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Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, April 18, 2021 If you decide to attend worship in-person, please remember that masks are required (except for small children) and we will be social distancing. Please do not attend if you are sick, high-risk, or have recently been exposed to someone with the virus. Thank you for visiting Christ Fellowship today! We use Remind to send announcements and prayer requests. To sign-up, use this link: https://www.remind.com/join/cfchl Order of Worship Gathering Hymn – “Holy, Holy, Holy” Announcements Call to […]

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Good Friday

And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” – Luke 23:33-34

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What We Value

A few months ago, our elders began the important process of writing a new value statement for Christ Fellowship. We wanted the language to accurately reflect two things about the church: 1) Who we are, by God’s grace.2) Who we want to be, by God’s grace. We are happy to release the new document this week, just in time for Easter. Let’s celebrate God’s goodness to Christ Fellowship and pray together that our neighbors will know us by what we […]

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Live Video

Past videos are all available on the sermons page.

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Salmo 119:1-8 "Dichoso por la Palabra" (Ultimos 5 minutos)

What’s Next?

“Pastor, church just isn’t the same… when will it be normal again?” I don’t know. The Church is in a wilderness of sorts. But remember – the wilderness is not a curse. It is a blessing. The promises of God don’t change. They are tried and true (Ps. 119:140). Without faith in God’s Word, we will misdiagnose the problem and prescribe the wrong solutions. The world hates the wilderness, but Christians have an enduring perspective on seasons of testing. Consider […]

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Coronavirus Survey Results

Dear Christ Fellowship, Thank you for taking the time to fill out the coronavirus survey. We received more than 50 responses! The officers have considered this valuable information carefully and prayerfully. This is what we heard: Only a few people in our church have been directly impacted by the virus, health-wise. Economically, there are several immediate and developing needs. More than 20 people have lost some, most, or all of their income! Most of you are concerned about others in […]

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Coronavirus Response

Updated June 20, 2020 After much prayer and discussion, the officers of Christ Fellowship (elders and deacons) have decided to resume public worship, with several precautions: • For now, we will offer one public worship service at 10:30am in English only. A Spanish service will continue to be offered online only at 11:30am. • Individuals who are sick or at high risk of infection should continue worshiping at home via the live stream. Please read the CDC guidelines regarding this. […]

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Resurrection Sunday

Si prefiere el español, busque el enlace de traducción en la parte inferior derecha. The church building may be empty today, but so is the tomb. He is risen! Thank you for joining us today. Below, you will find everything you need to celebrate the resurrection with Christ Fellowship. Let’s begin with a song led by Josh and Mary. If you would like to listen to more worship songs, we put together Spotify playlists for today: Listen in English Listen […]

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Venezuela Relief

We are collecting medicines and other items to send to Venezuela. Items can be brought to worship or delivered to the church office no later than March 29.

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Officer Nominations

Nominations for new elders and deacons are now open. Before you nominate someone, please pray and speak to the nominee. Contact an elder with nominations or submit the following online form:

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Get Text Updates

We use Remind to send announcements and prayer requests. We will only send a few a week and you can unsubscribe at any time. To sign-up, text @cfchl to the number 81010 – You will receive an invitation with further instructions.

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Join a Small Group

You can use WordPress’s content editor to publish content with text, photos, galleries, video, lists, links and styled text. You can insert a gallery into your article that extends outward. Blockquote Example The content area is narrow for optimal readability (comfortable number of characters per line). Certain elements such as blockquotes and images can extend beyond the content area to create a dramatic effect. This demonstrates the effect. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, […]

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New Worship Pastor

In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram. Propterea sicut per unum hominem in hunc mundum peccatum intravit et per peccatum mors et ita in omnes homines mors pertransiit in quo omnes peccaverunt. Example Heading Let’s imagine this post’s text wrapped around an image with a caption. Let’s test an example link. Omnis enim quicumque invocaverit nomen Domini salvus erit. In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram. Omnes enim peccaverunt et egent gloriam Dei. In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram. Omnis enim […]

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New Venice Campus

In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram. Propterea sicut per unum hominem in hunc mundum peccatum intravit et per peccatum mors et ita in omnes homines mors pertransiit in quo omnes peccaverunt. Example Heading Let’s imagine this post’s text wrapped around an image with a caption. Let’s test an example link. Omnis enim quicumque invocaverit nomen Domini salvus erit. In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram. Omnes enim peccaverunt et egent gloriam Dei. In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram. Omnis enim […]

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Video Embeds

You can embed videos in your post or page content. Here is an example from YouTube. Many other popular sites are supported, including Vimeo and SoundCloud. You can even upload your own video to WordPress. The theme makes the videos responsive so they show nicely on mobile devices.

