Funds for Briargate Elementary Outreach in 2017

 

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       Mark Mounts

Hello once again from Community Christian Fellowship,

I’m writing to share some exciting news! In November, I sent out a letter to people who have donated to our congregation in the past and shared the outreach that we are involved in regarding helping Briargate Elementary School. Well, the response was overwhelming!

Last November I told you that we were able to supply backpacks to all of the 5th graders in the school over their Thanksgiving break. Those backpacks contained personal hygiene items for the students.

Now we have been told by the administration at the school that many of these students depend on their school meal program as their primary source for meals. So, when they are at home during their breaks, there is the unfortunate reality that many of them go hungry. But now, as a result of your miraculous generosity, we will be able to supply gift sacks filled with food over the coming spring break for ALL of the students at Briargate Elementary. That means we will be handing out over 470 gift bags containing food–EVERY student will receive one.

As I have stated before, we moved our congregation into Briargate after much prayer and council. We had faith that God would open the doors and show us the needs of this community according to HIS will, not ours. And we truly believe this is what He is doing. None of us on the Leadership Team ever imagined that the place where we could help would be a school. But as one very wise person told me, “God had a different idea”.

So, from the bottom of my heart THANK YOU to all of you who made such a financial sacrifice that will allow us to minister to and assist a very special group of young people at Briargate Elementary.

I will keep you up to date on how our outreach ministries are going in future newsletters. But in the mean time, PLEASE pray that God continues to open doors for us to share His love and grace to others, and that we have the humility and the love to see His will for this community, and not our own. I believe to the depth of my soul that this is why He has shed His marvelous grace upon us…so we can lovingly give to others. And, thanks to all of your prayers and donations, that giving is happening.

Until next time,

Pastor Mark

Election Day

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Mark Mounts

Hello once again from Community Christian Fellowship,

As I write this letter, millions of Americans are in the process of casting their vote for the President of the United States. Emotions are running high and it feels like we are powerfully divided by the politics of this country. We believe that it is a good thing to vote, but we also know that God places those in places of leadership that are according to His will, not ours. So voting is a responsibility, not a command, and we pray for the will of God to be done.

I want us all to consider how politics can be a challenge for us, especially those who profess the faith of Jesus.

History has shown us over and over that the greatest nations and empires have all had their rise and their fall. Now, I’m not saying that the United States is on the verge of falling, but we have to realize that God doesn’t need a “nation” to complete His will on earth. He has created through His Grace a “Spiritual Nation” that crosses all boundaries of the world’s nations and politics. He calls it His “Kingdom” and we are a profoundly important part of this by and through His Son Jesus.

With this in mind, I want to share with you a prayer that was  sent to my wife Debra today. This woman’s husband is a commissioned officer in the U.S. military. Even so, her perspective is humbling. The prayer goes as follows:

PRAYER FOR ELECTION DAY

Dear Lord, so many are feeling anxious, worried and stressed today.

We ask you to fill us with your peace and help our minds to be at rest.

Help us to remember that no matter who becomes President,

You are still on the throne and fully in control.

We pray that honesty, fairness and truth will prevail.

We ask that you would grant us your wisdom and fill us with your love,

That  we might overcome all that divides us.

We humble ourselves before you as we pray,

Lord and we ask you to heal our land

and shed your grace and mercy on America once again.

We ask these things in Jesus’ name….Amen

Remember, Jesus has brought you into a Kingdom that is without end, and not even this world and its ups and downs will prevail against it.

Until next time,

Pastor Mark

Get Involved In Our School Outreach

Mark2016Hello once again from Community Christian Fellowship,

I want to bring everyone up to date on a project we have been working on for a few months.

