The Disciples Voice Newsletter January Edition
Resolution Listening Sessions
Saturday Jan. 23 & 30 @ 11 a.m. Invitation for Congregational feedback on the new resolution, see Facebook for Link.
Service Online Only
As we continue our service ONLINE ONLY at this time, let us know how we can keep connected to your family. You can contact Perry M, Elder chair, Pastor Troy, or the office with joys, concerns, and life achievements. Please see Thursday emails for a link or go to our Facebook page for the Zoom link.
Watch for upcoming emails to give you details to Ash Wednesday Service on February 17th. Our Lenten devotional will start on Feb 18. We will have a sign-up genius coming soon so you may volunteer to read the devotion (youth or adult) during Lent.
Week of Compassion Special Offering Feb. 21, 28
With the gifts of our hearts, we let love flow, like new well-water to a thirsty village; for crops, for cooking, for life! Our gift is prayer in action. As we have received God’s love, let us also share that abundance with others.
Please use the blank envelope in your packet.
Our Upcoming Worship Packets
We will have ashes for Ash Wednesday service on February 17th. There will be a blank envelope for the Week of Compassion offering and an Easter offering envelope, too. The Lenten devotional and communion cups as well if your family has requested them. If you desire them and need them dropped off, advise the office. Let us continue to stay connected through communication, worship, and the Holy Spirit as we journey with Christ into the year ahead.
January 31st, 2021 Congregational Meeting
We gather annually in January to approve that year’s budget. There is an additional item this year, the Becoming Who We Are resolution that you have already received by email or post.
The resolution is meant to identify who we are as a church, informed by the example of Christ’s life and teachings, by the apostolic church practices, by Disciples of Christ identity, vision, and mission, and by our regard for those marginalized in our society today. It was developed by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant, Elder Chair Perry M, and Steve Si building on the church’s Mission Statement work from our Open Heart, Open Mind, and Open Table focus.
If you need the email resent with the budget and resolution, please contact the office and it will be resent to you via email or mail.
In advance of the 31st please join the Listening Sessions on Jan 23 and/or 30.
Plan to join the Zoom Meeting on January 31st or after being in a Listening Session, advise Steve Si how you would vote for the Budget and Resolution.
2021 General Assembly Canceled
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) decided in July of last year to cancel this year’s General Assembly from July 31-August 4 in Louisville, KY. That same group decided in December to change the time and place of the 2023 General Assembly. In 2023, the General Assembly will meet in Louisville, KY, from July 29 to August 1, 2023.
Hours: Monday & Wednesday 9 – 1 in the building Tuesday & Thursday Work Off Site
Online Tech Support Team
Having trouble accessing Zoom for Wednesday night book studies or Sunday morning worship? Fear not, for Perry M and Steve Se are offering their skills to guide you through. Please contact them for help.
But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Amos 5:24
I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. John 17:20-23
Each year in January we have opportunities to remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This year with the leadership of Faith Alliance we had an online Service of Prayer and Unity that brought these two together on Monday, January 18th.
Revs. Joe Kay of Nexus United Church of Christ, Phyllis Spiegel of St. Anne Episcopal Church, and Rev. Jim Vickers of Zion Global Ministries were our speakers. Rev. Michael Tafamombe of ZGM and I had other parts in the service, aided by the spirited vocals of Aprina Johnson Thomas of ZGM. Perhaps you were one of the 48 screens that joined that evening; thank you for your faithfulness and prayers in these times when cries for justice and calls for unity are heard loudly and clearly across our country and the larger Church.
These passages together invite the question about how we bear witness to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. John’s passage, the heart of ecumenism and Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, says the unity of Christ’s Church is to demonstrate to the world that God the Father sent Jesus to this world. Our unity is to validate God the Father’s love for us and for God the Son.
That witness is also validated in acts of service in our community, advocating for justice on behalf of the marginalized here and abroad, and embodying that vision of the Reign of God that Dr. King called the beloved community.
Children and Youth Moments
Children’s Message for All Ages
Read the story of Abraham and Sarah and the news that Sarah would become a mother in her old age in Genesis 18:1-14. Abraham and Sarah could hardly believe that God would let them have a son even though they both were very old! God had promised Abraham that he would make his family as numerous as the stars but Abraham and Sarah both had their doubts because they did not see God’s promise happen before they were so old. Sarah doubted this would happen so much that she laughed! Sarah and Abraham did have a son, Isaac! Nothing is impossible with God!
