Midweek Announcements 5.1.24

Men's Service Event
On Saturday May 4 from Noon to 2:00 PM we will host a Men's service event at Merci's Refuge and the Pregnancy Research Center (PRC) in Champaign. We will serve these ministries through tree trimming, brush removal, window washing, touch up painting, and maybe even some minor electrical and plumbing. Sign up here!

Members Meal & Meeting - Date Changed to May 22
Our next Members Meal & Meeting is Wednesday May 22 from 5:30-7:30 pm at First Christian Church (Oasis Venue) in West Champaign. Please RSVP Here.

All members and prospective members are invited to attend. If you are not yet a member, but would like to become one please let us know by filling out this online form. Childcare for ages 5 & under will be provided.

*Please RSVP for all family members by Friday May 17 so we know how much food to plan for.

Summer Women's Opportunities
Bible Study: We invite you to join us for 8 weeks of studying the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew chapters 5-7. Our study method will include a simplified Bible study interpretation method that does not require material to be purchased. Tuesdays from 7 - 8:30p running from May 28 - July 16. More info here.

One Read One Walk: We have an exciting opportunity to press into growing in love for our neighbors and living out of a missional mindset.

In Chris & Elizabeth McKinney’s new book, Neighborhoods Reimagined: How the Beatitudes Inspire our Call to be Good Neighbors, we will be galvanized to do just that. Buy the book here

Elizabeth will lead us in One Read One Walk on Saturday, June 15, where after reading the book on our own, we will gather to hear from her, walk & discuss the book, and connect afterwards over food! More Info here

Pine Collective
Pine Collective is a place of belonging for individuals and families impacted by disability. We gather once a month for lunch + fellowship to be renewed in God's purposeful plan for our uniquely designed lives. We want to be a place that acknowledges suffering and embraces God's goodness, a place that helps strengthen our church as a place of belonging for all people.

If you, your family, or someone you care for are affected by disability, please join us for an hour over lunch on May 19.
Register here
Contact jessica.etheridge@cru.org with any questions.

This Week's Sermon Scripture
Exodus 32
Craig Coady Sabbatical
As announced previously, Craig Coady will be taking a sabbatical for 12 weeks from his work at Christ Community beginning May 27.  The elders unanimously approved and advocated for this. Craig isn’t taking a sabbatical because he’s burnt out or exhausted, rather we all feel that regular rhythms of work and rest will empower Craig to continue serving effectively and faithfully as our lead pastor for many years.
This sabbatical, during which Craig will be completely away from church responsibilities, will last from May 27 until August 26. We have clear plans in place for elders and staff to handle Craig’s job responsibilities while he’s away.

For a detailed description of the why and the what of sabbatical, click here.