Joel's Weekly Heads Up
By Pastor Joel
November 17, 2017

The Bible teaches that God is with us. Even one of Jesus’ nick names is “Immanuel” meaning God with us. But how? How is He with us? Over the next two Sundays and then the Christmas season we will explore what it means that God is with us. This comes at a pivotal time for Pathway, as we end our two week fast and ask what God revealed. We sought His face over a building project that seems a near term impossibility. Today we hear from you how He revealed Himself. Our message this week is “God with us in the mission.” Is He? If so, how? 

HOPE COMMUNITY CHURCH – You are invited to Hope Community Church's weekly worship service THIS Sunday, November 19 at 4:00 p.m. using the facilities of the First Church of the Nazarene, 18210 Clark Road, Lowell, Indiana (located directly behind the Strack & Van Til on Rt. 2/Main Street). Drop by for a visit to support this infant congregation. 

THANKSGIVING DAY WORSHIP SERVICE – You, your family and your friends are invited to our Thanksgiving Day Worship Service on Thanksgiving Morning, November 23, at 9:00 a.m. at Crown Point Christian School! 

WE HAVE GUESTS – Next week we will be blessed with 42 driving teams and 15 or so meal prep new friends from the Chamber. Pathway, welcome them and enjoy them. They have contributed and will prep and deliver meals to an additional 844 more people through names supplied by Mental Health of America, another Chamber friend. Please do not just hang out with whom you know as we prep meals together at Lencioni's on Wednesday. Also make sure to welcome newcomers to our service on Thursday, and as you pick up your meals for delivery. This is a big honor and opportunity for us to serve God and to connect with our neighbors.

I'M THANKFUL FOR . . . – ?For our Thanksgiving Day Worship Service on Thursday, November 23 at 9:00 a.m., bring an object that represents something your family or you are thankful for. We will be asked to bring forward our objects and present them unto God as symbols of our thankfulness.

CATECHISM for 6th-8th grade and 9th-12th grade will NOT meet NEXT Sunday, November 26 due to Thanksgiving! Have a blessed Thanksgiving! 

NEXT SUNDAY – Next Sunday is the last Sunday of the month so it is Name Tag Sunday, we will have a special offering for Roseland Christian Ministries and Pathway Kids will NOT meet.

DECEMBER FAMILY NIGHT – For our December Family Night, Wednesday, December 13, the adults will be Christmas Caroling at Park Place.

CANDLELIGHT SERVICE – Plan to attend our Candlelight Service on Sunday, December 17 at 5:00 p.m. at Crown Point Christian School. Pathway Kids will be singing! We are two weeks in to practicing songs and they are sounding great! Parents, if you did not get a music CD to practice with or your children cannot sing, please email the church office at pathwayadmin@pathwaycrc.org. Be sure to invite your family and friends! 


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By Pastor Joel
November 10, 2017

Last Sunday I set you loose to fast and pray after only one 15 minute teaching on fasting. The rest of the teaching was building project information. So, let’s return one more time to the topic and hear more about the blessings of a fast. This teaching will be disconnected from the building project. I’m encouraged by how many of you are participating and the sharing you’ve done on the email chain and at the adult family night group. God is blessing this commitment that we’ve made to Him and to each other. Continue to petition Him over a building project and be aware of what He does inside of you personally as you redirect your cravings to Him for a spiritual filling.

If you didn’t begin to fast last Monday, how about joining us beginning today? The fast will run through breakfast time on November 19. I suspect we will see Thanksgiving in a very different way this year between fasting and delivering 1,500 meals with our St. John Chamber friends.

PARK PLACE INTERGENERATIONAL WORSHIP SERVICE – The Park Place Intergenerational worship service will be THIS Sunday, November 12 from 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. This will be a time of thanksgiving and gratitude! Boys and girls, please come. Our Park Place grandparent friends want to have you over. The service is kid oriented, and the treats and games afterward are awesome!

HOPE COMMUNITY CHURCH – You are invited to Hope Community Church's weekly worship service THIS Sunday, November 12 at 4:00 p.m. using the facilities of the First Church of the Nazarene, 18210 Clark Road, Lowell, Indiana (located directly behind the Strack & Van Til on Rt. 2/Main Street). Drop by for a visit to support this infant congregation. 

