Crossroads Family,

The leadership of Crossroads Fellowship wants to assure you that we are continuing to monitor the situation surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), considering advice from government officials and medical professionals, and taking the necessary precautions.

While it is an uncertain and distressing time, we want to encourage you with the truth of God's Word and remind you that you are not alone. Our God is in control and sovereign over  everything that is happening:

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9

Below you will find our Coronavirus response and updates, ways to stay connected throughout the week, service action steps, Mission Thrift Store updates and pastoral care connection points:

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    Coronavirus Response

    As concerns surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) have continued to increase throughout this week, the Crossroads Executive Management Team has been meeting to evaluate, pray and discern what our response needs to be. Our decisions have not been made in fear, but in wisdom and care to do what is best for our church and people.

    Updates (3/27/2020):

    • We will not meet in person for worship services or any of our usual Sunday morning ministries at either campus through Sunday, April 30.  However, our full worship service will be available online. We encourage you to join us at 9:15 and 11am at crossroadsfellowshipnc.churchonline.org. You can worship with us, stay up to date on announcements or changes and give your tithes/offerings online.
    • All on-campus ministries, classes, groups, team meetings and gatherings at both the Millbrook and Wake Forest Campuses are cancelled through Sunday, April 30.
    • The April 2020 Students Mission Trip to Mexico has been cancelled. All other Crossroads Fellowship Mission Trips are being assessed. We will update you with more details as soon as possible.

       
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    Stay Connected!
    Crossroads Fellowship Network LIVE

    Stay Connected!
    Crossroads Fellowship Network is LIVE! Stay connected with us all week.

    During this unusual time in our world, nation and local communities, we have the opportunity to get creative with how we stay connected. We invite you to join us online as we connect much like we would during a normal week, but digitally! See below for opportunities to grow and engage with our staff and your Crossroads family:

    • Monday - 7pm:  Men’s Ministry with Men's Pastor Robbie Thomas - View here or here.
    • Tuesday - 10:30am: Beyond the Pulpit with Senior Pastor Andy George - View here.
    • Wednesday - 7pm: Wednesday Night Life Genesis Class - View LIVE here or here.
    • Thursday - 10:30am: Women’s Ministry with Women's Director Kristin Gruber – View here or here.
    • Friday - 7pm: Virtual Corporate Prayer with Crossroads Leader Cheryl Scanlan - Please register HERE by Friday at 5:30pm and we will send you an email with how to join the meeting by 6pm.
    • Saturday - 7pm: Student Ministry with Student Pastors Daniel Cwiakala and Mark Stroupe – View here.
    • Sunday - 9:15am & 11am: Worship Service – View on our Online Campus Livestream or Crossroads Fellowship Facebook page. (Connect to the Crossroads YouVersion during the service to follow the sermon Scripture and notes.)
    • Sunday - 3pm: Kids Ministry with Kids Pastor Matt Thieman and Wake Forest Kids Director Sara Lynn Miller - View here.

       
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    Missions Thrift Store
    Coronavirus Response

    The Missions Thrift Store will be closed for the time being due to necessary precautions concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

    We will not be taking any donations
    at both the store and in the donation drop-off boxes while the Thrift Store is closed.

    We will be updating you as soon as we know when the store will re-open. Please check back here or at the Missions Thrift Store Facebook page for more details and updates. 

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    Take Action & #loveyourzipcode

    Take Action & #loveyourzipcode!
    Crossroads is responding to the needs in our communities. Here are three significant ways you can help love your zipcode and provide for your neighbors:

    1. Volunteer to help students who have lost access to breakfast and lunch.
    Thousands of Wake County Public School Systyem (WCPSS) students who have lost access to breakfast and lunch. WCPSS is putting forward unprecedented effort to fill this gap by creating 21+ daily food distribution locations.

    The Raleigh Dream Center is managing several locations and have immediate needs for volunteers each day. This is a low risk situation - no large crowds, just giving out the food packages during a set time each day.

    *Raleigh Dream Center is located within New Hope Baptist Church. 

    Here's what to do:

    • When donating food, enter the church from Calvary Drive
    • Look for the sign at the Education Building.
    • Greatest food needs are:
      • Dry foods (ie. Dried beans/rice/pasta/cereal/hamburger helper/mac n cheese, etc.)
    • Donation times are as follows:
      • Monday - Friday, 2-5pm
      • Saturday, 10am-2pm
    • Greatest volunteer needs:
      •  2 volunteers needed every day for 16 WCPSS student food distribution sites
    • To pick an open volunteer slot, visit raleighdreamcenter.org and sign up.


    2. Donate food to Refugee Hope Partners.

    • Call Refugee Hope Partners at 919-632-0691 or visit them online at refugeehopepartners.org. Refugee Hope Partners has moved to a family-to-family, once a week food drop. They will provide you with a food donation list and coordinate with you for drop-off times.


