Weekly Announcements – February 19th

Tools Talk: Parenting This class will be held this Wednesday, February 22nd, at 7:30pm. The focus will be on tools for parenting. Celebration Northeast Celebration Northeast is July 13-15, 2017. Join hundreds of other Sovereign Grace Church members as we come together for three days to hear God’s Word proclaimed, worship together, and have a ton of fun. Kids, Teens, Singles, Couples are all invited to this extraordinary event where we celebrate our great salvation and our partnership in the gospel. Speakers include Mike Bullmore, Mickey Connelly, Mark Prater, and Tim Shorey. Other events include an Ice Cream Social, Movie Night, Concert, Sports Activities, exciting Children’s MinistryClasses and many other fun activities. This is one summer event you won’t want to miss. So, join us for Celebration Northeast 2017 on July 13-15 at Lancaster Bible College in beautiful Lancaster, PA. Costs: Housing: $60 per person | $150 per family (Deadline for reduced dorm pricing: Feb 24th) Registration: Single Registration- $30 Couple Registration- $45 Teen Registration (incoming 7th grade up to 17 yrs old)- $15 per teen Children Registration (3yrs old to 6th grade)- Free How to get the reduced housing? Email rebekah@crosswayma.org and let Bekah know you are interested. Adult Sunday Class Adult Sunday Classes will start March 12th at 9:00am. The focus of these classes will be the foundations of our faith. This will be a four week...

Monday Morning Ministry: From Prison to Palace

Title: From Prison to Palace Scriptures: Genesis 41 Speaker: Bauer Evans Date: February 19, 2017 Main Point: God is exalted when we suffer by sight in view of His presence, promises, and purposes for our lives. Introduction: We continued in our series on the life of Joseph taken from the book of Genesis. It is important to understand the storyline before we consider why God preserved this chapter in scripture for us to apply it to our lives. We have arrived at a dramatic turning point in Joseph’s life. He is remembered (vs. 1-14) by the cupbearer and released from prison in order to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams (vs. 15-36), and is subsequently elevated in in Egypt to save the world from famine (vs. 37-57). We suffer by sight as we live aware that God is with us and working: Joseph’s life helps us understand God’s purposes in our suffering. Joseph knew that God was with him in his suffering during imprisonment (40:8) and he is still following the Lord in Pharaoh’s presence too. (41:16). He is an example of suffering by sight. Although released from prison, he remains a slave in Egypt, separated from his family and land. Joseph doesn’t yet know the whole story, but I believe he knew the promises God gave Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He knows he is not outside of God’s care and God’s fulfillment of His plan for him. Friends, when we live aware that God is with us and is working, even in affliction, we suffer by sight. And what happens when we suffer by sight? First, we live by faith in...

Weekly Announcements – February 12th

Tools Talk: Parenting This class will be held on February 22nd at 7:30pm. The focus will be on tools for parenting. Celebration Northeast Celebration Northeast is July 13-15, 2017. Join hundreds of other Sovereign Grace Church members as we come together for three days to hear God’s Word proclaimed, worship together, and have a ton of fun. Kids, Teens, Singles, Couples are all invited to this extraordinary event where we celebrate our great salvation and our partnership in the gospel. Speakers include Mike Bullmore, Mickey Connelly, Mark Prater, and Tim Shorey. Other events include an Ice Cream Social, Movie Night, Concert, Sports Activities, exciting Children’s MinistryClasses and many other fun activities. This is one summer event you won’t want to miss. So, join us for Celebration Northeast 2017 on July 13-15 at Lancaster Bible College in beautiful Lancaster, PA. Costs: Housing: $60 per person | $150 per family (Deadline for reduced dorm pricing: Feb 24th) Registration: Single Registration- $30 Couple Registration- $45 Teen Registration (incoming 7th grade up to 17 yrs old)- $15 per teen Children Registration (3yrs old to 6th grade)- Free How to get the reduced housing? Email rebekah@crosswayma.org and let Bekah know you are interested. GO Team The GO Team is meeting next Sunday at 12:00pm. Bring a lunch and join the discussion about gospel outreach in our neighborhoods. Brainstorming Session Do you want to help brainstorm ideas for our upcoming Snow White drama? Are you interested in seeing how our shows take shape? Join the writing crew for a creative brainstorming session next Sunday at 12:00pm. Our goal for this meeting is not to write...

