CVC 2023 NEWS
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CHRISTMAS SERMON SERIES
Join us for our special Christmas sermon series, They Shall Call His Name Immanuel, happening over the next four Sundays. Experience the true meaning of Christmas and discover the power of Immanuel in your life.
Sunday’s messages will be:
- December 10, 2023 – “The Birth of Jesus Christ” - Matthew 1:18-25
- December 17, 2023 – “The Visit of the Magi” - Matthew 2:1-12
- December 24, 2023 – “The Long Journey to Nazareth” Matthew 2:13-23
9:00 a.m. ~ ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL ~ Meeting Room 1
Is Genesis History? ~ Facilitator, Dan Mikal, Sr.
This video series will take you hiking through canyons, climbing up mountains, and diving below the sea to explore the truth behind the history recorded in Genesis. Weekly worksheets will be available to go along with each Sunday’s viewing segment. All are welcome to attend at any time!
9:30 – 9:45 a.m. ~ Meeting Room 2
Prayer Circle ~ Facilitator: Dave Culbertson
Join with others for a time of prayer focusing on the ministry of CVC.
10:00 a.m. ~ WORSHIP SERVICE
9:45 – 11:15 a.m. ~ Rooms S1, S2, S3
Nursery (infants – age 4)
10:20 a.m. ~ CHILDREN’S CHURCH (4 years - 5th grade) ~ Gym
Children will be dismissed from the Worship Service to Children’s Church after the worship singing.
NEW KIDS CHECK-IN SYSTEM
CVC has implemented a children’s digital check-in system on both Sunday morning and Wednesday night for AWANA. When parents arrive they should go to the welcome center in the foyer and check their child/ren in there. After obtaining a name tag and security label, parents may bring children to the designated areas.
Children’s Church will worship with their parents in the sanctuary and be dismissed prior to the message. They will then meet their teacher at the back of the sanctuary and walk down the hallway to the gym.
Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate from our CVC Café. Church bulletins are located on the shelf behind the Welcome Center in the foyer. You may pick one up on your way into the sanctuary.
For those who are unable to join us in person, you may view this message (Lord Willing) on Sunday afternoon on our Vimeo Page. Also, the video of the sermon will be posted on Monday to our website.
DECEMBER MEMORY VERSE
Each month we encourage our CVC family to memorize a scripture passage.This month we are memorizing Isaiah 7:14.
BREAD OF LIFE SHARE CENTER
Saturday, December 9 ~ 9:00-11:00 a.m.
CVC's Bread of Life Drive-Thru Food Pantry provides nutritious food to our neighbors in need of assistance. Food is distributed at no charge on a ‘first come, first served’ basis drive-thru style in our parking lot. Please spread the information about this ministry to your family, friends, and co-workers in need! Contact Joan at 224-522-9338 if you have any questions.
John 6:35 says: Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”
The Bread of Life Ministry is in need of more plastic grocery bags. A box is in the coat room by the front entrance to place donations.
12 DAYS OF GIVING
CrossView Church is excited to announce that we are collaborating with the Antioch Chamber of Commerce for the "12 Days of Giving" event which will take place this November and December. Our church is going to participate as a drop-off location for this meaningful initiative. This is a tangible way for us to share Christ through our charity, be seen as a trusted resource, and to make a significant impact on our local community.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
9:30 am to 4 pm
9 to 11:30 am
Advent is right around the corner and the Advent Ministry Team has been praying and planning in preparation for this year’s Advent Event. To aid your family in preparing your hearts for the Christmas holiday we are offering two books that will be available beginning next Sunday, Nov. 19 for $10/each. Jotham’s Journey is an action-packed story for the advent season to read with your children. And The Dawn of Redeeming Grace by Sinclair Ferguson is a daily devotional through Matthew 1 and 2, which will align with Pastor James’ sermon series this season. Our Advent Event will take place during our Sunday morning worship service beginning on Nov. 26. This will help us attune our hearts toward celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
INVITATION SUNDAY AND FUEL YOUTH BRUNCH
January 7, 2024
As we continue our focus on those who don’t know Jesus, we are transitioning from this year’s “Pray and Watch” emphasis to “Building Bridges” in 2024. We will begin the year with an ‘Invitation Sunday’ when everyone will have the opportunity to invite someone to attend church, hear of God's love, and stay for a free brunch. The FUEL youth will be holding a fundraiser brunch immediately after the worship service (guests do not pay). Funds raised will help offset the costs for the FUEL winter retreat.
MONDAY EVENING LADIES BIBLE STUDY
All ladies are invited and welcome to join us as we study the Gospel of John. A signup sheet is at the Welcome Center in the foyer. For more information, please contact Val Christner at email@example.com or Cozette Wychers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AWAKENED MEN’S BIBLE STUDY
Wednesdays ~ 6:00 a.m.
Beginning September 13, this men’s group will begin a new study spending the next 43 weeks in the Gospel of John and pairing it with A.W. Tozer’s book, No Greater Love: Experiencing the Heart of Jesus Through the Gospel of John. The cost will be about $13 per person. Any questions, please contact Kyle Pratt at 585-703-7003 or email email@example.com.
