Hope in Action - How We Serve
January 6, 2021
A Message from Kathy MacKrell
Crossroads’ next book study on racial reconciliation is, "Be the Bridge" by Latasha Morrison. This 10 week study starts Tuesday, January 19th from 7:00-830pm. This study will be led by Crossroads leadership and will have large and small group interaction. 

During our last book study on the Color of Compromise, our eyes were opened to what we don’t know about the history of race in America and the church. Like many things in life, the more you know the more you can do. I hope you will consider joining me in this study. Let’s learn together how we can be bridge builders where we live and worship.  
 
The book is available here
 
Please register here. Contact Deborah Michel with any questions. 
Social Justice & Advocacy
Prayer For A New Year
The new year is a great time for reflections and prayers. Here is a prayer you can use to be mindful of God's place in our lives.
Why Can't Other People See Things As Clearly As We Do? 
If you are finding it difficult to talk to people with whom you disagree, the podcast Communicating and Bias with Brian McLaren may give you some guidance. Brian McLaren, the author of Naked Spirituality, is the featured guest on Compass, the United Methodist Rethink Church podcast. McLaren addresses 13 biases that are present in everybody and gives practical insight into how these biases keep us and others from hearing new information.  
Want To Be A Peacemaker?  
Rethink Church, a UMC website, shares an interesting piece on ways we can become peacemakers in the world.  
Praying for Change: Daily Prayers for Anti-Racism
The United Methodist Discipleship Ministry is providing daily prayers to help keep us centered on becoming anti-racist individuals and churches. To sign up for the daily prayers click here.
Taking Care of the Community
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.
Community Resources
Loudoun County Public Schools Meal Service
  • Walk Up Meal Service - 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Daily Bus Delivery of Breakfast and Lunch Meals throughout Loudoun County
  • 2 Runs: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm and 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
  • For delivery: Please visit the interactive map to identify the nearest bus stop and associated time for mobile service.
  • Daily breakfast and lunch meal service at 93 sites
  • Children and teens aged 18 and younger eat FREE of charge
  • Breakfast & lunch meals distributed simultaneously at both walk up sites and bus stops
  • Parent meal pick up available
  • Meal service available for childcare participants and students in attendance
Salvation Army Food Distribution at Crossroads
The Salvation Army will have a truck in the Crossroads parking lot to distribute food. 

Distribution is Friday, January 8th 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.
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 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