Newsletter March 2016

Being Easter People

In just a few weeks we will be celebrating the most joyous season of Easter.  On the first Easter morning the women who came to anoint the body of Jesus were filled with sorrow.   As they approached his tomb they were greeted with the astonishing words of the angel: “Why do you search for the Living One among the dead? He is not here. He has been raised up” (Luke 24:5-6).

What marvelous “good news!”  Christ, our hope, is risen! Imagine the joy of the apostles, the disciples, and of Mary, his Mother.    In Jesus, God was doing something new, leading the disciples to go around the world proclaiming his glory and announcing his message of redemption and salvation.

We are the children of God.  Today this victory is ours if we embrace with faith the Easter season.  In the Risen Jesus, God comes into our lives.  He cares for us, loves us, heals us, strengthens us, empowers us, and walks with us on our journey.  The challenge of Easter is to decide whether we want to live in the Risen Christ or not.  It is ours for the asking.

As we draw closer to Easter let us ask God to move us to accept the Easter message into our hearts and to make us Easter people – people who are Christ-centered, Spirit-led, Grace-filled, Bible-based, Mission-minded, and Community-focused.

In Jesus, God continues to do new things.    Easter is not an event that occurred 2,000 years ago, but a life of abiding in the risen Jesus (John 15:1-5) and the promise of refreshment, renewal and newness (Isa. 43.17-21) that naturally flows out of this relationship to the world around us.    As we approach Easter let me encourage you to ask, “What new thing might God want to do in my life?”

Truly He Is Risen!

Pastor George

 

Daylight Savings Time

Don’t forget to set your clocks forward on Sunday, March 13th!

 

Baptism Easter  Sunday

There is a baptism scheduled for  Easter Sunday, March 27.

If you are interested in baptism,  see Pastor George.

 

Worship Calendar

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

2016 Dates:

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

 

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

As always, check the church website for a complete  list of activities and events

 

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.

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.

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  promote 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.

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.

GriefShare — GriefShare 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.

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.

Change for Change:  Our children collect change each 1st and 3rd Sundays to make change in our church, community, nation and world. In 2015, we collected $1,040.75.  Thanks to all for the contributions!

March Announcements

♦ EASTER LILIES: If you would like to purchase an Easter Lily to beautify our wor-ship area for Easter, please sign the list on the table in the lobby by March 20th. The cost is $8. Please specify on the list, if you want to dedicate your lily to someone. For any questions, see Becky Hickman.

♦ BLAST TO PAST VBS: Mark your calendars for Monday June 20th thru Thursday June 23rd from 6 to 8:30pm for VBS! Travel back in time and zoom through God’s Word with us as we discover God’s everlasting love! Find out how God’s love makes a difference in every story, at every time, including your story right now!

♦ MILFORD MIAMI MINISTRIES 5K WALK/RUN:  The MMM, Mary Miller Memorial 5K walk/run is scheduled for Saturday, April 9th, starting at 9AM. The walk will be held at Miami Meadows Park. Enjoy this family-friendly event while raising funds for Milford Miami Ministry. There are a couple of ways you can participate to make this day a success. You can volunteer to help with the activity, such as handing out water to walkers. There is plenty of manpower needed, sign up sheet is on the information table in the lobby. You can also walk or run the 5K, you can register online at GetMeRegistered.com/MMM5K or get a registration form from the infor-mation table in the lobby and mail as instructed. It is $25 for adults and $10 for kids to participate in the event. See Jana Slick or Becky Hickman for any questions.

Prayer Meeting

♦ P.U.S.H. – This months PUSH meeting  is on Sunday night March 20th from 6-7pm.

Small Groups

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

♦ Women’s:  3/11 & 3/25, 6:30am in the Café

♦ Sunday Morning Group:  2nd & 4th Sunday 8:45am,  Children’s room

The group is currently focused on learning spiritual discernment, and is read-ing The Way of Discernment, by Elizabeth Liebert. The book is about various ways to listen and respond to the Holy Spirit.

