March Update – Baptism – Outreach – Spring Forward

Generosity Feeds Outreach

Did you know that 1 in 5 children in Collin County struggle with hunger? Join us as we partner with other area churches on Saturday, March 28 at 9:00AM.  We will pack 10,000 meals in two hours. We are preparing the food to be distributed to the hungry in Collin County. We will need team leaders and those who are willing to pack boxes. Click HERE  to register. For more information please contact Joel Castile – joelcheryl@gmail.com.   Together we can make a difference!

Generosity Feeds

Spring Forward

Spring Forward

 

Water Baptism

We will be having water baptism during both services on Palm Sunday, March 29th.  What a meaningful day to take part in a foundational event for a follower of Christ!  If you are interested please let us know at info@citypointchurch.com or by filling out a Connection Card during a service and writing “Baptism” on it – you can drop it in the offering. 19 “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20

Water Baptism

City Point Church – March Newsletter

Shocking Statements of Jesus

March Series

The words of Jesus have been quoted by those that aren’t even believers. He said so many things that are full of grace and mercy. However, he also said things that honestly shocked his disciples. Have the words of Jesus ever shocked you? Did he really mean to say them? What if he did? What should we learn from them? During the month of March we will take a look at the things he said that shocked his followers and the casual listener.

Celebrate Easter at City Point on April 5th

Easter

Invite your family and friends to our Easter celebration on Sunday, April 5th at 9:30 & 11am. We have an amazing day planed for all ages! We will have an egg hunt for ages 2 years through 6th grade, giant inflatable slides & bounce houses, cotton candy and a visit from the Easter Bunny. It’s going to be fun!

Connection Point

Connection Point is a 2-week course where we share the vision and purpose of our church. You will learn more about City Point and our vision as well as a focus on how to grow in your relationship with God. We also look at discovering our purpose & gifting’s and we show you practical steps to utilize your gifts to build the kingdom of God and find true purpose. Connection Point will take place after the 11:00 am service on March 1st & March 8th. Child Care and Lunch are provided. Connection Point begins this Sunday!

Kids Camp

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It’s friendships. It’s life changing. It’s a crazy good time. It’s Kid’s Summer Camp.  This year, City Kids ages 8-12 will be going to Lakeview Camp in Maypearl, TX (near Waxahachie). The dates…June 24-27. The cost…$240, which includes the deposit and transportation fee. A $100 non-refundable deposit will hold your camper’s spot and is due by March 1st.

Connect with Alicia Ingram during either of the Sunday services for more information. Hope to see your campers there!

Preschool

You know all about March Madness. And City Point Preschool is no different. This month we are encountering, “March Moses Madness”! All month, your kiddos will be learning about the life of Moses, from the baby in the basket to a fun take on the Ten plagues for our 4 and 5-year-olds. They won’t wanna miss out!

Have you ever wanted to get involved at church and you enjoy little ones? Well, we have the place for you. City Point’s hottest club is the Preschool Department. We’d love to have you join the team and see what the fun is all about. Serve as little as once or twice a month. Contact Alicia Ingram at aingram@citypointchurch.com for more information!

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Guilt & Shame

March Series – “Guilt & Shame”. Remember the one thing you promised God you would never do again? Yeah, THAT thing, well it happened. That moment of satisfaction is now replaced with shame and guilt. You failed yourself, and you feel like you let God down. Now what? Where do you go from here? Join Uprise Students as we endeavor to answer this question by following the lives of two people in the bible experiencing this same issue.

Youth Summer Camp

We will be attending Youth America Summer Camp: “Strictly Inclusive” July 13th-17th! Youth America has been hosting students at their camps in Oklahoma City, OK for 29 years. They bring in Pastors and speakers from all over the world and they also have an extremely talented Youth America band to make for an incredible worship experience for your teens. Spaces are limited so register and turn in your deposits quickly!

Price: $225

Deposit: $50 due by March 1st

Community Groups

We kicked off a new 12-week semester of Community Groups on February 22nd that will end on May 3rd. This semester we will, again, focus on one very simple goal – “Make a Friend”. Our hope is that by the end of the 12 weeks we will all have a new friend or friends in our life. Our small groups are Free Market groups, which means they can be just about anything. It’s not too late to register for a group and get involved. You can find a list of the groups and register at www.citypointchurch.com or for more information please email us at info@citypointchurch.com.

