MOI ADVANCE: REFRAMING AND RECLAIMING MANHOOD

An eagerly anticipated event by the men of our church each spring is our MOI (Men of Integrity) Advance–It’s an “Advance” because men of integrity don’t retreat!
 
It’s time to get registered for our 2019 event, which will take place Friday, May 10 at 7pm, through Saturday, May 11, at 4pm.
 
This year’s theme is, “Reframing and Reclaiming Manhood”! You will be encouraged, challenged, and blessed and have the opportunity to refocus with other men that are striving to do the same!
 
Tony Myles will be our special guest speaker. He’s a professor at Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota, as well as a husband, dad, pastor, and more! He’ll be joining us as part of this Advance and has a special message for you in the video below.
 
The event will be held at the beautiful Deuth Farm in Hammond, WI, and is suitable for men and boys, ages 12+ (at C3 Church, that’s our GYP through YYs). Together you will enjoy food and fellowship, zip lining, a climbing wall, and golf. The cost for this event is $35.00*.
 
  *Overnight accommodations are not included.
 
In addition to recreation and fellowship, you can look forward to these three guided sessions:
Session #1: The Daily Grind – Reframing and Reclaiming Your Identity
Session #2: Necessary Anger – Reframing and Reclaiming Manly Emotions
Session #3: A Complete 360 – Reframing and Reclaiming Relationships
 
This year’s Advance schedule looks like this:
Friday
1:00 pm- Arrive at Hammond Golf Club
4:00 pm- Meet at the Dueth house for Trap, Archery and fellowship
4:20 pm- Golfers arrive at Deuth Farm
5:30 pm- Dinner
6:30 pm- Service #1
8:30 pm- Hang out time (Games, Foosball, Ping Pong, Darts & Climbing Wall
 
Saturday
8:30 am- Breakfast
9:30 am- Service #2
10:30 am- Outdoors (Zip Line, Paintball, Archery, Shooting Trap)
12:30 pm- Lunch
1:30 pm- Final Service
2:30 pm- Hang Out
4:00 pm- Head Back
 
Questions? Contact Daniel Deuth at 651-304-7980.
 
 
 
 

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STEPPING UP IN A STEPFAMILY

UPDATE!!

 
We have some exciting news for you all! We just learned that the Blended & Blessed 2019 Live event will be taking place at Berean Baptist Church in Burnsville! We’ve decided that we just can’t pass up the opportunity to see all these amazing speakers in a live setting surrounded by hundreds of other blended families! It’s the same date, same speaker line-up, and same admission fee!  Join us… you won’t want to miss this!
 
You’ll find registration details here!
 
To give you a taste of what’s in store for you during this event, we’re sharing this article by Ron L. Deal, author and President of Smart Stepfamilies, Director of FamilyLife Blended, a division of FamilyLife. If any of these words resonate with you and what you’re experiencing in your blended family, you’ll want to register for the Blended & Blessed event!
 
IMPORTANT STEPS TO BLENDED FAMILIES
 
“Thanks for recognizing that we’re not the churches dirty little problem.”
 
John was spiritually paralyzed by his past.  “I just never thought I could go back to church again, after the divorce and all.  And to top it off, I went and got remarried.  Everyone knows stepfamilies are not considered whole, just mended parts of what’s been broken.”
 
His statement captures the spiritual struggle of many Christian stepfamily adults.  Guilt over decisions or actions that contributed to a divorce and a sense of shame from living in a “less than whole” family situation lead many people to feel as if they are “the churches dirty little problem.”  For others, an overwhelming feeling of unworthiness keeps them in a holding pattern around God and his church, but never touching down in his love.  These dynamics often combine to create spiritual barriers for stepfamily members that distance them from God’s healing power.
 
Second Class Citizens?
I responded to John’s spiritual guilt and shame by suggesting that even though he didn’t live in an “ideal family” configuration, he wasn’t a second class Christian in God’s Kingdom.  “God’s plan for one man and one woman for life does bring greater harmony to the home, but living in an intact family does not determine our worth in God’s eyes, nor our ability to receive forgiveness.”  I went on to share with John the truth about many of the characters of the Bible who were men of great faith, but whose families were far less than ideal.
 
