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Monday, July 28, 2014

Rahab's Block Party was a Blockbuster Success!


”The heart of RAHAB ministries is compassion. “We come alongside women who are trapped in the life-and-death struggle of prostitution and drugs. Then we stay. We refuse to see them as different from ourselves, and then Christ’s love for them can flow through us.” --Becky Moreland, Rahab Ministries Founder


Christ Community Chapel loves to support Rahab Ministries! And the love just keeps on pouring out!

This month Rahab hosted a block party on Matthews Street in Akron, where the Rahab house is located, as an outreach to their neighbors.  There was plenty of food, dancing in the street, and more than enough fun and games to go around!  

Many thanks to everyone who volunteered their time, money, and talents to make this event another huge success. Reaching out to neighbors, making new friends, and serving others, and sharing the love of Jesus...that's what Rahab Ministries is all about. 






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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Looking for a way to serve?



One of the on-going ways that Christ Community Chapel seeks to serve RAHAB MINISTRIES is by providing meals and cookies to the Rahab House in Akron each month.  Women who are in various stages of reclaiming their lives gather several times a week for Bible study and fellowship and enjoy a home cooked meal together around the table.  Enjoying this kind of Godly fellowship and delicious food is something most of us would take for granted. But for these women who are being rescued off the streets and from a life of drugs, prostitution, and crime, it is an experience that touches them deeply. They are so appreciative that strangers would take the time and effort to provide a delicious home cooked meal for them, served to them at a beautifully set table with real dishes and tableware, not  paper and plastic products and institution style food, which most of them have been accustomed to during their time of incarceration.


If would would like to join a team of ladies who donate these meals and cookies once a month, we make it very easy for you to help. The need is on-going from September through May.  All you need to do is bring a frozen or freezer-ready casserole (or soup) or several dozen cookies to the church office during regular office hours. The food items need to be packaged to stack in our freezer and clearly marked for RAHAB MINISTRIES, with the date and the name of the item, and any special reheating instructions.  Once a month, the collected frozen food items are then delivered to the Rahab House. 


If this sounds like something you can do to help, please contact Jacque Stager by email, Jacque481@aol.com for further information.  

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Monday, July 7, 2014

RAHAB ~ A ministry of hope


 

Our Simple Opportunities to Serve (SOS) focus this month shines the light on RAHAB Ministries. RAHAB's mission is to break the chains of sexual slavery that is happening right here on our own streets, not just overseas.  Founded in 2002, RAHAB is a non-profit Christian ministry of volunteers devoted to rescuing and restoring women who are trafficked into prostitution in Akron, Ohio.



The outreach ministry of RAHAB is actually three dimensional.  It seeks to RESCUE, RESTORE, and EDUCATE, all the while conveying the message of hope ~ that God has a victorious plan for their lives, and to offer spiritual and practical opportunities for change.

Do You have compassion for others?  Ready to be changed by the experience of ministering to the suffering?  Many people with various talents and passions are needed for RAHAB Ministries to continue reaching hurting women.  Individuals and groups are encouraged to donate their time, talents, and finances.  some volunteers work directly with the women, while others serve behind the scenes, such as praying, organizing fund raisers, preparing food, or making table favors for the women.  



To learn more about RAHAB Ministries, go to their website (www.rahab-ministries.org) and also follow these blog posts during the month of July.  Here are a few ways to begin getting involved with this amazing outreach ministry:

PRAY:  When you sign up to be a prayer warrior for RAHAB Ministries, you will receive a monthly email with three prayer requests or praises.  You can sign up by contacting Barbara Ammirati at barbara.ammirati@ccchapel.com.

SERVE: An annual block party/picnic will be held on July 19 for residents who live near the Rahab House on Matthews Street. If you are interested in helping with set up and/or serving at this event, contact Jacque Stager at Jacque481@aol.com.

GIVE: There is an ongoing need for freezer ready meals, cookies, bookmarks, cards of encouragement, and table favors to bless the women who come to weekly Bible studies at the Rahab house.  Full size toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, feminine products, lotions, etc. as well as seasonally appropriate clothing and accessories are always needed.  If you desire to contribute any of these or have questions, contact Jacque Stager at Jacque481@aol.com.








Wednesday, June 25, 2014

SOS: Help Legacies of Success Build on The Rock


Christ Community Chapel’s SOS (Simple Opportunities to Serve) focus ministry is Legacies of Success in June.



"Everyone who hears what I say and obeys me will be like a man who has good sense. He built his house on a rock. It rained hard. The water in the rivers came up high. The winds were strong and beat on the house. But it did not fall down. It was built on a rock. But everyone who hears what I say and does not obey me will be like a man who has no sense. He built his house on the sand.
Matthew 7:24-26 (WE)



What is it to build on a rock?

Legacies of Success (LOS) seeks to bring the abundant life, which is built on The Rock, our Lord Jesus Christ, to our neighbors in need in the North Hill, Cascade Village and Cascade Valley areas of North Akron. LOS rehabilitates housing in these areas, and provides affordable habitations for local residents.



What part can I play?

