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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

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This Week at Community Church

Dear Community Church,

The Critel’s let us know that they arrived safely in Costa Rica yesterday. They are excited to see how God uses them in the coming week. Let’s all remember to pray for them, and their relationships at the orphange they are working with.
This week we are back in the book of Daniel. I will be doing two final messages from Daniel 9. Read ahead!

Tomorrow night we are starting a new study series in the men’s and women’s groups. It is a great time to start if you have been thinking about coming but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

We are dedicating babies on February 21st. If you have a baby or young child you would like to have dedicated on this Sunday, please call the church office to set up an appointment with me.

The Saturday morning men’s Bacon and Bible study is going strong. Men, we have a place for you Saturday morning at 7 am!

Standing Firm,

Pastor Mike

Project Next Generation Paid Off

This Week At Community Church

Dear Community Church Family,

It is a good time to look back at the year that is almost past. For some it has been a year of challenges and loss. Others have experienced great victories and joy. Many of us have had some of each. I would say that as a church it has been a great year! A year where God has really shown up and answered our prayers and provided for our needs. Along those lines, we have an exciting announcement to make at church this week. Please come to church on time. We will begin with “the announcement” before the first song and I don’t want you to miss it.

I know that many of us have been praying for the fire victims this week. I am happy to tell you that we raised $1800 in our benevolence offering last weekend. We will be distributing it to our two neighbor/families.

This weeks message is called “The Dream” and is from Daniel 2. Read it before you come to church on Sunday!

Standing Firm,

Pastor Mike

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This Week at Community Church

Dear Community Church,

A friend of mine from Montana told me that the secret to living in a cold place is to “Embrace the Winter”.  Pam and I are embracing the winter weather, even though winter doesn’t even officially start until next week!

I hope you have been enjoying our Christmas series as we have looked at the Advent themes of Hope and Love.  This week we are looking at Joy, and the incredible joy that people experienced as Jesus was born into this world. Please remember to invite your friends. Lots of people would like to get an invitation to church at Christmas time. Remember our Christmas Eve service is at 6 pm.

We are hosting the Big Bear Theater Project production of Christmas Carol Askew in our Historic Chapel on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 pm, and for a final matinee show at 2 pm on Sunday.  Simply Voices accapella group will be performing Christmas music next week on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 pm. Tickets for all shows are $10  for adults and $5 for children and seniors and are available at the church office or No Name Pizza.

Finally, I want to mention that we have food and gift cards for people in our church and in our community that need help with Christmas.  Please call Donna if you could use this kind of help, or if you know someone that is struggling that you would like to help. Again, let Donna know and we will try and respond.

Standing Firm,
Pastor Mike

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This Week at Community Church

Dear Community Church,

Please make sure and invite friends and neighbors to church at Christmas time. People will be blessed to come and see the beautiful decorations (we have more new stuff for this weekend). Sometimes we are afraid of offending people if we invite them to church. But, most people are actually happy to be invited and you might be surprised by how many will actually say yes. Don’t forget we have a Christmas Eve service at 6 pm.

I don’t know about you, but I am not even used to writing 2015 yet and we are almost to a new year. We are going to take a look back at this year in my message on December 27th, but I have to say it has been an eventful year, with lots to celebrate. Our facility has been given a major facelift, we are supporting global outreach through our partnership with the Tornas and the Leonards, we have a youth group and a growing children’s program. This was also the year that we embarked on Project Next Generation. My mailbox is full of “end of the year” requests from non-profits, and I am sure yours is too. But, I would be remiss if I didn’t highlight the church as a great spot to make an end of the year donation. I announced last weekend that our balance remaining to be debt free is now $49K! Let me say that I am blown away by the generosity of this church and the tremendous progress we have made in righting our financial situation. This is truely an investment in the next generation of ministry here in Big Bear, our region, and the world. Thank you for your faithfulness, your sacrifice, and your generosity. Pam and I feel completely blessed to be here for what God is doing at Community Church.

Holiday Meal this Sunday – We are putting on a holiday meal in partnership with the Mom and Dad Project. This hearty meal is for people that don’t have the means to cook their own holiday meal. Food will be served in the Mary Johnson Center after our 2nd Service. Time is 12:30 to 2:30 pm. We are also looking for people that would like to help prepare food on Sunday morning. If you are available please call Nikki McGivney @878-2326.

Christmas Carol Askew, December 17, 18, and 19 @ 7:30 and the 20th @ 2:30. Get your tickets at the church office or at No Name Pizza. $10 Adults, $5 Children/Seniors

Simply Voices will be performing on the 22nd and 23rd in the Historic Chapel @ 7 pm. Get your tickets at the church office or at No Name Pizza. $10 Adults, $5 Children/Seniors.

Peace and Love,

Pastor Mike

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This Week at Community Church

Dear Community Church,

I’d like to start by thanking the many women that worked so hard to make our “Loving Well” Retreat such a success. I have talked about the importance of providing opportunities for our church to connect. To go beyond the surface small-talk and really begin to get a sense of the real issues, challenges, and joys that make up our individual lives. I think last weekend was a good step forward for us in that regard. Thanks again ladies!

