Good Friday Service

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I can’t think of a more meaningful service of the year than our Good Friday Service.  CIL will have a time of worship on Friday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m.  I invite you to come as a family as we remember Jesus’ death and sacrifice for us.   Service will last less than an hour and we will take communion as a church.   Join me and my family in honor of Jesus to begin this special weekend.

Anticipating Easter

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This Sunday is Easter. CIL leaders have been working on the building and property for quite some time to get ready for this Sunday. We will set out extra chairs, schedule more greeters, and print more Reviews.  When all of us show up on the same Sunday like we do each Easter, it creates quite a buzz.

Many will buy a new outfit, the worship team will practice more than usual, and I will feel a bit more pressure to nail the sermon.  There will be a fresh energy – a delightful mixture of cultural tradition and spiritual practice.  We do all of this because

Jesus is worth it!  Jesus is more than worthy of this tradition, effort, and love.

I look forward to seeing you at either 9am or 10:45am this Resurrection Sunday!

CIL Communion Table 

On Sunday we dedicated new communion tables to the Lord.  Aubrey McGowan and Brian Gregory did an outstanding job creating the communion table for CIL. The table of the Lord is a symbol of our historical roots, the presence of God with us now, and the future reign of Christ when He fully asserts His kingdom. This table is made of wood from a Nashville sycamore tree.

Exciting Days at CIL

So, what has happened so far in 2017 at CIL?  Lots of exciting things!
1. Our Sunday morning services are growing in participation, passion and joy.  There is a great awareness of God’s presence in our services.
2. We have had record attendance and enthusiasm in our student ministry.
3. The new 6-7 grade small group during the Sunday sermon has been well received by students and parents.
4. We continue to reach more kids through specializing in age categories. Our early childhood, K-3rd grade, and 4th-5th grade, are all fully staffed with effective ministers, and developing well.
5. Take 2 for age 55+ is the most fun group in the church!
6. The new college age 242 Group is ministering to a crucial age category.  Chris and Kelly Multi are bringing great leadership and love to those young adults.
7.  Upgrades to our sound and lighting in the sanctuary have been made for a more pleasant worship experience.
8. In the next two weeks we should have 60 new parking spaces on the highway side of the property.  We are preparing for more increase!
9.  Alpha on Monday nights has been so good!  Our church is creating a culture to invite people into this great gospel story.
10. Newcomers are finishing CIL Forward, signing Covenant Partnerships, and participating in small groups.  Our family is increasing!

Preparing for Christmas Eve

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Christmas Eve is almost here! Don’t panic! Instead of stress and hurry, make a decision right now to enjoy the next few days. Slow down a little bit. Have some meaningful conversations. Soak it all in.

Also, make plans to attend one of our Christmas Eve services. We will have services at 3:00 and 4:30pm.  Nursery will be provided through age two. The Christmas Eve service is part of our spiritual formation as His people. The Advent season has been building us towards this celebration. Please invite anyone not part of another congregation to this inspiring and faith-building experience.

This Sunday (December 18) is important, too.  Our Covenant Partners will have the chance to ratify Ched Heiss, Tommy Hollinden, Chip Johnson, and Roger Shea to the Leadership Board for 2017-2018.

Also, there will be a Men’s “Drop-In” Fellowship in between services in the Living Room (from 10:10-10:40am). Ben Cordray and Ched Heiss will have coffee and donuts to share.  This is something new we are trying to connect our men more. All guys, plan to stop by and say hello and meet other men of our church.

I’ll be preaching week four of Advent, as we look to the theme Adore. I look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

Advent begins this Sunday (Nov. 27)

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After enjoying Thanksgiving, let’s gather this Sunday in anticipation of what God is going to do. We’d love to meet your visiting family, and believe God’s Word will speak to them, as well as to us, as I preach from Romans 13:1-14. It will be a blessing to enjoy a Family Sunday together.

ADVENT, a word with Latin roots, means “coming.”   Advent designates a period before Christmas when Christians prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. This practice began in the church over sixteen hundred years ago! Sermons focused on the wonder of the Incarnation. By the Middle Ages four Sundays had become the standard length of the Advent season. Since then, Advent has been considered the beginning of the church year.

This Sunday at CIL we begin our fifth year anticipating the celebration of Christmas by preparing our hearts through the season of Advent.

Here are our themes:
November 27            Anticipate
December 4               Prepare
December 11              Rejoice
December 18             Adore

These themes will prepare us for a Jesus-centered Christmas!  We will gather on Christmas Eve at 3pm and 4:30pm for services that welcome the Lord Jesus fully into our lives and church.

Also, we are collecting items for the Christmas Blessing this Sunday through Christmas Eve. Items needed: Coats (new or in good condition) Hats, Gloves, Scarves, Socks, Blankets, (new or in good condition) Sleeping Bags, Individually wrapped candy, Fruit Snacks, Peanut butter, or Cheese crackers, Little Debbie Snack Cakes, Chapstick, Cough drops, Pocket Pack Kleenex, Band-aids, Feminine Products, $5 McDonald gift cards.