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NOTE TO CROSSBRIDGE!

Hi, Everybody! I’m excited to be back preaching God’s word to you this Sunday!  We will finish our series “GAME CHANGER” with a topic that I am praying will literally be a “GAME CHANGER” for all the Christ-Followers at Crossbridge!

This is also the last Sunday the CB3 table will be in the lobby which gives you a chance to go all-in with CB3 by signing up to serve on a team on Sunday morning.  Praise God with me that 259 people have signed up to “wreck the roof” with us on September 20th. We’re making room for more people to experience the presence of God through environments here at Crossbridge!

As we get closer and closer to September 20th I want to encourage you to do two things:

  1. PRAY! – Please pray for our staff, team leaders, and servants as we prepare to make this move.  Pray that God would let His Spirit fill our church with His presence and He would be active in saving and growing people here!  We are doing all we can but we want to see all that God can do!  We have seen God do amazing things this year, and I believe that He is just getting started!  We have the opportunity to be part of something that is God-sized here at Crossbridge! Let’s cry out for His power and presence to be thick in our church!
  2. INVITE! – We’re making room in our services not just so we can all have a seat buffer between us. (That’s okay for the movies, but not church!) It’s so we can see more of the 424,000 unchurched people in Ft Bend encounter Jesus at a life-giving church!  On September 20th, we’ll begin a brand new series called “INSPIRED: Why the Word of God is the Word of Life”. This will be a life changing series that you won’t want to miss and you will want friends and families to experience.  We’ll have Yeti snow cones after each service to celebrate our 13th birthday as well.  AND…We are doing something that has the potential to be one of the most significant things in someone’s life - so special that there is a good chance when the service is over you will think, “I wish so-and-so were here.”  I’m not saying that just for hype, but we believe the stakes are high because people matter to God and everybody lives forever somewhere!

Before you read any further or delete this e-mail take the next 3 minutes – 180 seconds - to pray for September 20th at Crossbridge and for the three people you will invite. I’m going to do this as soon I finish this writing.

I love you, Crossbridge. God is on the move in and through us.  Let us continually be passionately faithful and, by His grace, pray to be supernaturally fruitful!

I’m all in. Chuck

 

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

 "Game Changer" - Sermon Series Continues! Webster defines "game changer" as a newly introduced element or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way. Invite a friend and join us for this awesome new series where we will look at factors that can change our relationship with Jesus and our life in a significant way!

CB3 - September 20TH  8:30, 10:00, 11:30 Crossbridge is going to three services! Join us for this memorable day as we celebrate our 13th birthday! We will start a new series, have Yeti snowcones after every service and a few other surprises! This is a great Sunday to bring a friend to Crossbridge! 

GO ALL-IN WITH CB3 Stop by the CB3 table in the lobby and join the 200+ people who are going all-in with CB3 this fall! Learn how to connect with others through amazing service opportunities.

CB3 TRAINING FOR CROSSBRIDGE KIDS AND GUEST SERVICES TEAM Join us for an important "what you need to know" meeting to help you prepare for serving as we launch 3 services on September 20.

Crossbridge Kids (pick one to attend)

   Sept. 13 - 9:30-10:00 AM in the Student room      OR    12:30-1:00 PM in the Kindergarten room

Guest Services (pick one time)

   Sept. 13 - 8:00-8:30 AM in the Lobby      OR     12:30-1:00 AM in the Lobby

NEXT STEPS - October 5  -  6:30-8:30 PM Next Steps is a process we've designed specifically to help you connect with Crossbridge. At Next Steps you'll have a chance to meet staff, learn about what kind of church we are and how to take your next step in getting connected at Crossbridge and growing as a follower of Jesus. Childcare is available (birth-5th grade) with a reservation. We'll serve the best meal you have ever had (okay it may not be the best but it will be good!). Email info@crossbridge.cc to register.

WOMEN'S FALL BIBLE STUDY - "CHASE: chasing after the heart of God." October 7-November 18 This fall join the Crossbridge Ladies as they study the life of David from the Old Testament and learn how God is the only one we can chase after that will satisfy us as we find Him. Book $10 / Childcare $40 (1 child) $80 ( 2 or more). To get more information or to register for class go HERE.

