Pray for College Freshman

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A coming of age for me as a pastor happened Sunday when I said goodbye to several students who were leaving town for college. There are still a few more goodbyes ahead of me this week. I have been at CIL 9.5 years now, so it was both sobering and fulfilling to see these children become adults.

They were my friend’s children, who became my friends – and so they always will be.

Pray for all of our college freshman.  The first few days at a new college or a new season at home is crucial for a college-age student’s relational and spiritual success.

Prayer is a form of mentoring.

August – A time for church growth

20161107-singleportrait-dark-60God is doing a tremendous work at CIL right now!  We are witnessing higher participation, a deeper passion for worship, a hunger for Scripture, service to our community, and a culture of love.  Together, we are being Jesus!  We are the body of Christ!

August is traditionally a month of harvest for our church.  Many visitors discover CIL during June and July, and when the rest of the congregation returns from vacation season, we usually have an electric atmosphere.  With this probability in mind, here are a few things I am asking you to do:

Invite.  It’s a great season to bring friends to CIL.

–  Pray.  Let’s ask God for a season of momentum to help our church be everything God intends us to be.

–  Be friendly.  Your hospitality creates the culture of love the church needs.

–  Volunteer.  The nursery, elementary services, cleaning team and welcome team are some areas current and new volunteers can make a kingdom impact!  If you are interested in joining one of those teams, let me know and I will connect you to those leaders.

–  Give.  The summer months has the highest expenses and the lowest contributions.  As we anticipated, we have some catching up to do from this incredible summer of ministry.  We plant in early summer, and harvest in August. Your tithe and generosity will help us remain strong financially.  You can always give financially online through the church’s website.  God uses your giving to build His kingdom.  Here is the online giving link – https://my.simplegive.com/g3/

I am so excited about the future of CIL.  I have been the pastor here for 9.5 years now, and I feel like things are just now starting!  The best is right before us!

I love serving Jesus with you!

Aaron Name

Chasing Progress during Ordinary Time

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My current message series is called Chasing Progress.  In the church calendar, we are in a period called ordinary time – which are the days between Pentecost Sunday and the Advent season (approximately early June through the early December).  

The color for ordinary time is green, which reminds us that this is a season of growth.  I hope that the messages, your personal devotions, our prayers, and other spiritual exercises will help you grow during ordinary time.

Pray for Frontline Camp

Frontline youth ministry is taking a record group of students to Panama City Beach, Florida, from June 23-26, 2017.  As a Jr. High student, my life was changed forever at a beach camp.  I am so happy my three teenagers get to experience God with their friends in such a positive setting!

IMG_0418Thanks to our youth team – Pastor Matt Malone and youth administrator Kyle Davis – for putting together this great trip (Here’s a picture of those guys and me a few weeks ago).

And thank you CIL for supporting our teenagers!  Your prayers, financial support, and supportive attitude is making a huge difference in many teenager’s lives.

The Joy of Prayer

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Our summer message series at CIL is titled The Joy of Prayer.  Pastor Deborah did a great job kicking off the series last Sunday (June 11) when she taught on contemplative prayer. From the influence of that sermon, I have taken more time this week to be aware of the presence of God.  Thanks Pastor D for pointing us to Him.

Take a listen to that sermon here:

Sermon on 6/11/17

I look forward to preaching on June 18, 2017, a message titled Partnership with God. I have learned some key concepts about prayer through study and reflection that I want to show you through this message.  No additional guilt will be placed on you from lack of prayer (we can all do better in this area).  However, this message will provide an opportunity to see the incredible privilege of pray.  Join me at CIL at either 9am or 10:45am.

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.