Thursday, December 22, 2011
"If you are planning on dropping off or helping to serve: food, water, or juice (small bottles) please email (email@example.com) or call Tricia (678) 794-8760. Our needs are cases of water, cases of small bottles of juice, any food dishes particularly things that travel in to-go boxes well, rolls, potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, desert items. Again keep in mind many meals will be delivered in to-go containers.
We have posted our flyers all around town and delivered them to the individuals receiving food at the First Christian Food Bank as well as many others. In our efforts to bless others, so many have offered God's blessings to us for what we are desiring to do. So far it has been a bit like the Crosswalk where folks are just inspired by the idea that people are interested in loving and serving others. People standing in line for food and warm clothes saying, "God Bless you -- to me", it just doesn't get much better than that.
I know for certain that we have a list of 75 people to serve and our goal is 200. "
We will try to begin serving at 1:30 pm. This should give you time to run home after church, eat lunch and heat (if needed) whatever you are planning on bringing. We'll need people to make deliveries, box up "to go" meals and people to serve those that might come to the facility. Does anyone have a CD player they could bring so that we might play Christmas music as people eat or as we work, whichever the case may be? Please let Trish know of your plans and level of participation.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
- Men's prayer breakfast at Golden Corral at 9:00 a.m.
- Fireman Appreciation - at the church at 11:00 a.m. Bring your baked goods
- Women's Christmas Celebration - Anne Foster's home at 2:00 p.m. Bring a dessert and let Anne know if you're planning on attending so she can make plans for supplies for the ornament making. 678-965-6743 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, December 5, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
- December 10, 2011 - 9:00 a.m. - Men's breakfast at Golden Corral.
- December 10, 2011 - 11:00 a.m. - We will gather at the Kiwanis Building in order to create our baskets for the firefighters of Forsyth County. If you signed up to bake two dozen cookies or cupcakes or brownies or candies, bring them to the Kiwanis Building at 11:00. We'll make the platters and deliver them to the fire stations. We still need some volunteers to make deliveries so the sign up sheet will be at the church again this Sunday. It's also not too late if you want to add your baked goodies to this event. Just sign up this Sunday.
- December 10, 2011 - 2:00 p.m. - Ladies' Christmas get together at Anne Foster's home. There will be ornament making, karaoke and desserts (please bring a dessert if you can). Please RSVP to Anne at 678-965-6743 so she can plan for how many supplies to have available.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Don't forget Patti, Hannah and Sarah in the coming weeks as they adjust to life without Dan. They'll still need our love, prayers and support.
Move your clocks back this Saturday night or you'll be sitting in the parking lot waiting for an hour before church begins and it's COLD now.
See you Sunday morning.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Tonight (have items at church parking lot on Monday 10/24/2011 by 5:00 p.m.)
Sweet potato soufflé
Tuesday lunch (have items at church parking lot on Monday 10/24/2011 by 5:00 p.m.)
Tuesday night (have items at church parking lot on Tuesday 10/25/2011 by 5:00 p.m.)
Wednesday lunch (have items at church parking lot on Tuesday 10/25/2011 by 5:00 p.m.)
BBQ Pork Roast Sandwiches
Wednesday night (have items at church parking lot on Wednesday 10/26/2011 by 5:00 p.m.)
Thursday lunch (have items at church parking lot on Wednesday 10/26/2011 by 5:00 p.m.)
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Jan will need to know what you plan to prepare and when you can have it ready. We'll try to arrange a pickup time at the church parking lot each evening at 5:00 p.m. and Jan or anyone that wants to can make the delivery to Patti.
This evening will be covered with a chicken/dressing and a sweet potato casserole. If you can have a vegetable or salad dish and a dessert for tonight, let Jan know ASAP.
Please keep this family in your prayers.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Arrangements will be posted when they are finalized. Please pray for Patti, Sarah, Hanna and Ziggy in their sudden loss.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
To my Castle Christian family: Please pray for Hollis tonight as he is fighting pneumonia still. This is the young man we have been praying for. .. he needs your prayers now.
Also, does anyone know how to reach Victoria Taylor? She visited our church several times when we were at the Duluth location and we're not sure if she knew of our move to the Kiwanis Building. If you happen to know how to reach her, would you please let Ben or Jason know? Thanks and don't forget to be in prayer for Hollis and his family.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Today Roger requested prayer for the First Christian Food Pantry, which is having difficulty keeping up with the need of those coming to them for help. He also suggested that beyond prayer, we also take it upon ourselves to help. Please bring non-perishable food items this Sunday, such as cans, boxed food, etc. for the First Christian Food Pantry. This is a great way for us to express the kingdom teaching we've learned from Jesus these past few years!
