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Battling With a Purpose

Julie Carlock's Story of Finding Her Purpose in Christ Throughout Her Battle With Cancer

 

 

Cancer is a life-altering journey that affects many lives. It comes in many different forms with different outcomes of each diagnosis. The month of October recognizes cancer awareness.

Listen to the story of Julie Carlock, who was diagnosed with breast cancer and through her battle, discovered that God still had a purpose for her. "I know mine was to help others... that's what God had done this for," Julie said. "I knew I just had to follow this journey and now be the blessing that He wants me to be." 

A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. For those who have suffered or are suffering with any form of cancer, Cottonwood Creek Church wants you to know you are not alone. The Cancer Care Ministry at Cottonwood Creek seeks to provide Christ's love, support, hospitality, and listening ear that you deserve. The support that is offered is designed to help families navigate every phase of cancer and face the challenges associated with the diagnosis. Being part of a support group means you do not have to face cancer alone. Many of the individuals involved are cancer survivors and caregivers who understand firsthand what patients and their families go through. 

The Cancer Care Ministry meets the first Sunday of each month from 4:00p - 5:00p in B118. 

For more information, email .

Brokenness

Married for 34 years, Dave and Sue Marsh have experienced great joys in their marriage as well as times of brokenness. Recently, Sue’s mother came to live with them and this changed their world. Little did they know that the stress was building up from the daily care and doctor appointments that they were now faced with.

“Love in marriage is hard,” Dave said. “It’s work. You never get to that point were it is automatic.”

After the loss of her mother and a cancer diagnosis, all of the stress came crashing down and Sue needed Dave to show her love her in a different way. Hear about the 6 ways in which Dave showed Sue love:

A Message from Dave

"Sue and I were not anticipating the tremendous response to the interview video we did for the Cottonwood #RelationshipGoals series.  We’re grateful that so many found it beneficial. A lot of people have asked for the “6 things” Sue gave me that I could do to love her better, so they could improve their own marriage.  Since we did the video to help marriages and families, we now feel like we need to follow up for those people."

Read the rest on Dave and Sue’s blog here.

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.

 

Comfort Blankets

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The February Mission of the Month is partnering with the Cottonwood Creek Cancer Care Ministry and creating blankets. These fleece blankets are given to cancer patients during their treatment.

Over 200 blanket kits have been distributed to Life Groups this year. If you would like to take part in creating blankets for this ministry, please click on the tutorial below. Pray over the blanket as you make it and attach a positive, uplifting note before returning it to Cottonwood Creek.

Blanket Tutorial

Note Card

 

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