to adjust some of our logistics and health protocols between now and then, we will be working diligently this entire year to provide the safest and best camp season in 2021.

Our God of hope helped us receive over 450 RSVPs for our modified camp program when we set a goal of 400. Our God of hope helps us to imagine alternative programming opportunities that would have been impossible even 10 years ago.

The whole update can be found at http://www.ccinoh.com/camp-christian.aspx

 

Pentecost Offering May 31 and June 7

In 2001 the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) embraced a bold vision: to start 1,000 new churches in 1,000 different ways by the year 2020.

Today, we have welcomed 1,034+ new places of worship into the Church. The table around which we gather has grown in language, diversity, and life experience.

Courageous leaders have answered the call to grow the denomination through the new church movement. They have reached the underserved, welcomed new neighbors, and created communities of faith. And we, as Disciples, have committed to supporting them.

Each year, half of this offering stays in our Region to support and sustain new churches. The second half helps leaders across the United States and Canada through New Church Ministry programs.

Wednesday Night Book Discussion

Author Max Lucado’s subtitle is “Finding Calm in a Chaotic World.” Max asks, “Do you feel weighed down with worry?” We have a Zoom discussion on Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

Our schedule:

  • 5/20—Chapter 5
  • 5/27—Chapter 6
  • 6/03—Chapter 7
  • 6/10—Chapter 8

Giving Thanks

Thank you to David B. for his donation of 8 folding tables, a dozen leather rolling chairs, and an easel!

Thank you from Faith Alliance: On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors, I want to thank you for the $500.00 donation on March 25, 2020, to the Faith Alliance of West Chester and Liberty Township. We are very grateful for your congregation’s support! Tiffany Gehrlich

Thank you for your generosity in helping Mason Food Pantry provide food and personal care resources in our community. We value your support! Director of Operations April 14, 2020

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the 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. Linda Rabolt April 16, 2020

Faith Emergency Services thanks you for your February 11 donation of $250. Your contribution allows us to continue providing emergency relief to individuals in Mason, Deerfield Township, South Lebanon, and other parts of Warren County. … James Savage April 20, 2020

Thank you for feeding families in need of your generous donation of $100.00. Your support is certainly making a difference in the lives of our clients and you are remembered. Reach Out Lakota May 12, 2020

Happy Easter

Man blessings to the congregation at Compass Christian Church. Your support and love is a true blessing to me and my husband and grandchildren. Love, Suzan D, and family

Mother’s Day Blankets

Given in Honor:

KATIE B given by LESLIE & DON B; LESLIE B given by DON B; JENNIFER C given by JESSE C & CLOE C; LEILA D given by LAURA & LYLE D; DOROTHY D given by LAURA & LYLE D; MINYOUGHN H given by LAURA & LYLE D; PAT D given by DAVE & LEE ANN D AND RICK & CAROL Y; GLORIA E, MOM gave by RICH & SALLY E; MAUREEN M given by SARAH & SCOTT F, MATTHEW & CAMERON; FRANCES E given by SARAH & SCOTT F, MATTHEW & CAMERON; CLAUDIA K given by MICHAEL & ANNMARIE L, ANDREW, SARAH & MATTHEW; AMY D given by MICHAEL & ANNMARIE L, ANDREW, SARAH & MATTHEW; FRANCES E given by PERRY & MAUREEN M; RACHEL L given by PERRY & MAUREEN M; SARAH F given by PERRY & MAUREEN

M; CHERYL T. R given by MARLENE P; DEBORAH C. P given by MARLENE P; PAIGE P. J given by MARLENE P; GWENDOLYN L. P given by MARLENE P; SONYA S. N given by MARLENE P; KAREN

K. R is given by MARLENE P; EMILY K. J is given by MARLENE P; JEANNE S given by DECI, ELORA, LEO, TY & ALANNA S; AMY D given by TROY & ABBEY S; ESTHER D given by TROY S, AMY D & ABBEY; IMOGENE S given by TROY S, AMY D & ABBEY; JULIANNE W given by WILMA W

OF MOTHER’S DAY BY ANONYMOUS

Those Given in Memory:

MAXINE J, MOM gave by RICH & SALLY E; DONNA F is given by SARAH & SCOTT F, MATTHEW & CAMERON; GALE BECK gave by SARAH & SCOTT FERGUSON, MATTHEW & CAMERON; HELEN S. B, MOTHER gave by MARY JANE G; EVA B. G, MOTHER IN LAW given by MARY JANE G; MARY ELLEN R, COUSIN gave by MARY JANE G; JUNE C, COUSIN is given by MARY JANE G; SANDRA L, FRIEND given by MARY JANE G; JOE M, FRIEND given by MARY JANE G; LOUISE M

given by PERRY & MAUREEN M; MARGARET D. S given by MARLENE P; VIOLET H. P given by MARLENE P; PHYLLIS C given by DON & RUTH P; MARTHA P given by DON & RUTH P; JEANETTE

D is given by WILMA W; RUTH Y is given by RICK & CAROL Y