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Crosspoint Christian invites community to celebrate 50th anniversary

Crosspoint Christian invites public to celebrate 50 years

Crosspoint Christian Church members stand in the form of a “50” in honor of the 50th anniversary of their church. (Special Phot0)

Crosspoint Christian Church members stand in the form of a “50” in honor of the 50th anniversary of their church. (Special Phot0)

Crosspoint Christian Church will celebrate its 50th anniversary next month with five days of events beginning with an invitation for the community to join the congregation in a time of remembrance on Sept. 11. Church anniversary activities conclude the following Sunday with a homecoming worship service and church-wide dinner.

The days in between will find the Conyers church celebrating in a big tent that seats 500 people as it hosts special events including a children’s musical, a youth concert and a performance by This Hope. The community is invited to take part in the five days of anniversary activities.

The first event is titled “9/11—A Night of Remembrance,” and takes place on , at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11. This will be the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on America and Crosspoint’s service will be in honor of the victims, their families and friends.

The service will honor local firefighters, law enforcement, emergency rescue workers and all those who have served the U.S. Dinner will be served at 5:45 and precede the service.

“We know that is a sensitive time for a lot of people and always will be,” Crosspoint Senior Pastor Curt Zehner said. “We wanted to provide an opportunity to remember and to bring healing to our first responders in Rockdale, Newton and Henry counties. We want all those service people to come as we remember that day.”

“Spend A While On the Nile,” is a children’s musical that will be presented by Harps ’n Halos, Crosspoint’s children’s choir at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12. The musical is set on a cruise ship on Egypt’s Nile River and is a fun program with a biblical message presented by the children of the church.

On Friday, a concert featuring This Hope will be held at 7 p.m. A five-member male singing group, This Hope has been singing professionally since 1996, and has performed across the U.S. and abroad. The group sings a blend of a cappella as well as music with accompaniment.

On Saturday, Sept. 14, Crosspoint will host a youth celebration and concert with the band Home Grown, along with food, a bonfire and games. The church will also have a special emphasis that evening on needs in the local community.

The celebration concludes Sunday, Sept. 15, as the church has a homecoming worship service at 10:30 a.m., followed by a potluck lunch. The message that morning will be brought by Greg Matthew, the former senior minister of the church.

Originally from Mitchell, Ind., Matthew graduated in 1982, from what is now known as Cincinnati Christian University with a degree in Christian ministries. He received his master’s degree in New Testament and preaching from Johnson University in 1994. He is currently working on his doctorate degree in preaching and church growth from Asbury Seminary and Trinity College.

All services will be held under the big tent that will be set up on the church property.

It was September 1963 when a small group of area residents gathered to worship together at the Elks’ Aidmore Children’s Center in Conyers. The congregation moved a few times, changed its name from Conyers Christian Church to Crosspoint Christian and today is a thriving place of worship in southern Rockdale County.

“We really enjoy being here in the south end of the county,” Zehner said. “We wanted to look outward and serve our community. We wanted to begin (our anniversary) with something not just for our folks, but let the community know we care about them and we want to give back. We wanted to start it with a community event.”

Zehner has led the church for the past decade and said as the church celebrates 50 years of ministry, there are several members who have been there since the beginning. Shellie and Christine Smith were among that small group of people who started the church in 1963, and Zehner said they are part of a team of church members preparing a church history.

The church began as Conyers Christian Church, but changed its named to Crosspoint Christian Church in 2005. After having worship services in several locations around Conyers, the church bought property in the 1980s, and built its current worship facilities at 4550 Ga. Highway 20 in Conyers.

To learn more, visit www.xpt.cc.

Beth Sexton is a freelance writer based in Gwinnett County. Contact her at bethslaughtersexton@gmail.com.