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“Member’s Corner” 3 Heart & Hands Blanket Ministry
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The Journey Continues . . .
November Bdays, Birthday Blessing
November 2012 Church Calendar
Find Your “Fit”
Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name." I Chronicles 29:11-13
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Giving and Receiving on the most basic response to God that a I am writing this November newsletter person can have - the attitude of gratitude. article in mid-October and have noticed Even the Advent season is skipped over as the something lately. Now, you may know that I culture rushes toward a season of buying and don't go in many stores. I shop mainly online, excess. but I was in a store the other day and was I think it would be good for us to be a bit surprised to find it filled with Christmas countercultural and just slow down in this products - wreaths and garland, tinsel and month of November and take time to lights . . . even Christmas trees. When I remember and give thanks. The Apostle told Mary (my wife) about this, she "It is Paul quoted the words of Jesus in Acts said some stores already had these “In everything I did, I showed you items out in September. It made me more 20:35: that by this kind of hard work we must think about how our consumeristic blessed help the weak, remembering the words culture is oriented and how different it is from the Kingdom values of to give the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Jesus. The rushing of the Christmas than What is interesting about this quote, season causes us to skip right over is that it does not appear in the gospels. some very important holidays (holy to Jesus said "It is more blessed to give than days) in the church year. For instance, All Saints Day is November 1. This is a receive" receive." Yet none of the gospel writers captured this line. The kind of giving that day to remember and give thanks for those who fought the good fight and now have Jesus is talking about is not the gift giving we do at Christmas time to our family and friends, received their "well done, good and faithful but it is the giving to those who are as he puts servant." It is a day for us to remember and it, "the weak". The apostle encouraged give thanks for the faith of those who have believers to find the blessing that Jesus passed on. While it is not technically a part of promised to those who give to those who can the church calendar, Thanksgiving is a very (Continued on p.6) not give back. important holiday for it focuses our attention
Lifetree Café Topics for November 2012
November 4 & November 7 Smile. . .
November 18 & November 21 Preparing for the Worst
November 11 & November 14 Wounded Warriors
November 25 & November 28 The Mystery of Prayer
making memories around the Thanksgiving table with my family and friends. I almost got trapped by the fever of fun in a pagan holiBrooke Melhorn day, but as the memories got pulled from the My granddaughter and I were taking a walk around the block the other day. When box, I didn’t care about the spiders, masks and ghosts, rather the finery of Thankfulness. we got home, I told her that we were going I have been blessed with so much, buckto decorate the house for Halloween. When ets of memories stored in boxes of my heart, I got out my décor, I realized that we were really decorating for Harvest as I brought out where Jesus is King and how we should be handmade crows, scarecrows and pumpkins forever grateful for His love. Psalms 26:7 stitched with my own hands, store purchased reminded me, “That I may proclaim the voice autumn leaves for the top of the curtains, and of thanksgiving and declare all Thy wonders (miracles)” beautiful collections of pumpkins that had For information about WM, feel free to call or been gifted or gathered over the years. email Brooke, President of Women’s I admit that I love dressing up for HallowMinistry at:714-610-1871 or een and trick or treating, but what I love most firstname.lastname@example.org is the ushering in of the holiday season and
Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. Hebrews 13:15
Men’s Fellowship Sundays @ 9:00am Thursdays @ 7:30 No meeting Nov. 23 due to Thanksgiving
