“The Disciples Voice” Newsletter April 19, 2017

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Rev. Richard Walker ~ April 23


While Troy is on the Pastor’s Class Trip to Nashville with CCC Youth, Rev. Richard Walker will return as our  guest minister. 

His sermon title is “What’s A Christian Follower to Do?” 

Come hear his answer & make him welcome!


Youth Corner: 

April 30, Youth Sunday

 Come engage with us in a very special worship service on Sunday, April 30, 2017,

when CCC youth will be leading our praise, which will be all about Jesus!  Our topic is “Loving Difficult People” and our theme is Jesus on the Beach!
Join with us that morning for amazing singing,  sermons, scripture, dance, musical solos & ensembles, art and a few laughs ~ all brought to you by the youth of CCC!
This service will serve as an antidote to the notion that the whole world is going downhill!!!

Laura,  Rhonda, & the CCC Youth

CCC Youth Announcements

PRACTICES for YOUTH SUNDAY ~ All youth will meet after worship on Sun., Apr. 23, from 12:00-2:00, and there will be additional practices on Wed., April 26 and Saturday, Apr. 29.  See Rhonda G if you have questions.

1) RAFFLE TICKETS ~ Next Sunday, April 23, we begin the annual raffle ticket fundraiser which will last until June 4. Raffle tickets cost $1 each or 6 for $5; prizes include restaurant gift cards, King’s Island tickets and items from Trades of Hope.


2) NO YOUTH BAKE SALE. This year, May 2 is a   Special Election Day and the Warren County Board of Elections will NOT be using our church.




In December, the CYF packed a box of gifts for Alexis, the little girl we met on the mission trip last summer. We wanted to surprise Alexis with some PJs and slippers, art kit & supplies, a cross necklace and edible goodies!

Some CYFers and Chi Rho youth also drew beautiful designs that included scripture! We pray this will be a bright spot and a token of God’s love from fellow sojourners!

(This great photo & story were sent to The Disciples’ Voice editor after the December newsletter deadline, and she forgot to include it in the January newsletter. ~ Apologies!)



Vacation Bible School (VBS) July 11-14

Pastor’s Class Trip to Nashville ~ April 21-23

Each year we take 5th-8th graders to connect with our denominational and national history, share fun experiences along the way, and learn more about God and each other. This year we’re heading to Nashville, TN for a three-day weekend.
Please keep these young travelers and their chaperones in your prayers for a safe, fun, and enriching journey.

Pictures from March 19

Ablaze Choir Sings “Do Something”

solo’s by Jackson F. and Luke B.


Parents & Youth Leaders to Meet May 21

On Sunday, May 21, from 12:00-2:00 p.m., all parents are invited to meet with Youth Leaders to give feedback on this year’s Bible Study and to help plan Sunday school for next year.
We will also discuss a plan for Youth Activities for the coming year (and maybe at least one event this year). We’ll order lunch delivered to the church, and older youth have volunteered to babysit the younger ones with pizza and a movie while parents are in the meeting.
Watch for upcoming announcements. Contact Carol Y for more info.

Reach Out with Helping Hands: 

Habitat for Humanity Volunteers

On April 1, X-Day, Compass CC  volunteers worked at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store in Hamilton.

Some demolished old dishwashers and stripped out the metal so it could be recycled; others swept and dusted the store.

At the church, Mike, Sarah, &   Matthew L. dispersed five gallons of Roundup around the property to eliminate weeds.

Bill A., Bob P., Don P. and Mike L. (after he finished the  Roundup gig) worked on the new storage barn.

They also picked up, delivered & unloaded paving stones to construct a walkway from the sanctuary to the new barn. 

Annmarie L., Sarah F. and Marlene P. prepared lunch for the CCC volunteers.

Over-The-Rhine &

Walnut Hills Kitchens & Pantry

“Nourishing the body, mind and spirit”


Dear Friends,

This has been an eventful year in getting the Over-The-Rhine Kitchen fully functioning after the fire in October last year.  Over-The-Rhine &  Walnut Hills volunteers and staff made box   lunches at the WH Kitchen and served them outside the Over-The-Rhine Kitchen during the five months of building restoration.


