Almost three years ago, in September 2014, Christ Community Church launched its first satellite campus. Since then, what God has done in and through that local church body is nothing short of amazing.
What once was known as CCC-Phenix City now is called Village Church. It now is a standalone Free Methodist body, and on Sunday, June 18 it began meeting in a debt-free home of its own.
“We’re stepping out in faith, embracing our new name and our new location that God has gifted to us,” Pastor Jonathan Taylor writes on Village Church’s website. “We are so thankful for the love and support we’ve received from our Free Methodist denomination and also from our parent church, Christ Community Church in Columbus. We’ve been blessed to be able to see God clearly, and grow stronger in our community of believers, through this adventure.”
Click here to read more of Village Church’s story, and here to visit their homepage. Want to visit? They meet each Sunday at 11 a.m. at 1608 14th Court in Phenix City.
A look at what CCC kids and adults are doing out in the community during our June 4-8 Week of Hope outreach.
Why are we designating this particular week a “Week of Hope?” Shouldn’t we be putting our faith into action and taking hope to the world every day?
Yes we should. Loving our neighbor is a 24/7 biblical mandate, to be sure. And it’s fueled by the power of the Holy Spirit, as Pastor Keith taught in this week's Sunday message.
But just as with our Church Has Left the Building outreach last year, a ready-made outreach sometimes can be the nudge we need to get “out there” and be the hands and feet of Jesus.
And certainly any time we help “the least of these,” we are blessing someone and serving Christ himself.
Week of Hope also is a great opportunity to get to know some of our local ministry partners and get involved on an ongoing basis – organizations such as International Friendship Ministries, Heal the World Thrift Store, Open Door Community House and Sound Choices Pregnancy Clinic.
We’re working with eight ministry partners in all this week, but that’s only a small segment of the organizations we link arms with throughout the year. Visit our Around the City page for a look at all of our area partners, and click the "Contact" link if one of them stirs your heart to help.
As for Week of Hope, we’ve been comparing it to a mission trip, with a few key differences to make participation easier: 1) It’s right here in Columbus; 2) It doesn’t require hundreds of dollars in expenses; and 3) You can do it in two-hour increments – shifts at 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. each day (Monday-Thursday).
You can find all the details, including information on each partner/work project, right here. Pick a shift – or two, or more, even – and get out there!
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