Awesome news from C&MA

We are thrilled to announce that the $500,000 matching grant challenge for Great Commission Day has been met. As of Friday, June 7, the Alliance family has given $570,000 to the offering, and the generous Alliance donor has released the $500,000 matching gift.
 
$280,000 of the $570,000 was presented by Alliance churches and individuals who brought their offerings to Alliance Council earlier this month—nearly doubling what was offered at Council 2017.
 
Thank you, Alliance family! Your generosity has unleashed more than $1 million to launch these new workers to live and work among the world’s least reached and most overlooked peoples.
 

However... that’s not all the news!
A Fresh Challenge:
Even before the matching challenge had been met, God was working in the heart of an Alliance Metropolitan District church that was seeking Him for guidance. Moved by His Spirit and inspired by this historic opportunity, this church was prompted this week to donate $400,000 as a challenge gift for other Alliance churches to give beyond what they believed possible. The church’s pastor writes, “We hope this will encourage other Alliance churches to ‘be courageous’ and step into the Jordan with us.”

Together, we’re making great progress in proclaiming Jesus where His name has yet to be heard. Will your church accept this challenge to solidify our sending momentum?

To seize this challenge opportunity, please use one of these two convenient options:

  1. Give online! If your church is set up to give via electronic check, please visit www.cmalliance.org/give and designate your gift to the GC Day Offering.

  2. Give via check! Simply make your check payable to The Alliance and designate “GC Day Offering” on the memo line or the remittance slip and send it to:
    The Alliance
    Office of Donor Services
    8595 Explorer Dr.
    Colorado Springs, CO 80920

We have some important news

Hello Cedars!!!!!

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We are heading towards a great Sunday on May 19th! The Todd Family will be with us as we focus on missions and various ways God can use us to spread His salvation around the world. We will also be participating in a special offering that goes to the Great Commission Fund of the Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA). This is going to be a special time at Cedars. Do not forget the question and answer session with the Todd's from 12:30-1:00 PM in the Sanctuary followed by a luncheon reception in the fellowship hall from 1:00-3:00 PM.

Okay, on to some more big news. First of all, we want you to be aware of some changes coming to our Eldership. We are a blessed church to have men who have strived to do the right thing in these last few years. To be faithful to God's Word, even when it was hard. They have all been faithful stewards of Cedars Church. Please keep them in your prayers, they always need it. So please keep in prayer Steve Flynn, Miguel Padilla, Ray Wimsett and Jeff Harris.

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Amir and his wife Lea have been praying for a long time about a move out of state. God has opened the doors. This move did not come quickly, but has really been in process for years. Due to the move, Amir will be stepping down as Elder at the end of May. They felt God telling them no, for a while, and they obeyed. God has now released them to move to Idaho. A part of this decision is connected to a business that Amir runs. This move will allow for this business to be placed in an area of the country that will allow it to expand and thrive. Knowing Amir, this would not be happening without much prayer and a sense of peace between him and Lea. They are set to move toward the end of June. We are putting together a gathering that will honor them and their service to Cedars. Look for those details soon in an upcoming update as well as announced in our services. Be praying for the Mohtasham family during this transition. Pray that God uses them mightily for His glory in Idaho.

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The elders are always looking to whom God might be raising up when it comes to the leadership of Cedars. We have felt for a long time that we needed to bring Ken Rodrigues on as an Elder. We met with him, prayed over him, asked him to pray and consider this call. After a time of prayer, Ken and his wife Antoinette said yes to Ken being on the Cedars Eldership. He is being faithful to the God he serves. Ken is a teacher of our pre-teen group and is a servant of Cedars. Ken was on the Eldership board of one of the previous churches he attended. We see him as a faithful servant. Ken will start his term of Elder as of June 1st. We are asking that you be praying for Ken and his family and, for the transition that will take place between Amir and Ken. Please know that we see God working at this time, and know that God is always faithful.

