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We ended the year with a pancake breakfast and celebration of what God has done. Many of our people gave testimonies of God’s working in their life and shared the blessings of being a part of the Body at CCC.
As a church, we celebrated:
– Over 20 people that came to Christ
– 7 people taking their next step of Baptism
– 18 people that took the step of Church membership
– A 33% attendance increase over the year
– Many, many people stepped up to make a difference by serving others in ministry both in the church and outside the church at things like our Second Saturday opportunities.
– Over half of our weekly attenders are studying God’s Word in LifeGroups
– And, the church adjusted to a crazy new Lead Pastor!

We are blessed! I cannot wait to see how God leads us in 2013 to love Him, and to love others by helping people take next steps towards Him!

We also showed this video last Sunday of our year-in-review as a church.

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!  I am thankful for so many things that God has blessed me with.  A new blessing this year is this little one.  God is so good!

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Jason Petermann  —  November 26, 2009 — 1 Comment

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I enjoy this time of year more than any other time.  I love the holidays, and really enjoy the extra time I get to spend with my family. Thanksgiving is a day that really should be a reminder of how we are to live each and every day of our life. With thanks! We take so many things for granted on a daily basis. Sometimes there are reminders that we do this: We lose our job, a family member dies, a close friend moves away, the money runs out and we buy food according to necessity and not by preference of taste and desire.  When these things happen to us or someone we are close to, we all of a sudden are reminded that we are one of the lucky ones… better yet, we are one of the blessed ones.

Here is a quick 5 things that I am blessed with and thankful for this day:

  1. A God that desires a relationship on a day by day, moment by moment basis. His love and forgiveness drives me to love others even when it is hard to do.
  2. A family that loves me (or at least they say they do!) even though I make mistakes (a lot). The older I get, the more I love and appreciate them.
  3. A wife that I adore! I know, she is family and belongs in #2, but she deserves a special mention all to herself.  She is the most important thing in my life (outside of God Himself).  Marrying her was certainly a good move on my part!
  4. A church to serve in. I cannot imagine doing anything else but serving in a local church. Seeing people takes steps towards Christ is rewarding in and of itself!
  5. Food and football!  How can I not say that on Thanksgiving day!

Make Thanksgiving a way of living!  Make it ThanksLiving!  We are so blessed!

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I hope we never forget the great sacrifice that has been made for the freedom we enjoy.  Thank you to all those who have sacrificed for us to have the freedoms we enjoy, take for granted, and many times, take advantage of.  Have a great day everyone!

Gratitude.

Jason Petermann  —  March 9, 2009 — Leave a comment

grangerpicI had the opportunity to go to Granger Community Church last week and participate in some of their workshops.  I have followed their church closely over the last several years.  The church is right next to my hometown of Mishawaka, so I have had the opportunity to visit it a few times.  That has always been a treat.  But last week, I was blown away by the genuine humility and love that was shown to me and a couple hundred other guests as we attended the workshops.  It is not often that you meet people that are in position to have great influence that are totally selfless and humble about it.  In fact, I have experienced the exact opposite over the last few years.  It was so refreshing to see people that would be considered very successful and maybe even to have “arrived” (in some people’s eyes) to take the time to pour themselves into other people; to take the time to discuss their failures as well as their successes.  Some of them even took the time to meet with me personally.

Over the next few days, I am going to post some of the interviews I was able to do with some of their staff.  I hope you can see the passion that these people have for Jesus and for helping people take their next step.  Thank you Granger.  I am thankful we are on the same team. I am better for spending a few days with you!