Hello, Crossroads Family!
I hope you’re having a good week and enjoying the Christmas and Advent seasons! I’m sure yours has been busy. Mine too! Here are a few reminders about what’s going on at Crossroads:
Worship this Sunday, and Congregational Meeting
We’ll gather for worship Sunday morning at 10:00. I hope you’ll be with us! We’ll finish our Advent “Discovering Christmas” series by reading most of Luke 1-2 where we find the preparations for, and the arrival of, Jesus the Messiah.
Brooklyne Sederwall will join us this Sunday morning to share about her short-term missions trip to Spain last summer. You may remember hearing some of her story during a sermon I preached on discipleship late last summer. I hope you’ll reach out and welcome Brooklyne!
As you know by now, there will be a congregational meeting immediately following the service. Everyone is welcome to stay for the meeting. Thank you!
Christmas Eve Service, 6 pm, Community Center
Come for a meaningful time of worship and fellowship Saturday evening, the 24th, at the Community Center starting at 6:00. It will be fun, informal, and a good time to invite a family member or friend! We’ll finish no later than 7:00. Light refreshments will be served. If you would like to help provide refreshments or drinks Christmas Eve, please sign up with Heather Vestal. Thank you!
We will worship as usual on Sunday mornings, December 25, and January 1. 10:00 at the Community Center. Hope you’ll be there!
If there is a need to cancel Sunday worship at any time due to weather, the elders will try to contact you early by text and/or email. We will also put an announcement on the church website, nevadacrossroadschurch.org. If you’re ever not sure, don’t hesitate to text or call one of the elders.
Praise & Thanks from Missionaries
Thanks for helping last Sunday with the Christmas cards to our new missionaries, the McCallisters (Berlin), the Shoemakers (Chicago), and Colin Welch (raising support to go to France). As I reached out to them this week for their current mailing addresses, they all responded with gratitude for the partnership we’ve committed to in their ministries. Specifically, Jesse McCallister shared how the support we’re proposing in our missions budget for next year will be a help to them due to a doubling of heating costs for their residence in Berlin. God is good, and we praise Him for being able to be used in an unexpected way!
Prayer for the Sick
We rejoice that some in our congregation who have been sick are better. Please take a minute today to pray for those you know who are battling illness and fatigue! Thank you!
Some Personal Notes
Thanks for your prayers for me, as the season seems to be busier than usual this year. Like you, I need daily strength and faith!
I was surprised to learn of the passing last week of a special friend, Carole Madsen, at the age of 79. Carole was an organist at the church my family attended in Columbia during my junior high, high school, and college years. She was also the organist at my wedding. I had the joy many Sundays of playing organ-piano duets with Carole, usually one as a prelude and one as an offertory. There was beauty, power and joy in her music. In addition, she had a heart for missions and for mentoring other women. More than once, while living in Hermann, Missouri, our family spent summer vacation in the Madsen home while Carole and her husband Dick were gone to Africa. We enjoyed those simple and inexpensive getaways that were gifts of Dick and Carole. I’ve been asked to preach the message at Carole’s funeral in Columbia this Saturday, so I would appreciate your prayers.
In addition, I’m working hard in preparation for the parenting conference I’ll be speaking at in January at Oakwood Church in Tampa, Florida ! It should be a fun time and hopefully a help to those in attendance. It will be fun to minister in the church my daughter Emma and her husband Jason and their kids attend, and where Jason is an Associate Pastor. I look forward to meeting some young parents and perhaps also a few parents and grandparents my own age! Thanks again for your prayers that I would minister truth and grace in the name of Jesus.
I hope to see you this Sunday!