    3.  Personally reach out to your neighbors.

    • check on those in your neighborhood
    • leave your phone number with your neighbors in case they need help
    • offer supplies
    • invite to cook for them
    • offer to pray for them
    • prayer walk your neighborhood

     

     

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    Pastoral Care + Support

    If you are struggling with anxiety and distress surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we invite you to call the church offices and one of our pastors will be glad to talk and pray with you over the phone.

    If you call after hours, please leave a message and our Pastor-on-call will call you back.

    Millbrook Campus Office: (919) 981-0222 (Main)
    Wake Forest Campus Office: (919) 570-5777

    *You can also submit your prayer requests on our Prayer page.

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    Student Ministry:
    COVID-19 Response

    Student Ministry COVID-19 Response

    As we continue to live amidst the impact of COVID-19, we want to make sure you are aware of all the ways you and your student can continue to connect to everything we are doing here at Crossroads Fellowship. Check out crossroads.org/coronavirus for details on how we are staying connected everyday. As we deal with social distancing, school shutdowns and financial unknowns, it is so important to remain connected.

    We want to encourage you that whenever you feel anxiety,  when you don’t know what to do, or when you feel the burden of stress, take a moment to step into community. Together, we can find hope. Together, we can find camaraderie. Together, we can find stability.
     

    Here are a few ways we are maintaining community for you and your student:

    1. MARKandJOE&Dan, DOTHINGS – LIVE YouTube show, Saturdays at 7 pm; Subscribe to the Crossroads Fellowship YouTube Channel to receive push notifications every time we go live.
       
    2. We will be hosting open WEBEX calls for students to join Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3pm.
      1. To access this meeting, all you need to do is click here and enter the following access codes:
        1. Thursday Hangout: 145 648 759
        2. Tuesday Hangouts: 144 562 384
           
    3. We will be using our Parent Facebook Group to send out articles, ideas and reminders along with using it as a resource place for parents over the next few weeks.
       
    4. Finally,  follow us here on Instagram to stay updated and connceted!
       

    We are praying for each of you during this uncertain season in our world. If we each step into community, we can find our new normal during this time and be there to support, love, and pray for each other every day.

    Please let us know if you need anything.

    Student Pastors Dan Cwiakala and Mark Stroupe

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    Kids Team: COVID-19 Response
    For Crossroads Parents

    *Parents, we recently created a page that offers an extensive list of resources available for you as you disciple your children at home. Espescially during this time in our world right now, you have a unique opportunity for worship, Bible study and discipleship at home with your kids. Find these resources updated weekly at crossroads.org/parent-resources.

    Crossroads Family,

    As you know, all “in-person” services and programs for Sunday have been moved online. However, we do not want to fall into a spirit of fear, nor do we want our children to feel frightened or overwhelmed with the multiple disruptions of normal routines. Our leadership team and your Kids Min Pastor and Directors all encourage you and your family by worshiping with us together online Sunday morning.

    In addition to our adult online worship service, we would like to provide our ministry area the same opportunity. Our curriculum provider has supplied us with a modified worship experience for multiple age groups that is easily accessed online.

    Also included are great “crisis conversation guides” via Parent Cue to facilitate discussion on how we respond to God and others in a moment of crisis. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to engage and reassure your children in how to trust God when life brings us moments of trials and testing.

    What you need to know:

    • Access the online worship experiences here for Pre-K, Elementary, and Preteens.
    • Access the Crisis Conversation Guides here.
    • Participate with your kids in their online worship experience at 3pm on Sunday
      • One of our parents  suggested for us all to share pictures and videos on Facebook or Instagram, of our kids participating in the worship experience at home. If you cannot do this at 3pm, that is ok. You will still be able to access the links and resources and can post your photos anytime.
    • Continue to pray for Pastor Andy and Pastor Ryan, the Elders, and the Crossroads family as we all plan for the coming weeks ahead.


    Stay up to date with Crossroads at crossroads.org/coronavirus, and with our local and state government for updates on COVID-19, etc. As always, if you have concerns or questions, we are one phone call away. Let's stand together as we continue to lead our kids by placing our hope and trust in the One who controls all things!

    - Crossroads Kids Team

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    2020 Bible Reading Plan

    2020 Bible Reading Plan

    This Week's Reading:

    • Monday, March 30 - 1 Samuel 15-17
    • Tuesday, March 31 - 1 Samuel 18-20
    • Wednesday, April 1  - 1 Samuel 21-24
    • Thursday, April 2 - 1 Samuel 25-27
    • Friday, April 3 - 1 Samuel 28-31
    • Saturday, April 4 - 2 Samuel 1-3
    • Sunday, April 5 - 2 Samuel 4-7


    This plan goes straight through the Bible - from Genesis to Revelation. You will be supplied with reading for each day of the week as a steady guide toward finishing the entire Bible in one calendar year.

    You can also access the plan through the YouVersion Bible App. Here's how:

    1. Download the YouVersion BibleApp.
    2. Search "Canonical - Blue Letter Bible Daily Reading Plan."
    3. Follow the plan along with us!

    We also recommend printing the PDF to be able to cross through your daily readings as you complete them! You can also do this with your family, friends and neighbors. This is a great small group tool!