January 9, 2021
Upcoming Events and Virtual Gatherings
Every Sunday Morning, 9:30-10:00a

Families with elementary-age children are invited to join us for an exciting, interactive gathering! Parents and children can join from home for bible stories, prayer, songs, crafts, and time to get to know each other.

Anyone is welcome, so invite friends or neighbors to sign up too!

Register here to receive the secure Zoom link
Student Zoom Game Nights
High Schoolers - Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00p
Middle Schoolers - Thursdays, 6:00-7:00p

Game Nights are back this week! Join us for virtual game nights with the same laughter, fun, and friendship as our Meet-Up events, hosted in the safest way possible for our community.
Anyone is welcome, so invite a friend to sign up too!

High School- Register here to receive the secure Zoom link 
Middle School- Register here to receive the secure Zoom link
Weekly Scripture Focus
"And so, John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."

This week the Crossroads family is celebrating the baptisms of two children in our community, Eli and Peyton. Join us during Church at Home on Sunday morning to watch the videos of their baptisms and remember the lifelong meaning of our own baptisms. As a family, pray for these precious children and their families and hold them in your hearts this week.

Our next Baptism Workshop via Zoom is January 24, ADD TIME. Register here if you are interested in joining.
A Reflection:
In this scripture, we hear the story of Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan river. Share the story of the baptisms within your family and celebrate the community you are a part of!

When thinking about your child's baptism, share...
  • What emotions did you feel?
  • What family and community members were there?
  • Did anything funny or unexpected happen that day?
  • What gifts or objects of remembrance was the child given?
  • As an adult, do you remember your own baptism or remember being told about it?

These shared stories and specific memories create your family legacy!

A Prayer:
"Thank you God, for the gift of new life You give us in Baptism. We remember we are united together as a Church Family and we feel the loving connection with all Your children! We are grateful we can experience Your love in our hearts and in our family, friends, and community every day. Help us show that love to others. Amen!"
This Week's Highlighted Resources

We watch with heartbreak and pray for our country during these divided and scary times. As parents, guardians, and loving adults, we are called to hold space for the many feelings children and teenagers are experiencing and called to show courage by leading difficult conversations.

This National Geographic article guides us through "confronting kids’ worries head on, explaining what’s happening in a truthful but simple way, and emphasizing that kids are safe" to help children make sense of the chaos.

We can learn from our diverse struggles throughout 2020 and move forward with resilience and change that benefits the futures of our children. These researchers, educators, nonprofit and business leaders, and policymakers share their hopes for the year ahead.

A list beneficial for kids, teens, and adults of all ages! Transforming our thought patterns from a "fixed mindset" to a "growth mindset" takes intention. This free printable will be a great encouragement at any desk or mirror.
Affirmations include "I can learn anything", Growth happens when I go outside of my comfort zone", and "I ask for help when I need it."

Does your family discuss making changes together in a new year? Here are some ideas for 4 one-word resolutions around clarity, simplicity, growth, and joy.
Share with us the word your family is intentionally focusing on this year! We'd love to hear it.
Additional Resources