Cedars and Social Media

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We cannot escape it:  these phones, these apps, this connectivity. We at Cedars Church are committed to stay in communication about what is going on and how you can be a part. We want to use any medium that will help us do this. This update has some information and some asks. The more that we can help you to connect, the greater you can grow and increase in your walk with Jesus. So, we am going to take you through the different forms of communication that we use at Cedars. This information may be a great help to you.

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Our Website - www.cedars-church.com

This is a repository of almost all our information. We are striving to make sure that our information is up to date and gives you what you are looking for. From staff bios, to calendars, online giving, to ministry explanations; this is always a great place to go to if you have questions.

Facebook (Main page) https://www.facebook.com/cedarschurchnewark/

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This page is meant to be an information portal for the things that are happening currently at Cedars. We will use our Facebook main page to remind you of upcoming events of need-to-know information. We will also use our Facebook main page to tell stories and let you in on the inner workings of Cedars. This is meant to be a way to inform you and inspire you.

Facebook (Cedars Church People) facebook cedars people

This page is for those who call Cedars “home.” This page is like a community bulletin board. We will post information that would be beneficial and let people know of Cedars community opportunities. We will also post items of interest that will be encouraging to the rest of Cedars. Cedars Church People is also a place to ask for help or let people know of great opportunities. This is for you to talk with other Cedars people and stay connected.

Instagram (Cedars) cedars instagram

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We use Instagram as a fast way to inform, encourage and inspire. The format of Instagram allows us to quickly let people see events taking place throughout Cedars. We post inspiring photos and quick tales that will help you see how Cedars is affecting our community. We want this to inspire as well as inform.

Youtube (Cedars) Cedars youtube channel

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Youtube is where we post sermons and other encouraging videos on our own Cedars Channel. This is a place to see in video form information that might be helpful. Sermons, testimonies, and event highlights can all be found on the youtube Cedars Channel. We want to keep growing this channel to help you more.

Right Now Media - Click here

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Cedars has a church-wide account with Right Now Media. This gives you access to a complete library: Kids videos, Bible studies, sermon series and inspiring content. This sight is loaded! Think of it as Netflix for the Christian world. And, it is free to you! Go check it out.

Planning Center Online

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This is our church management software. This allows us to check in our little ones on Sunday, set up events so you can join, track giving, and set up groups. For the most part, this is really a tool to make the staff more efficient, but you can help us. The more information you fill out on your profile, the more we can let you know of things that may be important or significant to you. By clicking here you will be taken to a form that will help you update your profile so we might serve you better.

Church Center App

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This mobile app is connected to Planning Center Online. This app is just a simple way to get some of the more important information to you regarding Groups, Events, online giving, and your profile. Word has it that fairly soon Church Center will even make children’s check-In easier. So, this is a great addition to your phone. Download by going to your app store on your device and choose Church Center.

YouVersion Bible App

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We love this app. It allows people to easily connect with God’s word in powerful ways. YouVersion contains devotionals, Bible study tools, and so many versions of God’s word. We like it because our pastors can input the scriptures from that morning’s message in the app for you. You can find friends and even do devotionals together. YouVersion also has ways to encourage you to keep reading. Go to your app store and get it today.

Yelp

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It is a reality that there are people who give reviews of the events they attend. These reviews are about restaurants and other venues mainly. However, there are people who look up Yelp reviews before they attend a church. You can help us by going on Yelp and leaving an honest review. We are not asking you to give 5 stars “just because.” We are asking you to give a review that will help others find out if Cedars is for them. So, go on now and help them out.

We have a great team that is trying to keep us all up to date. You can help! If you think that there is something that can help us tell a better Cedars story, please let us know. You can do so by emailing us at office@cedars-church.com

This technology is not going away, so let us use these options to glorify our Father.



















A peek into a Rooted Group! - Annie Rosado (Children's Director)

Annie Rosado, our new Children’s Ministry Director, and her husband Caleb are taking the Winter Rooted class on Sundays. We wanted you to hear a bit from her on what the experience has been like.

