April Newsletter 2016

Plugging Into Resurrection Power

Life can be tough.   I know that comes as no surprise to you, as you live with that truth every day.  Some of us are going through emotional difficulties, physical issues or relational issues.  All of us are going through something.

The apostle Paul, who many would consider one of the great he-roes in all of the Bible went through tough times. The Bible says he was once so depressed he told God he was ready to die.  He even asked God to kill him!

How did Paul get through that difficult time?  He plugged into Jesus’ Resurrection power.   Paul wrote, “But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead” (1 Cor. 1:9).

The Bible says Paul felt “crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure.” He got to the end of himself.   And that’s exactly where he needed to be.

There’s only one condition for God’s power in your life: humility. You must admit you need it. God does not give his power to arrogant people.  Humility tells the Lord, “You are God, and I’m not. You’re right, and I’m not. You have the power, and I don’t. You are wise, and I’m not. And I am powerless to change this situation, so I’m going to give it to you.”

The moment you do that, God brings the power of the Resurrection of Jesus into your situation.  God specializes in bringing back to life dead things. God loves to turn crucifixions into resurrections.

What’s dead in your life? If God can raise a dead person, he can raise a dead marriage, a dead career, or a dead dream. God can do anything.

That’s the power of the Resurrection.

He is risen!

Pastor George

 

WORSHIP CALENDAR

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith . . . Heb 12:2

2016 Dates:

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

WANTED

Warm smiles and friendly handshakes: Our Greeting Ministry needs Four volunteers to greet Four times a year. Can you help??

Contact Sandra Hamilton for more information; 513-674-0115.

MAILING ADDRESS FOR:

Matthew Partin

T F Forge, C CO, 2-85

Shorab Annex

APO AE 09354

WORSHIP BAND

Do you play an instrument? Maybe guitar? Drums? Tambourine? Pennywhistle? Violin? Do you like to sing and worship?

If so, the worship band would love to have you!

Please see Jana Slick, Kim Kirk or Zac Brown if you’re interested or would like more details.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Frontier Days Parade:  Mark your calendar for the Frontier Days Parade. It is scheduled for Thursday, June 2nd. This is a fun way to represent our church in the community of Milford. You can ride on a trailer or hand out candy to the crowd. More details to follow!

WALK TO EMMAUS

What is it?  The “Walk to Emmaus” is a 72-hour experience 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 attended and would be willing to sponsor you.  You can start by talking to Ev Gillming.  If you just like more information, you can go t0 their website at :           http://www.cincinnatiemmaus.org/

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 1-3pm, 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 from 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.

 

General Announcements

Speaking “Truth in Love” Workshop: All are invited to attend this workshop held on Saturday, April 9th at Mariemont Church, please see John Hoover with any questions or to sign up.

MILFORD MIAMI MINISTRIES 5K WALK/RUN:  Participants and Volunteers Needed! MMM’s Mary Miller Memorial 5K walk/run is Saturday, April 9th, starting at 9am at Miami Meadows Park on SR 131. Enjoy this family friendly event while raising funds for MMM. Here is how you can participate:

-Volunteer: You can volunteer to help with the activity, such as handing out water  to walkers. You can sign-up on the volunteer sheet at the information desk.  -Walk or Run the 5K: You can register online at GetMeRegistered.com/MMM5K   or get a registration form from the information 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.

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!

KROGER REWARD PROGRAM: From Aug 2015 thru Oct 2015 participants earned $264.29. From Nov 2015 thru Jan 2016 participants earned $241.63. Thanks for your continued support of our Black History Ministry. For more information, con-tact Sandra Hamilton, 513-674-0115.

 

Prayer Meeting

P.U.S.H. – This months PUSH meeting  is on Sunday night April 17th from 6-7pm.

 

Small Groups

Men’s: Every Wednesday night at 7pm, Worship Center (Café)

Women’s:  4/8 & 4/22, 6:30am in the Café

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

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

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

GriefShare:  Tuesday, April 19th, 7-8pm

∗ PLEASE NOTE:  Men’s Group, Sunday Morning Group and the Good & Beautiful

Group: The regular topics for these groups will be suspended so each group can focus on the weekly topic during the Easter Season. The groups are open to all.

