Reflecting on CCEM’s First Volunteering Event

On Saturday, September 18th 2021, 11 volunteers from our community came together to serve at the United Way agency YES to YOUTH. This was a powerful event in which God was clearly at work.

Here is an excerpt from YES to YOUTH’s website in which they describe their purpose:

YES to YOUTH – Montgomery County Youth Services strengthens the emotional and mental health development of youth and families by providing crisis intervention, counseling, and suicide prevention services. We provide a safe and nurturing home where abused, battered, sex-trafficked, homeless, and at-risk youth begin healing from the past and become empowered for the future.

https://www.sayyestoyouth.org/mission-services

We called for volunteers to visit the agency and provide a couple of hours of love to these youth, and you answered… And it was incredible. Our time was spent simply: Playing outdoor games like basketball, volleyball, tether ball, and once it was too hot, indoor games like Connect 4 and Skip-Bo. We wrapped up by saying a prayer and serving some delicious Chick-Fil-A sandwiches and other snacks (which were generously donated by members of CCEM).

The games and food was great, but the real treat was seeing the joy on the kid’s faces and realizing that God was being glorified. One of our volunteers shared this great write-up with us:

It [snacks and games] was nice and felt like the kids were happy for the attention, but then the whole atmosphere shifted when one of the teens opened with, “So you guys are Christians… can you tell us what someone has to do to get to heaven?” The next hour or so was several of us sharing the gospel and personal stories, but mostly just answering questions. These kids wanted to know for themselves, but also were asking about how this would impact other family members (and keep in mind that for many, these are estranged family members).

It was heartwarming to see how much they care.  The “too cool” teens that were whomping us in Uno and Connect 4 were suddenly vulnerable, asking the kinds of questions we see Jesus taking on the Bible. So we gave them His answers, and how we have applied those in our lives… The easy ones and the hard ones.

It was truly watching Jesus in action… A complete miracle in motion. We can’t wait to go back and see them again!!

– CCEM Volunteer

We can’t wait to go back either! This was CCEM’s first public outreach event, and we pray that it was just the first of many. Please prayerfully consider serving our next volunteering event. If you have ideas for where else we could serve or know of a need that needs to be met, please let us know.

“To Him be the glory forever and ever.”

– The CCEM Team

Some, but not all, of the day’s volunteers. Thank you for serving!

2021 Global Day of Prayer

We are so excited that the 2021 Global Day of Prayer, or GDOP, is finally approaching. The Global Day of Prayer is an incredible annual event with 10+ years of history. In this event, Christians at our company from 20+ countries join together live and pray. This year the event’s theme will be Our Great Shepherd and will focus on God’s tender care for us. This will be a powerful event – please register below!

As we prepare our hearts for the event, the GDOP team will be sending out a weekly devotional beginning on September 26th. If you would like to receive these devotionals, please below using your personal email address. Devotionals can also be accessed here on our website. Updates on the event will also be posted to the CCEM Yammer page.

As a bonus way to engage & prepare, the GDOP Team has created a Spotify playlist with songs that tie with the theme. We look forward to lifting up our Great Shepherd together!

Mighty Oaks Foundation Warrior Gala

What: An invitation to attend the Mighty Oaks Foundation 11th Annual Warrior Gala (Opportunities to financially support the Gala/Foundation also exist)

When: October 16th, 2021 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: The Woodlands Resort

To Register or Support: Visit https://www.mightyoaksprograms.org/txgala/

For specific questions, please contact John Dillon

About The Mighty Oaks Foundation: The Mighty Oaks Foundation is committed to serving the brokenhearted by providing intensive peer-based discipleship through a series of programs, outpost meetings, and speaking events. Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs hosts such Men, Women, and Marriage Advance Programs at multiple locations nationwide.

Mighty Oaks peer-to-peer resiliency and recovery programs serve as the catalyst to assist our Nation’s Warriors dealing with challenges related to the struggles of daily military life, combat deployments and the symptoms of post-traumatic stress (PTS). Programs are offered at no cost to our Nation’s Warriors, including travel at beautiful ranches across the US. The Warriors who attend are fully sponsored for training, meals, and lodging needs to ensure that upon arrival to the ranch, each Warrior is focused solely on his or her recovery and identifying purpose moving forward. Click here to learn more about PTSD and Veteran Suicide.

