October 30, 2022
PROVE IT: Book of 1 John Series
We will continue our new sermon series, "Prove It," a study of the book of I John.  Pastor Jeff McVay will discover how we truly know God and how our Christian life is living proof of our connection to the Father.  Do you know God?  Your evidence is in your obedience.   Do you truly love your neighbor?  Your proof of evidence is in your sacrifice.   Invite a new friend to our series in October.  
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Thursday, November 3, 2022:
Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21; Zechariah 1:1-17; Acts 22:22-23:11; Psalm 17:1-9; Deuteronomy 25:5-10
*Jim DeYoung (recovery from knee replacement surgery)
*Andy Jenkins (recovery from shoulder surgery)
*DeYoung's Friend, Joe (battling cancer and complications from COVID; moved to hospice)
*Dawn Hoke & Family (father passed away)
*Catherine Tiller & Family (mother passed away) 
*Laura Jennings' Sister, Emily (surgery & recovery in California)
*Tim Scott (recovery from surgery)
*Laura Jennings' Father (in the hospital in California)
*Sharri Sackett's Cousin, Jim (heart procedures)
*Barb Morris' Brother-in-Law (a lift fell on feet)
*Cissy DeHaan (recovering at Medilodge after fall)
*Barb Morris (very ill; cancer has returned)
*Paul MacCartny (Muscular Dystrophy)

*Keegan Hurt, Air Force (England)
*Portage Public Safety Teams
Thank you for your faithful giving!
Your participation in worship funds the mission of Cross Community Church:
*Tithes and Offerings
*World Evangelism Fund (global missions)
*Olivet Nazarene University (student scholarships)
*Nazarene Pensions and Benefits
Sunday, October 23 Attendance
Morning Worship Online Only
Last Week in Small Groups

Week's Tithes
Tithe Received

Weekly Tithe Needed

($4,310) *counters didn’t count this week*

Annual Faith Promise Giving

Thank you for your generosity! 

Annual Sunday School/Small Groups
Annual Building Fund/Facility Improvements

10/4 Goal for Associate Pastor
Annual "1 of 50 people to give $15/week" Challenge

Year-to-Date Goal for Tithes
Our new weekly goal for the Fall/Winter/Spring months is $6,200 per week. 
We are currently
$6,078 behind on our annual budgeted tithe goal.
Update on Generosity Journey

Phase 3 of Roof Project Goal = $75,000 by 2024
$6,300 given so far this year was for Phase 2 (Wee Care/Gym Roofs)

TODAY, Sunday, October 30
10:00 a.m. - Small Groups
11:00 a.m. - Worship Hour -or- Watch ONLINE Facebook or YouTube
11:00 a.m. - C3Kidz Church (K-5th Grade) in The Gathering Place; Nursery and Toddler rooms are available

Monday, October 31
Happy Halloween!  Be safe and have fun!
6:30 p.m. - Cardio Drumming Class

Tuesday, November 1
10:00 a.m. - Ladies Prayer & Share
6:15 p.m. - Worship/Tech Rehearsal
6:30 p.m. - GriefShare Support Group
7:00 p.m. - DivorceCare Support Group

Wednesday, November 2

6:00 p.m. - Prayer Night at Ducks' Home
6:00 p.m. - Everybody Always (Ladies) Small Group

Thursday, November 3

6:30 p.m. - Cardio Drumming Class

Friday, November 4

6:30 p.m. - The Chosen: Seasons 1 & 2 at JP & Michele Jimenez' Home
Saturday, November 5
8:00 a.m. - Men's Breakfast at Antique's Kitchen
8-10 a.m. - Ladies' Fireside Conversations at Jenkins' Home


Sunday, November 6
FAMILY SUNDAY & Bucket Brigade Camp Offering
10:00 a.m. - Small Groups
11:00 a.m. - Worship Hour -or- Watch ONLINE Facebook or YouTube
11:00 a.m. - FAMILY SUNDAY! C3Kidz Church (K-5th Grade) in Sanctuary; Nursery and Toddler rooms are available
12 Noon -
OPEN HOUSE of Wee Care and Gathering Place
5:30-7:00 p.m. - C3Students Youth Group in The Gathering Place

Meet our Missionaries in Africa: Musa and Prudence Kunene
Musa grew up in a Nazarene church in Swaziland (now eSwatini) sensing God’s call to preach. He served as local youth president for three years before answering God’s call.  Musa attended the South Africa Nazarene Bible College (now SANU) and started pastoring in his second year, also serving as District NYI President and District CLT Director. He taught Bible Knowledge and History for 7 years at a High School before joining the SANU as a part-time lecturer.  

Musa and Prudence moved to the UK, where Musa studied while pastoring a local church. He received a degree in Research Methodology as well as a PHD in New Testament. After a fruitful ministry in the UK, Musa and his family returned to eSwatini to serve as DS of the Eswatini Central District. Later, Dr. Kunene was assigned as the Field Strategy Coordinator - Africa South Field. In March 2021 Musa was transferred to the Field Strategy Coordinator - Africa East Field.

