WELCOME TO CAPE COMMUNITY CHURCH
WHERE YOU ARE A STRANGER ONLY ONCE
This week we have experienced the worst winter can send our way. Some have said this is the most devastating winter storm in nearly twenty years. Not only were we trapped inside our homes, but many of us were without power. Throughout the storm, my family gathered at our living room window just to catch a glimpse of the beauty and splendor of the ice and snow. As long as it causes us no hardship, we have a tendency to get wrapped up in its tranquility. Some of the scenes around our house looked like they came straight off a postcard. Yet despite the picturesque views around us, not everyone had such a awe-inspiring experience. In fact, for some, the very mention of the word ice sends chills down their spine. Those that spent the week digging probably consider snow a four letter word. For these folks, nothing about a winter storm is beautiful or tranquil. All they see is hard work and hardship. As I called to check on different ones this week, I could tell right away who was enjoying the snow and who wasn't. All of those who weren't, had no power in their house. Of course, being without power is not just an inconvenience. It can cost us so much by being harmful and even deadly. Even though my family never lost our power this week, I got to thinking about power in general. I considered how much we rely upon electricity. We become handicapped without power, and yet how often do we value its importance. Certainly, we realize when its not there, however it seems that most of the time we take it for granted. My mind was then flooded with comparisons between the power to our homes and our connection to God. He is our source of power, yet I wonder if we begin to take Him for granted. What might it be like to have your connection to God, your source of power, cut off? As Christians, we rely so heavily upon this relationship, and yet we also seem to take it for granted too often. When the power of God is turned off in our lives, we are handicapped and face harm if not spiritual death. I want to encourage us all to remain connected. Walk with God everyday. And don't take him for granted. Besides, where would we be if not for the power we receive through our connection to our Lord and Savior.
On February 15, Cape Community Church is hosting a special day in the life of our congregation. We are calling the activity "Friend Day". Everyone is encouraged to bring a friend to church. This could be anyone from a relative to a co-worker, but we want everyone to bring someone. There will be postcards available which will be ready for you to handout or address and mail. These will give you plenty of opportunity to invite your friends. February is often considered the month of love, and we want to celebrate love as a church by sharing this special day with our church family and close friends. A special service is being planned as well as a carry-in-lunch. We also hope to have a baptism that day. If you are interested in being baptized, please see Pastor Jeremy as soon as possible. We want this to be an exciting day in the life of the church, so begin planning now to participate.
Wednesday Night Bible Study
After the first of the year, we began a new study on Wednesday nights covering the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. Although the studies themselves are in the same format we usually use, I have heard many comment that they knew very little about either of these books of the Bible. This lead me to believe that perhaps others in our church family might be unfamiliar with these books. Each follows the life and times of its author as he leaves captivity and heads home to repair the city of Jerusalem. Through this study, I hope we all get the opportunity to learn more about the Bible and its many characters. Ezra and Nehemiah have much to teach us. I would like to encourage everyone to attend this study. Even if you don't normally come on Wednesday night, this would be a great opportunity for you to get involved and learn more about God's Word. Besides, you don't have an excuse not to come. Dinner is already prepared. You can get fed physically and spiritually. After all, the Church's Wednesday night meal is served as a convenience for those wanting to come to church. You don't have to come home, attempt to get everyone feed, and come to church. We take out the guess work by providing a meal for you and your family. Maybe during this series you could come enjoy a great meal, engaging fellowship, and insightful Bible study
Board of Trustees Meeting
Sunday, March 1, 1:00 p.m.
WHEN GOD MAKES UP HIS MIND
Taken from "The Word for You Today" Devotional
September 1, 2008
Ezekiel 12:25 "For I am the Lord. I speak, and the word which I speak will come to pass."
There are two possible explanations for what happened in Swan Quarter, North Carolina, in 1876. It was either the most astounding coincidence, or an act of God - literally. The Methodist Episcopal Church South needed a new building, so when somebody donated a lot on Oyster Creek Road they accepted. It was low-lying land so they constructed a sturdy little white-frame church and put it on brick pilings. Days later a storm lashed the town and those within sight of Oyster Creek Road witnessed something amazing. The church building - still intact - was afloat! The flood had lifted it off its pilings and sent it down the road. They tried to moor it with ropes but the church moved on. At the town center, as dozens of people watched helplessly, it made a sharp, inexplicable right turn and continued on. Finally, in the same decisive manner it veered off the road, it headed straight for a vacant lot and stopped dead in the center! The flood waters eventually receded but the building is still there. In fact, 130 years have passed since the church, now called Providence Methodist Church, floated itself to the most desirable property in town.
