Church Highlights – The week of April 5, 2021
Clarification on MDHHS 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 – Thursday, April 8th
All women are invited to come to the next Bible study on Thursday, April 8th at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We will be continuing our study on the book of James. If you have any questions, or plan on attending, please see Jenny LaBo. We hope to see you there!
Prayer Service – Wednesday, April 14th
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 18. Come join us as we seek the Lord together!
Quarterly Members’ Meeting – Sunday, April 18th
Our quarterly members’ meeting will take place on April 18th immediately following the morning worship service. At this time, we are not planning on having a fellowship meal with this meeting, but we will attempt to if such a time is feasible. All are welcome to attend, and members are encouraged to come and vote on matters pertaining to Crossway. Members, please note that the elders will be putting forward Justin Randall, Gary Studer, and Bob Taylor to the deacon board, as well as voting Chad and Ellen Lutz into membership. Isaac Wallaker is also being placed forward for membership, contingent upon his baptism. Please be praying about these matters!
Quarterly Deacons’ Meeting – Tuesday, April 20th
Our quarterly deacons’ meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 20th in Crossway’s Fellowship Hall at 7 pm. Deacons, plan on attending to discuss ministry updates and needs.
As Crossway continues to grow, so does the need for help in many areas. One of the greatest needs we have right now is help in the nursery. If you are a member of Crossway, and would like to volunteer your time and service in this area, please see Al Tremble. Thank you!
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 14):
Joshua 14-17; Judges 1-6; Luke 17-21; Psalms 15, 16, 116
Next Sunday’s Sermon Text:
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!