CROSSPOINT eLETTER

Thursday, December 13, 2018

From Our Missions Pastor

Christmas is almost here! I hope you’re using our 12 Days of Invites tool to help get folks connected to Christ at Christmas Eve (who may not be willing to come to church any other time)! If you haven’t started thinking about Christmas Eve yet, take a look here to see when all of our services will be.

I would like to add another challenge to your plate this Christmas. In addition to the “Spend Less – Give More” challenge we make as part of #AfricaAdvent, I’d like for you to consider going to a Christmas Eve service outside of our ‘prime hours.’ If you read the eLetter, then you clearly have some connection to the church. For you who are connected, going to an ‘off prime’ service is a simple act of evangelism. A tiny sacrifice by you and your people could make room. Take a good look at Sunday morning December 23 (which will be the Christmas Eve Service) or the 2:30, 3:30, of 4:00 p.m. hours. You’ll never have an easier way to help someone who is not connected to church have a great experience!

Another great way to serve this Christmas is through our Africa Advent Offerings. We have been focusing on our “Africa Projects” in weeks one and two of Advent (Bikes, Bibles, Buildings, and a home for street kids). This week Africa Advent will be focused on Crosspoint’s Hurricane Michael Relief Efforts.

We know that God has called us to be involved with our neighbors to the east LONG TERM! I have been amazed by the ways Crosspoint has stepped up to the plate in these first few months and I can’t wait to see what God will do with us when we start our new push in the new year. This Africa Advent offering is different than the money we have given to UMCOR of the Conference. We love and trust those partners, and we’re glad they’re out there doing good. But this offering will go directly to Crosspoint’s relief efforts.

We will continue to take trips to the affected areas (see schedule and instructions in the “Mission” tab.) We will continue to look for ways to be involved with housing solutions and opportunities to be part of the long-haul of rebuilding. And we will continue to support our partners who are doing great work every day on the ground in Panama City. One highlight has been our deep friendship with Lynn Haven United Methodist Church. You may have heard that we already supplied them with a tent to worship in when they lost their building. We plan to go further and deeper in our relationship with them in the new year, as they continue to connect people to Christ and do great relief work on a regular basis!

I can tell you this, friends, at Crosspoint we feel the same way today as we did the day the storm hit. This is our call, and we’re not moving until the work is done! Giving to this week’s Africa Advent offering is a way for you to help us continue to do long-term good!

Tyler Fuller
Tyler Fuller
Missions Pastor

Tyler Fuller

News & Announcements

The Kingdom
DECEMBER 15-16 | “KINGDOM COME”

Saturday, December 15
6:00 p.m. Crosspoint Saturday Night – Contemporary (Community Life Center) – Rev. Rurel Ausley

Sunday, December 16
8:00 a.m. Traditional (Sanctuary) – Rev. Brice Early
9:30 a.m. Contemporary (Sanctuary) – Rev. Brice Early
9:32 a.m. *Contemporary (Community Life Center) – Rev. Rurel Ausley
11:00 a.m. Traditional (Sanctuary) – Rev. Brice Early
11:02 a.m. Contemporary (Community Life Center) – Rev. Rurel Ausley

*Signing interpretation is provided at the 9:32 a.m. service.

Visit our The Kingdom web page for more information.

Christmas at Crosspoint
CHRISTMAS AT CROSSPOINT:
You don’t want to miss our Christmas Eve worship services this year! For more information about our worship service times, visit  our website.

A few important scheduling items to note are:

Saturday, December 22:
No Saturday night worship service

Sunday, December 23:
9:30 Traditional Christmas Eve worship service, Sanctuary
9:32 Contemporary Christmas Eve worship service, Community Life Center

Monday, December 24:
Check our website for all our Christmas Eve worship services times.

Saturday, December 29:
No Saturday night worship service

Sunday, December 30:
Regularly scheduled worship services
Kids programming for all services is available only for pre-K and under.

Interested in serving in Guest Services for any Christmas Eve Services? Click Here.

Crosspoint Serves
CROSSPOINT SERVES:
Do you want to know how God has uniquely gifted you to make a difference in your community? We invite you to Crosspoint Serves: Sunday, December 16, from 10:45 a.m.- noon in the Crosspoint Theatre, upstairs in the Community Life Center. We believe God is calling you to a unique place of serving; please join us at Crosspoint Serves to find out how and meet with our Ministry Leaders. For more information, contact Nathan Adkison, 850-678-4411, ext 138 or nadkison@yourcrosspoint.org.
kids closures
CROSSPOINT KIDS DECEMBER PROGRAMMING UPDATES:
Please take note of our Crosspoint Kids programming over the holidays:
Saturday, December 22
No Kids Programming, No Worship Services
Sunday, December 23
9:30 a.m. | Traditional Christmas Eve Service
9:32 a.m. | Contemporary Christmas Eve Service
*Childcare is provided for Pre-K and younger.
Monday, December 24
2:30 p.m. | Contemporary Christmas Eve Service
3:30 p.m. | Traditional Christmas Eve Service
4:00 p.m. | Contemporary Christmas Eve Service
5:00 p.m. | Traditional Christmas Eve Service
5:30 p.m. | Contemporary Christmas Eve Service
6:30 p.m. | Traditional Christmas Eve Service
7:00 p.m. | Contemporary Christmas Eve Service
*Childcare is provided for Pre-K and younger.
Tuesday, December 25-Tuesday, January 1
Kids Building and all Crosspoint offices closed.
No Adult or Kids Programming Wednesday, December 26
Saturday December 29
No Programming, No Worship Services
Sunday, December 30
No elementary programming.
*Childcare is provided for Pre-K and younger.
No Adult or Kids Programming Wednesday, January 2

