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Emergency, Fire, and Tornado Procedures

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Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with Crossings Community Church’s Emergency, Fire, and Tornado procedures.

 

Emergencies

Please call Security for all emergencies on campus at: 405-613-6670.

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Fire

For fire emergencies, one long horn blast will be issued. Proceed to nearest exit and evacuate the building. All main exit locations are marked in red in the Emergency Procedures button below.

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Tornado

For tornado emergencies, three short horn blasts will be issued. Proceed to designated interior first floor shelter areas marked in blue in the Emergency Procedures button below.

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Stephanie and Chico Rogers

Giving Generously

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Stephanie and Chico Rogers

Interview by Cheri Weaver, Pastor of Volunteer Ministry

In what areas of Crossings have you been generous to volunteer your time and God- given talents?

Stephanie: I began volunteering in Children’s Ministry by decorating for special events. Our family has helped with the Fall Festival for many years, and this past spring, we served on the disaster relief team in Moore. Next, we look forward to helping build a Habitat for Humanity house with Crossings.

Where have you seen generosity displayed at Crossings?

Stephanie: People get so excited to pick up backpacks to fill for the children in our inner-city partner schools. I mean, you have to stand in line to get a backpack, and then the church runs out! Last year, when we saw all the backpacks filled and returned, the enormous pile was stunning. When we think about Wednesday night dinner, we think, “Without the volunteers, dinner wouldn’t happen.” It takes a lot of people.

Chico: Before I began attending Crossings, I knew it had a reputation of generosity in the community. The church gives to those who are in need, and it is incredible.

Explain how the Lord is personally speaking to you now to lead in Volunteer Ministry.

Chico: Our family has been very blessed, and we are fortunate. This was the perfect time to come across volunteer opportunities, and we are ready to give back. We know God wants us to participate at Crossings, and we want our children to understand we are not supposed to just collect items and give money, but we need to give our time as well. It takes more than your checkbook, and in fact, it is harder to pull up your sleeves than write a check. We need both.

The development of a Volunteer Ministry will help people understand where to go and get a jump start to become involved in the life of the church through volunteering. This came at a great time—It is God’s timing. I’ve been thinking about where I could plug in; helping other people find a place to volunteer is the perfect fit for me.

How does the Lord bless you through volunteering?

Stephanie: I’ve enjoyed all the people I’ve met through volunteering. It makes this large church feel small, and I’ve met a lot of really nice people. In volunteering there is meaning, and it makes me feel like I’m making a difference in the lives of others. I want to make a contribution!

Chico: We don’t want to depend on others. We want to be involved and use our talents and time. There is more to church than worship, and volunteering helps me develop a better relationship with God.

If it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. (Romans 12:8)

“Giving Generously” originally published by Cheri Weaver, Pastor of Volunteer Ministry, in the Winter 2013 edition of Crossings Magazine.

Need + Love & Action = Generosity

Need + Love and Action = Generosity

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Need + Love & Action = Generosity
By Melissa Hiett, Pastor of High School Girls

Jesus-Generosity

Generosity can come in many forms, but the greatest is what I call “Jesus-Generosity.” This looks different from any other type of benevolence because it doesn’t give to feel good nor does it give just
to be kind. It gives to love. Anyone can be generous, but as Christians we must desire to give like Jesus did. In the Gospel of John, Jesus performs His first miraculous sign in an unexpected act of generosity. The well-known story of Jesus turning water into wine is an interesting example of seeing a need and acting upon it. Jesus walked away from the wedding without any of the wedding guests knowing about this miracle. When I think of what it looks like to be generous like Jesus, I think of this equation: Need + Love & Action = Generosity.

