Friday, February 17, 2012

God working through His family: Restoration Alive Service launch

Christ Community Chapel’s new campus at Cuyahoga Hills Youth Detention Center celebrated its first worship service, the Restoration Alive Service, Wednesday, February 8th.  Members of CCC’s existing campuses are excited to welcome the facility staff and residents to their family. 

However, existing members were not the only ones excited about the launch. The service was attended by 80 facility residents, or about half of its total population. This far exceeded CCC’s expectations, since the service is competing with other activities for the men’s free time. Overall, there were 115 attending the service, counting the men, facility staff, guards and CCC volunteers.
During the first Restoration Alive Service, CCC’s lead pastor Joe Coffey presented the message from 1 Peter on how Christians, the family of God, are to respond to conflict. Pastor Joe highlighted in his sermon that as Christians, we are all part of the family of Christ. This thought likely resonated with the men, many of whom do not have families to support them in their struggles. CCC’s Jim Bossler led the worship music, and Pastor Marshall Brandon hosted the service and prayed for the men at the end. Pastor Nate Hunter helped organize the CCC volunteers, and facilitated the time of fellowship after the service.

God’s work was evident not only in the attendance, but also in the response. One man received Jesus as Savior at the end of the service, and several others had questions, indicating that God’s Spirit was doing great things through His “ordinary” family members!
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“Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit”, says the Lord (Zech. 4:6