Welcome to Central Christian Church
Keeping Christ Central Since 1895!
CCC Soft Reopening Information
1. RSVP to the church office no later than Thursday of the week you plan to attend worship in person. 12 family units will be permitted to attend in person the first week. Singles count as one family unit. If we need to have a second worship service due to high demand we will.
2. Park every other space in the church parking lot.
3. Face coverings or masks will be required.
4. Sanitize hands upon entering the church.
5. Dispose of any waste (plastic bag provided for communion elements) upon exiting the sanctuary.
6. Sanitize hands upon exiting the church.
· If you do not feel comfortable attending church in person at this time we will continue to have the service streamed live on Facebook each Sunday, and the parking lot will continue to be open if you would like to listen to the service from the comfort of your car on 90.7 FM. To help promote social distancing we would ask that you remain in your vehicle if you plan to listen in the parking lot.
· We ask for your grace in this situation. We have never been presented with such a challenge. As we enter this uncharted territory our goal is to provide a worship service that is honoring to Christ while keeping safety and health at a very high level.
Thanks!-CCC Soft Reopen Task Force
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Order of Worship
(Click above link for our Facebook page)
Call to Worship
Opening Hymn: Living for Jesus
Gospel Reading: Romans 12:17-21
Sermon: Leave it in the Hands of God
Guest Speaker: Jane Leggett
Current Serving Elder at Central Christian Church
Prayer Hymn: Pues Si Vivimos (When We Are Living)
Prayers of the People
(Use the elements you have at hand that represent the loaf and cup)
Closing Hymn: Have Thine Own Way, Lord!
Benediction Hymn: Go in Peace
*Musical Accompaniment by Chloe Raber
Dear Ohio Region,
The Psalmist writes:
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before God the Almighty!
We have reason to be joyful in Ohio today! Today we celebrate that we have in just 7 weeks already exceeded our goal for the Renewal Initiative! As of 4:00 pm today (9/10/20), we have received gifts totaling $75,506.11! Plus, we know that there are still generous donations from Congregations and individuals on their way to further exceed this initial goal.
For this, we rejoice and give thanks. We give thanks for the hard work of our regional staff who have worked on this initiative and continue to provide resources and support for ministry in Ohio. We give thanks for the guidance and wisdom of the Christian Church Foundation and the visiting Regional Ministers who helped us to frame this initiative and who continue to support Ohio in this time of transition! We give thanks for the volunteers who made phone calls and talked with people to deepen our relationships and to deepen our understanding of one another through this process of renewal. We especially give thanks to all of those individuals and congregations who gave generously to the Renewal Initiative for the Ohio Region!
Most importantly, we give thanks to our God, whose grace and mercy is at the center of all the ministry we do. We give thanks for the Spirit for guiding us this far, and for Christ who invites us to take next steps in building the kingdom of God here on earth.
Because of your generosity, we are able to move forward with our Regional Ministry Search Team, we have a clearer pathway towards being able to reopen Camp Christian in summer 2021, and we are able to continue to serve God in Ohio through our shared Regional and Camp Christian ministries.
This is indeed a time to sing praises to God, to sing a new song of thanksgiving and joy. In a year when we may have found rejoicing difficult to come by, let us take time to celebrate. Let us celebrate the many good gifts we give to one another and the abundant gifts of the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. Thanks be to God!
For more information about the Renewal Initiative, including how to give, as well as continued tracking of donations as we receive them, go to https://www.ccinoh.com/other-pages/renewal-initiative.aspx.
