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Church Highlights – The week of November 11, 2019


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Prayer Service – Wednesday, November 13th
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 19. Come join us as we seek the Lord together!

Community Groups – Sunday, November 17th
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 week we will be meeting to discussing week 7 of our study through the book of Romans (on Romans 8).  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!

Crossway Women’s Book Study – November 20th
All 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 the implications of the gospel through The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield. Books are available on the back table for $7 (financial help is available if needed). 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.

Thanksgiving Fellowship – Sunday, November 24th
Every year, Crossway gathers together in thanksgiving to God for the salvation he has provided as well as the church fellowship he has brought us into. Following the morning service we will gather for a time of lunch and fellowship. Look for a sign-up for what to bring on the church’s main notice board.

Christmas Cards for the Brubakers
Before Christmas, we would like to send Christmas cards to the Brubakers as they serve God in China. As you know, the Brubakers love Christmas, and sending them cards would be an excellent way of showing our love and appreciation of them. If you would like to send out a card to them please turn them into Jenny LaBo by December 1st.

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 46):
Galatians 3-6, Ephesians 1-6, Philippians 1-4, Psalms 6-12

Next Sunday’s Sermon Text:
John 10:1-6

Prayer for Missions: Pray for our IMB missionaries Ernest, Elizabeth, and their children as they serve in the Middle East. Pray for opportunities to connect with the Tuareg people. Pray for opportunities for them to share the gospel, and pray this would result in fruit in the hearts and lives of many individuals.

 Prayer for the World: Pray for our local public schools here in Mid-Michigan. Pray that the schools might be filled with godly teachers and good administration. Pray that the students, teachers, administrators, and parents would pursue excellence in all things. Pray that all involved see the rightful and true goal and end of education: the glory of the God who has made the world.

 Prayer for Ministries: Pray for the local Beacon of Hope ministry as they seek to serve pregnant mothers and young mothers. Pray for both the physical and spiritual needs of the families, and pray they are open to the message of the gospel.