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Love is more than a feeling. It is an action. It is a purposeful action. As you engage in purposeful actions you show others that they are important. You show that you love them. Below are 10 ideas you can use to show CNC folks that you love them.
- Encourage someone. Do this by a kind word, by a phone call, or by sending a card.
- Give food. Join the Meal’s Ministry by filling out the Meals Ministry Sign Up Form, bring something to Neighborhood Meals, make a special meal for your family, or take dinner to a neighbor.
- Good works. Do a good deed for someone. Ideas include the following: vacuum, do some gardening, run an errand, babysit, wash the car, read a book out loud.
- If you don’t tithe, start. Ponder and pray about why you don’t tithe. If it is because of fear, go here. Even a small amount helps pay the church’s bills and salaries.
- Practice hospitality. Invite someone to your home for tea or a home-cooked meal, Or take them out to eat. Go here and here for more ideas on hospitality.
- Pray for the attendees, staff, and ministries of CNC.
- Really Listen. The next time you have a conversation with someone, give them your undivided attention. This action says, “You are my friend.”
- Sponsor someone: (a) a woman for the June Retreat (click on the Women’s Retreat Brochure 2011), (b) a youth for Winter camp, or (c) any female for the April 30th walkathon. The $ will go towards building a women’s center in the Middle East.
- Use your spiritual gift. If you don’t know what it is, go here for a free online test. I’d love to talk with you about the results.
- Volunteer. There are opportunities available in the youth, children’s, and nursery ministries. You can also help in the kitchen (make coffee, buy the donuts and bagels, put out the food) on Sunday mornings, or clean the pews during the week. There’s more than this! Let Roberta know what you’d like to do and she’ll direct you to the correct person.
What loving activity does God want you to pursue? … Or what have you done this week?
If I ever get super buff, become bilingual, and find my memory, I am going to sign up as a spy. I love the idea of covert operations, of sneaking around doing heroic stuff that no one knows about. Changing, protecting, and saving lives. That’s what I want to do.
But until that happens, I have found a good substitute. I have signed up as a Secret Sister 2011. Prayer is definitely heroic. Much of the time it is to be done in secret. There is no doubt of the power and effectiveness of prayer. It changes, protects, and saves lives.
CNC ladies (18 years old and up), you too can be part of this covert operation. Click on the appropriate link and fill out your Secret Sister form. This is the secret sister form 2011 pdf. This is the Secret Sister Form 2011 online form. You still have time to turn it in to Marsha before the Sunday, February 15th deadline.
And you don’t have to get fit, be language savvy, or even remember a lot in order to be part of this awesome team. And you can even wear your super hero cape, if you’d like.
- There is not a formal tea this year.
- You do NOT need to bring anything except yourself and a friend.
- Come prepared to enjoy a yummy hors d’ oeuvres spread. Some of the food will be Arabic.
- Rob and Mary-Jo Towns will lead us in musical worship.
- Rachel Greenfield is our speaker. She will share with us why she lives and works in Jordan and how we can help.
Read on to get to know Rachel a little better.
7 Minutes by Rachel Greenfield
Because my children are determined to make sure I don’t have more than about 7 minutes of personal time per day, I attempt to use those 7 personal minutes taking a shower and changing out of my pajamas (though honestly there are many days that one or both of those don’t happen!).
I took my 7 minutes a few days ago and read an awesome blog post and I LOVED it! It was on a day I had browsed through the aisles of Old Navy, had a Starbucks specialty drink that didn’t cost 1/4 of my paycheck and watched a mom in an SUV pull up to the entrance of Target and drop her three girls off to run in
and get an icee. They came out giggling and jumped into their Swagger Waggon, complete with a soccer ball on the gas cap, and I just started feeling sorry for myself… and then started feeling sorry for my kids.
