Worship Schedules

Central Christian Church
9:00 - Worship


First Christian Church

9:30 - Sunday School

10:30 - Coffee Fellowship

10:45 - Worship

6:00 pm New Evening Services



Disciples Women Gave a Dam (or two +)


Seeing Church Differently

“I’m tired of churches; they’re all the same.”  “I’m spiritual but I’m NOT religious.”  They’re all just a bunch of hypocrites, why I know someone who claims to be ‘christian’ and guess what they were doing?”, “I worship better (at home, on my back/front porch in nature, etc).”

            Heard any of these statements?  Probably.  Said any of these statements?  Maybe not.  I have a sinking feeling that the people who read this are usually involved in a religious community.  But just in case you’re truly looking for an interesting (or different) post, if you would, please consider the following.  I am going to try to convince and even persuade you to see “church” differently.

            I spent the majority of my life in a very fundamentalist church.  We had all the answers and I was very comfortable in that.  UNTIL life got in the way.  I could no longer have a black and white faith while living in a very grey world.  My pat answers did not stand the test of real life.  And as one man said to a Sunday School Class, “This is all well and good (what we were studying); but what good is it going to do for me on Thursday?”  Wow!  That day I turned into a practical theologian.

            Most of my life is “Thursday life”.  I want Sunday to make a difference the rest of the week.  And I am ecumenical in that Christianity offers many different ways to worship.  A lot depends on your family, your personal theology, location of the church, the pastor, friends, etc.  Different flavors, same meal.  Find one, ask questions, get to know the people, the leadership and the pastor.  After prayer, if it feels right, just do it!  Join!

            People talk about being spiritual as if it were the opposite of being religious.  I, too, consider myself spiritual, but I find my religion (beliefs concerning the nature and worship of God) enhances my spirituality.  They are pretty well integrated.  If your particular experience with religion doesn’t provide that, keep looking!

            Are there hypocrites in church?  ABSOLUTELY.  The person writing this is definitely one.  Am I proud of it?  No, I am not.  It’s just that I believe and even preach one thing, and then find myself doing something different!  I just hate that – but the bottom line is, we not only allow hypocrites to attend, we encourage them to join with the rest of us.  We’ll work together to become more like the one we attempt to follow, Jesus.

            I also worship and find God in many places: nature, my front porch, on a lake.  But I also find God in bars (yes, I said bars), prisons, the mall and many other places.  But I do NOT let that be a substitute for my Sunday worship.  What a privilege it is to be with others who are attempting to be happier, more loving, more accepting and encouraging.  As a friend of mine said, “I love going to church, it just makes my week better [Thursday]”.

            I don’t know who’s reading this, but know, I have prayed for you!  Regardless of who you are, what you believe, your faith or lack of faith, your political leanings, your race, your gender your sexual orientation, your status, your health, your age, your education – YOU HAVE BEEN PRAYED FOR!  My prayer for each of you is that you find the place that feeds you spiritually – and please don’t give up until you are successful.  Bring your questions, your doubts, your faith and instead of demanding answers join in the search for God’s truth for you.  God promises to meet you where you are.  God loves you. Period.


I'm just tired and the power of one

January 25, 2012

Already the end of a month.  I wish I had some great words of wisdom, but the truth is, I'm kinda tired. Perhaps the weather is affecting me or maybe it's that I was up too late last night.  My spirit is NOT tired but soaring.  The leadership meeting we had last Saturday was so awesome.  The people in this family of faith have a real heart for Jesus and are committed to trying to live out the two great commands:  Love God and Love our Neighbor.  How could you not love people like this?????  Many exciting things are in the works and it is a great time to be at the Mid Ohio Valley Parish!  We are Disciples of Christ, and that is an awesome statement.  I know I struggle to be what that promises - to act like Jesus. So, I'm going on record that I AM A HYPOCRITE!  Yes, I admit it.  I say (preach) one thing and then fail to live up to what I've said.  I claim to be a Disciple of Jesus yet I don't act like he acted.  Oh, some of the time I do - and a lot more than I used to, but I make a mess of things so often.  Paul referred to that in Romans 7 when he spoke of the conflict between what he wanted to do and what he did.  Hmmm, I guess that makes Paul a hypocrite - so I'm in pretty good company.

I admit this because I've heard so very many people say they stay away from worship because "they're just a bunch of hypocrites at that church". Guilty as charged but so what? I'm trying to live my life more like Jesus every day and guess what, some days are better than others.  Today is a fairly good day.  But it's not over, I have many opportunities to blow it.  THANK GOODNESS GOD LOVES ME ANYWAY!!!!!!!  

Aw, I'm feeling more energized now. Thanks for the opportunity to share my feelings - and they are just that. MY feelings.  Agree?  Disagree?  Let's discuss.  I'm available.  

January 16, 2012

It's the federal holiday, Dr. Martin Luther King day.  So many memories - so much has been accomplished - so much to do.  Am I going to lambast all readers about their bigotry?  Absolutely not!  What I am going to do is put my own bigotry out there and ask you to hold me accountable.  Yes, I'm giving you permission to ask me what I have done to help this world be a place that would make both Jesus and Dr. King smile.  As a professional public speaker, I find words, both spoken and written, come rather easly.  What is NOT easy is living out those words with concrete actions.  I am praying that I will have the wisdom and discernment to see ways I can make a difference.  

There is much power in "one" person.  Think of the individuals who have made a significant difference in our world:  Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa, Winston Churchill, Adolph Hitler, Charles Manson, and many more.  As you can see, some of the people mentioned used their influence for good and others, well...

I really don't think God has called me to influence millions of people but I do think God has called me to make a difference.  If I can do that in the life of ONE person, praise be to God.  I am not responsible for the results of my life - that's God's job.  I am just called to be faithful to God's calling.  I pray daily that I can live up to that call.  

TODAY, I will see people as Jesus saw them.  I will not judge others.  I will not think my experiences are superior to yours.  I will not think you are more than I am, not less than I am.  I will love you as I love myself. Then I will love God with all my heart, soul, mind and self.  Okay, I may fail but I WILL TRY - AND TOMORROW I WILL TRY HARDER!