Bluewater Bay Campus eLetter
Thursday, October 31, 2019
From our Campus Pastor
There are just a few things to be aware of that are right around the corner.
As always, remember that these are opportunities for next steps.
Next steps to serve. Next steps to connect in community. A next step to change your clocks!
We hope and pray you will be involved in all three!
Of course, if you choose not to be involved with one of them, we will just have the coffee ready an hour early for you on this Sunday!
- Cookout & Kickball is this Sunday, November 3 at 3:00 pm. Bring a chair with you and come and enjoy food & fun! We will be at the driving range at the Bluewater Bay Golf Course on Bluewater Boulevard. Park in the Golf Course parking lot across the street at 2000 Bluewater Boulevard.
- Holiday Food Drive has begun so that we support our friends at Sharing & Caring. Drop off donations in our lobby no later than Sunday, November 17. Needed food items lists can be found in our lobby.
- Finally, don’t forget to “Fall Back” this weekend. Time change! We get a free hour. We get to sleep an hour longer. We get to actually have 25 hours in a day. And if we forget about it we get to drink coffee here at church an hour earlier than everyone else! (And we will stand around wondering where everyone is!)
We’ll see you Sunday,
Billy Russell, Campus Pastor
News & Announcements
NOVEMBER 3, 2019 | "NEW BEHAVIOR"
NOVEMBER 10, 2019 | "NEW RELATIONSHIPS"
9:35 a.m. Contemporary Service
11:05 a.m. Contemporary Service
Visit the "Made New" message series page for complete information on this series.
CURRENT MESSAGE, MISSED A MESSAGE OR LOOKING FOR ONE OF YOUR FAVORITES?
You’ll find a complete listing ready for viewing HERE.
Daylight Saving Time ends November 3
Don't forget to set your clocks back an hour this Saturday and enjoy that extra hour of sleep!
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, December 8 | 9:35 – 10:35 a.m. | upstairs in room 203
Discover Crosspoint is open to anyone.
Want to get Baptized? If you’ve committed your life to following Jesus and you’ve never been baptized, then we’d love to help you obey Jesus’ command. Simply sign up by emailing Twanette Rodgers at [email protected] and indicate your choice of 9:35 or 11:05 a.m. service. Baptismal Celebration, Sunday, January 5, 2020.
NOVEMBER PRESCHOOL FOCUS: BUBBLE FACTORY
We are going to be bubbling over with thankfulness this month as preschoolers learn to be thankful for their family, friends, and food. And, they’ll learn that saying, “Thank you” is just as important as being thankful. Imagine them growing up giving thanks to the Lord with their WHOLE heart.
Preview Video | Parent Cue
NOVEMBER ELEMENTARY FOCUS: TALENT SHOW - HALL OF FAME -- EVERYONE'S A VIP
All people have value because they were created in God’s image. God values each of us so much that He sent Jesus to make it possible for us to have a forever relationship with Him. We follow God’s example when we show others that they have value, too.
Preview Video | Parent Cue
Passion Conference exists to see a generation leverage their lives, for what matters most. Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. When: December 31 - January 2, 2020, for 18-25 year-olds (Class of 2020 and college students). Depart on Tuesday, December 31 at 6:30 a.m. and return Thursday, January 2, at 8:00 p.m. RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY! Limited slots are available. Registration cost is $310 deadline is Monday, December 2. Register early for a discounted amount of $290 deadline is Friday, November 1. Registration covers tickets, transportation, and hotel. Students will be responsible for food and souvenirs. We are excited to bring in the New Year at Passion 2020! REGISTER HERE!
THE WKND is our winter retreat focused on connecting students from 6th to 12th grade to Christ. This year we are coming together for one weekend, January 17-19. THE WKND will provide an exciting and refreshing atmosphere at Shalimar Retreat Center in Panama City Beach, FL. Students will enjoy the new recreation areas, cafe', snack shop and engaging activities all weekend. We will kick things off with Silent Disco on Friday night!!! Your student will not want to miss this! The early bird rate is $215 until November 1. The regular rate is $235. The deadline to register is December 19. See you at THE WKND!
