Weekly Announcments

Welcome Pastor Mike Ward
Pastor Mike Ward has been appointed as our pastor beginning July 1st.  Pastor Mike has been the Associate Pastor at Cuyahoga Falls First UMC for the past five years.  He brings a passion for mission and outreach.  He is able to relate with and connect to people of all ages.  He also feels it is important to equip and empower lay leadership within the congregation.  Mike is married to his wife, Sue, and has two college-aged children, Colin and Kaylie.  Please keep Pastor Mike and his family, the Cuyahoga Falls congregation and Crosspoint in your prayers during this transition in pastoral leadership.

Easter Flowers
We will be having Easter flowers decorating Crosspoint on Easter Sunday.  There are two ways you can order flowers this year.  You can pick up an order form on Sunday at Crosspoint and place it in the offering basket, along with your payment.  You can also email at thomkalb@sssnet.com and he will email you an order form, then either pay for your flowers online by marking “flowers” or mail the payment to Crosspoint.  The deadline to order flowers is Sunday, March 19th.  If you have any questions, contact Pastor Thom (330-705-6386).

Youth Group Gatherings
Youth Group will meet this Sunday, March 19th, from 7:00-8:15pm.  We will be playing games and celebrating Zack’s birthday.  Snacks will be provided. Youth group is welcome to all youth between 6th grade and 12th grade.  We will meet at Crosspoint.  We look forward see everyone.  If you have any questions, Contact Thom Kalb (330-705-6386) or Zack McFee (330-806-9377).

Crosspoint Yard Sale
The 2023 Crosspoint Yard Sale is scheduled for Thursday, Friday & Saturday June 22, 23 and 24, from 8am – 2 pm daily.   If you have items you would like to donate to our sale, the Crosspoint garage will be open from 9am – 1 pm on Saturdays March 25, April 22, May 20, June 3 and June 10.  You can drop off your items on those dates.  The yard sale will accept any items except clothing and shoes.  Your support for this event is appreciated, and proceeds support our mission programs.  If you have any questions, contact Pastor Thom (330-705-6386).

College Care Packages
We will be sending care packages to our college students in April. If you would like to contribute, we will be accepting monetary donations or $10 Starbucks gift cards until Sunday, April 2nd.  We also need updated addresses for all of our college students. Please send addresses to Nancy Passerini at nancypasserini@yahoo. com or 330-933-0039. 

Faith Kitchen Volunteers
Faith Kitchen is an Outreach Ministry of Faith and Crystal Park United Methodist Churches to people in the Canton area.  Faith Kitchen packs and distributes groceries to 175-200 people on the last Saturday of each month.  Crosspoint is helping with this ministry by unloading the truck and packing 150 bags of groceries this Friday, March 24th at 10:15 and then passing out groceries this Saturday, March 25th from 8:30am -12:00pm at Crystal Park UMC located at 2219 Mahoning Road NE, Canton, OH 44705.  If you are interested in helping either day, please contact Johnny Mayer (330-592-3698).

The Chosen Video Series
The Chosen brings to life the people who are mentioned in the Bible, using the historical context of life at the time of Jesus.  We will continue to watch Season Two this Wednesday, March 15th, with Episode Six.  We will gather at 6:15pm for a light dinner.  This week is beef tenderloin, mac and cheese, salad, bread, and something sweet.  At 6:45 we will start the episode for the week.  We will wrap up the evening with a short discussion about what we watched.  If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Thom (330-705-6386).

Pickleball at Crosspoint
We continue to offer pickleball on Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30pm.  We begin our time with a short devotion and prayer, then a lesson/tutorial for anyone who is just starting out.  Come out and see for yourself why pickleball is so popular and fun.  Please sign up at the back table on Sunday morning or text Mike Dowling (330-495-5469) if you have any questions or are interested in participating. 

Crosspoint Easter Egg Hunt
Our Easter Egg Hunt will be Sunday, April 9th at 9:30am.  The Egg Hunt is open to toddlers through fifth grade students and will be outside if weather permits.  Kids will also hear a special story and do an Easter activity.  If you know your child will be participating, please sign up on the back table.  RSVPs are not required, but they help us prepare.  If you would like to donate a bag of candy to use to fill the eggs, please it bring to Crosspoint by Sunday, April 2nd.  Family and Friends are all invited!!  If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Thom (330-705-6386).

Holy Week Schedule: 
Palm Sunday is April 2nd.  We will be passing out Palm Crosses to celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.
Good Friday is April 7th.  We will have a candlelight service in which we remember all of Jesus’ life through the use of scripture and song.  We will have childcare available for children under five years of age.  The service will begin at 7:30pm.
Easter is Sunday, April 9th.  Join us at we celebrate our Risen Lord!

