Hello, Crossroads Family!
If you were in church last Sunday, you’re aware from our Elder Board that some new options have developed concerning the rental possibility on Highland Avenue that would allow us to move past some earlier obstacles, most notably the need originally expressed by the owner for snow removal and for the church to act as a superintendent of sorts for the building. The church and its leadership felt those are two needs we could not meet; however, the building’s owner is willing for us to rent the space even without those two requirements. In short, here is what a rental agreement for that space would look like:
- $1000 / month rent
- We could make a long-term lease with the proviso that if we run out of money, or anything happens to the church, we could get out of the lease. The owner is asking us to draft a lease agreement with the parameters we need before signing a final lease.
- The church would be responsible for mowing the yard and field next door and for removing brush when needed.
- The church would be responsible for cleaning its space and the bathrooms when used.
- The church would provide paper products for the bathrooms when we are using the building.
- The church would build a ramp to the entrance door for wheelchair accessibility.
- A kitchenette area would require using a licensed plumber for sink installation.
- We would need volunteers from the church to take turns with mowing and cleaning.
- We can prep and set up our space as needed in order to move in. Initial cleaning would be our responsibility.
If you have questions about this rental prospect for Crossroads Church, please speak to Shane, Dave, Forrest, or myself. Thank you for your participation in this decision and for your prayers!
How to Break a Stubborn Habit
As I mentioned Sunday, I’m enjoying reading a new book called How to Break a Stubborn Habit, by Erwin Lutzer. I especially enjoyed a chapter earlier this morning on guilt and forgiveness. Some of us can’t get past stubborn habits because we hang on to guilt for sins committed in the past. Satan likes to cause us to feel as if we must continually re-confess sins, or that we should carry around with us persistent feelings of regret and/or guilt. Lutzer writes something that should be obvious to us: “God does not find it hard to forgive. It is not as though He regrets giving you a second chance.” I like that statement. God doesn’t regret the price He paid for our forgiveness.
I wonder if anyone would be interested in meeting small-group style for a few weeks to study this book/subject together? I would be interested if there are a few others. Let me know. A part of our vision for Crossroads should not only be finding a home but also small-group discipleship, sharpening one another during the week as we live out our faith together.
Fields of Faith, sponsored by Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Everyone is invited by FCA to a “Fields of Faith” event at Logan Field (Nevada High School) tomorrow evening, October 11, beginning at 6:30. The evening will be student-led with the purpose of sharing the Gospel, praying, and challenging young people in Nevada to read the Bible and follow Jesus. If you have questions, you can contact Eric England at email@example.com.
Hayride, October 28
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for a church hayride Saturday evening, October 28, at the Reedys’ farm in Moundville. Plan to come around 4:30 for a hot dog roast. Plan to bring lawn chairs, a drink, and a side to share. Invite a friend!
Elders Meeting, October 22
Our Crossroads elders will meet Sunday, October 22, following the worship service. Thank you for your prayers for the church elders.
So glad to hear that Axton Walker had a successful trip to the dentist yesterday! (Just a little more than your ordinary visit.) Please continue to pray for Julie’s cousin Sherri and decisions needing to be made by her family regarding Sherri’s care. Julie carries a big load out of love for her cousin and family. Please continue to pray for Mark Tice’s outreach to his neighbors and others through a Thursday night Bible study. God drew several together last week who have an interest in learning more about the Bible. Very exciting!
I have the privilege of one of the girls on the Nevada High School tennis team playing in the state tournament this weekend in Springfield. Hennessy Brown is a strong player and a strong Christian. She has made me look like a good tennis coach?! This is the Class 1 tournament which consists of the final sixteen players from the state among smaller schools.
I hope to see you this Sunday morning at 10:00 at the Community Center!