I have had the privilege of being a part of many mission trips from Ohio, to Austria, to Jamaica, to Uganda, and to Guatemala. Every time I come back home with a renewed sense of how much we are all alike. No matter the borders to our homelands, we are all human beings wanting to love and give love.  

I am always amazed at how the people who go on mission trips come back saying, “I received far more than I gave”. I think that is what Jesus meant when he said, “Give and you will receive more blessings than you can contain” - Luke 6:38. All of this is to say, we need to remember how important we are to one another. Indeed the whole world is our neighborhood. 

This week we are going to see how our connections with our brothers and sisters who live in the hills of Guatemala, with little to no education, living way below the poverty line change our educated and affluent lives. Even without much, they have much to give. That’s the way it should work in all our neighborhoods. We all give what we can and we all receive blessings beyond our wildest dreams.  

Right after our time in worship we will have an opportunity to connect with one another during our Linger Longer time. Not only we will connect with one another we will also connect with the children at Payne Elementary School in DC by writing notes of inspiration that will go in their backpacks. We will also enjoy bread from Great Harvest Bread.

That’s what’s happening this Sunday. But coming up next Friday, August 16th is Food Truck Friday and a portion of the proceeds go to our Guatemala mission. I hope you can come out and enjoy good food and a good time of being together while knowing that you are also connecting with our brothers and sisters in Guatemala.  

Cathy and I have been so blessed to be away on vacation and yet at the same time we are reminded that the needs of the neighborhood never go away. For years we have given our financial support to the mission of Crossroads through online giving. It is easy and safe, but more importantly it’s a great way to stay connected wherever we are in the world. You can do the same by continuing your financial support here .

May we never forget that no matter who we are or where we live we are neighbors. Let’s keep working at loving our neighbors as we love ourselves and in doing so we are all blessed beyond measure.

See you soon,
You Can Change the World While Being on Vacation


You can enjoy whatever time you have to get away this Summer knowing that while you are away you can still help meet the needs
in our community that never go away.

Give online and while you are resting you will be changing the world.

Faithful giving enables faithful service. Giving is serving.

THANK YOU!

To give online click here
Food Truck Friday
August 16, 5-8 pm in the Crossroads Parking Lot

Come and support our local food truck community and help a great cause! Part of the proceeds will go to support Crossroads' Guatemala Mission. Invite your friends and neighbors and enjoy great local food and live music. 

Crossover Retreat (rising 6th graders)
August 17-18

You don't want to miss this one!

Outdoor activities, challenge courses, storytelling, s'mores, and unforgettable moments of connection in nature with other rising 6th graders and parents.

Payne Elementary School Uniforms and Supplies

This coming school year, Crossroads will again be tutoring at Payne Elementary in Southeast, DC. Many of their students will not have the supplies and school uniforms they need due to lack of family resources. Crossroads has offered to fill the gap and make sure all the children have a great beginning to the school year!

ESL Volunteers Needed

Registration for the Fall session of ESL is Thursday, September 5th from 7-9 pm. Classes are being held on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 7-9 pm from September 11th - November 13th.  New teachers and assistants are needed. No teaching background is necessary – just an open and generous spirit. There is also a need for childcare assistants and hospitality servers. 

For more information contact esl@crossroadsnova.org .  
Tutoring at Payne Elementary

Crossroads volunteers have the opportunity to tutor at Payne Elementary School, in Southeast DC. 100% of the students at Payne are designated at-risk. No specific skills are required, only a loving heart and a desire to serve some of the most needy among us: the children. This mission is a 2 times a month commitment on Wednesdays starting in September, leaving the church at 9 am and returning around 1 pm.

To learn more about becoming a tutor and other ways we connect with our neighbors in DC, please email Kathy MacKrell .
Baptism Workshop
Sunday, September 22, 9 am - 12 noon

Preparing for a child’s baptism begins with learning the elements of the family blessing. During this time parent/s will reflect on their family story in connection with the Biblical story and the sacred gift of their child’s
birth and life. 

Women's Fall Soul Renewal Retreat
October 19-20 @ Blueridge Summit Retreat

We will take time for spiritual practices in nature, time in solitude and soulful story sharing. There will be a simple yoga offering both days and and time around the fire circle as well as time to wander and/or walk the labyrinth. The Women's retreats have been a wonderful way to meet new community in this sacred place and time.

Couples Enrichment Workshop
November 15-16 @ Crossroads

In this workshop you will learn how to create the "couple bubble" that allows for meaningful connection, sense of trust and a secure relationship. You will also understand what's behind your cycle of conflict, discover new ways of handling conflict, and more.

Native Plant of the Week
Mistflower

A plant from Crossroads' Native Plant Garden will be highlighted here each week. This is designed to help us all get acquainted with some of the many different native plants available to us, their importance in nature and where to plant them. Additional information about all of the plants in our Native Plant Garden and how you can start one at your home is always available at Crossroads for you to take with you. 

The native plant of the week is the Mistflower.

Adult Small Groups

Check out the small groups and workshops for Adults.

Email Flor Norris-Hoydilla for more information
Imagine Well Being
Cultivating wholeness in body, mind and soul!


Get more information  on well being events!
Crossroads Kids (Nursery - 5th Grade) 

Children will meet in their classrooms at 10am this Sunday.

See what else is happening with Crossroads Kids!
Students (Middle and High School)

This Sunday at 10 am, Middle School Students will meet in the Discipleship Room and High School Students will meet in the Ryan Chapel.

See what else is happening with Students!
Prayer Requests on the Crossroads Website

Reminder: Our website has a page where you can submit a prayer request. This is also a page you can visit to pray for others.  

Quick and Easy Daily Spiritual Resources

  • GOTGo App - Download from your app store by searching Crossroads GOTGo
  • Daily Sacred Pause - Text crossroads to 41411 to receive an inspirational text each day 
  • Daily Reflection on Scripture - Sign up here
  • Sunday Message Podcast- Subscribe at iTunes or on the GOTGo app
  • Kirk Martin, Celebrate Calm- Helpful resource for parents. Click here for more info.
  • Facebook - facebook.com/crossroadsnova
  • Twitter - @crossroadsnova
  • Website - crossroadsnova.org
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