Hello, Crossroads Family!
I was excited about the positive responses from several of you following last week’s worship service and sermon on “Should Crossroads Church be involved in World Missions?” Clearly, God has given you a heart to take part in what the Lord Jesus instructed us to do when He said, “Go into all the world and make disciples.” Several of you spoke to me about ideas you had for reaching out as a church more often here in Nevada. That’s wonderful! It should cause us to see an unexpected blessing from involvement in world missions: When we have a concern for supporting God’s work in other parts of the world, we’re also more highly motivated to reach out with the Gospel right here where we are.
This Sunday morning we’ll finish our 2-part emphasis on world missions by introducing you to three missionaries (two families and one single) we think might be a good connection for Crossroads:
Jesse and Erica McAllister and their two children serve with Greater Europe Mission in evangelism & discipleship in Berlin. Jesse grew up in Eldorado Springs. His sister taught for many years at Truman Elementary School here in Nevada. Greater Europe Mission is a strong mission with a great reputation. You can read a little more about the McAllisters at Jesse and Erica McCallister – Greater Europe Mission
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Tyrell and Rachel Shoemaker and their beautiful family have served for several years with Inner City Impact in Chicago. Inner City Impact reaches young people in the city of Chicago. It’s a dynamic, powerful ministry. Tyrell grew up in the church I helped plant in Hermann, Missouri; I officiated at Tyrell and Rachel’s wedding thirteen years ago! Their ministry in Chicago would offer us a chance to have an impact in one of our country’s important cities. Tyrell and Rachel could also help us grow our vision for children and young people here in Nevada. You can watch a heartwarming 3-minute video about ICI here: Introduction to ICI
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Colin Welch is a single missionary with ReachGlobal (the missionary arm of the Evangelical Free Church, our church denomination). Colin is currently raising support to serve God in Paris through music, songwriting, and film production as part of a church-planting ministry. Colin has already served a missions assignment in Budapest, so he’s familiar with European culture and has a heart for reaching people using the creative gifts God has given him. Here’s a link to a song Colin cowrote about working through grief: Barna Verba – Gold (Official Visualizer)
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I look forward to seeing you this Sunday morning at 10:00 at the Community Center. We’ll enjoy good fellowship and worship; we’ll be introduced to these servants of God; and we’ll consider how we can care for missionaries, … including ourselves!
Home Group this Sunday night, 6:00-7:30
Join us for a fun and challenging time learning about our spiritual “family tree.” 628 W. Arch Street. (Come in through the garage on Spring Street.)
Michaela Walker is helping us put together care packages for young people from Crossroads who recently graduated from high school. Please contact Michaela if you need ideas. Bring your items to the Community Center on Sunday mornings by November 20. Thank you!
Youth Group – Sunday, October 23
Young people 16 years and older are invited to Jessica’s after worship for study, fellowship, and food !
Elders Meeting — Sunday, October 23
The church elders will meet following worship on October 23 to begin preparing a church budget proposal for 2023. Please contact one of the elders if you have a need or request.
Helping Reach Out
Michelle Mooneyham is connecting with a worldwide outreach called “Dress a Girl Around the World.” This is an organization that seeks to provide girls around the world with a new dress so they can know they are worthy of respect and are loved by God. Michelle’s goal is to sew 100 dresses for this mission in 2022 and 2023. You can help Michelle by bringing her any cotton shirts you are thinking about throwing out. Did you know there is enough fabric in a large man’s shirt to make a dress for a little girl? The organization also puts labels on the dresses intended to help protect the girls from traffickers.
To finish October, we’ll have two sermons on topics that affect our mission as a church: (1) giving in the church (October 23), and the role and choice of church elders (October 30). In November, we’ll finish our sermon series in Genesis!
Encouragement through Song:
Here’s a hymn that often comes to mind when I need some encouragement for my day and a reason to keep my mind focused on the Lord:
Immortal, invisible, God only wise.
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes.
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious — Thy great name we praise !
Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above
Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.
To all, life Thou givest — to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest — the true life of all.
Thy wisdom so boundless, Thy mercy so free,
Eternal Thy goodness for naught changeth Thee!
God is immortal; He is invisible (so I have to exercise faith). If He is wise, then I have nothing to fear. Though the Bible speaks of God resting, there is another sense in which He is never not working! He is unhasting, i.e., never in a hurry. He is silent, yet He rules! His justice (though it may not appear this way to our eyes) is, and will be, at a degree of perfection higher than the clouds. He gives true life to you and me, … and He never changes!
I hope you have a good finish to the week, and I look forward to seeing you Sunday morning!