Friday, October 7, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Also many of you may remember Brooks and Sherri Schoolcraft. Sherri's brother, Ray Chaffin, was killed in a motorcycle accident this past Sunday.
Please keep these people in your thoughts and prayers.
Friday, August 26, 2011
We have several items in the back of the sanctuary at church that need to go. There are some folding tables, a television, many plants, some furniture, etc. We are asking if any of you want it to just make a donation (whatever you can afford).
If you think you might want something at the church, please bring the largest vehicle you have this Sunday so you can take it with you. Also, we may need to do some physical work after church, so come dressed down!
Thanks and see you Sunday!
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Those of you who were at church Sunday and participated in our church meeting learned about our new opportunity. We've been learning about Jesus' mustard seed kingdom and that he challenges us to be a very different kind of church--one that looks insignificant next to the world's ways of measuring what is successful.
Part of that meeting was devoted to an opportunity we have to move to another location. This one is a little smaller and a little more humble than the place we are in. It is also much more cost-effective and affords us the opportunity to use what resources we have more wisely--to minister more effectively to those around us. The opportunity is to move to the Kiwanis building at the downtown park in Cumming.
If you were at the meeting we announced that we would not be able to take the prime time slot on Sunday, but would have to meet at a different time. However, that has changed! We now will have the building from 9-12 on Sunday mornings! We will also have it on Tuesdays and Saturdays for our men's meetings.
There was more discussed, such as the mustard seed worship model and mustard seed leadership structure. I hope to have the entire discussion uploaded on our podcast for any of you who missed it very soon. Please check back on our website for more details. I hope to have it updated very soon.
I admit, even though it doesn't make sense to folks who haven't been as immersed in the gospel as we have, I'm more excited about these changes than I've been about any we've made thus far at Castle. We're on the cusp of doing something very...insignificant! Very mustard seed...very kingdom.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Alan is now in room 4107 @ NE GA Medical Center in the Inpatient Rehabilitation part. His improvement has slowed some but hopefully being there it will pick back up. Visitors can come Monday - Friday between 4-8 pm and anytime on the weekend. Thanks for the prayers and please continue to pray for a speedy and complete recovery. Thanks!
Monday, July 11, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
Alan was admitted into ICU @ Northside/Forsyth this morning. He has had a stroke that is affecting his right side. They are watching him very closely because he has a bleed in his brain that cannot be operated on very safely. They are trying to take care of it with medication at this time. He is in room 2016.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Trish wanted me to tell you that Mikey Earhart is graduating from high school and Lanier Technical College this weekend. The ceremony and celebration are at 6:30 pm this Saturday at the Earhart ranch. Everyone is welcome.
Also, don't forget about the men's breakfast this Saturday at 9:00 at the Golden Coral in Cumming.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Talked to Laura Dalla yesterday and she said the ministry is in need of one more sponsored child to make budget this month.
It only costs $50 a YEAR to sponsor one child. That needs to be paid up front.
If you can sponsor a child in Bela Vie, please make a check out to God's Ministry in La Gonave and send it to 1730 Hampton Pass, Douglasville, GA 30134. Write "sponsorship" in the memo line.
OR you can go to the website ( http://godsministryinlagonave.org/Resources.html ) and donate online. Just be sure to specify in the message area that it is for a sponsor. Anything not specified as a sponsor will be considered a general donation.
Also, if you sponsor a child, please let me know and I will contact Laura. She will send a picture of the child you are sponsoring by email.
Thanks for considering this!
Sunday, May 15, 2011
I just wanted to tell you all about two special treats we will be having the next two weeks.
- First, Laura Clancy Dalla is in town and will be with us NEXT SUNDAY (the 22nd) to share more about her ministry in LaGonave. I gave her the $1000 that we raised from the Crosswalk and she wanted to come and tell us about the ministry.
- My good friend Josh Stucki is going to come the following weekend to visit me. I haven't seen him in about 5 years, and am looking forward to our visit. One of the reasons I am glad he is coming is that he has agreed to preach that Sunday (the 29th). Josh is a great guy, great friend, and a wonderful speaker and I am just thrilled to share him with you and you with him.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
'Tillman Jace Deckard was born today (5/9/20110) at 1:53 PM, weighing 8 lbs 2 ozs and 22 inches long. Adam said, 'I have my starting center' and with Trevan as his starting "Point Guard", I figure they need three more for their 'starting five'. Momma, dad, big brother and baby are all strong and healthy."
From Debbie Whigham:
Her good friend, Beverly Salisbury, passed away this past Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. Debbie asks that you remember Beverly's family in prayer.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
An UPDATE: I said in church today that we would start at 4:30. However there are some folks for whom that time is too late. So rather than leaving at 4:30, we will be leaving at 3:30.
We'll be leaving from the same place: the Tyson parking lot downtown.
