5 Things To Know About Easter @ Crosspoint

We’re kicking off our Easter series this coming Sunday (April 6th) and you need to be here!

Here’s what you need to know:

1. We’re calling it…Easter @ Crosspoint. Yep. No crazy series title, no zombies, no 3D…just Easter. It’s the Gospel, right? What more can you do to dress it up?!

2. It’s going to be a clear presentation of the gospel. It’ll make sense to people who don’t go to church, and it hopefully bring clarity and understanding on a number of key issues for a lot of people who do attend church. Salvation to resurrection, we’ll be covering it.

3. We’ve been cleaning the place up for you! We’ve undergone some much-needed and very awesome renovations to the building; we’ll be launching our new coffee area this Sunday, our children’s spaces are continuing to undergo some fun changes, and we or may not be planning a major stage overhaul for Easter Sunday. No, paint and coffee don’t save souls, but environments matter, and we’re excited about what we’ve been able to accomplish over these past few months. If you’ve been away, you’re not going to recognize the place!

4.This Tuesday’s Rhythm Night has been deliberately planned to lead us into the Easter season.  We’ll be walking through a number of powerful scriptures and songs that will follow Jesus’ journey to the cross. These have been, without a doubt, some of the most powerful and effective times of prayer and worship we’ve experienced together as a church. Don’t miss this one, April 1st @ 7pm. Childcare will be available for K-5.

5. We’re also going to be gathering with Journey and Corbett to celebrate Good Friday together as a family. The theme is ‘It is Finished’, and there’ll be worship, communion, and I’ll be bringing the Word. See you on April 18th @ 10:30!

And a bonus reason! We’re planning to have a Baptism Sunday during our post-Easter series (all about the Holy Spirit, which I am PUMPED for). We’re hoping to have a good crew of people joining us in the tank, perhaps some of whom will have met Jesus at Easter.

Soooo…start praying! And let’s believe that God is going to move in some exciting ways during Easter @ Crosspoint!

New Series: Instalife

Relationships. You’ve got ‘em, you’ll always have ‘em. They are necessary and beautiful and complicated and difficult. Our lives are made up of these vital relationships – at home, at school, at work, in our churches – and the way you interact within these relationships will determine the direction of your life. An overstatement perhaps? We don’t think so. Your relationships are HUGELY important!

As followers of Christ, our relationships should be full of grace and mercy and truth and honour. What does it mean to have a marriage that glorifies God? What does it mean for children to honour their parents? How do you maintain a godly relationship with a mean boss or a difficult neighbour or a bully that sits in your class?

There are no easy answers or quick fixes when it comes to relationships; they are complex. They are hard. But they are so worth it, and they can end up being one of the greatest testimonies of the power of Jesus to the people around us. Hugely important? Y ep.

Instalife is a 4-week series about relationships. It doesn’t matter if you’re a single 18-year old or a married 87-year old or somewhere in between, there’ll be something in this series for you.  Come check it out, bring some friends,  take some notes, and be prepared to laugh (hopefully) and learn (hopefully) and drink coffee (obviously). We’ll also be having a fun Instagram contest each week, so get that app downloaded and stay tuned for more info. See you Sunday!

Click HERE to check out instagram.

Introducing the 40 Before

What’s the 40 Before? 

We are planning to read through the New Testament together  in the 40 days leading up to Easter.

Are you crazy? The entire NT in 40 days? 

Yep!  It’s not that bad, I promise. In fact, it’s actually a little over 40 days because you get the weekends off (or use them as catch-up days).

Why are we doing this? 

Because the New Testament is a really good Book.

Don’t be sarcastic with me. 

Ok. We think that reading through the New Testament as a church will be a really helpful and valuable experience for Crosspoint. We can spur each other on, keep each other accountable, and – more importantly – be in the Word day in and day out. It’ll hopefully get some of us in the daily habit of reading Scripture, wrestling with new passages, and just discovering all the great stuff that Jesus wants to teach us.

How will I know what to read?

We’ve assembled a handy reading plan for you! It’ll be available on our website, mobile app, and right here on the blog in PDF form. We’ve even got a stack of old-school paper ones available at the Hello Desk in the lobby.

Anything else I should know? 

Be sure to check in often on social media, using #40Before as your hashtag – it’ll be a great reminder for us to do our reading that day, and a consistent encouragement to know we’re working through this together with our church family. Highlight some of your favourite verses, or stuff God’s teaching you, or anything else that might be helpful/informative/interesting.

So, that’s the 40 Before – we’d love for you to be a part of it! Be sure to grab a Reading Plan and step up to the challenge!

40 Before Reading Plan

Two Things To Know For Sunday

Here’s two important things to know for this Sunday!

