February 16

The Disciples Voice – February Edition

February 16, 2022
Volume XLIII, Number  2

 

 

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

Revealed New Expectations

This Sunday, February 20th   

Jesus’ instructions continue in Luke 6:27-38, picking up from the teachings of last week’s lesson to the crowd and the disciples. Jesus instructs the disciples on how they ought to live in God’s ways of love, which include loving one’s enemies. Walter Wink has famously argued that Jesus is teaching nonviolent resistance—not a passive accepting of abuse, but an active resistance that would embarrass and force the one committing the wrong to recognize the humanity of the victim. Loving those who love us is the easy part, Jesus argues, but loving those who do not love us is much more difficult, because it is how God loves all people, even those who do not love God. Instead, seek the humanity of others. It goes beyond treating others how you want to be treated, but rather, treating others the way God treats us all.

Please plan to join us each week in-person or on-line for this special Epiphany Series entitled The Holy: Revealed.

Transfiguration Sunday

Sunday, February 27th ~ Revealed Transformation

 

Week of Compassion

Special Offering ~ Love Remains

February 20th & 27th

 

 

Week of Compassion is the relief, refugee, and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Your gifts to Week of Compassion bring hope out of despair, find blessings amid devastation, and help transform loss into new life. Your contributions bring tangible relief and change the course of lives. When you give, you help rebuild communities recovering from disaster. You also empower farmers to grow new kinds of crops in a changing climate; you support refugees; you empower youth through education, and empower women through vocational opportunities. In so many different ways, your gifts of love have the power to transform lives. Love is shelter. Love is a listening ear. Love is community. Love is a hopeful future. Love is a path forward. When all else seems lost, love remains. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. — 1 Cor. 13:13

 

               From the pen of Pastor Beckie Linn…

Hello Church!  Today I want to continue to share with you excerpts from the longer article entitled “Ministry Post-Pandemic Checklist: A Pause in the Dissonance” written by Gilberto Collazo, President of Disciples Church Extension Fund (DCEF) and Lead for Hope Partnership Services. Not only is this excellent advice for us “post-pandemic,” I believe it is absolutely the perfect advice for us in this time of transition together.  Let’s continue to hear what he has to say!

Last month we heard how to Use this time to reclaim our foundational purpose and how to Use this time to re-evaluate our ministry’s focus and motivation.

This month we hear…

Use this time for ministry pruning.

Any gardener knows the importance and advisability of pruning. An effective pruning presages healthy growth and abundant fruit. What needs to be put to rest in our church work? Which of your current ministries need to be celebrated and brought to an end? This will allow for greater focus on current, effective activity and open your space for the new things that could emerge during these challenging times.

Use this time to pivot toward a more intentional focus on community engagement.

What a time to train and empower your members to become ministers unto each other, and onto those in the communities that surround us. Equipping the saints, offering the tools and encouraging them to embrace active ministry will give our churches a new level of community relevance. We already have developed the engagement methods via social media platforms. Why not use them for this?

Use this time to consider how best to physically reengage with your congregation and community when the time comes.

While virtual engagement has, in some cases, allowed us to expand our number of worshippers beyond our congregations, what strategies will win them over in the physical world? How do we continue to live for the time being in a ‘both/and’ world of digital and in-person worship?

And with that, we will pause again until next month.  Blessings!

In Christ’s love,

Pastor Beckie Linn

Children’s Moment for All Ages

Pastor Beckie Linn’s sermon was about Jesus selecting his Disciples.   Read about it In Luke 5: 1-11.  Jesus did not pick priests, teachers, and Pharisees like you would think.  He chose everyday fisherman, he made friends out of Tax Collectors, and he spoke to women that were not from the same place He was from.   Jesus really saw or noticed or thought about all people.  He chose them to be His friends and Disciples.   Shouldn’t we do the same?  All around us we hear people wanting to be noticed and valued.  Take a step and be revolutionary – talk to someone and let them know you see them – just like Jesus!    Listen to a song I have shared before – Revolutionary by Josh Wilson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5cPQg3oq-o&list=RD6glQdaQUZ1U&start_radio=1

Christian Education Announcements

  • We would like to invite anyone who would like to join us for worship in the Worship and Wonder room right after Children’s Sermon.   Come see how the children hear one of God’s stories and worship!
  • Plans for VBS and/or a summer Friends and Family Night will begin soon.  Watch for future announcements and plan to join one of our planning sessions.  Dates TBA

Building Space Task Force Progress

The building space task force and general board continue to progress with plans to optimize the way we use the spaces available in our building to best fulfill our mission activities.  As we work to remove the modular from the church campus, we need to be more efficient with the available space in the building, and look for creative ways to use those spaces.  The specific steps we’ll be taking to reconfigure our space is given below.  We will be looking for focals and volunteers as we progress through these actions in the coming months.  If you’re interested in helping in one of these areas, please reach out to the focal or to me.

