In this four-week series we will explore some misunderstandings of our perceptions of God/faith/Jesus and challenge ourselves to break the bad thinking before it breaks us. We will consider commonly used phrases or assumptions that are not only not in scripture, but that actually turn people away from a welcome Relationship with Jesus Christ. God cannot be manipulated; therefore, we give because we are generous people, not to gain prosperity.
This Week's Scripture: Matthew 9:1-13, 11:28
Is it logical to assume that our churches are perfect?
Tell about a time when you have been utterly exhausted. What helped you recover?
What does it mean to you that Jesus offers to carry our burdens for us?
Why do we hesitate to carry our heaviness ourselves? Why do we assume people must be perfect or that churches are perfect?
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
You're invited to our All Church gathering on September 7th. This monthly online gatherings are vital to our mission, to equipping you as a Crossroads disciple of Jesus and to maintaining unity within our growing community. Email email@example.com for the Zoom link. During C3 you can expect:
Celebrate stories of God at work
Connect with other people and leaders at Crossroads
Contribute to the pastoral vision for our journey ahead
Prayer is essential to our spiritual growth. We also encourage others by prayer for their needs. If you have a prayer request, submit here. Our prayer ministry meets on Sunday before worship service and online. If you would like to serve in our prayer ministry CONNECT HERE.
BAPTISM AT CROSSROADS
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 getting you or someone you know baptized.
Learn about the vision, background and beliefs of Crossroads Church. Learn how the church can support your spiritual growth. Get to know the leaders of the Crossroads family and our discipleship pathways we seek to practice. Learn how to participate in our mission to bring the love of Jesus Christ to the world! Contact Kelly Dunlap for more information or RSVP HERE.
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.
Grandparents Day 2022 September 11, 2022 In honor of Grandparents' Day, KidsCity will host our annual Bake-off for the coveted Golden Spoon Award. Bakers are invited to enter their best cookies for this year's contest. Bring your best cookies on Sunday, September 11th by 9am to enter the contest. KidsCity kids will judge the best cookie and hand out the Golden Spoon Award for 2022 at the end of the worship celebration.
MAKE LIFE BETTER
Our 4th Hymns and Hops Fest is all about brining people together. Join us as we raise our glasses and voices in song. A portion of the proceeds go to teachers in the Florence Unified School District. Beer $5 Water $1 and soda $1
CROSSROADS SHIRTS PRE-ORDER
Because you asked...We're extending early bird pricing for T-shirts for $15.00 through Sunday, August 28th. There are two colors to chose from and sizes range from small to 3XL. Proceeds from the T-Shirt go to support Crossroads ministries. PRE-ORDER HERE
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, is a fully functioning coffee shop located at 130 N. Main Street in historic downtown Florence. This outreach ministry of Crossroads is dedicated to building community one cup at a time and support community development locally and globally. If you haven't been to The Station Coffee Company, Pastor Charles would love to meet you for coffee and give you a tour. To schedule call Kelly Dunlap at the church office (480) 849-2465.
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:
Joanne Hock at the passing of her husband Loren
Gary S. as he continues with his recovery and healing
Participants in our Griefshare group to find comfort and healing
Santa Maria Peregrina Luterana Iglesia as they heal from institutional racism
The ELCA as we publicly repent of institutional racism and harm caused to our Latino brothers and sisters
Deadly flooding and fires in southern and western parts of the United States
Schmidt family at the passing of Erin while giving birth to baby James
Schmidt Family at the passing of baby James
Aaron Mathis who has been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer
Fund for Leaders ELCA meet its $25,000 fundraising goal
Arizona State University first year and returning students
Sydney Newman as she starts her senior year at Grambling University
Emily Lambert as she begins her first year at Northern Arizona University
Our companion synods the Lutheran Church of Senegal and Mexico
All members of the Armed Forces
All teachers, school administration, students and families
Ukraine and all people across the world affected by aggression & war