Church Highlights – The week of January 18, 2021
Clarification on MHHDS Gathering Regulations
As Crossway moves forward during the pandemic, the elders have realized that we need to provide more clarity in respect to how we are following the orders handed down from MDHHS. Under these regulations we are limited to “religious worship at a place of religious worship;” therefore the elders feel that we must define what such worship would be. To that end, for the purpose of this regulation, we will define “religious worship” as any gathering at Crossway that has the use of Scripture as its main function and purpose. As to the nuance of how Scripture functions in as the “main” part of the gathering, we leave up to the consciences of those who are gathering. We would strongly encourage, as we have previously, that any who gather would social distance and the wear masks.
Women’s Bible Study – Wednesday, January 20th
Crossway ladies, this Wednesday, January 20 we will start our study on the book of James. We will meet in the Fellowship hall at 6 p.m. If you have any questions, or plan on attending, please see Jenny LaBo. We hope to see you there!
Membership Classes – Sunday, January 24th
Crossway will be continuing new members’ classes this upcoming Sunday. The class is a great way for prospective members (or visitors) to learn more about the church. Enrolling in this class does not mean you are committing to joining the church, but if you would like to become a member this class is required. If you are interested, please see one of the Elders.
Prayer Service – Wednesday, January 27th
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 Revelation 11. Come join us as we seek the Lord together!
Baby Bottle Fundraiser
As we remember our need to help and support those who are most vulnerable in our society, Crossway has started our annual fundraiser for Life Clinic (formerly Beacon of Hope). During the rest of January through February 14th, please place any money you wish to donate into the baby bottle and bring them back to Marilyn Schubert. Cash, checks, and loose change are all welcome. The baby bottles are available for pick up on the table in the foyer. Please fill up what you take for this wonderful cause!
In the coming weeks we will be asking the congregation for deacon nominations. Please prayerfully consider men or women who would meet the qualifications to serve on the diaconate (1 Tim 3:8-13). Forms for the nominations are available on the table in the front foyer. Only members of Crossway may nominate or vote on deacons.
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 years past, Crossway has used the Bible Project’s reading plan and videos (which we still highly recommend!). This year, in order to change things up a bit, we will be using a different reading plan, which focuses on providing reading for 5 days out of the week, allowing for some time to catch up if needed. The plans will be available in the front foyer, or online here. Be resolute this year to read and enjoy God’s gracious word!
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:
5-Day Reading Plan (Week 3):
Genesis 28-40; Mark 11-15; Psalms 11, 12, 145
Next Sunday’s Sermon Text:
Prayer for Missions: Pray for our NAMB Missionary Shakil, his wife Angela and his family in Hamtramck, Michigan. They are ministering to Pakistani Muslims that are located in this community, and are in desperate need of God’s Word. Pray that relationships are formed, that the gospel penetrates the community, and churches are planted among this people group.
Prayer for the World: Pray for our local universities, including especially the students and the professors. Pray that what is taught accords with the truth, and honors God. Pray for revival in the academic fields of America. Pray for the faith of many who enter places of learning that are set against the gospel.
Prayer for Ministries: Pray for our local BABA sister church Sunrise and our Associational Missionary Dave Roberts and his wife Melissa. Pray that Dave leads our association to greater unity and partnership in the gospel. 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!