CROSSPOINT eLETTER

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Pastor’s Letter

Feliz Navidad!

Our 12 Days of Christmas Invites just started and this is going to be a lot of fun! So, if you have a little competitive edge, love pointing people to Jesus or want to give the best kinds of gifts at Christmas, connect with our Facebook page here and have a blast! If you come Sunday, we’ll even give you some tools to set you up for success!

Christmas points to Jesus and we want to help point as many people to Jesus as we can! Decide what service you will go to and invite someone to come along. If you’d like to serve as a greeter, parking usher or with Kids Ministry, let me know! We want you! Email me at lausley@yourcrosspoint.org.

Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, December 22:

  • 3:00 p.m. Crosspoint Kids: Family Experience (FX) – Jingle Jam
  • 5:00 p.m. Crosspoint Kids: Family Experience (FX) – Jingle Jam

Free tickets for these services can be picked up in the Kids Lobby every day of the week! These are great service to bring your children to and enjoy as a family!

Sunday, December 23:

  • 9:30 a.m. Contemporary Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
  • 11:00 a.m. Traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

There will be no Café services or 8:00 a.m. service this day.

Monday, December 24:

  • 4:00 p.m. Contemporary Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
  • 5:30 p.m. Contemporary Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
  • 7:00 p.m. Traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.

I can’t wait to spend Christmas Eve with you!

Lisa Ausley
Lisa Ausley
Associate Pastor

Brice Early

News & Announcements

The Kingdom
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16 | “KINGDOM COME”

8:00 a.m. Traditional (Auditorium)
9:30 a.m. Contemporary (Auditorium)
9:30 a.m. Café Service
11:00 a.m. Contemporary (Auditorium)
11:00 a.m. Café Service

For more information, visit our “The Kingdom” series page.

NEW MEMBERS:
Welcome our new members that joined Sunday, December 9.

Donny & Sharesse Warfel and their daughter Nevaeh Sawyer

Christmas at Crosspoint
CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP SERVICES:

Saturday, December 22, 2018

  • 3:00 p.m. Crosspoint Kids: Family Experience (FX) – Jingle Jam
  • 5:00 p.m. Crosspoint Kids: Family Experience (FX) – Jingle Jam

Childcare offered for birth through 2 years old at both Family Experience services.  The Champions room for kids with special needs will be open at the 3:00 service only.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

  • 9:30 a.m. Contemporary Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
  • 11:00 a.m. Traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Regular  Sunday morning Kids programming is offered for birth through 5th grade.

Monday, December 24, 2018

  • 4:00 p.m. Contemporary Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
  • 5:30 p.m. Contemporary Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
  • 7:00 p.m. Traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Childcare offered for birth through 2 years old at 4:00 and 5:30 services.  The Champions room for kids with special needs will be open at the 4:00 service only.  No childcare provided at the 7:00 service.

YEAR-END GIVING:
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 a.m. to 5 p.m. for any last minute giving. The post office informs us that if you are in line at 4:45 on the 31st 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.
Discover January 2019
DISCOVER CROSSPOINT:
New to our church? Find out what we’re all about! Here at Crosspoint, we’re all about “Connecting People to Christ.” It’s our vision, and everything we do flows right out of these four words: come, meet, grow, serve. While there are endless ways for you to get connected to our faith community, we feel the best first step begins with “Discover Crosspoint.”

Sunday, January 13 – 9:15-10:45 a.m. in Portable 1 

Simply complete this form or email lausley@yourcrosspoint.org to sign up!

Jingle Jam 2018 Tickets
JINGLE JAM SAVE THE DATE!
It’s time to Jingle Jam again at the South Crestview Campus! Jingle Jam is a Christmas party BIG enough for the whole family! Showtimes at the South Crestview Campus are Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Childcare will be available for birth through 2 years, as well as our Champions Special Needs Ministry during the 3:00 p.m. show.


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.
 Monthly Preview Video | Pre-K Parent Cue (PDF)


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.
 Monthly Preview Video | Elementary Parent Cue (PDF)

CROSSPOINT STUDENTS:
Crosspoint Students usually meet each Sunday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the North Crestview Campus.