Prudence grew up in a Nazarene church in eSwatini.  She and Musa met in Nazarene Youth Holidays (NaYoHo) and were married in 1995. They have three beautiful daughters. One is in college, one a Math and Science teacher first and now a full time missionary and one in high school. Prudence also taught high school Math and Science before beginning full time missionary service.

Prudence enjoys watching football and playing badminton while Musa has a passion for music and football.

There are almost 100 different opportunities to serve. Click here to access the website of the current list of missionary needs around the world.  It is designed to help those interested in pursuing missionary service for any length of time and find a position that suits their interests and gifting. Where is God calling you?

Thank you for your generosity to
build schools, churches, hospitals around the world through our Alabaster Offering this Fall.  

Men's Breakfast
1st Saturday of the Month
Saturday, November 5

Join us for breakfast at 8:00 a.m. at Antique Kitchen (6215 S Westnedge Ave., Portage).  We will be talking about our current sermon series.  Contact Paul Bobb for more information or directions to breakfast.
Ladies Conversations
1st Saturday of the Month
Saturday, November 5

LADIES, start your Saturday with us! You are invited to Fireside Conversations at Julie Jenkins' Home from 8:00-10:00 a.m. (6159 Torrington Rd., Kalamazoo) for coffee/tea and treat, sit and chat, pray, or whatever the Holy Spirit has in mind.  This is a come-n-go gathering or stay for the whole time.  Contact Julie Jenkins by email or call (269) 808-3403.
Sunday, November 6 @ Noon

Open House of Wee Care Room and C3Kidz Worship Area
We are celebrating all that God has provided through extra funding for our Nazarene Wee Care Center to update paint in the hallways and flooring needs in our shared Wee Care/C3Kidz area.  Snacks will be provided in The Gathering Place
Surviving the Holidays: One-Night Session
Sponsored by GriefShare

Tuesday, November 8 at 6:30 PM

Surviving the Holidays is a one-night special event that is designed to help you feel support as you grieve the loss of a loved one through the difficult holiday season. Sponsored by the GriefShare support group. The workbook is $5. SIGN UP HERE
Saturday, November 12

Women's Expo and Craft Show at JaxNaz Church of the Nazarene in Jackson, MI

Time for some shopping!!  We will be carpooling from our parking lot at 9:00 a.m., stopping for a coffee/tea, and then grabbing a late lunch on the way back.  Please let us know by Sunday, November 6, if you are attending so we can make sure we have enough seats for everyone and enough room for all our purchases!  Contact
Lauri Wiessner for details.
GROWTH Track Class
Sunday, November 13
12 Noon - 3 PM

You are invited to *LEARN* more about C3Naz (our mission, vision, how we function within our denomination). Discover a place to *SERVE*. Be challenged to expand the *GROWTH* of your faith during our GROWTH Track. We will meet together in Room 103 with lunch and childcare provided. Please
RSVP ONLINE or contact the church office at (269) 327-3151 to register.   Adults or C3Students who attend are able to join the Church of the Nazarene after the class if you choose.
Blessings from the Food Pantry in November // Thanksgiving Baskets

In November, our food pantry will be collecting donated food items to make 25 Thanksgiving Baskets for members of our community and partnering with LOTUS 5:16 to provide baskets to an area school.  Please return all items to the church by Sunday, November 20.  See the display in the foyer.  

We are requesting the following items to fill up the baskets with food for Thanksgiving: 
• 10-14 lb. Frozen Turkey
• 2-3 lb. Frozen Ham
• Small Bag of Potatoes
• Small Bag of Sweet Potatoes
• 12-18 oz. jar of Gravy
• 6 oz. boxes of Stuffing Mix
• 14.5 oz. cans of Corn
• 16 oz. bags of Rice
• 14.5 oz. cans of Green Beans
• 10.5 oz. cans of Cream of Mushroom
• 6 oz. Crispy Fried Onions
• 14 oz. can of Cranberry Sauce

• Assorted FUN thanksgiving meal items

You can donate financially or drop off the listed food items at the church for the Thanksgiving Baskets.  There is a dark green bin located at the church's main north entrance for DROP OFF or during church office hours from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  Contact Joyce Lage at (269) 327-4894 or Melanie Smith at (269) 275-3343 for more details on items needed in our pantry.
Christmas is Coming!  Help us Decorate the Church on Sunday, November 20 at Noon
Bring lunch or grab lunch and come back to help us decorate our Sanctuary and Foyer for Christmas and the upcoming Advent season. Many hands make light work. SIGN UP ON THE GOOGLE DOC SIGN UP SHEET for a specific tasks for you and your family to decorate in the church.  Please contact Deidre Marks in the church office for more details.
Prayer Night on Wednesdays at 6:00 PM
Men and Women are invited to join together at Pastor Ray and Evette Duck's home (42411 Mitchell St., Mattawan) on Wednesdays at 6:00 PM for a time of prayer for the church, our community, and world.  Contact Evette Duck for more details. 
Looking for “Faith with Feet” Service Projects for the 3rd Saturday of the Month
Our men meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month for prayer and serve among our community in small service projects.   Examples: power washing, moving heavy items, or a small task that can be done in a few hours.  If you have a small project that needs to be done around your home or know someone in our church or community who needs a helping hand, please contact
John Steenhoven at 269-330-5115 or Paul Bobb at 269-359-2175 and leave a message with details of the project.
We are looking for people who can knit some of these cute cuddly plush characters for our Nazarene Wee Care and church families.  Pick up a few from the Connect Center to knit and bring them back.  You can contact Sharri Sackett for more information.

