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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



Keeping You Up to Date While You’re “Sheltered in”

Dear Crossroads Family,

I’m writing to inform you of our plans for moving forward while we are under Shelter-in-Place orders and to direct you to our new weekly communication designed to help keep you up to date of our plans from week to week.

1. Sunday Livestream Services Will Continue  As I indicated in the initial response to the COVID-19 restrictions, we have every intention to remain in compliance with the counsel and mandates of our local experts and state authorities. The question as to whether we would be able to continue to broadcast worship services from our facilities, therefore, depended on whether such authorities regard worship as an “essential” activity for the health of our society. I was encouraged to discover that they indeed do. In response to an inquiry on the matter from a local pastor to Senator John Braun, the following response was sent from his office:

Thank you so much for what you do. I checked with the Governor’s office, and Clergy are included in essential business for video recording and streaming, but it should be limited to only the necessary staff to record and distribute. Hopefully, that will allow you to get your message to the people of your church – I know they depend on you so much!

Accordingly, our team will continue to livestream Sunday services so we keep gathering as one church in many neighborhoods throughout Kitsap County! Having said that, we will be scaling down our music and tech teams to the bare minimum until the Shelter-in-Place orders are relaxed (for further discussion the matter, see Christianity Today’s recent publication, “Can You Livestream from Church During a Lockdown?”). We will also continue to livestream our Open Word Online weekday devotionals at 9:30 AM Mon-Fri on our YouTube channel.

2. New Weekly Communication: “This Week at Crossroads” 

Given the fluid nature of this season, we will be sending out an email every Saturday to communicate our plans for upcoming week (subject line: “This Week at Crossroads”). This weekly communication will replace our newsletter (“Neighborhood News”) until we are able to reconvene our regular public gatherings and events. Included will be a link to the livestream service for the following day (since each livestream video requires a new link), a link to that Sunday’s material and video for the children’s ministry curriculum, as well as up-to-date instructions on ways to stay engaged during this time. To receive these emails, simply send an email to staff@crossroadscma.com with the subject line: “Keep Me Updated.”

3. Three Places to Find Daily Links & Updates Online

A Final Word for the Season

That’s it for the update. I wanted to share with you a quick word about this season we’re in. In our staff meeting this week we were talking about how much we missed seeing everyone and began talking about how sweet that first day back together in one place for worship will be. Personally, God has been showing me just how rich a treasure we have in one another and altogether in Jesus, and also how much and how often I have taken this treasure for granted. I hate that it has taken the threat of many of my so-called “treasures” being taken away to see clearly what truly is of great value in my life.

I don’t suppose any of us planned to give this much up for Lent, but perhaps through this whole ordeal we’ll be able to learn the lessons of Lent at the deepest level. Whatever else Lent is about, at its heart it is about awakening the desires of the Spirit in us, which inevitably requires limiting all kinds of other desires (cf. Gal. 5), which tend to keep us noisy and distracted and in effect keep the Spirit in us silenced. It may just be me, but the deeper we are forced into this season of increased limitations the more it seems like the Church at large is beginning to awaken from a long slumber. Perhaps God has sounded an alarm clock—perhaps God is using this pandemic to restore the heart of this world, beginning with his Body, beginning with me. If so, so be it.

Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus. 

We love you guys, we miss you, and we’re praying for you daily. 

In this together, 

Pastor Jeremy 

Weekday Devotionals – Join us live at 9:30 AM!


May 29 – Turn


May 28 – Judge


May 27 – Pleading


May 26 – Refuge


May 25 (Memorial Day) – Remembering What to Hope For


May 22 – Confessions of a Former Pacifist(?)


May 21 – Continually


May 20 – Nearness


May 19 – Declare


May 18 – A Good and Faithful Shepherd


May 15 – Why Melchizedek Matters (on the Weekdays As Well)


May 14 – Satisfied


May 13 – Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch


May 12 – Battles

Due to technical difficulties, the video for today did not record. Thanks to those who joined us live, and we hope you’ll be back with us again tomorrow!

May 11 – Ending Well


May 8 – Undivided


May 7 – Spoke


May 6 – A Different Spirit


May 5 – Responding to the Gift Giver


May 4 – Great


May 1 – Flammable


April 30 – Wagons


April 29 – Ready, Set, Bless


April 28 – A Time for Silence and a Time to Speak


April 27 – Confession


April 24 – Nearness


April 23 – Gift


April 22 – Remember


April 21 – Forgiveness


April 20 – Refuge


April 17 – Beauty


April 16 – Wait

April 15 – Abide


April 14 – Providence


April 13 – Life


April 10 – Broke

April 9 – Good


April 8 – Atonement

Due to internet issues, the video for April 8 was cut short. Thanks for hanging with us!

April 7 – Words


April 6 – Enemies


April 3 – Refuge


April 2 – Ponder


April 1 – Planted


March 31 – Pleasing


March 30 – Contagious


March 27 – Worship


March 26 – Listen


March 25 – Love


March 24 – Rest


March 23 – Time

OUR NEW NORMAL FOR NOW: 5 Ways to Stay Connected

Here are the five ways Crossroads will continue to function together as one Body in one Spirit under one Name:

1 WORSHIP TOGETHER

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. Food Banks – 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.