Making an impact in our community – A few years back our leadership had a vision of impacting our community for Christ. We did not want to be “status quo.” We wanted to be unusual, “astoundingly unusual,” followers of Jesus Christ. We wanted to be the church “that left the building.” We spent the summer studying “Better Together,” by Rick Warren, and a major emphasis in that study was “making a difference in your community together.” We decided that we really did want to make a difference, not for our church, but for the kingdom of God. Since that time we have been serving together in many different ways. We realized that we are much better together. We worked in Goodwill stores, homes of senior adults, gave out money at coin laundries many times, built ramps, repaired roofs, mowed lawns, repaired plumbing, carried goodies to nursing homes, fed the fire department, fed the homeless, picked up trash on East Ridge streets, replaced water heaters, took food to the ICU of 2 hospitals every week, cut trees and moved them to the street, provided refreshment and entertainment at the local park, and many other notable acts of ministry and sacrifice. Some of these “together ministries” were done by Small Groups (Sunday School classes), and others were done by the church as a whole. We have also impacted three local schools, building relationships with administration, teachers, and coaches. They know who Crosspath is and they know what Crosspath is about, and we are not “status quo.” We moved mulch for East Ridge Elementary School (more than a few times), allowed them to use our facilities every year for teacher training and other events, fed the high school football team numerous times, painted and worked on the football field and facilities, fed 325 hungry children at Spring Creek Elementary School every weekend, and provided Christmas toys and gifts for nearly a hundred children and adults. This is not all but is a partial list of how you have made a difference this year. We are living out God’s plan together. God has worked through you to build good will in our community, get the name Crosspath out to our world, and to bring Him glory. But what is really wonderful is that we are a different church. We are not here for ourselves; we are here for this community because God placed us here to do His work. The change is beautiful.
It is important that we rekindle our passion. We have done much in His name but we want to rekindle, retool, and recommit in 2015. We will take the month of January off on Sunday evenings but then in February we want to begin again with our schedule: 1st Sunday evening Small Group Project, 2nd Sunday evening Block Party, 3rd Sunday evening Church Wide Project, and the 4th Sunday evening we hope to have a new ministry in place providing groceries to our community. And in the midst of all of this we want to rekindle our passion to invite our neighbors and friends to Crosspath.
Merry Christmas - All of the staff wants to thank you for the goodies that you have brought and for the staff Christmas presents you have provided. We also hope that you have the greatest Christmas ever. Remember to share your love with someone in need. God has blessed all of us and our blessings are always to bless Him and others. Today in worship we will hear great Christmas music and will observe communion as a family. We are a family. There is no hierarchy, no them and us. We have discovered that we are “better together.” I love you and pray that God’s love will be born in your heart in a fresh way as we celebrate the birth of our Savior and King.