C3Naz is currently in our FALL 2022 small group session! Our Fall groups run for 10-12 weeks and conclude at the end of November. 

How can I get connected to a small group?

You can SIGN UP digitally today! Simply click the link associated with the small group you’d like to attend and click "JOIN"! You’ll be directed to a simple sign up form (provide your phone number or email). That’s it!

Community Opportunity to Serve
WMU Football Game Concession Stands

November 9 (7:00 PM Game)
November 25 (12 Noon Game)

You can be a friendly smile and serve concessions at the home games to benefit Twelve Baskets Food Pantry who will receive $80 per volunteer for each game.  You need to CONFIRM 2 days before the game to Romona Czuk at or text (269) 679-4543.   All volunteers need to arrive 2.5 hours before the game and park in the Lawson Ice Arena - Shuttle Bus lot.  Tell the bus driver you are a concession stand volunteer and need to go to GATE #1.   Call Avery Cleveland at (269) 858-9165 to get your volunteer assignment when you arrive.  The volunteer time ends after the 3rd Quarter.
Ministry for 6th to 12th Grade
SUNDAYS at 10:00 a.m. in Lower Level 104
Gather for fellowship, blessings & bummers, a brief devotional

C3Student - NO YOUTH GROUP TONIGHT, October 30
We will meet back up Next Sunday, November 6 at 5:30-7:00 PM

Cheer on our C3Students at Michigan District Teen Quiz Meets
  • November 12 HOSTED HERE at Cross Community Church
  • January 14 at The ROC in Mason
  • February 11 at Perry Church
  • March 18 Finals at Owosso First Church
Contact our NYI Leadership Team:
NextGen Pastor, Kyle Fellows (618) 530-2941
NYI President,
Julie Jenkins (269) 808-3403
NYI Vice President,
Chris Smith (269) 358-0445
Ministry for Newborn to 5th Grade
1st Sunday of the Month Bucket Brigade is Back!  
Bring your loose change on Sunday, November 6 to drop in the kids' buckets during the greeting time of the worship hour.  All funds go to support Summer Camp Scholarships at Indian Lake Nazarene Camp
Children's Quizzing
Sundays at 10 AM

Join our quiz team for your kids to learn about and memorize Bible verses from the books of 1&2 Samuel this fall.  We meet for Children's Quizzing on Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM for Kindergarten to 5th Grade.  Led by Sue Miller.

Cheer on our Kids at Michigan District Children Quiz Meets
  • November 19 at Owosso First Church
  • January 21 at Lansing South Church
  • February 25 at Owosso First Church
  • March 11 Finals at Lansing South Church
Pancakes with Santa
Saturday, December 3
9:00 AM - Noon

Come experience the greatest time of the year with pancakes, pictures with Santa, games, and crafts from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. This FREE event is designed for all ages in partnership with the Wee Care and Haverhill Elementary.  We need lots of volunteers to make this event happen! SIGN UP TO SERVE
Contact our C3Kidz Leadership Team:
NextGen Pastor,
Kyle Fellows (618) 530-2941
SDMI Chair,
Kimber Shore (847) 894-5152
C3Kidz Church,
Jen Harding & Liz Trainer

WE ARE HIRING morning teacher aides!
If you or someone you know would be a great fit in the Wee Care Center, please contact
Jen Harding or Liz Trainer in the Wee Care Office at (269) 327-3100.

PRAY for our current semester of Wee Care and the after-school program for elementary age kids.

PRAY for our Directors and Wee Care Staff as they serve the families in our community.

Walk through a virtual tour and join our Wee Care family!  Call (269) 327-3100 or send an email to our Wee Care Director, Jen Harding
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Use our NEW Online Giving Platform as a Guest or Login to your personal account.  We have a safe and secure way to give online through our church's website!  Thank you for your continued faithfulness in giving to C3Naz over the years!
At bottom of the link you can CONTINUE WITH LOGIN (use your same credentials as before) or you can CONTINUE AS GUEST to GIVE!

Using Engage Giving Help Documentation:

Making a Donation in Engage Help Documentation:

Contact Deidre Marks in the church office at (269) 327-3151 if you have any questions.
Church Office Hours:

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: Off-Site/Remote
Friday: Closed

Church Office: (269) 327-3151

Office Administrator,

Deidre Marks
(989) 413-0812
Pastors and
Wee Care Director:

Lead Pastor,
Jeff McVay
(269) 535-6774

NextGen Pastor,
Kyle Fellows
(618) 530-2941

Wee Care Director,
Jen Harding
(269) 327-3100
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