Monday, December 7, 2015

They’ve Been Gifted – Thanks for Your Support!

So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.

I Corinthians 15:45

The spirit of Jesus Christ, the Second Adam, gives life.

Jesus came to live among us, to die as payment for our sins, and to rise again that we might have life, and have it abundantly.  These are the great gifts we celebrate during Christmas.

Your support for They’ve Been Gifted also gives life.

Kirk Falconer explains Destiny Rescue's
 international mission to a shopper

“The girls we rescue want to be free. Support from events like this empowers them to be free by earning a living.”

Those words from Kirk Falconer of Destiny Rescue emphasize the direct link between that ministry’s efforts to rescue children from sexual exploitation and slavery and its quest to empower them through skills training and gainful employment. Most of the jewelry items offered at Destiny Rescue’s table were hand made by girls who are being rescued, restored, protected and empowered in the name of Jesus Christ.

Dennis Shawhan greets shoppers 
at the Broken Chains table 

Reverend Dennis Shawhan, Executive Director of Broken Chains Ministry, also expressed his appreciation for your support.

“This (They’ve Been Gifted) is a great opportunity for Broken Chains Ministry to attain financial support for our restorative justice programs. It’s also a wonderful chance to spread awareness of Broken Chains, and for us to network with other ministries, such as True North, who work toward the same goals.”

Since 2004, Broken Chains has been helping people in the Akron area successfully return from incarceration to a purpose-driven life as contributing members of our community with the support of a 50-organization collaborative known as the Summit County Reentry Network (SCRN). Broken Chains’ restorative justice work is done through mentoring, faith-centered programs, advocacy, identity restoration and work force development.

Other ministries you helped support at They’ve Been Gifted include PET OH-Stow, Lydia’s Purse (Haven of Rest), Hospital Shalom, Urban Vision, India Gospel League, True North, Artworks for Freedom, Door 2 (Operation Rescue Fund) and COCINA (Haiti).

 Vince Petno explains how PET OH-Stow offers the chance to volunteer locally while having global impact

True North also benefitted from greater 
awareness of their ministry 

There was strong interest across the board in elevating Christmas shopping to a means of supporting God's Kingdom

Thank you!

Thanks for shopping at Christ Community Chapel’s They’ve Been Gifted event! Your willingness to benefit God’s Kingdom work is supporting Christian ministries that, in the spirit of Jesus, give more abundant lives to those whom they serve.

For more information about They’ve Been Gifted and Christ Community Chapel’s justice and mercy ministry partners, please contact Barbara Ammirati at: .

For more information on Destiny Rescue, you can go to: .

To learn more about Broken Chains Ministry, please visit: .

Friday, November 27, 2015

Why Not Me…Supporting They’ve Been Gifted?

 “…just as 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

The Christmas season highlights the giving nature of Jesus Christ.

As followers of Jesus, believers are called to give meaningfully and sacrificially.

How can we make this practical in the frenzy of Christmas time?

One way is by shopping for gifts for your loved ones at Christ Community Chapel’s They’ve Been Gifted event!

What is ‘They’ve Been Gifted?’

It’s an opportunity to buy meaningful Christmas gifts for your loved ones, while also financially supporting God's work through the following Christ Community Chapel local and global ministry partners:

PET OH-Stow                                 Lydia’s Purse (Haven of Rest)
Hospital Shalom                             Urban Vision
Broken Chains                                India Gospel League
True North                                      ArtWorks for Freedom
Door 2 (Operation Rescue Fund)   Destiny Rescue
COCINA (Haiti)

In order to provide 100% of the proceeds from gifts purchased to go to support these Gospel-driven ministries, Cash and Check only!

ArtWorks for Freedom offers creative gifts to provide medical care for children in Pakistan

Broken Chains Ministries restores the lives of the imprisoned through Christian mentoring and real-world experience in the Akron area

PET OH-Stow manufactures mobility carts for the leg impaired in developing countries

They’ve Been Gifted takes place before and after worship services on Saturday, December 5th, and Sunday, December 6th.

What about me?

Would you prayerfully consider how your Christmas giving could help further the Kingdom of God through They’ve Been Gifted?

For more information, please contact: Barbara Ammirati at:

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Why Not Me…Giving Thanks!

I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.

From: Romans 1:8

Followers of Jesus Christ have a ‘family’ to be thankful for!

When Christians closely resemble Jesus, it inspires gratitude.

How do believers resemble Jesus?

When they give sacrificially to demonstrate God’s love. For example, when they generously donate food to fill 1,500 Thanksgiving Baskets for the needy in the Akron area.

Standing in line for the chance to give sacrificially...

Leading our families to cheerfully live out the love of Jesus...

Volunteering to make sure the food to feed 8 to 10 people in each tote is well organized...

A movement of God's love that moves materials to Local Outreach ministries...

So those ministries can distribute Thanksgiving Baskets... neighbors in need, in Jesus' name.

We thank God for His Family at Christ Community Chapel.

Members and friends at CCC have once again shown their gratitude for God’s love and forgiveness by filling a tidal wave of baskets, or totes, to benefit others.  We indeed thank our God through Jesus Christ for all of them!

Scott and Judi Dalton organized the Thanksgiving Basket giving effort. We thank them, and all the donors, volunteers and ministry partners who took part in this great effort.