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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Serving Spree: The Fruit of Repentance


From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Matthew 4:17


Jesus calls all to repentance.

He calls for our hearts to recognize our sinfulness, God’s grace, and our need for a Savior to re-orient our hearts toward God.


Inward repentance leads to outward fruit.

A re-oriented heart that loves God yearns to demonstrate God’s grace, love and redeeming power to others.  John the Baptist therefore admonished outwardly religious people to bear fruit in keeping with repentance.  Those whose hearts belong to Jesus long to show God’s love by acts of serving others in Jesus’ name.


How can I serve?

Christ Community Chapel’s Serving Spree offers the following options for you to prayerfully consider.


T.R.Y. Ministries focuses on positive growth in the lives of people re-entering the community after serving their sentences. Photo from: http://trulyreachingyou.com/about.html .


T.R.Y. (Truly Reaching You) Ministries has three renovation projects (paint and repurpose) available for a group at T.R.Y.’s Ministry Center. CCC has funds to help purchase materials needed.

1. Front entry (4 to 6 person-days, meaning 5 people should be able to do it in 1 day).
     2. Conference Room with wallpaper removal (5 to 7 person-days)
     3. Main open room for gatherings/meetings (3 to 4 person-days)

For more information, contact Hallie.Andrews@ccchapel.com .



Faithful Servants provides free urgent care services with a Christ-like compassion for those without insurance and the economic means to access traditional health care. Photo: http://faithfulservantscarecenter.org/get-involved/faithful-servants-gallery/ .


Faithful Servants Care Center needs adult and children’s toothbrushes for the clients they serve. You can drop off a donation and then receive a tour of the center.  Contact Kathi Bertolini ( kbertolini@gmail.com ) to learn more and to arrange a Saturday morning tour of the Care Center.

For more information on Serving Spree opportunities, visit our website at: http://kingdom.ccchapel.com/ .

Jesus said one could know His followers by their fruit.  How are you called to bear fruit for Him?






Monday, February 27, 2017

Serving Like A Child



“Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

Mark 10:15


Those who belong to the Kingdom of God are marked by childlike simplicity and trust.

Every human being is made in the image of God.  They therefore have innate dignity.  This includes people marginalized by the world system, and children.


Children can serve in Jesus’ name.

Their simplicity and trust specially equip them to know Christ, grow in Him and serve Him. 


How does this work today?

It can work when we serve as a family to bring the compassion of the Kingdom of God closer to the marginalized and the less advantaged. 

For example, Craig is Charlie’s grandfather.  Craig works at Mobility Worldwide OH-Stow, which is also known as the PET Place, where PET mobility carts are manufactured.  Craig brings Charlie to the PET Place to show Charlie why Craig and the other volunteers serve there.




Here, Craig is showing Charlie photos of the leg-disabled, marginalized people whose lives are transformed, in the name of Jesus, for the better through the gift of a PET mobility cart.  Craig has received Jesus’ compassion for the less fortunate. In turn, he is passing that compassion on to his grandson.




Now that Charlie understands the ‘why’ of Jesus’ compassion, Craig teaches Charlie the ‘how’ of putting that compassion into serving.  Craig assembles Personal Energy Transportation (PET) carts in the Stow PET Place.  Craig is passing on his passion and knowledge of hands-on serving to Charlie.  Craig clearly sees Charlie’s ability to be the hands and feet of Jesus to aid the less fortunate.  Likewise, Charlie is showing the rest of us what it means to receive the Kingdom of God like a little child.


 In this photo, Charlie helps adult volunteers at the PET Place put up signage that will inform and inspire visitors to the shop during the CCC Serving Spree.


What does this mean for us?

If you are a member or friend of Christ Community Chapel, it means you have a great opportunity for your entire family to serve in Jesus’ name through the Local Outreach Serving Spree.  Likewise, if you are a member of a CCC community group, the Serving Spree opens the door for parents to get their children actively introduced to serving alongside adults.

For more information on the CCC Serving Spree, see our website at:


You can also check this website for information on Serving Spree tours of the PET Place and other Local Outreach ministry partner locations.  These tours will help you understand the heartbeat of our ministry partners.  You may also be moved by the mission and vision of certain ministries that could benefit from your serving.





