HPCUMC Staff Serve at Madisonville Education and Assistance Center

Three to four times per year the HPCUMC staff rolls up their sleeves to serve as a mission team.

On fifth Wednesdays of the calendar year, they step out in mission to assist some of our mission partners in the community.

In the past they have assembled blankets for Wesley Chapel Mission Center, and put together bags for Rothenberg students, who attend school in Over-the-Rhine, to encourage them during finals week. The staff also served lunch to the clients of the Center for Respite Care. The Center for Respite Care provides post-surgery care for people who are homeless and need a safe, sanitary place to recover from medical procedures.

Madisonville Education and Assistance Center (MEAC) serves individuals and families in need primarily in Fairfax, Madison Place, Madisonville, and Mariemont and surrounding communities. MEAC serves people who struggle with poverty and assists people who need help with filling out applications for public benefits for food and medical care. Additionally courses are offered in financial education so that progress toward self-sufficiency can be achieved,

This July the staff served Christ as volunteers for the literacy program at MEAC as well as assisting with projects including painting and restoring the donation bin, assembling a desk, and cleaning and moving furniture.

If you would like to hear more about ways to help serve Christ through MEAC, please contact Carolyn Moseley, a member of Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, who serves as the Operations Manager and Volunteer Coordinator at MEAC: 513-271-5501, ext. 13. You may also contact Sarah Putman, Community Ministry and Global Outreach Assistant of Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church: sputman@hpcumc.org .

Denzel Washington’s Barnabas

Denzel Washington, the world-renowned actor, spoke this spring at a college graduation:

“When I was young and started really making it as an actor, I came and talked to my mother and said, ‘Mom, did you think this was going to happen? I’d be so big and I’ll be able to take care of everybody and I can do this and I can do that.'”

Mama Washington reprimanded her son: “Oh, you did it all by yourself? I’ll tell you what you can do by yourself: Go outside and get a mop and bucket and clean these windows—you can do that by yourself, superstar.”

She said, “Boy, stop it right there, stop it right there, stop it right there!” She said, “If you only knew how many people been praying for you.” How many prayer groups she put together, how many prayer talks she gave, how many times she splashed me with holy water to save my sorry behind.” (from Michael W. Chapman, reporter)

Denzel Washington reminds us of this truth: Everyone needs someone to encourage them, pray for them, and cheer them on for this journey called life. Everyone needs a Barnabas.

Today’s message, part of the series “Friends for the Journey, is based on Acts 9:26-27, Acts 11:22-26. Discover the value of giving and receiving encouragement.

Peace,

Pastor Cathy

Block Party! Saturday August 22, 2015

Join us! Please join our entire church family on Saturday August 22nd in the church parking lot for food, fun and fellowship as we wind down summer with friends!
What is it? The purpose of this event is threefold: a fellowship opportunity for our entire church congregation in a fun family-friendly atmosphere, a chance to practice radical hospitality by inviting our neighbors to join a church wide celebration to showcase what HPCUMC is about, and to share information about our ministries with our church family and the community at large.

This event is FREE and we have a lot of fun activities in the works for kids and adults of all ages. There will be hot dogs & brats, drinks, music, games for all ages, crafts for all ages, blanket service project, bouncy houses for preschool ages kids, a fun game for tweens and youth, corn hole for all ages, church open house & tours and entertainment, scouting demonstrations and an ice cream sundae bar with all the toppings. This event is rain or shine (held in refectory in the event of bad weather).

Mark your calendar now! Our Welcome Center will be set up with tables highlighting our church ministry areas. So mark your calendars now for Saturday August 22nd and plan on stopping by for a few hours or the whole afternoon and catch up with old friends and make some new ones! Join us in praying for this event, that it might open some new doors for those in our community and for the weather to cooperate!

Can you help? Would you like to share your time and talents at this event? Do you have a corn hole set you could loan for the day? Would you like to serve as a greeter or tour guide? Are you a ministry leader and would like to display information about your area in our Welcome Center? Contact Mary Schap to learn more about how you can get involved at mschap@zoomtown.com or 513-919-7587.

