NOTE TO CROSSBRIDGE!

Hi Crossbridge!

We are less than two weeks away from our "Christmas in Fort Bend" experiences.  Lifeway Research found that 9 out of 10 people would likely go to church if they were invited.  They found that online searches for church rise during Christmas and a stunning 63% of Americans think Christmas should include a trip to church.  Christmas, while a time for family, reflecting, gift gifting and your favorite movie, is a time for INVITING!  We have this actual gift of time on the calendar where our friends are more open to saying yes to an invitation to church than ever before.  Friends, let's not waste our Christmas by making it only about us.  After all, Jesus came into the world to save sinners, and the church is His body tasked to take His message to the world.

Therefore, we are pouring prayer and resources into our "Christmas in Fort Bend" experiences. These experiences are designed to meet people right where they are and take them on a journey to hear the gospel with an opportunity to respond.  Let me encourage you TODAY to take some time to invite 3 people to "Christmas in Fort Bend".  What if every day until Christmas we invited three people?  We could easily ask "Got any plans for Christmas?" and after they answer, if they will be in town, we can just say "We would love you to join us for our Christmas services".  Then tell them what services you'll be at and even offer to reserve their ticket right then using your smart phone.  You can tell them "we are expecting a lot of guests" so they will know they won't stick out for being new.

I'm going to personally seek to invite everybody I can over the next few days as I'm finishing my shopping and running errands. Let's do this Crossbridge and let's see what God will do!

Inviting with you!

Chuck

P.S. - Kathleen and I will be making our final decisions this week about our End-of-Year giving.  At the end of the year, I ask that you would be praying about anything extra you could give to fuel the mission of making growing followers of Jesus Christ.  Thank you for your ongoing generosity!  It makes a difference!

 

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW!

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SERMON SERIES I THE TRUE LIGHT
You may be familiar with the baby in the manager, but have you met the Word, who was in the beginning with God? Have you met “The True Light” who is full of grace and truth? Or the Cosmic Lord, who won the right for people to become children of God? They are one and the same person.  Join Crossbridge Church for an encouraging series and get ready for a Christmas infused with new meaning and light.

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Christmas in Fort Bend | December 23 & 24
Our Christmas in Fort Bend experiences are set and are now available. Go HERE for tickets and to register for childcare (available by reservation). Our dates and times are: Dec. 23 at 5 PM & Dec. 24 at 11 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM. You do not want to miss this time of music and inspiration. 

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“The True Light Offering” End of Year Giving
God has used your generosity all year to help make growing followers of Jesus at Crossbridge Church!  As 2017 ends, pray and ask God what you might give to continue spreading “The True Light” of Jesus Christ to our world.

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Holiday Schedule

  • No services Sunday, December 31st.
  • We will have a special resource available that day for you to use as we end 2017 and prepare for 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting in January.
  • Join us as we kick off 2018 with a brand-new series "HOLY HABITS" as services resume Sunday, January 7th at 8:30, 10:00 & 11:30.
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NEXT STEPS: WHAT'S YOURS? | January 14 & 21
God has an incredible purpose for your life, and Next Steps is designed to help you connect with that purpose. You will spend two sessions looking at what it means to be a growing follower of Jesus that knows God, grows together and makes a difference with your life. Visit HERE for more information and to register.

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DECEMBER PRAYER POINTS
Access your copy of the December 2017 Prayer Points HERE!

Year-To-Date Giving Dashboard NEW GIVERS YTD - 162 GIVERS YTD - 628 GIVING YTD - $1,625,872.88 Thank you for your generosity to Crossbridge as we honor God by making growing followers of Jesus Christ! Go HERE to give online.

Year-To-Date Giving Dashboard

NEW GIVERS YTD - 162

GIVERS YTD - 628

GIVING YTD - $1,625,872.88

Thank you for your generosity to Crossbridge as we honor God by making growing followers of Jesus Christ! Go HERE to give online.

Prep for Sunday

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Song Preparation: I encourage you listen to these songs each week so that you are familiar with them by the time we sing on Sunday. I always find that becoming more familiar with the lyrics to a song gives me more freedom to be led by the Holy Spirit as I worship. I would encourage you to go to itunes or any other music download site and purchase these songs for your music library. That way you can spend more time listening to them and learning the lyrics!

Here is some scripture that goes well with the songs we will sing this Sunday. 

  1. Center My Life - theology and scripture
  2. He Has Come For Us (God Rest Ye) - Luke 2; Titus 3:3-6
  3. O Praise the Name - Psalm 135:1-3; Romans 5:6-11
  4. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus - Isaiah 9:1-7
  5. Glorious Day - Ephesians 2:1-10

Listen to the songs for Sunday here.

NOTE TO CROSSBRIDGE!

Hi Everyone!

I love seeing all the pictures from the photo booth at our Holly Jolly Sunday this past weekend!  You guys really stepped up your game this year with some awesome Christmas attire!  I am already plotting what I will wear next year.  If you haven't downloaded your picture yet go here to do so. 

