Rest for Families

Dear Church Family,

We all have moved from summer break to fall and the school year routine. Most of us have jumped into hectic schedules. We are all trying to balance life, children’s school, sports and extracurricular activities. As a church we are focusing on rest. The following is written by Parenting Christian Kids newsletter and is a great reminder of how we can best handle the often hectic life we all face day by day, and then there is a fun activity to do as a family that illustrates the need for the “3 R’s” mentioned below.

Children and parents all need permission and space to unplug, reflect, and be renewed…We all need to make time for the 3 R’s: Rest, Renewal and Reflection.

Rest is also key for children’s faith development. God commands us to set aside the Sabbath day for rest and worship. God also reminds us to “be still” (Psalm 46:10) so we can know him and his will—and hear his voice. When children and families spend quiet time with God, they grow closer to him and become more comfortable engaging with him through prayer.

Learn from Jesus, who made time for rest and reflection after dealing with needy crowds. Hit “pause” often so you and your children can be refreshed and renewed.

ASK GOD:

1. To help your family value rest and incorporate quiet time into daily life.

2. To help you model health boundaries between work and rest.

3. To bless your time spent with one another—and with God.

God bless,

Rahel


Don’t Work Your Socks Off!

Try This fun teachable moment for talking about rest with your children.

Set out an assortment of clean, balled-up socks. Have family members each choose three socks and then sit across from one another.

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Say: Let’s try to juggle. Start with two socks and then try three. If you drop a pair of socks, keep trying.

Allow time. Then say: Now let’s juggle with the person sitting across from us. Try to keep as many pairs of socks in the air at the same time as you can.

Afterward, ask: What was it like to juggle alone? together? What made it fun or frustrating? When do you have to juggle lots of stuff in life? How does that make you feel?

Read aloud Mark 6:31. Say: Jesus knew it was important to take time for quiet and rest. When he lived on Earth, he “juggled” a busy schedule but still took breaks to be alone and to spend time with God, his Father.

Close in prayer, asking Jesus to help your lives be less of a juggling act.


What We’re Learning

 

Bible Blast

We started up Bible Blast again, which goes from September to May.

 

Little Kids Club

We are learning 1 John 4:8 “God is Love.” God loves us when we are inside or outside, happy or sad, scared or a sleep. He loves us all the time.

 

In the month of October we are continuing unit 9: the Gospel project curriculum. The children are covering the Book of Judges.

Kids Club

 

Growing In God

In GIG students are studying the book of James.

 

Rest That Lasts

Dear CBC community,

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I have been congested since childhood.  Allergies to dust, pollen, and animal dander have been my reality since my earliest days.  I was the only kid I knew, other than my brother, that always carried a handkerchief (“hanky”) in his pocket.  I still do. Thankfully my congestion is seasonal; I am only congested in the fall, winter, and spring! There have been times in which I have needed to breath through my mouth at night for an entire winter.  Once my dentist warned me about the dangers of dry mouth as though I had chosen to be congested and recommended various oral moisturizing products but what I really needed was relief from my congestion.

There are some allergy relief products, such as Afrin, that provide quick and amazing relief but there is a catch - you can only use them for up to three consecutive days or they will cause your congestion to worsen.  This reaction is called rebounding and it makes such products useless, even harmful, to a chronic allergy sufferer like me.

While not everyone needs relief from allergies, almost everyone needs rest; relief from the pressures, demands, disappointments, stresses, etc. of life.  Many of us try an Afrin-type approach on the weekends. We want quick relief so we sleep too much, or eat and drink too much, or watch too much entertainment, or pack in too much activity, or do some assortment of these things only to find ourselves even more tired on Monday than we were on Friday.  Many of our attempts to rest don’t provide lasting relief but instead rebound on us and leave us more tired and worn out than before.

The rest of Sabbath is what we need.  The rest of Sabbath is not found in the absence of problems but in the presence of God.  We don’t need to get away from our work or problems or pains as much as we need to draw near to God.  We need to learn how to rest in such a way that we are actually renewed, refreshed, and replenished. That is what we are after this fall in our study of rest.  No matter our starting point, we want to learn to enter God’s rest more fully and more completely. We don’t want something temporary but lasting; a rest for the rest of our lives.  God is offering such a rest but we need to understand it, to experience it, and to live it. I hope you you join us on this journey; we can’t really rest until we find it.

Blessings,

P Dan



Amy's Life Lessons

As a church, we recently lost a dear member after a fight with cancer. We celebrated Amy Carter’s life on September 15th and the experience was powerful, beautiful, and inspiring.

