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Carol Devine

January 25, 2016


Sandhya Rani Jha
First Christian Church, Louisville is excited to announce that the Reverend Sandhya Rani Jha will be preaching on Sunday, January 29th.
Sandhya, a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) serves as founder and director of the Oakland Peace Center, a collective of 40 organizations creating access, equity and dignity for all in Oakland and the Bay Area.  She has also authored two books, including, "Pre-Post Racial America: Spiritual Stories from the Front Lines," and is a popular public speaker and preacher.
We hope that you will join us for what promises to be an inspiring, insightful, and challenging message!  Services are at 8:30, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m.
First Christian Church, Louisville Website
Church Leaders to Gather at the Capitol for Weekly Prayer in Action
The Kentucky Council of Churches is hosting Prayer in Action Days at the State Capitol each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. during the 2017 General Assembly Session to pray for government officials and act on behalf of Kentucky's most vulnerable citizens.  Beginning January 10, each Prayer in Action event will focus on a different social issue like minimum wage, justice reform, healthcare, and gun violence.  The Kentucky Council of Churches chooses the issues based on policy statements approved by all eleven of the Council's denominational members. The membership includes Protestant and Roman Catholic congregations. The Council works with other state advocacy groups and coalitions on these issues, and many of them have committed to support the Prayer in Action Days.
All Prayer in Action events are interfaith and open to the public and media. For more information contact the Kentucky Council of Churches at,859-269-7715, or visit our website:
Engaging Older Adults
The Christian Church In Kentucky, in partnership with Christian Care Communities, is launching a new ministry focused on older adults. We are calling this new initiative in order to resource pastors and lay leaders in their call to:
1) provide meaningful ministry opportunities with older adults
2) draw older adults into CCK congregations to be a part of these meaningful, life-giving ministries
3) train, equip and resource volunteers to respond to the unique but prevalent needs that come with aging for members of our churches and their families.
We know there must be a lot of great ministry happening already. Please take a few moments and to share with us what is happening in your congregation. Help us build our network and information base so that together we can be much more effective in this ministry and mission of engaging older adults.

Young Adult Opportunities
NBA XPLOR is a 10-month Residency for young adults exploring the intersections between the life of faith and the work of justice. Now in its third year, the program provides professional development and vocational discernment opportunities for 21- to 30-year-olds who live simply in community and engage in direct service and justice work. NBA XPLOR Residents serve with host communities across the country-rich collaborations between Disciples regions, congregations, spiritual companions, and local nonprofits serving together.

Email  or apply directly HERE

Disciples Peace Fellowship is now accepting applications for our 2017 Peace Internships. Information   about this extraordinary summer internship, the application process and all online application materials can be found on our website DPFweb.orgAll applications and references must be completed and submitted by  February 3, 2017. If you have any questions about the internship or the application process, please do not hesitate to email:

specialized interns from a variety of Disciples organizations, we are creating a rich atmosphere brimming with opportunities to collaborate with one another in developing summer programs that connect the "Disciples-dots" like never before. Imagine several college-age / young adult interns working together to plan and implement a summer camping program that combines the elements of Green Chalice, Disciples Volunteering, Disciples Peace Fellowship, and Reconciliation Ministries! This creates an opportunity for your organization to develop programs that reach youth and adults on a deeper, more connected level by engaging the participants in collaborative projects, multi-layered dialogue, and experiencing your organization in fresh, new ways. The deadline to apply for Disciples Summer Internships at Christmount is February 1..
Lenten Devotional
Join with hundreds of congregations and thousands of individuals and families across the country and around the globe. Deepen your faith as you give generously to provide healthy food for our hungry brothers and sisters through the work of Society of St. Andrew during Lent, March 1 through April 16, 2017.

Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed  shows that our faith, though it may start out very small, can grow! In the devotional booklet, you will find daily meditations and prayers that explore the theme of how faith has grown, and the circumstances that brought that growth, written by people of deep and abiding faith: pastors and laypersons from many Christian traditions.
Click HERE to order.   
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New Life Christian Church
New Life in Christ Christian Church is in a facility for incarcerated women and they worship each Tuesday night at 7:00 PM in t he Diersen Center, 1218 W. Oak Street in Loui sville, Kentucky. 

