Mother's Day

Mother's Day is a glorious day to celebrate our moms who are the Lord's amazing provision.  As we consider the nurturing which these women have showered upon us our hearts ought to soar to the heavens in thanksgiving to God for His manifold blessings.

A mother's love is such a unique and tender expression that the Apostle Paul used this term to relate how much he loved the church at Thessalonica, and he pictured that love as that of a nursing mother caring for her infant son.  What a glorious picture of nurturing an caring for one who is helpless and hopeless without that expression of love and care; the child often not even aware of all the love which the mother is expressing for them.  This is also the perfect picture of man's condition apart from God - one that is helpless and hopeless, and often unaware of the love being shown.  What a praise that God does not leave us bereft of hope and understanding but has shown us His magnificent love in so many ways prominent of which is our mothers.

THe Love of our mother is a very special expression and one which is perhaps the closest expressions of the divine agape love in Scripture.  Agape love is unconditional love of the Lord by which He loves us when we are unlovable.  Even though we offend our Holy Father constantly with our sin, He continues to shower us with His love independent of our actions, and even provide His eternal love in Heaven for those who will accept His glorious gift.

Of course, the perfect expression of love is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ which He revealed on the cross at Calvary.  That love which Jesus displayed is sacrificial, and exactly what the believer is to express in their pursuit of following Christ.  All people fall short in this perfect expression in our sin, even our wonderful mothers.  But God has bridged every shortcoming in the love of a mother, and of every person, by sending the perfect love of His Son.

May this be a day when we honor our mothers for their love to us, and honor even more the full expression of love in Jesus Christ as we seek to emulate His love to our mothers, our families, one another in the church, and all the world.

~Pastor Scott

Upcoming Children's Ministry Activities

The end of the school year is winding down and with it AWANA, but the CFBC Children's Ministry is working to finish strong and gearing up for an active summer!

Thank you to everyone who has served in our Children's Ministry this year.  Mnay of you have served continuously for several years and your faithfulness has borne much fruit in the lives of our children at CFBC.

Below are some special things we have coming up for our Children's Ministry:

AWANA End of the Year Activities:

On Wednes, May 17th, AWANA will be taking over the evening service in the Sanctuary where we will host the End of the Year Awards Night.  This will be a great night for our church when we will hear from all of the children in Scripture recitation and song and recognize them for their hard work this year.

After the service, we will gather together in the Fellowship Hall for a church-wide Ice Cream Fellowship Celebration.  There will plenty for everyone so come be a part!

Children's Ministry Summer Activities:

On Wednesday, May 24th, we will kick off "The Summer Blast" for all CFBC children ages K4- 6th Grade.  We will meet each Wednesday at 6:30pm for Bible Study, Game Time, and some special activities.

Children's Camp - (3rd - 6th Grades) is June 12-15 at Camp Baldwin.  Out theme this year is "Constructed by the Master Builder" and Legos will abound.  The $50 deposit for your child is due this Sunday, May 7th.  An informative brochure is available in the foyer.

Journey Day Camp - (K5 - 2nd Grades) is June 26-28 and is always a very fun time for our kids.  Cost is $35 per child and covers food and admission for all events.

Finally, be on the lookout for more fun events for our children and their families throughout the remainder of 2017!  I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve you children and look forward to all the Lord has planned for each of them.

~Pastor Andrew

Ministry Highlight

A Note on Our Tuesday Night Basketball Outreach

Tuesday Night Basketball started because a young man from Bible Club had become too old to attend and asked if there was another outlet for his age group to continue meeting during the week.  He suggested opening the gym.  After discussion, prayer, and laying down some ground rules, the gym was opened each Tuesday evening at 6pm.  On the first night, this young man and four of his friends came to play.  On the second night, ten young men came to play.  Currently, we spend Tuesday evenings with 20-30 young men, typically aged 15 years and older (sometimes younger guys come as well).

Each Tuesday evening consists of about an hour and forty-five minutes of competitive basketball and 15-30 minutes of sharing a Gospel message, discussion and prayer.  Brent Litton, Billy Allen, and Sam Brooks are faithful in helping and teaching the Gospel message each week.  We believe this ministry is a great outreach to the neighborhood and anyone from the church is welcome to come be a part of it.

We gave made new friends and have a great time with them each week.  We pray that the Lord uses our small efforts and sees fit to give us new little brothers in Christ one day!  Our goals are simple: Share the Gospel, Make Disciples.

I am personally blessed by serving the Lord with my brothers from Christ Fellowship.  I hope you will come and share in the blessing as well.

~ by Mike Stanton

Bible Studies Resume Next Week!

It's the start of a new year and time to resume our ladies and men's bible studies.  Next Tuesday, January 10th, the men will pick up in chapter 6 continuing on in the book Called To Lead.  Breakfast begins at 5:30am and the study starts at 6am.

Ladies, we will meet that same Tuesday at 9am to continue "The Great Adventure of the Ages", following the Apostle Paul in the books of Acts as he takes the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

See you there!

Crib Shower

Listen up folks!  We have a decorated crib downstairs to celebrate the upcoming additions to the Hackett, Hendon and Smith families.  The Hendon's son is due January 27th,  the Hackett's daughter is due February 9th, and the Smith's son is due March 11th.  Items such as diapers and wipes will be divided between the three families.  You may also provide gifts specific for each family.  The crib will remain set up through January.  If you have any questions, please contact Kristy Conkland.