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Question: Annie, how has this group experience been different for you from other groups?

“This group has been completely different than any other group because there is more vulnerability in what people talk about. There is no judgment and are no right or wrong questions. This opens up the floor to just about any conversation. It is a safe place to pray and especially for sharing what is on your heart.

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I don’t know if it is just our group, but honestly, relationships have already been created in just a few weeks. The friendships were even being formed at the first meeting. It is different than just seeing people at church on a Sunday. Growing these friendships in Rooted has been organic, now on Sunday’s it is like seeing an old friend. I think you can expect to come out of this groups with friendships formed, coffee dates planned, and really set up well for community.”

Question: You have been a Christian for a while. Outside of the relational aspect of Rooted, do you believe it is great even for “seasoned” Christians?

“Yes, I do. Rooted takes you back to the core foundations of belief. You’ll find yourself going deep in the quiet times. Whether someone is at the beginning of their walk, have been a Christian for a long time, or even unsure about God and have lots of questions they have been wanting to ask - I think Rooted is right for everyone. It will deepen your relationship with God wherever you are at in your spiritual walk. I don’t think you can go into Rooted and not come out with a stronger faith!”

Question: Cool, thank you so much for sharing Annie! One last question, What is it like to be in a group led by facilitators where the content really drives the time?

“I like how the environment has been set up for these groups. Once you have experienced a group you can see how yourself or others in the group could easily step in to facilitate. Our leaders are Rita and Sallee. Having them both has been such a blessing. I was really nervous about going into rooted, because I was worried about it being serious all the time. I don’t mind serious, but I do like to have fun, too. Having them as facilitators is the best – they make it easy for us to share because they are so transparent about their own lives and spiritual walk. It is not about them being on a pedestal but about them being alongside us on this journey.”

Thank you so much for sharing with us Annie! We hope this has encouraged some people out there to jump in and experience Rooted in the Spring.

Blessings!

We just want to say THANKS - (All Church Meeting)

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Hello Cedars
On behalf of the eldership we want to thank those who were able to attend our Annual All Church Meeting. What a blessing it was to share the vision that God has put before us in 2019. We were so encouraged to hear overwhelming support for what is on the horizon for Cedars. We want you to know that the staff is also encouraged as we move forward.

We want to underline once more that if you have any questions, we have made it possible for you to ask them. At the top of our Cedars online home page is a button that, when clicked, will take you to a form that will allow you to ask questions of the Elders on various topics. Also, the presentation that was shared at our meeting is there for your to look over at your leisure. We also have placed a copy of our Statement for Membership for you to look over.  A reminder that membership will be instituted once we get a final approval from C&MA on our Bylaws. You can also call the office and ask to meet with our Lead Pastor, Jeff Harris.
As was stated, we have fully funded the budget requests for all our ministries and have put into the budget some much needed facility upgrades and care. We were also able to address the salaries and benefits of our staff. We are so excited by the vision that God has given this Eldership for Cedars and its future. The staff has been doing some amazing things and we were blessed to let you know about some staffing changes that will help us grow even more. Jeff will take a few minutes in this Sunday’s services to give you the highlights.

When it is was all said and done, we thought we left out an important component to our growth in 2019:  We are going all in on our teams. That means that all ministries have teams that are being built to better serve Cedars:  Hospitality team, Men's Ministry team, Women's Ministry team, Family Ministry team, etc. Do you want to be on a team that helps us thrive? Be looking for places to volunteer and we will be letting you know of our needs very soon.


God is good and we are so excited by the weeks and months ahead of us. Blessings to you as you strive to reach your Inner Circle, and may we work together to equip the saints for their work in ministry.

Blessings
Elders of Cedars Church

This is a Whopper of an Update!

Hi Cedars,
Welcome to the new year! We are so excited about what God wants to do with Cedars moving forward. This is a whopper of an update, so grab your coffee or tea and settle in. We have a great deal to tell you.
Here we go....

