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March 30, 2012, 11:48 am
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Matthew 4:23-24
”[Jesus] used synagogues for meeting places and taught people the truth of God. God’s kingdom was his theme—that beginning right now they were under God’s government, a good government! He also healed people of their diseases and of the bad effects of their bad lives. Word got around the entire Roman province of Syria. People brought anybody with an ailment, whether mental, emotional, or physical. Jesus healed them, one and all. More and more people came, the momentum gathering.”

Cedar Ridge has been gathering momentum. The unseen energy of momentum is inertia. Inertia is the tendency of an object in motion to stay in motion. Now it is time to get rollin’.

This Saturday from 8.30a-10a we will be rolling out Momentum and the 3 movements of 1)Revolutionary Leadership, 2)Budget Agility and 3)Community Impact. Childcare is provided, but we need a count. We will be meeting in the Student Center Theater. Lite breakfast food served (fruits, kashi bars, juice). Please let us know that you are coming (and if you can’t) by rsvping to this Evite: link to…

The hi speed version of momentum is this: Revolutionary Leadership-We are committed to keeping a great young leader in Russel Rader. And that will require over and above contributions from our church. Russel has been super in all three of his important ministry leadership areas-Connect (from guest to group), Student Ministry, and Teaching Team. In the past year, we have seen a new revolution of many young leaders emerge, and they are joining the serving and leading core here at Cedar Ridge. Two young leadership families are Jeff and Chelsea Hatfield and Jason and Emily Cowden. Jeff and Jason are leading the way in Momentum. And they are leading the Momentum team. So when they ask you to step up and serve and lead on a Mo team-say “Absolutely!!!”

Our general budget is tight and we need to create more budget agility. Momentum is about creating that agility in the day to day ministry operations of the church. We would also like to begin to affect the mortgage. We have the potential to change our monthly mortgage payment by 6,000/month over the next six years!!! That is like getting an extra $72,000 a year in ministry resources.

Our missional impact and influence in our community is incredible. God is truly using us to make an impact. We are committed to discovering the needs around us and “making wrong things right”. Changes are happening now in our compassion and extend teams. More to come soon.

So come hear more and ask questions this Saturday at 8.30a in the student Center



Poland-Arts and Crafts List
February 5, 2011, 10:35 pm
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Hello everybody. here is a list from Marianne on the crafts we will be tackling for about 150!!!

check the list and let Marianne know what you can come up with for gratis. then we will purchase the rest the week of the trip.

Day 1 – Mural:
Various art technique supplies (cindy is helping to gather this list)

Already donated:
Roll of Paper from Mike Sailer

Day 2 – Cards:
mini brads – 500 or so
flower petals (with holes in the center)
glue sticks – lots
any other misc embelishments
blue paper
scissors (maybe they have some there already)

I have:
Scored card stock with envelopes
various colors/shapes of paper scraps

Day 3 – Bookmarks:
White and Blue embroidery floss (probably 30+, Six-strand 8.7 yard skeins)
Embroidery Needles (30+)
Snowflake Stamps
Stamp pads white, and shades of blue and purple
Black waxy string (10 spools)
snowflake charms if anyone can find any inexpensive ones

I have:
Pre cut card stock
some beads (silver and multi -colored glass)
some black waxy string
a couple stamps and cleaning supplies
Cross charms (lots)

Not feeling this one anymore, unless someone has an epiphany about how to make them.

Day 4 – Ice snowflakes:
Cookie cutters (I think metal, check with Cindy) – snowflakes and snowmen or other snow themed – even round
fabric scraps

So this gives us four solid activities, we can have a free “Kalidescope day” on Friday, or if Dan or someone has another idea, that would be great too. I will be leaving friday morning, so Dan has offered to lead that day for whatever the craft is.

Hope this helps get things spelled out a little.


Poland Feb 2010-workshops!
February 5, 2011, 10:31 pm
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Hey poland team. got some more info on what sessions will be happening in Poland. Daniel shot me the basic list this past week. check it out and see where you might be plugging in!

we will have:

and be praying for our team, the team in poland, and the kids we will soon be getting to know!

glad to be GO!ing with you!


August 14, 2010, 3:30 pm
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“Is this all there is? Is this the story of my life? Some things are just not what I thought they would be. Honestly, I am not crazy about how things have gone: unfulfilled, unsatisfied, uninterested, bored, and questions for the God that is running the universe. Is this the “full life”? If this is the story God wrote for my life-then I just might be mad at God. Do I have any say in how the story of my life is written?”

