Sunday, August 20, 2017

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2017: VBS recap today

Welcome to each of you on this nice summer morning. 

It was a tremendous week at VBS. We will have a “recap” this morning. Thank you for all your prayers and help is so many ways. ATTENTION all of you cookie bakers…please check out the counter in the kitchen to find your container and thank you so much for your “labor of love” for our kids!!!

Plan to stay for a time of fellowship, cookies and coffee immediately following the morning service with Marlene as your host. 

Shelbee has Children’s Church today.
Saturday, August 19, 2017


Please Note:  
Pastor will be out of the office for the first part of the week starting August 21. 
Friday, August 18, 2017


Jesus >Religion: Why He is so much better than trying harder, doing more, and being good enough by Jefferson Bethke is an interesting perspective from a young man who wanted a better life than what he settled for. He discusses differences from “teeth gritting and grace, law and love, performance and peace, and despair and hope.” Bethke discovered the real Jesus through his discovery.

Thank you to the church members for all of their generous donations to the library. It has helped to keep the library up-to-date with interesting selections for adult and child alike.


1.  Please note:  All past 2017 books, alphabetized by author last name, are found in a 07/01/2017 blog entry.

2.  Please note the new book area near the checkout box, and due to the generosity of church members and the church we often have new books!

3.  Please note: There are two new sections in the library: a section for Mitford Series books by Jan Karon (at the current time, in the nonfiction area) and New Books, right by the checkout card file. The new books will be left there for at least a week, so that you can glance over them and check them out.

4.  Please, when checking out items, make up a new card for 2017 and follow the example in front of the blank cards (front of file box). That will help with keeping track of library items. Thank you! 

5.  Also, if you are looking for something, please ask and we can help get it into the library for you and others.
6.  Statistics from 2016: Yvonne G. was the most prolific reader with 27 checkouts to her name. There were 141 items checked out from the library this year – this is down quite a bit from previous years, but some items that were returned were not on cards, so the number may have been more than that.
Sunday, August 13, 2017

SUNDAY, AUGUST 13, 2017: VBS crew arrives today!

Good Morning and welcome to services here at Cedonia. 

Joyce has Children’s Church today.

Hydro the Whale

VBS week has arrived!! Today we will be having special prayer for a tremendous week in the Lord! The crew from Heights Church will arrive this afternoon and be joined by the CCC crew to transfer the church into an ocean setting complete with a whale and submarine! 

Following the morning service we could use some muscles to move the altar benches to Julie’s Sunday school room as well as the two tables in the foyer (you might wait until the crowd thins some).
Saturday, August 12, 2017

VBS AUGUST 14-18, 2017: JOIN OUR VBS TEAM! And...we need community project ideas!

Puffin Piers

There are many ways a person can help out with the upcoming VBS outreach.  Thank you to ALL of you who have already joined the team!  For those who may also want to join the crew…please call Clayton or email him.  

Ocean Commotion Logo

Also, Clayton is looking for “community service” ideas for the annual VBS project that would be of a benefit to our community and possibly to our seniors.  If you have an idea…please contact him. 
Friday, August 11, 2017

VBS 2017: August 14-18: THEME: Ocean Commotion - Diving Into Noah's Flood

Ocean Commotion Logo 

Welcome to Ocean Commotion! Here's what the kids will be learning about in August at VBS 2017:

Hydro the Whale

Every day, our kids are challenged to stand for God in their schools, among their friends, in our culture . . . no matter what. And they’re bombarded with the lie that God’s Word isn’t true when it talks about earthly things (rocks, fossils), so it can’t be trusted to tell the truth about spiritual things.

Hammerhead Shark HammerNoah experienced the same challenges during the time of the great Flood thousands of years ago. Yet, by God’s grace, he was able to Stand for GodObey GodTrust GodThank God, and Fear God.…no matter what.

Puffin PiersThe biggest watery catastrophe the world has ever known happened during his lifetime. But through it all, Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. 

