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Announcements, Dec. 11, 2015

Dear CrossPointe,

This Sunday we finish up ch. 5 of the Sermon on the Mount as we look at verses 43–48. In this well-known text, Jesus pushes us beyond the non-resistance of last week’s text to actually love our enemies and pray for them. It’s easy to see why John Stott said this is one of the most challenging passages in the entire Bible. Much for us to think about! Read the text a few times before Sunday and pray for God to encourage, convict, transform and save.

Grace and peace,

Brad

Elementary Kids Christmas Party (Dec. 12, noon–3 p.m.) || All 1st–5th Graders are invited to a party at the church. We’ll have pizza for lunch ($2/child) and enjoy crafts, games, singing, and a lesson on Jesus’ birth! (Parents, this is a great opportunity to get a little holiday break or do some shopping without the kids.) Meet in the Youth/Kids’ Church room.

Children’s Ministry Training (Dec. 13, 9 a.m.) || In order to serve in CM all volunteers must first be trained. If you’d like to serve please contact Cristin Wise. The class will be in Classroom A.

Year-end Youth Calendar || Our Christmas party is tonight at 6 p.m.! (This year’s costume contest theme: “an animated Christmas.”) We will not meet again until Sunday, Jan. 10.

Ski Retreat Sponsorship || If you are interested in sponsoring a student for the upcoming ski retreat, please contact Will Hawk. This is a great opportunity to bless a family and foster spiritual growth in our students!

Ladies’ Lunch (Dec. 15, noon) || On the third Tuesday of the month, CrossPointe’s women gather for fellowship and teaching over lunch ($5 Chicken Salad Chick). Childcare is available starting at 10 a.m. Contact Nicole Carey to RSVP!

Christmas Eve Service (Dec. 24, 6 p.m.) || Celebrate the birth of Christ through Scripture and song, and bring a friend! Children are welcome to wear their pj’s, and we’ll also have cider and cookies starting at 5:30 p.m.

Short-Term Missions Info Meeting (Jan. 10, noon) || We’ll discuss trips planned for 2016: India (May 27–June 6); Uganda (June 3–13); Kosovo (July, tentative); and China (Oct. 6–16). Contact Springer Cain for more information.

Women’s Study: Ephesians (Mon., 9:30–11 a.m.; Jan. 11–April 11) || The group will use a study by John MacArthur as a guide. Please contact Melany Raborn soon (706-718-5102; mraborn@knology.net) to sign up and request childcare if necessary!

Women’s Study: Be Amazing! (Tues., 10–11:30 a.m.; Jan. 12–April 5) || Titus 2:3–5 holds very practical instruction for women, and this study expands on those ideas. Elayne Saucier and Sherry Duncan will lead the group. Contact Sherry Duncan (706-573-9393) to sign up and request childcare!

Perspectives (Thurs., 6:30 p.m.; Jan. 14–April 21) || Perspectives on the World Christian Movement is a missions discipleship course for anyone, not just those interested in missions. The group will meet at CrossPointe. Contact Springer Cain to sign up or get more information.

Community Group Leader Meeting (Jan. 24, 6 p.m.) || The new year’s a good time to recalibrate small groups and start new ones. If you’re a current CG leader or are interested in leading a group, please join us! We’ll look at resources and ideas for how to lead a group, address any questions you might have, and hear suggestions for ways groups can improve.