Weekly Message

Greetings from the Crossing (April 20, 2017)

It is never easy to say good-bye. It is even harder to say good-bye when you have grown to love and admire the people who surround you.

In the New Testament there are several letters written by Apostles – the people sent out by Christ to share the good news with the world. Almost every all of these letters contain a thanksgiving for the community to which it is addressed. In addition, the letters also include a prayer for the community. Since the Apostles were not able to be with the churches they either founded or where responsible for, the prayers and thanksgivings served as reminders to the communities that they were always close to the Apostles’ hearts.

As I prepare to say good-bye to this wonderfully blessed Crossing community, I want to remind all of you of how much your lives have blessed mine. Some of you have been here for a few years while others have started attending a few weeks ago. A few of you who are reading have already graduated. Others haven’t had the chance to visit with us yet this year as the complexities of life as a student catch up with you. No matter where in the spectrum you are, I can assure you that your presence at The Crossing was a blessing to my life.

Here is my prayer of thanksgiving for you:

I am grateful for the time you took during your busy weeks to share with me and other friends from The Crossing to pray, sing, listen, and proclaim God’s Word together.

I am grateful for the laughter we shared during the many, many, many joyous moments of celebration, the jokes told, and the certain weekly messing up of something with the PowerPoint during Vespers!

I am grateful for the many times you came up with great ideas on how to give flesh and body to the faith we proclaim; the Bible studies you led, the discussion groups you convened, the interfaith conversations you encouraged, the community forums you participated of, the meditation circles you invited friends to, the meals you cooked for… and the list can go on and on…

I am grateful for the tears we shed together; when you opened up your hears in worship or during a casual conversation about that particularly difficult time in your life when you needed prayer.

I am grateful for the questions, the concerns, the reflections, the discoveries, the new approaches, and the many wonderful insights you brought with you and shared in community or individually. They have certainly helped me as I continue to grow and exploring my faith.

I am grateful for the compassion and the patience you had with me when I made mistakes. I am grateful too, for the way in which you used those moments to help me understand new things and new ways.

I am grateful for your willingness to be YOU at all times; to bring all of who you are and share your true self with me and with the rest of The Crossing community. Even as we continue to grow and evolve, it is always refreshing when we encounter people in our life journeys that are true to themselves and share that true selves with others.

It is my prayer that you continue growing in faith, that you continue questioning and wondering, that you continue seeking out God in community, that you continue sharing love and peace and reconciliation with the world, that you continue embodying the gospel in your actions for justice in this world… It is my prayer that you continue feeling the power of the Holy Spirit in your lives, inspiring you to proclaim the wonderful good news of life renewed!

I invite all of you to join this Sunday as we gather for our last Vespers worship service of this academic year. Our community will honor those students that will be graduating this coming May, and I will also be sharing in worship with The Crossing community before moving back to Washington state. I sincerely hope to see most of you there! I look forward to our worshiping together!

With gratitude,

Crossing Calendar

Check our calendar or our Facebook page. Some of our activities (Bible Studies, service outings . . . ) are still being scheduled, so watch for more information in this message, on Facebook, on our website, or at Sunday Vespers.

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Crossing Shout Outs . . .

Vespers Weekly Worship   
Meets Sundays at 5:00 pm  — April 23rd is the last Vespers of the year — until Vespers resumes Fall 2017.
Free student meal follows at 6:00 pm
YOU are welcome — please join us!


Crossing Game Night, Friday April 21st, 7-10 pm  — Come join us for the last game night of the year.  Bring any games you would like to play — and, if you wish, snacks to share! Enter through the back door.

Ultimate Frisbee Fun in Madison this Spring — Free
If you like to play and want to join others from the Crossing, contact Lianna at lschwalenber@wisc.edu!

