CrossPoint Community News 09/23/2022

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Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

       Do you know who the first North American missionary to a foreign country is? Do you know that he was born in Malden, MA? That he went to Brown University (then called by a different name) – graduating as valedictorian at the age of 19? That he attended Andover Theological Seminary, in Andover? That he was sent out from the First Baptist Church in Salem – just before the blockade by Britain due to the War of 1812?
       His name is Adoniram Judson. He was converted to Christ following the unexpected death of his close college friend, though he had grown up in the home of a Congregationalist preacher. During his final year at seminary, he devoted himself to missions – to meet the need of bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to people and places where Christ’s name had never been proclaimed.
       His work abroad, and the commitment of others, led to the establishment of the first Foreign Missions Board in North America. Judson helped to translate the Bible into Burmese and also engaged in church planting. At some point during his first year of foreign service to the Lord, he left the congregational church and became a Baptist. After spending 3 years studying Burmese for 12 hours a day (even though he was already proficient in English, Latin, Greek and Hebrew), he began to share God’s word in the native tongue of the people of Burma.
       Judson wrote a grammar of the Burmese language, to aid future missionaries and other foreigners in learning to communicate in Burmese. At the time, Burma was almost entirely Buddhist in practice. It was almost 7 years before the missionaries in Burma saw their first convert to Christianity, in 1819, even at risk of capital punishment for conversion out of Buddhism. But Judson’s time there was not wasted. By 1823, the church had grown to 18 people, and they had a copy of the New Testament available to them in their own language.
       Judson and his wife worked among an Unreached People Group. The Burmese were a people who had not heard of Jesus, and before the Judson’s and other missionaries moved to Rangoon (modern day Yangon), the people of Burma didn’t have the opportunity to hear about Jesus. In short, there was no Christian witness at the time in Burma.

       Unreached people groups still exist in our day and time. People who never have heard of the name of Jesus and do not have an opportunity to hear the name Jesus are considered Unreached. You have the opportunity to learn more about Unreached People Groups (UPGs) due to a presentation by OMF. On October 22 and 23, they will hold three 90-minute workshops, two in person and one online. On October 22, you can attend in person from 9:30 am to 11:30 am at 120 Shawmut Ave, Boston (Boston Chinese Evangelical Church). You can attend online from 1 to 3 pm (register in advance to receive a link). Or on October 23, you can attend in person from 2 to 4 pm at 62 Lindsey Lane, Swansea (Bethany Gospel Chapel). Please consider attending to learn more about our role as Christians and as the church!

       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 (Sept. 23 – Sept. 29, 2022):

       1. Tonight, Sept. 23, 2022, the Living Stones Friday Night Bible Study is meeting from 7:30-9:30 to continue our study in James in order to live out our faith. Join in person in Room A-216 or online via the following link:
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 is on Sept. 25.
      a. The Grace Ambassadors (Young Adults) will be meeting at 9:45 am (in-person in Room A-202)! We will be studying John 18:19-40. More Info is found on the YAs Messenger Chat. For further info, contact Liu Jiang.
       b. “Life is a Journey” Sunday School is this Sunday at 9:45 in-person (Room A-216) and online via the following link:
Meeting ID: 491 248 585
Password: 403767
Join by phone: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

3. This Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, at 11:25 am, Pastor Nathan Willems will be preaching. Pray for him! Join us for worship at CBCGL! You can also watch the live stream if you wish.

a. Text: Luke 11:1
b. Title: Lord, Teach Us to Pray
c. Live stream via Youtube:

4. Each Wednesday, for example, this coming Sept. 28, 2022, at 7:45 pm, you are invited, encouraged, and requested to join our weekly prayer meeting. We’ll spend time praying for the nations as well as praying for CrossPoint Community. The link is found below in the section on prayer.

Administration / Events

       1. CrossPoint Community will hold our bi-annual Town Hall Meeting during the Sunday School hour on October 2 in Room A-202. Come to hear what we have done and what we plan on doing moving forward as a ministry. You can also come with questions and suggestions. But most of all, come with a cheerful heart ready to serve the Lord!

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. Please note, you are recommended, but not required to wear facemasks to church.

3. Sunday Lunch Service is back at CBCGL with $5 lunchboxes! 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. We have a missions update! This week, we have an update from Tim and Judy, who are serving International Students in Pittsburgh after not being able to return to their area of service since the beginning of COVID. Please check the missions tab in our bulletin to read through these reports and learn how you can support our missionaries.

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

For Prayer:

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
Password: 030086
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:

You can also do so via the following link:

In Christ, your servant, SDG,
Rev. Dr. Nathan Willems
Associate Pastor of CrossPoint Community – A Ministry of CBCGL