Understanding the Messianic Mandate
18“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him.
Are You New to CrossRoads?
Welcome to CrossRoads Church! It’s great to have you here. We’d love to meet you and give you some information to help get you connected. Visit us at the Connecting Point in the front foyer or text CrossRoads New to 393939. (Msg & data rates may apply) or click here.
Bottles for Missions a Success!
Today is Bottle Collection Day! Thank you to everyone who has donated their recyclable bottles to our Bottles for Missions. Since launching the collection, we have received over $2500! We want to thank you for continuing to support this initiative. The trailer is outside the Chapel entrance.
We are a few days away from our next Thrive event! Join us Wednesday March 13 from 9-11am, to enjoy a latte ($3) and snacks and hear from Joan Johnson speak on Trusting God. We'd love to see you!
Thursday, March 14 at 11:45am - 1:15pm. Leader Impact is a unique environment for marketplace leaders that couples great leadership input with a foundation of spiritual values and helps explore the relevance of faith in God in their professional and personal lives. To register visit: reddeer-leaderimpact-forum-holsen.eventbrite.ca or contact Camille at CommunityLife@CrossRoadsChurch.ca.
Single Moms Fellowship
Please join us on Friday March 15 at 6:00pm in the front foyer. This month we will be focusing on improving our financial circumstances through sharing resources, tips and tricks for saving and smart spending. Dinner and childcare are provided on this evening. Please register ahead on the Moms Facebook page or call or text Laurie at 587-377-5206.
FOCUS (40+ Singles)
Join us at the Duncan’s Farm in Innisfail on Saturday, March 16 at 7:00pm. Cost: $3. You’ll enjoy hearing testimonies by a fire while roasting s’mores and sipping hot chocolate! Please RSVP by text to Twilight @ 780-228-8282 or email email@example.com for more details.
56er Family Event
This is our first 56er Family Event of 2019! On Saturday, March 16 at 5:30pm, join us for an evening of fun and food in the Youth Centre. Supper is provided and Pastor Jordan will be hosting! This is for you and your 56er only; no siblings. Visit our K-6 page to register before March 13.
Backstage Pass Tour
Back by popular demand: it’s the ‘Backstage Pass Tour’ on Sunday, March 17. If you’d like to know more about our space (youth, worship and tech departments) than we’d love to show you! Please meet at the ‘Connecting Point’ after each service for a 20-minute interactive site tour.
Faith at Home - Age 3 “Prayer”
Sunday, March 17 at 9:00am, 11:00am and 6:00pm in the Chapel. If you are 3 years old (born in 2015), come with your parents and explore Prayer. There will be no regular classes for those born in 2015.
A Day With... Mission and Culture Tour
Tuesday, March 19, 7:00 - 9:00pm - Theatre. Our denomination, EMCC, is forming a new strategy for their mission arm, World Partners. As part of this change, come hear from our national leaders as they present the proposed posture and strategic direction of World Partners, workers and development. This is your chance to understand and speak into this new direction.
Local Initiative Serve Opportunities
- Breakfast Club Servers needed on March 12, 19 at Glendale School from 7:30 - 8:15am. Two people are needed on these mornings to prepare breakfast, visit with students and help with clean up.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters will be here on March 27 from 6:00-8:00pm in the gym for an evening of dodge ball and snacks. You are invited to come and join a great group of kids who are currently on a wait list for a mentor and spend the evening with them. If you have been considering mentoring in school or in the community or you would just like to make these kids feel welcome at CrossRoads and join in the games please come out.
For more information on either of these opportunities and to register for March 27 email LaurieW@CrossRoadsChurch.ca.
Soup ‘n a Bun
Sunday, March 24 - It’s only $2 and a chance to meet or re-connect with people within the 25-35 age category. Join us before the service at 5:00pm in the cafe and enjoy some homemade soup!
Faith at Home - Kindergarten
Sunday, March 24 at 9:00 and 11:00am. Come with your parent and explore “Families of Compassion”
Short Term Outreach Info Night
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to join one of our teams to Uganda, Haiti and Rwanda? This will be your chance to see and hear about the opportunities to support and walk alongside our Global Compassion partners, hear from those who have gone before and ask any questions you may have. Monday, March 25, 7:00pm in the Trestle Room. Free food! Hope to see you there!
