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Update: Imagine One

Imagine One more life that could be reached with the Gospel.

In early 2015 Cottonwood Creek asked its members to imagine a world where they gave 1% more in their tithes. What could be accomplished? Over halfway through the year we have reached some amazing goals because people have faithfully given.

So far we have reached these goals:

  • January 25 - Additional $5,000 Baltimore Church Plant Support
  • March 8 - Fall Festival Paid with Free Admission
  • March 29 - VBS Paid with Free Registration, $15,000 for Baltimore Housing Facility
  • April 19 - Funds to build Laundromat for Naomi's Village in Kenya, Remodeling Creates 2 New Life Group @Church Spaces
  • May 31 - $3,000 for The Edge Church, a Send Denver church plant, trying to purchase their building.

To learn more about Imagine One, visit us at http://cottonwoodcreek.org/imagine-one.

Serving: Family Style

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“Eleven joyous years.”

 That’s how long Monique Cardwell said that she and her husband, John, have been a part of Fun With The Son. FWTS is a Cottonwood Creek family mission event that provides eye and dental screenings, haircuts, face painting, balloon animals, train rides, and every school-aged child in attendance receives a backpack filled with school supplies.

 Monique plays a huge role behind the scenes getting all of the permits and approval from the City of McKinney. Each January, she along with the rest of the planning team, start the ball rolling for the upcoming event held each August.

 “I coordinate getting supplies to the park, setting up the park for the event, medical team and police support,” Monique said. “This definitely is a team effort. Many hands go into making this event work each year.”

 Monique and John make FWTS a family event each year. Whether its helping with the event day of or packing backpacks and canvassing neighborhoods the weekend before, there is a job for everyone, no matter their age. John, a local firefighter, helps each year with the onsite medical support. This year two of the Cardwell’s daughters joined the fun. Katelyn, 14, has served in years past packing school supplies, handing out water and painting faces. As a member of the Cottonwood Creek Student Ministry, Katelyn helped play games with the kids who came to the event this year. Monique and John’s 11-year-old daughter Ashlyn helped at the event for the first time this year handing out books.

 “The hardest part about this for my girls is getting up at 4:30a to get to the park for set up,” Monique said. “They would both agree it’s worth it.”

 FWTS is a great opportunity to be On Mission locally. Make plans to be a part of the 19th annual FWTS on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at Old Setter’s Park in McKinney, Texas.

 “It doesn’t take a lot of effort and you don’t have to travel far,” Monique said. “As a parent I love being able to demonstrate how to show God’s love to others by meeting a need and just having fun with them.”

 

No One Faces Cancer Alone

Who do you talk to when you have cancer? Unless someone has had cancer, they can’t fully understand everything that you are facing. Whether they are going through this journey or walking alongside someone who is, cancer will touch everyone’s lives at some point. John Arakelian knows what it’s like to wake up feeling perfectly normal one day only to get a devastating cancer diagnosis the very next day. His family empathized with him, but John felt like he did not have anyone to talk to about his diagnosis. John turned to God.

The good news is that no one has to face cancer alone. The Cottonwood Creek Cancer Ministry was formed shortly after John’s diagnosis. They walk alongside those facing the difficult battle that comes with cancer. To learn more about Cancer Care and John Arakelian’s battle, watch his testimony below.

I Was Just Fine Yesterday from CCBC Media on Vimeo.

 

Life is a Battle: Playing on the Court of Life

Aaron wasn't looking for a summer internship, but one found him. A student at Dallas Christian College studying practical ministry and leadership, Aaron would drive his girlfriend from Dallas each week so that she could coach a team through the Cottonwood Creek Sports Academy. Nathan Quillan, CCSA Sports Director, noticed Aaron hanging out in the bleachers each during practices and decided to get to know him. Nathan knew that with Aaron's desire to become a minister and his college basketball experience, that a summer internship in the Sports Ministry would be a great fit. God provided a way for Aaron to serve this summer. To learn more about Aaron's summer in the Sports Ministry, watch the video below.

 

The Teacher Learns From The Students

There comes a point when the student becomes the teacher. Ashley, a junior at Baylor University studying elementary education, had always been the student. This summer, as a Cottonwood Creek Sports Academy intern, Ashley stepped into a leadership role and began coaching kids ten years or more younger than her. Prone to being a friend, Ashley learned how to be a leader with her students, but also be relatable. They may be ten years younger than her, but Ashley's students were facing the same issues that she was or had been over the last few years. To learn more about Ashley's summer interning with CCSA, watch the video below.

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