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Messenger 1200 Forrer Blvd., Kettering, Ohio 45420 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.ccc-ket.org VOLUME LVII - Weekly Publication ________ _ ____ October 19, 2009 Morning Watch CWF FALL RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE Sundays 9:00 am Christian Education Sundays 9:15 am Traditional Service Thursday, October 29th - 9:00 – 4:00 pm Sundays 10:30 am Friday, October 30th - 9:00 – 4:00 pm st Fellowship Hour Saturday, October 31 - 9:00 – noon Sundays 11:30 am Bring your donations beginning Sunday, October 25th thru 28th. Volunteers are Church Office needed during this week to assist with set-up and sale. If you would like to Monday – Friday volunteer, please call Jane Bernard via email at email@example.com on at 901- 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 4788. JIM WALLIS Staff Author of The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith and Politics in a Post-Religious Right America David P. Turner Senior Minister Jim Wallis, author of the New York Times best-seller, The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith and Politics in a Post-Religious Right Renita Lewis Whitaker America, will be in Cincinnati, Ohio on Thursday, October 22nd Office Manager at 7:00 pm. Jim will speak at the Christian Community Development Association Annual Conference. The evening Anthony Shackleford plenary will begin at 7 p.m. at the Duke Energy Center. Jim will Custodian present on the topic of "Synergy: Pursuing a New Commitment to Partnerships," and will be joined by Rev. Gabriel Salguero. Sue Taylor Jim's plenary is free and open to the public; however, other Music Director conference events may require registration. For more information about the conference, please visit : Picture courtesy of Dan Oliver riverdaughter.wordpress.com Bell Choir Director & http://www.ccda.org/conference Director of Audio/Visual CCDA Annual Conference "Synergy: Pursuing a New Commitment to Partnership" Lois Sutherland Duke Energy Center Organist 525 Elm Street Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 Jenny Garner Nursery Care Provider Contact: Christian Community Development Association Serving In October Members & Friends Deacon Captain: Lora Davidson Hospitalized - William Warren (Kettering) Deacons Serving: Anne Keeton, Mark Keeton, Larry Merkle, David Sipple (MVH) Margaret Merkle, Thomas Giles, Joe Albrecht, David Aebker, John Cozella Blake (Home) Bucy, Melissa Moody and Adam Wiedeman Ron Bennett (Home) Deacon Prep/Clean Up: Lourdes Giles Hospice Care - Lillian White (Home) Elders for Communion Pat Farnsley (Home) th Oct 25 Susan Aebker and Jane Bernard Home Care Kathy Anderson st Nov 1 Don Hagerty and Brenda Shoup Henrietta Farrow Lay Leaders Thelma Harman th Oct 25 Margaret Merkle Robert and Frances Mayes st Nov 1 Alexis Garybush Earline Grice Fellowship Hour Regina Kempton th Oct 25 Public Relations Norma Kirkland st Nov 1 World Outreach/Social Concerns Bob and Jean Thompson Dorothy Ryan Wall Calendar Doyle Ware The wall calendar located outside of the church office lists the Autumn Health Care - June Tate scheduled activities of the church ministries. To get your activity Bethany - Millie Molz listed on the wall calendar, please contact the church office. Harborside Healthcare - Eleanor McNulty Liberty Retirement Home - Ed Bausman The Week Ahead Lincoln Park - Merle Ryan th Summersville - Marjorie Barkalow Sunday, Oct 25 9:00 am Morning Watch UYH (Classroom-E), (Meeting Room), Eugene Griffith (CYF Room) and (Parlor) Marian Herron 9:15 am Christian Education Spring Creek - JoAnn Reichbauer 10:00 am UYH (Faith Finders Room) Sterling House - Elwood Byrkett 10:30 am Traditional Service Sycamore Glen - Anne Walters 11:30 am CYF (Adventure Acres) Trinity - Garnia Moses Fellowship Hour Waterford Retirement - Mary Rothenbuhler 12:00 pm Faith Finders/Seekers Set-up for Rummage Sale th Sanctuary Flowers: On Sunday, October 18 were given by 6:30 pm UYH (Meeting Room) Nancy Tossey in memory of her husband, DeFro Tossey. Chi Rho (intergenerational UYH) 6:40 pm Sanctuary Study Committee th th New Member: On Sunday, October 18 , David Sipple, 2500 E. Monday, Oct 26 9:00 am Quilters Dorothy Lane, Kettering, Ohio 45420, (937) 648-7932, united with Set-up for Rummage Sale Central Christian through confession of faith. Welcome David into 9:30 am Senior Fitness Class th our church family. Tuesday, Oct 27 9:00 am Set-up for Rummage Sale 7:00 pm Executive Board Meeting st Wednesday, Oct 28 9:00 am Set-up for Rummage Sale 9:30 am Senior Fitness Congratulations th nd On Sunday, October 18 , Karen Smith and Gregory Thursday, Oct 29 9:00 am CWF Rummage Sale Moon were united in holy matrimony. 