July 02, 2019
James and Reth Arleth are part of the leadership team at Crossroads. James is a teacher and roster chair at Franklin Learning Center High School in Philadelphia. Reth is a financial analyst for Aramark Corporation. They serve in many different capacities at Crossroads. Last month they dedicated their third child and first son to the Lord. Please pray for Alexander Hoeun Arleth. Pray that he would come to know Jesus as Savior and grow to love and serve Him with his life.
July 02, 2019
After fourteen years of marriage and much prayer, Pete and Danielle Forshtay welcomed Pearl Alexandretta Moonchild Forshtay to their family. She arrived five weeks early. She was 17.25 inches long and weighed in at 3lbs, 13 oz. She spent some time in the NICU enjoying some warmth and gaining some weight. We’re rejoicing with Pete and Danielle! Thank you for praying; please continue to do so as Pearl grows.
July 02, 2019
Last month MetroGrace churches baptized ten people who wanted to publicly express their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Click here for the full story!
January 30, 2019
Recently a young family began attending worship services at Crossroads Holmesburg. Alexander and Amberly discovered the Crossroads website, liked what they read and decided to visit...After that first service, Alexander said that Crossroads was exactly the kind of church they needed. He was excited about the verse-by-verse teaching that he heard from the pulpit. He enjoyed the Christ-centered worship music. And he was glad that [their son] Noah was able to learn in an age-appropriate environment. READ the Full Story Here
December 28, 2018
This year, our MetroGrace churches plan to focus on Unity, Peace, Strength and Growth. We find encouragement from Acts 9:31 (NASB): “So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.”
November 20, 2018
Anthony and Katie Elliott visited MetroGrace last month. Anthony served as an intern at MetroGrace a few years ago. That weekend was unusually difficult; but, their presence and their words were a great encouragement. Witnessing the challenges of urban ministry only confirmed the Lord’s direction in their lives. Please pray for the Elliotts as they plan to move to Philadelphia and join the team after completing school.
In one month, we had 4 shootings in Wissinoming. Within 24 hours of each shooting, our church set up a prayer tent in front of the homes where the shootings took place. Our blue tent had a banner with our church name and another inviting folks for prayer. By the second murder, we realized that it wasn't enough to set up for just an hour or two; so we set up from 9 am until 5 pm. We stayed out of sight of news cameras and we never approached anyone. But several people approached us to express sorrow, gratitude and a desire for prayer. Please pray for gospel transformation in our neighborhoods.
Last month, we were able to connect with children and their families by passing out candy, gospel booklets and invitations to worship. We share some apple cider and ginger snaps so folks could take a break and talk. Praise the Lord! We met more than 100 neighbors that night. The next Sunday evening, three boys aged 10, 12 and 14 came for worship. Derrik, the ten year old, asked for a Bible. He returned the following Sunday and prayed to receive Christ as Savior. Please pray for his growth; and pray that his friends would trust Christ, too.
August 08, 2018
August is the hottest month of the year in the Philadelphia. But, winter is coming! However, both are nearly intolerable without proper air conditioning and heat. We have an unexpected breakdown (is there any other kind) with a rooftop HVAC system. This is a serious concern for us and we could use your help. If, after reading the story (Read the full story here) you would like to give to help us, you can do so here.
July 30, 2018
Our Wissinoming neighborhood church was blessed to have Fuze, the youth group from Fremont, Ohio, led by youth pastor Zach Pinkerton, join us for a week of ministry and community service!
Pastor Pete Forshtay said, "While here, Fuze did a prayer walk through the Wissinoming neighborhood, praying for the community and offering to pray with our neighbors about anything burdening them in their lives. I feel this is the absolute best thing we can do, petitioning our God to meet their needs. It also helps develop a heart for the city when we spend time and effort praying for a massive group of people for whom Jesus died. I was deeply moved to see the students jump at the opportunity to pray with our neighbors with genuine care and love."
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June 30, 2018
Dan had “coded” twice and it didn’t look like he was going to make it. ... We sat in the waiting room outside the Cath Lab. The entire team worked on Dan for hours. His heart did not beat for an hour. They performed CPR continuously. Jennifer was just coming out of the ER when I arrived ... Through tears, my daughter told me that her twenty-nine-year-old husband was not expected to live. Read the entire story here.
February 13, 2018
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS! Recently the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl LII! Crowds filled the streets after the victory, a massive parade welcomed millions and the mood of the city has been elevated ever since. Though most of us just watched from our sofas, many identify with this victory in a deeply emotional way. Tears have been shed, tattoos commemorate the event and some even spread the ashes of loved ones along the parade route! Football is great fun; but Jesus gained victory over sin and death – He defeated Satan! We are the champions because we identify with Him through faith. Please pray that MetroGrace churches would see the kind of transformation that occurs when followers of Christ embrace His victory as their own!