February 12th & 15th, 2017

Here’s what’s coming up

The Hidden Battle of Darkness: Depression & Anxiety: Reverend Renee Hollinshed will be here on Wednesday, February 22nd, from 6:30 to 7:45pm, to speak about depression and anxiety in the church. In addition to being a pastor, Renee is also a licensed counselor and is sure to use her expertise and experience to shed light on this difficult topic. Children’s ministry will be available.

Refugee Mother Baby Shower: There will be a baby shower for refugee mothers on Saturday, March 18th from 1:00 t0 3:00pm. You can purchase a gift for the mothers-to-be and drop it by the church office, or you can attend the baby shower and bring a gift to the event. Email Toni Fonseca at toni@crossroadsnampa.com with any questions. 

Baptism Class: We will be having baptisms in the service on Sunday, February 26th. If you would like to be baptized, we ask that you attend our baptism class on Sunday, February 19th at 9:00am. Contact Pastor Howard at howard@crossroadsnampa.com with any questions. 

MOPS Bunco Night: Mothers of Preschoolers’ annual Bunco night will be on Friday, February 24th at 6:30pm in the gym. Invite your friends to this ladies-only fundraiser for our MOPS ministry. Entry is $5 at the door. For questions, contact mops@crossroadsnampa.com.

How We Love Workshop: On April 21-22, Milan and Kay Yerkovich will be facilitating a workshop for couples. How We Love is a revolutionary approach to deeper connections in marriage and is aimed at couples feeling stuck in their relationship. The cost is $50 per couple. Please register online at crossroadsnampa.com/events. 

For your information

GriefShare: A new session of GreifShare begins on Wednesday, March 1st at 6:15pm. To learn more, or to register, visit our website at crossroadsnampa.com/classes-resources.

Mormonism discussion Group: The group will take a short break beginning February 5th. We will resume our meetings on February 26th. For questions, contact Tammy McOmber at tammy@crossroadsnampa.com.

Small Groups: Spring small groups kick off this month! If you’d like to join a group, visit our website at crossroadsnampa.com/small-groups.

Youth Services Update: There will be no youth services during the 10:45 service on Sunday, February 12th. 

Prayer: If you are in need of prayer, contact prayer@crossroadsnampa.com, or take a prayer card located by the giving boxes.  

Financial Update: 

Needed monthly: $171,234

Received in February: $77,422 (45%)

Serving You Before Serving Me

Romans 15

Paul is instructing without shaming in chapter 15. One of the most powerful tools of shame is the use of the word “should.” This word implies that there is an obvious standard that one has failed to meet. Let’s be careful that we don’t “should” on each other.

Verses 1-6: Caring over criticism

Not unity at any cost.

Not uniformity, but unity of voice.

Verses 7-12: We need each other

Jew and Gentile are two sides of the same coin! 

Am I serving you before I serve me? 

Verses 13-14: We’re gonna be full of something (ourselves or God)

Joy, peace, and confident hope 

Admonish here means letting us correct what is amiss

Verses 15-22: We’re in this thing together!

I’m only coming alongside what God has already done in you.

What Christ has done through me (no boasting).

Verses 23-33: Giving is a “get to” not a “have to”

Paul’s pattern: new churches learned and then supported next work.

Jesus had the same expectation (Luke 10:1-12).

Macedonian Christians (2 Corinthians 8) 

First they gave themselves to the Lord, then to us.

Conclusion

It is more important that I listen to your heart than get my way. 

Correcting what is amiss is a mutual and sacred exercise.

The Holy Spirit is changing you; my part is only to assist Him. 

Giving financially is a “get to” (partnership with God, supporting what He is doing here and throughout the world).