Dear CCC Family,
Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! That is the way a radio commercial for a local race track began when I as growing up. The enthusiastic announcer wanted you to think that something special was about to happen on Sunday. You can’t hear my voice right now, but I am saying “Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!” with my best announcer’s voice. Something special is happening this Sunday at Community Christian Church. We are starting the TRANSFORMED series by looking at how we change spiritually. The message will be “How to Get Close to God.” During the week we will start the daily readings in the TRANSFORMED Workbook and the TRANSFORMED small groups will start. Something special will be happening. Read about it below.
It is also a special Sunday because new Adult Bible Fellowship topics will start. Norma Lozada will be teaching the Book of Ruth. Norma is a great teacher and Ruth, though short, is a great book of the Bible. We will also have classes going through “The Complete Christian” material. This will class will be very helpful to everyone especially those early in their spiritual journey. You can read about it below. Something special will be happening.
See you Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!
PS We still might have a daytime TRANSFORMED small group. If you would be interested, please let me know.
Hollis Community Christian Center will have a Singspiration this Sunday, April 30, at 5:30pm. You can share a song if you would like. The church is located at 191‐22 Jamaica Avenue, Hollis, NY 11423. Refreshments will be served and an offering collected.
Adult Bible Fellowships at 11:30 am
Adult Bible Fellowships (ABFs) offer Bible instruction, discussion, friendship, prayer & service opportunities.
ABFs beginning this Sunday, April 30
- Book of Ruth: Loving kindness and loyalty are attributes pleasing to God. Ruth had a humble background, but she found favor with God, who made her a part of the family line of King David and Jesus.
- The Complete Christian: See below for details.
TRANSFORMED is a church-wide campaign that will guide and grow you, and our church, by exploring what the Bible has to say about the essential areas of our lives: Spiritual, Physical, Mental, Emotional, Relational, Financial and Vocational. Originally developed by Saddleback Church. It will be adapted for our church.
The world is shouting for our attention with answers to our relationship struggles, solutions to our financial trouble, and explanations to our search for meaning. But the world’s promises leave us empty and searching for more. God’s will is the only answer that promises to TRANSFORM our lives from the inside out.
Here is how you can get the most out of the campaign:
Attend the next 7 weeks. The campaign messages will start on April 30. Remember you can also hear the messages you miss online at www.cccnyc.org.
Get and use the Transformed Workbook which includes:
- Daily devotional readings for each day during the campaing (49 total).
- Study guides for all 7 small group lessons.
- Space for weekly sermon notes.
- Suggestions for further study based on each week’s topic.
The Transformed Workbook will be available starting nextSunday, April 23. The suggested donation is $10.
Attend a small group for seven week starting the first week of May. The small groups are important because there is more information about transformation than can be given on Sunday morning. Rick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Church, will do the teaching on the DVD used by the groups.
TRANSFORMED Small Groups
- A. Tuesday, 7:30pm, 1309 5th Ave. (East 110th St.)
- B. Wednesday, 7:00pm, Central Park West and W. 110th St.
- C. Wednesday, 7:30pm at the church building, 5. W. 11oth St.
- D. Thursday, 7:00pm at the church building, 5. W. 110th St.
- E. Friday, 7:30pm, 44th St and Queens Blvd in Sunnyside, Queens. Starting a little later in the month of May.
- Contact the church office at (212) 875-8621 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get exact location.
The Complete Christian
The apostle Paul said that he wanted to present everyone “complete in Christ.” Some translations say, “mature in Christ” and others “perfect in Christ.” The word “complete” seems to be the best. We will never be perfect and we can always be more mature. However, we can be complete in the sense that we are completely doing the things we are supposed to do to become perfect and mature. Community Christian Church is starting to use new material designed to make you a complete Christian; a Christian that does what they should to become mature. It is called the “Brave New Discipleship System” and includes a series of four courses that will help you know what a Christian should know, be what a Christian should be, and do what a Christian should do. The courses can be taken in any order and will become a regular offering at Community Christian Church on Sunday mornings in Adult Bible Fellowships and in small groups. We will offer a course for everyone in an Adult Bible Fellow starting Sunday, April 30. We are starting with Course Two because we think that best meets the needs of our church at present time. Everyone should attend! If you can’t we, will be offering the course again. The courses in the “Brave New Discipleship System” will be a standard part of CCC’s discipleship process and be offered on a regular basis. However, it would be great to be part of the start of the “Brave New Discipleship System” at CCC. You can do that on Sunday, April 30.
Mother’s Day’s – May 14
Mother’s’ Day is Sunday, May 14th. Plan to worship with us and bring your mother, daughter, or any friend. Jeff Butler will be away and Greg Stokes will be speaking.
What I Read This Week
I read lots of things during the week. Each we I will provide you with a link to something that I found helpful. Although I may not agree with everything the author writes or says, I believe this article will be of benefit to you. Click the title to read it.
April 30 – TRANSFORMED Small Groups Start This Week
May 14 – Mothers’ Day – Greg Stokes Speaking
June 11 – Youth Choir at CCC & LHCC 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm
You can give online at www.cccnyc.org/give-online/. More and more people are giving online by setting up an account and choosing recurring giving. Once you have an account you can give by texting the word “GIVE” and the amount to 84321, for example, “GIVE 25”. To give to the Benevolent Fund use the word “HELP”, and to the Building Fund the word “BUILDING”.
For the volunteer schedule click here.