National Day of Prayer

2018 NDOP Flyer

Join us as we Pray for America!
Meet us on Thursday, May 4 at 7:00am @ N3.1A.306.
Light refreshments to be provided.

This year’s theme is UNITY.
Ephesians 4:3 “Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace”.

We will Pray for Unity:
1. in America
2. in the church of America
3. in the families, workplaces, communities, and cities in America
4. among all ethnicities and people in America
5. that we agree clearly, unite visibly, and pray extraordinarily for the next Great Spiritual Awakening in America

Thank You Mark Albers!


On March 15th, 2018, Senior Vice President of Exxon Mobil Corporation, Mark Albers, announced his retirement effective April 1st, 2018. Mark has served more than 38 years at ExxonMobil in various capacities both professionally and personally. In addition to the various contributions Mark has made to ExxonMobil as a company (you can read his professional biography here), some of Mark’s most significant contributions have been through the personal relationships he has developed with so many throughout his time at ExxonMobil.

While CCEM was still in the early phases of planning, Mark caught wind of the idea of the Christian Community at ExxonMobil and sought out our website to sign up. CCEM had not even been launched yet, but Mark wanted to ensure he was part of it. In fact, Mark is actually listed as member #1 on the CCEM members log as he technically signed up before any of the original organizers did! That is the type of spiritual leader that he is; his support and excitement from the beginning of CCEM encouraged and has continued to encourage our leadership team.

However, Mark has been heavily plugged into the Christian Community long before CCEM was even an idea. He has been consistently engaged in events at ExxonMobil like the Global Day of Prayer, Alpha, and Cru Houston (formerly Priority Associates). He has also served in his local church, and is on the Board of Trustees at Grace School of Theology. Mark has always made it a priority to be connected with brothers and sisters in Christ, both here at ExxonMobil, and in his local community.

We at CCEM have heard countless stories from you about how Mark has personally encouraged you through your interactions with him. He has always been warm, welcoming, a bright light for the Gospel of Jesus, and a great friend. Although Mark is retiring from Exxon Mobil (we will miss him), it is clear that his work for Christ is not over. We know that Mark will continue to show the love of Jesus, and to encourage the Body of Christ for many more years to come. (If you never got the opportunity to hear Mark share his personal testimony, we encourage you to check it out here)

Thank you Mark for all that you have done, and all that you continue to do. Congratulations on your retirement and good luck in the next phase of your ministry!

Motel Church: A Volunteer Opportunity in Houston

Motel Church Houston is a small church planted among the homeless and working poor in northern Houston. We gather weekly at 10 am in a parking lot off of 1960 with a meal, a small worship service and a sermon. We need volunteers!

Our mission is to serve as God’s servants to help the homeless and the working poor in and living around weekly motels to:

  • Come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ
  • Grow in Christ to carry on the great commission and the great commandment as the body of Christ and as individual believers
  • Become responsible members of the body of Christ in their local community

You can find us on facebook at or a website or email us at

We have an online signup for folks that are interested in volunteering to bring food and/or setup. Come check us out!

Location: Intersection of Breck St. and 1960 (across 1960 from McDonalds and in the parking lot between Bright Furniture and Performance Bicycle (4750 Farm to Market 1960 FM Rd W, Houston, TX 77069)). This is one parking lot over from one of a couple weekly motels where many of our guests live and a few blocks from a primitive camp in the woods where others live.

Date and Time (CDT): Every Sunday at 10 am (volunteers arrive about 9:30 am).

We also have a weekly bible study at 7 pm in the McDonalds right there at that intersection.

Contact Erin Tullos at to learn more!

Salvation History: A Journey through the Old Testament


We will begin a new series (10 parts) entitled “Salvation History: A Journey through the Old Testament.”

In this series, we will cover the 6 covenants God makes with His people and learn how God was preparing the world for the coming of the Messiah.

We will use a popular chart from Jeff Cavins called the Bible Timeline to assist our studies and go through the OT Bible in chronological order.

This study will help you to see and understand the New Testament in a light of the OT covenants and types. You will see how the events of the OT, such as the Passover, tie in directly with the New Testament. You will learn how to interpret some of the more difficult parts of the Bible by understanding the Jewish principles that underlie that scripture and much, much more. People of all faiths are welcome!

Contact Henry Avila to be added to the calendar invite

Location: E2.6B.361; Room may change due to availability

Schedule / Date and Time (CDT): Every Thursday, beginning January 18, 2018 at 11:30am to 12:30pm

Alpha 2018


You are invited to join Alpha, a 12 week program that provides a fun and relaxed way to explore the meaning of life and find out more about the Christian faith.

Alpha 2018 Kickoff: Finding faith that empowers your life, could be your greatest adventure! Got Questions about life? Try Alpha.

Keynote speaker, Tom Schuessler, Upstream Research Company President, will kick off the Alpha series on Wednesday, February 14th from 12 noon – 1 pm CT in both HC and HL. The Kickoff is open to everyone, even those not planning to attend the whole series. A light lunch will be provided at HC.

Alpha Course: Alpha is for anyone who’s curious and is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. Over 29 million people have tried Alpha in 169 countries, and it has been translated into 112 different languages. The Alpha Course will be held weekly from February 14 – Apr 25, 2018, from 12 noon – 1 pm CT in HC and HL after a kickoff on February 14. Each week, there will be free lunch (only at HC), a 30 min video and informal small group discussion. You can attend one, many, or all sessions. Alpha is a place where you can be yourself, you can say what you think and challenge everything. No question is too complex or too simple. What your point of view is, it’s as important as anyone’s.

