Crosspoint Fellowship is a little different from conventional churches, for starters they have couches in the front of their sanctuary and in the back they have an area set up for kids to color during the service. But the big difference is in the fact that the members of Crosspoint are working hard to practice what they preach. The church focuses on being missionaries here in Abilene, helping those who need it and teaching others about the love of Christ. To help with their mission work, they turned off the electricity (besides what is used to heat the children's classrooms) for three weeks in February. Lead pastor Jerry Hendrix said the hardest part wasn't dealing with the loss of light or heat (partially because it has been such a warm February) but the lack of coffee on Sunday mornings. "We focus a lot on hospitality and we always have coffee, so that has been an adjustment," says Hendrix Despite the lack of coffee they decided to go ahead with the unplugged idea to give their congregation ideas of how they could simplify their lives to help others. While the church has been able to raise money (through not using electricity) for their mission work, they most likely won't do this again, at least not in the same way, says Hendrix. Today was the last day of this social experiment so next weekend Crosspoint Fellowship is turning the heat back on and getting out the coffee and donuts.
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