Keep scrolling for the latest Antioch updates, with the most recent at the top.
4/1 – David Newman – God Uses Isolation
Enjoy this morning’s devotional from Pastor David Newman as he shares about how God uses isolation throughout the Bible to bring about great things.
3/31 – Daily Devotional from Marlene Collins
Hi Antioch! I miss your beautiful faces! Because each new day brings its own uncertainty, I’ve been holding tight to Lamentations 3:22-24
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in Him.'”
“The Lord is my portion.” Those five words carry all the security and peace of the salvation we have in Jesus. “The Lord is my portion” is the definition of life in Christ.
Our portion –our inheritance– is founded in His steadfast love, His unending mercy, His great faithfulness. Because He is our portion, we can meet each new morning with the certainty of His presence with us and rest in the hope we have in Him. GREAT is His faithfulness!!
With love and prayers, Marlene Collins
3/30 – Daily Devotional from Jeff Snyder
Enjoy this morning’s devotional from our Executive Pastor, Jeff Snyder, from Deuteronomy 6:4-9.
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” – Deuteronomy 6:4-9
3/28 – Sunday Morning Videos
We hope our Sunday morning service videos are a blessing to your family. You can also stream all our videos on an Apple TV, Firestick, Roku, etc., by accessing the Vimeo App and searching for “Antioch YMCA”.
This Sunday, we are taking communion. If you would like, we are pleased to offer pre-packaged communion available at our church office. Feel free to stop by (1618b Deerfield Rd) and take a pre-packaged communion cup from the bowl in the entryway. Or, use your own elements at home!
Would you join us by watching these videos tomorrow morning?
If you have any questions, let us know. Thanks for joining us!
3/27 – Devotional from Craig Grenko
Click here to watch a short devotional on Romans 15:13 – “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
3/26 – Continuing Our Generosity
Over the last couple weeks (we haven’t had services since March 1!) we have received several questions about what giving looks like during this season, so we want to make sure you guys have those answers and options available to you.
We continue to use our resources to reach out to the community by buying food for Student Meal Kits, supporting families using our benevolent fund, and providing for other basic needs. Please keep us updated on needs that you are aware of!
Here are the ways you can continue to support Antioch, as we make it our aim to be a generous church and light in the darkness during this time:
1. Give online through Pushpay, either recurring or one-time. If you go this route, it blesses our church if you choose to have withdrawals from your bank (ACH), so we don’t have to pay significant credit card fees. https://pushpay.com/g/antiochcountryside
2. Mail checks to our office – 1618b Deerfield Rd, Lebanon, OH 45036. We also have a locked dropbox outside the office that you can drop checks or cash in at any time.
3. You can give by texting “antiochcountryside” to 77977, or through our app.
Thank you for continuing to be a generous church with us! – Jeff
3/25 – Devotional from Amy Johnson
Click here to Watch This is based in Isaiah 30:15 – “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength…”
3/25 – Neighborhood Help Fliers
One thing we have been repeating over and over again is that we want to be the light of Jesus to our communities and neighborhoods during this season. When many of us are basically restricted to our homes, I know that can seem pretty difficult. We have been brainstorming ways to bless and serve those around us, and I’m excited to share one of those with you all.
In our current age that is so focused on technology and travel, the art of ‘neighboring’ well has been lost – what a great time to re-capture it! Would you consider reaching out to your neighbors, with the love of Jesus?
We have designed these fliers for you to print, cut, and stick in the mailboxes of those around you – especially those that might be “at-risk” and need additional help during this season. Would you cut a few of these and stick them on some mailbox flags in your neighborhood? Maybe consider praying over each mailbox/house as you do it?
The actual flier to print out is linked below.
We are praying for this ministry of yours and that God blesses your family.
3/22 – Collection & Packing Update for Student Meal Kits
Hello everyone, hopefully you were able to participate in our modified church service today! My family was especially grateful for all the ways we were able to interact with the service together.
The food collection, packing, and distribution for Joshua’s Place has moved locations within the Y – it is now at the lower level entrance (where we used to have church). So drive to the lower parking lot, and go in under the green awning.
Thank you to everyone who has signed up to volunteer – the packing on Tuesday and Distributing on Friday are still on. Distributing food to those in need is considered an “essential service” under Gov. DeWine’s order today, so we are still doing it. We will be very careful with distancing and sanitizing everything.
If you have food that needs dropped off for the packing, you can drop it off Monday 9am-5pm, or Tuesday from 11am-1pm. Go to the lower level entrance (green awning) and drop your food off inside the first set of sliding doors. Even if no one is there when you drop off, just leave it in the entry area between the sets of double doors.
Thank you! If you have any question or any needs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. – Jeff
3/22 – Join us for Service through video this morning!
Would you join us by watching these videos this morning?
Thanks for joining us! We will miss gathering with you all this morning, but we hope that you are continuing to connect with each other during this uncertain season – whether it be on a video call, text messages, or something else – human interaction is still so important! – Jeff
3/21 – Student Meal Donations
Thanks again to everyone who helped with packing and distribution of Student Meal Kits through Joshua’s Place this week. Since the drive was so successful, we will be partnering with Joshua’s Place and other churches in Lebanon to continue to do it for the next couple weeks, while schools remain closed.
Each week, churches across Lebanon will be dropping off food donations at the YMCA Event Center from 11am-1pm on Tuesdays. Churches will take turns each week organizing the donations into “Student Meal Kits” and distributing them to families on Friday. Tons of you have been asking how you can help, so I have 2 things for you.