Through several emails, meetings and prayers, Briargate Elementary in the Ft. Bend Independent School District has accepted an offer that we made as a congregation to assist their fifth grade class. We will be providing small “zip string” packs filled with several personal hygiene items for them to use over the fall break. These packs will be presented to the class members on the morning of November 18th. We plan on having a “pot-luck” meal and activity to help fill the backpacks with the items on October 30th. If you would like to help we would love to see you there. In the meantime, if you want to help financially you can send donations to:

Community Christian Fellowship
P.O. Box 2244
League, TX 77574-2244

 Or you can go to our website and donate through Pay Pal on the “donation” tab.Another member and I also attended a luncheon for an organization called “GPS” which stands for “Grandparents Support Groups”. This group’s goal is to be a support for grandparents who find themselves in the position of primary provider for their grandchildren. They did not ask for this responsibility, but out of love they have taken it on.  Most of these children are special needs behaviorally.  We are considering providing a place to start a new group for these Grandparents in the Ft. Bend County area.  This is still in the discussion stages.  We are asking for your prayers regarding both of these areas  that God has opened up for us.

In the book of John, Jesus told His disciples that the crops are “ripe for harvest” but the workers are few. If you do want to be involved in what we are doing for the community, you are always welcome at our services, and we would love to have you. There is something real and true about helping others—if your heart is being moved to do so…come join us.

Until next time,

Pastor Mark

What’s Normal?

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Hello once again from Community Christian Fellowship,

Have you ever wished your life could be normal?  I have. The older I become, the more something is becoming very evident to me.  Normal isn’t what I thought it was going to be.

I used to think normal was when I would be happy all the time, never having a care in the world, and not having to worry about a thing.   I used to think that when I never got upset at anything or at anybody, I would finally be normal.   Well, as my dad used to say, “That’s just a CROCK!!!” In fact, none of the above thoughts are actually normal. In fact normal is just the opposite of what I used to think.

We have to sit down with ourselves and ask the tough questions, one of which is “what else do we expect?”   We live in a world where “the sins of the fathers are passed from generation to generation”.   What in the world do we think that’s going to look like?   How do we think it’s going to make us feel?   Now, we may know what needs to be done to fix things, but that doesn’t mean everyone else is going to agree with what we think is right, and we have to live with that reality.   When life gets to that point, it’s really easy to just assume that no one cares about anything at all, especially the things that are bothering us now.  This, my dear friends, is normal.  We just hate to hear this because it really hurts.

Now before you start throwing bricks and shoes at me, let me explain.   Our biggest mistake is assuming that we can fix things.   We can’t.   We can learn to cope with things, but we can’t necessarily fix them. We need to begin to understand that someone else has already fixed things.   That someone is Jesus Christ.  If He’s fixed them, then why do we feel the way we do?   Because we have to surrender to the idea that He will give us all we were created to have in His time, not ours.  We ALL have to accept that the fullness of what He will give us cannot happen in this life, it will happen after our current lives end.

In John 16:33, He told us that in this life we would have troubles.  He also said not to worry because He has done everything for us.  He has forgiven all of our sins. He has overcome death for us.  He has returned to the Father and has prepared a place for us that will be for all eternity.

So the question is, why do anything now?   Why not just wait to die and all will be okay.   Because, we are responsible for sharing with others the hope that lies within us.  This is the reason we were born, to honor and glorify the One that has already honored us with His love and continual presence, even in the life that we live now.

This world desperately needs a message of hope.  We have that message.  I pray that we can realize that one person, you, can make a difference in the world.  You have the Creator of all with you at all times to help you no matter what life brings your way.  So, spread the good news.  It’s worth it…it’s the “new normal”.

Until Next time,

Pastor Mark

 

 

New Member Discussion Group

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Hello once again from Community Christian Fellowship,

We live in a time of conflict, troubles and worry. Many people have a lot of questions about how God could love with so much pain and sorrow in the world. Many people also wonder what happens to those who may never hear the name of Jesus before they die. Some say they have no chance since their chance was here on this earth. So is this loving?  Does one’s salvation really depend on time and chance? These are all valid questions.   How would we answer if we were asked?

On May 1st, we had our first “New Member Orientation Group” to consider some of these very questions. Some who have started attending recently attended along with some of our members. We covered the booklet “The Gospel Really is Good News”.  We will have our next group meeting on May 29th. We will continue to cover some of the questions asked earlier and much more.

If you have been wondering about some of the “deeper” questions about God, life and the troubles in the world, we would love to have you there. The time is 9:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. We hope to see you there.

Until Next time,

Pastor Mark