THE CROSSING WEEKLY
THURSDAY, JANUARY 13TH
NEW First Principles Cohorts starting Thursday January 13th at 6:30 PM. The First Principles Series is a set of 13, six-session Bible study guides used to establish believers and churches in the Christian faith. To sign up contact Amy Donnelly at email@example.com or visit the Welcome Center on Sundays. Childcare is provided. Existing cohorts resume 1/20.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH
Fire and Ice Winter Festival is coming up! Spend the evening sledding, skating, and enjoying local bands, burgers, and our beautiful ranch in the light of bonfires! All proceeds support Dreamers’ Ranch programs and operations. Help us welcome in the community to our church. The cost is $15 per person, 5 years and under are free, register below.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH
Financial Peace University is a nine-lesson course that teaches you how to save for emergencies, pay off debt fast, spend wisely, and invest for your future. Classes are every Sunday night from 5-7 PM for 9 weeks, starting February 20th. Contact Laura Langlois for more details at Lauralanglois@comcast.net or sign up below. Must order materials by February 13th.
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EY (Emerging Youth) 6:30 PM, is a gathering of ages of 12 – 18. Contact Josiah Armstrong to get involved firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Furnace 7 PM in the sanctuary, come pray and worship with us!
Life Groups are at the core of our community expression and are the primary place for connecting with people in our community at a personal level. Find one near you!
(Currently on winter break, new cohorts starting back up 1/13, existing cohorts starting back up 1/20)
First Principles classes are at 6:30 PM. The First Principles Series is a set of 13, six-session Bible study guides used to establish believers and churches in the Christian faith. New enrollment occurs in fall and spring. Learn more about First Principles!
Coffee and Conversation Women join us every third Saturday morning of the month from 9 AM – 12 PM, contact Anna Benedict Anna.email@example.com
Worship Service 10 AM. Find our messages HERE.
Children’s Church drop off times are from 9:40 AM – 10:15 AM. Kingdom Kids (age 1-5) is across the street at the Daycare. Power Kids (ages 6-11) is in the main building’s hall. Learn more about Children’s Church.
Café Kerygma is our very own cafe which opens at 9 – 10 AM & 12 – 1 PM for coffee and fellowship.
Dreamers’ Ranch sells their products from 12-12:30, or directly after service. Come buy our beef, lamb, pork, and eggs as available.
SERVING THE GENERATIONS:
Haley Michelson on Sharing Jesus' Heart through BINGO
Every Friday and Saturday, YouthStorm hosts Bingo in the Crossing Fellowship Hall. It’s a great time with food, friends, and fellowship. We recently connected with Haley Michelson, who is leading the Bingo ministry as a second-year YouthStorm intern. Haley has a heart for service and shared with us the goal of the Bingo ministry, how to get involved, and what she has learned.
So, what is Bingo?
Haley: Bingo is a ministry we have that gives us the opportunity to serve others. We’re focused especially on the older generation, but it’s really a multi-generational thing. We welcome the Bingo community in and handle all the concessions for the evening.
One of the reasons I love it is because we get to share Jesus’ heart with people through serving them. And that looks different than you might think. We do make food, but it’s also just about being there for them and building relationships. The conversations we have with the Bingo people are great! Some of them have traveled the world, some of them have funny stories, they have nicknames that have been passed down; different things like that.
That’s the heart of it too – the Church is about being a servant in the kingdom. There are some people who come to play and they don’t know Jesus but they know we are a church. When they come in, we get to have these conversations, pray with them, and invite them to other community events we’re hosting like Pumpkinfest and Christmas at the Crossing. It’s a great bridge.
What have you learned through leading and serving in this ministry?
Haley: I realized my own love for serving people and working with people and I’ve seen the importance of that. It’s a valuable opportunity for our young leaders and YouthStorm’s interns as well – teaching them how to have a servant’s heart. I have seen volunteers who did not want to be on the front-end interacting with the people, but they went up and they’re like “oh my gosh, I love this!” It really is a lot of fun and it’s really fulfilling.
There have been times we are dealing with folks who are upset or having a bad day – if we’re following Jesus’ example, even he got yelled at and blasphemed but never went back and had a bad attitude towards others. That’s the challenge of it. It’s an opportunity to learn and practice serving with a heart like Jesus.
If someone wants to serve on the Bingo team, what does that look like?
Haley: Come talk to me! There are a lot of moving parts and we have rotating volunteers and interns across the different positions. Steve April is like our head chef who mans the kitchen and grill. We also have people at the front talking with our Bingo people and taking orders. Whether it’s interacting with the Bingo folks, cleaning and prepping food for concessions, washing dishes, or timing the french fries – there’s something for everyone.
We have a lot of fun working alongside each other. Then, when there’s a bit of downtime while Bingo is in progress, we enjoy hanging out together.
Finally, any words of advice on how we as a Church can welcome the Bingo community?
Haley: Our Bingo people love conversation! They are starting to really warm up to the church and people at the church. If you have the chance, just be kind and ask questions–that’s huge! There have been some people who have really just felt the warmth of our community and have started coming around more often. They love the events, they love talking to us, and it’s a great opportunity to share Jesus with them.
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