Not failing to serve Jesus in death just as she did in life, Amy planned her own service for maximum impact to the Kingdom of God. We worshipped together, we heard a clear presentation of the gospel, and we saw Amy’s faithfulness reflected in her devoted family. Person after person testified to the packed room how Amy had sacrificially reached out them, provided mentorship, prayed with them and spurred them on in their faith. Those of us who love Christ cannot help but be challenged to follow Amy’s example in our own lives.

Here are Amy’s Life Lessons. We hope they will inspire you the way they inspired us!

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The Beast and the Guardian

Dear church,

This reflection is from my trip to Detroit in July to attend the wedding of CBC alumni Justin and Samantha Miller.  This reflection isn’t about their wedding - no allusions to them are intended here!!! - but I would be remiss not to say that the wedding, reception, and weekend were all fantastic!  Kathy and I had a great time and were privileged to be part of the celebration.

The Beast:  I wanted to have a book to read while we traveled so I looked through our house and found a copy of The Lord of the Flies by William Golding.  In this fictional story a group of young boys, roughly ages 6 to 14, survive a plane crash on a tropical island; all the adults on board perish.  The boys begin their community in an orderly manner but are also afraid that the island is inhabited by a dangerous beast. Eventually a power struggle emerges and their little community splits.  They stop being boys and turn into savages, literally killing one another. Their fear of a deadly beast on the island turns out to be true but shockingly the boys themselves, and in particular those who ascend to places of power and influence, turn out to be the beast.   The story, written post World War ll, is a sobering assessment of the human condition.

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Guardian Building in downtown Detroit

The Guardian:  Justin and Samantha’s wedding ceremony was held in the Guardian Building in downtown Detroit.  You can read about it at http://guardianbuilding.com/history/.  The building is incredibly beautiful, interesting and ornate.  It was built in a time of great optimism, the roaring 1920’s, when the economy was booming and Detroit was a growing center of commerce and trade.  The building was once called the “Cathedral of Finance” and the notion of “guardian” is from its role as a banking center. The bank identified itself as a guardian of money, of business, and of prosperity.  Ironically the building was completed in early 1929 before the famous stock market crash leading to the Great Depression.

The reading of the book and the location of the wedding were serendipitous but noteworthy to me in a couple of ways.  First humans were created by God to be guardians, commissioned to extend the garden of Eden by filling the earth and subduing it, ruling in such a manner as to bring prosperity and peace.  That was the admirable vision of the bank - to empower commerce and bring prosperity. But both the boys in The Lord of the Flies and the stock market crash revealed the beast in humanity through selfishness, abuse of power, greed, deceit, and pride.  In the beginning humanity yielded to the temptation of a beast and ever since has succumbed to being beast-like themselves, predictably bringing destruction and death instead of prosperity and life.  Humanity is a fallen guardian, like the king of Babylon in Isaiah 14 or the king of Tyre in Ezekiel 28.

Second the guardian and beast motifs also remind me of our commission to make disciples. Jesus instructed us to be shrewd as serpents and gentle as doves because of the danger of the beast and the potential of the guardian.  We know both the beast and the guardian in our personal histories and so we do our best to lead people into repentance, turning them away from the beast, and into new life in Jesus Christ, becoming guardians through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

I hope you have enjoyed my reflection.  I look forward to a new year of ministry together, defeating the beasts and releasing the guardians around us!

Blessings,

Pastor Dan


 

Children's Ministry Update: July 2018

Dear Church Family,

As we continue our summer mission, please a take some time to look at the things that our children are learning and what they are doing on their mission adventure!

 

What They are Learning:


Kids Club and GIG

Combined for the Summer (July 1st – September 29). Children in kindergarten through sixth grade will be learning about missions.

In the month of July they are learning:

God can turn unbelievers into missionaries. Examples include Paul, the Bible time missionary, and Adoniram Judson as a modern day missionary.

God gives missionaries the strength to keep on going in the despite hard time. Examples include Silas for the Bible time missionary, and Mary Slessor as a modern day missionary.


Try these Mission Adventures:

  • Show God’s compassion to others by giving a refreshing drink to firemen, road workers, or homeless people in our area.
  • Make cards of encouragement for missionary families.
  • Collect coins in jars to send to missionaries we support.

Prayer Challenge

  • Pray for Arab World Missions
  • Pray for International Ministries
  • Pray for Serving In Mission (SIM) in Nigeria.

Upcoming Events

  • July 19 & 26 - Childcare for MIT families in the English class
  • August 3rd - Family Play date from 10am – 12pm at Dana Park in Cambridge.

Caught in action…

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Family playdate

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GIG volunteering at the Harvest Pantry      

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More Be Credited To Your Account

Dear CBC family,

The Apostle Paul, writing to the Philippians, says, “Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need.  Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account.  I have received full payment and have more than enough.  I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent.  They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (4:15-19).

