New Year's Service Times
Sunday 10:30AM & 12:15PM
Crossing Church Family,
December is one of those months that takes too long to arrive, then flies by way too fast. I wait all year for the Christmas season to start and before I can even blink, it feels like I’m ringing in the New Year and taking down all of my decorations. Does someone seem to be fast-forwarding the month or is it just me?
Before the month completely slips away from us, I’d like to ask you to slow down a moment and consider a few of the amazing things that God has done through you and your church, this past year. In 2016, we saw exciting growth at the SouthShore campus, as Pastor Hector led the SouthShore congregation to reach out to their community. Every week, new families visit the church, discover Christ and find a spiritual home in our congregation. Through your generosity and the tireless work of staff and volunteers, God is extending our church’s influence; Impacting deeper into the SouthShore area and beyond, as we work to open other campuses in the Tampa area.
We have worked hard to establish our Saturday services at the Tampa Campus. Our weekend services provide us with more opportunities to invite our friends and family to join us and build community with us in our life groups.
Together, we were able to lead in the collection of over $22,000 in shoes for children in need in Tampa. We also have worked to coordinate with the Guardian Ad Litem Volunteer Organization to bless foster children, who are being served by the Child Protective System. We were able to give Christmas gifts to 500 of these children, who are experiencing a very traumatic time in their lives! In addition, we provided financial support to Amazing Love Ministries, Loving You Where You Are At and Brandon Crisis Pregnancy Center- that’s just in Tampa!
Beyond the borders of our country, our church supplied funds to missions partners such as Compassion International, Water4Life, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Global Infusion, Global Health Network, Dream Center International and Crossing Cultures International. Through your giving, our church continues to take the gospel to the ends of the earth!
Within our city and church, we have provided over $28,000 towards helping those who have come upon hard times and needed assistance to help lift their financial burden.
None of this would be possible without your generous investment in God’s Kingdom through The Crossing Church. You are generous, giving people, who have allowed us to do this all with cash, while still paying down debt! That’s to the glory of our Great King!- but, the work doesn’t stop here! There’s still so much more to do.
Our vision is that we will become a more increasingly generous church, to the point that we are giving away millions of dollars a year in the name of Jesus; Blessing the people around us and expanding the gospel to the ends of the earth. The only way we can achieve this goal, is if we, as a church, not only continue to give generously, but actually increase our investment in the church and its ministry.
December is one of the most important months of the calendar year for us financially. The giving in December determines how we’ll fund our ministries in the next fiscal year. Whether you have already given or haven’t yet given, I want to challenge you to invest more deeply in the ministry of The Crossing Church before the year is done. Every dollar counts in the extension of the glory of Jesus within Tampa and beyond.
Thank you for being a part of God’s work through The Crossing Church and for your generosity. May He bless you and give you all the means to be a blessing in the world, through your giving!
Merry Christmas, from Lead Pastor Greg Dumas