Weekly Newsletter



Happy Friday Everyone!

From the Leadership Team


    5:00 PM             We Intergenerational Event at Crown Point Christian School

   8:15 AM             Set Up Begins
   8:45 AM             Praise Team Practice
   9:00 AM             Catechism for 6th-12th Grade Will Meet
 10:00 AM             Service Begins
                                - Building Fund Offering
                                - Pathway Kids Will Meet​​ (Ages 3-4th Grade)
                                - Angels of Hope Names/Gift Suggestions Available
                                - Thanksgiving Day Offering Envelopes Available
   2:30 PM              Park Place Intergenerational Worship Service
   5:00 PM              High School Youth Group Will Meet

    9:15 AM             Women's Morning Bible Study

    7:30 AM             Crown Point Christian School Pancake Breakfast
    5:00 PM             Illiana Christian High School Silent and Live Auction

   8:15 AM             Set Up Begins
   8:45 AM             Praise Team Practice
   9:00 AM             Catechism for 6th-12th Grade Will Meet
 10:00 AM             Service Begins
                                - Pathway Kids Will Meet​​ (Ages 3-4th Grade)
   2:30 PM                - Thanksgiving Day Offering Envelopes Available
   6:00 PM              Community Thanksgiving Worship Service at Illiana Christian High School
                                    Featuring Illiana's Orchestra, Chamber Singers and Praise and
                                    Worship from Area Churches

On Sunday Pastor Joel will continue with message four entitled "Affluence Challenge" of our current sermon series "Filled to the Brim:  Contentment in a World of Consumption." 

Please be prepared to report on your experience of the spending freeze.​

“Contentment is the cultivation of a satisfied heart. It is the discipline of being fully alive to God and to others whatever our material circumstances. Contentment is not achieved through getting everything we want but by training the heart to experience full joy and deep peace even when we don’t have what we want."

Series Plan
    -   ​Nov. 11:    Affluence Challenge:   Enjoy/Serve/Share
    -   Nov. 18:   Generous Heart
    -   Nov. 25:   Invitation 

PARK PLACE INTERGENERATIONAL WORSHIP SERVICE – Our next Intergenerational Service at Park Place will be THIS Sunday, November 11 at 2:30 p.m. Boys and girls, lets worship at our Park Place grandparents’ home. Pastor Joel has requested that a grandparent do something for special music, and another tell a story from his/her youth about being thankful. 

HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP – We will meet THIS Sunday, November 11 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. in St. John, Indiana. Our discussion will be on Anxiety. Bring a friend!

Parents:  Please talk to your son/daughter about joining us for a SERVE project this summer from June 22, 2019 - June 29, 2019 at La Grave CRC in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The details can be found at the following website http://www.youthunlimited.org/trip-locations/grand-rapids-lagrave-michigan. We will be asking kids to sign up in the next several weeks.

If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (219) 558-0573.

CAN YOU READ THE BIBLE AND PRAY OUT LOUD? We have received a request from a Thanksgiving meal recipient. She would like someone to come by her house to read to her from the Bible and pray with her. She’s on hospice care for congestive heart failure. This is a very short-term commitment. She has no family in the area. See Pastor Joel for more details. We would like three Pathway ladies and/or couples to commit to this act of love.

WOMEN'S FRIDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY – The Women's Friday Morning Bible Study will meet NEXT Friday, November 16 at 9:15 a.m. in Beecher, Illinois to discuss Lesson 4 of their study of "In All Things" by Melissa Kruger. Childcare will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (219) 558-0573. New members are always welcome!

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING WORSHIP SERVICE – The Tri-Town Ministerial Association invites you to a Thanksgiving Service NEXT Sunday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m. at Illiana Christian High School, 10920 Calumet Avenue, Dyer, Indiana to give thanks with other believers of this region to God for His goodness. The service will feature the Illiana Chamber Choir and Orchestra, and participation from a number of local churches. Homemade pie will be served following. 

THANKSGIVING DAY WORSHIP SERVICE – You are invited to our Thanksgiving Day Worship Service on Thursday, November 22 at 9:00 a.m. at Crown Point Christian School. Offering Envelopes will be available on Sunday.

WOMEN'S WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY – The Women’s Wednesday Evening Bible Study will meet Wednesday, November 28 at 7:00 p.m. in St John, Indiana. We will discuss Chapter 4 in our book, Life Without Lack. If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (219) 558-0573. All women are invited and encouraged to attend. Feel free to invite your friends.

