November Update: Afternoon at Museum Event, Christmas Outreach, Feed My Starving Children, How Can I help?
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“I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” -Jesus (Matt 16:18b).

It is hard to believe that we are in mid-November of 2016! This year has flown by and Thanksgiving and Christmas are only around the corner. As a church plant we are encouraged by the grace of God in and through us as Christ builds His church here in Naperville. Thank you all for praying, giving, and encouraging us as we strive to plant a gospel-centered church for the glory of God. Included in this newsletter are some updates from the past month and ways you can be praying us in the month ahead (including AFTERNOON AT MUSEUM, FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN, CHRISTMAS OUTREACH, HOW CAN I HELP?).

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Afternoon at the Museum

This past month we hosted an event called “Afternoon at the Museum.” Since our church plant meets at the DuPage Children’s Museum—a venue that is great and has been so good to work with—we wanted to invite people to church and give them an opportunity to explore the museum with their family afterward. We also had a potluck lunch immediately after the service. Overall, it went really well! We had unbelievers in attendance who heard the gospel (the sermon was on Romans 1:16 “Unashamed of the Gospel”), new families visited, some people from our meetup ministry were there, and everyone in our church did an AMAZING job of welcoming new people in and showing hospitality. This was also one of our biggest Sundays attendance-wise. Please pray for the seeds sown and the new relationships built.

Feed My Starving Children

A group of us served at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) this month. FMSC is a wonderful organization dedicated to ending world hunger. We packed meals together and prayed for the children who would be receiving the food. By God’s grace, the work that everyone there that night accomplished will feed over 20 children for a whole year!


Cross of Christ Fellowship is connected to the Illinois Baptist State Association (IBSA), which provides some support (financial and mentoring) and training. IBSA is committed to seeing new churches planted in Illinois and raising up new church planters. This month at the IBSA Pastor's Conference Tom was able to represent church planting in the suburbs of Chicago and specifically share about how God is working through us in Naperville.

Here's a poster explaining the spiritual needs of the over 6,000,000 people that live in the suburbs of Chicago:

It was a great opportunity to spread awareness of the need for more church planting the suburbs, and we were able to connect with some more individuals and churches who want to pray for us.

Advent Series & Christmas Outreach

On December 17 we are hosting a Christmas outreach called COOKIES & CAROLS! It will be a carol service that includes singing of Christmas hymns, an explanation of the Christmas of the Christmas story, and a time of eating cookies together baked by members of our congregation. We really hope to use this event as chance to bless those in the community and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. Please pray for the event and our boldness inviting people to it.

Also, we are nearing the end of our sermon series in Nehemiah and are about to start a 4 week Advent series looking at some passages in Isaiah. Please pray for us as we start this new series together. Here’s the sermon graphic created by Craig, a member of our congregation.

How Can I Help?
Here's 3 Ways:

1. JOIN US! Move to Naperville and be part of our congregation, or tell those who move to Naperville about us. We'll even help you unpack :)

2. PRAY! Pray consistently and regularly for us, that God would add to our numbers, that God would use us to share the gospel and make disciples here in Naperville.

3. GIVE! We are need in need of additional financial support, and are only able to carry out this ministry through the sacrificial giving of those in our church and those who are supporters of our church. It will likely take another 2 years for us to become self-sustaining, so we need all the help we can get. You can give here through this link:

Thank you to all who read our newsletters, pray for us, encourage us, and give. We are VERY thankful for you :)

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