Weekly Newsletter



Happy Friday Everyone!

From the Leadership Team


  11:00 AM             Second Annual Superhero Event at Crown Point Christian School

   8:15 AM             Set Up Begins
   8:45 AM             Praise Team Practice
   9:00 AM             Catechism Begins for 6th-12th Grade
 10:00 AM             Service Begins - Guest Pastor
                               - Building Fund Offering
                               - Pathway Kids Will Meet​​ (Ages 3-4th Grade)
   5:00 PM              Hymns for Him Hymn Sing at Bethel Christian Reformed Church, Lansing

   5:30 PM             Deacons Will Meet

   9:15 AM             Women's Morning Bible Study

   8:15 AM             Set Up Begins
   8:45 AM             Praise Team Practice
   9:00 AM             Catechism Begins for 6th-12th Grade
 10:00 AM             Service Begins
                               - Pathway Kids Will Meet​​ (Ages 3-4th Grade)
   5:00 PM              High School Youth Group Meeting at Hillside Funeral Home


This Sunday we welcome Pastor Mark Prestriedge, chaplain at Park Place. His message is "When God is Lost" based on Jeremiah 29:10-14. It is the second Sunday of October so we will receive an offering for our Building Fund. ​

NEW SERMON SERIES PROJECTS​ – Don’t forget our projects due NEXT Sunday, October 21. Pastor Joel will continue with message two of the series "Filled to the Brim:  Contentment in a World of Consumption." We are counting our shirts and shoes to see how things have a way of accumulating. Remember, this is not about guilt. But it is about self-awareness. How many pairs of shoes and how many shirts do you own? What possession did you find that you haven’t used for a few years that you gave away to “its rightful owner?”

Last Sunday we discovered in Matthew 13:22 Jesus’ warning that wealth has a way of lying to us. Jeff Manion in Satisfied explains how the lie works. “We cram our lives with stuff, compound the clutter, and believe that a little more, just a little more, will finally fill the empty space. We attempt to fill an emotional-spiritual vacuum with a variety of objects, and then we become disillusioned when our effort fails to produce the lasting fullness we chased. Instead of changing tactics, we simply swap things—if a new house doesn’t do it, perhaps an extravagant vacation will. And if a resort fails to do the trick, perhaps a pricey cottage will. I am not making a case here against home or cottage ownership, and vacations can provide much-needed rest and re-create the soul. What we should be concerned about is what we believe these things will do for us. We ask them to fill a void they cannot possibly fill. Disappointed, we move on to the next thing.”  

Series Plan
   - Oct. 7:      Enroll in Contentment School
   - Oct. 21:    Comparing
   - Nov. 4:     Identity Shift:  Adopted, Bought, Sealed
   - Nov. 11:    Affluence Challenge:   Enjoy/Serve/Share
   - Nov. 18:   Generous Heart
   - Nov. 25:   Invitation 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, we welcome Pastor Joseph Brinks, a CRC interim pastor. 

WOMEN'S FRIDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY – The Friday Morning Women’s Bible Study  will meet NEXT Friday, October 19 at 9:15 a.m. in Beecher, Illinois to discuss Lesson 2 of their study of "In All Things" by Melissa Kruger. Childcare will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (219) 558-0573. It's not too late to join!

HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP – Our next meeting will be NEXT Sunday, October 21, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Graves, skeletons, blood, and screams are all the rage at Halloween. So, how about a visit to a funeral home for a late October Youth Group Meeting? However, this visit won’t be for spooks and thrills. We’ll learn what the Bible says about the Christians' body after death, and what a Christian funeral director does to comfort people of all faiths.We meet at Konnie Kuiper’s funeral home, Hillside Funeral Home, 8941 Kleinman Road, Highland, Indiana. You may catch a ride from St. John at 4:30 p.m. if needed. If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (219) 558-0573.