Monday, February 20, 2017

CCC Serving Spree: We Were Saved So We Could Serve!



For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:10


Followers of Jesus are new creations, regenerated with serving in mind.

Our Heavenly Father has a Kingdom, and a will for us.  He has specific acts of service in mind for you!


The Christ Community Chapel Serving Spree is a great way to help you discern His will for you.

One way to learn God’s perfect will for your life is to try different types of serving.  When you are operating in your giftedness, you will find supernatural joy.


What are some current serving opportunities?

Some specific possibilities are:



  • ·      Attending the First Glance Open House, March 19th, from noon to 2 PM. This is a great way to get acquainted with First Glance’s ministry to kids in the Kenmore area. For more information, see the Serving Spree website shown below and contact Melinda Nawn at: melnawn@gmail.com .
  • ·      Participate in a Community Group Field Trip to Restoration Chapel.  The first event will be March 29th. A group of 10 people can leave the CCC Hudson campus at 5:45 PM; service is from 7 to 8 PM. For more information, contact Barbara.ammirati@ccchapel.com .



Lives are being transformed through mentoring, worship and teaching at Restoration Chapel.

To see the whole enchilada of serving opportunities, visit the Serving Spree website at:


For deeper detail by ministry partner, click on the link to the Local Outreach partner’s web page.

God can guide us best when we are already in motion.  We encourage you to  prayerfully explore Serving Spree opportunities that could be a way for you to use your gifts!



Sunday, February 5, 2017

CCC Serving Spree: Doing It for Jesus



‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

From Matthew 25


Jesus takes our acts of justice and mercy personally.

When our love for Jesus motivates us to serve the less fortunate, He rejoices.  Sacrificial service enables us to be Christ incarnate to those in need.


I want Him to rejoice. What can I do?

Here are some suggestions for community groups, families or individuals to consider, as Christ Community Chapel’s Serving Spree gets into full swing:




South Street Ministries  is hosting a Front Porch meeting February 6th, from 7 to 8:15 PM. This is an opportunity linked to Pastor Jim Colledge’s Act II initiative. Join Jim Colledge for an encouraging evening as you will get to see some wonderful things the Lord has done with funds donated by Christ Community Chapel Micah 6:8 initiatives. You will also hear from some CCC Act II members who have played an important role in the transformation of the Front Porch building and the ministry inside the walls of that facility. If your group has a mix of Act II and younger members, please know all from your group are invited. RSVP to: Kathy.Grubbs@ccchapel.com


Photo courtesy of Haven of Rest

Haven of Rest invites you to fill Easter Hope Totes for the Homeless. Totes will be distributed in lots of 20. Fill one or as many sets of 20 that your group would to commit to. You can request tote bags to fill by contacting Hallie at: hallie.andrews@ccchapel.com. Items to collect for the bags: toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap, shaving cream, disposable razors, shampoo and conditioner, lip balm, socks, brush and comb, shoelaces, hand or body lotion, facial tissues. Once totes are filled, return them to CCC Hudson Office and mark on box (Haven of Rest Hope Totes) and we will deliver them for you or you can deliver them to the drop off center at Haven of Rest.




Urban Vision offers you the chance to make 200 PB & J sandwiches for Urban Vision KID's club on Fridays February 17th  to March 30th on Fridays...to be delivered to Urban Vision on Friday before 3pm. Contact Regina to sign up for a Friday regina@urbanvisionministry.org .


There are many other ways to be the hands and feet of Jesus by serving!

  • ·      The details for all the Kingdom Assignment opportunities are located on our site at:  http://kingdom.ccchapel.com/ . 
  • ·      If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Barbara Ammirati at: barbara.ammirati@ccchapel.com .
  • ·      If you have already completed a Kingdom Assignment for a ministry and feel called to do more at that ministry, you can check the wild card option and have it initialed for your second visit.

Knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior, growing in Him, and serving in His name become even more joyful when you're part of a community group.  If you're a regular attender or member of Christ Community Chapel, and would like to join a community group, contact Pastor Mike Holwerda at: mike.holwerda@ccchapel.com .