This coming week we celebrate Valentine's Day. I have already seen flowers on desks that were sent by a significant other. Love is in the air. Breathe it in. Breathe it out for others to feel loved.

This makes for a great week to bring closure to our Love Wins series. Not only have I been working on the message for this weekend, we have also put together a beautiful brochure that we have titled, The Barometric Pressure of Love. I know that's not the most romantic title. But love is so much more than just romance.

This brochure guides you through a practice that helps you see how God's unconditional love for you is the starting place to bring loving change into the climate of all your relationships, whether they be low or high. You will use this tool often as you continue to grow in all your relationships. We will experience the practice live in worship.

I hope you can be present on Sunday to receive this guided practice. Even though we are bringing closure to the series, this resource will help all of us keep love alive in our hearts and in our relationships. Isn't that how love really wins?

Here are two more important invitations:

  • This Sunday is our next TREK to Transformation gathering. I want to personally invite you join with me to enjoy homemade chicken vegetable soup or vegetable soup, delicious brownies for dessert, fellowship and fun. I will be doing a pivotal teaching on how we see and use the Bible in our everyday lives. This teaching is foundational to how we see ourselves sharing the Good News of Jesus with one another and the community. Nursery care is provided and there will be a Bible based fun SERVE activity for the children to do during the teaching time. I hope you will sign up here.

  • On Sunday the 17th, after grabbing coffee or tea and a bagel, you are invited to come back into the sanctuary to learn more about what is being presented to the General Conference of the United Methodist Church, meeting in St. Louis February 23-26. This is a Special Session called to address our way forward in matters pertaining to sexuality. Before all the news hits the media, I want to share with you what is happening. I encourage you to mark your calendar now so you can be part of this important conversation.

Every week I look forward to being with you.

See you soon,
Winter TREK to Transformation Leadership Gathering
Sunday, February 10, 11:30 am -1:30 pm

This gathering will focus on The Bible with the community practice of story sharing and listening.

Important Vote by the UMC General Conference

The Council of Bishops has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church to be held February 23-26, 2019. The purpose will be to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward . which was proposed to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and explore options that help to maintain and strengthen the unity of the church. 
Join Pastor Dave during Linger Longer at 11:30 am on Feb 17 to hear more about what this means for Crossroads.
Weekly Series: Love Wins
It all begins with questions

Check out Small Group Opportunities
Together we grow deeper in love with God, others and self
NEW: Vacation SERVE Camp
Save the Date: June 17-21

Vacation Serve Camp will help your child grow in their faith through scripture, adventure and service as they begin to see their part in God's plan for the world through Jesus.

HOPE Preschool Accepting Applications
for the 2019-2020 school year

Please check out the HOPE website or call the office at 703-729-4673 for more information.
CARE (Compassion, Awareness, Resilience, Encouragement) Support Group 
Next gathering: February 17 from 4-5:30 pm
  
This bi-weekly support group is designed for friends and family members who have a loved one with depression, anxiety or other mental health challenges.  

Women's Soul Renewal Winter Retreat!
February 23rd and 24th
 Blueridge Summit Retreat (Dave and Cathy's home)

This winter, come to this cozy little retreat to be with other women and share in community, moments of silence, relaxation and the presence of God.

Enrich Your Marriage Workshop
March 8-9

In this workshop you will learn how to create the “couple bubble” that allows for meaningful connection, sense of trust, and a secure relationship.

Mission Trip to Guatemala
Porch de Salomon - Panajachel, Guatemala  
March 9 - 16

This is a one week experience where team members take part in building a small concrete block home for an impoverished indigenous Mayan family. 

Pittsburgh Project Middle & High School Mission Trip
July 15 - 19

This year's Pittsburgh Project Mission Trip is open to students in both middle and high school. 

Nature and Soul Events

Each of these experiences is designed to share the restorative gifts of God revealed in nature to nurture your mind, body and soul.  

For  more information and to register  for these events. 
Questions?  Email Cathy Norman  
Imagine Well Being
Cultivating wholeness in body, mind and soul!


Get more information  on well being events!
Crossroads Kids (Nursery - 5th Grade) 

Children will meet in their classrooms at 10am this Sunday.

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Students (Middle and High School)

Middle School and High School Students will be in the sanctuary this Sunday to celebrate Confirmation.

See what else is happening with  Students!
Adults

happening for Adults.

Prayer Requests on the Crossroads Website

Reminder: Our website has a page where you can submit a prayer request. This is also a page you can visit to pray for others.  

Quick and Easy Daily Spiritual Resources

  • 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 - facebook.com/crossroadsnova
  • Twitter - @crossroadsnova
  • Website - crossroadsnova.org
703-729-5100 / www.crossroadsnova.org