Light in Darkness – GDOP 2020

Light in Darkness

“It was a year like no other. Amid the massive losses inflicted by a global pandemic, bitter political divisions and racial unrest that exploded into violence, glimmers of light shone through the darkness…” This is how History.com opens its year retrospective article. Compare this statement to the theme verse for GDOP 2020, John 1:4-5: “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” These statements may sound similar, but we know the world isn’t able to fully acknowledge the true source of the “glimmers of light that shone through the darkness” until (He) is shone on them. John himself states this later in chapter one: “He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.” 

This is where GDOP came in last year, as it does every year, as a reminder of the source of the light in this world. “Christ > (is greater than) crisis” was the God-inspired theme for the event, chosen before any of us understood how significant it would be by November 6th. It was the first time in over 10 years of events that we hosted a virtual event via Zoom, where worship was led by representatives around the globe. We had record participation from 600+ people, across 50+ sites and 30+ countries and the special inclusion of our alumni prayer.

Jesus instructed us in his Sermon on the Mount that: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let you light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 4:14-16. So many of you have reflected this light by faithfully serving the Lord in your homes, your communities, you teams, and in this event. A big THANK YOU note to ALL, from all corners of the Earth who, in unison honored Christ, a name above all names & any crisis. Let us continue to be the light that the Father has called us to be as we press on through this pandemic.

To recap, see links to GDOP 2020 material & volunteer to serve in the 2021 event by responding to the survey:


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New Catholic Faith Study Beginning in February!

To join the Catholic Faith Study Distribution List, contact Henry Avila.

Dear Friends,

I am resuming our Catholic Faith Study classes via Zoom, beginning February 10, 2021. I pray that you are doing well after a rough year in 2020. I believe it is past time to come together and share our faith again.

This first session will concern who we are as Christians. 

·         What is my purpose? 

·         Who am I? 

·         Is there a reason for all that we have endured this past year?

And much more . . . 

I will send out meeting notes before the class. Pray for me as I prepare for this lesson and I will be praying for you that the Lord impress upon your heart to continue to learn more about our faith.

People of all faiths are welcome to attend. Please feel free to forward the Zoom link.

Henry

Welcome 2021!

Brothers and Sisters,

We made it! One of the craziest years in a generation has finally ended and a new year has begun. On one hand, just seeing “2021” on a calendar gives a sense of newness and hope. On the other hand, the challenges of 2020 have not ended simply because of a date change. There is still a heaviness weighing on people, a heaviness that threatens our unity, love, and joy. 

Even within our own company, the impacts of 2020 will continue to be felt in 2021. A lot is changing; many familiar faces that we know and love are no longer going to be seen on campus. There also is a palpable tension for those of us who remain to help the company improve, to turn things around. I feel it, and if I am honest, I worry about how that pressure (and general exhaustion) may impact myself and my co-workers. 

All of that to say, I really believe that our community has a vital role to play in 2021. We need to show Love to everyone at work and in our communities. We need to practice Grace in our interactions, especially during times of pressure and anxiety. Finally, we need to encourage others with Truth. The truth that everyone is valued and priceless. If we do this we will be a light, reflecting the character of Jesus. I strongly believe that through us, the light of Jesus has the power to transform hearts. We can have a positive impact for our company and our community.

Relieving the pressures of 2020 will take all of us. Change starts within each of us through the power of the Holy Spirit, and it starts with re-connecting with God through prayer, time in His Word, and community. That last part, community, has been particularly on the hearts of the CCEM Team. We are getting busier, and taking time for community is getting harder. But the need to connect with Brothers and Sisters is important for each of us; it provides us a source of wisdom during challenges, and encourages our walk, and our light. If you are not currently connected with a Christian community at work, I encourage you to check out one of the various Bible Studies/Prayer groups that meet on campus or virtually. 

Finally, for those of you who will be leaving the company in the coming days, we all want to say thank you! Thank you for your service to ExxonMobil, and thank you for your leadership and modeling of how to live faith in the workplace. We will miss you, but we know that you will continue to have an impact for Jesus with those you interact with in the future. If you would like to stay connected to CCEM, please feel encouraged to sign up for the CCEM mailing list with your personal email address and we will keep you in the loop of what’s going on campus. 

We love you CCEM. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out for prayer or with any general thoughts/needs. We look forward to connecting with you, and working together to be a bright light for Jesus in our community.

Love,

The CCEM Team.

1Q2021 CCEM Prayer Focus

Please join the CCEM community in the 1st Quarter of 2021 as we pray for the health and safety, and well-being of our community and country.

  • For the health and safety of our friends and family through the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
  • For those in our community who have been impacted by the recent company reductions.
  • That our community would be intentional with our connections and interactions in 2021. That love, grace, and truth would transform our hearts, and impact our actions; and that those actions would have a positive impact on our company and our communities.
  • To lift up our nation’s leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-3), we pray for the President, Vice President, Congress and Supreme Court, that they may love the law of the Lord (Psalm 1:1-2) and that God provides them wisdom (Ephesians 3:10).

2020 Christmas Social

We invite you to join CCEM’s virtual Christmas Fellowship and Donation Drive on Thursday, December 10th at 12:00PM. Our event will be packed full of fun including trivia, a word cloud, a special video viewing, and much more!