Don't forget to keep looking for people to sponsor us in this endeavor to raise funds for God's Ministry in LaGonave.
Thanks, and we hope to see you there!
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Just a reminder that our Crosswalk is Good Friday, April 22. This is only about 20 short days away.
We've collected, thus far, about $200 in online donations. It's pretty easy for people to donate online. We have several links directly from our website to the God's Ministry in LaGonave website and the donate button.
Please be working to find sponsors for this important ministry!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
On Thursday, March 31st from 4 to 7 pm, there will be visitation of family and friends. On Friday, April 1st, there will be a memorial service at 2:00. These will be held at The Roswell Funeral Home. Thank you. Anne
Monday, March 28, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
I'm planning on re-instituting our Wednesday evening Bible study. I've asked around and it looks like a late start would be good--perhaps around 7:00 pm. I'm looking at starting this in April.
If you go to our blog (click here) there are is a survey about the possible topics. I have two ideas.
Idea 1 would be a fairly in-depth, but devotional, study of the book of James (one of my favorite books). This would involve some online content through the week and would be fairly interactive. It would be a "listening post" style exercise, where we have some exercises through the week and meet together to talk about them and reflect on the passage.
Idea 2 would be a much more scholarly type of thing. I'm interested in doing a class on interpreting the Bible. I teach a class on this at Atlanta Christian College. If we do this one, we may be required to purchase a book and do homework. This one would be more involved, but would definitely be worth the time.
Please go to the blog (click here) and let me know ASAP!
Friday, March 18, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
I was talking to a couple of folks after service today about the Crosswalk and saying that I'd already been able to raise a little money by sending an email to the people I work with at the college. They asked that I send everyone what I put in my email. So here it is! I recommend pasting the content below into your own email and sending it to people you know. You can also change it to suit your own contacts better.
Hello friends and colleagues,
Two years ago my church, Castle Christian Church, started an event called the “Crosswalk.” On Good Friday we take turns carrying a large cross through downtown Cumming. It is a way for us to literally live out Jesus’ command to “pick up our cross and follow.” It also leads well into our Easter celebration on Sunday. We carry the cross through town, stop at the end, take communion, have a devotional service, and commemorate Jesus’ crucifixion by nailing nails into the cross. On Easter, we celebrate the empty cross and the empty tomb. It’s been covered by the local newspaper both years. This year will be our third year.
When we started we decided we don’t just want the event to be symbolic. We want to also bear a real burden for the world. So each year we’ve used the event to raise money or resources for a community need. The first year we benefitted HomeAid Atlanta. The second, a sister church’s food bank. This year we want to benefit God’s Ministry in LaGonave.
God’s Ministry in LaGonave is a ministry involving Laura Clancy-Dalla, a friend of our church. Laura is now a missionary in Haiti, married to YBene Dalla. They are currently working to build a school for the children of Belle-vie on the Haitian island of LaGonave.
I’m writing to you to ask you to consider sponsoring me in the Crosswalk. We are trying to raise around $3000 for this exceptional cause. If you’d like to sponsor me, just respond to this email and let me know. You can also go directly to this website: http://godsministryinlagonave.org/Resources.html and click the “donate” button to sponsor us online. In that process, I’m told there’ll be an opportunity to indicate that you are sponsoring me in the crosswalk.
To learn more about our event and our goal go to: http://castlechristian.com/good-friday-cross-walk/. Thank you for considering sponsoring me!
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Jeff Hollis is back in the hospital with three blood clots in his lungs following surgery for the kidney cancer. They have also discovered a "spot" on his lung. Jeff and Leslie need prayer as well.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
I want to encourage you to begin raising money for God's Ministry in LaGonave, our Crosswalk beneficiary this year.
One easy way to ask folks to donate money is to send people a link to our Crosswalk page on our website and ask them to donate whatever they would like to that ministry using one of the links on that page. That link is http://castlechristian.com/good-friday-cross-walk/. When they donate they'll be able to enter "cross walk" on the paypal form.
Also, don't forget to pick up copies of the sponsor sheet that you can take with you. These are in the back of the worship area at our church. We only have a few short months to reach our goal of $3000 for the school in Bela Vie.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
I just want to send out a message about this coming Sunday. I'm planning a special message--different from the normal style and a lot more introspective. I'm hoping that many of us who've been through so much of this Matthew series will be there because we're going to ask some really important questions.
ALSO: don't forget to pick up your crosswalk info this Sunday and get started finding sponsors for this year's event!
Monday, February 7, 2011
I just want to update you on the status of the Cross Walk. This year we're going to support God's Ministry in La Gonave. Our goal is to raise money for the new school in Bella Vie.
I'm including a link to Laura Dalla's new website. People can donate via the website. Also, this Sunday we'll have handouts and sponsor sheets for you to take.
