Updated April 1, 2020

The heartbeat of our Crossings church family is to live by faith, be a voice of hope, and to be known by love. This has often been expressed through your generosity and by extending the love of Jesus to our community and throughout the world in very practical and tangible ways. Click the button below to learn more about how your generosity has made a difference, take a look at photo highlights, and more!

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Updated March 25, 2020

The coronavirus has had an unprecedented global impact. While we experience this impact and make necessary adjustments in our local communities, we are also incredibly mindful of our missionary partners who are serving in various parts of the world. Here is the latest on them and their families. Please continue to remember each of them in your prayers!

THE BRANSFORD FAMILY

Chris, Rebekah, Levi, Nate, Caleb, Joshua | Serving in Kenya, East-Central Africa

The Bransford’s sons came home from Rift Valley Academy two weeks early for their break; the school is preparing to shift to online instruction when classes are scheduled to resume in late April. A recent scheduled ministry trip to South Sudan has been canceled, and the Bransfords’ leadership team has given permission for all ministry partners to return to their home countries until the COVID-19 scare passes—they have decided to stay in Nairobi.

There is lots of fear throughout their community, especially after the government closed all public gatherings (including worship services). They are hopeful that the limited interaction they have with neighbors can still be fruitful. Their oldest son, Levi, has temporary moved in with his grandmother in Oklahoma, while his Texas university is closed due to the coronavirus.

THE EDING FAMILY

Petr, Angela, Kostya, Liza | Serving in Hungary, East-Central Europe

At the moment, Hungary is among the least infected countries in Europe, but it seems every day is presented with new restrictions. The Edings have remained in Hungary and are spending most of their days at home. The children are adjusting to online school; and Angela continues to facilitate her classes online as well. Due to government restrictions, they have been unable to meet with their local church since March 8. Their sending organization has been actively caring for them and their team. The biggest change has been in their work with MK2MK. All summer missions activities have been cancelled, and all international ministry travel suspended until July 31. Petr and Angela continue to consider and pray about their next steps in ministry. They hope to have a decision in the next few weeks.

THE HALL FAMILY

Joe, Amy, Sam, Ella | Serving in Southeast Asia

Schools closed in early February, requiring the Hall children to begin the process of online learning. To track the potential spread of COVID-19, the government began to ask for lists of group gatherings—this is very problematic since the church is underground. Local leaders have explored ways around these lists and began to recommend that the Halls return to the U.S. After much prayer and council, they have returned to Oklahoma, arriving on March 13. While they do not believe they were ever exposed to COVID-19, they immediately entered into a 14-day quarantine as a precaution. The Halls look forward to being with their Crossings family once we are all able to gather for worship together.

DEBORAH & SARAH HUNNICUTT

Serving in Roatan, Honduras, Central America

Schools have closed nationwide for a least two weeks, including Samuel Raymond Christian School which is Deborah and Sarah’s ministry focus. Honduras has closed its borders and has closed the Bay Islands, including Roatan, to all in/out-going travel for 14 days. There have been no cases of COVID-19 in Roatan and they are prayerful that it will remain this way. The local grocery story has closed. Individuals are under curfew and told to remain in their local communities, only venturing out for health emergencies. Convention has been postponed for the children, who are obviously disappointed. Deborah and Sarah will continue their school work at home until they can return to school. The Carwash community continues to care for each other, and make sure the Hunnicutts are included.

THE MELKI FAMILY

Camille, Hoda, May-Lee, Amy | Serving in Lebanon, Southwest Asia

The Melkis had been in Malta for a conference. Their return to Lebanon had them make a short stop in Rome, Italy. Because of this stop and the proliferation of COVID-19 in Italy, they were asked to quarantine themselves upon their arrival back in Beirut. This quarantine is over and they are both healthy. They are learning new ways to lead a large ministry team in an online/virtual capacity, including daily devotionals being shared via WhatsApp. The international pandemic is further complicating difficult political and economic conditions already at play in Lebanon. They are concerned for their younger daughter, Amy, as she is without family in the midst of her college
closure in Fairfax, Virginia.

THE TILLMAN FAMILY

Jake, Jessareh, Holly | Serving in Russia, Northeast Europe

The Tillmans had recently returned to Moscow after a trip out of Russia to acquire new Russian visas. Thankfully, they had left Western Europe before the explosion of COVID-19 there. They sent an update letter explaining some of their work in ministering to Russian friends who were growing anxious and fearful about COVID-19 even though the quantity of confirmed cases within Moscow were low. Some of their ministry trips with college students have been canceled in light of COVID-19. After much prayer, wise council, and the ever changing nature of COVID-19, that they returned to the U.S. The Tillmans arrived safely in OKC, on Saturday, March 21, where they will begin to make preparations for the arrival of their new baby.