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We are announcing today that we are presenting you with the bylaws of Cedars Church, which were spoken of at the Annual Meeting in January. You may access them by clicking here. The Eldership worked on Cedars’ bylaws and then submitted them to C&MA for input and approval. They were  approved at the end of April. What you see in the link are the finished bylaws. We have also worked on the plans for membership, which we will talk about in a minute. Yes, this has taken longer than we desired, but the process of bringing two churches together is never easy. Especially when the church families coming together have different backgrounds in their history. The Elders had to work through philosophies and traditions and sometimes dreaded, "we never did it that way." They worked hard and found the common ground that is found in Christ and His word.

Bylaws are a requirement of the state. We need to always remember that. Although bylaws are good to use as a guideline, they are not scripture. We will always submit to the word of God over a man-made document. Please know again, this did not happen quickly because we wanted to do our best. Our C&MA District Leadership was aware of our situation and provided great  support and insight. Most of the bylaws are unchanged from what they were to the churches before the merge, however there are changes and additions we feel capture the heart of both church traditions. You may have questions. If you do, please send them to Elders@cedars-church.com or contact the office. We will get to all questions as quickly as we can.

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Part of the bylaws we will be implementing membership. Membership Kick-Off will be Sunday night, July 7th. Membership has to do with accountability and a commitment to Cedars Church by its people. We will be walking through membership and all that it entails in the weeks to come. There will be discussion on the process and requirements of membership. We want the people who call Cedars home to know that they have leaders that are praying for them and who want to shepherd them. So please, if interested, read through the bylaws and be looking toward our Membership Kickoff on July 7th.

As I wrap up this update, let me tell you how proud I am of Cedars Church. From Home Churches, to Cedars Groups, to missions, to youth and young adults, to great teachers of our kids and servants from the stage and kitchen, and an awesome Baptism Sunday. We are blessed. God is moving. God is asking us to use our gifts for works of ministry. He is calling us to reach our inner circle, and He is asking us to look for ways to expand His Kingdom. Thank you for being a part of Cedars Church. May more people come to know our Lord.

OH- I almost forgot. The cross. Well, we were so close! We had the permit in hand, we even had the materials, we had the builders and the installers, we were almost there...and then someone noticed that the placement of the cross was off on one of our drawings. So, back to the city we went. Now we are waiting for two meetings to take place: one with the city council and one with planning commission. We are so CLOSE! We will keep you in the loop. Pray those meetings go well.
Because He Lives

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Jeff Harris

We are excited!

Hello Cedars:
What an amazing time at Cedars... Let me explain.

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We are launching 19 groups this Sunday for all of you. We have so many people stepping into their gifting, or, at least are willing (with a little fear) to let God use them. We are so excited about this. Laura Haas has been working hard to make sure that these groups are successful. We are pretty sure there is a group that will help you where you are right now. And if you have not taken ROOTED this is a great time to do so. Download the Church Center App and log into Cedars Church. You will be able to see all the groups that are offered and sign up for them from the app. Or, you can go to the Cedars website to sign up as well. We want you to be equipped! Please take advantage of all that is being offered.

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Also, we are excited as we move into Holy Week:  First, we will have a special service this coming Sunday that will highlight our Children's Program. We believe this will be the special service to help us move greatly towards Easter Sunday. Then, get this! Our Good Friday service is being led by our Home Church Pastors. It will be a special night. Each Home Church Pastor will take a segment of the service and then we will bring it all together with communion. This is a family experience, so no childcare for this service. Finally, it is Easter Sunday! We have life since our Lord and Savior rose from the dead and is alive. We will be looking at the power of an empty tomb. We will have our regular service times, but expect to be rather full. Be willing to get close to your neighbor. We believe there will be more room in the second service than in the first. Keep that in mind as you make Easter plans.
Additionally, there are all these awesome things happening in background that we will be letting you know about in the weeks to come. We have been so blessed in this season. God is good and we keep seeing Him show up in some great ways.

Here are a few other highlights as I wrap this up:

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We may have as many as 5 people baptized at our next baptism service on May 5. If you have been thinking about baptism, this is a great time to get in touch with the church staff.