WOMEN'S RETREAT - October 8-10  - Crier Creek Camp - Columbus, TX $170 until September 20th. $180 after September 20th. Join us for a fun, relaxing and spiritually renewing weekend! Get more information and register HERE!

BABY DEDICATION - October 18 Parents are invited to participate in Baby Dedication for children birth to twenty-four months. A time for families to be recognized on stage, publicly committing to raise their children according to God's biblical design. Email Dixie@crossbridge.cc to sign up.

BAPTISM SUNDAY - November 1 Take your next step in following Jesus by going public with your faith through Baptism! Email charlotte@crossbridge.cc to receive a baptism packet with more information about this important step.

PRAY FIRST - SEPTEMBER 2015 - PRAYER POINTS Get your copy of the "Pray First" Prayer Points for September 2015 HERE.

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The BOLD Dashboard will return next week!

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

Note To Crossbridge!

CB3 IS COMING SEPTEMBER 20TH! On September 20th Crossbridge will begin three services @ 8:30 AM, 10:00 AM, and 11:30 AM! God is doing amazing things at Crossbridge Church this year: 2015 - a year marked by growth! We are growing spiritually through our BOLD campaign by taking the boldest steps of faith in Crossbridge history, we are baptizing more folks than ever before, and we are seeing people cross the line of faith and accept Jesus as their Savior!

In 2015 our Sunday Morning attendance has grown. Several Sundays our auditorium has been 70-85% full. This does not even include Easter Sunday where we were 100% full in the auditorium and 100 people sitting in the lobby watching the whole service. Church consultants tell us that once an auditorium hits 70-80% full on a regular basis you need to be thinking about adding a new service. This isn’t even taking into account our growing children’s and student ministries! So for the past year the staff and elders have been praying and discussing what it would mean to launch a third service at Crossbridge. The decision is that this fall is the best time to launch a third service. We announced our CB3 (Crossbridge 3 services) to our leaders and volunteers a couple of weeks ago and last Sunday we announced it to the whole church. We are excited about what the future will be and all that God will do to reach people in Fort Bend County through Crossbridge!

Here are some frequently asked questions about our CB3 initiative.

  1. Why 3 Sunday morning and not a Saturday or Sunday evening?

Our staff talked to churches all over the country who have moved to three services and the repeat counsel to us was to go to three Sunday morning services first before we try anything else. One of the reasons is that we live in an area where it is still socially acceptable to go to church on Sunday morning. We want to do things that fit into the rhythms of where people actually live. Another reason is that so many people are here already and we are just adding additional time options. Many of our staff and volunteers have young children and time with them is precious. For now, we do not want to add anything on a Saturday or Sunday evening to take away from that time.

  1. Do we have enough volunteers for this?

A couple of weeks ago we would have said no, but as we rolled the plan out to Crossbridge the response has been overwhelming. 216 people signed up to volunteer for CB3 just from our Team nights and last Sunday! There are still needs and roles to be filled but we are on our way! If you haven’t signed up yet and you want to be part of what God is doing with CB3, then we encourage you to stop by the CB3 table in the lobby for the next few weeks and hear about the opportunities to make a difference through serving.

  1. Will this change who we are as a church?

We hope so! We hope we are always changing as a church. The nature of being a Christ-Follower is to change. Our prayer is that God will use this to make us more loving, courageous, faith filled with deeper character and love for God and others. Spiritual growth doesn’t happen without being stretched and this will stretch us! This is another opportunity in the story of Crossbridge for us to give up things we love for things we love more.

  1. I won’t know everyone.

Well, that’s not a question is it? But this is something that we hear from people.   The reality is no one knows everyone in our church now. Once a church gets over 70 people you stop really knowing everybody. Crossbridge does not put a high value on everybody knowing everybody but that everybody would know somebody. That’s why we place such a high value on our Community Groups and we highly encourage everyone to be a part of one this fall. This Sunday is Grouplink. Community Group Leaders will be at tables in the lobby after each service. Stop by and check out where the different groups are meeting and get connected with one this fall.