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This post is broken into three pages. See page navigation below content. In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram. Propterea sicut per unum hominem in hunc mundum peccatum intravit et per peccatum mors et ita in omnes homines mors pertransiit in quo omnes peccaverunt. Sic enim dilexit Deus mundum ut Filium suum unigenitum daret ut omnis qui credit in eum non pereat sed habeat vitam aeternam. Sic enim dilexit Deus mundum ut Filium suum unigenitum daret ut omnis qui credit in […]

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In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram. Propterea sicut per unum hominem in hunc mundum peccatum intravit et per peccatum mors et ita in omnes homines mors pertransiit in quo omnes peccaverunt. Example Heading Let’s imagine this post’s text wrapped around an image with a caption. Let’s test an example link. Omnis enim quicumque invocaverit nomen Domini salvus erit. In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram. Omnes enim peccaverunt et egent gloriam Dei. In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram. Omnis enim […]

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This is about as minimal as a post gets. Sic enim dilexit Deus mundum ut Filium suum unigenitum daret ut omnis qui credit in eum non pereat sed habeat vitam aeternam. Omnis enim quicumque invocaverit nomen Domini salvus erit. Omnis enim quicumque invocaverit nomen Domini.

No Shortcuts

I’ve managed to exercise two days in a row. To me, that feels worthy of a post. I’m not an excellent steward of my body. It should matter more to me than it does. It’s the body God gave me. It’s a valuable gift and an extremely complex effort of God’s creative energy. I don’t give it the attention it deserves because it’s not a priority to me. In my head, I justify that by listing my other priorities. I’m […]

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Growing Up as a Church

Let me first say something I don’t say enough – I love Christ Fellowship! It is a joy to be your pastor. I am humbled by the work God continues to do in our midst. Five years ago, this church did not exist. By God’s grace, we are now a growing, healthy, and diverse body of believers. And yet – while preparing for the past two sermons in Hebrews, I have been greatly convicted and challenged as a pastor. As […]

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Where to Find Wisdom

Last year, I watched a Harlem Globetrotter hit two half-court shots in a row. It was amazing stuff and I imagine it took a lot of practice. Most of my half-court shots miss by a mile… Making important decisions by yourself is like taking a half-court shot with no practice. Making important decisions with prayer and counsel is more like a lay-up. There’s a much higher probability of success. Take the lay-up. Ask God for wisdom and get a lot […]

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What Did the Early Church Do?

(Acts 2:42-47) This is what the early church did: They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching. Luke describes the first church as a group of people devoted to the Bible. And the fellowship. More than a social gathering, this word means they functioned like an extended family. They were committed to one another. And to the breaking of bread. This likely has a double meaning: The Lord’s Supper and a common meal. And the prayers. They prayed for one another […]

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Giving Changes

Christ Fellowship now has a bank account! You can now give directly to our church instead of through our mother church. Please read carefully – there are a few changes to be aware of: Checks can now be made payable to “Christ Fellowship”. If you use your own bank’s bill pay or intend to mail a check, use the following address: Christ Fellowship, P.O. Box 386, Horn Lake, MS 38637 You may continue to give online at the following link: […]

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Men of Conviction

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King One of the things I love about Christ Fellowship is our men. Of course, I love our women and children too! But there is a sizable gender gap in the American Church. Women outnumber men on Sunday mornings by 20%-30%. That’s something we should lament, especially today. Today is […]

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Not Fancy

Christ Fellowship is not a fancy church. We don’t meet in a fancy building. No one is expected to wear fancy clothes (but you can if you want). Our kids are rambunctious.  We don’t all show up on time. We are kind of a mess, but I love it. Our lack of fancy doesn’t make us better than other churches. We simply want to be more accessible. When we strip everything else away, we are left with a community that […]

