Updated 2020-05-23 | 8:45 PM
SUMMARY: Community Group and Celebration Service is canceled until further notice. We do not foresee gathering in the month of June. See the link above for information about "Phase 1: MicroGroups".
See below for how to participate with the church online this Sunday morning.
Gov. DeSantis has ordered the closing of public schools for the remainder of Spring 2020. The elders have decided to join the community in the containment of the coronavirus by canceling Celebration Service for the weeks ahead. Another factor in our consideration is that, in an effort to maintain a sanitized environment at school facilities, school board officials have closed all access to school buildings, including for churches such as ours.
Celebration Service is only one of two primary ways that we gather. We have made the decision also to cancel official Community Group gatherings as well. We encourage partners and households at CrossPointe Coast to use both wisdom and discretion in planning opportunities to meet together, pray together, encourage one another and serve Christ amid our community in the coming weeks.
For more information we recommend visiting the CDC’s advice for prevention and treatment.
Philippians 4:5–7: The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Proverbs 22:3: The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.
If you have questions, please text message Pastor Jeremiah at 321-237-0046.
Online Celebration Service Plans
The elders are working together with the directors to provide an opportunity for the church to gather online for these Sundays mornings while we are unable to gather at Manatee Elementary School.
We will be posting a prerecorded video that will be posted on Sunday morning in which we will walk the church through our Celebration Service. We are making every effort to lead the church in all of the elements of our celebration, including singing, prayer, preaching and mutual encouragement.
- The video will be posted on the homepage at CrossPointeCoast.com.
- We encourage each household to watch the video at 9:30am on Sunday morning. Even though we are not together in one place, we can be together at one time worshiping our one God.
- We encourage the congregation to participate by messaging with their Community Groups via Group Me. Share prayer, scripture, encouragement and anything else you would normally communicate with one another on a Sunday morning.
There is much about gathering like this that is neither normal nor natural. But it is also an opportunity for us to remember that the church is not a building or even a gathering. We are a people called by God, created in the Son, indwelled by the Holy Spirit. And our gathering is not merely the performance of a few leaders but is truly a gathering in which all of the people of God participate.
Pointing Our Community to Jesus Christ
In our study of 2 Corinthians, we remember that we have this treasure of the gospel of the glory of Christ in jars of clay. We are reminded that our bodies are weak and our lives are often confronted by suffering. And yet, we are not crushed, we do not despair, we are not forsaken and are not destroyed. We do not lose hope because "this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal."
If you or someone in your household is sick, we love you and want to care for you in any way we can. As is always the case, let your Community Group leader and/or elders know so we can pray for you and if there is any way we can care for you.
We also encourage the congregation to be prayerful as we look for ways to love and serve our neighbors and community. As Philippians 2:4 instructs us, "Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others." We encourage you to reach out to your neighbors to ask if they have any needs and how you can pray for them. Let us not allow our community's efforts at containment cause us to become isolated from relationships with one another and our neighbors.