CrossRoads Connect Weekly
Ephesians Series: Part 2
Last Sunday, Pastor Dan Cochrane introduced the new series in Ephesians—a letter written by the Apostle Paul to churches throughout Asia Minor. Pastor Dan gave us an overview of what's to come in the series, and we learned about the four P's of Ephesians: Place, People, Pattern, & Purpose. Ephesians truly is "A Letter for Living", and as Pastor Dan expressed on Sunday, this is a book that "can change your life forever"!
In preparation for this series, Pastor Dan encouraged us to read through Ephesians, suggesting to read a chapter a day this week—it's only six chapters long, so if you read a chapter a day you'll have it finished by Sunday. You're also welcome to check out the series resources at crossroadschurch.ca/ephesians. This Sunday, October 1, Pastor Dan will be looking at Ephesians 1:3-14, and we'll discover that we are blessed beyond our wildest dreams! There will also be a time of Communion this Sunday.
Soup's On: Sunday, Oct. 1
We’re putting the soup on again Sunday, October 1st. On the first Sunday every month we gather together to enjoy a meal as a church family. This is a great opportunity to build community at CrossRoads by inviting others to join you for soup. The soup this month is Tomato Soup served with a grilled cheese sandwich. Hope to see you there!
Following the morning services & before the evening service in the Café. Cost is $5/person (ages 5 & under free). Family of 4 or more (if over age of 5) is capped at $20.
Community Hope Partners
Sunday, October 1, there is an opportunity to engage with local organizations who work with the vulnerable in Red Deer. The Mustard Seed, Potter's Hands, Red Deer Hospice, Red Deer Dream Centre and Shalom Counselling will be on site to share their passion, purpose, and answer questions. Come say "hi", show your support, and learn more about the amazing work these organizations are doing in Central Alberta.
Please note: There is no registration needed for this event.
Bottle Donations: Oct. 8
We are grateful to have the opportunity to collect bottle donations for use by our Missions department. Your donations provide funds to support a variety of needs for local & global outreach. The collection trailer will be parked on the east side (right) of the main entrance and will be open for your donations between 8:30am and 7pm the second Sunday of every month.
Next Date: Sunday, October 8
Invest in Your Marriage
Enjoy a nice dinner in a romantic setting with a video series and private discussions with only your partner - building strong foundations, communication, resolving conflict, forgiveness, family past and present, and love in action.
October 11 to November 22, weekly on Wednesdays at 7pm
Cost: $150/couple (Subsidy provided if needed)
Thrive (for Women): Oct. 11
Inviting woman of all ages and stages to connect with one another. Thrive is:
• a safe place to see others and to be seen
• to hear others and to be heard
• to know others and to be known.
Meeting SECOND Wednesday of each month
October 11, 9:30-11:00am in the Chapel
Luncheon For Anyone 55+
Are you in the 55+ category? You are invited to join us for our October GEMS Luncheon as we celebrate Thanksgiving. Come and enjoy delicious food from our CrossRoads Kitchen. We will also be entertained by The Messengers, a group of four music-loving men who enjoy singing and playing instruments, story-telling and bringing a smile (or sometimes a nostalgic tear) to the faces of those they sing for. You don't want to miss this! For more information contact Chris at 403-347-6425 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, October 12
12pm, in the Chapel. $10 per person at the door.
Celebrate Recovery Rally
Alberta 2023 Celebrate Recovery Connection Rally is coming, October 14th 9:00am - 4:30pm! Join us for an opportunity to make valuable connections with like-minded people and strengthen your existing connection with God and others. Get fresh ideas and be inspired to grow your confidence by hearing from others and getting answers to your questions, even the ones you didn’t know you had.
Early Bird ticket bundle is available until September 24th and regular tickets are available until October 10th: crossroadschurch.ca/register.
New Families Lunch: Oct. 15
If you’re a young family who started attending CrossRoads Church within the past year, you're invited to a special potluck lunch in the Gym on October 15th following the 11am service. We would love to meet you and provide a space for you to connect with other young families while your kids enjoy some fun activities. Bring lunch for you and your family. Coffee and dessert will be provided.
Special Needs Gatherings
Starting in October, and then on the third Sunday monthly, we invite you to a gathering for those who share life with people who have special needs; whether it be families or workers. Our hope is that everyone (with & without special needs) is able to connect together, share, & encourage one another.
Sunday, October 15
3pm in Room 104 (Caregivers are invited to meet at the same time in Room 109)
National Truth and Reconciliation Day
Anyone who is interested is welcome to Timber Coffee Co. in Ponoka on September 30th to honour our Indigenous friends in recognition of Truth and Reconciliation Day. This will be a time of sharing hosted by Sarah Lahucik (a Central AB Youth Unlimited Missionary) and some of our local Indigenous leaders and youth. This will also be a great opportunity to ask questions, break down barriers and build community.