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On Sunday, June 24th we were privileged to hear from two missionaries, Dr. Amanda McCoy and Jeremy Wideman.  Amanda will be serving a two year term at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya beginning this October; Jeremy is a career missionary with the International Mission Board living in Thailand.  Jeremy, his wife Kathy and their four children have been working with the “You” people of Central Asia for eighteen years.

CBC had supported the Widemans from 2004 until this year and it was a blessing to have Jeremy visit to share God’s Word and work with us.  He did a great job in describing how God speaks his gracious word of welcome (Isaiah 55; “come”) through his Word to all peoples and nations. He thanked us for our many years of partnership and credited us in helping to bring God’s Word to the “You” people.  He shared two stories of “You” people encountering God’s Word through phone apps made possible, in part, by our contributions.

Amanda, our very own Dr. McCoy (“Bones” in Star Trek; fittingly Amanda is an orthopedic surgeon!), is currently raising funds for her mission assignment.  It seems ironic that an orthopedic surgeon should need to raise funds but this is God’s way of sharing the work and the blessing with the entire Body of Christ.  We can share the credit of her ministry too through our financial and prayer partnership. So far Amanda has raised about 22% of her monthly goal of $3700 and 93% of her one time need of $11,000.  Many thanks to those who have joined her support team but there is room for more investors!

Wouldn’t you have loved to be part of the Apostle Paul’s support team?  What a world-wide impact your investment would have had and what a credit would have been made to your account!  The promise of verse 19 that God will meet all the Philippians’ needs is predicated on their generosity. God will meet all their needs because they have been faithful in meeting the needs of others thus fulfilling the law of Christ - the law of love.

While it is too late to get in on the Apostle Paul’s team, it is the perfect moment to join Amanda’s.  This is also a great investment opportunity and not one to be missed! Don’t misunderstand my appeal: it is “not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account.”

You can join Amanda’s team by going to: www.wgm.org/missionary/mccoy

Blessings,

Pastor Dan

Packing List

Dear CBC,

 3 days to go to the start of our Summer Mission trip!!

We know you maybe too excited and forget to pack the essential items or be carried away and pack more than the necessary items  or you are freaking out as you wonder what to bring!! We know the feeling and decided to help you out.

Below is a link that will guide you to the components of the Summer mission and please prayerfully consider in advance what activities you are willing and hoping to engage in.

https://www.cambridgeportbaptist.org/summer-missions-2018

The packing list is not exhaustive but we chose the important things:

  1. Willing heart to listen to the Lord's leading.
  2. Obedient feet to go where the Lord may lead you.
  3. Open hands to serve even in the menial tasks.
  4. Bible
  5. Journal and pen. (Consider starting one if you do not journal for this mission trip).


We are praying and excited and looking forward to what God will do in you and through you as we embark in this adventure!

Blessings,

Pastor Shtem

Children's Ministry Update: June 2018

Dear Church Family,

As spring rolls into summer we all are looking forward to breaks, vacations, and more outdoor activities as a family. In the same way,  I am very excited for the Summer Missions that we all will be engaged in as a church. When Jesus commanded us in Matthew 28:19  “Go and make disciples of all nations,” he didn’t put an age or place limit. Our children will be part of this mission trip with us. How exciting!

Therefore, the childrens program on Sundays will focus on mission. They will be learning about bringing the good news of Jesus into their neighborhoods, schools and families. Each week they will be learning Bible-time missions connected to modern-day missions. They will have take-home papers for each lesson that supports biblical truth for that day, engaging fun activities, memory verses, country/mission organizations to pray for, and practical applications about how they can be on the mission field every week.

Please join us as we learn God’s truth and apply it in our everyday life.

Rahel


What We’re Learning


Bible Blast

  • We held our Bible Blast program at MIT campus on Pentecost Sunday, May 20th.
  • We shared the love of Jesus to some families who attended the program.
  • We are on the break for the summer.

Little Kids Club and Kids Club

In the month of June we are continuing unit 7: the Gospel project curriculum. The children covered the Old Testament from Numbers to Joshua.


G.I.G.

In GIG students explore Psalms, and are integrating it with the Lord’s Prayer.


Upcoming Events

Parents meeting June 24 to evaluate what we have done so far, both in family discipleship and the children program. We also will discuss the possibilities of how we as a body of Christ connect and disciple our children.

 

July –September we will focus on Mission using the curriculum Disciple Junction “Sharing God with Others” that covers the foundational theme:

  • Meeting Modern Missionaries
  • Getting Others on Board
  • Hearing God’s Call.

See some pictures from our MIT event on May 20!