Ohio Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
As clergy of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Ohio, we follow a Christ who invites all to the table. Our symbol is a chalice and we practice communion weekly as an essential sacrament in our church expression. Part of being a church that welcomes all to the table means that we must provide a hospitable environment for all who come to share in the Eucharist. Hospitality is an essential command in the scriptures. We see it from Abraham’s welcoming of angels, throughout the whole of Jesus’ ministry with the poor and marginalized, to the author of Hebrews exhorting us to “show hospitality for strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” (Hb 13:2)
For too long, we have been concerned with the comfort of the white church’s place at the table. For those of us who represent white church leadership, we repent of moving at the speed of our white comfort and only making the table as hospitable as we have wanted to. We have failed to listen to the truly expansive and radical call that Jesus not only wants everyone invited to the table, but that Jesus demands that we make everyone’s seat at the table a safe one!
We believe that the table that Jesus sets and invites us to, the table where we celebrate a sacred and holy meal every Sunday is not a table that is confined to sanctuaries on Sunday morning. The Christ we follow was active in the world and the church that claims to follow Him must be active in the world too!
Jesus lays out a blueprint for his ministry in Luke 4:18-19 when he quotes Isaiah, saying: 18 ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’
Therefore, as unified clergy, we too choose to bring good news to the poor by advocating for a defunding of the police and a reallocation of those funds to social services, healthcare, education, and community programs that will keep Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) safest. We too choose to proclaim release to the captives, and will work to stop any new prisons or jails being constructed in our communities, while advocating for increased affordable housing, addiction treatment centers, mental health clinics, and ending homelessness.
For those of us who are white clergy, we commit to dealing with the log of injustice in our own eyes while demanding the removal of the splinters of racial injustice in our society. Black people have been subjected to white violence for far too long and we need to demand that it stop immediately!
Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciliation Clergy Statement
For those of us who are Black/Non-White clergy, we commit to continue to speak to the injustices of this society, to let them know that we are “sick and tired of being sick and tired.” We commit to take up the mantle of our forefathers & foremothers to not let their sacrifices be in vain. We commit to demand justice, to demand peace and to demand respect! As united clergy we sign our names below to state that will work to let the oppressed go free, which means that we demand that Ohio #DefundPolice and we loudly proclaim that #BlackLivesMatter!
Rev. Cynthia Adcock (Co-Pastor at Northwest Christian Church)
Rev. Judy Alston
Rev. Jim Bane (Co-Pastor at New Horizons)
Rev. Don Barnes
Rev. Thomas Barnes (Senior Pastor at Kemper Road Christian Church)
Rev. William Barnes-Jackson
Rev. Chuck Behrens
Rev. Stephen Bentley (Interim Minister Central Christian Church of Coschocton)
Rev. Heidi Berham
Rev. Karen Binford
Rev. Dr. Eric Brown (Pastor at Woodland Christian Church)
Rev. Dr. Olivia Bryan Updegrove (Ministries Across Generations, Disciples Home Missions)
Rev. Audrey Connor (Chaplain)
Rev. John Cox (Pastor Karl Road Christian Church)
Rev. Alan Dicken (Pastor at Carthage Christian Church and Regional Program Director)
Rev. Michael Doerr
Rev. Nik Donges, Retired (member at Anderson Hills Christian Church, District 12 Elder)
Rev. Nancy Dunn (Interim Minister Parma Christian Church)
Rev. Kristine Eggert, Retired (member of Heights Christian Church & E.D. of God before Guns)
Rev. Matthew Every (Pastor First Christian Church of Bowling Green)
Rev. Rich Farris (Pastor at Firestone Park Christian Church)
Rev. Steven Gower
Rev. Joseph Hara (Regional Elder, District 1)
Rev Melanie Harrell Delaney (Bethany Fellows)
Rev. Jeff Jackson
Rev. Priscilla Jackson (Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciliation Team)
Rev. Bev Jenkins, Retired
Leila Jindra (Comissioned Pastor at Christian Temple Disciples of Christ in Lorain)
