2017 Bonfire & Chili Cook-Off @ 3 Cedars Farm
Oct
22
3:00pm 3:00pm

2017 Bonfire & Chili Cook-Off @ 3 Cedars Farm

Please join us for some great harvest-time fun at 3 Cedars Farm . Activities will include bonfire, hayride, petting zoo for the kiddos, & a corn maze. Food will include snacks, varieties of chilli (we're doing a chilli cook-off again!), & deserts (please call Christie about what to bring). 3 Cedars Farm also has cider, donuts and other goodies for sale. Please invite friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, class-mates etc. for a great time together.

RSVP Contact: Christie 313-720-2538

Cost: $8 per person (small children are free) - includes bonfire, hayride, & corn maze pass

Location:  7897 Six Mile Rd  Northville Charter Township, MI 48168

Time: Enjoy the farm all afternoon but the chilli & bonfire will begin around 5pm

Website: http://www.threecedarsfarm.org/index.asp 

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Backyard Kids' Club
Jul
17
to Jul 19

Backyard Kids' Club

Kids ages 1-10are welcome to Backyard Kids' Club for games, snacks, songs, Bible stories, crafts, and more. Backyard Kids' Club will be happening in three backyards in Dearborn this Summer. They'll happen from 2-4pm in the Springwells Park neighborhood on Middlebury St. and in the Hemlock neighborhood on Appoline St. (for exact locations call Christie Swift at 313-720-2538). On Thursday July 19 at the Springwells location Parents and neighbors are all invited to come to the Neighborhood Jubilee Finale from 5-7pm with refreshments and a Bouncy house for the children. Hope to see you there!

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Christmas Eve Together
Dec
24
6:30pm 6:30pm

Christmas Eve Together

  • 14900 Michigan Avenue Dearborn, MI, 48126 United States (map)
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Welcome one and all to a Christmas Eve celebration gathering of Christ Community Church & Springwells Church. Together we will join the ancient angel voices declaring "Glory to God in the Highest" and "Good News of Great Joy" with songs, scripture, candlelight, and carols. We will start at 6:30pm. Bring the whole family, invite friends and neighbors. We look forward to seeing you on the 24th and have a very merry Christmas! 

Location: 14900 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126

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Springwells Santa Trolley
Dec
16
5:45pm 5:45pm

Springwells Santa Trolley

  • Woodland Drive Dearborn, MI, 48120 United States (map)
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Come on over to the corner of Byfield Lane & Woodland (48120) at 5:45pm on Friday December 16 and wait for the arrival of Santa on his special trolley. Kids can see Santa and will receive a small gift. Then walk down the block to the Swift's house for some pizza, sweets, coffee, and hot cocoa. This is a great social event to invite friends and neighbors to and introduce them to your friends from CCC. Can't wait to see you!

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Men's Bonfire
Nov
12
6:30pm 6:30pm

Men's Bonfire

  • 8993 Oporto Street Livonia, MI, 48150 United States (map)
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This event's been a long time a-comin'! Yes, the men are finally gathering together - for a bonfire at 6:30 PM on Saturday 11/12 at the Owens' house  (call Jonathan at (313) 720-3031 for location). What for? 1) Because the Bible says we shouldn't neglect getting together (Heb 10:24-25); 2) Because it's fun to stand around a fire pit and burn stuff; 3) Because there will be good things to eat; 4)  Because nothing beats hanging out with good friends who just "get" you. So wear your best flannel, bring a friend, bring a good story to tell, bring your favorite beverage, and we'll brave the elements together in Peter's backyard - Hooah!

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God and Mythology
Sep
17
1:00pm 1:00pm

God and Mythology

  • Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary (map)
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The Arguments for God and the Historicity of Christianity.

1) Does God Exist? Speaker: Pastor Jonathan Swift (Christ Community Church, Dearborn)  

2) Is Christianity a Myth?  Speaker: Pastor Ben Edwards (Intercity Baptist Church, Allen Park)

Location: Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary 4801 Allen Rd, Allen Park, MI 48101

*Pre-registration is highly recommended for $12.  Cost at the door is $25.

 
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May
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

Prayer & Vision Gathering

 Pray – Plan – Prepare

Calling all CCC'ers: please gather with us on Monday evening at the Swifts' house at 7pm as we pray and seek God's vision, leading, and guidance together for the Summer and Fall of 2016. As God guides we will lay our plans and preparations and needs before him, coordinate our calendars, and ask for God's favor on our outreach with the gospel this summer. (and eat dessert!)

