Dear CCC Family,
We will show the movie, I Can Only Imagine, tonight at PS 96 at 7:00 pm. I hope to see you there.
It has been five months since we moved to PS 96. It is time to update you on what that has meant for us as a church family, let you know where we are with reference to property, and give you a preview of 2019. We will do that at a meeting on Sunday, December 9, after the service and before the Angel Tree Party.
Schedule change might be an overstatement. However, beginning this Sunday we will ask people to remain in the lobby until 10:45 am. The service time is still 11:00 am. We want to give the worship team time to rehearse without people coming and going and we want to make the worship service special by not having people sit through the rehearsal. The only change is when you will be able to enter the auditorium. The service will still start at 11:00 am just as before.
I Can Only Imagine Movie – Friday, December 7
Discover the uplifting story about the power of forgiveness that is behind the record breaking song, “I Can Only Imagine” by watching the movie about it. It is free and will be tonight, December 7, 7:00 pm at Public School 96 where we meet for worship. The movie is very well done and features famous actors and actresses. Invite people to attend with you. Watch the trailer by clicking here.
Informational Congregational Meeting
This Sunday, December 9, there will be an informational meeting for the congregation to bring you up to date on issues relating to our move to Public School 96, the status of our property and negotiations, and plans for 2019.
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. (That is where Jeff and Laurie Butler went to college.) 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.
CCC’s Christmas Potluck Luncheon, a favorite annual event, will be held on Sunday, December 16th after the morning service. All are invited to attend! Come with your favorite dish to share. Since we might not have access to ovens, all hot foods must be already cooked and brought to fit in warming trays. (Half pans are available to take for hot foods.) Please sign-up in the lobby. Help will be needed with set-up and cleanup, so please see Jackie Coss if you are available.
Angel Tree Project
We will have a party for the Angel Tree children and give them their presents this Sunday, December 9, at 1:30 pm. People have already volunteered to buy the presents. If you would like to help with the party, speak with Elba Rodriguez.
Our congregation is spread out throughout the NY metro area, from Long Island to New Jersey and Westchester to Staten Island. Thus, severe winter weather hits us hard especially since the people who lead and set up travel a distance. If the National Weather Service issues winter storm warnings that include statements that travel will be hazardous, please call the church office or check the church website to make sure we are still holding services.
December 9 – Angel Tree Project Christmas Party at 1:30 Pm after the congregational meeting.
December 16 – Annual Christmas Potluck Lunch after the service
December 23 – Candles and Carols Service at 11 am
December 30 – Guest Speaker, Alex Lozada
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