Candles and Carols. Special Testimony. Revitalization.

Candles and Carols. Special Testimony. Revitalization.

 

 

 

 

Dear CCC Family,

Last Sunday’s Christmas Lunch was great! More than ever before people were talking about how good the food was. Thanks to Jackie Coss for coordinating it, everyone who helped set up and clean up, and to those that brought the great food. Well done.

This Sunday will be different, but still start at 11:00 am. It will be a candles and carols service. We will have the Lord’s Supper as usual and there will be a special testimony by Salomon and Caroline. There son, David, will be with us as well. The testimony and the Lord’s Supper will likely come early in the service so you will want to be there on time. It is not too late to give to the 2018 Christmas Offering.

Also, since we will be lighting each others candles, we need to sit closer together than usual. We will rope off more rows and encourage you to sit in the middle and closer together. We will not be having children’s classes or providing childcare this Sunday.

See you Sunday! 

Jeff

PS 2019 will be an important year for Community Christian Church. Be sure to read the information about Revitalization at the end of this e-newsletter.

December 23 – Candles and Carols
Since we won’t have a Christmas Eve service this year, we will do the traditional candles and carols service with the Lord’s Supper added at 11 am on December 23. It will be a great Sunday to invite guest. Spanish translation will not be available for this service.

2018 Christmas Offering
Christmas is a time to celebrate Jesus. In the midst of giving gifts to friends, family, and coworkers we want to be sure to give one to Jesus as well. Though the post office does not deliver to heaven, Jesus says that we can give to Him by giving to “the least of these.” The Christmas Offering is a year-end giving initiative that focuses on doing just that. This year the Christmas Offering will be used to bring David Matasima, Salomon’s and Caroline’s son, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the United States to study at Lincoln Christian University to train for the ministry and to be safe from the violence in the Congo. David has been award a grant that will cover his tuition, room, and board for four years. That is great! There are still incidental costs such as books and fees, as well as the cost of a passport, visa, and airfare. David is also going to need winter clothes when he arrives here. The 2018 Christmas Offering will get David here and settled so he can study for the ministry. That sounds like a great Christmas gift for Jesus.

Year End Giving
A reminder that for financial gifts to be tax deductible in 2018, they must be given by December 31, 2018. Your gift can be given in the regular offering, in person at the church office, digitally, or mailed & postmarked on or before Dec 31, 2018.

Upcoming Events
December 23 – Candles and Carols Service at 11 am
December 30 – Guest Speaker, Alex Lozada
January 6 – “What Matters” Series and Join the Team, Membership Classes start

Visit www.cccnyc.org/inside for volunteer schedules, prayer list, & statistics.

To give a donate online go to http://www.cccnyc.org/give-online/.

 

Revitalize 2019
2018 was quite a year for Community Christian Church. It started with selling and purchasing property. We had a successful giving campaign in which our goal was surpassed. Then, unexpectedly, we had to move from our home of  the past five years. God has been faithful, but it has been exhausting and has taken time and energy that were needed elsewhere. We need some renewal and revitalization and that will be the theme for the 2019. Below is part of how we will do that.

Focus on “What Matters”
Of course, we won’t be able to deal with everything that matters. We will look at several important topics that matter deeply for our personal spiritual life and that of our church.  We will launch the series on January 6 with “God matters.”

Upgrade church membership
Times have changed and we cannot assume people still understand things the same. Our church situation has changed and we need to do things differently. Although God’s Word does not change, how we apply it does.  With that in mind, the elders are proposing some changes. 1) CCC will adopt a statement of faith. 2) To be a member, one needs to agree with and accept the statement of faith. 3) Attending a membership class that explains that statement will become a requirement to be a member at CCC. The church bylaws will be amended to reflect that and the changes will be voted on at the annual congregational meeting on February 10th.
Join the Team, membership class
To make it easier for people to attend the membership class, it will be offered both before and after the worship service starting Sunday, January 6. There are 5 sessions. You are encouraged to attend all of them in person. However, they will be recorded, so if you miss some you can listen to them. The class before the service will start at 9:30 am and the one after will be at 12:30 pm. This will be the only Adult Bible Fellowship offered at the start of the year.

Revitalization Task Force
CCC has had many good years and our best years are ahead. To make sure we accomplish all God has for us, we are putting together a Revitalization Task Force. The RTF will guide us in making improvements to our church. If you are interested in being on the RTF, circle the “R” at the bottom of your Communication Card and place it in the offering bag.

Volunteer and Leader Training
Some volunteer and some lead. All need training and VALT will provide that. This is especially important as we raise up future leaders and elders. Watch for details in 2019.