CrossPoint Community News 5/19/2023

by | May 19, 2023 | Announcement, CrossPoint Community Ministry, FrontPage-News | 0 comments

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
       This week, I’ve been out of town. From Wednesday at noon to today at 1 pm, I’ve been a participant in the Ockenga Fellows Program. The Ockenga Fellows are a group of pastors who are primarily from New England. We are gathering for 6 sessions to talk about broad issues that affect our members and ministries in profound, but often, unaddressed ways. So, for example, in these past few days, we talked about Globalization: from Global Health, to Global Humanitarianism, to Global Business Ethics, to the Price of Fast Fashion, to the state of Global Christianity and more. The truth is the we all experience the effects of our globalized world. Some easy examples that come to mind are the global pandemic (the public health emergency of which has ended this month) and the upcoming possibility of the US defaulting on our debt over the debt ceiling debate in Washington D.C. 
       Another truth is that we are a local people who are loved by a global God. God loves the world, not just the particular communities in which we live. We are called to go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation, all while showing the love of God through social concern and justice. And praise God that Christianity is growing throughout the world, particularly the global south.
       Tonight, we will have a chance to hear from a missionary via zoom. He will share about the work that God is doing in the area where he is serving. It’s important for us to hear so that we can be praying and can be moved to act, even, to care for the things that God cares about around the world. We don’t want to get compassion fatigue, but we also don’t want to become apathetic to the needs of others, particularly of those who do not have access to the gospel. I hope you can join us at 7:45 pm for that sharing via zoom tonight.
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 19 - May 25, 2023):

1. Tonight, May 19, 2023, the Living Stones Friday Night Bible Study is meeting from 7:30-9:30 to continue our study about My Encounter With Jesus. We will start with missionary sharing from 7:45 to 8:30 pm. Then we will do our normal Bible study. You can read John 10:1-18 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 continues to meet in Room A-201A this week!

Note: Next week, May 26, there will be no Living Stones Friday Night Bible Study, but there will be Empower Fellowship.

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 21, 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 21, 2023, at 11:25 am, Pastor Raymond Lee will be preaching. Pray for him! Join us for worship at CBCGL!
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b. Title:
c. Live stream via Youtube:

4. Each Wednesday, such as this week (May 24) 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 May, 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 S and S, serving in Japan. They are currently both servants in their church and students in Seminary. They are praying for family members and for friends who have been hospitalized, but recently discharged. Please check out the tab to keep them in your prayers.

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! 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.

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