To learn more about the Mighty Oaks Foundation, visit https://www.mightyoaksprograms.org

Never Fight Alone: Overcoming Veteran Suicide

https://www.iamsecond.com/film/never-fight-alone/

To learn more about the Genesis of the Mighty Oaks Foundation, and it’s founder Chad Robichaux, see the i am second documentary: Never Fight Alone: Overcoming Veteran Suicide

About the film, from iamsecond.com:

“Never Fight Alone is the story of how one man’s battle became a pathway for countless Veterans to experience freedom and healing from their battles with PTSD. 

As a Force Recon Marine serving as part of a Joint Special Operations Command Task Force, Chad Robichaux witnessed unspeakable evil. 

His battle with PTSD got so bad, he was removed from duty, and his marriage fell apart. With suicidal thoughts filling his head, Chad started searching for answers. Chad and Kathy found healing and transformation through the hope they eventually found in Jesus. 

When Chad realized that countless other combat veterans face the same psychological, emotional, and spiritual challenges he did after his service in Afghanistan (challenges causing some twenty-plus suicides a day and staggering divorce rates among military families), Chad wondered to himself, “Why doesn’t someone do something about this?” He eventually realized that the answer was “Why not me?” and so began Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs.

To date, Might Oaks has had over 4000 graduates from their Legacy Programs, over 150,000 individuals attending their Resiliency Programs and over 100,000 books distributed for free to veterans and active duty service men and women.

This film is provided for a limited time exclusively on iamsecond.com with permission from the Mighty Oaks Foundation. 

2021-2022 Men and women’s BSF Groups!

Study/Event Name: Bible Study Fellowship Group: Study of Matthew (Men and Women’s Groups Available)

Contact Name: Amy Kamenova (Women’s Online Group); Tim Matthews (Mens Online Group); Bob Bahr, Mike Barber (Men’s In Person Group)

Description: 

Join a Bible Study Fellowship group as we walk through Matthew chapter by chapter, exploring God’s Word in context. We will savor the life of Jesus, from His miraculous birth, insightful teachings, unbelievable miracles and penetrating parables until ultimately journeying alongside Him to the cross and Easter morn. The life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ shows how God’s one and only Son provides the only path for every human being to find redemption and reconciliation to their Creator God.

Who is Jesus? What do His words have to do with your life? How can Jesus possibly bring peace and satisfaction to your life and broken world today? Explore God’s answers to these questions and more in community.

Details:  
Women’s Group:

Starts September 2021, ends May 2022
100% via Zoom 
1x per week at 7pm CST on a weekday (day is TBD)
Duration: 40 min 

Men’s Groups

Starts September 2021, ends May 2022
Option for 100% Zoom Group, or In Person (Pending Campus Meeting Protocols)
Tuesday’s at Noon (CST)
Duration: 40 min 

WHO CAN JOIN:
Any one who works for ExxonMobil

HOW TO JOIN: 
Women’s Groups: Email Amy Kamenova with your personal email address, and I will send you the private invitation link

Men’s Groups: Email Tim Mattews (for Online Group) or Bob Bahr/ Mike Barber (for in person group)

To learn more about the study, visit https://www.bsfinternational.org/our-studies/matthew/

Spread the word! 

Leading Through Crisis – Self Study Guide

Download Leading Through Crisis Self Study Guide:

In response to the challenges of 2020, a group of Christian senior leaders at ExxonMobil gathered together monthly in their personal time for prayer and to study Biblical leaders who faced challenging situations. The time together was thought provoking, timely, and encouraging for the group, as they sought to lead our company though a very challenging time.

While 2020 is behind us, crisis situations will continue to present themselves in the future. We are all leaders in some form, and seeking Biblical guidance on how to lead through crisis situations is a great source of help. As such, CCEM has put together a self-study Bible Study guide on Leading Through Crisis (though you are welcome to do this as part of a small group). The content of this study has been developed by a member of our community specially for CCEM, and is the same content used with our Christian brothers and sisters in senior leadership. Our prayer is that this content will be edifying for you and those you share it with. We hope you enjoy!

External Event: 2021 Men of Faith Conference

This is an external event shared by a member of the community.

Men of all ages are invited to Faith Bible Church’s 2021 Men of Faith Conference on August 14th from 9am-3pm. Their hope is to inspire men to a “call to action” with a renewed focus on strengthening the Men of Faith to the glory of God. Guest speakers include Kozhi Makai, Tierce Green, and Rick Wilcox. Check-in and light breakfast begins at 8:30am and lunch will be provided.

