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Crossings Community Clinic Welcomes New Executive Director Marq Youngblood

By | Clinic, Meet Our Staff, Missions, Stories

Crossings Community Clinic is beginning a new chapter this year by welcoming Executive Director, Marq Youngblood.
An OKC native, Marq came to Crossings Community Church over five years ago by attending the Global Leadership Summit where he met countless Crossings members and got to explore Crossings OKC campus. When the Executive Director position opened up, two Crossings members who knew Marq felt the nudge to talk to him about it. “They asked me to pray about being considered for the position,” Marq said. “I sensed the call of God to apply.”

Marq is uniquely qualified and called to the Executive Director position and feels God is preparing to use his leadership and experience to continue the legacy of the Clinic. “God is using my experience and personal development as a leader to work with the Clinic team to identify and act upon ways to serve our patients more effectively and efficiently,” Marq said. “This will be the foundation for greater things God has in store for us.”

Marq’s Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Gerontology from Southern Nazarene University and Master’s degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, coupled with his esteemed career and experience serving in state and federal government, corporate, and non-profit efforts, further underscore his heart for others and his willingness to be the hands and feet of Jesus in all he does. His previous experience with Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) have honed his skills as a leader and allowed him to connect deeply with his employees and community.

As Executive Director, Marq is responsible for providing leadership and management of the Clinic. In this position, he will work with Crossings Community Church leaders and the Clinic Board of Directors to ensure high-quality care is provided to the diverse and growing patient population base. Additionally, he and the Clinic team will continue to provide enriching experiences for a large group of volunteers to deepen their Christian walk.

“God is leading me to love and value each staff member, provider, volunteer, and patient affiliated with the Clinic to establish strong, trusting relationships,” Marq said. “Doing this will enable us to work very well as a team to achieve our vision.”

In addition to the strategy, dedication, prayer, and continued leadership in his new role, Marq is excited to make a meaningful, positive difference in the lives of the Clinic team members and in the lives of those they serve. Marq is passionate about leading, developing people and teams, and helping others in becoming the best they can be. Outside of his position as Executive Director, he also finds time for self-development, leadership development, public speaking, traveling, and reading.

Marq is married to his high school sweetheart, Doris, and they will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary this coming November 25. They have three children–two daughters and a son–and have been blessed with two sons-in-law and five grandchildren. A couple of interesting facts about Marq: he’s traveled to over 25 states and he is also an ordained Methodist and Baptist minister!

Learn more about the Crossings Community Clinic right here, and come say hello to Marq at the Clinic and Center Open House on September 23.

Father Son Trip to Roatan, Honduras

By | Missions, Stories

Our first Father-Son Learning and Cultural Engagement (LACE) trip to Roatan, Honduras was a blast! From June 2 through June 9, 2018, Crossings 78 dads and their sons traveled to Roatan to encourage our missionary partner, Deborah Hunnicutt.

The guys served with children in the bilingual Christian elementary school founded by Deborah, joined in conversational English classes taught in the community, and so much more.

Take a look at some of the trip’s highlights below!

Want to be a part of one of our Learning and Cultural Engagement (LACE) trips in the future? Check out our Missions page right here, explore upcoming trips, events, and classes right here, or contact Pam Millington, Pastor of Missions and Outreach Opportunities, by email at pmillington@crossings.church.

SeeWorth Academy Christmas Party 2017

By | Missions, Stories

Crossings Community Church has partnered with SeeWorth Academy for 11 years and we had a blast serving approximately 350 students this year! Over 70 volunteers partnered with SeeWorth Academy to celebrate the season of Christmas and the birth of Jesus! Volunteers and students enjoyed personal interactions through shared activities like gingerbread house decorating, bingo, crafts, painting, and more! Each student received a custom hoodie, a bag of candy, and a gift card. On the high school campus, one student came up to a group of Crossings volunteers and gave them each a piece of the best candy in his bag to share his gift and to say thank you!

Missions at Crossings works with inner-city students and skilled volunteers to mentor students on life skills development, planning for a successful future, and relationship development during the school year. Service groups also join in for campus beautification projects, sports physicals for the athletes, and hosting high school graduation at Crossings OKC.

If you’d like to speak into the life of a middle or high school student on a regular basis to offer experience, strength, and hope, contact Pam Millington, Pastor of Missions / Outreach at pmillington@crossings.church. Take a look at some highlights from the SeeWorth Christmas Party below!

