Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
If the wars that are going on around the world (Ukraine is a cross-border war, but there are many countries experiencing civil wars or terrorist insurgencies) are any indicator, we live in a world where violence occurs. Perhaps it is more unsettling when that violence occurs closer to home (as in Buffalo on May 14) or to people of the same ethnic/religious heritage as us (as in the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church on May 15) or to people of Asian descent (as in Dallas on May 11).
“I lift up my eyes to the hills, from where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth.” (Ps. 121:1-2) It light of the recent shootings, it can feel like the Psalmist is out of touch when he writes: “The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.” But the same Lord who made the world still cares for us. If he didn’t, we wouldn’t exist.
We grieve with the families who are mourning the loss of Andre Mackneil, Aaron Salter, Roberta Drury, Margus Morrison, Geraldine Talley, Celestine Chaney, Heyward Patterson, Ruther Whitfield, Pearl Young, Katherine Massey, and Dr. John Cheng. Our God also grieves at the racially / ethnically motivated hate crimes. This is not the way that things should be.
We can also pray with the psalmist when he cries out: “How long, O God, is the foe to [kill]? Is the enemy to revile your name [through murdering those made in God’s image] forever? Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand? Take it from the fold of your garment and destroy them!” (Ps. 74:10-11) God can and will bring about justice fully one day.
We also know that God is near to the brokenhearted and he saves the crushed in spirit (Ps. 34:18). If you are in need of support, take time to pray. Talk to God about how you feel and how you want things to be different. Thank God for the lives and courage of those who help to stop the shooters.
Also, the Taiwanese American Foundation (TAF) has put out a statement which has a list of resources on pages 06 to 08. I can’t endorse all of them, but there are some which may be helpful as you deal with the range of emotions that comes with these headlines, and some opportunities for support. Here it is: https://www.facebook.com/tafworld/photos/pcb.5431047050247750/5431046900247765
Here is a list of ways you can support the city of Buffalo (which carries the same disclaimer from above): https://www.buffalobills.com/news/how-bills-fans-can-support-the-city-of-buffalo-right-now
May God have mercy, and please continue to pray for Ukraine. Here is a suggested prayer if you are at a loss for words in how to pray: 24-7 Prayer – A Prayer for the Crisis in Ukraine (ENG).pdf Thank you for kneeling on behalf of the people of Ukraine and Russia, and taking a stand (or a knee in prayer) against tyrannical despotism.
This Week (May 20 – May 26, 2022):
1. Tonight, May 20, 2022, we will have Friday Night Bible Study. Join us from 7:30-9:30 as we take time to sing, share, and study the topic “Knowing What’s Coming”. You can read John 24:15-25 in preparation. Join in person in Room A-216 or online.
Meeting ID: 685 376 249
Join by phone: +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)
2. CrossPoint Community Sunday School and YAs Sunday School will continue our combined Sunday School on this Sunday, May 22, called, “Radical and Practical Generosity”. We’ll be talking about the Savers. Please join us in the Upstairs Cafeteria (Room A-202) and online via the following link:
Meeting ID: 491 248 585
Join by phone: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
3. This Sunday, May 22, 2022, at 11:25 am, Minister Jeremy MacDonald will be preaching. Pray for him! Join us for worship at CBCGL! You can also watch the live stream if you wish.
a. Text: Matthew 7:7-12
b. Title: Ask and You Shall Receive?
c. Live stream via Youtube: https://www.cbcgl.org/resources/live-stream/
4. Each Wednesday, for example, this coming May 25, 2022, at 7:45 pm, you are invited, encouraged, and requested to join our weekly prayer meeting. We’ll spend time praying for Ukraine as well as praying for CrossPoint Community. The link is found below in the section on prayer.
Administration / Events
1. We invite you to join our Alpha Tuesday Online Course this coming Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 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.
Apr. 26, 2022 – June 28, 2022, 7:30pm – 8:30pm (1 hour – EST).
Here is the Zoom Meeting Info:
Meeting ID: 820 8069 5483
Contact: Marina Lam
2. 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. We are no longer requiring new guests to complete the waiver form.
a. Also, the task force has notified all ministries that we will no longer be taking temperatures but are once again recommending face masks. Please note, you are once again recommended to wear facemasks to church.
3. Lunch service is back at CBCGL! To place an order, please use the following link: https://forms.gle/SJBrwGF4nb5w564DA Orders need to be placed by Friday at 11 pm so that we 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. Did you know that we have updated reports from our missionaries on a regular basis? Please check the missions tab in our bulletin to read through these reports and learn how you can support our missionaries. This week, there is an update about the Ronald Yu, who is entering retirement, following the past three years of mentoring a new leader for China Ministries International. Check it out!
5. All other announcements can be found here (in our CrossPoint Community bulletin).
– Particularly, check out the Children’s ministry Tab to sign-up, show-up, serve, and see God at work in the next generation!
1. 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)
2. 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 CPC 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,
Rev. Dr. Nathan Willems
Associate Pastor of CrossPoint Community – A Ministry of CBCGL