THANKSGIVING DAY WORSHIP SERVICE – You, your family and your friends are invited to our Thanksgiving Day Worship Service on Thanksgiving Morning, November 23, at 9:00 a.m. at Crown Point Christian School! 

DECEMBER FAMILY NIGHT – For our December Family Night, Wednesday, December 13, the adults will be Christmas Caroling at Park Place.

CANDLELIGHT SERVICE – Plan to attend our Candlelight Service on Sunday, December 17 at 5:00 p.m. at Crown Point Christian School. Invite your family and friends!? Our Pathway Kids will be singing! 


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By Pastor Joel
October 27, 2017

Please join us Sunday as my sermon is titled "War" and is based on Ephesians 6:10-13. There are two extremes that are dangerous with the devil. One, consider him more powerful than he is. Two, pretend he doesn’t exist.On Sunday we will get an accurate fix on the Devil’s schemes, and our strategy for combating our dangerous enemy. Do not forget that God is stronger, and that you have authority in Christ to battle him.

Sunday is Youth Sunday, Name Tag Sunday and Catechism and Pathway Kids will NOT meet. Our worship service will be followed by our Fall Potluck!

BENEVOLENCE OFFERING – Sunday begins a new Pathway routine. Every 5th Sunday of the month, an offering will be taken for benevolence, and we will celebrate Holy Communion. Benevolence offerings will be used to help the poor or those with a short-term need.

COMMUNION THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 – On Sunday we partake of Holy Communion in celebration of our oneness in Jesus Christ. If you have taken a public stand for Jesus Christ in a Christian church as He took a stand for you publicly at the cross and you take seriously serving Him with your life, you are invited to partake. (Please note we provide gluten-free bread and non-alcoholic juice.)

FALL POTLUCK THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 – All are invited to join us THIS Sunday, October 29 following the worship service for our Fall Potluck. Please bring a side dish, salad, or main dish to share. Drinks and dessert will be provided.    

HOPE COMMUNITY CHURCH – You are invited to Hope Community Church's weekly worship service THIS Sunday, October 29 at 4:00 p.m. using the facilities of the First Church of the Nazarene, 18210 Clark Road, Lowell, Indiana (located directly behind the Strack & Van Til on Rt. 2/Main Street). Drop by for a visit to support this infant congregation. 

SPECIAL REFORMATION JOINT WORSHIP SERVICE TO CELEBRATE THE 500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REFORMATION Is THIS Sunday, October 29 at 5:00 p.m. at Bethel CRC, 3500 Glenwood Lansing Road, Lansing, Illinois. The joint worship service will focus on the Five Solas of the Reformation. It will also feature a combined choir. A nursery will be provided. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow.

WOMEN'S WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY will meet Wednesday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m. in St. John, Indiana. Our current study is The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer. If you have any questions, contact the church office at (219) 558-0573. It’s not too late to join this Bible Study!  

WOMEN'S FRIDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY will meet Friday, November 3 from 9:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. in St. John, Indiana. Our study is "Entrusted" by Beth Moore. If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (219) 558-0573.

CATECHISM for 6th-8th grade and 9th-12th grade will meet Next Sunday, November 5 from 9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. NEXT SUNDAY during the service we will witness the building project drawings, hear the cost estimate, and be challenged to engage in a new spiritual discipline. It will be a unique message, service, and challenge. You don’t want to miss it!

FAMILY NIGHT – Our next Family Night will be Wednesday, November 8 from 6:45 - 8:00 p.m. at Crown Point Christian School. We will NOT have a dinner so please go immediately to your classrooms:  Blue-Gym, Pink-Art Room, Adults-Lobby.

PARK PLACE INTERGENERATIONAL WORSHIP SERVICE – The next Park Place worship service will be Sunday, November 12 from 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

MEN,LOOKING FOR MEANING AND PURPOSE? – Men, have you had that feeling that something is missing in your life? If you feel you need to change your routine, then you need to attend an F3 Workout with other faithful men! We meet at Bethel Church, 10202 Broadway, Crown Point on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 5:30 a.m. - 6:15 a.m. and Saturday mornings from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (219) 558-0573.

CALLING ALL LADIES FOR AN ASPIRE CONFERENCE – Looking for a night of laughs, girl time and worship? Join us as we attend an Aspire Conference on Sunday, November 12 at Heartland Christian Center in Valparaiso. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Next Sunday is the final day to sign up and purchase tickets at the back information table or with Becky Hart, Donna Terpstra-Verduin or Terri Schaaf. We will carpool together; you won’t want to miss it! 