City Kids

During the month of March City Kids will be going through a series called: faith-FULL-ness! We will be learning about the numerous ways that God is faithful to us. Additionally, we will also learn what it means to have biblical faith as well as how to put it into practice every day!

Baby/Child Dedication

If you have not dedicated your child we would love to be a part of that special day. Please email us today and we can set up a Sunday for your dedication. Please express your interest by letting us know and Email us at info@citypointchurch.com

Prayer

Have a prayer request? We would love to agree in prayer with you. Please let us know at prayer@citypointchurch.com. We also meet every Sunday morning at 8:30 in the multipurpose classroom to pray for our church, our families, and each other.

Make a Difference

You can make a difference today by joining the Point Team! Email us at info@citypointchurch.com

December Newsletter

 

This Sunday, November 30th

We want to help you get ready for Christmas. We will look at how we can ready our hearts for this busy and wonderful time of the year!

Are You ready for Christmas

December Series

Christmas should be a time of peace and joy. However, statistics show us that for many it is a time of increased stress. The root of much of the stress is seeing family members and relationships that bring back painful memories. Before you make your lists, decorate your house and attend Christmas parties allow the cleansing power of forgiveness to make this year one of peace. It’s going to be a great series so bring a friend! Also, mark your calendar… On December 28th we will only have ONE SERVICE at 11:00am. The kids will have a special Pajama Party that day so no need to dress up – come and have some fun!

White Christmas

 

Community Christmas Party

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! This season we thought of you and made plans that are guaranteed to get the whole family in the Christmas spirit. We have asked Santa to make an early stop on Sunday, December 14th at City Point after both services. We will have a photo area for your family to take a picture with Santa, a hot chocolate bar, and an encouraging message about the true Spirit of Christmas.

Community Christmas Party

Candlelight Service

On Sunday, December 21st during the 9:30 & 11:00 services we will have our annual Christmas Candlelight Service. We will sing carols, receive communion and hear the Christmas story. Our 4 & 5 year olds & Elementary kids will also be singing Christmas carols for us. It will be the highlight of the Christmas season.

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ONE Service Weekend on December 28th at 11:00am

On Sunday, December 28th we will only have ONE service at 11:00am. All of the kiddos are welcome to wear their favorite Christmas Pajamas and come join the fun!

Pajama Party

 

Fun Family Night Out

Join us for our first ever Polar Express Night on December 22nd from 6:30 – 9:00pm. Come dressed in your favorite PJ’s as we watch The Polar Express and enjoy a Hot Chocolate Bar, Popcorn & Cookies. Don’t forget to bring a blanket and pillow. Be sure and invite your friends and family to come join the fun. This night is for all ages! (The movie will begin promptly at 7:00)

Polar Express Night

Preschool Corner

It’s red. It’s white. And it’s striped all over. You may have guessed a candy cane, but do you know the truth behind it? The kiddos will be coming home telling you all about this and the exciting story of our Savior’s birth. The Legend of the Candy Cane. The Birth of Jesus. This month in City Kids Preschool.

Parents of 4’s and 5’s Our 1st Annual Christmas Program will be December 21st during both services! Make sure your super-singers wear red & green or their favorite Christmas outfits on that Sunday. It’s gonna be a jinglicious good time!

Ever thought of helping in Preschool? The move to our new building will allow our preschool and nursery to grow too. In fact, we are adding a class just for toddlers. So now is the best time ever to get involved! Hearing children sing, “Jesus is my best friend” while coloring pictures, you can’t help but feel grateful to serve these little ones.

City Kids

City Kids will be taking a look at The Gifts of the Season. They will learn about the greatest gift God ever gave – His son. They will also learn how they can live a generous life. Also, mark your calendar for Sunday, December 21st – all of the kids will be singing carols during both services. Come dressed in red or green or your Christmas best.

The Big Move

We have been praying about a new location since our lease ends this December. We found a new building literally seconds away from our current location. It has twice the square footage and room for us to grow. We will keep you posted about our progress on the renovations. Our new address will be 15 Prestige Circle – almost next door. Please continue to pray since we still need to finalize the details with the city of Allen. Thank you for your generosity that makes this possible.

Uprise Youth

Last month we discovered what it means to be a servant. Join us this month as we see how God has called us to be givers and how he is the ultimate example for us.

