At The Crossroads

January 2016 Newsletter from Crossroads UMC

Good News of Great Joy

Luke 2:10 The Angel said to them, “Don't be afraid! I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.”


This year has been a very difficult financial year for Crossroads UMC. It has been a long time since the Finance Committee has been able to provide “ … good news that will bring great joy to all people.” While we are still finalizing our year-end reporting, we have made substantial progress toward meeting goals that the Finance Committee established during the year.

· We met our Safety Net goal to have a balance on hand at the end of the year in our General Fund account of $15,000.

· Funds were available to pay the remainder of our Conference Apportionments and our District Work Fund in full.

· Financial Reporting problems identified during 2015 have been corrected.


Thank you for your financial stewardship! Many of you have stepped up to provide donations over and above your normal contributions to help with special projects (e.g. sound board) and designated gifts to meet our Conference Apportionments. In addition, you stepped up to provide our staff with a generous Love Offering and generous offering at the Christmas Eve service to help those in need in our community.


Thank you for all the hard work and sacrifices that the Finance Committee, the Trustees, and the Staff Parish Relations Committee have made to meet the 2015 challenges in this very difficult year.


As we look toward 2016, we will conduct our Stewardship campaign in January. We ask that you prayerfully consider increasing your contributions so that we can move forward with ministries that we have intentionally delayed due to our financial condition. These ministries can be accomplished with a continued focus on sustainable stewardship.

May God continue to bless our Church and your family into the New Year!


Doug Smith, CUMC Finance Chairperson

Church Events Coming Soon

2016 Church Directory

On Sunday, January 10th you can set up your photo session appointment for the CUMC 2016 Family Portrait Church Directory. We ask that everyone sign up on- line or by contacting Rusti Morris in the church office to schedule your families appointment or for further information at secretary@crossroadsumc.net.


Photo Sessions Available

Tuesday, Jan. 19th 2pm - 9pm

Wednesday, Jan. 20th 10am - 5pm

Monday, Jan 25th 2pm - 9pm


Click the link below to schedule your appointment online!

Kids Club - KICKS BACK OFF ON JAN. 6TH

Every Wednesday Night at 6:00PM in the Kids Room for kids K-5th grade, Kids Club introduces "Bible Black Belt: Scripture with a Kick". Come out on to earn a belt while you learn scripture. There will be a light snack supper, lesson scripture and games. Join us for lots of fun and fellowship. Contact ginger.peek@crossroadsumc.net for more information.

2016 ADOX District Spiritual Formation & Training Event

Sunday, January 10 @ 2:00 - 5:30 pm

Covington 1st UMC

1113 Conyers St SW,

Covington, GA 30014

770-786-7305

Workshops for: SPRC, Trustees, Evangelism, Finance,

Administrative Council, Youth, Spirituality,

Mission/Outreach, Worship, Children’s Ministry,

and Lay Leaders/Servants

Marriage Enrichment Group

On January 10th from 5:00PM—7:00PM in the Sanctuary, we’re starting back with our Marriage Enrichment Group. From newlyweds to empty nesters and blended families, anyone who wants to strengthen their marriage is invited to become a part of our monthly couples group. A typical evening includes light food, introduction to an insightful and fun couple’s exercise, and then a short time of reflection and discussion. RSVP for Childcare. Contact Rev. Zack Martin for more info at 770-388-7438 or zack.martin@crossroadsumc.net.

YOUTH SPIRITUAL LIFE RETREAT

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP FOR EARLY-BIRD SAVINGS IS

JANUARY 15TH!!!

“CAMP GLISSON" ON MARCH 4TH - 7TH

CALLING ALL YOUTH!! COME JOIN US FOR CUMC ANNUAL YOUTH SPIRTUAL RETREAT! ENJOY AWESOME FELLOWSHIP WHILE MAKING NEW FRIENDSHIPS! IT’S A WEEKEND YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS!! FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT RACHEL BLANCHETTE AT RACHEL.BLANCHETTE@CROSSROADSUMC.NET! *SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE*

Wednesday Night Supper

On Wednesday, January 20th at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Menu will be determined at a later date.

CHURCH WIDE RETREAT

Saturday, January 23rd at 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM at Crossroads UMC

We will participate in fun activities and planning

exercises that focus our ministry priorities for the coming year.

Please RSVP to the church office by Tuesday, January 19th.

Ladies Bible Study

Jan 24 - Feb 28
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The Girl's Still Got It! Take a Walk with Ruth and the God Who Rocked

Her World by Liz Curtis Higgs.

Read through this book and come for weekly video segments and discussion.
Read two chapters before the first sessions if possible.

Books available at Amazon.com and LifeWay bookstore.

For questions, contact Mary Jane Lea at maryjanelea@gmail.com.

"It Didn't Make to Digest"

Thank you for all those who purchased "It Didn't Make The Digest". In 2015 a total of $293.00 was generated for this church.


Thank You,

Theresa Jones

Church Monthly Events

CLEO - Christian Ladies Eating Out

Christian Ladies Eating Out will meet this month on Tuesday, January 5th at 12:00pm @ O' Charley's.

