Newsletter February 2016

Making “Heart Space” for God

“Return to me with your whole heart” (Joel 2:12)

Growing up in an evangelical church, Lent was little more to me than a joke.  I remember people asking, “What are you giving up for Lent?”  I also remember trying to collect 40 coins to put in a special Lenten folder.  The problem was, I didn’t have any money and 40 of any coin was a lot of money to me.   I don’t recall ever actually completing a folder.  I also remember one little boy ask-ing, “Can I give up homework for Lent?”  No it wasn’t me, but an excellent idea!

To say that life can get busy is an understatement.   Many people live life with little margin.  Imagine what this page would look like with no margins or space between columns, just one full page of type.    Sometimes our lives can get that way with every bit of space filled to the full with some activity or obligation.

I love margins, they provide a space for me to work.  They pro-vide a space for me to make notes and add my thoughts to the authors.    I think God loves margins in our lives.   It gives him space to work, adding his thoughts to ours.   Rather than approaching Lent from the stand point of giving up something,  perhaps a better approach is making “heart space” for God.

It’s funny that the only thing I gave up for Lent, was Lent itself.   I went decades with little thought or interest, but the last couple of years my interest has grown as I have begun to see it in a different light.  The Lenten season can be a time of preparation of our hearts for our risen Lord.  So as I approach Lent, I’m beginning to think, “How can I make ‘heart space’ for God to work, by either adding or giving up something?”

Blessings,

Pastor George

 

 

CCC Reaching the Community with Jesus

Artsy Fartsy (Word in the Street)— Artsy Fartsy meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month at Christ Community Church from 1-3, serving the kids in 4th to 6th grade at the Oakwood apartments in Milford.    The goal is to build relationships with community at Oakwood.

Community United—Community United is a quarterly gathering of community and church leaders from Milford and Miami Township.  The focus is to work together to improve the quality of life for members of the community.   The focus at this time is addressing the problem of opiate addiction.

Grief Share—Grief Share is a grief recovery support group where you can find help and healing for the hurt of losing a loved one.  A group meets at CCC the 3rd Tuesday of each month from  7 to 8pm.

Milford Miami Ministries — MMM serves our neighbors and members in need of food, emergency financial and spiritual support.   If you are able to contribute nonperishable foods and paper products, please place in tub in the main room of our worship center.

Narcotics Anonymous— Narcotics Anonymous is an addiction recovery ministry based upon the 12 step program.   It endeavors that every addict in the world has the chance to experience a message of change and find the opportunity for a new way of life.  NA meets at CCC every Tuesday night at 6:30pm .  It is a “closed” meeting; only open to addicts.

National Night Out—National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.  CCC is an active participant in the event to pro-mote community-building.

Neighbor 2 Neighbor—N2N is a group of concerned citizens from Milford and surrounding communities that meet for the purpose of proactively addressing current issues that divide us (skin color, nationality, money, education, etc.).  N2N meets the 4th Monday night of the month at 7pm at CCC.

One Lord One Hope—One Lord One Hope is a group of area churches pastors that meet together once a month under the banner of “One Lord One Hope” to share, pray together and work toward transforming the community.

Partners for a Drug-Free Milford Miami Twp — CCC is working actively with the coalition to promote a safe and healthy community for all.

On The Horizon

April 8—10:  Cleveland Women’s Conference

April 22—24: Chicago Regional Conference

June 20—23:  Vacation Bible School

Nov. 4—6:  Cincinnati Women’s Conference

Church Calendar—Check the church website and bulletin board for a complete calendar. 

Easter Sunday – There is a baptism scheduled for Easter Sunday, March 27.  If you are interested in baptism, see Pastor George.

 

February Announcements

General Announcements

Hospitality Ministry:

♦ We need two volunteers to help in the hospitality ministry (males or fe-males).  If interested see John Hoover by Feb. 21.

♦ Just a reminder that monetary donations are accepted and encouraged  in the café every Sunday.  We depend on your donations.

Prayer Meeting

♦ P.U.S.H.– There  is a PUSH meeting on Sunday night Feb. 21 from 6-7pm.  Would

love to have you join us.

Black History Month 

♦ Feb 7—Ebony Strings  “Classy Strings for Classy People” – The classical high school and college performers will return.  Plus guest singer Hunter Phifer.

♦ Feb 14—”Sweet Honey in the Rock.”  African American women who share their his-tory and experience through song, dance, and sign language.

♦ Feb 21—Celebrating 20 years of Black History  at CCC.

♦ Feb 28—Michael Wade and company —  Gospel jazz.

♦ Feb 28—Soul Food church pot luck dinner.  Please bring a covered dish and / or dessert )(Enough to feed your family + one more). Fried chicken and drinks will be provided.  Invite family, neighbors and friends.

Small Groups

♦ Men’s: Every Wednesday night at 7pm— Worship Center

♦ Women’s: Feb. 12 & 26 at 6:30am— See New Women’s Study next page

♦ Sunday Morning Group:  Feb. 14 & 28 at 8:45am – Worship Center

♦ Good & Beautiful:   Every Sunday at 8:45am—Worship Center

♦ Coleman Monday Night:  Feb. 1 & 15 at 7:30pm—Worship Center

Ministry Meetings

Special Meeting—Regional Pastor Randy Bloom will be in town Saturday, Feb 13 and would like to meet with our Pastoral Team, Advisory Council and anyone who would like to attend.

♦ Mission Strategy:  The mission strategy team meets at 6:30pm on Feb 11 and 12noon on Feb  23.

♦ Grief Share: Feb. 14 at approximately 12:20pm—Worship Center

♦ Pastoral Team:  Monday, Feb. 16 at 6:30pm

♦ Hospitality—Mar. 6 at approximately 12:20pm—Worship Center

 

Worship Calendar 

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith . . . Heb12:2

2016 Dates:

Ash Wednesday:  Feb 10

Lent:  Feb. 10 — Mar. 26

Palm Sunday:  Mar. 20

Last Supper:  Mar. 24

Easter:  Mar 27

Ascension Sunday:  May 8

Pentecost:  May 15

Advent:   Nov. 27

Christmas: Dec. 25

 

 

Free Tax Prep

It’s income tax season again and if you need FREE help with your return, there are several AARP centers on the east side of town that can assist you.  There is a list of AARP centers posted on the bulletin board in the café.   It includes a list of items to bring to the meeting.

 

Walk to Emmaus

What is it?  The “Walk to Emmaus” is a 72-hour experi-ence of Christian spiritual renewal and formation .  It is an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ in a new way as God’s grace and love is revealed to you through other believers.  You will live and study together in singing, prayer, worship and discussion.  You’ll discover how God’s grace is real in your life and how you can live a life full of His grace.

2016 Dates:

• Men’s Walk—Feb. 18th – Feb. 21st

• Women’s Walk—April 21st – April 24th

• Men’s Walk—Oct. 13th – Oct. 16th

• Women’s Walk—Nov. 10th – Nov. 13th

How to attend?  To attend an Emmaus walk, you must have a sponsor – someone who has previously attended the weekend and is willing to support you in love, prayer and service.  There are several people  from CCC that have at-tended and would be willing to sponsor you.  You can start by talking to Ev Gillming.  If you just like more infor-mation, you can go to their website at :

http://www.cincinnatiemmaus.org/

 

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