Hope in Action - How We Serve
April 1, 2021
A Note from Kathy MacKrell
Good Friday - online self-guided experience

This year we will offer our Good Friday experience online due to the weather forecast for Friday. The self-guided experience will be available online and on the GOTGo app beginning the morning of Good Friday, April 2. You can also view it anytime after Friday morning that is convenient for you. Good Friday gift bags can be picked up at Crossroads (Entrance 1).

This self-guided experience will allow us to remember six important moments during the last week of Jesus' life leading up to his crucifixion and death. Everything you need for the experience will be available in pre-packaged gift bags at Crossroads (Entrance 1) or in your homes. A beautiful printed guide included in the bag will have instructions and lead you through the experience. The bags are available at Crossroads (Entrance 1). The Good Friday experience will be available online beginning on Friday morning.

The Crossroads Labyrinth will be open for self-guided walking and reflection throughout the day. Email Susan Yantis at  if you have any questions about the Good Friday observance.
NEW DAWN, NEW DAY, NEW LIFE
Crossroads Online Easter Celebration 
Sunday, April 4th, 2021, 10:00 am

Celebrate Easter as we come together online for a joyful celebration of new life, and renewed hope! 

We invite you to watch here.
Lenten/Easter Offering
With the Easter season comes the opportunity to participate in our Easter Offering. The Easter Offering is an opportunity to share over and above our regular giving and it specifically supports two important ministry areas, SERVE and the Capital Fund. The Capital Fund is how we keep our facility well maintained and in good repair. SERVE ministries are active throughout the entire year. 
 
The Easter Offering goal this year is $65,000. With your support, this essential goal is both reasonable and reachable. Thank you for expressing your love for God and others through the practice of giving. 
 
You can help reach our Easter offering goal by giving online, through the GOTGo app, or mailing in your contributions. More information can be found here.
SERVE Opportunity
Since the beginning of 2021 and throughout Lent, Crossroads’ SERVE focus will continue to be on food insecurity. Collecting for the Round Hill food pantry is ongoing and very much appreciated by our neighbors in Western Loudoun County. New items have been added to the list including laundry and dishwasher detergent, white rice and canned fruit. For details on how you can help, click here.
During Lent, we are providing School Break Bundles for needy families at Payne Elementary in Southeast DC and our ESL families Loudoun County. By providing the food items listed here, or donating $30.00 to School Break Bundles, you will be helping those students at risk of going without food during Spring Break. Our goal is to provide 80 Bundles. Food Items can be dropped off at Crossroads Entrance 1 anytime during the week on or before April 11th. Monetary donations should be marked School Break Bundles and can be made online or mailed to Crossroads. To find out how you can get involved, contact Kathy MacKrell at
Crossroads Kids are extending their love and assistance even further. By collecting change during Lent, they will be supporting children and families in Guatemala and Uganda. The banks for the coins can be found in the Children’s Lenten Bags. The bags can be picked up at Crossroads Entrance 1 any time. For details contact Jill Wiggins at jwiggins@crossroadsnova.org.

Before you serve, please take a moment to take a look at the Lenten Mission Reflection.
Social Justice & Advocacy
UMC Resources for Anti-Racism
Here are some resources from the United Methodist Church regarding racism:
Taking Care of the Community
COVID-19 Updates:

Loudoun County
Click here for the latest information on Covid-19 vaccines and testing in Loudoun County.

Clergy Vaccine Confidence
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Francis Collins and other leaders from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services join Washington National Cathedral as we vaccinate DC-area clergy. Click here.
Wearing Masks - A Social Justice Issue
As we have said many times before, taking care of our neighbor is the most important thing we can do as Christians. Right now, one of the easiest ways we can do that is by wearing a mask. It is simple. According to the CDC wearing a mask and social distancing are our best defenses against contracting and spreading Covid-19.  

To me wearing a mask says, “I see you, you are important to me and we are in this together”.  
A limited number of masks are available for pick up at Crossroads. Please email
Kathy MacKrell and we will get a mask to you for free or a small donation for those who are able.
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.
 

Ask the Experts - We continue our series of interactive video conferences in which you can ask landscape designers for advice on improving your native plantings. Submit your questions and photos ahead of time if you can. Register on our website.

  • Pruning Native Shrubs and Trees: Maraea Harris
May 5, 6:30pm – 8 pm:

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, April 16th 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:
Loudoun County Health & Human Services has provided a comprehensive list of resources available to those in need. The link is here.

Contact the Loudoun County Information and Referral (I&R) program to get connected to vital health and human services information and resources in Loudoun County. The link is here.

Some vital resources are highlighted below.
COVID-19 Limited Rent Assistance
Loudoun County government has established a limited rent assistance program for Loudoun County households economically impacted by COVID-19. Check this link for details.

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.

Unemployment and Employment Resources
Loudoun Workforce Resource Center provides information about unemployment benefits or other work-related topics. 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 Texts - Text crossroads to 81411 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
  • Yoga and Wellness - Find online groups here
  • Small Groups: Find online groups here
  • Facebook - facebook.com/crossroadsnova
  • Instagram - instagram.com/crossroadsnova
  • Website - crossroadsnova.org