Since I felt like allowing myself to wallow, I began dwelling on all the things they are going to “miss out on” because of the life we have chosen, superficially icees, Target, Costco pizza (now one of Noah’s favorites) and soccer leagues. But they will also miss out on grandparents, cousins, church in English, Sunday School… and there are times this makes me really sad.
But then God sends a special reminder like this post along and I realize we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Be sure to attend the Reception to hear more of Rachel’s story.
CNC Information to Know . . .
Small Group signups are happening NOW in Rudat Hall. Sign up and pay for your book in Rudat Hall on Sunday, January 23rd. Or contact me at any time as many of the groups have open enrolment.
These Sunday Groups Start January 30th, 2011 at Cordova Neighborhood Church.
- The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family - Mark and Michelle White will lead this 8 week DVD group at the 9:30 hour. The workbook is $5.00. The book costs $14.00 and is optional. You can get it on Amazon.com. Please pay by January 23rd for the workbook.
- Marriage Built to Last – Grant and Jodi Lien will lead this 6 week DVD group at the 9:30 hour. The cost of the book is $15.00. Please pay for your book by January 23rd.
- Living a Purpose Driven Life – Pamela Finney will lead a 6 week group through this book at the 11:00 hour. No charge for the book.
- 4. Introduction to Greek – Andrew Green will be teaching this 16 week 90 minute class on Sunday mornings. This language class requires the student to complete weekly homework, quizzes and tests. But by the end of the course, you’ll be able to translate large portions of 1st John! It will be at the 11:00 hour and run from 11:00 am -12:30 pm.. Bring your own textbooks to the first class.
This Tuesday Group Starts February 1st, 2011 at Cordova Neighborhood Church.
- The book of Ruth – Elise Gaube will teach this 12 week small group from 10-11:30 am. If you’d like, come at 9 am to help with the stamp ministry and then stay for the study. The book, Love Knows No Barriers by Margaret Hess is optional. You can buy it here.
These Wednesday Groups Start February 2nd, 2011.
- 66 Love Letters: A Conversation with God That Invites You into His Story by Dr. Larry Crabb - Susan Wright (and others) will lead women through the Bible one love letter at a time. It will be at CNC from 7-8:30 pm. RSVP for childcare. In order to get more out of the book, we will have an 8 week overview of the Bible first. Please pay for your booklet by January 30th, 2011. The cost of the booklet is $5.00.
- Pastor’s Class – Pastor Mike and Robin Mitchum invite you to attend a 5 week small group at their home. You will hear about the current ministries of CNC and Pastor’s vision for our future. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions. It is held in their home (2380 Rudat Circle) from 6-8:30 pm and includes dinner. RSVP for childcare.
If you have any questions about hosting a small group in your home, or leading a small group, contact me, Susan, today! I can be reached at Susan@cnchurch.org or 635-5992 x 14.
Click on this link for all the Small Group information, women’s ministry information, and meals ministry information.
Volunteering in the nursery is more than changing diapers, rocking babies and helping the under 2 ½ year old’s play nicely together. It is a very important ministry to the child, parent(s), and even to yourself. Below are 10 reasons why your involvement is needed, useful, and important.
- Following orders. The Bible (Romans 12: 3-9, 1 Cor. 12: 1-31 & 1 Peter 4: 10-11) tells Believers to use their spiritual gifts for the good of the church, to serve one another in love. When you are in the nursery, you are obeying one of God’s reasons for gifting Believers. Your obedience pleases God and blesses the church.
- Full attention. Once babies reach a certain age, they get wriggly and noisy. These actions while normally welcomed can cause a parent to be distracted and uncomfortable in a church setting. Having the child in the nursery allows parents to participate in church without distraction.
- Great impressions. Infants, even though they cannot talk, and under 2 ½ year olds are forming their first impressions about church, God and people. Many of these impressions stay with them for their whole lives. You have the opportunity to make healthy impressions.
- Keep schedule. In the nursery it is easier to follow his/her schedule regarding bottle-feeding and napping. Since we have a separate crib room, the child can lay down in comfort and quiet when it is time for a nap. And when awake and mobile, there is plenty of room, toys, and attention to keep the child engaged and content.
