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Plant-Grow-Harvest: The 2014 Church Extension Fall Offering

The General Church Extension Department is excited to announce the 2014 Church Extension Fall Offering. Beginning on November 2nd, churches across the denomination will begin receiving this offering to launch new churches. The offering will support the training of church planters, assist church plants with start up costs, and enable new churches to launch effectively.

The theme for the Fall promotion is "Plant – Grow – Harvest". In God's grand design for creation, he made every living thing – plant, animal and human beings – with the blessed potential of reproducing in kind (Genesis 1:11 ff). I am convinced that if a new church is properly and effectively planted, it will grow and will enjoy a bountiful harvest in due time. This is the driving theme for this fall's promotion. We must plant and grow new churches if we ever expect to experience an abundant harvest. We are financially assisting four churches and/or ministries this year through the General Church Extension Department. I am expecting that six additional new churches may need assistance before the council yearend. Your offering is a vital part in the dollars we have to invest in these new congregations. Please do your very best in promoting this vitally important offering in your local church. God has greatly blessed our new churches through your sincere concern, passion and sacrificial giving. We cannot continue to start new churches without your help!

You may contribute online, give to the special offering at your church, or contribute by mail. Click the "Donate" button below to donate online. Offerings will be received at each local church until November 23rd, 2014.

Click here to download the 2014 Church Extension Fall Offering Poster. For more information about how to promote, participate, and contribute to Church Extension, please contract the Church Extension Department at 740-474-8856, or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Clergy Appreciation Month

Clergy Appreciation Month is a special time that congregations set aside each year to honor their pastors and pastoral families for the hard work, sacrificial dedication and multiple blessings provided by these special people. It is typically scheduled in October, but can be held at any time that is convenient for the church and the community. It is also important to remember that appreciation, affirmation, and prayer support of our spiritual leaders is appropriate throughout the entire year.

God has instructed us to recognize His servants.

"The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching" (1 Timothy 5:17).

You can make a difference! Clergy Appreciation Month is one way to invest in the lives of our spiritual leaders.  Follow this link to learn more about Clergy Appreciation Month and appreciation ideas.  

Thank you in advance for showing your love for our clergy and their families.

*This article is a preview of the article posted in the link above, published by thrivingpastors.com.

Northeast District Elects Rev. Frank Skies District Superintendent

Rev. Frank Skies has been elected District Superintendent of the Northeast District of The Churches of Christ in Christian Union.  Delegates are meeting today, July 24th, for their annual District Council at Lily Lake Camp in Port Crane, New York.  Rev. Skies replaces retiring District Superintendent Rev. Brad Dixon.  Rev. Skies is the Pastor of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.  Rev. Skies is a graduate of Ohio Christian University and has served extensively in district and general level roles the the CCCU.  He is married to Kaye Skies.

Check back soon for further updates.

2014 District Council Update: West Central District

The West Central District met Saturday, July 12th, 2014 for its annual District Council at Lighthouse Ministries in Columbus, Ohio. Ministers, delegates, and district officials gathered to elect officers for the coming Council terms. Many significant votes were taken. Results are listed below.

Elected to following offices were:

Assistant District Superintendent: Dan Jordan

District Board of Trustees: David Case, Dan Tipton, & David Allison

District Board of Examination and Ordination: Donovan Blankenship

District Church Extension Committee: Dean Hawk

Pastoral Relationship Board: Mel Truex

District Missionary Committee: Don Seymour

WCD ECY Vice-President: John Burr

WCD ECY Secretary: Alyssa Tabor

WCD ECY Advisory Pastor: Ryan Bash

WCD ECY Member-at-Large: Liz Nunnally

District Christian Education Committee: Jeremy Olson

Camp Meeting Committee: Tracy Dague, Chris Newland

District ECL Committee: Shirley McDaniel

2014 District Council Update: South Central District

The South Central District met Friday, July 11th, 2014 for its 56th annual District Council at Brookside Church in Chillicothe, Ohio. Ministers, delegates, and district officials gathered to elect officers for the coming Council terms. Many significant votes were taken. Results are listed below.

Elected to following offices were:

Assistant District Superintendent: Leland Allman

District Board of Trustees: Dan Harrison, Gary Heimbach, David Marhoover

District Board of Examination and Ordination: David Lattimer

District Church Extension Committee: Kathy Collier

Pastoral Relationship Board: Mark Clendaniel

District Missionary Committee Chair: Elmer Hines

SCD ECY Vice-President: Chris Johnson

SCD ECY Secretary: Cory Sullivan

SCD ECY Advisory Pastor: Jay Neff

SCD ECY Member-at-Large: Janette Elliott

District Christian Education Committee: Gary Heimbach, Sr.

