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Gathering Onsite Sundays at 9:30 AM (Livestream Option Still Available)!

Dear Crossroads Family & Neighbors,
 
Given the recent loosening of state regulations on religious gatherings, and the relevant local data in the regularly updated Risk Assessment provided by Kitsap County Public Health Districtwe will be recommencing our onsite gatherings on Sundays at 9:30 AM (we will still be livestreaming!). Based on the newly modified regulations under Phase 2 of the Safe Start Program, participation onsite will require following safety measures:

  • Face Masks—please bring your own if you have one, but if you do not we will provide them for you at the Connection Point in the lobby
  • 6’ Social Distancing—the seating will be marked to help ensure proper spacing

Also, there will be no separate services for children’s ministry, so please plan to worship together in the sanctuary as a family. (We will leave the nursery open for parent-child use, as needed.)
 
Thank you for all your prayers as we navigate this turbulent time and do our best to make wise decisions. As we indicated from the very beginning of this season, our decisions have been and will continue to be based on the relevant local data provided by Kitsap Public Health District and in compliance with state regulations. (This data is often overlooked because it is not provided by national / mainstream media, which necessarily focuses on national trends and large metropolitan areas that are far more susceptible to the threats of spreading COVID-19 than those posed in Kitsap County.) For more information on this data, see the links below:

  • Modified Phase 2 Religious Organization COVID-19 Requirements: click here
  • Kitsap County Public Health District COVID-19 Page: click here
  • Kitsap County Public Health Risk Assessment: click here

Look forward to seeing you soon!

Sincerely,
 
Pastor Jeremy

Crossroads Fireworks Stand

Over the past few years, we have taken intentional steps to make our annual fireworks stand a community-wide event that connects us with our neighbors! While our youth and their families take the lead in setting up and operating the fireworks stand, we see it as an opportunity to connect people and families across generational lines in our church as we serve our neighbors together.

The first step toward our goals for the fireworks stand is connecting people in our church with opportunities to serve! We are in need of:

  • leaders (6-hour shift) to help direct and oversee stand operations
  • work crew (4-hour shift) to stock and sell fireworks
  • night crew (10pm – 8 am) to sleep over and keep an eye on things

You don’t need any experience to serve at the fireworks stand – we will equip and train you for everything! The fireworks stand will operate as normal, with appropriate precautions (face masks, gloves, social distancing, etc.) being made for COVID-19.

We look forward to serving with you!

Drive-In Church

Remember that time we did Drive-in Church during a global pandemic?

“Then Joshua called the twelve men from the people of Israel, whom he had appointed, a man from each tribe. And Joshua said to them, “Pass on before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever” (Joshua 4:4-7).

I would never compare COVID-19 to the crossing of the Jordan River, without some important qualifications at least. The crossing of the Jordan River was a miracle of God, whereas COVID-19 is a natural product of a fallen world. The crossing of the Jordan was remembered, and even memorialized with great stones (as in the above story), as a time where God made a way, as a testimony of God’s faithfulness; whereas COVID-19 will be remembered—how?

How will we remember 2020? When future generations ask, “What did the coronavirus and quarantine and social distancing and [all the rest] mean to you?” Because future generations will ask, just as present generations are asking. What will we be able to point back to in order to answer, God made a way. God was faithful in 2020. That’s what this global pandemic is really about: God’s faithfulness in a decidedly fallen world.

I doubt it was hard for the children of Israel to see the hand of God as they looked to their right and left and saw the waters piled up beside them. And when they got to the other side, memorializing what God had done was probably a straightforward task. They simply memorialized what they all witnessed. But to the children of this age, the hand of God sadly seems hidden, as it happens when God is not given his glory due. And our job is to help them witness now what we can memorialize later.

This has been the reasoning behind many of our efforts at Crossroads in recent months. We have sought to saturate this season with the name of Jesus and God’s blessing extended to all the families of the earth in his name. To this end, we’re excited to announce (in case you missed it last Sunday) that this Sunday will be our first Drive-in Church service—onsite at Crossroads at 11:30 AM. (We will still be offering our regular livestream service at 9:30 AM!)

As the floodwaters of this pandemic surround us, in the midst of all the panic and media frenzy, this is yet another way we can point to the left and to the right and bear witness now, in real-time, that God is making a way, that God is still faithful in this fallen world.

So I hope you’ll join us this Sunday—to gather stones from the riverbed so we can point back to them when we get to the other side!


Below are the social distancing guidelines we’ll need to follow to stay in compliance with our governor’s orders: 

  • As you pull in, look for parking attendants, signs and cones to help you find your way. Look for signs for our FM radio station so you can tune in to hear the service!
  • Everyone must remain in their vehicle at all times for the duration of the service. Please do not get out of your vehicle for any reason. 
  • Each vehicle may only be occupied by 10 or less people from the same household who have already been in contact with one another, and are not sick.
  • If your vehicle is parked at least 6 feet from other vehicles, you may open your windows, sunroof or convertible top. If you are closer than 6 feet to another vehicle, all must remain closed at all times.

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Responding to COVID-19 (updated 4/7/2020)

In light of the growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19, we have been in consultation with our district leaders and in conversation with local church pastors to seek a wise way forward as we prepare for the days ahead. We are mindful that this is only the beginning of a public health crisis, and no less an economic crisis, that will inevitably require changes (or rather a series of changes) in our social engagement for many months to come.

