Archive | April, 2012

22 April 2012 ~ Comments Off

Phillip’s Time Away

To my Cedar Creek Church Family:

 One of the things I love best about our church is that it has always been a place where people can be real, open and honest about our lives, our hurts and our struggles.  This truly is a safe place.  I have always tried to lead with integrity, transparency and honesty about my life, my family and my journey.  So today I want to share my heart with you.  I wish I could sit down over a cup of coffee with each one of you, but obviously that’s not possible.  So this is the best I can do.

 For the last few weeks I have been doing a lot of reflecting about the past thirteen years that I’ve been at Cedar Creek and specifically the past five years that I’ve been the senior pastor.  I’ve been looking honestly at my life, my family, our church and my leadership as your pastor.  There are a few things that God has made very clear to me and I want to share them with you.

 First, what God has done in and through our church these last five years has been nothing less than a miracle.  We’ve baptized over one-hundred people per year, connected hundreds in Home Group, launched two campuses, developed a strategic partnership with the YMCA (in a way that no other church in the country has done), developed global partnerships in some of the darkest and most difficult places in the world, while continuing to serve and impact our own community.  You’ve pledged and given over 18 million dollars in the last five years to make our vision a reality.  If you ever wonder, “is Cedar Creek Church really making a difference?”  The answer is absolutely YES!

 The second thing I’ve realized is that God accomplishing all of this through our church has required a lot of transition and change.  We’ve experienced more transitions and changes, in the last five years, than some churches experience in their lifetime.  While our mission and vision have remained unchanged, we’ve had changes in our facilities, our strategies, our staff and our style of worship.  While change is essential for growth, it is difficult to go through and even harder to lead through.  But I am convinced that for us to keep moving forward, change will always be needed and essential.

 Through this time of reflection, God has led me to some conclusions that I need to share with you:

 First, being your pastor has been one of the greatest joys of my life.  Other than Jesus and my family, nothing else compares to the joy I’ve experienced in living out our vision with you.

 Second, God has called me to be the pastor of Cedar Creek, so I’m not going anywhere.  Aiken is my home, Cedar Creek is my church, and as long as God will let me, I want to live out that call with you.

 Finally, as much joy as I’ve experienced in leading you these last five years, I have to tell you honestly that I am drained.  Your pastor is empty physically, emotionally and spiritually.  After talking with the senior leadership team and the deacons, I have realized that in order for me to honor God’s call I must take some time to recharge and to let God refresh and renew me.  I’m not talking about a two week vacation; I’m talking about an extended time completely away from the pressures, demands and stresses that come with this calling.  Because I love and care for you so much, this is hard for me to do, but it is something I must do to continue to lead you and to finish well in my life.  God has blessed us with an incredible leadership team and staff and I have complete confidence in them and that they will lead and care for you well in my absence. 

I also want you to clearly hear me say, there has not been a moral failure on my part, my marriage is not falling apart and my kids are fine.  But, they have lived out the joys and challenges of these last five years alongside of me.  They need some time with me and I need some time with them.  Because of that, some of my time away will be spent here in Aiken with them, some will be spent alone and some will be spent with spiritual mentors that God has placed in my life. I want to honor God, my family and our church by making the most of this gift of time.

 I know that you love us and that your heart has always been to do whatever you can to show us your love.  The best thing that you can do for me and for my family is to come together in unity as a church, love each other, love your staff, follow their leadership and above all, live out the vision of our church every day of your life.

 I love you Cedar Creek!


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15 April 2012 ~ Comments Off

Kidz Creek Parent Connection 4/15/2012

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12 April 2012 ~ Comments Off

West Campus Kidz Creek News


Family Camp

Join us for a great weekend of fun activities for ALL ages May 18th – 20th.    Sign up by April 15th to receive the early bird discount!  Don’t miss out!  For more details visit the Welcome Desk on Sunday morning or contact Keli Holbrook.








Kidz Creek Basic Training

Interested in finding out what we have to offer for kidz & families?   Parents and potential volunteers are invited for a “behind the scenes tour” of Kidz Creek!  We will share a brief overview of “why & how” we do what we do.  Trust me – this ain’t your grandma’s Sunday School!    Join us Sunday,  April 29th at 10:15 am in the Family Y Board Room. 


Aiken Family Y Water Park Grand Opening & Special Needs Resource Fair

Summer is almost here and the Aiken Family Y Water Park will be ready!  The grand opening for the water park will be held Saturday, May 5th from 10 am to 4 pm.  This will be a free event and the community is invited! 

Also that day there will be a special needs resource fair from 10 am to 2 pm.  Cedar Creek Church, The Family Y and Therapy Solutions have partnered together to help equip families with special needs.  Local service providers will have tables set up in the gym and mini-breakout sessions will be available. 


 Mother & Son BBQ hosted by the Family Y

Moms & sons (ages 2-12) saddle up….for a “rootin tootin” good time!  Come dressed in your best western attire on Saturday, May 12th from 5pm to 7pm.    There will be great food, fun games, music, dancing and more.  For more information or to register visit or call 803-349-8081.  Cost is $20 for Y members & $30 for non-members.  Scholarships available through the Family Y and Cedar Creek West.


Questions?  Contact Keli Holbrook at or 803-270-1312.

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09 April 2012 ~ Comments Off

Cedar Creek Day at the Ballpark

This coming Sunday, April 15, is Cedar Creek Day at the Ballpark.  We are partnering with the USC-Aiken Pacers baseball team to give you a free college baseball game, and a free BBQ lunch. So bring your family, and/or some friends, to the USC Aiken baseball field, and don’t forget to bring your church program for free admission to the 1:00 pm game and lunch.  Click for directions to USC-Aiken:

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08 April 2012 ~ Comments Off

Kidz Creek Parent Connection 4/8/2012

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03 April 2012 ~ Comments Off

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!


Join us this coming Sunday for our Easter celebrations at 9am and 11am.  Located at the Aiken Family Y, 621 Trolley Line Road, Graniteville, SC.


Remember to be praying and inviting un-churched friends, family members, co-workers and strangers you meet in line at the grocery store!



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01 April 2012 ~ Comments Off

Kidz Creek Parent Connection 4/1/2012

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