April 2nd, 2017

Here’s what’s coming up

HEART AND HANDS RESOURCE DRIVE: We are partnering with schools in the area to provide food and hygiene kits for children in our community who are in need. If you would like to get involved or need more information, pick up a flier at the welcome center, or email Toni Fonseca at toni@crossroadsnampa.com.

CROSSROADS MEN’S SOFTBALL: If you are interested in playing on the Crossroads men’s softball team this year, contact Jeff at jeffstmary@crossroadsnampa.com.

DISCOVER CROSSROADS: On Sunday, April 9th at 12:30pm in Room 4/5, join us as we share the vision and story of Crossroads. You will have the opportunity to meet the pastors, learn how to get involved, and ask questions. Snacks will be provided.

BLOOD DRIVE: Saturday, April 15th from 8:30am to 2:00pm, the Red Cross will be holding a blood drive in the gym. Contact Shelley Babbit at srbabbit@msn.com or (208) 465-6181 to register.

HOW WE LOVE WORKSHOP: On April 21st-22nd, Milan and Kay Yerkovich will be facilitating a workshop for couples. The cost is $50 per couple or $25 per person. Please register online. Registration will also be available at the door. 

MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMP: June 12th-16th, 6th through 8th grades are invited to Shiloh Bible Camp in Donnelly. Cost is $175. Registration will begin April 15th. For questions, email beth@crossroadsnampa.com.

 

For your information

NEW HERE? Welcome! We are glad you’re here. If you’re wanting to watch the sermon but have restless children, the overflow room, a nursing mother’s room, and the foyer have a live sermon feed. If you’re looking for ways to connect, visit our website.

YOUTH SERVICES: We now offer youth services for 5th-9th grade during the 8:30 service and for 5th-12th grade during our 9:45 and 11:15 services.

WE NEED YOU! As we transition to three Sunday morning services, we need more volunteers to step in and serve the body of Crossroads. Visit our website to learn more. 

STAY UPDATED: Connect with us on Church Community Builder (CCB). For more information, contact Carolyn St. Mary at carolyn@crossroadsnampa.com.

FINANCIAL UPDATE: 

Needed monthly: $171,234

Received in March: $139,639 (82%)

 

Sermon: Mary, Mary (One Was) Quite Contrary

JOHN 12:1-8

Leading up to Easter, Jesus revisits Bethany. The story is about Him being anointed by a woman in a man named Simon’s house. In the story, those witnessing the anointing are annoyed by her act of devotion. Are there two Simons, two Marys, and two anointings?

In this case:

The home is Simon the leper’s (not Simon the Pharisee’s). 

It happens at a dinner. 

This woman is Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus.

Contrary means opposite in nature, direction, or meaning. It means being perversely inclined to disagree or to do the opposite of what is expected or desired. 

Mary was quite contrary.

What we can learn from her contrary behavior that Jesus affirms?

King:

Priest: 

Savior: 

They resented her because they didn’t get her or Jesus!

Embriamaomai means snorting of a horse, to scold.

Conclusion: How contrary am I willing to be?

Am I devoted to Jesus as the King of my life, High Priest who stands in the gap for me, and Savior whose blood atones for my sin?

Am I willing to let my devotion be seen as fanatical? 

Am I willing to be contrary? 

“I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be remembered and discussed.” – Mark 14:9 (NLT)