Our Circle Drive family is once again participating in "White Christmas." Every year we reach out to families in our community by providing them with a box of groceries for the Christmas season. Our church family readily embraces this opportunity because two of our core values are generosity and loving/serving people.
CDBC observed the 30th annual Thanksgiving Feast today. We opened our doors, and invited the community to come in for a free meal, along with the opportunity to get a free coat, gloves, hat/cap, etc. Today 492 people were served. I appreciate all who served, and am especially thankful for our event coordinator, Lori Cantwell, who did such an amazing job!
We hosted a community Harvest Festival this past Sunday at our 35 acre property at the southwest corner of Marksheffel and Bradley Roads. It was such an amazing day AND event! The weather was perfect - clear skies and upper 60's with just a slight breeze.
I want personally to invite you to attend Circle Drive's HARVEST FESTIVAL tomorrow, Sunday, October 29 from 2:00 - 5:00 pm at our property on the southwest corner of S. Marksheffel and Bradley Roads. Please feel free to invite your friends to this free event. We will have food, games, inflatables, a mechanical bull, a hay ride, and more at the event. The weather forecast is predicting a perfect day for our event: sunny skies with a temperature of 70 degrees. So be sure to join us!
On Sunday morning, September 10, our pre-schoolers, children, youth and their families sponsored a bake and t-shirt sale, with proceeds going to the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief being conducted in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Families did the baking, and brought their baked goods to sale. The grand total for donations for that sale was $2,979.75! Wow! I was so thrilled and so amazed by that total!
Our Circle Drive Church family wants to say thank you to Ed McGee for 24 years of faithful service as a full-time pastoral staff member. Ed's start date at CDBC was February 21, 1993. During these years, Ed has consistently remained faithful to the LORD, his wife, his family, his church family, and his calling. He served for many years as our worship pastor. Several years ago he transitioned to become the AIM director, ministering to our senior adult members. He also has served in the capacity of director of our New Life Counseling Center, coordinating this important ministry. He has also led on several construction mission trips.
Hurricane Harvey has produced catastrophic flooding and devastating damage in Texas. I am so thankful our daughter, Holly, her husband, Scott, and 3-year-old Daniel have escaped both. They live in Spring, Texas, which is a northern suburb on Houston. Many other residents were not as fortunate.
On behalf of our Circle Drive church family, I extend our love, sympathy and prayer support to Wilma Stout and her family in the passing of Lynn Stout. The writer of the book of Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is "a time to be born and a time to die." For Lynn Stout, the time to be born was August 22, 1934 in Yukon, Oklahoma, and the time to die was August 4, 2017 in Colorado Springs.
Our Heavenly Father is prompting our hearts to enter into a season of prayer and fasting for the month of August. In Matthew 17:20-21, GOD's Word says, "And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. “But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”
I join with our church family today in celebrating the life of David Raque, who was called home to heaven on Tuesday, July 11. David was 50 years old. He was born March 18, 1967, the son of Ann and Herman Raque.