Camp Meeting Committee: Jim Slaughter, John Huffman

District ECL Committee: Suzanne Huffman

Resolution #1 – Nipgen Support: Passed

General Council 2014 Update

The Churches of Christ in Christian Union met Monday, June 23rd, and Tuesday, June 24th, 2014, for the 34th General Council at Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Ohio. Ministers, delegates, and denominational officials elected officers and considered resolutions for the coming Council terms. Many significant votes were taken. Results are listed below. 

Elected to following offices were:

2016 Nominating Committee: Dr. Mark Smith, Rev. Bowles Taitt, Rev. Chuck Elliott, Rev. Mark Barth, Rev. Jeremy Olson, Mr. Dean Hawk, Mrs. Lois Taylor, Mr. Dwight Hershey, Mrs. Goldie Ratcliff

General Superintendent Election: Dr. Thomas Hermiz

Assistant General Superintendent Election: Rev. Mike Holbrook

General Board of Trustees: Dr. David Case, Rev. Bowles Taitt, and Rev. Dan Harrison

Ohio Christian University Board of Trustees: Rev. Gary Heimbach, Dr. Connie Bowman, Dr. Daniel Tipton

General Missionary Board: Mr. Bill Bonham, Mr. Tim Hawk

General Board of Examination and Ordination: Rev. Don Seymour

General Church Extension Committee: Rev. Tim Throckmorton

General Evangelical Christian Youth Board - Treasurer: Rev. Steve Warner

General Evangelical Christian Youth Board - Advisory Pastor: Rev. Jeremy Olson

General Christian Education Committee: Rev. David Allison

General Camp Meeting Committee: Rev. Warren Goble, Rev. Pat Burnett, Mr. Joe Mathias, Mr. Dwight Hershey, Mr. Tom Fletcher

Retirement Plan Committee: Mr. Jerry Whited

General Evangelical Christian Ladies Committee: Mrs. Janet Dixon

Jim Bowman, CCCU Layman & Leader, Promoted to Glory

Mr. Jim Bowman, long time CCCU layman and leader, was promoted to his eternal reward on June 3rd, 2014. Mr. Bowman served as a General ECY President, Youth Camp Coordinator, and as a leader on many denominational boards. Our prayers are with the family.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 8th, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Heritage Memorial CCCU in Washington C.H., Ohio.  The funeral will be held on Monday, June 9th, 2014 at Heritage Memorial CCCU.  The service will begin at 10:30 a.m.  The service is expected to last until approximately noon.  The service will be followed by a meal in the Kline Family Center at the church.  The burial procession will depart the church at 3:00 p.m.  The graveside service will be held at Sugartree Ridge Cemetery in Winchester, Ohio, at 4 p.m.

Ministerial Conference 2014 - Join the Live Online Broadcast

On Tuesday, April 8, CCCU ministers from across the denomination will gather at Ohio Christian University for Ministerial Conference 2014.  Ministerial Conference is an annual event focused on equipping, encouraging, and empowering workers on the front lines of ministry.  

This year the conference will be broadcasted live online. We invite you to join us!  To access the live feed, visit: http://www.ohiochristian.edu/live.  

The theme will be "Shepherding the Flock of Christ."  Special speakers include Dr. Tom Hermiz, Rev. Tim Throckmorton, Rev. Jonathan Morgan, and Rev. Wes Humble.  The Conference begins at 9 a.m. and will end at 1 p.m.

For more information, contact the CCCU Global Ministry Center at 740-474-8856.  

Sacrifice Sunday 2014: Gaining What You Cannot Lose

Sacrifice Sunday 2014 is Feb. 23rd, 2014! The Sacrifice Sunday Offering is a special offering received in every local church in February to support CCCU efforts to fulfill the Great Commission. Each local church is asked to receive a special offering Sunday, February 23rd, for this special event.

As February draws near, please begin now to pray for our Sacrifice Sunday Offering. Your sacrificial gift to missions is a boost to our missionaries' ministries both on the field and while at home. It is no secret that higher costs and apprehension about a changing economy cause us to think twice about an extra gift, yet we know that God has proven faithful to provide our needs.

The theme for the 2014 Sacrifice Sunday Offering is "Gaining What You Cannot Lose." The theme comes from the words of Matthew 6:19-20: "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal."

