God at Work…In Our Community Outreach

Scripture is clear on many issues, including the fact that God’s people are to care for their neighbors, both believers and unbelievers. To that end, Crossgate supports several ministries that are engaged in meeting the physical, mental and spiritual needs of people in our community. We recently heard from the directors of two of those ministries — Ripple of One and Foothills Care Center — in our Sunday morning worship service. 
 
Another ministry that a number of Crossgate members are involved with is Our Daily Rest (ODR). ODR is committed to helping individuals make the “transition from homelessness to a life of self-sufficiency and financial independence.” Twice a month, several women from Crossgate prepare a meal for the residents, and one of our men delivers a short devotional and prayer before the meal is served. We also have the opportunity to meet and talk with some of the folks there. On one occasion, Paul Wyman met a young man named Damian who was coming out of a life of addiction. He had recently come to faith in Christ, and was “over the moon” excited! Damian worshiped with us at Crossgate for many months, in addition to attending one of our Focus Groups regularly. Eventually, he graduated from the program at ODR, and moved out of the area. But we still hear from him occasionally, and by God’s grace, he is prospering in life, and in his walk with the Lord.

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Missions Ministry Update February 2020

The Mission Committee recently voted to add three missionaries to Crossgate’s monthly support. Beginning this year, we will add monthly support to Ted and Christine Edwards who work through Valor, an outreach of CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) that reaches out to the military community; Jim Moon, who works with Church Multiplication Ministries in Cuba and around the world; and Ben and Becca Johnson, missionaries in Thailand. All three of these missionaries have direct links to Crossgate. The Edwards are regular attenders at Crossgate who have been great additions to our church. Jim serves as our link to Los Pinos Nuevos in Cuba and preached at our Missions Conference a couple of years ago. Finally, Ben visited Crossgate’s Missions Conference with Boonchu on his last visit and, among other things, serves as a liaison between Crossgate and Boonchu. 
 
Remember that Crossgate’s annual Missions Conference is coming up on March 14th & 15th. Our conference this year will focus on God’s work in the Muslim world and will have opportunities for involvement on Saturday morning with a work project/fellowship, Saturday afternoon/evening at the missions banquet and Sunday morning for our mission service. Be praying about your Faith Promise commitment as God continues to bless Crossgate through missionaries carrying out the Great Commission around the globe. 
UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER
Please contact the mission lead for information.

 

Mission Conference (Islam)                                      March 14-15                       Michael Thorsland/Joe Valdez

Creation Museum/Ark Encounter                             April 6-10                          CANCELLED

Missions Yard/Bake Sale                                          May 15-16                          Joe Valdez

Juarez, Mexico                                                          May 30-June 6                   Joe Chapa

Creation Museum/Ark Encounter                             June 22-27                         Joe Valdez

Seneca/Youth Mission                                              Late July                            Michael Thorsland

Chestnut Mountain WV                                             Sept/Oct                            Leader needed

Istanbul, Turkey                                                         Nov 14-22                           David Story

 

Contact Tim McKibben with questions and ideas.  Prayerfully consider taking part and possibly leading a future trip.


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God at Work…In Our Women’s Ministry

At the heart of the Crossgate Women’s Ministry is the desire to help our ladies deepen their walk with the Lord through in-depth study of God’s Word, worshiping together in church, and building encouraging relationships with one another.

We recently created a new Crossgate Ladies Facebook Group to facilitate consistent communication among the women involved in our ministry.  So many things can be shared within this private members-only group, including prayer requests, questions that may challenge or encourage our spiritual journeys, the joys and sorrows that make up our lives, as well as invitations and news about ministry events, photos, and snippets of personal information that help us get to know one another better!

Some Crossgate Ladies’ posts:

“Let’s keep sharing about ourselves! That was fun last night to learn who was once a former Firefighter, who once was a fighter pilot, and the former mule rider!!! Let’s keep adding our stories!…”

“Thank you everyone who had a part in planning this event. I truly enjoyed every minute with none of the self-consciousness that usually accompanies ‘mixers’!”

“We are thrilled to be part of a Church where people are seeking to follow Jesus and share the gospel with the community and the world.”

Crossgate women can join our Facebook group by visiting Facebook/Crossgate Ladies and requesting to join the group.

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God at Work…In Our Focus Groups

Our Focus Groups are what we refer to as “the church in homes.”  This small group ministry provides a unique opportunity for everyone at Crossgate to not only meet new people, but to develop some close, personal friendships with others in the body.  These are special times of fellowship around the Word, sharing and praying for one another, and just enjoying each other over some refreshments.     

Look at what some people have said about this ministry and how God has used it in their lives:

“Being in the focus group has helped me overcome my fear of praying in front of a group of people.”  (Note: you don’t have to pray out loud to be in a group.)

“I haven’t been involved in a ministry like Focus Group before.  It’s awesome to get to know people on a more personal level than you could ever do by just attending church on Sunday.  They really become part of your extended family.  Plus I have been apprehensive talking about my faith and this has been a great way for me to get used to asking questions and talking about what God means to me.”

“When we moved to the area three years ago, we found community by becoming a part of Crossgate, and committing to our Focus Group where we have made great friends, learned deeper spiritual truths, and shared our joys and heartaches with those we have come to know and love.” 

“Since we are relatively new to  Crossgate, the Focus Group has offered us an opportunity to get to know in a special way a smaller group of people from the church family in a short period of time.  These folks have been our “go to” people in our church life.  We have grown to love our Focus Group buddies and our Wednesday night get-togethers and miss it when we are unable to attend.”

If you’re not a part of one of our Focus Groups, please consider joining one.  Talk with one of our Focus Group leaders to find out about a particular group or with Tom if you’re not sure where to start. 

