April 9, 2021
on April 9th, 2021
At our meeting last night, the elders decided to begin making masks optional for our Sunday morning gatherings, effective this Sunday. We want to both explain the reason for this decision and communicate our care for all of you, as we know this decision will affect each of us differently.
Ethical Questions Surrounding the COVID-19 Vaccines
on March 4th, 2021
As COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available in Wisconsin, each of us will need to decide whether to get vaccinated. And in making that decision, there are a few issues related to our faith in Christ which we want to be sure to think well about.
March 4, 2021
on March 4th, 2021
Dear CrossWay Family,As COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available in Wisconsin, each of us will need to decide whether to get vaccinated. And in making that decision, there are a few issues related to our faith in Christ which we want to be sure to think well about.Our purpose in writing to you about this is not to give medical advice; we trust that each of us will do our own research, weigh ...
Your Pastor's Thoughts After Kenosha's Unraveling
on August 26th, 2020
I think you will understand the weight I feel in writing this email. Yes, I feel, as we all do, the dismay and sadness over what is happening in and to our city. People’s lives have been forever changed. Fires burning. Businesses boarded up. People having to evacuate their homes. Most of us live here. Many of us grew up here. We love this place.
The Day After in Kenosha
on August 25th, 2020
Dear CrossWay Family,I woke up yesterday morning and heard the news and my heart sank, as I’m sure did yours. I just instinctively cried out in my heart, “O, Lord, not more! We’re already dealing with so much heavy stuff.”I was deeply grieved by what I saw. I was deeply grieved for the irrevocable consequences in people’s lives. And throughout the day I was grieved by the quickness and depth o...
June 24, 2020
on June 24th, 2020
Dear CrossWay Family,What a joy it was to begin regathering this past Sunday! To be together, even with some of the limitations we faced, was deeply encouraging. To see one another, and hear one another, and sense one another near is a big part of why God calls us to this rhythm of gathering. And we heard from those who were not able to be present that there was a sense of feeling connected with t...
June 17, 2020
on June 17th, 2020
Dear CrossWay Family,“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the LORD!’” (Psalm 122:1)We hope there is something in your hearts this week like what the psalmist expresses here—a gladness in anticipating gathering with God’s people. The Bible tells us that we, the church, are God’s living temple, “a dwelling place for God by the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:22). When we gather, God him...
June 11, 2020
on June 11th, 2020
Dear CrossWay Family,There are two things I want to talk with you about in this letter. One is an issue that we, as a country, have been made much aware of in recent weeks. The other is the practical matter of our regathering as a church.There is both a need, and a growing desire on my part, to think carefully together and to speak carefully together about the issue of racial tension and what resp...
June 3, 2020
on June 3rd, 2020
Dear CrossWay Family,We watch the news, in some cases we look out our windows, and it can seem like the world is falling apart. My original intention for this letter was to give more detailed information regarding our reopening as a church and I will still do that, but to speak only of that when our nation is occupied as it is would be myopic at best, and more likely, a sign of a kind of blindness...
May 27, 2020
on May 27th, 2020
Dear CrossWay Family, One of my favorite persons in the Bible is Samuel. As a boy I loved the story of Samuel as a boy, especially that time when he first heard God speaking to him and, after receiving some wise counsel from Eli, responded by saying, “Speak, Lord, for your servant hears” (I Samuel 3). But as I’ve gotten older I h...
May 20, 2020
on May 20th, 2020
Dear CrossWay Family, We know that many of you are wondering how recent changes to the state Safer-at-Home order will affect our life as a church. While our main agenda in this email is to give a particular encouragement to families, before we do that, I (Pastor Brett) want to give you a quick sketch of how we as a leadership team are processing last week’s events.Although the Safer-at-Home order ...
May 13, 2020
on May 13th, 2020
Dear CrossWay Family, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof” (Psalm 24:1).For some reason, I have been very aware of the truth of that verse these past several weeks. Maybe it has something to do with the different pace of these weeks. Maybe it’s just the coming of spring. Whatever the reason, I’ve noticed things mor...