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  1. 1. “…You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the Earth.” - Acts 1:8 It’s our vision at The Crossing Church that the incredible news of the Gospel will spread from this place like a raging wildfire, igniting hearts and minds for God, and changing lives forever for Him. To accomplish this, we are active across the street and around the world in spreading His message and the amazing story of His love for us. Acts 1:8 tells us that Jesus sent His followers out into Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the Earth. We follow this structure by: • Changing our city Jerusalem • Impacting our state Judea • Reaching our country Samaria • Touching our world Ends of the Earth In the following pages, you will see what we are doing to impact each region. But we need your help. Without you we can not get the job done. Without you we can not make a difference in this world. Without you we can not change lives. There are three ways to be involved. You can pray. You can give. You can go. If you are willing to commit to praying for us, please pick a project on the next few pages and lift it up in prayer. If you will give, please continue to support The Crossing Church, which partners with all of these ministries. This money will be used to help people and supplies reach those that need them the most. If you will go, prayerfully consider which project God is lay- ing on your heart and then contact us. Jesus said in Luke 10:2 that, “the har- vest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Pray, therefore, that the Lord of the Harvest will send more workers into the harvest field.” The harvest is those that have yet to trust their lives to Christ. The workers are those who will pray, give, and go. We are praying for more workers. We are praying for you. For His glory, Scott McIntosh Missions Pastor The Crossing Church 1
  2. 2. M ark your calendars and plan for your family to participate sports area, etc. Stop by the tent after service to register as a vol- in the largest Christ-centered unteer. event in Tampa Bay’s history. The Luis Palau Music Festival Visit www.tampabayfestival.com is coming to Raymond James for more information. If you want stadium March 3 & 4. We are to serve with other Crossing mem- expecting over 200,000 in atten- bers, please do not register on the dance. The Crossing has com- Luis Palau website. mitted to send 1,000 volunteers to assist in the many areas of the Great Music! Good News! festival (counselors, parking, ticket sales, drinks, clean up, Contact: Tonya Nichols at security, info booths, greeters, tnichols@crossingonline.org and ushers). Go as a family and 626-0783 ext. 135 enjoy the free festivities: Christian concerts, children’s Free Music! Tampa Bay Festival area, skateboarding and BMX will feature music by Chris Tom- demos, community service, lin, Kirk Franklin, Wynonna Judd, 4
  3. 3. American Idol’s Mandisa, BarlowGirl, Marcos Witt, P.O.D., TobyMac, and other crowd-pleasing artists! Free Children’s Area! Face-painting, balloons, give a little background about games, inflatable bouncers, what gives them purpose in life. and, of course, Larry and Bob from VeggieTales. Plus a special Operation Compassion! A presentation from ventriloquist vital part of every Palau festival, Mark Thompson! Operation Compassion focuses on the physical needs of the Free Sports Zone! Meet and inter- region, from housing to hunger act with top Christian athletes who to literacy. are passionate about their sport and their beliefs. Learn how they Good News! Known and re- make faith a part of their daily spected by millions of teens and game plan. adults alike, Luis Palau wants you to know one thing: you can Free Livin’ It Demos! know and experience true mean- Skating and riding on a world class ing and joy in this life. You’ll park built specifically for the fes- find that in Jesus Christ. That’s tival, professional Christian skate- why Luis and hundreds of boarders, BMX bikers, and FMX churches in the Tampa Bay Area athletes demonstrate their skill and are bringing you this festival. 5
  4. 4. Faith in Action Week Focus: Variety of local projects Starts October 13, 2007 T his event is formerly known as Carefest. The Crossing visiting, random acts of kind- ness, etc. Families are encour- Church sends thousands of vol- aged to serve together. More unteers to serve in the commu- information to come! nity for one week to show the love of Christ in practical ways. Coordinator: There are a variety of needs to Tonya Nichols serve, such as painting, block tnichols@crossingonline.org parties, landscaping, building, 626-0783 ext. 135 6
