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Stuff like announcements, sermon notes, thoughts and more from Pastors Nick and Jill will be here to encourage and challenge the life of faith Jesus calls us all to live!

THIS SUNDAY! Calhoun Christian School here we come...

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3Cers and anyone in the Battle Creek area without a church to call home...we are now meeting at Calhoun Christian School (20th and Territorial) and are super stoked about it! Look for our 3C signs on 20th OR Woodrow Street. This Sunday we are honoring and celebrating our graduates. We look forward to connecting with you soon!

Address:: 20 Woodrow Ave S, Battle Creek, MI 49015

Parking: North side of building

Entrance: North side of building

Ministries Available: Birth-4 yrs (cafeteria) | Kindergarten-Grade 4 (gym) | Students and adults (chapel)

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3Cers and anyone in the Battle Creek area without a church to call home...we are now meeting at Calhoun Christian School (20th and Territorial) and are super stoked about it! Look for our 3C signs on 20th OR Woodrow Street. This Sunday we are honoring and celebrating our graduates. We look forward to connecting with you soon!

Address:: 20 Woodrow Ave S, Battle Creek, MI 49015

Parking: North side of building

Entrance: North side of building

Ministries Available: Birth-4 yrs (cafeteria) | Kindergarten-Grade 4 (gym) | Students and adults (chapel)

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New Meeting Place!

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On Sunday, April 22nd, we talked about who we are, how we are dialing in our focus, and what areas we want and need to strengthen our stakes in. Isaiah 54:2 says “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. There are a few areas within 3C that we are constantly watching, talking through and praying about. If you missed the live announcement, here is a recap of what we talked about. "We are who we are, no matter where we are" ;-)

Peace and Blessings!

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On Sunday, April 22nd, we talked about who we are, how we are dialing in our focus, and what areas we want and need to strengthen our stakes in. Isaiah 54:2 says “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. There are a few areas within 3C that we are constantly watching, talking through and praying about. If you missed the live announcement, here is a recap of what we talked about. "We are who we are, no matter where we are" ;-)

Peace and Blessings!

Pastors Nick and Jill

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2017 Wrap Up!

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The Bible says to give thanks in all things. For some, 2017 was a better year. For others, well, here's to 2018. In any case, when our focus is on Jesus, we can express our gratitude. We'll do this through singing, communion, and being encouraged and challenge with a short message talking about "The Process of Breakthrough"!

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The Bible says to give thanks in all things. For some, 2017 was a better year. For others, well, here's to 2018. In any case, when our focus is on Jesus, we can express our gratitude. We'll do this through singing, communion, and being encouraged and challenge with a short message talking about "The Process of Breakthrough"!

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Christmas For The Creek!

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The holidays can be full of emotion and feeling from each end of the spectrum, and everything in-between. In any case, there is something about coming together. We are excited about two different Christmas experiences for The Creek...If you do not have a church home, we would love to meet you at one or both of these events. And remember our dress code...just wear something!


Sunday December 17th | 10:30am | The McCamly Plaza Hotel, Downtown Battle Creek

  • Polar Express Theme | Kids through grade 4
  • Hot chocolate bar
  • Interactive elements
  • Every kid goes home with a gift
  • Adults get a hot… read more
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The holidays can be full of emotion and feeling from each end of the spectrum, and everything in-between. In any case, there is something about coming together. We are excited about two different Christmas experiences for The Creek...If you do not have a church home, we would love to meet you at one or both of these events. And remember our dress code...just wear something!


Sunday December 17th | 10:30am | The McCamly Plaza Hotel, Downtown Battle Creek

  • Polar Express Theme | Kids through grade 4
  • Hot chocolate bar
  • Interactive elements
  • Every kid goes home with a gift
  • Adults get a hot chocolate bar too ;-)

Christmas Eve | 6-7pm | 16th Floor at The McCamly Plaza Hotel, Downtown Battle Creek

  • Childcare through age 5 provided
  • Will include traditional music and modern interactive elements
  • Start a new tradition for yourself or with your family
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Sunday Dress Code

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I grew up going to church pretty much every week. Sunday morning, Wednesday night youth group and occasionally Sunday night was normal. At some point in my tween years, I remember asking two particular people that my brother and I were spending the weekend with if they could take us to church and go with us. They didn't attend church themselves but said "sure". My brother and I wore our normal attire that included jeans, a shirt and shoes (can't remember at the time if the preference was boxers or the other ;-) The people we were with wore their… read more

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I grew up going to church pretty much every week. Sunday morning, Wednesday night youth group and occasionally Sunday night was normal. At some point in my tween years, I remember asking two particular people that my brother and I were spending the weekend with if they could take us to church and go with us. They didn't attend church themselves but said "sure". My brother and I wore our normal attire that included jeans, a shirt and shoes (can't remember at the time if the preference was boxers or the other ;-) The people we were with wore their Sunday best including a suit and tie, and a nice dress.

