Disciples Voice Newsletter – January, February 2020

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity/ MLK January 19 & 20 

We will recognize the convergence of both these celebrations starting in worship on Sunday the 19th with shared prayers between both CCC and St. Anne Episcopal Church. Pastors of both congregations will be present on Monday the 20th for the “Live the Dream” event starting at the West Chester clock tower off Union Centre. There will be a march, expo, program, and free lunch at Lakota West HS.


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Week of Compassion Invest in Futures February 16-23 

“For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” I Corinthians 3:9 

Week of Compassion is the relief, refugee and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Please plan to give a little extra to help this outreach of the General Church. We’re already helping fellow citizens, Christians, and Disciples in Puerto Rico after the recent earthquakes, and Australia. Your gift makes a difference! Find out how:

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Play of the Week; Play Week of Compassion Bingo:

Interfaith Hospitality Network (ITN)

Volunteers Needed for Board or Operating Communities

Did you know the eleven public school districts in Warren County reported 321 of their students were homeless last year? Would you believe that despite the surging economy this represents an increase of 30% over the previous year and is the fourth consecutive year of increase in the number of homeless children in our county? 

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Warren County (IHNWC) was formed 21 years ago to provide shelter, meals, hospitality, and support for homeless families. 

We are actively seeking members of our community to join our board or our operating committees as we seek to address this increased need. Specifically, we are looking for individuals with skills and interests in marketing, visual media, social media, facilities planning, event planning, and fundraising. 

If you would like to get involved please contact Linda Rabolt, Executive Director, at (513) 934-5250 or For more information about IHNWC go to 

Check out this overview of IHNGC’s successful and innovative Pet Support Program. Your support helps families stay together with their beloved pets throughout their journeys into stable housing.

Watch this video to find out more…


January 18-25, 2020; Eight Days of Prayer for Christian Unity

Volume XLI Number – 1 January 15, 2020 

After we had reached safety, we then learned that the island was called Malta. The natives showed us unusual kindness. Since it had begun to rain and was cold, they kindled a fire and welcomed all of us around it. Acts 28:1-2 

This year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is from January 18-25. This international observance began in 1908 among Franciscan friars in the Roman Catholic Church; Protestant leaders in the 1920s proposed a similar 8-day observance leading up to Pentecost. In the mid- 1930s the Catholic Church opened this observance so that non-Catholics might join in. In 1941 the precursor to the World Council of Churches aligned their date with the Catholic Church. In 1958 the World Council of Churches including Orthodox, Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, Reformed, United, Independent, and Disciples of Christ began cooperatively preparing materials and in 1968 were joined by the Roman Catholic Church in creating materials for the global Church. 

This year’s theme is “They showed us unusual kindness” from the passage above, and the materials were prepared by Christians in Malta. Since the Apostle Paul’s shipwreck and sharing of the Gospel with Maltese natives, Christians have been present here and the sister island of Gozo. Malta has been ruled by different powers over its long history: Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Swabians, Aragonese, Knights of the Order of St. John, the French & the British. In 1964 it became an independent nation and in 2004 joined the European Union. 

Although most of the 430,000 inhabitants are Roman Catholic, there are significant numbers of other Christians. Ecumenism isn’t new to Malta given that it’s at the crossroads of civilizations, religions, trade, and migration. Maltese natives have always been remarkably hospitable. The British presence led to the establishment in the mid- 1800s of the Church of Scotland, Anglican, and Methodist churches. The Greek Orthodox Church was established in the early 1800s, and since the 1990s there has been an exponential growth in other Orthodox churches, whose members are seeking work while others are fleeing persecution in their former homelands. Serbian, Russian, Romanian, and Bulgarian are the former, while Oriental Orthodox from Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Iraq, and Syria are the latter. The ecumenical climate in Malta is one offering “unusual kindness” and an example for the universal Church. 

