Disciples Voice – June Edition Juneteenth, Poor People’s Campaign Live stream, Virtual Camp
Friday, June 19th, 7–8:30 pm.
(Disciples of Christ) is hosting a Juneteenth community vigil on Friday, June 19, from 7–8:30 pm. It will take place in our field, socially distanced.
Masks are required. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
We will remember the past, reflect on the present, and recommit to a future of freedom and justice for all. This event is open to the entire community, of all (or no) faiths, to remember the struggle for freedom and justice is ongoing, and to pray for the healing of our nation and world. There will be music, reflections, prayers, and silence.
We are grateful for the partnership of the Faith Alliance, Caring Community Collaborative (C3), and the OH Poor People’s Campaign. We welcome other faith & community leaders.
2020-2021 Church Nominations
THE VOTE IS IN! There were 50 votes received by the deadline on Sunday for the 2020-2021 slate of officers, and they were all YES! The slate passed officially! As soon as we can get back into the building for worship together, we’ll have an installation ceremony. Congratulations to all the incoming officers and many thanks to the outgoing officers.
From our Treasurer
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 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
Reopening our Building July 19!!
The Reopening Task Force—Sally Engle, Susan Hartman, Mike Lyons, Steve Seitz, Steve Simmons, Troy Sybrant, Carol Yarborough—has been meeting weekly since May.
We’ve compiled and reviewed federal and state guidelines and best practices, insurance recommendations, ours, and other denominational resources to craft a plan tailored for our congregation.
We’ll be sharing the new policies and procedures soon. We can’t wait to see you there!
Poor People’s Campaign Livestream Invitation
The Mass Poor
People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington is a 2.5-hour program that will be
broadcast on Saturday, June 20 at 10 am and 6 pm EST, and again on Sunday, June 21 at 6 pm EST.
Ah, you who make iniquitous decrees, who write oppressive statutes, to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be your spoil, and that you may make the orphans your prey! Isaiah 10:1-2
An unprecedented wave of protests for racial justice has swept the United States and the globe since the modern-day lynching of George Floyd on Memorial Day. This is radically shifting public opinion about the need to address systemic racism and Black Lives Matter in American public life.
But the new nation being born in our streets must reckon with four centuries of systemic inequality. The public murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police furnished the spark and years of police violence caught on cell phone videos stacked up like dry tinder to fuel the fire that rages in our spirits. This is about more than policing.
The question before us is whether America can be what it has promised to be.
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is sending an OPEN LETTER to our Nations’ lawmakers on Systematic Racism calling on Congress to pass policies that dismantle systemic racism and implement a reconstruction plan for our country. Please sign on and share. We have been facing the pandemic of systemic racism for too long. We have the right to protect ourselves and our communities from a system that is killing us. We will not stop until we can all breathe.
(You can view Dr. William Barber’s sermon “America, Accepting Death is Not An Option Anymore” here: https://www.breachrepairers.org/livestream. Delivered at the Washington National Cathedral in D.C. last Sunday, June 14. Start at 49:40 for his message.)
If we cannot shift in this pandemic as a nation, and become more merciful and less greedy, and juster and less unjust, then God help us. One germ, one little germ, has shown that it can shut down this whole nation and the world. One little germ, united with itself, has shown what it can do.
And if we can’t that at this moment, there’s not a bomb that can blow it out, and there’s not a
bullet that can shoot it out, there’s not a stock market that can buy it out. None of that.
The only way we make it through this—and we come out better—is if we find our way together, we lift everybody. Join us this Saturday, June 20, for the Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington.
Digital Justice Gathering: June2020.org Forward Together,
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II President and Senior Lecturer Repairers of the Breach
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 pm.
- 6/17—Chapter 9
- 6/24—Chapter 10
- 7/1—Chapter 11
Next Movie Discussion Sun. June 28, 5 pm.
Based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches, This film is free on YouTube, Google Play, and Amazon Prime.
Please watch, and we’ll discuss it online. Zoom link to follow.
