Central Farmer’s Market

The Central Farmer’s Market is up and running @ CrossRoads.  It all started with an idea that was planted by Dr. Len Sweet.  He states that churches need to recognize that it is a different economic day.  No longer can we rely on offerings as the sole means of supporting the mission.  Today the church must find other avenues for support, as do many non-profit organizations.  And so, the fundraiser of the Farmer’s Market has begun.

But its much more than that.  It is our way of reaching out to the community to provide avenues for healthy eating and healthy living. In our day where food has been associated with toxins, it is wonderful to be part of the answer for providing pure food.  The stuff that farmer’s know about.  The stuff that is original.  The stuff that God made.

My favorite thing, besides the vegetables, was the cream.  It was like the stuff we had in my childhood…unforgetable! Great on the pumpkin pie…

Come buy some healthy food…Saturday at 9am-2pm.  Eat well…take care of the body God gave you…eat real food…and enjoy caring for your family!

CrossRoads Celebrates 50 Years!

So this week I go to work in anticipation of Sunday…the day when we celebrate the 50th birthday of my church!  The work that leads up to this special Sunday is much like the work of a wedding…We are cleaning up the yard, planting new flowers in the front flower beds, responding to all the invitations that have been sent, checking on last minute preparations…  Several of the former pastors are coming, including Bill Smith (the founding pastor), Jim Jacobson, Jim Woods, Andy Werft, and George Cushman.  Our Bishop Carcano and our District Superintendent Sharon Ragland will lead in worship.  At our celebration lunch, Mayor Phil Gordon and Councilman Greg Stanton will bring greetings.  It is a moment of great celebration and we are pulling out all the stops to make it a day to remember…

Which makes me think about the history of this church…like many churches…CrossRoads has experienced ups and downs.  We have worshiped with 1000 people and with 60 people.  We have seen people come in joy, and watched some leave in a tiff.  We have loved, grieved, and loved again.  We have thrived, survived, and thrived again. The cycle of life has been very apparent as we look at our history.

We came from Central United Methodist…and along the way…we birthed three churches:  Shadow Rock UCC, Faith UMC, and Cross in the Desert UMC.  We have been in mission all over the world. And we have continuously fed the homeless and hungry in Phoenix for all of these 50 years.

I am really excited about Sunday!  And I’m nervous…hoping that all the preparations come together in the way we planned…and hoping we truly have a moment of joy!

It’s like the Psalmist says,

“What a God!  His road stretches straight and smooth.  Every God-direction is road-tested.
Everyone who runs toward him MAKES IT!”  (The Message: Psalm 18)

We’ve MADE IT, CrossRoads…to 50!  May the next 50 be even more glorious!