56er Serve Sunday
Our 56ers will be serving our church community in various ways during each service on Sunday, March 31. If you are a 56er and have not yet registered, registration closes March 27. Don’t miss out!
Plan to Protect Training Luncheon
Want to Serve our Littles in Infant Care and Pre-K? We invite you on Sunday, March 31, to join us for our mandatory Plan to Protect Training. This will be in the Trestle Room (located in the Children’s wing) at 12:30pm (right after the 11am service). A light lunch will be provided as we present our Plan To Protect policies. Contact Marcia at MarciaB@CrossRoadsChurch.ca for more information.
Empowered to Connect
April 5 & 6 Come experience practical teaching in a safe and supportive community as we work to equip families, churches, and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care. More info at www.CrossRoadsChurch.ca/ComingEvents
April 12 - 14 Camp Silversides, Gull Lake. Engaged Encounter helps you prepare for your life together after the wedding. More info at www.CrossRoadsChurch.ca/ComingEvents
April 15 Moms, take your pre-k boy out for an exciting adventure! Monday, April 15 at 6:30pm we will have fun and games in the gym. Snacks provided. Cost is $7.50 each person. Registration is required. www.CrossRoadsChurch.ca/ComingEvents
Alpha - Who Will You Invite?
Spring Alpha. All are welcome! Tuesdays beginning with dinner at 6:30pm. April 16 – June 25. A series of interactive sessions where everyone, but especially our family, friends, and neighbours are invited to explore the basics of the Christian faith. Each session looks at a different question and is designed to create conversation. There’s no pressure, no follow-up and no charge; it’s just an open, informal, and honest space to explore life’s big questions together. Invitations can be picked up at the Connecting Point. CommunityLife@CrossRoadsChurch.ca for more info.
Will you go? Upcoming Short Term Outreaches
- Uganda - Sept. 30 - Oct. 15, 2019 *apply by April 8, 2019
- Haiti - Nov. 18 - 28, 2019 *apply by May 13, 2019
- Rwanda - Feb 22 - March 5, 2020 *apply by August 5, 2019
Applications are available online or at the missions kiosk. For more info contact ChantelleS@CrossRoadsChurch.ca.
Infant Care Restocking and Organizing Team
Do you love to organize? Prefer to Serve behind the scenes on your own schedule? We need you! We are looking for Infant Care restocking/organizing team members. We would love to have you join the team. Please contact Marcia at MarciaB@CrossRoadsChurch.ca.
Read Through the Book of Mark
During the season of Lent (March 6-April 20), we will be reading through the book of Mark in the Bible together! As we prepare our hearts for the Easter season, we want to re-familiarize ourselves with Jesus’ story -- His ministry, teaching, death and resurrection. Our reading plan suggests about 20 verses a day in order to read all of Mark by Easter. Pick up a Mark reading plan at the Connecting Point at church or find it at www.crossroadschurch.ca/Lent
Lent - Fasting
During the season of Lent, consider joining us on Fridays in practicing specific fasts. You may want to join for just one, or maybe for all of them. We enter into this, not as a way of punishing ourselves or earning grace, but as a recognition that God is the one who supplies all of our needs. We rely on Him for every breath. It is in Him that we “live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). See below for our planned fast for this coming Friday.
- Friday, March 15: Except for bills you need to pay, decide not to spend any money today. (You could even extend this through the weekend if you like!) As you practice this today, think about the things you would have spent money on. Were they necessary? Is there a better way to use those funds instead? Consider giving money you would have spent to a worthy cause.
Welcoming New Staff
Please join us in welcoming Dawn Larson to staff as the Assistant to Family Ministries! We are excited to have her join the team.
Summer is drawing closer…can you feel it? We are looking for help to create spaces for anyone from CrossRoads who’d like to stay active this summer. It’s the perfect time to start up a group that walks together or prays together or runs together or bikes together or hikes together or gardens together and more! Let’s do a little creation care mixed with soul care at the same time. Curious about how to get started? Connect with us today and let’s make this the best and most active summer ever. firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are inviting men over the age of 55 to participate in a survey for Red Deer College’s research study, examining loneliness in men. If you would like to participate please go to
https://form.simplesurvey.com/f/l/loneliness. The deadline to complete the survey is March 15, 2019.