In winter's deepest night, we welcome the light of the Christ-child. The prophet Isaiah declares that the light of the long-promised king will illumine the world and bring endless peace and justice. The apostle Paul reminds us that the grace of God through Jesus Christ brings salvation to all people. The angles declare that Jesus' birth is good and joyful news for everyone, including lowly shepherds. Filled with the light that shines in our lives, we can go forth to share the light of Christ with the whole world. We wish you a very Merry Christmas.
-Crossroads Church Staff
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
END OF YEAR GIVING 2022 CAMPAIGN
Crossroads Christmas Giving Campaign this year is in response to three on-going project needs we're excited for in the new year:
Next Generation (Birth thru College) - summer day camp, mission trip and curriculum for Confirmation
Outreach and Marketing - A-frame signs, mailers and brochures to highlight ministries and events to our neighbors.
Facilities - Additional bathroom and kitchen prep area to hosts groups, whiteboard for conference/meeting room.
Every cent given will go directly to these three areas. This is an invitation to give above and beyond your regular tithes and offerings. Would you prayerfully consider giving sacrificially this holiday season? The fund will remain open through December 31.Be sure to select “Christmas Giving 2022.”
WORSHIP AT HOME ON CHRISTMAS DAY Please note our regular Sunday in-person worship gathering and kids city ministry will not be held on Christmas Day (December 25). We will have an online-only worship service on December 25. You can watch recent services on-demand via our website, YouTube channel, or Facebook page.
NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!
Join us as Pastor Charles gives us a New Year’s message that focuses on forgetting the former things and singing a new song to the Lord—and on staying in tune all year long!
WELCOME TO CROSSROADS We believe everyone has a purpose and everyone has something to contribute. We welcome you to connect beyond worship. If you're new, we want you to know that we care for you and we would love to know you and help you find community when you're ready to connect, we're ready for you. Welcome you to join one of our Ministry Team to serve others, cultivate community and deepen your relationship with Jesus.
CHRISTMAS CLEAN UP We would love some extra help taking down all of the beautiful Christmas decorations. It shouldn't take too long, we just need to take the decor off all the trees and tables in the Gathering area and worship space and place them in bins so they are ready for next year.
You are invited to join the Lutheran Advocacy Day at the Capital. Lutherans and friends from across the state will gather at the Arizona Capitol for a day of advocacy on Monday, January 30, 2023 from 9:30am - 11:30am.
As a church family we feel so grateful for what God has accomplished through our faith community over the last year. Every week, we witnessed God's grace through stories shared during worship, new relationship being formed and God's love on display for all to see. Our ministries to the next generation, adults and winter disciples reflected our commitment to being a multi-generational family in which all people flourished. Our newly launched coffee shop in Florence made a big impact as well. God continues to advance God's work through God's church. Thank you for offering your resources to making lives better locally and beyond through our global impact in Senegal and our new partnership with the Lutheran Church in Mexico.
As we head into a new ministry year, let us pray that the Spirit of God will continue to empower us to make Jesus' name known everywhere.
Jan. 23Welcome Back Winter Disciples@ 10:00am (Crossroads Church)
Jan. 30Lutheran Day at the Capitol@ 9:00am (Arizona State Capitol)
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:
Congratulations to Pr. Kaila Armbruster and family on the birth of baby Rigg Malone Armbruster on Dec. 19
Terrell P. for reconciliation with his family and life transitions
Kelly Le Beaux recovery for procedure and God's grace
Sheriff Lamb at the loss of his son and granddaughter
Caroline, fiancé of Cooper Lamb in critical condition
Erin Matthis transitions to hospice care
Cooper family at the sudden infant death of baby Zayla
Winter disciples as they travel during this season
Laura D. discernment for God's direction as she journey's forward in faith
Evie W. gratefulness for moving to Arizona and healing for grandson
Family of Dale Gronhovd as they mourn is passing
Praise God for blessings through The Station Coffee Company
Bruce L. recovery from open heart surgery
Norma as she continues with challenging health issues
Marin family recovery from illness
Donya healing as she battles cancer
All members of the Armed Forces
Crossroads' Giving Tree Family
Ukraine and all people across the world affected by aggression & war
All those affected by gun violence
The Crossroads Livestream worship starts at 9:10am every Sunday. Worship right alongside your friends at Crossroads each Sunday.