I invite you to join with me for each of the 8 days in the materials you’ll find here on pages 20 to 27. Each day has 

Scripture, reflection, and a prayer based on passages from Acts 27:18-28:10. This passage is familiar to us given our mural of that shipwreck. Day 1 is Reconciliation—throwing the cargo overboard. Day 2 is Enlightenment—seeking & showing forth Christ’s light. Day 3 is Hope—Paul’s message. Day 4 is Trust—do not be afraid, believe. Day 5 is Strength—breaking bread for the journey. Day 6 is Hospitality—show unusual kindness. Day 7 is Conversion—changing our hearts & minds. Day 8 is Generosity—receiving & giving. You’ll find those materials and more here:

West Chester Symphony Orchestra WCSO finds a new home to practice (in Mason)

West Chester Symphony Orchestra is practicing at CCC on Thursday nights, we are so excited to be able to share our space.

Welcome Our New Regional Program Director Rev. Alan Dicken 

Here’s a brief message from Rev. Dicken: Hello Ohio! As we enter into a new year and a new season for the Christian Church in Ohio, I am thrilled to be partnering with you all in service to the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout our state. For many of us, this is a time when we are still figuring out how to come together as a regional church that can build healthy relationships to equip us for meaningful ministry. I see this as an opportunity for supporting the good and faithful work being done in Ohio, while collectively discerning God’s creative vision for how we are called to move forward together in new and joyful ways. I am energized by this opportunity to serve God alongside all of you as together we strive to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God. Thank you all! 

Alan says his job includes coordinating Regional teams, being the point person at Camp Christian, and rebuilding relationships among Ohio congregations. 

Member Testimonies

CCC welcomed Mission Co-Worker Dec 29! 

We were greatly blessed to welcome Global Ministries’ Mission Co-Worker Michelle McKay to be our guest speaker. Her message of “Hearing Haiti” invited us to listen in on the stories of various people with whom she serves in Port au Prince and elsewhere. We learned about Haitian history, the resilience and brilliance of people there, the joyful expressions of worshiping Christ in the midst of extraordinary daily challenges, the necessity of wise charity for sustainable benefits to communities there, and many other insights.

You can hear her message at Read here…



“God Moments” shared Dec. 29, Jan. 12 

Tom R. and Chuck W. each shared a moment when God’s power and presence were known to them. Tom’s moment was on a highway, while Chuck was in the aftermath of a tragedy. God is acting continuously in each and all of our lives, and by sharing these stories not only is God glorified, but hearers encouraged and the church edified.

You’re invited to share a 3-5 minute moment where God has acted or a current moment where God is acting in your life. See Grow chair Deborah T. or Pastor Troy with questions.

Tom’s video is now online (Chucks’ testimony will be added soon) Watch here…

Giving Thanks and Praise

  • Thank you to Tom R. and Chuck W. for sharing their God Moments with us. 


  • Thank you for the volunteers to un hang the greens on the 5th. 


  • My family and I thank you for your kindness and generosity in remembering us with a Christmas gift. We are blessed to be part of this congregation. I am grateful to be in partnership with you in this ministry that we share in Christ, in whom every good gift is found. Blessings, Troy 


  • Your prayers, and kindness throughout the year are much appreciated. I especially want to thank you for the generous gift at Christmas. The homemade cookies and candies were superb. I’m looking forward to another great year in serving CCC. Blessings Debbie 


  • Dear Church Family, Thank you so much for the generous Christmas gift you shared with me! Your thoughtfulness is touching. I am grateful for the support and care of this body of Christ. Please know that you will be in my heart while I step away for a few weeks. Thank you for your grace and prayers at this time! Susan 


  • On December 31st CCC volunteers prepared dinner, made salads, desserts, washed pots, pans, dishes, packed leftovers for the guests to take home, cleaned the kitchen, serving area, and dining room, providing 30 deserving members of our community. THANKSto: Sally E, Perry & Maureen M, Cameron F, Dave Th, Kurt F, Ed V, Greg F, Linda H, Debora C, Laura & Lyle D. Next S F Dinner is: March 31st


Reach Out Lakota 

Says Thank You! Through the Reach Out giving program, our church helped serve over 800 children. 

