2017 Advent Programs

Sunday School & Sermon Series: December 3,10,17, 24

Charles Dickens’s classic novel, A Christmas Carol, is a story of brokenness and redemption. The beginning of the story is dark—the book opens with the words “Marley was dead.” We soon meet Marley, former partner of the main character Ebenezer Scrooge, as a ghost. Marley’s ghost promises Scrooge that a trio of ghosts will be visiting him, and the reader is to presume that none of the visits will be pleasant. Scrooge begins the story as an unrepentant miser whose greed has caused harm to himself and others and ends with him a changed—a redeemed—man.

Just as Christ brings light and hope to a world in darkness, the events of A Christmas Carol shine light into the darkness surrounding Scrooge’s life, ultimately leading him to embrace the hope, peace, joy, and love we associate with Christmas.

In The Redemption of Scrooge, author and pastor Matt Rawle examines Dickens’ classic novel, making connections between the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the story that Christians tell during Advent and Christmas.

 

Wednesday Advent Program: December 6,13,20

Potluck Dinner: 5:30PM

Program 6:00-7:00PM

The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem

We’ll journey with Adam Hamilton as he travels from Nazareth to Bethlehem in this fascinating look at the birth of Jesus Christ. Hamilton approaches a world-changing event with thoughtfulness. Using historical information, archaeological data, and a personal look at some of the stories surrounding the birth, the most amazing moment in history will become more real and heart-felt as you walk along this road.

 

Congregational Meeting – November 19

Our annual congregational meeting to elect new officers for the coming year will take place on November 19 after Worship.

Philip Yancey-The Jesus I Never Knew

Philip Yancey explores Jesus with a new and different perspective on his teachings, his miracles, his death and resurrection—and ultimately, who he was and why he came.  Yancey emphasizes the relational and personal rather than the scholarly.  Who was this man Jesus?  What was he like?  No one who meets Jesus ever stays the same. Come explore new ways of understanding the way the world, and you, look and Jesus Christ. Adult Sunday School class at 9 AM Sundays, beginning 11/5/17.

Led By Student Minister Ralph Lowe

 

Cross Roads’ Coffeehouse – Nov. 8th

Please join us!

 

Adult Sunday School – Martin Luther

The Protestant Reformation

Tradition has it that on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted 95 points for discussion on the door to the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.  Luther’s 95 Theses criticized many of the doctrines & policies of the Catholic Church, which as the time was the only church in Europe.  While Luther listed a great variety of complaints, he particularly focused on the selling of indulgences, church traditions, God’s grace, & the authority of the pope.

In 1054, disagreements in the one holy apostolic church split Christ’s church in half—east & west.  Since the division of the western church into Catholic & Protestant in the 1500s, there are now 45,000 Protestant denominations. How can Christ’s church be so divided?

Since the motto of our particular denomination is “Reformed & Always Reforming,” it would be good for us to understand what that really means. So through October, our sermons & Adult Sunday School class will look at the issues that divide & unite us.

Join us in the Fellowship area Sunday mornings in October at 9:00AM as we use a PBS Documentary on Martin Luther to look at the history, theology, & meaning of the Protestant Reformation for us today & into the future

Adult Sunday School Class: Forgiveness

As Christians we are called to forgive. Forgiving is part of the prayer our Savior Jesus Christ taught us. So why is it so hard? When we do forgive are we really forgiving through God or some other “false” forgiveness? How do we begin to forgive? Our Student Pastor Ralph Lowe will explore these questions and more over the next three Sundays! Come join the celebration of growing faith and spirituality.

Welcome Ralph Lowe

We welcome our new student pastor, Mr. Ralph Lowe. Ralph is a student at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and will be with us for the 2017-2018 school year. He has filled the pulpit several times over the past 2 years and we are excited for him to officially join our staff. His email address is studentpastor@crossroadsgibsonia.org.

Car Cruise 8/20 – Hold That Date!

Crossroads Presbyterian Church (3281 Wexford Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044 (724) 935-3636 (http://crossroadsgibsonia.com ) will be holding our fourth annual Cross Roads Car Cruise on Sunday, August 20 (rain date: August 27) from 4:30 – 7:30 PM.  Denny Dutko will DJ the event.  Expect fantastic cars, great food and a 50/50 raffle.   

There are is no charge for admission but donations for the food bank or cans of soup for Meals on Wheels are appreciated.

Rain date 8/27

 

Our Mission Partners in Bolivia

 

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Our Mission Partners in Niger

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