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What is it?
Rethinking Christmas is a resource to help us put back into perspective what the true meaning of Christmas is by worshipping Jesus through compassion not consumption.

Christ tends to get overlooked at Christmas. Let’s be honest. December comes and you think, “ok this will be the year”. This time you swear you will slow down and take it all in. Make the most with family. Help the needy. Zero in on what it really means to be a Christ follower during this Holiday Season.

What if we could Christ back as the true meaning of the season and not get caught up in all the commercialism of Christmas?

Worship More.
Spend Less.
Give More.
Love All.

Click here to read more information about ReThinking Christmas<

As Easter approaches (April 8th), we want to prepare ourselves spiritually for what is to come. We don’t want this to be just another day that we celebrate but that we would be changed because of the truth that our Savior lives! So what are we going to do?

First let’s pray.

Let’s pray that God would show us the power of His resurrection. Let’s also pray to God that He would draw our family, friends, roommates, co-workers, closer to himself over the next couple of weeks.
Think about people that God has placed in your life now. We often pray for people to share our faith with and they are right in front of us.
Write down five names of people that you thought of. The challenge is that we don’t see these people as projects, but as people that we want to know the love and life of Christ.

Second let’s invite.

Pray for these people over the next two weeks and if they live in the area invite them to church with you on Easter Sunday.
Also, on Sunday April 1st we will meet at the church at 5 p.m. and pass out invitations to those in the community for church on Easter Sunday.

Third let’s prepare.

It would be so easy to let this Easter come and go and we miss the power and meaning of this event. We want to have a real encounter with Christ this Easter. To do this, starting on April 1st we will be walking through the last week of Christ together. We will provide a study guide that will have daily readings of Christ’s last week on earth.

On April 6th, Good Friday, we will be celebrating Christ at the last supper and his crucifixion. On Sunday, April 8th, we will have our Easter Service where we celebrate that our Savior conquered the grave. Following the Easter service we will have an Easter egg hunt for the kids.

Calendar of Events:

March 25: Begin praying daily for those in your life to draw close to Christ
April 1: Begin Daily Reading Study Guide for Passion Week
In the evening meet at the church to pass out invitations in the community
This week ask your friends to join you at CrossRoads to celebrate Easter

April 6: Worship Night at the Church as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper and the Cross.
7:30 p.m.

April 8: EASTER

Invisible Children: Rough Cut is a documentary recorded in 2003 based on the experiences of three college students (Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey, and Laren Poole) in Northern Uganda. The filmers are from San Diego, California in the United States. They went to Uganda to see what they could film, and they found thousands of people affected by the insurgency of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The resulting story focuses on the war’s effects on children, particularly child soldiers.

They found that thousands of children flee their homes nightly in order to escape being abducted. Children in Uganda are regularly abducted by the LRA to be trained as child soldiers. The children who run from their homes walk miles to find shelter in hospitals or bus parks – virtually anywhere far away from rebel camps.

We have a team of people who have worked with these kids comming to norfolk for two days and showing screenings of the movie and answering quesions.

The first showing is on the campus of ODU.
February 22,2007
7 p.m. Dien 107


The second showing is at CrossRoads Church

Friday, February 23, 2007
7:15 p.m.
The church address is:
1127 Surrey Cres.
Norfolk, Va. 23508

to find more out about the invisible children go to: http://www.invisiblechildren.com

questions? call Kevin Tremper at 667-0633 or email kevin@crossroadsnorfolk.com

The link to Study Guide Week 2 for The Journey has been fixed. Sorry anyone who was not able to access it.

-paul

This Sunday…

Hey guys… Just an update. This Sunday the entire service will be centered around communion. We are asking as you come into worship that you come up another set of stairs in the church and when you enter into the sanctuary that you would enter in silence.

Also there will be a time during the service where you will be able to share how God has met you this week. Our focus of the change your world area will be Rob and Yoko Taylor who are missionaries in Japan. We are hoping to raise $500 to give to that ministry. The money in particular will go not directly to Rob and Yoko, however it will go to a local pastor in Japan who works full time as one of the only pastor’s in this area of Japan and becuase the church is so small he does not get paid. The entire gift will be given to this pastor as a way to help with his expenses.

WOW, what a cool thing. We are going to give money to a pastor thousands of miles away, who most likley we will never meet, however we get the opportunity to encouage, invest, and help, a small group of our brothers and sisters in Christ, in the country of Japan. Praise God.

Come willing to share. Come willing to give. Come willing to worship.

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