Families. They come in all sizes and makeups. Yet whether we live alone, or as a couple with no kids, or in a family of 12, the place we call home is the most powerful place on earth. More things are caught and taught in the home than anywhere else.

This Sunday, we have the privilege of being a part of two important passages in the life of families - baptism and confirmation. No matter our age or whether we have children in the house or not, our presence this Sunday is really important. These children and students need to see our support. They need to hear our affirmations. They need to know that beyond their immediate family there is a larger family praying for and blessing them.

This year, families are a major focus for us as the Crossroads community. This Sunday, I will be sharing an emerging vision to help all types of families turn their homes into powerful faith forming centers . Imagine your family modeling compassion, championing resilience, and practicing forgiveness. Imagine having practical resources that help you make that vision a reality.

All of this is what Sunday is about. It's important for our children and students to feel your support and hear your prayers. And it's important for you to see the hope of God's love that those being baptized and confirmed bring to all of us and the world.

In the mix of all the celebrations will be the final message to our series Fear-Less Hope-full. One the things we all fear if failure. Yet knowing that failure, seldom if ever gets the final word we will focus our attention on the path to being hope-full.

Here is a line from the message for this weekend - " the beauty of this path is there is way less fear of failure. Because now failure can be seen as a natural part of life, struggles and hardships and deep pain that we can learn from, but we are not held captive to."

Every day is a new day to learn from our "failures" and find hope for the future.

Right after our time of worship we will celebrate with cake in the fellowship hall. And we will also serve the residents of Heritage Hall by preparing a potted flower and a Valentine that families will be delivering to them. This will be a great family activity for sure. There is still time to sign up here .

Next week, families are invited to participate in a Love in Action Valentine Retreat. Check it out here.

Between now and then let's commit to praying for those being baptized and confirmed. The list of names is below.

Julian Todd Taylor
Robin Amber Taylor
Maeve Elise Taylor
Julianna Lorena Lola
Marissa Lillian Lola

Josh Derrow
Jacob Engle
Kamryn Gresko
Kyle Gresko
Luke Howard
Nicole Murck
Grace Stickley
Luke Stickley
Claire Rossi
Hanna Rossi

I am so looking forward to seeing you this Sunday to share our newly forming vision for families, and being a part of celebrating these two passages with children and students.

Beyond Sunday, every day there are practical and inspirational resources available through morning emails, noontime and evening texts that will help us face our fears with hope. You can sign up for the emails here . To receive the texts, text crossroads to 41411.

Check out below some of the hope-full ways to gather and grow to greater wholeness beyond just Sunday mornings.

I am looking forward to seeing you soon,
Nature and Art Soul Work Retreat- rescheduled

We are sorry that we have to move the Nature and Art Soul Retreat to a date in March. Cathy has been away for 10 days in Arizona helping her sister and brother-in-law deal with a medical emergency.

We are hoping that each of you can join together in March. We will announce the date when Cathy returns this weekend. In March we will even add working with clay for our sculptors.

Thank you for your understanding and please hold Cathy and her family in your hearts as they deal with ongoing medical challenges.

Flowers & Valentines to Heritage Hall
Sunday, February 9th

Show love and serve our neighbors at Heritage Hall by gifting the elderly residents flowers, valentines cards, a smile, and your loving presence! 
Meet in the Discipleship Room at 11:30am.

Students, Families, and Individuals invited!

Get more details and register  here.
Love in Action Family Valentine Retreat
Saturday, February 15, 10:30am-2:00pm

This intergenerational retreat will help everyone in the family learn and experience ways to experience God's unconditional love, wisdom and forgiveness. We will discover the true meaning of Valentine's Day to apply in our family all year long!

Small Groups

There is an opportunity to be in a small group that will be reading the book Unafraid by Adam Hamilton and learning together how we can fear less
and be hope full.

You are also invited to be part of a Heroic Journey small group. Everyone will have an opportunity to trace, retrace and re-create on paper and in our minds and hearts our own heroic journey from birth to present day.

Women's Bible Study
Tuesdays, 9:30-11:00am

"The Story" by Randy Frazee, an in-depth, ten week, chronological discussion of the New Testament. Childcare available with activities coordinated with each week's topic.

Living Mindfully with Life's Challenges Workshop
Sunday, February 16th, 3:30-5:30 pm

Whether you have a stressful job and commute or are in a transition such as a divorce, a health challenge, grief, change of jobs, caretaking for aging parents or caring for children with special needs...mindfulness meditation is a resource that can make a tremendous difference in your life. 

Women's Spring Soul Renewal Retreat
Saturday - Sunday, March 21-22

Come and enjoy the awakening of Spring in fellowship with women of all ages and backgrounds. We will experience time in nature, experiential meditations, soulful story sharing, crafting, a labyrinth journey inward, and bonfire.

Women's Rite of Passage

The Women's Passage Retreat is designed especially for women. It offers a time of soul work as we separate from the ordinary and step into a time of inner and outer exploration and adventure.

REACH Workcamp Mission Trip- Hurricane Relief in NC
June 21-27

Calling all students and adults (rising 6th graders and up):
Transform your summer through service! Join us in serving low-income, elderly, and vulnerable homeowners affected by recent hurricanes through home repair worksite projects and building positive relationships with the neighbors.

Uganda Mission Trip
Anticipated dates: August 18 - September 2

Join a team for two weeks in Uganda, participating in a 5 day camp, visiting students’ homes, visiting the vocational and nursing schools and gathering for a reunion of more than 40 students, many of whom have graduated from vocational schools and university.

Adult Groups

Women's Bible Study meets Tuesday mornings from 9:30-11 am.
Men's Tuesday morning small group with coffee meets from 6:15-7:30 am. Learn more here.
Pub Theology meets every other Monday from 8-9:30 pm.
Women, Wisdom, and Wine meets 2nd Wednesday of the month from 7-9 pm.

Nature and Soul Events & Community Gatherings

Check out these amazing Nature and Soul Events:

Crossroads Kids (Nursery - 5th Grade) 

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

See what else is happening with Children!
Intersect for Students (Middle and High School)

This Sunday, all students 6th-12th grade will be in the Sanctuary to celebrate their friends and peers being Baptized and Confirmed.
The next Intersect gathering will be Sunday, February 16.

See what else is happening with Students!
Quick and Easy Daily Spiritual Resources

  • GOTGo App - Download from your app store by searching Crossroads GOTGo
  • Daily Texts - Text crossroads to 41411 to receive inspirational texts 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.
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  • Website - crossroadsnova.org
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