 

Ministry Meetings

Mission Strategy: The mission strategy team meets April 11th, at 6:30PM and April 26th at 12 noon.

Pastoral Team: Monday, April 18th at 6:30pm

Neighbor 2 Neighbor: Monday, April 25th at 6:30pm

GriefShare:  Member meeting, Sunday, April 17th, 12:20pm

 

TO PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN:

Children in worship service bring to the congregation a sense of wonder and enthusiasm about the love of God.  At Christ Community Church we encourage families to worship together.  We are glad to have you and your children in worship!

Children learn to worship by worshipping with the congregation Sunday after Sunday.  Family worship allows the congregation to pass on to its children the great traditions of worshipping God through song, prayer, Communion, offering, and hearing the Word.

• They learn they belong to Christ and are welcome in his church.

• They build memories and shared experiences of community.

• They begin to see that worship is a place where God may speak to them.

• They witness baptism and Communion as signs of God’s kindness and favor.

• They discover they are valued and included by God and his people.

Bringing children to worship may not always be easy at first, but it is essential to their spiritual growth.   At Christ Community Church we are glad to have you and your children in worship.

Pick up a copy of the brochure “Worship! It’s a Family Thing” in the front lobby.   It contains some helpful tips that can help make the worship experience more relaxed and enjoyable for all, and information about programs offered by our Children’s Ministry.

“Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such  as these that the kingdom of God belongs.”     Luke 18:16-17

 

MINISTRY UPDATES

Men’s Small Group: All men are welcomed and encouraged to attend the men’s group held on Wednesday nights from 7 to 8:30pm

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 for a purpose and how God has power for the purposes he puts in our lives.

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

Change for Change:  Change for Change is dedicated to help children locally, nationally and internationally. This past month, the kids decided to help children internationally thru World Vision. They selected to donate goats, Bibles and seeds. Thanks to everyone who contributes to the great cause!

 

PRAYING FOR OTHERS

During the Easter season we have been encouraged to pray for one another.  The best gift anyone can give to an-other is to pray for him or her.  We may ask, “How can I pray for others?”  If we look at prayers in the Bible we see there are varying topics we can include.   The following is a list of topics you could include.  This isn’t an exhaustive list and you don’t have to limit your prayers to these topics, but it can provide an approach and ideas of what may be included in your prayers.

• Wisdom and power:   Ephesians 1:18-20

• Strength and knowledge of God’s love:  Ephesians 3:16-19

• Discernment:  Philippians 1:9-11

• Spiritual understanding and knowing God’s will:  Colossians 1:9

• Steadfastness:  2 Thessalonians 3:5 says,

 

EASTER SEASON SCRIPTURE FOCUS

Several months back the Pastoral Team was searching for a scripture that provided focus and direction for us as a congregation and actually the Holy Spirit provided two.  Brent Meranda summed these up beautifully as follows:

The following scriptures seem to offer a promise of refreshment, renewal, and newness.

John 15: 1-5 describes where we need to focus. It is a mission focus meant to ground us in Jesus instead of our own efforts and plans. We cannot bear fruit without staying firmly attached to Jesus, so staying attached to him is our primary job. Refreshment flows from Him and through us, but only when we stay connected to Jesus.

Isaiah 43:17-21 offers us a vision of what God will do and is already doing through us when we remain in Jesus. This is something new, and it is even better than what he has done for us in the past. He is not making us into a walled off Oasis in the wilderness. Rather, he is transforming us into bubbling springs from which life-giving rivers will flow into the dry wilderness.

This seems to say that God is reaching out into our community through us to show his love and to offer spiritual

 

Connect with Christ

Community Church Pastor: 

George Hart

George.Hart@gci.org

513-478-7972

Family Ministry:

Ron & Becky Hickman

rbhickman76@reagan.com Ron 513-252-6483

Becky 513-317-4658

Member Care & Grief Share:

John Hoover

thehoo003@gmail.com

859-628-5427

Teen Ministry:

Jana Slick

ladyjanalyn@yahoo.com

513-582-3763

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