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June West Campus Connection

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29 May 2014 ~ Comments Off

Note from Wes

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 keli@cedarcreekchurch.net.
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!

In Christ,
Wes

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29 April 2014 ~ Comments Off

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31 March 2014 ~ Comments Off

April 2014 West Campus Connection

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03 March 2014 ~ Comments Off

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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27 February 2014 ~ Comments Off

March 2014 West Campus Connection

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26 February 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Be The Church Serve Day – This Saturday

 

BeTheChurchBe The Church Serve Day

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 westinfo@cedarcreekchurch.net.

See you Saturday!

 

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28 January 2014 ~ Comments Off

FPU Class Cancellation & Information

Good morning Cedar Creek West,

Due to the forecast for winter weather, we will not have FPU at CCW Tuesday or Wednesday.  

FPU on Thursday at 6:30 is as scheduled.

If you plan to attend Thursday night to make up your missed session, please contact Kevin at Kevin@cedarcreekchurch.net or 392-7053 along with the ages of any children requiring childcare during the session.

If you’d like to see a preview of what session 1 is all about, you can see that here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLX3wUY1xGg

The most important part of session 1 is the homework assignment, which is completing the “Quick-Start Budget” form before week 2.  If you are unable to attend a week 1 make-up session, you can find the form to complete before week 2 for free at this address: https://www.daveramsey.com/media/pdf/fpu_qbudget.pdf

Have a great day and stay safe!

The Staff of Cedar Creek West

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10 December 2013 ~ 1 Comment

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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.

OCC The 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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