Weekly Newsletter

Happy Friday Everyone! 

From the Leadership Team


  8:15 AM               Set Up Begins
  8:45 AM               Praise Team Practice
  9:00 AM               Catechism for 6th-12th Grade Will Meet
10:00 AM               Service Begins - Series:  "Basic.Church"
                                  - Pathway Kids Will Meet
   4:00 PM              Jr. High Youth Group Will Meet              
                       ***Small Groups Today***

  9:00 AM              Staff Meeting at the Church Office

  8:15 AM               Set Up Begins
  8:45 AM               Praise Team Practice
  9:00 AM               Catechism for 6th-12th Grade Will NOT Meet
10:00 AM               Service Begins - Series:  "Basic.Church"
                                  - Name Tag Sunday
                                  - Special Offering for The Gideons
                                  - Pathway Kids Will NOT Meet
  4:00 PM                Hope Church's Open House in Lowell, Indiana
  5:00 PM                Hymn Sing at Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Lansing, Illinois
  6:00 PM                High School Youth Group Game Night at Park Place
                       ***Small Groups Today***     


Last Sunday we began our Small Group Series' messages, "Basic.Church" with a message on "Fellowship 1.” This Sunday's message is "Fellowship 2--Superpowers" and is based on Ephesians 4:1-16. Small Groups will meet on Sunday at various times. NEXT Sunday, January 28 is the last Sunday of the month; therefore, it is Name Tag Sunday, Catechism and Pathway Kids will NOT meet and we will receive an offering for The Gideons. 

CATECHISM for 6th-8th grade and 9th-12th grade will meet THIS Sunday, January 21 from 9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
 ​    6th - 8th grade catechism (Room A151) is team taught. Middle schoolers will
     study the CRC Dwell curriculum which includes 6 lessons each on “What do I do
     when things fall apart?/Belonging to Jesus, What’s the Covenant All About?, Who
     is God?, Who is Jesus?, and Who is the Holy Spirit?
     9th - 12th grade catechism (Room A____). High schoolers will study the Belgic Confession.
We will NOT meet NEXT Sunday, January 28 (last Sunday of the month).

PATHWAY KIDS will meet THIS Sunday, January 21. ​We will NOT meet NEXT Sunday, January 28 (last Sunday of the month).

STILL NEED A SMALL GROUP? – Small groups began last Sunday, January 14. Our study is "Basic.We are Church" by Francis Chan. January – early March is small group season at Pathway. Pastor Joel’s sermon series will align with a small group topic. What’s said in morning worship fuels small group and vice versa. There are a few openings. Contact the church office at (219) 558-0573 to be connected.

JR. HIGH YOUTH GROUP will meet THIS Sunday, January 21 from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in St. John, Indiana! (NOTE EARLIER TIME AND LOCATION.)  Middle schoolers, please bring your Bibles on Sunday along with your questions. Pastor Joel will ask you to write down any questions that you have about God, the Bible, and Christian faith anonymously on 3 x 5 cards.Those questions and discussion will be the lesson.

Also, would anyone be willing to host and/or provide dinner for the Jr. High Youth Group meeting next month, Sunday, February 11 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.? Please let the church office know at (219) 558-0573 or pathwayadmin@pathwaycrc.org.

FAST AND PRAY BECOMES RENEWED AND DO – During the fast over Pathway’s building project, a number of you were personally convicted of matters in your own life. Having given ourselves fully to God during that time, we now arise from the ashes just as the ancient Jews did in Jerusalem without walls, and we set our hearts toward the task ahead just as they labored profusely to rebuild the wall. The dream team, a group composed of those who bubbled up with ideas during our recent prayer and fasting event, and the leadership team, have endorsed a document that will be distributed in your mailboxes in the coming weeks. The document includes ideas considered but not endorsed (i.e. merging with another church or closing), and ideas that the board considers worth exploring. Some of the ideas being explored are a search for a repurposed building or a different, more intimate rental facility as a next step. We also wonder whether, with a full court press, we can make the jump directly to a build on 109th. 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM "EXPLORE GOD CHICAGO" – Chicagoland area churches are challenging those who don’t attend church in our region to explore God next January, 2019. The series will be a combination of small inquiry groups and church services with messages centered on essential themes like why there is evil in the world. All Chicago area churches will be encouraged to participate in casting a wide net to the non Christian community to check out Christ. The Chicagoland area will be saturated with media promotion from participating churches. Pastor Joel will be attending a meeting next week to find out more. Would you like to come? He welcomes a group from Pathway to attend with him, (219) 558-0573.

HOPE COMMUNITY CHURCH OPEN HOUSE – YOU’RE INVITED to Hope Community Church’s OPEN HOUSE on January 28, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in its new location, 10505 181st Street, Lowell IN. We are located 3/4 mile east of Rt. 41 on Rt 2. Our new facility has enabled us to begin worship services on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. Join us on the 28th to rejoice in what God has provided. A short dedication service is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Hope Community Church is a ministry of the Christian Reformed Church. 

HYMN SING AT BETHEL CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, LANSING – Everyone is invited to the quarterly "Hymns for Him" hymn sing NEXT Sunday, January 28 at 5:00 p.m. at Bethel Christian Reformed Church, 3500 Glenwood Lansing Road, Lansing, Illinois. Join us as we worship God and learn the scripture and stories behind some of our favorite hymns. Our theme this quarter is "Hymns for Mission." A nursery will be provided.

HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP GAME NIGHT will be NEXT Sunday, January 28 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Park Place. If you have any questions, please call the church office at (219) 558-0573. Bring a friend!!​

BUILDINGS – The leadership team would appreciate a heads up on commercial buildings for sale in the broader St. John area. These are the ones we know are for sale or have adequate space for a church rental:  Northwoods Restaurant, Kmart, Harry O’s, Hanover II on 101st, and several steel building sites off Joliet. If you hear of others, we’d like to know before those buildings are publicly advertised. We are still wide open to repurposing the right site. We missed out on a site recently that made it to market before leadership team knew. Please give us an early heads up. While our ultimate dream is to build on the 109th Street site, we might repurpose an existing building.

​​FRIDAY MORNING WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY – All women are invited to the Friday Morning Women's Bible Study on February 2 at 9:15 a.m. in St. John, Indiana. Our current study is The Envy of Eve:  Finding Contentment in a Covetous World! If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (219) 558-0573. Looking forward to good fellowship and conversation!

PRINCESS BRUNCH – Get your tickets for the Princess Brunch as they are selling quickly! You are invited to the Princess Brunch benefiting Mommy's Haven, a non-profit residence for pregnant women in need that is currently in the final stages of building their first home in Lowell, Indiana on Saturday, February 10 at Crown Point Christian School. Invite your daughters, granddaughters and friends to join us for a special two hour time of hair braiding, nail painting, face glitter, tea party, coloring, craft making, photo booth, all you can eat brunch and meeting of special guests:  Cinderella, Belle, and Moana! Two sessions will be offered:  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon and 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for each child and $5 for each accompanying adult. Everyone is invited to dress up and wear their favorite princess costume. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at www.pathwaycrc.org/PrincessBrunch.

PINEWOOD DERBY RACE – The Pinewood Derby Race will be the 2nd Wednesday of March (March 14) NOT the 2nd Wednesday of February. This will give more time for car preparation. You may pick up a car kit in the back of church Sunday. Girls, boys, and adults, have fun getting your cars ready!

DERBY CAR CARVING IN CROWN POINT will be on Wednesday, February 7 and Wednesday, February 28 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Open call for all derby car enthusiasts to come for derby car prep nights. The garage will be set up for cutting, sanding and weighting your cars. And yes, the heat will be on! Come turn those blocks of wood into speedy works of art! 

​FAMILY NIGHT – Our next Family Night is Wednesday, February 14! The Pink Night Girls will be doing a service project (sorting coats) at Faith and Action’s office in Crete. Moms, you are welcome to join us! Our plan is to meet at Crown Point Christian School at 6:30 p.m., drive over to the Faith and Action office and return to Crown Point Christian School by 8:00 p.m. You may meet us at the office in Crete if you choose, 25353 State Street, unit D. We will try to get there around 6:45/7:00 p.m. to get started. Please remember to let Kelly Postma or Alissa Scott know if your daughter would need a ride.

WOMEN'S WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY will not meet again until Wednesday, FEBRUARY 21 at 7:00 p.m. in St. John, Indiana. If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (219) 558-0573. New members are always welcome!


​​Please remember to check out our website, http://www.pathwaycrc.org/, for more information on all our programs and opportunities.

Are you following @Pathway_CRC and @PastorJoelZ on Twitter, liking Pathway on Facebook, or following Pathway_CRC on Instagram yet?

Opportunities to Serve

It’s Princess Brunch time and we are looking for those interested in helping in the kitchen preparing pancakes and other food. Ladies, we need volunteers for painting nails, helping with the crafts and activities. Boys and men, we need your help serving our guests brunch. We ask you to wear black pants and white shirts. Sign up for morning or afternoon shifts for about 2 hours:  8:45 am.-noon and noon-3:00 pm., Saturday, February 10 here at Crown Point Christian School. Food is also needed. Sign up sheets will be on the back table Sunday. 

We continue to pick up Starbucks food donations three times a week. We are missing a couple helpers who are gone for the winter. Would you be interested in stopping by Starbucks in St. John and dropping off the food donations at the church office? It only takes about 10 minutes of your time. See Terri Schaaf on Sunday.

Looking to assist with the final construction of the Mommy’s Haven maternity home in Lowell? Volunteers are needed to paint trim and doors and lay vinyl flooring. Contact mommyshaven12@gmail.com with your name and phone number.

​If you have any questions on the above opportunities, contact Terri at pathwayoutreach@pathwaycrc.org.​

From Pastor Joel

God has given superpowers to all Christians so that we can work together in unity for one another’s benefit and growth, and for the church’s health. Unless every part of the body does its job, the body does not function properly. 

Remember to follow me on Twitter @PastorJoelZ.


See you on Sunday,

Pastor Joel and the Leadership Team




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Crown Point Christian School

Sunday 10:00 AM
10550 Park Place
St. John, Indiana 46373

Office Location

11101 W. 97th Lane
St. John, Indiana 46373


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P.O. Box 62
St. John, Indiana 46373

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