Hello, Crossroads Family!
In these changing and challenging times, it’s hard sometimes to know who we can trust. That’s where Joseph found himself while in Egypt in Genesis 39, 40, and 41. He hadn’t been able to trust his brothers; he couldn’t trust his master’s wife; he may have also felt disappointed by his master. And then, after all that, even one of the inmates he helped in Pharaoh’s prison let him down, promising to help him out of jail but then not following through.
Who can we trust? Who was Joseph ultimately able to trust? What is trust? What does it mean to trust God? Those are all questions we’ll be looking for answers to this Sunday morning. I hope you’ll join the church family at the Community Center at 10:00. We’ll have wonderful worship, teaching, and fellowship! I look forward to seeing you there!
Some Extra Help Needed on Sunday Mornings.
We’re blessed to have use of the Community Center on Sunday mornings at a time when they are ordinarily closed. The administration at the Community Center is asking us to do two or three extra things on Sundays to help others who use that space after us. If you could help with any of these things at the completion of worship on Sunday, that would be wonderful!
- We need to sweep the rooms we’ve used and also the hallway. (A broom and dust pan are located at the front desk.)
- We need to check for any spills (coffee or other), and we need to wipe up stains from the floor. (Again, cleaning supplies are available at the front desk.)
- They are asking that we especially make sure the kitchen sink is wiped clean from anything we send down it. (The sink lacks a sprayer and is hard to keep clean.)
- They are asking us to not use the first room past the kitchen so they can keep that space reserved for others who may come in on Sundays.
- They would like for us to give them a couple weeks notice if we plan to have a meal after worship.
If you’ve ever rented the Community Center’s facilities (like the building at Marmaduke), you know clean-up is something required of the users. Thanks for taking a few minutes on Sundays to help out if you’re able. We don’t want (or need) to replace the fellowship we enjoy after the service with cleaning; with a few extra hands and willing hearts, we can do both! Thank you!
By the way (for you disc golf fans!), the Community Center is organizing a glow-in-the-dark disc golf tournament this Saturday night at Marmaduke Park. Proceeds from the event will be used to help develop the back nine holes of the course.
Don’t forget about the discussion & support group for women (“Martha’s and Mary’s”) starting September 7, at 7 pm, at Michelle’s home, 602 N. Washington. If you can let Michelle know you’re planning to be there, that would be helpful to her. Also, feel free to bring a friend! Thank you!
Michaela is organizing a care package project for our recent high school graduates. If you have a child who graduated this past spring, please let Michaela know. More information coming soon on how everyone can contribute to the care packages.
The Big Serve
The Big Serve is an opportunity to serve residents of Nevada through practical work projects on the weekend of September 24-25. This is “missions” work right here in Nevada! If you would like to be part of a team serving from Crossroads Church that weekend, please let Michelle or Tom know. We would love to have a few commitments for one or both days. Thank you!
My fall schedule has begun with the three choirs at NHS and vocal music students at Cottey. Thanks for your understanding and for your prayers on my behalf. I hope I can be a blessing to students and staff at both schools. Thanks for praying for me and for each other as representatives of Christ and of Crossroads Church wherever we go this fall season.
As you watch the news, as you think about the challenging and changing times we live in, as you consider that thousands of Christians are killed each year all around the world because of their faith, remember these words of the Apostle Peter from 1 Peter 4:12 —
“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.”
“Do not think it strange” may be a word the Lord wants us to keep tucked away in our hearts and minds during these challenging times!
I look forward to seeing you Sunday! We’ll have a great time, and we’ll be encouraged and refreshed!