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Better Together

“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” Romans 12:3-5 I’m a […]

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Weekly Update – September 6, 2017

“Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the LORD on high is mighty!” – Psalm 93:4 Dear CFC family, We have a small team travelling to Texas next week for hurricane relief. Contact Jaime or Paxton if you are interested in going. Continue praying for the folks in Texas and add to your prayers the people now being affected by Hurricane Irma. Children’s ministry is BACK Sunday and will now be available every […]

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Weekly Update – August 30, 2017

Dear CFC family, Please continue praying for the people of Texas as they recover from Hurricane Harvey! Our mother church (CPC) is sending a relief team the week of September 11. See Jaime if you are interested in going with the team. You can keep up with relief efforts and prayer needs at this link. One in Christ, Mike Winebrenner

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Weekly Update – August 23, 2017

Dear CFC family, Join us upstairs in the HLMS GYM tonight (Wednesday) at 7:00pm for prayer and civil discussion about the Christian response to racism, statues, and other issues dividing America. Facebook Event Link One in Christ, Mike Winebrenner

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Weekly Update – August 17, 2017

Dear CFC family, Don’t forget about the baby shower for Brandi Whitten after worship this Sunday, August 20. Bring a gift card and/or diapers to show your love for baby Magnolia! One in Christ, Mike Winebrenner

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Weekly Update – August 10, 2017

Dear CFC family, Several adults and young people are planning to take their adoption vows on Sunday, August 27! Some of them will also be baptized that day. A few prefer to be immersed, so we will have a special baptism service that Sunday evening. More details will be available next week, but if you want to be adopted into the church let me know! I will schedule an adoption class for those interested. If you need to be baptized, […]

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Weekly Update – August 3, 2017

Dear CFC family, We’re not a business… so why would we take time to publish an “annual report”? Our goal in providing an annual report is simple: we want to document the many ways God has been faithful to our church! It is an opportunity for us to reflect on specific ways we can thank God together for all He has done. As you prayerfully consider the document, please let us know if you have questions. We want to be […]

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2017 Annual Report

Every year, we will take time to reflect back on God’s faithfulness to us. Please prayerfully consider the Lord’s grace to Christ Fellowship this past year: 2017 Annual Report

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Weekly Update – July 27, 2017

Dear CFC family, I’ll be honest… We don’t have a lot to offer you. We don’t have a lot of programs. We don’t have a fancy place to meet. We’re not trying to impress anyone. All we have to offer is Jesus. We actually hope to strip everything else away so that He doesn’t get lost in the mix. We are just a bunch of unremarkable people. We don’t even have that much in common. But we have Jesus. The […]

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Weekly Update – July 12, 2017

Dear CFC family, God is doing something amazing with Christ Fellowship! It was never part of my plans for us to become a bi-lingual church, but His ways are not my ways. I am so thankful for our Spanish-speaking brothers and sisters. I am so encouraged by their love for one another and their heart for the lost. Praise God for what He is doing in our midst! Please make plans to join us Sunday, August 6 after worship for […]

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Weekly Update – July 5, 2017

Dear CFC family, We received so much positive feedback regarding the bi-lingual sermon that we have decided to try it again! It is not what many of us are used to, but we are willing to sacrifice a little comfort for the sake of our brothers and sisters in Christ who speak Spanish. I left so encouraged Sunday by what the Lord is doing. We will have children’s ministry available on Sunday. Also, mark your calendar for August 6 and […]

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Weekly Update – June 28, 2017

Dear CFC family, We are trying something new Sunday. For the first time ever, Jaime and I will be team-preaching in English and Spanish. Our vision is to be One in Christ no matter what languages we speak and no matter what our backgrounds may be. Let us know what you think and pray for us! Our fiscal year ends Friday and we currently have a deficit. If you are able, consider giving to help with this need. www.onehornlake.org/give One […]

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Weekly Update – June 7, 2017

Dear CFC family, Christ Fellowship added seven new households to covenant membership on June 4! The stories of God’s grace in their lives are incredible. Rejoice with us as we celebrate the goodness of God! The Women’s Fellowship Team is planning a summer Bible Study on Saturdays, mid-day. Let us know if you are interested and the time you prefer. Men: Be sure to look at the announcement below regarding phase two of the leader’s training. All men are invited […]