Cook Off. But as a cumulative effect where are we going? Can our harvest be defined and at John Offringa what risk? One thing is for sure. . .as men, we Men’s Fellowship has past its one year need to stay in the game. anniversary. I wish to express my gratitude to For more information email me at the men who have attended and allowed me email@example.com for a weekly “Men's to serve. Through our ups and our downs, it Fellowship News and Views”. To all the men has been a great honor for me to lead Men’s of Christ Community Church I say thank you Fellowship and to be of service to for your exceptional efforts. You are God’s kingdom. “A little the best! During Harvest Festival, I watched the men of CCC put their faith in action church New Book Study: Being God’s Man. . .by with the set up, manning a booth, and with the walking a new path. Will you discover your reason for living, enter the battle, and in tear down. Men standing with their ability true become a new man in Christ? Or will you family, serving others in our communito take settle for less? To live more purposefully, to ty, and encouraging other men by a full live, to become more, you their actions. Words can’t describe a risk experience will have to become someone else and walk how proud I am of Christ Community and do a new path. Church. A little church with the ability kind of attitude is what Navy SEALs big things lookThis to take a risk and do big things well. for in a man: Rogue warriors. UnconCan I get an amen on that? well.” ventional. Committed. Guys who will do In a bad economy and a tough poanything to win the battle and stay true to litical environment, Christ Community Church their new identities. Walking this new path rehas had a big year. Big things are in the works quires men who won’t shrink from the battle. In spirit, the apostle Paul was this kind of a for next year with announcements arriving rogue warrior for God’s kingdom. He was tough shortly. Be encouraged, Let us not become and uncompromising, and he held to a code that weary in doing good, for at the proper time we marked his life. He lived on purpose, not by acciwill reap a harvest if we do not give up. Gala- dent. He surrendered his life and became a suptians 6:9 NIV. port for others. If you choose to become this kind Our 11th annual Harvest Festival is a good of man made new, and unwilling to compromise, example of this and so was our first ever Chile then let this great apostle lead the way.
Sociable Seniors Fall is in the air! This is a perfect time to reflect on the majesty and goodness of God, our Heavenly Father, the changing temperatures, the colors of the fall season, and family celebrations. We have so much to be grateful for, and we are going to celebrate our blessings when Sociable Seniors meets during the month of November. "Let Us Give Thanks" will be our focus as we sing hymns of thankfulness, as we share our
thoughts together, as well as enjoy other activities of the season. WHEN: Thursday, November 15 @ 1:00pm WHERE: Fellowship Center here at church BEVERAGES: Coffee, hot tea, and apple cider will be furnished. PLEASE BRING A PIE TO SHARE: If your last name begins with G-L Questions? Call Audrene Schmidt @ 714-526-7505 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
“ALL Things are Possible” by Teresa N.
a belief that, what according to weather e made plans to meet forecast seemed impossible . . . now seemed two other families in Big possible. Bear over Thanksgiving. We As we arrived in Big Bear the day before hadn’t been in the mountains together Thanksgiving, the air was so dry our hair was for some time and thought the long flying from the static that filled the air. Putting Thanksgiving weekend would be a nice time to on hand lotion was like drinking a glass of camp. As the 5th wheel was being cleaned, water. Still the question was repeatedly asked, the menus finalized, and “Do you think it’ll snow, the last load of wash in Mom? the dryer, the inevitable Now that hope had been question was asked. ignited in my own heart, I “Dad, do you think it’ll could state with more snow this weekend?” assurance, “All things are Tara inquired with such possible!” a heart of hope. After While eating our Roger explained to her scrumptious Thanksgiving that the forecast dinner the next day, showed absolutely no someone remarked that precipitation, the same After wiping away the annoying condensation that the forecast now predictquestion was posed my covered the bedroom window, I gazed out to witness ed a light dusting of snow a complete visual transformation. Our camp had way. “Mom, do you Friday night, followed by literally turned into a winter wonderland! think it’ll snow? How rain showers throughout could I squelch the heart of one so hopeful? the weekend. Hmm, what happened to zero Saying the first thought that came to mind, precipitation forecasted just two days prior? “All things are possible,” I responded. It’s Yet Friday came and with it an unchanging dry amazing how responding with hopeful words ground, but the weatherman still brought the planted a hope within my own heart and hope of snow at midnight, even if it was to be
(Continued on page 6) “Member’s Corner” is a place to encourage each other in the faith. Do you have an encouraging story of how God has worked in your life, taught you anew, expressed His wisdom, met your needs, or encouraged you? If so, e-mail the church office at: email@example.com with your story or to offer an interview.