All are welcome! No registration required.

To stay up to date on the session locations, join our Yammer group.

All reminders going forward will be done through Yammer and your email of choice. Please subscribe to receive weekly reminders through MailChimp. If you decide to use your XOM email address, please remember that this will appear in your Junk Mail folder.

Alpha Tentative Schedule
Week Date HC Location HL Location Topic
Week 1 Feb 14 Horizon HHL/HLW.01.N164 & N174 Is there more to life than this?
Week 2 Feb 21 Horizon HHL/HLW.01.N164 & N174 Who is Jesus?
Week 3 Feb 28 Horizon HHL/HLW.03.N122 Why did Jesus die?
Week 4 Mar 7 Horizon HHL/HLW.01.N164 & N174 How can we have faith?
Week 5 Mar 14 N4.1B.327-347 HHL/HLW.01.N164 & N174 Why and how do I pray?
Week 6 Mar 21 Horizon HHL/HLW.01.N122 only Why & how should I read the Bible?
Day Away Mar 24 CANCELLED The Holy Spirit
Week 7 Mar 28 W4.1A.315-335 HHL/HLW.08.N122 How does God guide us?
Week 8 Apr 4 E4.1A.276/306/326 HHL/HLW.01.N164 & N174 Who is the Holy Spirit?

What does the Holy Spirit do?

Week 9 Apr 11 Horizon HHL/HLW.01.N174 only How can I resist evil?
Week 10 Apr 18 Horizon HHL/HLW.01.N164 & N174 Why & how should we tell others?
Week 11 Apr 25 Horizon HHL/HLE.01.Conference Center Does God heal today?
Week 12 May 2 Horizon HHL/HLW.01.N164 & N174 What about the church?
Week 13 May 9 Horizon Celebration!

Click here to add these sessions to your calendar.


Alpha Day Away


Francis Collins Testimony

Francis Collins

Dear all – We wanted to share this video from Francis Collins

 Dr. Collins is a physician-geneticist noted for his discoveries of disease genes, his leadership of the Human Genome Project, and for heading the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, US. 

 In this short video, Dr. Collins shares his journey from been an atheist to how he discovered God by looking at the evidence including in math and science.




Catholic Faith Study Series

How the Bible Came to Be

The Bible: How the Bible Came to Be (Series 1 – 4 sessions) We will be covering the history of how the Christian Scriptures were composed and how the various books of the Bible finally came to be as we have them today. We will discuss the various Greek manuscripts and how they were preserved in the centuries prior to the invention of the printing press in the 15th century. In addition, we will touch upon how to interpret the Bible by understanding the various “senses” of scripture. We will also begin discussion on how it uses “typology” to convey the story of salvation history. This will lead us into the 2nd series on Salvation History – A Journey through the Old Testament. People of all faiths are welcome to attend.

Contact Henry Avila to be added to the calendar invite

Location: E2.6B.361; Room may change due to availability

Schedule / Date and Time (CDT): Every Thursday, beginning January 18, 2018 at 11:30am to 12:30pm

CRU Houston Event

CRU Event

The Host Committee and the Staff of Cru Houston request the pleasure of your company as our guest for lunch.

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Marriott Waterway in the Woodlands

Because seating is limited, reservations are required.

R.S.V.P. to 713.522.3314 by January 18 or email



Linda Wright is Manager of Strategy and Planning for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering. She has been with the Company for 27 years previously serving as the Specialties Elastomers Global Vice President. She will be speaking on “Outlook for Energy – Opportunities and Challenges.”

Allen Sanders, Vice President, Gulf of Mexico operations for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. Previously, he served as Vice President for Operations in Algeria and President and General Manager of Anadarko’s subsidiary in Beijing. He will be speaking on “Values for Life.”

Mark McCollum is CEO of Weatherford International. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Halliburton. He will be speaking on “Making 2018 Your Best Year Yet.”



Kyle Vann

Executive Advisor

CCMP Capital

Bill Mohl

President (retired)

Entergy Wholesale

Hal Chappelle

President and CEO

Alta Mesa Holdings

Mike Novelli


Cypressbrook Company

Jonathan Homeyer

Executive Vice President

Wells Fargo Bank

Mark Albers

Senior Vice President

ExxonMobil Corporation

Paul Geiger

Senior Vice President

Southwestern Energy


Ladies Bible Study – Anxious For Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World


Do you feel weighted down with worry? Does the uncertainty and chaos of life keep you up at night? Are irrational fears your constant companion? Could you use some calm?

This video based study by bestselling author Max Lucado explores God’s treatment plan for anxiety found in Philippians 4:4-8. As you follow the prescription – celebrating God’s goodness, asking for his help, leaving your concerns with him, and meditation on good things – you will experience God’s peace. This is a peace that “transcends all understanding” and will help you reframe the way you look at your fears.

While anxiety is a part of life, it doesn’t have to dominate your life. With God as your helper and his promises at your side, you can sleep better tonight and smile more tomorrow. You can talk yourself off the ledge and view bad news through the lens of God’s sovereignty. You can discover a life of calm and develop tools for combating the onslaught of anxiety.

You will need to purchase the study guide “Anxious for Nothing” which can be found at most book retailers, including Amazon. There is a book, as well, although it is not a necessary requirement for this bible study series, but makes a nice accompaniment.

Where? EMHC – room may vary

When? Wednesday: 11:30-12:30 10 Weeks: January 10 – March 14, 2018

Contact Marilyn Devereaux-Ruffin to be added to the study

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