Friday, April 6, 2018

weekend report

We gave out 65 New Believer packets on Easter weekend!

We witnessed 65 people making a decision to follow Jesus.

I really don't need to go into any more Easter detail than that do I?

It makes all the work worthwhile!

I want to thank the Crossroads amazing Artists, Worship Team, guys that helped assemble and hang all the crazy ideas we had, Debbie sitting for hours attaching every letter to that nearly invisible fish line, brilliant tech team, office team that prints everything and helps with everything, the cooking team that served everyone dinner on Saturday night, the creative arts team that designs everything, our brilliant writer, amazing voice on our fantastic original video, and our pastor who  proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus, loud and clear!

Here is what became reality from a few ideas kept in a folder for the past couple years!

letters cut from styrofoam

The Final Word bookmarker


Letters being glued together


The huge book in our lobby
Cascading letters from the book

The final book in our lobby


Large book on stage














Pastor Dave did a tremendous job

Joci and Eric on the final song

Very strong worship!  So good!
I hope you were blessed by the Easter weekend services, and I hope you'll join us as we begin our
I'M IN series this coming weekend!   It's going to be great!

To watch our services on-line go to crossroadswired.com


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

a rainy day in a busy week

I would tend to work non-stop even if not needed the week leading to Easter because I get so caught up in the preparations, so I'm thankful for a rainy day.

A rainy day to be inside all day long with my grand-babies.  Tiny shoes and creative minds ready to be poured into. 
A rainy day brings perspective in an otherwise somewhat crazy week.

We did things that were very important!  They definitely were not things that lent themselves to clean houses or high organization, instead we explored magazines and glue sticks and pepperoni.  Unforgettable rainy day things.









I'm thankful for days with no agenda - with time in it to talk of God and slow time to realize how quickly days go by and how soon these babies will be grown..

Rainy day...

Thursday, March 22, 2018

what a week and weekend

We've been moving at hyper speed this past week going into this week before Easter!

Our ministry enjoyed everything from an amazing re-done Student Ministry room to video after video being shot for Easter and the weeks that follow, to life-change celebrated in baptism!  And we have Ernesto back where he belongs too!  So good!

Take a look here!

Ernesto leading us to the throne!

Not sure I love my hubby more than when he baptizes fellow
believers!

As I worked all day Sunday in the back alone
(my glorious happy place!), I listened to the beautiful
music of Easter and prayed over our services!


In the middle of the Easter chaos - our tech guys working with Pastor Mike, mister Greg
and special volunteers - the students rooms was completely re-done!
I love our praise team!

Our talented team lead us well in worship!
Our Tech teams are tucked away either at the back of our
auditorium or in the Video Directing room.  NOTHING
up-front could take place without their dedicated work!

This was just 1 of maybe 5 video shoots that took place this week!






Our setlist:
Announcements on Video
10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)
Baptism during the song Testimony
Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)
The War is Over

Message: Into Your Hands I Commend My Spirit - Pastor Jesse Rider

Exit Song: 10,000 Reasons

To watch our services on-line go to www.crossroadswired.com

We are excited about Easter and all the lives that will change for all of eternity!  Please invite that friend, neighbor or co-worker that needs to meet their Savior!


Saturday, March 17, 2018

the lost

Recently, perhaps due to a more focused time of prayer with our 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting, I've had an overwhelming burden for the lost.

The thing that keeps coming to my mind is that I hold the cure for everything that makes them hopeless, and still I hesitate to share at times.

I have talked recently to several young adults who are completely hopeless in the pursuit of allowing selfish self-satisfying pornography into their lives, after being raised in amazing Christian homes! The feelings and desires that God gave us to cause us to pursue satisfaction in the context of marriage and daily living our lives properly - have been turned into unsatisfied addiction.

The physical pleasures God taught us to enjoy are the very things destroying their marriages because we do not allow His influence and teachings to form and control them. 

The claims that Chrisianity is too controlling, just a bunch of rules & foolish beliefs for the weak could not be more opposite from the truth!

The ONLY thing available to mankind to brings true freedom and complete peace is faith in Jesus Christ!

THEY instead are the ones in complete bondage when they take good things and turn them into addiction.

