CCY CONNECT september 2023 EDITION

by Kyle Meeks | CCY Shepherd

Faith and works? Or is it faith or works? Amanda and I are leading a small group that is currently addressing this very topic and more (we hope you will join us!). James 2 tells us faith without works is dead. However, Ephesians 2 tells us we are saved by faith, not by works. Which is it?

Our study this week led us to Galatians. In chapter 3 we see Paul addressing those who turn their focus back onto the works of the law. I don’t see many of us returning to the Old Testament law today. Do we however attempt to justify ourselves or cover our sins through being good? Do we think we’re good enough by being better than the next person?

Galatians 3:8 – Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith. Paul emphasizes our justification for our salvation is in Christ alone. We don’t have the power to justify ourselves, only Christ does. Therefore, as Ephesians says, we are justified through faith, not by works. It is why we continually celebrate Christ and His grace instead of ourselves and our works.

Works are not to be overlooked though, just approached differently. James 2 shows us that faith without works is dead. How can this be? Think of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5. How do we get this fruit? Through abiding in the Spirit. The fruit is the outworking of the inward change the Spirit is having in our lives.

Galatians 5:25 – “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

We have been redeemed for a purpose. Titus 2:14 reminds us that Christ “gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” Are you eager to do what is good in response to his redeeming grace? We are not called to believe and do nothing we are called to believe, abide in, and respond to God.

Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.



by Tori Lambert | CCY Children's Director

The time has come to embark on an incredible journey of faith and fun as we prepare to relaunch Royal Warriors on Wednesday, September 6th at 6:30 pm. The ultimate training program for children ages 3 to 5th grade.

Suit Up for God's Epic Adventure

Inspired by the timeless wisdom of Ephesians 6 and the powerful imagery of the Armor of God, Royal Warriors equips our children with the knowledge and tools they need to navigate life's challenges with courage and conviction. Throughout the year, we'll dive into the essential teachings of the Bible, engaging our kids through story times for the little ones and Bible reading sessions for the older ones. Our lessons also include interactive games, uplifting worship, and heartfelt prayer moments, all designed to help our young disciples grow in their understanding of God's Word.

Stay Alert and Stand Strong

Just as a warrior remains vigilant on the battlefield, our Royal Warriors will learn the importance of loving God and loving people in their daily lives. Through our lessons, we'll guide them in the art of studying their Bibles and show them creative, enjoyable techniques to memorize scripture verses. Our older warriors will explore ways to confidently share their faith with friends.

Stand Firm Together

Life's challenges can sometimes weigh heavily, even on the shoulders of our youngest members. In Royal Warriors, our children discover a place where they are surrounded by friends who stand by their side no matter what. Our intentional focus on fellowship builds meaningful connections. A highlight of our Wednesday nights is the dedicated prayer time, allowing our kids to lift each other up in prayer, creating bonds with one another and their teachers.

As we eagerly anticipate the return of Royal Warriors, be in prayer for our kids and leaders. May God's love guide our efforts and may this program continue to be a source of joy, and growth for our children.

by Melissa Wrona | PDO Director

Open up social media and you will see everyone living their best life. Vacations, new cars, big houses, the cutest kids, happiest couples, promotions, awards, trophies, and it goes on and on.

We mindlessly scroll through or watch clips of people who seemingly have it all. But what goes on behind the scenes? When the videos stop rolling and the camera is pulled away? If everyone is so happy why do we have a soaring rate of depressed, stressed, and anxious people? Could it be because it's all just a facade? Smoke and mirrors, images we pick and choose to show the world.

What are we doing? Why are we participating in the madness? Is it pride? I think it is. We have gotten so carried away looking like we have it all together, have the best house, car, spouse, kids, and life that we forget that in this world there will be trouble, and when that trouble is overcome it is because of God, not because of us. We miss out on connecting with others when we put up a facade rather than sharing reality. We miss out on blessing others and being blessed. More importantly, we miss out on sharing how mighty and awesome our God is. We miss out on sharing the glory and praise of His name, His mercy, His blessings. We can't share with others about God carrying us through our hardest, darkest hours if we never share those dark times with others. What of all those best things in our life…are we giving God the glory for those blessings? Nothing we have is through our works, but from God. When we post on social media all of our great, are making sure we let others know that it is by the hand of God we received the bounty?

Perhaps if we saw the raw reality of each of our lives we would feel less defeated when trouble strikes. Feel less the need to have it all together when in truth we all have bad, ugly times in our lives. Less alone and more encouraged. We could pray with each other more. We could lift up each other more. We could praise the name of God together in all the great times and in all the bad times. We could put down our pride and pick up the cross. Be less like the world and more like Christ.

“ Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-comes not from the Father but from the world.” 1 John 2:16

We are looking forward to CCY Wednesday activities resuming on Wednesday, September 6th at 5:30 pm.

