Month: November 2017

Propers for The Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle

The Church celebrates the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle on November 30. Traditionally, Andrew is known as “The first called” and was the brother of St. Peter.

Collect for The Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle

Almighty God, who gave such grace to your apostle Andrew that he readily obeyed the call of your Son Jesus Christ, and brought his brother with him: Give us, who are called by your holy Word, grace to follow him without delay, and to bring those near to us into his gracious presence; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Deuteronomy 30:11-14

11 “For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 14 But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.

Psalm 19:1-6

1 The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above[a] proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice[b] goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
    which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

Romans 10:8–18

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?[a] And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

18 But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, for

“Their voice has gone out to all the earth,
and their words to the ends of the world.”

Matthew 4:18-22

18 While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”[a] 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21 And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.


Thank You from Elyse Burns

Dear COH Family –  

Thanksgiving was especially hard for me this year. I woke up Thanksgiving morning feeling pretty down and when I got home from school, there was a card on the table from all of you. It arrived on MY Thanksgiving day (still your Wednesday) – how perfectly timed was that? It was just what I needed… to hear from all of you.Two days later I received your box! You all certainly beat the Christmas rush this year! In spite of my father’s voice in my head reminding me that you can never open a gift before Christmas day, I opened all of it and read the cards (sorry, Dad!). Thank you SO much. I was so touched (especially by the adorable children’s cards). I’ve spent the weekend making tea and enjoying all the chocolates. I’ve even used the mint chips to bake for our Thanksgiving dinner this evening.You all are wonderful and I miss you very much. I appreciate the care and encouragement in spite of the fact that I’m so far away. It means a lot.

Blessings in this wonderful holiday season – 




Men’s Fellowship Breakfast Saturday

Just a reminder to all the men of the church — for a great way to get your Saturday started, please join the rest of  the men of our parish for a delicious breakfast and a great time of fellowship and prayer Saturday morning (November 18) at 7:30 a.m.  You’ll be back on your way by 9:00, fed well and refreshed.  Please join us!

Adult Sunday School This Week

Taking a brief break from the study of Ephesians, the Adult Sunday School this week only will focus on some of the various ministries in our community that are being served by members of our parish.  These short presentations will give you some food for thought in considering how you might become a bit more involved in outreach in our community, or where your prayer support might be well directed.  Hope to see many of your there.

Still Needed for Elyse’s Package

If you still want to contribute to Elyse Burns’ Christmas package, we can receive items through next Sunday (November 12).  Items still needed are:

– a heating pad (they don’t sell those here for some reason – would be nice to have!) (**If folks would like to contribute towards one, we could make a single purchase**)

– spiced chai tea 🙂 it’s my favorite. (**masala flavor, spices flavor**)

– mint chocolate chips for cooking

– notes/cards…. maybe a memory we have together or just a thought or an update on what’s going on in your lives! (**She can’t get enough of these from the people she loves!**)

– dill seasoning (just a spice rack size is fine!) (**Still need one spice rack size container**)

We must ship the package out on Monday, November 13, to get it to Elyse by Christmas.  Thanks so much, everyone!


Urgent Need for Refugee Ministry

From Pam Laughlin (at Christ the King):

On Wednesday, a 7 month old infant, brother of two boys who attend our after school program, died from injuries sustained in a fall. Naturally, the family is devastated.

Today I learned that not only are they grieving but they are facing eviction because they cannot pay their rent. They also do not have heat in the house!

I plan to help them apply for rental assistance and/or government housing but for now I do not want them to have to worry about the rent or dealing with social services. I want to give them time to grieve and walk through this difficult time without fear of losing their home. To do this I’m reaching out to our supporters, volunteers and partners to raise $3000 to pay for back rent, pay ahead one month rent, and get heat into the house.

Please consider giving to bless this dear family. The best way to give would be to mail in your contribution to Christ the King, attention Refugee Ministry.

925 N. Main, Dayton, OH 45405

If you cannot contribute financially, please pray for the family and for us as we visit and attempt to reach out and minister to the family. Pray that Christ would reveal Himself to them in a new and real way and that their eyes would be open to see Truth, their ears open to hear Truth and their hearts open to receive Truth.