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Meaning of Marriage
May
13
6:00pm 6:00pm

Meaning of Marriage

Married couples are welcome to join us monthly for a study in Timothy & Kathy Keller's The Meaning of Marriage. The next date is Friday January 15, 2016 at 7PM.  We will be discussing chapter 5. Books are still available. Please call Jonathan for location (313) 720-3031.

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Resurrection Day - God is Making All Things New!
Mar
27
10:00am10:00am

Resurrection Day - God is Making All Things New!

Looking for a place to worship on Easter Sunday? The doors are open with CCC at 10am and all are welcome to come and worship God with us. There will be activities and gifts for the children and lot's of tasty holiday sweets and joy to share with everyone.

So, what is Easter all about anyway? Easter is the celebration of the event that changed all of history - the day Jesus Christ rose from the dead, actually came back to life after being brutally executed nearly 2000 years ago. Sound too mystical to be true? Come and hear why so many millions of people all around the world from nearly every culture on the face of the planet believe in the resurrection of Jesus and how it has changed their lives.

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Good Friday Worship
Mar
25
6:30pm 6:30pm

Good Friday Worship

CCC will gather on Friday March 25 at 6:30 (Good Friday) with Redeemer Community Church at  20251 Carlysle St, Dearborn, MI 48124 to glorify God, consider the impact of the Crucifixion of Christ, and share the Lord's Supper together. (For more information call Pastor Jonathan at 313-720-3031). 

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SPIRITUAL CONVERSATIONS WORKSHOP
Jan
30
9:00am 9:00am

SPIRITUAL CONVERSATIONS WORKSHOP

Location: Faith Bible Church   34541 5 Mile Rd. Livonia, MI  48154  

Cost: $7

(Each participant will receive a $13.00 book, a handful of Journey Guides, & workshop handouts.)

Gary Rohrmayer is driven by two convictions: 1) Everyone is on a spiritual journey.  2) No one was designed to travel that journey alone. The Spiritual Conversations Workshop is designed to equip every follower of Jesus to lovingly, patiently and humbly engage others in meaningful conversations about their spiritual journey.  The Spiritual Conversations Workshop will address the following issues:

Four paradigm shifts in evangelism.

The spiritual thirst and spiritual confusion in our culture.

Spiritual conversation killers.

The person of peace principle.

Discovering the “Peace to this House” phrase for your community.

You can expect to learn:

How to see God at work in your relationships.

How to pray more effectively for your love ones and friends.

How to overcome the fears in starting spiritual conversations. 

How to avoid being side-tracked in your spiritual conversations.

How to identify people receptive to the gospel.

How to build and cultivate sustained relationships

How to share your story in a way that creates spiritual thirst.

How to handle those who are not interested in spiritual things.

How to experience the joy of spiritual conversations.

Schedule

9:00-10:15am

Introduction

 Four Paradigm Shifts in Evangelism

 Luke 10 - Jesus Insights on Spiritual Conversations

 1. God is at work more than we realize

10:15-10:30am – Break

10:30am-11:30am

Luke 10 - Jesus Insights on Spiritual Conversations (continued)

2. Pray specifically for those around you

3. Dealing with the fears that derail us

4. Avoid the issues the side tack the conversations

5. Identifying receptive people in your life

11:30-11:45am – Break

11:45am – 1:00pm

6. Building and cultivating relationships

7. Share a your faith story in a meaningful way

8  Dealing with those who are not interested or not ready

9. Embracing the joy of the mission

“Gary Rohrmayer is a veteran evangelist, church planter, and pastor. But, in every sense of the word Rohrmayer is a coach. He has the heart of a coach in addition to the skills of a coach. He is optimistic about God’s power to change people. He understands that every person is on a journey. They are waiting for someone to walk alongside them and help them discover what God wants next.” – Ed Stetzer, President of Life Way Research

“The great Apostle asked, ‘How are they going to hear without someone preaching?’  The reality is that the eternal gospel goes forth to people from people. And, by experience, most people ‘hear’ the gospel through a spiritual conversation not a sermon.  Gary Rohrmayer empowers normal people to share the gospel through intentional conversations.”  - Darrin Patrick Lead Pastor of the Journey Church, St. Louis, Mo and Vice President of Acts 29 Network

Gary Rohrmayer is the President of Converge MidAmerica overseeing its business and ministry interests that support regional church planting and ongoing care of its partner churches.  Gary has authored several books and seminary courses. His most recent book, Spiritual Conversations, describes the evangelistic philosophy of his bestselling spiritual conversation tool, The Spiritual Journey Guide, that has sold over 1.8 million.