In the Pantry, beyond regular groceries, our gracious pantry supporters responded to the Clean Challenge by donating hygiene items    sufficient to allow us to offer each of our 360 monthly pantry households a precious hygiene bag in September, November, and December! Our guests expressed heartfelt enthusiasm and many echoed blessings for our donors.


The Over-The-Rhine Kitchen was honored as a     Champion of Mercy by Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio, who referred to the work of the Kitchen as “humbling” and “inspiring.” The mission of the Kitchens and Pantry is consistent with Catholic Charities’ focus on engaging our community to see God’s love for the poor; serving and inviting the community to serve the poor; and empowering the community so all God’s children rise from spiritual and material poverty.


The Kitchens and Pantry maintained our accredited charity status with the Better Business Bureau through meeting or exceeding the BBB Wise Giving Alliance   standards in governance, finances, fundraising practices, website disclosures, and donor privacy.


Thank you for continuing to join us in the fight against hunger in our community – one person at a time.



Patricia Wakim

Executive Director

To sign up your team for the Hunger Walk, go to, fill out the registration, and list Over-The-Rhine Kitchen as your beneficiary.

Hunger Walk & Run

May 29

Here are some photos of volunteers who worked the recent OTR Soup Kitchen: 








“Feed our Neighbors” Drive Makes Big Impact

 The 5th Annual Faith Alliance “Feed our Neighbors in Need” Food Drive surpassed its goal of 25,000 pounds and collected more than 26,300 pounds of food to feed our  hungry neighbors.


17 local congregations participated  during one weekend in March. We donated to 11 different food pantries in Butler, Warren and Hamilton Counties. The impact of this collaborative event is estimated to have provided enough to feed 630 people over 6 weeks for an estimated 52,920 meals.


Over 5 years, this effort has collected nearly 126,000 pounds of food for those in need. Faith Alliance thanks God for the many volunteers & donors, including Kroger, who made this event such a success.

CCC FOOD PANTRY Our Food Pantry is full!  All credit goes to the overwhelming response of our congregation to the “Feed Our Neighbors in Need” Food Drive, March 4-5.  We now have a problem of storage–a new but great problem–and are using around-the-wall space in the Pantry to store food items because all shelves and bins are full.  Hours for distribution of boxes have expanded to include     Thursdays as well as Tuesdays, but with our current amount of food we should have an adequate supply for some time.

Many, many thanks to all who contributed to our rich bounty!

~ Ruth and Marlene

Mothers Day Blankets

Members Corner:


Monday, May 8, 2017 @ 12:00pm

Carthage Christian Church in Cincinnati

 The Christian Church in Ohio is holding several Listening Conferences around the Region.  These conferences are in conjunction with the District Clergy gatherings, but are open to lay persons as well.  If you wish to attend the one at Carthage CC, no need to  register ~ just show up!

for more information see the Waypoints section.


New Storage Barn at CCC 

In March, the New Construction Team (Bill A., Bob P., Don P., Lindsay B., & Steve Se.) acquired the necessary materials, constructed the foundation, and arranged placement of the new Board-approved, 24′  x 12′ Amish-constructed storage barn.

 In addition to its 12′ x 24′ floor area, the barn has two lofts where infrequently used but necessary items can be stored (i.e. Christmas & Live Nativity materials, Vacation Bible School props, etc.).  The extra space allows us to  remove clutter from our sanctuary and eliminate overcrowding of existing storage rooms where vacated shelving can be organized for easy access and more efficient usage.

 Since the Property Team requires more space than they had in the existing shed, the new barn has two doors , one on either end, and the Property Team will use an 8′ x 12′ space on the west end for tools, lawn mower, etc.  A  partition will separate these items from the clean 12′ x 16′ storage area. 


THANK YOU, CCC CONGREGATION, for your Capital Pledges which make new capital improvements possible!





For a solution to the heroin epidemic destroying lives and families.



That all the people of this country learn to live as one nation with everyone’s best interests at heart.



That a spirit of world tolerance instead of world domination be instilled in everyone’s heart.

