Calling all cooks and chili artisans! Bring a pot of your best and most delicious chilis to share.
On Sunday, Dec. 17 after the 2nd service, we’ll be sampling chilis of Cedar Hills’ best cooks. Vote for your favorite chili by putting cash in the pot. The proceeds of this fundraiser go towards youth events and trips. To participate in the cook-off, indicate interest on the Sunday bulletin tear-off or contact Jeremy, Director of Youth & Young Adults.
The children of All Stars For Jesus and Cross Training are working on music to sing on Dec. 17th. Parents, below are practice recordings to work on the music at home. It’s also “Ugly Sweater Sunday” – dig out the old ugly Christmas sweaters to wear to church that day.
We celebrate the impact that our congregation has seen in the lives of families and children in 2017 at a time when we are facing a big transition in this ministry. Our commitment is to grow this ministry so that parents will embrace their calling to nurture faith in their children. Our vision is that our congregation will partner with parents to build strong families. To this end we are engaged in a search to find the candidate that God is preparing to lead us forward in this vital ministry. Your prayer in this season of change are much appreciated as we seek the next Director of Family and Children’s Ministry!
Pray that God will lead us to the person called to carry out this ministry. The Director of Family and Children’s Ministry shall be responsible for the oversight of ministry to families with children, birth through 5th grade. The primary roles will be to encourage and empower parents in their call to disciple their children and to equip others to intentionally focus on developing children into life-long followers of Jesus.
I am a planner. I have a hard time waiting for answers. I want to know everything now so I can plan. This past year enrollment was very slow. Our numbers were low for a long time. We decided to adjust staff, cut hours, and changed some classes around. So all summer long we prayed hard, did some advertising on social media and our enrollment shot up! So again, we adjusted staff, added hours for some, and remembered to keep praying. How many times are we so focused on the planning that we forget to pray? This year reminded me that all the planning in the world wasn’t going to help if I wasn’t willing to pray to God as well. I’m more focused on what God wants as opposed to what I want done. I love that God still teaches us lessons and doesn’t give up until He’s ready for us. His time is not fast or slow, it’s perfect.
The preschool’s board works hard to keep a tight budget. Basically what comes in covers our budget and our gift back to the church. This year we are again giving a 10% discount to active church members. We gave back $10,000 directly to the church at the end of 2016. Our board for the 2017-2018 school year consists of: Jana Houghkirk as acting chair, Allison Johnson, Kaci Maire, Melissa Oberembt, Jennifer Miller, Carrie Campbell, Katie Curtis, Jan Fick, and myself. I absolutely love my staff! Jan Fick, 24 years, Assistant Director/Lead Teacher; Marcia Bruggink, 15 years as Assistant Teacher; Lori Larson, 11 years as Lead Teacher; Kris Crowther, 4 years as Lead Teacher, and Lorri Anderson, 3 years as Assistant Teacher. Bridgit Humphreys and Rachel Freeman join us as substitute teachers. We are grateful for all 62 families, who have stayed with Noah’s Ark and value a quality Christian education.
I believe in free preschool for those who can’t afford to pay. I don’t believe that our taxes should pay for all those who can pay. As a Preschool Director, it hurts my heart knowing that we have a quality preschool and loving Christian teachers who can offer way more than ‘free’ and we could reach twice as many families as we do. Please join with me and pray for the future of Noah’s Ark Preschool.
Director of Noah’s Ark Preschool
Over the year of 2017, the Journey Student Ministry has watched God grow and move our youth group. To kick off the year, we redecorated our ministry room to reflect the call God has on our ministry to reach those far from Him. Here are some numbers that show the impact God has had on us and we have had on the community.
Hundreds of prayer requests prayed for and answered.
Hundreds of friends prayed for about faith.
Over 50 individual gospel conversations.
Over 100 students attend an outreach night at SkyZone.
All six of our student leaders have consistently shared their faith and led testimony times.
Student leaders lead four outreach days in our community.
We’ve had most students attending Journey in the last six years.
Doubled our registration for the Lead The Cause Evangelism training event.
God is continuing to move in our student ministry and we are excited to see what happens in 2018!
Jeremy Van Genderen
Director of Youth & Young Adults
Cedar Hills has a opening for a Director of Family and Children ministry! If you or anyone you know might be interested, send them here: www.cedarhillscr.org/jobs for full job description and application details.
Please pray for this process and we accept applicants and discern who God is calling to fill this position.
Saturday, September 23, 3-4:30 at Cedar Hills Community Church!
Join us for a block party – fun, games, prizes and large inflatables… something for all ages. Entrance fee is a non-perishable food item for our Open Hands Food Pantry. Please invite your neighbors, your friends, your family. This is for everybody and we would love to have you there!
As you read this, I hope that you have a warm cup of coffee and a comfortable chair because some time of relaxed reflection may result. So find your “inner place of thought” and let’s go… I am curious how you respond to your children when you see them fail. Perhaps you are surprised or maybe you think that it reminds you of yourself. Often I hear parents say that they see themselves in their children, and we don’t find this surprising since our DNA speaks heavily of close knit replication. On that first glorious day of birth we say, “Hey, she has my eyes” or “… looks like Grampa’s chin…” These are normal and correct observations that we all make.
What about when we see our child acting in a certain way that we really don’t want to promote, but we dismiss it because we could see ourselves doing the same thing? In the world of psychology we call this “projecting.” Basically, this is placing our own feelings on someone else who is truly uniquely different.
At some point along the road, we will have to step up and reteach the child’s path or watch them struggle with the consequences of our lack of intervention.
So I implore you to prayerfully consider this thought and ask the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom in this point.
~ Otto & Kristin Getz
Directors of Family & Children’s Ministry
“I readily admit that the Jews are impressively energetic regarding God—but they do everything exactly backwards….After all these years of refusing to really deal with God on His terms, insisting instead on making their own deals, they have nothing to show for it.” (Romans 10:2-3, Message).
As parents, we have a central desire to see our children come to know the Lord and live in a deep, fulfilling relationship with Him. Listening to children speak of the Gospel, I often hear them try and explain the things that they are “doing” to be right with God. It makes me think that we are all prone to falling into the path that the Jews were struggling with….the path of meeting God on our terms and our efforts to impress Him.
“It’s the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. This is the core of our preaching. Say the welcoming word to God –‘Jesus is my Master’—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it! You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting Him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud; ‘God has set everything right between Him and me!’ “ (Romans 10:9-10, Message).
Otto & Kristin Getz
Directors of Family & Children’s Ministry