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Christmas Eve "Together in Joy"
Dec
24
6:00pm 6:00pm

Christmas Eve "Together in Joy"

Welcome one and all to a Christmas Eve joint celebration gathering between Redeemer Community Church and Christ Community Church. Together we will join the ancient angel voices declaring "Glory to God in the Highest" and "Good News of Great Joy" with songs, scripture, candlelight, and carols. We will start promptly at 6pm and have an afterglow with coffee and sweets at 7-7:30pm. Bring the whole family, invite friends and neighbors. We look forward to seeing you on the 24th and have a very merry Christmas! 

Location: Redeemer Community Church worship facility:  20251 Carlysle, Dearborn, MI 48124 (in the former Adray building).

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Child Dedication Celebration
Dec
6
10:00am10:00am

Child Dedication Celebration

"And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. (Deuteronomy 6:5-7)"

Our next child & parent dedication celebration will take place during our regular Sunday morning service on December 13, 2015 (at 10am).  

At CCC we value the nurture and constant strengthening of biblically healthy marriages and families as the foundation of healthy relationships within the church and for the transformation of society to the glory of God. We also believe that parents are the primary spiritual influencers and teachers in any child's life. So to encourage parents and commit ourselves to strengthening families we take time to publicly dedicate our little ones to the Lord and dedicate ourselves as parents and as a church (a "family of families") to the challenging and rewarding work of teaching and raising our children in the instruction of the Word of God and the admonition of the Lord. 

If you and your child(ren) would like to participate in this special dedication please contact Jonathan (313-720-3031) and sign up to attend our "Family First" seminar required for entering into this commitment of God-centered, gospel-driven child-rearing.

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Reverse Trick-or-Treat
Oct
31
5:00pm 5:00pm

Reverse Trick-or-Treat

Once again this year on Halloween, we're going out door-to-door in teams in our Dearborn neighborhoods to give a treat and invitation to CCC to the houses we visit. A great way to meet our neighbors! We'll coordinate 2-3 locations to meet at around 5pm for reverse trick-or-treating and then meet back at the Swifts around 7:30pm for a dessert afterglow  (feel free to invite folks you meet along the way!). Please call Christie at 313-720-2538 to  coordinate teams and goodies for the afterglow.

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Harvest Party
Oct
21
6:30pm 6:30pm

Harvest Party

 

Please join us for some great harvest-time fun at The Sheckell's House. Activities will include backyard bonfire, games, snacks, and s'mores. Please invite friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, class-mates etc. for a great time together 

RSVP for location Contact: Jonathan 313-720-3031

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mission: HOME
Mar
6
to Mar 7

mission: HOME

  • First Presbyterian Church of Trenton (map)
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Mission:HOME is a two day conference which explores how the Gospel transforms the family. This is not just a conference for moms and dads. No matter what age or stage of life you are in, you are part of a family which needs to be profoundly impacted by the Gospel. Young or old, married or single, kids or no kids; Mission: Home will be beneficial for you. Seating is limited so if you think you are interested, purchase your tickets, asap. For more information and to register go to missionhome.net

CONFERENCE INFORMATION:

COST:$35

DATES:  MARCH 6 & 7

PLACE: First Presbyterian Church of Trenton, 2799 West Rd.,Trenton, MI 

SPEAKERS:

Noel Heikkinen - RIVERVIEW CHURCH Lansing, Michigan

Leonce Crump - RENOVATION CHURCH Atlanta, Georgia

Joe and Jen Thorn - REDEEMER FELLOWSHIP St. Charles, Illinois

Jason Helopoulos - UNIVERSITY REFORMED CHURCH East Lansing, Michigan

Doug Logan - EPIPHANY FELLOWSHIP Camden, New Jersey

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Plant MidWest
Feb
24
9:00am 9:00am

Plant MidWest

Plant MidWest is a quarterly mini-conference for churches & church-plants for prayer, learning, and networking together.

Throughout history, there has never been a great move of God without united, persistent, kingdom centered prayer.  In the fast paced world of church planting, communion with God is often the first thing to go when demands on our schedule increase. But without prayer, we should never expect to see a great move of God in our city and world.  Prayer is dependence upon God.  It is trusting that he is the only one who can save our neighbors. Through prayer, we ask him to do it.  At the February quarterly we will learn about prayer and its relationship to revival.  After the preaching, we will join together and pray for our cities.  We invite you to join us.

