Sunday, December 31, 2006
Here's Crossroads on concrete...
Deric, Rachel and Eric smiling
Rachel being herself
Nobody minds posing for the camera
A sister moment...Jessie & Danielle Shadd
Ryan and Paul catch up on a trip around the rink
Some people didn't skate as much as they ought...Windy, Amanda, Kristin & Cheryl
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Afterwards, you're invited over to the Kasper's, where we'll have snacks, games, and more as the night unfolds. Your friends are welcome too. This will start at apx. 8:30
The Kaspers live at 3138 W. Briarwood Dr. in Franklin. Map
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
- Will this benefit the followers?
- Is this change compatible with the purpose of the organization?
- Is this change specific and clear?
- Are the top 20 percent (the influencers) in favor of this change?
- Is it possible to test this change before making a total commitment to it?
- Are physical, financial, and human resources available to make this change?
- Is this change reversible?
- Is this change the next obvious step?
- Does this change have both short- and long-range benefits?
- Is the leadership capable of bringing about this change?
- Does everything else indicate the timing is right?
List is from The Difference Maker by John Maxwell.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
19 year old Rob, an area resident for over 15 years and an outstanding young man, has recently been diagnosed with childhood bone cancer. With Robs tenacity and love of his family and friends, we know this is just another hurdle Rob will overcome!!!
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10 2006, 10AM-6PM
Studio 890 Salon in Brookfield
Located in the Galleria Shopping Center (behind Kopps) 18900 West Bluemound Road, For more information call (262) 785-2890. 100% of all services will be donated to assist the family with expenses related to the treatment 10% of product and boutique purchases also will be donated to benefit. Cost is $20 for haircuts. And there will also be massage available.
I will be there, and I hope to see you too!
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Wow, last week in Crossroads was incredible. To hear so many of you share what God has done in you and through you in 2006 was very moving, and a tremendous reminder that we have much to be thankful for. Through many conversations this week, I am reminded of how blessed we are to have each other, and what an influence we can have for God when we work together. So whether things for you are going great, so-so, or not so good, take time to think up, and see the big picture of how God loves and leads us.
Tonight, our church family will meet together in the Sanctuary at 7 pm for a special one hour Thanksgiving service, where we’ll be looking at Psalms 117, and the example of gratitude. Make plans to be there, and to eat afterwards!
Next week in Crossroads is “The Net”, where will discuss how to use the internet for our good and the good of others. Plus real vs. virtual relationships! And save the date: The Crossroads Christmas Party is December 16!
Friday, November 17, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Friday, November 10, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Friday, November 03, 2006
If you're stupid, don't vote
By DAN KENITZ
Posted: Nov. 2, 2006
Aside from what they actually vote for, what many people disagree on is whether or not it's the responsibility of eligible citizens to vote. Since you technically don't have to vote but might be wondering if it's right for you, I've assembled this list to help you discern whether or not you ought to vote.
• If you believe that it's everyone's responsibility to vote, you're stupid. Don't vote.
• If you're disillusioned with the entire democratic process because you don't like President Bush, voted against him twice yet he still got elected, you're stupid. Don't vote.
• If you understand the depth and nature of the American military's sacrifice from Bunker Hill to Baghdad and its continued importance to our survival as a nation and as a collective soul, you're smart. Vote.
• If you want to re-elect Gov. Jim Doyle because you saw a TV ad that says Rep. Mark Green gives kickbacks to Big Oil, you're stupid. Don't vote.
• If you want to vote for Green because you saw a TV ad that says Doyle gives kickbacks to everyone else, well, I think you're right but that doesn't necessarily make you smart. Don't vote.
• If you think Milwaukee Republicans got carried away about Democratic voter fraud in recent years while supporting voter ID requirements that make sure votes are being cast by actual people, join the Democratic Party, change your name to John Doe and vote 1,700 times.
• If you've already moved to China because it has bought up a majority of our debt and is moving closer to a democracy, you're smart - and disloyal. Send an absentee ballot.
• If you support the space program, vote twice.
• If you think "Barack Obama bin Laden" is the country's greatest threat since "Albert Hitler," congratulations on graduating from the U.S. public education system. But don't vote.
• If your primary motivation for voting is that someone offered you a pack of cigarettes if you vote for Candidate X, you're an honorary Democrat. Don't vote.
• If you view freedom not as something that you automatically should be entitled to just by existing but should be regularly and proactively exercised, you're smart. Vote.
• If you believe that Wisconsin needs to be more like Illinois, and therefore should have more tollways, move to Illinois and vote there.
• If you were asked who Chester A. Arthur was and you responded, "Did he start a sandwich franchise?" no points will be deducted - it was a good guess. You can vote.
• If you feel that your financial well-being is the responsibility of the government, the upper class, the middle class, your kids or anyone who's not you, you're stupid. Don't vote.
• If you get emotionally upset because a columnist called you stupid, don't vote. You're easily excitable and shouldn't have any say over who gets access to The Button.
Now, total up your score: Add a point for "vote"; subtract a point for "don't vote." If your score is zero or above, feel free to vote. If you got a negative number, steer clear from voting booths and longer words in general.
By the way, if you really use this list to figure out whether or not you should vote, you're stupid. Don't vote.
