Tom’s Midweek Greeting
Crossroads Community Church
May 8, 2019
Hello Church Family!
I hope you’re having a good, even though wet, week so far! I’m thankful for each one of you, and I know you are being used by God in your home, at your place of work, in your school, and wherever He leads you!
Our Sunday mornings have been fun times recently! Thanks to everyone who stayed last Sunday for the “Walk the Walls” meeting with Joe Chenoweth. We made some significant progress and had more good discussion about ministry priorities and ministry teams at Crossroads.
Sunday Morning Team
I’m so thankful that communication, preparation, set-up and tear-down go so well these days on Sunday mornings at the Y. Some of you have committed to be part of that team, and others of you just pitch in by lending a helping hand each Sunday. Thank you! Thanks to Cris who is our Point Person for that team, and to Forrest who plays a major role in helping us all get ready for worship each Sunday.
We have one new person joining the Follow-Up Team. Erlinda will join Stacey, Liz, and Dave on this team whose focus is connecting with newcomers to Crossroads and helping them plug in. This team is currently working on upgrading our Visitors Card, and they’re also making connections with people who visit at Crossroads. Thank you!
On Sunday, we defined more clearly the ministry of the Worship Team which is responsible for planning and leading worship each Sunday. This team will work closely with the Sunday Morning Team. Did you know we already have at least eight people who are involved in planning and leading worship for us at Crossroads each Sunday? An important task, and not an easy one. Let’s remember them in prayer, and especially Erin, Erlinda, and myself who lead worship on a rotating basis.
Did you know there are nine people who commit some time each month to helping with Children’s Church during the sermon? Currently, I’m coordinating that team, but we’re looking for God’s person to step into that role. Would you pray for that person? Last Sunday we had ten children in Children’s Church! It’s fun to have kids at church, isn’t it?
Please pray for these teams and for our elders who are responsible for giving oversight. Thanks very much to Joe for leading us through this project. As God grows the church, we’ll be looking at more ministry gates and building more sections of the wall … just like the residents of Jerusalem did in Nehemiah’s day.
Next week on Thursday (May 16), I’ll have the opportunity to travel with Joe and his pastor, Mark McCune, to the St Louis area where Joe will present the “Walk the Walls” material to a group of Evangelical Free Church pastors and others there. Would you pray for us as we go and offer these helpful tools to those leaders. Thank you!
Please remember that our homework assignment these days is to…
- … pray at some point each day for the pastor and elders of Crossroads ;
- … take time at some point once during the week to pray a bit longer for the whole church. You may want to use the church directory, bulletin, or website to help you. Thank you!
Congratulations to Hannah, Natalie, and Ebony, each of whom will receive a degree this Sunday morning from Cottey College. We are so proud of you! And we’re so thankful for the impact the three of you have made on our lives! We look forward to staying in touch and to serving the Lord together in new ways. This verse comes to mind for the three of you:
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever!” (Ephesians 3:20-21)
Worship this Sunday, 10:00, at the YMCA. We’ll have a great time of worship and fellowship this Sunday! In our sermon, we’ll take a look at a story about a mother who lived in Old Testament times — “When Life Falls Apart,” from 2 Kings 4:1-7.
Youth Bible Study this Sunday, 9:00. This will be the last Sunday for high school & middle school Sunday morning Bible study. Come join the group! Thanks so much to Forrest for leading this group, and to Hannah and Cris who have been a support to the group!
Men’s Discipleship & Fellowship: Next Monday, May 13, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, at Precision Coffee. Our monthly get-together for mutual encouragement and a short Bible study. All men are welcome to come! Precision Coffee is located at 127 E. Cherry Street.
Marmaduke Madness for high school students – Tuesday, May 14, 6:03 pm, at Marmaduke Park. This is the end-of-the-school-year event the Young Life launch team has been preparing! Would you please be in prayer for this important and exciting event! And please spread the word to high school students you know! Talk to Donna if you need more information!
Church Night at the Griffons Game – Sunday, June 2, 7:00 pm, at Lyons Stadium. Admission is free! If you bring a Crossroads church bulletin from that morning, we’ll be eligible to win a $75 donation to our youth group. If you’re interested in going, let’s meet in the parking lot of the YMCA at 6:30 on June 2nd!
The Secret of Making the Best of Your Life
A former E-Free missionary colleague included the following in a recent newsletter of his. It’s from a book, John the Baptist by F.B. Meyer — good reminders as we seek to follow and serve the Lord!
Discover what you can do best – the one thing which you are called to do for others, and which probably no one else can do so well. Set yourself to do this! Remember that God made you what you are, and placed you. Dare to be yourself – a simple, humble, sincere follower of Jesus. Do not seek to imitate this or the other great speaker or leader. Be content to find out what God made you for; be that at its best. You will be a bad copy, but a unique original; for the Almighty always breaks the pattern from which He has made one vase. Above all, speak the truth as God has revealed it to you, distorting, exaggerating, omitting nothing; and long after you have passed away, those who remember you will gather at your grave and say, “He did no miracle; there was nothing sensational or phenomenal in his life-work; but he spoke true things about Jesus Christ which we have tested for ourselves and are undeniable. Indeed, they led us to believe in Him for ourselves!”
See you Sunday!