Members of CCC thanks for your work on this outreach, Reach Out Lakota. We filled all the names the program gave us. What a blessing! 

Highlighted Events:

  • 2020 January
  • 19 11:30 a.m. Chili & Checkers
  • 20 Office Closed
  • 21 1:00 p.m. Ladies Bible Study
  • 22 6:00 p.m. Dinner & Discussion 7:00 p.m. Handbell Practice
  • 23 7:00 p.m. West Chester Orchestra
  • 25 9:00 a.m. Queen City Kitchen
  • 26 After Worship – Congregation Meeting
  • 2020 February
  • 2 9:15 a.m. Pastor’s Class (Sundays)
  • 6 12:00 p.m. Pastor @ Panera Bread, VOA
  • 7 7:00 p.m. First Friday Female Fellowship
  • 16 Week of Compassion Offering
  • 26 7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service to see the full calendar read here

Looking for a Summer Camp?

The Camp Christian Summer 2020 Camp and Conference registration forms and information are now available through our website!! They are all available for download in one place on the Summer Forms, Downloads, and Links page (linked below.) They can all also be accessed through each of the Ministry’s web pages and on each of the corresponding dates on the Regional Calendar. Please feel free to post and share this information with as many people as possible. Payment Plan and Sch

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Sermon Testimonials

“A Song of Faith”, (1 Corinthians 12:14-26) Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019 – Michelle McKay

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@Copyrighted by Michelle McKay Sermon: “A Song of Faith” (1 Corinthians 12:14-26) Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019

“A Song of Faith”


“LaFwa Mission Trip – The Call of Christ” Scripture (John 1:35-51), Sunday, August 25, 2019

“The Call of Christ” – The LaFwa Mission Trip


The title is “The Call of Christ.” Camryn, Jamie, & Lora B., Laura D., Sally E., Sarah F., Deborah Th., and Dave Ti. will be answering the following questions:

(1) What prompted you to heed the call of Christ to “follow Christ” to the DR?  Why did you say yes or agree to go on this mission trip?

(2) How did you prepare your heart, mind, and spirit to go on this journey?

(3) What did you experience while you were there?

(4) What did you/have you learned from this experience?

(5) How were you transformed and changed from this trip and how are you continuing to be impacted by the mission trip?  How is your life different because you participated in this mission trip?

(6) What do you want to the congregation to know about saying yes to the call to follow Christ in their lives because you said Yes to Jesus to go on this trip?

You CAN make a DIFFERENCE: Want to Give?

Thanks to Dave D. for working extra time to load these videos to Youtube!!! There was some technical difficulty at the beginning start about the 3:10 mark in the first video. 


The Disciples Voice June – July Edition

Eagle Scout Project

Waypoints – Special Sermon Series

Open Minds, Open Hearts, Open Table

When he was at table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning with us while he was opening the scriptures to us?”           Luke 24:30-31

These two verses perfectly capture three key things we say about ourselves. We say we are a people of “open minds”—“their eyes were opened and they recognized him.” We say we are a people of “open hearts”—“were not our hearts burning within us?” We say we are a people of an “open table”—“when he was at table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.

Over the past year the leadership and congregation has been discussing the importance of community. We find its centrality in our denominational vision: “To be a faithful, growing church that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality, and a passion for justice.”

From our 2018 summer leadership retreat we journeyed together in our Voyager: Soundings & Bearings fall launch to talk about

cultural storms and four responses that churches take, the new centered set imagination needed to navigate these storms, and the church’s process of forming crew and ordering behavior, belief, and belonging over the ages.

This spring we touched again on the topic of community, discovering the fragmenting forces pulling us in different directions, the biblical images from the Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament to help us rebuild community, and how naming those systemic forces can help us repent and repair our communities. In May we talked about experiences of exclusion and inclusion and how they shape us (see pages 3-4 of this issue).