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Weekly Update – May 31, 2017

Dear CFC family, Sunday, June 4 is Adoption Sunday at Christ Fellowship! Twelve adults will take their covenant vows and become adopted members of CFC along with their eleven children! After worship we will celebrate with a brown-bag fellowship at my family’s home. In case of rain, we will meet at the band hall instead. The Student Outreach Team met for the first time last night to discuss plans for the fall. I was thrilled to see the group God […]

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Weekly Update – May 24, 2017

Dear CFC family, Today (May 24) is Jaime’s birthday! I am so grateful for Jaime and his family. Take a moment today and praise God with me for Jaime’s work. Several weeks ago, he and Sere started a Spanish-language Bible study with Carlos and Judith that has grown to as many as eight families in attendance! We were thankful for the opportunity to pray for Ms. Johnson and members of the HLMS Cheer Squad Sunday during worship (pictured above). Continue to pray […]

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Weekly Update – May 17, 2017

Dear CFC family, Our prayers for the Middle School are being answered in some amazing ways! A few days ago, we were contacted by the cheer coach asking if we would be willing to pray for the cheerleaders during worship on Sunday. She has invited all 35 girls and their families to join us Sunday morning! Please make an effort to show up early and help us greet these visiting families. We are also excited to report that eleven households […]

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Weekly Update – May 10, 2017

Dear CFC family, The Palmer Home Cookout was so much fun! The weather was perfect and the attendance was great. I had too much fun to take many pictures (see below). I will never forget seeing those poor ladies drifting off into the lake on the floating dock! It was such a great event, we are already planning the next visit. Don’t forget to spend some time praying for the Middle School this month. We are grateful to God for […]

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Weekly Update – May 3, 2017

The Christ Fellowship website has a fresh look. Check it out and let us know what you think, especially if you have any suggestions for content! April was the strongest month of attendance we have had as a church. We averaged 80 people in worship each week! More importantly, when I look out at the crowd I see family. I agree wholeheartedly with Esther, who recently said, ” I love that I love going to church. Every Sunday is a […]

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Weekly Update – April 27, 2017

If you missed Worship, you can watch the Facebook Live video above. We are so excited that 15 adults completed the most recent Adoption Class! If you completed the class and wish to be adopted, please contact Mike or use this form. Ladies: There is a Baby Shower planned for Denania Galloway and baby Elias on Sunday, April 30, 2:30pm at the Fitts home (1406 Koby Lane, Hernando, MS). Any little boy gifts are appreciated. Join us Sunday, May 7 […]

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Weekly Update – April 19, 2017

If you missed Easter Worship, you can watch the Facebook Live video above. Our final spring Bible Study is tonight – Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00pm in the band hall. Childcare will be available and we will finish studying Galatians. Are you interested in being adopted by Christ Fellowship? If so, learn more or sign-up now for the next Adoption Class on Sunday, April 23 at 4pm! We currently have over a dozen adults signed up for the class! Ladies: There […]

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Why is Church Boring Us?

If you buy a ticket to a ball game, a concert, or a movie, then you expect a seat in a crowd of strangers. You’re not there for the people. You are there for the event like everyone else. You might occasionally run into a friend, but most of the people around you will be nameless ticket holders. If you buy season tickets to the Grizzlies, then you might start recognizing a few faces. You may even learn a name […]

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Church Membership as Adoption

Our church has recently changed our language concerning church membership. We are now using adoption language to describe the process of becoming a member. This change was born out of a nagging question: How do we convince people that church membership is worth it? One of our new members this past Sunday was a foster child who aged out of the system. She was never adopted… until now! We promised to receive her in love and faithfulness as an adopted […]

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Follow Me

“Follow Me.” This was the invitation of Jesus to the disciples. Great crowds would eventually follow Jesus, as they do today. But for many of those followers, the journey ended at the cross. They abandoned him… Many Southerners can recall a time when their faith was important to them. They may throw up an occasional prayer. Their social media profiles identify them as Christian. But there is no evidence of dependence on Christ. There are no signs of daily faith […]

