A while back we had our first service in the new building. 92 people gathered at 2460 Pruden Boulevard for our first ever Sunday morning service in the building. The last few weeks have been busy. We spent a lot of time building, painting, hanging drywall, installing new electrical, etc. That day it all came together and it looked great. I got to thinking, there are a lot of churches looking for a place to meet, so here are some ideas we’ve run across recently:
Local bowling alleys
Here are some pictures of the process of turning the funeral home into a church.
It’s been crazy around here lately and I just realized it’s been 2 months since we updated our blog! Thought I’d let you in on what’s been going on at CrossPointe. 2011 is off to a great start. We have seen an increase in giving at the church. Right now we really need to get our $200,000 down payment 5 year loan paid off. It’s killing us with an almost $4,000/month payment. Some good news is that we have been awarded almost $30,000 from home missions to go toward paying it off. Want some more great news? Casie and I just got our statement from Home Missions. October and December 0f 2010 were two of the biggest months our missions account has EVER seen. October came in at 167% and December came in at 145% For the first time in a long time we have a little bit of a surplus! After spending most of 2010 with an empty account, it’s amazing to now have a little left over after 2010. He knows what we need, when we need it.
God has been good to our ministry in alot of ways lately. Our Teen class on Sunday mornings is now averaging 15 a week. This is up from our average of 10 a week. Awanas is also off to a great start this winter. We had one Sunday night (when Awanas meets) with over 75 people! It’s been great to see our kids and Teenagers growing in Christ. Our attendence is holding strong in the 80’s even in the midst of a chilly winter.
I want to ask you guys to pray for a few needs we have right now. Please pray for some converts who have now openly declared they no longer believe in God. They are very friendly and want to remain close. Please pray God would show Himself to this couple. Please also pray for us as we strive to pay off the down payment. If we can shed that debt, and increase giving by 50% we’ll be very close to being a self-supporting work. Thanks for all your prayers and support. You guys are the best!
We are excited to tell you about what’s been going on recently at CrossPointe. We started AWANAS a few weeks ago on Sunday nights, as well as our youth service for teenagers. Last Sunday night we had 79 come to church for the evening service. Nine of those were visitors. The kids and teenagers have really enjoyed the new ministries, and we are excited about the future generations of our church. The week before that was Fall Back Sunday. We had over 90 people in church that morning, and 17 in our Teen Sunday School class. That is the most we’ve ever seen in our Teen class. It was exciting to see so many new families, as well as some returning families.
We are still trying to find the best option for a baptistry. Pray we find one soon, because we have 11 people waiting to be abptized. Also please pray for us as we begin investigating how difficult a steeple would be to put up. The city will probably have some requirements, but we are hoping to get a small one soon.
Yesterday we had a great service at First FWB Church in Bristol VA. David Mizelle has been pastor for about 6 months and the church has really done well since he got there. Yesterday morning I presented the work and preached the AM message. I have to be completely honest, it wasn’t the best message I’ve ever delivered (every preacher knows when things go well). My remote started acting up early in the presentation, I ran through my sermon, and mishandled the invitation. However, David Mizelle gave the audience a chance to respond and people started coming forward. Then a family came forward with their teenage son. His name was Matt. He accepted Christ, and after the closing prayer announced to everyone in the room he was sorry for how he’d treated his family.
It was sobering and at the same time a big relief to realize- the Holy Spirit does the drawing. I am responsible for proclaiming the Gospel. God had been dealing with that young man for days. I just happened to be there yesterday. I am thankful it’s not up to me to draw people. I must rely upon the Holy Spirit.
I believe I needed yesterday to show me how guilty I am of overlooking the necessity of the Holy Spirit. I have a tendency to worry about the details of a service (music selection, timing of the service elements, no dead spots in a service, etc.), but I believe God desires for me to spend more time praying for the Holy Spirit. A perfect service with well-timed music, great organization, perfect sermon delivery, and no Holy Spirit is a complete waste of time. Don’t get me wrong I strive for excellence in every service we have. However, God has really burdened me lately that I need to spend more time praying than I do planning. Just my thoughts after a great Sunday, with a great lesson I needed.
Yesterday was one of those days you work toward for months, and before you know it it’s over in a flash. For weeks we have been preparing for our GRAND OPENING service in our new building. Postcards were mailed, invitations were handed out, and friends were invited. As a result we had 202 people at church yesterday for worship, and 102 for Sunday School. We had a great day with many visitors. Larry Powell (Director of Home Missions) was with us and taught us in Sunday School. We also had the youth group from Unity FWB Church watch the service in our overflow room.
The saturday before the Grand Opening we had a community day with free food and games. We had lots of visitors stop in and check us out. Many came back the next day for the service. Here are some pictures of the community day and the Sunday service.
Tonight we prayed at CrossPointe for our upcoming GRAND OPENING service. This Sunday we will have 108 seats in the auditorium, 100 seats in the overflow video room, 40 seats in the kids worship, and 20 seats in a room set aside for decisions. We have mailed 10,000 postcards, passed out hundreds of invitation cards, and had 1 news story in the paper. Those numbers mean nothing unless a great number of people get saved this Sunday. That’s the goal, to fill the place with people who need Jesus. WILL YOU PRAY WITH US???
We are expecting God to do something great this weekend. Pleainvise pray with us for God to move in a special way. We will update you shortly after the service to let you know how it goes. We can’t wait to share with you what God has done!
Last week we had a group from Unity FWB Church in Greenville, NC come help us with our VBS. It was great. We had 30 kids our first night. With all the helpers from Unity we were able to get alot done last week too. They helped us with outreach during the day, as well as cleaning out our building’s garages. They were great with the kids at VBS every night as well. Here are some pictures of all the fun we had (thanks cindy for the pics).