You can help Legacies of Success as they provide the guidance and means for others to build their lives on The Rock. Consider these options:

PRAY – Sign up to be a prayer warrior for Legacies of Success. You will receive a monthly email with three prayer requests/praises for the ministry to bring to the Lord throughout the month. To sign up, contact Barbara Ammirati at: Barbara.Ammirati@ccchapel.com

GIVE – Donate a gift card (in any amount) from one of the home improvement stores to help with items needed inside and out for the homes being revitalized. Drop the gift card off at the Hudson campus church office receptionist desk Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, and Fridays from 8:30 AM to noon. Please place the gift card in an envelope marked “Legacies of Success.”

GO – Volunteer to work on one of the homes in North Akron being revitalized for Urban Vision families. Contact Karen McStay, Local Outreach Ministry Coordinator at: kmcstay@hotmail.com


Karen McStay

To learn more about Legacies of Success, go to: http://urbanvisionministry.org/housing_legacies_of_success.aspx .

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Friday, June 13, 2014

SOS: Help Legacies of Success Rebuild the City for God’s Glory


Legacies of Success is Christ Community Chapel’s June focus ministry for SOS (Simple Opportunities to Serve).



Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.
Psalm 127:1


How does the Lord build houses? Watch over cities?

He does these things through His people. For example, His people working through Legacies of Success (LOS), a program of Urban Vision.


How does this work?

Legacies of Success exists to solve problems in the city. LOS wants to help our neighbors in need realize the American dream of safety and home ownership. However, the inner city can be plagued by oppressive slumlords, drug use, sexual predators and illiteracy. The desire of inner city residents for a better life can cause them to relocate as soon as circumstances allow. However, this also stands in the way of revitalizing urban areas.



Revitalization comes via a slow, multistep process, which includes divine insight on how to keep the best people from leaving, educating residents in the skills needed to hold down a job, how to manage their money, and how to own their own homes. Those who work for their own homes appreciate them more than those who received them as a gift.

Legacies of Success not only rehabs homes in the inner city, but also helps locals build a sense of pride in the neighborhood. LOS helps people gain the skills necessary to own and keep homes properly maintained. Over time, this helps local properties stay maintained and rise in value. It also helps improve the appeal of the inner city neighborhood.

Legacies of Success exists to revitalize the North Hill community by transforming the neighborhood one house at a time.  This is a long term effort, with a focus on Jesus Christ’s love for the needy for all of eternity. However, there are Simple Opportunities to Serve!




How can I help today?

Consider one of the following:

PRAY – Sign up to be a prayer warrior for Legacies of Success. You will receive a monthly email with three prayer requests/praises for the ministry to bring to the Lord throughout the month. To sign up, contact Barbara Ammirati at: Barbara.Ammirati@ccchapel.com

GIVE – Donate a gift card (in any amount) from one of the home improvement stores to help with items needed inside and out for the homes being revitalized. Drop the gift card off at the Hudson campus church office receptionist desk Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, and Fridays from 8:30 AM to noon. Please place the gift card in an envelope marked “Legacies of Success.”

GO – Volunteer to work on one of the homes in North Akron being revitalized for Urban Vision families. Contact Karen McStay, Local Outreach Ministry Coordinator at: kmcstay@hotmail.com



Karen McStay


To learn more about Legacies of Success, go to: http://urbanvisionministry.org/housing_legacies_of_success.aspx .

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

SOS: Partner with Legacies of Success to Benefit the Disadvantaged


In June, Legacies of Success is Christ Community Chapel’s featured ministry partner. CCC is promoting Simple Opportunities to Serve (SOS) at Legacies.



But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
Amos 5:24, ESV


God wants justice for the oppressed.

His people are to be advocates for them.


How about today?

God’s heart for the oppressed is the same today as in Old Testament times. He works through ministries like Legacies of Success (LOS), a program of Urban Vision. Legacies prays over the disenfranchised, unlike some landlords, who prey on them.

Legacies of Success Community Development Corporation exists to revitalize the North Hill, Akron community by transforming the neighborhood one house at a time. LOS rehabs local homes, providing affordable housing for people in need. It also trains residents to own the safety and desirability of their neighborhood as well as their houses. Changing the lives of the current residents in the name of Christ is LOS’ top priority.



What’s the opportunity?

Prayerfully consider these options:

PRAY – Sign up to be a prayer warrior for Legacies of Success. You will receive a monthly email with three prayer requests/praises for the ministry to bring to the Lord throughout the month. To sign up, contact Barbara Ammirati at: Barbara.Ammirati@ccchapel.com

GIVE – Donate a gift card (in any amount) from one of the home improvement stores to help with items needed inside and out for the homes being revitalized. Drop the gift card off at the Hudson campus church office receptionist desk Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, and Fridays from 8:30 AM to noon. Please place the gift card in an envelope marked “Legacies of Success.”

GO – Volunteer to work on one of the homes in North Akron being revitalized for Urban Vision families. Contact Karen McStay, Local Outreach Ministry Coordinator at: kmcstay@hotmail.com

To learn more about Legacies of Success, go to: http://urbanvisionministry.org/housing_legacies_of_success.aspx .

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Karen McStay, CCC Local Outreach Ministry Coordinator 
for Urban Vision