2020 Global Day of Prayer!

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Welcome to the 2020 EM GDOP

We are so glad that you are here. This has been a challenging year for everyone in unique ways. Between the global pandemic, the financial stress on our company, and social unrest in many parts of the world, it is easy to feel like we are drowning. For this reason, this year’s GDOP theme will be CHRIST IS GREATER than Crisis – a reminder that we have a Savior who walks on water, who sees us, and who greater and more powerful than any situation we may face. We hope that the GDOP devotional series and the GDOP event will bring encouragement to you in whatever situation you may be facing. Rich materials will be published starting on September 27 (40 days prior to the event). Use these days to prepare your heart and soul leading up to the GDOP.
 

This year the GDOP meeting will be November 6, 2020 at 6:30am Houston time and will be taking place on Zoom rather than Skype. You’ll find additional details when you register for the event by following the steps below:

  • Type goto/EventX into your browser on your work laptop
  • Select “Explore” in the top right
  • Search using “GDOP 2020” and ensure that you are searching in the month of November.
  • If you are accessing this via Company computer, here’s the EventX link.


We would love to see more participation than ever before.

This year we are also introducing a Spotify playlist built to include music that brings hope. You can find the playlist by searching “GDOP 2020” on Spotify.
 

We look forward to praying with you.

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:4-5

– The GDOP Team
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GDOP is a special event where ExxonMobil Brothers and Sisters across the globe gather together to pray. GDOP has been a yearly event for over 10 years at ExxonMobil! The event is organized by ExxonMobil employees on their personal time and is not an official company event.

Bible Study Fellowship is Back!

Bible Study Fellowship walks through each book chapter by chapter, exploring God’s Word in context. The first 11 chapters of Genesis concern the creation and expansion of the entire human race. The final 39 chapters focus on the family of Abraham (the patriarch of Judaism, Christianity and Islam), and three of his descendants – Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. Through Abraham and his descendants, the redemption of the world by Jesus Christ and the restoration of all creation will be accomplished.  We hope that you can join us for this life changing study. 

We are fortunate enough to have a satellite BSF on the Houston Campus! Study starts 9/15/2020, but join anytime!

To join the Women’s group, please contact Sharon Snoddy.

To join the Men’s group, please contact Stuart Holland.

Too Good to be False

REGISTER NOW: https://eventx.exxonmobil.com/events/4879b30c-76d9-4c63-82d7-a0d6e2c02b82

Join us for a one-on-one conversation with Author Tom Gilson about his new book Too Good To Be False. Too Good To Be False seeks to look at Jesus from a different perspective than majority of Christian books today. Tom’s book highlights the greatness of Jesus from a different angle, encouraging deeper growth in knowledge and intimacy with Jesus. To Good To Be False has received numerous endorsements from influential writers and ministry partners.

CCEM is excited to have Tom meeting with our community exclusively to discuss his book, and answer some questions about his research about Jesus. We hope you will join us on October 6th at Noon on Zoom!

To register, go to EventX: https://eventx.exxonmobil.com/events/4879b30c-76d9-4c63-82d7-a0d6e2c02b82

To learn more about Too Good To Be False visit https://www.thinkingchristian.net or https://christiandefenders.org

We Want Your Feedback

CCEM seeks to serve our community to love and encourage our brothers and sisters at ExxonMobil. This year has introduced many new challenges with how and when we are able to meet together. We have tried to adapt to the current environment and would like to get your feedback on how we’re doing as well as ways we could do better going forward.

Please take a few minutes to provide your thoughts at the survey link below. We appreciate you!

CCEM Effectiveness Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MBB8769

SEE You at the (Virtual) pole: 2020

EventX SignUp: https://eventx.exxonmobil.com/events/04b881b1-7528-4a95-9bdc-28cdfd312c86

See You at the Pole™, the global day of student prayer, began in 1990 as a grass roots movement with ten students praying at their school. Twenty years later, millions pray on their campuses on the fourth Wednesday in September. 

See You at the Pole™ is simply a prayer rally where students meet at the school flagpole before school to lift up their friends, families, teachers, school, and nation to God. See You at the Pole™ is a student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led event.

