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2018 “Messiah”

The location for the 2018 Middletown Civic Chorus performance is First Christian Church, 4520 Rosedale Rd, Middletown.

December 9th, 3:00 P.M.

There is no admission fee, but a free-will offering will be taken. A small reception follows.

 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Messiah (HWV 56)[1][n 1] is an English-language oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible, and from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer. It was first performed in Dublin on 13 April 1742 and received its London premiere nearly a year later. After an initially modest public reception, the oratorio gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.

Handel’s reputation in England, where he had lived since 1712, had been established through his compositions of Italian opera. He turned to English oratorio in the 1730s in response to changes in public taste; Messiah was his sixth work in this genre. Although its structure resembles that of opera, it is not in dramatic form; there are no impersonations of characters and no direct speech. Instead, Jennens’s text is an extended reflection on Jesus as the Messiah called Christ. The text begins in Part I with prophecies by Isaiah and others, and moves to the annunciation to the shepherds, the only “scene” taken from the Gospels. In Part II, Handel concentrates on the Passion and ends with the “Hallelujah” chorus. In Part III he covers the resurrection of the dead and Christ’s glorification in heaven.

Handel wrote Messiah for modest vocal and instrumental forces, with optional settings for many of the individual numbers. In the years after his death, the work was adapted for performance on a much larger scale, with giant orchestras and choirs. In other efforts to update it, its orchestration was revised and amplified by (among others) Mozart (Der Messias). In the late 20th and early 21st centuries the trend has been towards reproducing a greater fidelity to Handel’s original intentions, although “big Messiah” productions continue to be mounted. A near-complete version was issued on 78 rpm discs in 1928; since then the work has been recorded many times.

November 11th, 18th, and 25th, Rev. Carol Oetzel

Carol is an Ordained Minister in the Christian Church(Disciples of Christ).

Carol is the Pastor of Assimilation at Legacy Christian Church In Harrison, Ohio. She serves on the Commission of Ministry  and the Camp Christian Committee for our region.

Carol served as Associate Pastor at FCC-Middletown for 13 years. Carol also served Walnut Hills Christian Church as Co-Pastor.

November 4th, Rev. Dr. Willie J. Barnes-Jackson

The Reverend Doctor Willie J. Barnes-Jackson will be with us in worship on November 4th.

Rev. Dr. Willie J. Barnes-Jackson was born in Bourbon County, Paris,
KY. He is the son of Mrs. Wanda M. Anderson of Dayton OH, and Dr.
Willie J. Barnes of Longview, TX. Dr. Barnes-Jackson accepted his call to
ministry on August 22, 1998 at a John Maxwell “Equipping the Saints”
seminar in Toledo, Ohio.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration
in 1998 from Central State University, graduating with Magna Cum Laude
honors. He graduated in 2002 from Payne Theological Seminary with his
Master of Divinity degree in Theological Studies and Pastoral and Marriage
Counseling, while having matriculated as a Daniel A. Payne Presidential
Scholar. He also completed over 400 hours of Clinical Pastoral Education
and was ordained in December 2002 by the Christian Church in Ohio and
Summit Christian Church under pastoral leadership of
Rev. Dr. J. Thomas Johnson. In 2013, he graduated from United Theological
Seminary after completing his Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian
Education and Urban Ministry Development.
Dr. Barnes-Jackson has volunteered as a Chaplain for both Miami
Valley and Good Samaritan Hospitals in Dayton. He is a member of the
Disciples Chaplain Association. He held the position of President of the
Reconciliation Committee. He is a trained member of the Anti-racism and
Pro-reconciliation Commission and is considered a New Church Planter for
the Ohio Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United
States and Canada. Dr. Barnes-Jackson established the first and successful