“Abraham lied on two occasions saying Sarah wasn’t his wife.  He was afraid for his life so he disowned her.  How selfish is that?” I pointed out.  Sarah and Hagar fought over which of their sons would be the most important in Abraham’s family.  Much like a modern-day stepfamily, there was jealousy, bitter rivalries, and loyalty conflicts between Abraham and his two wives (see Gen. 16, 21).  And the problems didn’t stop with his generation.  If we analyze the families of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph-the Family of Promise-we see power struggles, family secrets, exploitive and coercive relationships, marital game-playing, manipulation, and parent-child alliances for selfish reasons.  Furthermore, the dysfunction continues to mushroom through the family of David, who is called a “man after God’s own heart”, but whose household included a premeditated murder to cover an affair, an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, a son who replicates his father’s disgrace by raping his half sister, and a brother who avenges her humiliation by murdering his brother.  John was beginning to feel a little better about his past and current stepfamily.
 
Forgiveness for All
Stepfamilies need to understand this critical message: there are no second class citizens in God’s Kingdom simply because there are no first class citizens.  We’re all just sinners in need of a Savior.  If God could use imperfect men like Abraham and David for his purposes, why can’t he use people in stepfamilies?  If God can bring redemption to the houses of Isaac and Jacob, can’t he bring redemption to yours?
 
The exciting message of the cross is this: God loves and forgives the imperfect people in stepfamilies just like he does the imperfect people in biologically intact families.  He is ready, willing, and able to welcome stepfamilies into righteousness.  The only question is will you step up to receive his forgiveness?  Will you step up to renew your relationship with him or remain paralyzed by your guilt and shame?
 
His door is always open…step on in.
 
Ron L. Deal is founder of Smart Stepfamilies™, Director of FamilyLife Blended™, a division of FamilyLife®, and is the author/coauthor of numerous books including The Smart Stepfamily Marriage, The Smart Stepmom, The Smart Stepdad, Dating and the Single Parent, and the bestselling The Smart Stepfamily. He is one of the featured speakers at Blended & Blessed Live 2019.

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C3 LADIES RETREAT 2019

Ladies, start packing your bags because you’re invited to a girlfriends getaway that is sure to revive your spirit and touch your soul. The adventure begins at 4:30pm on Friday, April 12, and continues until 4:00pm on Saturday, April 13, 2019.
 
Our theme will be ‘Living Balanced in My Purpose’ and we couldn’t think of a better backdrop for this adventure than Frederic, WI’s Oak Forest Center.
 
Yes, we’ll be heading to Wisconsin’s Northwoods, for a day and half of girlfriend time. We’ll grow together in our faith and connect on a deeper level with one another while learning to apply God’s Word to the season of life we are in.
 
You’ll be surrounded by the fabulous beauty of God’s handiwork among the beautiful cedar and limestone buildings of the Oak Forest Center. This spiritual oasis nestled in the woods will be the perfect backdrop to focus on the Lord’s work in our hearts and minds. You’ll have the time and space to drink in nature with walks in the woods and along the pond. Fellowship will include playing games together. However, relaxing with your friends will be the best activity of all!
 
Ladies 6th grade and up are welcome. Space is limited so you’ll want to get registered right away! When you register, you will be contacted regarding sleeping arrangements and an email will go out with information about carpooling.
 
C3 Ladies Retreat 2019
4:30pm, Friday, April 12 to 4:00pm, Saturday, April 13, 2019
Oak Forest Center, Frederic, WI
 
For questions or registration assistance, please see Guest Services at church.
 