Lock – In December 31st- New Years Eve

 

November Newsletter

November Series – The Counselor

In this four-week series, we will take a different approach to how we look at Jesus. Rather than being the one with all the answers, Jesus is sometimes the one who asks us questions–questions that force us to decide what we really believe. In The Counselor, Jesus asks, “Why are you so afraid?”, “Do you believe I can do this?”, “Do you want to get well?”, and “Why do you doubt?”. Join us each Sunday at 9:30 & 11:00.

The Counselor November Series

We Are Moving!

We have been praying about a new location since our lease ends this December. We found a new building literally seconds away from our current location. It has twice the square footage and room for us to grow. We will keep you posted about our progress on the renovations. Our new address will be 15 Prestige Circle – almost next door. Please continue to pray since we still need to finalize the details with the city of Allen. Thank you for your generosity that makes this possible.

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Pre-School Corner

This month in our Pre-School Department, we’ll be finishing up our Skupperton series on, “The Keys to Being the Best Me.” The children will be learning about friendship, sharing and learning from others. Mark your calendars for November 23rd as we celebrate our Thanksgiving Sunday. We will be talking about the very first Thanksgiving, making a fun craft and playing games!

Pre-School & Elementary Training

Anyone serving in the Nursery/Preschool or Elementary kids area and those interested in serving our kids who missed the last training meeting – we are having a brunch and training meeting on Saturday, November 8th at the church from 10 am – 12 pm. We will serve breakfast items while we go over all the ins and outs of serving with our children. We look forward to seeing you then!

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City Kids – The Big Exit

City Kids will be learning about the “Big Exit” in Exodus. They will look at how God brought the children of Israel out of Egypt. They will learn many great lessons about freedom, obedience and maintaining Godly habits in their life. We know that they will grow in their relationship with God and be challenged by one of the most epic stories in the Old Testament.

Uprise Youth – November Series: “Selfie”

Our world dictates that true fulfillment comes from satisfying our SELF. Take social media for example, it’s posts of what YOU are eating, where YOU are going, what YOU are doing, and who YOU are with. We use the best filters for our “selfies” and the most popular hashtags to get as many likes as possible. Everything in life is for personal instant gratification. But how satisfying is the life of a “selfie”? Jesus says, “if anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.” Join us this month as we learn what true satisfaction really is and declare #DEATHTOSELFIE.

Prayer

Have a prayer request? We would love to agree in prayer with you. Please let us know at prayer@citypointchurch.com. We also meet every Sunday morning at 8:30 in the Kids Church room to pray for our church, our families, and each other.

Make a Difference

You can make a difference today by joining the Point Team! Email us at info@citypointchurch.com

Happy Thanksgiving

We hope you have a blessed and relaxing Thanksgiving with your friends & family! Psalm 107:1 “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

Happy Thanksgiving

Baby Dedication

If you have not dedicated your child we would love to be a part of that special day. Please email us today and we can set up a Sunday for your dedication. Please express your interest by letting us know and Email us info@citypointchurch.com

Save the Date! Christmas is coming…

It’s hard to believe the Christmas holidays are right around the corner. Here are some special events coming up at City Point:

14th – Community Christmas Party – pictures with Santa

21st – Candle Light Service

22nd – Polar Express Night – fun for the whole family!

We have an App for that

If you miss a Sunday but want to keep up with the current series – download our App today. We have it for Android, Windows and Apple devices. Simply follow the links below and pick up your free App today. You can also go to www.citypointchurch.com and click the link “media”

Blaze a Trail or Follow a Path?

What has God called us to do?  Blaze a trail or follow a path? 

I know that being obedient to what God has called you to do can often feel like you’re blazing a trail. However, we are truly following a path that Jesus was the first to go down. The most fundamental things that Jesus taught us as His church, He did first. We see so many powerful examples in the ministry of Christ. By following Christ, we see how to be obedient regardless of the cost, how to be spiritual and not religious, and how to be generous and life giving. The road map Jesus drew for us is endless. He has blazed every trail, so we can simply follow His path. It should give us great peace to know wherever He leads us –  He has already been.

This morning during my daily Bible reading, I read Luke chapter 3. In this chapter, Jesus asks John to baptize Him. I can only imagine what was running through John’s mind as he held the Son of God in his arms and baptized Him in the river. Jesus spoke so loudly through His baptism that 2000 years later the example still shines like a lighthouse on top of a hill. He showed us how a follower of Christ needs to follow His example and be water baptized. If the sinless Son of God WALKED down this path, then we should RUN down the same path.