For your convenience, you can give through your local church or give online! If you would like to give online, click the "Donate" button below.

Thank you in advance for your prayers and giving.

Click to download to Sacrifice Sunday 2014 flyer.

Rev. Joe Johnson Passes Away

Rev. Joe Johnson, long time CCCU minister and leader, was promoted to his eternal reward on August 18th, 2013.  Rev. Johnson served as a pastor, leader of Inner City Ministries in Columbus, Ohio, and as a leader on many denominational boards.  Our prayers are with the family.

Calling hours will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20th, at Mount Sterling Church of the Nazarene.  The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August, 21st, at Mount Sterling Church of the Nazarene at 11 a.m. with Dr. Thomas Hermiz & Rev. Joseph Duvall officiating.

Former General Superintendent R.G Humble Passes Away

Rev. R.G. Humble, former General Superintendent, passed away on August 14th, 2013.  Rev. Humble served as General Superintendent from 1962-1968 and as President of Ohio Christian University from 1953-1956.  We are profoundly grateful for his life & ministry. Our prayers are with the family.

Viewing hours will be held Sunday evening, August 18th, from 4-8 p.m. at Boyer Funeral Home in Waverly, Ohio, and on Monday, August 19th, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at New Covenant CCCU in Waverly, Ohio.  The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. at New Covenant CCCU.

 

Christian Education Department Announces Fall Conference

It's back! The premiere Christian Education training event is coming up September 14th, on the campus of Ohio Christian University in the Maxwell Leadership Center.

This year's keynote speaker will be author, professor, and educator Keith Drury. Keith has been a long time promoter of Christian Education and we could think of no one better to train and teach us on how to be more effective in ministry.

The training event will be following our three primary ministry initiatives: Biblical Literacy for Children, a Biblical Worldview for Students, and Biblical Discipleship for Adults. The Conference will feature specialized breakout workshops for each group.

The Christian Education Department is pleased to offer this training at no cost but it would be helpful if you could take a few moments to register in advance. Click here to register online or call 937-695-0025 to register by phone. This will help the CE staff better serve you by knowing in advance how to set up each of the training areas.

The tentative schedule for the day is as follows:

8:30 – Registration
9:00 – General Session
10:15 – Break
10:30 – Workshop 1
11:30 – Lunch
1:00 – Workshop 2
2:00 – Closing

For more information, visit the Christian Education Department's website at www.cedept.com. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Christian Education Department at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 937-695-0025.

ECY Accepts Dan Parker ECY Scholarship Applications

Training ministry leaders is central to the success of youth ministry. Leaders who invest personally in ministry can be one of the greatest Christian influences in a student's life. The General Evangelical Christian Youth Department recognizes the need for this type of youth leader. We believe that God raises up special people for this purpose. It is our privilege each year to award the Dan Parker ECY Scholarship for the purpose of training future youth leaders, pastors, and missionaries who will invest themselves in young people.

The ECY Department is proud to award the Dan Parker ECY Scholarship annually to a graduating high school senior who enrolls at Ohio Christian University. Any student who is member in good standing with a local CCCU church is eligible to apply. The application procedures are as follows:

1.Provide a written testimony of your spiritual journey and what has led you to apply and plan to attend OCU (around 750 words).
2. Provide an official copy of your high school transcript. This will allow our board to review your sincerity and commitment to higher education.
3. Enclose a letter of recommendation from your pastor or youth pastor.

The only requirement of the recipient is that he or she follows through with the intention to attend OCU. The scholarship will be given in two $500 awards following the successful completion of each semester of the first year of study and is eligible to be matched by Ohio Christian University's Church Matching Grant.  This creates a potential scholarship award of $2000. Application materials must be received by August 31st. 

Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. If you have any questions, please contact the General ECY Office at 740-474-8856 or visit the ECY website at www.cccuyouth.org.  

SCD Announces 2013 Nipgen Camp

The South Central District is excited to announce the Nipgen Camp Meeting 2013! The camp will be held from Sunday, July 21st to Sunday, July 28th, 2013. The camp welcomes evangelists Dr. Stan Toler and Rev. Jack Norman. The Family Heritage Singers will lead worship.

On Tuesday, July 23rd, Dr. Stan Toler will conduct a high-powered seminar for pastors, ministers, and church leaders. CCCU ministers in attendance will receive one CEU. The seminar will be offered free of charge and all are welcome to attend.

