September 25, 2020

Dear Church Family,

We’re up and running with multiple opportunities to sharpen one another and challenge one another in our walk with the Lord. Sunday morning worship service combined with Sunday School classes and children’s ministry during the service really help us toward those goals. Mid-week programming on Wednesday for children and teens provides an oasis in the middle of the week for spiritual refreshment. Thursday Primetimers and GriefShare along with Women’s Missionary Union and Men’s Prayer Fellowship on Fridays all point toward a robust opportunity to ministry to one another. All this is done “in person” and of course, we continue with our live streaming ministry on Sunday morning and virtual Bible study called “Grounded Group” on Wednesday available on Facebook.

You have risen to the challenge of doing ministry during a world-wide pandemic and I’m grateful for your continued commitment to your local church! Some things may be optional in life but church life and the ongoing gospel ministry God has given us is essential. We must be creative and flexible in how we do it, but it is a necessity in our lives!

Thank you for your generous support of this work financially as well. Our missionaries are still being supported and our work locally continues to thrive. Praise the Lord for what God is doing among us and through us even in these challenging days.

I love you all,

David Hixson


September 18, 2020

Dear Church Family,

It’s finally here. The Sunday we’ve all been waiting for. It’s Back to Sunday School Sunday! Yes, we’ve got Sunday School back in our routine and I know you are excited to re-engage in small group Bible study and prayer.

Another advance for this week is children’s ministry for the church hour. We’ll have a nursery, pre-k class and elementary age class during the worship service. This will help some families who have young children to be able to attend without needing to care for the needs of wiggly little ones.

I’m so thankful for willing workers and all those who help us provide these important ministries. The list doesn’t stop with Sunday. This will be the week we return to Awana and Echo ministries as well as Primetimers, GriefShare and WMU. Needless to say, we’ve been busy reassembling our volunteers and preparing to provide safe and secure facilities for each meeting.

Let’s pray for God’s protection, minister to one another in these practical and important ways, and trust the Lord to help us proclaim the good news throughout our community. The church is pressing forward to fulfill our mission for our Savior!

If you have any questions, just keep reading below for further details of all our meetings. If that doesn’t give you the answers you need, please give us a call at the church and we’ll do our best to help you get ready for another season of “making disciples among all nations” (Mat. 28:19).

Remember, if you are quarantined at home, we still have our live streamed ministries available each week at 9:30 am on Sundays.

I love you all,

David Hixson


September 11, 2020

Dear Church Family,

Every year on this date we take a moment as a nation to pause and remember. The shock of that September 11th will stay with us the rest of our lives. It was a wake-up call in many ways. For some it was a temporary reminder of our dependance on God for safety and security. I hope for our church family it is a more enduring lesson about those truths and our hearts will not grow cold toward God when times are good and threats seem more distant.

The coronavirus pandemic has also shaken our world. This is a time to humble ourselves before God and call out to Him with even greater passion for His relief and His remedy. The physical threat is only part of the danger. The more pressing need is our spiritual relationship with the Lord and having a remedy for our sin. I trust you are a true believer and have your security firmly placed in the payment Jesus made for your sin and find your rescue in His righteousness accredited to your account.

We get to celebrate the grand opening of our newly remodeled upstairs educational facility this Sunday! I hope you will be able to attend and help us give God praise for this great accomplishment. Many of you have helped make it possible through your praying and giving and work. Thanks be to God for His provision. We’re also thankful for so many of you who sacrificed to help provide the finances needed. We’ll tour the upstairs after the morning service so come anticipating this glad event.

If you are a member of the church, you should have received a primary ballot for our nomination process to elect officers for next year. Please respond in a timely manner to help us have a slate of nominees for this coming year. If you did not receive a form in your email box or have any questions about it, please contact us here at the church office. You may also pick up a hard copy of the ballot in the church lobby this Sunday.

This Sunday we also get to recognize the top Awana award winners for last year. That will be fun and exciting to recognize all the kid’s hard work in memorizing Scripture and becoming “approved workmen who are not ashamed” of the gospel of Christ.