These prior steps bring us to our immediate summer sermon mini-series, “Becoming Who We Are.” Focusing on the “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Table” slogan found on our outdoor sign, website, and business cards, we’ll be unpacking its meaning over the course of the next three weeks. We’ll discover how this phrase not only informs our understanding of who we are, but also forms us as a community.

Because the leadership and I want to make this interactive, right after the message we’re going to take five minutes to gather your

questions and insights. There will be a microphone for those who wish to speak and post its available as well. At the service’s conclusion we’ll have some light snacks and conversation, to share your insights, answer questions, and have a conversation. With VBS setup this Sunday in the sanctuary, the discussion will occur this week only in the modular. Hope to see you there!



Calendar of Events


  • 22 9:00 a.m. Queen City Kitchen
  • 23 Teacher Recognition and
    “Becoming Who We Are: Open – Minded”
    Snacks, Questions & Answers and VBS Set Up
  • 25 – 28 Vacation Bible School 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • 29 Work Day 9 a.m. — 3 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Movie Night

Come help us weed, trim trees, and take care of the property outside of our building. Contact Bill A. or Dave D. for details.

Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.


  • 30 VBS Volunteer Recognition and
    “Becoming Who We Are: Open – Hearted”
    Snacks, Questions & Answers


  • 4 4th of July – Office Closed

July 4th Office Closed                                                          Due to  the Holiday Week

While Elders & General Board will not meet at their regularly scheduled Tuesday meeting in July, we look forward to seeing them at the retreat. See you all at the Leadership Retreat.

 7 “Becoming Who We Are: Open – Tabled”

On July 7th we will have a potluck lunch and discussion.

Per your last name, please bring items for the potluck.

Church will supply drinks.


  • Wed. July 10 @ 7 p.m. First Friday Female Fellowship It will be at Troy’s Café in West Chester. RSVP to Alice W.


  • July 11  @ Noon Pastor @ Panera Bread Note: Moved back one week due to Fourth of July.


  • Thursday July 18 7:00 p.m. Summer Pops Concert Cincinnati Civic Orchestra @ Compass Christian Church

Favorite American Music such as Oklahoma, West Side Story, ET, Stars & Strips Forever and many more!

  •  Friday July 19. 10:30 tour,  11 program, 1:15 prayers Taste of Faiths @ Islamic Center

Caring Community Collaborative (C3) is hosting an event open to all at the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati. Representatives from different faith traditions will speak on what within their tradition motivates community service, what programs they’re currently doing, and where they see gaps & places of collaboration.  Lunch will be provided

Register at Eventbrite:  Taste of the Faiths Tickets


  • Saturday, July 20th 9:00 a.m. –3 p.m.Leadership Retreat, Orientation & Training

We will gather onsite for a look ahead at the approaching year and offer an orientation & training session for our new leaders. Please keep your leadership in prayers as we plan for the year ahead.


  • July 20-24 General Assembly Delegates

Our delegates are Dave Tietsort, Abbey Sybrant, Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant. Thank you for holding them in your prayers as they travel to Iowa and vote on behalf of our congregation.

Resolutions for the General Assembly 

Resolution to celebrate the formation of New Congregations and continue the collective commitment to make Disciples;  Addressing the state of Global Forced Migration; Spirit of Active Listening; A call to see and respond to the Crisis of Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence; Creation of a new Region in Montana and the Northwest (change in regional boundaries); An invitation to education for Welcoming and Receiving the gifts of Transgender and Gender Diverse People; Resolution on full communion between the United Church of Canada and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada; Concerning the reopening of the US Embassy in Cuba, ending the US Embargo against the Island and promoting a constructive relation between both countries; Recommended language for prevention of harassment for General Ministries of the Christian Church; on Women and just Peacemaking/

For the full text & details go to:


  • Tuesday July 30 Stepping Forward Dinner see Ed V. for details



Saturday, June 22  9:00 a.m. See Kurt F. to volunteer.

