The Cedar Chips Newsletter

January 2021

REAL CHURCH
by Pastor Kent LANDHUIS

Yesterday somebody shared a silver lining he experienced in his pandemic quarantine. The losses he felt created a deeper appreciation for the things lost. He now enjoys getting out for a cup of coffee, meeting up with friends, connecting with co-workers even more. He said, “Digital connection bridged a gap but there is no replacing the real thing.”  READ MORE

AUTHENTICITY
By GARY SAGER

Brene Brown, who has become our modern day “evangelist” for authenticity and vulnerability states, “Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.” In other words, authenticity occurs when the relationship between who we are inwardly and how we act and appear outwardly are in harmony. There is nothing wrong with our quest for harmony between our inner person and outer personage, it’s just not enough… READ MORE

LAUGHTER, SMILES, AND COMMUNITY
By Steve Poole

Here you see some of the youth wearing their festive Christmas sweaters. Some of them, mine chiefly, seem to be as messy as 2020. In December, Journey Youth Group continued to build Christian community with youth who need connection more than ever. We have been celebrating Christmas most of the month with special events. We sang Christmas carols outside The Views assisted living facility…  READ MORE

STAFF – NOAH’S ARK PRESCHOOL UPDATE
by Kris Crowther

We had a pretty significant change in our staff this year. Prior to this year, most staff had been here for over 10 years. This year all staff are new to Noah’s Ark except one with a partial year under her belt. Change like this can be very difficult for a preschool program, but NOT oursREAD MORE

MOVING TOWARDS AUTHENTICITY
BY Lindsey Ungs

Letting go of who I think I’m supposed to be means letting go of my perfect parenting notions in favor of parenting the child I was given, with the skills I currently possess. My six-year-old and I are in conflict as I write this. She has the exact same anger and rage issues that I had as a six-year-old girl. When she and I are at odds, she hits, kicks, and screams…  READ MORE

BECOMING A BIBLE READER
BY Leah Carolan

It was tough at first. I hadn’t made room in my schedule to fit it in every day.  Something had to change! It was stressing me out to find time in the day to get this thing done without interruption from the kids and noise and TVs and conversations.  So I began to wake up earlier. And earlier. And earlier.  6am became 5:30am became 5… 5:30… 4:30am…  Yes, you read that right! 4:30am… READ MORE

JOIN THE MIRACLE
BY KENT LANDHUIS

As this year winds to a close, I simply wanted to share a miracle that happened in our congregation in the past two weeks. This miracle happened because God’s people responded in a time of need. This miracle happened because of you! A couple of weeks ago we shared our dire financial need and we called people to invest in the mission of Cedar Hills. We believe in the call God has for us as His church and we see fruit, even in these challenging times… READ MORE

NEW SERMON SERIES + BIBLE
CEDAR HILLS LEADERSHIP

A celebration of God’s promises! There was good reason in Old Testament times for God to call his people to renew their devotion to God. God’s people frequently forgot God and drifted in their devotion to him. This forgetfulness and drift has happened to every generation of believers and still happens today! We fail to appreciate God’s goodness, the depth of our spiritual laziness, and our indifference to the things that matter most… READ MORE