The Lord bless you as you live for Him this week,

David Hixson

Pastor


August 28, 2020

Dear Church Family,

Moving day is tomorrow. We meet at the church at 9:00 am to move our equipment back into our newly renovated upstairs classrooms. This comes at the end of a long process of praying, giving, planning, and working to see this project completed. Thank you to everyone who has participated to make it happen!

Summer is coming to an end and Fall is on the way. Schools have reengaged in the process of education and we’re off to the races for another school year. That means we’re getting ready to reengage in our educational endeavors. The Bible is our text book and our teachers are godly individuals who love their students. We’re looking forward to meeting safely in our Sunday School classes and teaching one another as we have been commanded to do. Awana and youth ministries will kick off and we’ll continue our focus on preparing the next generation to take up where we leave off.

Please pray and participate as the Lord leads you. I realize there are multiple reasons why some cannot take part in these activities for now. But, let’s pray for those that can help us and trust we can fulfil the mandate given to the church to sharpen one another and build each other up in our most holy faith.

We get to rejoice with each other over God’s work in advancing our facility on Grand Opening Sunday, September 13. Plan to stay after church long enough to take a tour of our new space. It is thrilling to see what God is accomplishing through His people in our church family.

I love you all. If I can be of any assistance to you and your family, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the church office. We’re open and ready to help as needed.

Exalting Christ in all things,

David Hixson

Pastor


August 14, 2020

Dear Church Family,

Going to church seems like a complicated decision these days. I suppose it has always been hard to make it a priority but now it is layered with additional health concerns. Here at CBC, we’re taking precautions, making recommendations to follow state guidelines and praying for safety. I believe we honor God by assembling together with other believers to strengthen one another and cooperate together to advance the gospel. Thank you for considering how you and your family might be able to help us reach our community by keeping our doors open and continuing to preach the Word each week.

We are planning to take additional steps in the coming months to reinitiate Sunday School ministries and youth ministries with other ministries to follow. Some have said they could return only when children’s ministries are offered during the church service. Well, we plan to begin nursery and junior church type programs during the church service on September 20. We’ll be careful. We’ll do these ministries as safely as possible. We’ll trust the Lord to help in that regard. But we’re eager to press forward in teaching one another as we have been commanded. Please consider being a part of these advances in programming and participation.

We also have a lot to celebrate! Our newly remodeled upstairs rooms are almost complete. We’ll have a grand opening on September 13th during our morning service. Come and praise the Lord with us concerning this great achievement! You have given generously and many have worked hard to make it happen. Let’s give God the praise for this great accomplishment.

I hope to see you on this Sunday morning at 9:30 am. If you must stay home, would you please watch the service at 9:30 am while we live stream the service? Let’s stay connected and continue this effort to participate simultaneously as we worship the Lord together.

I love you,

David Hixson

Pastor


July 31, 2020

Dear Church Family,

We need your input. Today we are sending out another survey asking families to give us some feedback on the prospect of participating in our Awana ministry in the fall. It’s just two questions. Would you please take the time to answer when you get that text? It will help us make decisions about when and how to have this important ministry of discipleship and evangelism with our children. If your child is in the elementary school age group and you did not get a survey, please send a note to Diane at the church office. We need to update our records and we’d love to get the questionnaire out to you.

In recent weeks we’ve sent out a couple of other surveys to our Sunday School and Awana workers. Many of you responded to those email questionnaires and we’re thankful for your responses.

I am praying that we will be able to restart these vital ministries soon. Would you pray with us about that prospect?

Summer is quickly coming to an end and school is about to begin again. It will be a different kind of experience for many families this year. Let’s pray for each other as each family makes some difficult decisions about how to navigate all the options about how to do school this year. All the regulations certainly will make an impact on how we educate our children in God’s Word as well. Let’s be gracious and patient with each other given all the stress related to these decisions. May God give wisdom to each family and to our church leaders as we ponder the responsibility we have to raise our children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).

I’m excited to show all of you our new educational space in the recently renovated upstairs space. You prayed and gave and some of you even helped do the work. It’s beautiful. In coming weeks we’ll be able to announce a Grand Opening event and we’ll praise God together for this great accomplishment. We’re so thankful to Alan Scroggins and Bob Mitchel for their leadership in this project. Jerry Gasser and Mike Hauenstein have labored together with Alan and Bob to save the church thousands of dollars in the process of completely rebuilding this area of our church. You will be surprised how efficient and functional it is. Praise the Lord for this huge accomplishment and how it will be used for many years to come!

