May Newsletter 2016

 

Learning to Abide in Christ

I hear the words “abide in Christ” mentioned a lot as a way to express rest.

Beginning in John 13, Jesus gives a series of farewell addresses to his followers that continue until chapter 17. In John 15, Jesus describes himself as the true vine and his Father as the vine-dresser.  Jesus is contrasting himself with Old Testament Israel. The hearers would understand Jesus words as the fulfillment of the covenant because of the Old Testament references to a vine-yard (Isaiah 5:1–7; 27:2–6).   And this is where we come to his command to abide: “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me” (John 15:4).

Some of you have a “green thumb” and some of us are plant killers.   There are times I fail miserably at taking care of plants.  I forget to water them and then one day, I turn around and there it is, withered away. This doesn’t happen overnight.  It happens after a period of neglect.

Jesus gives a pretty good description of what plants look like un-der my care. “If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers, and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned” (John 15:6).

It really isn’t until John 15:10 that we get a picture of what it looks like to abide in Jesus. “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.”  Abiding in Jesus means to keep his commandments and to keep his commandments means to love God with all our hearts and souls and minds and to love our neighbor as ourselves by the power of his Spirit (Matthew 22:37–39).

And here is the good news: We love Jesus because he first loved us (1 John 4:19). We didn’t choose him; he chose us and he chose us to walk out our faith in obedience with him (John 15:16). This is good news to anyone who thinks they must muster up strength to pursue and know Christ.  He provides the grace and the strength. This does not add to our salvation by grace alone through faith alone, yet it confirms our transformed heart.

Abide in him, and he will abide in you. He who began a good work in you will complete it (Philippians 1:6). He who called you is faithful; he will surely do it (1 Thessalonians 5:24). It is in these promises we can truly rest.

Blessings,

Pastor George

 

Please join us for 

The Wedding Of

Mary Clubb and Jay Coyle 

 

Sunday May 15th, 2016 at 1:30pm 

Christ Community Church

ON THE HORIZON

June 20—23:  Vacation Bible School

Nov. 4—6:  Cincinnati Women’s ConferenceAs always, check the church website for a complete  list of activities and events.

 

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

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

May 2016

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

The 65th annual National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 5.   It is an unprecedented opportunity to come together as Christians and see the Lord’s healing and renewing power made manifest as we humbly come before His throne.

The theme for 2016 is Wake Up America, emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to return to the God of our Fathers in reverence for His Holy Name. To further highlight the theme Isaiah 58:1 was chosen as the Scripture for this year:  “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.” Two locations you can participate in Milford:

9:00am to 9:30am  –  By the flagpole at Milford City Hall, 745 Center Street, Milford, Ohio 45150

7:00pm to 8:30pm – CCC is participating with other area churches in a show of the unity we hold in common in our

Word in the Street: The first Word in the Street of the summer will be on Sunday, June 26th, at Oakwood Apartments from 2-4pm. This is a great way to get to know our neighbors and participate in what the Holy Spirit is doing. We will be collaborating with the owner and residents of Oakwood, Milford Police, Milford Miami Ministries, Mil-ford Schools, Drug Coalition and Artsy Fartsy. We will be sharing a meal, playing games with kids and adults, pampering for the ladies and sharing God’s love. Hope to see everyone there! More details to come!

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. The parade starts at 6:30pm. We will meet at 5:30pm at church or you can meet at the parade line up behind Carpetland.

 

COMMUNITY UNITED

This past Monday night Community United hosted an event at the Miami Twp Civic Center.   The focus of the event was those who work with youth in the community; to celebrate their commitment and encourage them in their efforts to pour into the lives of young people.

The featured speaker was former Cincinnati Reds MVP George Foster.  In addition to George Foster the football, basketball and track coaches (Shane Elkin, Joe Cambron, & Bil lMarran) of Milford High School shared their experiences of working closely with youth.  The track coach, Bill Marran, has 51 years of coaching experience and has worked with 1,000’s of kids over that time.   Dr. Robert Farrell opened the evening talking about the importance of giving kids constructive praise.    Pastor George Hart served as the MC for the evening.

 

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.

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!

May Announcements

General Announcements

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!

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.

Café: The café is open every Sunday morning at 9:00am to 10:25 am, before services. Open from 12:00pm to 1:00pm after service. Donations gladly accepted.

Prayer Meeting

P.U.S.H. – This months PUSH meeting  is on Sunday night May 15th from 6-7pm.

Small Groups

Men’s: Every Wednesday night at 7-8:30pm, Worship Center (Café)

Women’s:  5/13 & 5/27, 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, May 17th , 7-8:30pm

Ministry Meetings

Mission Strategy: May 9th, at 6:30PM and May 24th at 12 noon.

Pastoral Team: Monday, May 16th at 6:30pm

Advisory Council: Saturday, May 14th at 8-10am. The meeting agenda is currently being developed and will be distributed by email the week before.

Neighbor 2 Neighbor: Monday, May 23rd at 6:30pm

GriefShare:  Team meeting, Sunday, May 29th, 20mins after service.

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

Change for Change:  Change for Change is dedicated to help children locally, national-ly 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!

KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS

It’s time to re-enroll! KCR supporters, thank you for participating with Kroger & Christ Community Church regarding our fundraising. During the months of April and May, all supporters must re-enroll to continue contributions for our Black History Ministry.  Questions? Please contact Sandra Hamilton 513-674-0115.

We appreciate your support!!

ARMY CARE PACKAGES

Desirae Partin is collecting items to send care packages to Matthew and a couple of his buddies that have not received  anything from home.  The following is a list of the types of things needed.  Desirae provided a list that is on the  Information Desk at church.

Food and drink Powdered drink mixes.  Anything that can be mixed with water (Gatorade, Lemonade, Instant Breakfast).  Quick protein.  Energy/Protein bars, tuna fish in foil packages, non-perishable beef jerky, or beef summer   sausage. Make sure the meat is labeled USDA Beef.  Snacks. Look for small, hard containers of chips, pretzels, crackers, sun-flower seeds, granola bars, and  nuts.  These are easier to carry than large containers. Avoid bags, which may burst under high pressure.  Snack cakes, cheese crackers, and cookies are in high demand. Salty snacks are good for those deployed in the desert,   especially in the summer months, because they will encourage your service member to drink more water. Candy and gum. Avoid chocolate if your service member is in a warm climate. It will melt in the heat. Gum and  other types of candy may soften and become gooey, so send these in plastic zipper-lock bags.

Entertainment and communication Reading material. Paperback books, current magazines, comic books. Word games and puzzles. Crossword puzzles, word searches, jigsaw puzzles. Games. Foam footballs, Frisbees, Hacky Sacks, playing cards, old baseball glove or baseball, Yahtzee, Trivia games.

Writing material. Notepaper, envelopes, pens, pencils, and stamps.

Bible Personal notes

There is a container available at church to deposit the donations.

MAILING ADDRESS FOR:

Matthew Partin

T F Forge, CCO, 2-85

Shorab Annex

APO AE 09354

 

 

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