For more details, and to register, you can visit Faith Bible Church’s website below.

CYP: Faith Based Perspectives on Assessment

Community, we have a wonderful event this week targeting young professionals and you are invited to join.

CYP, the Christian Young Professionals, are hosting their first panel discussion event, “CYP: Faith Based Perspectives on Assessment.” Join to hear from experienced employees on their unique Christ-centered outlook towards the Performance Assessment Process. Through a Q&A format, the panelists will discuss how their Christian perspectives have guided them through the highs and lows of the PDS review process. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask their own questions at the end of the panel.

When: Friday, July 16th from 11:30am – 12:30pm CST

Where: Zoom and in person (see meeting invite at registration link above for details)

Surprised by the Power of the Spirit – A Conversation with Jack Deere

We invite you to join us on August 3rd at 12:00PM CST as we have a conversation with a special guest: Jack Deere, author of the bestseller Surprised by the Power of the Spirit. Jack recently released a new revision of his powerful book and has graciously agreed to speak with our community. Come learn about the Spirit of God!

“In Why I Am Still Surprised by the Power of the Spirit, now updated and revised, Deere explains why God is still giving all the gifts of the Spirit, tells documented stories of contemporary miracles, and reveals how people discover and use their spiritual gifts.”

We encourage you to take a look at this book, which you can find on Amazon, via the publisher Zondervan, or at a bookstore near you. You are welcome to attend this discussion regardless of whether or not you have read the book.

When: Tuesday August 3rd, 2021 from 12:00PM to 1:00PM CST

Where: Zoom (connection information can be found in the meeting invite after registering above)


Leading Through Crisis Bible Study

What: New Bible Study on Leading Through Crisis

When: Wednesdays (June 9th – July 21st), from 12-1pm

Where: Zoom

In response to the challenges of 2020, a group of Christian senior leaders at ExxonMobil gathered together monthly in their personal time for prayer and to study Biblical leaders who faced challenging situations. The time together was thought provoking, timely, and encouraging for the group, as they sought to lead our company through a very challenging time.

While 2020 is behind us, crisis situations will continue to present themselves in the future. We are all leaders in some form, and seeking Biblical guidance on how to lead through crisis situations is a great source of help. As such, we will be hosting a 7 week Bible Study on Leading Through Crisis. The content of the study has been developed by a member of our community specially for CCEM, and is the same content used with our Christian brothers and sisters in senior leadership. If you are interested in the study but you are unable to attend the group discussion, we have developed a study guide that you are more than welcome to walk through on your own (or with another small group). Our prayer is that this content will be edifying for you and those you share it with. We hope to see you at the study!

You can register for the study here.

Download Leading Through Crisis Self Study Guide:

Sessions

  1. Introduction: A Leader’s Call to Study Scripture
    • Leader: The King of Israel
      • Deuteronomy 17: 18–20
  2. Attribute 1: Discipline 
    • Leader: David
      • 1 Samuel 24:1–7
  3. Attribute 2: Seeking Wisdom before Making a Decision
    • Leader: Josiah
      • 2 Kings 22:8 – 2 Kings 23:4
  4. Attribute 3: Vision Setting and Execution
    • Leader: Nehemiah
      • Nehemiah 2: 11–20
      • Nehemiah 4: 7–16
      • Nehemiah 6: 1–9
  5. Attribute 4: Courage
    • Leaders: Shadrach, Meshach, Abed-Nego, Daniel
      • Daniel 3
      • Daniel 6: 1–23
  6. Attribute 5: Integrity and Sincerity 
    • Leaders: Ruth, Boaz
      • Ruth 1:15–18; Ruth 2: 2–12
      • Ruth 3: 8–15; Ruth 4: 5–13
  7. Attribute 6: Humility
    • Leader: Jesus
      • Matt 26: 36–46

Baby Bottle Boomerang: PHILANTHROPY Opportunity

What: An opportunity to help a great cause!

How: Pick up a Baby Bottle Bank from Jason Jones (W3.4B.324). Donate, and return.

When: Now – June 14th, 2021

For more information about the Ministry, visit www.lifelinepcc.net

*Note: This ministry is not associated with ExxonMobil. Soliciting for donations on the Houston Campus is not allowed, however supporting ministries in a personal capacity, or though personal relationships is an individual choice.

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