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Sanctuary in the City February – March 2019 News (Vol 67, No 1)

Compton Heights Celebrating 125 Years of Ministry
The ministry of a congregation is an amazing thing! We tend to look at it in the moment, from our perspective as worshippers on this particular Sunday, or as those caring for people in these months, or the mission of the last year or so. Some in the congregation have grown up with their families rooted and serving through this community all their lives. Others have entered into the life of the congregation at some point in the last months or years when they were searching for a community in which they felt
connected to God’s love and the ministry of the community.

The amazing gift of God is that this congregation has been in ministry long before any of us were here! It was 125 years ago, on April 1, 1894 that Compton Heights Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was chartered as a congregation. Through these 125 years, many, many people have worshipped together, dreamed together, made exciting and hard decisions, and served the community beyond the church as only those holding onto a vision can. Many have been born into and blessed in this congregation. Many
have been baptized and have wrestled with the hard and life-giving questions of faith here.

We are here because those before us made commitments that were risky. They chose to serve, to listen for God’s leading, to build on the gifts of those before them. We give thanks as we stand everyday on their vision and their stewardship of this congregation, even as we listen to God for our present vision!

Throughout 2019, we will create opportunities to remember and to celebrate. Our Board has created a small group to plan our observance of this Anniversary year. A great part of the celebration will be our commitment to the COMPTON UPLIFT Campaign to strength our ministry for the present and the future. Dave and I consider our pledge to this new level of accessibility to be a celebration of the ministry, past, present, and future of CHCC! The Compton UpLift Celebration Dinner at the Bertschausen’s on Feb. 24
will be a part of this celebration! (Please let us know you are coming!)

Other markers will include an opportunity to tell and share our individual stories. And we will share stories of the congregation’ ministry in the past. There will be at least one concert along the way! If YOU have ideas or ways that you would like to help celebrate, please let us know! The Spirit is moving as it always does! Thanks be to God!

Pastor Jacque

11th Annual Pancake Supper and FAT Tuesday Celebration

Isaiah 58 Pancake SupperMarch 5th 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Oak Hill Presbyterian Church, 4111 Connecticut St., St. Louis, MO 63116

Come kick off the Lenten Season with Isaiah 58 Ministries
Pancakes and all the fixins’! Live Music! S’mores Station! 50/50 Drawing








Ash Wednesday Worship
Join us for the powerful service of worship that begins the Lenten season of reflection and prayer.
Wednesday, March 6, 7:00 pm in our sanctuary.
As is our custom, we will share this service with Oak Hill Presbyterian Church.

deathSunday Mornings 10 AM – LENTEN ADULT STUDY – Begins March 10
Daring to Talk About Death – led by Marilyn Koncen
“Dying well is facing our own death squarely and honestly, living life to the fullest – with utmost love, gratitude, courage, patience … seeing death [as less an] … end than a beginning, not as punishment for sin, but an act of total surrender, hope,
and union.” – Peter Phan

“O God grant that I may understand that it is YOU who are painfully parting the fibres of my being, in order to penetrate the very marrow of my substance, and bear me away within Yourself …. Teach me to treat my death as an Act of Communion.” – Ron Rohlheiser

boundless_compassionLenten Evening Study – “Boundless Compassion: Creating a Way of Life” – led by Jacque Foster
Tuesday Evenings, 6:30 – 7:30 pm March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, and 16
Participants will use the book Boundless Compassion: Creating a Way of Life by Joyce Rupp. The six week group sharing is grounded in the brief (about 20 minutes) daily reflections through each week. Our small group will meet for an hour on Tuesday evenings. The cost of the book is $13.60. PLACE YOUR BOOK ORDER with Jacque no later than Sunday, Feb. 24. (You may also choose to purchase the book for personal use even if you do not plan to participate in the group. If you prefer to use your e-reader, please purchase the book yourself (cost about $9.50 for Kindle)).

Maundy Thursday Worship – Thursday, April 18 – at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church
Good Friday Stations of the Cross – Friday, April 19 – at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church
Please note that these services are in the planning process and times will be announced.
Easter Sunday, April 21 in our sanctuary! (the morning schedule to be announced!)

coldOak Hill Presbyterian, Isaiah 58 Ministries, and Compton Heights CC Winter Outreach Shelter
Compton Heights CC works with Oak Hill Presbyterian and Isaiah 58 Ministry to
provide and staff an emergency winter shelter. It is located at Oak Hill Presbyterian (4111 Connecticut) and open on Wednesday nights when it is below 20 degrees, or below 25 degrees with wet weather. The emergency shelter is
coordinated through Winter Outreach, who go out and pick up people needing shelter, and shuttle them to shelters throughout the area. Since our city-run shelters do not provide enough beds, these emergency shelters are key to making sure people can survive the night.

We remember the words of Matthew 25 “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

CHCC members volunteer for set up, kitchen help for dinner, general shelter presence (two volunteers are awake at all times, while the guests sleep), kitchen help for breakfast and morning clean-up. These evenings are a gift not only to those in need of warm physical shelter, but they are a gift to all of us who experience the power of God’s shelter in these shared evenings.

If you have questions about serving, feel free to ask Meredith or Jacque.
Come in from the cold with us,
Meredith and Jacque

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

to ALL who brought blankets, sheets, toiletries. Wash cloths and towels, and extra food treats for the Winter Shelter. Those who have been there know how great the need has been and how much these items have helped create a truly welcoming and warm space! Your compassion abounds!


Developing Spiritual Resources for Congregation and Community!

How often do YOU visit our church website ( Becky Klemme Eliceiri and Marcia Hendrix are in the process of developing our Church Library to include everything from books on the shelf to a catalog linking to online resources!
We want our church library to be a rich spiritual life resource for everyone. Please visit our new “” site (still in development) on the website under “What’s New This Season.” Or go directly to

We have a great group already planning to be at GA! Come join us!

prayersWe hold each other and our wider community, nation, and world in
prayer. It is more than a turn of phrase to say that we “pray without
ceasing.” This is a community grounded and centered in prayer in
such a way that we hold each other and those we do not know in God’s presence day and night.
Please pray for these:
Bud Obermiller Judi Linville
Karen and John Pitt Those who suffer hatred and violence
Joyce Cole All who suffer with illness
Sharon Clayton Immigrants, children and adults

insympathyWe celebrate the life of the Royce Sykes, Jr. and we grieve our loss in Royce’s death to this life on January 12. Royce had a strong faith and had struggled for many years with diabetes. He suffered a heart attack from which he could not recover.

Royce loved this congregation and loved and appreciated those in the who visited and cared for him over these last years. We give thanks for his impact on our lives.

We hold his daughters Rhiannon and Cory in prayer as well as the rest of his family.
The last we have heard from the family and from Kutis Funeral Home is that services are pending.

warm_welcomeWe welcome Janet Utley who joined the congregation on January 6. Janet has been worshiping with us since last spring, and came to be a part of the congregation as she came with Judy after their marriage last spring. Janet is a nurse and has been participating in our winter outreach shelter and our Adult Class on Sundays. When Janet came forward, she said that this congregation feels like it can be her home. We welcome you Janet and look forward to growing together in faith!

Convenence Store WomanCompton Heights CC Book Group
Next meeting: Saturday, April 13th at 1:00pm at the church
We are reading and discussing:
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, the English-language debut of one of Japan’s most talented contemporary writers








Our Compton Uplift capital campaign is progressing! Please visit our FAQ to learn more about the campaign, and download the pledge form, save, and e-mail, send, or bring your completed form to the church.

View the Feb – March Newsletter 2019 as a PDF


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