Church Highlights

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Church Highlights – The week of July 15, 2019


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Crossway Women’s Book Study – Wednesday, July 17th
Women are invited to Panera Bread in Bay City at 7:00 pm for a time of encouragement and prayer as we seek to deepen our understanding of God’s Word through a study of 1 Thessalonians. This week, we will be preparing for and thinking through 1 Thessalonians 2. Study guides are available for free on the back table. We look forward to a time of prayer, fellowship, and discussion of God’s Word! If you have questions, please see Breanne Wallaker or Jenny LaBo.

Abuse Prevention and Reporting – Saturday, July 20th
Within the past year, Crossway has instituted changes to our child care and nursery policies to better protect our children and our members. Training will take place July 20th, at 9 a.m. to help explain these changes, make clear the expectations and responsibilities of those who work with children at Crossway, and answer questions. If you are working with children, please make it a priority to attend. If you cannot make this time of training, there will be another opportunity this fall.

Quarterly Members’ Meeting – July 21st
Our quarterly members’ meeting will take place on July 21st immediately following the morning worship service. Please plan on bringing a dish to pass, enjoy fellowship, and hear reports about various ministries in the church. All are welcome to attend, and members are encouraged to come and vote on matters pertaining to Crossway.

Prayer Service – Wednesday, July 24th
Crossway will gather together for a time of corporate prayer from 6:30-8:00 pm. We believe it is critical for the church to pray together for our members, for our community, and for our global missionaries (Acts 2:42, Eph 6:16-20, Col 4:2-4, 2 Thess 3:1). This week, we will be reading and praying through Acts 14. Come join us as we seek the Lord together!

Community Groups – Sunday, July 28th
If you are a member of Crossway, we would love for you to be part of a Community Group. These groups meet in order to encourage and strengthen one another in Christ, to bear one another’s burdens in prayer and in practice, and to learn about the deep things of God. This upcoming week, July 21st, we are having a members’ meeting, so the community groups will not be meeting. The Sunday following we will be meeting again, and discussing chapter 6 of Gospel Deeps, available with a study guide on the back table ($4). If you have any questions, see either pastor Doug or pastor Richard. Please come and join us!

Rock the Block – August 4-7
The Crossway VBS event “Rock the Block” will be held again this year at Bangor Downs on August 4-7 from 6:30-8:00 pm each evening. If you would like to help and have not yet signed up, please see Kelly Studer.

Volunteer Helpers Needed
We are currently in need of volunteers in two areas: assistance in maintaining our lawn and helping in the nursery. If you are a member and would like to volunteer in these areas, please see Kelly Studer (nursery volunteers), or Josh LaBo or Rick Streu (for lawn maintenance).

Daily Bible Reading Plan
Each year Crossway puts forward a Bible reading plan, and this year will be no exception. We believe that the best way to grow in the Lord and to mature in the faith is to be constantly filling your mind with the word of God. In order to facilitate this, Crossway is again using the Bible Project’s reading plan and videos. The videos are a helpful way to see the importance of each book, and to give helpful background material needed to better understand them. Look for posts each week, and keep reading! The most recent post is available here.

Ministry Opportunities
One of the ways we show our love for one another in the body of Christ is to serve the church in its various functions. There are many opportunities for members to serve the church here at Crossway. These opportunities include: cleaning, mowing, transportation, soundboard, music, security, and fellowship meals. If you would like to engage in one of these areas, please see one of the elders and they can direct you to the ministry contact person.

TOGETHER IN WORD AND PRAYER:

Bible Project Reading Plan (Week 29):
Ezekiel 37-48; Ezra 1-10; Nehemiah 1-3; Psalms 42-48

Next Sunday’s Sermon Text:
1 Timothy 2:1-7

Prayer for Missions: Pray for the Brubakers. Pray for their ministry while in China to both the international community there and the Chinese nationals they will meet. Pray that they might love their neighbors through the gospel, and that God would give them boldness and opportunity to tell of his great work in Christ.

Prayer for the World: Pray for our judicial system. Pray that justice might roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Pray that our judges would consider the great weight of the task that sits before them and be impartial in all their ways. Pray that justice is accomplished for the poor and the least of us.

Prayer for Ministries: Pray for local BABA churches Harmony, Lighthouse, and New Hope. Pray that the gospel might be preached with vigor and zeal and heard with earnest ears. Pray that the leaders of these churches shepherd their flocks well, and that their people make their service joyful. Pray that they might reap a glorious harvest for the glory of the name of Jesus Christ our Lord!