  1. Are we becoming a church that’s all about the numbers?

This is something that growing churches become accused of. Here is our philosophy on numbers; The Bible records numbers (Acts 2:41, 4:4) and every number represents a person that God created, loves and Jesus died for.

Therefore, we care about numbers:

  • The number of lives that Jesus can permeate and penetrate with the gospel.
  • The number of marriages that can be restored.
  • The number of teenagers following the Lord.
  • The number of depressed people that can find hope in Jesus.
  • The number of dads who didn’t give their kids any attention who now order their lives by the Word of God and start prioritizing their families.

We will not put a cap on the number of people God can reach through our ministry, as Heaven will be filled with a great multitude (Rev 7:9-10). We do not care about numbers more than Jesus, sound doctrine, church health, spiritual growth, or pursuing personal holiness. We don’t believe bigger is better or small is better, we believe that being faithful to Jesus is better and by His grace being fruitful!

This is a great season at Crossbridge! More people are taking steps of faith, meeting Jesus and becoming all God wants them to be. Be a part of this great season with us! Mark September 20th on your calendar, be praying and thinking about who you can invite (BE BOLD) and be a part of the launch of CB3!

 

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

 "Game Changer" - Sermon Series Continues! Webster defines "game changer" as a newly introduced element or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way. Invite a friend and join us for this awesome new series where we will look at factors that can change our relationship with Jesus and our life in a significant way!

CB3 - September 20TH  8:30, 10:00, 11:30C Crossbridge is going to three services! Join us for this memorable day as we celebrate our 13th birthday! We will start a new series, have Yeti snowcones after every service and a few other surprises! This is a great Sunday to bring a friend to Crossbridge! 

GO ALL-IN WITH CB3 Stop by the CB3 table in the lobby and join the 200+ people who are going all-in with CB3 this fall! Learn how to connect with others through amazing service opportunities.

GROUP LINK - This Sunday, August 30 - After Both Services We desire to grow together this fall and the best way to do that is in a Community Group. Meet Group Leaders after each service and get connected.

NEXT STEPS - October 5  -  6:30-8:30 PM Next Steps is a process we've designed specifically to help you connect with Crossbridge. At Next Steps you'll have a chance to meet staff, learn about what kind of church we are and how to take your next step in getting connected at Crossbridge and growing as a follower of Jesus. Childcare is available (birth-5th grade) with a reservation. We'll serve the best meal you have ever had (okay it may not be the best but it will be good!). Email info@crossbridge.cc to register.

WOMEN'S FALL BIBLE STUDY - "CHASE: chasing after the heart of God."   October 7-November 18 This fall join the Crossbridge Ladies as they study the life of David from the Old Testament and learn how God is the only one we can chase after that will satisfy us as we find Him. Book $10 / Childcare $40 (1 child) $80 ( 2 or more). To get more information or to register for class go HERE.

WOMEN'S RETREAT - October 8-10  - Crier Creek Camp - Columbus, TX $170 until September 20th. $180 after September 20th. Join us for a fun, relaxing and spiritually renewing weekend! Get more information and register HERE!

PRAY FIRST - AUGUST 2015 - PRAYER POINTS Get your copy of the "Pray First" Prayer Points for August 2015 HERE.

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BOLD Dashboard (3-1-15 to date)

# of First-Time Givers to date

# of Total Givers to date

BOLD Generosity to Date

Total BOLD Generosity Goal March 2015 – March 2017

81

281

1,907,352

$5,554,769

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

Note To Crossbridge!

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW NEW SERMON SERIES - "Game Changer" - Begins This Sunday, August 16 Webster defines "game changer" as a newly introduced element or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way. Invite a friend and join us for this awesome new series where we will look at factors that can change our relationship with Jesus and our life in a significant way!

BACK TO SCHOOL DRIVE - For Pink Elementary - Bring Your Items to the Church Lobby by Sunday, August 23! We are collecting items to assist the teachers at Pink Elementary (a school we serve through Friends of North Richmond) with a Back to School Drive. Here is a list of items they need: Kleenex, Hand Sanitizer, Disinfectant Wipes, Quart & Gallon Size Ziplocs and 1,300 Earbuds. We will collect items in our lobby until Sunday, August 23.

