Saturday, January 28, 2017

CCC Serving Spree: Be the Light of the World

“You are the light of the world…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” 
From Matthew 5

Followers of Jesus are to glorify God through gracious deeds done in His name.
In doing so, we shed light on the reality that the Kingdom of God has come.

What kinds of gracious deeds?
Christ Community Chapel’s Serving Spree provides numerous, easy-to-find ways you can serve the needy through CCC Local Outreach ministry partners.  To view a list of potential Kingdom Assignments, visit: . 
On this website, you can learn more about the missions of our Local Outreach ministries, to see which ones resonate with you.  And, you can identify possible Kingdom Assignments, or generous, gracious deeds for which you might be called to volunteer.

What is my calling?
You may see something on the Kingdom Assignments list that fits with your interests. A big aspect of this is how God has equipped you, perhaps for an assignment of your own design. 
For example, you may have several life skills that could benefit people in need.  

Clients of Rahab Ministries enjoy home-prepared meals donated by CCC members. 

Other friends and members have done after school tutoring through Urban Vision's Set On Success program. (Photo source: )
Recently, a CCC member gave a mini-seminar to teen moms and their mentors at Blessings of Summit and Portage Counties on how to save money by couponing.  When the moms realized how much they could stretch their shopping dollars by combining coupons and promotional offers, they were truly excited!

How to start?
Start simple, by exploring the Kingdom Assignments on the website.  Try a one-time assignment, to get your feet wet, and to better understand the ministry partner.
If you want to get creative, look at the needs of the different ministry partners listed on the website. If you get an idea, contact Barbara Ammirati of CCC’s Local Outreach Team at:   .
We are rejoicing that over 2,000 people have taken Serving Spree commitment cards.  Our prayer is that together, we can show how God’s gracious Kingdom has arrived for our neighbors in need. Let’s glorify our Father in heaven!

Monday, January 23, 2017

God’s Kingdom has come: CCC Local Outreach Serving Spree is on!

4 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 6 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”
Matthew 11:4-6

The coming of the Kingdom of God is marked by healing of brokenness.

Jesus told John the Baptist that this healing was a sign that Jesus was the long-awaited Deliverer of God. 

The incarnation of God in Christ Jesus is the greatest movement of love.

The God Who is without sin took on human flesh in the person of Jesus, our Savior.  Jesus came to seek and save us lost sinners. This is the greatest search and rescue mission ever conducted.  Jesus Christ brings healing to those whose relationship with God is broken by sin.  

Followers of Jesus are to be His hands and feet, serving and bringing healing to the lost and broken.

One way we can bring the healing Kingdom of God to the broken is by serving in Jesus’ name.  Friends and Members of Christ Community Chapel have a great opportunity to be Jesus incarnate to those in need in the Akron area.  This opportunity is called the Local Outreach Serving Spree.  Serving Spree cards are available at your CCC campus.  The idea is to learn about the healing ministries of CCC ministry partners, and actively participate by serving alongside those partners.

What has been the response of God’s people?

To date, over 2,000 CCC members and friends have accepted the Serving Spree challenge for individuals, families or Community Groups to link up with 8 Local Outreach ministry partners during 2017.  Over 2,000 Serving Spree commitment cards have been picked up!

The cards show options for visiting a local ministry partner, so you can better understand their mission, and how it might resonate with you. There are also options for hands-on serving events.

At the CCC Local Outreach Serving Spree kickoff on January 15th, CCC members and friends had the chance to tour the Pregnancy Solutions & Services ultrasound vehicle.

We thank God that so many have responded.  We do indeed have a heavenly Father. And, our Father has a will, that the Gospel message of healing and restoration in Jesus be shared. And, our Father has a Kingdom. 

God’s people have committed to bring the healing Kingdom of God to our neighbors in need in the Akron area.  We pray that this movement will impact our area for the glory of God, so more people will recognize that our Father’s Kingdom has indeed come.

For more information about the Local Outreach Serving Spree:

Visit the website for further information, or for a list of Kingdom Assignments from which you may choose: .

Or, contact Barbara Ammirati of the CCC Local Outreach team at:     .