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Before Three Kings

Before Three Kings

Dear Community Church,

This week our message is entitled, “Before Three Kings” and covers Acts 24-26. We are going to look in as the Apostle Paul defends himself in three separate trials, before three rulers, and the interesting ways in which these rulers respond to his message of grace and hope. Only two more messages from the book of Acts. I hope that you have enjoyed learning about our spiritual ancestors and, if you are familiar with the book, that you are seeing some new things this time through!
Community Church – Wednesday Night
Our Wednesday Night programs are off for one more week. Resuming next week on October 26th.
Stress Busters Group Sessions 
Our Stress Busters group sessions start this Thursday, October 20th from 10 am to noon. The group will learn coping strategies for dealing with stress, anxiety, depression. It is open to all and is free!
Samaritan’s Purse – Shoeboxes
We will be packing up the shoeboxes to send on Wednesday night November 9th. We will have our normal Wednesday night dinner and then pack boxes together instead of our normal lesson. So plan ahead and bless a boy or girl in the name of Jesus. You can be bringing items for the boxes until then.  We also have boxes available.
Adult Sunday School
The Adult Sunday School class meets every Sunday at 8:45 am in the Mary Johnson Center. It is open to all. Come join in the learning, fellowship, and conversation.
Bacon and Bible Saturday Men’s Study
Men, come at 7:00 am on Saturday morning for a great breakfast and some time in God’s word. You won’t be sorry that you did!
Standing Firm,
Pastor Mike
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The Unity Fight

Dear Friends,

This week we are going to depart from our journey through the book of Acts to take a look at the issue of unity. We are also going to be looking at the issue of relational maturity and spiritual growth, both as individuals and as a church. Read Acts 15:36-41 and Ephesians 4:1-6 before church this week.
Jeff Tunnell update:
Pastor Jeff is continuing to recover from surgery in ICU and will be hopefully be moving to a regular room soon. He and Peggy are very thankful for everyone that has prayed and helped during the past couple of weeks. Please pray for physical comfort and healing and also that there would be no infection. Also pray prayers of thanks for God watching over Jeff and getting him through this nearly tragic event.
Our baptism is this Sunday right after church at 12:00 noon in the Historic Chapel. Stay just a little longer and support those that are making a public profession of their faith. Anyone wanting to get baptised should call the church to come in and meet with me.
Wednesday Night Program 
Community Church – Wednesday Night starts one week from tomorrow on Wednesday, September 14th, at 6 pm in the Chapel. Come and connect!
Chili Cook-off
Our Chili Cook-off is Sunday evening, September 25th, from 5 pm until 7:30 pm. We have nice prizes for the best chili and the best pie.  So far only women have signed up. C’mon guys! I know some of you are proud of your chili!
Refugee Relief
We are still receiving some donations, but we will be sending the money we have received to our partners in Turkey soon. So far, we have put together $11,500. It’s incredible that our small church is able to respond so significantly to this need. If you were not able to give directly to this effort, I want you to know you were still part of it. As a good chunk of this is coming from our General Fund. I think it is good to be part of a church that can respond to things that come to our attention, whether they are nearby or far away.
Saturday Morning Bacon and Bible Studay
Meeting every Saturday morning at 7 am in the Worship Center!
Standing Firm,
Pastor Mike

Good News For Everyone!