Wednesday Night-Community Church
Our Wednesday Night program is specifically targeting this same issue of connecting as a body. We only have two more meetings until we break for the holiday, and we won’t resume until mid-January. So come out tomorrow night! We will be off on Thanksgiving week. And then our final Wednesday Night meeting will be on December 2nd. We will be doing a holiday potluck on that night. Let’s finish strong. Come to these final two meetings if you can.

Samaritan’s Purse
This Saturday at 9 am we put together all of the shoe boxes that are going all around the world. You can drop off items at the office throughout the week or bring them on Saturday. If you would like to help with packing the boxes this weekend it will be in the Fireside Room.

Workday
We are also having a workday this Saturday. We will be raking and weed eating. We will start at 8 am and be done by 10. Bring a rake and some gloves. Many hands make light work.
Other events this week:
Adult Sunday School Class – 8:45 am Mary Johnson Center
Saturday Morning Bacon and Bible breakfast study – 7:00 am Worship Center
Monday Night Prayer Meeting – 6 pm Upstairs Conference Room
Sunday Evening Young Adults Meeting – 7 pm Upstairs Conference Room

Our message this coming Sunday is called “Well Done”. The text is Luke 19:11-29. God bless you all this week. Be the church out there everyday!

Standing Firm,

Pastor Mike

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This Week at Community Church

Community Church Family,

This week we are covering Luke 18:31-19:10. I love this section of scripture. I told Pam this morning I could teach this passage every week! But, don’t worry, I won’t. Read ahead and prepare to hear from God when we read it together on Sunday. Also, remember this weekend is a good message for friends and people that you are praying for!

Wednesday Night:
Tomorrow night is Community Church Wednesday Night. I will be teaching Class 3 of First Steps in my office, and my dear friend, Stan Kaye, will be teaching the men. Men, I guarantee that you will love Stan! For those of you that are advance planners, there will be no Wednesday Night programs on November 25th, the day before Thanksgiving.

Christmas Shoe Boxes:
A quick reminder about Samaritan’s Purse Shoebox program. We will be packing them up to ship on Saturday, November 21st, 9am-noon in the Chapel.

Workday:
We are having a workday to clean up our church property also on Saturday, November 21st, from8 am until 10 am. Bring rakes and we could use a couple of guys on weed eaters. This is subject to the weather being OK.

David and Becky Thompson
David and Becky Thompson are lif- long Alliance missionaries. They have an awesome story and are great at telling it. We are blessed to have them in Big Bear to share with us on the evening ofNovember 30th at 6:30pm in the Fireside Room. We will be providing hot drinks and dessert. I promise that you will be glad you came. These two never fail to inspire and bless!

Scrip and Recycle
We are doing great. Let’s keep going with Scrip and recycling cans and water bottles. It is making a difference. Keep it up!

Thanks for being such an awesome church. Pam and I love being a part of what God is doing here!

Standing Firm,
Mike

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This Week at Community Church

Dear Community Church,
     This week we continue with our Community Church Wednesday Night program.  I will be teaching First Steps, class 2 in my office. All of our other programs will be in their normal spots. My brother Dave is teaching the Men’s Study.  For Men: Make an effort to come and hear him. His story is remarkable and inspiring, and one of the main reasons Pam and I became followers of Jesus. We start in the Historic Chapel at 6:30, light dinner available at 6 pm.  This week Pam’s home-made tortilla soup. 4$ for adults, kids free.
     Several people have expressed an interest in joining Community Church.  Good news! We have scheduled a New Members Class for December 9th at 6 pm. Respond to this email or fill out a response card at church to let us know you are coming.
     Our denomination has alway had a purposeful focus on reaching the world for Christ.  One of the most influential missionary couples in the last half century, Dr. David and Becky Thompson. are going to be joining us on Monday night, November 30th.  They will be sharing about their recent work in a Christian hospital located in a Muslim country in North Africa.  I am sure you will also hear some about their lifetime of work, founding a hospital in the jungles of Central Africa as well. I encourage you to come and hear David and Becky.  I promise you won’t be disappointed!
     This week we are going to tackle Luke 18.  Read ahead and be more prepared to hear from God.  What do you think, should I have ice cream when we break 100 in our early service?
Standing Firm,
Pastor Mike
Train in Europe.

CMA in Germany / Spain; 24 Hours of Prayer

Dear Community Church,
Pam and I are nearing the end of our visit of CMA field works in Germany and Spain. It’s always inspirational to be with people that are on the front lines, sharing the gospel in difficult places.  At first blush, Europe may not sound difficult. And while it is beautiful … It is also very hard, especially as we are finishing up in a large Muslim community. I look forward to sharing about this with all of you when I come back.

The reason for this second email is, to remind you about our 24 hour of prayer event on Friday and Saturday. Our church is poised to do something special. We are all a part of it. I would like each of you to make it a priority to come by the church for an hour during this time (6 pm Friday until 6 pm Saturday). God’s Word says that we are all part of divine battle that takes place in the spiritual realm. The prayer of his people is strong and able to demolish strongholds. This weekend is an important moment in our journey together, as we break through barriers corporately, personally, and push our message forward among people that are living close to us … But far from God.  Don’t miss out on it. I know there are lots of other demands on your time, but this is truly an all hands on deck moment in our church!

I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Mike

Train in Europe.

Train in Europe.