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Bulletin for Sunday, November 25, 2018

Who is in Control?

Matthew 25:14-30

This Week:

Junior High Family Feast

This Sunday, please come and join us for breakfast in the Youth Café from 10:15-11:15am or dessert at the couches by the gym from 5:30-6:00pm. This will be a great opportunity to connect together and have a little “taste” of Echo community.

Carols and CookiesCarols and Cookies

Tomorrow - Monday, November 26, at 7:00pm in the Chapel. Ladies, please join us for an evening of carol singing, accompanied by Hilda Baergen on the Grand Piano. Refreshments will be served! There is no cost to attend and no registration needed. We will be collecting NEW toques and mitts for kids of all ages. These will be donated to local schools.

Raise UpRaise Up: 12 Hours of Intercessory Prayer and Worship for Marriage

Please join us as we stand united in 12 hours of continuous prayer and worship for the marriages in our church! Wednesday, November 28 9:30am - 9:30pm in the Chapel. We know separation, divorce, and divided families are things that break God’s heart. As a church body, we want to intercede for the people in our community who are struggling in their relationships and implore the Lord to step in and to bring healing and restoration in places that need it.

GEMS BanquetGEMS Christmas Banquet

Saturday, December 1 at 5:00pm. Get your tickets now for the annual Christmas Banquet. Today is the last day to get tickets. Visit us in the Cafe between morning services.



Focus will be attending the Burman University Christmas Coral Concert on Saturday, December 1 at 4pm. You are invited to join a ‘Christmas Sock-Swap’ and potluck at the Taylor’s home afterwards. Please confirm with Twilight at 780-228-8282 or

Advent adThe Reality of Advent

During the month of December, Christians around the world remember the season of Advent. Advent means “coming” or “arrival” in Latin. It is a time meant to help us prepare for Jesus’ return and remember His birth.

While we often associate the season of Advent with the birth of Christ, it is also heavily related to the longing and ache we have for Christ’s second coming. Advent reminds us of the reality of the world as it is, and makes us hope for the world as it should be—restored and whole once Jesus returns. Advent reminds us that we live in the time in between Jesus’ two arrivals, and it asks us to prepare our hearts and then act in order to bring others into His kingdom.

This year at CrossRoads Church, we will be exploring Advent with four different themes on Sundays and throughout the week. Week 1 will take us through The Reality of Darkness (starting December 2), week 2 is The Reality of Hope (starting December 9), week 3 is The Reality of Promise (starting December 16), and week 4 is The Reality of Immanuel (starting December 23).

We are providing a variety of ways for you to engage in Advent this year, so please participate in whatever way works for you during this season!

  • We’ve created an Advent Booklet that provides explanation, Scripture and activity ideas to take you through the four weeks of Advent. They are available from an usher as you leave the service today, or you can pick one up at the Connecting Point or download it online at
  • During Advent this year, the Prayer Room at CrossRoads (located right off of the café) will be transformed into an Advent experience. The prayer room will be open on Sundays and throughout the week during the month of December for you to come engage your senses with the week’s Advent theme. You won’t want to miss this chance to go deep and experience something new this Advent season!
  • If you are signed up for RightNow Media, each week during Advent we will email you a link that will connect you to songs, videos, Scripture and more related to the week’s Advent theme. If you haven’t yet, sign up for RightNow Media for free at

We hope that this season will help you discover new things, grow in your faith, and rejoice in arrival of King Jesus, the one who brings light to our darkness!


Coming Up

The Mission of God’s People -- Advent

Join Pastor Denise on Monday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Trestle Room for our continuing look at God’s mission and how He invites us into it. This month we will be taking a deeper look at the season of Advent -- the background, its meaning, and how it relates to our lives today. Advent calls us to long for Jesus’ arrival as we grapple with the reality of the world around us. Come discover the the hope we have in the King who is coming soon!

56er Serve Sunday

Don’t forget to register for 56er Serve Sunday (Dec 30)! Visit our K-6 page to see the opportunities to serve and to register online. Registration closes Dec 23. Please note, there will be no 56ers programming on Dec 30, 2018.

Nov 2018 Prayer

News and Serving Opportunities

Christmas Compassion Campaign is coming!

Next Sunday we will highlight Local Initiatives with the global partners to follow in the weeks to come. All of our local partners will be on-site, so COME TO THE GYM after each service to meet and encourage
them and hear about how, together, we are compassionately impacting our community. You’ll even get to pack a lunch for a child in need! See you there.

Group Facilitator

Do you have a vision or dream of a group? Want to do life in Community with others but not sure how to make it happen… How do I run a group with my kids? What could a family group look like? Could a once a month group work? Email to get your questions answered and find out how easy facilitating a group is!

Haiti Outreach Team - Update

The country is experiencing unrest as there is a call for the President to step down. Protests, which have been in the capital, have led to serious injury and casualties. Please be assured, our team is far from where the unrest has been. The Leadership of Haiti Arise says, “We are troubled about the unrest in the country and are doing everything we can to manage it as it relates to Haiti Arise. The cities and highways seem to be settling. Your continued prayers are desired.” Check out the updates on the Missions Blog at

Infant Care Restocking Team

Do you love to organize and work behind the scenes? Infant Care needs you. We are looking for 2 individuals to organize and restock our Infant Care rooms each week for Sunday mornings. For more details email

2019 Boxed Offering Envelopes

We will be handing out the 2019 boxed offering envelopes on Sunday, Dec. 16 and 23. Please be sure to stop by the table and pick yours up.

CrossRoads Building Fund

10% of all donations received for the Building Fund will be allocated to other efforts in Central Alberta that are non-CrossRoads related. These specific efforts will be related to our desire to reach Central Alberta with the good news of Jesus. If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Finance, Bobbi Kroeger, at