What's most amazing is this: The lot where it settled had originally been the congregation's first choice for their building, but landowner Sam Sadler turned them down. The morning after the flood, he presented the pastor with the deed. No doubt about it; when God makes up His mind, nothing gets in His way! This ought to be an encouragement to us as followers of Christ. Paul posed this question in Romans 8:31 "If God is for us, who can be against us?" If nothing gets in Gods way and we are walking in His steps, we should be, as Paul suggests later in Romans 8, "more than conquerors". This truth calms many of the fears in our lives, yet it should do more than that. It should give us the courage to step out in faith and be willing to take bold risks. Paul's words in Romans 8 are not just for defense but should inspire offense. Paul did not tell us we are more than conquerors so that we would have safety within out comfort zones. Besides, what do conquerors do? Hide in fortresses? No, they go forth and conqueror. We have much to be thankful for this thanksgiving, but let's not allow our blessings to make us comfortable. The challenge for us as Christians is to trust God for direction as we boldly take steps of faith being willing to risk for the sake of the kingdom.
With November upon us, we are preparing for State Youth Convention. The dates for the convention are November 28 - 30. The convention is being held this year at the Holiday Inn Select Executive Center in Columbia. Our speaker is Mark Shaner with worship being lead by The Gary Greenlee Project. Right now, we have a total of eleven registered. We are hoping to have at least two more who will be able to go. Most of the students have paid for their way to convention through our fund-raisers, however some of our new students have not had the opportunity to raise their funds. If anyone could help financially support these young people, we would greatly appreciate the donation. Please speak with Tammy or Terri if you can help.
We had a great time at our lock-in on October 17th. We began the evening out at the Piper's with a bon-fire and hot dog / marshmallow roast. Everyone had a great time! Then, we came into town and went to the Arena Haunted House. SOME of us had a great time, while others weren't so sure. There are some in our group not so fond of chain saws. After the haunted house, we traveled to the Solis' house and secretly made a few home improvements. The group worked diligently to place 400 plastic forks in the Solis' yard and covered their porch with duct tape. We think they enjoyed the decoration trick played on them? Once back at the church, we played a variety of organized games and there was plenty of free-time for the students. We had a bunch of kids, around twenty, and there was no trouble with any of them. Everyone wants to know when the next lock-in will be. Tammy and Terri just have one question: "ANY VOLUTEERS"???????
Don't forget that the youth will be gift-wrapping once again at West Park Mall this year. This is a great fund-raiser for our group. If anyone would like to help, please speak with Tammy or Terri. We start wrapping December 5th.
November News and Notes
There are a couple of unique activities in November that deserve more info:
Sunday, November 2: Fall Back, Don't forget to set your clocks back or you might be really early to church that Sunday. (Maybe it would be a good thing to forget?)
Wednesday, November 12: Annual Business Meeting, This is an important meeting in the life of the church as we discuss the budget for the coming year as well as vote on various positions within the church. Because we have several new families, let me remind everyone about our voting procedures. Our By-laws state that a voting member must: 1. Be a Christian 2. Be at Least 16 Years of Age 3. Living a Life in Accordance with the Church of God, Anderson, Indiana and Our Local Church 4. Have Worshipped with Us for a Period of at Least 6 Months. Everyone is encouraged to attend this meeting, but only those meeting these requirements will be allowed to vote.
Sunday, November 30: Cape Girardeau's Christmas Parade of Lights, We will once again sponsor a float for the parade. There will be more information in the coming weeks about how you can help decorate. I do want to point out that everyone is welcome to participate with our float, but there will be a very limited amount of space for people to ride. Our floats are designed to promote our church. This means that the float itself and everyone who rides on the float are there to further the theme of the parade. We do not want to alienate anyone, but those wishing to participate in the parade will need to be willing to walk first, ride second.
WELCOME TO CAPE COMMUNITY CHURCH
WHERE YOU ARE A STRANGER ONLY ONCE
THE PASTORíS CAT
A member recently told a true story about the pastor of his church. He
had a kitten that climbed up a tree in his backyard and then was afraid to
come down. The pastor coaxed, offered warm milk, etc.
The kitty would not come down.
The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the pastor decided that if he tied
rope to his car and pulled it until the tree bent down, he could then reach up and get the kitten. That's what he did, all the while checking his progress in the car.
He then figured if he went just a little bit further, the tree would be bent
sufficiently for him to reach the kitten. But as he moved the car a little
further forward, the rope broke. The tree went 'bong!' and the kitten instantly sailed through the air-out of sight.
