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August is going to be GREAT at Cedar Creek Church!
August 3rd is a big day for Cedar Creek West as our Campus Pastor, Wes Holbrook, will return from Sabbatical and speak live. But that’s not all!
Also that day, Our Kidz Creek Kidz (preschool & elementary) will make a visit to adult worship to share what they have been learning this summer! If that’s not enough, that same day…
Also on August 3rd, all three campuses of Cedar Creek Church will join together at our campus for a New Life Baptism Celebration, starting at 6:00. If you haven’t had the opportunity to sign up to be baptized, have signed up before but was unable to participate or feel like this is your next step in following Jesus, it’s not too late! You can get more information about baptism and sign up to be baptized here. Since we’re having this at our campus, all are invited to stay after the baptism service and enjoy the water park! The only thing that could make that night better is ice cream, so we’re asking all who are willing to bring their best home made ice cream, prepared ahead of time and in a cooler with you. If you’re willing to provide a churn of ice cream and a serving spoon for it, please sign up here. We will provide bowls, spoons and napkins.
Each school year there are many families in our local community that cannot afford school supplies for their children. This year we want to encourage your family to BE THE CHURCH by supplying at least one backpack to a child in need by partnering with one of the schools in our area. More information will be coming your way on August 3rd.
Cedar Creek West will be hosting an indoor YARD GIVE in partnering with the Aiken Family Y’s Fit 4 School event on August 9th from 10:00am – 2:00pm! What is a yard give? Think yard sale but everything is FREE! This is a great outreach opportunity as over 2,000 attended last years event.
Here’s 3 ways to help us BE THE CHURCH:
1. Donate items for the yard give. Items may be dropped off at the Cedar Creek West office starting August 4th
2. Help sort & organize donated items during the week of August 4th-8th.
3. Serve during the yard give on August 9th.
For more info or to help organize & serve, contact Lori at 803.392.7053 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On August 17th, our Centerpoint area (for middle and high school students) will gather again at the West Campus, using the Aiken Family Y Water Park for the Back to School Bash, starting at 6:00. This is a church-wide event for all Centerpoint students to celebrate the beginning of a new school year. There will be food, games, fun and a great time had by everyone. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Greetings West Campus family! I hope your week is going well and you are looking forward to a great weekend of rest, recreation and worship! There are a lot of incredible things happening in and through Cedar Creek Church and Cedar Creek West. I wanted to share a couple of them with you and then share some personal news, as well.
Summer is ALWAYS a happening time around the CCW / Aiken Family Y campus. We are already seeing a large number of new members signing up and getting ready for the water park to be open full time. Let me encourage you to look at your budget and schedule and see if a Y membership is something that you would benefit from. I guarantee you that you won’t regret having the opportunity to enjoy all that the Y offers on a daily basis.
Also, with the arrival of summer comes school letting out and the Camp Aiken at the Y. Last year we saw over 100 kids attend camp at the Y daily throughout the 10 weeks of summer. One of the great opportunities that our partnership with the Y presents is the ability to participate in WOW (Worship On Wednesdays) with all the camp kidz. We will, once again, have that same opportunity this summer. Each Wednesday (excluding 4th of July week and August 13th) we will have WOW in the Kidz Worship Room beginning at 11am. The Camp Aiken Kidz will enjoy the same worship experience that our CCW Kidz experience on Sundays. What an opportunity to share Jesus with so many! If you would like to volunteer for WOW please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This coming Sunday, June 1, will be our “Graduate Recognition” service at both services at 9 and 11am. We have approximately nine graduates (8 high school and 1 college) signed up. During the greeting at each service we will recognize the graduates, present them with a small gift and ask them to share what their NEXT step plans are for the future. Please make it a priority to be there Sunday to help us celebrate these incredible students!