Waypoints – Disciples News: 

In the past weeks we’ve been praying for our Regional Church at Regional Moderator (RM) Tom Stephenson’s request. Rev. Dr. Bill Edwards retired as Regional Pastor & President effective March 24. That retirement was accepted March 25 at the Regional Church Council (RCC) meeting.


At that meeting thirty-four pastors, in or connected to the OH region, composed and sent a number of letters  requesting an investigation into allegations both personal and financial. Those allegations were of unethical personal behavior and the misdirection and/or misuse of designated funds. The content of those letters was shared, and the RCC’s response was compassionate and prayerful.


Rev. Stephen Bentley is our sole Acting Regional Minister (¾ time Regional & ¼ time General). The RM is working with General Minister and President Sharon Watkins to find an Intentional Interim from outside of Ohio to address issues of concern.


The RCC is being advised by legal counsel. The RCC, recusing those with conflicts of interest and with close oversight from the General Church, will investigate allegations of unethical personal behavior. The RCC’s Finance Committee is soliciting bids from a number of audit firms to do a full and independent audit, a forensic audit to establish whether the Region’s fiduciary interest was served, and whether new policies and  procedures are needed to restore fiscal trust.


On April 4 the RM sent a letter to all Ohio clergy inviting them and laity to a series of listening sessions where these issues of concern will be discussed. Carthage Christian Church will be hosting this area’s listening session on Monday, May 8 at noon. If you’re unable to participate, you may email or call Revs. Bentley or Stephenson.


The Region is currently running an $84,000 deficit in the operating budget; it became necessary to redirect funds to meet the operating budget. I quote from that letter, “We are experiencing a time of great financial uncertainty. I am  asking each congregation as well as individual donors to   consider a sacrificial gift to the Leadership Fund of the Christian Church in Ohio.” Such gifts would close the   deficit and prevent funds from being redirected in the future. Please remember that the Region’s financial challenges do not impact our congregation directly.


Besides the financial and ethical areas of concern and prayer, please keep Regional and General leadership in prayer. The RCC needs your prayers as many representatives are new and tasked with responsibilities incurred by their predecessors. It has taken great courage for them to remain and work toward corrective action where healing can begin and a broken system be mended.


While prayers for courage, wisdom, and endurance are still very much needed, it is important to be transparent about what has occurred. To that end, I have called an informational meeting for Sunday, May 7th immediately following worship. I will be sharing further information from the Regional Council’s March 25 minutes, reports, and financial documents made public by the RM on April 13. At that meeting I hope to answer as many questions as possible.

Pastor Troy


You can learn more about each regional ministry by visiting their web site:

Alabama-Northwest Florida
California, Northern-Nevada
Capital Area
Central Rocky Mountain
Great River
Illinois and Wisconsin
Kansas City, Greater
North Carolina
Northeastern under revision – e-mail
Oregon and Southwest Idaho
Pacific Southwest
South Carolina
Upper Midwest
West Virginia

“We Believe the Bible” (2 Timothy 3:14-17 ; 1-5) Second Sunday in Lent 03/12/17

Lenten Candle Extinguishing:       

(1 unlit, 5 lit purple candles) 

L1:       Today is the second Sunday in Lent. We remember Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. Each week the Light of the World diminishes.


L2:       Every year Joseph, Mary, and Jesus travel to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. After the festival his parents leave, yet the twelve-year old Jesus stays behind.


P:         His parents find him three days later in the Temple, sitting among the teachers, listening and asking questions. All who hear him are amazed at his understanding and answers.


L1:       His parents are astonished as Jesus replies, “Don’t you know I must be in my Father’s house?”


P:         He teaches as one having authority, not like others. Years later he returns to the Temple and teaches, amazing many with his learning, while scandalizing others.


L2:       Many find his teachings difficult and hard to accept; even many of his disciples turn back.


P:         And a shadow darkens the light.


L1:       Jesus teaches, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it again.”


P:         This lesson is leveled against him at his trial, as a shadow darkens that light.


L2:       (Leading unison prayer): Let us pray in one voice:


U:         We have heard it said that God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are God’s ways our ways. Jesus’ teachings still confuse and confound us, even we who call ourselves disciples. We find his lessons difficult and hard to accept, often turning back, and our shadows darken that light. (Extinguish candle). Forgive us, O God, in your great mercy. Amen.


