Weekly Update: March 17, 2015

Dear Family,

Allow me to offer my thanks once again for your prayers and support over the last couple of months as I’ve wrapped up my seminary studies and been sustained in my written and oral exams for ordination. If I am also sustained at the Presbytery meeting in Gainesville on Thursday, April 9, there will be an ordination service here at Cross Creek soon after. Stay tuned for more details on that.

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I really enjoyed the Mo Leverett concert on Saturday. Mo is not only a talented singer/songwriter but also an engaging storyteller. He shared several of his experiences from his years of doing urban ministry in New Orleans, including the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina on his life and ministry. He is now ministering on the north side of Jacksonville with Rebirth Community Ministries. If you get another chance to hear Mo, please don’t miss it!

Today is St. Patrick’s Day. Did you know that Patrick was an effective and influential Christian missionary to Ireland in the 5th century? I enjoy learning about those whom God has used in ages past to spread the gospel. You can read more about him here.

Please be in prayer for our young men as they go on their camping & canoe trip Wednesday through Friday this week. Hopefully they will have an encouraging (and mostly dry) time!

Saturday, March 28 will be a Church Work Day in anticipation of Easter. Please come on out and pitch in if you’re able. And don’t forget to invite your friends and neighbors to our services that weekend. We will have a Maundy Thursday service on April 2 at 7:00 PM. Easter Sunday we will have two services: 9:00 & 10:30 A.M. Also, please consider serving in our children’s ministry for one of those services.

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Ladies, if you haven’t yet done so, please register for the Women’s Retreat (May 1-3 near Live Oak, FL) no later than March 29. Reina Cherry, founder of Reina Cookies and co-founder of Coaches Honor, will be speaking on the theme “It’s His Kindness: Reflecting on what it means to be pursued by God who looks for us, not to fix us, but so we can be found!”. Click here for a schedule and more details.

This Sunday we will have the privilege of hearing from Chuck McArthur, the founding pastor of Cross Creek Church and now a missionary to Liberia and the Executive Director of Equipping Leaders International. Chuck will be preaching for us as well as sharing updates about his ministry.

Grace and peace,

Keith