Hello, Crossroads Family!
Thanks to everyone who contributed to such a beautiful and delicious fellowship time last Sunday following worship and our congregational meeting! Thanks especially to the Sisseck family for their generosity and planning on our behalf!
If you missed the congregational meeting and would like a copy of the financial report, please let Stacey or myself know.
As was reported at the meeting, we’re still waiting on information concerning utilities before we proceed further on the rental possibility on Highland Avenue. We hope to hear soon from the building’s owner about those numbers. We don’t want to move forward without a clear understanding of all the costs involved. Thank you for your prayers! Please pray for the building’s owner who has been through illness and the recent unexpected loss of a close friend.
We’ll worship this Sunday morning at the Community Center at 10:00. We’ll continue our study in the life and ministry of Elisha. If you’d like to read ahead, the sermon will be from 2 Kings 4:8-37 and 2 Kings 8:1-6. Very exciting story! Elisha is a unique, unusual, and also caring prophet of God. His miracles remind us of the Lord Jesus. The gospel story is all over the passages we’ll read Sunday! I look forward to being with you for worship, study, and fellowship!
Thanks for your prayers for “our” missionaries — Jesse and Erica McCallister & family in Berlin (Greater Europe Mission); Tyrell and Rachel Shoemaker & family in Chicago (Legacy Disciple); and Colin Welch in France (ReachGlobal). If you need contact information for any of these missionaries, please ask Heather Hall or Erlinda or myself.
Let’s also be praying for Lawson and Shay Albey and their girls, recently arrived to serve God in Turkey with ReachGlobal. You’ll remember Lawson and Shay from their visit to Crossroads earlier this year.
Another missionary candidate our missions team has become acquainted with is Sandy Dicus who is raising support to serve with ReachGlobal in Greece. Sandy recently emailed that she is at 93% of her required support to leave for Greece! Why don’t you mention this need to the Lord today when you have a chance. Thank you!
Here’s a link to a new publication from ReachGlobal describing its work all around the world. (ReachGlobal is the missions arm of the Evangelical Free Church of America.)
Prayers for Young People
I was looking yesterday in some of my books for some prayers for the first day of school (today in Nevada). While I didn’t find any prayers specifically for the first day of school, I did come across some prayers for young people and children which I like very much. Actually, they may be better seen as prayers from young people. I hope these will help you to pray and to develop compassion for the young people all around us.
I hope to see you Sunday !
Father, when I am lost and lose sight of you, when I forget my prayers
and I’m swept away with life and all its difficulties,
when I cannot answer my friends’ questions about my faith
even though I know the answer,
when I’m too busy,
and, like homework I cannot do,
you get shoved to the bottom of the pile,
remind me that all I have to do is to STOP!!
For I know that you will find me
and will meet me wherever I am. — Nick Aiken
Lord, I know I’ve done things wrong.
I don’t want to admit to it;
neither to my friends nor family nor you.
Lord, it’s hard to live with myself.
I want to ask for your forgiveness
but I feel I don’t deserve it.
But thanks to you I know it’s still there for the taking,
so I ask that I may be given a fresh start
and be directed again on the right path. — Nick Aiken
It’s strange, but I feel as if
I can stop talking to you
and simply be with you.
I want to be quite empty,
and then you can come
filling me with yourself.
Come then, now —
the words end here. — Simon Bailey
Alleluia! He is risen!
Alleluia! He is light!
Alleluia! He is joy!
Alleluia! He is strength!
Alleluia! He is love!
Alleluia! Jesus! — A.A.