Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Why Not Me – Asking, Seeking and Knocking

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Matthew 7:7-8

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Jesus encourages us to seek God’s will.

Followers of Jesus at Christ Community Chapel (CCC) are encouraged to know Him, grow in Him and serve in His name. How are we to serve? Sometimes finding the path requires that we ask, seek and knock.

How does this work?

Luke and Naomi are the leaders of a Community Group at CCC. They felt the calling to encourage their group to serve through one of CCC’s Local Outreach ministry partners.  The question was, which one, and in what way?

Group Life Director Mike Holwerda suggested Luke and Naomi talk with Barbara Ammirati of CCC’s Local Outreach team. Luke explained to Barbara that the group was seeking a one-time serving opportunity that would not be too difficult to do with kids. 

The Community Group is in the life stage of giving birth to babies.  Eventually, Luke and Naomi found that a project to benefit Pregnancy Solutions and Services (PSS) struck a chord with their group. PSS ministers to new mothers to support their decisions to keep and nurture their babies.

God spoke to the heartbeat of Luke and Naomi’s group through their circumstances.

God's love made visible: Baskets for PSS moms

The result?

The Community Group decided to put together help-baskets for the new moms served by PSS.  This is something simple that the group could do in a member’s home. Luke and Naomi sent an email to the group listing the items  the moms needed, and were unsure how the group would respond. When they asked their people, they were amazed at how many signed up to get items on the list.  The need of the PSS clients had resonated with the young families in the group.

Why Not Me?

What about you as an individual, or your Community Group? What CCC ministry partner’s mission resonates for you?  God could be using your circumstances as a call to serve in the name of Jesus.  

For information about CCC’s Local Outreach ministry partners, please:

Contact Barbara Ammirati at: , or:

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Why Not Me – Serving at Urban Vision!

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Matthew 19:14

Jesus wants us to bring the children to Him.
The kingdom of heaven belongs to those who have child-like faith.

These children recently became followers of Jesus (Photo courtesy of Urban Vision's Facebook page)

How does this happen today?
Faith comes to children, or anyone, by hearing the Word of God.  And Christ Community Chapel local ministry partner Urban Vision works to make sure the children in North Akron hear the Word. Urban Vision seeks to build a vibrant, unified community, transformed through the love and hope of Jesus Christ. 

What can I do?
You can help by serving at Urban Vision. Here are several serving opportunities, as expressed by UV’s Nathan Kreis:

There are many opportunities to bring the love of God to children by serving at UV (Photo courtesy of Urban Vision's Facebook page)
Subject: Super Fun One-Time Opportunity You Don't Wanna Miss!
Whether you're a current volunteer, a group leader, or someone who loves UV's kiddos, but can't volunteer weekly, this is not an opportunity you want to miss!

We are looking for volunteers and supplies for our October 23rd Harvest Party - a BIG party with lots of food, candy, and games! 

If you want to volunteer...
·       We are looking for 75 volunteers on October 23rd
·       Volunteers must be in high school or older
·       Volunteers will help lead carnival-type games
·       We need help from 5:15-9:00 PM
·       To signup, email
If you want to provide supplies...
·       We need a MASSIVE amount of individually wrapped candy
·       We also need 500 hot dogs & hot dog buns, chips, and fruit punch
·       If you want to provide supplies, email
Thank you so much! 

P.S. Below are a couple ongoing needs:
·       Kids’ Club – 5 more volunteers needed - starts this Friday
Love on lots of K-5th grade kids! // Fridays 2:00-5:00 PM // weekly commitment required // must be in high school or older
·       Provide Snacks
We continue to feed 95 kids M-Th and an expected 200 kids on Fridays. The need for snacks is HUGE.
For more information on Urban Vision, or these serving opportunities, please contact:

Barbara Ammirati, Assistant Director of Local Outreach, Christ Community Chapel, at , or

Nathan Kreis, Volunteer Coordinator, (330) 762-1163

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Why Not Me...Supporting Faithful Servants!

Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.
Luke 23:15

When there is good news, it’s time to celebrate!

God encourages His people to be joyous when His kingdom advances.

What’s the good news today?

Faithful Servants Care Center, a Christ Community Chapel local outreach ministry partner, is about to celebrate the expansion of its ministry to provide urgent health care to the uninsured.  You can play a part!

What can I do?

You can register to attend Faithful Servants’ third annual Black Tie and Blue Jeans Gala.  This celebration/fund raiser will involve rejoicing for the way Faithful Servants’ ministry has expanded into the inner city of Akron via the mobile care van.  It also looks forward to further expansion, as God provides funds through His people, for Faithful Servants’ mobile ministry through South Street Ministries and Global Vision in the future.

For more information, please contact:

Barbara Ammirati of the CCC Local Outreach team at:

or, Kathi Bertolini, CCC’s Ministry Coordinator for Faithful Servants:

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: