Welcome to Heart & Home
November 14, 2020
Tomorrow!
Sunday Mornings at 9:30 AM
Crossroads Kids @ Home
We invite families with elementary age children to join us for a virtual experience called Crossroads Kids @ Home! We'll meet for an exciting, interactive time where parents with children can join from home for bible stories, prayer, songs, crafts, and time to get to know each other.

Register here for the next meeting on Sunday at 9:30 AM. You will receive an email with a password protected link to the Zoom meeting with further instructions. We hope you join us soon for Crossroads Kids @ Home.

Save the Date: Meet Pastor Larry during Crossroads Kids @ Home on November 22!
This Week!
High School Meet Ups: Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 PM
(Tuesdays, November 17, December 1 & 8)

Middle School Meet Ups: Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 PM
(Thursdays, November 19, December 3 & 10)
A weekly outdoor gathering for students to catch up with old friends and meet new ones over games, activities, SERVE projects, and meaningful discussions. Pre-packaged snacks will be provided.
Bring your own mask, meal, and dress comfortably for the weather (cozy blankets always welcome!). 

High School Students- Register here
Middle School Students- Register here
Virtual Town Hall: Normal is Now
Wednesday, November 18, 7:00-8:00 PM

This community gathering will take place on Zoom and will have a moderator and a panel to address the following topics:

  • What are we hearing from the Crossroads community?
  • What have we accomplished in the last eight months? 
  • Where are we going from here?
  • What we can accomplish together? 

We want to hear from you! Click here to submit questions for the panel and to register. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.
Weekly Scripture Focus
This Sunday we will continue our series on Giving and Generosity. Our scripture focus come from John 6- Jesus Feeds 5,000. When the crowd grew hungry listening to Jesus, a young boy was the first to share what little food he had. This act of generosity encouraged others to share until there was more than enough to go around!

This reminds me of my own grandparent's house, when aunts, uncles, and cousins would arrive just in time for the meal. We could always find another seat and place setting to include everyone. Everyone was welcomed with open arms- and a full plate!

For Reflection:
In this scripture, Jesus reminds us when we use our gifts from God to help others, we will see how those acts of service can grow. It also applies to monetary donations. To most of us, $5 doesn't seem like a lot of money. But if we combined our contributions towards a good cause, it can make a huge impact!

Last month, people in our community gave to the Coats and Boots mission, and thanks to those gifts, Crossroads donated 150 coats and 120 pairs of boots to local homeless shelters! Wow, amazing! Thank you to all the families that made that donation possible. Let's see how our gifts multiply this month for the Thanksgiving Baskets mission.

Where have you seen little-by-little progress add up and grow into something big?
Passages
Third Grade Bibles-

Last Saturday was a special passage day in the Crossroads community- We celebrated five Third Graders receiving their own Bibles! Congratulations to Konrad, Sam, Paige, Charlie, and Maddie!
It was a beautiful afternoon to honor each child and their families.
“The Christian family is a sacred shelter… a place of acceptance, nurture, and growth that empowers family members to participate in God’s ongoing acts of love and compassion.
The family cannot protect its members fully
from the pain and brokenness of the world,
but it can offer a place of understanding and
engaging life in the world from a place of
stability and love.” - Marjorie Thompson, Family as the Faith Forming Center
This Week's Highlighted Resources
  • Bugles- shaped like the cornucopia, the horn of plenty.
  • Pretzels- arms crossed and folded in thanks and prayer
  • Nuts- the promise of a future harvest if seeds are planted and tended with care
  • M&M’s- memories of those who came before us to guide a blessed future
  • Candy corn- the sacrifices of the first winter
  • Dried fruit- the bountiful fruits of the earth, gathered at harvest time
"People who intentionally focus on recognizing people and things that they are thankful for—on a daily or weekly basis—report feeling happy for up to a month after the positive affirmations. We can help kids notice and seek out the positive things happening around them. This practice can become a habit that will hopefully follow them throughout their lives."

+ Plus For Practicing Gratitude, follow @crossroadsnova_students on Instagram for the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge
SERVE Opportunity
November’s SERVE Opportunity is Crossroads' Thanksgiving Baskets Mission 
This year the baskets will be distributed to the families of Payne Elementary in DC and families throughout Loudoun County. 

You can sign up to contribute a basket and find a complete shopping list of the necessary items here.
A $35 donation will purchase approximately one basket. You can make a monetary donation here.

Laundry baskets can be picked up anytime at Entrance 1 at Crossroads. Due to the perishable items included in the baskets, please plan to return your basket to Crossroads on Sunday, November 22nd between 6pm-8pm or Monday morning, November 23rd between 8am-9am. If you have any questions, visit the website or contact Kathy MacKrell.
Additional Resources
  • Sunday message: Watch here or on the GOTGo app
  • GOTGo App - Download from your app store by searching Crossroads GOTGo
  • Daily Texts - Text crossroads to 41411 to receive inspirational texts each day 
  • Daily Scripture, Prayer and Morning Focus - Sign up here
  • Online giving: Sign up or submit giving here
  • Spiritual Practices: Find them here
  • Prayer Requests: Submit them here
  • Imagine Well Being - Find online groups here
  • Small Groups: Find online groups here
  • Facebook - facebook.com/crossroadsnova
  • Instagram - instagram.com/crossroadsnova
  • Website - crossroadsnova.org