Ministry Spotlight – Women’s Ministry

Ministry Spotlight: Women’s Ministry
Ministry Chair Person(s): Kristine Gardner
 
CABC’s Women’s Ministry purpose is to draw closer to God (amen sisters!); to know Him and demonstrate Christ’s love by fostering a community of service that is encouraging, loving and supportive. And these ladies know how to do just that!
Led by Kristine Garnder, the Women’s Ministry committee includes Bethanie Freeman, Deb Trojak and Carol Crawford. The team works together to plan and implement opportunities for fellow women of the church and community at large to fellowship throughout the year. Some of their plans for service and fellowship include blessing others through meal prep service projects, pot lucks, the women’s tea, game and fellowship times, weekend retreats, Bible study groups and devotional times sprinkled throughout.
 
The main goal of Women’s Ministry is simple: to promote fellowship among the women of CABC, as well as to reach out to those women outside our church walls and in our community and to share Christ’s love with them. They are working to encourage and invite more ladies to attend each event to foster that spirit of fellowship, and they additionally commit to having a time of devotions and intentional prayer to help meet the spiritual needs of those being served during each event.
 
Already this year, this group has blessed numerous families with dinner meals prepared during their first meal prep service project, And if that isn’t sweet enough, each meal includes a verse of encouraging scripture written on on the dish covering to remind those who enjoy them that both God and your CABC family is here for you. The next opportunity to enjoy some sisterly love and fellowship will be a the Women’s Ministry Clothing Swap happening on Friday, November 8th at CABC. Alongside a time of devotion and prayer, this will be a fun evening for ladies to come together and… well, shop! Because the only thing better than shopping is shopping (FOR FREE!) with your (fashionable) sisters in Christ!
 
Kristine says she loves being a part (and now leading) this ministry. “I’ve only been to a few events and the retreat, but just during those times I have loved being able to get to know the other women in the church and build new friendships. Had I not gone, there are quite a few ladies I don’t think I would have even really met. But besides the friendships we can build with each other, I love the opportunity Women’s Ministry gives for ladies to serve together as a family and grow in our relationship with Christ.”
 
If you are interested in joining this group of wonderful ladies who work to provide opportunities for sisters in Christ to connect, grow, love and serve, then connect with Kristine or come out to an event and see for yourself! And you can always see what’s happening on their ministry web page.
 

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Ministry Spotlight – CABC Preschool

Ministry Spotlight: CABC Preschool
Ministry Chair Person(s): Miss Crystal Johnson, CABC Preschool Teacher and Miss Vicky Bange, CABC Preschool Aide
 
CABC Preschool has officially started back up again for the ninth year for the 2019-2020 school year! Miss Crystal and Miss Vicky are perhaps two of the best teachers a child could ever have (obviously not biased at all… but honestly, a little jealous I didn’t get to have them as my preschool teachers)!
 
CABC Preschool exists to meet the basic needs of each child to be loved and accepted and to affirm their uniqueness. It strives to encourage each child to grow at his/her own pace (physically, emotionally, socially, intellectually and spiritually), help them grow and develop in trustful and loving relationships and to provide a strong, solid foundation for further education. CABC Preschool not only provides a warm and loving educational environment for the children of CABC and our surrounding communities, but seeks to provide each child with various age-appropriate learning experiences as well as spiritual and Bible-based education.
 
And for anyone who thinks running a preschool  for 3 and 4-year-olds is pretty easy and not very involved, please… continue reading.
 
Miss Crystal and Miss Vicky work year-round to prepare and implement each school year’s curriculum, work with CABC staff, pastors, edlers and deacons on all Preschool-related and CABC-related functions, communicate with the CABC Preschool board with updates, changes, challenges and successes, communicate with area public schools to know what is required for students going into Kindergarten and to implement those skills into the CABC Preschool curriculum, enroll new families to the program, communicate with parents, grandparents and other family members throughout the year and from year to year and then care for and educate children ages 3 through 5 for 2.5 hours per session (and for you math nerds there are a combined total of 7 sessions in a week for 3 and 4-year-olds).
 
All that to say, there is more than just fun and games taking place in CABC Preschool each week… but boy, can Miss Crystal and Miss Vicky make learning feel like all fun and games!
 
