Reaching Heights November 2018
Links to this month’s news:
Second Hour – Adult Studies
Children’s Worship Space
Thanksgiving Volunteers Needed
Charter For Compassion Gift
Missions Team Report
Gift Cards for the Holidays
See the Serving Schedule
Go to the church calendar
November 4 – All Saints Sunday – Revelation 21:1-6
November 11 – “We are Light!” – Matthew 5:14-16
November 18 – Commitment Sunday – Micah 1:35; 5:2-5a; 6:6-8
November 25 – Family Sunday – Considering the Kingdom of God – Matthew 13:24-33
Second Hour Adult Studies
Bible Study – Join Pastor Roger as we finish exploring the Lord’s Prayer through the lens of the six petitions it includes and bible passages that provide added insight into each petition. There will be just one adult study on the 11th and 18th.
Children’s Worship Space
We are pleased to offer a designated Children’s Worship Space in the front of our sanctuary. This space is meant to help families worship together. It is primarily designed for children up to 7 years old, although older children may still enjoy worshiping from here. Parents are expected to sit with their children and help them worship as they are able. The books, crayons and toys are meant to enhance worship, not replace it. Sunday School will still happen (except for Family Fifth Sundays) and we will always have a staffed nursery for the youngest ones. If you have suggestions or concerns, please speak with Roger or Kate.
Fourth Annual Campbell Court Thanksgiving Day Dinner
HCC will sponsor Thanksgiving dinner for Campbell Court residents who don’t have a family to spend the holiday with. We will need volunteers to help residents with table setup, food prep, help serve meals and visit with residents.
I’m looking for a few volunteers that will be willing to assist. We will serve meals around 1:15 PM. Residents will clean up afterward.
If you’re interested or have any questions, please contact the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-561-4800).
Blessings, Val McMillan
Charter for Compassion
It was with great pleasure that the Board of Trustees of Heights Christian Church (Shaker Heights, Ohio) recently made a donation to the Joan Brown Campbell Endowment at the Charter for Compassion. As Joan’s home Church, we were pleased that she is being recognized for her substantial volume of good work.
Heights Christian Church and many of our members have signed the Charter for Compassion. Joan’s presentations were an important explanatory and motivating force for all of us. Additionally, Joan has been a vibrant voice for many issues, including civil rights. We are proud that Dr. Martin Luther King spoke from our steps. Joan was a major force in facilitating that historic event.
from the Mission Team
4% of each week’s offering is set aside for Outreach. Of that 4% a little over half is sent out to help fund the work of the Ohio Region and National office of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The Outreach Committee (ORC) uses the balance of the budgeted funds to support local organizations through a grant process. ORC approves grants that meet its criteria and focuses on services to those in need. These could be related to homelessness, mental health challenges, children’s reading programs, social justice issues, and more. All requests, especially new grant requests, are encouraged. Application forms may be obtained online (https://www.heightschristianchurch.org/outreach-grants/) or through the church office.
Hunger Funds are a part of the Outreach budget which is designated for hunger ( example: The Little Free Pantry and Pastor’s discretionary funds for emergency needs of congregants and others). This year, for Thanksgiving 2018 the ORC is asking that you give as God has blessed you throughout the month of November. Please use the Blue (Hunger) envelopes located in the back of pews to make a donation(s). A report of the amount collected and to which program(s) the money is given will be posted in the January newsletter. For more info see: Freddie Holman-chair, Joan Fronck, Grace Loudenstein, Linda Durham, Connee Choi, Bobbi Phelps, or Andrena Jones-Sharp.
Gift Cards for the Holidays
Every year we ponder what to get Fred or Stacey. We end up with something we hope they like, but know it is a gamble. Why gamble? A gift card is a sure winner. And while we don’t like to put a dollar value on a relationship, let’s face it – they know how much you spent on that gift.
The earlier you shop for gift cards, the sooner you can sit back and relax. And this is the time of year when we have a Special Order Form (attached and in the Campbell Room). Special orders are accepted for pre-Christmas delivery until December 9, 2018.
This year we have a special deal for you. A select group of cards from the HCC’s inventory are being offered at a discount until gone.
Baker’s Square (2 available) $10 card for $9.50
Bob Evans (2 available) $10 for $9.50
Cracker Barrel (12 available) $10 card for $9.50
Outback Steakhouse*** (4 available) $25 card for $23.50
TGI Friday (10 available) $25 card for $23.50
Texas Roadhouse (3 available) $25 card for $23.50
*** Good at Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, Carrabas’s and Flemings
Support our church budget. Get your shopping done early. And make your life less hassled. Gift cards are easy.