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Church Highlights – The week of December 2, 2019


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering – December
In December we are collecting money toward the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. All of the proceeds from this offering go directly to our missionaries through the International Mission Board. Please prayerfully consider how the Lord is leading you to give this year.

Prayer Service – Wednesday, December 11th
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). During this meeting we will be reading and praying through Acts 22. Come join us as we seek the Lord together!

Special Called Members’ Meeting – Sunday, December 15th
There will be a brief, special called members’ meeting following the morning service on Sunday, December 15th. This meeting will be to vote on the proposed budget (available on the back table), and to vote on several new members. Please plan to participate!

Crossway Women’s Cookie Exchange – Wednesday, December 18th
The women’s book discussion will not be meeting in December, but will resume on January 15th, as they study chapter 4 (“God Never Gets the Address Wrong”) of Rosaria Butterfield’s book The Gospel Comes with a House Key. However, on the 18th of December, the women of Crossway will be having a cookie exchange to help show hospitality to neighbors. They will be meeting at the church at 7:00 pm. If you have any questions, please see Breanne Wallaker or Jenny LaBo.

Crossway Christmas Party – Friday, December 20th
We will be having our annual Christmas party this year at Crossway. It will be an open house format, so feel free to come and go as you please. The party will be from 5:00-8:00 pm.

Christmas Sunday School Breakfast – Sunday, December 22nd
Crossway will gather together during the Sunday School hour to enjoy a light breakfast, fellowship, scripture reading, singing, and prayer. This will include all ages – there will be no children’s class or nursery at this time. Please plan on joining us that morning to celebrate the birth of our Lord.

Community Groups
As we do every year, community groups will be suspended during the month of December to allow for holiday planning and travel. These will resume on January 5, to discuss week 8 of our study through the book of Romans (on Romans 9).  The study guide is available on the back table ($5). If you have any questions, see either pastor Doug or pastor Richard. Please come and join us after you enjoy the break for the holidays!

Deacon Nominations
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). 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 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 49):
Hebrews 5-13; James 1-5; 1 Peter 1-2; Psalms 27-33

Next Sunday’s Sermon Text:
John 10:31-42

Prayer for Missions: Pray for both NAMB and the IMB. Pray that those who lead our mission organizations will do so in integrity and holiness. Pray that our missionaries would have a zeal to win the lost, and hold fast to the gospel once and for all passed down to the saints.

Prayer for the World: Pray for our military. Pray that God might keep them safe in the midst of the danger that they routinely encounter. Pray that they might pursue their objectives with purity and a love for mankind. Pray for those who have served previously, knowing the sacrifice they have made, that God might use such service for the propagation of the gospel.

Prayer for Ministries: Pray for local BABA churches Bethany, Community, and Emmanuel. 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!