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Newsletter for November 12, 2021

FROM THE PASTOR

MONTHLY PRAYER MEETING

We will begin having a monthly prayer meeting at 9:00 am on the 2nd Sunday of each month 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. A participant will be able to volunteer to close in prayer.

ADVENT DEVOTIONS

We will have devotions for Advent this year. They will be different than the devotional books we’ve had in the past. 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 me 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:

This will be a virtual small group via Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87992563691?pwd=ZUZPWDdLais4dEJha0M4ZGhMMkwrQT09

I will be on vacation 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.

Pastor T

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.**

Food: For Panorama Food Pantry  (needed now: soup, beef stew and jars of peanut butter)

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

Sun 11/14 Monthly Prayer meeting 9am Book Club 2pm

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.

MORE DETAILS

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. Thank you to those who stayed on Sunday for the work day. We will have another work day in the Spring for whatever doesn’t get done this Fall.

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/  It is almost overwhelming to think about all they accept. So, instead, 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.

REMINDER: Thermostats

The thermostats are set to heat the building only when it is anticipated that we will be there.  If you are there and need the heat on, please change the temperature by pressing the up arrow to turn up the temperature to your desired temperature.  DO NOT press hold.  If you press hold, it will remain on until someone manually changes it.  If you do not press hold, it will automatically cycle back to the schedule.

ARNOLD HOUSE KEYS The Arnold House is now on a separate key.  Your master key will work for the glass front door and basement door.  If you think you’ll need a key to the new locks on the Arnold House doors, please contact the office or Pastor Tracy.

Thanksgiving Offering

Received in many congregations on Nov. 14 & 21, 2021The 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.

Turkey Day & Mother Earth

COVINGTON, Ky. – Thanksgiving Day is all about getting together. Well … the food too.

But along with the big dinner comes a big mess – and a lot of preparation.

Fortunately, with a little forethought — before, during, and after the meal — you can reduce your celebration’s impact on the planet Earth. Here are some tips:

  • Farm friends: Shop local and organic (reduces emissions from delivery vehicles, and the use of pesticides and fertilizers).
  • Ditch the disposable: Use reusable dinnerware. Just say “no” to plastic utensils and cups, and paper plates (and God forbid those “foam” ones).
  • Doggy bags: Reduce food waste by sending home leftovers. And when you do, use containers instead of plastic bags or plastic wrap-sealed plates.
  • Let it rot: Further reduce food waste by composting scraps that lil’ Bobby didn’t eat and all those potato peels and onion skins that piled up during preparation.
  • In the cart: Reuse or recycle those beer, wine and soda pop cans and bottles, and the tubs and cartons from broth and butter.
  • Break tradition: Adopt a turkey rather than eat one. Going meatless reduces emissions (raising that turkey creates a whopping 34.2 pounds of CO2).
  • Carpool: If Grandma’s house is over the river and through the woods and many miles down that highway, pick up a relative on the way. (Especially with THESE gas prices.)

COVINGTON MURAL PROJECT (photo from last week’s event)

Join us Saturday 11a – 3p and help create a second street mural near the corner of 18th & Garrard. We’ll have some food from Bean Haus, music and dancing with Pones, and all the materials you need to paint your own piece of the mural. All ages welcome! Kids 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. This project is sponsored by Tier 1 and ArtsWave.

These events are part of our series of engagement opportunities in the Eastern neighborhoods that aim to bring residents together for fun and community building, while also giving us a chance to hear concerns, aspirations, and issues that are important to residents.