Monday Morning Ministry: When Hope Gets Put on Hold

Title: When Hope Gets Put on Hold Scriptures: Genesis 40-41 Speaker: Bauer Evans Date: February 12, 2017 Introduction: Our scripture is taken from Genesis, chapter 40. This chapter in Joseph’s story is remarkable: not many of us have been sold into slavery by our siblings or falsely accused and sent to prison. But many of us have experienced disappointing experiences that have shaped our lives for a long time. Despite Joseph’s unfulfilled dreams, feelings of being forgotten, and possibly even doubts about God’s promises, He remained faithful to the Lord. What was the source of his confidence? What did he understand about God’s work, purposes, and presence in his life that we are to understand for ours? Main Point: God works in His people His character to prepare us for His purposes. God is building Joseph’s character: In terms of the overall story, the time for Joseph’s exaltation into Pharaoh’s presence has not yet arrived. But God is working in his life so that he will be exactly the kind of man God can use. Even now, we notice there is something different in his character. When we meet Joseph at the age of 17, he was insensitive to others and self absorbed. He interprets the dreams given by God without asking God. Here, in chapter 40, when the cupbearer and baker share their dreams, he tells them “interpretations belong to God” (vs. 8). Do you see the difference in Joseph’s response? God has worked into him a deeper dependency on the Lord. Providentially, God used years of delays to forge the character he now possesses. Friends, when Christ...

Weekly Announcements – February 5th

Women’s One Day Retreat Registration is now open for the one day women’s retreat on February 11th! The retreat will run from 9:00am to 3:00pm, with lunch provided. The cost to register is $25. However, if you have food allergies and plan to bring your own lunch, base registration is $10. You can register online HERE. Tools Talk: Parenting This class will be held on February 22nd at 7:30pm. The focus will be on tools for parenting. Celebration Northeast Celebration Northeast is July 13-15, 2017. Join hundreds of other Sovereign Grace Church members as we come together for three days to hear God’s Word proclaimed, worship together, and have a ton of fun. Kids, Teens, Singles, Couples are all invited to this extraordinary event where we celebrate our great salvation and our partnership in the gospel. Speakers include Mike Bullmore, Mickey Connelly, Mark Prater, and Tim Shorey. Other events include an Ice Cream Social, Movie Night, Concert, Sports Activities, exciting Children’s Ministry Classes and many other fun activities. This is one summer event you won’t want to miss. So, join us for Celebration Northeast 2017 on July 13-15 at Lancaster Bible College in beautiful Lancaster, PA. Cost of housing: $60 per person | $150 per family (not including registration cost) Deadline for reduced dorm pricing: Feb 24th How to get this? Email rebekah@crosswayma.org and let Bekah know you are interested. Drama Interest Update Praise God! All of the leadership needs have been filled for the spring drama, so we are ready to take the next step. We will be holding a story brainstorming session that is open for everyone!...

Monday Morning Ministry: The Rise and Fall of Joseph

Title: The Rise and Fall of Joseph Scriptures: Genesis 39 Speaker: Bauer Evans Date: February 5, 2017 Introduction: We resumed our series taken from the book of Genesis. This section of chapters (37-50) highlights God’s sovereign and redeeming purposes in the life of Joseph and in the life of his dysfunctional family. Main Point: The Lord is faithful to His promises and to His people. The Lord was with Joseph in everything (vs. 1-6): In chapter 37, Joseph is living with Jacob’s family in Canaan. He has eleven brothers and one sister. He is the second youngest and his father’s favorite son (37:2-3), symbolized by a special coat Jacob gave him to wear. Jacob’s favoritism and Joseph’s pride enraged his siblings when he gave a bad report about them and shared his God-given dreams of preeminence over them (37:4, 7-10). Their question, “are you to rule over us,” is the key question for the rest of Joseph’s story. The result of their hatred is seen in their plan to kill Joseph. Only the intervention of Reuben, the oldest brother, allows him to live, only to be sold by Judah to Ishmaelite traders who take him to Egypt, and sell him as a slave to Potiphar. What does the narrator wants us to notice in chapter 39 besides the dysfunction of the covenant family? It is how the LORD was with Joseph (vs. 2-3, 5, 23) even when others sinned against him. The repeated name of Yahweh underscores the Lord’s presence to bless Joseph in Egypt in everything he did (cf. Luke 2:40). Friends, here is our starting point for living lives for...