On Sunday, August 16th, after church services we need volunteers to invite our immediate neighbors to join us for this event. Bring your walking shoes and spend 15-30 minutes as we pass out door hangers throughout the Hyde Park neighborhood. Maps and door hangers will be provided in the Welcome Center on Sunday, August 16th, so please consider helping if you are able.

Friends for the Journey

When it comes to the Apostle Paul, opinions of the man, and the theologian, span the spectrum. Author of thirteen of the twenty-seven New Testament books, we have a love/hate relationship with Paul. None the less, everyone needs a Paul in their life.

For Paul it was all about the proper attitude. Paul, despite his faults and failures, was a man who possessed an attitude grounded in God’s faithfulness, and an abiding trust in God to be faithful. The proper attitude is the difference between success and failure.

John Maxwell in his book, “Leadership Promises for Everyday” writes:
Author Denis Waitley says, ‘The winner’s edge is not in a gifted birth, in a high IQ, or in talent. The winner’s edge is in the attitude, not aptitude.’ . . . Plenty of talented teams never amount to anything because of the attitudes of their players.
Abilities + Attitudes = Result
Great Talent + Rotten Attitudes = Bad Team
Great Talent + Bad Attitudes = Average Team
Great Talent + Average Attitudes = Good Team
Great Talent + Good Attitudes = Great Team
If you want great results, you need good people with great talent and awesome attitudes.” (p.29)

Everyone needs that person in their life who refuses to allow the world/culture to rob them of a positive attitude; one who unashamedly trusts in God’s faithfulness and stands on God’s promises, and helps us do the same. See you in Church!

In Christ,
Pastor Doug

Update On New Worship Service: Worship @ 11

On Monday, July 13, The Servant Leadership Board of Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church officially accepted the recommendation of the Worship Task Force to expand our worship offerings, offering traditional worship at 8:00 and 9:30 am with a new casual service at 11 am in the sanctuary. They also approved a proposal brought by the Personnel Team to hire a part-time Praise and Worship Leader/Producer who will bring leadership to the musicians at the new service as well as care for our media and technical needs for all of our Sunday morning worship services. Please pass this new job opening on to interested, qualified people:

Praise and Worship Leader/Producer, Cincinnati, OH. Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, a 2,000+ member congregation in Cincinnati, Ohio, is seeking a skilled musician for our new Worship @ 11 service. This part-time position, 28 hours per week, will develop and shape our emerging, casual service and provide technical support for all Sunday worship services. The ability to lead a worship team of volunteer musicians in a variety of musical styles, including the latest Christian contemporary music and fresh arrangements of traditional hymns, is essential. Knowledge of worship presentation software, such as Media Shout and Power Point, is required. Knowledge of live streaming and worship technology is preferred. Full job description at: http://hydeparkchurch.org/employment. Salary commensurate with experience. Please send cover letter, resume, and sample of musical ability to: Rev. Dr. Cathy Johns, Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208 (cjohns@hpcumc.org)

Please pray for our musicians, vocalists, instrumentalists, leaders, and current/future staff as we prepare to reach more people for Christ by widening the door of worship options to welcome more people into God’s house. Our hope is to begin the new Worship @ 11 service by mid-November. Thank you for your questions, prayers, support, and encouragement as we strive to reach new people for Christ this fall. The full report of the work of the Worship Task Force and the proposal for Worship @ 11 are available in the church office. Electronic copies are also available by contacting Lindsay Garrison at lgarrison@hpcumc.org.

Michael Jackson’s Best Sermon

He has many names, including “The King of Pop.” Born in Gary Indiana, he became an international music star.

One of his songs reflects the intent of John Wesley, one of the founders of American Methodism. Wesley invited people to examine their consciences daily. Michael Jackson sang these powerful words:

I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change.

