Tom’s Midweek Greeting
Crossroads Community Church
September 25, 2019
Hello, Crossroads Family!
A reminder that Home Group is tonight!
Come to Cris & Donna’s home at 6:30 where we’ll start with some food and fellowship. Then we’ll break up, with the young people doing some activities on their own, and an adult group spending some time in a short Bible study on time management.
In a relational church such as ours, time connecting with each other outside of Sunday morning is critical to the life and health of the church. Plus, Home Group is a midweek shot-in-the-arm to help us stay strong and God-focused for the remainder of the week. Cris & Donna’s **contact us for location**. Thanks to Cris and Donna for opening their home!
I hope to see you there! We’ll have a great time!
This Sunday morning we’ll reach a crisis point in the story of Esther. We’ll be in Esther chapter 4 where Esther is urged to take a stand before the king in an attempt to save her own people from extermination. This is the passage many of us associate first of all with the Book of Esther: “Who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14). We’ll take a look at the crisis that happened in Esther’s life, and we’ll examine what the stages are that we must go through in times of crisis. In most of our lives some “crisis” event, small or large, is happening at any given time. How does God guide us through the crises of life? And for what reason have you been placed in the position you’re in (church, family, school, work) at this time? Will we rise up to do the things God has called us to?
Worship at 10:00 this Sunday at the Y, 500 W. Highland Ave., in Nevada. Classes for high school & middle school students, and for adults, at 9:00. (“The Truth Project” for students; “Why We Can Believe the Bible” for adults.)
If those of you on the Children’s Church Team could meet for just a few minutes after the worship service this Sunday, that would be awesome! Thank you!
The Big Serve: Please pray for God’s blessing on our team from Crossroads – Heather Hall, Julie Kemper, Tom Rea, Esther Rea, Erin Reedy, Dave Reedy and Gary Jones – serving this Sunday afternoon from 1-5:00. If you would like to join the team for some or all of the work we’ll be doing this Sunday, please contact Heather!
Nominating Committee: We are in need of five church members to serve this fall on a Nominating Team. The Nominating Team will facilitate the selection of a nominee for the Elder Board. The election to the Elder Board will be part of our congregational meeting in January. If you would like to be on the Nominating Team, or if you would like to nominate someone for the Nominating Team, please let one of the current elders know. Thank you! This seems like a mundane task, but it is actually a very important one as we discern God’s will concerning church leadership.
Birthright: On Sunday, October 13, a representative from our local Birthright chapter will be with us to share more about the ministry at Birthright in Nevada. Here’s a good chance for us to get to know Birthright better, and for the folks at Birthright to get to know Crossroads better.
Prayer for the Nation: Some from Crossroads attend a community-wide time of prayer on Saturday mornings at the Vernon County courthouse. It’s a time of prayer specifically for our nation. Meet by the flag pole at 9:30 on Saturday. There is usually a song or two, then an open time of prayer for the nation. The meeting lasts between thirty and sixty minutes depending on the number of people and the movement of the Holy Spirit. Bring a lawn chair if you need to sit.
2019 Life Chain: A Life Chain event will take place in Nevada on Sunday, October 6, from 2-3:00 pm in support of the unborn. Meet at the parking lot on the west side of the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall. For more information, contact 417-684-0528 or 667-1390. The chain will form along Austin Blvd in front of the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall. A Life Chain is a time of prayer and an opportunity to help share the good message about the sanctity of life.
Just as Esther was called on to stand in the gap during a crisis period in the life of her people, so others have received a similar calling. Amos was an Old Testament farmer-turned-prophet who called his people to repentance and to righteous living. I was impressed that twice in the midst of his preaching on God’s coming judgment, Amos prayed to God to hold back the judgment, and God answered Amos’ prayer. Specifically, Amos prayed, “Lord God, please pardon!” (Amos 7:3), and, “Lord God, please stop!” (Amos 7:6). The text then reads that “the Lord changed His mind about this.” Let’s take advantage of the invitation God has given us to rise up and fulfill our tasks in the church and in society, through personal repentance, prayer, and action! God is watching and waiting, and He’s listening!
I hope to see you tonight at Home Group, and Sunday morning at the Y!