CrossRoads Connect Weekly
Jordan Polson, Executive Pastor
It is with mixed emotions that we share the news of Pastor Jordan Polson's decision to step down as our Executive Pastor after nearly two decades of faithful service.
After much prayer and reflection, Jordan and his wife, Kathleen, feel it's time to embark on a new chapter. We want to thank Jordan for his unwavering dedication and leadership to our church staff and congregation. Let's uphold Jordan and Kathleen in prayer in their journey ahead. If you wish to express gratitude, please reach out to him directly or extend your well wishes in person on Sundays. The Church Board and Pastor Dan have begun the process of searching for Pastor Jordan's successor.
New Series Starts Sunday!
This Sunday, March 3, we are beginning a 3-part series titled, "It is Written". As we journey through the season of Lent, which is a time to reflect on Jesus' 40 days of fasting in the desert, this series will focus on the temptations Jesus faced during that time. Jesus' example of resisting temptation demonstrates to us the importance of relying on God's Word and strength to resist the temptations that we face in our daily lives. Overall, this series promises to be a transformative journey towards spiritual growth and renewal as we prepare for Easter.
Pastor Denise Snyder is bringing us Part 1 of the series this Sunday, with an inspiring talk about Matthew 4:1-7. Pastor Denise will be sharing how Jesus' testing and temptation is the model for us to be victorious over our struggles, and how with God's help we can overcome any challenge.
There will also be a time of Communion this Sunday. We hope you will be blessed as we worship together this week!
Soup's On: March 3
We're putting the soup on again and you're invited! We would love for you to come for our monthly 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 Italian Wedding.
Sunday, March 3, following the morning services & before the evening service. Cost is $5/person (ages 5 & under free). Family of 4 or more (if over age of 5) is capped at $20.
*Please Note: the Café is closed for "Soup's On" Sundays.
Want to be more involved in Soup's On? Sign up to be a Soup's On Host or Cashier. If this interests you, email us at email@example.com.
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, March 24th. If you are thinking about taking this important step in following Jesus, please fill out the baptism form at crossroadschurch.ca/baptism and we will be in contact with you to set up an interview!
New Moms Meet & Greet
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! There is no payment required for this event.
Monday, March 11
6:30pm - 8:00pm, Room 106
Register at crossroadschurch.ca/register.
Thrive (for Women): March 13
Inviting women 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
March 13, 9:30-11:00am, Chapel
Special Needs Activity Day
Every third Sunday of the month, we invite you for fun and fellowship with 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. Come prepared to have some fun and connect with others!
Sunday, March 17, 3:00pm - 4:30pm in Room 104. Caregivers are invited to meet at the same time in Room 109.
Faith at Home (Gr. 5): March 17
Faith at Home events offer an opportunity to invest in the spiritual life and development of your growing family. These events are a small investment of your time that will pay off big; with a stronger, faith-inspired family!
All kids Grade 5's & their parents are invited to join Pastor Barry on Sunday, March 17th to learn about being "Tech-Ready". Meet in the Chapel during any of the three services. More info on our Faith at Home services is available at crossroadschurch.ca/faithathome.
GEMS Luncheon: March 21
For anyone 55+: Join us as we celebrate together with a GEMS Luncheon, featuring great connecting and delicious food from the CrossRoads Kitchen. Our March Luncheon will feature CrossRoad's own Wilma Vander Leek, who will present on the importance of pre-planning funerals and memorials. Wilma is well trained in funeral planning and helping others work through their grief during times of loss. She will also be offering cost-saving tips to minimize funeral expenses.
Thursday, February 15, 12:00 noon in the Chapel
Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information, contact Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prepare for Life Together
The Engaged Encounter weekend condenses 10 weeks of pre-marriage counselling into 48 hours. Engaged Encounter focuses on how to communicate well with your partner. Learn from a team of married couples as they present on various topics such as marriage hot spots, conflict styles, finances, decision making, sex, and the art of listening. You will also have private time together with your fiancé to discuss each topic and how it will look in your relationship. Set aside your wedding planning for a weekend, and take some time away to focus on establishing your marriage—it's well worth it!
April 12-14, Camp Silversides
Cost: $360 per couple ($180/person).
Register by April 7 at crossroadschurch.ca/register.
An Evening of Worship & Word
The biblical story tells us the great and true account of God's marvelous acts of creation, promise, mission, victory, restoration and renewed creation. It is a beautiful story that we are personally invited to participate in through Jesus. Join us for an evening of worship through song, word and scripture as we present the big story of the amazing things that God has done!
