Hello, Crossroads Family!
The pace of life is picking up again as school approaches and different ones, especially some of our young people, take new steps. Let’s be in prayer for each other this week. In addition, others among us have been (or are) under the weather; some are starting new jobs ; others face material and financial needs as the fall season draws near. Thank you for praying!
I’m excited about this Sunday’s worship service and the sermon from Genesis 39, “God With Us – What Difference Does It Make?” This is the well-known story of Joseph in the home of Potiphar, and the temptation he faced from Potiphar’s wife. I hope to see you at 10:00 Sunday morning! If you aren’t able to be with the church family, the sermon will be posted on Facebook some time prior to Sunday.
Elder Meeting Notes
Thanks for your prayers for our church elders and for their meeting last Sunday. The meeting was an abbreviated one, due to another group using the space in the Community Center, but it was a good one. Here are some notes:
The elders met with the Crossroads Missions Team consisting of Erlinda, Heather Hall, and myself. The team has been receiving input from some of you concerning Crossroads’ involvement in missions, and they had thoughts to present to the elders for moving forward as a church.
Our church budget allows us to take on a small level of financial support for, preferably, one international missionary unit and one local (stateside) missionary unit. Our hope is that these would be missionaries with whom the church can have a personal connection over time. Some suggestions were put forward for both international and stateside missionaries, and the team will continue to be in contact with these ones concerning their ministries and needs.
In addition, we would like to plan ways to put a spotlight on the many local missions activities Crossroads people are already involved in close to home, such as Birthright, Rodeo Bible Camp, Kamp Keirsey, Bushwhacker Gospel Night, Relay for Life, and more.
Finally, in addition to regular financial and prayer support for two missionary units, we hope to plan more frequent visits from other missionaries so Crossroads can regularly be exposed to the many things God is doing around the world. Discussion took place about who those missionaries might be and how to support them, or cover their expenses, when they come.
A missions emphasis is being planned for October, most likely Sundays, October 9 and 16.
The church’s belongings (chairs, etc) are still being stored at the Dahmer and Rodriguez homes. A proposal was made to rent a storage unit in order to take better care of these things. Cris Rodriguez and Kris Sisseck are looking into options and costs.
An idea was brought to the elders’ attention for putting together care packages later in the semester for the Crossroads’ young people who have recently moved away. More details coming.
Don’t forget that the MAMS study & support group for women will meet for the first time Wednesday, September 7, at 7 pm at the home of Michelle Mooneyham, 602 N. Washington Street. This small group is open to any Crossroads women and others you would like to invite!
It looks like we’ll have two other small groups this fall as well. More details coming soon! Please pray that through these connections we might bring people into an ever-deepening relationship with God and with each other!
As I was thinking about all the transitions going on, I was looking for some good prayers of “blessing” that we could pray over those we love. Here are three, the first two from Scripture, and the third from an unknown source:
May the peace of God which passes all understanding keep your heart and mind
in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ our Lord;
and may the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be upon you and remain with you always. based on Philippians 4:7
May Christ dwell in your heart through faith;
and may you be rooted and grounded in love,
and comprehend, with the saints,
what is the breadth and length and height and depth of the love of Christ,
so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. based on Ephesians 3:17-19
May the blessing of the Lord rest and remain upon all his people, of every race and language;
may the Lord meet in mercy all who seek him;
may the Lord comfort with tenderness all who suffer and mourn;
and may the Lord hasten his coming,
and give us the blessing of peace. Source unknown
I look forward to seeing you this coming Sunday!