Hope in Action - How We Serve
June 3, 2021
A Note from Kathy MacKrell
Summer Acts of Service
For the months of June, July and August, Crossroads is bringing back Summer Acts of Service! Each month will have a different SERVE focus with many ways you, individually or as a family, can serve your community.  

June’s Summer Acts of Service will focus on animal and creation care. As United Methodists we are called to be stewards of all of God’s creation. The following is an excerpt from the United Methodist Social Principles:The Natural World.

"All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it. Water, air, soil, minerals, energy resources, plants, animal life, and space are to be valued and conserved because they are God’s creation and not solely because they are useful to human beings. God has granted us stewardship of creation. We should meet these stewardship duties through acts of loving care and respect."

Before you serve with action, begin by going through the reflection questions that can be found here. We go inward to reflect and then we go outward to serve.
Below are ways the Crossroads is encouraging families and individuals to serve our four legged friends:

*Loudoun County Animal Shelter – Crossroads will be collecting food items for the LCAS food drive. We are collecting the following items:
  • Purina Dry Dog Food
  • Milk Bone Dog Biscuits (small size)
  • Friskies Canned Cat Food
  • Cat Treats

*Donate handmade dog toys to the LCAS. Watch this tutorial for making dog toys. These simple and easy to make toys are a fun activity for all to enjoy. All you need is a tee shirt!

All food items and dog toys can be dropped off during worship on Sundays or outside Crossroads Entrance 1 any time before Wednesday, June 30th. An Amazon wish list for food items can be found here for easy shipping to Crossroads.  

*Learn about Native Wildlife by checking out the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center- The center is a full-service, wildlife teaching hospital that cares for injured, sick, or orphaned native wildlife and teaches the public how to be good stewards of the land around us. Check out their website for educational opportunities and ways you can serve.  

*Learn to care about all of God’s Creation by checking out the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy – Audubon at Home. The Audubon at Home program was created to make a difference by supporting the efforts of property owners and managers to become better stewards of nature in their own outdoor spaces.
SERVE Opportunity
Crossroads continues to assist the Round Hill United Methodist Church stock their food pantry. The Round Hill Food Pantry has been serving their Round Hill/Western Loudoun neighbors for 10 years. As many as 31 families (over 100 individuals) visit the Pantry each month.

Items being collected are changed periodically. Currently, we are collecting adult and children’s toothpaste and toothbrushes, shampoo and corn flour. You may drop your donations in the bin outside Crossroads Entrance 1 any time. For ease there is an Amazon Wish List provided here. Purchase online and have the items delivered directly to Crossroads. More information can be found here.
Social Justice & Advocacy
The Crossroads’ SERVE Team is excited to announce a new Crossroads’ Microloan Ministry called SPARK! SPARK stands for: *Start *Propel *Access *Reach *Kindle

These loans are intended to be the SPARK to make a life change or help pursue a dream or purpose. The microloan may be used for but not limited to:
  • Purchase equipment or initial startup costs for a small business
  • Purchase a computer to work to take coursework from home
  • Security deposit for an apartment
  • Start an educational training program

For more information about the SPARK Microloan Program, visit our webpage to download an application or contact Kathy MacKrell for next steps.  

Interested in supporting the ministry? The SERVE team is looking for volunteers to be Peer Coaches, please contact Kathy MacKrell.
Tulsa Massacre - May 31 & June 1, 2021 was the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre. This is believed to be the single worst incident of racial violence in American History. 

To learn more watch this short video - The Massacre of Tulsa's Black Wall Street
June 8, 2021 – Primary Election Day
A Democratic Party primary election will be held in Loudoun County on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. Offices on the ballot(s) will include Democratic Party nominees for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and Members of the House of Delegates in Districts 34 and 86. The Republican Party has chosen to conduct their own process so there will not be a Republican Primary on this date. For details click here.
Take Action: Support Free and Fair Elections
As United Methodists, we “hold governments responsible for the protection of the rights of the people to free and fair elections” believing that “the form and the leaders of all governments should be determined by exercise of the right to vote guaranteed to all adult citizens.” (2016 Book of Discipline,¶164A)

Thirst Quenchers - As states impose restrictions on how to vote, we must evaluate this decision through the lens of God’s love. Read about it here.
Support a Pathway to Citizenship
After decades of organizing and advocacy by immigrants, activists, people of faith, and most importantly the tireless work of Black and Latino organizers, faith leaders, and allies, we have an opportunity to transform this fear into hope. Read more here.
Taking Care of the Community
June is Gay Pride Month
Crossroads welcomes and affirms all persons without regards to sexual orientation or gender identity. Everyone is a sacred member of God's family.