L1:       Let us sing “We Adore You Jesus Christ”

(2 Timothy 3:14-4:5)


Scripture (2 Timothy 3:14-17 ; 1-5)

Our reading comes from the first letter to Timothy.

14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it,

15and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

16All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

17so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.

1In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you:

2proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching.

3For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires,

4and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths.

5As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.


Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.

@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “We Believe the Bible” (2 Timothy 3:14-17 ; 1-5) Second Sunday in Lent 03/12/17

The message that God is love is the infallible, error-free good news of the Bible. Any interpretation that fails to include this is incomplete.

Other ultimate standards to be used in combination with love include: justice, peace, benevolence, dignity.

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Welcome Your Neighbors

Excerpts from newsletter from

Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea

Director of Refugee & Immigration Ministries
Disciples Home Missions:


STUDY THESE DEVOTIONS about immigrant and refugee themes during Lent. Find them at:

PREPARE AND DISPLAY WELCOME SIGNS for refugees and immigrants to show your messages of support!  Choose this welcome sign, in Spanish/English/Arabic (originally designed by a Mennonite pastor in Harrisonburg, VA.) to communicate your welcome for refugees and immigrants:
And, go here: for sample Refugees Welcome signs, which can be printed or adapted for your desired purposes:

Sat., March 25

…“Cost-of-Poverty Experience” (COPE) Faith Alliance Workshop, 9:30-11:00 @ Faith Community UMC on Cox Road in West Chester

Cost of Poverty 
Registration Required: Go to: link

You know what they say about “walking in another man’s shoes?” The Faith Alliance, Butler County ESC, and Faith Community UMC are teaming up to offer a free COPE – Cost of Poverty Experience. The training offers adult volunteers for programs which serve those in poverty a new perspective on what families must deal with on a daily basis.


When: Saturday, March 25, 9:30am -11am

Where: Faith Community UMC
8230 Cox Road
West Chester, OH


Who should attend:RECOMMENDED for all Clergy, church leadership, outreach volunteers (18 yrs. old +) for Summer Lunch, Stepping Forward, WC Presbyterian Community Suppers, Family Promise or other local programs serving those in need. You need not be a Faith Alliance member to participate.

Free Admission & light breakfast available: $10 suggested donation to Stepping Forward, free Tuesday night dinner program

GIANT Family Game Night

GAME ON! Giant Free Family Game Time!







When: Saturday, March 18th, 4pm – 8pm

Where: Bethany UMC, 6388 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Liberty Township


More information email

C-3 (Caring Community Collaborative) “Pasta with a Purpose,”


5:00-9:00 pm @ The Living Room, 7100 Foundry Row, Liberty Township, Ohio

For more information or to purchase tickets go to the C3 website:  Purchase Tickets Link


Join your community for a night of fun and giving back as you attend Pasta with a Purpose at Liberty Center, a FUNraiser with proceeds benefiting the Caring Community Collaborative of West Chester and Liberty Township. Many local restaurants will offer a sample of their menu items, specializing in pasta and beyond. Sampling options for beer and wine will also be available. In addition to the great food, there will be face painting, balloon animals, and games for the kids. The March Madness/NCAA Tournament will show on two large screen TV’s. Come cheer on your favorite team.

Purchase tickets in advance to get Early Bird entrance from 5pm-6pm. General admission from 6-9 for tickets purchased at the door.

Food sampling ticket-$10

Food, beer and wine sampling ticket-$15

Sampling ticket for guests under age 10-FREE

Picture ID required at door. Tickets are limited – Register now!

*The Caring Community Collaborative (C3), is a local, community-wide organization that educates and raises awareness for issues in our neighborhoods including hunger, veterans issues and mental health and addiction. Through it’s Empty Bowls events, the C3 has been a supporter of hunger programs such as the Faith Alliance Summer Lunch Ministry and the Reach Out Lakota food bank.



“We Believe that Christ” (Matthew 16:13-28) February 19, 2017


Call to Worship:                                              

L:         To all who walk in darkness, Jesus is the Light of the World.