Student Ministry Bunco
STUDENT MINISTRY BUNCO NIGHT:
Crosspoint Students, join us for a fun-filled, Christmas-themed night of BUNCO on Friday, December 14, on our North Crestview Campus from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Sign up at Students on Sunday night, limited spots available! Wear an ugly Christmas sweater and get ready for a great night!

Christmas Break Series
STUDENT CHRISTMAS PARTY:
What better way to kick off Christmas Break than with a Christmas Party on Sunday, December 16, from 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.? It’ll be a fun filled night of cookie decorating, games, and worship as we celebrate Christmas coming up. We will have Christmas themed snacks in place of our normal dinner so please plan accordingly. Bring your friends and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with us!

sabbath 2019 logo
SABBATH:
Sabbath 2019 is a High School (9th-12th grade) retreat held at Blue Lake Methodist Camp in Andalusia, AL, January 18-20, 2019. Early Bird Registration is $165 until Monday, December 3. Regular registration $180 until deadline Monday, January 7. Limited availability. Drop off students for check in at 3:30 p.m., Friday, January 18, in the Niceville Campus Community Life Center and pick up at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 20. No Refunds! Click to register- Students | Adult Leaders

CONNECT WITH US ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

Be sure to follow us on our social media platforms to stay connected to all that Crosspoint Students is up to:

  • Facebook – Crosspoint Students – Crestview
  • Instagram – CrosspointstudentsCV
  • SnapChat: CPstudentsCV

If you have any questions on how to get your student connected to Crosspoint Students, email our Student Minister Brandon Acree at bacree@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 asses the situation on the ground. But if 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.”


STAR TREE:
Thanks to your generosity, all of our stars have been selected from the Star Tree. If you wish to participate in the Star Tree effort (gifts for church kids and hurricane victims), you are welcome to drop stocking stuffer items in the boxes in our Kids Lobby by December 20.

Hurricane Relief
CROSSPOINT LONG-TERM HURRICANE RELIEF UPDATE | December 4, 2018

The Long Haul Continues:
Here we are looking at the year end, with 9 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!

Story Of The Week – Welcoming Partners:
First of all, we had a team of folks show up on a day that we all knew was going to be wet and miserable. I am sure none of them were surprised when they had to stop the day’s work because of a tornado warning. But they were still out there! That’s a perfect metaphor for how you, the church, have responded. You keep showing up, because you sense (as I do) that we are called to this!

You probably remember that last Saturday was our first week with Samaritan’s Purse. The big news is that the closer we look at the operations of Samaritan’s Purse, the more confident we feel that they are the right partners to help us with the ‘trips’ portion of our response. Starting in January we will be taking consistent trips for (at least) three months in partnership with Samaritan’s Purse.

Hurricane Michael Relief Efforts will be part of our #AfricaAdvent offerings this year. Relief will be the focus on starting with weekend worship on December 15-16. Keep your eyes on the missions website, this email, and the Crosspoint Missions Facebook feed for information on next year’s trips plan as well as tons of info on all of our Africa Advent Projects (Bikes, Bibles, and Church Buildings in and around the Congo, Ministry to street kids in Zambia, and Hurricane Relief).

THE BIG QUESTION:

Saturday, December 15:
Every week’s trip is wrapped in chaos, and each project is always approaching like a freight train. This week we had a lot of major developments in regards to our “Toy Distribution Week Plans.” Both the Niceville and Crestview parades are not scheduled for December 15, we gained two partners but lost our best lead for a Christmas Store (all in the last 48 hours).

Here is what I can tell you with absolute confidence. We have multiple ways we could distribute our toys to folks affected by the hurricane. All of which are through partners we know and trust.

Here is what I won’t be able to tell you (at least for the a few more days)- what role you…our ‘general public’ of volunteers…will play in that distribution. We are ironing out all of the ‘when, how, and who’ of toy distribution right now! And in that way, this trip is a perfect cap to our phase II response!

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

GLENN 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 Cheddar’s in route. Departing at 3:15 p.m. Cost: $35 does not include dinner. Sign up by Monday, January 7.

ACTIVE ADULTS 50 PLUS:
Check the
 DECEMBER 2018 (PDF) for this month’s activities.