- Pastor pastors. Since the parents are in the service and/or small group, the pastor and teachers are able to fulfill their ministry to the parents by teaching, preaching, exhortation, mercy, encouragement, etc. Thus the parents are able to grow in maturity, receive love, and be equipped for service in their home and church.
- Prayer ministry. Prayer can take place anywhere: when rocking a fussy or sleepy child, just before you separate the two tykes fighting over the train, as you change the diaper, or even as you briefly hug the little one who tripped over the crumb on the carpet. You have many little opportunities to pray for the baby and his/her family.
- Realistic expectations. The more hours you put into the nursery, the more you come to understand that age group. You learn what the normal range of behaviors is. This knowledge helps you relax your expectations for all children in general and for your own in particular. An added bonus is you are a good resource for the parents regarding appropriate behaviour.
- Relationship building. In the nursery you have the opportunity to build up relationships with the children, the parents, and with the other nursery workers. Doing so gives you a sense of belonging, of affirmation, of team work, and of being needed. You find that even though you are in a ministry and are giving to others, you are also receiving much in return.
- Spiritual influence. The older ones in the nursery follow a simple schedule which includes a Bible story, music, scripture, and prayer. This schedule exposes the children to core Biblical themes like God loves them and they can trust God. This first influence can also stay with the child for their lifetime.
- Stay or go? The nursery is the first point-of-contact for many families. How the parents and baby are treated will determine if the family stays in the church. Your commitment to being . . . on time … attentive to baby … friendly to the parent … and to the previous ten points makes a difference in the now and for eternity. I hope you can see how valuable your time in the nursery is. Thank you for your commitment and service.
Your Turn . . .
- Have you ever worked in the church nursery? Do you agree or disagree with the above list? What would you add?
- Are you a parent with a child in the nursery? What is your opinion on the above list?
Related Posts . . .
Are you looking to add meaning to your Sunday church experience? Would you like to find a sense of belonging? Want to connect with people and God on a more regular basis? Read on for 9 ideas on how to do this.
Below is a quiz on these points. Match the letter with the correct number.
- ____ Apply sermon points to your …
- ____ Attend church with an …
- ____ Be involved in a …
- ____ Each Sunday look for …
- ____ Go to church expecting to …
- ____ Since your time, talent & treasures are God’s …
- ____ Thank God for the freedom to …
- ____ The church (attendees, building, & ministries) belongs to …
- ____ Use your talents and spiritual gift(s)
A. attentive, grateful , humble attitude.
B. give them back to Him cheerfully, liberally, & willingly.
C. God, not a denomination or people.
D. hear a message from God.
E. own life, not the lives of others.
F. read the Bible for yourself & to worship openly.
G. serve in a ministry.
H. small group.
I. ways to help someone.
Click on the More button for the answers.
Your Turn …
- Which points are most meaningful to you?
- What would you add to this list?
- Would you take anything off the list?
There is a lot of hustle and bustle at the holidays. The to-do list is unruly, the to-buy list is unmanageable, the to-be list is unreasonable. And yet we often bow before these unrelenting goals and strive to do, to buy and to be out-of-proportion with our time, income, and personality.
Did you know there is an antidote?
Join a small group on Sundays or Wednesday night (for women).
You are probably asking, “You want me to add something else to my list?”
Yep. Here are three reasons why.
Reason 1. Place and time to meet with God. These small groups at CNC were started with a specific purpose in mind. You will get many benefits, but the main purpose is one. The focus is on God. Isn’t that simple? At this hustle-bustle time of year, doesn’t it feel good (emotionally, spiritually and physically) to refocus on the Creator and Reason for the Season?
At 9:30 on Sunday mornings you have two choices.
