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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.

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.

A Letter From Roatan

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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

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The Dollar Club

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Want to make a difference with just a dollar? Learn more about Crossings’ Dollar Club in the video below.

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Simple concept, major impact.

Each Sunday, over 5,000 people gather at Crossings for worship. As an act of worship, we collect tithes and offerings in each of our services. Many of those 5,000 people give cash and some of it is in the form of $1.00 bills. We set aside those $1.00 bills each week so at the end of each month, we can gift the entire total of $1.00 bills to a person, family, or ministry in need.

Opening Doors

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The Little Clinic That Could

If you haven’t heard the story of the little clinic that could, you’ve really missed one of the greatest stories of God’s amazing planning. It begins in 2005 when Crossings Board of Elders first started praying for a bold faith and clear vision for serving our community. They believed Crossings was called to help those unable to obtain basic health services. This resulted in a vote to rent a 1,500 square foot vacant pharmacy near N.W. 36th and May and open the first Crossings Community Clinic—where volunteers stepped forward to minister aid to those in need.

“I was on the Board of Elders in May 2005 when the clinic opened,” says Steve Turner, “but the even bigger leap of faith is when we voted in 2007 to move from 1,500 square feet to leasing the 30,000 square foot facility we now occupy on N. Hefner Rd.” He remembers the day of that vote vividly when Board member, Tom Webb, said to them, “We either have the faith, or we don’t.” They did, unanimously. Once again, the people of Crossings responded as they volunteered to give medical, dental, vision, counseling and spiritual help to thousands.

Now the story of God’s planning gets even more interesting as Senior Pastor Marty Grubbs recalls, “As the Center and Clinic grew, we needed a full-time Director. Steve Turner had enjoyed a very successful career in the medical sales business, but as the vision began to unfold, it occurred to us that Steve might be helpful in finding a leader for this venture. Then one day, we looked at him and said, ‘You wouldn’t by chance consider this, would you?’ He agreed to pray about it and talk it over with his wife Pam. And the rest is history. Steve has been God’s chosen leader for our Center and Clinic.”

Accepting the Challenge

Steve accepted the position in 2008 and under his leadership, the Center and Clinic continued to grow as faithful volunteers (from not only Crossings, but other churches, medical facilities and organizations) and staff gave of their time and talent. But it was in the summer of 2011, when an unexpected call from the Butterfield Foundation would change its future again. Over 60 years ago, Pastor Ralph Butterfield was the administrator of the original Deaconess Hospital, and these were people with a heart for the Lord. Decades later, the carefully managed proceeds from the sale of Deaconess Hospital established the Butterfield Foundation to further the efforts of Christian charitable care for the poor. “Beth Brown, Vice President of Programs at Butterfield, said, ‘We are looking at non- profit clinics in Oklahoma that are helping those in need receive healthcare. Crossings Clinic is one of several that came to the top.’ She said, ‘Submit a grant for possible funding,’ and we did,” remembers Steve.

Through a year of intentional prayer and planning, the necessary paperwork was submitted. In May 2012, word came: Butterfield Foundation agreed to fund our full request of $6.1 million. The funds were earmarked for direct patient care, added staffing and equipment upgrades.

A portion of the money also applied to the building of our own Clinic and Community Center. Through a church capital campaign, thousands of congregants gave over and above their tithe to contribute the additional funds needed to complete God’s plan. Land was purchased and construction began in December 2014, and if you drive by 10255 N. Pennsylvania Avenue in the Village, you’ll see a beautiful 37,000 square foot building (18,000 square feet for the Clinic and 19,000 square feet for the Center, which includes a basketball court and separate auditorium seating for 500)—set to open its doors to the community in January 2015.

Trusting in God

Looking back over the past year, Steve recalls, “I know how hard construction can be, but we encountered very few problems. Contractors and suppliers were generous with their services—some even giving us labor and equipment at no cost—because they believe in what God is doing. We’re very grateful to all of them and for the tremendous financial support from Crossings members. Throughout the process, we met with doctors, nurses, dentists, dental assistants, optometrists, counselors, and other professionals and asked them to dream big, ‘If you were building a new facility, how would it function? … What equipment would you need, and most of all, how can we best be the hands and feet of Christ to those we serve?’ Their input was instrumental in building and equipping our new facility. Further, God provided the funding and people so almost all these ideas came to fruition.”

The final piece of God’s timing is that the three-year lease on the current facility ends on February 28, 2015—just enough time to get everything moved and the building cleaned for the next tenant. Marty Grubbs is excited to see what God has planned for the future saying, “The new home for Crossings Community Center and Clinic will open the door to reaching more people, providing new opportunities to volunteer, and offering a chance to get more engaged with the neighborhood, as well as those who come through our doors for assistance.”

You are invited to tour the new facility on Sunday, February 22, and while you’re there, take a minute to marvel over what God can do when people—beginning over 50 years ago—with a passion to serve God and others come together—and say a prayer for those whose lives will be changed inside this little clinic that truly could.

To learn more about the Clinic and Center, click here.

“Opening Doors” originally published by Rebecca Ellison, Director of Communications, in the Winter 2014 edition of Crossings Magazine.