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1. The All-Church Meeting is scheduled for Sunday night the 20th. We will meet at 6:30pm to talk about where we are currently and what will be happening in the near future. We will be letting you know about such things as budget, vision and important dates in the upcoming year. We will also be letting you know about some exciting staffing news. We want to change the nature of the All-Church Meeting. We want you to see what God is showing our leadership. The staff has been working hard and the elders are leading us to better carry out the vision that was given to Cedars in the first place. Come ready to hear and to then get involved.

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2. The Rooted Reunion is set for January 13th at 6:30pm. This is for everyone who has already gone through Rooted as well as those who will be taking Rooted this session. We want to inspire those of you that have already completed Rooted to see what is next for you. There will be worship and testimonies. We think this is going to be a great night. We all will share in a cheesecake bar. Please go to our church website by clicking here to let us know that you are coming.

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3. Speaking of Rooted! We are starting our 2019 Winter Session of Rooted with two options for you. Both groups will come to the Rooted reunion on January 13th and then in the last 30 minutes those group members will be excused to meet your Rooted mates and your facilitators.
Here is the information about both of these Rooted groups:  

The Sunday night Rooted group will meet from 4:00-6:00pm starting on the 13th. Childcare is available!! The facilitators for this session are Rita Wilson and Sallee Hartbeck. Click here to sign up for the Sunday Rooted Session.
The Wednesday night Rooted group will meet from 6:30-8:00 starting on
the 16th. The facilitator for this session is Craig Fuller. Click here to sign up for the Wednesday Rooted session.

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4. We have Cedars Groups coming. What does that mean?  Well, it means that we will have options for groups available to you stating the 13th. We have Men's groups and Women's groups and Bible study groups and groups that will encourage you go deeper. So, what is the difference between a Cedars Group and a small group? Great question! We want to see everyone progress in being equipped to reach their InnerCircle. So these groups, that will run on average 10 weeks, will all have a purpose to help you to get out and reach those 8-15 people whom God has put in your life. We also want to challenge those who attend these groups to do something specific with what they learn. This is not a lake that just gets filled; this is a river that is making a difference in its surroundings. So look through the options and find a group that speaks to you. To see the Group choices, click here.

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5. Ladies you have a retreat coming up in February. We are calling this Retreat Abide! It will be held February 22-23 at Cedars Church. The cost is $35.00. You can sign up today by clicking here.
We are excited to see what God will do in the lives of Cedars women as they abide in Christ and use their gifts to reach their InnerCircle.

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6. First Steps! Are you new to Cedars? Have you come in the last few months? Do you have questions? Do you want to meet the leadership/staff? Do you want to know more about Cedars and the unique vision God has given the leadership here? Then, First Steps is where you need to be. We want you to learn more and and ask your questions in a relaxed atmosphere. So, this first Sunday of each month we will have a Cedars-sponsored lunch that will meet at 12:30pm here at Cedars. (Except for February Due to the Superbowl, We will meet on the 10th in february. All you have to do to come is click here and we will put out a chair for you. Come and learn what God wants to do with Cedars church and how you can be involved. Our next First Steps class is February 10th at 12:30pm in Room B - Upstairs.

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7. A new Internet App:  We as a church use a program called Planning Center Online (PCO). This Application allows us to (1) make and communicate to groups, (2) offer the option of charitable giving online and (3) check-in our little ones to Nursery and Sunday School on Sunday mornings. It allows us to do a lot more than that, but you get the gist. Our staff has found an app that allows you to keep connected to Cedars Church. It is a very simple app that is very easy to use. We strongly encourage you to go to the App Store on your IPhone or Android device and look for the app Church Center. Download the app and follow the on-screen prompts that will lead you to Cedars Church. You will be able to update your profile, sign up for events, and look at particular Cedars Groups that will be offered. Also, you can do your charitable giving via this app. So, download Church Center today!

Ok…. Put your coffee down and just let all this info sink in, then get involved. It is going to be great!

Blessings

Cedars Staff/Leadership