Queen City Kitchen News

Queen City Kitchens (QCK) continues to evaluate the OTR real estate market.  The building they have has increased in value for a number of years.  At some point, they will get an offer that they can’t refuse.  When that happens, arrangements have been made for the operation to move to another OTR location with a commercial kitchen.  QCK is the only organization offering weekend meals in the community and everyone agrees that it is important that we continue.

We have had several new people down to serve in the past few months and we appreciate all our volunteers.  I hope all have gotten more than they have invested.  I certainly do.  I think most find this work very rewarding.

QCK is having a fundraising art auction

(Brunch and Brushes Art Auction)

on July 28 from 1 to 4 at the Dillard Center in Walnut Hills.  The art has been donated by Joseph Scott Galleries.  Tickets are $25 and include hors d’oeuvres, wine, cheese and a cash bar.

For additional information, you can call Margie at 961-1983 or go to Register for Special Event or find it on the QCK website.

All ticket sale receipts go to QCK. Thank you for your support!

The Reach Out Lakota Annual Back to School Supply Drive is Under Way!
Your generosity helps ensure that all children in Lakota Local Schools – especially those struggling financially – start the school year with the tools they need to succeed.
$10 – Beginner Student Supply List
$20 – K-6th Grade Backpack
$30 – Intermediate Student Supply List
$40 – 7-12th Grade Backpack
$50 – Older Student Supply List
Make a monetary donation
to Reach Out Lakota
and let us shop for you**
**select “Back to School” when donating online or mail checks to:
Reach Out Lakota School Supplies, PO Box 362, West Chester, Ohio 45071
Questions? Contact a Program Coordinator
In deciding how you can help, please keep in mind that our program serves pre-registered children who live in the Lakota School District and all donations are tax deductible.
Thank you in advance for your support of Reach Out Lakota

LaFWA Mission Group   not pictured Lora B, Debbie Anderson who will be joining them from England. Our first International Mission Group!!

2018-2019 Leaders  Thank you for your service and time devoted to CCC.


June 23rd – After Worship, set up Sanctuary for VBS, begin decorating.  Lunch will be provided, bring a snack to share.  Robot contest themes: Most enlightening, Most creative, Most out of this world. Rocket themes: Most colorful, Most creative, Most likely to get to Mars. Both are  due on Sunday.

Monday, June 24th – 1:00-3:00  p.m. Put finishing touches on decorations to have everything ready to launch on Tuesday.


June  Prayers

 Local:   For the poor to find resources to cool their homes, the homeless to find shelters, & for shelter workers.

Regional: For the Dayton area affected by tornadoes, for shelters and rebuilding homes & businesses.

Global:  For ending Congo’s 10 month Ebola epidemic with help from the Ministry of Health, UN, & World Health Organization.  One-third affected are children, a higher percentage than prior outbreaks.








The Disciples Voice March Edition

CLICK HERE to view the PDF version of this newsletter 

The following are excerpts from the newsletter along with additional videos:

Mission & Ministry – Calendar of Events


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  •         9 am Queen City Kitchen

Compass Christian Members,


A quick update on the Over The Rhine (OTR) soup kitchen. OTR is a very hot real estate market and Queen City Kitchens has been getting offers to sell the building the OTR soup kitchen is in. If the real estate market continues to heat up down there, eventually Queen City Kitchens will have to accept.


They run a food pantry and another kitchen in Walnut Hills. We have seen our numbers drop as the poor are forced out of OTR and downtown. We are feeding approximately 140 each visit. As recently as 3 years ago we were serving 240. That being said, if you are planning on volunteering this year earlier is better. My sources would be surprised if the kitchen isn’t sold sometime in 2019.


I have put up signup sheets on the clipboard at the back of the sanctuary for each month we are serving this year. If you are planning to volunteer, please sign up and if you sign up, please come down. I will send reminder emails to all who sign up the week we serve.


