The Disciples Voice – October Edition
Volume XLII, Number 8 September 15, 2021
Upcoming events for Christian Education:
Worship and Wonder, a faith formation worship-centered approach with storytelling, ritual, and fellowship that is used with children in churches to help them deepen their relationship with God, is planning to begin on Sunday, September 19th in our new location in the room that previously housed our pantry. Worship and Wonder were designed for ages Kindergarten – Fourth Grade but we recognize that some children may be ready earlier or treasure the time and want to stay until they are older. Worship and Wonder begin following the Children’s Sermon. At this time, we ask that all adults and children who are participating wear face masks for the safety of our children. We are looking for volunteer Greeters and Storytellers. Watch for more updates and information as we get closer to our starting date.
Parents, please make sure you complete the Children and Youth information sheet emailed to you on Sept. 13. This will assist Children’s Ed, as well as the office, in having the most current information on file. Thank you to those who have already completed it.
Imagine God’s, Limitless Love:
during Worship beginning, on September 26th will take participants into a deeper reflection of what it truly means to live in covenantal relationship with each other, with the church, and with God.
The five sessions are as follows:
- God’s Covenant of Love: Recognizing What
Binds Us Together
- A Movement for Wholeness: Seeking Covenantal Relationships with a Living and Loving God
- The Bonds of Christian Faith: One Congregation’s Practice of Living in Covenant
- The Light of Scripture: A Bible Study on Romans 8:38-39
- God’s Limitless Love: Covenant in Practice
We follow this conversation with Rev. Allen Harris speaking to us on October 31.
Wednesdays @ 10:30
to be studied has yet to be decided upon, but we will discuss book possibilities at our first meeting.
Come and see! Sincerely,
Pastor Beckie Linn (email: email@example.com) Nancy Thorsen (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hello Church! Each month in this letter, I have tried to relay to you all just what Interim Ministry is and what we are doing as we “transition” together. I have shared with you various ways of defining what we are doing together; using some different language each month to help make it “make sense.” Going back to my first column, I shared with you the Five Tasks of Interim Ministry as defined by our DOC/UCC Interim Ministers Working Group. Oftentimes, these tasks are hard to define or quantify. And oftentimes, we may very well be doing them even in the midst of doing other missions and ministries of the church. This brings me to my case-in-point. On Sunday, September 26th, we will begin Covenant Conversations: Imagine God’s, Limitless Love. By sharing in these discussions, right during the heart of worship, around tables with each other, allowing all voices to be heard, we are actually working on two of the Interim Ministry tasks at hand.
Mission: defining and redefining sense of purpose and direction, and
Connections: discovering all the relationships and networks a faith community builds beyond itself, when devoted to self-examination and institutional renewal – a palate cleanser, one might say.
I cannot express to you enough the importance of these conversations to the work we are doing together! I do hope you will join us in person for what proves to be a rich and blessed sacred time.
In Christ’s love,
Pastor Beckie Linn
And now, for something that is a bit hard for me to do. I want to share with you that I have the wonderful privilege of sharing time with these wonderful ladies for this workshop. ALL women of Compass Christian Church are invited. Thank you for considering supporting me! Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite. There will be no at-the-door sales. Get your tickets now!
Children’s Message for All Ages
Can you believe that it has been a year and a half since we worshiped together in Worship and Wonder? It is so exciting that we get to gather together again and we get to gather together again in our new Worship and Wonder room! So, it is time to prepare yourself to come worship, to walk more slowly, and to talk more softly. We sing “Be Still and Know that I am God” each Sunday when we worship together. This comes from the Bible verse found in Psalms 46:10. King David is writing about all the wonderful things God has done. He also writes about God being our strength and we should not fear. Just like Worship and Wonder, when we take a moment to be still and be mindful of God, we can do this in our lives every day. Take time to be still, feel God in you, and know He’s taking care of you today and every day. Use your Bible app and search to see how many times someone says, “Be still” to know God! Listen to the full song.
A STEPPING FORWARD DINNER
Tuesday, August 31st
CCC volunteers provided salads, cookies, served food, washed pots and pans, packed leftovers for guests, cleaned the kitchen, serving area, dining room, feeding 70 deserving diners. A BIG “THANKS” to Sally E, Mairi H, Pam H, Alice A, Bill A, Beckie Linn G, Lyle D, & Ed V. Extra cookies by: Ruth P, Carol Y, Marlene
- Next S. F. Dinner: November 30th
Over The Rhine Soup Kitchen Update
Our next visit is on September 18. If you would like to join in a fun service event our church has been doing for 21 years, please let me know.