What happened next is burned in my mind forever. An usher (dressed in a suit himself) greeted us right inside the sanctuary. As he was ushing us to our seats he said "well it looks like you finally got them in church". He was referring to my brother and I while looking intently at the people we were with. He assumed those that looked the part on the outside were regulars while those that did not look the part were "finally" in the building. Strike one. I wrestled with that, probably with some form of frustration or anger, for a long time.

Early on in full time ministry as youth pastors (my early-mid twenties), I remember the occasional times I wore a suit on Sunday. I remember because people that normally didn't pay attention to me all of sudden noticed me and acknowledged my presence. I thought I was the same person each week. Strike two. I will admit, for a season, I intentionally rebelled against those that felt the same as Mr. Ush. I learned the hard way to not do that. I've learned that some people's "norm" of wearing a suit and tie is perfectly fine and if I was ever to be under leadership that mandated this dress code again, I would happily oblige. So there will never be a strike three for me.

Whether you are a three-piece-suit/dress person or a jeans and t-shirt with converse person, you are a person. I happen to be the latter, tho I do mix it up and go all out with some nice shoes and a button up shirt at times. You are a person that matters to Jesus, is loved by Jesus and can be used by Jesus. You are a person that has a place in the church. And if you happen to be in the Battle Creek MI area, you have a place at Connect City Church.

It's your heart, soul and spirit that Jesus is most concerned with. If what you wear, or what someone else wears, is more important than that, some course correction is needed. I try to keep a couple of great psalms from David (who became the second king of Israel not because of how he looked on the outside, but what God saw on the inside) in my prayer life. These can be applied to many areas of life:

"May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in You." Psalm 25:21

"Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind." Psalm 26:2

Wherever you are, there is a church near you that has a place for you. Just wear something ;-)

Peace!

Pastor Nick

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Fall At 3C!

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We are in an exciting season at 3C and in Battle Creek!! Check out the 3C:Next tab for all of our upcoming event and ministry opportunities. Hundreds of years ago, God told Abram in Genesis (13:14-15) "Look as far as you can see in every direction - north and south, east and west. I am giving all this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants as a PERMANENT possession." We have been looking at and praying for the North, the South, the East and West corners of Battle Creek believing for different opportunities… read more

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We are in an exciting season at 3C and in Battle Creek!! Check out the 3C:Next tab for all of our upcoming event and ministry opportunities. Hundreds of years ago, God told Abram in Genesis (13:14-15) "Look as far as you can see in every direction - north and south, east and west. I am giving all this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants as a PERMANENT possession." We have been looking at and praying for the North, the South, the East and West corners of Battle Creek believing for different opportunities to connect with people as it relates to the life of faith Jesus calls all of us to live. We are PUMPED for this season as we continue to move forward doing so.

It's a great time to get involved at 3C to CONNECT with God and each other, COMMIT to His Kingdom and the local church and CARRY His love to the city and world! #mustfocus

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#Charlottesville

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Charlottesville. New instances of age-old issues aren’t any less important, sad, tragic, confusing and wrong. The demeaning of life and/or loss of life, from anyone, to anyone, is horrible. When hate is spewed, things always become unglued. From the moment Adam and Eve bit into the forbidden fruit bringing sin into the world, sin’s goal has and always will be to choke out life mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.

Our daughter (Kylah) is laying on the futon next to my desk right now (home office in basement) and her mouth is sore from getting her next set… read more
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Charlottesville. New instances of age-old issues aren’t any less important, sad, tragic, confusing and wrong. The demeaning of life and/or loss of life, from anyone, to anyone, is horrible. When hate is spewed, things always become unglued. From the moment Adam and Eve bit into the forbidden fruit bringing sin into the world, sin’s goal has and always will be to choke out life mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.

Our daughter (Kylah) is laying on the futon next to my desk right now (home office in basement) and her mouth is sore from getting her next set of Invisalign yesterday. She just said "I don't like being awake when I'm in pain". We can all relate to that for different reasons. In moments like Charlottesville, we say "Lord take me now". While being in the eternal presence of Jesus is what all people of faith long for, Jesus prayed a very specific prayer for His followers while here on earth:

"15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world." John 17:15-18 NIV

Jesus didn't run from culture or societal madness...He came for it, died for it, came back to life for it, and influenced people towards things of His Kingdom. As people of faith, we are in this world to do the same. You are sanctified and set apart to influence others towards Jesus. "Sanctify" means to "make holy (mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually pure), to be whole, separated from evil and dedicated to God, for His purpose".

