Tag Archives: Community

Cor Update and New Website

Check Out Cor’s New Website: corcolumbia.org The school year crept up on us before we realized we never sent out an end of spring/summer Cor update! We apologize and hope you enjoy the pictures and info that follows. It was an amazing summer, filled with a LOT of traveling and activities with guys, and even

5 Reasons to Keep On Being Hospitable

I used to think that hospitality was a gift that only certain people had. You know the type: the woman with muffins in the oven, two pies in the fridge, three lasagnas in the freezer, coffee always fresh, and crisp flowers on the table. I have been blessed by these types of people over and over again, and I am truly thankful for those who seemingly put little effort into welcoming others into their home. But for me, it’s hard not to fall into a frenzy when there’s an unannounced guest for dinner, because, well, I was just planning on eating popcorn for dinner, and I might have drank all the coffee.

McKinneys: Cru City Neighboring

Chris & Elizabeth McKinney are now with Cru City Neighboring which allows them to also serve as associate staff at The Crossing. Chris serves with Small Groups & Elizabeth with Women’s Ministry. This guest post explains Neighboring and their work in training, coaching & mentoring people interested in pursuing relationships with their neighbors with gospel intentionality. You’ll want to sign up for their Connections Class:

Neighboring Connections Class: Register

Sundays, starting April 8, 11 a.m.

Love Your Neighbor: What does it mean to love your literal neighbor as yourself? In this four-week class, we will discuss how neighboring fits into the bigger story of God’s redemptive purposes. We hope you leave with a new perspective, and a plan that helps you develop fun and meaningful relationships with your neighbors. (Register above)

Contact: [email protected]thecrossingchurch.com

Support the McKinneys: DONATE HERE

What if as believers, we truly loved our neighbors- not only in a general sense, but in a literal one? What if we were to go from being strangers to acquaintances to actual friends/neighbors where we could rely on one another and live in community right around us? What if we could not only borrow that cup of sugar & have someone get our mail while we’re gone (that too) but more than that- what if we were to feel a part of an actual community with those living right around us? What if instead of feeling isolated in our own homes, we could have mutually beneficial relationships with people despite our differences where help & support was just a yard away? And what if God were to use those relationships to bring the gospel into homes and apartments and residences everywhere- for people who don’t yet know Him- and in deeper, meaningful ways for believers as well? We’ve been seeing these things happen in our own neighborhood and in our own lives and we want to be a part of equipping believers everywhere to love their neighbors. Literally.

Tom’s Story

Who was I one year ago today? Answering that question brings me to my knees. I was angry. I was bitter. I was unhappy. I was arrogant. I yelled a lot- at my wife, my children, even my dog. I had everything (or so It appeared) but I was empty and unsatisfied…and it was everybody else’s fault. I relied solely on myself, convincing myself I knew how best to navigate life. In reality, I felt as though I was behind the wheel of an out of control car heading for a cliff. Eleven months ago I went to church for all the wrong reasons. Little did I know I was exactly where God wanted me. I was broken. But God reached out and touched me and let me know I wasn’t alone. Soon my life became a search for more…what did it mean to be a believer? What did it mean to live as a Christian? I could have listened to hundreds of sermons on the topic but that wouldn’t be enough. I needed community. I needed someone to gently come alongside me and walk with me. God brought me neighbors. God brought Chris and Elizabeth into our lives. Through the various neighborhood events they already led, my wife and I knew them. And when we ran into Elizabeth at church, we were warmly invited into their small group and into their lives. Having another family in our neighborhood to share our journey with has been invaluable. To share with others the struggles and temptations in everyday life is invaluable. To have another family so close that pours so much into us in invaluable. Who am I now? I am a believer in Christ. I am a sinner saved by grace alone. I am a father who no longer yells at his kids. I am a husband working on removing unrealistic expectations in my marriage. I find peace in surrendering control to God. And He is working in my life through my relationships. My family is so blessed to have such an amazing spiritual resource in our neighborhood.

Church Partnerships

We want to have an influence for Christ…and we believe that one of the best ways to do that is through churches. Beginning with our local church, we are working with the Small Groups team & Women’s Ministry team to help bring a neighboring focus to 120+ small groups and beyond. Through writing, teaching and training/coaching, we desire to be a resource to anyone in our city who has a heart to reach out to their neighbors. In our experience, there are very few neighboring specific resources out there for people, so we’re excited to hopefully meet a need that’s both theological and practical.

