Joel's Weekly Heads Up
By Pastor Joel
December 22, 2017

Scandals are everywhere in the news these days. Witness the large amount of powerful men accused of sexual harassment and/or assault against females and/or males. If you haven’t been watching the news, here’s a snippet of the accused names drawn from movie, media, dining, TV, sports, and politics:  Harvey Weinstein, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Spacey, Matt Lauer, Garrison Keillor, Charlie Rose, George H.W. Bush, Chris Savino, Roy Price, Mark Halperin, Michael Oreskes, Al Franken, Marshall Faulk, Donovan McNabb, and Lockhart Steele to name a few. If you don’t recognize the names, you would recognize either their pictures from media, or the names of their respective institutions. Oh, and let’s not forget president Donald Trump and former president Bill Clinton. In some ways, there is nothing new here. Powerful men, and women, have leveraged their mighty positions for sexual gain, but the sheer tsunami of allegations is overwhelming. We have entered a new era in which women and men vying for positions of influence will no longer accept unwanted sexual advances. Yay!! That’s an advance! May that advance trickle down to the poor woman with two children working 50 hours/week at McDonalds and being hit on by her boss.

Let us not forget that Jesus came to earth in the midst of sexual scandal. A virgin conceived and gave birth to a son. However, this scandal was not mired in sin, but in the sovereign will of God unto His people’s salvation.Thanks be to God.

Sunday we consider how even scandal is used in believers' lives for God’s glory, whether a virgin’s conception spawned by God’s goodness, or our scandals conceived in sin or birthed by salacious rumor. God is with His people, even in scandal. Are you His? Is He yours?

"The gift is the giver. The giver is the gift.  
Do I love God for His gifts or for who He is?
When we enjoy God's gifts more than God Himself,
we are like a fiance who takes the ring and forgets the wedding."
~John Piper

Join us for Pathway Church's Wild Game and Fish Dinner Potluck on Wednesday, January 10 at 6:00 p.m. at Crown Point Christian School, 10550 Park Place, St. John, Indiana. Dinner will be followed by a Live Animal Show from Silly Safaris! We'll have a variety of wild game and fish for you to enjoy. We'll also have some "normal" food if you like to play it safe. Bring a dish to share, either wild or safe! 

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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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