This time of year, from the fourth Sunday before Christmas until Christmas Day, has been traditionally called "Advent".  Advent is from a Latin word meaning "coming" or "arrival".  It is a time to reflect and celebrate the first coming of Jesus while anticipating His second coming.  There are many ways to celebrate Advent from lighting a candle every week to remind us of part of His coming, to having a calendar where each day of the month you have a "window" you open increasing your expectancy of celebrating His birth on Christmas Day. There is nothing in the scripture that says to do any of this, our call is to worship Jesus, but Advent can be a tool to focus our minds' attention and hearts' affection on Christ and not get too caught up in the commercialism of the season. 

This year I am reading an Advent devotional called  "Come Let us Adore Him" by Paul David Tripp and so far I am loving it, but then again Tripp is one of my favorite authors.  For my kids we have used different things over the years to help us focus on Jesus, but the last few years we have used the "Star From Afar" resource.  This has been a fun resource and something all ages can get into. 

I mentioned Sunday I would give you a list of resources to look at so that you might take some time this season to reflect and celebrate the coming of Jesus into the world.  You will find that list below.

May this Advent season be filled with His True Light!

I'll see you Sunday for week two of "The True Light".

Chuck

P.S. - Remember our two ways that we can make a difference this season:

  1. The True Light Offering (End of Year Giving) - God has done so much this year and we know there are more people to reach with life-giving message of the gospel.  Your generosity fuels our efforts to make growing followers of Jesus Christ here and around the world.  Please be praying about what God might have you give in this season.
  2. Christmas in Fort Bend's website is live!  Go here and get free tickets for you and your friends today!  10% of the tickets were already gone by the end of Sunday!  Share the recording of "Christmas Time is Here" with everyone!   We have some invite kits left if you missed getting one Sunday or if you have run out of cards already.  Remember to wear your shirts as you do your shopping, invite any and every one and pray that God does something truly remarkable in people's lives.

Advent/Christmas Resources

  1. The Dawning of Indestructible Joy: Daily Readings for Advent by John Piper
  2. Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent by John Piper
  3. Come, Let Us Adore Him: A Daily Advent Devotional by Paul Tripp
  4. Waiting Here For You: An Advent Journey Of Hope by Louie Giglio
  5. Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ by Tim Keller
  6. From Heaven: A 28-Day Advent Devotional by A.W Tozer
  7. God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  8. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus: Experiencing the Peace and Promise of Christmas by Nancy Guthrie

Families with Children (5th Grade and Younger)

  1. The Christmas Story by Autumn Ward
  2. Everyday Emmanuel: Making the Most of Christmas for Busy Families by Phil Vischer
  3. Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas by Ann Voskamp
  4. The Christmas Promise Advent Calendar by Catalina Echeverri
  5. The Star From Afar

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW!

True Light.jpg

SERMON SERIES I THE TRUE LIGHT
You may be familiar with the baby in the manager, but have you met the Word, who was in the beginning with God? Have you met “The True Light” who is full of grace and truth? Or the Cosmic Lord, who won the right for people to become children of God? They are one and the same person.  Join Crossbridge Church for an encouraging series and get ready for a Christmas infused with new meaning and light.

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Christmas in Fort Bend | December 23 & 24
Our Christmas in Fort Bend experiences are set and are now available. Go HERE for tickets and to register for childcare (available by reservation). Our dates and times are: Dec. 23 at 5 PM & Dec. 24 at 11 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM. You do not want to miss this time of music and inspiration. 

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“The True Light Offering” End of Year Giving
God has used your generosity all year to help make growing followers of Jesus at Crossbridge Church!  As 2017 ends, pray and ask God what you might give to continue spreading “The True Light” of Jesus Christ to our world.

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Holiday Schedule

  • No services Sunday December 31st.
  • We will have a special resource to use as we end 2017 and prepare for 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting in January.
  • Join us as we kick off 2018 with a brand-new series "HOLY HABITS" as services resume Sunday January 7th at 8:30, 10:00 & 11:30.
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NEXT STEPS: WHAT'S YOURS? | December 10
God has an incredible purpose for your life, and Next Steps is designed to help you connect with that purpose. You will spend two sessions looking at what it means to be a growing follower of Jesus that knows God, grows together and makes a difference with your life. Visit HERE for more information and to register.

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DECEMBER PRAYER POINTS
Access your copy of the December 2017 Prayer Points HERE!

Year-To-Date Giving Dashboard NEW GIVERS YTD - 162 GIVERS YTD - 628 GIVING YTD - $1,625,872.88 Thank you for your generosity to Crossbridge as we honor God by making growing followers of Jesus Christ! 

Year-To-Date Giving Dashboard

NEW GIVERS YTD - 162

GIVERS YTD - 628

GIVING YTD - $1,625,872.88

Thank you for your generosity to Crossbridge as we honor God by making growing followers of Jesus Christ! 

