Hello, Crossroads Family!
These are good times at our church. I enjoyed Sunday’s worship and the elders meeting following worship. I continue to grow in my appreciation for our Crossroads elders. We’ll have a short report on their meeting at the conclusion of this Sunday’s worship service.
On the Elder Board, we’ve been watching a video series on leadership called “Sticky Teams,” by author and pastor Larry Osborne. One of the segments we discussed this past Sunday was called “Six Things Every Leadership Team Needs to Know.” The first thing on that list was this : “Ignore your weaknesses.” That strikes us as odd, but what Osborne means is that too many churches focus lots of energy trying to improve what they’re not good at, that they end up not doing enough to build up the things they’re good at!
So we asked ourselves, “What are we good at at Crossroads?” How would you answer? Here are the handful of things that came to our minds at our meeting:
- Good at welcoming people in.
- Good at fellowship.
- Good youth and children’s ministry — areas we should continue to commit to!
- Good worship.
- Good preaching of the truth.
These are positive things we can build on ; and in the meantime, we can pray for God’s provision and wisdom in our areas of weakness. The weaknesses Osborne said a church should not ignore are those he calls “fatal flaws” (i.e., things that could sink the ship. Sounds kind of ominous, doesn’t it?) Our lack of a home of our own is something that could potentially fall into that category. Thanks for keeping eyes and ears open for a suitable venue for rent or sale that might be God’s answer to that weakness! God has heard and, I’m certain, will answer our prayers in due time.
We’re going to have a special time this Sunday!
Worship starting at 10:00 at the Community Center. Sermon from Revelation 17-18. Exceptionally this Sunday, there will be no childcare during the sermon.
Refreshments and a short time of prayer will follow the service. We’ll be celebrating Kourtnee Vestal’s upcoming graduation from Nevada High School ! I hope you can stay for a few minutes of celebration after the service!
Dates for the next two Youth Groups are Tuesday, May 16, at 6:30 pm, and Wednesday, May 31, at 6:30 pm, both times at Jessica’s house, *contact us for location*.
New Summer Home Group Bible Study
We’re beginning a new 6-session home group on Thursday evening, June 1, starting at the home of Alex and Emily Lewis, *contact us for location*. We’ll use a classic book on discipleship every growing Christian should read called A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, by Eugene Peterson. (Euguene Peterson is also the translator of the Message version of the Bible.) A Long Obedience in the Same Direction is a study based on the “Psalms of Ascents,” Psalms 120-134, sung by the Jews as they journeyed up to Jerusalem for the annual festivals there. These are some great psalms that speak to our own journey through life.
You can purchase a copy of the book if you would like, but you don’t have to have the book to participate in the group. There will be same variation in meeting times and places due to fluctuating summer schedules, but we’re going to get started June 1! Join us! We want to grow connections beyond Sunday morning only!
Here’s one person’s review (two years ago) of A Long Obedience in the Same Direction:
|Living Well in the Ordinary: A Review of A Long Obedience in the Same Di… Title: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society Author: Eugene H. Peterson Pub…|
Women of Joy
Some of our Crossroads’ women plan to attend the Women of Joy conference in Branson, October 6-8. A reduced price is available if you sign up by July 9. There will be more information about the trip (and a sign-up sheet available) this Sunday. Or you can contact Heather Hall if you have questions!
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
I hope to see you this Sunday ! For those not able to attend, the sermon will be posted on Facebook Friday or Saturday.