Mexico signups have begun. This is always a significant trip. Do not miss out! We have a meeting right after 2nd service this Sunday for those interested. So go to the website and check under the Serve Tab for more information.  Or, go to the Church Center app to check things out.

Finally the ladies have a trip coming up to Filoli Gardens! This could be something that you would really enjoy. Go to the Church Center App or our website for more information.

Well there you have it.  So much is going on, and we want you to be in the middle of it all. Come on, join a group, bring a friend to Easter services or go to Mexico. So many opportunities are before you.


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This is one you should check out!

Hello Cedars Church:

This update is meant to remind us of who we want to be at our heart as Cedars Church.

Since the merge, we have been working toward a goal:  We want you who call Cedars home to be equipped to reach your inner circle. That is those 8 to 15 people whom you know and who know you. We believe that God has put you in their life to be a light of the gospel.

We want you to know that God believes that you are fully capable (along with His spirit) to reach them for His glory. This does not mean that you preach at them, but that you do life with them. You tell them your story and you live out your story in front of them. We know that when we speak this way that it can bring up fears of inadequacy and lack of preparation.

As a staff and leadership. That is why we are here to help. Please know that nothing will be as effective as you praying for them and asking God to help you reach them, but we want to help. This is the desire at the core of Cedars groups.  We are not wanting to "educate", we want to equip. That is the call of Ephesians 4:11-12. In a discussion with a recent Cedars group, we asked this question: Do we pay our Lead Pastor his salary every week to only preach a 30-minute sermon, and then repeat that same 30-minute sermon the next service? For some, that is all they understand that he does. Or, is he called to lead and provide vision to a staff that equips the church to do works of ministry? Some would think that our ministries only happen on Sunday morning. This is simply not the case for our church. We are doing so much throughout the week to help our people reach those in their lives.
We want you ready for the work that is before you. To do stand in the strength of the Holy Spirit for the lives that are right around you. Please note that we as a staff have owned this vision and are striving for it.

Following are 2 important things:

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First First are the steps that we have shared many times about reaching your inner circle.

STEP 1:
LIST your Inner Circle, those 8-15 people with whom you have developed, are developing or maybe should develop relational equity.
STEP 2:
PRAY daily for your Inner Circle, that each individual would sense God’s presence in their lives and be open to His love.
STEP 3:
INVEST in your Inner Circle— watch for appropriate ways to be God’s instrument, as He calls them
to Himself and transforms their lives.
STEP 4:
INVITE them to spiritual interactions regularly and thoughtfully, as God opens doors of opportunity. This could be church,, but should not be the main thing to which you invite them.

STEP 5:
PREPARE to become a better example of faith in Christ as well as a more effective witness of His grace.


Second, we want you to click here to see all the Cedars Groups that are coming this Spring. Get ready because there are a lot of them! Pray so that you can see where you need to be most equipped to reach your inner circle.
We as a staff are taking very seriously our call to equip you for the works of ministry. We hope that you are taking very seriously God's call on your life to be His ambassadors to a lost world.
Go and make disciples!


We are here for you and and want to walk with you.

Blessings

Cedars Leadership!





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We want you to go to Mexico!

Hello Cedars

Take a great look at our 2018 house building trip to Mexico. Cedars Church first trip.

One of the things that we want to make sure that you are aware of is our annual Mexico House Building Trip. This year it is scheduled for June 27th-July 1st. As a staff we can not tell you how significant this trip can be for your growth. To be a part of changing the life of a Child of God in the name of Jesus is simply powerful. This is a trip that will bless you more than words can say. No one who has gone on this trip has not come back affected and moved by what they saw and what they accomplished. So we are really asking for you to consider this trip.

Here are some details that you need to know.

1. Date is June 27th-July 1st - We leave fairly early on Thursday morning and shoot to be back around 8:00pm Monday night.

