Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Fall Kick-Off Sunday: August 23

     For most of us the summer comes to an end this week.  Next week many of our students and educators will be back in the classroom.  At CBC that means starting a new cycle of ministry and programs.  The summer has been an exciting time of huge events such as VBS, mission trips, youth and children camps and great times of fellowship and worship.  In their own way the summer, fall and spring have important rhythms for disciple-making.

     This Sunday, August 23 is our Church Kickoff Sunday.  What does that mean?  It means at least three things at CBC:

  1.  Our children and students advance to the next grade level in their Bible Fellowships, Wednesday programs and general CBC ministry.  So if you are a parent of children or students, look out for a potential change in your child's class.  It also means that we will welcome first graders into our worship services!
  2. Our children and student Bible Fellowship teachers officially begin their teaching term.  During the summer many of these teachers take a break while other volunteers and staff do a teaching rotation.  Some of our teachers choose to teach year-round.  All of them start the new term this Sunday.  We welcome and thank each of them for their investment in our children and youth.
  3. Our Wednesday night programs begin this week.  These programs include: The Grove for preschool and children, Remedy for students 7th through 12th grade, EQUIP & WIT for English-language adults, ICC for Spanish-language adults, and Classic Service choir.  All of these meet 6:30 to 8:00 PM.  Church supper is served (for those who make a reservation) beginning at 5:30 PM.  WIT also offers classes on Wednesday morning.
      This fall the English-Language options for adults on Wednesday night include a WIT class called "Brokeness" led by Nancy Basaldua, a Men's Fraternity class led by Pastor Ed Gilpin, the Alpha course facilitated by Pastor Julio, and the Classic service choir led by Chuck Olson.  On Wednesday, August 26th at 6:30 PM there will be an orientation introducing each of these classes in the worship center, after which you can register for the class/group of your choice.  You may also register online.  (The Spanish-language orienation for ICC will take place simultaneously in the multi-purpose room).

    This is an exciting time of the year.  We encourage everyone to become involved in these opportunities to grow in discipleship and to make disciples.