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14 April 2014 ~ Comments Off

Great Aiken Egg Hunt – How to Be a Part!!

The Great Aiken Egg Hunt is only days away!!

Saturday, April 19th from 10AM to 12PM!

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Here’s how you can be a part:

  • HOME Groups: We are wanting EACH and EVERY HOME Group that we have to sponsor a booth (think carnival/fall festival) where kids can stop by, play a quick game, and win a prize. You will have a 10X10 area or so to set up your booth (bring everything you need!). Some examples: cake walk, bag toss, dunking booth, face painting, etc. If you haven’t signed up to host a booth yet, or have any questions, email Steve at steve@cedarcreekchurch.net! Sign up to make sure someone isn’t already doing your game! 
  • Volunteer: We are inviting EVERYONE to come and be a part through volunteering at the Egg Hunt. We have needs that range from greeting and setup, to inflatables, concessions, and clean up! If you want to volunteer, email Teresa at teresa@cedarcreekchurch.net! Teresa is contacting all volunteers and getting you signed up for the perfect spot!
  • Families: Come and ENJOY the fun! We are gonna have ALL kinds of fun – games, inflatables, snacks, Easter bunny, egg hunt… the list goes on and on! Don’t miss out on this awesome family event that everyone can enjoy!

Questions? Email Teresa at teresa@cedarcreekchurch.net!

Hope to see everyone out at South Aiken High School this Saturday for a EGG-celent time!!!

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03 March 2014 ~ 3 Comments

Battling a Giant!

 

 

CAMBODIA-WOMEN-TRAFFIC-RESCUED  Most of you have heard at least a little about how God has broken my heart for those caught in the sex trafficking trade.  One of Cedar Creek’s first steps to fight this global giant was to partner with a home in South Asia that takes in minor girls after they are rescued from this terrible life.  Below is an excerpt from their most recent newsletter, names and locations have been changed for security, but we still invite you to pray for the workers and girls you will read about.

 

“Working at the home is full of joy, most of the time.  But there are also times of sadness, of loss, of wondering, “What if…” and “If only….” We found out in January that, as we suspected, our two runaway girls returned home. Home to the same houses out of which they were engaged in prostitution after school. The same homes from which they came to us so lice infested, the bathroom floor was littered with more black dots than I could count.

 

We have learned that one of the girls, “Lydia,” gave birth in December to a beautiful baby that, tragically, died of neglect. The details are fuzzy, but we know that “Lydia’s” health was also in danger and a local non-profit in the area stepped in and assisted her, taking her to a hospital and they are now trying to get her back into school. The second girl, “Mara,” returned home, but her family was forced to leave their rented house, so we do not know what has become of her or the baby she carried.

When we received the news about our girls, we began making plans to travel to their region to investigate.  However, this area is very insecure and some recent events are making it unsafe for us to go at this time. 

Please continue to pray for “Lydia” and “Mara” that the local nonprofit working with “Lydia” would return her to our home where she is safe, and that “Mara” will be found.

On a happier note, we received 3 new volunteers in January.  They will be with us from 6 months – 2 years.  We are excited to have them.  We have also heard of 2 girls from our region that have recently been rescued in other areas of our country and we are hoping that they will be sent to our home to begin their recovery.

Thank you for sharing in this journey with us.”

This is why we are doing Momentum.  To unleash the generosity of Cedar Creek Church to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the “least of these” in our community and around the world.

If you would like to know how we are partnering locally or globally against sex trafficking please send an email to outreach@cedarcreekchurch.net.

Thanks for joining the battle!

Phillip

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26 February 2014 ~ 9 Comments

Banks Mill folks Being The Church (Part #1)

Last weekend (2/22/14) we had a few folks show up to Be the Church!  We had a great time and helped a few folks too.

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One project was right outside our front door.  As we were gathering to go out, this gentleman was trying desperately to get his and our mailbox areas cleaned up.  So “See a need, meet a need” and we did.  He explained to us that he was actually on his way to Atlanta to visit with his daughter.  We told him to go on we got this!

Our next project was on Murray ave.  We met Mis Kim.  Her dad actually called me asking if we could help his daughter.  She is a disabled single mom who needed some help getting some limbs off of her house.

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These guys did an amazing job at getting the trees off of her house.

Even the kids had fun!

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Hope to see you this Saturday for round 2 of the Banks Mill Be The Church!  For more information call Steve at 803.649.3096 ext 127 or email steve@cedarcreekchurch.net

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18 November 2013 ~ Comments Off

A Great Monday

For pastors, Mondays are often difficult days.  Fatigue, complaint e-mails and wondering if your message the day before connected with anybody are all part of the mix.  But today, I arrived in the office to some amazing and encouraging news.

