December 21, 2014
Pastor Lesli Van Milligen
9 & 11 AM
Scripture: Luke 1:39-56
“From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty
One has done great things for me—holy is his name.”
Please hold in prayer those who, for various reasons, find
this to be a difficult time of year. Whatever our joys and
sorrows, may the presence of Immanuel uphold us all, and
give us his peace.
We pray for all our sick and for all those recovering from surgeries or
accidents (Teresa Molenhuis, Margo Vandenberg, Elly Klingenberg,
Nichola Green, Frances Mulder, Jerry VanderPluym, Hermine
Stephenson, and the loved ones of members who are sick).
Condolences are extended to Tillie Hoekstra in the loss of her
brother, Dirk Dykstra, who was also an uncle to Joanne Costa.
HERITAGE FELLOWSHIP: We pray for our hospitalized brothers and
sisters from Heritage Fellowship: Cathy Miedema, Margaret
Dysselhof KT, John Kooistra TT, Shirley Sytsma CT, Gerrit Bloemendal
KT, Grace VanderWerff TT, Bart Boxem TT, Grace Walsh GM1, Gelina
VanWyk KT, Don Simmons PcT and Siria Megna TT.
PRAY FOR MISSIONS: Keep our worldwide missionaries in your
prayers, the DeRuiter’s in West Africa, Mark & Nancy VanderWees in
Nicaragua, and the Horlings in Nigeria. May the Kingdom of God
continue to grow through the efforts of these people and many
others throughout the world.
You can read the latest newsletters from Mark VanderWees and Shiao
Chong on the bulletin board.
to Hank & Shirley DeWeerd on their 60Th wedding
anniversary. Thanks be to God for all those years together with their
children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Great is thy faithfulness!
CHRISTMAS SERVICE TIMES:
Christmas Eve 7:00 pm –
Candlelight Service – “A Home For Jesus”
Christmas Day 10:00 am
– “The First Christmas Sermon”
- As CrossPoint staff
we wish to thank you for the privilege of serving with
you and pray that this Christmas and New Year
season will bring God's richest blessings to all of
FROM THE CHURCH OFFICE – For the Christmas week the office will
be closed on Tuesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday. The bulletin
for Sunday, Dec. 28th will be issued on the 24th. The deadline will be
Monday, Dec 22– 4pm.
THANK YOU! We want to take this opportunity to thank our Lord
and Saviour for being with us, guiding us, supporting us and pouring
out His wisdom during the organizing the multi-cultural program and
empowering us with His presence on the day of the event.
We are very much grateful and obliged to the seven families who
dedicated their time and effort and were fully involved with us in
organizing this event and making it a great success. We also extend
our thanks to the other congregation members who gave their time
and effort in – participating, set-up clean up and supporting us. Your
kind thoughts & deeds will never go out of our Lord's sight.
Thank you everyone, may our good Lord bless each one of you and
yours during this Christmas season and may you all be enriched in His
unconditional love. Thank you and God bless – Kan & Phoebe
2015 ENVELOPES – You will find in your mailslot your 2015 envelopes.
Your envelope number should be the same as 2014. Please check.
We kindly ask that you use your envelopes whenever possible OR clearly
mark your envelope number on the envelope that you are using.
This makes the recording of your donation much easier.
PAR is an excellent way to contribute to the Budget each & every
month. Would you like to consider signing up for PAR? If you did not
receive envelopes & would like a set or want more info on PAR, please
contact Miriam 905.456.5247 OR [email protected]
One further note; PLEASE DO NOT USE THE NEW ENVELOPES UNTIL
then throw away all unused 2014
envelopes. THANK YOU!
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
HELD ON DEC. 08, 2014
Budget 2015: The Treasurer Phoebe Kanthan presented the budget
proposals for 2015. This budget is lower than the 2014 budget by 8.5%
mainly because of decline in membership from 436 to 385. After
discussions the budget was approved by a majority vote.
Future Ministry Goals and Staffing Procedures: The Chairman
presented the recommendation of the council outlining the
procedure and time line to be adopted to review our “Future
Ministry Goals” and creating a “Staffing Model”. A special
congregational meeting is being scheduled on January 11, 2015 to
receive inputs from the congregation. A Future Ministry and Staffing
Committee is being constituted by the Chairman that will receive and
review these inputs and make recommendations to the Admin.
Sunday School Coordinator: Because of non-availability of a
Volunteer Sunday School Coordinator coupled with changed and
complex requirements of this ministry the congregation approved
the recommendation of the council to hire a part-time Sunday School
Upcoming Meetings and Events:
Congregational Meeting – January 11, 2015
Council Meeting – January 13, 2015
Admin Board Meeting – January 21, 2015
PROFESSION OF FAITH - The pastoral elders are glad to report that
the following people have given strong testimonies of faith and been
approved for membership at CrossPoint: Mashaka Olobele, Sunil
Gladson & Shanti Jemima, Joseley Thomasraj & Dhasline
Chellappa. We hope to celebrate their professions of faith on
January 4 at the 11 am service.
MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY AT CROSSPOINT CRC - SUNDAY SCHOOL
COORDINATOR: The Council of CrossPoint CRC is seeking applicants
for a part-time paid “Sunday School Coordinator” for up to 10 hours
per week during the regular church season (less hours required in
summer). This person would be responsible for recruiting, training
and motivating our church volunteers to share and teach the Good
News of God’s love with our Sunday School children, for preparing
the teaching material, and for communicating & working with
parents. Depending on gifts, it may also involve finding ways to
involve our children in Sunday morning worship. A complete list of
responsibilities is available from our office administrator. Please
send letters of interest and/or resumes to the Clerk of Council,
Michael Irshad, by January 6 ([email protected]).
We hope to have this person in place by mid-January.
VACATION TIME: I (Pastor Scott) will be on vacation from Dec 22 –
Jan 4. For information regarding children and youth ministry
programming, please contact the church office. For pastoral care
concerns, please contact your district elder. May you experience joyfilled hope this Christmas season and may your hearts be filled with
wonder as you consider the good news – a Saviour has come! He is
Christ, the Lord! May His peace rest on you! Pastor Scott.
FRIENDSHIP CLUB had a wonderful Christmas celebration last week
Tuesday. ...the room was filled to capacity, the food was excellent
and we were able to share the story of the birth of Jesus with the
many family members and others who came to the party. Thank you
so much to the many volunteers who helped with the set-up,
bringing and serving the delicious food, assisting with the costumes
etc. and the clean-up. Our friends want to wish everyone a blessed
Christmas, and a happy New Year. We will meet again on January 6,
GOD MATTERS meets again Sunday, Jan 4, 2015. See you in the new
JR TEEN CLUB starts up again on Tuesday, Jan 6, 7:00 – 8:30 PM for
TEEN CLUB kicks off the new year on Wednesday, Jan
7, 7:00 – 8:30 PM. See you then!
BeTWEEN meets next on Sunday, Jan 4, 2015.
CHRISTMAS OUTREACH SERVICE OPPORTUNITY! Are you wondering
how you can share the love of Christ with our neighbours this
Christmas season? We will be doing some random acts of kindness
around the community TODAY! If you would like to join us please
meet us in room 6 right after service.
December 28 – 9&11 am - Message: “Longing for the Days of the Son
of Man”; Scripture: Luke 17:22-37; led by Pastor David Walters.
Today – December 21 - CrossPoint Ministries & World Renew
World Renew initiates and supports development programs
throughout the world. They have assisted 3755 communities in 35
countries by coming alongside people and communities in need
to help them find lasting solutions to poverty, injustice, AIDS,
environmental degradation, gender inequality, food insecurity,
inadequate education, and disaster. They also funds relief
programs in areas where disaster strikes. For example, World
Renew is currently doing disaster response services in Gazaoccupied Palestinian Territories, West Africa: Ebola Crisis,
Ethiopia: Orphans & Vulnerable Children, and other places. They
are also providing conflict response in Ukraine, Nigeria, Iraq,
Myanmar, and Syria.
Christmas Eve - December 24- Brampton Community Causes
Regeneration (Community outreach ministry serving
Hope Centre (A Drop-in Centre)
Knight’s Table (Provides meals and food services to the
Christmas Day - December 25 - CrossPoint, John Knox Christian
School, Toronto District Christian Highschool – OFFERING
ENVELOPE CAN BE FOUND IN YOUR MAIL SLOT TODAY!!
December 28 – Partners Worldwide Canada/Ontario Christian
PARTNERS WORLDWIDE CANADA (PWCANADA): Our Deacons have
scheduled an offering for Dec28 to be split between PWCanada and
the Ontario Christian Gleaners. PW was formed some 14 years ago. It
came out of then CRWRC now known as World Renew. PW is an
affiliated agency of the CRCNA. PW tries to bring together retired
and semi-retired NA Christian professional and business men and
women with those in some 23 developing countries to help them
grow their businesses. PW believes that creating sustainable jobs in
the 3rd world will alleviate poverty. For example PW's goal in Haiti is
100,000 sustainable jobs by the year 2020. Today we have achieved
approximately 40% of that goal. PW is now a registered charity in
Canada with its own Canadian Director and Board. Thank you for
your participation in this offering. Peter Schaafsma
GROUNDWORK – The Incarnation of Jesus and Our Rebirth: Today on
Groundwork we dig into John 1:12-18 to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Together we’ll rediscover the deep wonder that is the incarnation of
God’s own Son and the holy mystery that brings us into the family of
God. Join the conversation each week: subscribe for free weekly
emails at ListenToGroundwork.com or visit GroundworkOnline.com.
22nd Annual JKCS Boxing Day Hockey Tournament!
Friday December 26, 8am-7pm,
Vaughan Iceplex, 7551 Jane Street
Join us! You are invited out to join us at this time-honoured
community event! Witness some great competitive hockey and
cheer for your favourite team! Bring your skates, helmets and sticks
for a game of Shinny at 10am and our Family Skate at 12. Note: CSA
Helmets/facemasks are mandatory for anyone under 18. Admission Adults: $10, Students/Seniors $5, 12 and under: FREE.
