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Keeping Christ Central Since 1895!
CCC Soft Reopening Information 7/12/20:
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
Dear Ministers, Congregations, and Leaders,
Since March, our lives and daily routines have been disrupted in ways that none of us have anticipated. I'm sure you've gone through your own upheaval in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It has impacted nearly every aspect of our lives – our families, our employment, our finances, and even the way we worship and join in fellowship.
As you probably know, The Christian Church in Ohio and Camp Christian had to make the tough but necessary decision to not hold in-person Summer Camp, as well as postponing all Regional events for the Spring, Summer, and now into the Fall. It is clear that these sad but needed decisions have left a void in the lives of many people, especially those who were eager to spend time at Camp this summer. This situation has also caused a real, tangible financial hardship for the Region and Camp Christian. Registration fees and donations made in conjunction with those events help pay for our staff, operations, buildings and grounds, and general upkeep of the Camp.
As with many of your Congregations, we have and will continue to offer online alternatives and seek out creative ways to connect with each other. Over the summer we were able to hold week long Virtual Camps for our youth and young adults. Adult Conference and Ohio Women's Ministries have gathered online for prayer and fellowship. The Commission on Ministry has started meeting with their teams and candidates via Zoom. And while we are excited about these alternatives and the new opportunities they bring, we like many of you and your congregations, are looking forward to when we can welcome everyone back to Camp Christian and Regional events in person.
To that end, we are now launching a Renewal Initiative which will help raise funds not just to offset financial losses from the impact of the coronavirus, but to sustain the mission of the Ohio Region and Camp Christian in the future. By the end of this year, we hope to be able to call a new Regional Minister who will help to focus our vision and leadership. In 2021 we aim to embark in creative new ministry pathways, and as a part of that, we want to create long-term planning and funding for Camp Christian so that we can ensure the longevity of this faithful ministry of the Christian Church in Ohio.
This process of renewal has, in many ways, already begun. Earlier in July, the Free Store, which is housed at Camp Christian, applied for and received generous grants from Week of Compassion and the Dairy Farmers of America so that we could continue our work serving and feeding the broader community around Camp Christian, which is needed now more than ever. This is just one example of the movement we're making towards finding new and thriving partnerships, exploring alternative funding sources, and ensuring the future and sustainability of Camp Christian and Regional Ministry.
We count you among those who care deeply about the ministry of the Christian Church in Ohio and Camp Christian, and invite you to join us in reaching our initial goal of $75,000. These funds will be used to open Camp Christian next summer, to extend an offer to a Regional Minister, and to move into new ministry opportunities that have been gathered through the work of the Regional Transition Team. We want to renew the church not just in this moment, but with each new day, new season, which God calls us toward. Through the years, the ministries of the Christian Church in Ohio and Camp Christian have thrived because of the continued generosity and active participation from people like you. We ask that you please review the attached brochure and prayerfully consider a donation. Gifts of any amount will help us to reach our goal and continue the work of Camp Christian and the church in Ohio and beyond.
Peace and Blessings,
Candis Wilson Jennie Stoddart Bernard Rev. Alan Dicken
Ted Nelson Wendy Taylor
The Staff and Leadership of the Christian Church in Ohio and Camp Christian
The Renewal Initiative brochure, as well as a PDF version of this letter are attached to this email. Online donations to the Renewal Initiative can be made at www.ccinoh.com/donation and can be designated to Regional or Camp Christian Operating.
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
Order of Worship
(Click above link for our Facebook page)
Call to Worship
Opening Hymn: How Firm a Foundation
Old Testament Reading: Exodus 14:10-16, 21-22, 30-31
Gospel Reading: Matthew 14:22-33
Sermon: Faith, Fear, and the Miracle of our Lives
Prayer Hymn: Sweetly Resting
Prayers of the People
Closing Hymn: You Are My Hiding Place
Benediction Hymn: Go in Peace
*Musical accompaniment by Chloe Raber
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 and again in the 2012 (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.
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.