Sir Winston Churchill said "History will be kind to me for I intend to write it." In any setting and circumstance, your words, tone of voice, facial expressions, body language and social media rants or posts all influence others either further into despair, discouragement and hate..............(pause for dramatic effect), or towards Jesus and the life He has for you and them. While here on earth, let's focus on, and work towards the latter ;-)

Kylah recently had the opportunity to preach a 5 minute sermon she wrote. In it a strong point was made - "Being spiritually full helps direct our physical actions." Make sure you eat (bite off, chew on and digest) the Word daily to help direct your words and actions.

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

We'll talk about this more on Sunday and we are looking forward to being with our 3C fam then! | 10:30am | McCamly Plaza Hotel | Downtown Battle Creek, MI | Bring someone with you!

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Family Update 7-17-17

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Check out the latest family update announcement here!

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Check out the latest family update announcement here!

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New Meeting Place!

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Two Sundays ago we announced that we will be moving our Sunday meeting location to The McCamly Plaza Hotel in downtown Battle Creek...and we are so excited to do so!

We are super thankful for the building we have been able to permanently rent over the past two years. This really helped in building the core of 3C through people connecting with each other in various ways. In short, "we are who we are no matter where we are"! Our mission, "We exist for the cause of Christ and benefit of others" and vision, "We see people Connecting with God and… read more

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Two Sundays ago we announced that we will be moving our Sunday meeting location to The McCamly Plaza Hotel in downtown Battle Creek...and we are so excited to do so!

We are super thankful for the building we have been able to permanently rent over the past two years. This really helped in building the core of 3C through people connecting with each other in various ways. In short, "we are who we are no matter where we are"! Our mission, "We exist for the cause of Christ and benefit of others" and vision, "We see people Connecting with God and each other, Committing to His Kingdom and the local church, and being Carriers of God's love to the city" remain what we are committed to. One of our core scriptures is 1 Thessalonians 2:8 "We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News (His Word, the gospel) but our own lives, too. This is our commitment to Battle Creek and beyond.

The general timeline to transition to The McCamly Plaza is sometime in August. Join us every Sunday at our current meeting place, 601 Riverside, for our "In The Creek With A Paddle" summer series. Then stick around for the short "family update" meeting as we talk about progress and more. Great things continue to happen in and through 3C and Battle Creek...3C for BC!

Peace and Love,

Pastors Nick and Jill


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3 Year Celebration Service!

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We had a really encouraging service this past Sunday as we celebrated turning three as a church...three people were water baptized and four people (via video testimony) shared their story of where they are at in their faith journey. Everyone was challenged to PRAY more, SERVE more and GIVE more in faith that God will continue to reach people in and through Connect City Church. We are not coasting into year four...we'r kicking it to the next gear and pedaling harder!

Romans 10:1 (NIV) says "Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they… read more

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We had a really encouraging service this past Sunday as we celebrated turning three as a church...three people were water baptized and four people (via video testimony) shared their story of where they are at in their faith journey. Everyone was challenged to PRAY more, SERVE more and GIVE more in faith that God will continue to reach people in and through Connect City Church. We are not coasting into year four...we'r kicking it to the next gear and pedaling harder!

Romans 10:1 (NIV) says "Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved." Paul's heart is for his people!

Our "In The Creek" version says "Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for The Creek is that they may be saved!" Our heart and prayer is for our people...people who live in The Creek and surrounding areas, to be saved!

Video Testimonies:

Mark | Jason | Abby | Grant

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YOU CAN | Wk3 Message | Control

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The Lord really spoke to our church yesterday and encouraged/challenged everyone...here is a shortened version (20 minutes) of the message. IF you are checking this out to get the last two points, that starts at the 15:20 mark. We really believe this is a good and timely word for anyone of faith and the church as a whole so feel free to send this to anyone you think would be encouraged by this! *Please do so in a loving, nonjudgemental way ;-)

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The Lord really spoke to our church yesterday and encouraged/challenged everyone...here is a shortened version (20 minutes) of the message. IF you are checking this out to get the last two points, that starts at the 15:20 mark. We really believe this is a good and timely word for anyone of faith and the church as a whole so feel free to send this to anyone you think would be encouraged by this! *Please do so in a loving, nonjudgemental way ;-)

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My Part Of The World.