So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. I Thess.5:11
Hands & Heart Blanket Ministry We will meet on
Saturday, November 10 at 10:00am in the Church Fellowship Hall. Our supplies of yarn are very low. If you have any leftover yarn that you would like to donate to this group, please let Audrene know.
Homebound Person for November: Dolores Butler c/o Emeritus
200 North Dale Ave. #201
Anaheim, CA 92801
Care Team Ministry Thanks to all who attended the Saturday Seminars on September 29. We appreciate Laurie Hamilton and Mary Scholten for their presentations. Team members of LOGO: Local and Global Outreach ministry, are appreciated, also, for their support and assistance in hosting this event.
The Care Team will meet on Tuesday, November 6 @ 7pm in Room A1. Questions regarding Care Ministry, Blanket Ministry or Sociable Seniors: Please contact Audrene Schmidt @ 714-526-7505.
Every Wednesday @ 6:30pm in the Navy Room . . . Enjoy time with friends and coaches as we learn more about God and His love for us. Come early (at 6pm) to learn Christmas Carols for the Christmas
“One Silent Night” Christmas Pagent December 16th @ 6:00pm
If you want your child to participate there are a couple things you should know. CDs are available in the CM Office. Please listen with your child so they learn the words to these great Christmas Carols. There are three ways that your child can be involved.
Important Production Dates: Full Cast Practices in Sanctuary from 5:30 to 7pm, November 14 and December 5 Dress Rehearsal in Sanctuary from 5:30 to 7pm – Dec.12 For more information or if you have any questions, please call Cindy @ 562.500.5186.
Kid's Handbells (1st through 6th Grade) No experience necessary. Practice is Sunday mornings @ 9am in the Navy Room
Kid's Choir (3 years through 4th Grade) Practice is Wednesdays @ 6pm in the Navy Room. We practice for half an hour right before TeamKID which starts at 6:30 and ends at 8:00pm. Kids will also be singing their songs in their Sunday classes.
Dance Troupe (1st through 4th Grade girls) Practice is Sunday @ 10am - This troupe will be led by Miss Linda and her team.
Holiday Dates to Remember: Nov. 21 – No TeamKID (Thanksgiving) Nov. 28 – November Birthdays celebrated Dec. 19 – TeamKID Christmas Party and December Birthdays celebrated TeamKID resumes on January 16
Various Kid’s Programs
TeamKID = Kids in Discipleship
Kids . . . Yout
Club BASIC (Pre-teen)
Children (Becoming a Soldier in Christ) 5th & 6th Grade 3 year olds through 4th grade
(A Light in Ev
th . . . Students . . . Parents
Pre-Teen & JH Ministry
es (Junior High)
& 8th Grade
High School Ministry 9th & 12th Grade
College Students & College Age
High School Ministry Kevin Woolums
Dates to Remember Connect:
Every Sunday at the 10:30am service.
HM: Every Wednesday from 6-8pm *There will be no HM Wednesday, November21st Contact: Kevin Woolums, HS Director @ Kevin@cccbp.org.
The CCC.College experience is based on Proverbs 27:17 "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another..." This group is for all those out of high school, in college, or college age.
Thursday nights at 7:00pm in the Orange door. For questions about CCC.College, contact: Raymond Castillo at: Rjcastillo13@hotmail.com
“It takes wisdom to have a good family, and understanding to make it strong." Proverbs 24:3 Offered on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month during TeamKID in Room A-1. Join us November 14th & 28th @ 6:45-8:00pm Please contact: Kathy Salazar at: 714.803.9928 with any questions.
