Summer Camp Quilt Raffle

Summer Camp Quilt Raffle

We are raffling this beautiful handmade Quilt (valued at $350) for $5 a ticket to raise funds to send kids to Summer Church Camp. We will sell 500 tickets and then the drawing will happen and be steamed live on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/maranadisciples/. Make sure when you fill out the form you give us your phone number and email address so we can contact you if you win. your information will not be shared with anyone or used for any purpose other than this quilt raffle.

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Fall Festival 2019

Fall Festival 2019

Thank you everyone who came out and joined us for the 2019 Fall Festival. A great time was had by all and money was raised to support the Mercy Fund.

Youth on Broadway

Youth on Broadway

The Youth on Broadway event has been rescheduled for January 18th. More details to come.

“Come and See”

We currently are in the middle of a Sunday series called “Coming and Going.” It is based on a
book by Robert Schnase called Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, but more importantly,
based on two important invitations of Jesus.

The first invitation is when he told some people who were wondering where He was staying
(and, more than that I believe, were wondering about HIM), “Come and see.” One of those
men was Andrew, who became the first of Jesus’ disciples. Andrew must have been impacted
by those words, because in the gospel accounts we have of Andrew, he was often bringing
people to Jesus – in other words, to “come and see.”

FOCUSING OUTWARD

“… go and make disciples….” (Matthew 28:19)

 

I love Community Christian Church of Marana!  I appreciate our history, am in awe of our commitment to outreach (made evident by the purchase last fall of the Puma Rd. property on which our Outreach Center sits, and current planning to develop the property), and admire the incredible faith I see in so many of our people.  I also believe that diversity of age, life experience, and ethnic backgrounds make our congregation richer than if we were all the same.  I am a better person because my family and I get to “be church” with you.

 

So I was dismayed when I recently saw for the past two years, our worship attendance has dropped by 16%.  That’s a trend in the wrong direction, one which our church hasn’t seen since 2006.  Numbers aren’t everything, but neither should they be ignored.  They may be an indication that not all is well.

“EL CAMINO” BEGINS

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

“Yo soy el camino, la verdad y la vida —le contestó Jesús—. Nadie llega al Padre sino por mí.” (Juan 14:6)

I was worshiping on Friday, March 15 at our church.  I was not preaching, or leading the Lord’s Supper, or really doing any leading at all with the exception of brief welcome to those who came to our first Spanish-speaking worship service.  Pastor Nacho led the Lord’s Supper.  A number of those in attendance shared testimonies.  Sergio preached the Word.  Because he did so in Spanish, I certainly didn’t understand much, but I can tell you it was powerful!

Two things were brought to my mind as I worshiped with everyone.

First, I recalled a conversation that Claudia Bartlett and I had about 7 or 8 years previous, a time when I didn’t know either Sergio or Nacho.  The conversation was about the idea of a Spanish-speaking service.  “Wouldn’t it be great…” we said.  It became a prayer, a prayer that was brought to life on Friday.

Rest and Reflection

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.   For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30; NIV)

As 2018 comes to a close, many organizations, news outlets, and individuals will be reflecting on the past year, as well as wondering what 2019 will bring.  I’d like to do that now – in this in-between time that I hope has some “rest” for you – as I consider Community Christian Church of Marana

Purchase with a Purpose

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. (Proverbs 16:3; NIV)

Our church recently purchased property. Purchasing property is never a small undertaking. It involves a serious investment of time and money. And it should reflect the pursual of a significant purpose.

Our recent purchase of property at 12002 N. Puma Rd. reflects all of these. For the last three years, this has been the site of our Community Christian Outreach Center (CCOC), which we were renting until the purchase. It is from this site that we attempt – and often succeed! – to faithfully serve our neighbors, especially those who live in Avra Valley and surrounding areas.

Is Change the Only Constant?

This past Sunday, Katie Langendorfer led a children’s sermon on “changes.”  Katie herself is in the midst of a major life change with the recent passing of her husband Ron. She asked the kids if they had experienced any changes lately, and while they stayed unusually quiet, Katie pointed out that going back to school, with new teachers, was a big change in their lives.  Finally, my daughter mentioned that her brother just started college.  A big change indeed for our family. I keep expecting to hear the garage door opening and his car pulling in (with accompanying heavy bass sounds rattling the house).  We certainly are missing him, and still adjusting to this new dynamic.