Friday, April 29, 2011

Food is Love! (and You can help spread it!)

At least that is a familiar phrase in some Italian circles!  The food that is being prepared and delivered monthly to Rahab Ministry really IS a great demonstration of sacrificial giving and the loving of strangers who come to  Rahab for Bible study and mentoring.

The Local Outreach Ministry team of Christ Community Chapel has committed to supplying weekly meals and cookies for these women for this calendar year.  We have a schedule in place but we still need a few more women to volunteer.  Each volunteer is only being asked to help out once a month with either a 9x13 casserole, a gallon of soup, or 2 dozen cookies.  The food is delivered to Rahab for just need to get it to the church.  Sound simple?  It really is!

If this is a way you would enjoy serving the Lord during our church's initiative to live out the words of Micah 6:8 this year, please contact the following people for further information.

Jacque Stager (330.633.1949)

Barbara Ammirati (330.573.5951)

To learn more about Rahab Ministry, click here.

"...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

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

They are loving like crazy!

Christ Community Chapel’s Love Like Crazy Bible study is a women’s laboratory for living out the truth that God is love. The group states, “He loves us with a crazy, radical, unconditional love.” On reading the book Crazy Love by Francis Chan, the Love Like Crazy ladies grasped that “love is an action and being a follower of Christ means loving God and loving people.” This lines up with CCC’s Gospel-driven call to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.

The Bible study consisted of four teams, each of which committed to serving a different ministry organization outside the CCC walls. One team partnered with Urban Vision in North Akron. Urban Vision seeks to glorify Christ by restoring its community one child and one family at a time.

Recently, one of the concepts Pastor Joe Coffey presented as a way we could do justice was to help Urban Vision buy and rehabilitate homes to help local families own their own dwelling at an affordable price. Urban Vision also teaches the families the needed life skills for budgeting and home ownership.

Urban Vision’s neighbors in need include about 600 of the Karen people group, one of Asiatic origins, that are starting a new life in the Akron area. (See a previous blog post here.)  They have been persecuted in their homeland, and have been granted asylum in the U.S. However, many times their landlords charge them excessive rent, while failing to provide basics such as running water. To counter this injustice, the Love Like Crazy team recently decided to literally take up Pastor Joe’s challenge and is raising money to purchase a home in North Akron, setting a goal of $20,000.

The Love Like Crazy team is encouraging people to purchase a Love Like Crazy necklace, as all proceeds go directly into the fund to purchase a home.

Clearly, the Love Like Crazy ladies are, as a group, showing how the Gospel of God’s love must not only penetrate our minds, but also prompt our hearts and hands to serve, since love is an action.

So, what does it look like when the Gospel transforms an individual believer in a deeper way? One lady, after serving at Urban Vision with the Bible Study, felt the call to organize 20 people on her own during Spring break to help Urban Vision clean its facility.

Are you loving like crazy?  In addition to purchasing a Love Like Crazy necklace, you might consider making a separate donation, or perhaps even to offer to match funds that are raised for the Urban Vision housing effort. For more information on ways to engage, contact any of the following people:

Carla Gasser: (330.703.0632)

Esther Morse: (330.603.6463)

Michael Ammirati: (330.650.9533 ext. 340)

Barbara Ammirati: (330.573.5951) 

Urban Vision:

To visit the Love Like Crazy website and follow the fundraising progress, go to: 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Serve Opportunity at The Haven of Rest

What are you doing Friday night?

For some people the list of possibilities is endless..for others it may be just a quiet night of R & R.

On Friday, April 29th, there is a possibility to give back  to a group of people who serve the homeless of Akron.  

It is only for a few short hours but the rewards are eternal.

Haven of Rest needs 25 volunteers to come and clean up after their annual banquet.  

Details -   Come at 7pm.   Clean up begins at 7:30.   With 25 volunteers, the job should be completed by 9:30pm.  

  Want to learn more about this service opportunity?
Just email Duncan Othen (C.C.C. Ministry Coordinator for the Haven of Rest at:          

It's that simple!

  Bless this amazing Local Outreach Ministry for all they do to feed and clothe the homeless in Akron!   

Thursday, April 14, 2011

BLESSINGS Annual Bike Hike Event

Spring is finally here!  It is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine.
How about joining us at Blessings Ministry's Annual Bike/Hike event to raise money
for teenage moms in Summit and Portage counties allowing them to remain in school.

In addition to receiving assistance with child care, teen moms are matched up with a Christian mentor for continual guidance and support. Every teen must attend church and a mentor meeting each week, maintain good grades and school attendance, and meet monthly to learn ways to adopt good life skills.

 Please join us

Saturday May 7th at the Stow Munroe Falls High School 
Choose your distance 3, 6, or 8 miles
Choose your mode of transportation:  Walk, run, or Bike

Registration fee - $5*
Fee waived with $150+ in pledges

Mail registration to:
Blessings Charity Walk
5915 Rhodes Rd.
Kent, Ohio  44240

OR Call:   330 678 9019