Thank You: Sunday School Instructors
Thank you to Katie B, Zach B, Leann W, Nancy T
Thank You: Worship & Wonder Instructors
Thank You to Katie B, Zach B, Sarah F, Abbey S, Carol Y, Betty B, Diane K Sally E, Lora B, Camryn B, Sue T, Sarah A.
Thank You from Reach Out Lakota
Thank you for feeding families in need of your generous donation of $100.00. Your support is undoubtedly making a difference in the lives of our clients, and you are remembered.
Thank You: Property Crew and Helpers
Thank you to Bill A. for all his work on the church property esp. the landscaping of the islands. We can’t forget the others who come to help mow and weed, Dave D, C.J. Y, Sally E., Laura D, Abbey & Troy S, Alice W.
Children’s Moment for all Ages
Have you ever felt afraid because you didn’t know what to do or what was going to happen? Have you ever been afraid to do something for the first time? Read about three people in the Bible – Exodus 3: 1-17, 1 Samuel 17: 4-51, and Daniel 6:6-23. Moses, David, and Daniel were not famous, did not come from wealthy families, and did not think they were born for greatness. God called them each to a specific job, a job they had not planned on doing, or had been trained to do. God called them to stand up for what they believe and asked them to trust Him. Moses was not a good speaker, but God helped him to talk Pharaoh into letting the
Hebrews go. David was just a shepherd boy, and yet he defeated a giant whom everyone feared. Daniel was a slave, and again by staying steadfast in his faith in worshiping God, God saved him from the den of lions. God had a plan for each one. God had a place for each one to be. God rewarded each one for his faithfulness.
Moses got to carry messages from God to the Hebrews and lead the people to the promised land. David became a great king and an ancestor of Jesus. Daniel served in a foreign king’s court and helped change the laws so that they could worship the one and only living God. But these people did not do it alone or without doubts. God will help you when you are afraid of face doing something new because He loves you and will help you become who He has made you be. Go back to these Bible stories! Read the full story of each so you can see how God helped them through. Check out this song by Sanctus Real.
Camp Christian – Virtual Camp
Our directors have done an incredible job of brainstorming, sharing resources, and coming up with some creative alternatives so that anyone who wants to will be able to share in our programs this summer! Using a virtual-camp portal, we will be sharing in camp songs, lessons, quest groups, keynotes, evening vespers services, and even hoe-downs, talent shows!
We will be following the condensed camp schedule that was provided at the beginning of April when we were exploring alternative options for camp this summer. It is as follows:
- CYF – July 5-11
- Chi Rho – July 12-18, Jr. Camp – July 19-25
- Advance – July 26-August 2
Most of the programming provided for the week of camp will include videos, music, and documents that will be available for you to use and view at your leisure, or even after the week is done. However, some of the activities will be held at specific times and dates (i.e., a Zoom small group gathering or cabin meeting), so it will still be essential to try and be available for your specific week of programming.
Those who have already sent in an RSVP to camp have already received this email. If you have not previously RSVP’d, you will need to email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Camper Name
- Grade the Camper just completed (or age if you are out of high school)
- The email address that is best to send log-in information for the virtual camp portal
When you send in that information, for registering the virtual-camp portal, an email to confirm your log-in information so that you can take part in the activities. You will also get a follow-up email from the director(s) of your particular week to welcome you to your specific week of online programming. Questions? Need Help? Please reach out to Alan at email@example.com.
Seeking Camp Song or Camp Memory Submissions
The office would love to have your family perform a camp song or share memory so we can share it with the congregation. Please forward it to the office or Carol Y. Thank you to the Baird family and the song “Sweetly Sings the Donkey”.
Way to Go Graduates!!
Andrew Lyons graduated summa cum laude from William Mason High School on May 24, 2020. He will be attending Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois studying Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences.
Abbey Sybrant, a National Honor Society member, graduated with high honors from Lakota East High School on May 30, 2020. She will attend Wright State University, focusing on education with an emphasis on math and science. She also plans to continue dance and choir.
Angie Hill graduated from the University of Phoenix in May 2020 with a Bachelor’s in Business Science concentrated in Project Management. Currently, she is working on a few different certifications to build a stronger resume. Her future goal is to work for a leading company as a Project Manager and oversee as many projects as possible. She is so proud to be a mother, wife, and College graduate!
