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Exciting Changes Announced for Crossings Edmond and Prison Campuses

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In 2016, Scott Bartlow and his family moved to Oklahoma after Scott accepted the invitation to be the first Campus Pastor for the newly-constructed satellite, Crossings Edmond, which held its first service in November 2016. Scott would continue to lead and grow this young satellite campus into the thriving congregation it is today. It became clear that the gifts Scott used in the launch of the Edmond campus would now be used in other expansion efforts at Crossings, beginning with our additional prison campuses.

As Senior Pastor Marty Grubbs explained, “Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington became one of our satellite campuses on Easter Sunday, 2018. On Easter Sunday, 2020, we welcomed 21 additional prisons to our church family when the Oklahoma Department of Corrections asked if we could provide all the state prisons with some type of church service. Because of Scott’s outstanding gift for leadership, we had already been talking with him about the possibility of helping us expand our prison ministry, but had no idea this great opportunity would arise necessitating us to act quickly.”
Now as Campus Expansion Pastor, Scott and his family agreed to immediately move into this new role which includes working with Crossings Director of Prison Ministry, Jeremiah Braudrick, in 22 prisons in 18 different locations across Oklahoma—a possible 5-6,000 person combined online congregation each Sunday. Not only will Scott help create and develop each satellite location, but he will also form partnerships with local churches near each prison to recruit volunteer teams for Sundays, be a support system throughout the week, and, most importantly, be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Looking back over these past years, Scott wanted to express his gratitude saying, “To every individual and every family at Crossings Edmond, my wife, Brooke, and I have found it a privilege to lead and pastor you. I am also grateful for this new opportunity in prison ministry as I believe God has wired me in a unique way to create environments to help others find and follow Jesus. We cannot wait to see all God wants to do. We ask for your prayers as we take these bold steps of faith.”
During this unexpected time of transition, God was also revealing his plan for the new Campus Pastor for Crossings Edmond, Marc Taylor. Marc and his wife, Erin, along with their son Samuel and daughter Merideth, have been part of the OKC campus for 12 years, since they moved here from Seattle with the OKC Thunder NBA team. Marc was their mascot, Rumble, until 2015. Along with other business ventures, Marc has spent the last five years of his career developing and operating a non-profit fatherhood program for low-income families in Oklahoma County with the focus on creating better parents, partners, and providers.
Marc was raised in a Christian home—in fact, he was a preacher’s kid. Marc travelled the world when his father was in the Air Force and also when he and his mother became missionaries. He met Erin in high school in Alamogordo, New Mexico (married in 2000) and studied Business at Colorado State University. The Taylors found Crossings through Mother’s Day Out in 2008 and have been regular attenders at the OKC campus ever since—volunteering in a variety of ways over the years, including teaching Sunday School (children and newly marrieds), participating in Safe Families, and leading Centered groups. Marc has been a small group leader the last two years for 6th and 7th grade boys and is in his second term on the Crossings Finance and Facilities Committee.
When Senior Pastor Marty Grubbs announced Marc’s acceptance of this new role, beginning May 18, 2020, he said, “Marc and Erin have always had a heart for ministry and a heart for God. They have been serving our church for years in some really wonderful ways. God was working in ways we didn’t see coming, and we are thrilled Marc has agreed to be our next Crossings Edmond Campus Pastor.”
Marc felt humbled and honored for the chance to pastor the Edmond campus, saying, “I want to thank God and the Crossings Elders for this opportunity. Especially over these past five years, my wife and I have really found that our gifts and talents were meant for shepherding, so when we were offered this position, we felt this was the right move. We believe this is where God has been calling and preparing us to serve. We are sad to leave Crossings OKC, but so excited to join Crossings Edmond and walk alongside the people there, as well as the staff.”
Looking back at all that has transpired for both Scott and Marc in this short time period, Marty said it best:
Isn’t it fascinating to look back and see what God was putting together? When it was clear we had to ask Scott to move into the prison ministry more quickly than we thought we would, he was already preparing the hearts and minds of Marc and Erin with the openness and willingness to talk to us about this opportunity at Crossings Edmond. We are so grateful.

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SCRIPTURE:

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.

– Matthew 28:6

PRAYER:

Jesus,
There are headlines and stories proclaiming, “Easter is cancelled this year,” as if this day was about how we celebrate. Thank you, Lord, regardless of whether I gather with hundreds–or even thousands–of others as a congregation or worship from home in isolation, the truth of an empty tomb endures. As the angel declared on that day so many years ago, you did just as you said. You rose from the dead, and with you, hope was resurrected and remains alive today. My faith, my hope in this life and into eternity, rests securely on the promises you made and kept, not in how I normally observe this day. Easter isn’t cancelled, or even postponed. “He has risen, just as he said.” I raise my voice in chorus with my brothers and sisters in Christ worldwide, praising Jesus’ name in exultation, as the One who overcomes, who is already victorious, the Savior who rescues and delivers–Jesus, who did “just as he said.”
It’s in your powerful name I pray,
Amen.

