Tom’s Midweek Greeting
Crossroads Community Church
March 23, 2018
I enjoyed a discipleship Bible study with two members of our church this week. One of the topics discussed was the need for regular fellowship with others who love the Lord.
From the lesson itself: “Fellowship is spending time and doing things with others who love Christ. Several logs burn brightly together, but the fire goes out if one is placed alone on the cold hearth. In the same way, Christians need to work together or the fire of enthusiasm will go out. Fellowship is vital for Christian growth. That’s why active participation in the church is so important.”
I’m glad to be part of a church where people are excited about growing spiritually. God tells us that fellowship is an essential part of that growth. Hebrews 10 tells us we should not forsake our gathering together, but that we should encourage each other, and stimulate each other to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:23-25). Christians who have little to do with each other, rarely coming together as a group, can accomplish little. If the early Christians had not devoted themselves to relationships among themselves, Christianity would never have survived. I benefit from Christian fellowship in that …
… I profit from other people’s experiences,
… I gain new perspectives,
… I have other people monitoring my spiritual health,
… I get to participate in united prayer, not just my own “solo” praying,
… we can plan as a team for spreading the Good News of the Gospel.
There are quite a few opportunities for fellowship and service coming up at Crossroads in the next several weeks. I hope you’ll plan to take advantage of these opportunities to grow spiritually, to grow as a church, to invite friends and family, and to make great fellowship a part of your life!
Sunday activities this weekend:
*Adult Bible Study, 9:00 a.m., at the Y. We’ll look at the seventh commandment, and our struggle for purity.
*Worship at 10:00 at the Y. We’ll remember and celebrate Palm Sunday. Everyone is invited, and there will be Children’s Church & Nursery available during the sermon time. Our sermon will be from Romans 12:1-2, “New Beginnings.”
*Youth Group, 6:30 p.m., at the Y. All Middle School and High School students are invited, along with your friends!
Home Group next Wednesday:
Our last Home Group of the season will take place next Wednesday at 6:30 pm at the Rodriguezes. We’ve had a great winter/spring season of Home Group! Let’s cap it off with a good time of fellowship, encouragement, and thinking about the Easter season!
No service at the Y next Sunday. Instead, we will have a special Easter breakfast and worship service at The Enchanted Prairie Farm, 17557 East Stockade Road, just south of Nevada.
Breakfast will be at 9:00; worship at 10:00. Easter egg hunt for the kids after worship. Plan to join us and bring a friend!
We’re hoping to gather as many from our church and community as possible next Tuesday, March 27, to gauge interest in launching a Young Life ministry in Nevada. It’s important that we have a good turnout at these meetings, even if you can only stay for part of the meeting. You will show your interest and make a difference by coming and by bringing someone else you know who’s interested in a dynamic outreach to young people in Nevada. A meeting for all interested persons will be held Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in the Nevada High School library. There will also be a meeting at 4:00 that day for educators and school personnel. If you’re not able to be at the 6:00 meeting, feel free to come at 4:00. There will also be a meeting at 7:00 on the campus of Cottey College for students and others associated with Cottey College. Would you please be in prayer for God’s leading concerning these meetings next week! Hope to see you at one of the meetings. You can read more about Young Life at www.younglife.org.
Saturday, May 19. We’ll have a tent at this barbecue and car festival at Dr. Schowengerdt’s office. A chance to interact with our community and benefit Habitat for Humanity.
We’ll need some volunteers that day to set up and to help serve. I’ll have a sign-up sheet at church this Sunday.
We have a move coming up next week for a client with Moss House. This move will involve picking up some furniture at a location between Metz and Rich Hill, and bringing it back to Nevada. If you could help with this move one evening next week, please speak to me or to Phill Edwards.
The Big Serve:
The Big Serve is a weekend in which the people of Vernon County help their neighbors with projects such as brush pickup, mowing, painting, yard work, minor repairs, dog washing, stocking shelves, etc. This spring The Big Serve is to take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 & 22. (Saturday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m.) You can learn more about The Big Serve at www.bigservevcmo.com. If you would like to volunteer, or if you would like to organize a team from Crossroads, you can sign up at that website.
Please plan on an all-church “Family Meeting” April 22 immediately after the worship service. This is our quarterly get-together to bring everyone up to speed, to share ministry ideas, and to pray. If you consider Crossroads to be your church home, I hope you’ll plan to stay for that informal meeting.
I look forward to seeing you Sunday!
The Lord sustains all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in due time.
You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His deeds.
The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.
He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him ; He will also hear their cry and will save them.
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