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

♦ Coleman Monday Night:  2nd & 4th Monday 7:30pm

Ministry Meetings

♦ GriefShare:  Open meeting, Tuesday, March 15th, 7-8pm

♦ Hospitality: Meeting March 5th, 12:20pm – Worship Center ♦ Mission Strategy: The mission strategy team meets March 14th, at 6:30PM and March 22nd at 12 noon.

♦ Pastoral Team: Monday, March 21st at 6:30pm

♦ Neighbor 2 Neighbor: Monday, March 28th at 6:30pm

PUSH Meeting Update

PUSH—Our March Pray Until Something Happens meeting will be held on March 20th, from 6-7pm at CCC Worship Center. Please come to seek the Lord together, to be healed,  released and strengthened. We will have 15 minutes of being open to the Holy Spirit in prayer, focus on 2 additional items and the be open for personal prayer requests. Please bring your own requests specific to you and your situation as we have other outlets for praying for others. We look forward to seeing you there!

Ministry Updates

Church Website:  Amie Burgess is assuming the responsibility of  creative  license for our church website.   Amie has been working with her schools website for years.  So keep checking the website for changes.   Thanks Amie for stepping up!

Women’s Small Group: The women’s small group is finishing up a study guide, “Becoming Women of Purpose”. This was an inductive study where we discovered what the Bible says as we ask questions about its content and search for answers. We wanted God to speak to each of us through his Word. Our topics included that we are created, saved and gifted fora purpose and how God has power for the purposes he puts in our lives.

Children’s Ministry: Our school age children continue in their lessons from the Jesus Storybook Bible, where every story whispers his name. We have now started in the new testament.

Hospitality Ministry:  We continue to welcome you to the café every Sunday for fel-lowship, refreshment and an opportunity to meet and greet. Donations are accepted to help with the cost of running and operating the café.

Advisory Council

Welcome New Advisory Council!

Starting in February 2016, Christ Community Church has a new Advisory Council. The following AC members have agreed to serve a 3 year term: Art Coleman, Marge Collier, Jeff Davin, Wendell Hans, Colleen Hickman, Debbie Hickman, Linda Palmer, Michael Partin, Mary Wilmont. Please be sure to take a moment to thank the new AC members for their willingness to serve the congregation. Also, please take a moment to thank the AC members whose term recently ended. The following people have served the congregation over the past 3 years: Zac Brown, Beth Hickman, Debbie Hickman, Jana Slick, Cheryl Worrell

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:

• 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/

 

Laying on of Hands & Anointing w/Oil

During his ministry on earth, Jesus had a particular concern for sick people; he healed them not just with a word of power, but also with a human and compassionate touch.  The anointing of the sick is one way that the church con-tinues the ministry of Jesus. Through it, Christ continues to touch, heal, and comfort.  The Letter of James attests that this practice has always been part of ministry: “Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord” (5:14).  If you would like for an elder of the church to pray over you and anoint you with oil, just ask.  You can see pastor George or one of our elders, John Hoover or Ron Hick-man. Using Paul’s example in Acts.

Seder Meal

Come and See How it Points to Christ On Thursday, March 24 Christ Community Church will be hosting  the Seder Meal.  If you have never participated in the Seder Meal  before, you will not want to miss this opportunity.  Many of us may know the meal as “The Last Supper,” hosted by Jesus for his disciples.   You may recall Jesus saying in Luke 22:15,  “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you  before I suffer.”   “This Passover…” was the Seder Meal. This annal  ceremony and celebration brought most religious minded Jews,  including Jesus, to Jerusalem every year.  This meal was Jesus last gathering with his disciples before his ar  rest and crucifixion.  He used this meal with all of its symbolism to explain his ministry one last time.  He also used this meal as a backdrop to institute the New Covenant symbols of the bread and cup, which are central to our Communion today.  This meal and ceremony with all its richness and symbolism can bring a profound sense of meaning.  It is a meal and evening rich with meaning and symbolism that you will not want to miss.

Church Website

Be sure to check the CCC website to download previous sermons and see any upcoming events that may not be listed in the monthly bulletin.

     Everyone needs a place to . . . Belong, Believe, Become

 

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