Fifty Bucks.

“Mandate sounds awesome! But $50 is a lot of money…”

Have you had that conversation with a buddy? Or has that thought crossed your mind? Sure, it’s valid. It’s not exactly like any of us are walking around with tons of expendable cash in our pockets. But, I’d like to challenge that thinking and let you know why we think our Mandate Conference is easily worth the $50 (or only $25 if you’re a student!) asking price.

Here’s what $50 gets you nowadays:

1. A single month’s membership at the gym. That you never use.

2. A few months of Netflix. For what? 3000+ movies from the 80′s that you’re never going to watch.

3. A trip through the drive-thru with your family when you realize the cupboards are empty and you need to eat in a pinch. So you pay a bunch of money for burgers that are there and gone in less than 7 minutes. Not to mention the nasty crumbs your kids leave on the floor.

4. A date to the movies with snacks. And you have to sit behind those teenagers who are chucking popcorn at your head. And it’s over in 90 minutes. And it was for a romantic comedy that you would’ve gladly payed another $50 to never see again.

5. 1/10th of an iPad. Which isn’t going to do much.

6. A tank of gas. Actually, half a tank of gas.Ugh.

Are you getting the picture? $50 actually isn’t too much money in the grand scheme of things. We see it disappear from it our pockets without too much thought on a regular basis, and often times it’s for frivolous items that don’t have much by way of return-on-investment. We’re giving you an option to spend $50…and not regret it! It comes with no guilt, no pain, and no calories (actually, just forget that one).

This time, $50 is going to give you an ENTIRE  weekend – we’re talking a boatload of stuff!  You’ll get multiple (and fantastic) meals, three sessions that include a full band and three different, dynamic speakers, and a pile of activities. We’re cramming everything we’ve got into these two days! This ain’t your ‘bring a macaroni potluck dish and we’ll sit and do a 10-minute Bible study’ men’s event – we’re going all out.

And for what? Something that will have an investment in your life. Something that could change you and your family forever. Encouragement, prayer, support, and laughs with a bunch of other guys going through the same crazy life you are. It’s going to be worth every penny.

Speaking of pennies, we’re only talking 5000 of them to get into Mandate. You’ve got 5000 pennies in your car and couch cushions. Seriously, just go look. And register. See you at Mandate!!

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PS. If the $50 cost is a legit issue, let us know. We’ll get you here.

PPS. Remember, if you’re a student (High School or College/University), you’re only looking at $25!

 

Vision Sunday Is Online!

Vision Sunday has hit the web!

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We’re still working out some kinks, but overall, we’re really pleased to have this underway! The whole thing is now online – video announcements, the worship set, the sermon, etc. In other words, if it happened during the service, it’ll be on the video.  We’re still on the hunt for some more camera operators, so if you’re interested, let us know! In the meantime, enjoy the service…and spread the word!

(Click Here to Watch) 

Vision Sunday Recap!

Vision Sunday 2014 is in the books! We had a fantastic day – here’s a few highlights:

*New clothes! We unveiled some new Crosspoint t-shirts and hoodies -  the band and staff were all wearing them, and it looks like a bunch of you went home wearing them, too. Awesome! You’re our best form of advertising when you walk around town wearing CP swag. Keep it up!

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*New stage design! Our stage was re-designed to reflect our new values icons (we’ll be unpacking those for the next 8 weeks!)  - AJ Guptill and Stephen Brewer made these things! Crazy. Looked awesome.

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*Glory hankies! We brought back the classic church hanky idea – sports teams have been using them as playoff towels, so we’re reclaiming the idea! These have our new vision printed on them, and were hidden under the seats until it was time to wave ‘em around! What’s even better is that you actually waved them all throughout service! Love it. Bring them back to use them again, right?!

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*Awesome worship + new songs + Future/Past movie – The band was off the charts awesome – as usual – and introduced a couple of new tunes that you immediately grabbed hold of and began singing along with immediately! If you missed them and are too impatient to wait for us to post the service online, here’s “I Believe” and “Future/Past” on Youtube.  We threw in a slideshow/video clip of the history of our church during the Future/Past instrumental. It was awesomeWe’ll post in online soon, but wow. One of the highlights of the day for me.

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*Multi-Cam Recording! We started our new multi-camera recording this week. We had a bunch of cameras set up all through the sanctuary that captured the whole morning, and will then be edited together and posted online – music/sermon/video – everything! Thanks to all of our new volunteers who stuck around for both services to pull this off! Watch for it to be posted within the next day or so.

 

*…and obviously, OUR VISION! Here it is: “Making Jesus famous for the good of the city and the hope of the world.” Bam. Glorifying God, loving our neighbours, and taking his name to the ends of the earth: that’s why we exist.  If you want to hear more, you’ll have to watch the sermon, as I unpacked our new statement line by line.

