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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Made to Crave

Do you think about food way too much?

Do you have less physical energy than you wish you did?

When life is not sweet, do you turn to something that is?

Do you feel like your struggle with weight and/or food is something that you will always have?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then I would love to invite you each Thursday morning to the Epicenter, 14906 Main St., Alachua, Fl, for a six week study called Made to Crave.

God made us to crave Him, but all too often we satisfy that hunger temporarily with food, TV, shopping, etc., only to be left wanting and craving more.

Only God can fulfill our every hunger.  Only God can satisfy our deepest desires.  Only God can empower us move this mountain in our lives.

So if you would like to join a great group of ladies who are desiring to be healthy and spiritually whole in this area of our lives then I invite you this week to our first session of Made to Crave at 10am.

Let's break the I'll do better tomorrow.  My life is so stressful I deserve this dessert. cycle as we move from pieces of cake to a life filled with peace and grace.

For more information or to sign up email info@ccalachua.com.

Loving my God,

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Something New for CCA

If you were unable to make Monday Night's Meeting I would like to share with you a new opportunity.

Last Thursday I met with a few ladies for a "Test Meeting" to get their input and to work out a few things on something that has been in my heart to do. I am very excited about what we came up with.

Every Thursday morning from 10am until Noon any and all ladies are invited to attend a one hour Bible Study followed by one hour of working on service projects for the church and/or community. The meetings will be held at the Epicenter.

Last week I shared in our study about a Heart that is Devoted to God and gave the ladies two memory verses, Proverbs 3:5-6 and Proverbs 4:23. I would like to encourage you too to put these verses to memory.

This week we will continue the thought How to Become a Woman after God's Own Heart. In a couple weeks we will move into the study Made to Crave. Click here to read all about it. I will also be making the Made to Crave study available soon at night for those who may work during the day.

Please email me with any questions you may have tina@ccalachua.com and if you are free on Thursday mornings I would really love to spend time in the Word and in service with you!

All my heart,

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Where the Sermon Begins

I filled in for Jay last Sunday for our Huddle.  I love our Huddle times each week because it’s the time we get all our team leaders together and focus them mentally, encourage them spiritually, and inform them of any changes in our service structure that day allowing us to have a win in every department.

I had the privilege to share with our team the amazing time we experienced at Unleash this past week. We took 17 staff and leaders to New Spring Church in Anderson, SC for a one day church leader’s conference.

As we traveled home Friday, Mark posed these questions to everyone, What impacted you most about Unleash? What nugget are you taking home with you?

I wrote down each of their answers and I want to share them with you as I did in our Huddle Sunday.

-The overwhelming excitement of their people to see us was amazing.

-They were very humbled by the fact that we came to their church to learn.

-If you asked any volunteer (and by the way they had over 600 working that day) a question regarding the church they could answer it. They cared enough about their church to know what was going on in their church.

-If you gave them a piece of trash to throw away for you they said 'Thank You', when we were the ones who were appreciative.

-You felt no stress or strife among the workers because you could tell they were well prepared for the day… mentally, physically and spiritually.

-They demonstrated a genuine love… all day long. Not just early in the day, but all the way through the day until we left their campus, they were smiling and eager to serve us.

These are just a few of the comments our leaders made on the bus ride home but ALL of our leader's comments had the same theme.

You see, we attended 2 main sessions together and then had the opportunity to take part in 21 break-out sessions.  My observation was this, the comments made were not about the awesome word and teachings that went forth (and it was awesome); it was the experience that impacted our leaders.

The sermon did not begin when Perry Noble took the stage to minister, the sermon began in the parking lot at 7am with every one of their volunteers, and the sermon did not end until we left at 5pm that afternoon.

CCA, we know our church is not about us, it’s about the people who have not yet experienced what we have.  Each Sunday we get the chance to create an environment for those who are lost to come and hear about Christ that saves. 

Our sermons never begin when Mark takes the stage, it always begins when the first guest steps foot on the school campus.  Mark shares the sermon on Sundays, we get to show it!

And when we continue giving them an amazing experience worth talking about, they will continue returning, allowing us more opportunities to share Christ with them... and the people they bring back with them!! Just as we will take 100 more people back next year to Unleash. I hope you're one of them!!

If you serve at CCA in any capacity, thank you. Thank you for being a vital part of the body of Christ. We are His hands and we are His voice to a world that is lost and searching for something that is real.

Christ is real. And He is realized through us. What an honor.

I Love My Church!!


Friday, March 11, 2011

Inspired

Our CCA volunteer leaders inspire me!!


They only get so many days off from work each year and 13 of them elected to take 3 full days of their vacation time to head with us to South Carolina to learn how they can better serve CCA each week... each week AFTER working 40 or more hours for someone else that is.


There is no greater fulfillment in life than making a difference in someone else's.  And they know it, not just intellectually, but experientially.  


So today they will travel home with us.  Home to husbands, wives, kids, jobs, responsibilities AND come Sunday they will be the most excited, loving, caring, serving people at CCA... Not just because they had a life altering experience at Unleash...


Because that's what ALL our volunteers live to do.


Loving God, Loving People and Serving Others... It's how CCA rolls!!


I Love My Church...


and ALL it's peeps!!