Monday, January 18, 2016

Know the story: Called to serve!

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.”
From Luke 1:38

God does the amazing through followers with servant hearts.

Mary became the mother of Jesus, the Savior of the world, by the power of God and with a willing heart.

Know the story: You were saved to serve.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God —  not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
From: Ephesians 2: 9-10

Followers of Jesus, the Savior, have been saved by God’s grace, as seen in the sacrificial death and resurrection of Christ Jesus. As sinners saved by grace, we respond to God’s love with a supernatural desire to serve in ways that seem ordinary, but are designed to glorify God.

When Christ empowers the servant, great things happen.

Recently, a Christ Community Chapel community group responded to an opportunity to help Faithful Servants Care Center (FSCC) get its supplies better organized. Faithful Servants' mission is to provide free urgent care services with a Christ-like compassion for those without insurance and the economic means to access traditional health care. Volunteer doctors and nurses serve on the front lines, but they also need the support of people willing to help with 'housekeeping' matters.

“Our community group really showed the hands of Jesus today getting Faithful Servants’ storage area ready to support the amazing work they do at the clinic! I am SO completely blessed to be a part of this amazing group of Christ following brothers and sisters!! Thank you all for your amazing servants hearts!!”
CCC Local Outreach Ministry Coordinator Kathi Bertolini

Christians today are called to have the same servant heart that Mary had. Christ can take our willingness to serve in the seemingly mundane things - like moving and cleaning storage cabinets, and organizing medical supplies - to enable His people to accomplish the amazing and supernatural things, like bringing the healing message of the Gospel to those in need of medical care.

Faithful Servants is located in Tallmadge, but also has mobile outreach impact in the Akron area. FSCC collaborates extensively with other Local Outreach partners such as Haven of Rest and South Street Ministries.

Community groups can help Local Outreach partners with seemingly mundane tasks, such as cleaning storage racks. 

Helping FSCC with cleaning enables medical care professionals to minister more effectively.

More cleaning work at FSCC.

Setting up shelves and slotting inventory of supplies helps FSCC be more effective for the Kingdom of God.

How about you?

If you have been saved by faith in Jesus Christ by God’s grace, study and ponder that amazing reality as you are called to know your story this year. Also, prayerfully consider how you, perhaps through a community group, are called to serve for the glory of God.

For more information on serving opportunities through Christ Community Chapel ministry partners, please contact Barbara Ammirati at: .

For information on the ministry of Faithful Servants Care Center, please go to: 

Monday, December 7, 2015

They’ve Been Gifted – Thanks for Your Support!

So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.

I Corinthians 15:45

The spirit of Jesus Christ, the Second Adam, gives life.

Jesus came to live among us, to die as payment for our sins, and to rise again that we might have life, and have it abundantly.  These are the great gifts we celebrate during Christmas.

Your support for They’ve Been Gifted also gives life.

Kirk Falconer explains Destiny Rescue's
 international mission to a shopper

“The girls we rescue want to be free. Support from events like this empowers them to be free by earning a living.”

Those words from Kirk Falconer of Destiny Rescue emphasize the direct link between that ministry’s efforts to rescue children from sexual exploitation and slavery and its quest to empower them through skills training and gainful employment. Most of the jewelry items offered at Destiny Rescue’s table were hand made by girls who are being rescued, restored, protected and empowered in the name of Jesus Christ.

Dennis Shawhan greets shoppers 
at the Broken Chains table 

Reverend Dennis Shawhan, Executive Director of Broken Chains Ministry, also expressed his appreciation for your support.

“This (They’ve Been Gifted) is a great opportunity for Broken Chains Ministry to attain financial support for our restorative justice programs. It’s also a wonderful chance to spread awareness of Broken Chains, and for us to network with other ministries, such as True North, who work toward the same goals.”

Since 2004, Broken Chains has been helping people in the Akron area successfully return from incarceration to a purpose-driven life as contributing members of our community with the support of a 50-organization collaborative known as the Summit County Reentry Network (SCRN). Broken Chains’ restorative justice work is done through mentoring, faith-centered programs, advocacy, identity restoration and work force development.

Other ministries you helped support at They’ve Been Gifted include PET OH-Stow, Lydia’s Purse (Haven of Rest), Hospital Shalom, Urban Vision, India Gospel League, True North, Artworks for Freedom, Door 2 (Operation Rescue Fund) and COCINA (Haiti).

 Vince Petno explains how PET OH-Stow offers the chance to volunteer locally while having global impact

True North also benefitted from greater 
awareness of their ministry 

There was strong interest across the board in elevating Christmas shopping to a means of supporting God's Kingdom

Thank you!

Thanks for shopping at Christ Community Chapel’s They’ve Been Gifted event! Your willingness to benefit God’s Kingdom work is supporting Christian ministries that, in the spirit of Jesus, give more abundant lives to those whom they serve.

For more information about They’ve Been Gifted and Christ Community Chapel’s justice and mercy ministry partners, please contact Barbara Ammirati at: .

For more information on Destiny Rescue, you can go to: .

To learn more about Broken Chains Ministry, please visit: .

Friday, November 27, 2015

Why Not Me…Supporting They’ve Been Gifted?

 “…just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

From Matthew 20:28

The Christmas season highlights the giving nature of Jesus Christ.

As followers of Jesus, believers are called to give meaningfully and sacrificially.

How can we make this practical in the frenzy of Christmas time?

One way is by shopping for gifts for your loved ones at Christ Community Chapel’s They’ve Been Gifted event!

What is ‘They’ve Been Gifted?’

It’s an opportunity to buy meaningful Christmas gifts for your loved ones, while also financially supporting God's work through the following Christ Community Chapel local and global ministry partners:

PET OH-Stow                                 Lydia’s Purse (Haven of Rest)
Hospital Shalom                             Urban Vision
Broken Chains                                India Gospel League
True North                                      ArtWorks for Freedom
Door 2 (Operation Rescue Fund)   Destiny Rescue
COCINA (Haiti)

In order to provide 100% of the proceeds from gifts purchased to go to support these Gospel-driven ministries, Cash and Check only!

ArtWorks for Freedom offers creative gifts to provide medical care for children in Pakistan

Broken Chains Ministries restores the lives of the imprisoned through Christian mentoring and real-world experience in the Akron area

PET OH-Stow manufactures mobility carts for the leg impaired in developing countries

They’ve Been Gifted takes place before and after worship services on Saturday, December 5th, and Sunday, December 6th.

What about me?

Would you prayerfully consider how your Christmas giving could help further the Kingdom of God through They’ve Been Gifted?

For more information, please contact: Barbara Ammirati at: