Weekly Message

Greetings from the Crossing (May 5, 2017)

As the school year ends, it’s a time of celebration and of goodbyes  — and of imparting blessings.  At the Crossing we are celebrating the graduations of thirteen of our students as well as losing three of our staff members.  So while we rejoice with all of them, we are also feeling sad to say goodbye. Life is full of change and an opportunity to deepen our trust in God’s grace.

In Genesis 12:1-3, Abraham and his wife Sarah were called on a journey to leave their homeland and follow God’s lead — and that they are called to be a blessing.  This passage always reminds me that we too are blessed to be a blessing.  We are called forth to live generously. This theme is expressed in numerous ways by Archbishop Desmond Tutu (of South Africa) and His Holiness the Dalai Lama in their book, The Book of Joy.  Toward the end of the book they are asked to give a blessing to the readers and I’ve decided to share their blessings with you – as you make whatever transitions you are making right now. 

Archbishop Desmond Tutu:
“Dear child of God, you are loved with a love that nothing can shake, a love that loved you long before you were created, a love that will be there long after everything has disappeared.  You are precious, with a preciousness that is totally quite immeasurable.  And God wants you to be like God.  Filled with life and goodness and laughter – and joy. God, who is forever pouring out God’s whole being from all eternity, wants you to flourish.  God wants you to be filled with joy and excitement and ever longing to be able to find what is so beautiful in God’s creation:  the compassion of so many, the caring, the sharing.  And God says, Please, my child, help me.  Help me to spread love and laughter and joy and compassion.  And you know what, my child?  As you do this – hey, presto – you discover joy.  Joy, which you had not sought, comes as the gift, as almost the reward for this non-self-regarding caring for others.”

His Holiness the Dalai Lama:
I hope this book will leave you with more hope and a sense of greater responsibility rooted in genuine concern for other’s well-being.  You see, in order to become a happy person, we need to live more from the compassionate part of our nature and to have a sense of responsibility toward others and the world we live in.  In this century if we make an attempt with realistic effort and clear vision, perhaps in the later part of the century, we can really have a happier world.  A more peaceful world.  A kinder and more compassionate world.  So, my hope is that this book can be a contribution toward bringing about this happier humanity. . . . From various quarters, with a common effort, and a vision that thinks about humanity, we can achieve unity and harmony with a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood, with the oneness of humanity.  . . . “

We are holding you all in prayer as you take your Finals — and we hope you have a wonderful summer!  Our regular programs begin again in September.  Meanwhile, if you are in Madison for the summer, check out our summer opportunities below – we’d love for you to join us!


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   
resumes Fall 2017.
Meets Sundays at 5 pm


Small Groups at the Crossing – over the summer: 
Check out our Summer Picnic Table Vespers Thursdays 6-7 pm
Begins on May 18. To be put on the email list to receive information, contact Karla.
Sign up for Info on our Sports activities (frisbee, volleyball, kickball, etc for fun)
If you like to play and want to join others from the Crossing, contact Kelly.

Study at the Crossing for Final Exams week:
Sat: Building is closed
Sun: Building is rented out so no space available
Mon – Thursday, May 8-11:  8:30 am – 8:30 pm

Job Opportunity 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.


Community Shout Outs . . .

Marquette-Atwood Neighborhood Art Walk
Sunday May 7, 11 am – 5 pm
Check it out on Facebook

Nursery Supervisor Job — Sunday mornings
The Madison Christian Community, an open and affirming ecumenical community of two churches, is looking to hire a nursery supervisor for approximately 3 hours every Sunday morning. You will work with volunteers from the congregation.This is a $15 an hour job. For more information about our church, please go to our website at www. madisonchristiancommunity.org and please call 836 1455 to be sent the complete job description.

Taize Pilgrimage of Trust in St. Louis
You are invited to take part in the St. Louis Pilgrimage of Trust beginning on May 26th and ending on May 29th at St. Louis University as the culmination of a year long effort to build trust in the St. Louis area.  Each day will be focused on Common Prayer in the style of the Taizé community (morning, afternoon and evening) and will offer workshops on prayer, beauty, and social justice in between the prayers.  The highlight of the weekend will be a Walk of Trust beginning on Sunday at 2:00 pm.  Registration is $45 and includes 3 meals.  More information can be found at pilgrimageoftruststl.comFor information about others going from Madison,

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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