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You're Never Alone at Cottonwood Creek

The services during the weekend of February 3rd and 4th were unforgettable. Cottonwood Creek's Artist in Residence Bridgette Hammers led the Cottonwood family in worship to an original song she co-wrote called "Never Unaware". Bridgette and her co-writer, Chris Clayton, wrote the song during a season when they were both questioning circumstances that they were going through.  

 

Writers: Chris Clayton, Bridgette Hammers

Publishing: Integrity’s Alleluia! Music/SESAC, Farren Love & War/SESAC, Six Arrows Music/SESAC, (All Admin Worldwide By Capitolcmgpublishing.Com, excluding the UK which is admin by Integrity Music, part of the David C. Cook family), Praiseworthy Publishing

Used by permission. bridgettehammers.com

 

 "Personally, I had recently stepped out in faith to go into full-time ministry and a few months after closing our music studio in faith, my husband was laid off," Bridgette said. "His company sold, and his position was dissolved." 

 

During this time, Bridgette found herself asking God why this had happened. However, when she sat down with Chris to write, they found themselves hanging onto the thought that God is never unaware. 

 

"God knows exactly what we are going through," Bridgette said. "The words, 'I trust I never walk alone' resonated and helped grow my faith. The truth that God is outside of time and yet He comes into time to be with us. He was before time and will be after time." 

 

That weekend, the congregation lifted their voices to God, praising the fact that He is never unaware of any of life's circumstances and struggles. Some knelt at the altar, while others stood with their hands raised, but all were overwhelmed with the presence of God. 

 

Cottonwood Creek wants you to know that you're never alone in whatever you may face in life. As 1 Thessalonians 5:11 states,  

 

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 

 

Cottonwood Creek offers several different Care Groups in their Care Ministry for those who are going through a difficult season of life. It is our hope that those who have been through trials and have overcome them would use their experiences to minister and encourage others who are going through a similar circumstance; and it is our hope that those who are currently facing something would find comfort in the Lord and those who have been in their shoes before.  

 

  • Divorce Care 
    Wednesdays | 6:30p | B122/124 
    Support, community, and guidance for those going through a divorce. 
    cottonwoodcreek.org/divorcecare  
  • Divorce Care 4 Kids 
    Wednesdays | 6:30p | A125 
    Care and support for the children of those going through a divorce. 
    cottonwoodcreek.org/divorcecarekids  
  • Grief Share 
    Wednesdays | 6:30p | B118 
    For those grieving the death of a loved one. 
    cottonwoodcreek.org/griefshare  
  • Celebrate Recovery 
    Mondays | 7:00p | A234 
    Practical steps and community to help overcome habits and struggles.  
    cottonwoodcreek.org/celebraterecovery 
  • Parkinson's Support 
    1st Thursday | 6:00p | B126 
    Support for those who have been diagnosed or have a loved one diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. 
    cottonwoodcreek.org/parkinsons 
  • Warriors of Faith 
    1st & 3rd Wednesday  | 7:00p 
    Spiritual, emotional, and practical support for those who have served in the Armed Forces. 
    cottonwoodcreek.org/warriors 
  • Forever Us 
    Sundays starting February 18 | 11:00a | A202 
    A marriage enrichment class that encourages couples to be proactive in their marriage and identify what their marriage needs to become or remain vibrant. 
    cottonwoodcreek.org/foreverus 
  • Before We Say I Do 
    Sundays starting February 18 | 7:00p | Game Plan Center 
    A premarital course designed to ensure that premarital couples get more preparation, and get it earlier in their engagement; two factors which promote healthier relationships. 
    cottonwoodcreek.org/ido 
  • Woven 
    3rd Sunday | 4:00p | B116 
    Cottonwood Creek's Orphan Care Ministry whose mission is to support, care and educate the church in caring for children. 
    cottonwoodcreek.org/woven 

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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