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10 Things You May Not Know About Pastor John Mark

Pastor John Mark has faithfully led Cottonwood Creek Church for the past 23 years, following God's leading and vision to be a light in the community. His immense impact has had profound effects on the Cottonwood Family, seeing incredible work happen from small beginnings in Fairview to here now in Allen. Anyone who knows him can see his heart for Jesus and for those around him. 

To celebrate the last 23 years, here is a list of 10 things you may or may not know about Pastor John Mark. 

  • Typically, John Mark will function on only 5 hours of sleep per day.
  • Did you know John Mark is a cat person? He is!
  • He can read something once and have it memorized.
  • He always has 20 things on a to do list each day. He only sits down when he is on the computer.
  • He is NOT a morning person! 
  • He loves to be out on the boat on the lake.
  • He is a volunteer chaplain with the Allen Police Department. 
  • He has written and completed 3 different books: Navigating Life's Journey, Marriage Meltdown, and a doctrine book to be released in 2018. 
  • He serves on the financial planning committee at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • John Mark is very proud of his family and of the church. He tells his wife Jeana every day how proud he is of her, and ends conversations with their kids with the same way. He also shares the success of Cottonwood Creek and its staff with excitement and as often as he can. 

The next time you see Pastor John Mark, be sure to tell him how thankful you are for him! 

Pastor - Thank you for your leadership, wisdom, and being a light in our community. 

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Top 10 Reasons for Not Serving AT VBS

1. Who will watch my little ones? 
We will! Our preschool fills up quickly because it’s so awesome. But we provide childcare and priority VBS space for children of those serving. There’s no wait listing for your child if you serve!
2. I’m too old. 
We doubt that. We have lots of seniors who serve. Our eldest is 83!
3. I don’t know the Bible very well. 
You’re in the right place to learn. We fully prepare the lesson plan for you. If you read and add love, you will help fulfill the great commission! Plus, we also need lots of people to help the teachers.
4. I can’t teach kids for 3 hours a day by myself. 
Good! Because you only get 30 minutes. The rest of the time is moving to other activities with other leaders. And every classroom has multiple leaders.
5. I don’t have time to prepare. 
We know that. We prepared everything. All crafts, activities, supplies and lessons are prepared for you. We even send instructional videos for each lesson. 
6. I don’t have time to decorate my VBS room. 
Let us know and we’ll do it for you.
7. I can’t be there every day. 
That’s OK.  We need you on days someone else can’t be there.
8. I am not very organized. 
No problem. We are! Our VBS staff is known for superior organization.
9. I’ll get hungry and thirsty. 
We understand. That’s why we provide snacks and drinks.
10. I don’t know what to wear. 
We have that covered. You can purchase a shirt at the VBS booth but it’s not required. Dress comfortably to be on the move with kids.

Vacation Bible School is June 11-14 from 9:00a - 12:00p.

Don't hesitate! Register now: VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION 

5 Reasons to Join Before We Say I Do


So, you're getting married! Congratulations! If you and your future spouse are looking for a premarital course, look no further than Before We Say I Do at Cottonwood Creek. This 6-week premarital course is designed for newly engaged and seriously dating couples. The goal is to help couples start off their marriage with a Biblical foundation and clear communication with one another through weekly topics and scripture study. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should sign up for Before We Say I Do: 

  1. The course, first and foremost, provides a Biblical foundation for your marriage.
  2. Make new friends! You will get to meet other couples in the area who are also walking through the same stage of life. 
  3. Enter your marriage confidently with all your questions answered! Each week, you get brand new talking points to discuss with your future spouse, such as finances, communication, and expectations.  
  4. Want advice from someone who's already been there, done that? You and your future spouse will be matched up with a mentor couple to discuss topics with and seek guidance from. 
  5. And the best part? Upon completion of the course, you will receive a Twogether in Texas certificate which comes with a $60 discount off your marriage license! 

If you and your future spouse are interested in joining Before We Say I Do, visit online, or contact Meredith Jackson  at 972.359.7777 ext. 2028. 

Fall Guide 2016

Fall is such an exciting time in Texas! School begins, cooler weather rolls in, and the crack of football pads can be heard all over the state, from neighborhood rec fields to school campuses, and even at AT&T Stadium. I love fall! Another thing to get excited and motivated about is the kickoff of our fall ministries and events.

Cottonwood's fall schedule has something for everyone to get involved in to grow in their faith no matter where you are in your relationship with Christ. Students have to study to learn the material to pass the test and move on to the next grade. Athletes have to train and practice the fundamentals to become better, faster, and stronger with the skills needed to compete and win. Likewise as Christians, we need to train ourselves in the things of the Lord so that we can stand strong when we go through life's trials and so that we can faithfully minister to others in Jesus' name.

1 Timothy 4:7-10 gives us something to think about and follow regarding this...

"Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe."

As a church, let's all seek to be involved in some fall ministries and events to receive training in godliness. Let's grow and develop our faith this fall because of the blessed hope we have in Christ. Let's encourage one other as we labor and strive for the Lord's sake realizing that what we do holds promise not only for the present but for all eternity. My prayer is that this fall would be a time that we can truly grow deeper in our relationship with Christ and be faithful ministers and witnesses for Him in our communities, places of work, schools, sports teams, and homes.


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