November 16th & 20th, 2016

Here’s what’s coming up

Christmas DIY Fair Our annual Christmas DIY Fair is coming up on Friday, December 2nd at 6:00pm. Join us for festive fun for the whole family, and get some great ideas for homemade gifts this Christmas season. If you’d like to be involved, contact Chris Vander Woude at

Baptism Sunday We will be having baptisms in both services on Sunday, December 4th. If you’d like to be baptized, join Pastor Howard for a baptism class on November 20th during the 10:45 service in Room 3. Email with any questions. 

Choir Sunday Our choir will be leading us in worship on Sunday, December 11th. If you would like to be involved, contact Stephanie Graves at

New Women’s Bible Studies We will be starting two new women’s studies on Wednesday, November 30th in the mornings. The available studies are Beth Moore’s Entrusted: A Study of 2 Timothy and Looking for Lovely: Collecting the Moments that Matter. Please call the office at 208-463-9070 or email to sign up.

Single Moms Support Group Crossroads is starting a support group for single moms. Beginning November 9th, we’ll meet the second Wednesday evening of the month from 6:30-7:45pm. Children’s ministry will be available. To let us know you’re coming, sign up online here. For more info, contact Chris Vander Woude at


For your information

Wednesday Service Volunteers We are in need of volunteers for our Wednesday service. Sign up to volunteer online here.

Holiday Service Times We will not have our Wednesday worship service on November 23rd, December 21st, or December 28th. We will also not have Sunday services on Christmas Day. Instead, join us for worship on Saturday, December 24th at 3:00pm and 4:30pm. 

Prayer If you are in need of prayer, contact


Financial Update: 

Needed monthly:         $166,656

Received in November:         $78,228 (47%)


Sermon: No Longer a Slave! Romans 6, 7 & 8 – Part 1

Take a deep breath and hold it. We’ll let it out next week. Romans 6, 7 and 8 are meant to be read together in one breath.

There is a real struggle in overcoming the old life of sin. 

Chapter five is about having security in the truth of undeserved privilege. Our feelings will make us think that struggle means God is punishing us, but we must live on facts instead of feelings!

Chapter 6 and part of 7

Chapter 6 is about establishing one thing: We are no longer slaves to sin!  

Chapter 6: 1-14: Dead to sin but alive in Christ.

We are united with Christ in death and resurrection.

Verse 13 tells us to do two things:

- Consider (thinking)

    - Do not (behavior)

Vs. 15-23

The meaning of slavery 

- American: Abusive and dehumanizing

- Roman: Abusive, dehumanizing, and but mostly self-induced (age         30 release)

Chapter 7: Sin has so much power!

Two schools of thought regarding sin in the Christian’s life:

- Traditional view: Paul’s life as a Christian (Augustine, J I Packer,  Leon Morris, Thomas Aquinas,     Luther, J.D.G. Dunn, and others)

        • “simultaneously justified and a sinner”           

 - Historic View: Human experience and description of life as a non-Christian (Diodore of Tarsus (390ad), John Chrysostom (347-407), Cyril of Alexandria (366-444) and others)