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Is it time to build?

Well, if you have looked around on Sunday morning, you can see that God is bringing more and more new folks to Crossgate and of course, we are thrilled to have each one.  What a blessing it is for us to be able to provide spiritual nurture and encouragement to more and more people – and to be able to provide a real church “family” for people to be a part of.  But as a result of this growth, things are beginning to get a little bit snug in our Worship Service.  We’ve definitely reached the 80% capacity mark – the point where the experts say, you will begin to lose folks because it will be more and more difficult for them to find parking and seating.

Well, the Session has looked at the situation and determined that if we are to continue growing, we need to take some steps to address this “problem.”  There are really only a couple of viable alternatives:   go to a second service and split up the congregation (which I don’t think anyone wants to do)  or  go to Phase 2 in our building master plan which entails building an educational/office building and knocking out the walls of our existing sanctuary (which would seat around 400-450).

The Session believes the latter alternative is the better of the two, and so we have put together a Building Committee that will be working with Signature Architects and Trehel Corp. (the designer and builder of our current facility) in order to ascertain our immediate needs and what steps we need to be taking next.  Michael Thorsland will be chairing this committee and Mike Benning, Scott Coffman, Teresa Bruce and Debra Andrews will serve on the committee with him.  Let’s be praying for them as they work on this – that God would give them great wisdom and discernment, and that it would be very clear what God would have us do next.

It is possible that before we are able to build we will have to go to a second service – at least temporarily.  Once we begin having 200 people come consistently on Sunday morning, we will need to look at this.  But our desire is that we be able to stay together and continue worshiping as one body.  So even if we have to go to two services, our goal will be to get back together as soon as possible. 

God is at work in our midst and we can rejoice in what He is doing.  But even as we talk about building, let’s not lose sight of our real calling – it’s to grow true disciples.  Buildings are nice – but they are simply a means to an end.  The end we must always have in our sights is the glory of God as we see lives transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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January 2020

On behalf of the whole staff at Crossgate (David Story, David Warlick, Melissa Bone and myself) I want to thank you as a congregation for your generous Christmas gift to us.  We count it a great privilege to be able to serve the Lord at Crossgate and to be able to co-labor with you in the work of His kingdom.  (And may I add just a personal note here – how blessed I feel as the senior pastor to be able to work with these three individuals.  I so appreciate their devotion to Christ and their commitment to excellence in their service to Him.)  However, we all know that what makes Crossgate so special is not four staff members  – but rather a whole group of believers who love Jesus and who are using their gifts and abilities to build up the body and make Him known.  We have so many people who are doing so much at Crossgate – folding bulletins, keeping nursery, teaching Bible studies; doing yard work,  – the list goes on and on.  Moreover, we have so many people who are serving in various ways in the community – Foothills Care Center, Daily Bread/Rest; etc. –  so as to demonstrate the love of Christ in some very tangible ways.  It is the body functioning as a body with each member doing its part that is enabling Crossgate to continue to grow both spiritually and numerically.  So thank you for allowing God to work in and through you!  You are indeed a blessing to the Crossgate family.

Yesterday (Sat, Dec. 21) Joye and I went over to Covington, GA (outside of Atlanta) to spend some time with my three brothers and their wives.  In the course of our conversation, we were talking about how the church today has changed so much from what we experienced in years past.  Corporate worship in many places has been replaced by “worship teams” that perform rather than lead in worship.  God’s Word is frequently not taught but used as a springboard to communicate some practical tips for successful living.  Two of my brothers and their wives are involved in mega-churches in Atlanta – churches that have a reputation for being dynamic –but as they talked about them you could just hear their frustration and disappointment with the lack of spiritual life in them. As we talked I couldn’t help but think about Crossgate and how different it is.  I thought about it again this morning as we were worshiping in song.  I love to worship at Crossgate and there is no place I’d rather be.  We’re not a huge church (and really don’t want to be) – but I know that this is a church where God is alive and working in and through His people.  Thank you for your part in this important work!  It is a joy to serve our Savior alongside of you!


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Crossgate Kids November 2019

The children of Crossgate Church are learning wonderful things about our LORD in the nursery. Our nursery volunteers pour the love of Jesus into these precious little ones. The Children’s Ministry Team urges parents to take advantage of this time, trust their little ones to our nursery volunteers, and grow in their faith by attending an adult CGC class as well as the Worship Service. 

The children in the younger CGC room are learning how God created all things. Becky Kah and Vercel Coubrough are teaching them these amazing truths. They will learn how Adam and Eve sinned against God, and how God had a plan to send a Savior to help the people He created. At this young age, the children are learning the importance of studying all of Scripture. It is all about Jesus. 

The older CGC children are learning about true worship of God. Using Scripture from both the Old and New Testaments teachers, Cheryl Shannon and Marsha McKibben teach the children that we worship God when we belong to Him. The children are learning the various ways in which we worship God. They even have a model of the Tabernacle to aid in their understanding of God living among His people. 

The many Kids’ Worship volunteers have responded positively to the change in curriculum. Using the Action Bible, the children study a portion of Scripture each week, do an activity, or play a game that corresponds to what they’ve learned. The children seem to enjoy using their Action Bibles also. Every time they attend and remember to bring their Bibles with them, they get 2 stickers. 

During Kids’ Focus on Sunday evenings, the atmosphere is a bit more relaxed as Bonnie Gaillard teaches the children using the Superbook and other tools on Right Now Media. The children discuss what they’ve learned and share in some fun and games. 

The Children’s Ministry Team wants to come alongside the parents as they raise their children to be disciples of Christ. We want every child to know and enjoy Jesus, understand and obey His Word, and be able to share His love with others. 
 
Debbie Chapa, Children’s Ministry Team Leader

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