1. Our new service times are 9:15am and 11:00am. It would be helpful if we could  spread our crowd evenly over the two services. To have one packed-out service and one sparse service doesn’t really help our seating situation! So, we’re asking some of our faithful 2nd and 3rd service attenders to try out the 9:15 time slot. You’ll be fine! We’ll make you extra coffee and give you free refills…you can do it! Thanks for being a Crosspoint missionary and opening some seats for our 11am service.

2. We are combining our pre-service countdown with our video announcements. This means that if you want to know what’s going on at the church,  you need to be on time for church. Easy, right? Just make sure you’re in the worship centre for 9:10 or 10:55 and you’ll see our fantastic new video announcements. Then you’ll know what’s going on and your life will transform for the better in miraculous ways (may or may not be true).

So there you have it! We’re really excited about this new format – be sure to invite some friends and come check out week #2 of our Game Changer series!

3. I know, I know. I said this was going to be a list of two things. And here we are on number three. Leave me alone and let me make up my own rules. The third important thing to know for this week is….you can see some exciting progress on our fellowship hall renovations! Woo! The crew is flying in there, and it’s looking pretty awesome.

So there you have it – lots of great stuff going on! See you tonight at Rhythm, Crosspoint!

Pastor’s Chat Recap

We had a fantastic Pastor’s Chat last night – there’s lots of great stuff happening, and we’re stoked about what God has already done at Crosspoint in this first month of 2014!

If you missed the Chat, here’s a recap (sadly, this recap is lacking the visual aids of Liam Neeson and Lord Voldemort; #EstherCP):

1. Finance Fun

A. Expenses are down…WAY down! Compared to this time last year, we’ve cut expenses by over $33,000. CRAZY. Huge kudos to the staff and board for being so diligent this year in this regard. This is no small feat!

B. Giving is up! With all the challenges and obstacles we’ve faced this year, not to mention a winter that has already handed us multiple storm Sundays, we could have very realistically been facing an unfortunate financial forecast. BUT, God is good, and undesignated giving is up by over $5000. A huge thanks to everyone for being so generous and faithful with your giving!

C. Buckle your seat belts: we received a donation for $50,000. READ THAT AGAIN AND FREAK OUT. Yep. This is a ridiculously generous gift from a Crosspoint family who believes in the vision and the future of this church. This is not a designated cheque, meaning, we can use this for a variety of reasons. However, it was given with the intent that a large portion of it be put toward overhauling and upgrading some key areas in the church.
Soooo, starting as soon as this week, we’re beginning work on the Fellowship Hall, to be followed by (but not limited to) some Children’s Ministry area upgrades and some basic office renos. This is a MASSIVE blessing. Grab your glory hankies and run laps around your living room. Wooooo!

2. Service Time Changes

After much discussion, the staff and board have voted unanimously to move to a 2-service format. Beginning February 9th, we’ll kick off this new format with services at 9:15 and 11:0am.

I want to be as clear as I can, because there’s no doubt this could be misconstrued as a backwards step: we have not made this decision because we’re no longer growing, or have some sort of desire to stop growing. Nothing could be further from the truth! We’re continuing to see new faces every week – new faces that are getting saved, getting plugged into groups, and inviting even more new faces. These are good days!

This is a temporary solution that is rooted in a variety of other reasons:
*Our people are exhausted. 3 services in 4 hours is a drain. We’ve been going non-stop at this level for a few years now, and our people are drained. For the sake of our staff, band, media crew, and kids volunteers, we need a season of rest and health. A church shouldn’t be exhausting its people, it should be rejuvenating them!

*We want to allow more time in services for the important stuff. We are on the clock every service, every Sunday. If we exceed a 70-minute service, things get crazy in the lobby, the parking lot, the kids areas…everywhere. So we rush. We shouldn’t rush. After 3rd service this week, we had extended worship and the altars were lined up with people; it was awesome! THAT’S what we need. Two services gives us more time.

*We want a unified and energized family. Any chance where we can be together more, meet each other, and connect and get into groups with each other, that’s a win. There’s something valuable about having to squeeze into a full row of people and worshipping alongside them. There’s something that just feels better about having a packed room. It’s a time for our church to re-energize and build momentum.

*Ultimately, the 8:30am service is just not a great time to have church. We live in Atlantic Canada; it’s hard enough to convince people to come church at all, let alone when it’s dark and -30 outside. 8:30am is just not an appealing or realistic time for families to show up at church. It served its purpose well for a couple of years but isn’t going to be our best long-term solution for growth in the coming days. HUGE thanks to everyone who attended at 8:30 so we could free up seats in the other 2 services. I have no doubt you will receive breakfast in bed everyday when you get to heaven. :)
On a related side-note here – this 2-service format is temporary. We are well aware that we will need a 3rd service again the future. However, that 3rd service will NOT be on a Sunday morning, but at another time.

