Hebrews 12:9-10 (NIV) was the focus of Pastor Steve's sermon on Father's Day: "Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness."

Pastor elaborates on the importance of fathers in the lives of children and highlights the importance of helping children to realize the lives God intended them to live. 

Guest Speaker Pastor Ben has often spoken at DCCC through the years, sharing a wealth of knowledge and experience with humor and humility. This wonderful message is a deep dive into what we can learn from the Book of Joshua and apply to our daily lives. The secret to Joshua's success on the field of battle and in daily life was humbly praying to God for direction and listening to God's will with the intent of following the course laid out by God. Joshua was a famed leader of the Israelites, religious follower of God, and successful battle strategist in winning wars.  Pastor Ben noted that there are three things every Christian can learn from the Book of Joshua. We should take the steps listed below when seeking to "download" life plans that actually succeed because God is leading the way as we surrender to Him, forsaking our own short-sighted, ego-led plans:   

1. Read and study God's Word in the Bible

2. Pray for and listen to God's answers

3. Trust in Christian advisers but use discretion in choosing those advisers

John 16, verse 33, was the focus of Pastor Steve's sermon for a special Memorial Day Service. In this verse, Jesus stated, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

This inspiring and sobering message in honor of Memorial Day highlights the Christian foundation on which America was built and how the hand of God can be seen in our nation's history. Pastor Steve highlighted the importance of honoring those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in their United States military service, giving their lives to preserve our freedoms and future prosperity.  He referred to Psalm 33,  verses 12 to 15, and used various moments in American history to point out that America exists today by the Providence of God. American history is full of the stories of men and women who fervently prayed and fought to secure her future as a great nation: 

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He chose for His inheritance. From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place He watches all who live on earth--He who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do."

Pastor Steve noted to those in attendance that it is imperative, whether amidst trials or in times of prosperity, to praise God and not to erase our history and Christian heritage, for the United States was built on Christian morals and values. 

The DCCC Candlelight Service included special songs, nativity for children, a sermon by Pastor Steve, and closing with all attendees singing Silent Night by candlelight. All guests received gifts of ornaments and cookies upon exiting. The children who helped with the Nativity received gifts as well. It was a beautiful night of honoring and remembering the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Please listen to Pastor Steve's sermon below.

Luke 2, verses 1-20, was the focus of Pastor Steve's Christmas Eve sermon, recounting the birth of Jesus (NIV): 

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.2(This was the first census that took place while[a]Quirinius was governor of Syria.)3And everyone went to their own town to register.

4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehemthe town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to himand was expecting a child.6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.9An angelof the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.11Today in the town of David a Saviorhas been born to you; he is the Messiah,the Lord.12This will be a signto you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peaceto those on whom his favor rests.”

15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising Godfor all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Harvest Night

October 28, 2023

Food, games, fun, and


October 8 was Pastor Appreciation Day and love was in the air at DCCC.  The congregation enjoyed special songs, readings, video and a wonderful sermon by Pastor Steve. After the service, an Italian lunch and fantastic desserts, along with lots of laughter and fellowship, were the perfect end to the day. Pastor delivered a message about the rich young man who asked Jesus about the way to get into heaven. The price was too high for the rich young man and Pastor reminded everyone in attendance that having a lot of money does not buy love, happiness, or a ticket into God's good graces.