“I love my job because it is never boring, ” says Miss Crystal. “I never know from one moment to the next what might happen or be said. And I absolutely love this age because they are so new, fresh and innocent. I get to lay the foundation of education that will be with them for their entire lives. I get to teach them the basics that will be used day in and day out forever; like colors, shapes, writing their name, cutting, numbers, letters and so much more!”
 
And when the two of them are not teaching in preschool they can be found running VBS at CABC, volunteering at our Wednesday Night programs, teaching Sunday School, loving on babies in the CABC nursery and so much more.
 
If you are looking for a great preschool for your child(ren), there are still a few open afternoon spots in the 4-year-old classes and CABC Preschool enrolls year-round! If you are interested in getting involved with CABC Preschool, volunteers are always needed to be on-call should Miss Crystal or Miss Vicky be sick and unable to teach. Background clearances are required to volunteer in this capacity.
 
For even more information on this great CABC ministry, be sure to check out their website and follow the fun on Facebook! And tune in next month for another Ministry Spotlight at CABC

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Ministry Spotlight – Staff Relations

We are excited to kick off an new monthly series highlighting one of the many ministries and inner workings of CABC! This is a great way for you to learn more about the various ministries found right here at CABC and, if you’re really interested, how to get more involved. So lets get started!

Ministry Spotlight: Staff Relations
Ministry Chair Person(s): Bethanie Freeman

The Staff Relations Committee (SRC) at CABC can be summarized by two verses from scripture. “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17) and “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). The purpose of SRC is to foster constructive communication between the Congregation and its pastoral leadership and staff employees. SRC works as a representative of the Congregation in matters relating to the professional and personal well being of all staff members and is an investment in our staff and therefore CABC’s long term ministry as a whole.
 
The goal of Staff Relations is to simply support and partner with each CABC staff member. Through encouragement, annual interviews, collective feedback, and team building/staff appreciation activities, SRC ensures that each staff members is able to fulfill both their personal and ministry goals and objectives. Each committee member serves as a representative to one or more staff members to pray for and encourage them throughout the year. The committee also help to provide staff with multiple team-building and appreciation activities throughout the year that.
 
SRC meets with staff every year to conduct evaluations and yearly interviews to help better meet the needs of the church and staff alike. SRC helps fill new or open positions as they become available and works alongside the Elder and Deacon boards and Finance committee throughout the year.
 
Or in the words of SRC chair, Bethanie Freeman, “I believe that CABC has an amazing staff. But part of keeping an amazing staff is forming a connection between the congregation, the leaders and the staff… which is the whole purpose of Staff Relations. We seek to support our staff in any way we can to make sure that we keep such wonderful people to lead our church.”
 
(And for the record, this staff member sure does appreciate that support and encouragement from SRC and the CABC church body as a whole!)
 
If you would like to be a part of this committee of caring, encouraging and accountable people, be sure to talk to Bethanie to learn even more! Tune in next month for another Ministry Spotlight!

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National Day of Prayer

This Thursday, May 2 is the National Day of Prayer.
 
As Christians, we know that prayer is an incredible gift enabling us to talk to our Heavenly Father; as humans we know that prayer can sometimes be pushed aside as we get caught up in our busy days.
 
So this Thursday we are challenging and encouraging YOU to join us for intentional time devoted to prayer throughout the day.
 
Prayer prompts for our state, country and world will be posted via social media:
 
We invite you to stop by the church if you are available to spend some intentional time in peace, quiet, and before the feet of God. Our church pastors will also be available if you would like someone to pray with you or for you. The church will be open from 9:00am to 2:00pm in observance of the National Day of Prayer.
 
The National Day of Prayer organization will be live streaming at 7:30pm. Click here to view
 
But no matter how you spend your day, we encourage you to take the extra moments to spend time before our mighty Lord and Savior, to remember his love and mercies, and to pray for those around you.

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What’s Your Legacy?

by Pastor Josh Trojak
I can be a sentimental man. I hold onto stuff longer than I should. One example of this are the t-shirts that I have received from the many different teams, musicals, groups, and trips of which I have been a part since high school. As growing up and growing out catches up to me, I am not able to fit into any of those shirts from high school, or sadly even college. However, I can’t part with these mementos of good times of many kinds.
 
