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with Pastor, Rev. Margot Connor


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with Rev. Dr. Charles Montgomery


Karl Road Christian Church Newsletter

JulyAugust 2014


A Year of Living BOLDLY
In this year of Living Boldly, we will focus these weeks on the boldness of Jesus and the people he encountered
in his life on earth.
Join us for a BLESSED SUMMER in Worship
10:30 AM Blended Service
July 6
Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit
Margot Connor preaching
Special Music provided by Stephen Smith, Handbells
July 13
Blessed Are Those Who Mourn
Wendy Taylor preaching
Special Music provided by  "Acafellas" - a men's barbershop quartet
July 20
Blessed Are the Meek
Margot Connor Preaching
Special Music provided by Laura Lawrence
July 27
Rev. Charles Webb preaching
Special Music provided by "Acts of Faith"
Christian Theological Seminary (CTS) in Indianapolis, INdiana appoints Charles H. Webb Jr. to the position of Director of Church and Alumni Relations beginning July 18.  Most recently, Webb served as Director of the Office of Black Ministry for the Division of Homeland Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  He is also the former campus pastor and professor of religion and ethics at Jarvis College in Texas and has served congregations in Oklahoma, California and Washington, D.C.  Webb has a bachelor's degree from the former Phillips University in Oklahoma and a master's degree in ministry from CTS.  He has received additional training in managing diversity, anti-racism programs, church development and conflict mediation.
August 3
Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness
Margot Connor preaching
August 10
Rev. Amy Gopp, Director of Member Relations and Pastoral Care
following worship, there will be a lunch and time with Amy
August 17
Blessed Are the Merciful
Margot Connor preaching
Special Music provided by Sharon Fry
August 24
Blessed Are the Pure in Heart
Margot Connor preaching
August 31
Blessed Are the Peacemakers
Sunday evenings at 5:00 PM
Join us for the Special Outdoor Services on
July 3 and August 10 with a cookout following each service. 
Rev. Trayce Stewart will preach at the Gospel-Praise Service on August 24th


From the Pastor

“I came that you may have life, and have it abundantly”    John 10:10



Dear Friends

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

From “Happy” by Pharrell Williams

It was when I was listening to the song “Happy” that I decided to preach this summer on the Beatitudes.  We all want to be happy and it seems like a good time to explore what Jesus has to say on the subject!

Basically beatitude means “a state of blessedness or happiness” and I look forward to studying the profound happiness that we find through Jesus. These familiar words  are packed with meaning teaching  us about the blessed life that  goes beyond the superficial contentment that comes and goes in our lives and is usually dependent on external events.  What Jesus means by happiness is the bedrock joy in God that is available to us in all circumstances.  It is the happiness of those who know and live in the reign of God.

The beatitudes have been called a  blueprint of kingdom life offering  a “rule of life” for us.  A rule of life is simply a way of life, a pattern of commitments we deliberately adopt to help us grow spiritually.  However, these teachings are not simple or easy to understand.  They are profound, deep and paradoxical lessons for us revealing the presence and the power of God behind the entire universe.  It is power that is revealed in self-effacing humility and love.  Jesus shows us the transforming power of the self-emptying love of God.

I hope that this summer is a time of blessing and spiritual growth for all of us as we allow the teachings of Jesus in the beatitudes to challenge and bless us.  So that we might know “what happiness is to us” as followers of Jesus

See you in worship on Sunday!



You’re Blessed – the Beatitudes in “The Message

1-2 When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.

“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.

“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.

“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.

10 “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.

11-12 “Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble

Summer Sunday night Book discussion – at Pastor Margot’s home – 6:30  PM
This is open to anyone – even if you haven’t read the books!
July 20th 6:30 – the Gift of Imperfection (part 2)
   by Brene Brown
August 24 – Daring Greatly – by Brene Brown


The National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is at the Crown Plaza North Hotel July 24th – 27th.  This group is an instrumentality within the structure of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as a forum for the discussion of pertinent issues related to black church life in the context of total church life.  There will be inspiring worship every evening at 7:15 which is open to anyone.
We are hosting one of the preachers from the convocation, Rev. Dr. Charles Webb in our 10:30 worship.  It will be a very special service and we hope that everyone will take advantage of this opportunity here in our city.

Vacation Bible School will be held the week ofJuly 14 - 18 with the theme,  "Workshop of Wonders".  Look for the VBS table in the Narthex to register for ages 3 - Grade 6, by school grade completed.  on Sunday mornings.  You may also call the church (888-3444), e-mail Nicole Bunch at sobeit89@yahoo.com, or register on the church's website.
Please consider helping with this important and fun ministry of our church.  Contact Marilyn Waldsmith, Nicole Bunch, or Carol Fry to volunteer or for more information.