Last Christmas, Crossings High School Ministry found ourselves in a similar situation. We were not at a wedding and we didn’t do anything miraculous, but we saw a need and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to meet that need. Something extraordinary happens when you get a group of high school students together and give them a challenge straight from the heart. If you allow them to love on someone in need and bring a smile to a face, they will rise to the occasion every time. So that is exactly what we did. HSM has been consistently involved in partnering with a local organization called The Genesis Project—a place for young boys who are in the foster care program but can’t be placed into a home because of abuse. Each year, HSM hosts a Christmas party for the children, as well as visiting the Genesis House on occasion just to play and spend time with the boys. We also try to take them on a field trip to the Zoo or Science Museum each year.

Accepting the Challenge

While visiting last year, we discovered a need we couldn’t ignore. We noticed the boys were taking turns riding bikes that were in terrible shape. You see, these boys don’t have the privilege of going to a public school or spending the night at a friend’s house; they spend all of their time at the Genesis House—and playing outside is the highlight of their week. We wanted to make that highlight just a little bit brighter for them. We wanted them to play and laugh and have fun outside just like every little boy should. After talking to the Genesis House staff, we discovered that many of the boys had asked for bikes for Christmas!

We rallied our students and challenged them to raise enough money to purchase every boy a new bike and helmet. Then we got to see our students rise above our challenge! We needed 16 bikes to fulfill the Christmas wish. After just a few weeks of collecting funds, we had enough money to purchase 20 bikes and helmets! This allowed the Genesis House to store new bikes for incoming boys who would be entering their program. Like Jesus, our students were able to walk away knowing they had met a need with none of the boys knowing who had delivered the bikes. Our students felt wonderful about being able to do such a thing, but by no means did the feelings drive them to give. The students were compelled by a great desire to fill a need, which was birthed out of love for those boys. HSM delivered much more than bikes that day!

Finding A Need

It wasn’t about the money or the gift; it was about seeing a need and acting upon it. It was about being bighearted and putting other people’s needs before our own. It was about striving to be just a little bit more like Jesus Christ and remembering the words He spoke in Acts 20:35, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” In HSM, we can now count this verse to be tried and true! May you find yourself with eyes like Christ looking out at a world full of need, with a heart that desires to be like our Lord. What need do you see?

Need + Love & Action = Generosity.

“Need + Love & Action = Generosity” originally published by Melissa Hiett, Pastor of High School Girls, in the Winter 2013 edition of Crossings Magazine.

Shingleton Family

Being Transparent

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Shingleton Family

Written by Rachel Shingleton, Crossings Member

Getting Real About Marriage

When Ron Mahn and Shari Murphy approached Simon and me about helping them in the Becoming One class, we wrestled with it a bit. Being asked to participate somehow suggests you’ve got it all together or that you’re an expert at something. (Insert photo of me doubling over in laughter here.) And while we can unequivocally say we hardly have everything together, we both feel passionately about getting real about marriage.

Simon and I were married in 2005. When I look at our happy faces smiling back from our wedding photos, I often think how I want to say to those two people, “You have no idea what’s coming!” The first four years of our marriage were a crazy roller coaster of chronic illness, a premature baby, death of family members, serious surgeries, and a total career change for my husband. In other words, any expectations I might have had on what our lives were going to look like were completely blown away. Within nine months of being married, I was diagnosed with a serious chronic illness, ulcerative colitis, at the age of 25. That whole “in sickness and in health” part of our vows was about to get real.

Shattered Expectations

At the height of my illness, I was taking 21 pills a day to manage my disease. My expectations for early marriage had completely gone down the tubes. I struggled enormously with guilt over being sick all the time and worried that I was unfairly burdening my new husband with something he hadn’t signed up for. I was struggling to manage my stress, which only exacerbated the crazy cycle, and on top of the health issues, I was also newly pregnant. Jude was born in October 2007 at 33 weeks of pregnancy, and I quickly spiraled downwards with postpartum depression. I felt like my world had completely fallen apart. The turning point for us was getting help through an amazing family counselor and doing the hard emotional work of therapy.