CROSSBRIDGE KIDS (toddlers - 5th grade) - COOL IT SUNDAY - August 23! The Ice Barn snowcone truck will be here during each service with icy treats for all kids, toddlers through 5th grade! Don't let your kids miss it!!

GROUP LINK - Sunday, August 30 - After Both Services We desire to grow together this fall and the best way to do that is in a Community Group. Meet Group Leaders after each service and get connected.

WOMEN'S RETREAT - October 8-10  - Crier Creek Camp - Columbus, TX $170 until September 20th. $180 after September 20th. Join us for a fun, relaxing and spiritually renewing weekend! Get more information and register HERE!

PRAY FIRST - AUGUST 2015 - PRAYER POINTS Get your copy of the "Pray First" Prayer Points for August 2015 HERE.

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BOLD Dashboard (3-1-15 to date)

# of First-Time Givers to date

# of Total Givers to date

BOLD Generosity to Date

Total BOLD Generosity Goal March 2015 – March 2017

80

280

1,843,852

$5,554,769

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

Note To Crossbridge!

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW CB3 TEAM NIGHT - Friday, August 14 or Sunday, August 16 We want every leader and volunteer at Crossbridge to attend one of the TEAM NIGHTS! We will celebrate what God is already doing at Crossbridge in 2015 and then look ahead at our next BOLD step of faith as a church. Yummy food, great music and some fun surprises will make for a great evening. Childcare is provided with a reservation (space is limited). You can make a reservation and reserve childcare @ charlotte@crossbridge.cc. If you are interested in serving at Crossbridge this is a great time to jump in on what God is doing here.

NEW SERMON SERIES - "Game Changer" - Begins This Sunday, August 16 Webster defines "game changer" as a newly introduced element or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way. Invite a friend and join us for this awesome new series where we will look at factors that can change our relationship with Jesus and our life in a significant way!

BACK TO SCHOOL DRIVE - For Pink Elementary - Bring Your Items to the Church Lobby by Sunday, August 23! We are collecting items to assist the teachers at Pink Elementary (a school we serve through Friends of North Richmond) with a Back to School Drive. Here is a list of items they need: Kleenex, Hand Sanitizer, Disinfectant Wipes, Quart & Gallon Size Ziplocs and 1,300 Earbuds. We will collect items in our lobby until Sunday, August 23.

CROSSBRIDGE KIDS (toddlers - 5th grade) - COOL IT SUNDAY - August 23! The Ice Barn snowcone truck will be here during each service with icy treats for all kids, toddlers through 5th grade! Don't let your kids miss it!!

GROUP LINK - Sunday, August 30 - After Both Services We desire to grow together this fall and the best way to do that is in a Community Group. Meet Group Leaders after each service and get connected.

BAPTISM SUNDAY - August 30 Take your next step in following Jesus by going public with your faith through baptism! Email info@crossbridge.cc to receive a baptism packet with more information about this important step.

WOMEN'S RETREAT - October 8-10  - Crier Creek Camp - Columbus, TX $170 until September 20th. $180 after September 20th. Join us for a fun, relaxing and spiritually renewing weekend! Get more information and register HERE!

PRAY FIRST - AUGUST 2015 - PRAYER POINTS Get your copy of the "Pray First" Prayer Points for August 2015 HERE.

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BOLD Dashboard (3-1-15 to date)

# of First-Time Givers to date

# of Total Givers to date

BOLD Generosity to Date

Total BOLD Generosity Goal March 2015 – March 2017

77

276

1,766,402

$5,554,769

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

Note To Crossbridge!

Hi Everyone! I hope you are having a great week.  As I mentioned last Sunday, a little part of me dies every year when I see the sign “Back to School!”  It’s like my inner ten year old rises up and says, “PLEASE NO!”  Now I have a way of pushing that feeling away in the last few years that has really helped.  What is that you ask? What could be so powerful that it can push back the “back to school blues?”

