Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
During our 33rd Annual Congregational Meeting on the 4th Sunday of October, in the midst of unintended automatic slide advancement, each ministry had a chance to share its 3-year vision. A vision is a picture of where we want to be, not a prescription of how we are going to get there. The Vision for CrossPoint Community which was shared at the meeting is as follows:
In 2025, CrossPoint Community will be a more diverse, inclusive, cohesive community. We will have stronger, Christ-focused marriages. We will have children worshipping with CrossPoint Community at least once a month. Increased (2x to 3x) participation in the prayer meeting. A more intentional discipleship structure. Members who understand and live based on the truth that ministry is done by them rather than for them.
Increased diversity means that we want to be a ministry that is beginning to mirror the socio-economic reality of our neighbors in Chelmsford and surrounding communities. Increased inclusivity means that we want to continue to be welcoming and kind to all, while maintaining the standards of a Christ-exalting / Christian community. Increased cohesiveness in our community means that we will have more mutual understanding, a sense of togetherness, a willingness to meet others where they are at, and sacrificial care for others across age, culture, and language gaps.
We also want to see stronger, Christ-focused marriages. I have been mulling over the idea of trying to put together a marriage retreat for the participants of CrossPoint Community. To my knowledge, there hasn’t been a marriage retreat in CrossPoint Community or the English Ministry in the past 15 years. But taking a weekend to strengthen the relationship between husband and wife can help to strengthen families and help to display God’s love to a world that is confused and hurting relationally.
I also would like to see children worshipping with CrossPoint Community at least once a month. Presently, 6th graders join CrossPoint Community twice a month. But I would like to see kids ages 1st grade to 6th grace join worship with us, so that we learn to care for the kids in our church; so that we, along with the kids of our church, learn the joys and blessings of worshipping with people who are not like them; so that we learn that worship is not primarily intended for what we receive.
We also want to see a more intentional discipleship structure. Discipleship is the process by which a person becomes more and more like Jesus Christ, through the support and encouragement of Christian community. Bible Studies and Sunday School are helpful, but we need to establish clear goals and objectives for our content so that we can equip people to live the lives that God calls us to live – missional, evangelistic, generous, sacrificial, service-oriented, etc…
Finally, we are aiming at implanting the idea in our members and regular attendees that ministry is primarily done by them rather than for them. There are no spectators in the Christian life. We need to be all in following Christ. Yes, the church is a people among whom we can grow but it is also a people to whom we can give. God has given each Christian gifts and his Spirit so that we can bring about the advance of God’s kingdom. Do you see how your service fulfills (or your lack of service detracts) from that purpose?
If you have questions about this vision or have comments, please let me know. I want to know what you are thinking and understand how God is leading you to know, love, and serve him.
Please continue to pray for the nation of Ukraine. Here is a suggested list of prayers if you are at a loss for words in how to pray: https://send.org/story/hh_pray_for_ukraine. Thank you for kneeling on behalf of the people of Ukraine and Russia, and taking a stand (or a knee in prayer) against the forces of darkness in this present age.
This Week (Nov. 4 – Nov. 10, 2022):
1. Tonight, Nov. 4, 2022, the Living Stones Friday Night Bible Study is meeting from 7:30-9:30 to continue a study about God’s word. You can read Nehemiah 8:1-12 in order to prepare. Join in person in Room A-216 or online via the following link:
Meeting ID: 685 376 249
Join by phone: +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)
2. The Living Stones Sunday School and Grace Ambassadors Sunday School is on Nov. 6.
a. The Grace Ambassadors (Young Adults) will be meeting at 9:45 am (in-person in Room A-202)! We will be studying Tim Keller’s Book – “Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God”. More Info is found on the YAs Messenger Chat. For further info, contact Liu Jiang.
b. “Understanding the Old Testament” Sunday School is this Sunday at 9:45 in-person (Room A-216) and online via the following link:
Meeting ID: 491 248 585
Join by phone: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
3. This Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, at 11:25 am, Pastor Raymond Lee will be preaching. Pray for him! Join us for worship at CBCGL! You can also watch the live stream if you wish.
a. Text: Romans 4:18
b. Title: Faith Thrives on Challenges
c. Live stream via Youtube: https://www.cbcgl.org/live-stream/
4. Each Wednesday, like this coming November 9, 2022, at 7:45 pm, you are invited, encouraged, and requested to join our weekly prayer meeting. We’ll spend time praying for the nations as well as praying for CrossPoint Community. The link is found below in the section on prayer.
Administration / Events
1. CBCGL’s COVID-19 guidance has been updated. We still are following CDC guidance for travel and participation in activities following travel or exposure to a positive case. We are no longer requiring new guests to complete the waiver form.
a. Please note, you are recommended, but not required to wear facemasks to church.
2. Sunday Lunch Service is back at CBCGL with $5 lunchboxes! To place an order, please use the following link: https://forms.gle/SJBrwGF4nb5w564DA Orders need to be placed by Friday at 11 pm so that the kitchen can prepare the correct amount of food. Note: The selection which states “Number of Meals” refers to the cooked food/lunch box/Chinese food option.
3. We have a missions update! This week, we have an update from Candy Zhang who serves with COCM (which focuses on reaching the Chinese to reach Europe). Candy has been working on putting together a ministry resources website; serving a Mandarin congregation; and helping to coordinate a Bible tour at a British museum. Please check the missions tab in our bulletin to read through these reports and learn how you can support our missionaries.
4. Save the Date: November 24th, from 12:00 to 1:30, CrossPoint Community will host a Thanksgiving Day Luncheon. This is primarily a way for us to serve those who don’t have family / friends in the area.
5. What if you could skip one dinner eating out and use the money saved to help someone in Uganda to receive a bike? $50 can send a bike to the very poor in Uganda who cannot even afford to use public transportation and must travel hours by foot to reach church or school. Skip a dinner-out and send a bike. Donation is easy. If God so prompts your heart to help, please visit Pastor Owino’s website Letneedysmile.org to donate to help pay the fee of shipping the bikes to Uganda. $50 to ship one bike; $100 to ship two bikes. You can ship as many bikes as God prompts you. When donating online (via Paypal), please denote the donation with “Shipping fee for bike”.
6. All other announcements can be found here (in our CrossPoint Community bulletin).
1. Our time in prayer shows what we think about God! Do you see your need of Him? Or are you trying to live this life without / apart from Him? Please join our Wednesday night prayer meeting (7:45 – 9:15 pm) even if you can’t participate the whole time.
Meeting ID: 758 587 937
Join by phone: +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)
2. Here is our list of prayer and service requests. The service request tab is for brothers and sisters to ask for assistance or announce any give-away items. It is an attempt from CPC to reach out and take care of those in need among us. You may also enter yours via the provided link:
You can also do so via the following link: https://www.cbcgl.org/pray/
In Christ, your servant, SDG,
Rev. Dr. Nathan Willems
Associate Pastor of CrossPoint Community – A Ministry of CBCGL