 OCCThe Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes were collected and counted and there were over 1260 (a hundred more than last year).

 Nasreen I also got an e-mail from our partners in Pakistan.  Nasreen, the young widow, who along with her children, was enslaved to her late husband’s employer because of a debt he owed, is now (thanks to your generosity) free.

philippines  On top of all that, we also had the opportunity to send financial assistance to the Philippines, a nation devastated by the recent storm. First, we sent money to some of our global partners who are on the     ground. Then we discovered a direct and personal need within our church that we were able to meet.  One of our members has family living in the Philippines and desperately needed to get to her aging parents to help them recover emotionally and physically. We were able to provide her with a plane ticket and she’s there right now.

I share all of this with you because I never want you to lose sight of the direct connection between your generosity and the impact it has not only in this community, but around the world.  God has truly blessed our church and we know that we are blessed to be a blessing.  Thank you for being “all in” with the mission and vision of Cedar Creek Church.  I love you more than you’ll ever know and I’m overwhelmed with gratitude to Jesus that I get to be a part of this amazing place.

With Much Love,

Phillip

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05 September 2013 ~ 7 Comments

And Now A Word From Our Senior Pastor!

Our Senior Pastor Phillip Lee along with Tony Baughman recap this summer at Cedar Creek Church and tell what is in store for the fall.

Pastor Phillip VLOG

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29 August 2013 ~ Comments Off

Serving – Update

I would like to apologize to you all about the issue we are having with the Serve Videos not showing up in your email.  We are working on the issue.

I did want to resend the videos that have been posted the past 5 days to give you a chance to see them.  Scroll down to see them.

Thanks

Steve Watson

Adult Ministry Director – Banks Mill Campus

 

Day 1 – Kidz Creek Story.  Click the picture below to view story

Kidz Creek Serving Story

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – GRACE Story.  Click the picture below to view story

GRACE Servng Story

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 –   AMP Story.  Click the picture below to view story

Media Serving Story

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – CARE Story.   Click the picture below to view story

Caring Ministries

 

Day 5 – Worship Story.    Click the picture below to view story

Worship Serving Story

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15 May 2013 ~ 1 Comment

New Outreach Opportunity

Some of you may remember me mentioning at our 20th Birthday Celebration that God was leading our church to get involved in taking on the global giant of human trafficking.  As we do with all of our outreach, we try to work through partnerships with people and organizations that are making a long term difference on the ground.  The great news is that we’ve found our first partner in this area…and we didn’t have to look far.  Andrea Stokes, who served as an intern in our outreach department several years ago,  is now serving in India with a ministry focusing on victims of human trafficking and was recently featured in the Aiken Standard.

 

Andrea will be at our Banks Mill Campus Sunday night May 19th at 6 p.m. in the Centerpoint building to share with us the work she’ll be doing and how you can be a part of it.  If God has burdened your heart for this work, I hope you will join us.

 

God Bless,

 

Phillip

 

Also – check out the article in the Aiken Standard - http://www.aikenstandard.com/article/20130511/AIK0101/130519921/1007/AIK0101/locals-to-work-with-victims-of-sex-trafficking

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27 January 2013 ~ Comments Off

Save The Date!

On Sunday, March 24, 2013, Cedar Creek Church will be 20 years old!  To celebrate this amazing milestone in the life of our church all three campuses (Banks Mill, Ridge & West) will gather together at the USCA Convocation Center for a birthday party.  We will gather to celebrate twenty years of God’s amazing grace and look forward to what He has in store for CCC as we go forward into the next twenty.

It is our hope that this event will be one for the entire Aiken community.  We hope that everyone who calls CCC home, has ever been a part of, visited or ever thought about visiting would join us at one of two celebration services at 9 & 11 a.m.  We will ALL be together.  Adults, students, kidz and little ones will gather to share in the celebration.

What can you do now to get ready for the party?

  • Pray!  Pray for the team planning & producing the event and for God to move in HUGE ways at this celebration.
  • Mark your calendars to be a part of this exciting and historic day in the life of Cedar Creek Church!
  • Go HERE to click “I’m Going” on the Facebook event page.
  • Tell ALL your friends, co-workers, neighbors…anybody that you think should be there with us.  Use the “Invite” feature on the FB page too!

Also, to help us prepare, if you have any photos, video or “momentos” from the past twenty years of Cedar Creek Church we would love for you to share them with us so that we can share them at the Birthday Party.  Please e-mail any pics, vids or scanned media to cedarcreekchurch20@gmail.com

God bless and see you at the party!