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No More Tears

Christmas is a big season for the church: joyful songs, bright colors, parties with cookies and hot cocoa. We are supposed to focus on positive things: love, joy, peace. We want people to be excited about the birth of Jesus! But the holidays are also a very difficult time for a lot of people. They will never miss departed loved ones more than they do at Christmas. Those dealing with sadness or pain often feel it more acutely when everyone […]

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Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, April 18, 2021 If you decide to attend worship in-person, please remember that masks are required (except for small children) and we will be social distancing. Please do not attend if you are sick, high-risk, or have recently been exposed to someone with the virus. Thank you for visiting Christ Fellowship today! We use Remind to send announcements and prayer requests. To sign-up, use this link: https://www.remind.com/join/cfchl Order of Worship Gathering Hymn – “Holy, Holy, Holy” Announcements Call to…

Good Friday

And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” – Luke 23:33-34

What We Value

A few months ago, our elders began the important process of writing a new value statement for Christ Fellowship. We wanted the language to accurately reflect two things about the church: 1) Who we are, by God’s grace.2) Who we want to be, by God’s grace. We are happy to release the new document this week, just in time for Easter. Let’s celebrate God’s goodness to Christ Fellowship and pray together that our neighbors will know us by what we…
Salmo 119:1-8 "Dichoso por la Palabra" (Ultimos 5 minutos)

What’s Next?

“Pastor, church just isn’t the same… when will it be normal again?” I don’t know. The Church is in a wilderness of sorts. But remember – the wilderness is not a curse. It is a blessing. The promises of God don’t change. They are tried and true (Ps. 119:140). Without faith in God’s Word, we will misdiagnose the problem and prescribe the wrong solutions. The world hates the wilderness, but Christians have an enduring perspective on seasons of testing. Consider…

Coronavirus Survey Results

Dear Christ Fellowship, Thank you for taking the time to fill out the coronavirus survey. We received more than 50 responses! The officers have considered this valuable information carefully and prayerfully. This is what we heard: Only a few people in our church have been directly impacted by the virus, health-wise. Economically, there are several immediate and developing needs. More than 20 people have lost some, most, or all of their income! Most of you are concerned about others in…

Coronavirus Response

Updated June 20, 2020 After much prayer and discussion, the officers of Christ Fellowship (elders and deacons) have decided to resume public worship, with several precautions: • For now, we will offer one public worship service at 10:30am in English only. A Spanish service will continue to be offered online only at 11:30am. • Individuals who are sick or at high risk of infection should continue worshiping at home via the live stream. Please read the CDC guidelines regarding this.…

Resurrection Sunday

Si prefiere el español, busque el enlace de traducción en la parte inferior derecha. The church building may be empty today, but so is the tomb. He is risen! Thank you for joining us today. Below, you will find everything you need to celebrate the resurrection with Christ Fellowship. Let’s begin with a song led by Josh and Mary. If you would like to listen to more worship songs, we put together Spotify playlists for today: Listen in English Listen…

Venezuela Relief

We are collecting medicines and other items to send to Venezuela. Items can be brought to worship or delivered to the church office no later than March 29.

Officer Nominations

Nominations for new elders and deacons are now open. Before you nominate someone, please pray and speak to the nominee. Contact an elder with nominations or submit the following online form:

Get Text Updates

We use Remind to send announcements and prayer requests. We will only send a few a week and you can unsubscribe at any time. To sign-up, text @cfchl to the number 81010 – You will receive an invitation with further instructions.

Join a Small Group

You can use WordPress’s content editor to publish content with text, photos, galleries, video, lists, links and styled text. You can insert a gallery into your article that extends outward. Blockquote Example The content area is narrow for optimal readability (comfortable number of characters per line). Certain elements such as blockquotes and images can extend beyond the content area to create a dramatic effect. This demonstrates the effect. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,…

New Worship Pastor

In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram. Propterea sicut per unum hominem in hunc mundum peccatum intravit et per peccatum mors et ita in omnes homines mors pertransiit in quo omnes peccaverunt. Example Heading Let’s imagine this post’s text wrapped around an image with a caption. Let’s test an example link. Omnis enim quicumque invocaverit nomen Domini salvus erit. In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram. Omnes enim peccaverunt et egent gloriam Dei. In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram. Omnis enim…

