HOLSTEIN - Over 150 people celebrated CrossRidge's 1st Anniversary milestone on Sunday, Jan 8, held at Lohff Schumann Community Center (LSCC) in Holstein.
The evening started with a free soup dinner served by CrossRidge (CR) youth group. Next, a worship celebration was held that ended with believers in Christ presenting individual goals to God for this coming year. The anniversary service also included an inspiring testimony of faith given by new believer in Christ, Ginger Walker of Cherokee; a video of CR'st first-year highlights; and a special message from Pastor Doug of Summit Church in Alta, and Pastor Tyler of CrossRidge Church, which explained 1 Peter 2:5, "You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house."
The anniversary service closed with the song, "Lead Us On," which says, "As You move in us please work through us to reach the ones who might have never known. We claim no fame, applause or glory for our own for all the praise is Your's and Your's alone. Lead us on, lead us on!"
God has blessed CrossRidge (CR) with an amazing year that was beyond expectations. Fifty-five people attended the church's first public worship service held at LSCC community room on Jan. 9, 2011. One year later CR now averages over 100 people per week from several surrounding towns with services held in the gym.
The stories of transformed lives through faith in Jesus and applying the teachings of the Bible are the priority. In May '11 CR voted unanimously to hire full-time pastor, Tyler Parson, who began in July. A free Summer Kids Club drew a big crowd of children in June. Many have appreciated CR's service and outreach focus through our Neighbor Helping Neighbor ministry.
In Nov '11 CR voted to purchase an office building in Holstein while our contemporary worship services will continue at the Lohff-Schumann Community Center gym at 10:30 on Sunday mornings throughout 2012. CR will take possession of the office building in May '12. CR's temporary office is located at Pastor Tyler's house (214 W. Maple, Holstein). Pastor Tyler can be reached at 712-229-9948 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Small Groups will begin meeting in CrossRidge members' homes in February. Contact Pastor Tyler if you're interested in getting plugged in.
CrossRidge is known for its contemporary worship, strong Bible teaching, authentic relationships, family ministries, service-orientation, and outreach focus. For more info go to www.crossridgeefc.com. Everyone wears nametags & there are a variety of small group study and ministry opportunities available so it's easy to get acquainted and connected. CrossRidge holds weekly Sunday worship at 10:30 AM at Lohff Schumann in Holstein. Sunday school begins at 9:30 AM for 3 year olds -- Adults.