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URGENT: Annual Church Profiles
 
ACPs are available for pickup in CrossNet's office. Please send a representative from your church to collect your ACP before the end of September. 
Are Pastors Paid Fairly? 
"The thought of talking about pastor compensation makes many people uncomfortable. From the pastor’s point of view, he never wants to be seen as greedy or ungrateful, so most do not initiate a compensation discussion. This is damaging to the whole church when a pastor is in a position that may distract him from his primary ministry and even communion with God due to external pressures."

This week, the Church Revitalization podcast discussed competitive salaries for ministry and church leaders: 
https://christianindex.org/stories/sbc-pastor-pay-stuck-at-same-level-since-2018,31323

https://malphursgroup.com/are-pastors-paid-fairly/?vgo_ee=GPXq2b7E5LUY%2BLwuRadSrXwFoqDlMHNmyq65fGLdufk%3D
Disaster Relief: What is God Doing in Kentucky? 

Disaster Relief volunteers from our community are still serving in Carrie, Kentucky, and they have some amazing stories to share. Debbie Fausch (Meadowview Baptist Church) shared a story from her trip about one family whose home alarm system woke them in time to not only save themselves but also the two families on either side of their home. She said, "She and her husband were asleep when they heard their security alarm going off. They had never heard it make the sound it was making that morning. Because of the unusual alarm, they got out of bed to see what was causing it to go off. They could see the water rising and heading for their home. They woke up their next-door neighbors so that they could get away, and they got away safely before their homes were destroyed. There were five children in those families!” It blessed the ears of those around, especially the volunteers, because the weight of the damage was heavy on them.

Because the mud and water were contaminated with chemicals, gasoline, sewage, and oil, so many things were ruined just by contact. Both Billie Sue Hamilton (Bellefounte Baptist) and Debbie Fausch talked about how touching it was they got to assist in saving some family quilts because they were able to wash them in a machine, when the family did not have access to a washing machine otherwise.

It can seem like what we are tasked with up in Kentucky is a small thing. Most of our volunteers are not doing rescues or mud-outs or rebuilds, but the work of manning the shower and laundry trailer is so important to the people of Carrie, Kentucky. If anything, it gives them a chance to get clean and salvage what they can, but most importantly, it gives them hope. The salvaging of their personal, precious items goes a long way to providing a bit of sunshine to an incredibly cloudy period in their lives, and it also gives them the opportunity to sit and talk and hear about our incredible Jesus.

Our shower trailer has been in Kentucky for forty days, manned by over twenty CrossNet volunteers during that time. We still need volunteers to operate our shower and laundry trailer and minister to the people who are in need. This is going to be a long journey for many of them, and they need your prayer. Prayers are the most important assistance any of us can provide for the residents of Eastern Kentucky. 

Pray also for the volunteers serving there from across the region, state, and country. If you would like to go operate the laundry trailer and be a blessing to the citizens of Eastern Kentucky who are still affected by the disaster of early August, please call CrossNet at (423)476-5493 or email jamie@crossnet.com for more information
2022 Annual Homecoming
 
CrossNet Baptist Network's Annual Homecoming will be October 24, 2022, at 6:30 PM at North Cleveland Baptist Church. There will be no meal, but worship will be led by Dr. Jamie Work, IMB. 

If you have any questions, call CrossNet at (423)476-5493.  
Medicare Seminar: September 29, 2022
 
There will be two Medicare seminars at CrossNet Baptist Network on September 29, 2022, at 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM. There is no cost or obligation associated with this event. It is simply an educational workshop to learn about Medicare supplements, advantage plans, prescription drugs, and changes. Rick Hughes from Hughes Retirement Group will be leading. 
Christmas Dinner: December 13, 2022
CrossNet Baptist Network's Church Leadership Christmas Dinner will be December 13, 2022, at First Baptist Church- Cleveland. Michael O'Brien, Christian musician and worship leader, will be our speaker and musician for the evening. RSVP to CrossNet Baptist Network. 
 
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