Nathan, the prophet in the Old Testament who confronted King David, is the kind of friend that you and I need to have. David, the shepherd boy who became king of Israel, broke God’s heart and God’s Law. Nathan confronted him with the truth and helped bring healing to David.

Later in his troubled life, Michael Jackson needed a Nathan! He needed someone to help him really look at the man in the mirror and make a change!

As we continue to study “Friends for the Journey,” I invite you to prepare your heart for worship this week by reading 2 Samuel 12:1-15.

I am looking forward to celebrating our amazing God with you this Sunday!

Peace,

Pastor Cathy

New Worship Service: Frequently Asked Questions

Preface: Last summer Pastors Cathy and Doug Johns participated in 21 group listening sessions. The conversations shaped the Vision 2015 document that was presented last October. Areas of focus were shared including the formation of a marketing team, a team to re-vision Nast Community UMC, and a team to study and evaluate our current worship offerings, seeking ways to reach more people for Christ through worship. The Worship Task Force has submitted their recommendation to the Servant Leadership Board. The Worship Planning Team, consisting of our lay and clergy staff with music and worship responsibilities, has endorsed this recommendation. Three additional sessions were held for input, one for choir members and two congregational worship conversations for input. The feedback has been positive and several important gleanings were discovered through these meetings. This article is a response to questions that arose during those gatherings:

Who is the new service trying to reach?
People who do not currently attend church or Hyde Park Community United Methodist as well as people who formerly attended our Blended Family Worship service which was cancelled in April. People of all ages are invited and welcome. We are hopeful that the new service will attract young adults and young families.

Why is this needed?
The worship task force discovered a 20-year difference between the average age of the person who worships within our walls and the average age of people who lives within two miles of our congregation. We want to share Christ’s love with our neighbors and truly be a community church.

How will we invite new people to attend the service?
The marketing team, which has been formed to share the Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church story, is exploring creative ways to announce this new worship offering. One key strategy is to describe each worship service effectively on our website so that guests know what to expect prior to their first visit.

What time will the new service meet? What will be the new Sunday morning worship schedule?
Worship @ 11 is the current working name of the service and it will take place at 11:00 am. The Sunday morning design of worship for 8:00 and 9:30 am will be unchanged.

Where will the new service be held?
The sanctuary. It is a beautiful, unique space in the city of Cincinnati. This also sends the message that our congregation is serious about the new service.

Will there be screens at the service? How will this affect the sanctuary?
The integrity of the sanctuary is an essential value. We are exploring the use of screens that would be both retractable and invisible when they are not in use.

What style of music will be a part of Worship @ 11?
A worship team, composed of instrumentalists and vocalists, will bring leadership to the service. Contemporary Christian music as well as fresh arrangements of traditional hymns will be included. The style of music will fit the acoustics of the sanctuary while expanding the range of ways we worship at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church.

When will the new service begin?
Our hope is mid-fall, somewhere between late October and mid-November 2015.

Will there be one sermon for the day or different messages?
We value being a unified congregation. The lead pastors will preach the same message each Sunday although it will be delivered in a more casual format at 11 am.

What staff and teams will be needed?
We plan to hire a part-time staff member to be the Coordinator of Worship @ 11 and Technical Support. It will have no effect on this year’s budget. Teams of greeters, ushers, tech support and hospitality are valuable and will be needed to support the new worship experience.

What are the next steps?
The proposal for the new staff person will be approved at the July 13 Servant Leadership Board meeting and the position will be posted. A Worship @ 11 team is forming to help implement the new service.

How can I find out more?
The full report and proposal are available in the church office. Please contact Lindsay Garrison who will be happy to email you an electronic copy of both the work of the task force and the proposal: lgarrison@hpcumc.org.

Who will answer my questions and concerns?
Please contact Pastor Cathy or any member of the Worship Task Force.

How can I help with Worship @ 11?
Please contact Pastor Cathy at cjohns@hpcumc.org or 513-871-1345.