Here is the website: http://www.godsministryinlagonave.org. You can also go to our own website http://www.castlechristian.com and click the "Cross Walk" link to get to Laura's website.
Friday, February 4, 2011
Got this from Kathy Umberger today:
Please remember the family in your prayers.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
APPRECIATION CARRY IN MEAL FOR LARRY AND SUSAN DECKARD: Next Sunday, 02/13/2011 following our morning worship service, we will show our appreciation and love for the Deckards as they begin a new chapter in their lives.
Anne Foster (678-965-6743) has graciously agreed to coordinate the event. She will need help with set up and clean up as well as providing food for the meal. If every family will bring enough to feed their own family, there should be more than enough food. This includes a main dish and side dishes. Anne will provide the drinks and a cake.
This is not a good-bye, but rather, a thank you to the Deckards for their sacrifice, dedication and service to the Lord.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
My uncle's having surgery today. They were supposed to start at 5am. It will probably take most of the day. He's having a valve replaced and 2 stints replaced/fixed that are blocked. Mom went to the hospital yesterday and saw Aunt Catherine. She was in a daze, she said. Mom will go by tonight and see how things are going. Thanks for all your prayers. His name is Edward Washburn and the surgery is at a hospital in Spartanburg, SC.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Please pray for my Uncle Edward. He's 80 yrs old, has a defibrillator/pacemaker, & just found out he has a bad valve that needs replacing. He has to have this done. They're doing the surgery Tues or Wed. He's been in the hospital since Fri, when his defibrillator kept going off. This is my uncle that I am closest to. He & Aunt Catherine practically raised me during high school in NC. He's my mom's brother-in-law. Thank you.
Hey y'all!! I am back in the states until Feb 18. I was hoping to come up to visit you all again before going back but time will not permit. Thank you all so much for your prayers and for the monetary support that has come through your church. I am almost finished with our web site and will be adding your church as one of our supporters. I really can't thank you enough. I am now happily married and my husband is well and sends his love and thanks, too, as I have told him about you.
Please keep praying for my health and for the provision for this Feb. trip. Wilto will be coming this time and my nurse friend Sue. She has much needed meds that she is bringing. But more than anything we need to have between $800 and $1000 to buy the land to begin building the new school. This plot of land will be big enough for the school, clinic, and the orphanage!! We have three weeks until we leave and I am believing in God for this miracle. I am confident that we will have our 501 c 3 status this year, but if any of you feel like giving for the land you may continue to give through your church. We are reaching out to everyone that we can for this immediate request and every little bit will help. I would like to come back to see you all when I return in May or April. If you haven't found me yet on face book please do. I have many great pictures up now. I also have pictures of all the children for sponsorships!! Glenn says hey too!!!!! Thanks again and I love you all. May God bless you more and more!!!
Please write "Land" in the memo line of the check!!
God's Ministry in La Gonave, Inc
1730 Hampton Pass
Douglasville GA 30134
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Please remember our brother and sister in Christ as you pray.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Just heard from Doris. Dick is still in the hospital and doesn't know when he can come home. Doris has been staying down there with him, but came home last night. They got the blood stopped yesterday and he sat up on the edge of the bed for the 1st time. He seemed a little stronger and appetite improved. They are thankful for the prayers and offer of meals, but don't want any meals. Also requested again, no visitors.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Mike Foster's father had to postpone his visit to the specialist because of the road conditions. Mike asks us to remember him in prayer too as his father's heart condition remains a threat.
Please lift these families in prayer every day.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Hi everyone. Dick has been bleeding heavily from the bladder since last night, filling a depend to soaking every 30 min. Our Urologist's nurse called this morning wanting a report on Dick and when I answered all her questions she said, "Honey, you need to hang up and dial 911 and tell them to take Mr. Richardson to the nearest hospital." So here came the fire truck & ambulance and my next door neighbor, Julie, in her pajamas and she told me that I was not driving down to the hospital. She dashed home, put on clothes & drove me down. Of course Dick and I waited forever. Got in there at 9:30 and the Dr. didn't get in there until 5:30 this afternoon. Don't really know anything yet. They are keeping him overnight and may keep him longer but the Dr. thinks he may give him a blood transfusion tomorrow and I hope they do to give him a boost. He is just not up to visitors, hasn't had any sleep for several nights and will nap every chance he gets.
They have him on all kinds of monitors so I felt like he was being watched close enough that I could come home.
Bye for now, Love, Doris.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Let's pray for them both.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Doris informed us that Dick has developed a very severe bladder infection. She was able to get him to the doctor's office on Friday and they immediately put him on antibiotics. He is doing somewhat better, but he will be seeing a Urologist this week to make sure there is nothing more going on.
Please remember these lovely couples of our church in your prayers.