The pastor felt terrible. He walked all over the neighborhood asking people if
they'd seen a little kitten. No. Nobody had seen a stray kitten.
So he prayed, 'Lord, I just commit this kitten to your keeping,' and went on
about his business.
A few days later he was at the grocery store, and met one of his church
members. He happened to look into her shopping cart and was amazed
to see cat food.
This woman was a cat hater and everyone knew it, so he asked her, 'Why
are you buying cat food when you hate cats so much?' She replied, 'You
won't believe this,' and then told him how her little girl had been begging
her for a cat, but she kept refusing.
Then a few days before, the child had begged again, so the Mom finally told
her little girl, 'Well, if God gives you a cat, I'll let you keep it.'
She told the pastor, 'I watched my child go out in the yard, get on her knees, and
ask God for a cat. And really, Pastor, you won't believe this, but I saw it with my
own eyes. A kitten suddenly came flying out of the blue sky, with its paws
outspread, and landed right in front of her.'
Lesson learned: Never underestimate the Power of God and His unique
sense of humor.
Women's Fall Gathering / WCG Rally on Saturday, October 25th, Cape Community Church will be hosting the Area WCG (Women of the Church of God) Rally. All ladies are invited and even encouraged to attend this event. Even though we have not had an active local WCG for a couple of years, our ladies have continued to support the area meetings. Since this is at our church, I would like to have a substantial representation of women from CCC. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. The cost is $5 and includes your lunch. There will even be coffee, juice, and doughnuts, served during registration. The days activities officially start around 9:45 a.m. and the Rally is scheduled to be over at around 2:00 p.m. Ladies, please mark this date down on your calendars now and plan on attending this important event.
A Word from Our Parish Nurse: October- Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is breast cancer awareness month. Are you aware? Do you know the FACTS ABOUT BREAST CANCER? Breast cancer can be a different disease in different women or men and can have different cell populations within the tumor itself. It is generally more aggressive in younger women. It is second only to lung cancer as a cause of cancer death in women*This year an estimated 20,000 women and 1,700 men will be diagnosed. 20%will die.
WHO'S AT RISK?
Older age- 1/2 are over 65; Early onset menses or late menopause; High fat diets; Older age at first child birth; History of breast cancer or benign breast disease; Family history; Radiation to chest; Dense breast tissue on mammogram; Taking hormones; Obesity; Alcohol intake; Gene changes.
Typically not painful; Change in how breast or nipple feels; Change in how breast or nipple looks; Nipple discharge.
EARLY DETECTION PLAN:
Clinical breast exam every 3 yrs. after age 20, every yr. after 39; Monthly breast self exam and record ( most lumps or abnormalities are found by the person themselves); Baseline mammogram at 40 or before if hi risk; Mammogram every 1-2 yrs. From 40-49; Mammogram every yr. from 50 and older; Low fat diet, regular exercise, and no smoking or drinking. National Breast Cancer Organization
A personal bias of this writer is that young ladies should be taught SBE (self breast exam) as soon as they begin puberty. They are less likely to become self conscious and more likely to understand the changes in their tissue as to what is normal and abnormal. If it becomes a health habit when they are young, just as brushing teeth, they are more likely to continue into adulthood. Learn the techniques of self exam and be vigilant.. this is not just an OLD LADIES DISEASE.
Heroes Unmasked Halloween Festival. All kids have heroes, but at our Heroes Unmasked event children will be able to meet some heroes worth having - and have a ball at the carnival games as well. Heroes Unmasked is an all-fun, no-fear Bible adventure. Children and their families will encounter costumed Bible Hero Actors, play more than a dozen carnival games, make a craft, and collect Bible Hero Cards to trade and treasure. Heroes Unmasked is an exciting way for kids to learn more about God*s love. Our annual Heroes Unmasked Festival is scheduled for October 31 between 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. As usual, we are asking the church to donate candy to be used as prizes for the carnival games. We will also need plenty of help from volunteers willing to oversee a carnival game. As always, chili will be served in the Fellowship Hall. Last year's event was a huge success with over 100 people in attendance. Let's make this year's festival an even larger success by beginning now to pray for God's blessing and inviting families.
BIBLE STUDY: For all ages, 6:45 PM every Wednesday at the Church
SERVICES SUNDAY AT 10:30 AM: 2222 Bloomfield, Cape Girardeau, MO
EVERYONE IS WELCOME: Join us in Praise, Worship, Fellowship and learn about the Wonderful and Powerful God that we have.