Tuesday, March 26, 7pm in the Sanctuary
Alpha at Home: Starts in April
Do you have people in your life asking big faith questions? Open your home and start the conversation! We are encouraging our members to host a Spring series of Alpha in their homes. What a great opportunity to invite our friends, neighbours and family into our homes to share the gospel. If you're currently in a group, we'd love it if you could put your group studies "on hold" and run Alpha instead. Find more info about Alpha at crossroadschurch.ca/alpha.
If you’d like to lead a small Alpha group, there will be a leader training session April 7th. Register at crossroadschurch.ca/register.
If you have any questions, email email@example.com.
Shuttle Drivers Needed
We are looking for volunteers who are willing to drive people to and from church on Sunday mornings. If you are interested in serving our church family in this way, please call the Shuttle Coordinator, Bruce Allen at: 403-550-5027.
Family Events this Easter
During the week leading up to Easter, K-6 Ministry has created the "Holy Week Family Experience" designed to help families understand and reflect on the Easter story, engage with it, and celebrate victory over death. This interactive experience starts on Monday, March 25th and continues until Easter Sunday, March 31st.
KIDS: Monday-Sunday (March 25-31) - Walk Through the Garden Experience, Room 202 during office hours (8:30am-4:30pm).
KIDS: Monday, March 25 @ 6:30pm in the Chapel: Movie Night – Prince of Egypt
ALL: Tuesday, March 26 - God’s Story Worship Night at 7pm in the Sanctuary
KIDS: Wednesday, March 27 - Family Seder Dinner at 6pm in Chapel Register here!
ALL: Thursday, March 28 - Passover Seder Dinner at 6pm in Chapel Register here!
ALL: Friday, March 29 - Good Friday Services at 9am & 11am Services will be livestreamed here.
ALL: Sunday, March 31 - Easter Sunday Celebration at 9am, 11am, and 6pm
Find more info on our regular Sunday services at crossroadschurch.ca/sunday.
Family Seder: March 27
Join us for a Family Passover Seder Dinner designed especially for families with kids as we remember how God rescued His people during the events of the Exodus and proclaim the truth that once we were slaves, but now we are free! Come discover the traditions of this meal in a kid-friendly format, and see how it is connected to Jesus' introduction of Communion at the Last Supper. This will be a wonderful evening of biblical discovery, fellowship and good food. (Please note: This meal will be dairy and gluten free.)
Wednesday, March 27, 6:00pm in the Chapel
$10 per person (free for kids 3 & under). Please register by March 17 at crossroadschurch.ca/register
Passover Seder: March 28
Passover is the time when God commanded His people to celebrate when He rescued them from their slavery in the land of Egypt. Passover is also significant for Christians because Jesus’ Last Supper was a Passover Seder.
Celebrating Passover helps us understand the words of Jesus at the Last Supper, and it brings new and deeper significance for us as we prepare for Easter. Join us as we walk through the meaning of Passover and eat a delicious meal together!
Thursday, March 28, 6:00pm in the Chapel
Register at crossroadschurch.ca/register
Youth & Young Adults
If you're somewhere between Grade 7 and age 30, there's something for you at CrossRoads Youth/Young Adults. Follow the social links for the most recent updates.
OLDER YOUNG ADULTS (Age 24-30) Biweekly, Mondays 6:30-9pm. Join at: crossroadschurch.ca/joinagroup
SR. HIGH YOUTH (Gr. 9-11) Wednesdays 7-9pm
Follow on Instagram: @crshyouth
JR. HIGH YOUTH (Gr. 7-8) Thursdays 7-8:30pm
Follow on Instagram: @crjhyouth
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.
Café Now Open Tuesdays!
If you are looking for a comfortable atmosphere to catch up with friends, or simply enjoy a cup of coffee, come to the Café! This is a great space to hang out, read your bible, or even have a business meeting. Specialty hot and cold drinks, cookies & muffins and other baked treats are available. Ask about the punch cards — every 7th specialty beverage is free!
NEW Café Hours:
Sundays: 8:30-9:05am & 10:30-11:10am (before the 9am service and between the 9 & 11am services).
Tuesdays: 8:30am - 3:00pm
*Note: The CrossRoads Café is closed any "Soup's On" Sundays.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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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.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." - Philippians 4:6
Other Upcoming Events
CrossRoads Church is pleased to be the host venue for the following events. As event host, CrossRoads does not inherently endorse or promote the event's content.
Mac Powell in Concert
CrossRoads is excited to be the host venue for Mac Powell (from the band Third Day), in concert this spring! If you enjoy Christian rock and country music, you will certainly enjoy seeing Mac Powell in concert.
Friday, May 24 in the Sanctuary at 7pm.
Tickets are $35 available through Eventbrite.ca