4/2/2020 Update

Holy Week or Passion Week, the week leading up to Easter and celebrating the Risen Jesus is nearly upon us.  Make sure you read below all the worship and devotional opportunities we have available for you.

 

But first, we are saddened to let you know that Alma Freistuhler passed away Tuesday evening.  The funeral service will be at Cromes Funeral Home on Friday April 3, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.  The family will be having visitation from 10:00 to 11:00.  Please keep her husband Jack, daughter Chelly Williamson, grandchildren Misty Wooddell and Judd Williamson and their families in your prayers during this time.

 

Holy Week

Join us on Facebook Live every Sunday at 10:15 for the live stream of our Sunday Celebration Worship Service.  In observance of Palm Sunday and Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Pastor Alan will highlight a few similarities between Jonah’s life from chapter 3 and Jesus’ life during Holy Week and how those same similarities can apply to our lives.  To join go to our website at http://connectionpt.org and click on “Watch Live” in the gray menu bar.

 

We will also be hosting a Maundy Thursday service through Facebook Live on Thursday April 9th starting at 6:30 p.m.  There will be a short message about our mission in life, music, and taking communion and observing foot washing as Jesus has commanded. We encourage you to prepare to observe both at your home.  Have some juice and bread and a basin of warm water and some towels ready on April 9th!

 

During Holy week, starting on Palm Sunday, your daily Encouraging Word videos will change up a little.  We will be sharing a video each day that focusses on a person from Jesus’s Passion Week story. Palm Sunday, for example, features the owner of the colt that Jesus rode into Jerusalem. The videos are little longer than you’re used to, and we will provide a devotional guide for you and your family to follow along with. 

 

Weekly Children’s Lessons

Pastor Kim will post this week’s Children’s Lesson on Sunday afternoon on our Family Facebook Group page and our website.  Just go to http://connectionpt.org/covid-19/childrens-lessons.

 

April Memory Verse

Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His loves endures forever.  Psalm 106:1

 

Tithes and Offerings

Thank you for your ongoing generosity with your tithes and offerings. Your commitment keeps us positioned well to minister to our community and to you!  You may give online: go to connectionpt.org and click on “eGiving,” or mail your check to Connection Point, 1510 Campbell Rd., Sidney, OH 45365.

 

Pastors Alan, Kim, Tyler and Mark

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3/30/2020 Update:  

First of all THANK YOU! 

       Thank you for all the prayers you have offered up for the Pastoral staff!  God hears them and He is keeping us strong! 

       Thank you for your ongoing generosity with your tithes and offerings.  Your commitment keeps us positioned well to minister to our community. 

       Thank you for staying connected with God and with each other by watching our Sunday Celebration live streams and recordings, and participating in our virtual Bible studies and Life Groups.  We have talked several times in our Daily Encouragement videos to keep yourself focused on God, and you are proving faithful.  God sees that and will help us persevere.

 

Speaking of staying connected, our youth can check out The Point Youth Group Hang Time - Come hang out, play some games, just be in each other’s virtual presence!   - Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m.  Go to https://zoom.us/j/944838455 or call on your phone: 253-215-8782, Meeting ID 944-838-455.  Data rates may apply.

 

Pastor Kim posts weekly Children’s Lessons on our Family Facebook Group page and our website.  Just go to http://connectionpt.org/covid-19/childrens-lessons.

 

The easiest way to join Live Streams of our Sunday Celebration Worship, is to go to our website at connectionpt.org and click on “Watch Live” in the gray menu bar.  We also post the link on the Connection Point Family Facebook group page on Sunday morning.  Remember to share this on your Social Media page so others can join us.

 

COVID-19 Assistance - Should you need assistance during this time or would like to share a prayer request, please fill out a COVID-19 Assistance form found on our webpage at http://connectionpt.org/covid-19/covid-19-assistance  or you can call the church office or a member of the pastoral staff.

 

On-Line Bible Studies

 

       Women’s Bible Study – Tuesdays at 6:30.  Go to https://zoom.us/j/542596614 or you may call in on your phone: 1-312-626-6799, Meeting ID 542-596-614#. Data rates may apply.

       Men’s Bible Study – Wednesdays at 6:30. Go to https://zoom.us/j/816930044 or you may call in on your phone: 253-215-8782, Meeting ID 816-930-044.  Data rates may apply.

       The Point Youth - Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.  Go to https://zoom.us/j/331297310 or you may call in on your phone: 253-215-8782, Meeting ID 331-297-310.  Data rates may apply.

 

Family Facebook Group Policy

We certainly appreciate the Connection Point family coming together on our Family Facebook Group page with the encouraging and funny videos, memes, and stories, particularly during the pandemic.  Due to the volume of those posts we are receiving, we are going to limit them to critical announcements and prayer requests to make sure these items are seen by all.  We appreciate your understanding.