  5. 5. Clair-Mel Elementary Focus:Underprivileged Families T he children of Clair-Mel are surrounded by drugs, prostitu- role models to interact with stu- dents in the library, classroom, tion, abuse, violence, etc. This during lunch, after school, etc. is an area of town that is just 2 Be a part of changing a commu- miles from our church and where nity one life at a time. a huge impact can be made in breaking the negative cycles of Coordinator Josh Cosby these families. Clair-Mel El- jcosby@crossingonline.org ementary is in need of positive 813-842-0179 7
  6. 6. Community Action Team Focus: Underprivileged, Elderly, Single Parents, Handicapped, etc T his is a group of The Cross- ing Church volunteers who have with trade experience (plumbing, electrical, mechanic, carpentry, been led by God to be action painting, landscaping, etc.), but oriented in serving the commu- these are not necessary to vol- nity. They are willing to perform unteer. Those in need of service an array of services to help those need to complete an Application in need with small home repairs, of Need from the church office. yard work, random acts of kind- ness, etc. They are available to Volunteer Coordinator: Maria assist the underprivileged, single McKenzie-Williams mothers, military families, the el- rmkwill@hotmail.com 8 derly, etc. Volunteers are needed 813-741-0198
  7. 7. South Tampa Health & Rehabilitation Center Focus: elderly and disabled T his is a nursing home and rehabilitation of 165 residents teering and showing the love of Christ. Cathy takes volunteers who range from the 20’s – 100’s. to visit residents every 2nd Ninety percent of the residents Saturday (10:30 am – 12:30 pm). have no visitors. Volunteers are needed to play cards, watch TV, Project Leader: do nails/hair, or just visit and Cathy & Joe Miles talk to residents. Help brighten cjmiles13@aol.com these residents’ day by volun- 813-908-2015 9
  8. 8. Disaster Readiness Team Focus: Local Community Disasters F ollowing a major disaster, first responders who provide fire sborough County. We want our church to be prepared and proac- and medical services will not tive in responding to the com- be able to meet the demand for munity’s needs in the time of a these services. Factors such as disaster. Volunteers are trained number of victims, communica- through C.E.R.F (Christian tion failures, and road block- Emergency Response Force), ages will prevent people from a part of C.E.R.T. (Community accessing emergency services Emergency Response Team) to they have come to expect at a handle an array of emergencies moment’s notice through 911. such as fire, search and rescue, People will have to rely on each medical, psychological, etc. other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and Volunteer Coordinator: life sustaining needs. Tonya Nichols tnichols@crossingonline.org The Crossing Church is orga- 813-626-0783 ext. 135 nizing a team of volunteers to be trained to be “first responders” in Agency website: case of a major disaster in Hill- www.citizencorps.gov/cert 10
  9. 9. Everyday Blessings Focus: Children E veryday Blessings is a tem- porary home for children in the Brandon Care Pregnancy Center Focus: Young Families foster/adoptive system. They can accommodate 30 children at the facility and stay at full B CPC is a non profit Christian ministry whose goal is to lead capacity. Although their greatest clients to Christ and to guide need is a permanent home, inter- them toward the decision of life action with outside families is a for their unborn children. They great blessing for these children offer spiritual and emotional and their caregivers. Volunteers counseling, free pregnancy tests, are also needed to mentor, tutor, abstinence education, and in- assist in the daycare, participate formation concerning adoption in activities, assist with busi- and pregnancy. Both men and ness, financial, fundraising, and women volunteers are needed to event planning for the facility. counsel the mothers and fathers There is a volunteer orientation of these unexpected children. to attend. Baby items and blankets are always in high demand. Agency Volunteer Coordinator Anita Williams Agency contact information: 813-982-9226 www.brandoncpc.com www.everybless.org 813-654-0491 11