If you think your church would be interested in bringing us in to teach our curriculum, please reach out to us by sending us an email!

We are also doing something we’re calling Neighbor Coaching. We met Austin & Melanie as students on a Summer Mission and now they are married & recently built a house in Austin, TX. They asked to Skype with us for some Biblical principles & practical advice as they begin to neighbor. Similar conversations have been happening with some other friends in Kansas City and San Clemente. After seeing us post about neighboring on social media, both of them have reached out to us for some coaching. It has been so fun coming along side them, coaching & praying for them.

Our Curriculum

In line with our vision of partnering with churches, we sense that there is a need for Biblically based, well-researched curriculum on neighboring. With the help of Dr. Tasha Chapman from Covenant Seminary, who specializes in adult education & curriculum, we are currently working on a 6-8 week small group curriculum that we could offer churches as a resource. Our hope is that God would use it to inspire and motivate people to develop relationships with their neighbors with gospel intentionality. Below you can see some of the books that are influencing us in the process.

Our Prayer Requests:

  • Our Table Discussions- Pray for some new faces, people would grow spiritually & experience community.
  • Our Spring neighborhood events- Easter Egg Hunt, Earth Day & Block Party. For God to use community (amongst both adults & kids) to bring people out of isolation and into relationship, with God & others.
  • Neighborhood Small Group- There are potentially 8 couples from our Table Discussion that want to further develop community & dig deeper into the Bible. Please pray for Todd & Kelly Scott and this group!
  • Jen Wilkin Women’s Conference- Please pray for the women in our neighborhood that attended, for God to work in their hearts.
  • 4 Week Neighboring Connections Class in April– For God to use it to inspire & motivate people at our church to have God’s heart for their neighbors.
  • Our Curriculum- For our conversations with Dr. Tasha Chapman, that God would lead us to include the right things, that it would be Christ-centered, grace-based and applicable across a broad audience.
  • Church Partnerships- Pray God would continue to open doors to partner with more churches.
  • Speaking at Trinity Community Church & Theological Educational Initiative this Spring.

Sources: The McKinneys’ newletters and Cru City Neighboring materials.

Habitat for Humanity

­­­­­­­The Crossing routinely sends volunteer teams to build houses with Show-Me Central Habitat for Humanity. Habitat has built 146 homes for families in Columbia since 1988. Current Habitat projects can be found here. All our Crossing Habitat work Saturdays are wrapped up for this year. If you are interested in volunteering starting Spring 2018, contact Mary Boese: [email protected]. If you would like to volunteer in a general Habitat work day this fall, contact the Habitat office: [email protected]

How Habitat works:

Graceful Wait

gracefulwaitlogoGraceful Wait provides spiritual and practical support for women in Columbia who are struggling with infertility or grieving the loss of a baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death—no matter how much time has passed since their loss.

Upcoming Graceful Wait Meetings @ Plume:

  • October 19th from 7-9pm
  • November 16th from 7-9pm
  • December 21st {HOLIDAY SOCIAL} 6-8pm

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Great Circle

13227189_10154293337544382_7879019479459946173_nFor the last several years, Great Circle has been a ministry partner of The Crossing. We support their considerable efforts to address the needs of local children and families touched by foster care, foster/adoption, and mental health issues. Great Circle offers a tour one afternoon per month and has various volunteer opportunities available. To find out more, contact Susan Reeves: [email protected]

13502845_10154399038179382_7471609356650038708_oGreat Circle provides an environment of trust, purpose and empowerment for each child and family in our care. We believe families have the right to preventative resources that can shift the tide toward healthier lives and communities. Social stigmas disappear as families discover their own strength with staff and community support.

Coyote Hill: A Safe Place to be a Child

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Coyote Hill has been a ministry partner of The Crossing since 2002: a one-time service project turned into a partnership that touches nearly every ministry within the church.

Upcoming Event:  DONATE NOW!
25th Birthday Celebration Open House

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When: Sunday Sept 11, 2016 from 1-4pm
What: Open House

  • tours of all our homes
  • horseback rides
  • hayrides
  • games for kids
  • Special recognition for every former staff, child, or board member in attendance.
  • We encourage anyone that has had any connection to Coyote Hill to attend.
  • Plus it’s a wonderful way to get introduced to the ministry of Coyote Hill.