So there you have it – Vision Sunday 2014. It was a huge/exciting/energetic day! Thanks for coming, thanks for praying, thanks for inviting. Great days ahead for Crosspoint Church!!

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Exciting Updates @ Crosspoint!

Fall is in the air! Students are back in school, Starbucks is selling their Pumpkin Spice Latte, the NHL season kicks off in 34 days, and I actually wore pants this week. So yeah. It’s fall.

With fall comes one of my favourite and most exciting seasons in the life of a church.  Ministries that have been on a break are starting back up again and getting relaunched, people who have been away are making their way back home, and  everyone hops into a routine again. So, to help you wrap your head around everything that’s going on, here’s some exciting new updates about life at Crosspoint!

1. As you may have noticed, our current front-office-administrator-receptionist-extraordinaire, Ali Dossev, is pregnant. Quite pregnant. Apparently, so pregnant that she needs to ‘stop working’ and ‘be home’ so she can ‘have a baby’. Sounds like a bunch of foolish excuses to me, but regardless, we’ve been on the hunt for a temporary replacement to fill in this important and necessary job. We’re super pumped to announce that we’ve found the perfect person! Beginning next week, our very own Michelle Burke will be filling in for Ali at the office! Woo! If you know Michelle, you know that she’s a great fit for the job. Be sure to give her a high-five next time you see her and welcome her to the team!

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2. Over the past few years, the Crosspoint team has also put a lot of time and prayer and discussion into beginning an internship/residency program. It would be a great opportunity for the student(s) and also for  us. Soooo, we’re also super pumped to announce that we’ve ‘hired’ our first residency student. Beginning next week, the one and only Martin Stehouwer will be joining the team! He’ll be serving with us from September until May, and will be assisting us with everything from worship to youth to audio/visual to administration and beyond.  We’re excited about this new step for the church, and to also have one of our own Crosspointer’s be the first test subject guinea pig pioneer in this program.

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3. Last but definitely not least…we’re kicking off the fall with Vision Sunday on September 14th!! There’s going to be lots of great stuff going down, including:

a) Our brand new vision statement!

b) New t-shirts and hoodies!

c) New stage design!

d) Unveiling our 8 core values as a church!

e) A fantastic closing song/creative element that honours the past heritage of the church and looks forward to the future. Seriously. Awesome.

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AAANNNNDDD we’re also going to be starting our brand-new multi-cam recording on Vision Sunday! Yep – we’re going to once again record the entire service – including the worship set – along with the sermon – to be posted on the web later in the week. Our service videos have been one of our most popular online features, and we’re really excited about amping up the quality level for this ministry!

WHEW. Lots going on! Not sure how many times I said “we’re excited”, but I’m going to guess it was a bunch…and I mean it! We’re excited! So, welcome back from summer…and be sure to join us this fall at Crosspoint!

(For more info on all of our returning ministries, click HERE)

VISION SUNDAY

Get it on the calendar! Vision Sunday – September 14th.

If you’re a Crosspointer, you need to be here! Don’t sleep in, don’t skip, don’t travel, don’t miss this one.

We’re unveiling this year’s vision and talking who we are and where we’re going and why. Bring yourself, bring your family, bring some friends.

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3 Pre-Vacation Shout-Outs

I’m only four days away from summer vacation – wooho! I’ll finish preaching on Sunday and then we’re hopping in a car and driving away to sunny…Penniac. OK, so we aren’t really going too far, but I’m going to be off. So, here’s a few reminders and shout-outs I wanted to blog before I turn off my computer and phone for a couple weeks.

1. CAMP CROSSPOINT!

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We’re hosting a week-long camp for kids at the end of this month, and it’s going to be FANTASTIC! If you’ve got kids, send ‘em. If you don’t have kids, then get the word out to all your families and friends and neighbours that DO have kids.

This is such an easy invitation to give, but the potential for kingdom impact is huge. Grab a postcard or twelve and hand them out, link the web address on your Facebook and Twitter feeds, and do whatever you can to see this camp fill up with new faces!   Register here: http://crosspointchurch.ca/camp-crosspoint/

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2. RIVER BAPTISMS!

This is on my favourite annual events at the church! We gather around the banks of the Nashwaak to celebrate life-change, and we want you there. If you’ve never been baptized and you’re a follower of a Christ, then there is no greater opportunity than this. Let us know- August 17th is the date, so be praying about it, and don’t miss that Sunday!

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3. SUNDAYS!