JOURNAL REFLECTION:

How did you feel when you realized you wouldn’t be able to gather with others this Easter? Sharing our holiest day with other believers is a privilege and often taken for granted. How will this Easter be different for you, besides location? How can you pray for others that they will grasp hold of the truth of Easter and that Jesus did “just as he said”?

CALL TO ACTION:

This Easter certainly looks different from those we have celebrated in years past. The season is unsettling and full of questions about the future, but as Christ-followers, our futures are still full of hope, joy, and the powerful truth that Jesus’ death on the cross means new life and salvation for us no matter what. Today, prayerfully consider who you can invite to experience Easter services online with you and thank God for the opportunity we have to extend to others the gift of new life through Jesus.

SHARE WITH FRIENDS & FAMILY

As our daily routines shift surrounding the coronavirus, we are thankful for the opportunity to experience church in a new way. We understand times of uncertainty can be unsettling, and we invite you to share these daily prayers with your friends, family members, neighbors, coworkers, and anyone else who needs encouragement!

We would love to connect with you on Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 12:15 p.m. via church online. We also encourage you to listen to worship music and explore sermon messages, teaching series content, and devotions.

RESOURCES:

THANK YOU!

Crossings family, we are grateful for the past 40 days we have spent setting aside time to pray, reflect, and intentionally focus on our relationship with God. This has been such a special time in our church–and beyond!– amidst our ever-changing daily lives.

We want to continue our focus on prayer and growing spiritually together during this time spent in isolation, so we will continue to share daily prayers with you. Our next series, “Just as He Said: Finding Hope in Jesus’ Words,” will begin on Monday, April 13 and will help us continue to focus on the hope we have through Jesus.

If you do not wish to continue to receive daily prayers or text messages, you can opt out by clicking “unsubscribe” at the bottom of each daily email or by texting “STOP” to 405-369-8733. To learn more about this new series, use the button below.

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40 Days of Prayer Journal FAQs

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As we prepare for 40 Days of Prayer, we are excited to offer a special new tool designed to enrich your 40 Days of Prayer experience: custom companion journals! Read on to learn more about how to use the journal to get the most out of 40 Days of Prayer!

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Beast Feast

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Beast Feast

You don’t want to miss Crossings 11th Annual Beast Feast at Crossings OKC on July 26! You’ll enjoy a sportsman’s feast, hunting and fishing expo, fellowship, prizes, and a special message from guest speaker Brad Clay from Final Descent Outdoors.

Doors will open to the public at 5:00 p.m. and dinner will be served prior to the program in the Venue at Crossings OKC at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for ages 16 and older and are $5 for ages 15 and under.

Register using the red “purchase tickets” button below!

ABOUT BRAD CLAY

Brad grew up in a tiny town in western Oklahoma where hunting and fishing was a way of life. However, Brad didn’t give his life to Christ until he was a sophomore in high school. The Lord called Brad into youth ministry and for the last 12 years, Brad served in Oklahoma as a youth pastor. Brad used his love for the outdoors to minister to students as well as others.

Brad founded Final Descent Outdoors as an outreach in his church. It grew from that into a national TV show that is in 40 million homes in North America. Brad and his wife April and three children Matthias, Ava, and Josiah have taken a step of faith and have decided to follow the Lord and pursue Final Descent Outdoors and outdoor ministry full time. Brad also authors bible studies and other material for outdoorsman.

VENDOR APPLICATION

Want to apply to be a vendor at Beast Feast 2019? Click the button below to get started!

QUESTIONS

We’d love to connect with you! Contact Pam Ingle at pingle@crossings.church or 405-302-1209 with any questions you have about Beast Feast.

Prayer Walking

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WHAT IS PRAYER WALKING?

Just like it sounds, Prayer Walking is simply walking through an area or building and praying for both the place and the people in that place. It’s taking our prayers beyond the walls of our church building. For example, you could Prayer Walk through your neighborhood and pray for each of your neighbors and their homes, for God to bless each one of them, to thank God for them, and to ask him to protect them. Similarly, you could also Prayer Walk through a hospital and pray for the patients and providers as well as for healing, peace, and for God to reveal his mercy to those in the building.

Prayer Walking is usually a low-profile action. You may have witnessed someone Prayer Walking and not even noticed it! However, those who participate in Prayer Walking quickly gain awareness of the needs of those they’re praying for, which makes it an excellent way to shift focus outward and pray for those around you. This kind of prayer–praying on behalf of someone else–is called “intercessory” prayer.

