Well, 2013 is coming to a close. It’s been a good year for CrossPointe. It’s been a good year for Casie and me. This year our church paid off the second mortgage and took a huge step toward self-supporting status. The church gave $40,000 to missions in 2013. We are still working on year end totals for attendance, salvation decisions, etc. None of it would have been possible without your prayers and support.
Hope you made it through Christmas and the New year in one piece. We just wanted to share a quick update from Suffolk. We just finished the year in review for 2012. We averaged about 115 for Sunday morning services in 2012, over 70 on Sunday nights, and 55 on Wednesdays. We had 311 visitors in 2012. We know of 23 that trusted Christ in 2012. So far our Winter attendance has remained strong, and God continues to bless.
I recently preached a four part series at CrossPointe called “Four conversations that changed the world.” Here are the sermon videos (side-note, the audio in the first two was acting up, we edited it the best we could)
Hey everybody, been a while since we sent an email update, so here it goes.
This winter has been crazy warm (you already knew that). That being said attendence hasn’t dropped off like most cold winters. Overall attendence is up, offerings are on the rise, and we are still paying down our mortgages on the church…God is good. We had 2 people receive Christ after watching Courageous at church one night last month. Our teenagers are bringing friends to church (always cool).
We had some babies get dedicated (always brings visitors). We started 40 days of prayer leading up to our revival at the end of March with David’s dad, Dr. Sexton. Overall, God has been so good to the church. I’m glad Jesus promised He’d build His church. That’s a promise we can depend on!
We started some Q&A with our teenagers, check out the post before this one on our blog. It’s going really well. We have been driving alot and have alot more driving to do: missions summit, services, camps, etc. Wouldn’t you know as soon as we start driving more, gas starts creeping up!
Personal prayer requests: Pray for our account, last month we came in about 22% short of what we needed to break even. We are still looking for 10 more churches to put us in their budgets. Pray for Casie, she’s been really busy lately. Since we moved her commute is an hour and a half every day. She’s taking piano lessons, working on her Masters, and teaching full time (she’s pretty much amazing at everything, ever).
March 27th was our friend day at CrossPointe, it also kicked off Revival at our church with Karl Sexton (David’s brother). On Friend Day we had 127 in attendence for the morning and Revival attendence was in the high 90’s for most of the week. We had a lot of guests on Friend Day as well as during Revival. This past Wednesday we had four people attend Bible study who have been coming since the Revival. Here are some pictures and videos of the services.
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 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.