Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Why Not Me - Supporting Justice & Mercy Ministries!

And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

Exodus 33:19

When asked to show His glory, God speaks of His mercy and compassion.

Our lives are the only Bible some will read. Do they reflect God’s mercy and compassion?

How can His people show God’s mercy and compassion?

One way is by supporting the work of those who care for the most broken of our neighbors in in need…like Rahab Ministries ( Rahab Link ), Restoration Chapel ( Restoration Link ) and South Street Ministries          ( South Street Link ) / Faithful Servants ( FSCC Link ) Partnership. 

Okay. Make this practical.

If you like to eat, or like to golf, consider attending the August 3 Micah Golf Outing at Westfield Group Country Club. By registering for the Outing, you can support these great ministries. Last year’s event raised over $45,000 to benefit justice and mercy ministries. This is a wonderful opportunity for your fun activities to make a difference for the Kingdom of God.

For more information about golf & dinner packages, or just dinner, or just golf, please go to:

Or, contact Barbara Ammirati of the Christ Community Chapel Local Outreach Team at:

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Why Not Me – Supporting Rahab Ministries!

If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones.

From Luke 16:10, New Living Translation

Faithfulness in the ordinary things of life can glorify God.

Summer is here, and the time is right for little, ordinary things, like garage sales.  For those who seek to serve the Kingdom of God, even those ‘little’ things can have ‘God-sized’ and eternal impact, if we are faithful.

A small event for a huge cause.

What do little things have to do with eternity?

To the extent our hearts are in tune with Jesus’ desire that we serve ‘the least of these,’ we serve Him. For example, a group of 10 families recently decided to do a joint garage sale. However, the Kingdom wrinkle was, they wanted all the proceeds to benefit Rahab Ministries of Akron. 

The Rahab Safe House

Rahab is a Christian ministry that seeks to break the chains of sexual slavery by reaching out to women who have been caught up in sex trafficking.  Rahab brings rescue, restoration and education to women. Rahab rescues by reaching out to women ensnared in prostitution. Rahab restores women’s lives by providing a surrogate family for love, strong boundaries and support. And, Rahab educates people in the Akron area on the nature of sex trafficking, and the opportunities to participate in saving the lives of entrapped women.

Where does a garage sale come in?

The 10-family garage sale was a great way for the families involved to donate used clothing, toys, housewares and other goods for sale. The proceeds went to Rahab’s new safe house, a place where women can experience restoration and discover a new life of freedom in Jesus.  The safe house needs various furniture and household goods to provide a safe, nurturing environment in which women can move toward freedom in Christ for eternity.

What can a garage sale do?

This one was blessed with divine results:

  • It raised $1,100.00 for furnishings for Rahab’s safe house.
  • It provided the participants with opportunities to share with neighbors and friends about the work God is doing through His people at Rahab Ministries.
  • It opened the door for numerous spiritual conversations about Jesus and His gospel.

The ‘little’ things in our lives can be used for great, and eternal impact in the lives of others.

How does this apply to me – today?

Please prayerfully consider how something as ‘little’ and ‘ordinary’ as a garage sale might be used to further the gospel and God’s work of justice and mercy toward neighbors in need. 

A great, fun, little way you can help support God's work!

And, if the story of Rahab Ministries resonates with you, please consider attending the ‘Cruisin’ the Chapel’ event on Saturday, August 15th, from 9 AM to 3PM at Christ Community Chapel’s campus in Hudson, OH. The event will feature a car cruise hosted by Rahab Ministries. There will be parking for more than 600 cars, food, awards, live music from Ricky & the Rockets, free ice cream and more. All proceeds will benefit the Rahab Foundation.

For more information on Rahab Ministries, please visit:

For more information on the Cruisin’ the Chapel event, please go to:

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Why Not Me – Helping at Urban Vision!

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 5:16

Good works don’t save, but they are evidence of salvation.

Sometimes, believers are called to witness through our actions. Answering God’s call to work for His kingdom glorifies His name.

What kinds of good works?

Right now, practical ones. Like helping Urban Vision staff members with painting their sanctuary.

Urban Vision's sanctuary has seen the lives of many at-risk youth brought into Christ's kingdom. Here, the UV In His Steps ballet team is practicing.

Tell me more.

This Monday, May 18th, through Saturday, May 23rd, Urban Vision’s painting project is taking place. If you’re an adult, please feel free to assist the UV staff with this effort during the hours of 8 AM through 8 PM at their facility in north Akron. For more information, please contact:

Nathan Kreis, Urban Vision Volunteer Coordinator, at 330.762.1163, or

Barbara Ammirati of CCC’s Local Outreach team at: .

For more information on Urban Vision, please visit:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

PSS: A Life-Saving Volunteering Opportunity!

And Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to destroy it?”

Luke 6:9, ESV

Jesus is about our Father’s business: saving lives.

He demonstrated He was not just the Lord of the Sabbath, but the Lord of life.

Jesus’ followers are about the same business.

One way we are called to save lives is by sharing the Gospel. Another involves a great volunteering opportunity with Pregnancy Solutions & Services (PSS).

Tell me more.

PSS has an immediate need for volunteers. The organization has a new ultrasound technician. To meet her certification requirements, she needs to perform a certain number of ultrasounds.

If you are in your 1st or 2nd trimester and would be willing to have a free ultrasound, it would be huge blessing to Pregnancy Solutions & Services, and to Jesus’ life saving work in the Akron area.

For more information and/or to schedule a free ultrasound, please contact Wayne at: .

Or, you can contact Barbara Ammirati of the Christ Community Chapel Local Outreach team at: .