 

WEEKEND ITINERARY

Friday Night
4:30pm – Check in
5:30pm – Dinner
6:30pm – Ice Breaker / Get to Know You Games
6:45pm – Praise and worship
7:15pm – Session 1 -Balance
8:00pm – Prayer
8:30pm – Movie – Mom’s Night Out Games – Catch Phrase, Heads UP Free Time
 
Saturday
8:30am – Breakfast
9:30am – Icebreaker/ Get to Know you Games
10:00am – Praise and worship
10:30am – Session 2 – Purpose
11:15am – Time of Reflection/ Alone Time
12:30pm – Lunch 1:15pm – Praise and worship
1:30pm – Small Group Discussions and Prayer for those in your group
2:45pm – Wrap up and group picture
3:00pm – Clean up and check out

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JOIN US FOR BIBLE FOUNDATIONS

 

Have you always wanted to better understand the Bible?  Bible Foundations is a weekly series that will take place on Wednesday nights at C3 Church. We’ll be learning the Bible ONE giant step at a time, one week at a time, over the course of 10 weeks.

 
You will be able to connect the dots on the megathemes of the Bible. If the Bible has been intimidating and overwhelming it doesn’t have to be any longer! Join us on Wednesday’s at 7pm and learn and grow with us!
 
 

Join us live at our Ellsworth Campus or via live-stream on our Facebook page here.  Below are the outlines for each session in the series, as well as a convenient replay link to watch (or rewatch) any of the sessions in the series.

 
Lesson 1
January 9, 2019
 
Lesson 2
January 16, 2019
 
Lesson 3
January 23, 2019
 
Lesson 4
January 13, 2019- Part 1
February 27, 2019- Part 2
 
Lesson 5
March 13, 2019
 
Lesson 6
March 20, 2019
 
Lesson 7
April 3, 2019
April 17, 2019- Part 2
 
Lesson 8
April 24, 2019
May 1, 2019- Part 2
 
Check back weekly for the latest materials and replay link! 

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JOIN US FOR THE XO MARRIAGE CONFERENCE

The XO Conference is the premier marriage conference from MarriageToday, and C3 Church is bringing this amazing two-day experience to western Wisconsin!
 
This live simulcast event provides expert marriage advice and practical teachings to help couples navigate their marriage journey. You’ll hear from Christian marriage expert Jimmy Evans, Dave and Ashley Willis, and many other leading speakers about the secrets to a healthy, thriving marriage.
 
God can do immeasurably more than you could ever imagine. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination!
 
At XO, you can expect dynamic teachings, worship, and an inspiring environment that will help you and your spouse escape the ordinary and build a strong marriage. All this so close to home!
 
Join us at the C3 Church Ellsworth, WI campus and get ready to fall in love all over again at this romantic event designed to bring you and your spouse closer than ever before.

 

XO Marriage Conference

Friday, February 8

6:30-9:30pm (refreshments will be served)

 

Saturday, February

9 at 8:00am-4:00pm (lunch will be provided)

 

$40/couple

 

Registration

 

For more information call (715) 273-3678

  Please, help us spread the word! Invite your friends to our Facebook event here.


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STARTING POINT BEGINS JANUARY 21!

Every person, every idea, every journey starts somewhere. Starting Point is an 8-week gathering where your questions about God turn into a conversation about faith. In a Starting Point Group, you can discuss your doubts and explore the trickiest topics of faith, free from pressure or judgment.   Our next Starting Point group begins on January 21, 2019. If you’re interested in exploring the opportunity, connect with Randy or Annette–They want to be on your faith journey with you.   If you’re ready to get signed up, you can do so here.


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INTRODUCING THE NEW “C3 Us” APP!

If you’ve ever wished you had C3 Church worship times, sermon archives, the opportunity to give, and more, all at your fingertips, you’ll be excited to know that you can now download the C3 Us app in the iTunes App and Google Play Stores!
 
Download the app onto your smartphone today to take your church with you wherever you go! To download, follow the instructions below based on your phone. 
 
Android Directions:  Open the Google Play Store icon on your phone and search for C3 US. You’ll recognize us by our logo. Click Install. You should now see the C3 icon on your phone.
 
Apple Device Directions: The Apple device process for our app is not quite as straightforward as on an Android device. However, these instructions will guide you.
 
Open the iTunes App Store icon on your phone. Search for The Sharefaith App (it’s categorized under Lifestyle–The icon appears to the left).
 