EXCITING NEWS! Encore Thrift Store will be opening early next
year on McLaughlin Rd approximately 2 km north of JKCS. Our
purpose is to raise funds in support of John Knox Christian School. In
order to be a success, we will need your gently used clothing,
furniture, household and sporting goods, books, CDs, DVDs, small
appliances and more to fill the store. Keep us in mind when you do
your after-Christmas clean up! Spread the word … tell your family
and friends! Check us out on Facebook and follow our progress! We
will also need many volunteers to run the day-to-day operations of
the store. Need details? Have ideas/questions? Send us an email at
[email protected] or speak to Greg or Deb Riedstra
JKCS CAPITAL CAMPAIGN – 2014/2015 CHALLENGE OF HOPE!
Many of you have seen the beautifully reNEWed areas of the school!
If you haven’t, please take a look at the bulletin board for some
pictures! We are so excited that the work is almost done and we can
soon use more of the new spaces. To help build momentum for the
upcoming phases, a group of current and former JKCS parents have
banded together and stepped forward with another matching gift
challenge. Everyone in this group has made a previous significant gift
to the Campaign – the money pledged towards the Challenge of Hope is
above what they have already given. Their passion for JKCS and
Christian education is evident, and we are grateful for it. Please join
them in securing the future of JKCS for many years to come.
The contributors will match every dollar raised through this 2014/2015
challenge campaign – up to $50,000! We are deeply grateful for the
generosity of these supporters and are eager to take up their
challenge. All donations received between November 15, 2014 –
February 1, 2015 will be counted as part of the Challenge of Hope.
Together we can bring in $100,000 for the campaign! The campaign
teams asks you to please prayerfully consider how you can support
the campaign – rooted in faith, together we can! Please contact Karen
Piccolo for more information at [email protected]
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM WORLD RENEW - World Renew would
like to wish you a blessed Christmas as we remember the birth of our
Savior. In the midst of the turmoil and crisis in our world, we can
place our hope in Jesus. We can also extend Christ's hope by giving a
gift to those who are living in poverty. Thank you for your gifts to
World Renew through the Gift Catalog program and through your
church offerings to help those who need it most. To find out more,
THE MINISTRY TO SEAFARERS IS TURNING 50! – The Lord has
blessed us richly with 50 years of opportunities to serve Him in the
Port of Montreal. It has taken many faithful servants and now we are
hoping to ask those who served in years past to help us celebrate. If
you have any stories, memories or photos of The Ministry work over
the past 50 years (since 1965) we ask you to share those with us by
going to our website www.ministrytoseafarers.org and go to the
link provided. We thank you for helping us look back and journal
what God has done!
LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS – Interested in serving closer to
home? The Ministry to Seafarers in Montreal is looking for
volunteers to serve at their center throughout the year 2015. If you
have 1 week or more to give please consider joining our team as we
seek to reflect the love of Christ to the seafarers who come into the
Port of Montreal. For more info go to our website
www.ministrytoseafarers.org and look under Get Involved.
CHRISTMAS EVE DUTY SCHEDULE
R. Hellinga, M. Irshad
R. DePeuter, M. Lutgendorff, C. Alblas
A. Rekker, T. Thorvardson
C. Lewis, M. VanZeumeren
K. & A. DeRooy
CHRISTMAS DAY DUTY SCHEDULE
G. Riedstra, A. D’Souza
D. Boonstra, M. Sikkema, F. D’Souza
R. Exelby, H. DeWeerd
J. Joustra, J. Grift
S. & W. Tilstra
Sunday Morning Volunteer Schedule
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A. Rekker – BeTween Kids
J. & J. Joustra
R. & H. Exelby
N. & N. Roelfsema
M. Costa, B. Mehta
F. Cui, M. Haan
I. Ajeigbe, R. Mall
S. Bhatti, J. Grift
S. Bhatti, J. Grift
A. Wieringa, J. Costa
A. Chen, S. VanZeumeren
D. VanBeilen &
J. & Y. Dykstra,
J. &I. Klompmaker,
444 Steeles Ave. W., Brampton, ON L6Y 0J3
Email: [email protected]
Our Mission Statement:
As a community of Christians belonging to God,
we live to celebrate God,
communicate the Good News, cultivate faith,
and care for one another and the world.
Pastor Richard Grift: Cell 416.576.2480;
Email: [email protected]
Pastor Scott Post: Cell 416.986.2480;
Email: [email protected]
Cylinta Hasfal: Outreach Ministry Team Leader
416.456.9176; Email: [email protected]
Janet Drent: Office Administrator: 905.459.2733
Email: [email protected]
Ellen Thorvardson: Rental Coordinator
Cell 647.226.2480; Email: [email protected]
Miriam Haan – Revenue Administrator-905.456.5247
Email – [email protected]
Church Office Hours:
Monday- Thursday 8:30am-4:00pm
Bulletin Deadline: Thursday-12 pm