“One Sunday” Review

Wow!  What an uplifting day!  I met so many new people visiting CIL with friends, and dozens of people made a decision for Christ at the end of the message.   It was an amazing day!

Here were are some highlights:

– The first visitor I met came by an invitation from a CIL member he worked with.  As we were all getting acquainted, another visitor from their work joined us!

– Daniel Reed did an outstanding job joining Penny Simms in leading worship.   I’ve known Daniel since he was in high school, when I was his youth pastor.  So proud of him!

– Elliot Parry came straight off his job on the road to add some super-cool LED lights to our stage set up.   Thanks Elliot for your work to add something special to our set.

– Our worship team had a lot of adversity to overcome in rehearsals and some unexpected glitches this morning.  Our musicians, sound technicians and media team are all volunteers, and they work really hard to present great music to our congregation every week.   Special thanks to Randy Roof and Steve Hertzler for solving last minute problems.  What would we do without those guys?

– My wife, Beth Allison, blew us all away with the song “Deliverer.”   She is such a gifted vocalist, and we were all inspired to worship Jesus by her passionate rendition of this song.  If you check out the song “Deliverer” by Vicky Beeching, it takes about 90 seconds into the song before it gets going good.   However, the tune will stick with you all week.

– We continue to take steps forward in our Guest Services.  Our greeters, parking lot and ushers are the backbone of our Sunday experience. and I’m so grateful for their participation.  Jay Edgerton is showing great leadership in leading this team of volunteers.

– I’m so proud of all our volunteers who make our church function every Sunday.  On One Sunday, this group lifted up Jesus through their service and love.

Invite Someone to “One Sunday”

Today would be a great day to invite someone to One Sunday, which takes place at CIL on Sunday, August 19, 2012.

We’ve asked more than 50,000 people over the last 10 years why they came to church, and between 75 and 90 percent of respondents say, “I began attending because someone invited me. Those friends and relatives are critical to the growth of churches. They far outweigh factors like the facilities, music, preaching, or children’s ministry—people may stay because of these things, but they come because someone they knew invited them.” – Charles Arn[1]

CIL Forward “Growth Track” Begins!

I have been working quite some time on a “Growth Track” to help all of us at CIL to grow together.  We’re calling this process CIL Forward.

I want us to move all of us forward in God’s vision from YOU to US to ALL.

I’ll be explaining all this on Wednesday nights, and you’ll be hearing a lot about this process over the next few months.

Here is a break down of the CIL Forward process:


Sunday Morning
Forward 101 – Christian Foundations
Water Baptism



Join a small group
Forward 102 – Your Motivational Gift
Forward 103 – Generous Living



Forward 104 – Share His Love
Social issues
Global issues

One Sunday is almost here!

Make sure to be at church this Sunday (August 19) for One Sunday.  We’ll have two services at 9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

Each year we identify a special Sunday in August to re-gather everyone from summer travel, and invite our friends who are not attending church.

 If we all show up on the same Sunday and bring friends who need to be in church, the church gets full, God gets glorified and people’s lives are changed.   Last year we had our largest non-Easter crowd on One Sunday, and dozens of people responded to the salvation invitation.

I can’t wait to see you at One Sunday.