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08 April 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Family Camp 2014 Staycation


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Family Camp details:
WHEN: May 17, 2014, 10AM-10PM
WHERE: Camp Gravatt in Aiken
Under 2 – FREE
2 & UP – $15 per person
AND if you register by APRIL 20th you get a sweet EARLY BIRD Discount of $5 off PER PERSON!!!
T-Shirts will be available to order at an additional cost. (Youth XS-YXL & Adult S-XL – $5.00 each. Adult 2XL-3XL – $6.75 each)

You can register at any Cedar Creek Campus or you can register online using the link below. Electronic checks (checking Acct) and Debit cards are accepted.

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31 March 2014 ~ Comments Off

April 2014 West Campus Connection

WC Connection April14

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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

Thanks for joining the battle!


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27 February 2014 ~ Comments Off

March 2014 West Campus Connection

WC Connection March 2014

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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

See you Saturday!


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18 February 2014 ~ 1 Comment

FPU…Changing Lives and Impacting the Next Generation

Believe it or not, we are at the half-way point of Momentum.  I have been blown away by your enthusiasm for and participation in Financial Peace University.  However, I know at this point in the process it can be easy to get discouraged and to begin to feel like its not working.  I want to encourage you to keep on working the process because God is at work.  To help you stay encouraged, I want to share with you this article from the Hilton Head Island Packet Newspaper.  Jamie and Liz Bodie are former Cedar Creeker’s who moved to Bluffton, SC several years ago.  In 2008, they were $100,000 in debt and in a financial crisis.  They signed up for an FPU class and in twenty-five months they were debt free.  Now they are teaching their three kids how to handle money God’s way.


Check out this great article and watch the video at the end of the article of their “Debt Free” scream on the Dave Ramsey Radio Show.


God Bless,



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11 February 2014 ~ Comments Off

FPU Weather Update

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 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:

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

Don Nesbitt

Mark Chostner

Andrea Graham

Joel Stewart

Keila Burkhart

Dane Burkhart

Jason Cumbee

Ed Stevens

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…

Have a great day and stay safe!

The Staff of Cedar Creek West

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06 February 2014 ~ Comments Off

Live Streaming

Well, it’s official…we are now streaming the Sunday morning messages “live” to all of our campuses!  That means that everybody who calls Cedar Creek Church home is watching the same message at the same time.  What a gift to be able to all be together as a family and on the same page each and every week!!  Of course, as with all technology, there’s a learning curve and glitches occur.  For those of you at our West and Ridge campuses, I want to thank you for your patience as we work through these issues.  Our goal is to provide a seamless, high-quality message each and every week so that people far from God can find their way back to Him.  Please bear with us and continue to pray that God would use this technology for His glory.  I also want to say a very special thank you to the staff and the amazing media volunteers at all of our campuses who are working so hard behind the scenes to make this dream a reality.  You rock!

God Bless,


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05 February 2014 ~ 9 Comments

Welcome the Wilson’s

It’s my joy to introduce all of you to our new Banks Mill Campus Pastor, Danny Wilson.  He and his wife Kellie, along with their daughter Brooke, are joining the Cedar Creek Team from Columbia, SC.  Danny has served as Student and Associate Pastor at North Trenholm Baptist Church for the past nineteen years and brings a lot of experience, excitement and passion to our church.  Please join me in praying for them as they transition to a new community, a new chapter of ministry and to becoming a part of our church family.


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04 February 2014 ~ Comments Off

Momentum Update


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  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,


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