A SERIES ON FORGIVENESS This new series explores the importance of forgiveness in our lives. God’s forgiveness is a merciful gift that influences and transforms how we deal with our own brokenness and that of others. God’s delicate balance of law and forgiveness teaches us how to confess, repent, forgive, and reconcile as we live out Jesus' expectation that we forgive. This week we will explore how we should handle conflict and differences when we hurt one another.
Scriptures This Week: Matthew 18:15-35
What is one thing that stood out to you from this week’s message?
Give an example of a time you handled confrontation right or wrong. What did you learn from the experience?
Do you have a hard time forgiving others? How does the parable of the unmerciful servant challenge you?
What does it mean to value justice and forgiveness? How are the two compatible?
Has anyone ever tried to manipulate you with God’s Word? How can we make sure we aren’t twisting God’s command to forgive in a way that hurts others?
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
CHURCH CLEAN UP DAY SEPT. 17 I 9am-11am
This is a great time to come out in fellowship with others to 'shine up' the church and make it a more welcoming place for all. There are many jobs large and small, inside and out including helping organize snacks and drinks for the hungry crew. No experience necessary and all ages welcome. Let us know you're coming, email KellybySept. 16, 2022.
The annual community Trunk or Treat event is expected to be bigger than ever this year. It is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 29 from 5-7 p.m. at Crossroads Church. Children are invited to come in costume and enjoy a family friendly atmosphere of traditional candy gathering. The event is still in need of volunteers to donate a “trunk” and distribute candy for the Trunk or Treat fun. Please contact Nicole Crowder or call the church office 480-849-2465 if you are able to donate a Trunk.
ANNUAL MEETING IN PERSON!!!
We are happy to announce that our 2022 Annual Meeting will be held in person! Please join us in the Sanctuary on Saturday, October 15 at 9:00 am so you may learn more about our milestones this past year, and vote on essential congregational life items such as our operating budget and church board members for 2023-26. Everyone is encouraged to attend with voice, however only Covenant Disciples are eligible to vote. We look forward to seeing you there! To confirm you completed the Covenant Disciple form for 2022 contact Kelly or call the church office at 480-849-2465.
BAPTISM SUNDAY October 30, 2022
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father nd the Song and the Holy Spirit. -Matthew 28:19
We believe the sacrament of baptism is a beautiful life-changing event. In baptism, we trust that God is active in cleansing us from our sin, we are claimed as children of God and we receive the free gift of God’s grace. Whether as an infant or an adult, we trust that in baptism, we are joined to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus! Contact Pastor Charles to discuss your participation in Baptism Sunday.
Our Prayer Ministry takes many forms and expressions. But in all expressions, we communicate with God through prayer. Whether you need prayer, or would like to join us in one of our prayer ministries, we would like to invite you to find your place with us, in prayer. If you would like to submit a prayer request, contact Pam Dienert. You can join also join us on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday at 2:00pm for online intercessory prayer or by appointment for prayer of healing. Please email Church Office or call (480) 849-2465 for the link. To schedule an appointment for prayer click here.
Please pardon our mess! We are working on a build-out for 3 additional meeting spaces. The needs of our Next Generation ministry is expanding. In an effort to have a safe and comfortable space for our young worshipers, it's time we remove the curtains in the back and begin to build out rooms. In addition to the space being used for next generation on Sundays, this will enable additional meeting space for small groups during the week and more dedicated recording studio to continue to improve our digital ministry presence. If you have a few hours to spare we can use your help. No experience necessary. Please contact Pastor Charles.
FORM YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 @ 6:00 PM
FORM is a young adult ministry community in the East Valley committed to connect to and empowereach other along their discipleship journeys, to embrace the essential marks of discipleshipto helping their friends find and follow Jesus better, and to support the overall movement of the local church. FORM meets this Sunday at Queen Creek Taco Shack. For more information and details contact Catherine O'Neal.
Agape, a Crossroads ministry at ASU Poly is in full swing for the Fall semester. We want to offer three ways you can support this ministry: 1. Help Feed Students - Every Monday at 5:30pm students gather for a meal. They can always use cooks and cookie bakers. 2. Join Our Leadership Team as we seek to grow and expand this ministry. If you're interested on the leadership team contact Pastor Charles. 3. Volunteer to clean, garden or stock the food closet at the ministry house.