- Behind door number one (okay, really it’s door #11) you can attend Ray’s class on the book of Romans. Ray is going through Romans slowly and thoroughly. He’s studying to answer all the questions he has had about this book. Attend his class to get your own questions answered. This group is an on-going group.
- And behind door #9 is where a group of women are learning how to become godly wives. Sandra and Susan are leading this group through seven traits (a wife can cultivate) that impact a husband for good or ill. Some of these traits are not natural and maybe not even popular. This week’s trait is Adapt (#2). This group will end January 16, 2011.
At 11 am on Sundays you can sit in on Ron’s class. He is teaching on church history in America. Ron is passionately interested in this topic. He has written the book for this class and often passes out support material. Going to this class will give you a balanced and thorough view of God’s involvement in the history of America. This is an on-going group.
Wednesday nights at 7, Untamed is a group for women and led by Carol. The tagline for the book says, “How the wild side of Jesus frees us to live and love with abandon.” The information and questions in the book will challenge some of your ideas about Jesus. Patsy Clairmont says this book made her “laugh out loud and want to fling [herself] more wholeheartedly into [her] faith. This group ends January 19, 2011.
Reason 2. Place and time for community. Expectations are high during the Holidays: expectations we have for others, they have for us, and even the ones we have for ourselves. Carrying around and living by these expectations sure gets tiring and lonely. It tends to isolate us.
So again I say, join a small group.
Members in these groups are grappling with Scripture, voicing their confusions, and sharing their prayer requests. Many lay down some self-imposed armour to get real. And many find a hand of welcome on the shoulder, a hand lifted in prayer on their behalf and a hand of help up when one has fallen. It’s a place to find community during a season of frenzied activity that would rob us of such. It’s a place to find a friend.
Small groups are a place and time for three things. (1) They are a place and time for meeting with God to learn about Him, about how He can make a difference in our lives and about how He intersects with history. (2) Small groups are a place and time to meet with others in a meaningful way. (3) And they are a place and time to give to others in a purposeful manner.
Reason 3. Place and time for purpose. Each of us was created with certain skills and given certain gifts when we become a Christian.The Bible says we are to use these gifts for the benefit, for the purpose, of building up the members of the church. Encouragers are to encourage. Teachers are to teach. Givers are to give. Mercy people are to show mercy. And so on. We need each other in order to be properly “cheered on.” You have a purpose and a “job” that only you can perform.
Let this Holiday Season be all it can be because you added one item to your to-do list. Join a small group today. If you have any questions, want to host or lead a small group, contact me (Susan) at 635-5992 x14. Just so you know, I regularly satisfy my small group craving by attending a small group (as a participant).
Small Group signups will begin Sunday, December 5, 2010. Look for signup sheets and more information in Rudat Hall. These Sunday Groups Start January 23, 2011.
- The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family - Mark and Michelle will lead this 8 week DVD group at the 9:30 hour. The workbook is $5.00. The book costs $14.00 and is optional. You can get it on Amazon.com. Please pay by January 16th for the workbook.
- Marriage Built to Last – Grant and Jodi will lead this 6 week DVD group at the 9:30 hour. The cost of the book is $15.00. Please pay for your book by January 16th.
- Living a Purpose Driven Life – Pamela will lead a 6 week group through this book at the 11:00 hour. No charge for the book.
- 4. Introduction to Greek – Andrew will be teaching this 16 week 90 minute class on Sunday mornings at the 11:00 hour. This language class requires the student to complete weekly homework, quizzes and tests. But by the end of the course, you’ll be able to translate large portions of 1st John! It will be at the 11:00 hour and run from 11:00 am -12:30 pm.. Bring your textbooks to the first class.
These Wednesday Groups Start January 26, 2011.
- 66 Love Letters: A Conversation with God That Invites You into His Story by Dr. Larry Crabb - Carol will lead women through the Bible one love letter at a time. It will be at CNC from 7-8:30 pm. RSVP for childcare. The cost of the book is $20.00. Please pay for your book by January 9, 2011.
