Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ash Wednesday Service

Crooked Creek Baptist will be hosting an interfaith Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday evening, February 13 at 7:00 p.m.  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season that culminates with our Resurrection Celebration that will occur on March 31!  Ash Wednesday is a time for us to begin the process of reflecting on our own life and re-discovering the power of repentance in light of God's gift of salvation through Christ's death and resurrection.

Several churches and their leadership will be a part of this service, including Rev. L. Bryant Parker of Witherspoon Presbyterian, Rev. Kevin Bausman of Immanuel Presbyterian, and Pastors Ryan Algrim and Shannon Dycus from the First Mennonite Church.  We hope you will make plans to join us for this evening of worship, introspection, and repentance!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Clean Up

The restoration contractor has been at the church hard at work already.  We are currently in what they refer to as the clean up phase- the first of three in the repair to the church kitchen.  All the debris from the crash has now been removed from inside the building.  A salvage crew has removed what can be saved from the kitchen where it will be cleaned and stored until the renovation is complete.  Damaged and unusable materials are in the process of being inventoried and discarded.  Cabinets and countertops that were damaged have also been removed in preparation for a structural engineer to begin reviewing the damage to the walls in the kitchen.  We are at this time unsure of when this visit will occur. 

The kitchen at this point is out of commission and will be so until the repairs are completed.  The pitch in meal set for Sunday has been postponed and Fellowship time has been moved this Sunday to the Fireside room.

Thanks for your patience as this process continues. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Church Collision

This past Sunday a SUV struck the church building early Sunday morning.  At 8 a.m. police were called to respond to this accident.  There was no driver or passengers in the vehicle when it was discovered.  The collision took place on the north-eastern part of the building, where the kitchen and parlor sit respectively.  The collision punched a hole in the exterior of the building, pushing cinder blocks and the exhaust fan into the kitchen.  There was no one present in the building at the time of the accident and no report of any injuries to anyone.  We do not know the condition of the driver or any passengers in the vehicle.

Police, fire, and other emergency agencies responded to this incident and agreed the building was safe for meetings that day.  We secured a temporary block of the hole and conducted worship services for the day.

We met with our insurance adjustor today who gave us a 2 month estimate on repairing the kitchen and other damage done to the building.  During this time the kitchen will not be accessible to church members for any reason.  Because of this we will postpone our scheduled pitch in and meeting set for Sunday, January 27.  We will release details about a modified re-scheduled event soon.

Thanks for your prayers and concerns for our church family and for your patience and understanding as we adjust to the renovations necessary to restore our building.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

January 27 Core Values Pitch In Luncheon and Meeting

On January 27, Crooked Creek Baptist will host a pitch in luncheon following worship.  Following the fellowship meal, we will work on developing our core values.  What are core values?  They are the characteristics within our church that help us understand who we really are a community of believers.  Our core values help us understand our passion for ministry and communicate that passion to others! 

This is NOT a project for a select few, but a process our whole church determines together.  We hope you will join us to help determine our core values and discover how these can help with our future and present ministry.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Woman at the Well

What if we spent 4 weeks in a row examining one passage of Scripture?  The story of the woman at the well in John 4 will be our choice for this study of Scripture in our regular worship service.  Many people have already made (and possibly broken) their commitment for the year 2013.  What kind of goals/hopes do we have for ourselves in this year?  What goals do we have as a community of believers?  How are we going to carry out the Great Commission from Christ?

Over the month of January we will be exploring these and other questions, and using this story in the 4th chapter of John's gospel to help us.