Friends for the Journey

Before Israel had kings, they had judges, people who were anointed to lead the Jewish people and serve as the hand of God, according to God’s word and will. Deborah was a judge of Israel, a trusted and wise person who led the Israelites politically and spiritually. Deborah loved God and sought to protect those God loves. Deborah had your back! Every one needs a Deborah in their life.

Who’s your Deborah, the one you can count on to “have your back”? Who can you be a Deborah to? This Sunday we will have the opportunity to browse displays of our ministry partners who focus on children and youth. You’ll have an opportunity to talk with persons involved in these ministries, as well as sign up to be a part of what God is doing in our Urban Core as it effects the lives of children and youth.

This Sunday we uplift our “Champions For Urban Youth”! Hyde Park Community member, Bob Buechner writes:

Champions for Urban Youth Sunday celebrate the significant cooperation and volunteerism of Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church with our urban youth. The desire of many of our parishioners is to be transformative in the lives of our inner city youth who are coming from very challenging backgrounds. There are a significant number of volunteer organizations that impact the lives of our urban youth – there are in school reading programs, after school programs, such as sport activities, and evening and Saturday volunteer activities. We celebrate the efforts of all individuals who have followed their passions to reach out to our urban youth. We encourage an open discussion of what types of activities exist so that we can all be informed of what opportunities are available, and we want to encourage others to be part of our efforts to make our community a better place in which to live.”

Deborah, wise, strong, and compassionate, we all need a Deborah in our lives; and God is calling you and me to be a Deborah to someone else. I look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

Love in Christ,
Pastor Doug

Same-Sex Marriage and the United Methodist Church

Last Saturday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling rippled through our nation, establishing same-sex marriage as a constitutional right. What is important to remember is the difference between the role of the judicial branch and the role of the Church. Supreme Court Justices are charged with determining if a law is constitutional. The Church is charged with proclaiming and interpreting God’s Word, giving us a plumb line for daily living.

The Supreme Court decision speaks directly to the legal issues of marriage. A marriage is a legal contract. The Church, through the centuries, has distinguished between a sacred and secular marriage. Some choose to begin their marriage within the Church while others choose to begin their marriage before a Justice of the Peace. The United Methodist Book of Discipline, which is changed only by the General Conference which meets every four years, is responsible for providing rules for how we live as United Methodists. General Conference, which meets again in May 2016, will be considering many pieces of legislation. Their actions will shape and form the United Methodist Book of Discipline regarding our understanding of Christian marriage.

I have listened to many people speak on this topic, some beginning their statements with, “But the Bible says…” and then continue to frame their argument. While I am certain it is not always the intent of the person speaking to use the Bible as a weapon, it has sometimes felt that way to me. The Rev. Adam Hamilton, of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, states in his blog that he has been studying the Bible for a long time:

“But, 37 years of studying the Bible has also taught me that the Bible is at times complicated. Within its pages we learn of the heart, character, and will of God, but we also find on its pages things that we might question. Things that seem to reflect the culture and the times the biblical authors lived in more than the timeless will of God.”

Clear-cut answers are not easily discovered as we seek the truth. For example, slavery and polygamy are both acceptable practices in the Bible. The Bible is like a multi-faceted diamond that contains many kinds of literature to bless and guide God’s people: Law, History, Prophets, Poetry, Gospels, and Epistles. Each type of literature has a different purpose. We need not be afraid of digging deeper into God’s Word and applying a Wesleyan approach as we seek the truth. Using the four lenses of the Wesleyan quadrilateral: scripture (which is primary), experience, reason, and tradition, in a spirit of seeking and prayer, will help us find our way. Additionally we can choose to follow the call of St. Francis of Assisi seeking to console rather than to be consoled, to understand rather than to be understood, to love rather than to be loved.

The Supreme Court’s ruling will influence the conversation about our denomination’s stance on homosexuality. I invite you to pray for our Bishops across the nation, pray for our clergy, pray for our congregations, and pray for the gay community that we can continue to seek the path God intends for us. Your prayers are cherished.

Your Servant in Christ,

The Rev. Dr. Cathy Johns