CrossPoint Community News 11/17/2023

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Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 
     As we heard during this past Sunday’s service, there are so many benefits to gratitude, to giving thanks, to having a heart that overflows with thanksgiving.  What is it that you are thankful for? 
     I give thanks for you! Thanks be to God that we can serve together to advance his kingdom in and through CrossPoint Community. I thank God that you are bearing fruit and growing in the knowledge of God. I thank God that He is sustaining you and providing for you and giving you opportunities to trust him. Thanks also be to God for the youth in our services. We have the privilege of worshipping our Lord and being examples to the youth of how to live a faithful Christian life. Thanks be to God for our Lord Jesus Christ, who has saved us, not because of the righteous things we have done, but according to his own mercy. 
     For what are you thankful as we anticipate Thanksgiving? 
Other happenings in CrossPoint Community: 
     On Nov. 19, Minister Kim will be with us to share God’s word with us in the CPC service.  After this weekend, you are encouraged to let the Youth Minister search committee know what you think via the following form:
     Another thing we are preparing for is cleaning on this coming Sunday, Nov. 19. CPC is tasked with cleaning the cafeteria after lunch and also doing outdoor clean-up along 110. So plan to stay behind and help serve either inside – through wiping tables, sweeping, mopping, etc… Or going outside to clean up leaves (please bring your own rakes, equipment, etc…!). Also, if we’re really ambitious, we can take time to clean room A216, A218, and A201a (rooms we normally use for fellowship). But to do these three cleaning jobs, we need all hands on deck! Plan accordingly. 
     Please also extend hospitality to others who may not have a place to go for Thanksgiving. If you are planning a get together, open your home and heart to individuals or families in our church who do not have family in the area and so don’t have people with whom to celebrate. 
     Please also participate in the Local Missions Activities or church activities – from Gift Card Fundraising, to Operation Christmas Child (due this Sunday!), to Collecting food for local food pantries during the holiday season. Let this be a season of both thanks and giving! 
     And as for anticipation, Nov. 26 begins Advent for CrossPoint Community. We will not be continuing in Mark until January 2024. But we will take time to consider witnesses to Christ – those people/situations that pointed to the coming Messiah. To help you reflect and anticipate Christ’s coming, I have a daily advent devotional that I can give to you – one per family. 
     On Dec. 19, Tuesday, all ladies are welcome to join the “Keeping It Vertical” Ladies Bible Study potluck. It begins at 12 pm and goes to 1 pm. Then join the Bible Study (from 1 to 2:30) talking about the Fruit of the Spirit. Come share the Christmas meal with us. Come as you are and bring a dish for the potluck. Don’t want to do the potluck? Come anyway! The ladies are looking forward to seeing you there! Bring a friend or two! All women are welcome! 
Finally, please continue to pray for the nations of Israel and Ukraine. Pray that the wars would end. Here is a suggested list of prayers if you are at a loss for words in how to pray: And Thank you for kneeling on behalf of the people of Ukraine and Russia, Israel and Palestine and taking a stand (or a knee in prayer) against the forces of darkness in this present age. 

This Week (Nov. 17 – Nov. 23, 2023):

1. Tonight, Nov. 17, 2023, the Living Stones Friday Night Bible Study is meeting from 7:30-9:30 to study the need to confess wholeheartedly. You can read Daniel 9 to prepare. Join in person in Room A-216 or online via the following link at 7:30 pm:  
Meeting ID: 685 376 249   
Password: 840840   
Join by phone:  +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)  

2. The Living Stones Sunday School and Grace Ambassadors Sunday School are meeting this Sunday. The Grace Ambassadors will continue a discussion of “The Pilgrim’s Progress” in the Community Hall (A-202). The Living Stones will be studying an Overview of the NT in the Koinonia Room (A-216). They will use the following link for those who wish to join online:
Meeting ID: 491 248 585 
Password: 403767 
Join by phone: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) 

3. This Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023, at 11:25 am, Youth Minister Candidate Jin Kim will be preaching. Pray for him! Join us for worship at CBCGL!

Text: Mark 13
Title: How to Live in View of the Second Coming
Live stream via Youtube:

4. Each Wednesday, such as this week (Nov. 22) 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 Chris and Emily who are serving in Japan with OMF.

2. Baptism Classes are starting up in November. If you’re interested in the next baptism (which will be on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24) talk with Pastor Nathan! He is glad to lead a class covering why we baptize, what is required for baptism, what are your rights and responsibilities as someone who is baptized and more!

3. Get to know Minister Jin Kim (Youth Minister Candidate) – Nov. 19. For more information look above in the main section. Then please share your feedback with the Youth Minister/Pastor Search Committee via the following form:

4. Community Grocery Gift Cards – As the holiday season is around the corner, we sincerely invite you to join the annual fund raising to support Community Gift Card Outreach Initiative. This initiative aims to provide small-value grocery store gift cards to families in our surrounding community who turn to our church for assistance. Through this initiative, we can extend a caring hand to our neighbors, sharing the abundance that the Lord has bestowed upon us and offering hope to those struggling in difficult circumstances. We encourage our brothers and sisters to help out on this initiative financially and/or keep this endeavor in your prayers. Check out the Local Missions Tab in our bulletin for more information.

5. Sunday Lunch Service is available at CBCGL with $5 lunchboxes. 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.

6. CPC is responsible for kitchen clean up and the area along 110 (for raking and parking lot clean-up) on Nov. 19. Please bring supplies to help with outside clean-up and inside clean-up.

7. 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