Wednesday's Word

March 18, 2015

Praise and Prayers

Praise

Samuel Joseph Hedges was born on Thursday, 3/12/15 at 4:33PM weighing in at 8lbs 8oz! Congratulations to Paul and Ashlee Hedges!!

Prayers

Nicole Head's friend, Brittany Vaughn, is dealing with the return of breast cancer.

Yvonne Kirkman passed away on Sunday.

Prayers for Donna Peek.

Mary Ann Wine's nephew, Chris Dickenson, is dealing with terminal cancer.

Crossroads UMC Youth who are at Camp Glisson this weekend for Spiritual Life Retreat

Announcements

Kid's Club TONIGHT at 6:00PM

3rd grade and under are invited every Wednesday Night for Food, Fun Lessons, and Fellowship from 6:00PM until 7:15PM with Ms. Ginger. If you have any questions please contact Ginger Peek at (470) 767-6200.

Lily Orders Now being accepted until Sunday, March 22

Easter Lilies will be on sale until March 22 for $15. Additional monetary gifts over the cost of the $15 will be given to the Crossroads General Fund. Help us prepare the Sanctuary for Easter morning and give a gift to the church! Inserts will be available in your bulletin or you can contact the church office at secretary@crossroadsumc.net.

$1 Breakfast and Half Pound Cakes!

This is the last Sunday for the $1 breakfast! It will be served from 9:30-10:00AM to help the Crossroads Walk with Angels Team raise money for their 8 mile walk.

Menu for Sunday, March 22: Casserole, Fruit parfait and Pound Cake

2015 Crossroads Walk With Angels Team: Lindsey Preiss, Dana and Madison Hammonds, Bill, Brenda, and Jennifer Edwards, Alexis Nation, Stephanie Boyd, Howard Rowe, Susan Smith


Delicious Half Pound cakes are available for $15. Orders MUST BE made by Friday for pick up on Sunday morning. Call the church office at 770-388-7438 or email Megan at secretary@crossroadsumc.net to place your order.

Candy Needed!

The Children's Council is requesting candy dontations for the Easter Egg Hunt on April 5th. Candy must be individually wrapped and able to fit into a plastic Easter Egg. All candy can be placed in the bin provided in the Narthex. If you have any questions, please contact Leigh Martin at leighsmartin@gmail.com.

Church Wide Workday Satruday, March 28 8:00AM - 12:00PM

Come and help beautify our church for the upcoming Easter events! Please submit any work requests to the church office that need to be taken care of on this date. secretary@crossroadsumc.net

Holy Week Worship Schedule

Palm Sunday, March 29th, 8:30am and 11:00am

Come celebrate Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. We will also Baptize and Confirm the students of our Confirmation class at the 11:00am service. There will be a light reception following the service.


Maundy Thursday, April 2nd, 7:00pm

Come and celebrate Holy Communion in a deep and meaningful way. We will remember Jesus’ last night with his disciples this evening.


Good Friday, April 3rd, 7:00pm

“Am I Guilty?”

A dramatic worship service featuring music and monologs that draw us to the circumstances around Jesus’ crucifixion.


Easter Morning April 5th 7:00am, 8:30am, and 11:00am

The 7:00am sunrise service is informal and inspirational. Bring a lawn chair and gather in front of the church. A hearty and holy breakfast served following the service. The 8:30am and 11:00am services will feature a special Easter message and Holy Communion. The annual Easter Egg hunt and family activities follows the 11:00am worship service.

Rev. Leigh Martin Preaching This Sunday

While Rev. Zack is chaperoning the youth who are going to Spiritual life retreat, his wife, Rev. Leigh Martin will preach for us at both services this Sunday.

Sermon Summary

Resisting Evil

John 3:14-21

One of the most memorable passages in the New Testament is John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” It’s a beautiful passage that is bracketed by two references to threatening forces.


The first reference is to Moses saving his people from a snake infestation killing many people in the migration from Egypt to the promised land. It was a punishment for the people’s faithlessness. The second is a reflection on people doing evil and living in the dark instead of living in the light. People choose the dark instead of the light because they loved evil more. The gift of eternal life is given in the middle of these two stories of death and darkness.


We need this saving message of eternal life, especially considering all the death that surrounds us. We’ve all experienced the finality of death in one way or another. Jesus says just as Moses lifted up a rod that healed many, so the lifted up Christ saves people who believe in him from “perishing and to have eternal life”. Jesus overcame death so we can trust in him to see us through our own deaths.


Eternal life is a free gift but it has expectations that we follow in Jesus’ ways. He challenges us to “To do what is true”(3:21). Our baptismal vows remind us how to do what is true by “resisting evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves. Resisting evil, injustice, and oppression is a tall order! We do what is within our power to live out these vows. Christians sometimes killed, dying with words of faith on their lips. Christians sometimes resist personal sin, struggling with the forces that tempt us to stray. Christ is lifted up as a focus point to lead us and heal us during our lives.


Jesus’ gives us a saving message in an unlikely setting in the Gospel of John. Whatever is going on in your life, Jesus’ saving message is to believe in him and your soul and being will be saved from death. Respond to this gift by doing what is true within your power.