Answered Prayers

Within a few years, my disease was completely out of control. I had run out of options with medication, and my only choice was to have my colon removed. In December 2009, I had my first of two surgeries at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota—a total leap of faith. We were scared to death, neither one of us knowing what to expect or if my quality of life would really be improved. Three months later, we went back for the second surgery in what turned out to be a victorious return to the Mayo Clinic. In the three months since that initial surgery, I began to feel what it was like to be healthy again; my life was given back to me. I had been sick for so long that I had forgotten what it was like to feel good. Through trial by fire, I was healed of my disease. I went from 21 pills a day to zero pills, which still amazes me now four years later.

In the years since that surgery, God has blessed our lives in untold ways. I wouldn’t trade those trials from our early marriage for anything; we’ve learned that we truly can do hard things.

Learning to Be Transparent

I think we can boil down our M.O. as a couple to this: we believe strongly in the power of transparency. There are far too many people who go through hard experiences thinking, “No one ever told me it would be like this.” I was one of them! It’s paralyzing, alienating, and really lonely. But odds are, you’re not the only person who’s ever experienced your particular hardship. And I refuse to keep the lid on the hard things of my life just because they’re not pretty or they’re hard to talk about. Everybody’s got issues.

And that’s what I really love about serving in the Becoming One class. There’s a generosity through transparency that is happening in this class—it’s blowing the lid off any myths about marriage and helping couples prepare for their lives together. It’s the willingness to say, “I can be honest and real about this with you because I know there’s a benefit to it.” Simon and I are honored to be a part of it, and I can’t wait to see what grows out of this.

“Being Transparent” originally published in the Winter 2013 edition of Crossings Magazine.

Crossings Members Stacy and Kyle Williams

A Servant’s Heart

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Crossings Members Stacy and Kyle Williams

Children’s Ministry volunteer Stacy Williams shares about her passion to serve and how God works in her life through volunteering.

In what areas have you volunteered in Children’s Ministry?

When my children were younger, I volunteered in Nursery Ministry. In the past three years, I’ve volunteered as a second hour Sunday School teacher and/or Volunteer Coordinator. I’ve served during Vacation Bible School and during the Single Moms Conference as well.

How does volunteering help you feel more connected at Crossings?

Volunteering gives me a sense of community. Crossings is a big place—it’s actually bigger than my hometown of Pawhuska. Through volunteering, I have built many relationships with others. I’m amazed at how many Crossings members I know because of volunteering over the years in Children’s Ministry, greeting and ushering, Women’s Ministry, and Mom’s Group. In Children’s Ministry for example, I pray for my Sunday School leaders and students. Praying for others definitely connects me with them on a deeper level.

In what ways are you utilizing your spiritual gifts through volunteering?

Years ago, in the Foundations Sunday School class, we did a study on spiritual gifts called Network. My spiritual gifts are hospitality, teaching, leading, and intercession. This year, I am able to put all of my spiritual gifts into play. I’m a Volunteer Coordinator; therefore, using my gift of leading. I also teach a second grade boy’s class, so I get to use my gift of teaching every week. In addition, I get to use my gift of intercession by praying for my team and students. As for my gift of hospitality, I serve as hospitality coordinator at my son’s school.

What do you feel your children are learning through watching you serve?

Kyle and I have two children: Claire and Austin. Serving has been ingrained in them, just as it was with me as I grew
up watching my parents serve. I want our children to grow up loving the Lord, and I want them to see that love put into action through serving. They’ve already learned to greet and serve as ushers—they help Kyle and me in the 9:30 Venue service. It warms my heart each week to see them smile and welcome people to church.

Explain how the Lord is leading you now to continue to volunteer in Children’s Ministry.

Through prayer, I ask God where I can best be used for His Kingdom. As a former teacher, teaching is a passion of mine. There are always needs in Children’s Ministry, and I know that full well because one of my responsibilities is to recruit children’s leaders. I can have a great impact on tender hearts. I’m blessed by showing up each week and letting God use me to plant seeds into the hearts of the precious children I serve.

How has God blessed you through your service?