THE TOMPKINS FAMILY

Tyrone, Andrea, Izzy, LT | Serving in Florida, United States

The Tompkins, as U.S.-based leaders of CRU, are working to help members of their international teams return to the U.S. They are also helping to facilitate the transition of college campus ministries into a virtual/online focus considering so many campuses closing. They are mobilizing an international prayer chain to ensure their ministry is undergirded with 24-hour a day prayer support. Prior to the recent changes, a CRU team in Los Angeles ministered to 500+ students in a week of evangelism that brought over 100 to faith in Christ.

Updated March 21, 2020

Watch a special message from Senior Pastor Marty Grubbs!

Updated March 21, 2020

Crossings Family,

First, I just want to say how amazing it is to watch the people and staff of Crossings serving each other and our city. It’s so exciting to see the body of Christ being the Church! I’m so thankful and look forward to see all that God will do through us in these moments.

Additionally, I want to invite you to join me tonight at 7:00 p.m. at live.crossings.church or Facebook Live. I’m going to give you some helpful information, and I’m going to share some stories about what God is doing at and through Crossings and our church family.

I hope you can join me at 7:00 pm, but if not, we’ll post it afterward so you can still see it.

Be sure to join us for church online tomorrow and consider who you can invite to join you!

We will continue to post updates on this page and through our Crossings xPress email. Sign up to receive email updates here.

Updated March 17, 2020

To support our community, in line with recent guidance from our city officials, we are going to keep our Crossings facilities closed until further notice. We anxiously look forward to the day, hopefully very soon, when we can all gather together in person again. Until then, we will continue to meet online at live.crossings.church, and we will find creative ways to continue to serve each other. We will provide more information as soon as it is available.

Thank you for the encouragement, and please let us know how we can support and pray for you and your family.

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Updated March 16, 2020

Many of you have asked for more details to better understand whether or not you or someone close to you may have been impacted. We understand your concern and urge you not to worry. If you have been in direct contact with the individual, the Health Department will contact you. The Health Department assures us that contacting individuals impacted is done almost immediately, so if you have not been contacted, you are not considered to have had exposure in this situation.

We are praying for those involved to recover quickly, this individual is being well cared for; we are in constant contact with them, and they are doing well. As new developments continue to occur, we’ve confirmed with the Health Department that according to their procedures, they will notify all those impacted and provide guidance for next steps to be screened and, if necessary, self-isolate.

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Updated March 16, 2020

Crossings Family,

It has come to our attention that someone in our church community, at our Oklahoma City campus, has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This individual is in communication with local health officials and is in self-quarantine. We are in communication with this individual and the Health Department in case any additional steps need to be taken to best protect others in our community who came in direct contact with this individual. If additional exposure has occurred, the Health Department will follow their protocol and notify any community members who may have been impacted for screening.

If you or any of your family members are experiencing symptoms, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider and take the appropriate precautions. For more resources and recommendations on the types of precautions, you can take, please visit coronavirus.health.ok.gov.

If you are a volunteer at Crossings, it is also important to communicate with us regarding any potential cases within your own family. Please email or call the person you normally interact with in your ministry area, so we can pray for you and give you direction on when you can resume your volunteer service. Additionally, we encourage all of our families to practice social distancing, whether or not they suspect recent exposure, as it is strongly recommended by the CDC and local health department.

We thank you in advance for your understanding and support by sharing accurate, helpful information within the Crossings community and beyond. We will communicate additional information as it becomes available.
Thank you for your prayers and support for this individual and all of those impacted throughout our community and the world.

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Updated March 15, 2020

Crossings Family,

As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continues to rise in our surrounding communities, we have made the decision to temporarily suspend all ministry gatherings, irrespective of size, through at least Sunday, March 22. This includes all midweek ministries such as Monday Night CareSeries, Wednesday night classes, Thursday night Celebrate Recovery, women’s and men’s Bible studies, etc.

Our campuses – Crossings OKC, Crossings Edmond, Community Center & Clinic – will also be closed to the public through at least Sunday, March 22. Please note, the Children’s Center in Bethany has currently suspended any external visits. The already scheduled funeral and wedding services for this week will proceed as planned. We will also find ways to continue to safely provide mobile meal delivery services.

During this time, we encourage you to continue to follow the recommendations of the health department and CDC. But even more, we encourage you to BE the church: to live by faith, be a voice of hope, and be known by love. Keep your eyes open for ways you can serve and support family, friends, and neighbors. Let’s make the most of this opportunity to strengthen and encourage one another and love and serve others who don’t have what we have in Christ.

