Saturday, December 3, 2016

They’ve Been Gifted: Giving with Eternity in Mind!

…if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Romans 12:8

God is mindful of how we give.

God is the Ultimate Giver. And, believers are urged to be like Him. So, the motives and attitudes behind our giving are important to Him.

Believers have options other than retail malls.

Christ Community Chapel, with campuses in Hudson, Aurora, Stow and Highland Square, will offer They’ve Been Gifted this year, on the weekend of December 3rd and 4th.  Christmas gifts purchased at this event bless both the recipient, and a Christian justice & mercy related ministry.  One hundred percent of the proceeds from purchases go to CCC local ministry partners, such as Mobility Worldwide Stow-OH, or global ministry partners such as Destiny Rescue.  The gift recipient will receive a card explaining the mission of the related ministry.

Volunteers from Mobility Worldwide Stow-OH, which manufactures PET mobility carts for the leg impaired in developing countries, will be on hand at They've Been Gifted this year. There will be opportunities to sponsor the building and shipping of mobility carts in honor of or in memory of a loved one via a $5,000 fund matching pledge!

Gift purchases can be made to benefit justice & mercy ministries related to the heartbeat of the recipient, for a more meaningful Christmas.

Giving with eternity in mind!

Too often the social pressure for gift giving at Christmas blurs the true meaning of the celebration. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life!

Please prayerfully consider They’ve Been Gifted in your shopping plans this year.  By helping justice & mercy related ministry partners, you’re investing in the Kingdom of God, and in the eternal well being of those served by these partners.

For more information on They’ve Been Gifted, please contact Barbara Ammirati of Christ Community Chapel’s Local Outreach team at: .

Sunday, November 27, 2016

They’ve Been Gifted: Opportunity for Generosity!

Suddenly a man in shining clothes stood before me and said, ‘Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor…’

From Acts 10: 30,31

God delights in our generosity.

Cornelius, a gentile believer, was invited into an intimate, eternal relationship with the living God. This man’s generosity to the poor was an indicator of a heart for the concerns of God.

God still looks for His people to aid the less fortunate.

This may seem a tall order with expectations for gift giving in the Christmas season.

There is a way to bless both loved ones and the less fortunate!

They’ve Been Gifted is coming in early December.

Christ Community Chapel, with campuses in Hudson, Stow, Aurora and Highland Square is providing an opportunity for your generosity to be a double blessing.

First, your gifts for loved ones can be unique, hand-made artisanal creations.

Second, 100 percent of the proceeds will go to a Christ Community Chapel local or global outreach ministry that serves the less fortunate.  The recipient of your gift will also receive a card describing the mission of the ministry supported by the purchase of the gift.  This provides the chance to match the heartbeat of the recipient with a cause near and dear to them.  And, the recipient can rejoice that They've Been Gifted typically benefits over 2,800 lives served by participating ministries.

Mobility Worldwide OH-Stow, which manufactures PET mobility carts for he leg disabled in developing countries, is one of the ministry partners that will participate in They've Been Gifted.

 Cocina works for the education and long term betterment of the poor in Haiti.

You can also come away with the satisfaction that your giving has helped support God’s Kingdom work in biblical justice and mercy causes.

Why not check out They’ve Been Gifted, and see if it provides a means to a more meaningful Christmas?

For more information on They’ve Been Gifted and Christ Community Chapel ministry partners, contact Barbara Ammirati at: .     


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Thanksgiving Baskets Drive Over the Top!

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful...

From Hebrews 12:28

Thankfulness characterizes saving faith.

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, Christians are called to show gratitude for the grace, love and forgiveness of God.

Members and friends at the CCC Hudson Campus committed to donate food to fill 1,000 Thanksgiving Baskets.  Other campuses also responded strongly.

Thankfulness in action is evidence of saving faith.

Scripture tells us faith without works is dead.  Works are not a means to salvation, but a reflection of gratitude for God’s love toward forgiven sinners.

 Cheerful givers at CCC's Aurora Campus celebrate this labor of love.

This is to thank Christ Community Chapel members and friends for the outpouring of love to the less fortunate evidenced in the commitment to donate enough food to fill over 1,550 Thanksgiving Baskets in 2016, exceeding the goal of 1,500 baskets. 

With each basket containing enough food to feed 10 people, that is 15,500 meals donated!

Collection of filled baskets is Monday, November 21st!

This is the date for bringing filled baskets to the Christ Community Chapel Hudson Campus for collection and distribution to needy families.  From 2 to 6 PM on the 21st, volunteers will receive the baskets, ensure they are well packed, and stage them for pickup by Local Outreach ministry partners who have identified needy families in their areas.

Baskets of donated food are checked for proper packing before delivery.

Thanks to all who have helped continue this effort to be the hands and feet of Jesus to others!

Finished baskets are arranged in groups for different ministry partners to pick up and distribute to the needy in the Akron area.

To learn more about ongoing praying, giving and going opportunities with Christ Community Chapel Local Outreach partners, please contact Barbara Ammirati at: .

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Living the Story: Finishing Well

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…

From: Colossians 3:23

Finishing well requires us to focus on God’s love for us.

God’s steadfast love for His people endures forever.  Since He will never leave us or forsake us, we persevere in work that gives Him glory.

This applies today.

Christ Community Chapel members and friends have stepped up boldly to donate food toward filling 1,500 Thanksgiving Baskets (totes) for needy families. As of November 13th, there were only 200 baskets left to be signed out and filled at the Hudson campus. The Aurora, Stow and Highland Square campuses also had baskets to be signed out.

CCC members and friends pressing on, finishing well. 

Let’s finish well!

If your family has not yet committed to provide Thanksgiving food for the needy, we encourage you to prayerfully consider this opportunity. Just as God has poured out His love and grace into our lives, let us show the love of God for those in need.

 CCC families are cheerful givers!

For more information about Thanksgiving Baskets, or other Christ Community Chapel justice and mercy initiatives, please contact Barbara Ammirati at: .

CCC's Scott and Judi Dalton coordinate the Thanksgiving Baskets labor of love.