Updated: Dec 20, 2019
by Pastor Aaron Adame:
Something that stands out to me this time of the year is how quickly the seasons change. From summer to fall, the contrast is quite rapid, with temperatures dropping, leaves falling, and the sun rising later and going down earlier, the seasons turn quickly. I think this stands out to me more so now living in Oregon—this is now my third fall season here.
These changes remind me of the ebbs and flows of life. How there are busy seasons and seasons of rest. How there are seasons that seem to last for great lengths of time and then seasons of significant change. And the amazing reality about all of this is that it is purposed and ordered by God. Ecclesiastes 3 reminds us that “there is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven.” Continuing on, it says in verse 11 that “He has made everything appropriate (or beautiful) in its time.”
This reality has helped me to embrace the seasons of life that come, knowing that it is simply a part of life. But also, to remember that those seasons are ordained by God and made beautiful by Him in time.
With that said, I also wanted to write a brief recap of some highlights that happened in the month of October.
Life Groups. Technically, Life Groups kicked off in September; however, many began the first week of October due to scheduling. Life Groups are a significant part of ministry at CCC. We believe that we are better together and that true transformation happens in smaller groups and relationships. This year, we are trying out a new style of discussion by discussing the text before it is talked about on Sunday. Our hope is to see Life Groups wrestle with the text on their own, sharpening their Bible reading skills, and experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit working through His Word and the community of believers to lead us into truth. We are excited to see what God is going to do this year!
Bylaw changes. As many of you know, we (the membership) voted to approve some bylaw changes that would move our fiscal year. We are happy to report that we had 100 percent approval of those members who voted. I wanted to let you know of the results of the vote and to say thank you to those of you who took the time and effort to come and vote—you have no idea how important and valued you are.
Marriage Seminar. This past week we held a marriage seminar for the first time since I have been here and it was a huge blessing to our church. Thirty of us were there, many being new couples who have joined our church in the last several months. The conference was a streaming service from the ministry of Paul David Tripp—pastor, counselor, author, and conference speaker. It was such a blessing that the plan is to host a similar conference to this on the topic of parenting in the first quarter of next year.
Trunk or Treat. This is an event that we have been doing the last several years and it is always a huge blessing for us as a church to serve our community simply by being present on this holiday. We are so grateful for everyone who participated by either decorating a trunk, donating candy, or serving as greeters to families passing through.
Praise God for what He has done and is continuing to do in and through our church. I would also challenge some of you to get involved. If you are not currently serving in some capacity, let us know by contacting the front office, filling out a response card on Sunday, or talking to one of the pastors. We would love to see our ministries thriving and well equipped to serve the needs of the body.
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