 

As we approach Holy Week, circle Thursday April 9th at 6:30 p.m. on your calendar.  We will be hosting a Maundy Thursday service through Facebook Live.  Part of this very special evening includes taking communion and observing foot washing as Jesus has commanded. We encourage you to prepare to observe both at your home.  Have some juice and bread and a basin of warm water and some towels ready on April 9th!

 

Prayer Requests – we have received several prayer requests we’d like to pass on to you:

       For protection over Tiffany Keller-Hale, a nurse at Dayton VA and all other medical professionals.

       Alma Freistuhler is in ICU at Wilson Health in critical condition with heart issues. Keep her husband Jack, daughter Chelly Williamson and her entire family lifted in prayer as well.

       Carol Everett’s dementia is worsening

       Greg Whitsett has a kidney stone which is very painful.

       Dian Young is getting over the flu. Pray for continued healing.

       Hazel Donahue – issues and uncertainties with her gall bladder.  She is unable to rest.

       Deonn Jenkins asks for prayer for a family in Piqua. Crystal passed away and leaves behind two children.

       Prayers for the pandemic situation and the domino effect it’s having on so many families: financially, illnesses, emotionally.

       Mark, Patty and Ashley Weber – have been cooped up for a couple of months with illness.

       Shirley Gillem to get her blood pressure under control and issues with her sciatic nerve.

       Brenda Oliver (Karen Helman’s sister) has been quarantined in California and is now thinking of flying back home. She has lung difficulties including clots. They are praying for God’s guidance and protection.

       Otis VanTilburgh and his son David for healing and recovery from illness they both recently had.

 

O God, You are my God; earnestly I search for You. My soul thirsts for You.  ~Psalm 63:1

 

Pastors Alan, Kim, Tyler and Mark


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3/25/20 Update: We are in the midst of our first week with the “stay home” mandate.  We just wanted to quickly update you on what is happening at Connection Point.

 

Live Streams of our Sunday Celebration Worship service at 10:15 a.m for March 29 and April 5th.  Go to our website at connectionpt.org and click on “Watch Live” in the gray menu bar.  We encourage you to share this on your Social Media page so others can join us.

 

Limited Number of People in the Office:  Due to the Stay at Home order, we are taking turns working on-site at the church. The staff will continue to be on call and work from home.

  Pastor Alan & Kim - Mondays & Wednesdays in the office  (937-658-1575)

  Pastor Mark - Tuesdays   (937-726-1864)

  Pastor Tyler - Thursdays  (530-917-3390)

  Jessica - Mondays & Fridays  (office 937-492-0094)

 

The Staff & Elder Board will be calling each household to check up and pray for each family unit. 

 

Please Remember to remain faithful & generous with your regular tithes and offerings.  You may give online: just go to our website connectionpt.org/home/egiving, or mail your check to Connection Point Church, 1510 Campbell Rd., Sidney, OH 45365.

 

COVID-19 Assistance - Should you need assistance during this time or would like to share a prayer request, please fill out a COVID-19 Assistance form found on our webpage at http://connectionpt.org/covid-19/covid-19-assistance  or you can call the church office or a member of the pastoral staff.

 

A Daily Encouragement video can be found on our Facebook Family Group page, our public Facebook page, as well as our website.  If you are not on Facebook, please go to connectionpt.org/covid-19/daily-encouragement. The newest video will appear in the large screen at the top of the page, with the previous videos below it.

 

On-Line Bible Studies

 

  Women’s Bible Study – Tuesdays at 6:30.  Go to https://zoom.us/j/542596614 or you may call in on your phone: 1-312-626-6799, Meeting ID 542596614#. Data rates may apply.


  Men’s Bible Study – Wednesdays at 6:30. Go to https://zoom.us/j/816930044 or you may call in on your phone: 253-215-8782, Meeting ID 816-930-044.  Data rates may apply.


  The Point Youth Group - Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.  Go to https://zoom.us/j/331297310 or you may call in on your phone: 253-215-8782, Meeting ID 331-297-310.  Data rates may apply.

 

Serving Opportunity at Agape Distribution: The food pantry is still operating normal business hours. Clients will now have curb side service versus going through the store. Agape needs 8-12 volunteers daily. Please call 937-498-4368 to volunteer.

 

Let’s work together to live out our mission: “Connecting people to God, others and the Church.”  

 

Pastors Alan, Kim, Tyler and Mark


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3/20/2020 Update: As we wind up this week and prepare to start another in this time of the “new normal,” we want to let you know that your Pastoral staff is praying for you and we are continually finding new ways to minister to you.  If you have any needs, please do not hesitate to reach out. Give us a call at 937-658-1575.


One of the ways we are ministering to you is through our Daily Encouragement video. Those appear on our Facebook Family Group page, our public Facebook page, as well as our website.  If you are not on Facebook, please go to connectionpt.org, click on “COVID-19” in the main menu bar, and then click on “Daily Encouragement” in the gray menu bar.  The newest

video will appear in the large screen at the top of the page, with the previous videos below it.