CCEM has been holding a See You at the Pole gathering at our work campus since we arrived at the new Houston Campus. However, this year due to social distancing and COVID concerns, we will be meeting virtually to pray for our community.

We invite you to join us this year to pray in unison with students around the country. To sign up, please use the EventX link below:

https://eventx.exxonmobil.com/events/04b881b1-7528-4a95-9bdc-28cdfd312c86

To learn more about See You at the Pole, visit https://syatp.com

Encouraging Others

There is undoubtabley anxiety, concern, and hardships for many of our brothers and sisters throughout the country. Between COVID-19, Racial and Social Justice issues, and economic hardships, now more than ever it is important for us as a body of believers to be a light and an encouragement for those who may be hurting.

Checkout some of the following resources for tips on how to be an encouragement to others during this strange time.

20 Ideas for Encouraging Others

19 Ways to Encourage Others

12 Practical Ways to Encourage Others

Giving Grace With Your Words – 10 Steps

Build-up Acronym 7 Tips

BTEC-Baytown Bible Study

BTEC-Baytown Bible Study Group:

Thursdays from 11:00 – 12:00pm.

To get plugged in, contact Chelsea Reynolds.

About the Group:

Our group was built off the power of the Holy Spirit.  We believe that the same spirit that rose Jesus Christ from the dead is the same spirt that lives inside of each of us. 

We let the Spirit of God lead us, guide us, heal us and deliver his messages through each of us. 

We take turns each week delivering the messages that the Lord has laid on our hearts.  We hope to see you soon.  

Our bible study formats are as follows: 

·       Opening Prayer

·       Testimonies/Praise Reports

·       Bible Study Leader gives study

·       Talk about the Study

·       Prayer Request / Closing Prayer

CCEM: Hope In Prayer

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There is no denying that 2020 has been a tough year. The anxiety of a global pandemic, the wave of uncertainly from a global economic recession, and the pains of racial and social injustices playing out on a national stage have cast a deep and dark cloud over our country.

As a community of faith, we believe in the power of prayer. Join us on August 4th at 7:30am on Zoom as we meet to call out to God for healing and restoration.

2020 Hope in Prayer Guide (Click to view)

A Statement of Love

Brothers and Sisters,

I want to start this letter off first and foremost asking for your grace. We all see and recognize the hurt and pain that is sweeping through our communities right now, and I honestly cannot pretend as though I know what to say. I have no perfect words, I have no personal experience with discrimination, I have no real way of knowing the thoughts or feelings of our black brothers and sisters in the wake of the death of George Floyd and countless others. The only thing I can say right now is that I love you and that all of us at CCEM love you and will support you however we can. 

The mission of CCEM is, “To Connect and Encourage Christians to Confidently Live out their Faith in the Workplace.” I feel so strongly about this mission because of what it means to be a Christian and what it means to live out our faith. Our first core value as an organization is to “Love All People, for All are Created in the Image of God” (Gen 1:27). We believe that the beginning of faith is, and always has been, love (Jn 3:16, 1 Jn 4:8, 1 Cor 13, etc.). I long for a time where we live with love for others, compassion, and empathy. I long for every person to feel special, to know that they are of infinite value in the eyes of God. I long to see everyone living together with joy, happiness, kindness, gentleness, patience. I long for a broader way of living where there is no oppression or hate, but that we are all filled with love.

Discrimination has no place in a life of love. It is not compatible with who God is and it is not compatible with who we should be as Christians. As followers of Jesus, let us not stand silent in the face of hate, but drown out that hate with love. Let us acknowledge that our world is broken, divided and hurting and let us call out to Jesus for healing and wisdom. Let us be the beginning of a cultural change in our company, our community and our world. Let us begin by aligning with the wisdom of David in Psalm 139:23-24, calling out to The Lord, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

To close this out, I would like to say to our black brothers and sisters once again, I love you. I hurt for your hurt, and I long for peace and justice with you. You are wonderfully made in the image of God (Gen 1:27, Ps 139:14), perfect and holy. I hope that our community can be a comfort and joy for you now, and always. In the name of the one who is perfect in love and hope, Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

CCEM Chair – John Dillon

CCEM Core Team,

Samuel Ortiz, Elizabeth Cook, Janet Shaw, Garrett Shaw, Lenette Laurente

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