At this monumental Vacation Bible School program, your kids will dive deep into the account of Noah and the Flood from the book of Genesis! They’ll learn to apply the spiritual lessons from Noah’s life to their own. 
Sea Otter Paws

Dolphin FinAnd, along the way, they’ll uncover earthly lessons from the Flood: how all the animals fit on the Ark, how the Flood covered the whole Earth, and how we can still see the effects of this Flood today. They’ll also learn that the flood legends from around the world are based on the true account in Genesis!

Prepare for a boatload of excitement at Ocean Commotion, our VBS for 2017!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


August 13, 2017
 -----Thank you to all of you who assisted Dan and Joyce with last Sunday’s Potluck clean-up.
 -----Thank you Fred and Lana for your help here at the church with yard and office work!

August 6, 2017
Thank you Clayton for your assistance to pastor this week!!

July 23, 2017
------ THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who came to the concert yesterday…to those who were able to give towards the love offering and those who purchased CDs as well!  A special word of “thanks” to Dave and Gail for hosting the Thompson’s and Liberty yesterday here at the church and for the delicious meal you provided for them... thanks Doris for the great dessert. 

------ A sincere word of appreciation to Marcia for all your help with the church gardens this past week!   

July 16, 2017
Thank you to those who opened and closed the church up this morning as well as to Clayton for moving water these past couple of days during pastor’s absence.  Your help is sure appreciated! 

July 9, 2017
Thank you Bud S. for helping move water for the church and cemetery this past Monday and Tuesday.

July 2, 2017

Thank you Jessica and JR for the weeding you did around the church grounds this past Friday. 

June 25, 2017

------ Check out the new blinds in the basement!  Thanks so much Dale, Doris and Clayton for all the your pre-work and then for the installation of the  blinds…they look GREAT!!
------ Thank you to all who supported the Brighter Side of 50 and to Dee for the great lunch!!  There will be no Brighter Side of 50 in July but we hope to hold a meeting in August.

June 18, 2017

From Dee and pastor…………THANK YOU SO MUCH Ron, Jan, Dave, Allen, Jeanette and Jacque for helping with litter pickup last Monday!  Beautiful weather, good visiting, good exercise, and treats to boot!!  Who could wish for anything more!!!    

June 11, 2017
Bud and Donna…the recently stained cemetery fence looks great!  Also, thank you Bud for all of the work you have put into recent weed/grass spraying and weed eating. 

June 4, 2017

------ A belated word of appreciation from Pastor and Julie…   “To all of you who serve on the AWANA staff…THANK YOU so much for ALL of the gifts you bestowed on the two of us at the AWANA Awards Night.  Your generosity of the gifts and words of appreciation as well as your service to the kids of the AWANA Club are very much appreciated!” 
------ Thank you so much to all who attended Baccalaureate this past Wednesday and a sincere word of appreciation to those who brought cookies.  Your support of this service and our students is appreciated! 

May 28, 2017

------ Thank you so much to all who came last Sunday and supported the Teen Challenge service.  To those who stayed for potluck, brought food, and stepped in to help with cleanup….thank you so much!!  A very sincere word of appreciation to those who brought all the “extra” food!  The potluck was GREAT, especially with such a small turnout. 
------ Thank you to all who attended the Yard Sale here at the church…to those who donated items…to those who sold items…and to Dave and Gail for “guarding” the sale items on Friday evening/Saturday morning.  A SPECIAL THANKS to Becky for the work you did in organizing this endeavor!!  Donations went towards the building remodel fund.    

May 21, 2017
Thank you Roy for your recent donation of "treats" to the youth programs here at CCC.  

May 14, 2017

------ Thank you Judy for signing up to assist with communion setup and cleanup.  We now have 4 folks on the team.  Thank you so much!!!
------ Thank you Sonya for picking up coffee this past week.

May 7, 2017
Thank you's are in order to all of the following: 
------ Fred B. for all of the edging work you did in the church yard last week. 
------ Fred D. for the recent work you did on the driveway. 
------ Bud S. for the recent weed/grass spraying.
------ Julie P. for joining the communion "set up/clean up team." 
------ All you who attended the Annual Church Business meeting (for those not present at the meeting...Fred B. has taken Gene K.'s position on the church board, and Michele has taken on the position of Youth Leader, though Doris will still be involved with our youth. 