Many years ago, my grandmother took my high school shirts and created a beautiful quilt to make my shirts, that were useless to me, become useful again. She later made one from my college shirts and this past Christmas my wife commissioned Heidi Bortner to turn our old camp shirts into a blanket as well. I hadn’t given these quilts much thought until we moved into our new house in Spring Grove just a couple of months ago. With new bedroom assignments and beds to go with them, we needed to use these blankets that I have acquired. That first blanket from high school is now one of the covers on my son’s bed to help keep him warm on our chilly nights.
I never would have thought the swimming or musical shirts I got while in school would someday help keep my kids warm. Judson finds the different patches of shirts interesting, but they simply don’t mean to him what they mean to me. What it made me think about is the legacy that those shirts have and the ability to adapt to a new purpose.
 
We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. (Psalm 78:4, NIV)
 
We don’t know what effect the works of our labors will have on the next generation. This view of the past affecting the present gives me more of a reminder to make sure I am investing in things that will have a lasting impact long after I am gone. I don’t want my kids just to know about my school adventures. Those blankets will eventually be thrown away. The legacy Jesus can have on their lives and the lives of those they share Him with will last forever. What legacy are you leaving behind?

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Words

by Don Abbey
But I tell you that men will have to give account on the Day of Judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned. (Matthew 12: 36-37)
 
We have all heard this childhood rant, “Sticks and stones can break my bones but names will never hurt me.” As adults, we all know that this is not a truth. Most of us can recall past comments by others about us that have cut to the core of our soul. As Joanne Lowe (Living Connections Ministries) states, “Have you ever seen a balloon that has been punctured by a fingernail or other object? It only takes a little hole in the balloon to deflate it. It may take a while to completely deflate but eventually all the air goes out. You may try to patch it with something and it might help for a while but it doesn’t last.” That is what discouraging words and sarcastic remarks can do to each of our hearts. Our hearts can be slowly deflated and then patched but never quite restored. People can try to encourage us and tell us not to listen to those who put us down, but the hole is already there. Just remember, Jesus is the only one who can reach down and completely make our hearts new.
 
So what is it that we should know about words? Jesus spoke a lot about words and the effects that words can have on each of us. As the scripture above (Matthew 12: 36-37) proclaims, we will all be held accountable for our words on the Day of Judgment. We should make sure our words are encouraging and helpful for building each other up. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians states: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29) It seems clear to me that God wants us to think very carefully before we use our words. He will judge us on what we have said to others. Read what the Bible has to say about words in Proverbs 15: 1-2, Proverbs 16: 24, Proverbs 17: 27-28, Proverbs 18: 20-21 and Proverbs 21: 23. The list can go on and on!
 
Another aspect of the use of words is our reaction to them, particularly words that wound our heart. What did Jesus have to say about these kinds of words? In Matthew 5: 11-12 Jesus says, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Additionally in Luke 6: 27-28, He says: “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” It is our job as Christians to pray for those who mistreat us and forgive those who have done us harm.
In other words, Jesus calls us to love. In Matthew 22: 37-39 Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he made it clear that love is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5: 22). So if we are truly born again Christians, we have the capacity to love. So how do we love? In his letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 13: 4-13), Paul gives us a guideline for how to love. Go back and read it for yourself and put it into practice.
 
In conclusion, we need to practice the discipline of being impeccable with our words, making sure they are above reproach. We need to steer clear of words that tear down (gossip) and do not build up others. We need to love others as ourselves. Are we an encourager? We need to think about how we have used words in the past to hurt people. Did we ask for forgiveness? We need to think about how others have healed or wounded us by their words. What was our response to them? Remember our goal is the transformation of our lives to become more like Jesus! Amen.
 
Precious heavenly Father, I continue to celebrate your will in my life. I pray that the words that I speak daily would be pleasing to You. I pray that these words would build others up and not tear them down. Please guide me, Father, during each day to listen more than I speak. Allow my words to reflect Your light in this fallen world. Please encourage me to forgive others who have spoken untruths about me and not hold grudges. Please continue to transform me to be more like You each day. Allow my love for you and others to shine through in my daily walk. In Your precious, holy name I pray. Amen.

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