Dan Kenitz of Hartford is a writer who runs a political Web site, BipolarNation.com. His e-mail address is email@example.com
From the Nov. 3, 2006 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
Join us tonight (Friday) as the classic/couples home fellowships combine for a bible study, food, and conversation. As always, new people are welcome. We will be meeting at Matt Turner’s condo in Bay View. For address and a map, click here. He lives in condo #5.
Sunday After Dark: This Sunday night at 7
Fresh, casual & dynamic: a new worship experience at Oak Creek Assembly of God. Be a part of this church-wide gathering as we celebrate the God working in our lives. There will be a café afterwards featuring a wide selection of desserts from the Cheesecake Factory.
An Opportunity to serve…
The family fall festival will take place next Friday, November 3rd at the church from 6pm - 8:30pm, and volunteers are needed to staff the games and concession areas. If you are able to help out, please contact Candi Daywitt at 762-2010 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Friday, October 13, 2006
This next Wednesday night in Crossroads is an opportunity for each of us to go all out for our friends. Crossroads will meet at 7 pm at church where our topic of ‘attractive body’ will be especially relevant to our guests. I’ve already made numerous invites, and I hope you will do the same. I was amazed at the impact God allowed us to have at our last friend night, and I'm excited for this time around!
After Crossroads we’ll be gathering at the clubhouse at the Jefferson Block, which is in the heart of the Third Ward. It’s a large 2 story clubhouse that’s posh and modern, and you’re going to love it! We’re going to have a blast hanging out, playing games, and eating the best of urban fare!
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Both nights we were having great conversations about our relationships with God, but on our way out, in the busy doorway, we're hit up, and told a tragic story. The first night the individual told us they were just robbed on National Avenue. They asked if they could use a cell phone, we agreed, and then wanted money.
Last night, an elderly woman stopped us and asked for $20 dollars for groceries. My friend gave her $5; I offered to buy her something to eat; and the offer was declined.
As I walked to my car I had an uneasy feeling. Did I respond the way Jesus would have? I don't know. I always prepare myself to respond correctly, which includes trying to get a whiff of their alcohol-laced breath. But when the moment comes, I seem to always freeze up! I know there are no easy answers for the needy among us, but I'm probably better off when I have to struggle with these issues. Would Jesus give money? Would he go with them to buy food? Would he pray with them? Would he direct them to the Salvation Army? I know he'd show courtesy and love, but beyond that, I'm not sure. I'd love to know what you think is the right response.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
*In case you didn't know, that Saturday at 4p.m. is a time where our church gathers to eat food from around the world and hear what God is doing through the missionaries our church supports. Make plans to be there!
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
What a great weekend we had up at Spencer Lake! We enjoyed beautiful scenery and weather, great times of worship, a fantastic speaker, and overall lots of fun. Above is a picture of the OC next to the lake. For many, the highlight of the retreat was the Saturday night service, in which we discussed the passage where God gave Jacob a new name. This was a meaningful time for us, and I'd love for each one who was there to share about what God did in their life in this comment session. I'll start it off! Sunrise over Spencer Lake. Deric Goodman is the source of all these pictures. Thanks Deric!Some fellas go for a nature trek. Volleyball is always popular at camp.
Matt Ditzer goes for a spike!
Zeal for carpet ball consumes Amanda, Jennifer and Mike. I don't know these people! Okay, I do. I think they're modeling jeans. John Kavati and Dan Robinson strike a pose.
Friday, September 22, 2006
PS-Crossroads Classic and Crossroads Couples are meeting tonight at 7 pm! See you there!
Thursday, September 21, 2006
The websites that we looked at:
Some words that were searched for on Google:
- Babylon Iraq
- EU Babylon
- EU Statue
Does anybody have any comments or questions on this material? We'd love to hear from you.
Friday, September 15, 2006
Friday, September 08, 2006
Join us Wednesday @ 7 pm as we begin a new series in Crossroads on “Attractive Body”. No, we’re not talking about liposuction or nose jobs, but rather how can we honor God with our bodies. This first week we’re going to look at our role in the greater body of Christ, and specifically, the role of Crossroads within our church. Pastor Brooks will be speaking to us this evening and sharing his vision for our age group. We will end the night with a Q & A time, so if you’ve been curious as to what’s happening around the church, this will be the time to get answers!
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
News from Sunday: There were 17 people who were between the ages of 18-25 that came forward for prayer and to receive Bible studies. I got to talk with several of these individuals, and I can tell you firsthand that God really touched their lives Sunday night. I mailed off invites to this group this morning, so make sure to make room for them this Wednesday! And plan on going to an afterparty afterwards at one of 9 locations! Everybody is invited.
Thursday, August 31, 2006
The young adult weekend is coming up September 29-October 1st at Spencer Lake, and you need to be there. If you register by 9/15, cost is $65. After 9/15 the cost is $75. This will be a great time of getting closer to God and getting away from it all. There will be an excellent worship team and speaker, relevant workshops, bonfires, the lake, sports & games, and lots of new friends. For more information on this retreat, click here.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Mike Kramer has informed me that he is starting a marriage enrichment series on 9/16 at the Franklin library, and is looking for people to help with child care. If you're interested, call Mike or Beth at 414-421-8740.
Finally, this past Saturday was so much fun at the rock wall. As you may or may not know, Crossroads sponsored the rock wall this year at the Son-Shine Festival, and it was a big hit. In fact, I would estimate at least 400 people climbed the wall during 3 hours. I'll share more observations about this day later.