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Greetings from the Crossing (December 8, 2017)

We have so many exciting opportunities this coming week that we hope you will join us for:

  • a special Advent Vespers of Christmas Music and Readings as well as a candlelight service on Sunday, December 10th at 5 pm (followed by a free meal)
  • Free Coffee Giveaway in front of The Crossing on Tuesday December 12th from 10:30 am to early afternoon during class breaks
  • Free Dinner on Tuesday December 12th at 5:00 pm. Food provided by the dorms and the Food Recovery Network and served up by The Crossing students.
  • All You Can Eat Pancakes for $3 on Study Day, December 14th from 11 am – 1 pm!

Scroll down to learn more about these opportunities.  Meanwhile, for those who would like to reflect on Advent, keep reading this message . . .The season of Advent is a favorite season of mine – the music, candles, and stories which invite us to take the time to reflect on Immanuel, God-with-us, in Jesus.  Last Sunday in her message, Mallory invited us to remember that Mary and Joseph were on a journey that led to the birth of Jesus and beyond – and that we too are on a journey in Advent.  One part of this journey for Mary is what is known as the The Visitation (Luke 1:39-45).  After Mary is told by the angel Gabriel that she will have a child, she visits her cousin Elizabeth – who is too old to have children and yet is pregnant with a child who will grow up to be John the Baptist (and baptize Jesus 30 years later)!  When Elizabeth opens her door to greet Mary, the baby John leaps in her womb (quickens) and his mother knows he is alive. The dictionary defines quickening as “to show life; come or return to life; to make alive”. This story has been called “a collision of joys” and invites us to reflect on the quickening of the Christ Life within each of us as well — as how our encounters with one another can be life giving ‘collisions of joy’!

During Advent, The Liturgists Podcast is sharing a new video each week featuring art around the passages. This week the art is based on the story of The Visitation and invite you to view it here, as well as view the artist’s narrative here.  As we join Mary and Joseph on this journey toward Christmas this year, amidst all that is wrong with the world, I share with you Sister Joyce Rupp’s prayer (adapted):

(Immanuel), God-With-Us,
Your Word still leaps into our lives
Just as unexpectantly, just as profoundly

It is the leaping and dancing of a Love
That cannot be contained.

Your word continues to move in weary spirits,
Lifting up the discouraged places
And filling the heart’s void with consolation.
Your Word sets sparks in the darkness
And leads souls to see the vision of deeper things

Remind us again this Christmas
Of how alive you are within us and among us,
How you continue to birth in us in surprising ways.
Leap once more into our midst
And fire our hearts so fully that we run with you
To those who await our hope and compassion.


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 . . .

Meets Sundays at 5 pm
Followed by a FREE meal for students


Advent Vesper Services to help you prepare spiritually for Christmas:
Sunday Dec. 10: Christmas Music Service
Sunday Dec. 17th:  Labyrinth Candlelight Prayer Walk

Free Coffee Giveaway
Tuesday Dec. 12, 10:30 am – early afternoon in front of the Crossing

FREE Food Recovery Dinner
Tuesday Dec. 12, 5-6 pm
Yes, it’s FREE dorm food!  Stop by and enjoy a delicious meal served by students of The Crossing and provided by the UW Food Recovery Network Student Org!!  The Food Recovery Network at UW-Madison is an organization of student volunteers who work to increase food sustainability and equity by recovering surplus foods from UW dining halls and delivering it to organizations in need.

All You Can Eat Homemade Pancakes for $3 on Study Day!
Thursday Dec. 14, 11 am – 1 pm
Final Exams stressing you out?!?! Stop by The Crossing for some Study Day stress relief. We’ll have homemade plain, blueberry and chocolate chip pancakes, gluten free and vegan pancakes, fruit and bagels.

Interested in a Spring Break Trip to Appalachia Service Project?  We are planning to send a group to ASP — if you are interested, contact Campus Minister Karla!

Apply for Spring Break Quest Badlands Student Leader position
If you have gone on a Quest trip in the past and would like to pursue a leadership opportunity with Quest, consider applying for the Quest Badlands Student Leader position. Contact our Quest Coordinator Karli. Applications are due at the end of November.

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Community Shout Outs . . .

UW Caroling Club
We’re caroling at Select Specialty Hospital (801 Braxton Pl) at 3 PM on Friday, Dec 15. We also hope to schedule a performance at Artisan Senior Living in Middleton – date to be announced.  For more information, contact Cassidy.

The Sojourners Internship Program  is a spiritual formation program that embodies Sojourners’ commitment to Christian discipleship, community, and vocation. Currently in its 34th year, the yearlong program combines full-time jobs in our office with an opportunity to live in an intentional Christian community. Between 9 and 10 interns are selected into the program each year. The deadline to apply for the 2018-2019 cohort is February 15, 2018.Bulletin Board Check our website bulletin board for additional opportunities