New Venice Campus

In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram. Propterea sicut per unum hominem in hunc mundum peccatum intravit et per peccatum mors et ita in omnes homines mors pertransiit in quo omnes peccaverunt. Example Heading Let’s imagine this post’s text wrapped around an image with a caption. Let’s test an example link. Omnis enim quicumque invocaverit nomen Domini salvus erit. In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram. Omnes enim peccaverunt et egent gloriam Dei. In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram. Omnis enim…

Video Embeds

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Post with Multiple Pages

This post is broken into three pages. See page navigation below content. In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram. Propterea sicut per unum hominem in hunc mundum peccatum intravit et per peccatum mors et ita in omnes homines mors pertransiit in quo omnes peccaverunt. Sic enim dilexit Deus mundum ut Filium suum unigenitum daret ut omnis qui credit in eum non pereat sed habeat vitam aeternam. Sic enim dilexit Deus mundum ut Filium suum unigenitum daret ut omnis qui credit in…

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In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram. Propterea sicut per unum hominem in hunc mundum peccatum intravit et per peccatum mors et ita in omnes homines mors pertransiit in quo omnes peccaverunt. Example Heading Let’s imagine this post’s text wrapped around an image with a caption. Let’s test an example link. Omnis enim quicumque invocaverit nomen Domini salvus erit. In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram. Omnes enim peccaverunt et egent gloriam Dei. In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram. Omnis enim…

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This is about as minimal as a post gets. Sic enim dilexit Deus mundum ut Filium suum unigenitum daret ut omnis qui credit in eum non pereat sed habeat vitam aeternam. Omnis enim quicumque invocaverit nomen Domini salvus erit. Omnis enim quicumque invocaverit nomen Domini.

No Shortcuts

I’ve managed to exercise two days in a row. To me, that feels worthy of a post. I’m not an excellent steward of my body. It should matter more to me than it does. It’s the body God gave me. It’s a valuable gift and an extremely complex effort of God’s creative energy. I don’t give it the attention it deserves because it’s not a priority to me. In my head, I justify that by listing my other priorities. I’m…

Growing Up as a Church

Let me first say something I don’t say enough – I love Christ Fellowship! It is a joy to be your pastor. I am humbled by the work God continues to do in our midst. Five years ago, this church did not exist. By God’s grace, we are now a growing, healthy, and diverse body of believers. And yet – while preparing for the past two sermons in Hebrews, I have been greatly convicted and challenged as a pastor. As…

Where to Find Wisdom

Last year, I watched a Harlem Globetrotter hit two half-court shots in a row. It was amazing stuff and I imagine it took a lot of practice. Most of my half-court shots miss by a mile… Making important decisions by yourself is like taking a half-court shot with no practice. Making important decisions with prayer and counsel is more like a lay-up. There’s a much higher probability of success. Take the lay-up. Ask God for wisdom and get a lot…

What Did the Early Church Do?

(Acts 2:42-47) This is what the early church did: They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching. Luke describes the first church as a group of people devoted to the Bible. And the fellowship. More than a social gathering, this word means they functioned like an extended family. They were committed to one another. And to the breaking of bread. This likely has a double meaning: The Lord’s Supper and a common meal. And the prayers. They prayed for one another…

Giving Changes

Christ Fellowship now has a bank account! You can now give directly to our church instead of through our mother church. Please read carefully – there are a few changes to be aware of: Checks can now be made payable to “Christ Fellowship”. If you use your own bank’s bill pay or intend to mail a check, use the following address: Christ Fellowship, P.O. Box 386, Horn Lake, MS 38637 You may continue to give online at the following link:…

Men of Conviction

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King One of the things I love about Christ Fellowship is our men. Of course, I love our women and children too! But there is a sizable gender gap in the American Church. Women outnumber men on Sunday mornings by 20%-30%. That’s something we should lament, especially today. Today is…

Not Fancy

Christ Fellowship is not a fancy church. We don’t meet in a fancy building. No one is expected to wear fancy clothes (but you can if you want). Our kids are rambunctious.  We don’t all show up on time. We are kind of a mess, but I love it. Our lack of fancy doesn’t make us better than other churches. We simply want to be more accessible. When we strip everything else away, we are left with a community that…

