Tuesday, February 20, 2007

I'm famous!

Hey friends!

I'm excited to share an article from the Kane Country Chronicle about Christ Community's new Blackberry Creek Campus! Ok, and I'm happy to be quoted in it, too. I won't deny it! Although I said lots of other stuff that was a lot more impressive than the quote that she used. Oh well. It's not about me, right? =)

I am truly excited about the opening of our new campus in Aurora! I've had a lot of fun meeting a bunch of great new people at our new campus these past few weeks. I hope you all have a chance to come check it out! It's a great church family to belong to and I'm really excited about our opportunity to reach people for Christ in a new geographical location!

Anyway, here's the link and here's the story...

New campus for Christ Community Church

Lisa Hackbarth and her family switched about six weeks ago from the St. Charles campus of Christ Community Church to the new Blackberry Creek campus in Aurora, but they said they felt a familiarity when they arrived.

"When you walk in, it feels like the St. Charles church," said Hackbarth, 29, of Sugar Grove.

Christ Community Church celebrated its new campus at 40W098 Galena Blvd. in Aurora with celebrations Feb. 11 and Sunday.

The lobby of the Blackberry Creek campus greets visitors with the Cup of Joy Cafe, the Lifeline Bookstore, and an information desk with flat-screen TVs displaying opportunities to serve.

In the large auditorium, messages are delivered via videocast from Senior Pastor Jim Nicodem.

“Technology kind of allows us to do that,” said Eric Liechty, Blackberry Creek campus pastor. “That’s what keeps us on the same page.”

Liechty said about 3,000 parishioners worship at the St. Charles campus, and 800 more worship at a former Farm & Fleet store transformed into the church’s DeKalb campus. With growing populations in Kendall and southern Kane counties, the church saw room for expansion in the Aurora area.

“As a church, we said, ‘What an incredible opportunity,’ ” Liechty said.

On Sunday, almost 450 people attended the 10 a.m. service at the Blackberry Creek campus, Liechty said.

They heard a message from Nicodem about how to look at their jobs as callings. Nicodem used the Apostle Paul as a role model.

“Paul did have a normal job; Paul was a tentmaker by profession,” Nicodem said on the videocast. “He experienced his job as a calling from God.”

Nicodem outlined four steps for residents to get the most out of their work lives: reflect God’s image, receive God’s spirit, recognize God’s gifts, and represent God’s kingdom.“

Constantly let your life and words point to Christ wherever you are,” Nicodem said.

Al Sanchez, 42, of Oswego said he appreciated the church’s message.

“It pretty much relates to the community and what’s going on in our lives,” he said.


I also took pictures at the Grand Opening Part 1 last weekend. They're on my smugmug site.

Have a wonderful week!

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