Saturday, November 8, 2008

Join the Blog Rally for Small Churches & Contest!

My son brought the East Cherokee Community Church to my attention this week, and asked if we could help spread the word about this wonderful church home.

Zach ran into the pastor, Mike McCrum, this week and after speaking with him, decided to take action. Brother Mike is a little discouraged - attendance is steady at church, but not growing, and after a tornado destroyed their personal home this past Spring and they continue to live in an apartment.

East Cherokee Community Church is much like hundreds, perhaps thousands, of small churches across our country - each week, the congregation assembles, spends time in worship, praise, fellowship and studying the Word. In small churches, the members are close - like family. They stick together through thick and thin, and minister to each other as well as reaching out to the community to share the Gospel, through Word and action, in a myriad of ways.

This particular church has a heart for missions, and a heart for camps. The church sits on 20 acres of secluded woods, and one of the future plans is to build a church camp there for inner-city kids. But to accomplish all they dream, they need more members. And that's why we're talking about them today.

Do you know someone in the metro Atlanta area looking for a small church home? Suggest that they consider East Cherokee Community Church in Woodstock, Georgia.

I asked Zach to tell me about the services. They're laid back, and hold a worship service and sermon at 10 a.m. The worship time is a mixture of hymns and praise choruses (similar to camp services), with a praise and worship band of keyboard, guitar, drums. After the sermon, everyone is invited for refreshments, and then at 11:30, the pastor leads an informal discussion and answers questions about the sermon for anyone who wishes to participate. A nursery is provided during the worship service. The church also offers Community Desserts and Bible Study on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. and several other programs during the month.

If you'd like to send a note of encouragement, I'm sure it would be a blessing to this church. Here's the information:

East Cherokee Community Church

999 Jep Wheeler Rd.

Woodstock, GA 30188

Or you can send them an e-mail.

Since many of my readers live all around the world, I've asked other bloggers to participate in a "blog rally" in support of small churches everywhere. If you'd like to blog about your small church, just send me a link, and I'll include it in the list below.

Anyone who posts will be entered into a random drawing for a box of 5 Books!

Click on these links to learn about other small churches:

Leslie at A Little Bit of Sunlight

Amy at Amy Barkman

Tracy at my other blog Peace and Quiet - I'll post something different about small churches there.

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