P:         To all yearn for welcome, Jesus is the Door of Salvation.


L:         To all who hunger for righteousness, Jesus is the Bread of Life.


P:         To all who yearn for hope, Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life.


L:         To all who seek compassion, Jesus is the Good Shepherd.


P:          At his name every knee shall bend and tongue confess that Jesus is Lord!

SCRIPTURE: (Matthew 16:13-28)

Our reading comes from the good news according to Matthew. 

13Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”


14And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”


15He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”


16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”


17And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven.


18And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.


19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”


20Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.


21From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.


22And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.”


23But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”


24Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.


25For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.


26For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?


27“For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done.


28Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.

“We Believe that Christ”

@Copyright by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “We Believe that Christ” (Matthew 16:13-28) February 19, 2017


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Coming in February:


All are invited to share in our Chili Cook-Off.


 Bring Chili, or  just come and enjoy a free meal. Entries will be anonymous.

chili-cookoffHere are some typical categories on how chili is judged:

  • Color — Does the chili look appetizing? Does it look bright and colorful or dull and bland?
  • Aroma — Does it smell good? Does the aroma make you want to dig in?
  • Consistency — How is the meat-to-sauce ratio? It shouldn’t be runny, mushy or overly thick.
  • Taste — How is the flavor? Do the ingredients blend well, or is one too overpowering? Does the first bite make you want another one?
  • Aftertaste — Once you swallow, is there a spicy taste (“bite”) that stays on your tongue? Is it pleasant?


You do not have to be a member of this church, faith, or any faith to attend.  All are welcome.  It is a free event.


Coming in March:

The Intention of Less – March 2 at 7 pm 

lessismoreWhat is the Intention of Less? For us it is a way to UN-clutter our lives.

First we discussed that we have to be members of the C.I.A. club;

  • Clarity – studying to see the situation clearly, being honest with myself and others


  • Intention – Being aware of what I want, doing, and feeling- what makes me happy or stressed? How am I affecting others


  • Action – focus on my goals, steps to get there, I might fail, that’s OK

Then as our first exercise we talked about what we wanted or wanted to do differently.

We started a little Facebook chat group to be each others support.  It takes a village – we can’t do this alone.

Feel free to use these worksheets:

Here are somethings we have learned so far as we discussed things:

It’s easy to get off track. So take baby steps, one small little task. It might not lessmoreeven be the big thing that needs to be tackled, we are all practicing.


We might have to ask for help. Ouch, that’s a big one to admit we might not be able to do this task. Remember we all have our strengths and weaknesses. Someone else in our family might just do the job better. Delegate!


You can have it all, but not at the same time.

So the Second Meeting left us with the motto or manta of “Small is the new Big.” Start with one little thing and finish it this week or next two weeks.

Next workshop March 2nd, 7 pm at Compass Christian Church.



Feed Our Neighbors in Need- Food Drive


Volunteers bring non-perishable food to several drop off points including,

collecting at Compass Christian Church 6771 Tylersville Road Mason OH 45040.


The 4th Annual “Feed our Neighbors in Need” Food Drive in March 2016 resulted in more than 27,700 pounds of food & personal hygiene products that were donated to 12 area food pantries in Butler, Warren and Hamilton Counties.


With the help of 17 local congregations, we outdid last year’s total collected by more than 2,400 pounds!


The estimated impact of this collaborative community event is estimated as providing enough food to feed 166 families of 4, or 664 people, 2 meals per day for 6 weeks or an estimated 55,776 meals.


Praise God! That is the beauty of collaboration!



Coming in April: 





habitat-for-humanityThe X-Day format for 2017 will be much different from the last few years!


 Instead of a Sunday work effort, the Faith Alliance has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to complete a local house build and do work at the ReStore Center.  



  • Members of Compass Christian Church, family and friends are invite to join our efforts!  We have secured Saturday April 1st as our work day.  We currently have 14 + slots for work on the Habitat house, multiple slots to sign-up to prepare and serve lunch to the others, and if more are interested, there is work scheduled for the Habitat ReStore Center in Hamilton.