Donate/Give towards a student's scholarship HERE.
TIMES AND ENVIRONMENTS:
CROSSPOINT STUDENTS | 5th-6th GRADE | SUNDAYS, 11:00 a.m. - Noon | SUBMERGE THEATER
Weekly teaching environment where students play games, connect in groups and discover how to live in God’s story.
CROSSPOINT STUDENTS | 7th-8th GRADE | SUNDAYS, 9:35 a.m. - 10:35 a.m | SUBMERGE THEATER
Weekly teaching environment where students connect in small groups and engage with God’s truth together.
CROSSPOINT STUDENTS | 9th-12th GRADE | SUNDAYS, 6:00 -7:30 p.m. | AUDITORIUM
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Food, fun, and a silent disco! Be sure to bring a friend.
Please contact Taylor Nixon at [email protected] with any questions.
PRAYING FOR OUR LIFE GROUPS
We are praying for new Life Groups to form so that we can get even more people connected in the community. Our hope is that you would be in one of our new Life Groups. In order to make that happen, we need some of you to prayerfully consider stepping out in faith.
So here is the question: Would you consider being either a host home and/or a facilitator for a Life Group? To be a host home would simply require making the space for 8-10 people to be able to join together weekly and build relationships with one another as well as Jesus Christ. To be a facilitator would simply mean being willing to receive some training as well as being willing to lead discussions. It doesn't mean you are the expert by any means but it does mean that you would be willing to keep conversations directed towards growing in our faith!
If you are currently in a Life Group please join us as we pray for a deeper relationship in the community and with Christ as we seek to reach Bluewater Bay.
Please join me in prayer for these prayer points listed below:
- More Life Group options!
- More host homes!
- More facilitators!
- More people from our campus connected to the community!
- More of God's grace!
If the Lord is leading you to take the next step of faith, please email Billy Russell at [email protected].
MISSION OF THE WEEK: HOLIDAY GIVING
During the holidays we naturally think more about generosity and serving. As Christians, we are called to these things 365 days a year, but we all enjoy and appreciate the special attention and warmth around Holiday Giving. Every Crosspoint campus has multiple projects you can be engaged with this Holiday season. Check out the Holiday Missions Guide accordion with more information on what you can do.
LOCAL ORPHAN CARE: EMBRACE FLORIDA KIDS
Embrace Florida Kids is the new name for all of the Northwest Florida based ministries of the United Methodist Children’s Home. Tracey Williams, a member of Crosspoint, leads this ministry and they are doing great things. You can meet Tracey and learn how Embrace can help license and support you as a foster parent, what they are doing locally with group homes for teenagers, and their program to support and train biological parents in order to resolve issues and prevent removals. Tracey will be at the South Crestview Campus before and after worship on Sunday, November 3, after worship at North Crestview on Sunday, November 10, and at the Bluewater Bay Campus on Sunday, November 17. Stop by and chat about the great work they are doing.
If you were with us this summer at Mission Week, you may remember hearing about the work Hope61 does to prevent human trafficking. If you were there and you want to go deeper, or if you missed it and you want to receive training on how to prevent human trafficking in our own back yard, join us for the full Hope61 prevention seminar. The event will start on Friday, November 15 in the Community Life Center, Niceville campus. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., dinner will be served from 6:00-6:30 p.m., and the seminar will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event will conclude on Saturday, November 16. Doors open and breakfast served from 7:15-8:00 a.m. The seminar will run from 8:00 a.m. - noon. The event is free, but please make a reservation so we can make plans for the food!
