November has been a month to remember at Cottonwood Creek. With the emphasis placed on missions this month, our church family has participated selflessly for the cause of others. The Mission’s Ministry at Cottonwood Creek exists to equip the people of God to serve and to care for those who are in need. We were able to see this purpose put into practice this month with The Big Give.

Week One – Orphan Sunday – Isaiah 1:17 – Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.
• 42 people visited our foster/adoptive families booth
• Brought awareness to our church about caring for children who have no family to call their own.
Week Two – Shields of Strength – Veterans Day
• 76 Veterans from Cottonwood Creek filled out Information Forms
• Sold 240 Shields of Strength Dog Tags
• Collected $6,170.00 to support Shields of Strength
A story from Shields of Strength – Thank you Cottonwood Creek for the outstanding support for Paratroopers within the 82nd Airborne Division Artillery (DIVARTY). Sharing God’s Word with a Warrior is the best way to strengthen and prepare them for combat and the aftermath. (From David Dodd) We support the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg under Chaplain Brad Baumnn.
Week Three – The Gift – Partnership with GAIN Ministries, Operation Christmas Child/Samaritan’s Purse, Pink Heart Funds, McKinney Food Bank, Carter BloodCare, Local/National/International Missions @ Cottonwood Creek
• 159,000 meals packed
• 28,000 seeds sorted
• 86 gave blood
• 25 ponytails donated
• 95 angels chosen from the tree
• 1600 + cans of food collected
• $35,000 raise to cover the cost of the event

A story from The Gift – There was a teenager sitting in the worship service watching the Pink Heart Fund testimony from the platform. After seeing the impact of this ministry, she walked out, called her mom and told her, “Mom, I feel like God is telling me to donate my hair today!” With the support of her mom, who was not even at church Sunday, this precious girl made a sacrifice by caring for others. A true example of what The Gift is all about. We love because Christ first loved us!
Week Four – Thanksgiving Boxes – Supporting families in need in East McKinney for Thanksgiving – Working together with CityChurch in East McKinney.
• Donations received: $1,597.30
• Thanksgiving Bags Filled: 76
• 109 Families were provided meals for Thanksgiving from our church of the 300 that are receiving meals.
A story from Thanksgiving Boxes – A little girl from our church was moved by the Lord to give all of her money in her piggybank to the people who were in need for Thanksgiving. So, she gave Cottonwood Creek a bag of coins that totaled $20.30 – All she had!

In closing, God is at work in and through the lives of the people of God at Cottonwood Creek. Not only were we able to meet the physical needs of so many locally, nationally and internationally, but we were able to show them the love of Christ by caring for their spiritual needs as well. From the example of Christ – Matthew 20:28, “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”, our church has followed His example and served well this month.

To hear more stories like this, you can visit our website. http://cottonwoodcreek.org/missions

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