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Updated March 14, 2020

Crossings Family,

In light of the latest developments, all campuses are worshiping online only tomorrow. Our leadership team is actively monitoring the evolving information and circumstances around COVID-19. We want you to know that the health and safety of our members, guests and our community is always a priority. While we cannot gather in person, we will still have an opportunity to worship together and we invite everyone to gather together at live.crossings.church at 9:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m. or 12:15 p.m.

The Church is so much more than a building, we can still BE the Church during this trying time. Let’s make sure to pray constantly in the days to come, look to help those in need, call those who may be isolated, and show our community what it means to be a voice of hope. We will keep you updated on the status of other church programming and future weekend services as we continue to monitor the situation.

Updated March 12, 2020

Crossings Family,

We are all aware of the evolving situation with a difficult cold and flu season, as well as COVID-19, around the world, and we are aware that our response as a church is likely on your mind. As we continue to learn more about these viruses and how they affect our community, we understand that many people are experiencing worry, anxiety, and fear.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

We want to remember that we serve a God who is in control and reminds us not to fear because he is with us.

HERE IS WHAT WE ARE DOING AS A CHURCH STAFF:

TRUSTING GOD:

We are keeping perspective and not panicking. No matter how uncertain times get, the Lord remains our refuge and strength, “an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). To trust in the Lord amid trouble is to experience and display the power of Christ to those around us.

PRAYING:

As Christ-followers, we believe prayer has power, so we seek help from the Lord.

STAYING INFORMED:

Things are rapidly changing, and we expect to continue to receive more information about the Coronavirus in the coming days. We are following a reliable list of information for planning and management purposes.

CDC ON COVID-19: The US Center for Disease Control’s up-to-date resources on Coronavirus.

CDC RESOURCES FOR COMMUNITY AND FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS: The CDC has also created resources specifically for faith-based organizations to respond to influenza pandemic, which are applicable in this situation. As a church, we are implementing this guidance.

MANAGING ANXIETY AROUND CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: The American Psychological Association created this resource to help manage anxiety around coverage of COVID-19.

ADDRESSING MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES: This resource from the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network provides guidelines for addressing mental health issues that may arise and offers advice for messaging, including among children, older adults, people with disabilities, and those in quarantine.

PREPARING:

Because the Coronavirus likely spreads like the cold and the flu, personal hygiene is very important among staff, volunteers, and participants in our services and those attending events on our campuses (washing hands, avoiding contact with the sick, staying home if you are sick, and so on). We are implementing the CDC recommendation for hand sanitizer stations in public places, ample supplies of tissue, and disposable gloves for cleaning crews. We are also implementing CDC recommendations on our routine cleaning practices to include all frequently-touched surfaces in workplaces, restrooms, and nurseries, including workstations, countertops, doorknobs, and toys.

In addition to these practical steps, we are also doing the following:

– Our leadership team is meeting frequently to review all of our efforts in response to COVID-19.

– We are in communication with local public health officials.

– We have canceled travel that could increase risk to our community.

– We are adjusting our greeting practices in our weekly services and encouraging everyone to “smile and wave” as a preferred greeting over handshake or other common physical greetings.

– Once our services resume, we will not pass plates for offering and connection cards in our services. Instead, ushers will be stationed at the back of the worship rooms with buckets or you may use the blue boxes to drop off your cards and offerings at the end of services.

– The Children’s Center in Bethany has temporarily paused any external visits not related to operations and/or care of patients. Although Crossings staff /volunteers will not be active at The Children’s Center during this time, we will continue to livestream Sunday services for the staff, inpatients, and their families.

– For your convenience, you may choose to share tithes and offerings via online giving and you may check-in via Text in Church rather than completing the paper connection card.

– We will keep you updated on how the Coronavirus affects our community at , through our weekly emails, social media, and the Crossings App.

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP:

We encourage you to pray with us for peace, for healing, for health care professionals, and for those in our community who are currently impacted or are on the frontlines trying to help those who are sick. We ask for specific prayers for The Children’s Center in Bethany and Crossings Community Clinic. Pray that God would protect our community from further spread of the virus.

Be a voice of hope. As you keep up with news and reports, please share with your friends and family this hope that we find in a God who is above all our anxieties and fears.

We encourage you to take proactive, preventive measures against the cold and flu virus including washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, covering your sneeze or cough, and worshiping with us from home if you are sick, not feeling well, or more susceptible to illness.

We know the world is frantic and anxious right now–the unknown can be scary-but we worship the Creator of this world who is surprised by nothing. He loves us and reminds us not to worry (Matthew 6:25-27). We pray you will stay healthy, you will be able to serve your neighbors with compassion, and you will experience a peace during this time that only God can provide.

-Marty Grubbs, Senior Pastor

Visit crossings.church/health-updates for more information.