New worship leader begins October 7

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October 7 is an exciting day at CIL, as Pastor Aubrey McGowan begins his tenure as the primary worship leader for our church family. We have enjoyed Aubrey and Jen’s music ministry monthly the last few years, so they are familiar and trusted voices. We look forward to them working more with our entire team, and bringing us into the presence of God each week.
 
To read more about Aubrey’s ministry, click here
 
 
Help welcome them by attending services tomorrow at either 9am or 10:45am.
 

Thank you, Beth Allison

IMG_2741Sunday is a bitter-sweet, transforming morning for me.  September 30this my wife Beth’s last Sunday as the CIL Worship Leader.  After 21 years of leading worship – 6 of it as CIL’s primary Worship Leader – Beth’s role on staff will change to other tasks on our team.  We are excited that Aubrey McGowan will now be CIL’s worship leader, and will celebrate that gift later.

For now, I remember 21 years that my constant partner in ministry has always brought it musically!  Whether she was tired, sick, pregnant, recovering from pregnancy, grieving the loss of her father, managing Lincoln’s early health issues, or dealing with an immature, unreasonable boss (that, would be me!) – Beth always brought anointed, Jesus-exalting worship. She voluntarily and sacrificially gave up her role as worship leader to cement the merge of the churches that became CIL.  When ever we were in a pinch, she always stepped it up.  She raised up so many talented worship leaders, singers and musicians for the worship team, lovingly encouraging each to step in their God-called role.

So here are all the places for now I can remember her leading worship at: Cornerstone’s Jr. High room, Tabernacle, Gym, and Sanctuary.  In Frisco, there was Hillcrest Day School, Beary Best Academy, our house on Santa Clara St., and the apartment clubhouse.  At Sumner Life, there was Guild Elementary School, the Palace Theatre, Sumner Regional hospital, the Glen Oak clubhouse, and Station Camp Middle School.  Then, came CIL.  Remember those Wednesday night services?  No one will ever realize how hard that was for an elementary Mom to lead worship on a Wednesday night.  At every place.  At every service. During every song.  She brought us all Jesus.

So, now I am excited for a new era in our ministry and marriage. I’m looking forward to Beth helping me more directly. I need her more than ever before, and it is wonderful to imagine all God has for our ministry. Thank you Beth for being my all-time, favorite worship leader!

Sunday’s Sermon – Pay Attention!

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Ok! It’s been an emotional few weeks for many of us. New season, new challenges. What happened to the relaxed pace of summer? In Sumner county, life took off again in late July, and we can hardly catch our breath!
Sounds like a good time for a weekly sabbath. How about reflection? Don’t we all need to be refocused on that which is eternal, transcendent, and nourishing to the soul?
On August 19, I will be teaching from Ephesians 5:7-8. This passage will be a reminder to “Pay Attention” to the condition of our spiritual life. I need to be fed this passage as much as I need to give it.
Join the CIL family at 9am or 10:45am.
See you soon!

Let’s Celebrate 10 Years on Sunday!

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Serving CIL since 2008 has been the greatest privilege of my life. God has placed Beth and I in community with some of the finest people imaginable.
Together, we are a healthy, Christ-honoring local church!  Thanks be to God!
This Sunday, I want us to thank God for what He has done through CIL as we anticipate great opportunities in the future.  This Sunday will be a great week for old friends to return, as well as an opportunity to invite new people to join us.  I want us all to experience the love of Christ through the people of CIL.
Please join me at either 9am or 10:45am, and bring someone with you!
Also, we have a new order of CIL Ten Year Celebration shirts that you can purchase for $10.  Get one of these shirts on Sunday to commemorate this great milestone!
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New CIL Student Pastors – Josh and Brook Sakis

Sakis-Josh&Brooke-2018I am happy to announce that Josh Sakis will be joining the CIL staff in September as our new student pastor.  Josh and his wife Brooke have been in vocational ministry for the last three years in Florida, and are excited to bring their newborn son Krew to Tennessee.  Josh is a pastor’s son who is passionate about the local church.  The Sakis’ are both alumni of Southeastern University (Florida), where Josh earned a B.S. in Church Ministries.

This is how Josh describes his ministry:

I am a highly relational individual. I love to have fun with the people I do ministry with… God has given me a passion to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ unashamedly. Ministry excites me and it is my desire to reach every person I possibly can with the transforming love of Jesus Christ.

Please pray for Josh and Brooke as they prepare to move to our area in mid-September.  They are leaving behind family, a great church, and many other opportunities in Florida to serve our congregation.  I believe the Sakis family will be an important part of CIL’s future and I am thrilled to have them on our team!

Matt Malone preaching on August 5

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If you have never heard Matt Malone preach, you are in for a treat on Sunday, August 5.
 
Matt will be preaching at CIL at both the 9am and 10:45am services. It is sad that Matt is leaving CIL later on this month, but we will have a chance to hear about his new call to FCA, and discover how we can partner with Matt to reach more Sumner County teenagers.