HAPPY HEARTS

Good news for Happy Hearts. Instead of meeting every other month, they will now meet on the 1st Friday of every month at O'Charley's at 11:30AM. Due to Holidays Happy Hearts will meet on Friday, January 8th will be the next meeting.

Crossroads Men's Club

Our next meeting will be this Saturday morning January 9th at 8:00am!

Crossroads UMC High School Hangout

The Youth High School students meet each Wednesday at 7:00PM, at Awake Coffee Community located in Olde Town Conyers. If you are interested in attending please contact Rachel Blanchette for more information at 810-300-0770 or rachel.blanchette@crossroadsumc.net.

EXPLORING ARTS

Exploring Arts will meet on Wednesday, January 27th @ 10:30AM. Please remember to bring a sack lunch!!

Promise Keepers Breakfast

The Promise Keepers meet every Thursday morning at the church for breakfast at 6:00AM.

UMW Meeting Tuesday, January 19th at 6:00PM

Visit www.unitedmethodistwomen.org for more information.

The Piecemakers

Quilters of all ages and stages are welcome to join in every Thursday evening at 7PM in the modular unit.

Men's Breakfast

The CUMC Men meet every Wednesday morning at Betty's Restaurant at 8:00am for breakfast and fellowship.

Rockdale County Emergency Relief Food Bank.

  • Don't forget on the 1st Sunday of the month we collect donations for the Rockdale County Emergency Relief Food Bank. If you would like to donate, please leave items on the cart in the narthex this Sunday, February 7th.

Upcoming Worship Information

January Sermons - Serious Answers to Hard Questions Series

Join us in January as Rev. Zack Martin preaches about questions in our faith and life. Worship services are at 9:00am and 11:00am each week.


January 10th: How Can I believe in a God I cannot Prove?

January 17th: Are Marriage, Sex, and Family life Religious Issues?

January 24th: Can I trust the Old Testament?

January 31st: Why do Christians Disagree About So Many Things?

Worship Volunteers

January 3rd

Communion Sunday

9:00AM

Scripture: Hencie deGive

Communion Servers: Artis Spencer, Pat and Julian Harwell


11:00AM

Scripture: Brenda Edwards

Communion Servers: Peggy White, Stephanie and Marty Boyd

Acolytes: Dawson Hammonds and Clayton Compton


January 10th

9:00AM

Scripture: Joyce Howe


11:00AM

Scripture: Jennifer Edwards

Acolytes: Emily Page and Mallory Hammonds

January 17th

9:00AM

Scripture: Jay Howe


11:00AM

Scripture: Brian Luke

Acolytes: Evan Boyd and Grant Preiss


January 24th

9:00AM

Scripture: Artis Spencer


11:00AM

Scripture: Julian Harwell

Acolytes: Hannah Hanson and Mallory Hammonds


January 31st

9:00AM

Scripture: Tyler Head


11:00AM

Scripture: Pat Harwell

Acolytes: Dawson Hammonds and Emily Page

Crossroads Shut-In List

Many of you have asked about our church members and friends who can no longer make it to Sunday Services and other fellowship events. Below is a current list with contact information if you would like to reach out to them. We ask that you keep them all in your prayers and thoughts.


Donna Peek

4421 Ga Hwy 20

Conyers, Ga 30012

770-483-7612


Barbara Finlayson

1502 Renaissance Dr. {Rm 1}

Conyers, Ga 30012

678-562-4068


Beatrice Hester

1811 Spring Street

Conyers, Ga 30012

770-483-8063


Ruby Straley

1611 Pratt Rd

Covington, Ga 30014

770-786-2599


Jimmy and Anne Jones

560 Edwards Rd

Oxford, GA 30054

770-786-7256


Louise Shirreffs

1360 Enchanted Lake Drive NE

Conyers, GA 30012

770-313-8411 or 770-313-6142.


Effe Ashong

1500 Callaway Loop

Conyers, GA 30012

770-760-1075


Anne Guest ( Rockdale HealthCare Rehab.)

Room: # 204-B

1510 Reniassance Dr
Conyers, GA 30012

770-483-4480


Shirley Rice

601 Breedlove Dr. #307

Monroe, GA 30655

770-207-6045


Nora Pelowski

1358 Manchester Dr

Bristol Village - Room 230

Conyers, GA 30012

Happy Birthday! January 2016

Sheri Hanson 01/05

Buka Okafor 01/06

John Martin 01/08

Randy Ashton 01/10

Marcello Zanatta 01/14

Janelle Sikes 01/15

Wayne Watts 01/15

Larry Reid 01/18

Artis Spencer 01/19

Steve Brinson 01/20

Cynthia Dean 01/20

Ray Laird 01/21

Sandra Rodrick 01/21

David Hammonds 01/22

Bob Dickerson 01/24

Pat Floyd 01/27

Austin Nation 01/29

Ruby Straley 01/31

January 2016 Newsletter Deadline

The deadline to get information into the February 2016 Newsletter is January, Monday 25th by 2PM. Please submit all articles, information, and pictures to secretary@crossroadsumc.net or call 770-388-7438.

If you wish to receive a mailed copy of the church's monthly newsletter, please contact the church office at secretary@crossroadsumc.net or 770-388-7438.

Crossroads United Methodist Church

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