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August 20 - Weekly Newsletter

Word from the Pastor


Pastor Derrick & Sara-Lee Hamre

This has been a great summer at CLA, and that’s not hyperbole. The greatness has been illustrated in the spiritual hunger and openness to the Spirit on Sunday mornings. People of His Presence has been a great theme, the single service has brought our family together in a unique way and our guests have noticed the “family feel” at CLA. The renovation project is breathing new life into our 40 year old complex. There is a surge of anticipation. Last week we made a call for Rev sponsorships to help youth go to camp and over $5,000 came in (thank you for responding). We have almost 350 registered for the next two weeks, our largest registration ever. We also have 80 incredible volunteers. Amazing. Another wonderful part of this summer was our Kids Camp. Let me tell you about it.
Kids ministry has been an important focus for me since my arrival at CLA. Each month people continue to give special offerings to our 4-14 Initiatives. We have a wonderful staff and dedicated volunteers. I was a little nervous this summer because our Kids Director, Larissa Alcott, was on maternity leave. However, Cristine Fontaine built a team around her that did a fantastic job. Our student grants from the government really helped us and new volunteers stepped forward. The theme was New Depths and you may have seen a video report on this a few weeks ago but here are a few more details.
315 kids attended the in house camp for 5 mornings (9 to noon) in July. They would gather for an open session and then go off to rotate through 4 stations with their teams – Bible story, crafts, games and then snack. My wife, Sara-Lee, was a team leader and each day she would return home with these great stories about her team of kids and what they were experiencing. The 225 volunteers were incredible. The team leaders, the station coordinators, those who were on stage each day, gave so much time and energy to the camp. They had fun and Cristine already has volunteers stepping forward for next year! Many children grew in their faith, 18 made decisions to follow Christ, and new families have come to CLA to check out our Sunday ministry. The feedback from parents was very positive. Amazing! Thank you for your prayers, your financial contributions to keep our church doing what it needs to be doing and for getting involved. We are saved to serve not to sit. Well done!
- Pastor Derrick, Lead Pastor


Sunday Morning Services
We will be going back to two (2) morning services starting Sunday, September 3 at 9 am and 11 am. Children’s ministry will be running during both services.

Rev Services
Rev Tuesday night youth service will resume September 5 and Rev 678 (grades 6-8) will resume Sunday September 10 at 9:30 and 11:30. Thank you for your prayers over Rev Camp the next couple of weeks.

Vision Sunday
September 10 we will be launching our Fall season with Vision Sunday including a special message from Pastor Derrick with a video link to the campuses. After each morning service we are pleased to welcome various Food Trucks on site so plan to stay for lunch. You will be able to order and pay for your meal directly at the trucks. These great meals are approximately $10. Bus Ministry will be on the patio with hotdogs for sale.

Hearing God | Thrive Senior Adults Retreat  
September 14-15 | An encouraging, fun & uplifting two-day 'in-house' retreat hosted by Thrive Senior Adults Ministries. Registration for the retreat opens on Sunday and can be purchased at a table in the foyer, online or at Reception during the week. For details pick up a brochure at the registration table.

Global Leadership Summit | October 19-20
Early registration ends this Tuesday, August 22. Register at

Prayer Room Moved
Our Prayer Room moved to a new location this week. It is now located across from our Reception in the CLA Center, Room C112

Reno Update
Work continues to move along on the gym and kitchen renovation. We will be communicating more details over the next couple of weeks on the progress through video.

Family News
A memorial for Jack Morgan will be held on September 1 at 1pm in the West Chapel.

CLA Missions Offering // July

July Total Missions Giving  $48,661.53
Year to Date Total Missions Giving (July – June)  $48,661.53

Weekly Schedule

Morning Services | 10 am | Auditorium
Recovery Church | 6 pm | Auditorium

Prayer Meetings
For a list of weekly prayer meetings, visit

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