Wow, year end is upon us and it's already November! This year has launched enthusiastically for both the Pre-teen & Jr. High groups. They continuing to grow with new students joining us almost every week! It is so amazing to see God at work in these students lives! And here’s what’s on the horizon:
Soul'd Out Friday Night Friday, November 9th from 6:00 - 9:00pm is Soul'd Out Friday Night’s 'Pizza Scavenger Hunt' for 5th thru 8th grade. We will meet in the Fellowship Center where we will divide up into teams, each with a leader, and pick team names. We will head out into the neighborhood with our leaders and 'scavenge' for our pizza ingredients! When teams have all their ingredients, they will go to their leader's house to assemble & bake their pizza. The first team back to the Fellowship Center with a cooked pizza is the winner!!! When all the teams get back then we will eat the pizzas.
Fun & Games Night Tuesday, November 20th from 6:00 - 8:00pm is 'Fun & Games Night' for 5th thru 8th grade in The Barracks. We will have lots of games available to play and feel free to bring your favorite game too!!! A totally fun night to just hang out together and enjoy some fellowship!
Two Winter Camps Available Two awesome winter events coming up for 6th thru 8th grade: Winter Camp at Forest Home on February 1st - 3rd, 2013. The theme this year is “EVERYTHING - Heart, Soul, Mind, & Strength”. What does Jesus ask of his followers? It's simple, but it's big. It is EVERYTHING. An unreserved commitment. He wants all of you! Students will be challenged to have a better understanding of what God asks of them and how to deeply embrace His calling. Cost for the weekend is $150! Deadline Date: $25 due by Sunday, December 2nd
“2013 Believe Tour” at Hope International University in Fullerton on February 15th & 16th, 2013. This is a 2-day event that promises to be an intense, inspiring, and amazing experience for 6th thru 8th grade students of any walk. The cost for this event is $50 if you sign up with a $25 deposit by December 23rd. After December 23rd the cost is $70 and space is limited. Deadline Date: $25 due by Sunday, December 23rd for lower cost
Watch for more details soon on both of these events!!!
Questions or concerns? Sue French: 714.553.5296 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In the Season of CCC . . . . . . where God is our Worship Leader!
Although choir practice works for some on Thursdays, it does not work for all, which is why a 2nd practice was added. So, with two available practice times, we hope to see everyone who loves to sing participate.
Thursdays @ 6:40pm -and/orSundays after 2nd service.
Come not only to offer your voice, but to enjoy fellowship and to celebrate God’s abundant goodness: “They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.” Psalm 145:7 See you Sundays and/or Thursdays? We’ll be looking for you! (All Things are Possible, continued from p.3)
just a light dusting. I did think it an overreaction when one of our family friends left after dinner Friday thinking they could beat the expected arrival of snow. I mean, a light dusting isn’t that difficult to drive in, is it? After we said our good-byes and settled in for a relaxing evening, Tara changed her question from, “Do you think it’ll snow?” to, “It’s going to snow!” My spoken all things are possible was now met with an inner prayer, “Oh, God, show the kids that you can make the seemingly impossible, possible.” Ryan decided to stay up to do homework when I said good-night. “Wake me if it starts snowing,” I requested. The beauty of seeing new fallen snow was something I didn’t want to miss. What seemed to be just a few minutes later, I heard
from a restful slumber Ryan urgently whispering, “Mom, it’s snowing!” I jumped out of bed like a child on Christmas morning to view this unexpected sight. I unlatched the door to meet a rush of cold air and, sure enough, soft flakes of fresh white snow were quietly making their flight to the brown, dry ground below. Ryan quickly put on his boots and jacket. I took a few pictures of him enjoying the fresh-filled hope of the night when, again, I said my good-night. Awe, God is good! “Thank you, Lord, for showing your wonder through the beauty of nature.” Yet what I experienced before drifting off to sleep, once again, could not have prepared me for the amazing transformation which was realized the next morning. We didn’t see the expected dusting of snow, but a complete blanket which covered everything that lay bare. After wiping away the annoying condensation that covered the bedroom window, I gazed out to witness a complete visual transformation. Our camp had literally turned into a winter wonderland! The rain showers didn’t come as forecasted, yet through the emergent belief that all things are possible it snowed throughout the day and another 5” Saturday night. We had planned to leave Sunday, but with the snow chains still snuggled in the garage at home, we played it safe and left Monday instead. “Do you think it’ll snow, Mom?” (With God) “All things are possible!” True Story—Thanksgiving 2009 First Printed—December 2009
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The month of November is sort of "book ended" by All Saints Day at the beginning of the month and Thanksgiving Day toward the end of the month. What if we celebrated this month by thinking about "the saints" of our lives - parents, grandparents, friends, who have gone to be with the Lord. And what if we remembered them by giving a gift to the poor, the weak, the needy, in honor of them. Perhaps you might do it this way: Take an envelope and write the name of the loved one you want to remember on it. Use as many envelopes as "Saints" you want to remember. Put a monetary gift in each envelope and then take one with you each day in November, being alert to who God might want you to give that money to. Keep doing this until you have given way all the envelopes. I think by doing this you will discover the truth of Jesus words; "It is more blessed to give than to receive."