Weekly Announcements – January 29

Women’s Retreat Registration is now open for the one day women’s retreat on February 11th!  The retreat will run from 9:00am to 3:00pm, with lunch provided.  The cost to register is $25.  However, if you have food allergies and plan to bring your own lunch, base registration is $10.  Please contact Rebekah in the church office if you would like to register without lunch. Quarterly Planning Meeting The Quarterly Planning Meeting is February 5th following the service.   This meeting is for our ministry team leaders and will cover upcoming plans and events.  If you are a ministry team leader, please plan to attend.  Lunch will be provided for you after the service. Corporate Prayer Corporate prayer is this Saturday, February 4th at 8:00am. We would love for you to join us! reGEN re-GEN will be visiting Shawn Woo’s church on Sunday, February 12th. We will be leaving from Crossway at 8:30am. Please see Ted Gay for more...

Monday Morning Ministry: A Look at the Prophetic

Title: A Look at the Prophetic Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 14:1-3 Speaker: Dave Magoon Date: January 29, 2017 Main Point: The Lord has given the gift of prophecy in the New Testament for His people to hear, respond, and be built up in Him. Introduction: When practicing biblical affirmation, we are stating something true that God has done in someone’s life. God loves to affirm his people in areas where they display the image of Christ. One of the ways in which we are affirmed, as well as encouraged and exhorted is through the New Testament gift of prophecy. This gift is distinct from the Old Testament office and role of prophecy, which was authoritative, infallible, and free from error. In the New Testament, prophecy is reporting “in human words what God brings to mind” (Wayne Grudem). In our passage Paul gives us practical, wise, careful directions to the church in Corinth. The purpose of this precious gift in the New Testament is for the edification and building up of the church. Hearing the voice of the Lord: There are a variety of spiritual gifts, but scripture says all are given by the Holy Spirit to be used for the common good. We never want to elevate a particular spiritual gift higher than another. And love is the foundation and filter through which all spiritual gifts should be used. But when it comes to practicing the NT gift of prophecy, often three voices compete for our attention: our own thoughts, the enemy’s (temptations, lies), and the Lord’s (which we hear through scripture, the sermon, and that ‘still small voice’ of direction, correction,...

Weekly Announcements – January 22

Women’s Retreat Registration is now open for the one day women’s retreat on February 11th! The retreat will run from 9:00am to 3:00pm, with lunch provided. The cost to register is $25. However, if you have food allergies and plan to bring your own lunch, base registration is $10. Please contact Rebekah in the church office if you would like to register without lunch. Three Days of Prayer The Three Days of Prayer will kick off on January 23rd at 7:30pm with a Prayer Night and will close on January 25th at 7:30pm with a Night of Worship. Drama Interest Meeting The drama interest meeting is January 29th at 12:00pm. Pizza will be served. The plays that we put on is one of the ways our church reaches our neighborhoods. This is a whole church endeavor, and so we need a lot of participation. To put on a show we need more than just actors, we need: administrators, writers, directing assistant, scenery assistant, lighting crew, stage disassembly and we need party hosts, game managers, and minglers for the day of the show. If any of these sound interesting come to the meeting. Please note: It will be based on the interest that we determine if we can proceed. If we do not have enough people, we will not be able to put on the show. So please, clear your schedule and plan to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Rebekah at the church office. Quarterly Planning Meeting The Quarterly Planning Meeting is February 5th following the service. This meeting is for our ministry team leaders and will...

Monday Morning Ministry: A Prayer for Crossway Church

Title: A Prayer for Crossway Church Scriptures: 1 Thessalonians 3:6-13 Speaker: Bauer Evans Date: January 22, 2017 Introduction: Paul’s prayers for the churches he planted are found throughout the New Testament. They have informed and shaped the prayers of countless Christian believers and churches for thousands of years. Paul provides four clauses in these closing verses of chapter 3 that, for the believers in Thessalonica, and for us, can shape our requests as we pray for our ministry and our mission together. Main Point: Let us pray big prayers this week as we ponder anew what God will do in the coming year. Point 1: Father, help us, to give joyful thanks for signs of your grace we see in others (faith) Point 2: Father, make us eager to be with each other (love) Point 3: Father, use us to strengthen faith in others that we may all finish well (steadfastness) Point 4: Father, cause us to abound in hope and love until the coming of our Lord Jesus...