Please join us for worship during the holidays. Here is our holiday schedule:

•    Thanksgiving Day Service at 9:00 am., then deliver meals to less fortunate at
      9:45. Nursery provided.
      -  Invite your family and friends to worship then deliver meals with us.
      -  This year the St. John Chamber of Commerce will join us in meal delivery.
         Pathway, with the help of the Chamber, will deliver 1,500 meals!
         Meal delivery should be finished for most by 11:30 a.m., so you can enjoy
         Thanksgiving with family and friends.

•    December 17, Candlelight Service at 5:00 pm. Nursery provided.

•    Sunday, December 24, Christmas Eve Service at 10:00 a.m.
     (There will be no evening Christmas Eve or a Christmas Day Service.)

     All services are held at Crown Point Christian School. 


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By Pastor Joel
October 13, 2017

On Sunday we continue in our current sermon series, "It's a Revolution." Our message is "Hopeless Matthew" and is based on Luke 5:27-32. It's a weakness for many, if not most, raised in a covenant environment, sharing our faith with those who've left the faith or are new to Christian faith. Today we watch Matthew in action. Matthew strayed and sold his soul, but Jesus called him back. Watch him go on a mission for Jesus! And join him in doing the same.

SUNDAY is Pathway's Red Cross Blood Drive (October 15) from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Crown Point Christian School. We could use a few more donors. You may schedule your appointment before or after the service at http://www.redcrossblood.org/, search the date or location or you may contact Terri Schaaf at (708) 259-0749. Your blood donation is urgently needed! Please sign up!

Following worship THIS Sunday, October 15, we we will be having a Mandatory Safety Training Meeting in the Nursery/Music Room. We will discuss safety procedures, ways to lead the kids well, and answer any questions you might have. This meeting is for ALL volunteers (teachers, leaders, all helpers both adult and student age) in Pathway Kids, Nursery, Youth Groups, Catechism, and Family Night who did not attend a training meeting last year. If you would like to serve in any children's ministries in the future, please attend! Your service to the kids of Pathway is greatly appreciated!


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By Pastor Joel
October 06, 2017

IT'S THE WEEKEND! PLEASE DISPLAY YOUR PATHWAY SIGNS.

TOMORROW, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, from 8:00 a.m. - noon is our Faith and Action Firewood Opportunity. Calling everyone 7th grade and up to assist with splitting, packaging and stacking of firewood at the Crete wood splitting site. Come when you can; leave when you must. The wood lot doesn't have an exact address. It is best to use Universal Steel's address located at 225 W. Burville Road in Crete for GPS. Upon your arrival to Universal Steel, follow these directions:  At Hartman and Burville Road, go South on Hartman. Hartman dead ends into a field . . . turn right on a stone road. You will go back about 1/4 mile and then turn right through a gate and go all the way to the back of the lot. Look for Faith and Action signs to guide you!

On Sunday we continue in our current sermon series, "It's a Revolution." Our message is "When Fixing is Not Enough" and is based on Luke 5:17-26. Do we really want to get well or do we just want the pain to stop? Again our nation was hit by another tragedy, and the temptation is to pray “Stop the bad stuff, Lord. Give us the good stuff.” However, what if Jesus answers our deepest needs rather than simply eliminating the pain? Remember, He came to usher in the season of the Lord’s favor! This is more than stopping the bad stuff and giving us the good. It’s fixing our greatest problem.

BUILDING FUND OFFERING THIS SUNDAY – "There is a time for everything," according to Ecclesiastes 3:1, "and a season for every activity under heaven.” Your leadership and building teams believe "the time to build" is getting closer. To prepare, Pathway is taking a building fund offering every 2nd Sunday of the month. Please give so we can prepare for the time!

DEACON NOTES –
      - As Pathway Church grows, it is possible that the deacons will be asked to
        provide assistance to more families in need. In order to be proactive, the
        deacons will be scheduling benevolent fund offerings on the 5th Sundays of 
        the month (4 times per year).
        The first scheduled benevolent offering will be Sunday, October 29.

      - The deacons would like to remind the congregation that there is a giving  
         option on the church website (pathwaycrc.org). There are currently four  
         choices for giving: General Fund, Building Fund, Mission Fund, and 
         Benevolent Fund.

