Congratulations

Congratulations to Dan & Nicole Rose on the birth of Cora Mae Rose, born August 7th at 4:48am, at 7lbs 4oz and 19 3/4″.
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Congratulations to Seth and Holly Witmer on the birth of Elyse “Ellie” Faith Witmer. She was born August 2nd, at 6lbs 13oz and 19 1/4″.

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Welcome Charity Wall

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Charity found Crossway Church in a Google search of local churches. After visiting many, she felt that Crossway offered the greatest chance for fellowship and ministry opportunities.  Charity enjoys playing the guitar and singing.  She is looking forward to the opportunity to try out for the worship band.

Charity lives in Mountville with her siblings, Faith and Tobias, and her parents, Kim and Bob. She works at Excentia providing activities and care for intellectually disabled adults.

When not at work, church, or engaged in activities with family and friends, you’ll find Charity either practicing music or doing crafts. She enjoys clay modeling, painting, and cross stitching, just to name a few.  She is also an avid collector of porcelain dolls.

Charity attends the Watkinson- Willow St. II care group.

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Monday News

Expectant Mothers at Crossway

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  • 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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Meet Drew Law

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Drew is twenty-six years old, originally from the Strasburg area and now lives near the Buck.  He grew up in a believing household and professed faith at a young age.  His family were a part of a Christian Missionary Alliance congregation for many years.

When Drew started college, he spent a year at Philadelphia Bible University before switching his major to nursing and studying at Eastern Mennonite University’s Lancaster branch.  It was during that year in Philadelphia that he was introduced to Sovereign Grace.  Drew just finished up his last class this summer, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.  He has been working for the last 3 years in the trauma and intensive care unit at Lancaster General Hospital.

Becoming a member has been a longer process for Drew due to working the night shift and weekends, but he has been coming to Crossway for the last 3 years.  He appreciates Crossway’s gospel-centeredness and the pastor’s expository teaching.  He is a member of Carl & Linda Driedger’s Care Group in Willow Street.  In his spare time he enjoys anything outdoors—especially hunting, fishing and running.

 

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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.

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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

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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, Christianmingle.com. 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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