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School Supply Drive

In just a few short weeks school will be starting back and our students need our help. For the last couple of years Community Church has hosted a backpack and supply drive for Hackleburg Elementary School in honor of our beloved sister Nancy McCarley. Sister Nancy was such a giver and made sure that no one went without. This year, the school has let us know that they have several backpacks. They will still need a few, but the bigger need is for supplies. In addition to normal school supplies they are in need of sanitizing supplies such as Lysol wipes and hand sanitizer.

 

Here are a few suggested items:

Number 2 Pencils
Cap Top Erasers
Composition Notebooks
Crayons
Scissors
Glue Sticks
Notebook Paper
Plastic Folders
3 Ring Binders
Color Copy Paper
Construction Paper
Zipper Pouches for Binders
Headphones / Earbuds
Expo Marker
Highlighters

Lysol Wipes
Lysol Spray
Hand Sanitizer

 

Items can be dropped off at the church anytime. There is a table under the overpass between the buildings where they can be left or there will be a table in the lobby Sunday.
 

All items donated will be sanitized before distribution or delivery to the school.

Thank you so much for your help! Please continue to pray for our students, teachers and administrators as they begin a new school year in such a challenging time.

If you have any questions please contact Pastor David. dray@ourcc.org


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COVID19 Response: Mask Ordinance 7/17/2020

Over the last few weeks, our state and specifically our region have had an increase in COVID19 cases making this virus very near and real to our community. This past week our Governor, Kay Ivey, updated the previous order to include face mask or face coverings to be worn in public. This is not to protect you but to reduce (regardless of how little or much it does) the spread of this virus so we can continue to live our lives.
 
In the last few weeks, our services have been powerful as we have seen people saved and baptized in water. We are working to ensure our continued ability to meet on campus. It is with that heart that our Next Steps Team and our Pastoral Team are in agreement with our State Overseer, Bishop Brian Sutton that Community Church will comply as we have with all previous orders to the mask and face coverings on campus starting this Sunday, July 19th through July 31st (two weeks). We are and will continue to evaluate how to respond week by week to this pandemic to keep our church family and community as safe as possible. 
 
Facemask will be available as you enter the building if you need one. If you decide to join us online as others have done out of choice, we respect that personal decision and support you. For those who come on campus to worship, we will exercise the heart of Jesus by being willing to lay down our opinions or wishes for others. This is true love and we love our church, community, and beyond. As a church family, we want to serve our community by doing all we can to diminish, reduce, and protect our fellow neighbors. 
 
We will be very attentive to the order of service and the length of service due to the newness of this order and its physical discomfort. Our heart to serve others will continue to drive us in this hour. Let us all join together in unity to love God, love one another, and pursue our mission to Impact our Community, Region, and World for Jesus. 
 
In our concerns and even at times confusion, God is working on your behalf. He is moving His purpose forward for HIs Church. Let us look up to where our help comes from. Let us take comfort for our redemption draws closer. These things should not distract us but focus us. Let us be excited to see what God is going to do for His advancement of His Kingdom. 


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One-Day Youth Camps

Our summer youth camps normally held in June were canceled due to COVID-19. Currently, our state youth camp ministry team is working to provide one-day youth camps for our camps. ONLINE registration is available HERE You MUST register online.  Registering will issue a “ticket” for you. The cost is $45 per camper which includes a free t-shirt. Check-in is at 9:00 AM and pick-up is 4:00 PM. Registration is limited to 100 campers per camp. 
 
Please review the information regarding safety measures put in place.
 
Collegiate Camp
Ages 15-19
Saturday, August 8
 
Senior Camp
Ages 11-14
Saturday, August 15
 
Discovery Camp
Ages 6-10
Saturday, August 22
 
THESE GUIDELINES GIVEN BY THE ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH WILL BE FOLLOWED.
 
 
Follow the link to register today. HERE

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Global Simulcast Address

Saturday, July 11th our Global Church will gather online for a Global Simulcast from our International Offices. Songs, memories, appointments, and a Global Address from our General Overseer, Bishop Sam Clements.
 
You can watch online at COGOP and on Facebook.
 

The LIVE Global Address from the general overseer and greetings from all seven general presbyters will be broadcast THIS Saturday, July 11, at 10 a.m. (with bonus pre-show beginning at 9:40) Eastern (US) time. It can be viewed on this page and on the Church website, cogop.org

You will hear special music from all over the world as well as exciting announcements and confirmation of appointments! Join your COGOP family in this inspirational praise and worship experience. See you Saturday!