We have also noticed that the people we serve have been very loud and fairly assertive over the past couple of months. We have decided to limit young children from mingling with the clients wherever possible. You can still bring youngsters down, please 10 or over, but don’t be surprised if we limit their interactions with our clients. While I have been doing this for over 5 years now and do not believe one of our clients would pose a danger to anyone working, I would rather err on the side of safety.


If anyone wants to talk with me (Kurt F.), please feel free to ask me questions at church or you could call me at 513-863-3224 or email me at


  •         7:00 p.m. Movie Night Youth Sponsored – Selma

See, I have set before your today life and prosperity, death and adversity. I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live. Deut 30:15, 19

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s final book was, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? That question, posed to a nation in the midst of war, racism, and poverty, remains as prescient and potent as when first asked in 1967. Dr. King’s question and diagnosis of our national illness are even more urgent and pertinent now given the passage of 52 years during which the forces of chaos have only multiplied. Consider these passages in light of today’s events.

King references the signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and notes, “A year later, the white backlash had become an emotional electoral issue in California, Maryland, and elsewhere. In several southern states, men long regarded as political clowns had become governors or only narrowly missed election, their magic achieved with a witches’ brew of bigotry, prejudice, half-truths, and whole lies.”

King then reminds those disheartened by those developments: “The line of progress is never straight. For a period a movement may follow a straight line and then it encounters obstacles and the path bends. We are encountering just such an experience today. The inevitable counterrevolution that succeeds every period of progress is taking place. Failing to understand this as a normal process of development, some are falling into unjustified pessimism and despair. A final victory is the accumulation of many short-term encounters.”

King cites a letter James Baldwin wrote on the Emancipation Declaration’s centennial anniversary. Written to his nephew, it concerned white people: “The really terrible thing, old buddy, is that you must accept them. And I mean that very seriously. You must accept them and accept them with love. For these innocent people have no other hope. They are, in effect, still trapped in a history which they do not understand; and until they understand it, they cannot be released from it. They have had to believe for many years, and for innumerable reasons, that black men are inferior to white men. Many of them, indeed, know better, but, as you will discover, people find it very difficult to act on what they know. To act is to be committed, and to be committed is to be in danger. In this case, the danger, in the minds of most white Americans, is the loss of their identity…But these men are your brothers—your lost, younger brothers. And if the word integration means anything, this is what it means: that we, with love, shall force our brothers to see themselves as they are, to cease fleeing from reality and begin to change it.”

He closes with these words: “We can no longer afford to worship the God of hate or bow before the altar of retaliation. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals who pursued this self-defeating path of hate. As Arnold Toynbee once said in a speech, ‘Love is the ultimate force that makes for the saving choice of life and good against the damning choice of death and evil. Therefore the first hope in our inventory must be the hope that love is going to have the last word.’ We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: “Too late.” There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our neglect. We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent coannihilation. This may well be mankind’s last chance to choose between chaos and community


  •  11:45 Offsite Movie Discussion; After worship, all are invited to discuss the film we screened the night before. We’ll head to a local restaurant and share food, conversation, and fellowship with one another.
  •  3:00 p.m. Cincinnati Civic Orchestra

This is just a sample (not filmed at Compass Christian Church) of our treasured group the Cincinnati Civic Orchestra:

  •  6:00 LAFWA Bible Study


  • 1:00 p.m. Women’s Bible Study
  • 5:30 pm MARC 2019 Annual Meeting


27     6:30 p.m. Handbell Practice; 7:30 p.m. Adult Choir



1 First Friday Female Fellowship Outing

@ Cheesecake Factory Liberty Center


  • Pastor’s Class Begins
  • 29th Anniversary Celebration Sunday; March 3rd Anniversary Celebration Sunday, March 4, 1990, our first service gathered at Western Row Elementary School…and 29 years later we’ll gather to worship God, profess our common faith, & recommit ourselves to the promises of our common life. During anniversaries we remember & rejoice in our life together. We’re asking each individual or family to bring an anniversary card within which you share a fond memory of the past and fervent hope for the future. We’ll share those thoughts after service with cake and ice cream. All are invited!