9:30 am Prayer Shawl Ministry 6:30 pm Laudate Ringers 7:30 pm Chancel Choir th Friday, Oct 30 9:00 am CWF Rummage Sale st Saturday, October 31 9:00 am CWF Rummage Sale Memorial Fund General Fund In Memory of Veronica Vulgamore Worshiping at Central Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brockhouse Sunday, October 18, 2009 Beth Frantz Christian Education 35 _______________________________ Music Fund In Memory of Veronica Vulgamore Nursery/Godly Play 16 Sue Taylor Morning Watch 17 Dan Oliver Traditional Service 126 Gary Jackson Total Worship Attendance 159 Henry Mays , Eddie Frazier Opportunity To Care Often times it is easy to go to church on Sunday and meet and greet people, then go home and not give the church family Notes another thought. This Sunday, October 25, 2009 the CYF will leave after the Why not make it a special, personal project to get better traditional service for Adventure Acres on South Alpha Road in acquainted with this special family that you are a part of? Bellbrook for a hayride. We have a 1 PM reservation and the cost is $8 per person. Check their website: myadventureacres.com. One way to do this is by picking up your church directory and Following the hayride, we will travel to Calle and Scot Burnett’s reading the names of each person listed in the directory. As you home to grill hotdogs and carve pumpkins. Scot has enough read the name, think about that person. If you know them, pray pumpkins for everyone to carve – you will need to bring your own for that individual, giving thanks for his/her friendship, and asking carving tools. We will probably finish up around 4 PM. Scot will blessings for his/her in daily life activities. have directions to his home at church on Sunday so parents will If you come across the name of the person whom you have not know where to pick up their CYF’er. Questions – please call Mary met, give thanks for the opportunity you now have of getting to Lou on 434-8157. become acquainted with him/her. You may wish to drop that individual a note just to let him/her know you are thinking about Sanctuary Study Committee that person. Keeping in touch with the church family members brings a closeness that cannot be found in any other organization. Knowing someone cares gives individuals added strength and support for each day. Your Sanctuary Study Committee is scheduled to meet next at This gives you the opportunity to pray and give thanks for friends th 6:40 pm on Monday, Oct 26 . Anyone having an interest in the who have touched your life, who are now touching your life, and details being discussed is invited. One goal is to improve the who will be touching your life. seating comfort. One possibility is to make two more aisles by Reading through the church directory about once a week can give cutting a three foot length out of the middle of each pew, and you a new awareness of your church family members, as well as also buying lay-in pew pads. Another possibility is to remove the opening opportunities for you to care and share with others. knee walls between the chancel and the pews and then extend the chancel stage area to provide more room. An effort has been Try it this week - and next week - and the week after that - until it made to ground each and every consideration back to our mission becomes a regular part of your life, as “family members” become and theology. Members are Jane Bernard, Scot Burnett, Carly a special part of your life. Lydia Group Ingram, Anne Keeton, Merle Kidd, Joan Norman, Dan Oliver, Moniqua Suits, Lynn Rogers Chr, Margaret Lyon ex-officio, and Biblical Word Search Rev David Turner ex-officio. Central Christian’s Food Pantry Last week we were able to feed 6 families thanks to your donations. Let’s continue to feed the hungry in our community by donating. Below is a list of the food items we need for our food pantry. Donations can be placed on the table in the Narthex marked “Food Pantry.” We also accept monetary donations. Note: We are in need of paper bags. cans of green beans cans of corn cans of sweet peas cans of vegetables cans of tuna cans of chicken cans of meat cans of soup-large cans of soup-small cans of fruit boxes of rice spaghetti (bag/box) spaghetti sauce boxes of cereal Abel Isaiah Miriam Adam Jacob Moses cans of milk jars of peanut butter Amos James Nahum jars of jelly loafs of bread Boaz Jeremiah Naomi macaroni and cheese hotdog buns Cain Jesus Noah packs of hotdogs packs of baloney Daniel Joel Paul David John Peter Elisha Jonah Rachel Esay Joseph Ruth Esther Luke Salome Eve Lydia Samson Ezekiel Mark Seth Ezra Mary Solomon The Last Word… by David P. Turner Jesus was asked once, “What is the greatest wasn’t only his actions that made David God’s beloved – commandment?” This was a common exercise among but his faithfulness. David was motivated, more than teachers and other religious leaders during Jesus’ time and anything, by his love for God and his desire to please God. not a trap, as was often the case when Jesus was Jesus even went so far, in his Sermon on the Mount, to approached with such questions. In response, Jesus quoted take the commandments governing our behavior (Thou from two places in the Torah. The first is from the Shema, shall not kill, commit adultery, etc.) to another level. He perhaps the holiest text in Judaism, which is found in said, “You have heard that it was said to the people long Deuteronomy 6:4-5: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD is our God, ago, 'Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be the LORD is One. You shall love the LORD your God with all subject to judgment.' But I tell you that anyone who is angry your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” with his brother or sister will be subject to The second is found in Leviticus 19:18, “and you shall love judgment.”