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08 January 2013 ~ 3 Comments

Carl’s Coming!

I am so excited that international author and speaker Carl Medearis is coming to Cedar Creek this weekend.   While his name might not be familiar to many of you, for churches like ours, he’s a rock star!  His books, Speaking of Jesus and Muslims, Christians and Jesus, have helped inspire our church to reach across religious, social and political barriers to share Jesus with those who are far from Him.  While much of Carl’s focus is on connecting with Muslims (a big part of our church’s global outreach focus), he has great perspective and insight on how to talk to people in our own community who have kept their distance from Jesus because of misconceptions about Him from those who claim to represent Him.  We, as a church, have spent nearly twenty years trying to break down those same kind of man-made religious and cultural barriers so that those far from God could find their way back to Him.  Carl is just what the doctor ordered for our church to start 2013 with a renewed passion to introduce people, not to a religion, but to a life-changing relationship with Jesus.  I hope you will make being a part of this weekend’s events a priority.  Carl will encourage you, challenge you, make you think, and he may even make you mad.  But you won’t forget being there.

 

 

Carl’s Schedule:

 

                Saturday, January 12 @ 7 p.m. Banks Mill Campus (Community-wide Event on Muslim/Christian Relations and the Middle East)

                Sunday, January 13 @ 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Banks Mill Campus (Speaking of Jesus)

                Sunday, January 20 @ 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. West and Ridge Campuses (Speaking of Jesus)

 

 

Hope to see you there!

 

Phillip

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15 November 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Hurrican Relief Team

We are looking to put together a Hurricane Relief team to head out Dec. 12-16.  This team will partner with a church we have worked with before in New Orleans, LA to gut homes damaged during Hurricane Issac.  We are looking for men and women.  Any and all skill levels are welcome.  If you have any of the following it would be helpful if you let us know: electrical, carpentry, tiling, plumbing, drywall, roofing, painting, other.  This will help those that plan if there is an opportunity to use those skills. You can let us know of your interest by noting Hurricane Relief on your tear off at your campus on Sunday along with your contact information or by emailingoutreach@cedarcreekchurch.net.

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06 November 2012 ~ 4 Comments

Operation Christmas Child

It’s that time of year when everyone wants you to give to his or her organization.  We all want every child to have a great Christmas, because it’s all about the toys, right??? Well, not so much.  A simple shoebox, filled with small presents, candy, toothpaste, items that our kids take for granted every single day can bring joy and hope to children all over the world. And I’m talking about The Hope, The Reason.  Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes are part of Samaritan’s purse and each one when given to a child in a country you may not even know about yet, tells that child that God loves them.

This is a great way for you, your kids, your family, HOME group, friends, and co-workers, everyone you know to share the love of Jesus with children all over the world in a simple and practical way.  Pack your box, bring it back to your campus this Sunday, Nov. 11.  If you would like to know where your box goes, you can donate the shipping cost online at www.samaritanspurse.org and they will email you with the final destination of your box and lots of neat country information.  Another great idea is to include a letter in your box, our Kidz Creek small groups have done this and have received letters back!!!

This year Operation Christmas Child hopes to reach 100 million children! Thanks for helping reach that amazing goal.

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24 July 2012 ~ Comments Off

Making a Global Difference

For most, the summer means slowing down, taking it easy.  But not Cedar Creek! I don’t think I can express in words how much God is using what you are doing here to spread the GOOD NEWS to folks all over the world!!!!  Do you even know how
awesome that is???? We’ve had families, adults, students, just all kind of folks going all over the world and still going, so keep praying.  But we got some more amazing news from a partner of ours, Ebenezer, just this week.  Here’s the gist of it…Cedar Creek’s HOME group leader manual is being translated into Hindi.  This is the National language of India.  INDIA, like a Billion people!!!!!!!  Can you even imagine????  And the Jesus film has been translated into the Irula language which means that all the folks that can’t read will be able to understand the Gospel in their heart language.  Guys…YOU are helping this take place.  Your sacrificial giving, your PRAYERS, your support of the vision to do Crazy things that other churches don’t do, your willingness to GO places people have never heard of, your willingness to be UNCOMFORTABLE!!!  I’m telling you, Jesus is well pleased with YOU and I am honored to serve you guys.

P.S.  Home group plug here- This is like the 7th or 8th language the HOME group leader guide has been translated into.  Why?  Because it works in any language!  Because it is Biblical!  If you aren’t in a HOME group you need to get into one, over a billion and counting, we’re better than hamburgers J

Kristi Hunter

Global Outreach Coordinator

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