Hello, Crossroads Family!
I don’t know about you, but I had a great time at Home Group last Sunday evening. We took in a lot about some of the early history of the Church, the beginnings of our spiritual family tree. We learned about why history matters to God, and we were challenged by each other’s observations and experiences. Thanks to those who were there! I hope others will join us in two weeks on Sunday, October 16th, for Part 2 of our study, starting at 6 pm at my house.
Did you know we have five small groups going on at Crossroads right now?
In addition to our biweekly Home Group during October and November, there is also…
- … our new Youth Group study, “How to Face Life’s Challenges,” every other Sunday following the worship service;
- … the new Mary’s & Martha’s Group for women, meeting once a month for discussion, fellowship, and support;
- … a group for young people being led by Heather Hall and Julie Kemper;
- … and our nursery group is starting lessons for the youngest ones at Crossroads who are part of the nursery.
These are wonderful signs of good church health ! I encourage you to plug in to a small group. Back “in the day” many of us attended some kind of gathering of the church on Sunday mornings (usually a worship service and a Sunday School class), Sunday evenings, and at least once during the week. Now, many have pared that down to a single hour on Sunday mornings. Is it possible that we have grown weaker in faith and in spiritual life as a result? Look ahead and carve out some time to plug into a group! The early church did it — they met daily in the temple and in homes. As a result, they were a powerful church! God used them mightily for positive change in their world!
- Martha’s & Mary’s (MAMS) : Tonight, 7 pm, at Michelle Mooneyham’s home, 602 N. Washington. All ladies invited, plus your friends!
- Young People’s Group at Heather’s: Tonight, 1017 N. Adams, 6 pm.
- Youth Group: This Sunday following worship, at Jessica’s house, 402 S. Washington.
- Nursery: Every Sunday morning, 10:00, during worship at the Community Center.
- Next Home Group: Sunday, October 16, 6 pm, at my house, 628 W. Arch. “Discovering Your Family Tree: Christian History Made Easy.”
I’m excited about our worship service this coming Sunday! At the beginning of the year, we made a commitment as a church to take steps toward becoming more involved in world missions. This Sunday we’ll take a look together at what that means, and what are some practical steps we can take as a church. Come prepared and open to receive God’s vision and love for the whole world! Our Missions Team (Heather Hall, Erlinda, and myself) have been preparing, under the guidance of the Elder Board, some exciting possibilities for our church to connect with God’s work in the world.
God is a missionary God; and the Church has always been a missionary Church. Throughout the Bible, we find passages such as these:
“Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.
Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples.” (1 Chronicles 16:23-24)
Clearly, there is a concern expressed in the Bible that worship of God not be confined to one people or to one nation, but that it be a reality among all nations and all people.
We’ll have a good time this Sunday! Worship, encouragement, challenge, good fellowship, singing, and probably some food too! I look forward to seeing you there! Thanks, as always, to our Set-Up Team and to all who help pack up and clean up after worship on Sundays!
Notes from Elders Meeting
Here are a few notes from last Sunday’s elders meeting:
The Missions Team shared specific ideas for a vision for world and local missions at Crossroads. The next two Sundays (10/9, 10/16) will have missions as the theme.
The church has use of a storage unit. We will need some extra hands to move our belongings there.
Ideas were discussed for this year’s Nominating Committee. An election for elder will take place before the end of the year.
We discussed possible rental options. We’re thankful for the use of the Community Center but recognize that it is for a limited time only.
The elders will meet again on Sunday, October 23, following worship, to begin planning a church budget for 2023.
Thank you for your prayers, your service, and for your involvement in each other’s lives!