INTERGENERATIONAL SERVICE – 
                           THIS Sunday, October 8, 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Park Place 
                                        Worship Theme: “God Takes Care of Us.”
                                             We would love to have ALL attend!
Come support Pathway's children as they lead in worship. Then enjoy snack time and games with Park Place friends. The service will be focused on children and will be 45 minutes. The games and snacks will also be 45 minutes.
Kids, if you are willing to play an instrument or sing a solo, please let Pastor Joel know TODAY, (219) 558-0573 or pastorjoel@pathwaycrc.org
Adults, we want children to have an entry level experience in leading worship. This will not be polished!
Kids, if you want to come up front and help lead singing, we’ll be doing:
     - This is My Fathers World
     - He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands
     - Jesus Loves Me / Jesus Loves the Little Children
     - What a Friend We Have in Jesus??

HOPE COMMUNITY CHURCH – You are invited to Hope Community Church's weekly worship service THIS Sunday, October 8 at 4:00 p.m. using the facilities of the First Church of the Nazarene, 18210 Clark Road, Lowell, Indiana (located directly behind the Strack & Van Til on Rt. 2/Main Street). Drop by for a visit to support this infant congregation. 

FALL FEST:  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in Cedar Lake, Indiana –
- You are welcome to arrive earlier and take a walk in the woods or skip stones in
   the pond.
- Bring lawn chairs!
- Hot dogs, brats, chili, and drinks will be provided.
- Come decorate a pumpkin, take a hay ride, sit by a fire, enjoy long time friends,
   and meet  new friends. Pink and Blue will enjoy some game time as well.
- This event is rain or shine.
- Pathway signs will mark the farm entrance.

WOMEN'S FRIDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY will meet Friday, October 13 from 9:15 am. - 11:15 am. in St. John. Our study is "Entrusted" by Beth Moore. If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (219) 558-0573.

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY VOLUNTEERS – We are so blessed to have so many people who are committed to the spiritual upbringing of the children in our church. In order to ensure the safety of the kids at Pathway, we will be having a Mandatory Training Meeting following the service NEXT Sunday, October 15. We will discuss safety procedures, ways to lead the kids well, and answer any questions you might have. This meeting is for ALL volunteers in Pathway Kids, Nursery, Youth Groups, Catechism, and Family Night who did not attend a training meeting last year. Your service to the kids of Pathway is greatly appreciated!

POTLUCK SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 – All are invited to join us on Sunday, October 29 following the service for our fall potluck. Please bring a side dish, salad, or main dish to share. Drinks and dessert will be provided.  

YOUTH PRAISE TEAM – Calling all youth! If you have musical gifts of singing or playing an instrument, we’d like you to play in the youth praise band on October 29. Contact Paul Siemer, pathwayworship@pathwaycrc.org or the office, pathwayadmin@pathwaycrc.org. You don’t have to be a member to participate.

COMMUNION SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 – We will celebrate Holy Communion, have a youth praise team, take a benevolence offering and have our fall potluck following the worship service. It will also be Name Tag Sunday and Catechism and Pathway Kids will NOT meet.?

CALLING ALL LADIES FOR AN ASPIRE CONFERENCE – Looking for a night of laughs, girl time and worship? Join us as we attend an Aspire Conference on Sunday, November 12 at Heartland Christian Center in Valparaiso. Doors open at 4:30 pm. Tickets are $20. Sign up on Sunday or contact the church office at (219) 558-0573 to purchase tickets. We will carpool together; you won’t want to miss it!

HOLIDAYS –
- November 23, Thanksgiving Day Service at 9:00 a.m.
  Deliver meals at 9:45 a.m. Nursery provided. 
  Invite your family and friends to worship and then deliver meals with us.

This year the St. John Chamber of Commerce will join us in meal delivery. Pathway will again deliver and pay for our 500 meals. The Chamber is helping with an additional 1000 meals. Pathway, this is big that our local business owners will join us! Joel and Terri have spent the last 2 years building relationships with the Chamber. This is the fruit of that effort. Make sure to meet some new friends that day. Meal delivery should be finished for most by 11:30 a.m. so you can enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends.

- December 17, Candlelight Service at 5:00 p.m. Nursery provided.

- Sunday, December 24, 10:00 a.m. Service.
  (There will be no evening Christmas Eve or Christmas Day Service.)


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