From the Pastor’s Heart: What Happened to Innocence?

I want to send a portion of “from the Pastor’s Heart” to you personally as in my OYB reading this week I was reminded of something very important.

Our memories can be powerful.  They can be used by the Holy Spirit in a redemptive way.  O Henry wrote about a young man who as a child had fond memories of interaction with a blonde haired girl in his elementary school.  Years later this young man was now on the streets as a pick pocket and quite successful in stealing jewelry and other valuables from others for his own financial gain.  When the man was on the street picking the pockets of others he spotted his young blonde haired friend coming down the street.  She still had her innocence, her positive spirit and polite voice as she said hello to strangers whom she passed.  The man felt such great conviction and shame for his crimes of stealing that he hid behind a metal pole and placed his head up against it saying, “how far have I come from a life of innocence and purpose.”

Advent has this kind of innocence as we anticipate the birth of the One who was pure, spotless and full of life.  When we get close to the manger we realize how far away we have sometimes traveled and our need to return like the shepherds to the manger once again.  I want you to join me in praying that many in worship over these next two weeks will gather beside the innocence and purity of Christ so they may encounter His forgiveness and radical grace.

Julie and I want to thank you for giving to Christ Church and making possible the worship, children and student ministries, and outreach which enable us to touch so many lives.  Lastly, please pray for the completion of our new facility at Mt. View as we hope to obtain at least a temporary occupancy if not a full C/O so we can utilize our new building the first few weeks of January as we are kicking off a new series, “Image bearers—God’s divine design for relationships”.  This new series on relationships will have its inaugural with all campus pastors on platform on January 4 at 6 p.m. at Mt. View and January 5 at the Hickory Convention Center at ONE BIG SERVICE at 10 a.m.
Below you will find vital worship experiences that I not only invite you to attend but I urge you to attend as we need you in the house. You are a part of the body of Christ and the body is not the same without you. We need every worshipper of Christ Church in the House.

A blessed Christmas to you and much love,
Pastor Charles

 

 

 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Watch Christ Church on WHKY:  December 19th, 23rd  and 26th at 8:00 p.m.   Hour long Christmas services at Christ Church can be seen on WHKY on Dec. 24th   at 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.  and on Dec. 25th 7:30 p.m.

Then on Saturday, January 4 at Mt. View at 6 p.m. all campus pastors will be on the platform. Sunday, Jan. 5 all campuses are gathering at the Hickory Convention Center at 10 a.m. for ONE service.

 

Life Group Update

 

As Life Groups begin to wind down for the holidays, we wish you all a merry Christmas and an amazing new year.  We will begin our 2020 winter session of Life Groups the week of January 19.  You may still connect with the Life Group team at your campus or leader by visiting our website https://christnc.com/life-groups-connect/ where you can find the listing for active Life Groups and classes beginning in 2020.

 

Blessings,

Pastor Chris Murray

 

 

Begin the new year by taking a Christ Church class.

Grief Share begins Jan. 13, 6:30 p.m., at the Northside Campus. Divorce Care begins Jan. 16, 6:30 p.m., at the Fairgrove Campus. Stop by Connections to register or visit http://bit.ly/CC-Classes.

 

Interested in joining the mission of Christ Church? Be sure to attend the upcoming Developing 101 class. The next class will be offered on Sunday,  Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. at the Mountain View Campus. This class will tell you all about Christ Church and you will also learn what it means to be a “Fully Devoted Follower” of Christ. Refreshments and childcare will be available. Stop by the Connections desk to register and pick up a Developing Class Packet. Following the 101 class, we set up a 15 minute personal interview, and you’ll be invited to the 201 class where you can decide to join Christ Church.

 

 

 

Stop by the Christmas Tree in the lobby of your campus for an opportunity to give beyond yourself this Christmas season. We are supporting our Strategic Partners by meeting the needs of their wish lists and some of the immediate needs at each campus, such as student and children’s camps. See the tree at your campus for wish list items or stop by Connections for a complete list. We will collect all wish list items through the weekend of Dec. 28 & 29.

 

 

 

Christ Church Mt View will host a Free Community Christmas meal, Dec. 25, at 5:30 p.m. You can help by donating food or serving the day of the event. For more information stop by Connections or see your bulletin for a sign up sheet. Fill out the sheet and place in the offering basket.

 

 

 

 

Freezing weather is here.  We are partnering with Morning Star Baptist Church for the fifth year to provide the homeless in our community a warm meal and place to stay on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. when the temperature is below freezing. Here are the ways you can serve:

  1. Donate a dish of food for the meal.
  2. Volunteer at the Warming Station by serving the meal and cleaning up or just interacting with the guests by talking and playing cards or board games. There are two shifts: 4:30-7:30 p.m. or 7:30-9:30 p.m.

If you would like to be a part of this Outreach Serving Team contact Kelly at kelly.sipe.christnc@gmail.com or stop by Connections at your campus.

 

 

 

Note from the Contributions Secretary:

Now is a good time to check your contributions statement to make sure you’ll be ready when it comes time to prepare your taxes for 2019. Christ Church makes your contribution statement available to you all year long.

You can access your profile, which not only contains contribution information, but also your contact information, by logging into My Christ Church Community. Simply go to christnc.com and scroll down to the bottom of the home page. Choose “My Christ Church Community”. You will then see the Login page. If you have never logged into our data base before, choose the “Request Account” option. You will be asked a few simple questions. After answering them, your login password will be sent to you via the email address you are using.

When you log in to your profile, you will have access to your giving record, which makes it easy to view and print at any time. You can also keep up with your pledge giving.

If you have any questions about My Christ Church Community or need help to access your information, call me at the church office, 828-294-6858, ext. 201, or email me at debra_lee@christnc.com.

 

Blessings to you and your families this Christmas,

Debra Lee

 

 

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