Calling all craft beer fans!

Did you know that Christ Church has a craft beer club called Fort Thomas Brewery? The group tours local breweries and does some brewing of its own. Jason Colliver is our brewmaster and Pastor Ryan is one of the organizers. Email or text Pastor Ryan to learn more about the latest happenings!

SIgn up for ReVision small groups

Our New Beginnings initiative to explore the mission of our church has moved into the ReVision phase. Our 90 Day ReVision Journey involves meeting in groups of approximately 12-15 people, to study, reflect, discuss, and listen, thereby strengthening our relationships with each other as we try to discern God’s vision for our church. Groups begin March 5 or 6 and will meet for 90 days. Visit the ReVision signup page to sign up online for the group of your choice.

New Beginnings: Creating the future together

The congregation is working together on a new vision for Christ Church and its future. Join in! Read about New Beginnings and sign up for a kickoff session and house gatherings.

After-school tutoring at Washington UCC

Washington UCC, our sister church in Cincinnati, has an after-school tutoring program that will be starting in September. It runs Monday through Thursday from 4:15 to 5:30. Washington UCC is very involved in bettering the lives of children in the surrounding community, and this is a great way for you to make a difference. If you’re interested, email Melissa Cox at mlsjcx4@gmail.com for more information.

Sept. 27: Serve a meal at Hosea House

We’ll be serving dinner at Hosea House, 901 York St. in Newport, on September 27. Volunteers arrive between 3:30 and 3:45 in the afternoon and we are typically finished by 5:45 (not later than 6 pm). Email Melissa Cox if you’d like to sign up to help. Melissa will also be putting up a sign-up sheet in the church lobby in mid-September.

Cookout Sept. 11, Oktoberfest Sept. 12

Come on out to Oktoberfest on the church grounds, 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday Sept. 12.  The night before, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday Sept. 11, we’ll have a cookout with craft beer and live music as a pre-festival party. Perfect for after the Highlands game that night. Get all the details!

Help serve a meal at ECHO soup kitchen, Henry Hosea House

Next opportunity to help serve a meal at the ECHO soup kitchen at Henry Hosea House, 901 York St. in Newport, Ky., is Sept. 27. Volunteers are needed anywhere between 3:30 and 6 p.m. You can help with everything from meal preparation to setting up the cafeteria line to washing dishes  to actually dishing up the food as people walk through the line. Children are welcome to participate with you in this ministry. Thank you for your service to those in need! Questions? Email Melissa Cox.

Vacation Bible School 2015!

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Register for VBS 2015

Our 2015 Vacation Bible School in Fort Thomas, Ky.,  is 6 to 8 p.m. June 29, 30 and July 1 at Christ Church, 15 S. Fort Thomas Ave.  Join us for “Everest – Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power.”  Your children will experience three fun-filled days of discovering what’s so great about God, learning to serve Him in practical ways, making new friends and running around. Vacation Bible School is free and open to any child from preschool to exiting fifth grade.

Register online now
Questions? Email Julie Mai or give her a call at 859-441-4494.

Check out our photos from VBS 2013 and 2012.

Fair Trade Chocolate Night: Wed June 3

We’re back by popular demand with this event, which attracted many folks last year. Taste fair-trade chocolate & learn how to shop your conscience at this community gathering from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, at Fort Thomas Coffee, 118 N. Fort Thomas Ave. The evening will feature a speaker, chocolates & other wares from Ten Thousand Villages, a fair-trade store in O’Bryonville that supports artisan entrepreneurs in the developing world. Attendance is free but chocolate tasting is $5. All proceeds go to Ten Thousand Villages’ artisans fund. You can purchase tickets in advance by calling 441-2565 or at Christ Church or Ten Thousand Villages. Tickets are also available at the door.

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Opportunities to help with UCC convention in June

BE A PART OF GENERAL SYNOD—Here’s How YOU Can Volunteer!
The Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ is busy preparing an EXTRAVAGANT WELCOME for more than 4000 delegates and visitors to General Synod, June 26-30, 2015 at the Cleveland Convention Center. This large meeting of the United Church of Christ only comes to Ohio about once every 10 years, so this is a special opportunity!As part of the Local Arrangements Committee we anticipate the need for 450 enthusiastic volunteers to help out at the convention. There are opportunities for everyone:

Want to smile and greet?   Want to pass communion?   Want to bake cookies?
Want to take notes at meetings?   Want to help with kids?   
WE NEED YOU!!!!
The list and description of all opportunities is found online http://www.ucc.org/synod/overview-of-volunteer.html.  We encourage you to take a moment to look over the volunteer opportunities and consider how you can best serve during this important event in the life of our church.  Once you’ve made your choice, please click on this link: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=217476303.  Please direct your questions to: 2015UCCGSVolunteers@gmail.com
See you all then! We are extremely grateful for your participation!
Sincerely, Sue and Derry Wimer  Co-Chairs, Local Arrangements Committee, General Synod 30