Additionally, we are excited to announce that we will be organizing a contactless donation drive for the Pregnancy Assistance Center North (PACN)!

To participate, please consider making a purchase from one of these sites. Items that are purchased will be shipped directly to PACN:

https://www.target.com/gift-registry/gift/pacn

https://www.walmart.com/registry/registryforgood/d63570fb-43e9-4d78-ac0a-22001dfd0477/view

For more information visit: pacncommunity.org/current-material-donation-needs/

A Conversation with Tom Gilson, author of “Too Good to be False”

A few weeks ago we hosted a virtual conversation with Author Tom Gilson about his new book Too Good To Be False, which 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.

If you missed the event (or would like a recap) fear not – we have recorded the session! We hope that you enjoy.

The video may be viewed here.

Well-being Resources

All of us can use some help through tough times. We are made for community and it is important to know that you are never alone, regardless of your circumstances. We want to provide you with some resources to help during these tough times:

  1. Prayer – CCEM wants to be a community of prayer. You can submit your prayer request here and know that we will be praying for you. Also, if you would like for someone to contact you and pray with you directly, please let us know that in the prayer request section of the form.
  2. Join a Bible Study or Prayer Group through CCEM and engage in community with other Christians
  3. The Interactive Wellness Guide (goto/wellnessguide)-> US employees 1 stop shop to employee benefits
  4. Join a Rally Community -> Connect with other Rally members in a positive, friendly environment on Rally.  Ex: Live mindfully, stress and anxiety to mention a few
  5. Wellbeing Minutes provide short topics for discussion around personal well-being.
    • Page 138 (shown below) -> Talks about maintaining a positive attitude in difficult times and within it talks about praying, gratitude, optimism and reframing

As always, if there is anything CCEM can do for you. Or if you just need someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to contact us. We love you Church!

Our Identity: Defined by God

As I am sure is the case with many of you, I listened to the recent announcements about changes to our workforce with angst and concern. Many questions are still unanswered, and the uncertainty about the future leaves me feeling uneasy and anxious. 

Reflecting on all that is going on, I realize the consistent struggle I have with understanding my value and my identity. Too often I have tied my sense of worth and my value to how our world defines it. How I see myself is tangled in my work, my job title, my income bracket, my performance assessment. As I sit and wait for more details on the changes coming to our organization, I am once again struggling with these same feelings.

I need to remind myself that my true value and my true identity has already been told to me. The God of the Universe saw me as so valuable, that He willingly came to Earth, took on the form of a man, and sacrificed Himself so that I could be in a relationship with Him for all eternity. In Jesus, I have been assessed as priceless. In Jesus, I have been given a title of royalty, and in Jesus, that title has been eternally secured for me. I did not have to earn the position, and there is nothing/no one that can take it away from me. It is a gift through the pure grace and love from the Father.

As we continue to learn more about the changes from the recent announcements, each one of us is likely to know someone who is directly impacted. Many of us may end up learning that we are in fact being personally impacted by the changes. There are no soothing words to say that will make any of this easier. I just pray that we all turn to Jesus for our strength and our identity, recognizing the hope, security, and value we have in Him.

It is critical that we be a family for each other; no one should feel alone at this time. We as a family need to have grace, love, and be there for each other. Let each of us reach out to our brothers and sisters for fellowship and support. Let our community be a bright light through tough trials. Know you are never alone. We are consistently praying for you and are here to help however we can. You can reach out to us at CCEM for prayer at any time. Finally, let us all reflect on what God has said about us: We are loved. We are priceless. We are secure in Him.

For Well-Being Resources, please see here.

How does God define my identity?

I am God’s child (John 1:12)

I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15 )

I am united with the Lord (1 Cor. 6:17)

I am bought with a price (1 Cor 6:19-20)

I am a saint (set apart for God). (Eph. 1:1)

I am a personal witness of Christ. (Acts 1:8)

I am the salt & light of the earth (Matt 5:13-14)

I am a member of the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27)

I am free forever from condemnation (Rom. 8: 1-2)

I am a citizen of Heaven. I am significant (Phil 3:20)

I am free from any charge against me (Rom. 8:31 -34)

I am a minister of reconciliation for God (2 Cor 5:17-21)

I have access to God through the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:18)

I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Eph. 2:6)

I cannot be separated from the love of God (Rom 8:35-39)

I am established, anointed, sealed by God (2 Cor 1:21-22 )

I am assured all things work together for good (Rom. 8:28 )

I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16 )

I may approach God with freedom and confidence (Eph. 3: 12)

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13)

I am the branch of the true vine, a channel of His life (John 15: 1-5)

I am confident that the good works God has begun in me will be perfected. (Phil. 1: 5)

I am God’s temple (1 Cor. 3: 16)

I am complete in Christ (Col. 2: 10)

I am hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3)

I have been justified (Romans 5:1)

I am God’s co-worker (1 Cor. 3:9; 2 Cor 6:1)

I am God’s workmanship (Eph. 2:10)

I have been redeemed and forgiven (Col 1:14)

I have been adopted as God’s child (Eph 1:5)

2020 Global Day of Prayer!

Register Now on Event X here

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 is 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 bepublished 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.

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