Our Mexico Trip Is Telling A Bigger Story

Hello Cedars

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This last June, 23 people took off for Mexico. They were willing to work, sweat and have open hearts. They did just that. They loved on a family in need and the loved on each other as they bumped into each other trying to get the work done. Smiles on faces as sweat ran down them. Love in hearts as they broke over the poverty around them. Hammers, shovels, saws and measuring tapes laying around meant that house was being built. The goal is not to build a house but a home. A home that will be filled with laughter and tears and special occasions in the life of this family. We pray for the Pastor that will love this family. We pray for a community that has the odds stacked against it. We pray for our Jesus to be ever present. So what is the bigger story. The bigger story is in us. Getting out of our chairs and into a world that needs a church that will sweat, build, love, and try. The bigger story is our lives making a difference in our world. Not because of us, but who lives in us. Let our Mexico story be an inspiration to you, that you can do more. You can be a light. You can make a difference. Just get up and go where God is.

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Membership and more!

Hello Cedars:

July was a lot busier than we thought it would be, but it has been so good. We have focused on some pretty important aspects of Cedars Church and we had some fun along the way. It is not over, we still have our Membership Celebration this Sunday, July 28, at 11:00am. 

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Please remember that this Sunday there is one service at 9:30. All our kids classes will happen during this one service and then we will celebrate with a breakfast for you! Right after the first service the food line will be open. After the meal, we will bring everyone back in for our Membership Celebration meeting. We hope to see you Sunday, Come hungry!

As we said earlier, we have been busy this July with membership kickoff and our “Church and the Park” just to name a couple. What a great time of gathering together we had as we invaded Newark Community Park. Great games, great food, and the weather was excellent. We loved seeing the Cedars family just hang out and enjoy the day. God has been so good to us, and we just want to praise him for all that He has done.

Now on to some other things that are important. As we have been stating each Sunday, we wanted all of those who called Cedars home to do a few things: One, if you would like, the bylaws have been available at the resource counter for the last 2 months. These are the bylaws that we worked to complete with C&MA. One part of the bylaws was to fulfill the requirements of C&MA for membership. We have been drawing your attention to these requirements. We have our Statement of Membership available to you, and have tried to be available as you check that out.

Rooted has been such a good experience for all that have taken it, and we are looking forward to everyone being able to go through this 10-week opportunity to build community

Below are some links that we would love for you to click on if they apply to your situation. Please know that in our attempt to Equip the people of Cedars we need information to do that well. If you would take a little time to help us out by filling out these items, it would go a long way. 

So that is all that we have for you for now. Please look at the links below and help us to really make a difference in the lives around us.

Blessings

Cedars Leadership 

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Cedars Membership Statement 

Click here to review, and if applicable sign the statement digitally.

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I want to Serve!

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Rooted Survey

Click Here to let us know how we can best serve you with this program.

Cedars Membership

Hello Cedars:

We had a great kickoff on Sunday night as we rolled out membership at Cedars Church. Thank you to all that brought desserts to share and to those who helped the evening go off without a hitch. The goal of the Eldership was to work out the bylaws (which includes membership) that rightly reflect Cedars as a new church. 

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The Elders worked hard to make sure our new bylaws and membership are a reflection of the direction that we see Cedars going. The Elders had a big task and they were also working with C&MA in this process. The elders went back and forth about the bylaws a few times and although we would have wanted this process completed sooner, circumstances did not let that happen. We submitted the bylaws to Cedars almost 2 months ago. We wanted you to be able to see the finished product. As a part of the bylaws process we also tackled membership. We wanted to make sure that we did not over-complicate this process, and we wanted to reflect the heart of Cedars Church. The Elders believe that we have accomplished this. 

The requirements are listed below.We will do a short recap in the weeks ahead. We will finish this initial kick-off on Sunday, July 28 with ine service at 9:30am and a celebration brunch in lieu of our 11:00am service. These weeks of July are not the only window to sign up for membership.  This is simply the season of launching our membership. You can take the time you need to pray through this, ask any questions and make your commitment in the timeframe you need. 

Our hope is that you look through the requirements and pray about your participation. We are excited about those who call Cedars their home church and want you to know that we are excited about the direction that we are being led. Please read through the bylaws and pray.

Membership Statement

The elders of Cedar Church, in a desire to have unity of life and ministry, put forth the following requirements for membership at Cedars Church. We desire to honor Jesus Christ in all that we say, do and believe. By acknowledging and fulfilling the obligations in this document, you will be considered a member once we have received this signed statement. This will allow you to participate in the actions put forward at the Annual Meeting held the 3rd Sunday of January each year. 

  • A completion of a membership class (Rooted). 

  • Confession of faith in Jesus Christ and evidence of regeneration.

  • Belief in God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; in the verbal inspiration of the Holy Scriptures as originally given; in the vicarious atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ; in the eternal salvation of all who believe in Him and the eternal punishment of all who reject Him.

  • Acceptance of the doctrines of the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King as defined in scripture and is explained in relevant C&MA materials.

  • Full sympathy with the mission and core values of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, and cooperation by systematic support of its work.

  • A personal commitment to this fellowship which shall be demonstrated by such outward signs as regular attendance at its functions, regular giving of tithes and offerings in support of the local program as well as C&MA Missions, availability for local ministry assignments, and maintaining unity through the practice of speaking well of the Church and its leaders as well as that of settling differences quickly in the spirit of Matthew 5:23–24 and 6:14–15.

  • An acceptance of the authority of the Elders. The elders are for the edification and encouragement of the body. They are also for discipline and correction of the body. The submission to biblical authority is an important part of being a part of a local church body. (Hebrews 13:17)

If you agree with the above statements you may choose to sign the online version by clicking here, or you can sign a paper version on Sunday. 

If you have any questions you can contact the Elders by clicking here.

Thank you for your consideration and know that we are praying for you. We are so thankful for those who want to help Cedars grow stronger.

Blessings,

Cedars Leadership




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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