  10. 10. Metropolitan Ministries Focus: Homeless Population Metropolitan Ministries Focus: Homeless Population T heir mission is to care for the homeless and those that are at shelter, furniture, counseling, thrift stores, and much more! risk of becoming homeless in They need volunteers at vari- our community through services ous times throughout the week. that alleviate suffering, promote Jennifer Baker volunteers every dignity, and instill self-suf- Wednesday morning and would ficiency as an expression of love for you to join her. the on-going ministry of Jesus Christ. They offer assistance to Agency Contact Information: the homeless, including grocer- www.metromin.org ies, prepared meals, clothing, 813-209-1000 12
  11. 11. Hillsborough House of Hope Focus: Released Women Prisoners Passion for Prison Focus: T his is a Christian residential program that serves women A Incarcerated Population local mission dedicated to coming from the Hillsborough County jail system, women who sharing the word of God with have already demonstrated a inmates. They visit the Hills- desire to lead productive lives. borough Correctional Institution Working through volunteers every Sunday evening 6:00 pm and partnering agencies, they - 8:00 pm and the Hernando offer women leaving the prison Correctional Institution every system a bus pass, a Bible and a Thursday evening. You can personal plan including people serve through weekly prison agencies and additional resourc- visits, sending birthday cards, es to assist them in making a prayer, corresponding with successful re-entry into society. inmates, etc. Volunteers are needed to lead 31,537 inmates were released Bible studies, mentor women last year in Florida. They are and/or teach a class (cook- going to live next to someone…. ing, sewing, crafts, gardening, would you rather live next to beauty, decorating, etc). a released criminal or a released Christian? Agency Volunteer Coordinator Linda Walker Agency Volunteer Coordinator 361-7432 Jessica Santiago www.hillsborough www.passionforprision.com houseofhope.org 813-786-8303 13
  12. 12. Family Justice Center Focus: Abused Family Members T heir mission is to improve the lives of family violence services. Now with FJC, there are nearly 40 agencies under one victims through community roof, all working together, for collaboration and the provision the domestic violence victim and of comprehensive services in her family. a single location. Very simply, FJC is welcoming the commu- they are a one-stop-shop for nity to become more involved domestic violence victims. in reducing domestic violence Previously, a domestic violence in Hillsborough County. There victim would face a logistical are a number of ways to help, nightmare of driving to numer- including becoming a Partner, ous places and working with intern, volunteer and/or donor. various agencies that are not connected. This made it very dif- Agency Volunteer Coordinator ficult to hold the batter account- Jennifer Street able, as well as deterred the jstreet@fjchc.org victim from accessing needed 813-935-2015 14
  13. 13. Amazing Love Ministries Focus: Feeding the Homeless A mazing Love ministries provides hot meals, bag lunches, as by those they serve. An invi- tation is given for the unsaved clothing and toiletries to the who desire to turn their lives people living on the streets of and hearts over to Jesus Christ. downtown Tampa. Currently This ministry is operated and they meet on the corner of Zach supported solely by volunteers. St. and Ashley St. in Curtis Hix- Hot meals are provided by a on Park on Mondays at 7:00 pm. different church every Monday. Meeting the spiritual needs of Clothing, toiletries and other the people is the primary func- food items are provided by indi- tion of the ministry, and they in- vidual donations. vite all participants to join their prayer group after the meal is Agency Volunteer Coordinators: served. They have been blessed Jim & Barbara Killeen by prayer, music and personal 813-969-0395 testimonies of volunteers as well www.amazinglovemin.org 15
