The weather is hot, the kids are out of school, family plans are being made and SUMMER IS IN FULL SWING! It’s the vacation season and we live in the Sunshine state, that means lots of time off and traveling with family and friends.
I am thankful for this season and always enjoy time at the beach and golf course with the special people in my life as well.
Let me share 5 things with you to keep in mind that will help you still grow and stay connected this summer.
1. Make every moment you get with your family matter
When you’re there…be there. I am as bad as anyone about being connected to my phone and technology. I am thankful for all the ministry and business it allows me to conduct no matter where I am or what I’m doing. But here’s the problem. It allows me to do ministry and conduct business no matter where I am or what I’m doing. Try to unplug more this summer when you’re with your family and be in the moment. The moments won’t last forever so we should do all we can to make them truly count.
2. University campus will have an abbreviated schedule this summer
CCA is pretty typical of every other church during the summer months. We can see a 30-40% fluctuation in attendance from week to week. One week it’s packed and one week it’s a ghost town, it’s just the way it is. Because we have over 200 volunteers and some of them are on the University campus rotation we are going to have service every other week at the U. The specific dates are posted on the CCA website. We have some really cool stuff planned for the University campus this summer so stay tuned for more info on that.
3. Online giving is safe, convenient and WORSHIP!
Over 50% of all CCA’s giving comes in online. It’s amazing how CCA’ers utilize this awesome tool. Online giving allows you to participate in worship and honor the Lord even when you know you will be out of town with the family. I want to thank every CCA’er personally for your incredible faithfulness to God and your consistent generosity and belief in the mission of LOVING GOD, LOVING PEOPLE AND SERVING OTHERS! You’re giving has allowed 104 people to receive Christ in 2014 already and THE BEST IS YET TO COME!
4. Our July series is going to be a game changer
“Made for More” is going to help us redefine how we see our finances and possessions. God doesn’t want anything FROM US, He wants something FOR US! And it’s true that money is a wonderful servant but a horrible master. The scriptures bring such a beautiful balance to this issue in our lives that can so easily get out of control. SERIOUSLY, DON’T MISS THIS ONE AND INVITE EVERYONE YOU CAN!
5. Watch the messages online with the family when you can’t be in service
Gather your family together and make time for God to speak to you all. Lead your family in this and then have some meaningful discussion about what you heard and what you felt about the word that day. You’ll be surprised at how impactful this can be for you and your family. We leverage technology to be able to make things like this possible for you and your family, use it as often as you can.
Tina and I love our church family so much and are thankful to be able to serve alongside you on this incredible journey.
We hope you guys have the BEST SUMMER EVER!!!