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Crossroads Inclement Weather Guidelines

During the workweek, Crossroads follows Central Kitsap School district guidance. You can find updated information at www.ckschools.org. This guideline is for both Crossroad activities and those using our space.

Two-hour delay – Activities prior to 10:00 am are canceled. Activities after 10:00 am will continue at the discretion of the leader.

Closure – All activities canceled for that day.

On weekends, changes to Crossroads events will be communicated via our email system. For those using our space on weekends, communication about changes will be made through the event leader, not Crossroads.

The Buddy System

“My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples!” (Mark 11:17)

Jesus uttered those words in the temple, where the prayer had dried up and people were being excluded. The presence of God no longer dwells in a temple built up by bricks and mortar, but in people who gather in Jesus’ name, built up as “living stones into a spiritual house” of God (1 Pet. 2:5).

Crossroads is committed the idea that if we are the living stones, prayer is the mortar that holds us together.

The Buddy System is a simple but effective way of saturating our community in prayer. Many camps and public swimming areas employ a buddy system for water safety: each swimmer is paired with a buddy so that lifeguards, who can’t easily keep an eye everyone in a large group, regularly blow their whistles and call for a “buddy check,” at which point every pair joins hand and raises them in the air, ensuring that everyone is accounted for.

We are applying this principle to prayer to make sure each person is accounted for. It’s easy to remain anonymous at church, but we believe that as we commit ourselves to becoming “a house of prayer for all peoples,” we will be continually transformed from a gathering of strangers into the family of God.

Here’s how it works:

  • Sign up for the “Buddy System” (below)
  • You will receive an email with the name and number of a buddy (of the same gender).
  • Your name and number will be given to a different buddy.
  • Once a week, each buddy will call their buddy for a “buddy check.” It’s this simple:
    • Buddy 1: “Hi, this is __________, calling you for your buddy check. How can I pray for you today?”
    • Buddy 2: Share your prayer petitions or praise with as much honestly as you are comfortable sharing.*
    • Buddy 1: Respond to their request with sensitivity to them and to the Holy Spirit.
    • Both Buddies: Say your goodbyes before or by the 4-minute time limit! 

*Keep in mind that your buddy is only calling you to pray for you, not to process major problems or conflicts. If you have an issue you would like to process with someone, please contact the church the office and, depending on the nature of the issue, we will be happy to schedule a time for you to sit down with a pastor and/or refer you to a local Christian therapist if that seems like a more appropriate option for your situation. (We can also provide financial assistance for therapy, as needed.)

You can also fill out these cards at the church! Drop one in the offering box or at the Connection Point to sign up!

OPEN WORD—A New Community Habit

GETTING ON THE SAME PAGE: A New Year’s Resolution A Two-Year Habit

A Bible-Reading Habit. Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Lasting change, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

IMAGINE what could happen if you were part of a community that heard God speak the same thing to everyone, as one, everyday, year after year. Imagine if we formed a new community habit of spending seven minutes a day growing together in God’s Word. Imagine all the ways our community would be made new!

TODAY, Crossroads Neighborhood Church will begin a two-year Bible reading plan (we’re simply calling it: OPEN WORD) that will take us through the entire Bible from cover to cover (once through the Old Testament, twice through the New Testament). The average time it takes for the daily readings in the OPEN WORD plan is only seven minutes! In two years, when we reach the end, we’ll go back to the beginning and start all over again.

CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION… There is no doubt inherent value in spending time daily in God’s Word. But beyond that, the value of doing this together, is that we’re doing it *together*, as one Body. Every community consists in large part as an ongoing conversation–whether a family, a corporation, a military unit, or indeed a church. In our fragmented world, what better way to see God cultivate a growing and abiding unity in our body than by letting him begin the conversation with us daily? The more people who get on board, the more everyone in our community will have the same specific Scriptures fresh in mind day after day, week after week, year after year, as common ground. Over time, this will enable us to learn from and teach one another, as new questions and insights arise and as we continue the conversation with one another that God has begun with us all. So we are simply asking God to give us a daily conversation starter–because we know he already has!

HAPPY (TWO-YEAR) NEW YEAR! May God continue to make us new!

3 Ways to Access the OPEN WORD Bible-Reading Plan:

  1. BOOKMARKS: Pick up bookmarks (precut and ready to go) at the Connection Point in the lobby (available ever week) or download the PDF and print your own (attachment below)
  2. WEBSITE: 954church.com
  3. APP: Download YouVersion Bible App (instructions below)

Looking forward to seeing what God will do in our community as we open his Word and hear him speak together!!!

Year End Giving Statement

Your year end giving statement can be accessed here by one of two ways.

  1. If you are already logged into The Neighborhood, click here to be directed to you specific page.
  2. If you are not logged into The Neighborhood, click here, log in and then click the icon you see above.

You can also click here to access additional instructions. Be sure to contact the office if you do not remember your login or password.