Advent Sermon Series/ The Star: A Journey to Christmas

We invite you to visit Compass Christian Church for Compass Sunday Morning each week / November 26 – December 24 @ 10:00 am

Thousands of people will visit local churches with friends and family this holiday season to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. God has revealed His heart by displaying the greatest gift ever given. He has invited us into the greatest story ever told.

Did you know that God loves to give gifts? His gifts are not contingent on our circumstances. All other religions require us to come and fulfill obligations. The God of the Bible drew near to us to reveal His passion for relationship and to heal it. He gives freely out of the overflow of His heart. Christmas reminds us of His extravagant love. Jesus, the free gift that God has given to us all, is also the greatest expression of hope, love, joy, and peace.

Jesus came in the most vulnerable way possible: as a little baby, born in a manger, in a humble stable. This is utterly shocking. It disarms our sensibilities and should speak volumes to us about Him. He is not angry or distant or disengaged. He came near, in all of His innocence, with tenderness and profound humility to share in our humanity.  No other god draws near to us, but He understands and empathizes. His approachability beckons us.

God wants relationship with you. He knows you. He knows your trials and difficulties. He shared in it as a real man. His body bore your pain and grief and sorrow. He is not indifferent to it. He made a way for you to enter into His life where real hope, love, joy, and peace are found.

In the midst of your story hope shines through as a second chance to bring restoration and healing. He makes the impossible situation a miraculous story. In the hardest and darkest seasons of life, He crafts unexpected stories of breakthrough. Hope is an anchor. With God, all things are possible. He works behind the scenes to surprise us with His goodness. He is near to all who call upon Him – This is true hope.

His love is unconditional. He is love. It’s not just something He gives; it’s who He is. Our heart and soul is restored when we experience that level of matchless love. It is so far beyond what we are used to. When we experience God’s love and encounter His extravagant emotions for us, our hearts are freed to love deeply with courage and strength.

When we understand that we are loved by Him, regardless of our past, we can walk in joyJoy of knowing we are fully accepted by our Creator. We were made for Him, to be enjoyed by Him and to enjoy Him forever.

He is a good Father who wants to be with us. His peace envelops us as we enter into right relationship with Him. When we understand and believe that Jesus came to restore this relationship, peace and trust become the soil where new life grows.

This relationship starts with a simple, honest conversation. The key players in the story of Christmas were normal people, just like us. But they began an unexpected journey of partnership with God, and their lives were changed forever. This Christmas, discover the gift of God in Jesus Christ.

We invite you to visit Compass Christian Church for Compass Sunday Morning each week / November 26 – December 24 @ 10:00 am

Build His Kingdom Here Seminar

Compass Christian Church & First Glance Akron

Presents:    Build His Kingdom Here

We are offering a training on the Biblical framework for life on mission. This seminar will train you people to be effective ministers of the gospel in contexts which may be outside the of their own comfortable norm.

August 26, 2017  Registration (coffee and light snacks)     7:30-8:00  am

8:00-11:45 Session

Participants will identify and engage with 4 main themes:

Challenging Assumptions:   A context different than my own

Living on Mission:  Gospel centered lifestyle within my current context

Biblical Foundations & Directives:   Grounding all training in biblical truth

Empowerment :    Offering people a hand up, not a hand out

REGISTER TODAY: Include name, address, email, home church.

Email – KenmoreOffi[email protected]

Phone – 330-571-15667:30-8:00

 

Summer = Busy Days!!!

          One of the key “Compass Points” that make up the Key Values for Compass Christian is the idea of being as Engaged as possible in our community so that we can Serve them in Love while we continue to Worship as means of growing spiritually.  Over all we try to Navigate people to Jesus. 

                 Below are listed some ways that we are working to remain ENGAGED this summer in the Kenmore / Akron Community.

 

  •                                         SAFY of Akron/Canton:   Throughout the summer this local chapter of a national organization will be hosted in our building for training and other events.  Check the church Calendar. (CompassKenmore.com/events) for dates and information – or literature at the back of the sanctuary.  Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) is a national non-profit organization. Since 1984, we have been a leader in the provision of programs and services that improve the safety and well-being of families, children and communities. Our history formed our reputation as a quality Therapeutic Foster Care provider for youth unable to remain in their home of origin.    Today, our Model of Care provides community-based services for families and children who have experienced trauma and are at risk for or have experienced family disruption or out-of-home placement. Guided by our Mission to Preserve Families and Secure Futures, we care for more than 13,000 families and children each year, delivering a progression of care that provides a brighter today and strengthens families and children throughout their lifetime.

                                        Kenmore Community Days Parade:  May 27, 2017, 11 AM – we are registered to be in the parade again this year.  We need donations of candy (individually wrapped small items) that can be thrown to those along the parade route.  If you would like to walk the parade route with us please let Charles or Sarah know.

 

                                         Beginning Early June (after school ends) and running through the summer Compass will be one of the hosts for the Akron Summer Lunch Program.   We plan to serve free lunches to children under age 18 each day (Monday – Friday) at noon.  We can use volunteers to help with serving food and clean up each day.  If you are interested please contact Sarah Draime or Chrissy Simms.

 

                                         Project Shine:  This is a teen mission trip that is sort a “stay-cation” style event.  Teens from around the area come to Kenmore and other Akron sites to do work projects.  This is a co-operative effort involving several Kenmore Area churches and some others in the Greater Akron Area.  Compass is offering the opportunity for adult volunteers to assist this year.  One day or several – all help is welcome.   Week of June 18 and Week of June 25.   Details to come later.

