Monday, November 23, 2015

weekend report

It was a glorious weekend as our Nehemiah study continued, our amazing worship team and choir guided us to lift our voices to the Lord and glimpses of Christmas preparation continued!

Take a look!

Worship was amazing!!  I found myself completely lost in it - praising my Savior!!

These guys were manning the front doors waiting to greet everyone - pretty ornery!

Doug and Linda doing a victory lap at the end of the service!

Precious faces waiting for their turn to 'try-out' for the Christmas services!

Zoey singing her heart out at tryouts - so cute!

 Our setlist:

 Announcements on video:  Leah Hart did an excellent job describing the great new curriculum that her children's areas will be using soon!

Start a Fire
Great Are You Lord
From the Inside Out
A Mighty Fortress
Prayer - Jocelyn Nicolas
Message:  Nehemiah Pt. 8: Revival and Renewal - Pastor Dave Vance
Exit Song: Start A Fire

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Can't wait to worship again with my brothers and sisters in the Lord next Saturday!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Preparing to go

There are just a few minutes left before it's time for another weekend at Crossroads.

Sitting here watching Ohio State begin I decide to mute the TV for a few minutes and make sure I'm prepared to go.

I would guess in order for the Word of God that's about to be taught to actually affect my life, I need to prepare to hear.  To make sure I'm really ready to HEAR and apply the spoken truths.

I assume I should check my heart for any un-forgiveness and confess anything that remains.

To make sure I have cleared my mind of all distractions so that as I walk into Crossroads I can say that Christ holds first place in my life.

I would assume, that only if these preparations have been made will I truly receive what God needs me to hear so that it can become a part of me for all of eternity.

And now I will go, prepared by the Lord for the Lord.  

I'm excited to see what the Lord has for all of us!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

weekend report

The weekend at Crossroads was really amazing!  It was full of worship, great teaching, 23 baptisms and communion as the body of beautiful!

Here are just a few shots of the weekend!
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This was the Saturday night group waiting to be baptized praying with
the praise team.

Pastor Jesse is preparing the students that were baptized today!

Dan got up from the piano and into the water to baptize his granddaughter!

Our students were busy selling candles to help pay for their missions trips. 

And finally - I worshipped the Lord as I headed home a the
end of a glorious day!

Our Setlist:

Announcements on video

Scripture Reading - Pastor Dave

The Whole Earth
Baptism began during worship
Here In Your Presence
Forever Reign
Hallelujah - Communion during worship
Message:  Nehemiah Pt. 5; Fighting Opposition - Pastor Dave Vance
Exit Song:  Hallelujah

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Friday, October 30, 2015

our amazing, talented, dedicated staff

I really don't have to say much...because what you're about to see,  are the people who make getting to Crossroads everyday so very good!  I love our staff, how close we all are, how much we all understand what everyone cares about and dedicates their lives to...I could go on and on and on...but they say a picture's worth 1,000 words!  Enjoy!

Their entrance actually brought a hush to the crowd as we stared in disbelief
also wondering how we would every be able to follow
Dan's lead in worship...(makeup and nails done too!)

Baby Margot

Rachael is our newest staff member - the new Coffee House manager
She was 'Star - buck' get it?  
Greg claims he came as himself - look at that cute pig-tailed wife!
(Not sure what Dan is doing...)

Even superheroes hold little ones!

Just hanging out!

Harry Potter family!

Madeline and Miss Clavel

A truly crazy duo!

Hippies and tourists enjoy one another's company.

Tourists complete with fanny packs!

Way, way too much food!

Inside Out

A competition to remember - Dan's wife had to
pull his dress down...

Miss Clavel with pretend ice cream

Tad returned...frightening!

Joseph kept pushing his wife off the roller cart!
Eric and Greg won

Tad trying to balance M & Ms

Jocelyn was the winner of the balancing game!

Oliver had a riot playing with the left-over game trash!

I'm forever grateful to be part of such a great staff...even when we look weird!

starting over...again

Some people describe their lives as a continuous, never ending, repetitive journey.  

I feel like my life is perpetually starting over and over and over!

Acts 3:19-20 says...Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus

How absolutely mind-blowing that the Creator of the Universe offers this to us!  Repent and turn again... WOW!

I'm spending the afternoon reading and writing and baking and just resting in Him.  Resting in a time of refreshing as described in His Word!

Have you allowed yourself to spend time confessing then resting?  I invite you to do so soon, very soon.

A right relationship with God is the only true refreshing you'll ever experience in this broken world! 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

weekend report

This week was one for the books!  People often ask me how our process works as we prepare the weekend services.
It begins with God laying on Pastor Dave's heart what our congregation needs to hear, and then the staff begins to work.  Songs are chosen thematically to support the teachings, creative elements are dreamed up, missional work happens, caring for the sick takes place, preparing the teachings for the children and students happens, and the endless cleaning and maintenance of Crossroads is completed  and when it all comes together it's a perfect representation of all the different gifts and talents God gives to His children used to tell His story!
Just as the weekend was ready to being we had a staff member involved in an accident, a key volunteer too ill to serve and last minute volunteers that came to the rescue because they understand that God planned for us all to work together unselfishly giving of our time and talents!
This week's beautiful worship preparation took place, hours of video work happened as our dreams and ideas became reality - and our congregation responded by giving as they figuratively 'picked up their brick'!
Here is a peek behind the scenes!
Staff eating goodies 
snack break!  someone sent our staff an amazing box of goodies this week!
This was one early morning this week...thankful, so very thankful!
worship team
We worshiped - oh how we worshipped this weekend!!

Shooting videos includes some trial and error - here our base broke so the glass didn't break!

I can't wait to work on next week's services!

Our setlist:
Lord I'm Ready Now
Welcome and announcements - Jocelyn Nicolas
Unstoppable God
Forever Reign
It Is Well
Build That Wall -  theme song
Message: Nehemiah Pt. 4. Hand Me a Brick - Pastor Dave Vance
Exit Song Lord I'm Ready Now

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

My will or God's?

I caught myself wasting time today worrying again.  Nothing dramatic, or horrible, just worry.

This says to the Lord LOUD AND CLEAR - that I don't trust Him.  I asked for His forgiveness...again!

Then I believe with all my heart the Lord brought to my attention an article written by John Piper about discerning the Will of God and I was reminded once again, that I don't have to figure everything out.   I just have to be obedient, lead strongly, love thoroughly and His will - WILL be done!

It most likely will look nothing like I wasted my time thinking about.  And could even contain difficult things, but I am praising Him of this reminder to trust!

So I'm following what I know I need to be doing anyway, and that's pouring over His Word, offering prayer continuously and leaning fully into what's before me with the trust of the birds - which worry not what they'll eat tomorrow...

And still they fulfill their Father's purpose!