Our Direct Message series on the book of Proverbs has been so good! Timely/practical messages, lots of fun, full bands leading us in worship, BBQ’s, and now air conditioning – you should be in church this summer! Don’t take a vacation from Sundays – we’d love to have you here, and you should be bringing some people with you. We had a great crowd on Sunday (a Beulah Sunday, no less!) with tons of energy and lots of new faces; make sure you’re with us!  Here’s Sundays sermon and “Proverb or Pop Song” trivia:

 

 

 

Remedy for a Leprous Church

Pastor Brent Ingersoll (Lead Pastor at Kings Valley, and a born and raised Crosspointer!) unloaded this powerful and anointed message at Beulah this week. Wrecked me. You need to watch it.

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Not sure what happened, but the blog went AWOL for a couple of weeks. WordPress made some major changes, so perhaps it was something on their end. Regardless…we’re back!

7 Reasons to Come to Church This Summer!

1.Direct Message Sunday mornings are going to be a blast! We’re spending summer in the book of Proverbs. I’ve always loved those short, witty, hilarious and profound phrases of Proverbs. In a lot of ways, Proverbs was the original Twitter! Hence the series name, “Direct Message.”  We may even be playing a game each week called “Proverb or Pop Song”…and it’s harder than it sounds. We’ve set up our own Proverbs Twitter account for the series. Give it a follow for a daily Proverb, to participate in contests, and to stay up to date! @ProverbsCP

2. Camp Crosspoint – Calling all superheroes! We’re holding a week-long camp for kids at CP this summer, featuring worship, storytelling, games, and more! We’re wrapping it all up with a huge Family Day that’ll include bouncy castles, BBQ’s and awesomeness.  And best of all – it’s FREE! Get it on the calendar, and start inviting your neighbourhood. It kicks off July 29th – check out the website for more information.

3. Air Conditioning – Ok, I know this one is a bit different, but it’s still awesome…for the first time ever, the Crosspoint sanctuary is going to have AIR CONDITIONING! If you’ve ever sat through a service/wedding/event in that room in the middle of July, then you understand how fantastic and necessary this is. Here’s the details: We’re planning to have 6 heat pumps installed for the ridiculously low price of $13,5000, courtesy of Crosspointer Rob Laagland; this not only blesses us with AC, but it could potentially cut heating costs by 30%, freeing up more money to do ministry. We’re taking a big offering on June 22nd to help make this happen; thanks for helping us out!

4. River Baptisms - It wouldn’t be summer at Crosspoint without spending a morning on the banks of the Nashwaak for baptisms! This is always one of my favourite days of the year, and we’ve already got somebody signed up! Perhaps it’s your year, too; let us know! August 17th after 2nd service – don’t miss it!

5. Uth - We have an awesome youth ministry at CP, and they’ll be active all summer long! Camping, paintball, water parks…you name it, they’re doing it! Check out their calendar and more information: CPUth Summer Calendar 

6. BBQ’s - Ever walk out the doors on a Sunday morning and wonder, “What are we doing for lunch today?” Let us help you answer that question! We’re having monthly BBQ’s all summer long – stick around after 2nd service for hot dogs, burgers, sausages, pop and more; every item is only $1! Meet some new folks, eat some meat, let your kids run around – it’s perfect! Our first BBQ will be June 22nd – hope to see you there!

 

7. Jesus is Worth It! I know, I’m playing the Jesus card; but I mean it – you won’t regret time spent with Jesus! I understand that many of you will be away on vacation throughout the summer, and that’s ok…I will be, too! But if you’re within driving distance of your home church, then come to church! We’re throwing lots of energy into these 12 weeks, we’re praying and expecting God to work and speak and move, and we’re hoping to see lots of new and familiar faces.

So…see you at Crosspoint this summer!

The Year in Numbers

We held our Annual Meeting on Sunday night, which means the 2013-2014 church year is officially in the books! Despite our fair share of challenges, God is good, and He led and spoke and healed and redeemed, just like He always does. Some highlights:

Global Missions Teams – 2 (23 people)

$50,000 overall invested in missions!

Undesignated Income reached its highest total ever – was an increase of 7.5% from last year

Expenses Cut (not including renovations) by nearly $40,000, a 7% decrease from last year

Principle debt paid off: $30,000+ // all credit cards at zero

Received a $50,000 gift, mainly earmarked for greatly-needed facility upgrades & renovations

Monthly website hits: 108,000+

Monthly blog hits: 14,000+

Overall attendance: 465

Salvations – 33

Baptisms – 22

Most-attended Sunday: 616 (second-highest on record)

Cups of Coffee served: 1.2 million (approximate; numbers not final)

 

There’s lots of other things you could highlight, but it’s difficult to put a number on them – restored relationships, people being healed and called to ministry and stepping out in faith, incredible stories of life change – on and on its goes. Needless to say, God has been with us, working and leading and blessing every step of the way.  Thanks for your prayers and attendance and support along the way, Crosspoint – the future is bright!