 

                                          ASPIES are still hosted here at Compass.  We are pleased to see this support group for families affected by Autism making a community impact at to be a part of it through providing space for them to meet.

Easter @ Compass

Good Friday:  1-3 PM

Open time of Prayer in the auditorium.   Come and go as you please.  There will be devotional thoughts provided or simply pray as you wish.

The minister will also be available if you desire for him to join you in prayer.

Easter Sunday Continental Breakfast  9:15 Am

In our fellowship area at the back of the sanctuary we will have muffins, bagels, fruit, coffee, juice and fellowship!

Come early for service and join in a great time together.

Easter Sunday / Compass Sunday Morning   10:00 AM

We will continue our Series:  Catalytic Questions.   This week we will explore the question — Who do you say that I am?

We invite everyone to join us on this special day for a time of prayer, praise, study and reflection on the meaning of this special Sunday

Fall Events!!! Come Join Us…

fall-partyCompass Christian Church    1900 East Ave Akron, OH    Will host a Celebration of Fall   On October 21st at 5pm

Come enjoy Snacks like Popcorn, Cookies, and Apple Cider & Homemade Chili   Games will be played and Prizes will be won / Drawing for Grand Prize Basket On Sunday October 23rd  (must be present to win)

No costumes please / All ages are encouraged to Attend

 

 

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For the second time Compass will host this great event:

November 5   Check it out below!!!    For tickets contact….

Akron Fossils & Science Center   |   2080 South Cleveland-Massillon Road, Copley OH 44321  330-665-DINO (3466)

 

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Thrivent & Compass — Where are you going, financially?

Feeling some financial pressure as the Back to School bills and fees start piling up?  

Thrivent financial is teaming up with Compass Christian Church to provide some help.   These seminars are guaranteed to be quilt free and non-judgemental.  Through discussion and activities the Thrivent group helps you discover what you want to make your financial priority and to discover ways to make these goals a reality.

Two opportunities are being offered:

September 7-28  —  Wednesday evenings 6-7:30 PM.   Thrivent seminars & Workshops:

More than Money Matters.   Series of 4 sessions about 1 hour in length.  This values-based workshop series can help you develop skills to take charge of your finances and reach your goals.  It offers information and tools on topics such as setting goals, debt and credit, finding money to save and budgeting.

October 2 / Sunday.  Lunch at 11:30 AM.  Thrivent seminars & Workshops:

Making a Difference seminar following lunch.    This workshop is designed to help you share your resources (time, talents and treasures) thoughtfully and intentionally in ways that align with your values.  You will explore ways to make the most of your resources.  A light lunch is offered for participants at 11:30 am followed by the workshop.

All the Thrivent sessions will be led by Mr. Don George who grew up in Kenmore and still lives the community.  He is very tuned into the life circumstances surrounding the financial picture in our neighborhood.

thriventTHE THRIVENT WAY     https://www.thrivent.com/

Our mission statement guides us in all we do.

We are a membership organization of Christians, and our members are our owners.

Our purpose is to serve our members and society by guiding both to be wise with money and live generously.

We believe that all we have is a gift from God and that generosity is an expression of faith.

We succeed when our members, their families and their communities thrive.

We value our relationships, so we will: Be trustworthy in character and competence, and Act like owners and treat each other as owners, and Live balanced and generous lives.

Please contact the church office @  330-753-3121 or [email protected],  for more info or to leave a reservation for the event.

Open Tone Music Academy

Compass Christian Church and Open Tone Music have been working together from the very early days.

Open Tone is a Not for Profit that has existed since 2010– and their Executive Director, Chris Anderson has been a part of our worship team and strategic plans from the very early days.

Open Tone has a great mission:accessiblemusic

As members of the arts community, we see the large number of young people that miss out on the opportunity to experience the benefit of music education. We also see many who have limited or no access to the performing arts including seniors and those who are hospitalized.

Open Tone Music is committed to bringing music to people. Our mission is to support, develop and implement programs which focus on making music performance and music education accessible. We focus primarily on youth but serve individuals of all ages. We strive to fill the ever growing gap of individuals both young and old who have been denied the benefits of music.

Coming to Compass — Open Tone Music Academy !!!

While some details have to be worked out yet — September 10, 2016, Open Tone will launch their Music Academy in the Compass Christian Church building.  The plan calls for Open Tone to provide an academy teaching music for little or no cost to young people from the Akron area, especially the Kenmore Community.

On Saturdays students will have opportunity to learn the instrument they choose under the guiding hand of musicians who are graduate level students and/or graduates.  These mentors will also be musicians who are performing professionally at various venues throughout NE Ohio and beyond.

Students will not only have an opportunity for lessons, but the goal is to provide various performance venues for students in the form of concerts and worship teams.  Classroom experience and “hands-on” live performance combining to make the students’ musical experiences of the highest possible quality.

If you have a student interested in learning more — please get their contact info to Compass via phone message at 330.753.3121 or by email:   [email protected]

As soon as possible we will contact them about exact times / costs / and registration procedures.

We also are looking for donated instruments.   Remember that flute hidden under the bed?   Or that sax in the back of closet?  Why not give it new life by donating it to Open Tone and/or Compass Christian Church for use in the Academy?

Any donation to Open Tone or Compass is fully tax deductible.