Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This morning, I was reminded of the incredible nature of our God. God gives, seeks, protects and provides. For example, I was reading in Ps. 84 and the psalmist declares: “For the Lord is a sun and a shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!”
Then I read in Ezekiel 34. There, God calls out the “shepherds” of Israel who were feeding on the sheep – leaders taking advantage of the poor and needy. God expels them from their role and takes on the role to seek the lost, bring back the strayed, bind up the injured, strengthen the weak. He also destroys the fat and the strong (who became so through their injustice).
Then I read in 1 Kings 3. God promises to give Solomon wisdom, and honor, and wealth and long life, as long as Solomon walks in the way of the Lord. But it is God who initiates, God who bestows honor, God who provides wisdom.
At the beginning of the month of October, may you delight in who God is: the One who does not withhold any good thing, but who seeks the lost, brings back the strayed, binds up the injured, strengthens the weak, takes initiative, bestows honor, blessing, and life. May God work in and through you so that you join him in the work he is doing around and through you!
Important Note: October 2021 is the last month in which you will receive direct e-mails containing CrossPoint Community News. You will still receive updates via the church website by subscribing to CrossPoint Community Ministry News (via the “Subscribe to our News” button at the bottom of the webpage).
This Week (Oct. 1 – Oct. 6, 2021):
1. Tonight, Oct. 1, 2021 we will have Friday Night Bible Study. Join us at 7:30 as we take time to sing, share and study together “Sure of Victory” from 1 John 3 and 4:1-6. You can join online or in person via Room A-216!
Meeting ID: 685 376 249
Join by phone: +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)
2. CrossPoint Community Sunday School and YAs Sunday School – on October 3 – is canceled so that you can attend the CrossPoint Community Town Hall Meeting at 9:45 – 11 am in Room A-202 or join us online via the following link:
Meeting ID: 491 248 585
Join by phone:+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
3. This Sunday, October 3, I will be preaching. Pray for me! Join us for in-person worship!
a. Text: Philippians 1:12-26
b. Title: Making Progress
c. Live stream via Youtube: https://www.cbcgl.org/resources/live-stream/
d. Coworker reminder.
e. We will have communion together this Sunday!
Administration / Events
4. CBCGL’s COVID-19 waiver form has been updated. If you haven’t completed a waiver, please do so. The updated waiver can be found at http://bit.ly/cbcgl-covid19-waiver. You are required to have completed this form and follow its guidance if you plan to participate in any in-person church activities. Note: the following is the most recent guidance from the COVID taskforce.
a. Wearing a face mask is required to attend church indoor activities regardless of vaccination status except when preaching, teaching, or leading worship service.
b. After international or domestic travel by plane, self-quarantine for 10 days before attending church in-person activities or follow state and CDC recommendations or requirements.
c. MPR room is limited only for no contact sports, e. g. pong-pong, badminton and etc and otherwise pre-approved activities.
5. We would like to invite you to join our Alpha Tuesday Online Course for Adults and Youth this coming Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm. #AlphaCourse for adults and youth is a chance to explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open, and informal online environment. Join us for a great conversation with others who are exploring life and faith; no strings attached. Sept. 28, 2021 – Dec. 14, 2021, 7:30pm – 8:30pm (1 hour – EST).
Here’s the Zoom Meeting Info:
Meeting ID: 820 8069 5483
Contact: Marina Lam
6. Meet with Angie and me (preferably in person)! We are now hosting meetings online or in our home, or at church, for participants in CrossPoint Community Ministry. To sign-up, use the following link: https://lowellchurch-my.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/personal/nathan_willems_lowell_church/EccUw7hTOn1IkeJ_B1Eqp8EBUIKksUtMSLDZwEh0buI3SA?e=UPtpIM
7. All other announcements can be found in our CrossPoint Community bulletin.
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)
Young Adults Prayer Meeting: Wednesday nights @ 7:45 – 9:30 pm
Meeting ID: 868 9398 2884
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 EM to reach out and take care of those in need among us. You may also enter yours via the provided link:
In Christ, your servant, SDG,
Nathan Willems – Associate Pastor of CrossPoint Community – A Ministry of CBCGL