2. You HAVE TO HAVE a valid passport. You need to get on this now if you do not have one.

3. You absolutely do NOT need construction experience.

4. You will be sleeping in a tent. And yes it is a bit dusty and dirty, (see the pics below) but it is worth it.

3. The cost is $395.00 for this trip. If you start now and send out a support letter you can raise this money rather quickly. Please know that you could have this trip fully paid for if you start now. (We will have a support letter that you can use on the registration page)

4. You will need to register through our events page. Click here now to register. This will let us know of your interest and will make sure you have the proper documentation. (Also Amor Ministries is completely digitize, so we have links that you will need to fill out the paperwork needed by Amor).

A. 18 or over click here.

B. 17 or under click here.

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5. There will be meetings throughout May to answer all your questions. Our First one is May 5th at 12:30 IN ROOM 112 on the Cedars Campus

6. You will want to bring a friend. Trust me, this is a great shared experience.

7. Here is where you sign up. Click on this link. More information will be found here.

8. The youngest that can attend is a Jr. High Student if one parent attends with them. High School on up, are welcome.

Ok, That is it. Please pray about this, please consider this! We want everyone who calls Cedars home to eventually come on this trip. We believe in this trip that much.

If you have questions, please let the staff know.

Blessings Amigo

Cedars Staff.

Some things we thought we would tell you

Hello Cedars!

The staff and elders wanted to just keep you up to date about some things that have taken place that we are really excited about. It has been so good to see the spirit of the church begin to rise. There are so many new faces and people who are striving to know Christ more. Our rooted groups are going great and our facilitators are doing an amazing job.

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Our Cedars groups have been going strong and it has been so encouraging to hear the reports coming from our leaders. Laura Haas is doing a great job helping them succeed. She is really excited for the Spring session of our Cedars Groups, so if you are interested in leading a group contact her! Laura@cedars-church.com.

Women's Ministry

The Abide women's ‘stay-cation’ was such a huge success. So many women were encouraged and lifted up. There was great worship and women connecting through their stories. We are excited for a great start to the women's ministry and what the women will continue to do throughout the year. The next event is the craft night. Check the website and app for details.

Men's Ministry

We had a BBQ this last Saturday that was really fun for all involved. Brett Hall did an amazing job sharing his own story and telling of his love for the great outdoors, the place where he meets God. We had some great displays, by various individuals and vendors, to experience and try:  Tents, backpacks, hunting bows, fly fishing, and equipment that lets you talk to people around the globe. It was so good to see over 60 of our guys just enjoying each other's company. We have another BBQ in June but we hope to see you at our men's breakfast the first Saturday of April at 9:00am.

Christian & Missionary Alliance

Every year the central pacific district of the C&MA get together to connect and do a little business. With over 100 churches in our district, it is always good to connect with other churches and hear what God is doing in our district and around the world. Our Pastor Jeff Harris was officially recognized and introduced to the church leaders as an ordained pastor in the C&MA. Great teaching and worship accompanied a very good time together. Tim Ruiz and Laura Haas were also able to attend. Laura Haas did a great job of promoting the Breathe Conference that Cedars will be hosting later this month. The Breathe Conference is meant to be a time for the Family Ministries Pastors and directors to come and be encouraged as well. We are proud to host this event. If you would like to help us make this a great day, please sign up to volunteer. Let's come together to love on these workers who do so much for our families and their little ones.


Home Church

Our Home Church pastors just met last night to study and learn how to love their people better. Pray for our home churches. God is moving. ComeUnity church just had a 1 year birthday celebration and it was a special time. Pray for the team that is leading this great church. Pray also for the Patricks as they see God moving in their church as well. God is good. Our Hayward church is reaching dramatically into their Inner-Circles. Pray that fruit comes from all this work. We are so blessed by those who lead our Home Churches. Keep them in prayer.

Easter
Easter is around the corner and the staff is putting in some extra work to make this a great time for the church family. Remember that your Inner-Circle is right there! Reach out and pray for them. Pray that God opens doors and makes it possible for you to connect them to Him,
So much is going on, so help a church out. Download the Church Center App! Go to the profile button in the upper right hand corner. Update your profile. And make sure you upload a picture of yourself. That will help so much!
Ok.... That is enough for today. Hope to see you Sunday as we are almost to the end of our Philippians series. Thank you church.

Blessings

Cedars Leadership