Women’s Ministry Christmas Brunch

We would like to thank all of the ladies who helped to make this such a wonderful and joyous event.  A big thank you goes out to Neva Thornton who opened up her home to us. 

Dear Sisters:

 Doesn’t the Christmas season seem to come earlier and get busier every year?  These days, Christmas trees appear in the stores in mid-October and before we know it, there are cookie exchanges and school programs and neighborhood get-togethers that threaten to swallow us whole.  During this hectic time, it is good to take a spiritual breath and spend time thinking about the one Gift that really matters…the Lord Jesus Christ.

 As you make your Christmas plans, I hope that you will plan to join me at the Christmas Brunch for the women of Crossroads.  The theme this year is “Joy to the world” and it is a time for us to celebrate that “the Lord is come!”  It is also a time for us to practice “love of strangers” as we invite others to join us for a deep spiritual breath of refreshment, encouragement and joy. 

 In preparation for this time of fellowship and outreach, will you also join me in praying for the day? First, we can all begin praying now for those women we will invite to share this time with us.  We can pray for a welcoming spirit for ourselves and an open heart for our guests.  More than that, we can pray that each woman will feel welcomed as a dearly loved family member.

As we each consider who to invite, let’s remember that we have more people in our circle of relationships than we realize.  Some of us are blessed to have family who live close enough to invite.  Some of us have co-workers or women with whom we share a hobby or common interest.  We all have friends and neighbors we might invite and we should not overlook those who serve us like the hairdresser, grocery clerk or the waitress in our favorite restaurant.

Just extending an invitation may give us the opportunity to share something of the gospel with others.  And, we should not be discouraged if the invitation is declined.  This may be just the beginning of many conversations about Christ as we welcome others into our hearts, into our lives, into our homes and eventually into the family of God.

In inviting guests, it’s important for us to be honest about the Brunch as an event involving the women of our church, and that there will be a short devotional.  Also, let’s remember to emphasize that the Brunch will begin at 9:30a.m. and end at 12:00 noon at Neva Thornton’s home.  Christmas is a busy time and this limited schedule will allow our guests to get on with other commitments. 

To keep our invitations personal, we’ll write our own contact information on the enclosed cards and personally give them to the women we are inviting.  Then, we’ll RSVP for ourselves and our guests to Sarah Kiihne (LookinToTheCross@hotmail.com) by December 6. 

 Last, please remember that this is an event for the women of Crossroads.  With or without a guest, you are welcome and needed.  So, please plan to come and share in the fellowship and fun and to practice hospitality together.

 Joy To The World…And To You! 

Monthly Mission/Outreach Event – Wednesday, October 27

Please join us at the Streetlight, 1550 Prince William Pkwy, Woodbridge, VA 22191 a local ministry to homeless members of our community at 7:00p.m.  We will be joining in a brief worship service and message, then serving roughly 100 meals until about 8:30p.m. or so.  Meals are usually provided by local restaurants, but please bring a potluck dish to share, since these are often preferred.  Please eat before arriving and bring the whole family!  Call Hans or Carolyn Ritschard at 703-845-3313 with questions.

Crossroads Adult Christmas Choir

Plan now to join the upcoming Crossroads Adult Christmas Choir–this is not a year you will want to miss!

Singers from ages 12-112 are encouraged to join! Don’t neglect this opportunity to learn rich choral pieces and deepen your friendship and fellowship with other believers as we worship the one true God together. Rehearsals begin Thursday, October 21st at 7:00p.m., meeting at Grace Baptist Church, in Room B112, 14242 Spriggs Road, Manassas. Directed by Ben Bartholomew and accompanied by Daniel Thornton. Any questions can be directed to Linda Neice at 703-730-3281.


Crossroads Fellowship Event: Chili Cook-Off and Silent Auction

Crossroads held their Chili Cook-off Fellowship Event on Saturday, October 23rd at Grace Baptist Church. It was a fun evening and the judges had their work cut out for them, temperatures sored as they tried each of the chili dishes. They did finally come out with 3 winners: For the most original it was Barbara Willsher’s – Wonderful White Chili; for the hottest it was Vania Root’s – Toxic Waste; and the best overall was Nancy Sampson’s – Wing it Ding it. All winners received a gift certificate.

We also celebrated Pastor appreciation month with a beautiful gift basket presented to the Sampson family it included many cards/notes of thanks and quite a few goodies. Thanks go to Vania Root for coordinating this gift from the congregation.

Our Silent Auction raised over $1,600 (3,200 matched) to benefit our Building Fund, and we are thankful to all who generously donated items, and to those who bid on them during the auction. Together we hope to raise the $100,000 that will be matched $ for $. We have until December 31, 2010.

The Annual Youth Ministry Trip to Belvedere Plantation was on Saturday, October 16, 2010

This is an annual youth event and one they look forward to every Fall – a hayride, corn maze, hay barn, hot dogs and smores!! Join the youth ministry as we go to Belvedere for an evening of fun and fellowship.  Cost is $12 per person and we will meet at the Bloom/Burger King Parking Lot on 234 at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, October 16th.

Invite your friends and bring a jacket (maybe even gloves!!)  Remember for this event we need signed permission slips for you and your friends and we need a definite RSVP so we have enough cars.  Our estimated return is 10:00 p.m.

Call or text the Haney’s by Thursday Oct 14th (703-221-4130 or txt 571-432-8196).