(Matthew 5:21-22). In other words, what your neighbor as yourself.” happens on the outside isn’t nearly as important as what is As rich and complex as the Bible is – it can nonetheless going on inside. Indeed, as Jesus explains, what goes on be narrowed down to some very basic truths (for instance: inside us will inevitably make its way to the surface in one Love God, love neighbor). Another truth that undergirds form or another. the Bible from beginning to end is that what happens inside There’s an old story about a grandfather explaining to his us (our thoughts, motives, intentions) are more important grandson how there are two wolves within each of us, each to God than what can be easily seen by others. vying for control – one evil and one good. When the Over and over again, we see it’s not the actions of the grandson asks which of the wolves wins, the grandfather Biblical characters – however noble or ignoble – that replies, “the one you feed.” ultimately determines God’s judgment, but their internal We are human – imperfect and prone to sin. However, it motivations. That is how someone who made as many is still up to us to monitor our own motives and intentions mistakes as David could still be called “a man after God’s (and not anyone else’s, which is beyond our abilities own heart.” Certainly, David could be described as an anyway). God is paying attention to which of the wolves we imperfect king and, at times, even a flagrant sinner. But are feeding. For some, that is good news. For others… not David was also quick to recognize his sin, repent, and seek so much. God’s will for himself and Israel. One has to assume it SPIRITUAL STOP, DROP & ROLL - 1 CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH Moniqua Suits – EVent Coordinator WWW.CCC-KET.ORG l 937.254.2649 l 1200 Forrer Blvd. l Kettering, OH 45420 David Turner – Pastor NEXT STEPS - 2 Moniqua Suits – EVent Coordinator Unbinding Your October 20, 2009 TO DEVELOP A CLOSER RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD THROUGH PRAYER, STUDY AND SCRIPTURE, AND THEN SHARE THIS RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHERS. heart When we answer your call, it is spiritual business and it cannot be done well without effective communication with the Spirit of God through prayer…and it is why leaders pray so fervently. Richard Kriegbaum – “Leadership Prayers”. A Spiritual “Stop, Drop, and Roll” SPIRITUAL STOP, DROP AND ROLL® EXTERNAL OR INTERNAL FLAME 1. STOP Until the slogan “Stop, Drop and Roll” became an iconic phrase, it was not unusual to watch Stop your negative thinking patterns. Before speaking or taking action, ask yourself if your television clips of people on fire trying to put out the flames by frantically running through the words or actions will hurt or heal the situation. streets. Not only was this a wasted effort, their reaction fueled the fire to destroy not only the individual but everything in its path. 2. DROP Drop destructive behaviors: gossip (saying, Today’s church faces a similar peril with its reaction to answering the call of the Great Commission. listening or spreading), sowing dissention, Instead of being on fire for God (internal flame), we find ourselves engulfed with fear, hatred, closed listening, positioning for power, jumping distrust, power trips and hurt; causing us to speak and act in ways that destroy not only ourselves, to conclusions, etc. but relationships (present and future) (God and people) and community – stunting our spiritual growth. How do you know if you are on fire for God or a pyromaniac? If you have a tendency to 3. ROLL think or say the following, it might be a sign an external flame is fanning your spiritual fuel instead of Roll with God. Roll with the Gospel. Roll with an internal flame. Prayer. Let it roll off your back. - Someone should… Use these steps to transform words and actions - We use to… from a plan of attack to a plan of action and lay a - No one listens to me. positive foundation for productive conversation - What about my feelings? and planning. Try shifting from the negative – - I’ve been telling them that for years. “we’ve never done it that way before” to the - If we focused on increasing attendance and offering, everything would be okay. positive - “sounds interesting, can you tell me - We tried that before… more?” or, “can you provide us with a written - That will never work here. outline of your idea for the committee to - How much will that cost? consider?”