 
 

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Summer Youth Camp News

Our summer youth camps normally held in June were canceled due to COVID-19. Currently, our state youth camp ministry team is working to provide one-day youth camps for our camps. Today opens online registration for campers. You MUST register online. The cost is $45 per camper which includes a free t-shirt. Registration is at 9:00 AM and pick-up is 4:00 PM. Registration is limited to 10o per camp. 
 
Please review the information regarding safety measures put in place.
 
Collegiate Camp
Ages 15-19
Saturday, August 8
 
Senior Camp
Ages 11-14
Saturday, August 15
 
Discovery Camp
Ages 6-10
Saturday, August 22
 
Follow the link to register today. HERE
 
 

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Baptism This Sunday!

Do not miss celebrating with our church family for Baptism!
 
We have a few people who will be getting baptized this Sunday, We look forward to celebrating what God has done in their lives as they have come to faith in Him or a renewed faith. 
 
Baptism is a physical expression of a spiritual work that God does in our lives. It is symbolic of the former life being put to death and us being raised to new life in Christ. It is also an outward evidence of our submission to Christ in salvation and our public declaration that we are His followers. It identifies us with His people in His kingdom. “Then they that gladly received His word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls” (2:41; see also 10:47, 48 and 16:30–33). Jesus not only instructed us to be baptized (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16), but he himself was baptized as our example (Matthew 3:13-16).
 
If you would like to be baptized (this Sunday or any other time) please let us know!

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Building the Church in the Dominican Project Update

 
Thank you so much for giving towards the Church building project in La Romana, Dominican Republic.  Because of your faithful support, earlier this year the church was able to construct a temporary roof and begin work on the bathrooms. Also, they were able to install several windows and doors. This allowed them to begin meeting in the building!
 

While this is great news, there is still much work to be done. In recent months, several elements of the project had to be put on hold as they worked to address the global pandemic. Financial resources had to be redirected to meet immediate needs. This left the bathrooms incomplete and some work remaining on the temporary roof.

Pastor Juan Pablo shared, “When Covid-19 arrived, we had to stop the work of fixing the ceiling and doing the septic of the bathroom and with the money that we had to help the members and some neighbors of the Church most in need. One side of the ceiling was left unfinished to fix and the septic of the bathroom.”

We want to help them take care of these issues as soon as possible. The immediate need is approximately $3000 for the bathrooms and repairs of some spots leaking on the roof. With the Lord’s help, this is a need I believe we can address quickly. Also, in the coming months, we want to work towards the next major step in the project of pouring the permanent ceiling for the first floor. The cost of this step is approximately $50,000. This will serve as the roof until the construction of the second floor is complete.

Church family, this is the definition of “fertile soil” of which we can sow. As they work to build the building of the church, they are consistently caring for the members and those less fortunate. We ask that you continue to pray and give. The Lord has entrusted us with much. What will we do with it?

 

 


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Youth Kickball Night

Calling all our youth out for a fun night of KICKBALL! Join us Wednesday to play kickball or just to hangout. Come out at 7:00 PM to the Hackleburg Park at field 3. 
 
For questions, please reach out to Pastor David. 
 
 

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United in Prayer: Day 10

Today, we end our ten days of prayer and fasting. Looking back, we have covered inviting God to move in our lives, to clean our hearts, breaking negative relationships, and repositioning/refocusing our relationships with God, the Word, and Holy Spirit. We have prayed over our homes and families and our church. Today, as we end, let’s focus our prayers on this “new season”.

 
Through these past days, we have chosen to position ourselves to hear from God. We have chosen to trust God ..to ask for more. God can be trusted. He will move to meet us in our new season.
 
