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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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for joining the battle!