Saturday, September 30, 11am - 2pm
Timber Coffee Co., 4820 Hwy 2A, Ponoka
God's at Work in Maskwacis
This is an opportunity to listen to what God is doing in Maskwacis and how you can partner alongside Central Albert Youth Unlimited (CAYU). Hear stories from Sarah Lahucik and Paige Raugust, as well as testimonies from the youth they work with. This will be a time for connection and sharing, with coffee and dessert made and provided by the youth at CAYU. All are welcome!
Monday, October 16
6:30-9:30pm, Timber Coffee Co, Sylvan Lake
Water Storage Repair Project
Over the spring and summer we undertook a water storage repair project to rehabilitate the fire suppression system for our building. This work has now been completed. A big thank you to all those involved in completing this project! The expenses came to a total cost of $297,564. We invite you to participate in covering this expense through giving to the Building Fund as the Lord leads.
Details on how to give can be found at crossroadschurch.ca/giving.
GriefShare: Starts Oct. 17
GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. This class meets weekly and is of a limited size to ensure confidentiality and connection.
This group meets every Tuesday from 7-9pm in Room 108. Starting date is October 17th, and the group will run for 13 weeks until February 6th. Workbook available in class for $35 (cash only).
Please register through the Groups Catalogue at crossroadschurch.ca/groups
New & Expecting Moms
Are you a new mom, having had a child within the last year? Or, are you expecting a child? We would love for you to come and meet other moms in the same season of life. We will have pickles and ice cream as we enjoy fellowship together!
Register at crossroadschurch.ca/register.
Monday, October 23
6:30pm - 8:00pm, Room 104
Still a Few Spots Left!
From October 27th - 29th, we'll be gathering at Rivers Edge Camp & Retreat Centre (near Cremona, AB) with the intention of making memories, building community and strengthening our faith together. Plenty of activities will be available, such as escape rooms, floor hockey, ropes course and disc golf. We'll also learn through some practical teaching. Of course, the weekend wouldn't be complete without enjoying snacks around a campfire -- it's going to be a great weekend!
Register here. Deadline to register is October 22.
At CrossRoads Church, we believe that baptism is a step of obedience for those who follow Jesus. It is a way for us to publicly declare that we acknowledge Jesus as Lord and are committing our lives to walking in His way. We would be thrilled to help you take this important step in your faith journey!
The next baptism services are on Sunday, November 19th. If you are thinking about taking this important step in following Jesus, please fill out the baptism form on our website at crossroadschurch.ca/baptism.
Share Meals, Make Friends!
The goal of this group is to facilitate community, connections and unity within Crossroads by sharing a meal with new individuals monthly. By joining this group, you will be matched with other CrossRoads members to share a meal together. You'll be matched with someone you do not know or just know in passing, and then enjoy a meal together once a month at the host's home. This group is open to all ages and stages!
Learn more about this group or sign up in the groups catalogue at crossroadschurch.ca/groups.
If You're New, Welcome!
If you have recently moved to Central Alberta or are newer to CrossRoads, we would love to get to know you! We can help you plug in, find friendship and connect in the CrossRoads community. Our Pastor of Community Life, Jordan Cavanaugh, would love to connect with you—email Jordan at email@example.com and tell him a little about yourself and your family.
You can also visit crossroadschurch.ca/welcome for a quick intro, or text 'welcome' to 1-833-313-1305 to start a conversation. So glad to have you with us!
To give to the ministry at CrossRoads and those we support, we encourage you to choose either of these options:
ONLINE BANKING: please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for your payee account number.
E-TRANSFER: please use email@example.com as the recipient. In the notes section of the e-transfer, specify where you would like the giving designated to: General, Missions or Building. If no designation is made, it will be allocated to the General Fund. To receive a year-end donation receipt, please also include your address in the notes section.
Other giving options can be found at crossroadschurch.ca/giving.
Get the Church Center App!
Whether you are registering for an event, signing up for a group, or checking your kids in on Sunday, you'll likely be using Church Center. Church Center is an application we use for many things here at CrossRoads. We use it for planning our Sunday services, organizing serve teams, and setting up groups and registrations.
There are two main ways you can access Church Center. We highly recommend that you download the Church Center app on your phone, or you can visit
crossroadschurchreddeer.churchcenter.com on any internet browser.
Specialty Drinks & Treats!
Everyone is welcome to come to the Café to check out our new menu — hot drinks, cold drinks, cookies & muffins — and enjoy the space with family and friends. Stop by on Sundays to try a specialty beverage or a delicious baked treat! Ask about the punch cards — every 7th specialty beverage is free!
Café Hours: Open most Sundays, 10:15am to 11am (between the 9 & 11am service). Closed on any "Soup's On" Sundays.
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How Can We Pray For You?
Following each service, prayer team members are ready to pray with you. If you join us in person, prayer is available in the Sanctuary. If you're watching online, let us know your prayer request by sharing it here. Someone will then follow-up with you to pray together.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him." - 1 John 5:14-15