To that end, we have made the following decisions in response to the most recent guidelines and current restrictions on gatherings.

Please stay up-to-date by checking our website or our Facebook page before attending any Crossroads’ event or gathering.

All Crossroads Gatherings Cancelled

  • We will provide weekly teaching online (e.g. live stream, social media) for the duration of the restrictions on gatherings. Please check our website and Facebook page for access to content. As always, our sermons will be available online and through podcasts.
  • While Crossroads will not organize or host any ministry gatherings, we encourage you to be the church and community that you are, because gathering in small ways (<10 people) is no less significant than gathering on Sundays. Jesus will continue to build his church through the meals and prayers and moments that we share together in our homes in the days to come (Matt. 16:18; Acts 2:42–47).
  • We are encouraging people at high risk for serious illness from COVID-19 to strongly consider limiting your participation in small gatherings (<10 people) in homes. Please do not attend any size of gatherings if you or anyone you have been in physical contact with in the past two weeks have concerning symptoms.

Giving: By Mail & Online

  • You can continue to give your tithes and offerings by either of the following methods:
  • BY MAIL: send a paper check to the church office at 7555 Old Military Road NE, Bremerton, WA, 98311. Please indicate further instructions in the memo line (e.g., designated giving).
  • ONLINE: Click here to be directed to our secure giving portal. For further instructions about giving online (e.g., designated giving) click here.  

Wonders of Learning Preschool Closed For Remainder Of School Year

  • [New as of 4/6] In compliance with Governor Inslee’s extension of the “Stay at home and stay safe” initiative, Wonders of Learning Preschool will be closed through the end of the school year.  Further information can be found on the Wonders Of Learning Website.

The King Is On His Throne, Still

Finally, and most importantly, as we move through this season of uncertainty, remember this: Jesus Christ is seated—still seated—on his throne. He has not been caught off guard or knocked off balance, his hands are not tied and his plans have not changed, he is not running around anxious nor has he been quarantined from us. He is still, he is certain, he is seated. Indeed, he is “seated…in heavenly places, far above every rule and authority and power and dominion…[with] all things under his feet” (Eph. 1:21-22).

And the good news today—still today—beloved of God, amidst all this bad news, is that you have been “raised up and seated with him in heavenly places” (Eph. 2:6). That means, whatever has happened and whatever will happen cannot escape God’s sovereign purpose to work all things that do happen together for your good and his glory (Rom. 8:28). So rest in that, rest in Him, and take your seat.

Sincerely,

Pastor Jeremy

Psalm 46:8-11

“Come, behold the works of the Lord,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
    he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the chariots with fire.
‘Be still, and know that I am God.
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth!’
The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

Benevolent Initiative

Last Sunday (3/29), we announced our Benevolent Initiative, which began by designating last week’s offering to the Benevolent Fund. The staff met with the Benevolent Team on Tuesday to discuss how we could use the money to help:

  1. meet needs within our church and the community at large
  2. mobilize our church to serve one another and our neighbors

Corresponding to these goals, we have created two forms, accessed through the links below: (1) Get Help, (2) Give Help. Respectively, you can find forms that have been designed to streamline the process receiving assistance and providing services during this time.

If you and your family’s income or ability to meet your basic needs have been significantly affected by COVID-19, we would love to serve and support you in the days ahead. And if not, we would love to give you the opportunity to join in helping serve and support those who need it! 

“Those who are strong have an obligation to help those who are weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us, therefore, serve our neighbors for their good, to build them up” (Rom. 15:1-2). 

In this together, 

Pastor Jeremy



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.

5 Ways to (Still) Stay Engaged as a Scattered Church

Here are the five ways Crossroads is (still) staying engaged as a scattered church, one Body in one Spirit under one Name:

1 WORSHIP TOGETHER

  • onsite and online worship9:30 AM every Sunday! A few things to keep in mind:
    1. mask (or face covering) and 6′ social distancing is required at all times for onsite gatherings.
    2. disposable masks are available at the Connection Point, and those who are unable to wear a mask are welcome!
    3. the seating will be marked to help ensure proper spacing

2 PRAY TOGETHER

  • daily prayer9:30 AM pray the Lord’s Prayer wherever you are at!

3 GROW TOGETHER

4 GIVE TOGETHER

5 SERVE TOGETHER

  • The Benevolent Initiative — if you and your family’s income or ability to meet your basic needs have been significantly affected by COVID-19, we would love to serve and support you in the days ahead. And if not, we would love to give you the opportunity to join in helping serve and support those who need it!
  • Our Ministry Partners — a few of our local ministry partners are asking for help during this time of increased need. You can find ways to serve by going directly to their volunteer pages or by dropping items at the church:
    1. Coffee Oasis
    2. Kitsap Homes of Compassion
    3. Local Food Bank – you can drop off food items on Thursdays from 12 – 1pm at the church. We will then deliver the items to one of our area food banks.

Our decisions have been and will continue to be based on the relevant local data provided by Kitsap Public Health District and in compliance with state regulations.

  • Modified Phase 2 Religious Organization COVID-19 Requirements: click here
  • Kitsap County Public Health District COVID-19 Page: click here
  • Kitsap County Public Health Risk Assessment: click here

In This Together,
 
Crossroads Staff