I have been showered with blessings through volunteering at Crossings. When a child is baptized, my heart is overjoyed. When our second grade boys sang the Old Testament aloud in large group a few weeks ago, I was so proud. When the Holy Spirit speaks through me as I teach the Bible lesson in Vacation Bible School to a roomful of 100+ students (where you can hear a pin drop because they are intensely tuned in to God’s Word) … there just isn’t any better feeling than that. Following God’s calling through volunteering is greatly satisfying!

“A Servant’s Heart” originally published by Jennifer Bardell, Director of Children’s Ministry, in the 2014 edition of Crossings Magazine.

Just Jump In

Just Jump In!

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Just Jump In
I drive by the location of our new Community Center and Clinic every day to check on the progress of our new facility, and it brings back many childhood memories. I grew up in the Village and we looked forward, with great anticipation, to the summer time when all the neighborhood kids would walk up to the Village Pool and spend the day. As I looked around, people were on the high dive, the low dive, the shallow end. Some were dangling their feet in the pool, some were reading under the umbrella and others were hanging around the concession stand. While “everybody” went to the pool, the part of the pool they enjoyed or spent their time was different. Years after the pool closed, I realized that at some point, we have to be active; we have to take the initiative and “just jump in” to experience the fun and the rush.

The Bible contains a similar kind of principle for us in Psalm 34:8. It simply says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Enjoy how some of your Crossings brothers and sisters have decided to “jump in” and are “tasting” and experiencing the full goodness of God through their service in our local community.

Disaster Response Team

  • I would have to say the entire trajectory of my life has changed as a result of volunteering … everything from the things I value most to the people I enjoy spending time with to the priorities in my life … I really feel like I am a different person. —Debe Allen (Disaster Response Team, Clinic)

Whiz Kids

  • Through volunteering, I have learned to rely on God for His strength and wisdom and not my own. I have learned to ask for His words and not rely on my own words. God is the ultimate compassionate volunteer who I feel walks beside me. Volunteering has made me realize God is everywhere, even in the smallest details, if I only look. —Kay Tangner, Whiz Kids Tutor
  • My life is full of joy in helping mentor and improve the reading skills of my student through Whiz Kids. I believe we become our best when we are serving others and have the chance to demonstrate the love of Jesus. —Howard Hunt

The Clinic

  • One of the great things about serving at Crossings Community Clinic is the opportunity to pray with my patients without worrying about institutional guidelines or someone looking over my shoulder. Taking a few minutes to get a sense of where the patients are emotionally and spiritually is really worth it to offer a meaningful prayer that meets them where they are. Sometimes, though, it’s hard to figure that out, and I may offer a fairly generic prayer and wonder if I really did anything useful. Occasionally in those circumstances, I have been profoundly impacted when that same patient will ask to pray for me. That patient, who does not know me personally or any of the details in my life, will then ask for the Lord’s help for me in a particular area with which I am struggling at that very time. So God Himself is ministering to me directly through the person I am ministering to myself. It is a great faith-builder to see how He is always in control and continually blesses me in ways I cannot comprehend and often cannot see. —R. Michael Siatkowski, MD
  • Volunteering in the medicine room at the Clinic has given me the opportunity to know more people who need prayer, and it has deepened my joy in praying for others. —Louanne Trueblood

