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Some Thoughts Regarding Recent Events at Rockville HS

Dear Cross Community, By now you have likely heard the reports of the alleged sexual assault that took place recently at Rockville High School. Per the reports, the victim was a 14 year-old female student and the assailants, two male students, ages 17 and 18. News of this sort is always disturbing, but it is particularly shocking and upsetting when it happens in our community. We don’t expect this kind of crime to take place in Rockville, in one of…

Motley Community Church?

As I have been studying the letter to the Philippians and preparing the message for this Sunday, I have been mulling over this rather unusual and infrequently used word that this sermon series has given occasion to invoke – the word: motley (unusual unless you are still a big fan of the popular 80’s metal hair band with its namesake). The title of our Philippian sermon series is: A Message for a Motley Church. I based this from the account…
Small Group Training Retreat

Small Groups at Cross Community Church

Like any entrepreneurial enterprise, church planting comes with a plethora of possibilities that vie for priority attention. To simplify and to focus our efforts we have chosen to concentrate on Sundays, Small Groups, and City. Recently, we had the opportunity to move small group ministry forward in a significant way: six couples and a single spent a weekend together at Lake Anna to get training in small group dynamics and leadership. Just getting 13 busy adults together for a weekend…
Pastor Irwyn in action, with his sweat towel in hand!

A Refreshing Perspective On The Solution For Injustice

If you’ve been tracking with us, you’ll know that we’ve been going through a preaching series called Unbelievable. Through this series we’re hoping to engage with the world around us as we seek to understand how God speaks to each of these very important and relevant questions. We want to shepherd God’s people lovingly, carefully and faithfully by declaring His truths, Our aim is not to stir controversy or to gain some more attendance through shock value or cheap gimmicks.…

Recap from Thriving Frequency 2015

Last weekend, Ben, Nooree, and I had the privilege of attending the Thriving Frequency Conference, held at Temple University in the heart of Philadelphia, PA. Thriving Frequency is an annual training conference for men and women who are conducting gospel mission in an urban context, with a particular focus on African-American and multicultural churches. Many in attendance serve in the most challenging inner-city environments, where they proclaim the hope of the risen Christ in places that are impoverished economically, socially,…

We are launched!

Amazed and grateful. That is how I feel having experienced our kick-off service this past Sunday for Cross Community Church – amazed by God’s wonderful grace, and by his kindness to help us make this day a reality. The thing is, I am an unlikely church planter and the group that God has assembled to plant this church would all consider themselves unlikely participants in such a venture. None of us have ever done anything like this before; none of…