I’ve been a part of Cedar Creek Church for nearly fifteen years, and in that time I’ve experienced some amazing worship and celebration services. But, our annual church-wide Thanksgiving night of worship under the big top at our Ridge campus has to be one of the best I’ve ever experienced. I’m not sure if it was the eighteen brave souls who were willing to be dunked for Jesus in 37o weather, the awesome music and singing, seeing families sharing the Lord’s supper together or just the nostalgia of being in the same tent that we gathered in eleven years ago to celebrate the “Living a Legacy” campaign; but whatever it was, there was definitively the powerful presence of Jesus there. As one Cedar Creeker put it, “I don’t know that I’ve personally ever felt the presence of the Holy Spirit in my life and in a worship experience more distinctly than I did tonight.”
A great big “thank you” to our staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this special night happen, the Ridge campus folks who were not only great host, but who gave up their seats to make room for the overflow crowd and to those of you who drove from our West and Banks Mill campuses to be a part of this special night. As we often sing…greater things are yet to come and greater things are still to be done in this city! I’m loving being on this great adventure with all of you.
Have a great Thanksgiving!
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.
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.
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,
Don’t forget Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes are due Sunday, NOVEMBER 17th, at your campus. For details on how to pack a shoebox go to http://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/pack-a-shoe-box/
While you are packing your shoebox help your child(ren) develop a heart of thankfulness by leading them in a discussion with these age appropriate questions about having a “Thankful Heart”.
- What are you thankful for?
- Do you know who gives us all those things? God! And we should thank Him.
- Lead your preschooler in saying a simple prayer like this “Thank You, God for puppy dogs!”
- What does it mean to have a “thankful attitude”?
- What if everything you have (toys, TV, clothes) was gone tomorrow? Would you still have anything to be thankful for?
- On a scale of 1-10, how thankful do you think we are as a family?
- Why is it important that we’re a family that gives to others?
- How do you think that giving to other people shows God we’re thankful to Him?
In addition to packing your shoebox full of goodies for a child; we want to encourage your child(ren) to share a little bit about themselves by including a letter and a picture or using the coloring sheet below.