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Right now I'm sitting in a Starbucks in Grand Rapids MI. My task list open, Bible out, next message notes open, and I am really enjoying the same drink I have ordered and consumed for the past 12 or so years (raspberry white mocha, stirred - [I'm waving two fingers in front of you], "you will try one" ;-)

This place is busy, as it normally is when we're in this part of the state. I am fortunate to be sitting at a small table. I'm surrounded by people and we're all making quite a bit of noise. I'm sure there… read more

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Right now I'm sitting in a Starbucks in Grand Rapids MI. My task list open, Bible out, next message notes open, and I am really enjoying the same drink I have ordered and consumed for the past 12 or so years (raspberry white mocha, stirred - [I'm waving two fingers in front of you], "you will try one" ;-)

This place is busy, as it normally is when we're in this part of the state. I am fortunate to be sitting at a small table. I'm surrounded by people and we're all making quite a bit of noise. I'm sure there are students here, studying hard. I'm sure there are business women and men, some of which are probably making more money while they sit here than I do in a month. For others, perhaps this moment is a treat. A $5 cup of goodness is rare and they are soaking it in. Some people are here just to enjoy each other's company...whether they do this once a week or once a year. Still, others are flying solo for the moment. Everyone is making noise doing something (almost forgot the noise of the coffee machines!).

My thought right now? We are all alive. The noise proves it. We all have an opportunity to contribute to the world around us. Your world...where you are at right now while reading this, is affected by what you are doing. It's affected by how you are living. It's changed by the thoughts you are thinking and the choices you are making. This world, your world, is impacted by the noise you make. This place we call home is altered by how you treat others, and treat yourself. The part you play matters.

Brian Houston (Global Pastor of Hillsong Church, based in Australia) said something that has been at the forefront of my world for a while: "The part you play is not greater than what you are part of". #truthistruth and there is a lot in that statement that has encouraged and challenged me. My "extra-shot of espresso" add-on: "Never doubt though, that the part you play can be what introduces others to what you're part of." The noise your faith makes, matters.

1 Peter 1:13 (NIV) says "Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed". Faith is active...it's demonstrated in our thoughts, actions, habits, speech, lifestyle and legacy we leave. You are alive. Your faith is alive. YOU CAN follow Jesus and actively pursue the reasons you are here for!

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Kill em all, let God sort em out! OR... Forgive?

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Hey! This is a recap vlog on our last two weekends here at 3C talking about forgiveness. It's eight minutes long, but we believe someone needs to hear it. Or, share it with someone you think needs to hear it (in a total nonjudgemental way of course;-)

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Hey! This is a recap vlog on our last two weekends here at 3C talking about forgiveness. It's eight minutes long, but we believe someone needs to hear it. Or, share it with someone you think needs to hear it (in a total nonjudgemental way of course;-)

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CHILDHOOD DREAM COME TRUE!!!!

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Whoa....one of my childhood dreams has come true.

And I imagine one of your childhood dreams has come to fruition as you look at this glorious picture! But I don't like it now that it...is. I mean, half of the bliss was the work it took to carefully twist the oreo cookie apart leaving 98% of the creme filling on one cookie. Then, scraping that filling with your top or bottom middle teeth getting one delicious mouth full of oreo filling. This stuff is so good, even Weird Al Yankovic wrote a song about it...I'm dating myself… read more

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Whoa....one of my childhood dreams has come true.

And I imagine one of your childhood dreams has come to fruition as you look at this glorious picture! But I don't like it now that it...is. I mean, half of the bliss was the work it took to carefully twist the oreo cookie apart leaving 98% of the creme filling on one cookie. Then, scraping that filling with your top or bottom middle teeth getting one delicious mouth full of oreo filling. This stuff is so good, even Weird Al Yankovic wrote a song about it...I'm dating myself here, but you understand ;-)

So, if you made it this far in this blog, there are two groups of people.

A. One group is salivating and have not been able to stop thinking about enjoying a bag and a half of these...you might even be on your way to the store.

B. The second group is thinking through this, looking at the angles and making a sound decision on the reality of this based on the wisdom God gives us all (If you are part of the first group, no worries, we all get excited about different things).

God's Word says "Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance" in Proverbs 1:5. Some people reading this understand that today is April fool's day. Honestly, my heart skipped a beat when I saw this picture on twitter (original creator unknown). Join us tomorrow for week two of our teaching series "Raised To Life", which, ironically, is on forgiveness!

~Nick

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