CrossPoint Community News 12/1/2023

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Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 
       How can we say that there is peace when there seems to be no peace? What good is it to say that something is real (like peace) when we don’t have it or experience it? The religious leaders in Jeremiah’s day said “Peace, peace!” when there was no peace. They ignored the reality of the Northern Kingdom, Israel’s, deportation to Assyria. They ignored the growing tensions between Egypt and Babylon. Or they presumed that they had God’s presence due to the temple and the Ark of the Covenant. But their hearts turned away from the Lord. They began treating God like the idols – thinking that they could control their interactions with God. So, they assumed they could conjure peace or God would provide it due to their sacrifices. But it was no use. They had turned away from God and he had turned against them in judgment. How could they have peace with God or peace from God? 
      Do you know how to have peace with God or peace from God? If not, ask! 
       Please also participate in the Local Missions Activities in December. Bring nice clothing for Ukraine (Bring it either Dec. 15 (Fri) or Dec. 16 (Sat. Am). If you need to bring it before that, bring it to my office!). Or Collecting food for local food pantries during the holiday season (due Dec. 15); or Christmas Caroling at the Westford House on Dec. 16 (but you have to sign-up in advance – here). 
       This Advent, we will take time to consider witnesses to Christ – a handful of 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. These start today – Dec. 1! 
       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 (Dec. 1-7, 2023):

1. Tonight, Dec. 1, 2023, the Living Stones Friday Night Bible Study is meeting from 7:30-9:30 to study the need to live courageously. You can read Daniel 10 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, Dec. 3, 2023, at 11:25 am, Pastor Nathan will be preaching. Pray for him! Join us for worship at CBCGL!

Text: Various
Title: Jeremiah Points to Jesus
Live stream via Youtube:

4. Each Wednesday, such as this week (Dec. 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 S and S who are serving in Japan.

2. Baptism Classes started 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. Community Grocery Gift Cards – Thank you for your support – we have met and exceeded our planned total amount. If you know people in need, please let them know that they can come to church to obtain a grocery gift card.

4. 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.

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

For Prayer:

1. 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)

2. 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