Tom’s Midweek Greeting
Crossroads Community Church
September 12, 2019
Hello, Crossroads Family!
I look forward to another good Sunday with you this weekend! We’ll continue with our 9:00 classes, one for adults on “Why We Believe the Bible,” and one for Middle & High School students called “The Truth Project.” We had good attendance last week in both classes. It’s not too late to join in these small groups. Remember that spiritual growth as a Christian happens in teaching settings, in personal study, and in small groups. All three are beneficial; I hope you won’t miss out!
During our worship service at 10:00, we’ll continue our new sermon series in the Book of Esther. We’ll be in Esther 2, “Beyond Beauty.” What was known about Esther was that she was beautiful! But there were things about Esther that people didn’t know. What is it about you and me that lies below the surface, that other people may not know about, that is nevertheless important to God?
Immediately following Sunday’s worship service, we’ll have a congregational meeting to do some planning, praying, and discussion about ministry opportunities coming up this fall. We’ll also take a look at the church financial report. I hope if Crossroads Church has an important place in your life that you’ll plan to join us for this meeting. It’s a good opportunity to put our minds and ideas together! I personally find that these meetings are beneficial to me as your pastor, and I’m certain the elders feel the same. I hope you’ll join us! We will finish no later than noon.
The Big Serve
Crossroads is signed up for the Big Serve, but there’s room for more people on the team. We’ve volunteered to serve on Sunday, September 29 only, from 1-5 pm. A half-day of serving others on a Sunday afternoon would be a wonderful step toward being more outwardly focused. While we haven’t yet been given our assignment for that afternoon, you can be certain it will be one that anyone in the church can be a part of! Please let Heather or myself know if you’re interested in serving on September 29! Thank you!
This coming Monday evening, September 16th, 6:30-8:00 pm, at Precision Coffee, 127 East Cherry Street.
Home Group & Youth Group
Wednesday evening, September 25th, beginning with food at 6:30 at the Rodriguez home, *contact us for the location*, on the south side of Nevada.
Worship Team Meeting
Sunday, October 6, following the worship service.
Young Life Ice Cream Social
High school students are invited to another fun Young Life event on Sunday evening, September 22nd, 5:30 pm. Come be a part of outreach to young people in Nevada!
I encourage you to go online and listen to the September 1 sermon on “The Joyous Church Member.” It was kind of the capstone to our Scrappy Church sermon series and I think describes the kind of encouraging, uplifting church family Crossroads is becoming as we grow in the Lord’s grace.
Just a reminder about the seven attitude transitions necessary in a Scrappy Church. These may not have always been your church experience, and certainly they are attitudes that don’t come naturally! May God give us renewed, refreshed, scrappy attitudes such as these!
• a transition from excuses to ownership
taking ownership of the church as it is, rather than making excuses for what it’s not
• a transition from obstacles to allies
practicing unconditional love for everyone in the church, instead of viewing some people as obstacles
• a transition from limitations to abundance
understanding that through the generous giving of its members the church has everything it needs to do what God wants it to do right now
• a transition from discouragement to joy
focusing on the positives rather than on the negatives
• a transition from fear to courage
willing to pursue God’s vision and to take positive steps into the future
• a transition from an inward focus to an outward focus
experiencing the joy of reaching out to people outside our current group
• continual learners
learning more about God, His Word, and His will for our lives; discovering that there is a solid, rational foundation to our faith
Here’s an old hymn I was singing earlier this week. It’s actually a prayer. I hope it might inspire your praying, too, for yourself and for all of us at Crossroads!
God of grace and God of glory, on Thy people pour Thy power.
Crown Thine ancient Church’s story; bring her bud to glorious flower.
Grant us wisdom; grant us courage for the facing of this hour,
For the facing of this hour.
Lo! the hosts of evil round us scorn Thy Christ, assail His ways!
From the fears that long have bound us, free our hearts to faith and praise.
Grant us wisdom; grant us courage for the living of these days,
For the living of these days.
Cure Thy children’s warring madness; bend our pride to Thy control.
Shame our wanton, selfish gladness, rich in things and poor in soul.
Grant us wisdom; grant us courage les we miss Thy kingdom’s goal,
Lest we miss Thy kingdom’s goal.
Set our feet on lofty places; gird our lives that they may be
Armored with all Christ-like graces in the fight to set men free.
Grant us wisdom; grant us courage that we fail not man nor Thee,
That we fail not man nor Thee.
(by Harry Emerson Fosdick)
See you Sunday!