We also want to remind you that we live stream our Sunday Celebration Worship service at 10:15 a.m.  Though it is on our Facebook public page, we believe we have our settings such that you do not have to have a Facebook account to watch it.  The easiest way to find our Facebook Live feed Sunday morning is to go to our website at connectionpt.org and click on “Watch Live” in the gray menu bar. 


Also, we are continuing our Women’s and Men’s Bible studies through the internet. The website we are using called Zoom allows all participants to interact with each other!

  • Women’s Bible Study – Tuesdays at 6:30.  Go to https://zoom.us/j/410059088 or you may call in on your phone: 253-215-8782, Meeting ID 410-059-088. Data rates may apply.
  • Men’s Bible Study – Wednesdays at 6:30. Go to https://zoom.us/j/816930044 or you may call in on your phone: 253-215-8782, Meeting ID 816-930-044.  Data rates may apply.
  • The Point Youth Group - Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.  Go to https://zoom.us/j/331297310 or you may call in on your phone: 253-215-8782, Meeting ID 331-297-310.  Data rates may apply.

Now, as always, it is so important we continue to live out our mission, “Connecting people to God, others and the Church.”   We are asking that you remain faithful and generous with your regular tithes and offerings.  You may give online: just go to our website connectionpt.org and click on eGiving, or mail your check to Connection Point Church, 1510 Campbell Rd., Sidney, OH 45365.


Our prayer for you is “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”  Numbers 6:24-26


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3/17/2020 Update: We know many of you have concerns about COVID-19 (the Coronavirus). In the midst of all this chaos we find comfort in knowing that regardless of what’s going on in the world around us, God remains in control.  Isaiah 41:10 (NLT) tells us, Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

 

Clearly, situations like this often disrupt the giving of your tithe.  We are asking that you remain faithful and generous as we navigate the next few weeks and beyond.


Online giving has never been easier! Head to our website at connectionpt.org and click on “eGiving.”  Once there you can click on Make a Donation to make a one-time gift.  Or if you would like to set up a regular tithe, click on “Sign In, ” click “Register for an Account” (or sign in if you already have one) and then set up your “Scheduled” gift.

 

If you prefer, mail in your check to the church. The address is Connection Point Church, 1510 Campbell Rd., Sidney, OH 45365. 

 

We appreciate your continued support as we continue to fulfill our mission as a church to Connect people to God, others, and the Church.

 

During times like these, staying connected to God can help us have calm hearts and peaceful minds. We encourage you during this time to turn to God - pray, read the Bible, watch Rightnow Media, listen to Christian Music. 

 

In the meantime, know that your Pastoral Staff is praying for you. We are here for you in this time of crisis.  In the next few days, we will be implementing various ways to keep us connected as a body of believers.  As always, monitor our Connection Point Family Facebook group page, our public Facebook page and our website at connectionpt.org for news and updates.


Life Groups: Off campus Life Group meetings will be decided on by the members of the group and the group leader. Please contact your group leader if you are unsure.


All-church movie night:  Originally scheduled for Saturday March 21st, along with a Student Ministries spaghetti dinner fundraiser has been postponed to a future date to be determined. 

our response to covid-19

One of Connection Point’s core values is “people”. People matter to us because each and every person is created by God. God loves people so much that His own Son died to give a new life, an eternal life to all who believe in Him.  As a way to sacrificially express this value and in light of information and instruction put forth from medical experts and state officials; the Pastoral Staff, the Elders and the Admin team have prayerfully decided that we will NOT be gathering together at the church for any public event from March 14th - 28th. This includes Sunday Celebrations for tomorrow March 15th & 22nd and Wednesday night activities March 18th & 25th.  Off campus Life Groups meetings will be determined by each group and leader.

 

~For Sundays, we encourage you to join us for Facebook Live - you can access this through our webpage connectionpt.org (click on Watch Live). If you do not have access to Facebook, you can access the service by the end of Sunday through the webpage (click on Messages).  If you do not have computer access, please contact the church office and we will try to get you a CD of the service sometime the next week.

 

We have made this decision as a way to fulfill the Great Commandment: “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:37-39  One way we can  “love our neighbor” is to do our part in slowing down the spread of this virus by not exposing others to potential risks through large public gatherings.

 

We love each one of you and we recognize that there are differing views regarding this decision; as Leadership we ask that you respect this decision and help us to be unified.  We believe this is an opportunity to pull together as a community of believers: to pray for each other; to reach out and support our elderly neighbors; and to express the hope that we have in Christ in the midst of the unknown.

 

We will continue to provide updates and information through our Church Facebook, Webpage and email. The situation is fluid and the Leadership will be gathering together to re-evaluate March 24th.