Dear CCC Family,
I wasn’t sure what to expect when we decided we couldn’t have an Operation Christmas Child packing party this year. But, as usual, you were up to the challenge. You brought 75 already packed shoe boxes! That is the most ever without a packing party. Well done! You have also already claimed all the children for the Angel Tree Project. Great job!
You are off to a great start making this Christmas about Jesus and letting your light shine so others will glorify him. You can keep it going by participating in our 2018 Christmas Offering and inviting people to the “I Can Only Imagine” movie or any of our many Christmas events. We will be doing a Christmas mailing to our community to invite ooze neighbors to share in those events. Please pray for the mailing, as well as everything that is happening. It is our hope that Jesus will be honored and people will find him as their Savior through them.
See you Sunday!
PS Please continue to pray about the property negotiations. There has been some progress that we hope to see fully materialize this coming week.
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.
Would you like a daily text message or email with a verse for that day to help you focus on Jesus during the Christmas season? If so, circle “T” at the bottom of your Communication Card and add your name and your mobile phone number or email address whichever you want to get the reminder at. Put the completed Communication Card in the offering bag.
2018 Christmas Series
Our 2018 Christmas series is “God with Us.” It is designed to help us see that God is with us in every moment. He’s with us through the pain. He comforts us in the waiting. He gives us courage when we feel anxious. “God With Us” provides an inspirational reminder of the impact of Christ’s birth. The series will start on December 2 and there will be a free gift for everyone in attendance that day.
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 shown Friday night, 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. Free tickets for you and for you to share will be available this Sunday.
On Sunday, December 2, during Junior Church children will make Advent Wreath for their Christmas celebration! They will learn what advent means and create their own unique Advent Wreath. Don’t miss out and bring a friend!
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 on Sunday, December 9, at 1:30 pm. People have already volunteered to buy the presents. If you would help with the party, circle the “P” on your completed Communication Card or speak with Elba Rodriguez.
Sunday Morning Adult Bible Fellowships
Adult Bible Fellowships (ABFs) meet at 12:15 pm. Here is what is available.
- The Gospel of John – This gospel is simple, yet profound and deep: it was written that “you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His Name.” Led by Norma Lozada.
- Études Bibliques en Français (Bible Study in French) – Led by Salomon Matasima
December 2 – Christmas Series Starts (Gift for everyone in attendance) Children make Christmas Wreaths
December 9 – Angel Tree Project Christmas Party after classes
December 16 – Annual Christmas Potluck Lunch after the service
December 23 – Candles and Carols Service at 11 am
December 30 – Guest Speaker, Alex Lozada
Visit www.cccnyc.org/inside for volunteer schedules, prayer list, & statistics.
To give a donate online go to http://www.cccnyc.org/give-online/.