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Meeting ID: 671 792 1650
Passcode: 556948
Lenten Sermon Series:
MUST JESUS BEAR THE CROSS ALONE?: Exploring the Signficance of Ethnicity & Cultural Diversity as We Journey to the Cross With Jesus

Where is the stone? Where is Jesus’ body? Where have you taken our savior? 
 These were the questions Mary pondered as she made her way to the tomb where Jesus had been laid to rest. To Mary’s surprise she did find Jesus, but not as a reposed body wrapped in linen, but as a resurrected body clothed in glory. Mary went away proclaiming “I have seen the Lord.” This Sunday we celebrate that good news Mary proclaimed. We celebrate that Jesus Christ is not dead. We celebrate the fact that Jesus overcame death, hell, and the grave. We celebrate how God has given us victory through the resurrection of Jesus the Christ. This Sunday worship is like none other. It is a celebration. It is a celebration of Jesus’ resuscitation and Mary’s proclamation that the Cross was not the end of the story. We celebrate that the tomb is empty. We celebrate. We celebrate that Easter has finally come.  
Come and worship and celebrate the God of the Resurrection.
The scriptures this Sunday come from John 20:1-18

This Week
Sunday, April 17th
Join us in person or via Facebook Live/Zoom for Sunday worship.
Masks will be worn during worship and safe distancing will be maintained.
Cross Roads Cafe Adult Bible is canceled this week. In leu we will have our annual Easter Breakfast. Come and break pancakes with us.

Every Tuesday
8:30am - Meditative Prayer via Zoom
and Facebook Live

Singles Time Out

Singles group meets every Saturday at 5:30pm in the Patio Room

Meetings This Week

Trustees 4/19 @ 6:00 pm on Zoom
Finance 4/19 @7:15pm on Zoom
Easter Events
Good Friday

Join us April 15th at 7pm at Cross Roads UMC for our Good Friday service.
Cross Roads UMC
7901 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85020

Can't join us?
If you can't join us at 7pm or that is too late then please join Rev. Mary Bullis and others at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church for their Good Friday service from 12pm-2pm
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
4715 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Sunrise Service:
Will be held at Steele Indian School Park at 6am. The message will be given by Rev. Rachel

10:30am to 12:00 pm in the Patio Room at Cross Roads UMC, and the Egg Hunt will follow shortly after.
Adults - $15
Kids - $10
Kids Under 5 are free

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April 20th

How Sweet The Sound: The Power and Promise of 30 Beloved Hymns

We are reviewing and discussing 2-3 hymns each week.
Laura Smith's devotional stories make a connection between the songs of the past and our current lives.
This week we will focus on This Little Light of Mine, and In the Garden
Join us on Wednesday mornings at 9:30am via Zoom.

Join us on Wednesday nights at 7pm via Zoom for this year's Lenten Book Study: Witness at the Cross by Professor Amy-Jill Levine.

You don't need a copy of the book to be a part of the conversation, all are welcome.

Barney's Night Out: April 20th

Barney Mullen, who lives at Lura Turner for Adults with Developmental Disabilities, has worked at the Denny’s at 7th Street and Camelback Road in Phoenix since the spring of 1978, when Lura Turner herself secured the job for him.
In 1965, Turner saw a need to provide a home for persons who had developmental disabilities. Young adults were being transitioned into the community from the Arizona’s Children’s Colony, and many were unable to live independently or with their families. Barney was one of those people.
“So, we are his family,” said Max McQueen, who served on the Lura Turner board for 22 years, and now as the executive director for the past 19 years. McQueen said that Turner noticed that Barney was the best dishwasher at his home and went in search of a job for him, setting her sights on Denny’s.
“So, she came up here and brought Barney — we’re talking ’76, ‘77 — and they didn’t want to hire him, and they didn’t want to hire him. Now, Miss Turner was one of those women… [she said] ‘Well, you’re gonna hire him sooner or later, so hire him now.’ So that was ‘78. And he’s been washing dishes here ever since.”
McQueen added, “And now Denny’s is his family.”
The Denny’s at Camelback and 7th Street also has been a mainstay in Phoenix. The location opened in 1956, according to manager Joe Wood, who has been there for 14 years himself. He says that what they have at their location is kind of special, which is why they started celebrating Barney’s work anniversary when he hit 30 years, in 2008.
“He’s like family to all these girls. They all look out for him. We have some pretty long tenured employees. One of our cooks has been here 28 years. It’s kind of unusual. So even those guys are looking out for him all the time.”
One of his long-time coworkers, Candias Cerny, said, “I’ve actually known and worked with Barney for over 25 years. He is a very hard, dedicated worker; shows up on time. People love him.”
Noemy Giles has worked at the Denny’s for about a year and a half, but she’s known Barney much longer.
“I’ve been here ever since I was a little girl and my parents introduced me to Barney when I was younger. And it has always been so nice and fun to see him be around here, he makes me smile a lot when he giggles. And every time he’s at a table, he turns around and says, ‘I did it, huh?’”
Wood also sings Barney’s praises. “When I first started working here 14 years ago, he was working five days a week. He’s down to two days a week right now. He’ll still out-work most people here, but he’s getting a little older.”
He added, “We’ll just continue to have him here until he doesn’t want to be here.” But he doesn’t see that happening any time soon. “I get a call from him every Sunday. He works the exact same shift. Every Sunday I get a call from him around 2:30, 3:00, ‘Hey Joe, I’m working tomorrow, right?’ ‘Yeah, me and you buddy.’ He likes to tell people, ‘He can do it.’ He’s the only one that can do it.”
Barney himself is a man of few words, but he did share that some of his duties include cleaning the tables and washing dishes. And he really likes his coworkers, who he says are nice to him. He doesn’t have any hobbies; he says that after work, he just likes to go home to the Turner House.
People tend to stop by just to say “hi” or to check on Barney, especially when the pandemic first hit, and he had to stay home from work.
“It’s kinda hard to explain,” Wood said, “but it’s pretty cool. In all my years, I’ve never seen something like this.”
This year, after a two-year break, Denny’s is resuming its annual anniversary party for Barney. The public is invited to celebrate his 44 years of exemplary service from 4 to 10 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, at Denny’s, 5002 N. 7th St.
Whether guests dine in or order to go, 20 percent of all sales that day will be donated to Lura Turner Homes for Adults with Developmental Disabilities, home to Barney and other adults with special needs.
For more information, call Lura Turner Homes at 602-943-4789 or visit

