Over the past week, as I’ve been thinking about this newsletter, much has happened in the life of Crossroads. Our community is in the midst of grieving the deaths of Alice Foeller, Kate Smith, and Ed Snyder. Surrounding these hard days, I have witnessed and been a part of people coming together in loving support, caring for one another, sharing the burdens of loss, and the hope of life eternal. In the midst of these hard days, I am encouraged by this community of faith, by our coming together, and by our doing this hard work of saying goodbye well.
Before these deaths, my intentions were to use this space to talk about new and renewed aspects of congregational life that we can anticipate in September. Below, I am including information about a number of things, including moving back into the sanctuary, Sunday school, Monday Bible study, confirmation, and youth group. Even in the midst of life and death and grief and hope, we do have things to look forward to as Crossroads Lutheran Church. My prayers remain with all those who are grieving. And my hopes continue for us all. This hope is rooted in Christ who makes all things new.
Sanctuary Return—September 9 & 10
On Saturday, September 9, and Sunday, September 10, worship will return to the sanctuary at Crossroads. Invite your family and friends to worship this weekend as we enjoy the renewed sanctuary with festive worship.
Sunday School Returns—September 10 & 24
Sunday school will also return on Sunday, September 10, at 9:15 AM. This year we are inviting people of all ages, both children and adults to be part of Sunday school. We all can learn from one another, so YOU are invited to discover and learn more about some of the key stories of our faith. Sunday school will meet every other Sunday throughout the year.
Confirmation Begins—Saturday, September 16 from 5-7:30 PM
Our Confirmation program transitions this fall to coordinate with Saturday night worship in cooperation with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. On this first, orientation night of confirmation, parents and confirmands will worship together and then have a simple dinner and learn about plans and expectations for the year.
Confirmation will regularly meet on the first Saturday of each month beginning with 5 PM worship. In addition to other activities and learning opportunities, those in confirmation are also strongly encouraged to actively participate in youth group. In October, confirmation will meet on Saturday, October 7, and youth group will be on Saturday, October 21.
Youth Group Begins—Saturday, September 16 from 5-9 PM
Youth group is also transitioning to Saturdays this fall to coordinate with Saturday night worship. This first one will coincide with confirmation night, so after confirmands have learned a bit about confirmation they can go join the other youth already in full youth group mode. Kristen Arends, who led youth group for us in partnership with St. Paul’s last spring, will once again plan, coordinate and lead youth group this fall. Dinner is provided for the youth.
Similarly to confirmation, I encourage families to come together for worship at 5 PM, and then youth can stay for youth group and parents can go on their way before returning to pick up their youth at 9 PM. On the Saturdays of youth group, youth leadership in worship is being planned. In October, youth group will be on Saturday, October 21.
Monday Bible Study Returns—Monday, September 18 @ 10 AM
If you’ve never come before, or regularly attend Monday Bible Study, we will begin again on Monday, September 18 at 10 AM. This year we will look at the places in the Bible that tell the same story more than once. In comparing the similarities and differences between tellings, we will deepen our faith, our understanding of Scripture, and our relationships with one another. We will begin looking at creation stories, the flood, and other Old Testament stories before moving to Jesus’ nativity, baptism, transfiguration, crucifixion and resurrection
2 Corinthians 5:11-21
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
2 Corinthians 6:14-7:7
2 Corinthians 7:8-16
2 Corinthians 8:1-15
Song of Solomon 1:1-4:16
2 Corinthians 8:16-24
Song of Solomon 5:1-8:14
2 Corinthians 9:1-15
2 Corinthians 10:1-18
2 Corinthians 11:1-15
2 Corinthians 11:16-33
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
2 Corinthians 12:11-21
2 Corinthians 13:1-14