Community of Faith

  • God brought four amazing Rwandan students into our life at Crossings one Sunday four years ago. Before that encounter, I viewed volunteering as a “when I feel like it” duty if I found the “perfect” time and place to volunteer … so we kept asking (and delaying) but never serving. However, once we got our hands dirty, God began a transforming work in our lives. As a host home to the Rwandan college students, I began to see others rather than focusing exclusively on me. Contrary to public opinion, you are not committing the rest of your life, but for my family, everything changed once we committed to something that required an ongoing sacrifice. —Alan Spies
  • Through volunteering, I feel like God has blessed me with an inner joy that has made me want to be closer to Him and love Him even more. This joy has made me want to listen, follow and serve Him so others can see Him through me. My first opportunity to serve was 21⁄2 years ago serving lunch to the homeless at Community of Faith. I’m still doing that, and I absolutely love it. I am so glad Crossings has so many opportunities for serving! —Camille Glasshof
  • Volunteering as a teacher-partner with one of our inner-city school partners makes me feel like I’m doing a small part of God’s work here on earth. It is fulfilling, and through it, God has shown me that my time and effort spent volunteering reaps many more benefits than pursuing my selfish motivations ever could. —Stacy Townsdin
  • Volunteering with formerly incarcerated women at the Hope House has resulted in the receipt of letters, emails, texts and new friendships. When I began volunteering, I had no idea I would soon become a widow. However, God makes provisions for our need even before the need exists. Imagine what a blessing it was that my sudden loneliness was helped by the letters I received from my pen pals. I’ve become so much more aware of God’s mercy and grace toward me and have grown in my desire to express that same mercy and grace to others. —Julie Blevins

Eugene Field

  • I serve with the art teacher at Eugene Field. She has been going through so much personally this year; over and over, I keep seeing how God’s power is made perfect in her weakness. She has lots of kids crammed into a room with little to no resources, yet from her teaching, these kids are really getting exposed to great art … both learning about it and creating it themselves. Just to see the students’ faces as they excel in their artwork and like what they are creating has been so cool. I love how it isn’t dependent on the supplies, the space she uses for her room or her lack of patience … God can do anything He chooses wherever He chooses to do it. I thought I’d be so much help to her, but in reality, she amazes me in all she is able to accomplish with so little. God’s power is made perfect in my weakness, too, and getting to work with Donna this year has shown me that the only real stumbling block in my being used for eternal purposes is me. So if I am obedient and willing, He will use me, and ultimately that is what I long for… that and a sense of His presence in my day-to-day life. Thanks for this great connection! Loving art with kids at Eugene Field. —Stacey Allen
  • We worked for years to get to the place where we could retire and work for free, and we found true wealth. Through working with children in the inner-city, we have been made aware of MANY THINGS we take for granted. At Thanksgiving, we discovered 23 of our 26 students had never had pumpkin pie! Ed told them it was the best vegetable they’d ever eat! Supporting teachers with prayer and presence filters down as HOPE to children who would otherwise be hopeless. We initially wondered if we were “qualified” to work with kids … it turned out we had attention & kindness to give, and it was exactly what they needed most. —Ed & Allie Frankfurt

The Club

  • I have volunteered at The Club for five years. This afterschool program at Crossings Community Center serves middle and high school students from John Marshall. Every year, I see myself growing in my faith through sharing it with the students in my small group. My love for them grows along with my sense of purpose and blessing from God. This year, I am mentoring a single student outside The Club time, and it is such a precious relationship! I truly feel God is working in me as much as He is allowing me to touch the lives of these students! —Lisa Gilbert
  • I have a passion for kids who, through no fault of their own, are growing up in an environment that puts them “behind the 8-ball” in this world. I began addressing this passion years ago with the semi-conscious idea that I was doing it to make up for the bad things I have done. However, through the volunteers who have entered my life (Sunday School teachers, Men’s Bible study leaders and Crossings’ pastors), I now understand, CONSCIOUSLY and with eyes-wide-open, I can’t possibly do enough to make up for my past wrongs. I learned grace. THAT … has led me to volunteer more passionately than ever before! —Steve Kalmeyer, The Club Inner-City Small Group Leader

“Taste and see that the Lord is good.”

“Just Jump In!” originally published by Pam Millington, Pastor of Missions and Outreach at Crossings, in the Spring 2014 edition of Crossings Magazine.

Serving in the Zone

Serving in the Zone

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Serving in the Zone

Hearts for Service

Though my husband David and I previously attended a loving church on the south side of Oklahoma City, we discovered that as our family grew, our needs changed. Crossings offered us format flexibility, involvement opportunity, and greater availability of services, while at the same time filling our spiritual needs. It took us a few years of attending services at Crossings before we were ready to volunteer on an ongoing basis. We were new parents and were transitioning to only one of us working outside the home, and those adjustments took all we had for a while.