Better Together

“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” Romans 12:3-5 I’m a…

Weekly Update – September 6, 2017

“Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the LORD on high is mighty!” – Psalm 93:4 Dear CFC family, We have a small team travelling to Texas next week for hurricane relief. Contact Jaime or Paxton if you are interested in going. Continue praying for the folks in Texas and add to your prayers the people now being affected by Hurricane Irma. Children’s ministry is BACK Sunday and will now be available every…

Weekly Update – August 30, 2017

Dear CFC family, Please continue praying for the people of Texas as they recover from Hurricane Harvey! Our mother church (CPC) is sending a relief team the week of September 11. See Jaime if you are interested in going with the team. You can keep up with relief efforts and prayer needs at this link. One in Christ, Mike Winebrenner

Weekly Update – August 23, 2017

Dear CFC family, Join us upstairs in the HLMS GYM tonight (Wednesday) at 7:00pm for prayer and civil discussion about the Christian response to racism, statues, and other issues dividing America. Facebook Event Link One in Christ, Mike Winebrenner

Weekly Update – August 17, 2017

Dear CFC family, Don’t forget about the baby shower for Brandi Whitten after worship this Sunday, August 20. Bring a gift card and/or diapers to show your love for baby Magnolia! One in Christ, Mike Winebrenner

Weekly Update – August 10, 2017

Dear CFC family, Several adults and young people are planning to take their adoption vows on Sunday, August 27! Some of them will also be baptized that day. A few prefer to be immersed, so we will have a special baptism service that Sunday evening. More details will be available next week, but if you want to be adopted into the church let me know! I will schedule an adoption class for those interested. If you need to be baptized,…

Weekly Update – August 3, 2017

Dear CFC family, We’re not a business… so why would we take time to publish an “annual report”? Our goal in providing an annual report is simple: we want to document the many ways God has been faithful to our church! It is an opportunity for us to reflect on specific ways we can thank God together for all He has done. As you prayerfully consider the document, please let us know if you have questions. We want to be…

2017 Annual Report

Every year, we will take time to reflect back on God’s faithfulness to us. Please prayerfully consider the Lord’s grace to Christ Fellowship this past year: 2017 Annual Report

Weekly Update – July 27, 2017

Dear CFC family, I’ll be honest… We don’t have a lot to offer you. We don’t have a lot of programs. We don’t have a fancy place to meet. We’re not trying to impress anyone. All we have to offer is Jesus. We actually hope to strip everything else away so that He doesn’t get lost in the mix. We are just a bunch of unremarkable people. We don’t even have that much in common. But we have Jesus. The…

Weekly Update – July 12, 2017

Dear CFC family, God is doing something amazing with Christ Fellowship! It was never part of my plans for us to become a bi-lingual church, but His ways are not my ways. I am so thankful for our Spanish-speaking brothers and sisters. I am so encouraged by their love for one another and their heart for the lost. Praise God for what He is doing in our midst! Please make plans to join us Sunday, August 6 after worship for…

Weekly Update – July 5, 2017

Dear CFC family, We received so much positive feedback regarding the bi-lingual sermon that we have decided to try it again! It is not what many of us are used to, but we are willing to sacrifice a little comfort for the sake of our brothers and sisters in Christ who speak Spanish. I left so encouraged Sunday by what the Lord is doing. We will have children’s ministry available on Sunday. Also, mark your calendar for August 6 and…

Weekly Update – June 28, 2017

Dear CFC family, We are trying something new Sunday. For the first time ever, Jaime and I will be team-preaching in English and Spanish. Our vision is to be One in Christ no matter what languages we speak and no matter what our backgrounds may be. Let us know what you think and pray for us! Our fiscal year ends Friday and we currently have a deficit. If you are able, consider giving to help with this need. www.onehornlake.org/give One…

Weekly Update – June 7, 2017

Dear CFC family, Christ Fellowship added seven new households to covenant membership on June 4! The stories of God’s grace in their lives are incredible. Rejoice with us as we celebrate the goodness of God! The Women’s Fellowship Team is planning a summer Bible Study on Saturdays, mid-day. Let us know if you are interested and the time you prefer. Men: Be sure to look at the announcement below regarding phase two of the leader’s training. All men are invited…

