Dr. Rick Blackwood has been the lead pastor of Christ Fellowship for the past 20 years. In October 2016, he was not been feeling well and went for tests. In late October, he received the results showing he has colon cancer.
UPDATES ON PASTOR RICK BLACKWOOD
We will post updates on Pastor Rick's health as we receive them. Please continue to pray for him. Thank you!
UPDATE - Sunday, October 1, 2017
Pastor Rick's colon is cancer free! We praise God from whom all blessings flow.
UPDATE - Sunday, April 2, 2017
Please continue to pray for Pastor Rick's strength and healing. We are excited to have him speaking this Easter weekend.
UPDATE - Thursday, February 9, 2017
Pastor Rick received his sixth chemo treatment today, which means he's exactly half way through. He is feeling fine. Please continue to pray for his strength and healing. Thank you!
UPDATE - Friday, December 16, 2016
Pastor Rick had his second round of chemo. All went well. He is at home resting and recovering.
UPDATE - Monday, December 5, 2016
Praise God, Pastor Rick is doing well after his first chemo treatment. He is resting and in good spirits.
UPDATE - Friday, November 18, 2016
Pastor Rick is feeling very well and will begin chemo therapy on December 1. He hopes to be back preaching soon. He is excited about the preaching of our Campus Pastors as well as some guest speakers who will be preaching in the meantime. He misses us all very much and can't wait to come back!
UPDATE - Friday, November 4, 2016
Praise God Pastor Rick is home recovering from his surgery. This weekend we will be sharing an update in our services.
While Pastor Rick is resting and recovering, we are postponing our current series How to Pray Like God until he is able to return. This weekend, we will be starting a new series through 1 Peter 1 called Hope in All Seasons.
In the midst of suffering, how are we to walk in a manner that glorifies God? What should our minds dwell on as we go through different seasons in life? Join us as we go through 1 Peter 1 and learn to look beyond our current circumstances to an imperishable, undefiled, and unfading future inheritance. #HopeInAllSeasons
UPDATE - Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Praise God, Pastor Rick is recovering very well and is walking around. Please continue to pray as the test results come back later this week.
UPDATE - Monday, October 31, 2016
Pastor Rick is out of surgery. Here is what we know. We just met with the doctor and this was his report:
- Praise God, the surgery was a success.
- He is in recovery and will be eating soft foods.
- Continue to be in prayer as test results will be coming back later this week.
Need to Know
How long has he been feeling sick?
He has not been feeling well for the past few weeks and decided to go to the doctor this week.
What hospital is he at? Can I go visit him?
We want to give him and his family privacy during this time to rest and recuperate. He has asked for no visitors at this time. Please use the form below to send him a note of encouragement.
Who is leading the church?
Pastor Rick Blackwood is still our lead pastor. He has asked our Discipleship Pastor, Jorge Molina, to oversee and manage day-to-day operations.
Who is preaching?
At this time, we will have a rotation of teaching pastors. Weekend services will continue as expected.
When will he be back?
We're currently praying for a full recovery. At this time, we do not know when he will be available to return.
When can we expect updates?
To effectively manage all updates and communication regarding Pastor Rick's status, we ask that you please visit our website. Please do not call the church office for updates, we will be posting them via our weekly newsletter and our website.
What can I do?
1. Pray for Pastor Rick Blackwood:
- His surgery.
- That the name of our Lord will be glorified through this situation.
- His recovery.
- The doctors.
- For his family: Rhonda, his wife, and his daughters: Rebekah and Natalie.
2. Pray for our church:
- For our pastors and leaders to have wisdom and discernment.
- For our mission to continue forward in making fully devoted followers of Christ.
3. Share on social media #PrayForRick.
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