UPDATE FROM THE PASTORS

november 2, 2020


Greetings Family,


It seems clergy all over the world are taking off their ministerial robes and replacing them with a uniform. But, in our opinion, no one has said it better than Carlo Maria Viganò Archbishop of the Catholic Church. 


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OCTOBER 26, 2020

Yesterday began our “New” Hill Houses! If you are not in a House, please contact the office, maybe we can help.  All of our feedback from yesterday’s message and the Hill House gatherings has been so very positive! Next week is Open Church in the sanctuary, what a great time to let us know how your House went!  


Naim started our gathering time yesterday laying out our new (breaking old wineskins) direction for YouTube listeners and the family as well.  We thought all might enjoy reviewing it again. Here it was:


We want to say a special hello to those of you who, though you are not actually physically present with us on Sundays, do join your heart with our hearts on many Sunday mornings. That really does make you part of the family here at CHCC and you are so welcome.

      

We don’t have to tell you that the shaking that the world has known since this year began, has not ended.  Everything that can be shaken is being shaken. But we know that through His word the Lord has prepared us for these times.  He is even shaking the church as we know it. Here at CHCC we think He wants us to make changes.  Changes that will enable us to make a stronger connection with Him and  with our brothers and sisters as well. For that reason we have decided to come out of the old wineskin as we have known, “church,” and make some changes.  Maybe you have looked for us on a few Sundays and didn’t find us here. Let us tell you why.


The first Sunday of the month we call Open Church.  It is taken from the scriptures of 1 Corinthians 14 that gives guidance to meetings as the church gathers together. To paraphrase it, each one has a psalm, a hymn, a spiritual song, a revelation, for the building up of one another. In other words, the whole body shares Christ together and edifies one another.  As a community we come around the Lord’s Table and do just that. Because personal things are often shared, we do not post our gathering that Sunday. Perhaps you might join with some believers on that Sunday for the same purpose where you are.  Let us know if you do, so we can pray for you. 

        

Today, the 4th Sunday of the month is our first, “Prophecy Sunday,” meeting in our Hill Houses. We are gathering in homes of about 10 people now as I speak. Prophecy is so quickly unfolding in the day we live, we feel it is important that we see it all through the lens of what the Bible has to tell us about the events leading up to our Lord’s return.  So today, we as a church are meeting in small groups in homes. Greetings to all of you CHCC Hill Houses, blessings as we take the next step in our adventure together.  In a few minutes we will have some worship and then Pastor James will speak to us. During these 4th Sundays we will be sharing in different ways, sometimes in sermons, sometimes in panel discussions, sometimes one or two people will share a few pressing topics.  Then, together in our Houses we will discuss these issues, have prayer, and share in the Lord’s Table. We don’t believe having different teachings week after week with never any venue to process and digest what the Lord has said, is transforming anyone. We want to open our lives and gatherings to the Holy Spirit in new ways.

            

But, of course, we do need anointed teachers and pastors, along with the prophetic gifts to speak to us as well. The 2nd and 3rd Sundays of every month we meet together in the building for just that reason. There is worship and an anointed word.  You are so welcome!

           

So there you go, we want you to know who we are and why we are doing what we are doing. Today we pray for you and yours…..we pray that during this very chaotic and challenging time, you also find that place of security and protection that will enable you to stand strong for Christ and thrive.


The Pastors

CHURCH CDC PROTOCOLS

Greetings to All,


May the Lord’s peace be abundant in you today! 


So many great things are happening within our faith community, right now. It was very exciting to see how many of you showed up for the new Colossians Bible Study this past week. 


All we can say is….. the responses from those of you who attended…. have been more than encouraging. In addition, we are all extremely excited that Pastor’s James is beginning his “Faith under fire" bible study for young adults this Thursday, October 1st at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. We will be posting the link to it on all of our platforms as the day approaches.


The darker the world gets, the brighter the church shines… and the world is dark. The threat of the Covid 19 virus has not been eliminated. Those of us who bear responsibility for this assembly are strong in faith trusting our Lord to keep us all. And, we are also looking to diligently keep to the guidelines required by the CDC. Should a church be found not in compliance, there are stiff fines as well as the threat of being closed down. We thought you should know all that we are doing to keep you safe, while keeping to those guidelines.


The following is a little video we thought might help you to understand exactly how we are doing this. So many thanks to Tabitha and Michael Dixon for doing a fabulous job putting it together.


As you will see in the video, masks must be worn entering the building. They need also to continue to be worn until you are seated, while singing, and at any time you may be moving around the building. 


Remember the masks are firstly, to protect those around you. The discussion has been as to whether we need to ask that they be worn throughout the meeting, even while seated. At this juncture we encourage those who are more comfortable keeping them on while seated, to do just that. However, we are not insisting that they be worn while being seated, at least not at this present time.


We so appreciate your cooperation. As with all things, we face challenges as a family. We are so grateful for your continuous support and for your fellowship in the gospel of our


Lord Jesus Christ. We are of all people, most blessed.


Your Pastors



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UPDATE APRIL 5, 2020


Tomorrow we as God’s people celebrate Palm Sunday, the door to the holiest week of our year.


As we begin our journey this week with our Lord, we are reminded that this Wednesday also begins the Jewish Passover.


The Passover is the sacred occasion when Jews celebrate the “passing over” of the angel of death and the glorious passing over of the people of God... from slavery to freedom.

In this holy week we remember our Lord’s rejection, betrayal, torture and death. Yet, as Christians we too celebrate a “passing over.” On Easter Sunday we celebrate the greatest passing over of all. We celebrate a passing from despair to victory, from bondage to freedom, from sorrow to joy... from death to life.


While we as your Pastors will sincerely miss celebrating this holy day with you in person, we do not miss the irony of the occasion. The backdrop of both of these stories is plagues, fear, suffering and death, the very atmosphere surrounding our whole world today.


YET THIS PALM SUNDAY WE REMEMBER...THIS IS THE GOD WE ARE TRUSTING TO DO IT AGAIN. Hallelujah! let us give Him our great praise this Palm Sunday. He hears our prayers, His arms are still opened wide to receive us and help us, He is indeed the King our world is waiting for.


Tune in to watch Pastor James once again this Palm Sunday at 10:00 a.m. on our YouTube channel!


Blessings to you All,

The Pastors



Bethany’s Fragrance

Click the links below to download the handouts from Lenten Season

  • Into His Presence

    By Pastor Linda Lecci

  • Lenten season 2017

    Handouts from last year's Lenten Season.

  • Silence and solitude

    A 21-Day Journey to Intimacy with God by Kim West


    *We took the liberty to copy these booklets because they were free PDFs on the internet



  • Practicing the presence of God

    A 21-Day Journey of Mind and Heart by Kim West


    *We took the liberty to copy these booklets because they were free PDFs on the internet



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