6 7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service – the following two Lenten devotionals will be available Feb. 24 and Mar. 3, 2019


10 Spring Forward

A fun tongue-in-cheek look at DST:


LAFWA Fundraiser


Camp Christian 2019 Schedule

Giving Thanks


On Jan. 29th volunteers from CCC helped prepare and serve dinner, made and passed out salads, desserts, washed pots, pans, dishes, packed leftovers for the guests to take home, and cleaned up in the kitchen, serving area, and dining room in order to provide for 141 deserving members of our community.

THANKS to Linda B, Kirk T, Sally E, Maureen M, Perry M, Mairi H, Dave Th, Kathy Z, Pam H, R.C. F,   & Ed V.

Next Stepping Forward Dinner is Tuesday, April 30th.

Thank you for serving QCK AND IHN

For QCK 6 Volunteers serving 133 on 1/26

For IHN 4 volunteers serving 17 on 2/2

Christian Education Happenings

A big Thank You to our new Pre-school teachers Linda H., Nancy T., Diane K., and Mary Jane G.!  We appreciate your willingness to share the stories of the Bible with our Preschoolers!

Thank You – Repairs

Many thanks to Lindsay B., Dave D., Dave L., & Bob P. for cleanup and repairs 2/2 after pipe burst! Their willingness to come out during a Saturday night without hesitation is greatly appreciated!

Congrats to Lora Broz!

Member in the news

Student Reimagines, Transforms West Freshman Innovation Hub posted 1/24/19

Permission was given from Lakota School to share:

Lakota West freshman Lora Broz did more than just reimagine her school’s media center, recently turned Innovation Hub. She made her vision a reality, rolling out the red carpet for her classmates’ return from winter break and just in time for the school’s rollout of Chromebooks to every student.

The idea first took shape through a project in Lora’s language arts class, for which she chose to research the environmental factors that improve student learning. She focused a lot on the impact of color, discovering that green is “relaxing and improves concentration”, while blue “makes you think outside the box.” Other factors, like furniture selection and configurations, were among her research, too.

Lora wasn’t initially basing her research around any particular space at West Freshman or elsewhere. But when her teacher, Catherine Bella, saw its potential application to the school’s up-and-coming Innovation Hub, she encouraged her to take it a step further. Lora presented it to a committee comprised of school and district leaders overseeing the school’s media center transformation. The response from the group was overwhelmingly positive, giving her the green light to bring her ideas to life in West’s new Innovation Hub.

“Honestly, my first reaction was that she had bit off more than she could chew!” said West Freshman Associate Principal Jason Jackson. “The size of the room, the timeline we needed to follow and all the moving parts that went along with the conversion of the media center to the Hub was a huge task.”

But Jackson and others were impressed by the speed with which Lora moved and the tenacity with which she inspired others to help her transform the space to match the shared vision of her project and that of the district and school leaders. She recruited more than 25 student volunteers, along with parents and staff members, to give up three days of winter break to paint the huge space.


The fresh paint made way for a completely re-configured space, replacing the room that was once full of bookcases with all different collaboration stations, multiple green screen production studios, a 3D printer, and virtual reality stations.

“I feel like the 1:1 idea is going to empower us to create more and share more ideas. I hope this space gives us a place to come together and do those things,” said Broz, describing the revamped space as “uplifting and relaxing.”

The most recent improvements are just laying the foundation for the school’s new Hub, designed to support hands-on, application-based learning through collaboration, creativity, and digital learning. While the school awaits a delivery of furniture to replace some of the decades-old pieces, Lora still hasn’t seen through other ideas in her plan that give students ownership of the space. This includes giving each class one of the space’s pillars to make their own and leave their mark.