Nipgen Camp Meeting is a holiness camp meeting, welcoming all who desire to know and love God. Sponsored by the South Central District of The Churches of Christ in Christian Union, Nipgen Camp features dynamic ministries for all ages. Wonderful fellowship, active children's services, a growing youth program involving over 75 teenagers, and powerful preaching and worship are just a few of the reasons to join us for the 2013 Nipgen Camp Meeting on July 21-28!

The camp features three services each Sunday, starting at 11:00 A.M., 2:30 P.M., and 6:00 P.M. Services on Monday through Friday are held at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The SCD Missionary Rally will be held on Saturday, July 27th, at 7:30 p.m. Youth and children's programs run throughout the camp, making it a fantastic family event and a true family camp.

For more information about programs, speakers, and events, contact the South Central District Office at 740-474-8856 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Click here to download the 2013 Nipgen Camp Brochure and the 2013 Nipgen Camp Poster

Mark your calendar and join us as we worship, celebrate, seek, and serve together!

SCD Announces 2013 Missionary Rally

The South Central District is excited to announce the 2013 SCD Missionary Rally! The Rally will be held on Friday, July 26th, 2013 at Nipgen Camp Meeting. The Rally will start at 7:30 p.m.

The theme of the Rally is "A Generation of Giving: 20 Years of Kid Power." Kid Power is a denomination-wide program that disciples children to pray, serve, and give to missions. Children collect and save money throughout the year for the annual Kid Power Offering. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised through Kid Power. Churches from around the district will present their 2013 Kid Power Offering during the Rally.

Click here to download the SCD Missionary Rally Poster 2013. Please post and distribute this poster at your church.

For more information, contact the South Central District Office at 740-474-8856 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

CE Announces The Great Bible Adventure

The Christian Education (CE) Department of The Churches of Christ in Christian Union would like to invite you and your students to the Great Bible Adventure to be held on May 11, 2013 at Ohio Christian University Leadership Center from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.  This will be a time of worship, celebration, presentations, games, and food for students between the ages of 5 and 14 years.

The purpose of this event is to celebrate Level I Bible Literacy.  We are asking you to work with your students and help them learn 10 items from the Bible Literacy booklet which is on the Christian Education webpage.  You can download the booklet and give it to your Sunday School teachers and students.  At this celebration we will present certificates to the students who have accomplished this task.  Bring all students whether they have memorized the verses or not so they can also be part of the Celebration.  We are anticipating 500 students and want your church and students to be represented.

At the celebration will be a Biblical presentation with worship songs, skits, and students presenting Bible verses memorized.  Also, we will have games, one of which is the Great Bible Challenge.  We are asking you to have three students from your church study the first part of the Bible Literacy booklet (preschool to 3rd grade) and be involved in this Bible Challenge.  There will be awards given to the top three churches.  This is a way for students to learn the Bible in a fun and exciting way.  There will be other games along with inflatables.

To register for the Great Bible Adventure, click here.  For more information please contact the CE Department at 937-695-0025 or visit the CE Department website.

We look forward to seeing you on this exciting day!

 

OCU Launches New Bookstore

Ohio Christian University announces a new service to the community with the opening of The Connection, Circleville's premier Christian bookstore. The new two-story facility is located in the east wing of the Maxwell Center on OCU's main campus. In addition to OCU apparel and textbooks, The Connection boasts a large selection of books, bibles, cards, artwork, church supplies, and gifts.

"Being a part of the community and serving is what we strive for," said Dr. Hank Kelly, OCU Provost. "The Connection is a new way members of the community can enjoy our facilities as much as our students do."

The two-story addition to the Maxwell Center is located on the east side of the building and is easily visible due to its plate glass facade. The Connection is also equipped with elevator access and multiple locations to relax and enjoy a book.

The Connection is open from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

For more information, contact Bookstore Administrator LeAnn Daniel at 740-477-7756.

A Tribute to Kent Harmless - Dr. Hubert Harriman

In Memory of Kent M. Harmless

When Kent Harmless passed away unexpectedly in the early hours of February 4, 2013, it didn't take long for an outpouring of love and support to flood Rhonda's Facebook page, and this was one of my favorite comments.  "If God has an auto repair shop up there, heaven just filled the position of head mechanic!"

Without question, Kent is celebrating in heaven today with others who have gone before him. Our understanding of our "second life" in heaven is dim, and we can only imagine the transformation in Kent as he can finally fully worship our Lord and Savior.