Finally, you may have heard that I will be taking a sabbatical during the months of June and July. We began sharing this information a few weeks back with leadership and volunteers. If you missed it or maybe are unsure about what this means, I wanted to give you the rundown. In the spring of 2012, Pastor Phillip Lee was experiencing “burnout” and exhaustion in his role. (click here for more info) He asked for and was given an eight week sabbatical (time off) to rest and recover. Upon his return to work, Pastor Phillip advised the Deacons that he thought it necessary and helpful to allow pastors on staff an eight week sabbatical every five years. This year, is my year.
January of this year I celebrated my fifth year in ministry and our fifth birthday as a campus. The past five years have been an amazing journey where we have seen some incredible things happening in and through our campus. We have been witness to many things that, when we remember them, make us say, “Only God could have done that!” I know that our best days are still ahead of us. I realize that what God has called us to at the West Campus is a marathon, not a sprint. Keeping that in mind, I am planning to have some time away with my family, some time with friends who God uses to fill me and some time alone with God.
I will return the weekend of August 2 to marry two good friends of mine and be back with you all that Sunday, August 3 for worship and “church wide” baptism that will happen on our campus!
Many have asked, “How can we help while you are away?” Here are a few things that will be of great help to me and to the West Campus:
Pray. Pray for me and my family. Pray for rest and renewal for me, for Keli and for Will and Hannah. We will experience some HUGE life transitions for our family this summer. Keli and I will celebrate our 20th anniversary June 25. Will graduates high school and will head off to Newberry in August and Hannah will turn 16 July 22. Pray that we can have some focused time together while I’m away. Pray for Keli as she will not have the same luxury to be away the entire eight weeks with me. She will take some vacation time but will only be out one Sunday. Pray for Will as he prepares to leave home and begin his studies and football at Newberry. Pray for Hannah as she continues to grow in her leadership with FCA, Centerpoint worship and on her volleyball team at South Aiken.
Serve. For those of you who already serve somewhere on Sunday mornings, I can’t thank you enough. You are making an eternal difference as you invest in the lives of others by creating environments where people feel welcomed to come and hear the truth about Jesus. Please keep doing what you’re doing and do a little more. Look for holes that need to be filled and ask “How can I help?” Every Sunday we have holes and opportunities for folks to serve and summer is always a time when the holes become more numerous due to vacations and such.
If you’re not currently serving anywhere, please get plugged in to a team and start doing something. You really need it. More than we need you, you need you to serve. We know that we are never more like Jesus than when we are serving others and we CANNOT grow to be more like Him without serving others. Try serving somewhere. If it’s not a fit, try something else. Keep trying until you find that sweet spot where your gifts and talents come together with an opportunity.
Invite. Jesus said, “I will grow my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” He is growing His church and He is using US to do it. As you go through your day, ask God to show you the folks around you that do not have a church home and do not have a relationship with Jesus. Then, invite them to Cedar Creek West. It’s as simple as inviting people and being nice to them when they get here. I thank God that my neighbor, Debbie Flippen Hubbard, invited Keli and I to Cedar Creek Church over 17 years ago. I shudder to think what our lives would look like today had she not asked us to join her one Sunday. A simple invitation that has a powerful, eternal significance.
One last thing. In my absence, my staff and team will be doing what they do. They are all rock stars when it comes to the things they do. I have no doubt that things will continue to run smooth as they always do because they are a great team. However, there has to be somebody that fills in at meetings and such for me. That somebody is Kevin Vincent, our Adult Ministry Director. Kevin will be the “face for the place” on Sundays as he welcomes folks at the greeting and wraps up at the end. Kevin will attend weekly meetings with church wide staff and campus pastors, deacon meetings and Y Board of Directors meetings for me. I can’t thank him enough for his willingness to stand in the gap for me.
And, I can’t thank you all enough for how you give of your time, talents and treasure. How you pray, serve and live out the mission that Jesus has given us to help people find their way back to God. REACH, CONNECT, GROW, SERVE, HONOR!
Saturday March 1st from 9:00-12:00
*Meet at Cedar Creek West at 9:00 and disperse teams to areas requested.
