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. While sin fractured our relationship with God, we have been made right once and for all by God’s grace. This week we will examine grace, the unmerited favor and free gift from God as result of nothing we’ve done.
Scriptures This Week: Romans 3:21-31
What is one thing that stood out to you from this week’s message?
What does the word “grace” mean to you?
Why do you think the default belief system is to believe we must somehow earn salvation?
Do you remember the first time you understood grace was absolutely free? How did the Good News affect you?
How does knowing you are forgiven affect your choices now?
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
BAREFOOT SUNDAY Come be a part of something that is bigger than ourselves. When you come to church, leave your shoes at the altar during offering and/or bring a pair of NEW or very gently used shoes to donate to our ministry partners at the Navajo Reservation in Rock Point, AZ. These shoes will help under-resourced families get back on their feet and begin to thrive. Help us collect 300+ shoes. 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.
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.
WORKSHOP: WHY DON"T MY CHILDREN & GRANDCHILDREN GO TO CHURCH (AND WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT)? NOVEMBER 2, 2022 at 10am
Pastor David Lose presents “Why don't my children and grandchildren go to church? (And what can I do about it),” a free event at All Saints Lutheran Church, on Wednesday, 11/2/2022, at 10am. Coffee and treats available prior to the event. “Why Don’t My Grandchildren Go to Church? (And What Can I Do About It?)” is the topic of the book Lose has been working on as he is delving into cultural change and patterns of church attendance and how many of our practices unintentionally contribute to these downward trends. There is no anticipated publication date at this time. We're trying to connect all Crossroads attenders at this event. Let Kelly Dunlap know if you are planning to attend.
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.
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.
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, andwhich 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.
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
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.
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:
Cathy B as she remains hospitalized for anxiety and depression
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
Florence Unifed School District
Thanks be to God for Dale Loyola our new drummer
Musicians to support worship
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