January 9, 2019
May 2019 bring love, joy, peace and lots of blessings to you and your family! ~ Flor and the Crossroads Kids Team

This Sunday in Crossroads Kids  

Jesus Heals (Luke 4:38-44)

Matthew, Mark, and Luke all recount the story of Jesus healing Peter's mother-in-law.

This Sunday the kids will learn more about Jesus' miracles and about His family.

Christmas Eve at Crossroads

Thank you to everyone who was part of our Christmas Eve Gatherings. 

It was a great experience to work with each one of you!

Blessings in the New Year!!!

52 Ways Kids Like to Receive a Blessing

Each week we will share a way kids like to receive a blessing. This is taken from the Crossroads Family Blessing handout.

We eat together as a family at least 4 times per week and share our favorite jokes.

Epiphany  is a Christian festival held on January 6 in honor of the coming of the three kings to the infant Jesus Christ. It is celebrated in different ways throughout the world.

My dad was from Venezuela and my mom from Guatemala. They would ask my brother and I to place our newest pair of shoes by our bedroom door the night of the 5th of January. On Epiphany day,  Three Kings Day, my brother and I would wake up and found money, a couple of dollars and some change, that the Kings had left for us as gifts. How do you celebrate Epiphany? 

Do you have any traditions? Send me an email and share them with me.  I would love to hear from all of you.
-Pastor Flor
What's Happening 
For our Fifth Graders 
From Erin Videgar, Student Ministries Coordinator

Registration is now OPEN for the Pittsburgh Project. The trip is July 15-19, 2019 and is for rising 6th graders through graduating seniors. You can register here and submit the $75 deposit to hold your spot. 

If you are interested in being an adult leader, send me an email ! We want this experience to be open to as many people as possible!!

Dates with a Purpose  
2nd Saturday of the Month, September through May
@ Crossroads UMC
Time: Drop off starts at 5:45 pm

Are you feeling that your marriage needs a bit of a spark? Or do you simply need space and someone trustworthy to care for your child/children? We can provide both!

Please register here .
Teen Yoga  
Tuesdays, 7:30 - 8:30pm @ Crossroads UMC

Teens today live in a stressful, competitive world full of constant technological stim ulation. Yoga & Mindfulness provide a winning combination of "tools" teens can use to help cope with the stress in their daily lives.

Flor's Family Resources 

In the spirit of her acclaimed Dog Heaven and Cat Heaven , Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant illustrates verses from the Bible chapter of Ecclesiastes in a simple yet powerful folk art style.

Cynthia Rylant takes the familiar text of the third chapter of Ecclesiastes, as told in the Bible, and lovingly illustrates it in her simple but bold style that has been called "stunning" by School Library Journal . As she did with the creation story, Rylant has created a sublime take on a classic story that will appeal to readers of all ages.
Buy it here.

God's Creation

On January 1, the  New Horizons spacecraft encountered the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule. Some 6.5 billion kilometers from the Sun, Ultima Thule is the most distant world ever explored by a spacecraft from Earth. This historic image , the highest resolution image released so far, was made at a range of about 28,000 kilometers only 30 minutes before the New Horizons closest approach. 

Likely the result of a gentle collision shortly after the birth of the Solar System, Ultima Thule is revealed to be a contact binary, two connected sphere-like shapes held in contact by mutual gravity. Dubbed separately by the science team Ultima and Thule, the larger lobe Ultima is about 19 kilometers in diameter. Smaller Thule is 14 kilometers across.

God never ceases to amaze me!