*Bring saws (including fuel), gloves, rakes, tarps/wheelbarrows (to move piles more efficiently)
*We will not be removing debris or cutting down trees – cut up & pile up only
A great way for families & HOME Groups to serve together to make an impact on our community!
Priority will be given to those that have immediate needs (house/steps/cars/building blocked) and go from there.
If you have a need that one of our teams can address, please contact email@example.com.
See you Saturday!
Hello Cedar Creek West!
Due to the forecast for winter weather, we will not have FPU at CCW on Wednesday.
FPU is scheduled to happen tonight (Tuesday) and Thursday at 6:30 as scheduled.
If you plan to attend a make-up session, please contact Kevin at Kevin@cedarcreekchurch.net or 392-7053 along with the ages of any children requiring childcare during the session.
The homework for session 3 includes:
1. Cash flow planning with your spouse or accountability partner (if single). Don’t forget to bring your zero-based budget back to class for session 4. Don’t worry about us looking at all your budget numbers. The only number we’ll be looking for is the zero at the bottom! If you need extra copies of the forms, you can find them here: http://www.daveramsey.com/tools/budget-forms/
2. Each campus will have a drawing for a fabulous prize for each person that shares their budget with a member of the finance team for review. If you’d like to bring in a hard copy next session that’s fine (we will deliver them in a sealed envelope to a team member) or if you’d like to email it to a finance team member directly, here’s their email addresses:
John Travis firstname.lastname@example.org
Don Nesbitt email@example.com
Mark Chostner firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Graham email@example.com
Joel Stewart firstname.lastname@example.org
Keila Burkhart email@example.com
Dane Burkhart firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Cumbee email@example.com
Ed Stevens firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’d like an online tool to create your budget sheets, Dave Ramsey provides the “lite” version for free. You can print them out as well… http://www.daveramsey.com/tools/budget-lite/
Have a great day and stay safe!
The Staff of Cedar Creek West
Okay, I have to admit that launching a nine-week church-wide emphasis on finances was a risky and scary thing for me as a pastor. I wasn’t sure how you guys would respond to spending this much time and energy dealing with such a sensitive and emotional topic. In the weeks leading up to our kickoff, I spent a lot of sleepless nights hoping and praying that we were making the right decision. And, as usual, God and the people of Cedar Creek far exceeded my expectations.
Momentum has gotten off to a great start. After an amazing Kick-Off Sunday with Rachel Ramsey Cruze, we had around a thousand adults (in spite of the 2014 Blizzard) attend week one of Financial Peace University, either in their Home Group or at one of the classes we are offering at our three campuses.
Because this is truly a church-wide emphasis, I’m excited to let you know that our Centerpoint students (6th – 12th Grade) are going through their version of FPU called Generation Change, and in March, Kidz Creek will begin their Momentum curriculum. Can you imagine the difference learning and living these principles will make in their lives? As I’ve said many times, what God is going to do in and through our church during Momentum is going to have an impact on our lives and our families for years to come!
If you’ve not yet gotten on the Momentum bandwagon, I want to encourage you to be “all-in” with us on this exciting journey! There are three ways for you to be a part of Momentum. First, be a part of the Sunday morning services at your campus between now and March 30th. Second, get plugged into FPU through a Home Group or class. Even if you’ve missed the first week, it’s not too late. You can easily catch up. Third, be a part of the MO-Prayer campaign by sharing your prayer request and praises on the Mo-Prayer Wall at your campus or e-mail them directly to email@example.com. You can also participate in Mo-Prayer 9-9-9 by joining with other Cedar Creekers to pray for nine minutes at 9 p.m. each Sunday during nine-weeks of Momentum.
God is moving in our church! As He brings more financial peace and freedom to more of His people, we can leverage that freedom to impact our communities and the world. I believe that we will truly see what the people of God can do for the Kingdom of God when they’re financially free.
Much love and excitement,