GARP (German-American-Russian Partnership) is happening beginning this week!  The whole Crossroads Church family can participate in three days of events.

SATURDAY, July 20, will be a one day Vacation Bible School at the church from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a concluding program.  Lunch will be provided for all children in VBS and for all the volunteers.   Just prior to the program, a dinner will be provided for the participating VBS children, for their families that turn out to watch the program, and for the volunteers and workers that helped make the VBS experience possible.  So sign-up your children and grandchildren and encourage the children of your neighborhood to come.  Meet our Russian and German guests as they help us to carry out the VBS curriculum.  Please email Sarah Kiihne if you want to sign up children for VBS and/or if you want to serve as a volunteer worker.  Her email is LookinToTheCross@hotmail.com.
SUNDAY, July 21, will be a great day with worship at church at 10:30 a.m.  During the service we will hear words of greeting from the Russians and the Germans.  Both groups will share their musical skills with us.
We will also enjoy our annual picnic at Leesylvania State park from 4:00 p.m. to dusk at Picnic Shelter #4 – Lee’s Landing (Hexagonal Shelter).  Entrance to the park is $10 per car, so car pool if you can.  Each family should bring a side dish OR salad AND a dessert that will serve 12 people.  The church will provide two different meat choices as well as lemonade and water.  A special Fife and Drum Corps will perform for our enjoyment.  Bring picnic-type games, lawn chairs, and picnic blankets.  This will be a great opportunity to get to know our Russian and German guests. (On a side note if you shop at REI this week then you will receive a free one time entry into any VA State Park, which you could use on Saturday for the Church Picnic).
MONDAY, July 22, is our GARP work project day.  Join our 18 Christian brothers and sisters from Russia and Germany as we work together at Leesylvania State Park, we will be doing a beach clean up project from 9:00 a.m. to about 3:00 p.m. Please meet at the Visitors Center at 9:00 a.m. As you enter the park let them know you are there to volunteer, Ahmed and Diana are the park volunteer coordinators, you do not have to pay to park. Our Monday work project has changed! Here are the new details. Lunch will be provided at the work site, and there will be a dinner at the church at 6:30 p.m. for all of those who worked on our teams in the park.  Please email Andrew Detwiler if you are able to participate and if you have questions.  His email is anddet@gmail.com.
We hope to see the whole church participate in the above GARP events!