CrossPoint Community News 5/12/2023

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Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
       I am thankful to be part of the work that God is doing in bringing generations of people to know, love and obey our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Aren’t you? One thing we are doing to invest in the present generation is providing a college student ministry during the summer. Officially, we begin tonight. The college student ministry is called “Empower.” It’s been around since around 2006 or 2007. And it has served well over a hundred of college students and young adults throughout the years.
       This summer, we plan to do what we can to encourage community building. On Friday Nights, we’ll be looking through two books in the span of three months. We’ll first be looking at what Friendship is (classically defined) and how Christian Fellowship is different. Then we’ll be looking at how to build and maintain healthy, vibrant Christian community.
       One thing that the world needs, which the church can provide, is a loving community. We are called to love one another because we have been loved. So we seek to do good to others, to make others lives better, to support and encourage. But what are the actions that we need to take to do these things? How do we create and maintain Christian community? What are you doing to invest in the community of CrossPoint Community (CPC), and through CPC in the places around you?
       On Sundays, we’ll be joining CPC for the first half of the summer, and probably joining the Young Adults for the second half of the summer. We also want to encourage student interaction with each other and with the congregation. Details for what that might look like are still to be determined – because it really matters who is participating.
       Please be praying for Empower students this summer to be equipped to do the work of ministry, that they would see their role in advancing God’s kingdom, and that they would be a force for good and the glory of God in the years to come.
Also, 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: 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 (May 12 - May 18, 2023):

     1. Tonight, May 12, 2023, the Living Stones Friday Night Bible Study is meeting from 7:30-9:30 to begin our study about My Encounter With Jesus. You can read John 19:16-42 in preparation for this time of fellowship. 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)

Also, the Empower Fellowship begins in Room A-201A this week!

2. The Living Stones Sunday School and Grace Ambassadors Sunday School classes and Empower Sunday School are joining together for Sunday School talking about the Heart of Christ for sinners and sufferers this Sunday, May 14, at 9:45 am (in-person in Room A-202)
Meeting ID: 491 248 585
Password: 403767
Join by phone: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

3. This Sunday, May 14, 2023, at 11:25 am, Pastor Nathan Willems will be preaching. Pray for him! Join us for worship at CBCGL!

a. Text: Various
b. Title: Her name is Princess
c. Live stream via Youtube:

4. Each Wednesday, such as this week (May 17) 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. In April, we will be taking time to pray for our contexts (and for our college students!). 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)! This week, we have an update from Rev. Aritung Kikon who is working to establish a Seminary in Nagaland, India. (For those who were here in 2009-2010 – He attended the English congregation and helped with teaching Youth Sunday School while he was here.) They recently had their first graduation service and are working on building projects so that they can equip and train church workers to go out and lead churches in and around Nagaland, India. Please check the missions tab in our bulletin to read through his report and learn how you can support our missionaries.

2. Save the Date and Signup!
May 21st – CBCGL Annual Heart Pond 5K Fun Run and Walk will be held on May 21 Sunday afternoon 2-4 pm. This fundraising event supports youth short-term mission trips to Boston Project and local service project this summer. All are welcome, join the fun and register now using the link, For more details, please visit.

3. Sunday Lunch Service is available at CBCGL with $5 lunchboxes! This week, lunch is free for Mothers. But you need to register in advance to obtain this free lunch. To place an order, please use the following link: 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.

4. 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. Please note, wearing a face mask to church is now optional.

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

For Prayer:

1. The one who lives without prayer lives as if there is no God. Truly, 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
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