SEE You at the (Virtual) pole: 2020

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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

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

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

Welcome Back!

“There is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all. So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience…

Colossians 3:11-12

As we begin to transition back into the workplace, CCEM would like to say welcome back! We recognize that our transition out of quarantine and into the office will be anything but routine and that many of you may have conflicting thoughts and/or feelings on the subject. If so, please know that this is perfectly normal and justified. Each of us is entering this new normal with various personal and professional circumstances which shape our view of the situation. Adding to an already complicated scenario, the current state of our economy, industry, as well as the ongoing social, racial, and political tensions in our communities increases the already heavy burden many of us may be carrying into the office. Thus it is important for us to have a heart for people during this time, and to fervently seek after Jesus for wisdom and guidance.

One item of wisdom that has been on my heart lately comes from Paul in Colossians 3. Paul admonishes us put on a heart of compassion, kindness, gentleness and patience. He asks us to bear with one another (vs 13). In doing so, we model Jesus to each other and our actions can be seen as a form of worship. Furthermore, if we model these same principles to those who are not Christians, we reflect Jesus’s character to the lost, and speak the Gospel message through our actions and our love.

As we return, I ask that we have a heart for our brothers and sisters who may be carrying heavy burdens back into the office. Let us have empathy for each other, show compassion for each other, and help each other. Let us also show that same empathy, compassion and grace to those who do not yet know Jesus, shining His light, and showing them the grace that He shows us. Let us continue to Be The Church to our brothers and sisters, ministering to each other in love and patience. 

Lastly, as always CCEM is here for you. If you have prayer requests or just need someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We love you all and we look forward to hopefully being able to see you in person soon!

National Day of Prayer: 2020

Join us for the 2020 National Day of Prayer! The National Day of Prayer is a national event where people all over the country gather to pray for their communities, the United States, and the world.

Join us as we pray for ExxonMobil, our communities, and more.

This year, we will be gathering virtually via Zoom. You are welcome to invite your household to join!

When: Thursday, May 7th, 2020 at 7:30am

Where: Virtually on Zoom (meeting details to be sent upon registration)

Register at EventX: https://eventx.exxonmobil.com/events/91657b05-cb1d-4af5-b281-fa727eb0586b

Be The Church: Hope in the Words “It is Finished”

Therefore, when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

John 19:30

There may be no more powerful words in all of scripture than these three words uttered by Jesus. A single word in Greek (tetelestai), the expression was actually quite common. Pastor and popular Christian author, Warren Wiersbe, notes, “The word tetelestai is unfamiliar to us, but it was used by various people in everyday life… a servant would use it when reporting [a completed work assignment] to his or her master… when an artist completed a picture, or a writer a manuscript, he or she might say [it].”1 Dr. Edwin Blum, former Professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, highlights the legal/clerical uses of the word, stating, “Papyri receipts for taxes have been recovered with the word tetelestai written across them, meaning ‘paid in full.’”2 When Jesus said this common phrase it took on extraordinary meaning. He had paid our debt in full. Through faith in Jesus, our accounts have been reconciled for good. This is the basis for our hope, the basis for our salvation. 

However, at the time Jesus exclaimed this important phrase there was little rejoicing. Those who had believed Jesus was the Messiah had expected Him to rise to a kingly prominence, overthrowing Roman oppression and restoring Israel. They had high expectations of Jesus and in His death, their world came tumbling down. If this man who could command the wind and the sea, who could heal the sick, and who could feed thousands could be crucified by the Romans, what did that mean for His followers? Hope was seemingly lost, and most of the Disciples went into hiding. It was Friday, but Sunday was coming…

On Sunday morning, everything changed. Their disappointment in lost expectations, their fear of what the future holds, their confused sense of personal identity, all were erased with a second phrase of three words: “He has risen” (Mt 28:6, Lk 24:6, Mk 16:6). Hope was restored and even in the face of trouble, that hope drove the disciples to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth. 

This Easter season there are many (both believers and non-believers) who are facing lost expectations, fear of the future, and confusion. The days seem dark and hopes are dwindling. Hold onto the hope of the finished work of Jesus. Hold onto the hope that even though the outcome of this trial is uncertain, our position and identity in Jesus is certain. 

During this time let’s continue to Be The Church to each other, encouraging one another in love and being there to support each other. We have a list of virtual resources that you can consider to keep connected in community with other believers during this time of social distancing. Many churches are offering Good Friday and Easter Sunday services online so that we can still gather together even when we are apart. Furthermore, please let us know how we can pray for you, how we can help you, or if you just need someone to talk to. Finally, let’s show love to those who may not know Jesus, and are losing hope during this difficult time.

 We are here for you and we love you. He is Risen!

  • The CCEM Team

1 Warren W. Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, vol. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996), 384.

2 Edwin A. Blum, “John,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 340.

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