Eugene Field Christmas Party

By | Missions, Stories

We had a blast at the Eugene Field Christmas party as part of our Christmas Outreach program! Since 2006, Crossings has partnered with Eugene Field to support the teachers and students and to show the love of God through serving others. Our goal was to partner with one of the schools in the Oklahoma City Public School System that struggled the most with trying scores, parent involvement, behavior issues, and others. This Christmas season, our 91 volunteers served 383 students — take a look at the highlights below!

Community Nights Highlights

By | Missions, Stories

We had a blast at Community Nights 2017 with over 800 people in attendance! Community Nights, our back-to-school event, was able to provide 110 haircuts, dozens of physicals and immunizations, and 1,000 hot dogs thanks to 100 dedicated volunteers from the Crossings Community Center and Crossings Community Clinic.

Special thanks to Integris Community Wellness who provided our food, the OKC Thunder who shared their Community Van with us, the OKC Metro Library System who gave away hundreds of free books, and The Village Fire Department who showed up to have fun with the kids. Hundreds of desserts were baked and generously shared by Crossings Community Church members.

The purpose of Community Nights is to provide service to our community as we continue to build the trust of the part of a city that we are working on a purposeful, long-term, restorative relationship with. Take a look at the highlight video and photo gallery below!

Serve Our City 2017- Edmond

By | Edmond, Missions, Stories

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!

Want to get involved with upcoming events at Crossings Edmond? Click here to see what’s next on the calendar!

Roatan, Honduras

Roatan, Honduras – Photo Gallery

By | Missions, Stories

We had a great time in Roatan, Honduras partnering with our missionary, Deborah Hunnicutt! Take a look at some photos from the trip below!

Roatan Trip 2017

Roatan, Honduras Trip Highlights

By | Global Missions, Local Missions, Missions

Our global outreach trip to Roatan, Honduras this February was a blast! Crossings women partnered with missionary Deborah Hunnicutt to serve the community and exchange cultural practices with local women. Take a look at some highlights from this trip in the video and photo gallery below!

Want to learn more about missions and global outreach at Crossings? Visit our Missions page!

Rahaf for Web

Peace Amongst the Rubble

By | Missions, Stories

Rahaf for Web“My name is Rahaf and I am 14 years old. I came from Syria and I came because of the war. Planes started bombing over our homes and we had one bomb that fell on our house. So we lost our home, it was totally on the ground. We heard that some people were going to Lebanon so we decided to move to Lebanon.

We stayed in a cave for 5 days-there were 3 families in total. We weren’t able to leave the cave, because of planes were always bombing. I was so scared from the war and I had this heavy phobia. It was so difficult and my heart was so hard I wouldn’t feel anything. I was just numb. I used to feel very lonely. We finally settled in a tent city with many others who left our country. My heart was so sad.

At H4L, I learned how to pray, and then we learned how to worship. We used to sing also and I got attached to the worship songs and then I met Jesus through the songs and the prayers. When I met Jesus, my life and my heart changed. I was happy, and experienced peace to its best. I like to learn about Jesus more and more. I love English and I would like to be a journalist. I want to write stories about people and about Jesus. The thing I would like to convey is that I have fled the war, and this is all because of Jesus Christ. He has helped me find peace through all of this.”

In the tent settlement, Rahaf was introduced to Heart for Lebanon (H4L) and enrolled in their Non-Formal Education Program, which gives children the opportunity to learn basic Arabic, English, and math as well as character development lessons based on biblical principles. Most of these children, regardless of age, have been out of school for several years and would not be able to afford school or even have access to an education.

As part of H4L’s holistic care ministry, they also support the mothers of these children by offering English studies, encouragement and spiritual care through Bible studies, special gatherings, and personal visits.

H4L focuses intentionally on children who are referred to as the “Lost Generation,” consisting of over 1.2 million Syrian refugees- 52 percent are under the age of 18. These children have seen and experienced horrible things in their young lives and most of them have been out of school for over four years. Without an education, they will not develop the intellectual or vocational capacity and character necessary to find and keep a stable job in the future. These are the lost ones who often become prime targets for radical groups to exploit.

Learn more about how you can be involved in helping children and their families find peace amongst the rubble at heartforlebanon.org

Don’t miss Camille Melki, founder and CEO of Heart For Lebanon, speaking at Crossings on November 20th – details are available right here!

