Tom’s Midweek Greeting
Crossroads Community Church
December 9, 2020
Dear Church Family,
Notes from Elders Meeting
Thanks for praying for our church elders and for our meeting last Sunday afternoon! Here are a few notes from that meeting:
— We were blessed to meet with Lee, Stacey, Adi, and Asa Wilson concerning church membership. The Wilsons will be officially received as new members at an upcoming worship service. We’re grateful for their family and for the work of God in their lives! Stacey has accepted to serve as Church Financial Manager next year, in place of Judi Edwards. Cris will help with the transition between Judi and Stacey.
— We studied a proposed church budget for 2021 that will be presented to the church family for approval at the Congregational Meeting in January. The Lord has blessed 2020 in such a way that we are very close to finishing the year in the black financially.
— We discussed the need to refresh, or re-boot, our ministry teams, and the possible hanging of other “ministry gates,” as we’ve discussed in the past as part of our “Walk the Walls” ministry team-building efforts. We will have more discussion with the church family at the Congregational Meeting in January. Among the specific needs discussed was how we might serve our young adult and student population at Crossroads in the new year.
— We scheduled our next Crossroads Connection fellowship & family time for Sunday, January 24, following the worship service.
— Plans are in place for the Christmas Eve service. Our Worship Team is organizing the service; Michaela Walker is organizing refreshments; Heather Hall will place an ad in the newspaper. December 24 at the Y, 6:30 until around 7:15.
— We closed the meeting with prayer.
Announcements & Prayer
Refreshments for Christmas Eve service
If you could help on Christmas Eve by bringing some sweets and/or drinks for a time of fellowship following that service, please contact Michaela Walker. Thank you!
Congregational Meeting, January 10
We would love to have everyone – whether you are a voting member of the church or not – plan to attend our Congregational Meeting on Sunday, January 10, immediately following worship. We will vote on an open elder position, approve a new church budget, discuss ministry opportunities for the coming year, and pray. Shane Dahmer has been nominated by our Nominating Committee for a second 3-year term on the Elder Board.
There are many prayer needs in our church, including the ones mentioned below. Thank you for thinking of others at Crossroads, and for blessing them, by praying for them!
- Thank you for praying for Julie’s cousin Sheri who fell and hit her head earlier this week. She is home, sore, and recovering. We’re grateful for the Lord’s care!
- Please continue to pray for Julie’s aunt who is declining physical, for Julie and for Sheri who carry the burden of their loved one’s failing health.
- Continue to pray for physical and emotional strength for Joe Stanfield.
- Let’s continue to pray for Heather Hall as she seeks God’s provision for employment and income.
- Please keep Joe Chenoweth in your prayers at the passing of his brother from Covid-related complications. Some of you may not know Joe who has helped us build ministry teams at Crossroads. Joe is a member of Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Harrisonville.
A Prayer (from A Diary of Private Prayer, by John Baillie):
Dear Father, take this day’s life into your own keeping. Control all my thoughts and feelings. Direct all my energies. Instruct my mind. Sustain my will. Take my hands and make them skillful to serve you. Take my feet and make them swift to do your bidding. Take my eyes and keep them fixed upon your everlasting beauty. Take my mouth and make it eloquent in testimony to your love. Make this day a day of obedience, a day of spiritual joy and peace. Make this day’s work a little part of the work of the Kingdom of my Lord Christ. Give me a tender heart today toward all those to whom the light of this day brings less joy than it brings to me:
- those in whom the pulse of life grows weak;
- those who must lie in bed through all the sunny hours;
- the blind who are shut off from the light of day;
- the overworked, who have no joy of leisure;
- the unemployed, who have no joy of labor;
- the bereaved, whose hearts and homes are desolate.
Let the Spirit of him whose life was the light of men rule within my heart today.