CrossPoint Community News 09/01/2023

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Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 
     I’m glad to be in the book of Mark with you. This Sunday, we are talking about Jesus’ purposeful cleansing from Mark 1:35-45. I am excited to share God’s word! 
    I also have other announcements for you. Tonight, there is no fellowship, due to the Labor Day Holiday weekend. There is also no regular Sunday School, but we will have a combined Sunday School in the Fellowship Hall (A-202) for anyone who comes. It will be a time of connection and prayer. 
     With the beginning of September, we have a number of changes in our fellowships. For example, Empower Fellowship is done for the Summer. But HBtoo! (our Saturday night Family Fellowship) meets for the first time on Sept. 9 at 5:30 pm. This year, we’ll be doing a study on Marriage, using a book by Paul Tripp.  
During the Sunday School hour, we will have two Sunday Schools beginning Sept. 9. The Living Stones will be finishing up their class on Evangelism. The Grace Ambassadors will meet in Room A202 for a time of study and fellowship. 
     On September 17, we likely will be using the Fellowship Sanctuary, in the Fellowship Building (Bldg A) for our worship service. The reason is that the Mandarin and Cantonese congregations will have joint service with a special speaker who is likely to draw a large crowd. So, to avoid congestion in the hallways and to enable us to start our worship on time, I’ve suggested to use the Fellowship Sanctuary. We are still working on the details, but it should work for our worship service. 
     We are once again collecting new/used electronics for donation to Let the Needy Smile – a Christian ministry in Uganda. Collections begin this week and last until Oct. 8. If you need help resetting your device and erasing your data, we can help with that too! For more information see the second page of the church announcements in our bulletin. 
     You also should know that our church is presently seeking three pastors: A Cantonese Pastor, A Youth Pastor, and a Senior Pastor. Search committees have been formed for each, and we are seeking candidates. Please pray for God to raise up leaders for our church! He is faithful. He will do it. 
     (Some quick facts on the Pastor searches: Pastor Sean is presently serving as an Acting Senior Pastor – which is a one-year role. So we are looking for a Senior Pastor on more than a year-to-year basis. Moreover, if we had all open pastoral positions filled, we would have 6 pastoral staff. Sounds like a lot, but we have had that many as recently as last year at this time.) 
Also, please continue to pray for the nation of Ukraine. Pray that they would cease bringing the war to Russia – because there are no winners in a war. Here is a suggested list of prayers if you are at a loss for words in how to pray: 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 (Sept. 1- Sept. 7, 2023):

1. Tonight, Sept. 1, 2023, all church fellowships are cancelled due to the Labor Day Holiday.

2. The Living Stones Sunday School and Empower Sunday School are meeting this Sunday in a combined Sunday school in the Fellowship Hall (A202). Hope you can join us!

3. This Sunday, Sept. 3, 2023, at 11:25 am, Pastor Nathan Willems will be preaching. Pray for him! Join us for worship at CBCGL!

Text: Mark 1:35-45
Title: The Gospel of Jesus Christ
Live stream via Youtube:

4. Each Wednesday, such as this week (Sept. 6) at 7:45 pm, you are invited, encouraged, and requested to join our weekly prayer meeting. We will not grow in Christ without growing in our dependence on God through prayer. The link is found below in the section on prayer.

Administration / Events

1. We have a missions update (so check out the missions tab from the bulletin)! You can provide support for COCM (in England), for James Liang (at UConn), or for C and A serving in Mexico.

2. We are once again collecting new or used electronics to support the work of Benjamin Owino and Let the Needy Smile (in Uganda). Collections are from Sept. 3 to Oct. 8. For more information, check out the church announcement tab in the bulletin (Second Page).

3. Did you know that our buildings have been named/renamed? Check out the church announcement tab in the bulletin for more information.

4. Sunday Lunch Service is available at CBCGL with $5 lunchboxes beginning, next Sunday, Sept. 10! To place an order, please use the following link: Orders are preferred to be placed as soon as you know, but need to be placed by Saturday night 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.

5. CBCGL’s COVID-19 guidance is following CDC guidance for travel and participation in activities following travel or exposure to a positive case. Please note, wearing a face mask to church is now optional.

6. All other announcements can be found here (in our CrossPoint Community bulletin).

For Prayer:

From Bishop J.C. Ryle – “To be prayerless is to be Christless, Godless, and in the high road to destruction…It will always be found that when prayers are few, grace, strength, peace, and hope are small.” 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
Password: 030086
Join by phone: +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)

We’d be glad to pray for you. If you need prayer, you can submit your prayer request via the following link:

In Christ, your servant, SDG,
Rev. Dr. Nathan Willems
Associate Pastor of CrossPoint Community – A Ministry of CBCGL