Happenings

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Christ Community family,

Isaiah 9.2ff

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.
You have multiplied the nation;
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest…
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Shalom!

Peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility…

I pray that your week has known the advent (arrival) of momentary, daily, honest peace that comes only through mindfulness of the accomplished work of rescue that God has provided us in Christ.  Peace that comes from the assurance of his victory over sin and promise of the restoration of all things.  Reflecting upon our time in Exodus this past Sunday – I also pray that you might be dependent not desperaterepenting not merely regretting (oddly) – grieving any form of accommodation with the world, indifference toward the holiness of God.  Live in light of the DISTINCTION that is ours in the gospel!  Take interest in your own rescue and calling!

This upcoming Lord’s Day – the 2nd Sunday of Advent – we will focus on the PEACE of the incarnation of God even as we examine plagues 7 and 8 in Exodus 9 and 10 – Hail and Locusts.  Woe is the TOTAL destruction of these plagues in contrast to the TOTAL PEACE and rest he promises his people.

[Of personal note:

  • Thank you for those who helped serve before/during/after the beautiful Christmas party on Sunday Night.  Your role in preparing, hosting, and cleaning up is not taken for granted.
  • I keep dwelling upon the CRAZINESS of last Sunday.  From the power/sound blowing up (hyperbole) to my notes for the baptism and sermon just ‘disappearing.’  I take to heart that I am not in control.  You are not in control.  So deceived are we to live even a moment of entitled autonomy.  We are dependent on God’s sustaining gravity, let alone the kWh used at 400 Ashe Street.  The PEACE we long for does not come by our effort our ability to sustain gravity, power, technology, or even our own will and hearts.  Our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of peace alone holds our days, our hours, our minutes, and our comings and goings.  Shalom is found in letting go.]

Shalom.

 

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – December 24th @ 5:30pm

Join us for a beautiful candlelight service with Christmas Carols and Scripture Reading. The service will be an hour long, beginning at 5:30pm. We encourage you to bring the whole family and join us in the wonderful celebration of our Savior’s birth!

Elder and Deacon Nomination/Training/Election 

As discussed at our Vision Night in September, we are eager to see new Elders and Deacons raised up to lead and serve Christ Community Church.  As the Lord is growing our body, we expect that He is also raising up lay Shepherds and Servants.  We will follow the below process:
December (Advent) – Affirm personal desire and receive congregational nomination.
  • Internal Calling: If you believe the Lord has given you a desire and you internally wrestle with a call to serve as Elder/Deacon please share with Pastor Jim, privately, during Advent – regardless of whether you are nominated.
  • External Confirmation: If you are a church member and believe that God has gifted someone in our church to serve as Shepherd (elder) or Servant (deacon), please prayerfully nominate by sending an email to the session, or by putting a name in the offering plate.
 

January/February   Training for both offices (weekly or bi-weekly) followed by an examination for those with continued desire/readiness.

March – Following 30 days of announcement (Book of Church Order, 24-1) we will vote on nominees at a Congregational Meeting, date TBD.

MEN

Men’s Bible Study, Wednesdays @ 7am

All gents are invited to a “Wednesday Word Work” and time of prayer at 7am, at Trinity Hand Specialists (2335 Knob Creek Rd. Suite 100).  Join us for our next meeting on December 6th as we study Exodus.  Contact Paul Gorman (423-483-8782paul.w.gorman@gmail.com) with questions.

WOMEN

Girl’s Night Out – Friday, December 8th @ 7pm

The ladies are getting together for a girl’s night on Friday, December 8th at Shannon Thomsen’s house. We’ll be having a cookie exchange!  Bring your favorite batch to share!  Contact Shannon Thomsen for more details on 423.557.4669.

Baby Shower for Ashleigh Morgan – Dec. 11th

Ladies!  Join us for a baby shower for Ashleigh Morgan on Monday, December 11th @ 7pm at the church.  Ashleigh is expecting a boy!  She mostly needs diapers and wipes but is registered for a few items at Babylist.com.  We hope you can make it!

Community Groups 

Community groups are an important part of fellowship and discipleship at Christ Community. Community Groups spend time in fellowship, Word and prayer.  Community Groups have begun –  Please feel free to visit different groups and find the one that is the best fit! *Please note that community groups will not be meeting this week (11/22 & 11/26).  Happy Thanksgiving!

Clark Community Group

Meeting on Sundays at 5:30pm @ The Clark’s House (North Johnson City) with Dustin Clark leading (dmclar2@gmail.com, 423.741.1706).  Studying Hebrews.  Childcare provided.

Smith Community Group

Meeting on Sundays at 5pm (dinner 5-6, Study 6-7) @ The Smith’s House (Greenville/Chuckey) with Jason Smith leading (r3volution76@yahoo.com, 423.231.4321).  Studying 1 Peter.  Childcare Provided.

Farmer/Barrett Community Group

Meeting on Sundays at 6pm (snacks and fellowship 6-6:30, study 6:30-7:30) @ The Barrett’s House (South Johnson City) with Ken Farmer leading (ken.farmer@us.bosch.com, 423.612.9835).  Studying the Beatitudes.  Childcare TBD.  

Haaland/Nelson Community Group

Meeting on Wednesdays at 6:30pm @ The Nelson’s House (Kingsport) with Rod Haaland (rod.haaland@gmail.com, 423.943.9947) leading.  Studying Judges.  Childcare Provided.  

Thomsen Community Group

Meeting Wednesdays at 5:30pm (dinner 5:30-6:30, study 6:30-7:30) at The Thomsen Home (North Johnson City) with Colm Thomsen (colm.thomsen@gmail.com, 423.557.4669), Hal Bohlman (allyhalod@yahoo.com, 423.483.8973), and Jim Powell (jim.christcommunity.jc@gmail.com, 803.609.1731) leading.  Studying Proverbs.  Childcare provided.   

Youth Community Group in the Upper Room on Sundays @ 9:00am  

Meeting every Sunday, studying Parables.  Contact Ashleigh (423-534-5954, agfarmer14@gmail.com) and Jackson Farmer (423-202-8134) for more details.

Jr. Youth Community Group on Sundays @ 9:00am

For ages 8-11, Meeting every Sunday @9am in the Conference Room on the second floor.  Studying Exodus. Contact Kelly Smith (828.216.0268, kellys.smith@rocketmail.com) or Lindsey Hecht (lhecht@eastman.com) for more info.

 

 

 

 

 

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Service Times & Directions

Weekend Masses in English

Saturday Morning: 8:00 am

Saturday Vigil: 4:30 pm

Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:45 am,
12:30 pm, 5:30 pm

Weekend Masses In Español

Saturday Vigil: 6:15pm

Sunday: 9:00am, 7:15pm

Weekday Morning Masses

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30 am

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