Dear CCC Family,
John Price, a candidate for Associate Minister, is in town. It is not too late to attend the Saturday morning breakfast gathering to get to know him. You can attend the one Sunday after church too, but the Saturday one will be smaller and allow more time for personal interaction. The time and location is listed below.
In hiring an associate minister there are several important characteristics we are looking for. Let me briefly list a few.
- A thriving personal relationship with Jesus.
- Beliefs in the line with our church’s beliefs and practices.
- Godly character reflecting the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
- A loving and warm personality.
- A humble teachable spirit.
- A team player.
- A clear communicator.
- A leader.
- A person who enjoys living in a large city and serving in a diverse church.
- A healthy and supportive family.
We have listed our opening at several Christian colleges that are in line with the beliefs and practices of our church. We have had many people express interest. The elders have gone through a process of evaluating those people. The candidates answered questionaries and responded to statements about our beliefs, practices, history, and philosophy. It was gradually narrowed down to a few. Their references were contacted. Based on what the references said we narrowed it down even more. Those still being considered were interviewed first by me and then by the elders. John Price has gone through all of that and we think he is a great candidate so we have brought him and Heather, his wife, to New York to visit us this weekend.
Although the person is being hired with the intention that he will become the lead minister at some point in the future that is not automatic. A few years from now, as God leads, a time table for my departure will be established. At that point we will decide whether the associate minister will indeed take my place or not. If the elders and the associate minister believe that is the right decision, it will be presented to the congregation and affirmed by a vote of the congregation.
We think it is important that the person taking my place is not only a person of character and skill, but fits our congregation and our community. Having that person serve as an associate first will make that more likely. The date for my departure has not been set. It could be a few years or many. Regardless of how long that is, our church needs an associate minister to expand our church’s ministry now and we need to prepare for a smooth transition in the future.
Our church bylaws have the elders deciding to hire all staff other than the lead minister. The lead minister is voted on by the congregation. There will not be a vote on hiring the associate minister, but there will be for that person to become the lead minister. Still, your input is very important in the hiring of the associate minister which is why candidates will come for a visit and you will have the opportunity to interact with them. Those opportunities are listed below. Please take advantage of them and give the elders your thoughts. We are not a perfect church and none of the candidates will be perfect. God has one that is the right fit for us. Please pray that God guides us to that person.
See you Sunday!
PS Look for the announcement about a special Verse of Day in your program on Sunday.
Associate Minister Candidate Visit – June 22-23
John Price, a candidate for our associate minister position, is visiting CCC this weekend. On Saturday, June 22nd, there will be continental breakfast at 9:30 am to meet John and Heather, his wife, and get acquainted. It will be held in the tenant’s lounge of 1831 Madison Avenue, between 119th and 120th street. That is Jon and Laury Dyke’s building. There will be a similar gathering after the service and refreshments on Sunday, June 23rd. Choose one to attend. If you plan to attend on Saturday, circle the “S” at the bottom of your Communication Card and put it in the offering bag.
John has a Master of Divinity degree in Pastoral Leadership from Cincinnati Christian University and several years of experience as a youth minister and teaching pastor. He has also held key volunteer leadership roles in a large church. His references, seminary professors and local church leaders, speak very highly of him. John is married to Heather and they have a dog.
New Home Bible Study
Starting this Tuesday at 7:30 a new Bible study will start at the home of Crystal Astrachan, 1787 Madison Avenue, which is between 117th and 118th streets. We will be looking at the parables of Jesus.
Pancake Breakfast Thank You
A big thank you to Jon Dyke for the Pancake Breakfast and chefs Olivia and Evan. It was delicious. Special thanks to Gloria too for helping out.
210 East 117th Street Renovation Update
Work and cost proposals from contractors have been submitted and accepted, permits have been issued, and the previously given construction loan commitment has been renewed. Interior demolish and framing has started! Please pray that all the work is done quickly, well, and safely.
The Vine Project Update
We had a great turn out for The Vine Project Workshop on June 8. The Vine Project is a long term effort to shift our church culture toward disciple-making. The next step will be to establish a team of people to lead the effort to do that.
Baptisms – July 14
We plan to set up our portable baptistry and have baptisms on Sunday, July 14, after the service. If you are interested in being baptized or have questions about being baptized, circle the “B” at the bottom of your completed Communication Card and put it in the offering bag or give it to a greeter.
On Day membership Class – July 20
All four sessions of the Join the Team! Membership Class will be presented on one day on Saturday, July 20, starting at 9:30 am and ending at 12:30 pm. We will meet at 1787 Madison Avenue which is between 117th and 118th streets. Please circle the “J” on your completed Communication Card to let us know you will be attending.
Consecration/Ordination of Salomon Matasima – July 28
Salomon Matasima leads our French Service and was ordained in his home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo. To establish his relationship with our church and facility his ministry in the United States we will conduct an ordination service on Sunday, July 28, as part of the French Service.
Membership Sunday – August 4
On Sunday, August 4, we will recognize all those who have met the new membership requirements and signed the Community Christian Church’s Membership Agreement.
Help with the French Service
We need just a few more people to greet for the French service. For more information, circle the “F” at the bottom of your completed Communication Card or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday Adult Bible Fellowships (Not meeting this Sunday, June 23.)
Adult Bible Fellowships (ABFs) provide Bible instruction, discussion, friendship, prayer & service opportunities. The following ABFs are meeting.
12:30 pm Classes
- PROVERBS: Wisdom through the Ages – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Led by Norma Lozada.
- Join the Team! Membership Class – The four session church membership class is a great way to get to know Community Christian Church.
Regular Sunday Schedule
11:00 am Sunday Gather with translation of the message into Spanish
12:30 pm Adult Bible Fellowships
2:00 pm French Service
June 22 – 9:30 am Breakfast Gathering to meet John Price
June 23 – Gathering to John Price after the service and refreshments
July 14 – Baptisms
July 20 – One Day Join the Team! Membership Class
July 27 – Afternoon Cookout at Crystal’s Building. More details to follow.
July 28 – Ordination of Salomon Matasima
Aug 4 – Membership Sunday
Visit www.cccnyc.org/inside for volunteer schedules, prayer list, & statistics.
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