The Lord’s Prayer
Most Christians know the Lord’s Prayer by heart. We pray it often, at different times and in different settings. We remember it as the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples. But do we really understand and appreciate the meaning and power of its words, what we ask of God each time we pray it?  Join us this Lent as we explore each of the lines and the meaning of the Lord’s prayer, the prayer Jesus taught us.
March 19th – Our Daily Bread
March 26th – Forgive … As We Forgive
April 2nd – Palm Sunday – And Lead Us, Not into Temptation
April 7th – Good Friday Service
April 9th – Easter – For Thine is the Kingdom, Power, and Glory

Christian Children’s Home of Ohio Sock and Sweatpants Drive
Charlotte Knauf was asked to do a service project for her Jackson Academy for Global Studies Capstone Project of her senior year.  Charlotte has worked with Royal Family for several years and has become very inclined to help out those in foster care.  Which lead her to do something for the Christian Children’s Home of Ohio. There is a great need for new socks and sweatpants in a range of sizes for youth from ages 6-18. If you would like to donate, please bring items to Crosspoint between not and the end of March.  If you have any questions, contact Charlotte at cfknauf0508@bearworks.jackson.sparcc.org

Sunday Morning Tech Team
We are looking for volunteers to help with the sound board to balance sound for our praise team, the worship computer to run our worship slides and our livestream to share our worship service online.  You do not need previous experience as we will train those who would like to help.  If you are interested in helping or would like more information, please contact Pastor Thom (330-705-6386).

QR Code
Crosspoint is trying something new.  We are going to use a QR Code to provide a quick and easy way to access our weekly announcements.  Just scan the QR code with your smart phone camera app and it will send you to the announcement page on our website.  The QR Code will be posted around the building at Crosspoint, on our Facebook page and in our weekly announcement slides on Sunday Mornings.  If you have any questions, contact Katie Wells (330-418-7515).

United Methodist Church Update
There are some United Methodist Churches who are disaffiliating from the United Methodist denomination.  The Leadership Board at Crosspoint has spent time in prayer, research, discernment, and conversation over the past year.  At this time, Crosspoint will remain a United Methodist Church.  We will continue to be a church that works to Love God, Love Others and Serve others as we grow closer to God and others.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Pastor Thom Kalb, Dennis Boyd, Brian Strunck, Zack McFee, Janice Spangler, Stephen Passerini, Katie Wells, Katy Hoffman, Amy Steiner or Jim Bavis.

Free Black Rubber Mulch
We have a pile of black rubber mulch from our old playground area that is free for the taking.  We are planning to use wood mulch with our new playground area, so we do not need the black rubber mulch anymore.  The pile is located on the west side of the parking lot next to the garage.  Feel free to stop by any time and pick up as much of it as you would like.  If any of your friends or family are looking for black rubber mulch, please let them know they are welcome to it as well.  If you have any questions, contact Pastor Thom (330-705-6386).

You Matter Rock Garden
We are making serval improvements to our backyard.  We are getting a new playground which is being funded by a grant the preschool received as well as donations and several fundraisers.  We are also going to be adding a firepit and bench areas that Jack Wells is completing for his Eagle Scout Project.  Finally, we are adding a “You Matter” Rock Garden inspired by a former JCA student, James Ward, who passed away suddenly at the age of 10. We are asking for everyone to decorate a rock to place in the garden.  Please choose a rock on Sunday morning, take it home, decorate it with your family and bring it back to place in the garden.  If you have any questions, contact Sheri Boyd (330-268-7377).

Online Worship adds a YouTube Option
We know worship is an important part of our life of faith.  We also know that not everyone is able to join us for in person worship.  At Crosspoint we offer both in person and online options for worship.  We currently Livestream our worship service on Sunday mornings at 10:30 on www.facebook.com/crosspointumcjacksontownship and https://crosspoint-umc.freeonlinechurch.com/  We are now adding YouTube as an option.  You can follow this link, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHzj5ssDhZfPeAaJYNjnBrg/videos or you can go to YouTube and search CrosspointUMC.  Once on our channel you can subscribe.  By subscribing you can receive updates whenever we go live with a new video.  If you have any questions, you can contact Pastor Thom at 330-705-6386.

Crosspoint relies on the generosity and giving of each of us to continue to support the operation of our facilities and the ministries of our congregation.  Although some of our ministries are making adjustments during this time, we will continue to rely on our offering to help us share God’s love in practical ways.  Many share their offering on Sunday while we are in worship together.  Since we are not meeting in person at this time we have made online giving available.  If you wish to make a one-time donation or set up a recurring donation you may do so by following this link (https://crosspointumc.breezechms.com/give/online).   You may also mail your donation to the church (9687 Portage St. NW Massillon, Ohio 44646).  If you have any questions about your giving moving forward, please contact Katy Hoffman (330-417-0263)  Thank you for your genericity to Crosspoint.


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