Parenting Teens is a once-a-month parenting conversation about topics teens are facing in today’s culture. Led by the Crossings Edmond Students staff, Parenting Teens explores important, relevant topics including technology, dating, values, faith, and more. Read on to learn more about our first discussion topic, Teens and Technology.
We had a blast at Trunk or Treat with Crossings Edmond this October!
There were 5,000 people at the Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 28, 2017. The purpose of this event was to connect with and serve the families in the Edmond community. All of the kids loved the costumes and loved the Star Wars booth and we had some great connections with families interested in attending the church as well.
All of the volunteers did such a great job welcoming and celebrating the people that used the shuttle buses provided by Crossings Edmond.
Take a look at the highlights below!
Explore this post for an update on our local missions partner, Sunset Elementary, and hear from Campus Pastor Scott Bartlow!
There is a theme in scripture that Jesus models that has captivated my heart. You see this in Matthew 14:14. Jesus landed and saw a crowd, He had compassion on them, and healed the sick. You see this theme in Luke 10:33-34 with the Good Samaritan. Where He traveled, came to where the man was; as when He saw him, He had compassion on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds and then He put the man on his way on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.
Did you catch the theme? See. Care. Help.
That’s the way of Jesus. He saw a need, His heart overflowed with compassion, and moved to help meet a need.
Mother Theresa said, “You don’t have to travel to India to find your Calcutta; little Calcuttas are all around you if you’ll only have eyes to see.”
Before we launched Crossings Edmond, it was my desire to make sure we served our city before we expected people to come to our church. Crossings has a value of engaging with schools that have need and we identified Sunset Elementary. Over time, we built a relationship with the administration and teachers through multiple needs they put in front of us on how we can partner with the school. It was our desire not to just drop in for a one-time event, but build a long-lasting relationship. Earlier this summer, the principle asked me if we would be willing to adopt their teachers to purchase school supplies for their rooms as most teachers take this out of their own salaries. See below how our congregation responded to this need:
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I just have to say: I love our church! Last month, I simply made you aware of the opportunity to bless 50 teachers at Sunset Elementary with gift cards for school supplies for their rooms. You sprung into action, and we had the opportunity to be the Church – overflowing with generous hearts. You can only imagine the tears of joy and smiles of gratitude we experienced when we pulled up to the school.
Thank you, Crossings Edmond! Thank you for being the Church yet again. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus.
Crossings Edmond had a blast at our first Serve the City event this July! We had 93 volunteers between our three service projects benefiting Sunset Elementary, our local missions partner, Peppers Ranch, and Alpha Relief. At Sunset Elementary, Edmond volunteers completed beautification projects including repainting soccer goals, edging, landscaping, planting flowers, organizing teacher work rooms, cleaning, and preparing classrooms for incoming teachers and classes. At Peppers Ranch, Edmond volunteers had the opportunity to serve the foster care community by organizing their offices and play spaces. Our Alpha Relief team helped equip congregation members to learn how the organization assists Christians in countries where religious persecution is prevalent since Alpha Relief’s purpose is to channel resources for effective ministry and facilitates collaborative efforts that serve persecuted Christians.
Many of our volunteers for Serve the City enjoyed serving alongside their families and loved the opportunity to share this experience. One volunteer was particularly moved by the work at Sunset Elementary because he had attended Sunset as a student and was starting his own landscaping company, which proved to be a wonderful partnership with us for the landscaping and beautification of the school’s grounds.
Serve Our City’s purpose is to increase the compassion muscle of Crossings Edmond and to be the hands and feet of Jesus right where we live. Our hope is to increase awareness of missions opportunities in our very own backyards that we can mobilize Crossings Edmond’s members to engage with.
Take a look at the photos from Serve Our City 2017 below!
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Meet Michael Fulmer, Crossings member, Deer Creek High School alumnus, and pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. Michael graduated from Deer Creek and married his high school sweetheart, Kelsey, after they grew up in student ministry at Crossings under the leadership of Randy Webb. Michael became a Christian at the age of 13 and has stayed involved with Crossings since, and even though he leads a busy life (including leading Bible study for the Tigers and speaking to about 10,000 people at Comerica Park sharing his testimony for over two years) pitching for the Tigers, he and Kelsey tune into the livestream each week to stay connected.
When Michael was drafted in 2011, he was selected in the first round right out of high school for the Mets. He was traded to the Tigers and got called up early in the season because another pitcher had an injury that kept him out of the game; during this time, Michael did such a great job that the Tigers kept him in that position. His outstanding leadership and faith that God would use him no matter what eventually led him to winning the American League Rookie of the Year Award in 2016.
Michael attributes his success to his spiritual guidance from Randy and encouragement from his family, especially his dad, JP. Michael describes his dad as a “great, humble man” and admires his work ethic and dedication, which includes taking care of Michael’s yard each week while he’s away and tuning in to every game and giving him advice after every game.
Michael’s involvement with Wings, a non-profit community for adults with developmental disabilities, as well as his off-season work as a plumber, keep him grounded and focused on how God can use him in the various communities in his life. He loves being able to give back–including giving the winnings he received from his Rookie of the Year award last year–and support Wings and Crossings’ partner ministries in every possible way.
“Happy Father’s Day to all the dads–I encourage you to keep being role models for your kids. Volunteers, male leaders, keep doing what you’re doing. Crossings is a wonderful community and I can’t wait to be back!” – Michael Fulmer
Take a look at the summer devotion series below which explores the book of Acts and Romans! We’re preparing for the launch of the new church and would love to share this devotional plan with you. You can view the plan on this page or click it to download a copy to print, save, or share!
Don’t forget to check out Crossings Edmond’s main page for other updates and resources!
Crossings Edmond Family,
We are so excited to build an incredible ministry for kids, students and adults at Crossings Edmond. We need your help with some planning: Will you fill out this survey? This will help us make important and practical decisions about volunteers, service times, and future ministry.
These are incredible days. I am so glad that you are all a part of the start.