Their supposed freedom offers the life-long pursuit of wealth and endless competition - which offers no satisfaction (just look at Hollywood and our prominent business leaders).  Their supposed freedom offers marriages that don't satisfy because they aren't following the Lord together and in many cases are involved in pornography which no human-being can compete with.  I've watched some friends fall into the hidden at-home addiction of having to have a drink thinking a nightcap is harmless. Their supposed freedom includes deceptive friends who offer a good-time "just try it once" drugs that change their lives into complete dependance on substances that need more and more to be satisfied.  And there's that new addiction to electronic devises and phones that never disconnect and Social Media daily criticism that drives teens to suicide.  Everything their supposed freedom offers leads only to complete hopelessness and deep loneliness as the endless search for more and more continues.

Our society is falling apart due to turning their backs on a belief in the Lord.  We MUST tell them of our freedom and hope in HIM!

Easter is a time when people who haven't been to church in years will consider coming.  It's almost like they really believe if they go once a year they're covered.  I heard the other day that if a child doesn't accept the Lord by age 13, they have less than a 4% chance of ever knowing Him!  It's not enough to occasionally bring their kids to church, kids have to see how it affects and changes their lives and how committed they could be as a family!

We know the Savior that offers complete satisfaction, hope and the only way to survive the crushing culture we have around us!

This is a challenge to myself as well to reach out to my neighbors - who knows what struggles go on behind the walls of their homes.  I've traveled around the world to reach others with the Good News of Jesus, but struggle to tell the same story to those around me.  It makes no sense...

May God challenge our hearts and give us resolve to reach others around us with the only Freedom known to mankind!  The news that Jesus not only gave His life for us - but rose again!


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

weekend report

Hard to believe that another weekend has come and gone!  I love this teaching series we're in -
the 7  Final Sayings of Jesus!  So good!

Here's a peak at what we were blessed by!

Aaron Hill is a very gifted drummer - we're very blessed to have him at Crossroads!

Our amazing sax player Brad was in the house! While he played I was teasing
Jim Messner (our former amazing player for years), that he had been replaced.  The
conversation was hilarious as those of you who know Jim can imagine! 



Milo and Shawn enjoyed the worship and serving together on the team!


Greg was our new acoustic player having fun with Shawn - so good!


The next few weeks are just going to be amazing as we prepare our hearts to once again lift our praises as ONE to the Savior the world so desperately needs!

Please consider who in your life needs to know this Savior and bring them with you! 


Monday, February 26, 2018

the looks of ministry are many

You never know at any given time what ministry may look like.  You must be ready as a Christ follower for it to occur at any time!

Here are just a few of the different opportunities to serve we had just this week alone!

the IMAGE choir blessed us from Mansfield Christian.  I felt like a
proud mama as our own Nick blessed us on the piano!

Pastor Dave continued the powerful teaching series The 7 Last Sayings

Tough being a staff kid - you live here so you just lay down where you are! 
But what a teaching for a young one to help pack
toys, clothing and vitamins for little ones in Cambodia!

IMAGE trio was excellent!

Even as the team prepared for Cambodia - a drunk man stumbled into the church
and my hubby and another gentleman in the left-hand corner ministered to him the rest of the evening.  


And then there was my beautiful Kristin
and her hubby Will making an eternal commitment to
one another...I cried all night....so sweet!

It's a blessing to serve at Crossroads surrounded by others who take ministry out of the church and into people's lives.  I can't imagine what it would be like to not be part of this ministry...LOVE!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

successful transition

As I watch rehearsal here at Crossroads this evening, I'm praising the Lord for another successful transition!



As the team prayed together during our rehearsal break Ernesto asked how many on the team were either new to the team or returning after a long break and about a 1/3 of the team raised their hands!  This filled me with a worshipful heart full of thanksgiving!

It's possible to be thankful for a rich past here at Crossroads while at the same time raising up new people to join us, change us!  We can enjoy reminiscing about  a past where all of us that started here served on multiple volunteer teams to make the church function - but none of us can do this alone long term!   And now we get to serve in the areas that we're the most talented in - not every area!

I'm thankful as we watched the Lord choose to touch Crossroads through Pastor Tim and Michelle's faithfulness leading us and introducing us to constant change.  Growing, maturing in Christ while having a blast!

Our staff has always joked about how fast things change here - they always have!

And now under Pastor Dave's leadership we get to enjoy being part of the God-given vision he is leading us toward!  A vision filled with future goals and continuing maturity in the Lord. And still having a blast!

Pastor Dave recently reminded us that if change ever stops then we have become the very thing we were terrified of becoming in the beginning.

How horrible it would be to not change and become stagnant...uninspired...unchallenged and unable to demonstrate with our lives that others are welcome here.

I'm thankful for change and leadership and new things that all lead us toward the God-given role for which we were created and the opportunity to welcome new family to the Kingdom!!