  14. 14. E.C.H.O. Focus: Food & Necessities Resource for Underprivileged T he Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) provides person with respect, dignity and compassion. food and clothing to those in need of short term assistance in Our goal is to help each per- the Brandon Area. Client refer- son in their emergency and to rals come from the Department foster self-reliance, focusing on of Children and Family Servic- personal independence regard- es, local churches, schools, and less of race, sex, national origin related organizations. ECHO’s or creed. Needed items are as primary means of support comes follows: non-perishable food from the generosity of the com- items, new children’s shoes, per- munity, including local civic or- sonal care items, small house- ganizations, churches, business- hold items, blankets, towels, es and citizens. No funding is washcloths, diapers, and baby received from any local, state or formula. federal funding agency. ECHO is open Monday - Friday from Agency Volunteer Coordinator 9:00 am - 12:30 pm. Except in Stacey Efaw cases of extreme emergencies, 813-685-0935 ECHO’s policy is to treat each www.echo-fl.org 16
  15. 15. Information If you are looking for a place to donate clothes, household items, etc, here are some places we recommend. Please call first to ensure they are accepting donations at this time. • Lighthouse Gospel Mission 813-677-5220 7211 78th St, Riverview, FL - nonperishable food, small household items clothing, etc • Good Samaritan Mission 813-634-7136 14920 Balm Wimauma Rd, Wimauma, FL - nonperishable food, small household items clothing, etc • E.C.H.O. (813) 685-0935 507 N. Parsons Avenue Brandon, FL 33511 - nonperishable food items, new children’s shoes, personal care items, small household items, blankets, towels, washcloths, diapers, and baby formula • Brandon Care Pregnancy Center 813-654-0491 122 N Moon Ave, Brandon, FL 33511 - baby formula, diapers, blankets, wipes, and other ma- ternity and baby items • Clair-Mel Elementary 813-744-8080 1025 78th Street South, Tampa, FL 33619 - school supplies, paper goods (tissues, paper towels, toilet paper, copy paper, etc), teaching supplies. 17
  16. 16. Daytona Bike Week T he Crossing Church is part- nering with Calvary Baptist focused on witnessing and talk- ing face to face with people. Church in Ormond Beach, Therefore, you will have an Florida for an outreach to the opportunity to speak with and biker community, specifi- share your personal testimony cally those attending this year’s with many. The purpose of this Daytona Bike Week. We will much needed trip is to reach be helping with a bike contest, out to a community that needs BBQ, a tent ministry on Beach to see the love of Jesus in your Street, prayer and much more. actions Please come and help This mission opportunity is us share His love. Date: March 4-8, 2007 Purpose: Outreach to Biker Community Who: The Crossing Church, Strong Tower Riders and anyone 18 & older who wants to reach out to bikers Partner: Calvary Christian Center • Ormond Beach, FL Number: 30+ Cost: $100 per person Contact: Andy Andress - 662-3051 - strongtowerriders@msn.com Next Step: Contact Andy 18 Deadline: February 28, 2007
  17. 17. Rebuilding Lives After Disaster T he Crossing Church is part- nering with the First Baptist and need people with vary- ing skill sets, from electricians Church of Temple Terrace, to painters to those who can along with other churches, to prepare lunch for the crew. This help rebuild homes destroyed is for all ages, and we encour- by disasters. It is set up so that age small groups and families an entire house can be complet- to work together. There will be ed in 13 Saturdays. We would a time of celebration after each like to build two houses a year house is built. Purpose: Building homes destroyed by disasters Partner: First Baptist Church of Temple Terrace When: Fall 2006 and Winter/Spring 2007 TBA 13 Saturdays, 1 to 3 Saturdays per person Team Size: 10 to 15 per Saturday Cost: No cost, but transportation required Leaders: Mark Cox - 781-4080 - cox_M@SAO13th.com Larry Bauer - 714-4088 - larrybauer1070@juno.com Next Step: Please contact Mark or Larry Please fill out First Aid application No deadline: Ongoing 19
  18. 18. Alabama Student Ministries W orld Changers is a part of the North American Missions that you could be doing roofing, painting, carpentry, drywall, Board and does missions all building a deck or wheel chair over the world. We will be join- ramp etc. There will be Praise ing youth groups from all over & Worship nightly and a day off the country to show God’s love to explore the area. Youth can with physical labor. This is a change the world, so come and construction trip which means join us as we touch the world. Date: June 9th - 16th, 2007 Where: Birmingham, Al. Organization: World Changers What: Construction Who: 7th graders to 12th graders (as of 2007) Leaders 21 or older Team size: 50 Cost: $400 Contact: Marc Ladoucer (813) 626-0783 ext. 157 Next step: Contact Marc Fill out application $50.00 non-refundable deposit due when turned in. Deadline: February 28th , 2007 Everyone that is goes on this trip will be required to go through the 8 classes of training, one day of local outreach with the team and to raise their own support, including all leaders. 20
