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CCC family,

Please receive my prayer that I have prayed with the Apostle Paul for you, this day…

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.  20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.  Ephesians 3.14-21

Particularly, I pray:

    • That all of us, in these anxious days, will rest on the Provision of our Father, and cast our own anxieties on him for he knows what we need, as Jesus has commanded of us.  Matthew 6.25-34.
  • That all of us, in this broken time, will do GOOD creatively and liberally, blessing and praying for and serving those in need of mercy (as recipients of Mercy).  Luke 6.27-36 for a picture of the alternative GOOD we are to give ourselves!
      • Lord, bless our servants doing GOOD in the healthcare sector – who are serving in unique ways, entrusting their time and health to you.  Protect them and their families.
      • Lord, bless our servants doing GOOD in their neighborhoods – seeking the welfare of those around them, as they are uniquely positioned to be nearer than ever before to their emotional frame.
  • Lord, bless our servants doing GOOD in remote workplaces – honoring their employer by working with integrity as unto the Lord in this time of flexibility and change.
      • Lord, bless our servants doing GOOD as resident aliens and sojourners – submitting to our Local, State and National leaders who have given guidance/limitations for communal good.
  • That all of us, in this time of easy analysis, judgment and critical spirit (of others in their anxiety or practices), will avoid prioritizing the speck we think we see in another’s eye, and will prayerfully ask God’s Spirit to expose and remove any log in our own eye that may obstruct our sight (of Jesus, of self, of others) … that “good measure [and grace] will run over into your lap.”  Luke 6.37-42.
  • That all of us, in this time of chaotic voices and opinions, will be prophetic in our declaration of the GOSPEL above all things!  We have declarative power only!  Our calling is to be personal, persuasive, and prophetic (to give reason for the hope that we have in the midst of suffering/fear/homelessness – 1 Peter 3.15) more than it is to develop programs to meet needs.  We want to do both, yes, but would you be prophetic to an anxious culture as you rest on Jesus!  Share with others your resolve and trust in God’s plan revealed in Christ – to rescue us from that which would destroy the body and soul (SIN) which has been hyper-contagious since the first Adam… even as we trust God with his sovereign care of these current trials.  Prophetically share your hope in God’s righteous restoration of all things under the coming reign of Jesus, when he will be literally with us as our God in this renewed place.  “He will wipe away every tear from our eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore – for the former things have passed away”(Revelation 21.1-4).  Be a prophet with God’s Holy Spirit in you!!  Study God’s Word.  Speak it to those in your realm of influence… calmly.  Leave his Word of hope/promise hanging in others’ ears, even as you believe it yourself.  As PETER himself preached, quoting the Prophet Joel:
  • 17 “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;  18 even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.”

Acts 2.17-18

Finally:

    • Please be expecting a SHEPHERDING CALL from an elder or community group leader over the next days.  This may be someone you interact with regularly, or may be an under-shepherd of Jesus whom I pray you will trust and get to know…
    • Please be expecting a SUNDAY HOME-WORSHIP LITURGY email on Thursday/Friday, as well as worship resources and preaching video (1 Peter 3.1-6) that will be uploaded on our website.  Please prioritize worship in your home/friend environment, and contact AJ should you desire to host a Zoom gathering on Sunday for those who may need and are not connected to others.  
  • Please continue giving your TITHES and OFFERINGS, as covenanting members, to support the ministry of Christ Community as an act of worship to the God who owns everything (mailed to the church – PO Box 5847, Johnson City, TN 37602)
  • Please be prayerful to provide any DEACON NOMINATIONS (now through Easter Sunday).  Please nominate any member who fits the description of servant given in 1 Timothy 3, to play a role in our church per the picture given us in Acts 6.1-7.

Much love, freedom, and peace as you “do not fear anything that is frightening”-

(a word we will look at in our sermon on Sunday, addressed to wives in 1 Peter 3.6, but broadly applying to ALL in Christ).

Pastor Jim

Monthly Seminars (status TBD)

On the 1st Friday night of every month, join us at the church from 6-8pm for an evening of teaching & discussion, fellowship & dinner, and provided childcare. Our next seminar will be  April 3, and our topic will be Understanding and Encountering Islam .  As we cover a different topic each month, these discussions will provide another avenue for our maturing in Christ alongside one another.

CCC Deacon Nomination/Training/Election 

During February and March, the Session of Elders will receive nominations for the Office of Deacon (see Acts 6.1-7, 1 Timothy 3.8-13).
PCA Book of Order 9-2 and 9-3: “. To the office of deacon, which is spiritual in nature, shall be chosen men of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly spirit, warm sympathies, and sound judgment. It is the duty of the deacons to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress.
It is their duty to develop the grace of liberality in the members of the church, to devise effective methods of collecting [and distributing] the gifts of the people. They shall have the care of the property of the congregation, and shall keep in proper repair the church edifice.”
Nominations will be closed after Sunday, March 28, followed by a strategic season of training for nominees, after which an election will be held.
If you are a member of Christ Community, will you pray for, talk with, and then nominate any man whom you believe fits the biblical qualification? You may nominate by sending an email to Jim, or by putting a name in the offering plate (with your name referenced). If you are personally wrestling with a sense of call to serve, please speak with an elder or pastor.

Upcoming Holy Week Gatherings (TBD at a later date):

  • Sunday, April 5 – Palm Sunday, normal service times
  • Wednesday, April 8 – Night of Lament (more information coming, no community groups)
  • Friday, April 10 – Service of Darkness (Tennebrae Service)
  • Sunday, April 12 – Easter Services with brunch (service times will be adjusted)

Community Groups (Currently meeting via Zoom)

Community Groups gather weekly to pursue maturity in Christ together as we spend time in fellowship, discuss & study God’s Word, and pray with and for one another. We invite you to be involved in our of our Community Groups as we intentionally develop Biblical community.  If you are interested in joining a group, please reach out to AJ at babelaj@gmail.com for more details on how to get connected via zoom. View groups HERE.

Discipleship Groups

Discipleship Groups meet regularly (often every other week) as a group of 3-5 men or women to interpret life together according to Scripture. Members minister to one another as we learn to live and believe God’s Word. We hope to launch a few more of these this month. If you’re interested in finding a few other men or women to be in a discipleship relationship with, contact AJ Babel (babelaj@gmail.com).

MEN

Men’s Bible Study, Wednesdays, 7am
All gents are invited to a bible study and time of prayer at the church at 7am. Bring your bible & coffee! We are working through 1 Peter, and for 3/11 we will look at 1 Peter 2.18-25.  Contact Paul Gorman with any questions (paul.w.gorman@gmail.com).

Regular Men’s Lunches (Johnson City and Kingsport)
Men, join us for lunch on the 1st (Johnson City) or 3rd (Kingsport) Thursday each month for planned times of conversation and connection.  These should resume in the future!

If you would like to learn more about Community Groups or Discipleship relationships, contact AJ
Babel, Minister of Discipleship (423-612-0123, babelaj@gmail.com).
If you desire prayer or personal/marital shepherding, please contact Rev. Bill Leuzinger, Minister of Shepherding (276-696-4692, leuzinger.bill@gmail.com).


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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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