Weekly Update – May 31, 2017

Dear CFC family, Sunday, June 4 is Adoption Sunday at Christ Fellowship! Twelve adults will take their covenant vows and become adopted members of CFC along with their eleven children! After worship we will celebrate with a brown-bag fellowship at my family’s home. In case of rain, we will meet at the band hall instead. The Student Outreach Team met for the first time last night to discuss plans for the fall. I was thrilled to see the group God…

Weekly Update – May 24, 2017

Dear CFC family, Today (May 24) is Jaime’s birthday! I am so grateful for Jaime and his family. Take a moment today and praise God with me for Jaime’s work. Several weeks ago, he and Sere started a Spanish-language Bible study with Carlos and Judith that has grown to as many as eight families in attendance! We were thankful for the opportunity to pray for Ms. Johnson and members of the HLMS Cheer Squad Sunday during worship (pictured above). Continue to pray…

Weekly Update – May 17, 2017

Dear CFC family, Our prayers for the Middle School are being answered in some amazing ways! A few days ago, we were contacted by the cheer coach asking if we would be willing to pray for the cheerleaders during worship on Sunday. She has invited all 35 girls and their families to join us Sunday morning! Please make an effort to show up early and help us greet these visiting families. We are also excited to report that eleven households…

Weekly Update – May 10, 2017

Dear CFC family, The Palmer Home Cookout was so much fun! The weather was perfect and the attendance was great. I had too much fun to take many pictures (see below). I will never forget seeing those poor ladies drifting off into the lake on the floating dock! It was such a great event, we are already planning the next visit. Don’t forget to spend some time praying for the Middle School this month. We are grateful to God for…

Weekly Update – May 3, 2017

The Christ Fellowship website has a fresh look. Check it out and let us know what you think, especially if you have any suggestions for content! April was the strongest month of attendance we have had as a church. We averaged 80 people in worship each week! More importantly, when I look out at the crowd I see family. I agree wholeheartedly with Esther, who recently said, ” I love that I love going to church. Every Sunday is a…

Weekly Update – April 27, 2017

If you missed Worship, you can watch the Facebook Live video above. We are so excited that 15 adults completed the most recent Adoption Class! If you completed the class and wish to be adopted, please contact Mike or use this form. Ladies: There is a Baby Shower planned for Denania Galloway and baby Elias on Sunday, April 30, 2:30pm at the Fitts home (1406 Koby Lane, Hernando, MS). Any little boy gifts are appreciated. Join us Sunday, May 7…

Weekly Update – April 19, 2017

If you missed Easter Worship, you can watch the Facebook Live video above. Our final spring Bible Study is tonight – Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00pm in the band hall. Childcare will be available and we will finish studying Galatians. Are you interested in being adopted by Christ Fellowship? If so, learn more or sign-up now for the next Adoption Class on Sunday, April 23 at 4pm! We currently have over a dozen adults signed up for the class! Ladies: There…

Why is Church Boring Us?

If you buy a ticket to a ball game, a concert, or a movie, then you expect a seat in a crowd of strangers. You’re not there for the people. You are there for the event like everyone else. You might occasionally run into a friend, but most of the people around you will be nameless ticket holders. If you buy season tickets to the Grizzlies, then you might start recognizing a few faces. You may even learn a name…

Church Membership as Adoption

Our church has recently changed our language concerning church membership. We are now using adoption language to describe the process of becoming a member. This change was born out of a nagging question: How do we convince people that church membership is worth it? One of our new members this past Sunday was a foster child who aged out of the system. She was never adopted… until now! We promised to receive her in love and faithfulness as an adopted…

Follow Me

“Follow Me.” This was the invitation of Jesus to the disciples. Great crowds would eventually follow Jesus, as they do today. But for many of those followers, the journey ended at the cross. They abandoned him… Many Southerners can recall a time when their faith was important to them. They may throw up an occasional prayer. Their social media profiles identify them as Christian. But there is no evidence of dependence on Christ. There are no signs of daily faith…

No More Tears

Christmas is a big season for the church: joyful songs, bright colors, parties with cookies and hot cocoa. We are supposed to focus on positive things: love, joy, peace. We want people to be excited about the birth of Jesus! But the holidays are also a very difficult time for a lot of people. They will never miss departed loved ones more than they do at Christmas. Those dealing with sadness or pain often feel it more acutely when everyone…
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