As you engage in Prayer Walking, keep 1 John 5:14 (NIV) in mind: “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” Prayer Walking helps us connect not only to those we’re praying for but also to the God who listens to our prayers and knows our hearts.

IMPACT

The impact of Prayer Walking is great for both those who are Prayer Walking and those who are prayed for. God can use this time praying for others to open your eyes to the needs of those you see in your daily life–think about everyone you see on the way into work or school each day!–and nudge you to incite change in your home, neighborhood, community, and beyond.

TIPS

Here are a few important things to keep in mind when you Prayer Walk:

  • Be safe. Walk in groups of two or more in well-lit areas.
  • Don’t loiter. Keep walking and praying in the area you’re in.
  • Determine a time, place, and duration.
  • Decide on your route.
  • Start with a Scripture, purpose, or theme.
  • Just start praying–don’t worry about eloquent prayers, especially as you’re starting out!
  • Allow time for silent listening.

Here are some ideas of places and people you can pray for:

  • Family
  • Home
  • Neighbors
  • Schools
  • Churches
  • Workplaces
  • City
  • Unreached people
  • Hospitals
  • State
  • Nation
  • Country
  • World

Don’t be afraid to pray boldly on your Prayer Walk, and listen for God to nudge you to take the next step. Is he inviting you to meet your neighbor? Write a note of encouragement to a friend? Help someone you know (or don’t know)?

RESOURCES

There are many ways to Prayer Walk and many resources available to you. Here are just a few!

The Crossings App: The Crossings App offers messages, worship, stories, resources, and more, and you can quickly and easily share prayer requests from the App.

The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears.

-“How to Do a Prayer Walk Through Your Home” blog

Prayer Atlas App: You can record your routes and write down prayers as you walk with the Prayer Atlas app.

60 Days of Prayer Shared Stories

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The prayers, Scriptures, calls-to-action, and resources in each daily post for 60 Days of Prayer have a special purpose for each of us: to connect us to God and to enrich our prayer life. This time we’ve spent praying as a church family has been incredible, and we’re not even halfway through our 60 Days of Prayer journey!

Today, take a moment to read through some of the favorite memories of our church family, and share your own using the “Share Your Story” form at the bottom of this page! (All responses have been submitted to us during this journey, but have been made anonymous for confidentiality purposes.)

“Our times of congregational worship in the Edmond Venue are awesome! Lifting my voice and hands to Jesus and doing that with others who love Jesus is one of the highlights of my week.” -T. B.

“God has used Crossings to impact my life through its leadership. The Sunday messages, Wednesday Bible studies and well-led fellowship and service opportunities keep me in his fold. My favorite memory is my 2017 Centered class which truly assisted me in strengthening my walk and continues to do so through my small group. As a single professional woman, Crossings leads me to still waters. I am very humbled to be a part of this amazing flock. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do.” -N. B.

“I came to Crossings about 10 years ago and was immediately drawn to the choir and orchestra. Then, I was drawn to the sermons. I discovered for the first time that God was loving. That he loved ME. I lived more than 50 years thinking God was always angry with me, that I would never measure up, that I would never be good enough to go to heaven. I thank God I was invited to Crossings! I call Crossings home, and the loving people here are my church family.” -T. H.

“My very first visit to Crossings featured a Dollar Club story at Crossings Joseph Harp. I cried. I had just finished a year working with the women at Mabel Bassett, and at that moment, I knew that this was where I was going to call home. We were invited to Crossings by our friends. We had both just returned from tours of duty overseas, and it was our first chance to connect again. Almost a year later, my husband and I separated. It was a difficult decision, but ultimately the best for both myself and my daughter. Crossings was there for all of it. From counseling to CareSeries, they carried me through that difficult journey. Looking back, I see how God worked it all. I found a church home, became a part of it, developed a stronger friendship with someone who had only been an acquaintance previously, and came out the other side with grace. My husband and I are friends. We co-parent our daughter as best we can, but she is happy, healthy, and knows how much we love her. But more importantly, she knows how much God loves her. The other day, she noticed I was a little sad and said to me, “Mommy, don’t worry. God has a plan for you, and he will take care of you. You just need to trust him.” It made me cry all the more, but for a different reason. I don’t know where I would be without Crossings, but I know that every day I wake up and write in my planner to live by faith, be a voice of hope, and be known by love.” -E. E.

“I walked into Crossings Edmond broken. The church I had been attending crushed my feelings. I had been through an awful divorce. When I stepped through the doors that Sunday morning, I felt the love of Christ envelope me. It was a feeling I had never felt before in all the places of worship I had attended. God was saying ‘You are home.’” -S. H.

