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JANUARY 17, 2021
"Are you Listening To God?"
My beloved CCEW, Good day! This week we kicked off Lent with a wonderful virtual celebration. I hope you were able to view it and receive the blessing from God's Word. As we overcome yet another snowstorm, I'm open to what God is saying to us right now. God can still call us no matter what our circumstances are. Which offers the question and the message for the week, “Are You Listening to God?” Christ wants us to hear His voice. During this season of Lent I want you to discern hearing from God. I know there are distractions abounding. But my prayer is that you hold to God's unchanging hand. In John 10 we read about the shepherd and his sheep hearing his voice. With this in mind please take the time to meditate on your Lenten journey. What is God requiring of you to leave behind and forsake. I look forward to our time together. God bless each and every one of you and your beloved families. - Pastor DJJ
Ash Wednesday (2021) [re-upload]
Dear CCEW, As we approach the season of Lent,we recall the importance of this tradition from a biblical perspective. While there is no mention of Ash Wednesday in the Bible, there is a tradition in our faith of donning ashes as a sign of penitence. The imposition of ashes, is a reminder of our mortality. The ashes can be seen as a symbol of sorrow for our sins. The book of Genesis reminds us, “You are dust and to dust you will return”. Here at the Community Church of East Williston we pause and reflect on today. Please join us for our virtual Ash Wednesday Service. While we know it is a bit different from our normal Ash Wednesday Service, we encourage you to engage and reflect. I look forward to our time together. Rejoicing in Christ, Pastor David Jefferson Jr
"Are you following God?"
Greetings my beautiful CCEW family! With great joy I write this letter to you. As we head into another week, I'm so thankful you are connected to the ministry and all the wonderful ministry options we are offering. We have an exciting message in store for you this Sunday. This week we're looking at the question "Are you following God?" There seems to be much discussion about vaccines and Covid related updates are the main topic of the day. However, did you know more lives have been saved in the Covid era than those who have perished? When we follow God we begin to look at things just a bit more differently. Things are not always as they seem, as a follower of God. We can rest on the fact that God is a healer, God is a provider and God is also a savior. This Sunday many individuals will celebrate Valentine's Day. Not knowing Valentine's Day was grounded in terrible circumstances. When we see how it has evolved and changed into a holiday which individuals share niceties and express love. Some people will receive chocolate, some will even receive roses. But I have to remind you, none of the gifts we receive will be greater than the greatest gift of all. The gift of our Savior Jesus Christ dying for our sins so that we might have a right to the tree of life. So please gather with us this week as we look a bit deeper into what it means to be a follower of God. I look forward to our time together. God bless you and your families! -Pastor DJJ
"Have You Seen God?"
CCEW Family, Oh, the joy in my heart is abounding as we move into the brisk month of February. And did it come in with a bang? The snow has arrived and winter is in full effect. We can see the impact and effect winter has made on each and every one of us. I’m excited about the season of winter. So excited I even looked to see exactly how many more days of winter are expected. And guess what I discovered? According to the results on groundhog day, we have many more weeks of winter to come! The most famous tradition today involves a groundhog predicting the conclusion of winter by seeing his own shadow. According to weather lore: If the plump prognosticator emerges from his hole on a clear day and sees his shadow, he will retreat and there will be six more weeks of wintry weather. Well, Punxsutawney Phil doesn't expect things to change for the next six weeks. But this week we are not looking toward Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog for answers. This week, as believers, we are "Seeing God!" The prophet Isaiah was favored by the Lord. He stands out as one who has been set apart. One who has been blessed to "See God." We look for Jesus this first Sunday. We won't worry about a shadow, when we have a Savior! So come join and worship with us this week. We invite you to engage with us and engage in Holy Communion. God Bless each and every one of you and your beloved families. -Pastor DJJ
“Gifted” How to identify and be good stewards of our gifts.