One thing’s for sure though; Lora has left her own mark on Lakota West Freshman.

“The fact that this was a student-led project makes a huge difference in how I view that space. I think that’s probably true for everyone involved,” Jackson said. “This is a student who invested heavily into something that she will only get to use for a few months, but other groups will use for years to come.”

“That is what a community is about and Lora and the others who helped have led by example,” he continued. “Besides being a great resource for our students’ learning, the Hub is a physical example of what our students are capable of if we let them follow their vision.”

Photo: Lakota West freshman Lora Broz infused ideas from a language arts project into the recent transformation of the school’s media center into an Innovation Hub. Her work included leading a group of volunteers to paint the new space for three days over winter break.

The Greatest is Love!  – Library Corner

Our library banner says it all – Love!

The number of times that love is mentioned in the Bible depends on the version of the Bible, but in the King James Version, love is mentioned 310 times – 133 times in the Old Testament and 215 times in the New Testament.  New International Version: 551 times – 319 times OT,  232 NT; New Revised Standard Version: 538 instances –  317  OT, 221  NT.  (  And Jesus said to love one another eleven times!  Must be pretty important for us to learn this concept.

Our library selections this month come from the personal library of Michael H. He is loaning these to us in response to the series led by Rev. Pete S. concerning the Bible & homosexuality. If you choose to read one of these, please check the book out in the usual way and return it as soon as possible for others to read.

God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines; Walking the Bridgeless Canyon by Kathy Baldock; and Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs-Christian Debate by Justin Lee will help us learn to love & understand one another.

Thank you, Michael, for loaning these thought-provoking books to us.


Final Thoughts

Listening Sessions for Ohio Region

What?  Come together with other members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to share the power of connection. Worship, pray, share memories of vital ministry, and vision the future of church into a new decade.

Who? YOU! All members lay and clergy, are invited. There is something special that happens when we show up together. This will be an affirming time as we listen for God’s dream for our region.

Why? During our Ohio Regional Assembly this past October, we passed a resolution that formed the Regional Transition Team. We asked this team to create venues to listen to the voices within the region as we navigate the way we will relate to each other as a regional body. Notes will be taken from these listening sessions so that they can be compiled; vital and common themes that emerge from the sessions will be integrated into a presentation for a Regional Assembly in the spring (the date of which will be Sat., May 11, place & time TBD).

What will the schedule of the listening session look like?  We are asking for two hours. Attendees should commit to being on time and sharing succinctly so that all persons can contribute during the course of the gathering. The meeting will begin with a brief gathering time and light refreshment, followed by opening worship and prayer. Then we’ll have guided conversation which may be described as “Appreciative Inquiry Light.” This will be followed by an educational piece about covenant before engaging the five questions sent to congregations. A closing send-off will complete our time together.

When and where? Listening sessions are being planned with clergy in connection with Regional Elders and the Regional Transition Team. You are invited to any listening sessions. These have been scheduled so far in February and March:

February 23, 2019; 9:00am – 11:00 am
First Christian Church 116 E Boyer St, Wadsworth, OH 44281
Note: A luncheon will be provided following this meeting.  To reserve a meal please contact the office of FCC Wadsworth no later than February 18th at 330-336-6697 or The cost of the meal is $5 at the door.
February 25th – 6:30pm – 8:30pm
First Christian Church, 4520 Rosedale Rd., Middletown, OH 45042
March 3rd – 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Woodland Christian Church, 143 Woodland Ave., Columbus, OH 43203-1775
March 3rd – 2:30pm – 4:30pm
First Christian Church, 33 N Arlington Ave., Niles, OH 44446

More sessions are still being planned. There will also be Remote Listening Sessions via telephone/internet. Keep an eye on the webpage and the Region’s social media pages for dates as they are added.  

Questions?  Contact Co-Chairs of the Regional Transition Team: Rev. Audrey Connor (
or Rev. Josh Baird ( )

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Chalice Press and Bethany Fellows offer new prayer resource

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