Blessings Kurt Fr.
Church World Service
Thank you so much for being a sponsoring CWS Blanket congregation!
Church World Service couldn’t do our Blankets ministry without congregations like
yours. We are so grateful for your generosity.
Reconciliation Special Offering
The Reconciliation Ministry Special Offering will be received in congregations this year on September 26th and October 3rd. Our theme is “Revealing God’s Justice: The Time is Always Ripe to Do What is Right.” Now, in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, violence against Asian and Pacific Islanders, and the deadly inequities of the Coronavirus Pandemic, is the time for our Church to strengthen its commitment to actively seek God’s justice.
Reconciliation Ministry is the church-wide mission fund that supports programs and program partners that enable full human flourishing for everyone in every community. As followers of Christ, we believe every life is precious and valued in God’s beloved community. Your generosity has supported our ability to provide grant awards to Bethany College’s Equity Community Guide, Diversity Audit, and the Region of Greater Kansas City’s Becoming Beloved Community Program, as well as denominationally-sponsored educational events such as Facing Brokenness and Love is an Action Word webinars.
We believe that the Christian Church (Disciple of Christ) is uniquely equipped to encourage racial equity and justice in the communities where we worship and serve. Your gifts to Reconciliation Ministry promote our mission of creating a just and loving society. The prophet Isaiah reminds us that God’s salvation is for ALL of us. The scripture in Isaiah 56:1 reads, “This is what the LORD says: “Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed.” We all have a role in revealing God’s justice. It is our call as the community of faith, the body of believers, and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Your giving promotes our capacity to respond and to reveal God’s love and justice in such a time as this!
Upcoming Church Life Events
Dear Christian Church in Ohio,
When I was called in January 2020 to serve as the Regional Program Director, we had no idea that in a few short months, our world and our church would be forever changed by a global pandemic. Together, we did our best to follow the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night, trying to follow where God was leading us through this season of living in the wilderness.
Together, we began monthly clergy zoom calls to support one another, share resources and ideas, and give encouragement during a difficult time. We responded to the murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd with leadership from our Anti-Racism Commission and the Ohio Black Pastors. We made the tough decision to cancel the 2020 Camp Christian schedule. We had Christmas and Lenten video devotionals. We worked hard to bring back Camp Christian programming in 2021. We did our best to be the church.
It was not the call that I thought I was accepted in January 2020. It was, however, an opportunity to lean into God’s presence in Ohio for the past couple of years. We may still be spending some time in the wilderness, but we will never be apart from the love of God we come to know in Jesus Christ. My prayer is that our time together has been good and faithful in our shared vision of living out the call to be ambassadors of Christ’s love, peace, and justice to this world.
Friends, my time with you all in this journey is nearing its end. My role as Regional Program Director will conclude at the end of September and more than anything, I’d like to say thank you. Thank you for the opportunity to serve the church as the Regional Program Director. It has been an honor to minister to the Ohio Region in this capacity.
I certainly made mistakes during my time here, and for those errors, I apologize. My hope was only ever to serve God faithfully, and for the times I missed the mark, I ask for forgiveness and continued prayers to learn from my missteps and to better serve God in the future.
Thank you to Jennie Stoddart Bernard, Wendy Taylor, Ted Nelson, Tom Bowerman-Jett, Bruce Bowerman-Jett, Rev. Allen Harris, and Candis Wilson for being such helpful people to work and serve with over these past couple of years.
Please know that I will be praying for the future of the Ohio Region. I believe in the good work and the vision that Rev. Allen Harris and our Regional Church Council are engaged in, and I can already see the way that the transformative power of the Holy Spirit is guiding our church forward into more faithful servanthood.
It has been an honor and a blessing to serve alongside you. Thank you for all of the prayers, affirmations, encouragement, gentle corrections, and constant love along the way.
Peace and Love, Rev. Alan Dicken
Thank you Susan Hartman for your years of service as our Music Director.
Thank you all for the help to get the Children’s Worship & Wonder room ready for the fall startup.
Thank you to those who continue to show up and work on the church grounds by weeding, watering, mowing, sawing, and digging.
Local: God’s guidance for an increase in safety and decrease in gun violence in and around the city of Cincinnati
Regional: Quality education for and equal treatment of our students despite variables of finances, location, gender or orientation