  19. 19. New Orleans H urricane Katrina hit New Orleans hard and the re-build- youth. They relocated back to Tampa to begin again, and ing will still take years. This is Micah, their beautiful baby an opportunity for us to help in boy, was born soon after. God this re-building. Katie and Nate has pulled on their heart strings Tyler grew up attending Cross- and they feel called to go back town Community Church, now to New Orleans to help in the known as The Crossing Church. re-building of their once beauti- After moving to New Orleans ful community. This is a con- for Nate to attend seminary, struction trip, but you will have hurricane Katrina devastated many opportunities to share their home, Nate’s school and your story of the love of God the church where Nate & Katie with the people in this broken were very involved with the area of New Orleans. Date: May 20 – 26, 2007 Organization: Mission Lab Where: New Orleans Who: Revolution, ages 18 – 29 Cost: $500 Team size: Open Leader: Katie Tyler - 957-4551 - crazy4christ06@yahoo.com Next step: Contact Katie Fill out an application Deadline: February 28, 2007 21
  20. 20. Kansas K aw Valley Association is an organization headed to the addition to helping the Boys and Girls Club with sports camp. American Indian Reservations Their goal is to build churches in Kansas to do outreach, and on these reservations so that this will be the second sum- individuals may have the op- mer working in Kansas with portunity to go to a church lead the Prairie Band Potawatomi by a fellow tribesman that will Nation. Daniel Goombi, an guide them in their relationship American Indian, along with his with Christ. At this point they wife Kimberly and their 1 year meet only once a month for a old daughter, is very excited Bible study because most of about this opportunity. We will them do not have transportation be doing VBS for all ages, in into town. Date: June 16 – 23, 2007 These dates are subject to change. Where: Topeka, Kansas Partner: Kaw Valley Association Purpose: VBS w/ Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Who: Families & Singles 18 & up Mature, responsible children age 10 & up may go with parent(s) Team Size: Open Cost: $850 per person Leader: Danielle Battaglia 699-4401 frogbat@hotmail.com Next step: Contact Danielle Fill out an application Deadline: February 28, 2007 22
  21. 21. New York / Connecticut T his is the second year that The Encounter Church will have at the same time. First, we will help promote the festival by groups come in to help with going out door to door, talking outreach in their local com- and praying with people. Then, munity and in the city. The we will help run the festival that purpose of this trip is to help Sunday. There will be many op- with their Fall Festival that will portunities to evangelize on this consist of a Block Party setting trip so be ready to share your with many activities happening story with others. Date: October 25 – 29, 2007 Partner: Encounter Church Team size: 20 to 25 (age 18 and up) Cost: $1,000 Leader: Andrea Lloyd 653-0945 allygrma6@verizon.net Next Step: Contact Andrea Fill out an application Deadline: February 28, 2007 23
  22. 22. South Africa T his summer, a team from The Crossing will be returning to Ministry, home visitations, and a focus on reaching the men of South Africa. Ministry oppor- South Africa. We will be part- tunities will primarily focus on nering with missionary Char- providing teacher training for lotte Moore, as well as local the local teachers, ministering churches and villages to impact to HIV/Aids patients, Children’s the people of South Africa. Date: July 15, 2007 – July 29, 2007 (tentative) Team Size: 10 Adults Cost: $3000 Team Leader: Norris Brown wnb2@tampabay.rr.com Next Step: Fill out application Deadline: February, 28th, 2007 24
  23. 23. South East Asia T his trip offers a unique op- portunity to be a part of the South East Asia. You will delve deep into the culture, and have birth of leadership in South an opportunity to share, care and East Asia. The trip will involve minister to fellow brother and stopping in multiple countries sisters in Christ in Cambodia, visiting churches, leadership Myanmar (formerly Burma) and training centers, and missionar- the Philippines. This will be a ies that are on the front line of unique experience in a fertile the explosion of Christianity in mission field. Date: Late Spring 2007 Team Size: 5 Adults Duration: Approximately 14 Days Cost: $3500 Contact: Norris Brown wnb2@tampabay.rr.com Next Step: Fill out an application Deadline: March 31, 2007 25
