December 28, 2018 
This Sunday in Worship 
This Sunday we gather for one final holiday celebration of 2018 with a delicious pancake breakfast prepared by the Tuesday morning Men's Group at 9:00 am, followed by a casual service of scriptures, favorite carols and shared stories.  

Pastor Dave will also read an inspirational story for kids of all ages.
 
Children's ministry care available for infants and toddlers.

Invite someone to join you for good food and fellowship.

If you can't make it to worship this week, be sure to check out our  livesteam or podcast.
You can also sign up to receive a  daily scripture and prayer, our various newsletters, download our GOTGO app, or receive our noon and evening text by texting crossroads to 41411.

Christmas Offering Update


Thanks to the incredible generosity of our Crossroads family, we have received  $171,884 towards our Christmas offering  goal of $175,000.


We are almost there but we still need your help to reach our goal.  Together we can do it!

Final reminder that all giving must be turned in or postmarked by December 31st to be counted as a tax deductible donation this year. A convenient way to do this is to give  online through our website or on our GOTGo app. 

We will be receiving Christmas gifts up to the  15th of January
Any Christmas offering given after  December 31st  will be posted to 2019 giving.
New Year's Day Nature Hike, Campfire/Smores & Guided Meditation
Tuesday, January 1, 1pm - 3:30pm

We will gather at the Bear's Den Hostel to celebrate and welcome the New Year with a journey inward, together and outward that promises renewal in mind, body and soul.
New Series Beginning January 6th:  
Love Wins
For God So Loved the World

More than just cliche it is true, Love Wins.
In a world that is seemingly filled with hatred there's an 
underlying  reality of love that conquers all things.

To complement the series we will be forming small groups that will use  Rob Bell's book -  Love Wins  
You can purchase the book here.   Or purchase it on Sunday mornings at Crossroads.
Sign up for a Love Wins small group here   or after the service on Sunday.

Pray for our Confirmation Retreat
Saturday, January 5 - Sunday, January 6 

Please pray for our confirmands and leaders as they prepare for this retreat at Mar-Lu-Ridge. 


Confirmands: Ethan Applegate, Kendall Burrows, Marisa Cooke, Amanda Dahl, Bailey DeLuise, TJ D'Onofrio, Kyle Knight, Jake Moyer, Jackson Myers, Josh Poore, Mason Sergi, Mary Sergi, Grace Stickley, Luke Stickley, Elizabeth Sullivan, Jacob Thomas

Leaders: Cathy Norman, Erin Videgar, Kylie Kosko, David Michel,  Tony Derrow, Elaine Hackett, Andy Anderson

Read more about Confirmation 2019  here .
Need a Little Help to Get Unstuck?

Pastor Dave has just completed 60 hours of Life Coach Training through ICF, International Coach Federation, the Gold Standard in Coaching. As a ministry to the community he is setting aside 5-7 hours a week to do one-on-one coaching. The practice of coaching believes that the answer you are seeking is already within you.   By listening intently and asking pertinent questions a coach can help you find ways to get unstuck.

If you are interested in a session or two with Pastor Dave, send him an email.
New Year Soul Renewal Retreat
Sunday, January 6 - 2:30-5:00 pm

We will gather at Blueridge Summit Retreat (Dave and Cathy's home) for a time to retreat for fellowship, renewal and reflection in the beauty of wintertime on Mt. Weather.
CARE (Compassion, Awareness, Resilience, Encouragement) Support Group 
Meets Sundays from 4-5:30 pm starting January 20
  
This weekly support group is designed for friends and family members who have a loved one with depression, anxiety or other mental health challenges.    For more information

TREK to Reconnect for Families 
(of all kinds and sizes-with or without children)
Sunday, January 27 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Reconnect....Head, heart, body and spirit...to family...to community...to your inner child!

Reconnect is a play-based one hour experience featuring connection games, mindfulness, breath work and simple standing yoga movement.
Women's Soul Renewal Winter Retreat!
February 23rd and 24th
Sat: 10:30am - 9pm, with the option of staying overnight
Sun: 9:30am - 12:30pm
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.
Mission Trip to Guatemala
Porch de Salomon - Panajachel, Guatemala  
Next trip: March 9 - 16, 2019

Porch de Salomon's mission is to serve the Least, the Lost and the Last. This is a one week experience where team members take part in building a small concrete block home for an impoverished indigenous Mayan family. The days are spent constructing the home with time built in for interaction with the local people and learning about their culture and way of life. No construction experience is necessary,  just a heart and mind open to the transformational power of service!
Pittsburgh Project Middle & High School Mission Trip
July 15th - July 19th

This year's Pittsburgh Project Mission Trip is open to students in both middle and high school. The trip cost is $385 per student. If your student registers by 12/31/18, there is a 10% discount and the cost is $350 per student. 
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.   Every major medical school is recognizing the healing reality of nature. 
For more information and to register for these events. 
Questions? Cathy Norman  
Cultivating wholeness in body, mind and soul!

Get more information on well being events!

Crossroads Kids (Nursery - 5th Grade) 
There will be nursery are for infants and toddlers.  All other children will join their parents in the sanctuary this week. 

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Students (Middle and High School)
There is no Intersect this Sunday.  Join us in the sanctuary for Carols and Stories!

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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.  

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  • 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.  
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