LENT-EVENTS

Posted by bbullis on February 13, 2016

Last year as we were preparing to celebrate Resurrection Sunday, we delved into the stories of those involved with Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection and entitled the presentations “Portraits of the Passion.” 

This year we are joining our more liturgical brethren and adding a “Lent-Event” during our worship services leading up to Easter.

Lent is a period of fasting, service, and prayer traditionally observed by Catholics as a way to remind themselves of the value of repentance.  Lent means “spring” and has changed over the years since it’s inception in 325 A.D. at the Council of Nicea.  But its purpose has always been the same: self-examination and penitence, demonstrated by self-denial, in preparation for Easter. The focus of the Lenten season was seen as similar to how people in the Old Testament fasted and repented in sackcloth and ashes (Daniel 9:3).

 

Many people believe that “giving something up for Lent” is a way to attain God’s blessing. But the Bible teaches that grace cannot be earned; grace is “the gift of righteousness (Romans 5:17).

However, we are to practice self-denial (Luke 9:23), and God is pleased when we repent of sinful habits.

 

So, our focus will be on giving up on those things that do not honor God: hate and fear; worldliness; lies; pride; unbelief; and an unforgiving spirit.  This is our way of “laying aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, to run with endurance the race that is set before us.”  (Hebrews 12:1).  

 

 


Annual Town Meeting and Chili Cookoff

Posted by bbullis on December 29, 2015

Happy New Year, CrossRoads family!   What a great season we’ve been through with another successful Living Nativity presentation that drew almost 700 cars, and a worshipful Christmas Eve Service that touched many hearts.

By the looks of things I believe we have an exciting year ahead of us as well!  Mark your calendar for our annual Town Meeting on January 31st, which will also include our annual men’s chili cookoff!  We’ll be meeting at Mt. Tabor. Besides a great time of fellowship, it’s also a great time to get a glimpse of how God is leading us in the coming year.  See you in 2016! 


The Living Nativity is Almost Here

Posted by bbullis on November 16, 2015

Before I mention the upcoming Christmas season and information about the Living Nativity, I want to honor the current Thanksgiving season and tell you how much I appreciate all of you and what a blessing it is to be a part of CrossRoads.  Our study of "40 Days of Community" has only solidified what I already knew…that CrossRoads is a special group of folks who love God and each other and want to reach the world for Jesus and give glory to His name!


This spirit of reaching out and serving others and honoring Christ is especially evident in our Living Nativity.  What an opportunity God has given us to tell the story of Jesus' birth!  Thanks to the many folks who have been working hard to put on this year's event, and for all of you for supporting the effort!  

As you know, we're adding a Friday night performance (December 11th, 6-8 p.m.), which will be BY RESERVATION ONLY.  We're trying out a system to help the flow of traffic which involves pre-registering for a time slot to see the Nativity.  Obviously most of us are participating and will already be there, but this is a chance to give close friends and family members the opportunity to see the Nativity without the long wait time.

The instructions are pretty straightforward:  Go to our website, www.crossroadsmd.org, and click on the box that says "Living Nativity Reservations".  You'll be directed to the event site, where you'll scroll down to "Select a Time".  The rest of the instructions are on the site.  If you want the reservation confirmation going to the person you are registering, make sure you put in their information.  That would really be the best way to do it, as they'll then receive an email reminder as well.

If you have any questions, please let me know.  And please be praying for this wonderful event…that many lives would be touched with the good news of new life in Jesus Christ!

Blessings,

Bob


Old Testament Rewind

Posted by bbullis on October 24, 2015

 

On SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25TH, during the morning service, the CRCC drama team will share an overview of the entire Old Testament called "Old Testament Rewind."  The presentation is 28 minutes long,  and involves a cast of four people who portray all the major characters in the Old Testament, from Genesis to Malachi.  It's informative, entertaining, and definitely fast-paced!

You won't want to miss it!  Please make every effort to come and invite a friend.
 


CrossRoads Connecting Picnic and Baptism Service

Posted by bbullis on September 30, 2015

It’s always an exciting time when we gather as a church family to have a picnic on our property; and share new life together when we baptize folks who have committed their lives to Jesus Christ. We call this event “CrossRoads Connecting” because it’s about strengthening our relationships with one another and with our Heavenly Father!

 

As you know, our next gathering is THIS SUNDAY, October 4, 2015, from 4-7 p.m.  According to the first letter of your last name, we’re asking folks to bring:  A-D: Dessert, E-N: Main Dish, and O-Z: Side Dish.  Of course you’ll also need lawn chairs and/or picnic blankets and any yard games you’d like to play.

 

HOWEVER, even though it’s a few days away, it looks like we may be in for some severe weather.  So, we’re already looking for an alternate location.

 

I will keep everyone posted on the status of things, so please keep your eyes open for additional emails or you can visit the website at www.crossroadsmd.org.

 

See you Sunday!

 

Pastor Bob