But we have hearts for service and knew we wanted to get more involved when the time was right. One Sunday morning, late last summer, we read about the need for Wednesday evening children’s teachers (and there is still a significant need!), and it seemed like a great place for us to start. When we decided to get involved, several things led us into volunteering with the Children’s Ministry. First, the spiritual development of our son Cole is so very important to us. We want him to grow in the Lord each and every day, and we want to walk and grow with him on that journey.

We fully believe that you receive from church what you put into it. We knew it was time for us to get more involved and give a little, so when we read of the need for Wednesday evening KidZone teachers, we felt it was the place for us.

Precious Blessings

Volunteering to be a part of that is just the right thing for us to do as a family. Second, we fully believe that you receive from church what you put into it. We knew it was time for us to get more involved and give a little, so when we read of the need for Wednesday evening KidZone teachers, we felt it was the place for us. Volunteering in KidZone has affected us in countless ways. Not only has it given us a new opportunity to study God’s Word with our son using a structured curriculum, we have been blessed immensely by each precious little one in our class.

Additionally, we are building new friendships with parents and other Crossings volunteers, which is really nice. If you ask Cole, he says, “KidZone is great!” We should also add that being involved in KidZone has given us greater insight into Crossings. The Children’s Ministry holds back nothing in providing a rich environment to foster excitement for children to learn about God’s love, Jesus and God’s Word. The curriculum, the planning and organizing, the music, the sensory experience in KidZone, the games, the whole experience … observing all the effort for kids is awesome.

Breaking the Bubble

Being part of KidZone has been such a blessing to us. Sometimes in life we get very comfortable with our routines and our ‘bubbles.’ However, our routine before volunteering didn’t really inspire growth. By being involved with Children’s Ministry, we are stretched—we get outside of our comfort zone and get challenged. We are not trained educators, and honestly, we were a bit nervous about leading a classroom of children (some evenings we still are when it’s a full house!), but if we just love the kids, make it structured and fun, and help them feel God’s love through encouragement, smiles and sincere teaching, it makes our experience—and hopefully the children’s—a wonderful one.

“Serving in the Zone” originally published by Paula Yockel, KidZone volunteer, in the Spring 2014 edition of Crossings Magazine.

A Letter From Roatan

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Gathering and Growing Hunnicutt-for-web

When I was a girl, we gathered. We gathered for cereal or eggs or rice, depending on the time of day and where we were living. We gathered around the Egermeier’s Bible daily. We gathered for Sunday School and birthdays and seashell exploration. We gathered as a family. We gathered as a church. Above all, we needed each other. I needed a community, a gathering, because by the time I was 18, we had moved 22 times as we served Christ all across the globe. And when I wandered away from my community during my college years, they were never too far behind. My parents unconditionally loved me from their calling in Australia and Tanzania. My connections in the Church of God were still there when I left Anderson, Indiana, and found myself in Oklahoma, eventually landing at Crossings, which, at that time, was Belle Isle. Joining a Community Group and participating in Sunday school classes gave me connections and friendships that carried me through some incredibly difficult times.

Connecting Through Crossings

When there wasn’t money for electricity or food because the ministry where I worked wasn’t generating income, the church stepped in. When I found myself on my knees, wondering how I would make it through the next difficult day separated from my now deceased husband, my community embraced me and whispered prayers and words of encouragement. Crossings connected me with lifelong friends, mentors, and prayer warriors who have traveled with me on a journey I never would have scripted for myself. One Sunday night over six years ago, I found myself surrounded by community once again as God confirmed a calling He had been placing on my life. It was time to go serve Him overseas. I remember slamming my Bible on the floor. No, God! There’s no way I’m moving again! I love my life here! I’m not my parents. This is my home. I’m serving you HERE. But it was time. And dear brothers and sisters came alongside me that night, ignoring my Bible-tossing temper tantrum and helped me process the huge shift that was about to take place.