“Nineteen years ago, I walked through the doors of Crossings Community Church. I found myself on the back row, broken, crying, and praying. Little did I know that God would use Crossings to save my life literally as well as figuratively. Like Norma and Roy Townsdin, those were the most important doors I would ever walk through in my entire life. A prodigal son had come home. Marty baptized me as I re-dedicated my life to Christ and began my walk once again with him after being gone for 20 years. I watched my daughters both become children of God and be baptized by Cheri Weaver as she poured into them. Crossings has literally walked with me through every season of life. Divorce, addiction: two areas I would really like to forget, but were real and Crossings saved my life…Today, I continue to grow in my walk with Christ, my relationship with him, as I serving him through my church family in the choir, preparing the orchestra music, leading worship at Living Faith, and attending my Tuesday morning men’s group. I am no longer alone thanks to Crossings Community Church. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I love you, my family, more than you will ever know!” -P. A.

“At Crossings, my faith walk with Christ has deepened throughout the years here. How blessed I am to spend week after week with people who continually rely on God.” -J. A.

SHARE YOUR STORY

We would love to hear how 60 Days of Prayer has impacted you! How has God used this time spent in prayer? How have you been changed? Let us know by completing the form below!

Baskets of Hope Luncheon Brings Together Nearly 300 Women

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Crossings Missions team recently hosted Baskets of Hope, a luncheon where nearly three hundred women came together to learn more about the women, culture, and Christianity in the Middle East and to learn more about our global missions partner, SAT-7. The women in attendance heard from SAT-7 CEO, Rita El Mounayer, about her experiences growing up during the war and finding hope through Christianity and media programs.

Women at Baskets of Hope enjoyed a delicious meal featuring Middle Eastern specialties, such as hummus, tabbouleh, and baklava, and had time to connect with other women in Missions and Women’s ministries and the community. They also got to experience what hope in the Middle East looks like through watching one of SAT-7’s children’s programs, Bedtime Stories, hosted by Rita herself.

Rita El Mounayer shared her heart for and dedication to SAT-7 during Baskets of Hope: “Looking back,” she said, “God equipped me for this position with all the hardship that happened in my life. As a child growing up in the war, after losing my mother, I had so many questions for God. Jesus urged me to trust Him, and I do. Some of my questions still aren’t answered, but I trust that He wants the best for me. Because of this hardship, pain, and war, I have a heart for people in the Middle East and north Africa going through the same thing. I have a message of hope for them: if I made it, you can make it, too!”

Take a look at some of the highlights from Baskets of Hope below!

MISSIONS MINISTRY

Learn more about Missions at Crossings by visiting crossings.church/missions or contacting Pam Millington at pmillington@crossings.church.

Edmond Back-to-School Bash a Success for All Ages!

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Crossings Edmond volunteers and staff were able to be a voice of hope in the community through Back-to-School Bash held at the Edmond campus in August! There were endless activities, opportunities to connect with others, and time for encouragement for the school year. Avid volunteer and enthusiastic Crossings Edmond member, Melissa Abercrombie, enjoyed the event with her family and can’t wait to attend again next year.

“We had a lot of fun,” she said. “The line was long for the rock wall/bungee bounce, but my kids would have waited all day! I loved that Back-to-School Bash finally got a friend I’ve been inviting to church for months to come check us out.”

Back-to-School Bash is an easy way to experience the Crossings family firsthand prior to attending another event, group, class, or service. “Events like these are so important for church seekers,” Melissa said. “My friend had not been in church in so long and really needs to be in community.”

Check out some of the highlights from the event below!

EDMOND EVENTS

Don’t forget to explore upcoming events and classes at our Edmond campus by clicking here! We’ve got an exciting fall and winter planned and we can’t wait to connect with you!

QUESTIONS

We want to hear from you! Have a question about Back-to-School Bash or another event? Contact Megan King at mking@crossings.church.

Crossings Edmond Celebrates Volunteer Appreciation 2018

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Crossings Edmond celebrated their volunteers during a red-carpet themed Volunteer Appreciation Night in early September. Volunteers from each ministry dined together, took fun pictures at the photo booth, had time to connect with each other, and enjoyed a murder mystery entertainment for the evening.

Check out the highlights below!

VOLUNTEER

Want to be a part of the next volunteer appreciation event? Explore over 300 opportunities to use your spiritual gifts and get involved by volunteering at our Edmond campus. Check out all the ways you can serve right here!

QUESTIONS

Contact Megan King with any questions you have about getting involved at Crossings Edmond by emailing mking@crossings.church.