Tom’s Midweek Greeting
Crossroads Community Church
January 29, 2020
Don’t forget about Home Group tonight, 6:30, at Cris & Donna’s, *contact us for location*. Follow-up discussion from last Sunday’s sermon for adults; activities for young people; spaghetti, salad, bread, and dessert for all! I hope you can be there!
In this, our third Sunday in the “You Asked For It!” sermon series, we’re going to address a question someone at Crossroads asked to be preached on: Why did King David have to wait so long from the time he was anointed king until the time he took the throne?
So we’ll actually tackle two interesting subjects, one of which we love (David), and the other of which, in general, we hate (waiting). Why do we have to wait so long for those crowning moments in our lives? How are we to handle the waiting that is such a big part of life? We often emphasize the parts of the Bible that say, “Go!” but we emphasize less those passages that say, “Wait.” Or, as someone of another era put it, “We hear much about ‘Go ye,’ but not much about ‘Tarry a while.’ We preach about urgency but not about patience.”
Why does God keep us waiting? What can we learn from David’s long waiting experience? We’ll find out more on Sunday! I hope you can be there at 10:00 at the Y! We will worship around the Lord’s Supper this Sunday as well.
Speaking of waiting – 50 years for the Chiefs to get back to the Super Bowl?! Congratulations, Chiefs fans! That was a long wait!
Happenings at Crossroads
Crossroads Connection This Sunday
We’ll have our monthly fellowship and conversation time this Sunday immediately following the worship service. A chili lunch is being prepared for everyone who wants to stay! We’ll take some time to discuss things going on at Crossroads. Ministry teams that need to meet will have time to do so. This is a fun, informal time of catching up with God’s work and with people at Crossroads.
Crossroads Facebook Page
Sunday morning sermons are now available on Crossroads’ Facebook page. Let your friends know they can catch up with Crossroads and connect with God’s Word there! Thanks to Julie and Heather who are making this happen!
Missions Point Person
ReachGlobal, the international missions arm of the Evangelical Free Church of America, is looking for a person in each local church willing to serve as a “missions point person.” This person would help Crossroads stay connected with the missionaries and ministries that are part of ReachGlobal. ReachGlobal’s contact person is Stewart Humphry, a ReachGlobal missionary and friend of mine for many years. If you might be interested in serving in this role and helping Crossroads’ missions focus expand, please let me know. Thank you!
Guest Speaker February 9
On February 9, our speaker will be Dave Wood, longtime friend of Crossroads Church. Dave will be preaching while I will be out of town with the high school show choir. Dave is a hospice chaplain with Avalon Hospice, caring for families and individuals all over Southwest Missouri, including in Nevada. Dave has a gentle spirit and a gift of encouragement. If you’re in need of encouragement, I believe you’ll find it during worship on the 9th. Dave and his family attend College Heights Christian Church in Joplin.
A Final Thought on Tithing
First of all, thank you for your attentiveness last Sunday as we considered the subject of offerings to God, and tithing. I felt the Lord was speaking to us all as we tried to answer the question, “Why do we offer things to God?”
In reflecting on the idea of giving to God the first portion of all we have, I also came across this quote from Billy Graham. It concerns time, but could just as easily be applied to our money, our natural abilities, and our ministry gifts. He said, “We relegate God to our spare time … but end up never having any spare time!
Jesus said, ‘Seek first his kingdom’ (Matthew 6:33).”
One Last Thing…
I am often amazed when I stop and consider how many people are working hard in many different ways to facilitate the life of Crossroads Church. We have some wonderful committed people doing things like…
- teaching children
- greeting people at the door
- preparing bulletins
- preparing and leading worship
- setting the gym up for worship
- tearing down the gym after worship
- counting offerings
- hosting events in their homes
- connecting with visitors
- lending practical hands of help
- attending school events
- preparing worship slides
- buying materials
- filming sermons
- updating the church website
- leading others in spiritual growth
- paying bills
- putting ads in the paper when needed
- preparing food
- building friendships
- sharing a word of encouragement
Some of that is organized into ministry “teams.” Some of our teams have recently gained some additional participants. (If you have an interest in serving on one of those teams, please let me or one of the other elders know. Our Greeter Team would love some additional participants.) Some of the church’s ministry is informal, happening as God leads individuals during daily life. That’s really awesome. Our church Facebook page is a way to help turn our focus outward to those in the community who need the Lord and who need a healthy church. Let’s keep thinking of ways to help that happen!
See you Sunday at 10:00!