  24. 24. Massaging the Heart in North Africa S he awoke at dawn to wa- ter the sheep and put them to and soak her feet. The warm water is soothing to her aching pasture. This day will be a long callused feet. As the strangers one. After cycling and gather- sing with joyful voices, they ing the wheat all day, she walks massage her neck, back, arms, with her heavy load up the hill. legs and her feet. There is peace She is called into a neighbor’s in her heart. Jesus gave the per- home. What could all the com- fect example of how to humble motion be? Her muscles are ourselves before each other. tired and in knots from her days He washed feet. With obstacles labor. A foreign woman greets such as language, culture and re- her as she enters with a hug and ligion, what better way to reach a kiss. She is asked to sit down the lost? Dates: May 31st – June 8th 2007 Cost: $2000 Capacity: Maximum of 8 women Application Deadline: February 28, 2007 Activities: Give massages to village women, Teach EFL ,Inoculate sheep, Play with orphanage children Contact: Rae Quintero (813) 728-6284 cell Raelene.Quintero@Jacobs.com 26
  25. 25. East Asia O n this exciting trip we’ll be practicing relational evangelism and encouraging fellow believers. Please join us as as we visit strategic locations we catch a vision together in throughout this region. We what God can do in this area will be engaging in teaching, where the access to the Gospel fellowship, prayer walking, is limited. Date: Fall 2007 Team Size: 7 Adults Trip Duration; Approximately 14 Days Cost: $3200 Contact: Norris Brown wnb2@tampabay.rr.com Next Step: Fill out an application Deadline: March 31, 2007 27
  26. 26. Planting Seeds of Hope in Brazil W e will be working with Seeds of Hope as we partici- We will be staying at a lo- cal church and have a time of pate in construction work on a fellowship as well. Monday to school, working at one of the Wednesday days will be spent local orphanages, spending time at the construction site and at with the orphans and planning night we will go out to some activities for them. The even- local stores and spend time with tual goal will be to have a fully the local missionary and other operational trade center to train friends. Thursday and Friday the children once they leave the will be spent working and play- orphanage and then to expand ing with the orphans and possi- into other neighborhoods. bly having a bonfire with them. Dates: June 28 - July 7th 2007 Cost: $1750 Team Size: 20-25 adults or students 14 or older with parent accompanying Application Deadline: February 28, 2007 Contact: Aaron Hartman - 813-545-4818 aaron.hartman@macdill.af.mil 28
  27. 27. Helping Build a Future for Ghana T his team will partner with Faithway Christian Church in • crusade ministry Faithway currently has the only Adenta, Ghana to help build their Christian Kindergarten in the secondary school. Opportunities area and is building the next may include: phase of the school in order to • construction work on the school try to keep the children in an • community clean-up environment to know and learn • leadership training seminar about Christ. There will be time • women/men fellowship to meet and get to know the meetings people, experience their culture • children and youth programs/ and share your lives with the sharing church and the lost. Date: August 2, 2007 – August 11, 2007 Duration: 10 days Team size: 8-10 adults Cost: $2,500 Partner: Faithway Christian Church What: Construction on school, evangelism/community clean-up, teaching/conference Contact: Scott Phipps sdphipps@tampabay.rr.com Next Step: Fill out application Deadline: February 28, 2007 29
  28. 28. For more information, fellowship, and leadership training, join us on the third Thursday of every month. We meet from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in rooms 246, 248, and 250. See you there! And if you would like information on any of these Missions opportunities, please contact: • Scott McIntosh Missions Pastor smcintosh@crossingonline.org • Tonya Nichols Jerusalem Coordinator tnichols@crossingonline.org • Danielle Battaglia Judea/Samaria Coordinator frogbat@hotmail.com • Norris Brown Ends of the Earth Coordinator wnb2@tampabay.rr.com 30
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