Newsletter for November 19, 2021

“WELCOME Wholly     

LOVE Authentically   

SHARE God’s Grace Abundantly”

FROM THE PASTOR I am on vacation from November 15th to November 21st . Pastor Sheri will preach in my absence. If you have need for pastoral care, please contact Pastor Sheri, Marie or Brenda.

MONTHLY PRAYER MEETING On the 2nd Sunday of each month at 9:00 am at the church Pastor Tracy will open with prayer. We will review our prayer list and have an opportunity to share our joys and concerns. 

ADVENT DEVOTIONS We will have devotions for Advent this year. You will receive a bag of “tags”. Each day, you can pull a tag from the bag and the tag will tell you what to do that day for your devotion. If you worship at home, we will deliver bags to you with communion for the season. If you worship in the sanctuary, you can pick up your bag on Sunday, November 28th.

There are a couple ways you can help with this project:

1) bake cookies to include in the bags for those who worship at home. Deliver to church on Friday, November 26 th between 10 am and noon.

2) Help assemble bags on Friday, November 26 th from 10 am to noon.

3) Deliver bags to those who worship at home on Saturday, November 27 th .

Please let Pastor Tracy know how you’d like to help.

ADVENT SMALL GROUP I will be leading a 5-week small group during Advent studying the covenantal nature of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm beginning on Tuesday, November 23. This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about Disciples, whether you’re new to Disciples or a lifelong Disciple. You can access the interactive curriculum here:

JOHN G. CARLISLE CHRISTMAS FCC is again sponsoring Christmas gifts for John G. Carlisle children.  The gift lists will be on the ledge at the rear of the sanctuary.  Each child is assigned a number (no names) and there will be more information stapled to each list about what to do.  A clipboard will also be there where you sign  your name, phone number, and CHILD’S NUMBER. This is very important to keep track of the lists.  If more lists are needed, we can get more.  Questions?  Please see Marie or call Sue &  Steve at 859-817-1263    

AT A GLANCE  

COLLECTIONS FOR OUTREACH

**Please place your contributions in the bins at the back of the sanctuary or contact the office to arrange a pick up from your home.**

**For Panorama Food Pantry:  Many thanks to all those who have donated food for Panorama. Everytime we are there, so many people come and tell us how much they appreciate the food!   The shelves are becoming empty and more donations are needed:  peanut butter, all kinds of soup, stew, pudding cups, mac & cheese,  rice-a-roni, instant potatoes, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce,and hot chocolate packets.   Steve & Sue

Blankets: For Emergency Cold Shelter and Mental Health America outreach to those experiencing homelessness

Recycling: Styrofoam (clean and dry) and election yard signs (see below for more information)

Gift Cards: For Welcome House clients (see below)

Advent Sermon Series The sermon series for Advent starting on Sunday November 28th will be based on the CS Lewis children’s book series The Chronicles of Narnia.  You will not need to read the books or watch the movies to keep up with the series.  However, if you’re looking for some books or movies to watch, this would be a fun series for kids and adults alike.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Mon 11/15 to Sun 11/22  Pastor Tracy’s vacation

Sun 11/21 Leadership Council 7pm

Tue 11/23 Hanging of the Greens 1pm Disciples’ Covenant Small Group 7pm

Wed 11/24 Faith in Action Together Team 7pm

Fri 11/26 Assemble Advent bags 10 am

Sat 11/27 Deliver Advent bags

Tue 12/7 Elders meeting 7pm

Sun 12/12 SPECIAL GUEST  The Christian Church in Kentucky regional minister Rev. Dr. Don Gillett will join us for worship on Sunday, December 12th.  He will preach that morning.  We will plan to host a lunch after church.  Stay tuned for more details.

DIRECTORY UPDATE REMINDER A message was sent to each of you about sending in your information for our Directory.  We would like to have this information by December 1st.  Thank you!

HELP WITH OUR HOME IMPROVEMENT In an effort to do some much needed improvements, we are launching the Home Improvement project. There are 2 ways to get involved. First, we have $3,000 pledged or received toward our need of $15,000 for the Home Improvement Fund. You can make a gift through the end of the year. You can write in the memo of your check or online gift “Home Improvement.” Second, there is a list of home improvement projects that need completed in the sanctuary or one can be emailed to you upon request. You can work on these projects at your convenience. 

CHRISTMAS OUTREACH PROJECT

Our Christmas Outreach project this year will be the same as last. We will collect gift cards for the clients of Welcome House. Gift cards may be purchased for: $25 for Walmart, Kroger, Dollar Tree, or Target or $5 – $10 for any fast food restaurants. You can leave your gift cards in the offering tray or mail them to the church. If you would like someone to shop for you please make a gift online or by check with the memo “Christmas gift cards”.

Want to help keep recyclable items out of the landfill?  This will help us become a Green Church!

The Cincinnati Reuse and Recycle Hub in downtown Cincinnati is amazing! For more info: https://www.cincinnatirecyclingandreusehub.org/  We’ll focus on recycling two item categories at a time.  There will be bins at the back of the sanctuary.

This first item will be Styrofoam.  All styrofoam is accepted, if clean and dry: packaging from boxes, as well as Styrofoam food containers, trays, cleaned and or dried, and the softer wrap style used to package. 

The second item will be Yard Signs.  Election yard sign and all other yard signs.

Planned Giving for 2022

Please contact Pastor Sheri Jackson with your 2022 planned giving.  You can text or email Sheri or complete a card to place in the offering plate.  Please return your cards or contact Sheri in the next week or so.

Thanksgiving Offering

The Thanksgiving Offering benefits the Colleges, Universities, Seminaries, and Divinity Houses affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Higher education has been an important focus for Disciples since the very beginning of the movement. Throughout our history, Disciples have founded institutions of higher learning to educate students and form leaders to make a difference in the world. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is still committed to higher education. Your gift to the Thanksgiving Offering helps support the education of thousands of students at our fifteen colleges and universities as well as our seven seminaries and divinity houses.