Disciples Voice – Online Service, Mental Illness Support, Connecting with Neighbors and much more…

Service Online Only

Due to the latest increase in numbers for COVID 19, the board has chosen to continue our service as ONLINE ONLY at this time.

They are looking ahead to plan an outdoor service and fellowship time possibly in September if the weather cools down.

From our Children’s Education Leader – Weekly Online Materials

NEW! Weekly Activities for Youth

Parents, we’re creating weekly materials tied into that Sunday’s sermon for our younger ones! Please check the weekly Thursday email for either a pdf or a link for those materials. Please scroll all the way down for any attachments!

If you have other ideas for activities, please let me know. Thanks, Carol Y.

Children’s Moment for All Ages

Last Sunday, Pastor Troy shared the scripture about one body in 1 Corinthians 12: 2-19. Draw an outline of a body and cut it apart in pieces. Does it look like a whole body? Can it work as one body? Tape it back together, even use bandaids to hold it together! Now it has all its parts unless you forgot one! God never forgets a part of the body – ours or the Body of Christ! God has a place for each one of us and a job or gifts for each one of us. We need to work together with our gifts to be what God made us be and we need to work with others with the gifts God has given them. There are times when we don’t feel like we are a part of God’s plan but God heals us and helps us. Many times others do not feel like they belong. When we show God’s kindness, we show others that we value them as part of the body of Christ. Kindness heals others! It can cause a complete and drastic change! That means it is revolutionary, just like the song by Josh Williams, “Revolutionary”. by Carol Y.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6glQdaQUZ1U

WayPoints

They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had an opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them. Hebrews 11:13-16

Deep appreciation to our Reopening Task Force’s work in preparing policies and procedures to ensure we minimize risk when we reenter the building for Sunday worship. Special thanks as well to our Elders and Deacons for their work in being trained to implement those procedures. The work of both groups served us in good stead for the July 17 memorial service for Don Phillips. I am grateful to all who responded to our survey of worship preferences and for the feedback and alternate ideas generated from that survey for other options looking into the future. Thank you to each and all for your patience, understanding, ongoing prayers, and sustaining financial support as we continue following God’s lead into the new space we find ourselves in.

Here are the results of the worship survey. We had forty- three respondents. The first question asked, “As you consider your health and the health of loved ones, do you plan to join in-building worship when our building reopens? Twenty said “Yes” and twenty-three said “No.” The second question asked, “If an AM broadcast option was available that allowed you to listen to the service live while staying in your vehicle, would you prefer that option to in-building worship?” Twelve said “Yes” and thirty said “No.” The third question asked, “If neither the in-building worship nor AM broadcast option is your preference, we will have a later midweek posting of the Sunday service. Is that your preference?” Twenty-three said “Yes” and nineteen said “No.”

While not part of the survey, several ideas were generated for the future. We heard from a number of folks that live streaming on Sunday would be of interest to them. The church doesn’t currently have the bandwidth for such nor a camera to send a live signal to the internet. However, with the ingenuity of the Phillips-Frazier family, we were able to use a person’s unlimited data plan on their phone as a hotspot and had the right type of camera to Livestream Don Phillips’ service. Leadership is looking into upgrading the church’s bandwidth and pricing the camera needed for a live signal to the internet. This option is a plan for the future when we find ourselves able safely to have in-building worship.

Finally, I want to thank our volunteer teams, leaders, and staff for their flexibility and adaptability as we continue developing ways to connect, support, and encourage one another in the days, weeks, and months ahead. We are learning new skills and trying new approaches to embody God’s love for one another, our community, and the larger world. As a people we know we cannot return to the land we left behind, but are seeking a better homeland. I am profoundly grateful to be on that journey with you.

Giving Thanks: Reach Out Lakota and Faith Alliance Food Drive

Thank you so much to everybody who donated to my food drive last week! We were able to give more than 150 pounds of food to Reach Out

Lakota and Faith Alliance! I decided to organize this food drive because more and more people are facing food insecurity because of COVID-19, so donations are very important to help food pantries meet demands

and continue serving the community. If you missed the food drive, you could still bring food to Faith Alliance and Reach Out Lakota or donate online, as these organizations are always accepting donations. Thank you all very much for your support!

Sarah L.

REACH OUT LAKOTA is accepting donations of backpacks for Lakota students in need. Backpacks can be dropped off at 6561 Station Rd, West Chester, on Friday 7/24 from 10 am – 12 pm, or by calling to make other arrangements (513-779-7515). Any and all backpacks are greatly appreciated!! The biggest need, however, is for backpacks with a padded section to protect laptops for 7th-12th grade students.

Online donations are still being accepted here: https://www.reachoutlakota.org/donate.html
Please be sure to indicate your church affiliation!
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Giving Thanks: Juneteenth 

We appreciate all those who participated in our first Juneteenth event Thank you to those who joined us from the community: Organized and hosted our first Juneteenth celebration by partnering with Faith Alliance, Caring Community Collaborative, and the Ohio Poor People’s Campaign. We welcomed remarks from them as well as three local civic leaders of Mason & West Chester, three sister DOC churches in District 12, three Faith Alliance congregations, the Islamic Center, three youth from different faith communities, and CCC member Diane Andow to share their powerful stories. It was an excellent and timely event given our current moment. Special thanks to Sally Engle, Susan Hartman, and Steve Seitz for their support in making this possible. Also, to Dave Diehl for the gift of the banner. There were 102 in attendance, plus a praise group from Body of Christ CC.

A Note of Appreciation from Kim Hollon of Faith Alliance

To: Members of CCC who have served on our Stepping Forward team.