TUESDAY MORNING LADIES BIBLE STUDY
All ladies are invited! We will continue our study in the book of Genesis, but don’t let that deter you if you haven’t attended before. We are right at the exciting part where God is forming the nation of Israel with Jacob! Plan to come and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as we fellowship together! A signup sheet is at the Welcome Center in the foyer. Any questions contact Diane Damiani at 847-651-4335 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRAY AND WATCH
As we grow in our ability to be more intentional as witnesses to the Good News, we have been asked to commit to pray for those who don’t know Christ. A way to provide a visual reminder of this commitment and God’s work is to place a rose in the front of the sanctuary. White - if you have committed to pray and watch. Pink - if you have a gospel conversation and call the other person to faith in Jesus. Red - if the other person professes faith in Jesus for the first time. We will continue this emphasis for the rest of the year. Pray and Watch cards are available at the table outside the sanctuary to write down the names of those you commit to pray for and keep with you as a reminder.
Do you enjoy meeting and welcoming parents and children? We are looking for volunteers to help serve at our check-in desk. Opportunities are available for both Sunday morning worship and Wednesday during Awana. Interested volunteers will be trained on the digital check-in system. If you are interested in learning more, see Shelley Goscha or Cozette Wychers.
CAFÉ SERVERS NEEDED
If you are looking for a fun way to get involved at CVC, then consider signing up to serve at the CVC Café on Sunday! Servers are needed on a rotating basis before and after the worship service to set up, serve coffee and snacks, and clean up. A sign up sheet is on the Café counter. Any questions, please speak with Tina Calacci (or email email@example.com).
The mission of the Meals Ministry is to provide complete meals for those who attend CrossView Church who are in crisis or transition due to surgery, illness, accident, birth or bereavement. Those willing to prepare and deliver meals to the family in need provide these meals at no cost to the church. The goal is to meet the family’s needs for meals while connecting them with others from our church during their time of transition or crisis. If you have questions or would like to sign up to be on the list to prepare a meal for a family in need (on a rotating basis), please contact the church office.
LOST AND FOUND
A lost and found bin is located in the foyer coat room. Please check here for any lost items (i.e. Bibles, coffee mugs, hats, gloves, scarves, etc.) Items not picked up within 6-8 weeks may be donated to a local charity
On the first Sunday of each month CVC receives (non-budgeted) gifts that assist in meeting emergency and short term needs of our members. Per IRS rulings, these donations are only tax deductible if CrossView Church issues a receipt at year end. CVC can only receipt that for which we have records. Therefore, if you want a receipt and intend to donate cash, please use an offering envelope. Please indicate your name and the amount in the box marked ‘Benevolence’ and place in offering box on the table outside of the sanctuary. Thank you!
A NOTE FROM THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY
Thank you to all who support CVC with your tithes and offerings. As a reminder, tithes and offerings can be made in three ways that will provide a record of your charitable donations if you itemize them on your IRS tax return: (1) the traditional way of putting a check or cash into an envelope, which you drop into the offering box in the foyer (2) set up a monthly automated bank transfer from your account to the church bank account or (3) use PayPal. The first two options have no cost associated with them. The PayPal option has a “convenience fee” charged to CVC of 3 - 4%, depending on the amount of the donation. CVC is happy to receive your donation by any of the above methods, but we do want to make you aware of the small cost to CVC associated with a PayPal donation. If you would like the convenience of the automated bank transfer without a cost, please contact the church office.
A NOTE FROM THE FINANCE TEAM
The tellers greatly appreciate your use of the offering envelopes when making your tithes and offerings. Please use them every time and legibly print on the donor line your first and last name, suffix (e.g. Sr, Jr, II), and the check number. Also, enter the amounts into the allocation boxes. Doing these things will greatly help the Financial Secretary maintain more accurate records and speed the counting process. Offering envelopes are available at the Welcome Center in the foyer and by the Offering Box on the table outside of the sanctuary. Thank you!
Prayer requests that come into the church office are, upon approval, released to a group of faithful servants via e-mail.This group of individuals is committed to praying for the requests on a daily basis which range from health concerns, relationships, spiritual issues, financial concerns, etc. for attenders & families, and their broader network (relatives, neighbors, co-workers, etc.) Currently there are 50 members of the CVC E-Prayer Chain. If you would like to be a part of this network of prayer warriors, please contact the church office.
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A WEEKLY CALENDAR FOR READING THROUGH THE WORD OF GOD IN A YEAR
"Your word is very pure, Therefore Your servant loves it.”
THE M'CHEYNE READING PLAN
The 19th Century Scottish minister, Robert Murray M’Cheyne, (sometimes spelled McCheyne) who lived from 1813-1843, prepared a plan for Bible reading to take readers through the New Testament and Psalms twice a year, and through the rest of the Bible once each year. There are approximately four chapters per day in this plan.
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CVC COMMUNITY FACEBOOK GROUPS
Stay connected and join the CVC Face Book groups formed to facilitate fellowship and support for active and regular attendees of CrossView Church. To join go to the private ‘CrossView Church Members and Attendees’ page on Face Book and click ‘Join’. You will be asked to agree to the guidelines before your request to join is accepted. Be sure to invite your CVC friends to join too!
Additional CVC Facebook groups are:
- AWANA at CVC Facebook page with contests, lessons, and videos by the Awana leaders that your kids (and adults) will love!
- CVC Kids Face Book page ‘bringing us all together in spirit and purpose, even when we are apart”. Moms and dads are encouraged to take part as short video lessons with a focus on different people from God’s Word are shared. A new video is uploaded at least once a week with a live event later where it is discussed how to apply what is learned.
We are also on Twitter, Instagram, and Vimeo @CVCAntioch.