Thursday, November 20, 2014

Support Neighbors Apparel at CCC’s They’ve Been Gifted!

What is Neighbors Apparel?

Neighbors Apparel is taking part in Christ Community Chapel’s ‘They’ve Been Gifted’ event on December 6th and 7th.   Neighbor’s Apparel operates with assistance from CCC ministry partner Urban Vision. Its goal is to gainfully employ women in the community of North Hill with sewing skills to make clothing and accessory items that are made with material from Thailand. Tessa, a graduate from Kent State University Fashion Design School heads up Neighbors Apparel.

Why is this ministry important?

Because countless families from around the world have sought refuge here in the U.S., they are starting a new life different from the one they had back home. Portions of the global mission field have moved to our doorstep in North Akron. These immigrants are a great pool of hard-working, creative and talented people. While they are striving to learn a new language and culture in their new land, Neighbors Apparel employs many of these refugee women in Akron. Neighbors Apparel provides a living wage for women with sewing skills, and also furnishes sewing training and English lessons. Because these people are also exposed to Urban Vision, they also learn about the Gospel. So, Neighbors Apparel is making an impact for God’s kingdom both in this world, and for eternity.

All proceeds from any purchase you make from Neighbors Apparel at the You’ve Been Gifted event will go to Urban Vision, whose mission is reaching the North Hill Community of Akron by demonstrating the redemptive love of Jesus Christ through Christ-centered programs focused on the needs of the people, restoring the community one child and family at a time. You’re investing in local Christian community development.

What will Neighbors Apparel offer at They’ve Been Gifted?

Neighbors Apparel will offer for purchase a range of garments and accessories.  For more information on Neighbors Apparel and the items it makes, please go to:  .  To learn more about Urban Vision, click: .

For more about CCC’s They’ve Been Gifted event, please see: .

Thanks for prayerfully considering this chance to support CCC’s ministry partners by doing some of your Christmas shopping at the They’ve Been Gifted event at a CCC campus.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gifting Confusion: They’ve Been Gifted versus You’ve Been Gifted

Christ Community Chapel is a giving church. So much so, that some have expressed confusion about two of our Christmas time initiatives that have similar names: ‘They’ve Been Gifted’ and ‘You’ve Been Gifted.’ Let’s see if we can clear things up.

What is ‘They’ve Been Gifted?’

This is CCC’s annual effort to help you make some of your Christmas gift shopping a benefit to God’s Kingdom work. 

This year, CCC is offering on the weekend of December 6 & 7th hand-made art and artisanal gifts for members and friends to purchase for folks on their gift lists. One hundred percent of the purchase price of a gift goes to one of the 12 local and global ministry partners represented at the event. The recipient of the gift also gets a card explaining the type of ministry being supported.  So, the giver of the They’ve Been Gifted items is doubly blessed, knowing their gift has benefitted both the recipient and the Kingdom work being supported by CCC ministry partners.  

For more on They’ve Been Gifted, go to: .

What is ‘You’ve Been Gifted?’

This is CCC’s annual tradition of blanketing our local area with 10,000 random acts of kindness during the Christmas season.

Christ Community Chapel members and friends are encouraged to be creative in benefitting people in the Akron area. Some CCC members have paid for the quick-serve food ordered by people in the car behind them at restaurant drive-thrus. The donor usually remains anonymous, except for the fact that the recipient gets a ‘You’ve Been Gifted’ card explaining why the gift was given.

Some CCC members and friends have camped out at stores and anonymously paid the bills of customers – especially those who appear to be in need. Again, the recipient of this generosity gets the card explaining the ‘gifting’ they have received is a small expression of God’s love for them.

We hope this helps.

Both You’ve Been Gifted and They’ve Been Gifted are aimed at countering some of the materialism, commercialization and financial stress of the Christmas season. They’ve Been Gifted benefits CCC’s justice & mercy focused ministry partners. You’ve Been Gifted is a chance for us to go ‘hands on’ in blessing our local neighbors.  

It’s all done to glorify God and point to His greatest gift to mankind, Jesus.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Look for PET OH-Stow at Christ Community Chapel’s ‘They’ve Been Gifted’ celebration!

What is PET OH-Stow?

PET OH-Stow is the official name for ‘The PET Place’ in Stow, Ohio. This is a manufacturing site that produces Personal Energy Transportation (PET) carts for mobility impaired people in developing nations. The PET hand-crank propelled cart is a great solution to the challenge of getting around on rough terrain in remote areas.  For more on PET carts, see: .

What is PET OH-Stow’s mission?

Our mission is "to reflect the love of Jesus Christ by bringing the gift of mobility and dignity to those in developing countries who are unable to walk." The gifting works on a number of levels.

At the spiritual level, PET OH-Stow is about lifting up the name of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, ‘if I be lifted up, I will draw all men to Me.’ PET in Stow leads with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to offer the less fortunate the ultimate gift from God, salvation in Jesus.

On the economic level, it costs $250 to build and ship one PET cart. The typical recipient earns about $100/year, and pays nothing for the cart. Compassionate donors pay for the production and shipping of PETs.

At the personal level, our mission is in the Name of Jesus we lift people up. Every gift of $250 can lift one more person out of crawling in the dirt, and into a life of dignity.

 Where do I come in?

PET OH-Stow provides two alternatives for you to help fund mercy in motion at the December 6 and 7 ‘They’ve Been Gifted’ event:

  • You can purchase hand made gifts at one of our tables during the event at any CCC campus, or
  • You can donate $250 in Honor of, or in Memory of a loved one for a PET cart at the event.  The cart you have funded will bear a decal similar to the one below. 

For more information about PET OH-Stow, please:

  • contact the CCC Local Outreach ministry coordinator for PET OH-Stow: , or
  • look us up on Facebook at the PET OH-Stow page, or 


Monday, November 10, 2014

Thanksgiving Baskets: Showing God’s Generosity!

‘…give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.’

Luke 6:38

You can’t out-give God.

Scripture says He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. God’s resources are infinite.  And when we give because we are responding to God’s love for us, He blesses richly.

How does this work today?

God’s ultimate gift to us is His Son, Jesus Christ. The Gospel explains how Jesus, Who knew no sin, became sin for our sake…so that in Him, we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21).  Living out the Gospel transforms our hearts and minds.

One family at Christ Community Chapel has experienced God’s blessing as they have shown their generosity through donating contents for Thanksgiving Baskets for neighbors in need.

Last year, they donated contents for four baskets, or enough food to feed 40 to 48 people a generous Thanksgiving feast. They have experienced so much blessing that they have decided to fill five Thanksgiving Baskets this year, and to continue ‘upping’ the amount by one basket per year. 

This family sees giving as a down-to-earth way to communicate God’s love to others.  And in the process, giving baskets in the name of God adds a tangible, deeper meaning to the family’s expression of thanks to God.  Living out the Gospel of Jesus Christ transforms our hearts!

What can I do?

Here are the simple opportunities to serve:

PRAY – Pray for the families who will be receiving these baskets of food and the ministries who will be delivering them.

GIVE – Make a Thanksgiving Basket for 10 to 12 people as part of CCC’s yearly Thanksgiving Basket Initiative. For more information, contact Judi Dalton at: .

GO – Help with the collection and organization of the Thanksgiving Baskets on one of CCC’s campuses:

Hudson - Monday, November 24th , 3 PM to 6 PM
Stow – Sunday, November 23rd, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Aurora – Sunday, November 23rd, 9:30 AM to noon
Highland Square – Sunday, November 23rd, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

For more details, contact Judi Dalton at: .

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