We will not only be saying good-bye to Community Pastor Bill Hoopes this fall, who has faithfully served us for almost 6 years (see letter from him elsewhere in this newsletter), but Tinka Veninga, our Team Leader of Noah's Ark (our younger children's ministry) will transition from this role to focus on her own family and leadership of Serve the City Diemen. We hope to hire the new person for this position in the next few weeks. We are so thankful for the heartfelt contributions of both of them and we'll greatly miss them, but are assured of their ongoing friendship and partnership as God opens doors.
As you can imagine, this decision to leave Crossroads and The Netherlands has been a very challenging and emotional one for Eva and I. We love the Netherlands and the people here, both Dutch and the expats who live here. We love Crossroads and have been so blessed to be here these 6 years.
We have sowed our lives here as faithfully as possible with both tears and joy. We leave behind wonderful friends and acquaintances, indelible memories, and most painfully, our beloved daughter, son-in-law and 3 grandchildren.
The Jazzparty in June was a big success! About 230 people were swinging to the live music of Jonny & the Jazzuits. It was a wonderful evening of great jazz with the occasional worship song thrown in and a relaxed DJ to round up the evening.
We are very excited to tell you that all together we raised 1800 euros for Bery’s place in Uganda – www.berysplace.org. In Uganda they really feel blessed with this extra money.
Sustainability, recycling and social involvement are topics which have almost everyone’s interest nowadays. As a church, we want to keep the biblical command to be good stewards and have therefore chosen to deal with these topics in as wise and balanced a way as possible. As Facilities Services, we have looked carefully at how we as a church can function in a more responsible and sustainable manner. We already use Fair Trade coffee and will now start using paper cups.
There are 2 large projects we are hoping to complete at Crossroads this summer. The first is a multimedia maintenance and upgrade which will include replacing all of our wireless mics due to government mandated frequency changes, repairs to the audio console, and upgrading the multimedia PC. The second is an IT upgrade to provide sufficient workstations so that staff no longer have to bring their own machines to work, software upgrades to ensure adequate licences, and a cloud backup so that we no longer have unsecured data. The total cost for these projects is in the region of EUR 80,000.
The 15+ group spent the first month of the New Year discussing spiritual gifts and how we can use them. We also talked about how the church functions as a body. Each person/part doing what it was made to do so other parts would not have to compensate. So why are we telling you this?
This has been a time of both rejoicing and of weeping as we both celebrate the life of Jodi Holzhausen who graduated fully into God’s presence on April 16, 2012 after a battle of several years with cancer, but also mourn her absence among us. We are deeply moved by the huge loss experienced by her husband Stefan, their four children, Lucy, Lucan, Tobi and Thomas and all those who her life touched; and we support them with our prayers.
Follow these links to moving blogs remembering Jodi:
here and here
Open yourself to your next step in a lifetime of growing. Connect with others doing the same. Check out the courses listed in the bulletin and on the website that we've grouped together for you into Open U.
The equipping ministry in Crossroads is reorganizing under the name: Open U. Stay tuned for new developments as we add learning opportunities to round out what we already offer.