The following items are needed for snacks during VBS Week:

  • 5 oz. kitchen cups
  • wooden craft sticks
  • packages of oreo-type sandwich cookies
  • gummy worms
  • raisins
  • dried cranberries
  • goldfish crackers
  • honey graham cereal
  • Rice Krispies cereal
  • Cheerios cereal
  • lemonade drink mix
  • apple juice

These fresh items are needed close to the start of VBS Week:

  • 16 oz. tubs of plain vanilla yogurt
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • grapes
  • cheese cubes

Please mark items for BVS and give them to Jeanmarie Moss, Nicole Bunch or Marilyn Waldsmith.

All children who are advancing to a new class will be recognized on

Promotion Sunday, August 24th.

Graduate/CE Volunteer Recognition
Four graduates were recognized on June 1 for Graduate/CE Volunteer Recognition Sunday.
  • Adam Francis graduated from Thomas Worthington High School and from the Delaware Area Career Center’s Law Enforcement program. His plans are to study Criminal Justice at Columbus State Community College, with a future goal of being a military dog handler in the Air Force.
  • De’Amber Watson graduated from The Ohio State University with a major in communications and a minor in professional writing.  She plans to pursue Officer Training in the Air Force and a career in the Air Force Public Affairs Department.
  • Sara Robinson graduated from Franklin University with a Bachelor’s degree in Internet Marketing. This field will allow her to be a consultant for companies’ websites and to guide them in gaining exposure in the online atmosphere. 
  • Brad Waldsmith graduated from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio with a Master of Arts in Counseling Ministries degree. His future plans are to work in pastoral care in the field of gerontology.

Congratulations to all our graduates! 

In honor of our CE Volunteers, the Christian Education Team donated $50.00 to the Cleveland Christian Home

Our church will be participating in the Northland Independence Day Parade on the morning of July 4th.  The parade will travel down Karl Road between Morse Rd. and Route 161.  Our church's entry will highlight our VBS Theme, "Workshop of Wonders."  Children, youth, and adults are all welcome to be involved in this community event.  We will need volunteers to ride on the float as well as volunteers to pass out flyers along the parade route.  Candy donations are also needed.  The church will put up a lemonade and water stand in front of our church and volunteers will be needed to staff it.  If you can help, please contact Marilyn Waldsmith or call the church at 614-888-3444.

Bingo for Bean Bags August 17, 7pm!

Join the youth at KRCC for an evening of Bingo!  All money raised will go to help buy new furniture (bean bags) for the youth room.  The kids have been hard at work painting and redesigning the space.  We need your help to raise some money to get the items for the room.
Come have some fun with us!  Food will also be for sale.  We will need prize items donated as well.  Please contact Wendy with any questions.

God Is Love

1 John 4:7

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God."

Thank you to all who SHARED LOVE by donating candy and supporting us and our church's presence in this year's Pride parade.  There were about 30 of us walking together representing many Central Ohio Disciples congregations.  Love without exception.

Advance Conference--  August 3-10
Attention young adults ages 19-29!  There aren't many places you can go for a week to hang out with a bunch of REALLY cool people and get fed 3 square meals for the very low cost of $50 per day/night?  While the food is pretty darn good, the food for the soul is even better!  KRCC will assist with the registration fee if needed.  Please see Wendy for more information.



Community Yard Sale
@Karl Road Christian Church
Saturday, August 2:   9am - 2pm

For those interested in purchasing a space, the cost will be $20.00 ($15.00 for space and $5.00 for table rental).  For more information or to reserve a space, please contact Jerneen at 614-638-2969

Family Fun Day s a wonderful opportunity for KRCC to reach out to the neighborhood and provide a day of fun for the whole family.  It also gives us a chance to help out with school supplies and jackets for families who may need help with these items.
Beginning in July, we will be collecting:
  • School Supplies
  • Coats and Jackets
  • Bottled Water
  • Items for the Silent Auction (i.e. Gift Cards, etc.)
We will also need volunteers to work in the kitchen and help with the games at this event.  FAMILY FUN DAY is always a " FUN DAY" when everyone is working together to help out.

On August 24th following the 10:30 Service, we will host a Choirs Kick-Off in Fellowship Hall for all returning members of the Sanctuary, Bell, and Praise Choirs, Acts of Faith, and "Vocal Spirit", as well as any persons interested in joining any of the choirs for the September 2014 - June 2015 Season.
Please bring a dish to share.  Burgers and hot dogs will be provided and grilled outside if weather permits.  Beverages will also be provided.
As the old song says, "All God’s creatures got a place in the choir, some sing low and some sing higher...!"

All our singers and instrumentalists are very important to the worship life of our church and we want to jumpstart the season with a bang!  





