On the 17th of December about 130 volunteers came together to make a difference in the city of Amsterdam. We did many projects like painting houses, helping the elderly, blessing people by taking pictures with Santa Claus and singing christmas carols in the VU hospital.
Crossroads started about 25 years ago. At that time all we needed was ten chairs.
Since then a lot of people have sat on those red chairs... each one with his or her own unique experience during the Sunday gatherings, the Alpha Course, the Dad-Kid Camp, in the LIFEgroup or other Crossroads’ activities. And all this was only possible because of people who faithfully contributed financially to making these things possible. Thanks to your giving, many children, teens and adults have had a chance to explore faith, to find Jesus, to grow strong in their new identity and in their commitment as a Jesus-follower, and to share their faith with others. Thank you so much!
Because it is sometimes hard to meet others in our church, we want to create regular opportunities for different groups of people in Crossroads to meet each other. These connection points as we call them are meant to connect people, and to explore if there is interest to meet more often. For December we have two Connection points.
December 4th during the second service, there is an opportunity for Young Internationals to meet each other in room 215 on the second floor. Just chatting, hanging out and see what will happen.
December 11th during the second service, we would like to bring together the Expat community in Crossroads in room 215. Being away from your home country and family has it's own challenges, it is good to share with others who are in the same situation.
Can you remember when you first walked through the doors on a Sunday morning, and sat in a chair feeling lost? It can be very overwhelming can't it?
Where do you start? Lots of people--but how do you get to know some of them. How do you meet some people with similar interests or with similar challenges in life?
Or perhaps you have already been coming for a while and you decide it is time to take a next step and get involved. Where do you start, how do find out where help is needed, how do you find out what you can contribute and how you have been uniquely made to contribute?
To give hands and feet to our renewed vision and to manage the church well with the size it is now, we see that we will need an increase in budget. Crossroads has a history of generosity. Our community has consistently risen to the occasion to fund the next steps that God has called us to together. We have much reason to be very thankful.
To make the increased budget needs concrete and simple to visualize, we’ve thought about our individual responsibilities like this:
If we divide all the costs for our six ministry areas (church-services, next generation, connections, faith formation, outreach and deaconate) and divide them by the average number of adults that attend our gatherings for the 52 Sundays of the year, we come up with what it costs for each of us per adult to be a part of the Crossroads vision.
We are on the move, not just to change the way we do things. We are doing everything we can to line up everything we do with our mission and our vision.
Fiona Piers and her husband Andy have been longtime and very active members of the Crossroads Community. Fiona and Andy have recently relocated to Switzerland where Andy is now working.
Fiona has headed up the Care Ministry at Crossroads for the last several years. Her compassionate care for those in need in our community has been inspiring. Fiona, along with a dedicated team of volunteers has made sure that those with a practical need receive a helping hand and compassionate care. Fiona, thank you so much for your tireless work here at Crossroads. We will miss you very much but continue to hold you in our hearts and prayers! You and Andy will always be part of Crossroads.
Special guest speaker: Rachel Scheetz; a wife and mother of five children. The Scheetzes are Americans who have lived internationally in Austria and for the past three years in Holland. From her many life experiences, Rachel has much that she can share with each of us about facing new and challenging situations. She will share her personal story of learning to "Run the Race with Endurance".