As this new year begins and everyone talks about what they will do differently this year or plan to live a better life, stop and dream! Dream about what God can do with your life! Dream about all that God has in store for you this year and for all your life! Remember – Nothing is Impossible with God! Listen to “Impossible” by Building 429. I dare you not to dance!
Holy Moly Video and Discussion
Starts Thurs. Jan. 28 @ 7 p.m.
Christian Education presents an opportunity for the youth to gather and watch a Holy Moly video on Zoom. Our first video will be this Thursday, January 28th at 7:00 P.M. and should be no more than 30 minutes long. We will watch the Holy Moly video – The Boy Teacher. Holy Moly is a short cartoon version of Bible stories that are shown without verbal narration so we will spend a little time discussing the story. The youth will be encouraged to read the story from their Bible after the Zoom session. There are additional activities available after the Zoom meeting as well. Invitations will be sent out to all families. We hope to have the video available for one week after the Zoom meeting to re-watch or watch the story for the first time. There will be more information to come on how to access the video after the Zoom meeting.
Outreach – How Can I Help?
In January we’ll collect food for the Community Cupboard at Mason United Methodist Church. Community Cupboard needs canned vegetables, personal items, and baby supplies. Please email the church admin for a pdf of the list to be sent to you.
If you cannot bring supplies to the church please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or if you have any Outreach questions.
Queen City Kitchen
We were able to help with 50 cases of water in 2020. We are starting out in 2021 with 10 cases so far.
Please drop off items at CCC during office hours or contact the God Hub for pickup and delivery. God Hub – email@example.com
Sign up to be a Winter Buddy!
Send a card, make a phone call, offer assistance, or just say hello…Help those who may feel isolated this winter. Every week from December – March. All ages welcome! Sign Up Here, or call the church office at 754-0777.
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Warren County
“Our IHN Ministry is kicking off again on Saturday, January 30th! We need 2-3 volunteers to prepare, package, and deliver meals to Heritage Presbyterian Church by 5 o’clock that evening. Due to ongoing concerns about COVID, we will not be serving meals onsite. Instead, IHN will pick them up from HPC for delivery to the hotels where the program’s guests are located. If you are interested in serving, please contact Kirk T at 513-503-6827 or firstname.lastname@example.org” Kirk T.
IHNWC from January to October 2020 assisted: 36 families, 108 individuals 64 children, 37 under the age of 6, 7 unborn babies, 1 born in a shelter, 908 referrals (this is anyone who contacts IHNWC for any need). They are helping children to attend school by setting up a virtual classroom and supervising them. Along with this classroom, they have volunteers who are willing to tutor the children. From Dec newsletter by IHNWC
X Days 2021
Don’t forget to consider being CCC’s leader for projects in our community and surrounding area. Some of the information presented to us from Ed V is as follows.
The following Positions for CCC are needed. Please consider how you can be an integral part of this team by giving your time and talent to our community.
- Church Coordinator: Lead our group in planning, and management, and interfacing with F. A. Coordinator Wendy Manwaring at email@example.com . Kick-Off Zoom Meeting January 28th at 7 PM.
- Site Leader: Plans the project and location with the Church Coordinator, gather the project volunteers with the help of the Sign-up Manager, and assigns various responsibilities such as tools and supplies necessary to complete the project.
- Sign-up Manager/Promotion: Printing, distribution, manage all sign-ups, information brochures, bulletins, church website, etc.
Thank you for considering this opportunity to give our neighbors a hand up. Please respond to me by email or phone as soon as possible so as to prepare for the January 28th Zoom meeting. If you need to see the full email on X Days, contact the office.
Butler County Veterans Service
The Butler County Veterans Service Commission is an agency that provides veterans and their dependents reliable and professional service in providing advocacy and assistance in obtaining veterans benefits, temporary financial assistance, and transportation to VA appointments. The Butler County Veterans Service Commission works closely with our community partners to best meet the needs of the veteran families that we service, thus helping to improve the lives of veterans and their families residing within Butler County.
