Celebrate Freedom!

It's hard to believe that Fourth of July weekend is here again.  I love this time of year as we celebrate and remember the many brave men and women who have sacrificed for our country's freedom.  As thankful as I am for them, I am more grateful for Jesus, the One who sacrificed everything, so that we could live everyday  in His freedom!  It is because of His freedom that we live!

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This weekend at C3 we are celebrating with God & Country Weekend!  You aren't going to want to miss this weekend or the opportunity to  bring your families, friends, neighbors, and co-workers as we celebrate together in the Freedom of Christ. We have a Saturday night service at 6:30pm and two Sunday services at 9:30am and 11:30am on our Clayton Campus.  On our C3 Raleigh Campus, you can join us at 9:00am and 10:30am on Sunday morning.  

In addition to our Weekend Celebration, we will have lots of fun additions on both our campuses, including (hope I get this right) Jeff Gordon's #24 car, Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s #88 car, the Durham Bull's mascot, Wool E. Bull, and more.  Also, we will be blessed to have special guest, Amanda Watson, Miss North Carolina 2008 ,on our Clayton campus as well. Like I said, you aren't going to want to miss it!

Also, our church family has been part of a very special project called "Operation We Care" and we've been filling up boxes of special items to send to the North Carolina National Guard stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.  This weekend all the boxes will return to our campus to be loaded up and sent off to these brave men and women. It's not too late to partner with us – if you are interested in getting a box to fill, come by the church office or stop at the Information Center Saturday evening for a box and list of items, then bring it back on Sunday.

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As we celebrate our country's freedom, may we be even more thankful for the freedom that we have in Christ, and more than ever, may we have the desire to proclaim His freedom to those around us.

Luke 4:18 " The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for He has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free…"

Happy 4th of July!
Martha

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