. The positive benefits will result in our - Refer to church leadership as ‘they’ and not us. ability to: Ow, sound familiar? Although meant to serve as helpful guidelines, these words and actions are - Build God’s kingdom; actually conversation stoppers and prevent groups from digging deeper to address the challenge - Speak and act in God’s name; with scripture, prayer and discussion. Since changing our approach takes time and effort, we - Attract others to God; developed a Spiritual Stop, Drop and Roll® to make wording our responses easier and more - Discern without destroying or being passive; and effective. Individually and as a church, it is important to develop the habit of prayerfully considering - Deflect sinful attitudes. ideas before responding yet not use prayer as a blackmail tactic. Our Spiritual Stop, Drop and Roll® approach will help us to use building words versus destructive phrases and to heal our past hurts so we can open our hearts for the future God has planned. Change Unbinding Your Heart – A Segue. Oh, Lord, give me faith for this leap to the future. And make I love waterfalls and find them quite amazing feats of nature. Their ability to serve as segue from the this a leap of leadership (us, not water behind to the water in front is a tremendous learning lesson for individuals or churches they – parenthesis mine) not a answering God’s call to serve. Waterfalls know how to accommodate calm or fury, silence or a solo jump. deafening roar, refreshing rain or drying heat. They give energy to the salmon swimming upstream or the rafter paddling down. Their movement carves out harbors of safe haven in the shorelines or “Why can’t you give me a bridge scoops out ponds for fish to rest and people to swim. If it is located in Idaho it does not reject people to the future, Lord? Instead, you from Texas and it has the ability to adapt to the different sizes, shapes, personalities, and levels of make me jump for it. You make experience of its regular and visiting people, fish and plants. me let go and leap by faith. You did it when I wanted a new For the past 40 days, our church family and friends have been reading and discussing “Unbinding relationship with you. You have Your Heart” to help us to develop our ability to segue from where we are to where God is calling us. done it repeatedly in my career Also during this time, the UYH Leadership Team has met weekly to pray, talk and to plan Next Steps and in my personal life. The new that incorporate your feedback and prayers. future you show me is beautiful, and the jump is reasonable, but it Please review and pray about the following questions, then provide your reply on the bulletin insert is always a leap of faith. So here I this Sunday or email to Moniqua Suits – firstname.lastname@example.org. It will help us to better am again, asking for faith to make understand your experience with this study and the desires God has placed on your heart as a another leap. result. (Only comments and not names will be shared with the team unless otherwise specified.) Getting to this new future will 1. What kind of church do we need to be to help existing and future Christians successfully change things for all of us. I navigate their spiritual journey? cannot foresee all the changes, • ________________________________________________________________________ but I know there will be outcomes ________________________________________________________________________ we did not intend. Don’t let people ________________________________________________________________________ worry unnecessarily about the unknowns, for if they hold back 2. Do you believe Central is that kind of church, why or why not? Please share specific too much, we will not succeed. comments. • ________________________________________________________________________ You put us where we are, and it is ________________________________________________________________________ so good and comfortable. How ________________________________________________________________________ you got us to this place is part of our tradition. Where we need to 3. What specific ministries, activities and events do you participate as part of your spiritual go looks uncertain. Give us journey? pilgrim’s hearts, God. Do not let • ________________________________________________________________________ us clutch the present comfort and ________________________________________________________________________ safety because it will not stay that ________________________________________________________________________ way forever. We must leave this good place and move on, by faith 4. What ministries, activities, and events would you like Central to offer? –the same kind of faith that got us • ________________________________________________________________________ here.” ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Richard Kriegbaum – “Leadership Prayers” 5. I need help with • ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Unlike the waterfall we have the gift of living water and do not have to worry about running dry. And, we can share this living water to help those around us experience a life with God that is everlasting. The UYH Newsletter is brought to you by Central Christian Church, Kettering, OH – www.ccc- ket.org.
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