1. Would you consider donating food to the Student Meal Kits? The flier attached below details all the donations needed. Last week, we were short on lunch items. Even if you can’t make it out to donate food by Tuesday, would you consider donating to the drive online through Pushpay? Click here to give, and select “Student Meal Kits” as the fund – click here to donate.
2. Would you consider volunteering next week to collect food, pack, and distribute the kits? Since the collection is taking place at the Y for the next couple weeks, Antioch is taking the first week of packing and distributing. We need volunteers for Tuesday at 11 am and Friday at 11 am and are capping it at 10 people for each time slot. If you think you can volunteer, please click here.
Thank you for being the light and love of Jesus right now… you guys are being the church! – Jeff
3/20 – No Services for the Next 3 Sundays
What a week. Thank you for your huge response to the Student Meal Kits we packed with Joshua’s Place on Tuesday and Wednesday. We packed over 250 student meal kits – that’s over 2,500 meals for kids in our community!
Our Staff and Elder Team has been praying through the best direction for our church over the coming weeks, and we want to update you on a few things:
After much prayer and discussion (even with many other churches in Cincinnati), we have decided to not hold Sunday morning gatherings for at least the next 3 Sundays – March 22, 29, and April 5. On each of those Sundays, be looking for content from us to watch together as a family.
We will be doing another food drive for Student Meal Kits for students from Lebanon Schools that are on free and reduced lunches. I’ll keep you updated on timing for dropping off the food items, but it will be early next week.
If you guys have any needs, let us know. There are teams of people from Antioch ready to pray with you, or help with other things.
We are praying for you all and love you. – Jeff
3/16 – Update from Pastor Jeff Snyder
Hope you all are well and taking your time digesting all this information coming out every day! If you need help with anything, please email email@example.com. Here are a couple updates for you all:
– Women’s Bible Study and Men’s Stepping Up are all cancelled
– The Joshua’s Place Packing Events are still on for Tuesday and Wednesday at 10am each day. If you volunteered to help (see the list here), we’ll still be doing it. We will be keeping an eye on the number of volunteers, but it won’t be a large group.
I’ll leave you with this – as our family was reading the story of Jesus Calming the Storm from the Jesus Storybook Bible this evening, we came across this passage that I think is worth considering at this moment in time. So I want to share it with you all. This is after Jesus calmed the storm…
Jesus turned to his wind-torn friends. “Why were you scared?” he asked. “Did you forget who I Am? Did you believe your fears instead of me?”
Jesus’ friends had been so afraid, they had only seen the big waves. They had forgotten that, if Jesus was with them, they had nothing to be afraid of. No matter how small their boat – or how big the storm.
Praise the Lord that He is always with us.
3/15 – Message from Pastor David
Here is a short message from Pastor David Newman on how to have a peaceful heart in anxious times. We hope it blesses you.
3/15 – Volunteers Needed to help pack food
As we mentioned, we are doing our best to inform you of practical ways to help those in need during the upcoming weeks. Thank you to everyone who brought food donations to the Y yesterday and today! If you still want to donate – feel free to bring donations to the church office and leave them in the front entryway. The address is 1618b Deerfield Rd, Lebanon.
We now need volunteers to pack these donations into “Student Meal Kits”, which will be distributed to students on free and reduced lunches in Lebanon. If you’re available at either of the below times, could you click the link and volunteer to sign up? Please let me know if you have any questions!
Tuesday at 10am: Pack all the food donations into “Student Meal Kits”
Wednesday at 10am: Load boxes of “Student Meal Kits” into a truck for delivery to Berry Intermediate, where they will be distributed to students.
Here is a preview of everything we will be packing, as of right now:
3/14 – Food Donations via Joshua’s Place
Due to the canceling of school for the next few weeks, Joshua’s Place is organizing food donations for students in need.
The Countryside YMCA is a drop off location for Corona Response Student Meal Kit Donations. Bring your items Saturday, March 14th or Sunday, March 15th from 8am-12pm.
There is also a drop off at Christ’s Church in Mason, as well as a few more in Lebanon. Check the graphic for details.
3/13 – Letter from the elders:
Hello Church Family,
Here at Antioch, we want to care for our church in all respects, including the physical well being of our community. Our leadership team is closely monitoring local, state, federal, and global health organizations and is making prayerful and intentional decisions.
After much prayer and discussion today, the Elders and Staff Team have decided that the best way to love our local community is to not hold our regular services this weekend. We believe in protecting the sanctity of life, and our church is large enough that a gathering of our entire church could put many people at risk. Additionally, we desire to honor the intent of the government’s ‘mass gathering’ order by not meeting. Therefore, instead of gathering at the Y, we will be posting some teaching and worship for you to have a family service at home this weekend. It is our hearts to desire to return to a public gathering as soon as possible.
While we recognize that this situation has created fear around the world, we do not want to overreact in panic, but rather trust the Lord. We want to be a church who is actively sharing the hope of Jesus Christ in our community and looking to Him as our peace. While we stay home from school and public gatherings, we believe that we are called not to just sit around our houses, but reach out to people in need and pray for these affected by this pandemic.
Therefore, we will be continuing our Friday noon prayer gathering – so please come join us tomorrow in the Event Center at noon. Additionally, we will be sending out opportunities for how we can actively be reaching out to our local community by donating meals, making house visits, and volunteering. Please be looking for those in the coming days and weeks.
Again, it is our desire to continue gathering as soon as possible, whether that be publicly at the Y or in some sort of home environment. We are planning in the background and will keep everyone updated in the coming days.
Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
The Antioch Elders and Staff Team