“Peace Among the Rubble” written by Pam Millington, Pastor Missions/Outreach Ministries

Christmas Outreach

By | Missions

Crossings Missions Ministry is excited for the opportunity to be known by love in our community during the Christmas season with our Inner-City School Christmas Outreach Program!

One of the most effective ways to share the message of Jesus is through relevant acts of kindness. We have opportunities to share God’s grace in the midst of real need. We have the ability to transform lives as people both see and hear God’s grace at work in their world.

We invite you to show God’s love by participating in this program, which benefits over 1,000 children and youth who attend one of our inner-city school partners. You can learn more about Missions at Crossings by visiting crossings.church/missions/.

Which Schools Do We Partner With?

We currently have four partners in our Christmas Outreach programs:

  • Eugene Field Elementary
  • Stan Hupfeld Academy
  • The Club at Crossings (After-school outreach to John Marshall High School)
  • Sunset Elementary

Available Opportunities

Sunset Elementary Outreach - Crossings Edmond

All backpacks have been claimed for Crossings Edmond! Please return gifts (unwrapped) in backpack no later than Sunday, Dec 1 and place filled backpack under the lobby Christmas tree. Gifts will be given to the children at a Christmas party on Thursday, Dec 5.

If you’d like to help with the Christmas party at Sunset Elementary on December 5, please contact Lauren (lhoneyman@crossings.church or 405-242-5472) for times & information.

Non-perishable Food Drive for Edmond School District - Crossings Edmond

We’re so excited to “Serve our City” this Christmas season through our Edmond School Christmas Outreach! Crossings Edmond is partnering with Project 66 to collect non-perishable food items for distribution to students in the Edmond School District who normally participate in free or reduced-cost meals. Please fill the brown grocery bag provided with the items listed on the reverse side.

Return filled grocery bag no later than Sunday, Dec 1 and place in the Crossings Edmond Lobby.

Contact Lauren at lhoneyman@crossings.church or 405-242-5472 with questions.

Sponsor a Teacher - Crossings OKC

All gift cards have been claimed. Please return gift cards in an envelope to the Main Office by Nov 17th. (For security reasons, please do not put gift cards in the backpack collection sleighs- please hand to a staff member at the main office!)

Cash/Check Donations welcomed- Please make out the check to “CCC” with “Christmas Outreach” on the memo line.

Contact Natalie at nhaymaker@crossings.church with questions.

Christmas Backpack Distribution Day - Crossings OKC

Sunday, October 27, 2019 or Sunday, November 3, 2019 – All backpacks have been claimed. Thank you so much for your generosity!

Please return your backpacks by November 17 to the backpack collection sleighs located around the OKC campus.

November 10-21, 2019 – All shifts have been filled
  • Age: Adults only
  • Locations: Crossings Community Center (10255 North Pennsylvania, OKC, OK 73120)
  • Job: Participate in the Crossings Christmas Outreach by sorting backpacks, completing quality checks, and organizing the backpacks by classroom.
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    Christmas Backpack Delivery Day - Crossings OKC

    Friday, December 6, 2019

  • Shifts: 3:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Age: 15 and up with supervising adult
  • Locations: Crossings Community Center (10255 North Pennsylvania, OKC, OK 73120), Eugene Field Elementary (1515 N. Klein Avenue, OKC, OK 73106), and Stanley Hupfeld Academy (1508 NW 106th Street, 73120)
  • Job: Participate in the Crossings Christmas Outreach by helping load boxes onto trucks and unload at the schools to prepare for the distribution of the backpacks to the students during their Christmas parties the following week. This position requires heavy lifting — men preferred
  • Volunteer Now: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a49afaa2ca13-2019
  • Eugene Field Elementary Christmas Party - Crossings OKC

    Monday, December 9, 2019

    • Shifts: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
    • Age: 6+ with Supervising Adult
    • Location: Eugene Field Elementary – 1515 N Klein Avenue, OKC, OK 73106
    • Job: Volunteer at the Eugene Field Elementary Christmas party! You will be in a classroom handing out backpacks and helping students with their crafts. We will also share the story of Christ’s birth with the students.
    • Volunteer Now: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a49afaa2ca13-2019

    Questions?

    Contact Natalie Haymaker, Project Coordinator for Missions, with any questions you have about the Christmas Outreach events by email at nhaymaker@crossings.church.