WOMEN'S WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY – Women’s Wednesday Evening Bible Study will meet Wednesday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. in St John, Indiana. We will discuss the book, Life Without Lack Chapter 3. If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (219) 588-0573. All women are invited and encouraged to attend. Feel free to invite your friends.

MIDDLE SCHOOL/JUNIOR HIGH (6TH-8TH GRADERS) – Reserve the following dates:   
   - Friday, November 2 from 5-7 p.m. for a Bonfire Event in Crown Point, Indiana.
   - February 1 – 3:  Winter Retreat at Cedar Lake Bible Camp. More information is     
         forthcoming. Preview at https://www.cedarlakeministries.org/.
   - Saturday, March 9 from 5-7 p.m. for a Glow Dodge Ball Event in St. John, Indiana.​

SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR SECOND WE EVENT – Everyone is invited to our second We Event studying Abraham and the Covenant on Saturday, November 10 at 5:00 p.m. at Crown Point Christian School, 10550 Park Place, St. John, Indiana. We will have a dinner, fellowship and learn together. If you have any questions, please contact Nathan Sederstrom at nathansederstrom@pathwaycrc.org

FOR YOUR CALENDAR – Here are some planned activities for your calendar:
 - Saturday, November 10:  Intergenerational Supper at Crown Point Christian School
 - January:  Wild Game Dinner at Crown Point Christian School
 - Saturday, February 9:  Intergenerational Supper at Crown Point Christian School
 - Saturday, March 16:  Intergenerational Supper at Crown Point Christian School
 - April:  Pinewood Derby at Crown Point Christian School
 - Saturday, May 11:  Intergenerational Supper at Crown Point Christian School

The intergenerational suppers will begin at roughly 5:00 p.m.

Give this a try. 

We think you’ll find it GREAT!

ADVENT/DECEMBER/CHRISTMAS TIME – Pastor Joel will teach a series on Isaiah about promises of a rescuer. We will have a Christmas Day Service on Tuesday, December 25.

NURSERY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Do you have a love for infants and young children? Why not serve in the Pathway Nursery about once a month? If you are willing and available to help, please email the church office at pathwayadmin@pathwaycrc.org.

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

Opportunities to Serve

This month our offering will be taken for the food costs for our Thanksgiving Day Meal Deliveries. We plan to deliver about 500 meals to those in need in our community. We invite you and your families to help us for about an hour following the Thanksgiving Day Worship Service. What a blessing to give a homemade meal to our neighbors!
Angels of Hope Christmas Gift opportunities will be offered again at the beginning of November.
Campus Life Stories Evening of Celebration will be Thursday, November 8 at Avalon Manor, 3550 E. Lincoln Highway, Merrillville, Indiana. Heavy appetizers at 6:30 p.m., hearing powerful stories of life change from the students at 7:15 p.m. and dessert and fellowship at 7:45 p.m.. RSVP to Terri, pathwayoutreach@pathwaycrc.org. Campus Life is a ministry at Lake Central and Hanover High School that builds relationships and shares the love of Jesus to them.
We are looking for a couple more people to help pick up the St. John Starbucks leftover food and dropping it off at the church office. Your commitment would be about once every 2 weeks and take about 10 minutes of your time. We pick up 3 times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Do you run errands at Aldi, Strack’s, or Target on 41 in St John? Then this would be easy for you! See Terri Schaaf!

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

From Pastor Joel

This Sunday, October 14 we welcome Pastor Mark Prestriedge.

Next Sunday I will continue my series, "Filled to the Brim:  Contentment in a World of Consumption." Remember the two projects that we’ll report on next week:
   1.  Count all your shoes and shirts
   2.  Find something that you haven’t used for 3 or 4 years and give it to the rightful owner.
           If you haven’t used it in that time, you are NOT the rightful owner.

Remember to follow me on Twitter @PastorJoelZ.

See you on Sunday,

The Leadership Team


Worshiping At

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


Mailing Address

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

Find Us Contact Us Log In

© Copyright 2015, Pathway Church, All Rights Reserved.