Federal: Help with identifying, preparing, and managing to file for veteran benefits. Includes service-connected disabilities, aid and assistance, educational, home loans. We determine eligibility and assist the veteran to apply for VA medical coverage. Also help veterans to receive copies of vital paperwork, such as DD214. Grave marker and burial assistance.
State: assistance with bonuses, reduction of property taxes for 100% disabled veterans. Advise veterans of Ohio benefits such as free disability license plates of eligible veterans. Advice on various other benefits and free services provided by Ohio. Temporary financial assistance to veterans demonstrating the need to cover necessary living expenses. Transportation to/from VA medical appointments. Applies to vets and qualified widowed spouses. Transportation to employment for veterans working within the transportation service area. We’re not the VA but more like a professionally trained team focused on obtaining all eligible benefits available to Butler County veterans.
The office has a brochure and video which we can forward to you if you know of someone who is in need of this great service to our veterans.
Reach Out Lakota
We are overwhelmed by the generosity of all who donated money and cards to make it possible to meet our goal to give parents two gift cards for each of their children. On Saturday, December 12th we distributed gift cards to provide gifts to over 800 children! We are also thankful to Taco Bell for providing meal gift cards, to Pet Smart & IKEA for providing stuffed animals, and to Anthem House Church for lending us their building. In addition, our Holiday Food Program provided over 300 families with boxes of groceries thanks to donations coordinated by St. John and St. Max churches. With the help of volunteers, we filled the West Chester Presbyterian Church gym with food in the AM and then loaded it into our client’s cars in the afternoon. It truly was a group effort of volunteers, staff, donors, businesses, and churches. With your support, we were able to brighten the lives of so many families this holiday season. On behalf of all of the families served, we say THANK YOU!!
Camp Christian Free Store
Thanks to all those who donated bath sets and comfort quilts from Compass Christian Church. The items were delivered on Saturday the 19th to families in the area near Camp Christian. Together with other churches and members of the Christian Church in Ohio, we celebrate the gift of giving. Merry Christmas to all the recipients and to our family at Compass Christian Church! Wendy T posted some pictures of all the things collected for the Christmas celebration at the Camp Christian Free Store on the Christian Church in Ohio Facebook page.
Senior Shoebox Santa Project
Just a quick note to let you know that we were hoping to collect enough items/shoeboxes for 60 seniors and ended up with 179 complete boxes! Because of caring people like you, the boxes were delivered to 3 different locations! We delivered the last 60 boxes for the seniors registered with the Butler Behavioral Health Uplift program. Thank you for the time and love you put into your boxes. You certainly made a difference for our seniors this holiday season. Compass Christian Church completed 5 boxes for this Shoebox project.
KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM
Hi, this is an update and/or a reminder that our Church still receives rewards from Kroger. If you don’t know if your purchases are collecting funds for the church you can follow the steps below.
1. Go to Kroger.com
2. Open the first site…Kroger Grocery Official Website
3. In the upper right hand you should see Sign In
4. After you sign, and under your name, scroll down to My Account.
5. Next, you should get a Welcome page…scroll down to View Profile.
6. Look through the information and update, hit edit if Anything needs to be changed.
7. On the left side is a list… go to Community Rewards.
8. In the box that says Find an Organization, type in Tylersville Rd. Christian Church.
9. Boxes will open, find the TRCC one, and hit the chose icon.
You will get a confirmation saying that is who you picked.
10. Exit out, that’s all folks. Please let me know if you need help with any of this contact Sally E
Members in the News
Article from Cincinnati Enquirer dated January 2, 2021; Deborah Thompson and Mary Jane Good.
From Nik Donges, Regional Elder
In December he sent a letter stating items he was tired of, like staying home, wearing masks, not being able to worship in person, or spending the holidays with extended families. Here is what he said after the list of items of being tired. “It is not my intention to wear you into a state of exhaustion. Instead, I find hope within the scriptures and particularly from the Apostle Paul. In his second letter to the Corinthians, Chapter 4, he writes:
“7But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; / persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. 11 for while we live, we are always begin given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you.”
I sincerely pray that you hold those words as precious and dear as we look and anticipate when the pandemic will come to an end and we can return to life on a more normal basis. My prayers are with you as we anticipate and receive God’s great gift, His Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ!”