Pastor Doug Scholten
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The Journey Continues
Journey Group Fellowship launched successfully in October with 9 groups scheduled to meet four times during the “Thrive” series, which is about every two weeks over a nine week period. The groups meet in CCC’s “Living Room” (Pastor Doug’s office) to discuss the previous week’s sermon through a guided lesson prepared by Pastor Doug. Each session provides time to think more deeply about the sermon, share personal experiences, listen to how others have struggled and overcome, and gain greater insight into applying God’s truth to one’s life . . . Community is in process at Christ Community Church. For those who missed out on the “Thrive” Journey, take heart as a new Journey is scheduled soon after the New Year. Also, the Sunday’s 10:30am Journey Group is always open for those who would like to participate (11/4 and 11/18 meeting times remaining). So stay tuned for other Journeys as each JGF gathers in:
Sharing Life . . . Encouraging Faith . . . Promoting Prayer . . .
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Food collection continues for the “We’ve Got Your Back” program through Giving Children Hope. Continue to bring your donations through the “Thrive” series. Thank you to ALL who have already so generously given to help fight hunger right here in our own backyard.
Birthday Blessings Our Father in Heaven, to You we bring thanks, For blessings that come from your hand, Family and friends and strength through our days, And freedom that reigns in our land. Since with it we’re able to gather and bless, Your name that’s honored and true, And share what you’ve done to redeem our life, With those who yet need to know you. And a heart full of thanks, Through the tough times we find, Our load a bit lighter, it releases our mind, To think of good things, not dwell on the bad, Or build up resentments that makes us real mad. So thank you dear Lord, for all that you’ve done, Family and friends, but mainly your Son, Children and laughter, shelter and bread, Restful slumber, a nice warm bed, A friend on the phone, the one who can cheer, Who supports our woes, and calms our fears, A hug real tight, ten fingers and toes, Beautiful smells that waft through our nose. Yes, our cup overflows and one thing I do pray, That You’d give our friends a joy-filled day, And bless their year, ahead of them too, Happy Birthday fun, making all things new.
Monthly Thought: Thanksgiving, to be truly thanksgiving, is first thanks, then giving. —unknown
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Dave Walton Connie Gissel Jeannie Griswold James Hsu Grace Ruth Rogers Kathy Salazar Stephany Guzman Grant Van Der Wal Ryan Nixon Alicia Sullivan Phil Robinson Jim Emery Hoppy Fikse
11/16 George Mast Harvey Egelin Jackie Prouty 11/18 Jim Clemens 11/19 Brian Faas 11/21 Joshua Minton 11/23 Linda Schoales 11/24 Kelley Crepeau 11/26 Chase Rogers Teddy Vanden Raadt 11/27 Erik Haaf 11/28 Eric Rogers 11/30 Chrissy Wightman Melody Howard
If you have a November birthday, but it’s not listed, please call the church office so we can update our records.