DATE: FEBRUARY 24, 2015

TIME: 9:00AM TO 1:00PM

SPEAKERS: KENNY PETTY

COST: FREE

VENUE: RESTORE CHURCH - 2701 JOY ROAD DETROIT, MI 48206

REGISTER: http://www.plantmidwest.com/event/2015-q1/

ABOUT KENNY PETTY

Kenny Petty

Kenny was born and raised in St. Louis and as a teenager K.P., as he was called, found himself engulfed in the drug and gang culture of the city. After two near fatal experiences and a serious run-in with the law, at age 23 Kenny heard the gospel, surrendered to God’s call and from then on K.P would never be the same. Kenny’s once insatiable appetite for all things pleasurable was exchanged for a hunger for God’s truth in the scriptures and Christian books. After a proven time, Kenny was then set apart by God and a local church for the gospel ministry. He served as youth Pastor for 6 years at New Direction Church in St. Louis city. The Lord burdened his heart to establish a Christ-centered, Elder led and doctrinally sound church that by the grace of God would reach the diverse cultural, ethnic and socio-economic peoples that make up St. Louis. Kenny is a voracious reader and has been God-trained and equipped through various other ministries that have poured into his life. KP currently serves as a pastor at the Gate Church in St. Louis. Kenny is married to Tina Petty and has one daughter named Victoria.

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Combined Worship w/ Redeemer Community Church
Dec
28
10:00am10:00am

Combined Worship w/ Redeemer Community Church

Sometimes God affords us opportunities to express our unity with His Kingdom work in our city. On January 28 we do not have the use of our usual meeting place so we will be joining Redeemer Community Church, another like-minded church-plant in our city, for worship. We will meet with them at 10:00am in the chapel of First Baptist Church of Dearborn on 1865 Nowlin St., Dearborn, MI 48124. See you there!

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Loving our Neighbors - Extending Hope
Dec
17
4:00pm 4:00pm

Loving our Neighbors - Extending Hope

We were given the greatest gift in the person of Jesus. This is what we celebrate at CHRIST-mas. Because we have been given so much we desire to give to others. On Wednesday December 17 CCC partnering with Hope for the City will be visiting some of the new friends we made during prayer-walks last Summer with gifts for their children as a gesture of our love - the love we have received in Jesus. Please pray about joining us and/or contributing to this effort to bless families we connected with over the summer. We are praying that this may be a catalyst for a greater open door for Christ in our city. For more information call Pastor Jonathan at 313-720-3031

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Plant MidWest
Nov
18
9:00am 9:00am

Plant MidWest

The next Plant MidWest gathering: THE GOSPEL & EXCLUSIVITY

Speaker: Jared C. Wilson

Jared C. Wilson is the pastor of Middletown Springs Community Church in Middletown Springs, Vermont and the author of the books Your Jesus is Too Safe,Gospel Wakefulness, Gospel Deeps, The Pastor’s Justification, and the Bible study resources Abide, Seven Daily Sins, and Knowing the Bible: Romans.

His first novel, Otherworld, a supernatural thriller, is recently released from David C Cook. Jared’s articles, essays, and short stories have appeared in Rev! Magazine, Tabletalk, Exponential’s Leadership Learnings, Pulpit Helps Magazine, Disciple Magazine, Collegiate, Family Life, and at Christianity.com among numerous other publications.

You can encounter his passion for the ongoing reformation of the evangelical church almost daily at his blog, The Gospel-Driven Church.

Plant MidWest free registration here: http://www.plantmidwest.com/

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Women's Retreat
Nov
8
10:00am10:00am

Women's Retreat

Hi Ladies! Please join us for a one-day retreat at an antique-filled lake house on Grosse Ile. We'll be enjoying delicious meals, high tea, inspirational devotional material, prayer times, and one another's fellowship. Please remember to bring your Bibles and journals and don't forget to sign up with me (Christie 313-720-2538) about bringing either an appetizer or sweets.

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PRAY! 1st Baptist Church Building Propsal Meeting
Sep
7
11:30am11:30am

PRAY! 1st Baptist Church Building Propsal Meeting

Please pray as Pastor Jonathan presents CCC's vision and the people of First Baptist Church of Dearborn vote on the following proposal (from: http://www.fbc-dearborn.org/) on Sunday September 7:

Building Information and Proposal

On September 7th, immediately following the worship service, we will hold a congregational meeting to decide the final disposition of the building. Several developments and options have arisen in the last few weeks. These are the options the Leadership Team has been discussing and praying about. This paper is an attempt to disseminate that information, so you can be praying about what direction God is calling us to go. The Leadership Team proposal is at the end of the information. 

