Sunday, October 16, 2016

Living the Story: Serving Like Jesus!

…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

From Matthew 20:28

Those who are growing in Christ long to serve.

Through His substitutionary sacrifice, Jesus poured out the love of God on us.  Likewise, Jesus’ followers look for opportunities to show God’s love to others.

This gets practical.

As practical as putting together boxed lunches.

Recently, a Christ Community Chapel community group volunteered to create about 90 boxed lunches for people at a Rahab Ministries training event.  The group members saw it as a great ‘hands on’ chance to support those at Rahab who reach, rescue and redeem women ensnared in sex trafficking.

It also gets joyful!

As we live out the Gospel by serving, we are reminded how much Jesus, our savior, has done out of love for us.  One of the ways God restores to us the joy of our salvation and our thankfulness is by having us serve in His name. This community group has found great joy and enthusiasm in acting as the hands and feet of Jesus to help others!

Get yourself some joy!

If your community group is looking for ways to serve in Jesus’ name, contact Barbara Ammirati of Christ Community Chapel’s Local Outreach team: .

If you’re not yet in a Community Group, and would like some growth, joy and fellowship, contact CCC’s Pastor Mike Holwerda: .

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Knowing and Living The Story: Thanksgiving Baskets!

…see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

From 2 Corinthians 8:7

The believer’s generous giving can reflect God’s grace.

All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. However, by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.  God’s grace, love and power are evident in our salvation. That grace, love and power can overflow to others as an expression of our thanks to God.

A giving opportunity is here!

For Thanksgiving 2015, CCC members and friends gave enough food to fill more than 1,400 Thanksgiving Baskets!

This year, Christ Community Chapel is challenging its friends and members to donate enough food to fill 1,500 Thanksgiving Baskets (totes). Since each basket contains enough food to feed about 10 people, this giving could demonstrate God’s love to as many as 15,000 people in the Akron area.

CCC Local Outreach ministry partners identify needy families in our area, and CCC people donate food and pack the Thanksgiving Baskets. The baskets are then staged for the ministry partners to pick up and deliver.

CCC members and friends can sign up to fill one or more Thanksgiving Baskets for the needy.

You can pick up empty baskets (totes) starting the weekend of November 5/6 before or after worship services in the Hudson Campus atrium. Pick up weekends will continue on November 12/13 and November 19/20 with return of the baskets being Monday, November the 21st from 2:00 PM to 6 PM . 

You can put your Thanksgiving into action!

Thanksgiving can be so much more than a day off work. It can be an expression of what God has put in our hearts. 

Please prayerfully consider if you might be called to give food for one or more Thanksgiving Baskets.  We can live out the story of God’s salvation, grace, love and power by demonstrating how His love fills our lives, and flows out to others who are in need.

For more information, contact Barbara Ammirati of Christ Community Chapel’s Local Outreach team: .

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

Monday, September 19, 2016

Know and Live The Story; Support Running for Rahab!

The Akron Marathon is coming up THIS SATURDAY, September 24! We have an exciting way for you to help Christ Community Chapel ministry partner, Rahab Ministries! There is a team of people from Emerge Counseling Services who are RUNNING FOR RAHAB this year! 

Becky Moreland, founder of Rahab and John Palmer, President of Emerge, announce that Rahab and Emerge "have recenty formed a strategic partnership designed to provide competent, Christ-centered counseling for broken women being rescued out of the sex-slave trade.  These “trafficked” women come to RAHAB having endured physical bondage, burns, and beatings.  They’ve been choked, branded and raped repeatedly, often multiple times a day every day of the week.  They’ve been forced to trade sex for food, for shelter, and even for love.
Most of the rescued women who find their way to the RAHAB Safe house remain in grave danger as they continue to be hunted by these traffickers.  Part of their redemption and healing is long-term counseling from EMERGE’s skilled and compassionate clinicians."

 They go on to say: "You can make a difference in the destiny of victimized and sexually exploited women whose lives, up to this point, have been marked by abuse and filled with unimaginable pain.  Your investment can help them find hope, healing and a “fresh start” as they experience God’s goodness, grace, and unconditional love at RAHAB and EMERGE. Because of you, their future can be much different than their past."

Please support one of the RUNNERS FOR RAHAB! It's easy! Simply click HERE and then click the box that says "Register your participation in asking for pledges".  You can then pledge an amount and after the race, you will receive a payment form from Emerge.


For more information, please contact Barbara Ammirati of the CCC Local Outreach Team at: .

Or, learn more about Rahab Ministries at: .