Rev. April Johnson (Minister of Reconciliation with Reconciliation Ministry Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Rev. Karakay Kovaly
Rev. Gail Lindsey-Reed
Rev. Dr. Perry C. Mattern, Retired (member at Compass Christian Church)
Rev. Dr. Roger Meredith
Ali Miguel (Comissioned Pastor at New Horizons)
Rev. Joy Omslaer
Rev. Roger Osgood (Senior Pastor at Heights Christian Church & Co-Chair Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciliation Team)
Rev. Gary Proietti (Mansfield)
Rev. Evan Reegie Bunch
Rev. Dawn Remster (Pastor First Christian Church of Zanesville)
Rev. Christopher Rinker (Associate Pastor at Northwest United Methodist Church)
Rev. Jonathan Rumburg (Pastor First Christian Church Stow)
Rev. Marc Runyon (Pastor Central Christian Church in Warren)
Rev. Debbie Saxe
Rev. Christopher Shilling (Pastor First Christian Church of Findlay)
Rev. Glen Schory (Pastor at Central Christian Church of Wooster)
Rev. Harry Shackelford
Rev. Kevin Smith (Associate Minister at Kemper Road Christian Church)
Rev. Faith Solon (Pastor of Young Adults at Northwest Christian Church)
Anne Sowell (Co-Chair Ohio Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciliation Commission)
Rev. Seth Stout
Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan (Executive Director Ohio Council of Churches)
Rev. Troy Sybrant (Compass Christian Church)
Rev. Lorenzo Thomas (Chaplain)
Rev. Cynthia Tyson
Rev. Dr. Carol Vaccariello (Dual standing UCC/Disciples)
Rev. Jeffrey Wheeler (Co-Pastor at Northwest Christian Church)
Rev. Norman Witthuhn
Rev. Rebecca Woods (Chaplain, member at Carthage Christian Church
A Response to Defunding the Police in the Above Clergy Statement from the
Region of Ohio Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
I would like to direct you to this link from the Brookings Institute. I do not, in any way, support doing away with policing. "Defunding the police" is, in my opinion, a bad title, because it does not adequately address the real issues. Reallocation of funds is a better way of explaining the process.
However, in some cities, the institution of policing needs radical change to support our brothers and sisters of color who are directly targeted because of the color of their skin. Coming from New Orleans, in the 1980's through the 90's and again from 2012-2017 (as well as growing up in the deep south), I was exposed to a corrupt police system that was involved in drug trafficking as well as other abuses of power. The Federal Government was called in and what proceeded was a consent degree that was highly critical of the police department and drained millions of dollars to correct the problem.
We live in a relatively small community, surrounded by other, even smaller communities. We are an overly white community where we see police as our friends. However, for so many people of color, this is not the case. So please, keep an open mind! In my opinion, we are in the midst of a turn in this country to resolve issues that concern people of color that, in our every day "white" lives, we do not have to deal with. When I'm challenged with my preconceptions, I always go to the ones who are bare the front of injustice. I challenge all of you to do the same. We are all so wrapped up in our own bubbles of information that we rarely go outside them to seek the "other." Our faith demands that we respond to the "other" in all situations.
I have included this link to Time Wise. He's a son of the south like me, and I was able to hear him speak while in New Orleans. Tim, like myself, has adopted New Orleans, a city rich in diversity and a city that is comprised of many races and ethnicities. This isn't a progressive or "liberal" issue, but an issue of injustice. As a new member of the Anti-racism and Reconciliation Committee for the Ohio Region, I feel strongly that the Gospel's and the Hebrew scriptures speak to this.
In the words of the Apostle Paul to the church in Galatia: "There is no Jew or Gentile. There is no slave or free person. There is no male or female. That’s because you are all one in Christ Jesus." This is our call! Christ Jesus called us to a higher ethic, an ethic of love and compassion. I ABHOR violence in any way and DO NOT support it, but we must remember that MANY of our sisters and brothers of color, as well as "white allies," are demonstrating peacefully. Please, as we go through this historic moment, I implore all of you to go to the gospels and to be reminded that Jesus taught us to care for all, especially the marginalized.