Remember the state-wide requirements for public gatherings and let’s get together this Lord’s Day to worship our Savior, observe communion and study His Word. What a privilege it is to have the freedom to assemble, teach the truth of the Bible and provoke one another to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24).

I love you all,

David Hixson

Pastor


Friday, July 24, 2020

Dear Church Family,

I am eagerly looking forward to another Sunday morning to gather together with you and worship our Lord Jesus Christ, our risen Savior. We live in a country where we have freedom of religion and freedom of speech and freedom to have public assembly. These are wonderful freedoms and I’m excited to exercise these freedoms again this Sunday morning. There will be a new requirement from the government that requires face masks for any gathering of people in public meeting places. We’ll cooperate as citizens of this state. We obey many laws and ordinances and this is just another one and a temporary one. It does not restrict us any more than other public gatherings. So, we’ll make adjustments as necessary and still have joy in serving Jesus and making disciples in these extraordinary times. Let’s allow our unity in the gospel of Christ to supersede our differences of opinion about measures taken to cope with a dangerous virus.

In the meantime, great things are happening in our ministry. The upstairs renovation is nearing completion. We’ve raised all the money necessary for the project! The volunteer workers from our church are putting the finishing touches on the building. Our volunteer managers have been overseeing the work of our sub-contractors and we’re in the last stages of their contracts. This project will give us the necessary space to do ministry even in the age of social distancing. We did not know how important it would be when we started this project that we would have LOTS of space to have many venues for meeting together but now that MORE SPACE is needed for people to meet, we have provided it! Thank you for your generous giving and wonderful support.

I am meeting with several individuals about joining our church, even in the midst of these unusual circumstances. People love it when they find our live streaming services online and they want to come be a part of it. This has been a good development from our initiatives to make much of our ministry available on the internet. So, keep praying that God helps us to continue reaching our community especially in these new ministry formats.

In coming weeks, we will be continuing to observe the ordinances Christ gave the church. We’ll have communion and celebrate believers following the Lord in baptism. Good things are still happening! Keep on praying, attending, giving, witnessing, studying your Bible and living consistently for the Lord. Jesus is coming again someday and we want to be working faithfully for Him up until that last day before He catches the church up to be with Him in Heaven.

If you’d like to read ahead, we’ll be meditating on Psalm 51 this Sunday morning as we gather together. It is a “Challenging Chapter” in Scripture and helpful for all of us.

I love you all,

David Hixson

Pastor


Thursday, July 2, 2020

Dear Church Family,

As we approach Independence Day in our country, I am reminded that we all have rights and privileges as Americans that are precious and valuable. We have the freedom of religion and freedom of speech and freedom of assembly to name just a few. I love the fact that we can exercise those freedoms and go to a church building and worship the Lord each week without harassment or danger of imprisonment. Just expressing that truth is a remarkable reality which should not be taken for granted and something for which we give thanks to the Lord.

Let’s celebrate our nation’s birth this weekend and let’s also celebrate our belief in Christ by assembling together to declare His gospel knowing it is a great privilege to do so unhindered and without oppression or persecution. Those realities are not the experience of all Christians worldwide. Since we live in a land that values those freedoms, let’s take full advantage of it and gather to observe the Lord’s table in communion and worship freely praying for those who gather to worship Christ under much more difficult circumstances.

It gives me pause to wonder if I would worship the Lord if it meant endangering my livelihood or my life? Would I stay true to my beliefs under threat? Am I a true Christian with rock solid beliefs or merely a “cultural Christian” drifting through my life with untested faith? It may be that the years ahead may not be nearly as convenient for Christians in our own country. I trust difficult circumstances will only demonstrate our true convictions about Christ not reveal a weak belief unworthy of Him.

We, of all people, should celebrate with a sobriety that these freedoms of ours are a gift from God. Let’s gather in person or online, as the need may be, to worship our Lord faithfully again this week.

I love you all,

David Hixson

Pastor


 


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