If you have never been water baptized, I encourage you to join us this Sunday and follow the path that Jesus has blazed for you. Make this Sunday the day you let all of Heaven and earth know that you are new, and you are following your Savior on your path!

Romans 6:4 we were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.  

Baptism is after the 2nd service.  Don’t forget to invite your family and friends and bring a towel and swimsuit.

Water Baptism at City Point

Prayer, my second choice

On Sunday, I will be teaching on prayer for our 3rd week of the Elijah series. Elijah is a powerful example, which used prayer as a true spiritual force. Truth be told, we have a lot in common with Elijah.

The bible describes us basically as spiritual royalty. We have access to use the family name for authority, empowered by His spirit, and we have access to His promises to stand on. However, rather than acting like spiritual royalty we’ve lived much of life like a sleep deprived fireman answering one emergency call after another. We find ourselves bouncing from event to event trying to catch up with life. In all honesty, we would prefer that life be easy, all problems easily solved, no sickness, no lack and no need of wisdom. If life were like that, many of us would never pray. I think I’m not alone in thinking that, “I wish I didn’t have a reason to pray”. That’s why I say prayer is a second choice because many would prefer a problem free life to a prayerful one.

March Series Elijah

We live in a broken world and therefore, prayer is truly like the oxygen in our spiritual lungs. To live – we must be people that know how to pray. We pray about what’s going on now. However, I believe the most powerful prayer is for the days that lay ahead. The days where the chapter is unwritten and blueprints are yet to be drawn. We pray with the perspective of standing on the mountain of God’s promises looking into a future that He will lead us every step of the way. I invite you to join us on Sunday as we look at the life-changing force of POWERFUL PRAYER.

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Why Are Small Community Groups Important?

Small community groups within a church of any size are important for growing your relationship with God. God has called us to push, challenge, and encourage each other in matters of life and faith and small groups are a great way to live that out. Acts 2:42 says, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching …” Of course, we know the teaching of the apostles is what we call the New Testament today. Small groups were crucial to the growth of the church then and it is now as well.

Small community groups are composed of people who are all unique and different, therefore each small group is both unique and different. However there a few things common to the groups: a commitment to studying God’s Word, being a safe place to ask difficult questions and challenging each other in matters of faith. Groups usually meet once a week in homes, businesses, restaurants, or at the church. The groups change and begin again three times a year, so you have the opportunity to try out different groups throughout the year.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” Small groups are a great way for people to encourage one another to make the right choices and follow in God’s path. Jesus calls us to be committed to one another, and it is through community groups that we learn the skills of relationship. Small groups are laboratories of love, where we learn to obey the command of Jesus to love your neighbor as you love yourself.

Small groups are great for witnessing to others. As these small groups met together, “the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47). They were inviting others to join them. One of the proofs of a healthy small group is that it reproduces, so a small group may add members, but a small group may also help start another small group. Being a Christian means you should spread the word of the Lord and encourage others to join in your faith. A successful community group can bring others to their meetings and show them how great God is.

Healthy small community groups pray together. The Bible says the early believers devoted themselves to prayer. Jesus taught that there is a power to prayers spoken aloud for each other, and he made an incredible promise about small groups of believers: “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst” (Matthew 18:20). The intimacy and confidentiality of small groups allows others to pray for one another as they share their hurts, reveal thier feelings, confess failures, disclose doubts, admit fears, acknowledge weaknesses, and ask for help.

Small groups make the church more personal. Whether the church averages 150 or 1,500, if someone can slip into a back row and then leave without sharing life with a person, the church is too large to not incorporate a small-group experience. Yes, it’s still true that a certain kind of person or a particular stage in life makes a toe in the water easier when you can be anonymous. But the research is in. The desire to find a few good friends is on the rise, and loneliness is increasing and small groups are a great way to get people involved in church. If new members feel as if they are welcome to join at any time, they will be more inclined to learning about the church and Jesus.

Small groups are a great way for people to make friends and learn about one another. Small groups provide an ever-expanding network for communication and impact. This is a huge benefit. There is a vast difference in the response to an announcement from the platform and a personal invitation. When this network for communication and impact is activated, reach becomes exponential.To learn more about community groups and their benefits go to http://citypointchurch.com/.