We miss seeing you! We hope this finds you spiritually and physically healthy. I want to thank you for your generous monetary support during this very interesting time. Your donations help to continue to provide meals to our community in need. The meals are served as taking out but this gives us the opportunity to have one on one interaction, conversation, and prayer with each family as they come through. Even masked up, we pray that the gleam in our eyes shows folks how welcome they are and how willing we are to walk with them at a different time. Thank you for your investment in our community! We are blessed to walk with you as a family in the Body of Christ.

Love, Kim Hollon, and the Faith Alliance Stepping Forward Team.

Thank You!

Thank you, Rev. Dr. Perry M., for stepping up to be the chair of our Elder committee.

Thank you to all who supported the food drive!

Thank you for your continued support to CCC during this unique time in the history of the church.

Helping Hands: Reach Out to Our Neighbors

Have you talked with the person you usually sit near at church? Have you sent a note to someone who is homebound to let them know you are praying for them? Have you taken a meal to someone who cannot get out but would love to have a Wendy’s sandwich? Is there someone who needs yard work done in this terrible heat but cannot do themselves? Yes, as the body of Christ we can reach out in simple ways to our neighbors at our home address or our neighbors from the church. We would love to share how you and your family were able to reach out during this unusual year and bless those around us.

Helping Hands: Queen City Kitchen Bottled Water Drive!

  • Both locations are currently open for limited services

  • At Walnut Hills – pre-packaged groceries are available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 1 pm and a hot meal is available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12 pm to 1 pm.

  • At Walnut Hills – Weekend meal services available Saturdays from 3 pm to 4 pm and Sundays from 5 pm to 6 pm.

  • At OTR – Weekend meal services available Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 1 pm.

  • Weekend Warriors given option to come in to serve or postpone or donate in lieu of service.

We are not serving at this time at OTR. We are hoping to assist the other groups by collecting water for them. Start your shopping for deals on cases of water. The office will be open on Monday and Wednesday 9 1 for any deliveries.

Helping Hands: NAMI Online Support Groups

  • NAMI Family Support is for family and close friends of someone with a diagnosed mental disorder or suspected mental disorder. This group provides adults an opportunity to share and learn from others’ experiences. NAMI groups are led by trained facilitators who have experienced similar to yours.

FAMILY SUPPORT MEETING TIMES AND DATES

Thursday at 6:30 pm

Meeting ID (Zoom App): 278-754-088 Password: 626422 Join URL (computer access): https://zoom.us/j/278754088

 

  • NAMI Connection is a peer-facilitated group for adults living with mental illness which provides an opportunity to share challenges, strategies, and successes with others who understand. Groups are led by NAMI-trained facilitators who have similar experiences.

CONNECTION MEETING TIMES AND DATES

Monday at 6:00 pm

Meeting ID (Zoom App): 704-267-229 Password: 626422 Join URL (computer access): https://zoom.us/j/704267229

Wednesday at 12:30 pm

Meeting ID (Zoom App): 855-603-732 Password: 626422 Join URL (computer access): https://zoom.us/j/855603732

Thursday at 5:00 pm

Meeting ID (Zoom App): 792-385-021 Password: 626422 Join URL (computer access): https://zoom.us/j/792385021

Friday at 2:00 pm

Meeting ID (Zoom App): 140-710-852 Password: 626422 Join URL (computer access): https://zoom.us/j/140710852

Please check our website for a telephone log-in or for additional information at www.nami-bc.org. You may also contact Bernie Murray, NAMI Program Director at bmurray@nami-bc.org.

Book Discussion

Starts Wed. Aug. 12, 6 p.m.

Our next book will be Carolyn B. Helsel’s “Anxious to Talk About It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully about Racism.” Order a copy today from Chalice and support our denominational publisher. The date we are looking at is Aug. 12th @ 6 p.m.

Father’s Day Gifts

Contributions to CWS Tools mean Church World Service will be ready to help people around the world gain the resources and develop the skills necessary to sustain themselves and their families and to build viable communities.

Gifts are given in Honor of Fathers:

RANDELL CALDWELL given by Jesse Carver, Cloe Caldwell; BILL DAGUE & BOB DAILEY given by Lyle & Laura Dailey; LYLE DAILEY given by Laura Dailey; BILL DIEHL by Dave & Lee Ann Diehl; Carol

& Rick Yarborough; BILL LANDERS & SCOTT FERGUSON given by Perry & Maureen Mattern; KEN PERDUE & JEFFREY S PERDUE given by Marlene Perdue; BRENTEN D JARRETT & DAVID JARRETT

given by Marlene Perdue; JEFF NEAL & JOE RICHTER is given by Marlene Perdue; DEVON STRIBLING by Deci, Elora, Leo, Ty & Alanna Stribling; EUGENE SYBRANT & GREGORY DONNENWERTH given by Amy Donnenwerth, Troy & Abbey Sybrant; TROY SYBRANT is given by Amy Donnenwerth, Abbey Sybrant; Rick Yarborough gave by Jeanne Stribling, Jenne Caldwell, Jenae McKnight, C J Yarborough

Gifts are given in Memory of Fathers:

CHALMERS A MATTERN & CHARLES C EARLY, JR. given by Perry & Maureen Mattern; DON MILBURN given by Milburn & Nolte Families; HOBART H PERDUE, EMERY J SMITH & JOSEPH H PERDUE given by Marlene Perdue; BUFORD DURBIN & IVAN WOOD given by Wilma Wood.

Don Phillips

December 15, 1936 – July 9, 2020

Our heartfelt condolences to and prayers for Ruth, Laura, Bob, Missy, John, Sue, Scott, Emily, Tim, Carrie, Sarah, Jackson, Sydney, Amanda, and Desmond.