Friday, January 28, 2011

Kraig Anderson - 40 Days Faith Story

Our Pastor Of Worship shares part of his experience during 40 Days of Community.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Children's Worker Breakfast - The Adventure of Your Life

Can you believe that another Children’s Worker Breakfast has come and gone already?  On Saturday, January 22 we had a wonderful morning of fellowship and interactive learning.  Approximately 100 children’s workers gathered together to enjoy a great breakfast attended different workshops to help them prepare for the adventure that God has in store for them in Children’s Ministry.  There was a variety of workshops addressing needs in all areas, ranging from the nursery, to preschool, to elementary age, and covering weekly ministries as well as outreach opportunities. The workshops included “Nursery Walk Through/Spic-n-Span”, “The Challenge of Ministering to the Pre-School Child”, “Object Lessons They’ll Never Forget,” “Crafts That Help Teach,” “Me? Coach?” “Classroom Control,” “Teaching God’s Truth with Science,” “Expanding the Treasure Cove Ministry,” “Bible Stories Come to Life,” “Teach ‘Em the Way God Made ‘Em,” “Hot Pick-Up Games for Elementary Students,” “Preschool Games that Grab Their Attention,” and “Music Anyone Can Do.”  We hope that all our volunteers feel refreshed and ready for another year in Children’s Ministry!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Cherokee Community Small Group Concert

On December 21st our small group The Cherokee Community, had the awesome privilege of bringing Christmas to the Hospice Center in Strongsville. Our group sang carols accompanied by saxophone, and also performed a saxophone duet, saxophone solo, a bass and saxophone duet, a children's trio and an women's quartet. While no one came down to the lobby during our performance we did have nurses tell us that evening that the music was drifting to every room. Since that evening we received a letter thanking us for giving our time and talents to bring Christmas to the residents. Perhaps the most touching of all was hearing that one resident passed away an hour after we finished performing. Could it be that their last memories of this world were the music praising Jesus' birth? We can make a difference, just by letting God use us. Not only were the residents effected by our evening, but we were changed as well. We grew together as a family as we shared God's love with the world.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Winter Retreat 2010

Winter Retreat 2010 @ Stony Glen
All Out War - Investigating Spiritual Warfare
A study in Ephesians 6

This is quite possibly one of the best ways to spend Christmas break!
62 of us got away to Stony Glen on 12/27-29/2010 for an amazing retreat.

We enjoyed sledding, snowball fights, gym time, free time, gaga dodgeball, cabin time, capture the flag, a talent show, a powerful drama, and much more with our friends.

Our Youth Worship Band, "Forgotten Prosperity" led us in engaging worship, and our chapel times taught us about the spiritual war we're in each day. From Ephesians 6 we learned about the Armor of God, its importance, and how we can put it on daily.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

The choir and congregation join together in singing.

All of the children gather to listen to a special Christmas story.

The lighting of candles.

Glory to the newborn King!