Being Where God Wants You

Despite living in or visiting five of the seven continents, I had never made it to Central America. Of course, God was calling me to Honduras. One of my greatest fears in moving here was the possibility of isolation. I’m a single woman living on an island. Island fever is real, especially when the island is only four miles wide and thirty miles long. What a surprise it was when the Lord blessed me with even more special communities here— from my second church family to my “sons” and “daughters” at the Christian school we started on the island, to my English students who have become my friends to other workers in Honduras. Perhaps the biggest surprise, though, was the huge growth in community—the new gatherings taking place—within my Crossings family. Each of the mission trip teams that have come has been a great encouragement to me. Their friendship extends beyond the week they spend here and one of my greatest joys is seeing them face-to-face again when I come home during the summer and Christmas. What a blessing it is to continue the legacy of my parents who served God all over the world through the Church of God as I now have the privilege to serve in Roatan, Honduras, through the Church of God and Crossings.

It’s a beautiful thing to be in the place God wants you. I know that’s where I am. My heart is full, and at times I can’t believe I’m actually here—that this life has been gifted to me. To have so many taking the journey with me is amazing; Through Crossings, I’m part of a growing gathering, even from 1,500 miles away.

Experience what it is like to walk in Deborah’s shoes by joining the next Learning and Cultural Engagement trip for women (Jan. 30-Feb. 6, 2016). For more information, contact Pam Millington at 405-302-1267 or pmillington@crossings.church. You can also visit our Missions page to learn more about Missions through Crossings and stay up-to-date with current trips, events, and information.

Written by Sarah Hunnicutt (as told by her mother Deborah), Missions/Outreach Ministry Volunteer

CCC KISS Week

Knights in the Service of the Spirit

By | 4yrs - 4th grade, about us & resources, adults, children & students, Stories, Volunteer

CCC KISS WeekOver the 14-year history of Crossings Christian School, volunteers have worked tirelessly in support of the mission to develop Christ-centered servant leaders. Our students have learned by example and are truly living out this mission every day.

Being Christ-Centered Leaders

Last year, the CCS Student Council introduced K.I.S.S. Week (Knights in the Service of the Spirit), an annual event which dedicates a week to living out our mission of Christ-centered servant leadership by reaching into our community—volunteering our time and resources to others. Students participated in over 1,683 hours of service during the inaugural K.I.S.S. Week and have set a goal to serve over 2000 hours in 2014.

Service opportunities will include volunteering at the Regional Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity—lending support to these ministries that meet the most basic needs. Others will spend time with patients at local cancer centers and nursing homes, allowing students the opportunity to provide prayer and emotional support.

Heeding Their Calls

Still other CCS students will live out Christ-centered servant leadership while working with children at local elementary schools and animals at equestrian riding centers.

CCS students are also proving that service to others is a task we are called to do daily. Two CCS siblings, a kindergartner and first grader, recently hosted a coat drive. The coats they collected will be cleaned and distributed to those in need.

Going the Extra Mile

Not long ago, a group of middle school girls went the extra mile while serving at a local food bank: when a father, who had fallen on hard times, was unable to carry the groceries on his own, the girls accompanied him to the bus stop and waited for his bus to arrive—in spite of the snow and sub-zero temperatures.

It is evident God is using the students of Crossings Christian School to continue His mission of serving others.

Developing students into Christ-centered servant leaders is part of our mission statement at Crossings Christian School. Student Council is the perfect forum for this process to develop. It has been a blessing to me, as Student Council Sponsor, to see the presence of Christ weaving through the minds of students as they make decisions and plan events for our school. They are learning the value of working hard and serving through leadership. As we know, Christ is our ultimate example of servant leadership, and as we keep our eyes on Him, it serves as a great reminder of what we should do and how we should carry ourselves. Our student leaders have risen to the call to lead our school through teamwork, sacrifice, and compassion.

—Jill Bailey, Student Council Sponsor

“Knights in the Service of the Spirit” originally published in the Spring 2014 edition of Crossings Magazine.