Once The ShareFaith App is downloaded onto your device, tap the icon to open. In the “Find Your Church|Ministry” box, search for C3 US. Select our church and save. You will be asked, “Which Icon would you like to use for the home screen?”.  Choose “My Ministry”. You will then be asked to allow the app to send you notifications. Please click “Allow” so we can keep in touch with you. 
 
Need help? See Guest Services on Sunday.

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READY FOR THE MEN OF INTEGRITY ADVANCE?

A long-time tradition and eagerly anticipated event by the men of our church each spring, it’s time to get registered for our Men of Integrity Advance (it’s an advance, because men of integrity don’t retreat). This year’s event will take place Friday, May 11, from 10am-10pm, and Saturday, May 12, from 8:30am-4pm.
 

This is a great opportunity to get together to build relationships and seek God as men. Our MOI has chosen as this year’s theme, “Anchoring to the Rock”. It’s all about being able to stay in the game when the roaring lion comes at your life. The theme was inspired by Matthew 7:24-25: “…wise man who built his house on the rock…it did not fall…”

 

The itinerary is specially designed for relationship building, fellowship, adventure, worship, and facing our fears head on! This year’s activities include golf, climbing wall, ping pong, foosball, darts, zip-line (shooting paintballs at targets from the zip-line), trap shooting, archery, and a bonfire. Of course, there will be time for spiritual work, with two inspirational worship services.

 

The event is suitable for men and boys, ages 12+ (that’s our GYP and YYs). To encourage greater participation, the event will be held locally at the Deuth Farm in Hammond, WI. The fee is only $20 and includes meals, activities such as zip-line and clay for shooting trap. Golf and shotgun shells not included (boxes of shells will be available for $4). Camping is also available. The full itinerary is below.

 

Questions? Contact Daniel Deuth at 651-304-7980.

 

Get registered today!  

 

HERE’S A SCHEDULE OF ALL THE FUN WE’VE GOT PLANNED FOR YOU

 

Friday

 

10:00 AM – Meet at CrossRoad Church to leave for golf

 

10:30 AM – Arrive at golf course (location to be announced)

 

12:00 PM – Last group starts golf

 

3:30 PM – Meet at CrossRoad Church to leave for Trap and Archery

 

4:00 PM – Last group finishes golf

 

                 – Trap and Archery Start at OFC

 

4:20 PM – Golfers arrive at Deuth Farm

 

5:30 PM – Dinner

 

6:30 PM – Service #1

 

8:30 PM – Hang out time (Games, Fooseball, Ping Pong, Darts, and Climbing Wall)

 

10:00 PM

 

 

Saturday

 

6:00 AM – Morning run (HaHaHa)

 

8:30 AM – Breakfast

 

9:30 AM – Service #2

 

10:30 AM – Outdoor Activities including Zip Line Paintball, Archery, Shooting Trap

 

12:30 PM – Lunch

 

1:30 PM – Final service

 

2:30 PM – Hang out

 

4:00 PM – Head Back


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IMPORTANT STEPS TO BLENDED FAMILIES

Are you part of a blended family? If so, you’re not alone. Approximately one-third of all weddings in America today form stepfamilies.
 
Despite the prevalence of step-parents as the virtual norm in modern-day U.S. homes, direction on how to make stepfamilies transition, forge new relationships, strive and thrive can be hard to come by. Ron L. Deal, author and Director of FamilyLife Blended, offers these tips to help your family succeed:
 
1. STEP DOWN your expectations of how quickly your blended family will bond and find harmony. The average stepfamily needs between five to seven years to form a family identity. In movies, love between adults and bonding with children happens quickly; in real life, it happens gradually.
• Be patient with yourself, your marriage, and the children as family members find their fit. You cook a stepfamily slowly in a Crockpot, not forcibly in a blender!
• If still dating, slow down on a decision on marriage. Kids need more time than adults to get used to the idea of a wedding.
 
2. TWO STEP. The couple’s relationship is by far the most important in the stepfamily home, yet it is often the weakest link. Make sure your marriage doesn’t get lost in the blender.
• Declare your marriage the new foundation for your home and balance it with a strong commitment of time and energy to your children.
• Become a ghost buster! Identify and deal with any painful ghosts from a previous marriage so that they don’t affect trust in this relationship.
 
3. STEP IN LINE as a parental team. Stepparents must focus on relationship building with stepchildren, and ex-spouses should learn between home cooperation.
• Ex-spouses who communicate well and cooperate on behalf of their children are also making success for the new blended family more likely. Put your differences aside and focus on being good parents for your children.
• Early on, biological parents should continue to be the primary disciplinarian to their children while stepparents build relationship, trust, and respect with stepchildren.
 
4. SIDE STEP common pitfalls.
• Children need for their grief to be acknowledged and processed throughout their lifetime. A child who says, “You’re not my mom, I don’t have to listen to you” is telling you about their sadness that mom isn’t here.
• Traditions celebrating holidays and special days should be maintained when appropriate while the new stepfamily creates some of their own unique traditions.
• Money matters can be confusing. Discuss how you will balance being responsible for previous individual financial obligations while combining assets for the new family.
 
5. STEP THROUGH the wilderness with trust and determination.
• Remain dedicated to gradually forming a family identity over time, and everyone will be blessed.
• And remember, there is a honeymoon for couples in stepfamilies; it just comes at the end of the journey, not at the beginning!
 
6. STEP UP your faith. Spiritual resources help stepfamily members find grace for each other and strength for the journey. Also, a community of faith can support you along the way. Join us on Saturday, April 21, for Blended & Blessed®. This one-day live stream event is for stepfamily couples, single parents, dating couples with kids, and those who care about blended families.
 
Blended & Blessed Live Simulcast Event at CrossRoad Community Church
Saturday, April 21, 2018
8:30am-4:30pm
$10 (includes full day of workshops, training materials, and buffet lunch)
 
Throughout the day you’ll learn from relationship and family experts who’ve been there. They’ll help you to unpack key successes that are crucial to healthy stepfamily marriages and will challenge, inspire, and encourage you.
 
Over 13,000 people from 22 countries experienced the 2017 Blended & Blessed event. This year’s event is shaping up to be just as amazing.
 
 
Help us pack this event! This event is open to all! Easily invite the stepfamily couples, single parents, and dating couples with kids you know via our Facebook event here.
 
Ron L. Deal is founder of Smart Stepfamilies™, Director of FamilyLife Blended™, a division of FamilyLife®, and is the author/coauthor of numerous books including The Smart Stepfamily Marriage, The Smart Stepmom, The Smart Stepdad, Dating and the Single Parent, and the bestselling The Smart Stepfamily. He is one of the featured speakers at Blended & Blessed Live 2018.

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JOIN US FOR THE DANIEL FAST

Hundreds of thousands of Christians throughout the world will begin the New Year with a period of extended prayer and fasting. In January we’ll be doing this church-wide through the Daniel Fast.
 
The Daniel Fast is based on the experiences of the Old Testament Prophet. We’ll be kicking off our 21-day fast on Sunday, January 7.  Think of this time of extended prayer and fasting as an opportunity to discover and grow in the vast interior life that’s inside of you. During your fast, you can quiet yourself and spend more time with God. You can learn the sound of His still small voice. And you can grow in the love and knowledge of Jesus Christ in ways that will change your life forever.

 

During the 21-days of fasting, you are taking the time to dive deep with the Lord. You are choosing Him every day. You are developing new habits that support your new life in Christ. And you are changing from the inside out!
 
If you’re a member of the CrossRoad Community Church family, then you know beginning the new year with a fast isn’t new for us; although the principles of this particularly fasting program may be unfamiliar to some. You can learn more by visiting the Daniel Fast website here. Pastor Matthew Anderson will also be sharing more during his message on Sunday, January 7, 2018. We invite you to join us at our 9am and 11am services to learn more and receive tools and resources to support you in this 21-day journey we’ll be doing together. 

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