  • There are age restrictions for the build site.  



  • X-Days t-shirts will be made available for $10 each.  Sign-up sheets will be at the church!!  Let’s get dirty for Jesus!




The purpose of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati’s ReStores is to help provide funding for our organization’s mission of helping to alleviate poverty housing in our area.  The stores do this by selling donated new and used appliances, furniture, cabinets, building products and household items to the general public.  While it is not the only source of funding for the organization, the profit from these stores has allowed us to help serve more families in the Greater Cincinnati area.

The success of the ReStores has been made possible by the generous donations of individuals and companies throughout our area.  Without their continued support and generosity, our stores would not have been able to help those in need to the extent that they have.  By providing free pick up service, the stores are also an outlet for our donors to be able to recycle and repurpose items that may have otherwise gone to our local landfills.  Since these items are donated to us, we are able to provide our donors with a charitable gift receipt.

The ReStores have become an important part in Habitat’s mission to build homes, communities…and hope.

Coming in May:


SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017 10 A.M.— 2 P.M.

If you are a Rescue Group or a Vendor and would like more information or to register for this event please fill out this form.  (You will be contacted about a week prior to see if you still want to participate)

This is a gift from Compass Christian Church to the community. Thank you for your support!


Typical Questions and Answers:

Is there any charge for this event?

Absolutely not! Whether you’re an animal agency or animal lover, it’s free of charge and open to all the public. It’s our gift to the community.


Do you have a lot of adoption agencies attend?

Yes.  Please know that we try to get representatives from different breeds as well as the SPCA. You may have to fill out an application at this event in order to be approved for adopting your new family member.


Do you advertise the event?

Yes. We advertise through Facebook promotions, Craigslist, Other Social Media and we also ask that our members put up flyers.


I’d like to participate. What are my options?

If you’re an animal agency that would like to set up a booth to promote your organization, please fill out the contact form information at the top of this post. If you’re an animal lover, just come to the event with your animal friend or a picture.


What is the Animal Blessing service?

It’s an outdoor celebration located on Compass Christian Church’s expansive lawn area with representative animal agencies of the community, and refreshments. The highlight of the service is when people bring their animals forward to be blessed, receiving a special “blessing tag.” If your pet doesn’t travel well bring a picture of your pet and we’ll bless it.


Why are animals blessed?

Because God created them and declared them “good” (Genesis 1:25), and because for many people their pets mediate unconditional love and are a blessing to those who love and care for them. This service recognizes and celebrates this reality.


What kinds of animals are welcome?

All kinds! Dogs, cats, birds, pygmy goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks, parrots, snakes, turtles, iguanas and even squirrels! You and your beloved pet, of whatever persuasion, would be warmly welcomed! For your pet’s safety, we advise leashes for dogs and any other species must be caged at all times.

What if I have other questions?

Please email and we will answer your question.


Between a Rock & a Hallelujah Place, John 20:1-18 Easter Sunday March 27, 2016


John 20:1-18

20 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, while it was still dark, and saw the stone already taken away from the tomb. So she ran and came to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and *said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.” So Peter and the other disciple went forth, and they were going to the tomb. The two were running together; and the other disciple ran ahead faster than Peter and came to the tomb first; and stooping and looking in, he *saw the linen wrappings lying there; but he did not go in. And so Simon Peter also *came, following him, and entered the tomb; and he *saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the face-cloth which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself. So the other disciple who had first come to the tomb then also entered, and he saw and believed. For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. 10 So the disciples went away again to their own homes.

11 But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; 12 and she *saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying. 13 And they *said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and *saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus *said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” 16 Jesus *said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene *came, announcing to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and that He had said these things to her.

Between a Rock & a Hallelujah Place

@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: Between a Rock & a Hallelujah Place, John 20:1-18 Easter Sunday March 27, 2016

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“Faith without Fanfare” Matthew 21:1-11, Sunday March 20, 2016


Matthew 21:1-11 

21 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

“Say to Daughter Zion,
    ‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
    and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

“Faith without Fanfare”

@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “Faith without Fanfare” Matthew 21:1-11, Sunday March 20, 2016


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