Thursday, February 12, 2009

Compton Anticipates Another Baby

A table full of gifts and another table full of delicious food greeted guests and the guests of honor on Saturday, Feb. 7 at a shower held in Fellowship Hall for DebE and her husband, David, who are expecting a little girl to be born at the end of this month. Members of the church joined friends of the couple in this anticipation celebration.

Hosts for the party were DebE's father Bob, back for a few days from Iowa, where he is a pastor, and her sister Kim, who decorated the room according to a Dr. Seuss theme, right down to the green eggs (avocado salad) and ham on the buffet table.

Guests got to play a Dr. Seuss trivia game but cheating was allowed, since most of the Seuss books were decorating the tables. And despite a last-minute "Save Horton" protest, everyone enjoyed the creative cake baked and decorated by the expectant mom's multi-talented dad. We eagerly await our chance to meet the fourth baby to be born to a Compton couple in less than a year.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Stewardship: Share The Gifts

Gifts Given and Gifts Received
at Compton Heights Christian Church in 2008

Worship, every Sunday of the year, plus many other opportunities.
Lively adult study and reflection every Sunday.
Soul Care group twice monthly
An Advent devotional created with Affton CC
Education and care for Eden seminary students JENN SIMMONS and LORRIE KOVELL
A new class for children!
A “Time of Wonder” became part of worship for young and young in heart
Ministry of our pastor, Jacque Foster: challenging sermons, spiritual care when we are hurting and challenges when we’re sitting back, leading us in celebrations.
Six new members and many visitors interested in membership. In 2008 we welcomed Michelle McConville, Leslie Latham, Talya Perry, Bob Miner, Kim Miner, and DebE Miner-Martin


The lives of Mildred Kuhn and Norma Santhoff
The marriage of Shannon McGuire and Matt Walton
The births of Elizabeth Taylor Witten, Owin Henderson, and Peter Eliot Richardson, and the anticipation of welcoming baby Miner-Martin in February 2009.
Dedication of the Compton Cares Accessibility project

Outreach and Service

112 pairs of SHOES given on Barefoot Sunday (Soles for Souls) for those in need.
Pro-Reconciliation/Anti Racism study
Ministry of hospitality to community by Happy Friday
Participation in Hike Against Hunger
Support for our new missionaries in Haiti, Kim and Patrick Bentrott
Continued support of Isaiah 58 Ministries
Participation in Disciples of Christ Coffee Project (fair trade!)
Reduced the use of paper and Styrofoam
Recycling more cans, paper and cardboard
The ministry of hospitality at PrideFest
A new Prayer Shawl Ministry!
Increased giving to 6 special offerings
Participated in the St Louis Gypsy Caravan
Additions to the Church Garden and Pet Blessing
Hosted Thanksgivng Worship and Dinner with Tyler Place and others

Congregational Life

Upstairs restroom painted and refurbished
New children’s classroom was created
New church sign in progress for front of church and new banner sign on south side of building
All-church Cookout and Game night in July
Yard day and Hootenanny fellowship in October
Choir gains 3 new members
Mini-retreat in September “At Table—Becoming Disciples Together”
Elder-Deacon Event for experienced and new elders and deacons; elders’ reflection with Affton CC Elders
Advent Event: Budding architects and builders build gingerbread houses
Compton Rising Reading Circle begins 4th year

2008 offerings totaled $81,604, surpassing the budget goal of $79,000. (Our 2009 budget goal is $83,300.)
Met our goal of reducing dependence on Bequest Funds by $10,000