Study at the Crossing
Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am – 8 pm;
Friday, 9 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday, 2 – 7:00 pm
Make the Crossing your place to study, relax, and hang out
Tables, couches, piano, Free Wi-Fi and snacks

Job Opportunities at the Crossing

The Crossing is looking for next year’s WORSHIP MUSIC LEADER! Are you passionate about worship? Do you love playing the guitar or piano? Do you like planning worship with other young people? Are you creative and innovative with music and liturgy? Are you a music student looking for a steady gig? This might be a great opportunity for you!  The Worship Music Leader is responsible for leading music during our regular Vespers worship services at 5pm during the school year. Find more information by going to the announcement clicking here.

The Crossing is looking for our next QUEST Coordinator. If you are interested in local and international service-learning opportunities, if you love traveling, if you love working with students, this is the opportunity for you! This is a very part-time position, of 10 hours a week, and the chance to visit wonderful places such as Kenya, Costa Rica, and the Badlands… and perhaps others too!  Find more information by going to the announcement clicking here.

Small Groups at the Crossing: 

Yarn Time Circle — Meets the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month from 3:30-4:45 pm.   Bring your yarn projects any Sunday and enjoy crafting with others.  For more information, contact Karla

Spiritual Exploration Circle — NEW TIME:  Mondays 4-5 pm.  For more information, contact Hope.

Student Activities Leadership Team — Meets alternating Sundays after Vespers and meal.  If interested, contact Brooklyn

Meditation Circle NEW TIME Fridays 4-5 pm.  New and seasoned meditators welcome.  We use the Christian practices of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina.  For more information, contact Karla

Queer Students of Faith LGBTQ+ Discussion and Support Group Meets every other Tuesday 6-6:45 pm  beginning February 28th (March 14, 28; April 11, 25; and May 9).  Led by Rev. Manny Santiago.  A safe space to learn, share experiences, find spiritual support and grow as a queer person of faith.  Students of all faith traditions are welcome!

Bible Study –  Re-Framing Jesus: A Progressive Perspective
NEW TIME:  Mondays 6-7 pm  If you have any questions,  contact Cody.

Interfaith Programming — Students from the Crossing, Hillel, and the Muslim Student Association are working with WUD to plan activities this Spring. Contact Jasmine.

Graduate Student Cider and Check-In 4-5 pm on first Sundays of month. For more information, contact Karla

Community Shout Outs . . .

A Day Away for single women 18-50
Time to Connect with God, Self and Creation
May 6, 2017 at Holy Wisdom Monastery, Middleton, WI

Exploring Benedictine Community Retreats
Are you a single, Christian woman, 21-50? This retreat is for you!
Are you curious about life in a monastery?  Would you like to develop new skills for personal, spiritual growth and community living?  Check out our upcoming retreats June 2-4, 2017, September 29-Oct. 1, 2017 or Dec. 8-10, 2017.

American Baptist Mission Opportunities
Global Mission Opportunities

Christian Youth Activities Director
Lake Mills United Methodist Church
10-20 hours per week.  Work every Wednesday evening and Sunday morning to coordinate and lead youth activities for all school age groups.  Time will be allotted weekly to plan and organize the activities and can be done on the director’s schedule. Candidates should possess a high level of energy and the ability to relate well to the youth of the church. Must have a high school diploma.  Please email a cover letter of interest and resume to office@lakemillsumc.org.

Summer Camp Positions
Wisconsin United Methodist Camps are seeking college students and graduating high school seniors who are looking for a summer opportunity for ministry, service, and fun. Counselor and program support positions are available at Pine Lake and Lake Lucerne, with no previous camping experience required. The summer season for staff is from May 29 to August 12, 2017.
More information, full job descriptions, and online application are available

Slow Food UW
Meets in the lower level of the Crossing
Serves during the semesters (closed during breaks)
Monday Family Dinner Nights 6:30 pm
Wednesday Cafe. 11:30 – 2:00   For more information

Bulletin Board
Check our website bulletin board for additional opportunities



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