If you have ever thought about serving at Coyote Hill, or just wants to learn more, this 25th Birthday Celebration is the best way to do so.

431731_10150695573865469_1247572616_nCoyote Hill Contact:
Kari Hopkins: Development Director

Meeting Needs:
Coyote Hill serves our community’s most vulnerable children. Children come to live at Coyote Hill because they have been removed from an unsafe living environment. The majority are in our state foster care system. They are sibling groups who have been separated, or are great risk of being separated. In the past two years, over 80% of children at Coyote Hill have been sibling groups. The average age of a child is 10 years old, although Coyote Hill is licensed for ages 3-19.

Mission Spotlight: FCA: Fellowship of Christian Athletes

imagesFellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is a partner ministry of The Crossing. Scott Ashton, the Mid-Missouri Director for FCA summed up their ministry this way, “We are unashamedly in support of the local church: leading [coaches and athletes] to [their] local church where they can be realigned to the gospel week after week. I’m on staff now because I was reached with the gospel through a Huddle and through a coach’s influence in high school. All these different specific ministries are needed because what reaches one kid or coach may not reach another.” FCA is volunteer-intensive ministry focused to and through the coaches because they are the ones who have the influence. It’s almost always messy. FCA works with each coach and school and sport differently. Nothing can be cookie cutter because each situation is different.

Donate to Mid-Missouri FCA

Upcoming Event:

  • FCA Camp @ MIZZOU
  • June 27-30, 2016

  • Registration for FCA Camp @ MIZZOU
  • Contact: Kerry Maggard: [email protected] or Scott Ashton: [email protected]
  • Use Mizzou Rec’s indoor courts and Stankowski Fields
  • FCA Camp T-shirt, FCA Bible
  • Four days of fun competition, inspiration, and perspiration
  • Time with Mizzou athletes, HS athletes and FCA staff
  • Rotate through multiple sports including:  Basketball,  Football (girls – gymnastics),  Soccer, Volleyball (boys play variation), Ultimate kickball, Dodgeball, Speed Station
  • Faith devotions during huddle times

Why minister specifically to coaches and athletes?

Mission Spotlight: Columbia KLIFE

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Columbia KLIFE is a local ministry partner of The Crossing that receives monthly support and has been well connected to the church for many years.

Upcoming Events:
Columbia KLIFE is hosting a Dessert Night Sunday, May 1st from 3:30-5:00, and their annual Golf Tournament is Monday, June 6th. You can also to DONATE to KLIFE HERE. For more info about these events contact Chapter Director, Brandon Briscoe: [email protected] .

Ministry Overview:

KLIFE works alongside churches and families in the Columbia community to teach and encourage kids (4th-12th grade) to be strong in the Lord in spite of all the negative pressures they face as teenagers. KLIFE networks kids from different churches, and those without a church affiliation, to build positive, Godly relationships that can withstand the negative peer pressure so prevalent in today’s youth culture.

The Art of Neighboring

Today’s post is a guest post from Elizabeth McKinney – someone who “neighbors” well.

A year after settling into our new home, we had the idea to have a little, informal block party and just invite the neighbors around us that we knew – about 15-20 people. One of the neighbors had several fryers, so we did a potluck fish fry and had fish tacos. There were a few kids who played on someone’s swing-set and later, we did a fire pit for the adults after our kids went down. At the time, I had no grandiose visions of what God could do with that small step; I just thought it would be fun to get some neighbors together.blockparty

Four years later, I’m amazed at the community that has grown in our little village of ~200 homes. We now have a Facebook group, a Neighborhood Watch, ongoing Poker Nights, Running Groups, a Wine Club and tons of fun annual events: an Easter Egg Hunt, Neighborhood Clean Up Columbia, an Arbor Day Event, the Block Party, 4th of July Bike Parade, a Drive-In Movie, Tailgates, a Christmas Party with Santa (along with Christmas lights competition) and welcome baskets for people when they move in. It’s kind of blowing my mind. This year, we did a huge Halloween extravaganza where kids picked up treasure maps at our Clubhouse and followed them around to 12 different stations including: hot chocolate, s’mores, cider, a Haunted Garage, Hayrides, movies & popcorn. We encouraged neighbors to stay outside, get a fire pit if they didn’t already have one and organized people as station teams with the few houses around them or on their cul-de-sac. Not only was the night exceedingly fun for all the kids and adults, it was a huge community builder!