Well, it seems that 2020 continues to be consistently unpredictable. This season continues to be trying, frustrating, and difficult for many. If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that prayer and spending time in God's unchanging and unparalleled Word are vital.
Our mental and emotional health have been and continue to be attacked by an onslaught of challenges this year. Entering into this Holiday season is never the same for everyone. However, it is safe to say this year, this onramp to the holiday season feels different. We are navigating ever-changing and ever-shifting times. Our minds and hearts are being pulled in a myriad of directions. Our emotions are off the charts taking us on a rollercoaster ride full of twists and turns. When everything seems to be uncertain in moments like this, we must find our hope in something, someone, unchanging. The goodness of God, His faithfulness, is always sure. His love is steadfast and unchanging. If we are going to have hope in these crazy times, our hope needs to be placed in God! Lamentations 3:21-24 states it this way,
"But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, says my soul, therefore I will hope in Him."
The way for us all to combat our mental and emotional instability is to feed our souls truth. According to Jeremiah, the way to feed the soul is to make the Lord our only portion. Remembering His goodness and learning from His faithfulness. It is imperative that we continue spending time TOGETHER in the study of His Word and in the praising of His name.
Considering this, we wanted to update you on our up and coming services.
We will continue to offer three services through this holiday season with a couple of changes. Our two in-person services will be Thursdays at 7:20pm and Sundays at 10:20am. Our online service will be Sundays at 10:20am. We WILL NOT have service Thursday, November 26th or Thursday, December 31st due to Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve. However, we WILL have our in-person Christmas Eve Service, Ignite, Thursday, December 24th at 6:30pm.
We encourage families to do what is best and comfortable for them during this season. We will always provide online services to help families who, need to quarantine, are of high risk, or feel most comfortable with being remote right now. For those who attend our services, please be attentive to our Social Distancing Policies and be respectful, knowing that we are all navigating this the best we can.
In conclusion, Krista and I want to say thank you. Thank you to all those who have been and continue to serve at CrossLink and other partnering ministries. We understand that serving in the background frequently goes unnoticed. We want you to know whether it is cleaning, setting up chairs, serving our kids, providing coffee, welcoming people, or serving on the worship team, you are greatly appreciated. What we do to impact people to Prize Jesus – Make Disciples – Love Well cannot happen without you! Know that we are frequently and fervently praying for you, our CrossLink Family. We hope to stand unswervingly in our faith in God while we grow deeper in our love for one another.
Here's what's next!
We are very eager to offer our Letters and Lights event that is in place of Breakfast With Santa. This event will take place Saturday, December 12th, from 6pm – 8pm. Please stay tuned for more information as we will need your help to pull this off.
We are very excited about our IGNITE Christmas Eve service. This will be a sweet time celebrating the birthday of our Savior as we gather and worship Him together. We will conclude this evening with a beautiful candle lighting. We are also offering family pictures for those who would like to take advantage of CL's gift to our families. Stay tuned for more information about our Christmas family pictures.
Join us December 3rd or December 6th as we begin our Christmas Talk Series “Victorious Christmas”