- Pastor’s Class – Pastor Mike and Robin invite you to attend a 5 week small group at their home. You will hear about the current ministries of CNC and Pastor’s vision for our future. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions. It is held in their home from 6-8:30 pm and includes dinner. RSVP for childcare. The first group meets Wednesday January 26, 2011.
If you have any questions about hosting a small group in your home, or leading a small group, contact me, Susan Wright, today! I can be reached atSusan@cnchurch.org or 635-5992 x 14.
Recycling - it’s good for the planet, but…..
Over the past 6 months your generous donations of old cell phones and empty printer ink cartridges have provided over 80% of the price of a retreat scholarship for one lucky woman at CNC. With your continued generosity we will be able to send several women to retreat who otherwise would not be able to afford to attend.
We can accept the following items for recycling:
- Cell phones
- Laptop computers
- Digital and video cameras
- MP3 Players
- Inkjet cartridges – these fit in your palm (no Toner cartridges)
- GPS devices
- Radar Detectors
- Electronic book readers
Thank you so much for remembering us when you are replacing your cell phone or your inkjet print cartridge. Our container sits near the water fountain next t0 room 8 (the old office). Please recycle whenever you can – we really appreciate your support.
Women’s Ministry will even pick up your donations. If you want to arrange a donation pick up or have any questions, call Marsha at 635-5992.
Marriage, like any relationship, takes work for it to succeed. However, not all work is equal or intuitive. But when a wife works on meeting the seven specific needs of a man, it can help him to feel deeply loved. “The power of a woman to complete her husband is immense and often controls whether he becomes all God intended him to be” (Becoming a Godly Wife, p 11). The book candidly discusses these needs and offers marriage exercises for the wife to complete. Implementing information gleaned from the exercises will draw the husband closer to the wife and visa-versa. This would obviously increase the level of commitment, intimacy and joy in their relationship.
During the 20 years of my marriage I read a lot of books on marriage and doubted that this book could show me anything new. However, I was wrong. While I’ve long known that a man values/needs respect and companionship, the chapters on these topics have explained the why and how in a way that makes me truly understand this need. I wish I had known about domestic leadership and attractive soul and body when I was married. Looking back I see how I let pride, insecurity and stubbornness interfere with meeting the needs of my husband, which is something that I truly wanted to do.
I’ve been practicing detached listening. It appears that women as well as men like/value this kind of listening. Since I am not married anymore I can’t practice most of my newly gained insights on a husband. But I have shared them with my mentee. As we discussed each chapter, my friend shared what she did with the information learned. And I’ve seen its good impact on her marriage.
In this class we’ll wrestle with these 7 areas and we’ll pray for each other.
NOTE: I wrote this review 2 years ago. That is when my friend and I went through this book. She is still following some of the book’s suggestions with good results. BTW – There is a Becoming a Godly Husband book that also has great advise.
 These seven needs are respect, adapt, domestic leadership, intimacy, companionship, attractive soul & body & listening.
This past week I have been feeling a little blah, a little complacent, a little ungrateful. In an effort to ward off these negative feelings, I decided to see if I could do seven acts of kindness this week. Whenever I do something kind for someone else, it always makes me feel better. It’s think it’s because it makes me remember my blessings. Sister Anne Bryan Smollin says it’s because . . .
- When we do a kind act for someone, it boosts our immune system.
- Even when we witness a kind act, it boosts our immune system.
It is now the end of the week and my emotional self while not 100% is much better. I’ll be 100% when my shoulder and wrist pain are not so constant.
Anyway, below are 10 (!) acts of kindness I performed on purpose this week. Which ones can you identify with? What would you add to this list?
- Filled up a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child. I do this every year. This year I bought items for a 5-9 year old boy. I appreciate the opportunity to give to a child who has very little.
- Took a get well gift and card to a child in the hospital.
- Took lunch (Chipotle) to the mother of the child in the hospital.
- Rescued a cat with the help of a friend. Thanks, Friend!