Article: North Central News
Photo Credit: Kathryn M. Miller
Foundation Committee
POWWOW: Produce On Wheels WithOut Waste
Cross Roads is hosting
Saturday, April 23rd
and we need your help!

Volunteers are needed from 6:00 - 11:30 am
(or any time within those hours)
to set up, bag produce, and smile at our neighbors.

Reminder to Customers:
POWWOW is cash only, customers receive 70lbs of produce for $12. Customers are to remain in cars during this contactless outreach ministry.

For any questions please contact the church office at (602)944-1524
Veterans Ministry


The public is invited to Cross Roads United Methodist Church, 7901 N. Central Avenue (southeast corner of Central and Northern Avenues), Phoenix 85020 for a Military History series of guest speaker programs from 8 am to 9 am. Coffee will be provided.

The series:
Sunday, April 24th, 8 am to 9 am - David Kampf, Navy veteran and Civil War Reenactor: Notes on the Civil War (confirmed)
Sunday, May 22nd, 8 am to 9 am - Pete Lumianski, Captain, US Navy, Retired: Honoring Arizona's Cold War Veterans (invited)

RSVPs from the public are appreciated. Please leave a message at (602) 943-7834 (Carol Culbertson, Church Veterans Ministry Team).
Questioning the Death Penalty

The Conference Prison Reform Task Force is present a 5-week Zoom series on "Questioning the Death Penalty," featuring a DVD series by Sr. Helen Prejean. This series will be at 6:30pm from 5 Thursday evening beginning April 28 and ending May 26.

This series will take place of our normal Wednesday night book study.

What do you think about the Death Penalty?
Use the link to register and come share your thoughts with us.
Directory Reminder

We're updating our Directory!
Please fill out the online form here so we can let you know about all Cross Roads activities, as well as
keep our records updated.
Questions? Concerns? Contact Margarita at

Opportunities to Serve

Donate nonperishable food or funds to our Cross Roads Food Pantry.
Have an announcement about a service or committee at Cross Roads? Submit it to the church office by 2:00pm on Wednesdays.
Join our new Veterans Ministry as a veteran or a grateful volunteer. For details, contact Clayton Bowman or
For more information on any of these, email us at or call the church office at 602-944-1524.
Our Giving

If you use your mobile device to give your tithes and offerings to Cross Roads, you'll need to install the Vanco Mobile App.

A reminder: If your giving comes by check, please expect a slight delay in your bank account deduction. A growing number of tithes and offerings now come to us electronically, so our money counters only meet every other Monday to deposit cash and checks. Until then, all gifts wait patiently in our church safe.

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Prayer Requests

This week,
please pray for...
Amanda Robinson & Andrew Montano Sr and Family, Susan Turner, Rev. Kimberly Scott, Chris Basped, Bertus Berg & The Berg Family, Ed McQueen, Leaders of The U.S. Government, Lura Turner Homes Residents & Care Givers, Navajo Nation,  
Cross Roads Community 
Cross in the Desert UMC, Chandler UMC
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