Prep for Sunday

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Song Preparation: I encourage you listen to these songs each week so that you are familiar with them by the time we sing on Sunday. I always find that becoming more familiar with the lyrics to a song gives me more freedom to be led by the Holy Spirit as I worship. I would encourage you to go to itunes or any other music download site and purchase these songs for your music library. That way you can spend more time listening to them and learning the lyrics!

Here is some scripture that goes well with the songs we will sing this Sunday. 

  1. More than Conquerors - Romans 8:31-39
  2. In Christ Alone - Acts 4:11-12
  3. Never Gonna Stop Singing - Psalm 33:1-3; Psalm 104:33
  4. O Come All Ye Faithful - Isaiah 7:14, Psalm 95:6
  5. The Glory is Yours - 1 Chronicles 29:11, Psalm 115:1

Listen to the songs for Sunday here.

NOTE TO CROSSBRIDGE!

Hi Everybody!

I hope your Thanksgiving was great this year!  Kathleen and I are so thankful for you Crossbridge!  You are a loving church that wants to make a difference in our community and honor Jesus in all that you do.  We aren’t a perfect people, but we know that, and we keep focusing on our perfect savior! So, know that your pastor is thankful for you and is excited to see everybody this Sunday.

This Sunday happens to be one of my favorites of the year!  It’s our “Holly Jolly Sunday” and we are going to have a blast!  Wear your “ugly”, “tacky”, or just your favorite Christmas shirt/sweater this Sunday.  We’ll have a photp booth for you to capture some fun and sweet moments with friends and family.  There will be some sweet Christmas treats to engage in, we’ll kick off our Christmas series “The True Light”, and we’ll have invite kits for you to take to begin inviting EVERYBODY YOU KNOW to “Christmas in Fort Bend”, our Christmas services.  As you can tell, this Sunday is jam packed with good stuff.  This is a great Sunday to invite someone to Crossbridge and a Sunday you will not want to miss!

Who can you invite to join you this Sunday?  Why not text or call them right now?  Who knows how God might use your invitation to change their life?!

This week you should have received a letter from me regarding End of Year giving.  If you haven’t and would like one, e-mail our office at info@crossbridge.cc and we’ll send you one!  Your generosity is making a difference in the lives of people all over the world and in Southwest Houston/Fort Bend County.  Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting some ways your generosity was used by Jesus to make a difference in 2017.  I want to encourage you to begin praying now about what God would have you give at the end of this year.  We have a huge mission to see people know God, grow together and make a difference as followers of Jesus, and it will take a 100% of us to move forward.  Thank you for being such a generous church!  I know that through your generosity and extra giving here at the end of the year, we will end 2017 ready to hit the ground running in 2018 to make Jesus known in Fort Bend County!  Be praying about what God would have you give.

I can’t wait to see you this Sunday!

Chuck

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW!

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NEW SERMON SERIES I THE TRUE LIGHT

You may be familiar with the baby in the manager, but have you met the Word, who was in the beginning with God? Have you met “The True Light” who is full of grace and truth? Or the Cosmic Lord, who won the right for people to become children of God? They are one and the same person.  Join Crossbridge Church for an encouraging series and get ready for a Christmas infused with new meaning and light.

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NEXT STEPS: WHAT'S YOURS? | December 3 & 10
God has an incredible purpose for your life, and Next Steps is designed to help you connect with that purpose. You will spend two sessions looking at what it means to be a growing follower of Jesus that knows God, grows together and makes a difference with your life. Visit HERE for more information and to register.

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HOLLY JOLLY SUNDAY I December 3
The funnest Sunday of the season is coming December 3rd. We will have Christmas treats in the lobby as well as the Ugly Christmas Sweater Photo Booth. This is a great Sunday to invite people to join us as we launch into the Christmas Season.

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Christmas in Fort Bend | December 23 & 24
Mark your calendars for a tradition that everyone will love! Our Christmas in Fort Bend experiences are set and our free tickets will be live starting Dec. 3rd for all four experiences. Our dates and times are: Dec. 23 at 5 PM & Dec. 24 at 11 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM. You do not want to miss this time of music and inspiration. 

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CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE | Dec. 3 & 10
We are collecting new, unwrapped gifts with a recommended value between $10-$20. The toys will be used in Second Mile's Christmas Toy Store benefitting families in Fort Bend County. Please bring your donation to the Crossbridge Lobby on Sunday through December 10th. Go HERE for suggested gift items.

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DECEMBER PRAYER POINTS
Access your copy of the December 2017 Prayer Points HERE!

Year-To-Date Giving Dashboard NEW GIVERS YTD - 161 GIVERS YTD - 626 GIVING YTD - $1,547,854.05 Thank you for your generosity to Crossbridge as we honor God by making growing followers of Jesus Christ! 

Year-To-Date Giving Dashboard

NEW GIVERS YTD - 161

GIVERS YTD - 626

GIVING YTD - $1,547,854.05

Thank you for your generosity to Crossbridge as we honor God by making growing followers of Jesus Christ!