Fall at Crossbridge!  That’s right, I start thinking about everybody coming back from summer vacay’s (or at least coming back to church after their staycations) and I get excited to see everybody. I think about the new people we will plug into life giving community through GROUPLINK, how we celebrate Crossbridge’s birthday every September, the new people who become part of our church, the new series’ we begin to dive into on Sundays, and much more.  This fall is no exception and in fact, I think by God’s grace, it could be one of the most life-changing falls we have ever had for you and our community.

As you read through the announcements below I want to highlight three things.

  1. GROUPLINK (Sunday August 23rd) – If you are not yet a part of a Community Group, this is your chance to meet CG leaders after each service and find a group that’s right for you. Our Community Groups are designed to be environments that help you grow spiritually and connect relationally with other Crossbridgers. If you want to move forward in your relationship with Jesus, then I highly encourage you to get in a group or get back in a group this fall!
  2. CB3 TEAM NIGHTS (August 14 or August 16) - I love our leaders and volunteers at Crossbridge!  We will spend some time hanging out together, eating great food (can you say Pappas catering), worshiping our even greater God, celebrating His faithfulness to us, and looking ahead to our next BOLD step of faith as a church family. We have two nights to choose from so if you haven’t, please RSVP to charlotte@crossbridge.cc for a great evening! Childcare is provided but space is limited.
  3. THIS Sunday – I really believe that every time the people of God gather to worship Jesus and open the scriptures, the power of heaven can be unleashed in our midst. This Sunday is no exception. While on my study break in June, the Lord put a message on my heart and I am praying the Holy Spirit does something huge in us. The message is entitled “Breathing Fire.” Will you pray that too and come ready for God to move in our midst this Sunday?

It’s gonna be a great fall at Crossbridge. The series we have coming down the pike, I believe, will be life changing.  The opportunities to serve and invite people to Crossbridge will be used by God to change more lives in Fort Bend County.

It is a humbling privilege to be a part of this with you!

Chuck

PS – We are collecting items through a Back to School Drive for Pink Elementary in Richmond (a school we serve through Friends of North Richmond). Be sure to read all about it below and let’s make a difference in this small but significant way.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

CB3 TEAM NIGHT - Friday, August 14 or Sunday, August 16 We want every leader and volunteer at Crossbridge to attend one of the TEAM NIGHTS! We will celebrate what God is already doing at Crossbridge in 2015 and then look ahead at our next BOLD step of faith as a church. Yummy food, great music and some fun surprises will make for a great evening. Childcare is provided with a reservation (space is limited). You can make a reservation and reserve childcare charlotte@crossbridge.cc. If you are interested in serving at Crossbridge this is a great time to jump in on what God is doing here.

NEW SERMON SERIES - "Game Changer" - Begins Sunday, August 16 Webster defines "game changer" as a newly introduced element or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way. Invite a friend and join us for this awesome new series where we will look at factors that can change our relationship with Jesus and our life in a significant way!

BACK TO SCHOOL DRIVE - For Pink Elementary - Bring Your Items to the Church Lobby by Sunday, August 23! We are collecting items to assist the teachers at Pink Elementary (a school we serve through Friends of North Richmond) with a Back to School Drive. Here is a list of items they need: Kleenex, Hand Sanitizer, Disinfectant Wipes, Quart & Gallon Size Ziplocs and 1,300 Earbuds. We will collect items in our lobby until Sunday, August 23.

CROSSBRIDGE KIDS (toddlers - 5th grade) - COOL IT SUNDAY - August 23! The Ice Barn snowcone truck will be here during each service with icy treats for all kids, toddlers through 5th grade! Don't let your kids miss it!!

GROUP LINK - Sunday, August 23 - After Both Services We desire to grow together this fall and the best way to do that is in a Community Group. Meet Group Leaders after each service and get connected.

BAPTISM SUNDAY - August 30 Take your next step in following Jesus by going public with your faith through baptism! Email info@crossbridge.cc to receive a baptism packet with more information about this important step.

PRAY FIRST - AUGUST 2015 - PRAYER POINTS Get your copy of the "Pray First" Prayer Points for August 2015 HERE.

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BOLD Dashboard (3-1-15 to date)

# of First-Time Givers to date

# of Total Givers to date

BOLD Generosity to Date

Total BOLD Generosity Goal March 2015 – March 2017

77

275

1,760,784

$5,554,769

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