To learn more about Agape ministry and how you can make life better for students contact Rachel Evans.
WELCOME BACK WINTER DISCIPLES & FRIENDS GATHERINGS OCT 24, Nov. 14, JAN. 23 Everyone is welcome! We especially invite all our friends who worship with us during the winter months. Come meet new friends, hear what's happening at Crossroads and the vision for 2023 from Pastor Charles. Attend one of these informative gatherings. All gatherings will be held at Crossroads at 10:00am.
CONGRATULATIONS RONDI Last weekend KidsCity held the annual Grandparents Day Bake-off. This year contestants submitted their best cookies for the bake-off. This year Rondi Eggenberg took home the coveted Golden Spoon Award for 2022. All of the KIDSCITY judges want to thank all the contestants for their entries. It was a joy to taste them all!
MAKE LIFE BETTER
LET'S GET ORGANIZED! Planning Center Online (PCO) allows Crossroads to become more connected to regular attenders, leaders, and volunteers, by using services that all connect together in 1 system for an improved, and more managed church system. There will be several changes over the next coming months in policies, and procedures but it will all be with the goal to make things easier and more efficient than the way things have been in the past. Our worship team has used PCO for several years. We are confident this will improve our communications for both our Crossroads family and those who lead ministries. We are transiting from our Breeze database to PCO over the next couple of months. This will provide us with plenty of time to work out the quirks, make the adjustments and train others for this user friendly platform.
LOVING OUR COMMUNITY IN THE NAME OF JESUS Crossroads participates with God in our neighborhoods through community partnerships. We recognize that community development is slow work, but we believe that through long-lasting partnerships, rather than one-off projects, we can best participate with how God is at work in this city. To learn more about our partnership with Florence Unified School District, Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission, Hope Women's Center, Arizona State University and our global partnership in Mexico and Senegal, contact Pastoral Intern Tim.
JOIN THE GENEROSITY MINISTRY TEAM
This ministry team focuses on creating a culture of generosity at Crossroads. The team organizes efforts for Crossroads disciples and friends to show their generosity to one another and to our neighbors. This team supports our yearly generosity campaign that highlights ways we seek to be generous with our resources. If you would like to join this team, please contact Pastoral Intern Tim.
There are many opportunities to serve through Crossroads and beyond. We encourage everyone to serve in ministry. Consider the following opportunities:
The Station Coffee Company needs volunteers to assist with purchasing, deliveries and serving customers. If you can volunteer for as little as one hour or as many as 4 hours. Please contact the mangers Kelly Dunlap or Lisa Parrish at the coffee shop if you would like to volunteer. If you haven't been to The Station Coffee CompanyPastor Charles would love to meet you for coffee and give you a tour. To schedule a meeting with Pastor Charles, call Kelly at the church office (480) 849-2465.
Oct. 29. Fall Festival/Trunk or Treat 5:00pm - 7:00pm (Crossroads Church)
Oct. 30. Reformation and Baptism Sunday (Wear Red)
There are many ways to offer and receive prayer at Crossroads. Send your prayer request to Crossroads Prays.Go to the Prayer Station during worship service and light a candle. Receive confidential prayer with a A Prayer Team member.
THIS WEEK'S PRAYER & PRAISE:
Prasie for a great Hymns and Hops event
Mavis' daughter Kelly as she recovers from surgery
Sherilyn T. as she recovers from eye surgery
Joanne Hock at the passing of her husband Loren
Gary S. as he continues with his recovery and healing
Jerry P. and Bruce P for continued healing
Catherine and Matt as they prepare for foster care case
Doris as she battles breast cancer
Students and families affected by the accident on Rittenhouse last Saturday
Laurel as we manages family and health
Waddell B as the loss of a friend
Pastor Tony Scheer at the loss of his wife
Florence Unifed School District
New musicians to support worship
Training for our livestream team
Aaron Mathis who has been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer
Arizona State University first year and returning students
All members of the Armed Forces
Ukraine and all people across the world affected by aggression & war
All those affected by gun violence
Church staff and board discernment for 2023 vision for ministry