History of Gay Pride Month: To learn more about the history of Gay Pride Month and how you can get involved in supporting our LGBTQ+ Community, click here

How to Be an Ally and Advocate for LGBTQ+ Teens - Discussion Series: The Ryan Bartel Foundation - June 10th, 7pm. The Ryan Bartel Foundation offers a safe, inclusive space for all youth, including LGBTQ+ young people, through our teen meetups, workshops and volunteer opportunities. Register here.

Reconciling Ministries: Reconciling Ministries provides A Prayer for Pride Month.
Click here to read it.
COVID-19 Updates
Anyone age 12 and older is eligible to receive a vaccine. If you have health concerns regarding the vaccine, please discuss them with your doctor and make the safest decision for you and your family. A link to schedule your vaccine is here.
Native Plant Garden
As we have done in the past, we will start featuring native plants in bloom in our native garden. The garden has been prepped for spring and is alive and well. If you live in the area, you are encouraged to check it out on your next nature walk or drive by.  

Native plants can be purchased online at Watermark Nursery in Hamilton, Virginia. You can also contact Crossroads' Native Plant Specialist, BJ Lecrone
Featured plant for this week:

Plant NOVA Natives is an excellent resource for gardeners of all skill levels. You are encouraged to check out their website for upcoming online programs. Their monthly newsletter can be found here

The newsletter features an article on planting container gardens called Planting in Pots for Easy Butterfly Viewing.

The newsletter features an article on Native Plant Sales - Native Plant Sales Are Booming

Ask the Expert - Rain Gardens
Wednesday, June 23, 9:30am-10:30am
A rain garden is a constructed landscaping element where storm water is captured and filtered by native plants. Maria Harwood from the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District will give some basic background and answer questions that are submitted ahead of time. Register here.

Recordings of previous “Ask the Expert” events can be viewed on this YouTube playlist.
Community Resources
Salvation Army Food Distribution at Crossroads
The Salvation Army will have a truck in the Crossroads parking lot to distribute food. 

Distribution is Friday, June 4th at 11am.
 
You will receive a FREE box of food that should feed a family of 4 for a week. We have 30 boxes to hand out so please come and get one. Please contact Kathy MacKrell if you would like to reserve a box.
Loudoun County Public Schools Meal Service
Delivery of meals will be limited to Mondays only with all meals (breakfast, lunch, snack and supper) for the week (Monday through Sunday) delivered on Mondays. There will not be any deliveries Tuesday through Friday.

Please visit the interactive map to identify the location to get meals.
Some food pantries and other services available in Loudoun County are:
Assistance Available for Loudoun Residents Impacted by COVID-19
Loudoun County, Virginia, is urging residents to take advantage of programs set up to help with the economic impact of the coronavirus.

Loudoun Cares
Through their Information & Referral Helpline, Loudoun Cares connects residents in need with local nonprofits and agencies that can assist with a variety of health and human services that include rent/utility assistance, food, clothing, medical/dental, housing, job services and more. If you are in need of assistance, call the helpline at 703-669-4636 or click here for their website.

Crossroads Jobs is a non profit experienced in advising candidates who have challenges in securing employment. Counseling is available in English and Spanish. They will also assist those who need help filing for unemployment. All services are free. Click here for their website. 
Additional resources:
  • Sunday message: Watch here or on the GOTGo app
  • GOTGo App - Download from your app store by searching Crossroads GOTGo
  • Daily Text - Text crossroads to 81411 to receive an inspirational text each evening 
  • 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
  • Yoga and Wellness - Find online groups here
  • Small Groups: Find online groups here
  • Facebook - facebook.com/crossroadsnova
  • Instagram - instagram.com/crossroadsnova
  • Website - crossroadsnova.org