annual Brother’s in God’s Grace (B.I.G.G.) Men’s Rally at Tabernacle
Baptist Church. He spearheaded the development of a Clergy Social Action
effort called Dayton Ecumenical Social Action Collaborative and led the
development of a non-profit Community Development Corporation and
Action group with parishioners at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Dayton,
Ohio.
Currently he is an Associate Minister at Summit Christian Church in
Dayton. Rev. Dr. Barnes-Jackson was an Associate Minister at Tabernacle
Baptist Church and Pastor of Light of the Community Christian Church
(DOC). He is married to Rev. Dr. Pamela Barnes-Jackson and is father to six
children and fourteen grandchildren. He and Pamela celebrated thirty-one
years of marriage on February 22, 2018 and currently reside in Clayton,
Ohio. He is a loving and caring member of the Body of Christ and a
dedicated man of God who looks forward to working with others in ways that
enhance and promote continuous spiritual growth.

October 28th, Rev. Carol Oetzel

Carol is an Ordained Minister in the Christian Church(Disciples of Christ).

Carol is the Pastor of Assimilation at Legacy Christian Church In Harrison, Ohio. She serves on the Commission of Ministry  and the Camp Christian Committee for our region.

Carol served as Associate Pastor at FCC-Middletown for 13 years. Carol also served Walnut Hills Christian Church as Co-Pastor.

October 21st, Cliff Thompson

Cliff has been a member of FCC for more than 20 years. He has served as Deacon, Elder, Vice-Moderator, Men’s Ministries Chair, Property Committee Chair, and Leader of the A/V Team.

Adult Literacy Program

October 14th, Wendy Taylor

Wendy Taylor is the founder of the Free Store at Camp Christian. She began the Free Store in 2010 with the dream of sharing with our neighbors through radical hospitality while using our beloved Camp as resourcefully as possible. Wendy is married to Seth, and has 2 children, Lilly, 14 and Luke 10. Wendy lives just around the corner from Camp Christian, in Richwood, Oh.

Regional Assembly

Event Date: October 6, 2018

 

Dear Ohio Disciples:

As you know, this past Saturday, July 28, the Regional Church Council (RCC) met for a called meeting at Gender Road Christian Church, to take action on a 6-part recommendation.  You will received the full text of those recommendations within a few days.

One of the recommendations (#2) approved by the RCC is to hold our Regional Assembly sometime between the dates of September 22 and November 10 of 2018.  A second recommendation (#3) approved is to suspend the current search for a new regional minister pending further review and revisions of our regional structure and organization.”

Earlier this year, when the Regional Minister Search Committee convened, we wanted to give them as much time as possible this calendar year to do their work, before reporting to the regional assembly on their progress.  Therefore, a later date was envisioned for the regional assembly, possibly November 10. With the recommendation to suspend the search committee’s work now approved, an earlier date seems more advantageous so the RCC and regional church can focus on the review and revisions of our regional structure and organization.  Therefore…

THE REGIONAL ASSEMBLY OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN OHIO WILL BE SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6TH, FROM 10AM UNTIL 4PM

AT GENDER ROAD CHRISTIAN CHURCH
5336 GENDER ROAD, CANAL WINCHESTER, OH   

The Regional Assembly Resolution is available for download HERE,

John M. Richardson
Interim Regional Pastor

 

Watch the Live stream of regional assembly here:

 

9:15 AM Opening Worship:

11:15 AM Business Session and Closing Worship:

October 7th, Rev. Ed Bastien

Reverend Ed Bastien Serves as the Pastoral Care Manager at Atrium Medical Center. Rev. Bastien holds a Masters of Divinity in Theology and Religious Vocations from Asbury Theological Seminary. Ed has experience in Chaplaincy from both The Hospital as well as Hospice settings.

September 30th, Rev. John Dick

 

Reverend John Dick is a retired ordained minister in the American Baptist Church. John is a resident of Middletown. John has served American Baptist Congregations in Midland, MI; Haddonfield, NJ; Wyoming, OH; Middletown, OH and Worcester, MA.

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)