Join us as we enjoy some seriously delicious chili and raise funds to help support Crossroads’ ministries! This is always one of our most highly anticipated events and participation is off the charts. You need to be a part of this too!
This is all happening on Saturday, November 16, at 6:30 pm at Resurrection Covenant Church‘s Basement, 3901 N. Marshfield Ave., Chicago. To make this all go, here’s what we need:
First, we need chili contestants: When RSVPing please mention whether you’ll bring a chili (we have room for up to 20 contestants – we usually have around 10-15). If you are bringing a chili please bring a serving utensil and power strip if you have one. Traditional chili condiments (cheese, oyster crackers, sour cream, etc.) will be provided.
Chili not your thing? It is always great to have a few sides too so if you are up for bringing cornbread, mac and cheese, etc please do so!
Second, we need your talents or resources! Past auctions have featured lessons in painting/musical instruments/foreign languages/photography/brewing/cooking/running/computers/business building, also tours of your favorite haunts, auctioning off your labor: spring cleaning/moving service/landscaping/organizing/babysitting/baking, giving up your Bears/Packers/Cubs/Sox sporting event tix or your vacation cottage for a weekend. You name it folks- you would be surprised how much we will pay for your time and talents!
Please email our Fellowship Coordinator with your auction item/service to donate -email@example.com
Can’t make it but want to bid? Shoot us an email (same address) and we’ll put in a proxy bid for you. (Look for a list this week!)
Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Montrose Green, a community garden right in Crossroads’ neighborhood, is closing in order to relocate to a new garden location in Rogers Park. Volunteers are needed to move raised bed frames to this new garden.
Our group will stay at Montrose Green (adjacent to the Montrose Brown Line stop) and help load the beds into moving trucks. The beds are not very heavy – each one can be lifted easily with two people.
Montrose Green is part of a network of community gardens run by the nonprofit Peterson Garden Project. PGP both trains gardeners and donates produce to the Common Pantry, Chicago’s oldest continually-operating food pantry.
See the evite for more information, or to RSVP!
The Market Pantry offers a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and non-perishable food items in a farmers-market-style atmosphere at no charge to families and individuals in need of food assistance.
Ravenswood Community Services partners with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Ravenswood School to bring the Market Pantry to the Ravenswood School staff parking lot the second Saturday morning of each month. Join Crossroads as we volunteer to set up, staff and take down the event.
Ravenswood School is located at 4332 North Paulina Street. Keep an eye out for an evite to RSVP!
Celebration/Farewell Sunday - Zach Steinbach will be the first to insist that the celebration on Sunday, November 3 will not be about him. Every Christian worship service is a celebration that centers in Jesus and the salvation and life that we have in him. But we also need to celebrate God’s goodness in all his gifts – including the blessings we receive through special people that God brings into our lives. We’re making a point to recognize all of that on Sunday, November 3.
It will be Zach’s last Sunday at Crossroads. For 5 years, Zach has been our main worship leader, and God has blessed us dramatically through with his musical gifts and his genuine faith and life among us. He is well loved, and will be greatly missed.
At the same time, Crossroads was birthed 10 years ago, and God has used the gifts of so many people to shape and build us as a faith community. Join us on November 3 to celebrate God’s hand of blessing through all of this, first with a special service at 10am, and a farewell potluck meal immediately following!
(Save the date and watch for an Evite!)
Try this quote on for size: “But trying to use willpower to overcome the apathetic sort of sadness that accompanies depression is like a person with no arms trying to punch themselves until their hands grow back. A fundamental component of the plan is missing and it isn’t going to work.”* Does this quote speak to you? It speaks to me. Not because I struggle with depression, but because I struggle with sin, and the analogy works there too. Fighting the urge to sin is just that that: a fight. And if you’ve ever struggled against any kind of temptation, you always feel overpowered, don’t you? Could our losing battle against sin in our lives be because “a fundamental component of the plan is missing”?
We’re beginning a new Sunday series at Crossroads (starting 9/29) that we’re calling The Good Fight. It’s based on a simple scriptural premise: We lose the fight against sin whenever we fail to trust God. More positively: we’ll grow stronger in our battles against sin as we grow stronger in our trust in God. You might call it “the good fight of faith.” (It’s already been called that? So much the better!) Join us on Sundays at Crossroads!
* from the brilliant illustrate blog Hyperbole and a Half. (Disclaimer: if you follow this link, you may find yourself spending more time there than you had planned. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!) http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2011/10/adventures-in-depression.html