december preschool birthday bash
DECEMBER PRESCHOOL FOCUS:
 BIRTHDAY BASH – JESUS IS GOD’S SON
Jesus is special because Jesus is God’s Son. Christmas is special because that is when we celebrate God giving us Jesus to be our friend forever. It’s a wonderful time to say, “Happy birthday, Jesus!” and celebrate all that God has done for us. Check out our preview video and our parent cue for December. Join us on Saturday evenings at 6:00 p.m., Sundays at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. at Crosspoint Kids.

Crosspoint Kids elementary theme December
DECEMBER ELEMENTARY FOCUS: UNDERCOVER CHRISTMAS – MAKE OTHERS YOUR MISSION:
God’s compassion for the people He created led to the greatest act of love the world has ever seen. God sent His only Son to make us right with Him. We reflect that compassion when we care about others and show them how much God loves them. Check out our preview video and our parent cue for December. Join us on Saturday evenings at 6:00 p.m., Sundays at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. at Crosspoint Kids.


PASSION:
Passion is Wednesday, January 2, through Friday, January 4, 2019, in Atlanta, GA. Please make sure that you get your medical release in before Wednesday, December 19. Click here for the Crosspoint Students web page. The medical release is listed at the bottom under forms. Questions? Contact Melissa Love, mlove@yourcrosspoint.org.

Sabbath
SABBATH:
Register now for Sabbath! Sabbath 2019 is a retreat held at Blue Lake Methodist Camp in Andalusia, AL, Friday, January 18-20, 2019. Registration $180. The deadline to sign up is January 7. Limited scholarships available. Register here: Students | Adult Leaders You must have medical release on file, click here for the Crosspoint Students web page. The medical release is listed at the bottom under forms.  Questions? Contact Melissa Love, mlove@yourcrosspoint.org.

Mission of the Week
AFRICA ADVENT-HURRICANE MICHAEL RELIEF:
Long term relief efforts for our neighbors in the east are our highest calling right now. We were built for such a time as this. We are thinking and praying through the ‘next phase’ of our plans, as we assess the situation on the ground. But if the past is precedent, God will continually provide us with meaningful ways to engage with our brothers and sisters. You can look forward to more trips, more focus on rebuilding, more support of our church partners, and a whole lot more Spirit inspired “God Moments.”
GLEN MILLER BAND CONCERT TRIP:
On Tuesday, January 15 at the Naval Aviation Museum, enjoy the big band sounds of the Glenn Miller Band. We will have dinner at Cheddars in route. Departing at 3:15 p.m. Cost: $35 and does not include dinner. Sign up by Monday, January 7, by contacting Barbara Wilder, bwilder@yourcrosspoint.org, 678-4411, ext. 123.

ACTIVE ADULTS 50 PLUS:
Check the December brochure for this month’s activities.

Hurricane Relief
CROSSPOINT LONG-TERM HURRICANE RELIEF UPDATE |  December 13, 2018 
The Long Haul Continues:
Here we are looking at the year end, with 10 organized trips under our belt and a steady, thoughtful, prayerful focus on being long-term partners to our friends in the East. Crosspoint has absolutely knocked it out of the park in the way we have responded to this storm – YOU have knocked it out of the park. Emails, plans, and opportunities to give mean nothing without the people of the church stepping up and being the church.

We are succeeding because of you – No Coal for any of you this year!

Final week of weekly Hurricane Michael Relief Trips for 2018:
This week we had a lot of major developments in regards to our “Toy Distribution Week Plans.” Crosspoint was incredibly generous, and totally answered the call to provide gifts for children of all ages! With the local Christmas parade scheduled for Saturday December 15, and the racks overflowing with gifts, we moved the weekly trip up to Tuesday, December 12. We had so many more people show up than we expected, and we were able to get all the gifts delivered. Gifts were delivered to Marianna and Panama City for foster and adoptive families. Gifts were distributed through our friends at Northstar Church to various local outlets. Gifts were also delivered to our local Christmas Store here in Niceville. Your response has been amazing, and a true blessing to all who are touched by your generosity.

Stay tuned for the next phase of Crosspoint’s Hurricane Michael Relief – coming in 2019.

God bless you all, and thanks for staying on board long-term!
-Tyler Fuller
Full-Time Missions Pastor
Part-Time “Cousin Eddie”

Dinner
DINNER MENU:
Wednesday, December 19, 2018:
Chicken Parmesan
Spaghetti
Chef’s Vegetable
Breadstick
Assorted Desserts
Child Option: Chicken Tenders
Salad Option: Greek Chicken
Gluten Free: Grilled Chicken Parmesan, Pasta, Chef’s Vegetable, Cheese Bread, Dessert.
YEAR-END GIVING INFORMATION & DEADLINES:
Church offices will be closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. The Crosspoint Central office (201 Jones St.) will be open on December 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for any last minute giving. The post office informs us that if you are in line at 4:45 p.m. on December 31, your donation will be postmarked for 2018. IRS rules do not allow us to post giving to 2018 that is received or postmarked on January 1, 2019.
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