Over the years that we on earth were privileged to spend with him, Kent excelled at many, many things. He had an uncanny knack for giving old cars a new lease on life, fixing motors that had been deemed "unfixable," and solving all manner of mechanical problems. Everywhere he went, whether he was fixing a church bus in Laredo, Texas, wiring a missionary's home in Kenya, or teaching auto mechanics to underprivileged boys in Honduras, Kent used his skills to direct people to the Lord.

Kent adored his wife of almost 35 years, Rhonda, calling her his Queen. He loved his daughter, Teresa. His little granddaughter, Sydney, had a special place in his heart. Most importantly, his Savior, Jesus Christ, was the Lord of his life.

World Gospel Mission was fortunate to have Kent and Rhonda join our team in 2004, when they were appointed as missionaries to Honduras. They were veteran missionaries at that point, having served in Laredo, Texas, for 15 years with Churches of Christ in Christian Union.  Kent poured himself into his work at Escuela El Sembrador, maintaining farm equipment, teaching in the vocational school, and helping with visiting work teams. He never missed a chance to pass on his knowledge of mechanics, always desiring to build up his students. Kent's greatest joy was seeing the changes God made in the lives of the students.

He was not eloquent, but he was profound. He was not a preacher, but he proclaimed Christ's love. Kent was not a linguist, but he was a master communicator. He was not a rich man, but he possessed riches beyond all measure. He was not a counselor, but his advice was always paramount. He was not always in charge, but people followed his heart, a heart that was committed to others and to a life dedicated to service.

Matthew 25:21 (NIV): "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!' "

Kent M. Harmless was a faithful friend and servant of the Most High God, and he is truly sharing in his Master's happiness today. World Gospel Mission joins with his family and friends who are spread around the globe in mourning the loss of our friend and celebrating his life and legacy.


Dr. Hubert Harriman
President
World Gospel Mission

Dr. Tom Hermiz Elected President of Global Wesleyan Alliance

The Global Wesleyan Alliance met recently in Circleville, OH at the Global Ministry Center of The Churches of Christ in Christian Union. The GWA is comprised of the top leaders for over ten denominations. They represent more than twelve thousand congregations in North America.

The GWA is a partnership with the purpose of spreading scriptural holiness throughout the world. The level of cooperation and unity among the member denominations is remarkably high.

Dr. Thomas H. Hermiz was elected to serve as President (General Superintendent, The Churches of Christ in Christian Union), Dr. JoAnne Lyon, Vice President, (General Superintendent, The Wesleyan Church), Dr. David Graves, Secretary, (General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene), Dr. Ron Duncan, Treasurer, (General Director, Church of God Anderson), and Bishop David Kendall, Member at Large, (Bishop, The Free Methodist Church).

Several cooperative initiatives were approved and are being developed by the Board of Directors. These initiatives will be announced as soon as the details have been completed.

The purpose of the Global Wesleyan Alliance is to increase interdenominational cooperation without the necessity of formal corporate mergers. It provides a forum for developing relationships, pooling resources and sharing best practices. There will be occasions when the Alliance will provide a way to speak to current events with a united voice.

The recent meeting brought together the General Superintendents, Bishops, General Directors and Presidents of the following denominations: The Church of the Nazarene, The Wesleyan Church, The Free Methodist Church, The Church of God Anderson, The Salvation Army, The Churches of Christ in Christian Union, The Evangelical Church, The Evangelical Methodist, The Church of Christ Holiness and The Missionary Church. The Congregational Methodist, the Methodist Protestant Church and the International Fellowship of Bible Churches are also active members.

CCCU Missionary Kent Harmless Passes Away

kent and rhonda harmlessKent Harmless, CCCU Missionary to Honduras, passed away early Monday, February 4th, 2013, due to complications from a heart attack early on February 3rd.  We mourn our loss, but celebrate a life well lived. Please join us in praying for his wife – Rhonda, daughter – Theresa, & granddaughter – Sydney. Truly, our loss is heaven's gain.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 10, at Crossroads CCCU in Circleville, Ohio. Visiting time with the family will be held at 1:00 p.m., with the service beginning at 2:00 p.m. Dr. David Lattimer, Dr. Dan Tipton, & Rev. Tim Throckmorton will officiate.

A memorial service will also be held this evening, February 4th, at Escuela El Sembrador in Honduras.

The family asked that a memorial fund be established to benefit El Sembrador, where Kent served.  Contributions may be made online by following the link below or by mail.

Donations by mail should be sent to the CCCU General Missionary Department at 1553 Lancaster Pike, Circleville, OH 43113.  Please mark donations with "Harmless Memorial Fund."

 

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