June 2016 Newsletter

 

“You Shall Be My Witnesses”

It has been exciting to hear people share what the Holy Spirit is doing in their lives at our worship service.  What we have been hearing is a witness to the power of God and the authority of God as we yield our lives to Christ and the leading of the Spirit.

When we share it, it is a fulfillment of Jesus command in Acts

1:8, “You shall be my witnesses.”   A witness is someone who has seen something happen and can attest or testify to it having actually taken place.   What we are testifying to is that God works in the liveof people in meaningful and tangible ways.   Is there anything more encouraging?    Is there any greater witness?

Of course an atheist doesn’t believe God even exist and unfortunately many Christians (Deist) don’t believe that God actually intervenes in the lives of people.   It as if God just set things in motion and then took a “hands off” approach to the universe, including us.   It would be like winding up a clock and walking away.

Recently I shared a quote by N.T. Wright, “There is far more going on in the nature of church than meets the eye.”  This is so true, yet it is unfortunate in some ways that it is true, because it may be because we are not being witnesses to what God is doing in our lives.   You will never know how your testimony will impact and encourage someone unless you share it.   Not to mention that Jesus commanded us to!  Truthfully I’m often more encouraged by seeing God work in the lives of others than I am in my own life.

Someone recently commented that it seems like boasting when you share.   Well of course it is!  That’s exactly what the apostle Paul says.    In 1 Corinthians 1:31, Paul, quoting Jeremiah 9:24, says, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”  It may seem strange to think of boasting as good but boasting in the Lord is boasting of His great attributes, boasting of what He has done for us, of what He is still doing and of what He has promised to do.   Not only does God love it, he commands it, and it is so encouraging to others.   So boast away!

Blessings,

Pastor George

Artsy Fartsy in June

In June there is a change. Instead of the normal Saturday, Artsy Fartsy will be on Friday June 10 from 5-9pm. The kids are going to an art show to see their glass projects and how other artists create. We will be having a meal for them at the church and then go to the art show. If anyone is available to drive or help with the meal, please see Becky Hickman.

ON THE HORIZON

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

WORSHIP CALENDAR

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

2016 Dates:  Advent:   Nov. 27

UPCOMING EVENTS

Frontier Days Parade:  Mark your calendar for the Frontier Days Parade. It is on Thursday, June 2nd. This is a fun way to represent our church in the com-munity 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.

group-blast-to-the-past-header-725x100pxBLAST TO THE PAST VBS:

It is almost here!!! Kids, are you ready to learn and experience God’s love? That is what this years VBS is all about. We are going to journey back into Bible times and see how God showed His love in amazing ways. We’ll discover more about God’s love and what it means to us. VBS is Monday June 20 thru Thursday June 23 from 6-8:30pm.

We need lots of help from working with the kids, registration, security, donating food, transporting kids from Oak-brook, prayers and decorating. Sign up sheets will be in the lobby with information. We need everyone’s help and God is leading the way! See Becky Hickman to help with this adventure with guiding the kids to Blast to the Past and realizing God’s love for them!

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 1 John 4:16

WORD IN THE STREET: The first Word in the Street of the summer will be on Sunday June 26 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 and fire department, Milford Miami Ministries, Milford Schools, Drug Coalition, St Vincent dePaul and Artsy Fartsy. We will be sharing a meal, playing games with kids and adults, art project, fellowship and sharing God’s love. Hope to see everyone there! Your help is needed. There will be a sign up list to bring fruit and deserts. Bring your lawn chair and extras to share. Plus we will need help in setting up and taking down. See Becky Hickman for questions.

MILFORD MIAMI MINISTRY: As you know MMM is busy helping the underserved in the community with food and emergency money for bills. They are now offering spiritual help. When someone comes in to get help with physical needs, they are offered prayer and someone to just listen to their story. If anyone is interested in helping in this way, let Becky or Jana know. MMM is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 9-12, Wednesday from 6:30-8pm and 2nd and 4th Saturdays form 9-11.

 

 

cap     It’s Graduation Time!

We have several graduations taking place among our church family this year. Please take the time to read a few of those stories below, and if you have a chance, take the opportunity to congratulate them on their endeavors!

I received my Bachelors of Science in Nursing at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing. I graduated on Friday April 29, 2016. I began my studies for my undergraduate degree when Rylie was 10 months old back in Aug. of 2012 and now to think she is four and I finally am finished is such a blessing. I plan on taking my NCLEX for state board of nursing in the second or third week of June and would like to be put on the prayer list. I would love to get a Registered Nurse position in the hospital setting on a medical surgical floor to gain a good baseline knowledge in nursing. I am very thankful for my church family and all the prayers everyone has provided for me over this journey in my life. I am also thankful for my parents and my in-laws as they have helped to care for Rylie, while I was able to go to school and work. I cannot thank them enough on how grateful I truly am, I would not be where I am today without their love and encouragement. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me and how he is going to use me in reaching others in the nursing field!