- Helped 2 co-workers with their job. Sometimes life gets over-whelming even in the workplace. Coming alongside a person at such a time can make a difference to the work load and morale.
- Sent a card to someone who has had an emotionally difficult week. I view cards as mini presents. The artwork and inspiring words can minister to a person’s weary or hurting spirit.
- Picked up medicine for an ill friend.
- I helped a friend get another Bible. It was stolen from her car. Can you believe that?
- Sponsored my 9-year-old niece in a walk-a-thon to raise funds for school field trips. Even though I only gave $10 she made me feel fabulous. “Oh Aunty” she said. “That is just a perfect amount. Thank you so much.”
- Sent out an email to my list of friends to see if any of them could help another friend with a sewing need for her son. Came up with two offers of help.
- Describe a time when you’ve been on the receiving end of an act of kindness? How did you feel?
- Is there an act of kindness you’ve been meaning to do? Can you do it this week?
- When was the last time you performed an act of kindness? What was it?
- 5 Reasons to be Grateful
- 2o Acts of Kindness Ideas to Celebrate 200th Post
- “Everyone Can Help One Child,” said Twila Paris.
- How to Be Happy, Healthy and Holy
- Join CNC Meals Ministry Today: Simple to Help, Rewards are Huge
- I Help Because I am a Parent, Auntie & Missionary
We, the people of Cordova Neighborhood Church, believe that prayer is important. Click here to read Prayer Impacts Us in 5 Ways. We believe that God is powerful, caring, and answers prayer. Because we believe this, we offer eight ways you can get prayer at CNC.
1. Prayer for Healing on Wednesdays nights. You will find this faithful group of prayer warriors in Room 5 in CNC’s Children’s Education wing (aka Big Kid’s Club.) Prayer is available from 7:00-8:30 pm each Wednesday.
2. Prayer Chain. A group of folks receive prayer requests via email. To get your request to the prayer chain, contact Roberta in the office: email – office at cnchurch Dot org) or call 635-5992. If you’d like to be part of this confidential ministry, let Roberta know.
3. “Please Pray For” section on the communication slip. Each Sunday you have the opportunity to share requests via the communication slip located in each Sunday’s bulletin. Write down your request, tear the slip out of the bulletin, and put it on one of the offering boxes. The staff prays weekly (usually Tuesday mornings) for these and other requests.
4. Prayer during Sunday service. At some point in each service, we are invited to go down front for prayer. This is usually towards the end of the service when the worship team leads us in singing. You can also ask a host to get a “prayer” person to pray with you in the pews or at the back of the sanctuary.
5. Prayer after the Sunday services. You can ask one of the prayer people to pray for you after either service. You can ask any staff member for prayer as well.
6. Prayer from the elders. Call the church office (635-5992) to make an appointment for one (some) of the elders to pray for you. You can even request that anointing with oil accompany the prayer.
7. Prayer in small groups. Each small group offers the opportunity to learn Biblical information and to learn about each other. Prayer is a natural response to this learning. CNC small groups are a safe place to ask for prayer.
8. Prayer with CNC people. You don’t have to get prayer only from a lay leader, someone on staff, a designated prayer person or a pastor. Anyone can pray with you at any time.
Dear Reader, take action and ask for prayer in one of these 8 avenues. We all have something in need of prayer. The Lord, our King, is waiting to respond on your behalf. “Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.” Psalm 24:8. Please let someone encourage you today.
What would you add to this list?
- Breathing Life into Your Conversations With God
- How Do You Grow In More Than One Area At A Time?
- If Google Doesn’t Have God’s Phone Number, Try This One
- Know Why God Answers Prayer?
- My Prayer 4 Today
- Peace and Hope While in the Depth of Pain – John Stumbo’s Story
- Prayer Impacts Us In 5 Ways
- Recent Study* Shows One Thing Has Most Impact in Making a Small Group Healthy
- The Power of the Word in Song