2 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful (reliable, trustworthy and therefore ever true to His promise, and He can be depended on); by Him you were called into companionship and participation with His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
 
Throughout the word we can see those that waited on God, that journeyed into the unknown just to chase after Him. They didn’t know either of what to expect, but one thing they did know was that God is true and He will do what He says. The disciples were waiting indefinitely! They had a set mind–that they were not coming out until God showed up. 
(Acts 1:13)
 
Our prayer focus for today is for that new season approaching. We are praying for the “suddenly” in our lives and the life of the church. (Acts 2) We are crossing the threshold from one season to another. We always know the timing for the season change before we officially see the date on the calendar. For example, from summer to fall the weather begins to cool off with leaves falling and days getting shorter. We can notice it and then before we know it, we are standing in the new season and sometimes we can miss the transition into the new season. There is so much beauty in the transition if we stop to look. We are crossing into a new season and that means transitioning from one to the other and let’s focus our prayer that we don’t miss the beauty of the transition. Once in the new season, let’s move forward trusting God that we walking and moving in His plan for our lives and the life of the church. 
 
In Acts 2:41-47, we see the life of the church for the early believers. What we see here is the life breathed into the church after the day of Pentecost. We see what was breathed into that early church. We see God’s heart. We see believers that participated in the life of the church. 
 
  • 2:41 Salvations
  • 2:42 Community / Prayer Meetings
  • 2:43 God fear and awe / wonders / signs / miracles 
  • 2:44 Unity 
  • 2:45 Giving 
  • 2:46 & 47 Hunger / Meeting Together / Strengthening of One Another 
 
Prayer Focus:
 
God, I pray that we become believers that are caught up in the life of the church. That we step out and are vessels for you and not merely vessels that sit on the pew unchanged and not used. God that we see and feel Your heart for the ministry and that our focus is shifted to hear from heaven. God that we will seek Your will. God that we will see the transition and move into the new season not looking back but choosing to look forward leaving the past behind and having a heart that is chasing after You. That we will be a body collectively praying for the prodigals, to consistently pray and guard and Your presence that we will be whole and complete vessels that You can use. That there will be unity among the body with hearts that give knowing it is not for a “person”, but God, we give to honor You. God, we also pray for encounters with Your presence ..knowing that creates a hunger for more of You. God that we meet together building one another up in unity strengthening each other building Your church and Your name in this city. 
 
– April Price

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United in Prayer: Day 9

As we continue moving outward in our prayer focus, let’s shift to the church.
 
Yes, we are the church, and ministry lies within us. But we should also be just as consistent in praying over our place of gathering. For so many, “the building” is where they know to go if they want God in their life, and for that reason the enemy attacks in ways that the church has trouble ministering to the full intention God has for that place.
The enemy almost like a game plants discord and waits for it to start to grow then feeds it and intends to break the unity within the body. God not only has plans and purposes for us individually in our lives, but He also has plans and purposes for His church. He has always wanted to be with His creation and He wants to use us as living breathing vessels to minister His will and purpose to others. He wants to speak through us and through our ministries to the people we are being called to reach. 
 
Our church, CC, is just one of many places God has chosen to manifest His presence to take a seat among us..to be with us. We as a body need to protect that and we need to water it ..we need to guard the presence..we need to fight for the purpose and plans of God for CC that they return to Him fulfilled accomplishing everything He intended when He first breathed life into a little red brick building next to the school. As we are preparing to enter a new season, I believe the church is crossing a new season as well, but the church will only cross into that season as much as we carry it there. 
 
Today, let’s focus on praying for the ministries of CC. Let’s pray for our pastors, worship leaders, and worship team. Let’s pray for the prayer ministry, children’s ministry, youth ministry, women’s ministry, and men’s ministry as well as connect groups and the jail ministry. Let’s cover CC from head to toe praying that as a body we (ministry/leaders) hide behind the cross, presenting all that Jesus is and nothing of who we are. We present Jesus. We are asking for Holy Spirit leading and guiding. We are asking for the presence of God among us that we will guard and protect His seat among us. 
 
Matthew 18:20 For wherever two or three are gathered (drawn together as My followers) in (into) My name, there I AM in the midst of them. 
 
2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (emancipation from bondage, freedom). 
 
God has a plan for CC and I pray we are the body that carries that plan, guarding and tending and protecting, into its intended new season. That the plan God has breathes and lives and grows with no attacks of the enemy being successful because we are the watchmen that are vigilantly standing guard. 
 
    -April Price
 
Prayer Starter:
 
Father, we are asking for your perfect will for our church. We ask not for ourselves but for your purpose to be accomplished in all that CC is and becomes. We know you have a new season for our church, we ask you to guide us into it. Help us carry our weight, help us water that purpose. In Jesus’s name, we rebuke divisions and we ask you, Father, to guard our hearts individually to protect the unity of your church. 

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