CIL now means …

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I want all my friends to know about this change at CIL.

We are still CIL, but now CIL stands for Christ is Love.

This change aligns us more with our mission, differentiates us from other churches nearby, and gives us a clear identity for future advancement.

We still will refer to ourselves as CIL or CIL Church.

I am excited about the future of CIL!

Day of Prayer on January 8, 2020

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Hey guys!
 
Wednesday is the CIL Day of Prayer to start this new year.
The CIL sanctuary will be open from 7am – 4pm on January 8. We are adding a new component. We will have some live worship at these times:
 
7am –  Aubrey McGowan
12pm – Beth Allison and Abbey Allison
3pm – Tim Howard
 
Come to the sanctuary for any portion of the time you desire.
 
Realizing that many of you cannot physically be present in the sanctuary, you can sign up through Church Center to let us know you will participate on your own.
 
The link is:
 

Last service of the decade!

Last worship service of the decade!
 
Join me at CIL on December 29 at either 9 am or 10:45 am.
 
We will be ministered to by some of the fantastic talents among us. Abbey Allison, Josh Johnson, and Paul Lawson will lead us in worship music. Chris Muti, our Young Adult Pastor, who is passionate and funny, will preach. It’s Family Sunday, so plan to worship with your elementary children in the sanctuary.
 
It is going to be an enjoyable service, and I want you to join me!

Thoughts on Christmas Week

As we enter into sacred holiday time, I am for less stress, strife, and pressure. With God’s help, I plan to love deeply, laugh heartily, and enjoy God immensely. We are gifted a limited number of seasons, so let’s embrace this one and not be jerks.

About CIL People:
There are many reasons I’m thankful to be a pastor at CIL. I’m especially appreciative for people who care about the welfare of our church, and work towards its health and vitality. Thank you Lord for your people!

Christmas Eve Schedule:

There are three Christmas Eve options to choose from at CIL:

  • Monday, December 23, at 6:30 pm.
  • Tuesday, December 24, at 2 pm or 3:30 pm.

Aubrey and the worship team are working hard on the music to connect your heart to Jesus. Spread the word to friends who may not usually attend church. Christmas Eve is a great time to invite people!

 

Advent: An invitation to connect with Jesus

You may have been like me, not growing up around the concept of Advent.  Advent designates a period before Christmas when Christians prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. If you choose to follow the traditional church calendar like we often do at CIL, Advent started on December 1 and culminates on Christmas Eve. 

This organization of times extends our holiday. Advent prepares us for Christmas, which is celebrated for 12 days by the church, beginning on December 25. Christmas is a time of joy, wonder, awe, and feasting!

So, lean in with the rest of the world-wide church into this heavenly focus. This time is an invitation to connect with Jesus.  At whatever point you want to acknowledge Advent, I think it will be good for your soul.

One way you may benefit from Advent is some additional Bible reading that revolves around Advent themes. Attached is a plan provided by CIL that you may find helpful.  

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New signs. Continued renovation.

 

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Earlier this week, I enjoyed the overwhelming support for the new CIL signs. It was a “digital victory lap” on social media. The picture above is the outdoor sign at night.  The picture below is the before and after of the external remodel at CIL.

Renovation is exciting – especially when you can see it so clearly. The renovation of the heart is less obvious, but is of supreme importance. Keep allowing God to form your heart. Join me at CIL this Sunday at 9 am, or 10:45 am to allow the potter to mold your life as clay.

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“Day of Atonement” Service this Wednesday

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Many years ago, I discovered what respect and appreciation Christians should have towards the Jewish faith. Christianity sprung from Judaism, yet we live out our faith oblivious to that reality.

This irony explains my enthusiasm that Pastor Chris Muti will lead us in a Day of Atonement prayer time on Wednesday, October 9 (12 pm) at CIL.

Yom Kippur is a way to remember our heritage and to glorify Jesus Christ.

I’ll be there, and I hope you will join us!