Weekly Announcments

Faith Kitchen Volunteers
Faith Kitchen is an Outreach Ministry of Faith and Crystal Park United Methodist Churches to people in the Canton area.  Faith Kitchen packs and distributes groceries to 175-200 people on the last Saturday of each month.  Crosspoint is helping with this ministry by unloading the truck and packing 150 bags of groceries this Friday, November 25th at 10:15 and then passing out groceries this Saturday, November 26th from 8:30am -12:00pm at Crystal Park UMC located at 2219 Mahoning Road NE, Canton, OH 44705.  If you are interested in helping either day, please contact Johnny Mayer (330-592-3698).

Poinsettia Orders
Crosspoint will continue our tradition of decorating the Worship Center with poinsettias for our Christmas Eve service.  You may purchase a poinsettia(s) for $11.99 each in honor of or in memory of someone for this occasion.  Order forms will be available at worship on Sundays, or you may place an order by emailing Diana Mayer at diana@churchofthelakes.org.  All orders need to be in by Sunday, November 27th.

Jackson Twp. Holiday in the Park
The Jackson Township Holiday in the Park (Tree Lighting) is happening this Saturday, December 10th from 5-7 pm at the North Park pavilion.  Crosspoint is a co-sponsor of this event.  This year we hand out cookies and hot chocolate to the many families that attend the event.  We are looking for two things, first we need some folks to volunteer to help pass out the goodies.  Secondly we need everyone to bring their families out to the park for the tree lighting and to see the big guy himself (Santa Claus) who typically arrives by Fire Engine right around 5:00 with Mrs. Claus!  If you are able to help, contact Johnny Mayer at 330-592-3698 or mayerjm@sbcglobal.net everyone else come out and enjoy!

Christmas Mission Opportunities
Pajamas for Gibbs Elementary

Gibbs Elementary school is in the neighborhood where we serve at Faith Kitchen.  They are collecting pajamas for all the children at the school.  Crosspoint will be providing pjs for one of the classrooms.  We have a list of sizes and if they are for a boy or girl on the back table.  If you would like to purchase a pair of pjs, please sign up at the back table.  Pajamas need to be dropped off at Crosspoint by December 11th.

Christmas Toy Shop
We are partnering with Crossroads UMC again this year to help supply gifts for 2000 children for the Edward Peel Coleman Community Center in Canton to hold a Christmas Shop.  We have a list of suggested items on the back table, or you can follow this Amazon link for a list of items (https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2YWJCTNRJGBIK?ref_=wl_share).  Items should not be wrapped and are due back on Sunday, December 11th.

Community Coat Drive
We are joining with Layers of Hope this year to collect new or gently worn coats to be shared at Refuge of Hope.  Coats can be all sixes and for females and males.  You may bring you donation any Sunday between now and December 11th. There is boxed at the back of the Worship Center for you to place your donations.

Christmas Adopt a Child or Parent
We are adopting children and parents from the Jackson Twp. School District for Christmas this year.  The plan is to provide items identified on the sheet for each person and share a $25 Giant Eagle gift card for food for each family.  Items will be identified by age/sex/item desired with size if necessary.  Instructions will be provided with each item.  We will all the information on the family information on Sunday, November 27th.  All gifts are due back to the church on Sunday, December 11th.

Angels of Christmas
Angels are more than just a pretty decoration to put on the Christmas tree. The angels in the stories of Jesus birth are significant as they are the bringers of news. In this series, we will ponder the messages the angels brought and consider how we might recognize and respond to the angels in our midst.
November 27th - First Sunday of Advent - The Messengers
December 4th - Second Sunday of Advent - Gabriel and Zechariah
December 11th - Third Sunday of Advent - Gabriel and Mary
December 18th - Fourth Sunday of Advent - An Angel of the Lord and Joseph
December 24th - Christmas Eve - The Angels and the Shepherds
December 25th - Christmas Day - Worship in your Jammies
January 1st – New Year’s Day - Wesley Covenant Service

QR Code
Crosspoint is trying something new.  We are going to use a QR Code to provide a quick and easy way to access our weekly announcements.  Just scan the QR code with your smart phone camera app and it will send you to the announcement page on our website.  The QR Code will be posted around the building at Crosspoint, on our Facebook page and in our weekly announcement slides on Sunday Mornings.  If you have any questions, contact Katie Wells (330-418-7515).

United Methodist Church Update
There are some United Methodist Churches who are disaffiliating from the United Methodist denomination.  The Leadership Board at Crosspoint has spent time in prayer, research, discernment, and conversation over the past year.  At this time, Crosspoint will remain a United Methodist Church.  We will continue to be a church that works to Love God, Love Others and Serve others as we grow closer to God and others.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Pastor Thom Kalb, Dennis Boyd, Brian Strunck, Zack McFee, Janice Spangler, Stephen Passerini, Katie Wells, Katy Hoffman, Amy Steiner or Jim Bavis.

Free Black Rubber Mulch
We have a pile of black rubber mulch from our old playground area that is free for the taking.  We are planning to use wood mulch with our new playground area, so we do not need the black rubber mulch anymore.  The pile is located on the west side of the parking lot next to the garage.  Feel free to stop by any time and pick up as much of it as you would like.  If any of your friends or family are looking for black rubber mulch, please let them know they are welcome to it as well.  If you have any questions, contact Pastor Thom (330-705-6386).

You Matter Rock Garden
We are making serval improvements to our backyard.  We are getting a new playground which is being funded by a grant the preschool received as well as donations and several fundraisers.  We are also going to be adding a firepit and bench areas that Jack Wells is completing for his Eagle Scout Project.  Finally, we are adding a “You Matter” Rock Garden inspired by a former JCA student, James Ward, who passed away suddenly at the age of 10. We are asking for everyone to decorate a rock to place in the garden.  Please choose a rock on Sunday morning, take it home, decorate it with your family and bring it back to place in the garden.  If you have any questions, contact Sheri Boyd (330-268-7377).

Online Worship adds a YouTube Option
We know worship is an important part of our life of faith.  We also know that not everyone is able to join us for in person worship.  At Crosspoint we offer both in person and online options for worship.  We currently Livestream our worship service on Sunday mornings at 10:30 on www.facebook.com/crosspointumcjacksontownship and https://crosspoint-umc.freeonlinechurch.com/  We are now adding YouTube as an option.  You can follow this link, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHzj5ssDhZfPeAaJYNjnBrg/videos or you can go to YouTube and search CrosspointUMC.  Once on our channel you can subscribe.  By subscribing you can receive updates whenever we go live with a new video.  If you have any questions, you can contact Pastor Thom at 330-705-6386.

Crosspoint relies on the generosity and giving of each of us to continue to support the operation of our facilities and the ministries of our congregation.  Although some of our ministries are making adjustments during this time, we will continue to rely on our offering to help us share God’s love in practical ways.  Many share their offering on Sunday while we are in worship together.  Since we are not meeting in person at this time we have made online giving available.  If you wish to make a one-time donation or set up a recurring donation you may do so by following this link (https://crosspointumc.breezechms.com/give/online).   You may also mail your donation to the church (9687 Portage St. NW Massillon, Ohio 44646).  If you have any questions about your giving moving forward, please contact Katy Hoffman (330-417-0263)  Thank you for your genericity to Crosspoint.


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