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Friday, September 30, 2022

This Week at Crossroads I 9.30.22


 
A CHANGE IS COMING
The Reformation celebrates Martin Luther's posting of the Ninety-five Theses (October 31, 1517) on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. This event marked a significant change in people's attitude towards their relationship of God with the every growing corrupt practice of monetizing the church for God's favor.  In this series we will highlight different themes that emerged from the resulting change from the 16th Century Protestant Reformation sparked by Martin Luther.  This week we will examine the authority of scripture—above any other traditions or teachings—in matters of faith and conduct.
 
Scriptures This Week:
2 Timothy 3:10-17
Galatians 3:10-14
Huddle/Study Questions:
  1. What is one thing that stood out to you from this week’s message?
  2. What makes the Bible uniquely authoritative?
  3. What is one of your favorite passages from the Bible and why?
  4. Have you ever examined a long held tradition or belief in light of Scripture, and found it wasn’t biblical?
  5. How can you study God’s more consistently?
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
Bring your beloved pets for a pet blessing.  We know, they're not just pets, they are family. Bring your pet(s) to be blessed on Saturday, October 4 from 11 AM - 12 PM at the front of the Encanterra Clubhouse. Can't bring your pet? Bring a photo, collar, bed - whatever you want - to be blessed. All animals must be on leashes or in crates.  Sign in at the security gate and then proceed to the clubhouse. 
BAREFOOT SUNDAY
Barefoot Sunday offers us an opportunity to make a sacrifice during worship at Crossroads. However, it also helps us reflect and become aware of the gifts in our lives. Also, walking barefoot on Sunday gives us the chance to participate in an event that reminds us of others worldwide. Through no fault of their own, many people live in poverty, especially on reservations in Arizona.  This year our Barefoot Sunday event shows us how we can come alongside our friends at the House of Prayer Navajo Lutheran Church to support the Rock Point, AZ community with shoes.  This year our goal is to collect 300 pairs of shoes.  During the offering, you are invited to take off your shoes (and the ones you have collected) and leave them at the altar during communion.  Please share this event with your neighbors and friends.  Let's make this the biggest collection today. For more information contact Pastoral Intern Tim Perlick
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.  
MEET GOD

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 Newman 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 creating additional meeting space at Crossroads.  The needs of our Next Generation ministry is expanding.  The new space will create a safe and comfortable space for children to gather on Sunday mornings. In addition to children's ministry, this space can also be used for meeting space for groups.  For questions please contact Pastor Charles Newman
MEET FRIENDS
CELEBRATE, CONNECT & CONTRIBUTE
JOIN US FOR C3
WED. OCT 5 (ON ZOOM)
 
Join us for our monthly all church online gathering on Zoom.  It is our desire to be extended spiritual families on mission who are in close relationship with God and each other. This online event is open to anyone who desires to celebrate what God is doing in our lives, connect with other people at Crossroads and Contribute to the movement as we listen to God’s voice for His direction in our lives and mission.  Register for this event now.  Once you register you will receive a link to join the group online.  If you do not receive a link, please contact Kelly Dunlap.    
Jesus had an extended family on mission — disciples beyond the twelve that he considered sisters and brothers who regularly met together for meals, reflection, and mission. In the early church, they called this oikos, or what we might call household or house church today. At Crossroads our Missional Communities are the heartbeat where you too can regularly participate in this kind of tight-knit Kingdom community. To learn more, join or start a missional community contact Pastor Charles Newman 
Discipleship Huddles are the pulse of Crossroads. We believe that we are called to go and make disciples, and Huddle and Missional Communities are the tools that drives our discipleship. Based on the book, “Building a Discipling Culture” by Mike Breen and the 3DM team, we learn to listen to the Holy Spirit and what God is saying to us. We meet in small  groups for Huddle, helping each other process what we are called to do, and holding each other accountable. Huddles are a place to give and receive encouragement and accountability with group of 3 to 6 people led by a Pastor or trained huddle leader.  If you would like information or to join a huddle, please contact Pastor Charles Newman.
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.   
FORM YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY
SUNDAY, OCT 2nd @ 6:00 PM
LOCATION: CROSSROADS CHURCH

FORM is a young adult ministry community in the East Valley committed to connect to and empower each other along their discipleship journeys, to embrace the essential marks of discipleship to helping their friends find and follow Jesus better, and to support the overall movement of the local church. FORM meets on the first and 3rd Sunday.  This coming Sunday the group will meet at the church for conversation and pizza.  For details contact Catherine O'Neal
AGAPE AWARDED $3,000 GRANT! 
Congratulations! The Grand Canyon Synod Council, awarded Agape College Ministry a Manna Grant in the amount of $3,000.  The funding for the Manna Grant came from Ascension Lutheran Church in Paradise Valley, honoring the legacy of member Orpha Hoganson.  The grants are intended to help support new and continuing projects that work to alleviate hunger and address the root causes of hunger within the Grand Canyon Synod, and which demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion in leadership and decision-making. Award amounts were based upon all of these criteria.  Stay tuned for more information in the coming months to learn about the student project for food insecurities among college students. To learn more about Agape and how you can make life better for students contact Rachel Evans
MAKE LIFE BETTER
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. 

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.

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
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.
GIVE HERE
CROSSROADS AT A GLANCE
Oct. 2            FORM Young Adults @ 6pm (Crossroads Church) 

Oct. 3            Agape Meal @ 5:30pm (Agape Ministry House)

Oct. 4            Blessing of the Animals @11:00am (Encanterra Clubhouse) 
                      Coffee and Caring @ 3:00pm (ASU Poly Student Union)
                      Prayer Team @ 2:00pm 

Oct. 5            C3 All Church Gathering @ 6:30pm (Online)

Oct. 10         Agape Meal @ 5:30pm (Agape Ministry House)

Oct. 11          Coffee and Caring @ 3:00pm (ASU Poly Student Union)

Oct. 15          Annual Meeting @ 9:00am (Crossroads Church)

Oct.16           Barefoot Sunday @ 9:15 (Crossroads Church)
                      FORM Young Adults @ 6:30pm (TBA)

Oct. 17          Agape Meal @ 5:30pm (Agape Ministry House)

Oct. 18          Coffee and Caring @ 2:30pm (ASU Poly Student Union)
                      Barefoot Tuesday @ ASU Polytechnic Campus

Oct. 24          Winter Disciple & Friends Gathering 10:00am (Crossroads Church)
                      Agape Meal @ 5:30pm (Agape Ministry House)

Oct. 25          Coffee and Caring @ 3:00pm (ASU Poly Student Union)

Oct. 29.          Fall Festival/Trunk or Treat 5:00pm - 7:00pm (Crossroads Church) 

Oct. 30.          Reformation and Baptism Sunday (Wear Red) 
PRAYER WALL

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:
  • Nicole Crowder's sister as she has a high risk pregnancy 
  • Agape ASU gives thanks to God for being awarded $3,000 grant for Hunger Project 
  • Communities in the Caribbean and southern US suffer from damaging flooding and winds and power outages from Hurricane Ian
  • Chris C. praise God for successful hernia surgery
  • The Gard & Crowder families as the mourn the death of Rev. Gary Gard
  • Shae E. praises God for not being injured in a car accident
  • 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
  • Doris as she battles breast cancer
  • Laurel as she manages family and her health
  • Waddell B at the loss of a friend
  • Pastor Tony Scheer at the loss of his wife
  • Florence Unifed School District
  • Thanks be to God for Dale Loyola our new drummer 
  • Musicians to support worship
  • Training for our livestream team 
  • Aaron Mathis who has been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer
  • 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
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