*The math just works. We now have 304 seats in the sanctuary, and nearly 100 of our average attenders each week are children and volunteers who are downstairs. Eventually, our reno’s to the Fellowship Hall will also include a fantastic new overflow area that will be available if needed. So, we could realistically grow by another 100+ people in this 2-service format.
The cramped parking lot problem is solved by a new parking initiative that will see us offering extra parking in the Marysville Place lot and having our new Crosspoint shuttle drive you up the hill! We even have a flashing light on top of the car. It’s pretty legit.

So there you have it! It’s a temporary move to 2 services that we feel is in the best interest of the church for this season at Crosspoint. We’re looking forward to the change and hope that you’ll be there!
To recap the meeting: GOD IS GOOD. THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT. (And I’m finally going to get rid of that carpet in my office).

We’re fully believing that our best days are ahead of us!! Much love, Crosspoint!

Four Things To Know!

It’s blog time again! We’re back from our hiatus and ready to roll.  Wooo!

#1. Reminder: we moved our Sunday Wrap information to the website. The sermons (audio and video), along with the worship set  and other notes/quotes, can all be found on the same page, like this: (link here) This ends up being the most-visited portion of our website, so be sure to bookmark it, check back often, and spread the word.

 

#2. We also just underwent a refresh of our mobile app. There’s still a few minor tweaks to be made, but here’s a peek at a few of the changes. Be sure to download this little guy and spread the word! You can watch/listen to sermons, give your tithe/offerings, read our blogs, and stay up to date. To grab it, visit crosspointchurch.ca on your mobile device and follow the download instructions.

#3. We’re having a Pastor’s Chat this Sunday at 6pm! We do these once or twice a year to keep you up-to-date on the latest news at Crosspoint. We’ve got some fun stuff to talk about and a couple of announcements to make,  so you won’t want to miss it!

#4. Last but not least, we’re kicking off a brand new series next week called Game Changer, and we really think it’s going to be a game changer for Crosspoint! Stay tuned for a promo video and details on what in the world the series is all about. More importantly, grab some friends and show up on February 2nd for the kickoff!

Whew. Lots of great stuff going on @CP! We’d love to see you here on Sunday for the wrap-up of our Esther series. It’s been a fantastic time so far, so don’t miss the week where it all comes together!

 

Holiday Service Changes!

Please take note! We’re doing 2 services only on December 29th and January 5th, and they’re happening at 9:30am and 11:00am. Spread the word, and see you then!

An Update!

Finally…some news! We’ve decided to forgo the usual “Weekly Wrap as a Blogpost” and have opted to integrate that info directly into our website.
The Wrap was often the same information just rehashed with a few different words – here’s the topic, the set list, some quotes, etc. so we’ve created a new sermon page with all that information accessible there. You can watch the sermon, read some highlights, and check out the worship songs from the same page. Fun!


We’re also in the process of uploading our sermons into audio form; now you can throw them onto your phone or listen in you car, etc. Perhaps you just don’t want to see our ugly mugs while we preach. If that’s the case, then this is good news for you! Regardless, those audio sermons will be up soon, and will also be available on this same page.

We think this will help everyone access our information more simply and easily, and will cut down on redundant blog posts. The blog will now be updated regularly with more material – specifically, a creative video blog about the adventure that is life at Crosspoint. We use video to communicate almost everything else, and the blog will continue to follow that pattern.

So, check these changes out (among other changes at the site, including a new colour scheme) by clicking HERE.

 

…Paused…

This site is currently on pause as we re-work our current Crosspoint Church website, which also affects the content on this website. These changes are being worked on as speak, and we’re looking forward to rolling it all out in the coming days. Thanks!

From This Day Forward… #3

Worship Set: 

Let It Be Known – Worship Central // Let It Be Known

Holding Nothing Back – Jesus Culture // Consumed

Christ Is Enough – Hillsong // Glorious Ruins

God I Look to You  - Bethel Live // Be Lifted High

10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) – Matt Redman // 10,000 Reasons

Sermon: From This Day Forward…We Will Be Generous 

Notes & Quotes: 

1 Timothy 6:17-19

“Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. 18Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. 19By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.”

Don’t love the gift more than the Giver.

Blessed people bless people!

I would argue that the people who feel like they’ve got ownership at Crosspoint church get more out of it, because they’re putting something INTO it.

God is not concerned about how HE is affected by your lack of generosity, but how YOU are affected by YOUR lack of generosity.

God doesn’t bless us to increase our standard of living, but to increase our standard of giving.

It’s hard to accept a gift when we’ve got a closed fist.