1.      Rev. Jeremy Roth of Redeemer Community Church (RCC) and Rev. Jonathan Swift of Christ Community Church (CCC) would like to buy the building for $60,000, which is the approximate balance we owe to the Detroit Baptist Union for the elevator project.

        a.      God seems to keep bringing us together, again and again.

        b.      Both men have roots in this community and a heart for reaching those who do not know Jesus.

        c.       Both pastors have invited anyone from FBC who is interested to join their congregation. This might allow for some of our elders who wish to stay together to continue meeting in this building under the care of a pastor they know and ordained.

        d.      Rev. Swift is a part of Converge Mid-America which represents one of the leading church-planting movements in the USA. Rev. Roth is [pastor of an independent church-plant].

        e.      The Leadership Team offered Rev. Roth and Rev. Swift the opportunity to share their vision with the congregation at the congregational meeting on September 7.

        f.        We have stipulated in this discussion that we would like the option to sell the organ ourselves and use that money to support ABC ministries.

        g.      In this option, our legacy is both the ministry of RCC and CCC and the ministries supported through the proceeds of the sale of the organ.

 2.      We received a valuation of the building from Kevin C. Messier, a real-estate agent who specializes in religious properties.  He valued the building at $840,000 to $985,000. He believes that the buyer of this building would be a growing non- denominational/apostolic/Pentecostal congregation looking to move into a larger facility or establish a new campus.

        a.      Selling the building at such a price would allow us to use that money to support ABC ministries that have been close to the heart of this congregation.

        b.      We would have no control over who actually buys the building or to what purpose it is put. This was a concern of part of the congregation at the last meeting.

        c.       Research shows that larger “corporate” sized churches are more likely to pull members from other established congregations than to reach non-Christians.

        d.      Some group from this congregation would have to be responsible for the maintenance and safekeeping of the building and grounds until it sells. Wayne Neumann,our building maintenance supervisor, is retiring as of December 31, 2014. The terms of the current Leadership Team expire on that date, as well.

3.      A member of our congregation who has a relative who attends Kensington Church requested that we ask Kensington if they would be interested in a campus in Dearborn. We decided to have the member ask their relative to approach the leadership at Kensington, and if they are interested, to contact us.

        a.      At this point, we don’t even know if they are interested.

        b.      Kensington already has multiple campuses (Troy, Orion, Birmingham, Clinton Township, and Orlando), so they have done this successfully before, and theoretically would have abundant resources.

        c.       Kensington is a satellite of Bill Hybels' Willow Creek in the Chicago area, and operates with a mega-church-format. Is this the type of ministry we wish to be our legacy, and would this type of ministry be successful in a place like Dearborn?

        d.      Large groups often move slowly. This means, again, that someone from this congregation would need to be responsible for the property until such time as a sale was finalized.

        4.      We could put the building on the market for a specified time period, say three to six months; then, if it doesn’t sell, and if they are still interested, move forward with Revs. Roth and Swift.

5.      We could, perhaps, negotiate with DBU to take over the building for what we still owe on it. In that case, they would be responsible for maintaining and selling the property. Dr. Mike Williams, our Regional Minister, believes they might also be open to a conversation on how the money they get from the building is used.

The question comes down to what we want our legacy to look like. What do we want to see happening on this corner and in the world when we no longer gather as the First Baptist Church of Dearborn.  I know money is a piece of it, but I truly hope that it’s not our only consideration. What option will best further the Kingdom of God in this place, based on the vision God has given us? We have been praying, “God’s will, nothing more, nothing less, nothing else.” In these next weeks, we must discern what that will is and which option best aligns with our call to “serve God, our neighbor and each other…help non-believers become believers and believers become disciples who…grow the Kingdom of God in our community and the world.”.

The Leadership Team has been faithfully praying about and discussing this decision in the last months and is offering the following proposal to be voted on at the September 7thmeeting.

The Leadership Team proposes that we sell the building to Christ Community Church (Pastor Jonathan Swift) for $60,000. Under this proposal FBC Dearborn would retain ownership of the pipe organ which we will sell on our own.

If this proposal is rejected, the building will be listed on the open market, and someone will need to step forward to be responsible for the property and building in the event that it does not sell by December 31st, 2014. Voting will be by written ballot, and you must be present to vote. There will be no absentee ballots. Please, read, reflect, and pray as we approach September 7th.

Blessings, Pastor Diana and the Leadership Team

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