Thank you,

Desirae Partin

I graduated on May 8,2016 the best mothers day gift, with an Associates of Health Science.  After almost four years of balancing two children , working, and school I finally finished. I have an externship that will start on May 9,2016 at Christ Hospital for fifteen weeks . I also had to submit a resume, so hopefully I will land a job once my externship is over at Christ. Thank you,

Tamara Cruver

 

6358614596527738711752945771_music 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.

justmarried Congratulations

Congratulations to Jay Coyle and Mary Clubb on their marriage, that took place here at CCC on Sunday, May 15th!

Congratulations to Zac Brown and Annie Wills on their marriage, that took place on Friday, May 27th!

 

June Announcements

General Announcements

Café:  The café is open every Sunday, before and after services. Come enjoy meeting and greeting other church brothers and sisters. Donations gladly accepted.

Prayer Meeting

 Men’s: Every Wednesday night at 7-8:30pm

Topic will be the Sermon message from the week prior.

(VBS week the group will meet on Friday the 24th at 7pm)

Women’s:  6/10 & 6/24, 6:30am

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, June 21st , 7-8:30pm

Ministry Meetings

Mission Strategy: June 13th, at 6:30PM and June 28th at 12 noon.

Pastoral Team: Monday, June 27th at 6:30pm

Neighbor 2 Neighbor: Monday, June 27th at 6:30pm

GriefShare:  Team meeting, Sunday, June 19th, 12:30pm after service.

Our Vision

We yearn to become a community of  followers of Jesus, of all races and ages, participating fully in the life and love of Jesus and caring for the souls of one another. We want everyone to feel at home whenever we’re  together—to feel  invited, accepted,  included, and loved unconditionally.

Our Mission

Building a community with Jesus to reach a  community with  Jesus, by showing people they belong, encouraging them to believe in Jesus, and helping them become who God intended.

Our Values

Christ-centered Spirit-led

Grace-filled

Bible-based

Community-living

handshake-cartoon-hand-shake-clipartWARM HANDSHAKES AND  FRIENDLY SMILES NEEDED!!

Our greeting ministry needs four  volunteers to greet four times a year (only once a quarter).  For more information  see Sandra Hamilton

 

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The great German composer Ludwig van Beethoven is still remembered around the world for his beautiful and skillful composi-tions.  But as wonderful as his musical scores are in themselves, his works are even more impressive when we remember that Beethoven suffered progressive hearing loss that began when he was a young man.  In fact, it is astounding to realize that Bee-thoven wrote many of his greatest works when he was entirely deaf.  Knowing the background of Beethoven’s life makes his mu-sic all the more impressive.

In important ways, appreciating the book of Acts is similar to appreciating Beethoven.  It isn’t difficult to see the power, authori-ty and revelation in the acts of the Apostles.   But when we remember that Jesus did these things through ordinary men and women it is even more impressive.

Over the next several weeks we are going to explore the New Testament’s fifth book, often called The Acts of the Apostles, or simply, Acts.   “Acts of the Risen Jesus” might also be an appropriate name for this book.  Luke tells us that his first book (the Gospel of Luke) was “about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven”.

Acts is the second volume of Luke’s history-writing project; it is about what Jesus did after his ascension into heaven — he di-rected and taught the apostles through the Holy Spirit.  As Jesus had promised he sent the Spirit to guide the apostles after he returned to heaven.  Since this book frequently reminds us that the actions of the apostles were inspired and guided by God’s Spirit, “Acts of the Holy Spirit” has also been suggested as a descriptive title.

Whichever title we prefer, what we see is the extraordinary ministry of Jesus continuing through ordinary men and women.    As we journey through the book we can be a more emboldened to continue the ministry of Jesus today in our personal lives and through Christ Community Church by the power of the same Holy Spirit.

 

 

Income/Expense Comparison of 1st Quarter 2016

1st Qtr. 2015    1st Qtr. 2015    Amount Difference

INCOME

Gifts                           $   5,100                 $ 12,525           $    7,425

General Offering        $ 29,273               $ 34,527          $    5,253

Misc.                            $         76                $        52           $      – 23

TOTAL                         $ 34,449                $ 47,104           $ 12,655

TOTAL EXPENSES  $ 42,375                 $ 37,821         $ – 4,554

OVERALL TOTAL     $ – 7,927              $  9,283            $ 17,210

 

 

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