If your congregation would like to visit or lead worship or learn more about welcoming returning citizens into you congregation, please contact Rev. Carol Wieger by email at

Mission Behind Bars and Beyond
VISIT Mission Behind Bars and Beyond Website to learn more about this important Ministry. 
Support this critical ministry and  Donate now!
Check out the CCK Website!
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Resources for Congregations
Cynthiana Christian Church Scripture Texts and Liturgical Colors

Scripture Passage Search

Calls to Worship, Prayers, Devotions


Create a culture of Generosity

Disciple's Magazine 

The "E" Word, A Six Week Study
Wakon' Da-Ho Work Weekend  and Retreat
March 24-26, 2017


Kentucky Youth Retreat
April 29, 2017

For information about youth events, retreats or camp or to share information about youth events contact:
Dave Carr at dave  

Mark Your Calendar

Let's Talk Faith and Climate
A Webinar on January 26 at 1 PM EST
Register for this free webinar designed specifically for leaders of faith. The Blessed Tomorrow (ecoAmerica) research team will present findings and in-depth explanations for a new communications guide, entitled Let's Talk Faith and Climate: Communication Guidance for Faith Leaders. This guide provides tested words, phrases, and messaging that deepens engagement and positions climate action as a matter of moral leadership. 
Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will lead the webinar. Reserve your spot now!
Regional Chorus
Kentucky Regional Men's Chorus  Retreat
January 27 - 29, 2017
Central Christian Church
205 E. Short Street
Lexington, KY 40507
Kentucky Disciples Women's Chorus Retreat
March 3-5, 2017
Jeffersontown Christian Church (Louisville)
10631 Taylorsville Rd, 
Jeffersontown, KY 40299
Children Worship & Wonder
Story Teller Training Events              
February 3-4, 2017
First Christian Church - Bowling Green, KY
February 10-11, 2017
Bethany Christian Church
601 E Mill Road
Evansville, IN 47711

(Fri. 5-9pm, Sat. 9am-5pm)
$150 per person -  Register online
Plus purchase of book Young Children and Worship by Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman
(Available at many online booksellers:  Worship WoodworksAmazonFaith AliveBarnes & Noble)
Black Ministers Retreat
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March 7-9, 2017
43rd  Annual Black Ministers Retreat
Centennial Christian Church
St. Louis, Missouri
Join us in 2017 for more fun, fellowship, memorable preaching, and education relevant to your life & ministry.  
Click Here to Learn More
Women's Spring Conferences
K entucky Disciples Women's Ministries Spring Conference
April 22, 2017
Sinking Fork Christian Church, Hopkinsville
Kentucky Disciples Women's Ministries Spring Conference
April 29, 2017
South Elkhorn Christian Church, Lexington

General Assembly
July 8-12, 2017
Indianapolis, Indiana
Website is up
LTS Webinars


How to Survive 

and Thrive as an Elder - Feb. 18


Organizing for Social Impact - March 18

outh Ministry in Small Churches - April 22


Congregational and Pastoral Care by Laity - May 20


Click HERE to learn more and register. 

Clergy Sabbatical:  A two-room apartment may be reserved for clergy sabbaticals for up to a month at a discounted rate.

Elders and Deacons Workshop
March 3-4, 2017
Co-sponsored with Lexington Theological Seminary
Featuring Keynoter Dr. Charisse Gillett

Lenten Prayer Retreat 
March 10-12, 2017
The Lenten Prayer Retreat is devoted to exploring prayer. It is a great retreat for individuals, small groups, Sunday School classes, worship or education teams, and youth or youth groups.  We'll pray together using TaizĂ© music, monastic worship, and modern contemplative liturgies. There will be instruction in meditation, lectio divina, and other types of prayer, as well as time spent alone with the prayer practices you love most. Come deepen your Lenten observance.

For more information call  828.669.8977 

Register for retreats and learn more at   Christmount.
Clergy News 
Clergy Renewal Program
Details and application materials for the 2017 programs are now available. 
In the 2017 Lilly Endowment  National Clergy Renewal Program eligible congregations will be able to apply for grants of up to $50,000 each to support a renewal program for their pastor. Up to $15,000 of the grant may be used for congregational expenses associated with the renewal program.
Learn more HERE  
Seeking Executive Director
T he Kentucky Council of Churches is seeking a part-time Executive Director who is ordained and has earned, at minimum, a Master's level Seminary degree from an accredited institution.  The ideal candidate will demonstrate extraordinary communication and organizational skills.  He or she should be committed to an ecumenical spirit and possess a background in building ecumenical relationships. The position entails working with officers, committees and judicatories of the Kentucky Council of Churches and supervising other staff. We offer a competitive compensation package.  Interested candidates will be given further information by inquiring at:  
Retired Minister's & Spouse's Group
There is a very active group of retired Disciple ministers and spouses that meets monthly for fellowship and education. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at Midway University.

The next meeting will be February 14.  Dr. John Marsden, President of Midway University, and Dr. Elizabeth Stivers, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Midway, will be our guest presenters.  Dr. Marsden will report on the "State of Midway" and Dr. Stivers will report on the "Educational Opportunities Currently Available at Midway."
Please send information for the CCK News to:

Carol Devine

Christian Church In Kentucky