HURRICANE MICHAEL REBUILDING TRIPS
One year after Hurricane Michael made landfall, Crosspoint is ready for ‘phase three’ of our #longterm response efforts! Join us for a weekend rebuilding trip through our partners at the United Methodist Committee on Relief! We will be leading fmore trips between now and next summer: December 6-8, February 7-9, and May 1-3. To get the “Full Experience” we suggest meeting the Crosspoint team on Friday, riding to the site together, and working on-site Friday evening, all day Saturday, and (perhaps) Sunday morning and returning together Sunday afternoon or evening. We can also accommodate a “Day Trip” if you’d like to meet our team on site for a single (Saturday) workday. The cost for the weekend trip is $50 (lodging plus supplies). Cost for “Saturday Only” is $20 (supplies only). The registration and full details are available on our web page. Send questions to [email protected].
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Operation Christmas Child is here (the shoe box thing)! If you want to be a part of providing a Christmas gift (and a locally relevant book about Jesus) to a kid in a foreign country, it’s go time! We will be collecting boxes until Sunday, November 17, so make your plans now If you get busy and your ‘packing a shoebox’ plan gets delayed or derailed - you can always purchase a ‘complete" box for $25.00.
- How To Pack A Shoebox:
1. Buy a small Tupperware bin with a lid (average ‘shoebox’ size)
2. Choose a “Boy” or “Girl” tag, and indicate the age range of the child you are creating a shoebox for, attach this sticker to your Tupperware with packaging tape.
3. Fill the shoebox with brand new (not used) things like this: Toys: dolls, puzzles, cars, or yo-yos. School Supplies: pencils, pencil sharpener, small notebook, crayons, scissors, coloring books. Personal Items: toothbrush (no paste), bar soap, washcloth, comb, socks, hair bands, sunglasses. A Personal Note: a photo of your family, a drawing from one of your kids, some simple words of encouragement written by hand. Items for Older Kids: If you build a box for older kids, choose things like small tools, sewing kids, deflated sports ball with pump and needle, rulers, jewelry, deodorant.
- DO NOT PACK Any kind of food, candy, or liquid. Used items, weapons or war-themed toys, breakable items, vitamins/medicines, toothpaste.
- 4. Pay to ship - either include a check for $9 made out to Samaritan’s Purse inside your shoebox or pay online and track your box here.
- 5. Bring it back, you’re done! Have your shoe box back to your campus by Sunday, November 17 and we will get it from here to the world.
HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE
Once again we are partnering with our friends at Sharing and Caring to help local families cook great Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. If you’d like to donate food, please refer to the list below. Please have your donated food delivered by Sunday, November 17. We believe that providing the raw materials for a great meal is the best way to empower local families and help them deliver warm hospitality and love that comes with preparing a home-cooked meal.
Thanksgiving and Christmas Food List
- Cranberry Sauce
- Canned Sweet Potatoes
- Canned Corn
- Canned Green Beans
- Dry Jello or Pudding
- Canned Pumpkin
- Instant Mashed Potatoes
- Evaporated Milk
- Boxed Pie Crust
- Rice Canned Fruit
- A handwritten note of encouragement and blessing to be written directly onto the cans or boxes with markers.
We are so excited to get together and enjoy some coffee and eat some cupcakes. Please join us Sunday, November 3 at 3:00 p.m. at the Hammock Bay Clubhouse for great conversation and to learn more about Crosspoint, Freeport. Bring your kids. We have a decorating area for the kids to decorate cupcakes. We hope to see you there!
YOUNG AT HEART
Everyone is invited to join us on Tuesday, November 12, at 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall, Niceville Campus. Program: Dennis Wilson will share part of his story and his love for writing poetry. Cost for lunch: $6. Please sign up or cancel for lunch by the Friday noon, November 8, 678-4411, ext. 123 or [email protected].
The November Brochure is now available. Please click on this link HERE to learn more about the activities hosted by the Active Adult 50 Plus ministry: Don't miss out!! We would love to see you.you.
Would you like to receive a monthly email detailing the upcoming Active Adults 50 Plus activities and trips? Going forward, only those who sign up for this email will receive it. Please contact Barbara Wilder to be added to the list.
Minister to Active Adults 50 plus
(850) 678-4411 ext. 123