Dear Friends,

This week is “Invite-a-Friend Sunday“. We will be serving a free breakfast between the first and second service.  Breakfast starts at 9:30 and ends at 10:15. The menu will feature my brother Dave’s famous bisquits and gravy, in addition to other wonderful breakfast items. Don’t let your friends miss out!
Our message this week is called, “Good News for Everyone” and it comes from Acts 10. Again, we are looking at a monumental historic event, as God reveals to the Apostle Peter that it is time to take the message of Jesus to the whole world.  If you have ever wondered why some of the Old Testament laws are no longer followed by Christians; we see in this weeks passage how dozens of dietary laws are made instantly null and no longer apllicable by this same encounter. Come prepared: Read chapter 10 before church this week.
Communion: We will be remembering Jesus in communion this Sunday. The Bible encourages us to remember those among us that are poor when we observe this sacriment. If you are able to bring canned or packaged food on this week for our food pantry, that would be great. Also, we are going to ask people if they can put an addition dollar or two in the Benevolent boxes on Communion Sundays.
New Member Class:  We are having our New Member’s Class on Wedneday August 10th. The class is from 6 pm to 8 pm in the Fireside Room and includes a light dinner. We will be talking about the history of Community Church, our denomination (the Christian and Missionary Alliance), and our Core Values, as well as our own personal stories. Please let us know if you are planning to attend, if you have not already.
Baptism: Our next baptism is coming up on Sunday, September 11th at noon. We are going to be doing this baptism in the Historic Chapel, because the water level and quality in the marina is suffering from the drought.
Standing Firm,
Pastor Mike

Will God Forgive Me?

Dear Community Church,

It is not unusual to hear someone struggle with the idea of whether or not God would actually be willing to forgive them.  Maybe they have wandered far away from God for so long, or done something so bad, that they feel like God would never forgive them. If you know someone like that, invite them to church this weekend.  Because, this coming Sunday we are going to be looking at the transformation of the persecutor Saul into the Apostle Paul. His message stands out through the ages as proof that God stands ready to forgive even the most serious sin and to use someone with a deeply flawed past for his glory. Read Acts Chapter 9 before church.
Next Monday evening is our “Stand with Israel” event.  Elliot Chodoff, our featured speaker, is a very engaging speaker and has a tremendous amount of expertise on the unrest and violence in the Middle East. You will learn something and be blessed by coming. We are going to have some light food. The event is free. We will be taking an offering at the end.
We are becoming a church with a parking problem. Praise the Lord! This is what I call a “good problem”.  In order to make room for new people, I’d like to suggest two possible ways you might be able to help: (1) Consider joining us for the 8:45 service, we still have plenty of parking spaces at that time, (2) For those that are physically able, consider parking across the street at First Mountain Bank. This sacrifice can help us reach more people in our community.
Finally, you should notice something new around our facility when you come this week. Let’s see if you can spot what it is!
Standing Firm,
Pastor Mike

Holy Week

Dear Community Church,
This week (between Palm Sunday and Easter) is often referred to as Holy Week. On Friday we will be remembering the “once and for all” sacrifice that Jesus made for each one of us. And, of course, Sunday is the day that his followers discovered that his tomb was empty and that he had risen to demonstrate his mastery over death and to shine a light on eternity for each of us. It is also a time when families gather together and when kids get dressed up in special outfits and hunt for easter eggs. I hope that you will be able to enjoy every part of this and have a sweet and memorable holiday this weekend.

Our Good Friday service is at 6 pm on Friday. There will be no children’s classes or childcare. The nursery will, however, be open as a “cry room” with an audio/video feed if your tiny ones need to leave the service. I will be talking about the crucifixion of Jesus. There won’t be any gory videos or pictures, but you, as parents, can descide whether or not your small children are ready for that.

Our (2) Easter Sunday services will be at our normal times (8:45 and 10:30). Remember to give the invite card that you recieved last week at church to a friend or neighbor. If you signed up to be a greeter please meet Donna McClintock in the back of the Worship Center Sunday morning at 10:30.

This Wednesday is our last Wednesday night. We will be off for Spring Break on March 30th and April 6th.

On, Wednesday, March 30th, I am starting a three-week class called “First Steps“. This class examines the foundations of the Christian faith. It covers questions like:

  • How does a person become a Christian?
  • How do I grow in my relationship with God?
  • I think I prayed to receive Christ as my Savior, but I am not sure it is working for me, what should I do?
  • I am not sure I believe in God? What are the most important things that the Bible says about him?

“First Steps” is a very comfortable place to asks those questions that you always wanted to ask about God or the Bible. I have seen it help many people grow in their spiritual lives over the years. Consider coming or recommend a friend that might benefit from this class.

Standing Firm,

Pastor Mike