February 22, 2018 

This Week in Worship:
 Choose a Circle of Trusted Friends
Trusted friends are more important in our lives than we even realize. Jesus showed us how important they are by choosing a trusted circle of friends to walk with him every day.  

Come Sunday at 9 or 11 to hear this story in a new way, and be inspired by what it might mean for each of us.  


Lenten/Easter Offering

Every year we invite you to share in a Lenten/Easter offering. Lent is a season known as a time for sacrificial giving. Easter is known for new life and hope that is seen in the resurrected love of Jesus.

 Our theme this Lenten season is Rise Up by Helping Others. Our goal is $70,000. All of the money collected in this special offering will be used to help others rise up from where they are to a place of greater hope for today and tomorrow. From students struggling with increased stress and anxiety, to the man or woman sleeping homeless on the streets, from neighbors who want to learn English to improve their livelihood, to families struggling to live day to day, we will rise up by lending a hand to others.

Let's rise up together by helping others.   
Please prayerfully consider how you might be able to give to this great need. 
Throughout the Lenten/Easter Season you can give your financial support.  
You can also  give now.
Loveable Books for Sale and Small Group Sign Up
We will continue to have Loveable by Kelly Flanagan for sale after each worship gathering this week.  Books are $10 each.  (Also available online.) These books will be used as a discussion point for small in-person and online groups during Lent.

Sign up for a small group on our website!
Remember Who You Are 

The 'Remember Who You Are' bracelets that were given to our recent confirmands will be available for purchase again this Sunday after each 
service for $15.

VBS 2018
Volunteer registration is now open!
All other registration begins on March 15th
This year's dates:  June 18-22, 2018
Check out the video!

School Break Bundles - Payne Elementary - Spring Break
Help food insecure students at Payne Elementary, in SE DC.  By providing the food items listed below, or donating $30.00, you will be helping those students at risk of going without food during Spring Break.  Food items must be returned by March 18th.  For more information contact Kathy MacKrell.

Food items : Peanut Butter, Jelly, Cereal, Macaroni and Cheese, Soup, Chef Boy-R-Dee, Granola Bars, Ramen Noodles, Pudding Packs, and Juice Boxes

Teen Yoga & Mindfulness
Tuesdays, February 27, 3/6, 3/13 - 7:30-8:30 pm
@ Crossroads UMC taught by Nancy McGovern
Teens today live in a stressful, competitive world full of constant technological stimulation. Yoga & Mindfulness provide a winning combination of "tools" teens can use to help cope with the stress in their daily lives.
  Visit our website to learn more and to register.

Love Your Neighbor: Hope Not Hate
Monday, March 5, 2018
6:45 PM - 9:00 PM @ Congregation Sha'are Shalom
A Loudoun County Response to the Recent KKK Leafleting
  For more information and to register 

Winter Seasonal Soul Renewal Mini-Retreat 
Sunday, February 25, 1:30 - 4 pm
Blueridge Summit Retreat (Dave and Cathy's home)
Make time for spiritual renewal and rest in body, mind and soul while soaking in the beauty of the Blue Ridge mountains.

Parenting with Purpose Seminar
Wednesday, Feb 28th @ Crossroads 
7 - 8:30 pm  
Award-winning counselor Neil McNerney shares why it's so important to be calm when it comes to parenting our kids.
This free event is open to parents with children of any age (from newborns to college-bound and beyond!).
Invite a friend!

Contact Marilyn Perry or visit our website for more information and to register for childcare which is available at no charge.

Our next Baptism Workshop will be on Sunday, March 4th from 9am-1pm.  Baptism Sunday Celebration will be on Sunday, March 18th at 9 and 11am worship services.
Baptism is available for all ages!

Cultivate self-love in body, mind and soul during the month of February!

Get more information on Imagine events!

Saturday, March 31 from 12:00 to 2:00  pm @  Crossroads UMC 
Come and celebrate the gift of childlike joy and new life with a traditional egg hunt and petting zoo. Special photos with petting zoo animals & the Easter Bunny. 
More information

The Pittsburgh Project Summer Mission Trip will take place from 
July 16-20 .  The trip is open to students in both middle and high school. A $75 non-refundable deposit is due on March 1, payable by check or  online.  Trip cost is $500 per student.

Sundays 9am  - Middle School student focused 
Sundays 11am - High School student focused 

See what else is happening with  Students !

Crossroads Kids (Nursery - 5th Grade) 
Will meet @ 9 and 11 am in their classrooms. 

See what else is happening with 
  • GOTGo App - Download from your app store by searching Crossroads GOTGo
  • Daily Sacred Pause - Text crossroads to 41411 to receive an inspirational text each day 
  • Daily Reflection on Scripture - Sign up here
  • Sunday Message Podcast- Subscribe at iTunes or on the GOTGo app
  • Kirk Martin, Celebrate Calm- Helpful resource for parents. Click here for more info.
  • Dr. Kelly Flanagan - Great blog that touches on marriage, parenting and more.  
  • Facebook - www.facebook.com/crossroadsnova
  • Twitter - @crossroadsnova
  • Website - www.crossroadsnova.org

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