So Much to Remember!!

Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour as Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 a.m.  And remember your hats, gloves, and mittens, and your Christmas gifts for Elyse and Dr. Kris.

Home Fellowship — Reminder!

The Home Group Fellowship will meet Saturday, November 4, at the Whorton home (9800 S Palmer Road, New Carlisle) at 6:30 p.m. Dress as your favorite detective (not compulsory) and please bring your favorite comfort/potluck food. Pork tenderloin with mashed potatoes and fried apples will be provided.

Hats, Gloves, Mittens, and Christmas Gifts

Don’t forget that Sunday is the last day to bring in hats, gloves, and mittens for the Mission Field on our doorstep.  And it’s also the last day to bring in items, cards, and pictures for Christmas boxes for our missionaries on the Foreign Mission Field — Elyse Burns and Dr. Kris Prenger.

Dr. Kris: Crystal lite type drink packets, dry muffin mix (that makes 6-12 muffins), cheese for macaroni and cheese, pepperoni (sticks), walnuts, chocolate chips, lemon juice, coffee creamer (flavored, sugar- or fat-free);Books —Henri Naowen ‘In the name of Jesus’; Marilynne Robinson. Housekeeping: A Novel; Josh Larsen. Movies Are Prayers: How Films Voice Our Deepest Longings

Elyse: – holiday candles (ones that smell like Christmas and fall … pumpkin spice, candy cane, evergreen… that type of thing); a heating pad (they don’t sell those here for some reason – would be nice to have!); spiced chai tea 🙂 it’s my favorite; – sharpie marker and fine point marker, black  … I also can’t find those here!  I love dark chocolate and peanut butter chocolate items;  – mint chocolate chips for cooking;  dill seasoning (just a spice rack size is fine!)  – notes/cards…. maybe a memory we have together or just a thought or an update on what’s going on in your lives!



Update to needs for Dr. Kris

The person who is hand delivering items to Dr. Kris offered to buy the items himself instead of us shipping our donations to him.  So, please consider giving a monetary donation in the amount you would spend on Crystal light or mac n cheese, etc.  and the items will be purchased.

Shopping for Church

As you shop for gifts for our foreign missionaries, I hope you won’t forget the mission field right at our doorstep as well. This Sunday will be the last day to collect hats, gloves, and mittens for the neediest children in our community around the church. This is a beautiful cooperative outreach and our chance to make a small difference in the Name of Christ.  If you would prefer, you can make a check out to Christ our Hope and I will shop for the hats, etc.  We must drop them off on Saturday, November 11, for the school board to distribute during the coldest weather.  You’ve been so generous in the past.  It is deeply appreciated!

Care Package collection this Sunday!

Christmas Packages for Overseas
This year we will be sending Christmas packages to Dr. Kris
Prenger in Bangladesh and Elyse Burns in Taiwan. Mayan Shah
has once again graciously volunteered to coordinate and mail the
packages. They must be in the mail very early, so we are making
the deadline next Sunday, November 5. Please bring in anything
you would care to give to either person and place it on the back table.

There is a short term missionary heading to Bangladesh next week, so we need to ship items for Dr. Kris ASAP.

Here is a list of things Dr. Kris and Elyse asked for – could everyone bring something?

Items suggested are:
Dr. Kris: Crystal lite type drink packets, dry muffin mix (that makes
6-12 muffins), cheese for macaroni and cheese, pepperoni (sticks),
walnuts, chocolate chips, lemon juice, coffee creamer (flavored,
sugar- or fat-free)

The books listed in the bulletin have already been bought/covered.  Here are some clothing items requested.
Some long tunic cute thing (short or 3/4 sleeves) I could wear over leggings.  These are both $12-18: (gray is best for me, probably 1X)

(coral, navy, burgundy, gray are my colors, probably 1X)

Anything Reese’s; candles (nostalgic scents — Christmas, Winter,
Spring, etc.) Bath and Body Works scents Japanese Cherry Blossom
and Sensual Amber; Christmas cards.

Little things, perhaps, but they show a lot of love from our parish!