Family Meal | 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm

Join us on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the South building at CCY for a meal until 6:15 p.m. Come for food, fellowship, and community. Donations accepted. If you would like to be a part of the kitchen crew, we would love to get you plugged in.

Royal Warriors for 3 years - 5th graders | 6:30 pm in the North Building

Royal Warriors at CCY is a fast-paced, action-packed, Bible-based children's program for 1st through 5th graders. They meet in the North Building.

Youth Ignite! for 6-12th graders | 6:30 pm in the Warehouse

Ignite! is our Wednesday night gathering that takes place during the school year for grades 6-12. At Ignite!, students will learn what it means to walk a Christian life and have fun, living with Christian values. We come together to worship through music, hear a relevant message, serve the community, and connect through small groups.

Women's Bible Study with Jennifer Parrett | Celebrity Room

Join us on a journey into the mysteries of prayer with our upcoming Ladies Bible Study on "The Sacred Echo: Why is Prayer so Mysterious?" by Margaret Feinberg. Starting on September 6th at 6:30 PM, we're diving into the world of prayer under the leadership of Jennifer Parrett. Through this study, we'll explore the echoes of our prayers, discover the profound ways God speaks to us, and unravel the mystery of this sacred conversation.

Bible Study with Brian Mitchell | Conference Room

Brian Mitchell is leading a Wednesday Night Bible study on the book "Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God" by Henry Blackaby. Henry Blackaby's insightful teachings help us discover how we can recognize God's voice, understand His plans for us, and actively participate in His work. During this study, we will delve into the key principles and truths presented in the book. We will engage in discussions, prayers, and practical exercises designed to foster a deeper understanding of God's presence and purpose in our lives.

Senior Saint's Small Group | The Library

The Bible says in Galatians 6:2, "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ" (NIV). The Senior Saint's Small Group meets in the Library at 6:30 pm. This is mostly retired age, but not limited to this..

In our ever-evolving world, the importance of connecting with fellow believers becomes increasingly significant. Small Groups are starting up now, and we're thrilled to invite you to become a part of a CCY small-group community!

Why Join a Small Group?

Spiritual Enrichment: Small groups provide a nurturing environment to dive deeper into God's Word and engage in meaningful discussions. It's an opportunity to explore your faith alongside like-minded individuals.

Fellowship and Friendship: Small groups offer a warm and welcoming space to meet other church members who share similar interests, values, and life experiences. Form lasting bonds and create memories together.

Prayer Partners: Our small groups are dedicated to supporting one another through prayer. Whether you have joys to celebrate or challenges to face, your small group will be there to uplift you in prayer.

Accountability and Encouragement: Small groups foster accountability in living out your faith. Share your goals and challenges with your group, and let them be your source of motivation and support.

Community Outreach: Many of our small groups engage in impactful service projects, providing opportunities for you to make a positive difference in our community.

How to Get Connected:

To join a small group, visit the CCY website at www.ccyok.com/smallgroups for a list of available groups and connect with the group you are interested in joining or contact Kathy at 405-354-0245.

We believe that joining a small group can bring depth to your faith journey and strengthen your bonds within our church family. If you have any questions or need assistance finding the perfect small group for you, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Let's journey together in faith, offering support and encouragement to one another. We look forward to welcoming you into our small group family and sharing in this incredible journey of faith.



Friendly Reminder! Join us this Saturday, between 11 am - 2 pm, as we open the doors to Christ's Closet! It's a wonderful opportunity to connect, share God's love, and make a difference. And here's the scoop: On Friday at 10 am, we're getting everything in place. If you're available to lend a hand, we'd appreciate your help setting up the closet and arranging the tables for teaching and crafts.


Exciting News! Join us at CCY on Tuesday, September 5th from 6:30 - 8 p.m. for an unforgettable evening with Jason David and the MyTribe Team! Bring the whole family along because this event is for everyone! From thrilling performances to inspiring talks, we've got something special for each member of your tribe. Mark your calendars and spread the word! Let's gather together for a night of fun, entertainment, and creating beautiful memories! The event is free, but a love offering will be collected.


This study unveils our deepest insecurities and equips us to focus on God and others instead of ourselves. Discover a purpose bigger than "project me" and experience freedom from the burden of self-focus. Led by Janet Slifer and Joyce Snell, starting Wednesday, September 6th at 9:30 am at CCY in the Celebrity Room.


Our Parent's Day Out program at Christ's Church of Yukon was created as a ministry of our church to meet the needs of families in the community looking for part-time childcare. Our goal is to build valuable and lasting relationships with families, provide excellent loving care of the children in our care, and above all, keep Christ in the center of who we are, and all we do. Our program offers play-based learning through unstructured, structured, and creative play. We explore fun and exciting themes, do arts and crafts, and have chapel time each day.



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