Have you ever been there? Those are the unsettling thoughts of Solomon as he divinely journaled through his relationship with God in the book of Ecclesiastes.

for the next 3 weeks we will be wading into the waters of being MAD@GOD and unearthing the two perspectives of

John 10:10
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.


Ecclesiastes 1:2-3
“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless!
Everything is meaningless.”
What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun?

One thing i know for sure-God can handle you and i being MAD@HIM and the first step is fessing up to it.

so, consider being right out there in the open and jotting down the stuff where we have been (or are) MAD@GOD.

what about you?

the family unit-what is your mission?
May 16, 2010, 12:22 am
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a mission drives pretty much every worthwhile endeavor. no doubt your company has a mission statement. a sports team defines its mission in terms of goals and benchmarks. and a military unit without a clear mission is a dangerous renegade. the mission is that picture from a point past the horizon by which not only you but others will determine success. so what about the family? from a distance of 10 years from now-what will you look back at your family and say “that was success.”? will it be scholarships, trophies, popularity? what? what about from a distance of 20 years? what will mark a job well done, a mission accomplished? many of us have not put much thought into our family mission.

how would you and your family fill in these blanks?

In Our Marriage, We desire:

As A Couple, We will:

As a Family, We desire to create a family that:

As Parents, We desire to raise children who:

take a crack at it. we challenge you to pencil out a mission for your family. don’t even worry about the words, get the heart of your family’s mission. what picture is inside mom and dad that the family needs drawn for them? how will kids know if they are accomplishing a greater mission together if the parents don’t define the mission?

deuteronomy 11:22-23
If you carefully observe all these commands I am giving you to follow—to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways and to hold fast to him-then the LORD will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations larger and stronger than you.

those are the orders God gave families? how would you define the mission of your family unit?

go on record with your family mission in the comments below. and then shore up other family units by praying for them and their mission.

the family unit-what’s your battle?
April 28, 2010, 9:55 am
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What are our kids doing?

Kids ages 8+ spend over 7 ½ hours/day (53+ hrs/week) using media.

3% of 8th graders report smoking daily
8% of 8th graders reported having had 5+ alcoholic beverages in a row within past 2 weeks
25% of 12th graders reported having had 5+ alcoholic beverages in a row within past 2 weeks
8% of 8th graders reported having used illegal drugs within past 30 days
22% of 12th graders reported having used illegal drugs within past 30 days

And the most gripping stat about our families is this: 20% of kids 6th-grade and up have not had a 10 minute conversation with at least one of their parents in more than a month.

There is battle going on for the family. We need to confront the enemy-complacency in parenting. In the drive through culture, we have become “drive through” parents. We are speeding through the list of things to do, see, and experience. We could use a reminder of why we do what we do, how we do it and why it matters, and what is at stake. We could use a challenge to pull the “family unit” together and complete the mission. We need some heros that show us what it means to desire to “Go above and beyond the call of duty.”

And we will need to do this together. We are in a teaching series entitled “Family Unit” on Sundays at Cedar Ridge.

So what battles do you face as a family? What stands in the way of being the Godly home you were meant to be? What would you say are the biggest battles you face as a family unit?

Please list your battle in the comments below. And return here to see other people’s battles so we can be PRAYING together for each other.

i believe
April 1, 2010, 5:57 pm
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i believe God is real.
i believe I am wrong.
i believe God is right.
i believe Jesus is life.
i believe life is better because i believe.

this week for Easter at Cedar Ridge, we land this i believe series with i believe life is better because i believe.

what i believe drives how i decide. what i decide determines what i do. what i do charts every turn of my life.

this last week a group of 50 ladies rented a room at our parkside community center for a rally for magic gummy bears (not the real name of the thing they are selling, promoting, and hyping) they brought in a speaker from california to help them get excited about magic gummy bears again. and to tell them how to make more three way calls upline and downline (whatever that means) so that more people will buy magic gummy bears. what drives 50 nicely dressed, intelligent, energetic women to sit in a room for two hours and listen to the socal sycophant? the answer is: they believe something. they believe that magic gummy bears will make their life better. either the product itself or the benefits of selling the product. but they believe life will be better because they believe in magic gummy bears. why else would you give up a gorgeous spring morning? why else would you spend time learning more about the product? why else would you look for opportunities to tell people about magic gummy bears. they believe life is better because they believe. and that belief is charting the course of their day, their calendar, their time, the places they go, the way they see relationships, and more.

me too. i believe life is better because i believe…in Jesus. and what i believe drives how i decide. what i decide determines what i do. what i do charts every turn of my life.

i believe life is better because i believe.

Celebrating Life this weekend at Cedar Ridge and you are invited. 8.30a | 9.45a | 11.00a