Outreach: Queen City Kitchen (QCK) Update
OTR – Serving hot meals provided through the Weekend Warrior program
Walnut Hills – Serving hot meals provided through the Weekend Warrior program; hot meals provided Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays; Choice pantry is open Tuesdays and Thursdays. New ServicesFriday for families: hot meal served Friday 5 -6 p.m; yoga, career services, and counseling.
Outreach: Reach Out Lakota Back to School Program
(Online or Mail-in Donations Only)
The Reach Out Lakota Annual Back to School Supply Drive is Under Way! Please donate by JULY 19, 2020.
Your generosity helps ensure that all children in Lakota Local Schools – especially those struggling financially – start the school year with the tools they need to succeed. Donating online at
**select “Back to School” when giving online or mail checks to:
Reach Out Lakota School Supplies, PO Box 362, West Chester, Ohio 45071
Why just a donate button?
2020 has brought many changes to our lives and is, not surprisingly, bringing changes to the Back to School Program as well. School supply requests are changing, what the school district will provide to students is changing, how the school day will look is changing, etc.
One thing not changing is that students in our community will still have needs. And our goal is always to ensure that this fall, every student has the tools they need to succeed. With this in mind, our program is asking for your financial support in place of specific school supplies this year. Your monetary donations will enable us to fill student’s needs as they become more precise and more defined.
From Christian Church Foundation
A charitable gift annuity provides dependable, predictable payments to you for your lifetime, and it funds a legacy gift to your favorite ministry at your death. As a bonus, establishing a charitable gift annuity can provide income tax benefits for donors who itemize deductions on their income tax returns. Charitable gift annuity rates are decreasing on July 1, 2020, so those who are interested may want to establish their gift annuity before that date.
If you are interested in a charitable annuity, go to Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/christianchurchfoundation
New Books Coming to Our Library Corner
The following books have been ordered and will arrive in our church library soon. It is our responsibility to educate ourselves and our children on what is happening in our country & why.
- March by John Lewis & others is a 3 book, graphic series on the history of the Civil Rights Movement. While written especially for teens, it gives an excellent retelling of what happened by those who lived the events.
- This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewel is also geared for teens, but has information we all need.
- How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi will lead us on the path to being the people God expects us to be-true neighbors of all.
- SoYou Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo is an “accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement,” and more. (quote from Amazon review)
If you have books that you would like to loan or donate to the church library on this or other topics, please contact Maureen M.
A Call to Action: The Time is Now!
From the College of regional ministers
Dear Members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada,
“How long, O God, will you hide from sight? Remember that I shall not live forever.” Ps 89:46-7These last few weeks, the psalmist’s cry is heard in our land, “How long, OLord?”
In the wake of the death of George Floyd, the latest African American to die by police violence, the people of the United States, indeed the entire world, moan in grief and burn with anger. George Floyd’s name is added to a long list of unarmed Black and Brown people, including Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, who have died by actions taken by police officers or vigilantes in the past few decades and indeed centuries.
We are reminded that on July 17, 2014, Eric Garner was arrested in New York City, where a chokehold smothered him. Hauntingly similar to George Floyd, Garner was heard to be saying, “I can’t breathe” eleven times before losing consciousness and dying an hour later.
In 2015, the College of Regional Ministers wrote to you, the Church, about race and racism in America in the shadow of similar events, expressing our concerns and laying out a plan of action for our Church to follow to move forward in our work of becoming a Pro-Reconciling/Anti-Racist Church. We ask ourselves if our words made any difference if anything has changed? Because on May 25, 2020, as we heard
George Floyd on an 8-minute 46-second video gasping “I can’t breathe” as a police officer kneeled on his neck, we know we must speak to you again with our hearts broken and our resolve strengthened.
This must stop. Black Lives Matter!
We, as your Regional Ministers, cry out with those who mourn, take to the streets with those who march, and support those who seek to make changes in our world so that every beloved child of God will have the chance to breathe freely, and together pursue justice, equity, and dignity throughout the land. And, in do- ing so, may we see the face of God.
May it be so.
The College of Regional Ministers of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada