Thursday, December 8, 2011

Urban Vision's Christmas Store ~ can you help?


 As members of Christ Community Chapel, we are called to know Christ, grow in Him, and serve in His name. If you feel called this Christmas to be the hands and feet of Jesus, please prayerfully consider volunteering at Local Outreach ministry partner Urban Vision this December. There are also opportunities to donate gifts to benefit our neighbors in need served by Urban Vision.

The Urban Vision Christmas Store is December 17th. This event is designed for rewarding Urban Vision kids who have earned U.V. Credits by participating in programs, getting good grades and demonstrating excellent behavior. The kids can spend their Credits to purchase gifts from the Christmas Store.

The preparation of the Christmas Store requires help from volunteers, starting on Wednesday, December 14th (6 to 9 PM), when items will be pulled from storage, tables will be set up, and donated items will be sorted. Volunteers are also needed on Thursday, December 15th from 4 to 9 PM, and on Saturday, December 17th, from 7:15 AM to 1:00 PM. In addition to setup volunteers, help is also needed for Shopper Guides, Store Clerks, Gift Wrappers and Clean-up Helpers.

For details on volunteer opportunities and the latest “wish list” related to the Christmas Store, please go to:

"And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8

Friday, November 18, 2011

Rahab Ministries Scarlet Cord Event: A Fundraiser that raised our spirits!

 On November 11th, CCC Local Outreach partner Rahab Ministries launched its third annual benefit concert.  This year a large crowd of attendees was blessed by the lively, upbeat urban music of Praise-Apella, a popular Cleveland based Christian musical group.  

As before, the Scarlet Cord event featured a silent auction as well as beautiful and delicious desserts, all items being donated by local businesses and individuals.  Several Christ Community Chapel members were among the donors of desserts and auctioned items.

And also as before, attendees witnessed first hand women whose lives have been transformed by the Gospel and helped by Rahab Ministries. Their testimonies were given not in speeches, but by posters that each held up.  The first side of the  poster was the woman’s self-description prior to meeting Christ, and the other side described the woman’s new life in Christ. Here are some examples of these brief, but powerful visual testimonies.  These transformed women agree with the Apostle Paul, who proclaimed, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God to save….”  And God’s saving power was very evident in the joyous celebration of their new lives at the event.

Rahab Ministries is a street outreach to Akron women who are trapped in a lifestyle of prostitution, addiction and other criminal activities. Volunteers meet these captive women on the streets and in prisons, extending the love and forgiveness of Christ Jesus to them, and assuring them they do not have to continue in bondage.  There are ongoing opportunities for CCC members to help Rahab Ministries.  To learn more about what you can do to help, please contact CCC Local Outreach Coordinators Michael and Barbara Ammirati.

To learn more about Rahab Ministries, please see their website:

"And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8

Monday, November 7, 2011

Sharing the Blessings of Thanksgiving...

Beginning today and going through Sunday, November 20, members of Christ Community Chapel are taking part in our annual Thanksgiving Basket ministry.  Folks were lined up by the dozens to sign up and take a plastic tub home to fill with everything required to make a nice Thanksgiving meal for a family-in-need.

A list of items with which to fill the tub is provided, so every family receives the same thing.  Several hundred tubs were signed out today, and the hope to is to bless upward to 500 families in our area this Thanksgiving.

If you or your group is interested in helping this year, come to the Justice & Mercy kiosk before, between, or after services Nov. 13 or Nov. 20 to receive your tub and instructions.

Filled tubs are to be brought to the church on Monday, November 21 between the hours of 3-6 pm, when they will be loaded into vehicles for delivery to families.  If you have any questions, please contact Scot or Judi Dalton at 330-650-0109.

Thanks to everyone who is helping in any way to brighten the Thanksgiving holiday for families in our area who need a helping hand this year!

 "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." II Corinthians 9:7

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Love Never Fails...

On the weekend of October 22-23, a great outpouring of love was witnessed at Christ Community Chapel as members donated their gifts at the baby shower for Pregnancy Solutions and Services (PSS).  The shower was organized by a CCC community group and the response by the entire church was simply breath-taking!

New infant clothing, diapers, wipes, formula, crib bedding and other necessary baby items were collected for PSS and loaded into the new Mobile Ultrasound Unit that was purchased through donations to the CCC Bike Challenge that was held this past summer.

CCC members lined up to take a tour of the Mobile Unit, which was dedicated to be used for saving lives and for the glory of God.

Heartfelt thanks to the community group who sponsored this shower, and to all who had a part in it's success.  Your gifts of love will make an eternal difference in the lives of mothers-in-need who will choose life.

"And what does the Lord require of you? To do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Baby Shower for Pregnancy Solutions and Services~You are cordially invited to attend!

A CCC Community Group has stepped up in a big way to serve a local outreach ministry!  During service times on the weekend of October 22-23, they are hosting a church-wide BABY SHOWER to benefit our ministry partner, Pregnancy Solutions and Services.  PSS is based in Akron, OH, and helps  mothers-in-need. Plan to join in on the fun and fellowship either before or after the service you will be attending that weekend.  Please consider purchasing a gift from this list below and bring it with you to the shower:

*Size 3 disposable diapers
*Similac Advance (12.4 oz-blue label)
*baby wipes
*crib bedding
*size newborn ~ 2T everyday clothing

We will also be celebrating the successful Bike Challenge fundraiser which enabled the purchase of a new Mobile Ultra Sound RV Unit, which will be at the Hudson Campus both days and available for touring.  Wayne Morgret, Executive Director of PSS, with be there to greet you and answer your questions! 

"And what does the Lord require of you? To do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."  Micah 6:8

Monday, October 3, 2011

Urban Vision's Nehemiah Campaign

CCC Local Outreach ministry partner Urban Vision is like Nehemiah, the Old Testament man of God who was moved to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem after the Jewish people were taken into captivity. However, Urban Vision has mostly focused on rebuilding the spiritual lives and academic hopes of at risk youth and their families in North Akron, one life at time, for God’s glory. At the same time, Urban Vision’s ministries of mercy and justice are based in a physical building at 749 Blaine Avenue in Akron.

To ensure its stewardship of both the building and its outreach to neighbors in need, Urban Vision has launched its Nehemiah Campaign to raise $541,866 by December 31, 2011. The funds will be used to (1) ensure much needed repairs are made to the building, and (2) support additional staff needed to meet the needs of the local community. The building’s outside masonry needs to be repaired, so water does not enter and eventually cause the walls to collapse. The building also needs new exterior doors and repairs or replacement of leaky windows. All of this will enable this vital ministry to continue serving the growing needs of North Akron families via great programs such as Set on Success, which helps young people improve their academic results and gain a vision for a brighter future. All programs ensure the youth understand that Urban Vision is extending Christ’s love to them, as Urban Vision provides an alternative to joining gangs and other high risk activities.

Would you or your group prayerfully consider how you might support the Nehemiah Campaign? Urban Vision is also in need of hands-on volunteers to be the hands and feet of Christ in North Akron. For more information, please…

Or contact:
The Christ Community Chapel Local Outreach coordinators: or

"And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Crazy Love Bible Study still has a few openings...

CCC Women's Bible studies will once again include the Crazy Love Bible Study this fall on Thursday mornings.  Because of the nature of this study, space is limited.  However, there still are several openings available.  If you are interested in not only a study, but a hands on experience with some of our local ministry partners, then this is the place for you to be.

Register by filling out THIS FORM at the church website, or contact Esther Morse (330.603.6463)  But HURRY!!!  Classes started last week!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Edge 6th graders go on local mission trip to assist Urban Vision!

For the first time ever, the CCC Edge sixth graders set out on July 24th for a four night/five day local missions trip to Akron, Ohio. The youth group responded to the mandate to know Christ, grow in Him, and serve Him by assisting CCC’s local ministry partner Urban Vision in North Akron.

One third of the Edge group focused on renovations to Urban Vision’s ministry building. The team replaced side entrance doors, put in new ceiling tiles, repaired walls, and painted. The rest of the Edge group did rehab work on a home on Schiller Avenue in North Hill that will house a young couple that is joining the Urban Vision staff. The team resealed the outside foundation of the home, and sealed the inside block in the basement. They also completed the entire outside landscaping, insulated interior walls, did drywall and painting.

The Edge team did a great job bringing transformation to the Urban Vision building, and to a home that will be used for ministry and outreach efforts in North Hill. As the youth did their labor of love for Christ and our neighbors in need, Jesus continued His transforming work in their lives.

To learn more about Urban Vision, visit their website: or contact the Christ Community Chapel Local Outreach coordinators: or

"And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8

Sunday, August 21, 2011

What's cooking with teen moms?

Teen moms and their mentors recently attended a "hands on" cooking class in the home of a CCC Local Outreach team member.  Four recipes were made in only two hours' time.  Using similar ingredients, the moms were shown how several different recipes can be assembled in one cooking session and made freezer-ready for future use. 

Isn't it every busy mom's dream to have a meal already prepared to throw into the oven at the end of a long, tiring day?  

Do you have a basic life skill you would be willing to share with a young mom? To learn more about Blessings of Summit and Portage Counties, visit their website or contact Barbara Ammirati, (

"And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God."
Micah 6:8

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Have you been to The Front Porch?

Here's an easy way you can support a local outreach ministry and have a great breakfast or lunch while you are at it.  Visit The Front Porch any day of the week and see what South Street Ministries has been up to lately.  

The location is an easy hop off of I-76 at 798 Grant Street in Akron, and you can even enjoy free Wi-Fi. The Front Porch Cafe is open for business Monday-Wednesday 7 a.m. ~ 5 p.m., Thursday-Friday 7 a.m. ~ 9 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. ~ 9 p.m.  

Enjoy music on Saturday nights, or join in worship, teaching, and fellowship on Sundays at noon.  Why not consider having your next business meeting, bible study, or other event at The Front Porch?  

For further information about South Street Ministries, visit their website or contact Barbara Ammirati at

"And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Can you help Rahab Ministry TODAY?

Rahab Ministry is in immediate need of the following personal items for the women it serves:

*feminine hygiene products
*disposable razors

Please bring any items you can donate to the church in a bag clearly marked 'RAHAB MINISTRY' and leave it at the Welcome Desk in the atrium.  God bless you as you serve HIM by serving others!

Questions? Contact either of these ladies:
Jacquelyn Stager (330.633.1949)
Barbara Ammirati

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Crossing the Finish Line!

Pastor Joe leads the team back onto the Hudson Campus.
The Team crossed the finish line, completing their 400-mile challenge today at noon.  About 18 individuals joined the Team in Cleveland and at two stops along the way for the ride into the Hudson Campus of Christ Community Chapel.  About 50 family and friends welcomed the team back with tremendous enthusiasm.  Tony led the group in prayer, giving thanks for all of God's blessings through this challenge.  Below is a post that Tony wrote on the evening before the final ride to Hudson.

Responding to God’s Promptings

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16

I have a confession to make.  I’m  shocked by how big this Micah 6:8 Bike Ride has become.  Pleasantly so, but shocked just the same.  That probably says a lot more about my faith than I would care to share, but there it is. 

I say that because I’m not really a guy who has a lot of great ideas.  I married a woman who has a lot of great ideas, but I am really more the kind of guy who lets other people think up ideas.  Even the story I have lived this past week was not really my idea, but I like it that God put it in my head.  Out of all the heads He could have chosen, I’m glad that He chose me. 

One of my favorite Joe Coffey sermon lines is, “Sometimes faith looks a lot like stupidity”.  I believe in the case of this bike ride idea it totally applies.  I want to tell you about it.  I hope, in some way, you find it inspiring.

Almost three years ago I hurt my back.  For you anatomy experts out there, I ruptured my disk between my L4/L5 area of my spine.  The injury resulted in a severe case of sciatica down my left leg.  I was in constant pain, which got progressively worse. To the extent that I could not stand for more than five minutes, and I could not exercise at all.   For over two years I tried everything to fix the problem.  Nothing worked.  This past December I had a neurosurgery procedure done to correct the problem.  The surgery followed nine months of inactivity from any physical exercise, and was followed by another sixty days of inactivity.  To say the least, I was grossly out of shape. 

In January God began to prompt me that He wanted me to ride my bike across Ohio and raise support for our local outreach partners.  I was a little confused.  It just didn’t make any sense.  Did I mention I was out of shape?  Aside from that, I didn’t even know if riding a bike might re-injure my back.  I didn’t know what roads I would use, and I didn’t even know if I could afford to take the time off from work.  Besides, I would probably only generate a thousand dollars in pledges.  So why bother?  This whole thing really made no sense.  It was a stupid idea.

God kept prompting.  Despite all the reasons listed above,  I became convinced that God wanted me to move forward.  So I did.  I won’t bore you with all the details of how this thing got to where it is today, but I would like to share a couple of thoughts. 

Before I do that, I want to say that every bit of praise, honor and glory for what has happened goes to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Frankly, I find myself getting more appreciation than I deserve.  I must admit I probably enjoy those comments more than I should, but really the only thing I did was move forward one step at a time.  And I can’t even take credit for that, because God was prompting and empowering it!  He continued to open doors.  All I did was walk through them, and He would open another.  Praise God!

Fast forward to this week.  After four hard days of riding I am convinced, that if I had done this alone I never would have finished the ride and nothing anywhere close to amazing would have happened.  Fortunately, God never had that in mind.  All He wanted was for His idea to get in motion.  He had the rest all planned.  All the reasons why I should not have moved forward didn’t matter a bit.

The scripture above calls us to be light in darkness.  I have to admit that I often feel my light is the size of a match.  Looking back it most certainly was in this case.  I never in my wildest imagination believed this thing would grow to this size.  What I did not see was that God was already preparing the tinder of all of your hearts.  When the match was struck, the blaze began.  And it has created a light for so many people. 

As I close I want to thank you all again for your tremendous generosity and faithfulness.  I cannot begin to describe how inspirational it has been to me personally.  I also want to encourage each of you to continue to be faithful to God’s call in your life, regardless of how small your light may seem or how “stupid” God’s promptings may appear.  If it is God’s calling, then He is in it.  And since He is in it, know that He is preparing others to respond and receive His light. 

In Christ’s love,


Friday, July 8, 2011

Day 4 - Rounding Third at Progressive Field and Heading Home!

Fron Cincinnati to ...

     Day 4 Update from Tony:

We arrived in Cleveland today around 1:30 today.  Seventy miles from Wooster on a route that took us west of Medina, up through Strongsville, and the Emerald Necklace Park system on the west side of Cleveland.  From there we turned east to finish in downtown Cleveland.  We started out in the rain.  Wet roads are a nemesis to a cyclist, but there were no crashes and no flats today!  Thanks for your continued prayers on that front.

We started on Tuesday in Covington, KY.  We came across the bridge next to the GABP in Cincinnati.  We thought it was fitting to bookend our week with the picture in front of Progressive Field.

Tomorrow we finish.  We should arrive at the church around 11:30.  We hope to see you there!



Prayer Request:  Please keep the team in prayer - for safety and the opportunity to be a great witness to those they meet along the way on their 400-mile journey back to Hudson Ohio.

He has showed you, O man, what is good.
   And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
   and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8 NIV