 Trip to the Wilds 


Wednesday July 23 – 9:00 – 5:00
Are you interested in taking a road trip to
the Wilds this summer?
The Wilds is a private, non-profit safari park and conservation center that combines cutting-edge conservation science and education programs with hands-on experiences and one-of-a-kind adventures that include ziplining, horseback riding, fishing and more. Located in Cumberland, Ohio, the Wilds is home to rare and endangered species from all over the globe, living in natural, open-range habitats.
We are looking into the possibility of a group of us going there on Wednesday July 23rd.   It would cost $30 per person for the safari trip and it would be a wonderful opportunity to learn and to fellowship together. If you are interested, please call Pastor Margot


JULIETs - 9:15am Thursdays  (Just Us Ladies Interested in Eating Too)
For more information on JULIETs, call June Nirote , 614-523-0733.
July 3 - NO JULIETs
July 10 - Scramblers (Sancus)
July 17 - Tim Horton's (Rt. 161)
July 24 - Horsey Inn
July 31 - Panera (Westerville)

ROMEOs - 8:30am Fridays  (Retired Old Men Eating Out)
For more information on ROMEOs, contact Tim Beverly at 517-7370
July 4 Steak 'n Shake (Cleveland Ave. )
July 11  -  Bob Evans (Route 161)
July 18 -  Scramblers (Cleveland Ave.)

July 25 -  TeeJaye's (Morse & High)
August 1 -  Steak 'n Shake (Cleveland Ave. )
August 8 -  Bob Evans (Route 161)
August 15  -  Scramblers (Cleveland Ave.)

August 22  -  TeeJaye's (Morse & High)
August 29 - Steak 'n Shake (Cleveland Ave.)
The Pub Polaris
1554 Polaris Parkway




Carol and Michael Fry - July 11

Marcia and Larry Hetrick - July 12

Beverly and Ray Fatig - July 26

Nancy and Harold Kittrell - July 30



Lorna and Glenn Gerhart - August 4

Marnie and Erik Schultz - August 5




Shawn Bailey - Selena Bailey - Marcy Conley - Doug Crawford -Ella Mae Lindamood - Larry McVay -
Helen Meyer - Jim Noel - Essie Perkins - 
Dorothy Renner - Betty Sexton - 
Candace Stewart - George Wilburn - 
Bill Fonner,Thom McKitrick's uncle  -
Frank Patrick -Bob & Earlene Agee, Kim Veatch's parents.


Aleta Hoover; Marilyn Patrick,
the Haines' friend, Erin Stahl; ; Thom McKitrick's aunt, Mary Lou Fonner; Gerrie Miller's Friend, Stephen Gussler;  Dave Young's close friend, Bruce Bailey;  Angela Rosser's friend, Michelle Gibson;  Lois Haynes' daughter, Patty; Frank Gonzales' cousin, Chrystal
Jason Conley, Air Force, deployed.
Joshua Corner, Air Force, currently at Wright Patterson AFB waiting for possible deployment to Afghanistan.
Michael Davis, Coast Guard Reserve, son-in-law of
Marcia Hetrick.
Ben Eichel, Army, son of Melanie Stein, serving in Afghanistan.
Anthony Hartley, Army, son of John and Sandy Stigall,
friend of Marnie Schultz.
Sean Hughes, nephew of Margot Connor.
Bill Kossick, son-in-law of John and Marsha Mueller, Air Force.
Megan Long, Louisiana National Guard, granddaughter of Bonnie Furr.
Bryon Stumph, son of Cheryl Stumph.
Anthony Anderson, Marines, fiance of Elli Korcok.
Cameron Thomas, Army, family to Bonni Korcok.
Evan Crowgey, Marine; Brian Mehnert, Army; Adam Ward, Navy, Nancy Lamielle’s three great-nephews.

Sign Up to Be Welcoming and Beautiful

There are three sign-up sheet on the bulletin board by the office year-round for three very important ways you can serve Karl Road Christian Church members and friends.  Two of them are absolutely free! 

1. We strive to be a welcoming church and one of the best ways to express that is to have friendly faces greeting everyone who comes to worship.  Please sign up to greet before the 10:30 service at the front (north) or side (east) doors.  Come about 10:10 to smile and shake hands with those who seek to worship in our friendly community.

2. Coffee Hour is a great time after worship to spend a few more moments with your KRCC friends before re-entering your busy lives.  Coffee and juice are provided.  You can bring nibbles if you want, but it is not required.  Again, smiling and greeting are prerequisites.  Instructions for hosting are provided in the kitchenette in the narthex.  There are always people to help if you feel at all overwhelmed!

3.  Flowers are always a welcome enhancement to our worship space.  Sign up to share your special experiences with your church family.  You can designate flowers “in honor” or “in memory” and take them home after the 10:30 service.  Flowers are only $20 for an arrangement and you can specify colors if so desired.  Each arrangement is different and special, and we appreciate the little bits of God’s creation from outside that beautify Karl Road’s inside.

Please fill in those empty spaces on the sign-up sheets today and Karl Road will be blessed by your time and service!






                                              Contact Sandy Young, KRCC Secretary at karlroadcc@gmail.com   or call 614-888-3444



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