Greetings my CCEW Family, Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. -James 1:17 Where has the time gone? It seems like the month of January was a blur. This week our lesson is centered around understanding, controlling and sharing our personal gifts. God has blessed each and every one of us with unique and particular gifts. These gifts are to be used to glorify God. So the question is, "Are you using your gifts to glorify God?" As we continue to move forward through these challenging times, I pray that God blesses you and your family and that you would stay connected to the ministry provided, here at CCEW. For to know how God has blessed us, excites me. I'm excited to let you know our church website is now up and operating. Our online giving module is also set to receive. And most importantly, our database with Servant Keeper, is going to help us reach each and every member in a more effective and efficient manner. So come what may, we are still pressing onward. Thanks be to God, we are still able to engage with the children of God, even in the midst of a pandemic. As always, I pray God's healing and covering over you and your family. I look forward to our time spent together this week in the Word of God. In His Hands, Pastor David "DJ" Jefferson Jr
"Time" How to be stewards of our time
Greetings My Beloved CCEW Family - I pray you had a great week. This week's sermon is centered around being good stewards of our time. A songwriter said, "Time is built with swift transition. None on earth with whom can stand. Build your hopes on things eternal. Hold to God's unchanging hand." Those words are true. We don't realize it, but we can’t control time but we can manage our personal time! And we can hold onto what God says about time to utilize it wisely. My prayer is that you will be able to use the word of God, to better understand what the Bible instructs us in regards to our time management. If we practice good time management, our lives are more succinct. This will encourage us to be good stewards of our time. I remember when I was a little boy and I would hear the terminology, "time is being wasted." That's right we can waste our time. On the opposite end of the spectrum is a believer of Christ Jesus who is able to manage their time. Gather around the word of God with me and your families this week and I can assure you God will be in the midst. Your views on time will not be based upon your own understanding, but what God wants us to do with time! In His Hands, Pastor David "DJ" Jefferson Jr
"Money, Money, Money, Money.... MONEY!" How to be a Christian Steward Over Our Finances
Matthew 6:25-33 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Greetings and Grace my CCEW family, How are you and your families doing? I'm so thankful to be able to reach out to you and share this message. This week we will celebrate God being a provider! I know how challenging these times are for each and every one of us. However I want you to take great courage in knowing the wonderful blessings of God in our daily lives. That is why our series on stewardship this month is such a delight to share. Upon completion of this series, you are going to be able to see exactly what God wants us to do, as we live in a world of sin. The scripture above reminds us to seek the kingdom of God. As a result, all will be added unto you! God wants to add unto you, that is good news! The great civil rights leader and pastor, my Morehouse College alumni brother Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr will be remembered this week for his legacy in helping his fellow man. Dr. King was very clear in his service and leadership as a child of God. He knew that injustices for any group of people anywhere, affected us all everywhere. As a result, he ultimately gave his life for others to enjoy some of the very liberties that are seen in our society today. As we celebrate his life and legacy this week, I ask that you also reflect and pray for our nation. My belief is that we are capable of being good Christian stewards. That we can seek to live a righteous life that is beneficial not only to God and ourselves but others. My prayer is that you join us this weekend to receive the message and grow as we discuss financial stewardship. In His Hands, Pastor David "DJJ" Jefferson Jr.
"Does anyone want to be a Christian because of my Life?"
As we kick off a new year, already we are seeing how God is covering us in the midst of what is happening in our world. I would be remiss if I didn't comment about the events that occurred on the hallowed grounds of our American Capitol. The actions rushed through the vein of America and the world so deep. I watched, as I'm sure many of you did as well, as the very foundation of democracy in our country was put to the test. God reminds us in several ways in the bible that we should not "try" or challenge Him. We should put our trust in Him. And that is what we are focusing on during these times. Trusting in God. Every week the prayer group lifts up the names of those in need of prayer. Our country, these great United States of America, stays on that list. To say the least, we believe in the power of prayer and stand confident knowing that God will provide and protect us. For we all love America! But it is time to take care. Take care of our faith. Take care of ourselves. Take care of our families. Take care of each other. I have a strong hope in knowing that it is time for care. So this month please journey with us as we focus on stewardship. Stewardship is the key that unlocks the door for a wonderful spiritual life. We will examine through a series of messages the power of Christian stewardship. As the nation continues to heal and move through these days, be certain, joy will come! From my family to each and every one of you and yours. In His hands. Pastor David "DJ" Jefferson Jr