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May 15, 2014


From the Intentional Interim Pastor

You have some homework for this coming Sunday, May 18th.


The appointed lectionary epistle text for Sunday is I Peter 2:2-10. And it will serve as the foundation for my sermon. I want you to familiarize yourself with it. It is a significant passage outlining the identity of any and all churches. So, first … locate your Bible, then dust it off, then turn to the text (it is in the New Testament right after James and before II Peter) and read it. Use lectio divina, three out loud readings of it in which you linger over a word, phrase or concept. Why was it meaningful to you? What in your life right now makes that word/phrase/concept memorable? Why is it an important text in the life of Crossroads right now? Read different translations, too.


After the devotional reading of it, try a more academic approach. Ask historical-critical questions which probe such things as: author, context, situation, possible meanings, etc. Dig into it. Consult some books, commentaries, or reputable on-line services. Which interpretation do you favor, and why? And again, ask yourself, “Why is this text important for us at Crossroads right now and in the future?”


And lastly, pray the scripture (it’s only 8 verses) repeatedly. Let it seep into your bones. Chant it. Pray that, come Sunday, it might sink deeper into your spirit, and the very marrow of this great church. It’s an important time in the life of your church. I ask that you come prepared to worship, and yes, do a little Bible study (it won’t hurt you, I promise!) beforehand.


Remember, it’s I Peter 2:2-10. And, yes, there’s a pop quiz …


With love and hope,



Final Nighttime Crossroads Citywide Prayer, Sunday

If you have not been able to participate in one of the evening sessions, please come to the church office at 9:15 a.m., Sunday, May 18, to lend your support to the impending search for a settled pastor.


Community Meeting Sunday

The meeting on May 18 will include lunch.  The agenda is as follows:

  • Opening
  • Report new categories for the volunteer service opportunity forms
  • Vote on work group charters for Social Media and Worship Planning
  • Demonstration of Church Updates
  • Presentation of preliminary budget
  • Pastoral Support Team (PST) announcement and vote
  • Table Top Discussion: Options regarding financial needs for building repairs
  • Anything else/review/next steps
  • Closing


Board Game Night

This Sunday, 6-8 p.m., Fellowship Hall will rock with laughter and enthusiasm as youngsters and young-at-heart folks gather to play board games.  While particularly for children and youth, everyone is invited to mingle and compete in this unplugged entertainment.  Snacks will be provided.


Bible Study Delayed until May 21st

A couple of weeks ago, eight persons gathered at Terri Oberle’s house for Bible study on Galatians. We read together the first chapter and shared knowledge, insights, and personal stories of application. We are loosely following the inductive process, asking these three questions:  What does it say; what does it mean; and what does it mean to me? It was a rich time of being with each other in the presence of God mediated through the scripture. All are welcome to join us for Galatians 2, Wednesday, May 21, 7:00pm at 801 E 77th Street, KCMO 64131. We meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month and will resume our schedule by meeting on the 28th.


Renovaré Coming in June

The five Sundays in June will offer studies in classic spiritual works.  It will be a time of exploration and discussion of these rich writings.  Readings will be drawn from Devotional Classics, edited by Richard J. Foster and  James Bryan Smith.  You may want to borrow or purchase a copy.  Please respond on Church Updates if you wish to attend.


Old Stuff to Help Young Folks 

A youth fundraising rummage sale will be happening in late May or early June.  Items such as furniture and household items are preferred but, of course, we will accept all donations.  This will go toward expenses for the July Youth Mission Trip.  Thank you for your donations.


MORE2 Banquet on Thursday, June 12

An evening at the Marriott Muehlebach Hotel dining with peace and justice folks from around Kansas City, listening to a powerful speaker from North Carolina, and supporting the work of MORE2 can be pretty engaging.  Several Crossroads members will be sharing a table.  You are encouraged to join them.  This is grassroots activism at its best.  For more information, visit



Crossroads Calendar:

Thursday, May 15 – Worship Team Rehearsal, 7 PM, Sanctuary

Sunday, May 18 – Crossroads Citywide Prayer, 9:15, Church Office

Recognition of Graduates

Community Meeting, 12:15 PM, Fellowship Hall

Board Game Night, 6-8 PM, Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, May 21 –  Bible Study, 7 PM

Prayer Group, 6:45 PM

Sunday, May 25 – Creation Care Sunday

Wednesday, May 28  –  Bible Study, 7 PM

Prayer Group, 6:45 PM

Sunday, June 1 – C-2 Meeting, Noon, Community Room

Tuesday, June 3 – Peace, Justice, & Missions, 6:45 PM

Sunday, June 8 – Lunch & Learn: Pastor, Noon, Fellowship Hall

Thursday, June 12 – MORE2 Banquet, 6 PM, Marriott Muehlebach Hotel, 1201 Wyandotte, KCMO

Saturday, June 14 – Work Day at Cherith Brook, 9 AM, Cherith Brook, 3308 E 12th

Sunday, June 22 – Community Meeting, Noon, Fellowship Hall

                                 Kids’ Picnic, evening, South Oak Park, 83rd & Oak Streets

July 6-12, 2014 – Retreat to the Rockies, Estes Park YMCA Camp

July 20-26 – Youth Mission Trip to Red Lake, Minn.

July 28-Aug. 1 – Crossroads Vacation Bible School



Sunday School Classes Offered for Adults

  • Sacred Path – Calling the Circle – All are welcome to experience the power of the circle to foster unity and centered spirituality.  Drop-in participation is fine; you don’t need to attend on a regular basis. A team of hosts guides activities of quiet, writing, and sharing to enhance awareness of our spiritual lives.  Circle meets at 9:15 a.m. in the Community Room.
  • Men’s Ministry – Meets in the Lower Turret Room at 9:30 a.m. for on-going discussions and brotherhood.  Please come.


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