A CHANGE IS COMING God’s presence is accessible to all believers because we are part of God’s family. This week we focus on the priesthood of all believers.
Scriptures This Week: 1 Peter 2:4-9
What is one thing that stood out to you from this week’s message?
What images or feelings come to mind when you think of the word “priest”?
How do you identify God’s presence?
Has God ever asked you to serve Him in a new or surprising way? What happened?
How would thinking of yourself as a holy member of God’s priesthood affect your daily life?
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
WEAR RED SUNDAY On Sunday October 30, 2022 we celebrate The Reformation. Make sure to wear red.
FALL FESTIVAL 2022 5PM - 7PM You're invited to join us for our annual Fall Festival! This fun, family-friendly event is the perfect way to celebrate fall together! Our campus will be filled with activities for children of all ages to enjoy. Food, and candy are provided free of charge as well! You will also be able to enjoy music, a costume parade, games, and much, much more! Be sure to bring the whole family on October 29th! You won't want to miss this amazing event!
The Crossroads Giving Tree is our unique way of supporting a family in need with our community partner the Florence Unified School District. Each year we assembly a team of "elves" who plan the event for the church. We invite you to join our planning meeting on Nov. 6 after the 9:15 worship service in the Sanctuary. For more information contact Michelle Scavo.
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.
PUMPKIN SPICE SUNDAY NOVEMBER 13th Enjoy pumpkin spice treats. Leave worship with a full heart. Your friends at Crossroads are pleased to kickoff a new season with a special Sunday event. The service will brim with inspiration; hospitality will flood our building with everything pumpkin spice!
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.
WELCOME BACK WINTER DISCIPLES & FRIENDS GATHERINGS OCT 24 10:00 AM 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.
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.
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.
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
HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE APRIL 10-20, 2023 Join Pastor Charles along with ELCA Bishops Pedro Suarez (Florida-Bahamas Synod) and Yehiel Curry (Metropolitan Chicago Synod) on an 11-day journey to the Holy Land next spring. This joint pilgrimage includes 10 days of sightseeing and unforgettable experiences. Journey to the places where Jesus lived and ministered. Explore Jesus’ world in and around Jerusalem as well as his life in the city of Bethlehem to the Sea of Galilee. Visit the Lutheran School in Bethlehem and dialogue with the Bishop of the Lutheran Church of Jerusalem. Space is limited. Contact Pastor Charles for more information.
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.
2022 FUND FOR LEADERS GOLF CLASSIC The 11th Annual Fund for Leaders Golf Charity Classic at the Arrowhead Country Club in Glendale is Monday, November 14, 2022, beginning at 7am. The Fund for Leaders supports students of tremendous promise attending ELCA seminaries studying to be pastors or leaders in the church. The fund seeks to make seminary more affordable and helps students graduate with less debt. Pastor Charles Newman was in the first class of the Fund for Leaders scholars. Registration is $150.00 per golfer and includes 18 holes, lunch, automatic entry in drawings for free round and $27.48 charitable gift to the ELCA Fund for Leaders in Mission. For registration or more information about the Fund for Leaders, contact Pastor Charles Newman.
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.
Nov. 6 Giving Tree Planning Meeting (Crossroads Church)
Nov. 12 Board/Staff PlanningRetreat @ 8:45am (Crossroads Church) Family Movie Night @ 5pm (Crossroads Church)
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
Chris C. praise God for successful hernia surgery
The Gard & Crowder families as the mourn the death of Rev. Gary Gard
Mavis' daughter Kelly as she recovers from surgery
Sherilyn T. as she recovers from eye surgery
Gary S. as he continues with his recovery and healing
Jerry P. and Bruce P. for continued healing
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