The Church at Shelby Crossings
Sunday, November 23, 2014
A diverse community of believers developing passionate followers of Christ to impact the world.

 Two Morning Worship Services

We now have two options for worship on Sundays: at 9:00 and 10:30, and the services are identical in content, with both having activities for children. In addition to our worship, at 9:00 we also have adult, college and youth Life Groups, children's Bible lessons and preschool Angel Choir. During the 10:30 service, we have adult Life Groups, and Pathway for children. A nursery is provided for both services.

Sunday Morning Life Groups

There's no better way to get plugged in to the body life of our church than our Life Groups on Sunday morning.  We began a new cycle of groups for the fall last week, with groups meeting at both 9:00 and 10:30. All of our groups are studying together through the New Testament epistle of 1 John during the fall, in conjunction with Pastor Ken's message series. You can choose a group by the time slot or leader, or you can just find out which group your friends are in and join them there. For more information about our Life Groups, contact small groups pastor Jim Beckner.

Thanksgiving Week Ministry Activities


W3...will not meet on Wednesday night, Nov. 26, but will return the following Wednesday night, Dec. 3. Children in kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to join us for this time of "Word, World and Wacky Games," from 6:30 to 8:00 in the Kids Crossings Building (Bldg. A).  Parents, don't forget the W3 Bible Bowl and Christmas party on Wednesday, Dec. 10, which will be the final W3 for 2014. For more info, contact our minister to families with preschoolers and children Shellyn Poole.

Youth Group

Our weekly Youth Group gathering will not meet on Nov. 26. We'll get together at our regular time on Wednesday night, Dec.3 , at 6:30, upstairs in Building C. Students in grades 7-12, make plans to join us for a fun time hanging out, building friendships, and studying God's word together. Our youth Christmas Party will be on Wednesday night, Dec. 17, from 7:00 to 8:30.  There will be no youth group gatherings on Dec. 24 or Dec. 31. For more info on all of our Youth Group activities, contact youth pastor Dean Shirley.

College Ministry

Our Ecclesia ministry for college students and young adults will take the coming week off because of the Thanksgiving holidays, but will gather for our last Ecclesia gathering of the semester on Thursday night, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. in the "upper room" of Building B.  We're also planning Dodgeball on Dec. 1, and "Caroling & Cocoa" on Dec. 6. Be sure to like our "Ecclesia" Facebook page to keep up with what's going on, or contact college pastor Brett Roney for all the details or directions.

Adult Small Groups

Please be sure to check with your small group leaders about possible changes in your group's schedule for the upcoming holiday week. If you are not currently a part of a group, we have more than a dozen adult groups which gather each week around the Shelby County area for Bible study, prayer, discipleship and "doing life" together. If you're interested in hosting or co-leading a new group in your area, of if you'd like like to come and plug in to an existing group and need more info, contact small groups pastor Jim Beckner.

Christmas Parade, Dec. 6

Shelby Crossings will have an entry in the 2014 Calera Christmas Parade, coming up Saturday night, Dec. 6, and we'd love to have you participate with us in this event. It promises to be a wonderful opportunity to reach out to our community with the love of Jesus as we celebrate His birth. Our float theme will be "Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus," and we are planning to decorate the trailer as a gingerbread house, with lots of candy-type decor.
See the post on our Facebook group for the list of needed items that you can donate. We will be decorating the float at the church campus on Thursday, Dec. 4, if you would like to help. For more details, contact Jennifer Vines.

Ladies' Souper Sunday, Dec. 7

We had almost fifty ladies with us last night for our Women's Crossing "Cookies, Coffee & Crafts" night, and we had lots of fun together. Our December women's event will be a "Souper Sunday" Christmas Gathering for lunch, following our 10:30 worship service on Sunday, Dec. 7. Ladies, plan to join us for a warm bowl of soup, fellowship with your friends, and some Christmas fun. And invite a friend or two!
There will be no cost for lunch, but plan to bring along a wrapped coffee mug to swap in a round of "Dirty Santa." We will need volunteers to bring a crockpot of soup and/or a drink. We will also be using this time to replenish some much needed nursery and children's area needs, which will be our Christmas mission project this year.  For more details, contact Nan Letson.