Stephen & Ann Smith: Adoption Update

The Orphan Care Ministry of Crossway has been encouraged, and is very excited for the Smith family!  The Smiths have 3 children, Aaron, Chase and Paige.   They are in the process of adding to their family by adopting a little girl from China!  Their paperwork is logged in and they are awaiting a referral.  God’s timing and plan in this journey has been evident and the Smiths continue to express God’s faithfulness to them during this time.


How did God open your hearts toward adoption?

We have always been open to considering adoption and had even discussed it before we were married.  Neither of us grew up around adoptive families or were very  familiar with the process, but we both believed that caring for orphans was something close to the heart of God, and it should play a part in our lives, whether that meant actually adopting or through participating in a sponsorship program.  God used regular contact with other adoptive families to stir our hearts even more.

How has God moved you toward adoption?

We have a soft heart for children, and through hearing the stories of other adoptive families, praying about it and receiving counsel, we felt compelled to pursue adoption.  Our desire to have two daughters and connections with those who have adopted from China led us in this direction.

We cannot solve the world orphan crisis, but we can make a difference in one child’s life and be a demonstration of God’s adoptive love.  The work, sacrifice and cost of international adoption can be daunting, but God has not called us to something that he will not also provide the grace for us to do.  We are certain that God is orchestrating our steps and we move forward with faith, expectant that He will continue to provide what is needed.

What is the next step with the adoption and what timetable are you on?

Our paperwork is filed in China and we have been waiting for the last 5 months for a referral which would match us with a little girl.  We weren’t expecting this piece of the puzzle to take this long, but we have seen the wisdom of God’s timing.  Every time we think we are in control of this process He reminds us that His plans for our family will come to pass and they are good.  Once we accept a referral, it will be approximately 3 months until everything is approved for us to travel and bring her home.

How can we pray for and support your family?

*Faith for God’s timing for our referral and all the chaos that will ensue once that referral comes.

*Strength and grace for our family during the transition when we bring our daughter home.  The change will affect each of us differently and our prayer is that we would be drawn closer together through this process, not apart.

*For God’s provision in our fundraising efforts.  An international adoption from China will total close to $40k in the end.  We are hoping to raise $25k toward that total through a variety of efforts.

For more information on the Smith’s fundraisers, as well as adoption updates and prayer requests, click on this link to their blog.




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Meet Tammy Barber


Welcome Tammy!

Tammy was born and raised in Port Jervis, New York. She came to Pennsylvania to pursue an education in Bible and Early Childhood Education at Lancaster Bible College.  She met her fiancé Sam Brown, who is also a new member, on the dating website, Tammy was attracted to Crossway because she felt it was a good mix of Sam’s charismatic background and her more traditional church background.

Tammy is employed at Chesterbrook Academy on Oregon Pike as a preschool teacher. She is excited to participate in the children’s ministry at Crossway.  Tammy is naturally outgoing and looking forward to rich fellowship with all members young and not so young.

Tammy resides in West Lampeter. She is busy planning her wedding which is to take place on, September 10, 2016. Tammy and Sam attend Gordon and Karen Pawson’s East Town care group.

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Women’s Meeting

Last Wednesday night the Women of Crossway and guests met for a time of refreshment and fellowship.   Fun door prizes were the first item of business.  (Thank you, Beth, for your generous and creative spirit!)

Beth Bostwick and Karen Pawson led us in a time of worship, focusing on God’s faithfulness and mercy.  DSC_0102

Cynthia interviewed Lori Felizzi–her testimony was so encouraging to us all!  Thank you, Lori!DSC_0117

And Cynthia shared a brief message on Hebrews 12:1-3, encouraging us to identify and throw off 4 heavy weights that easily entangle our souls as we purpose to run the race God has for us (anxiety, self-pity, offenses, and envy).   Thank you, Cynthia, for how you sharpen and serve us!

Last, but not least, we successfully blew up Lisa Evan’s phone with a group video and texted birthday wishes, as well as recognized Lois Sensenig’s upcoming 80th birthday and the wonderful blessing she has been to our church.

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Wednesday Announcements

All woman of Crossway Church are invited to join us at the church building tonight, July 20, at 7pm, for worship, prayer, and encouragement in the truth. No registration needed.


DeaconNominationsWebWe are currently accepting nominations for deacons. Deacon nominations are available here and at the Welcome Center. Deadline for nominations is this Sunday, July 24th.



Doxa Band slide3All interested teen singers and musicians are invited to audition for the 2016-2017 Doxa Band, under the direction of Tyler Hoover. Click here for more information and to sign up for an audition slot.

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Meet Jeremy & Kate Back


Jeremy and Kate visited Crossway for the first time last summer when they moved here from Sydney, Australia.  They found us via the internet and began coming regularly in January of this year.  Both are Aussies—Kate grew up in the country, 6 hours outside of Sydney, while Jeremy spent most of his formative years in Birmingham, England as a missionary kid.  They married in June of 2010 and Jeremy’s job brought them to the United States.

Kate is a school teacher but currently at home.  Jeremy is an engineer for Fenner Precision in Manheim, presently working in their sales department which requires frequent travel.  The couple lives in the Eden area and just transitioned from the Plank Care Group to Jared & Rebekah Randolph’s Care Group meeting in the city.  Jeremy and Kate are waiting to adopt domestically and also participate in the Adoption Care Group.

Crossway has been a bit different from what they were used to in Australia.  Their former church had about 100 members, and because the Backs were there for 10 years, they were pretty fixed in the life and work of the church.  But, Jeremy and Kate recognize that there are good differences that Crossway can bring to their definition of “church”—Care Groups being one, for example.  When asked what drew them to pursue membership they said that the pastoral team’s faithfulness to the Scriptures and the quality of their expositional teaching were key.


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Monday News

baby-feet-and-hands-ribbons-1Expectant Mothers at Crossway

  • Nicole Rose — July
  • Amy Goldston — July
  • Bry Francois — August
  • Holly Witmer — August
  • Jenn Branham — September
  • Darlene Neustadter — September
  • Becky Watkinson — September

Couples Seeking Adoption 

  • Stephen and Ann Smith
  • Jeremy and Kate Back  

If you are pursuing adoption and would like to be put on this prayer list, please call the church office.

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Wednesday Announcements

YOUTHCAMP2016webYouth Camp is just a few weeks away and we need your help! We have several different volunteer needs at different times of the week. We especially need overnight security and carnival help. Please sign up here.



All men, ages 12 and over, are invited to our Men’s Day, July 9th, from 8am-1:30pm. the event will include an all-you-can-eat breakfast, teaching, & work projects. Please register here.


Womens_meeting_JulyWebAll women of Crossway Church are invited to join us at the church building on July 20th, at 7pm, for worship, prayer, and encouragement in the truth. No registration needed.


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