Dear Crossroads Family,
The next two Sundays will be important ones in the life of our church as we transition out of the Y, and seek God’s will about next steps concerning both meeting place and ministry. I hope you’ll plan to come for these times of worship and advancing in the Lord’s plans for us.
We’re especially urging everyone who considers Crossroads to be their church home to stay for the Crossroads Connection on Sunday, August 29, immediately following worship. We’ll have a potato bar lunch. At this family meeting, the elders will share their heart and ideas for ministry in coming months, and there will be time for interaction and prayer. We’ll also have an update on finances. Please plan to stay on the 29th. We should finish up no later than 12:30. If you’d like to bring something for the lunch, please contact Michaela or sign up this Sunday.
It’s interesting to look back and see that in times of challenge God’s churches have often thrived and grown. In Acts 11, the new church in Antioch (about 300 miles north of Jerusalem) excelled during a time of famine and persecution as some Christians were fleeing their homes in Jerusalem. Crossroads — not unlike other churches in America — has had its own set of challenges in recent months: Covid has affected regular attendance; we’ve had some key people move away; the YMCA’s changes in operations have necessitated a move; and we’ve just gone through a busy summer with many people gone.
- our finances continue to be healthy (thanks to you for your faithfulness, and to the Lord for His faithfulness);
- we’re at a point of being able to launch a new building fund for the eventual purchase or construction of our own home;
- people are growing spiritually;
- we’ve enjoyed some sweet times of worship;
- and there are opportunities for ministry coming up this fall.
Jessica and Kelsi will represent Crossroads at the Cottey College Welcome Fair this Friday evening. Please pray for them, and for good contact with incoming Cottey students. I’ll also be accompanying the Cottey choir this fall and assisting vocal music students there. It’s a very small choir at this time — only about eight students — but I’m looking forward to meeting students and staff at Cottey.
This Sunday and next, our sermon will be on what we believe about the Church, the sixth point on the Statement of Faith of the Evangelical Free Church of America. Over the next two Sundays, we’ll discuss the purpose of the church, church membership, and leadership in the church. This Sunday’s sermon is entitled, “Why Bother With the Church (Especially This One)?”
As you know by now, each week’s sermon is normally posted on the Crossroads Facebook page (and on my Facebook page and YouTube channel) by Saturday evening. In case you need to miss a Sunday, it’s possible to keep up by going to the Crossroads FB page. (There is also a Sunday bulletin posted there each week.)
Worship This Sunday morning, 10:00, at the Y.
“Why Bother With the Church (Especially This One)?” from Acts 2:36-47.
Youth Swim Party – Wednesday, August 25, 6:30 pm.
You’re invited to a swim party at the Vestals — a great way to start the first week of school! Bring a friend!
Crossroads Connection – Sunday, August 29, following worship.
We’re urging all who consider Crossroads to be their church home to stick around for food, fellowship, discussion, and prayer.
“Barnabas brought Saul to Antioch, and for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers ; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch” (Acts 11:26).