 

  1. Mural (Focal:  TBD)
    1. Archive mural with photos or canvas (Dave Diehl)
    2. Hold mural retirement celebration
    3. Paint wall and do any repairs
  2. Nursery move (Focal:  Sally Engle)
    1. Clean out West Sunday School room
    2. Install larger window in West SS room door or add camera/TV
    3. Move nursery to West Sunday School room
    4. Move kitchen cabinets from modular to current Nursery room and secure for safety
  3. Corner storage space (Focal:  TBD)
    1. Downsize library and move to West wall of sanctuary (Maureen Mattern)
    2. Design walls / partition in NE corner of sanctuary (Lindsay Buchanan)
    3. Review with symphony: secure help with funding
    4. Build walls / partitions / etc
    5. Move chairs to storage
    6. Move symphony instruments to storage
  4. Multi-purpose café (Focal:  Lindsay Buchanan)
    1. Design space, especially how to use available kitchen cabinets
    2. Repaint
    3. Install cabinets
  5. Modular (Focal:  Lyle Dailey)
    1. Clean out and sell, donate, or store contents
    2. Find someone willing to buy or take modular unit

 

Blessings,

Lyle Dailey, Moderator

OUTREACH

 Stepping Forward Dinner

Watch next month for more information on our next Stepping Forward Dinner on 3/29/2022

 

Feed our Neighbors in Need Food Drive

On March 5-6th, we will join together with other Faith Alliance churches to help combat hunger in our community.  Last year Faith Alliance churches collected over 19,000 lbs. of food for our community!

How Can I Help?

It’s easy! Simply pick up a brown paper bag with the list of needed items from worship on Feb. 20 or Feb. 27, fill it up with groceries, and return the bag to worship services by March 6th. We will then deliver the donated items to Faith Community UMC

 

 

 

Online giving through PayPal is available for those who wish to give to Compass Christian Church electronically.  To do so, go to https://compassc.org/donate/ and follow the DONATE instructions.  If you do not have a PayPal account, you may click on one of the credit card symbols.  In advance and as always, we greatly appreciate your gift.

Other Ways to Give: You may give by writing a check and mailing it to the office or leaving it in the offering plate.  Thank you for your generous gifts.

Prayer & Communion    

 

Our staff and Elders would like to pray for you throughout the week.  Email your prayer requests to: pastor@cccswoh.com.  All requests will be kept confidential unless you indicate it is ok to share with the church body.  If you or a family member and would like to receive communion, please contact Kirk T., Elder chair or the church office so an Elder can be asked to fulfill your request.

10:30 a.m. Virtual & In-Person Worship    Rev. Beckie Linn Gregory

See Facebook for the link                             Interim Pastor

Pastor Beckie Linn’s Office Hours

Monday & Wednesday   9:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday    1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Kwi-im Kim

Director of Music & Accompanist

 

Church Office Hours                              Deborah Osburn

9-1 on Monday & Wednesday                Office Administrator

9-12 on Tuesday & Thursday

 

6771 Tylersville Road, Mason, OH  45040

513-754-0777                         Email: admin@cccswoh.com

 

 

Upcoming Church Life Events
March 1           Elders Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

March 2           Ash Wednesday Worship – 7:00 p.m.

March 6           Feed Our Neighbor Food Drive

March 8           MLT Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

Board Meeting – 8:00 p.m.

March 13         Daylight Saving Time ~

Spring Forward

March 29         Stepping Forward Dinner

WORSHIP AND STUDY OPPORTUNITIES FOR LENT

Our theme for Lent this year will be – At the – Crossroads, such an appropriate theme for a church in transition!! There will be many opportunities for worship and study throughout the season.  Below are some dates and times to mark on your calendars now.  You will not want to miss a moment of this special time!

Bible Study ~ offered twice weekly (the same study at each to best fit your schedule)

Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. ~ followed by a light soup/bread lunch (open to all, not just the ladies!)

Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. ~ a light soup/bread supper offered before

Worship ~ Special evening services as well as each Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.

Ash Wednesday ~ 7:00 p.m.

Palm Sunday ~ 10:30 a.m.

Maundy Thursday ~ 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday ~ District 12 ~ TBA

Easter Sunrise Service ~ TBA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations
  Rev. Alan Dicken has been called as the new Associate Director for Refugee and Immigrant Response with the Week of Compassion.

 

The Camp Christian Committee and the Personnel Committee called Bruce Bowerman-Jett was to be our next Camp Food Services Director.  His culinary efforts will include three kinds of food service: Summer Camp and Conference, Christian Church in Ohio Events (non-camp), and rental groups (congregations and outside groups.)

March 13, 2002

Spring Forward

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COMPASS CHRISTIAN CHURCH

a Disciples of Christ community

Office Phone:  513-754-0777

6771 Tylersville Road

Mason, OH  45040-2902

 

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