MIDDLE SCHOOL/JUNIOR HIGH (6TH-8TH GRADERS) – Reserve the following dates:    
   - TODAY, Friday, November 2 from 5-7 p.m. for a Bonfire Event in Crown Point, Indiana.     
   - February 1 – 3:  Winter Retreat at Cedar Lake Bible Camp. More information is 
         forthcoming. Preview at https://www.cedarlakeministries.org/.
   - Saturday, March 9 from 5-7 p.m. for a Glow Dodge Ball Event in St. John, Indiana.

FOR YOUR CALENDAR – Here are some planned activities for your calendar: - Saturday, November 10:  Intergenerational Supper at Crown Point Christian School
 - January:  Wild Game Dinner at Crown Point Christian School
 - Saturday, February 9:  Intergenerational Supper at Crown Point Christian School
 - Saturday, March 16:  Intergenerational Supper at Crown Point Christian School
 - April:  Pinewood Derby at Crown Point Christian School
 - Saturday, May 11:  Intergenerational Supper at Crown Point Christian School

The intergenerational suppers will begin at roughly 5:00 p.m.
Give this a try. 
We think you’ll find it GREAT!

ADVENT/DECEMBER/CHRISTMAS TIME – Pastor Joel will teach a series on Isaiah about promises of a rescuer. We will have a Christmas Day Service on Tuesday, December 25.

NURSERY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Do you have a love for infants and young children? Why not serve in the Pathway Nursery about once a month? If you are willing and available to help, please email the church office at pathwayadmin@pathwaycrc.org.

Please remember to check out our website, http://www.pathwaycrc.org/ for more information on all our programs and opportunities.

Opportunities to Serve

We plan to deliver about 500 meals to those in need in our community on Thanksgiving. We invite you and your families to help us for about an hour following the Thanksgiving Day Worship Service. What a blessing to give a homemade meal to our neighbors! Sign up at the back table Sunday for the meal assembly Wednesday, November 21 from 9:30-noonish at the Serbian Hall in Lansing, (18550 Stony Island Avenue, Lansing, Illinois), or Thursday, Thanksgiving Day to deliver meals for about an hour. Meals will be available for pick up in the atrium following the worship service. 

Angels of Hope Christmas Gift opportunities is a wonderful way to send love and needed gifts to families who have a loved one who is incarcerated and away from them at Christmas. Names of children and caregivers will be available again THIS Sunday on the back table. Gifts must be wrapped, labeled with the name card and brought back to church by Sunday, December 2. Thanks for supporting Chicagoland Prison Outreach!

November's Special Offering (November 25) will be received for Illiana Christian HIgh School's Praise Crowd. Praise Crowd is an opportunity for Illiana Christian High School students to gather and worship together outside of school. Praise Crowd meets after Friday night boys' basketball games, dodgeball and various other times throughout the year. Refreshments are served and then students are invited to a time of worship. Praise Crowd is led by a committee of juniors and seniors and sponsored by Rachel Drost and Lance Davids. The committee plans the evenings and recruits other students to lead each service. 

“On those Friday nights, for those kids, it doesn’t matter what denomination you belong to, what grade you’re in, what group in school you belong to, or what race or gender you are. What matters is gathering together and worshiping our risen Lord Jesus Christ. The barriers we so often have in worship at church or at school come down because of the realization that God is bigger than all of that. These kids are worshiping together, in community.”                                                                                     ~Lance Davids

If you have any questions on the above, please contact Terri Schaaf at pathwayoutreach@pathwaycrc.org.

From Pastor Joel

On Sunday I will continue our current series, "Filled to the Brim:  Contentment in a World of Consumption" with "Affluence Challenge" based on I Timothy 6:17-19 and Psalm 104:13-15. On Sunday we study what a Christian's relationship should be to material possessions. In the Word, the heavenly Father says "enjoy." I Timothy 6 also gives us a two-part antidote to inflating the value of our possessions.

Remember to follow me on Twitter @PastorJoelZ.

See you on Sunday,

The Leadership Team


Worshiping At

Crown Point Christian School

Sunday 10:00 AM
10550 Park Place
St. John, Indiana 46373

Office Location

11101 W. 97th Lane
St. John, Indiana 46373


Mailing Address

P.O. Box 62
St. John, Indiana 46373

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