April 30, 2017

------ Thank you to the dear folks who moved the "snow box" last Sunday!
------ Thank you Lana for joining Dee in helping with communion setup/cleanup. We are hoping for one to two more to join the team...please see Dee.

April 23, 2017

Thank you so much Jim R., Becky, Lee and Jacque (Dee's daughter) for joining Dee and Pastor for the first litter pickup of the year!  Thanks Dee for the doughnuts!

April 16, 2017

------ Thank you so much to all who brought food to the Easter Breakfast.  Thank you as well to Liz, Noreen, Vikki, Deanne and Craig for decorating the fellowship room.  Appreciation also goes to all who assisted with setup and cleanup. those who helped with the egg hunt, to everyone who brought candy and eggs, and to the Youth Group for "stuffing" the eggs. 
------ Thank you Dee for volunteering to help with communion...we are looking for one to two more folks to help her.  
------ Thank you Mike D. for picking up where you left off by taking on the first mowing of the year.  
------ Thank you Amber for the tremendous treats for last Monday's AWANA meeting!  Your time and efforts that you put into making them and the special Easter "containers" certainly were appreciated!  What a hit! (Thanks, as well, to Mike, Trey and Dylan for your assistance).  Check out just one of her "designs" for containers on the foyer table. 

March 26, 2017
Thank you so much to all who attended the Brighter Side of 50.  Thanks so much Dee for the delicious "Irish" lunch, to Susan for the wonderful soda raisin bread, and Betty for the donation for door prizes.  A special word of appreciation to Dave L. for all your time in preparing for your GREAT devotion and the activities for the day.

March 19, 2017

Thanks so much Dave and Gail for picking up church supplies at Costco this past week, and to Gail for the DELICIOUS cookies you baked for the church board meeting.

March 12, 2017

Thank you to all who assisted the Dashiells and Ericksons with potluck cleanup last Sunday.

February 26, 2017

------ Thank you Dee, Donna R., Janet, Lillie and Gail for all the delicious food you provided for the Brighter Side of 50 last Friday.  Thanks, as well, to all who assisted with cleanup and to Betty and Yvonne for the donations towards door prizes!
------ Michele, Doris, Ed and the Youth Group extend a special "thank you" to Shelbee for the tremendous messages and Powerpoint presentation you gave to the Youth Group last Wednesday.  All of the time you put into this lesson and message was sure appreciated.  Thank you for the treats and ice cream as well!!

February 12, 2017

Thank you Fred, Loretta, Jacob and Kyauna for the great job of cleanup following last Sunday's potluck (and to those who joined them)!

February 6, 2017

Thank you Dave and Gail for picking up church supplies this past week.  Thank you very much Gail for signing up for the 2017 AWANA snack coordinator group. 

January 29, 2017

------ A BIG THANK YOU to the Nelsons for hosting the Youth Group "snow party" at their home last Wednesday evening.  We appreciated the use of yourhill to go tobogganing and for the great spaghetti dinner and brownies.  There were 22 in attendance and it was a great evening!
------ Thank you to all who came to the Brighter Side of 50 and helped with cleanup.  Thank you Dee, Susan and Gail for providing the great lunch.

January 15, 2017

Thank you Donna R. for all of the time you put into the library this past week. 

January 8, 2017

From Ed and Julie..."Thank you Church Family for your generous hearts!! We so appreciate the tickets to the Broadway musical, the Lowe's Gift Card, the Christmas ornaments, and even the "Bag of Coal!"  Thank you Darlene for the spectacular Christmas card you made for us and to Doris for all the time you put into putting our gift together!  You are all a huge Blessing!"

------ Thank you Darlene for sending out all the unclaimed Christmas cards.  Both your time and expense are appreciated!!

------ A big thank you to Lillie, Marcia, Ruth, NevaJean and Mike for helping Pastor with taking Christmas decorations down and putting them into storage. 

January 1, 2017

------ Also...a big THANK YOU to Dave L., and Fred D. for all the work you did this past week plowing and cleaning the snow from the church yard and driveways. 
------ A belated "thank you" to Dave L. for plowing out the church parking lot two weeks ago, and to Mike S.  for plowing this past week.