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We are eager to have our church family back in the building again! Until that time comes, the staff and Trustees of CROSSROADS CHURCH are doing whatever they can to get the building ready to welcome everyone back safely. We have newly installed the following:
  • Touchless toilet flushers installed in bathrooms
  • Touchless sink faucets installed in bathrooms,
  • Door foot plates installed on doors
  • Touchless hand sanitizing spray stands available in lobbies and counter-tops
  • Masks purchased for all who need them when entering the building
  • Sanitizing protocol before and after every event and meeting
  • Hermetically sealed communion wafers and juice cups
  • Doors of the entrance and sanctuaries will be propped open 
  • Seating will be spread out at a safe distance
  • No plates or bulletins passed around (notes and order of worship will be on screen. Offerings will be done electronically or dropped off in offering plates located at the sanctuary doors.
Until we get the all clear to meet together as one body, please continue to join us at our outdoor drive in worship services or online on YouTube or Facebook at Crossroads Church Lakeville.
 
Stay safe, healthy, and blessed!
Pastor Deb Marzahn
Executive Pastor 
 
 
 
Why We Didn’t Close CROSSROADS CHURCH
 
Some churches chose to close the last three months. CROSSROADS didn’t close because of COVID-19.  The reason is very simple – the Church as the Body of Christ is ESSENTIAL to the well-being of our local communities, the country, and the world. Closing would be an abdication of our Christian responsibility. What has happened since the decision not to close by the leadership of our church has been remarkable. 
 
Our worship attendance has consistently been higher, with some weeks topping 50% more people than the same Sunday one year ago. Our outdoor service on Easter had over 1000 in worship attendance online and 200 in our parking lot in spite of a snowstorm. People who used to call our church home and people who are brand new are all finding their way to us. We have also been able to hold smaller venue funeral and wedding services and during this time as well as the very special union of our own Pastor Mark Schlasner with his wife Amy Jo.
 
Financial support of the church’s ministries has remained strong, with some people picking up where others have had to reduce giving. Many have moved to online giving and several have started tithing for the first time.  Additionally, the people of the church have given generously to special funds for the support of fellow members who have been adversely affected.  We have given out groceries to over 1000 people since Covid 19 caused social distancing and sheltering at home. 
 
Our creative CROSSROADS staff and volunteers have excelled in finding ways to involve people in worship through online and parking lot services. Our outstanding staff have also been giving live devotions on Facebook that have inspired hundreds daily.  Our youth have continued to do Zoom gatherings and our Youth Pastor Nina has been doing social distance drop-offs of “Blessing Bags.” Our Children’s Director Krissy has been giving out daily ideas for kids and family devotions. Both Nina and Krissy have started to do creative countdowns before our online worship services.  Our adult small groups have continued to do Zoom gatherings and some groups have even grown larger during this Pandemic. God’s word continues to be discussed together and we encourage one another through intentional community.  Our prayer team and staff have continued to reach out in ministry to intercede over hundreds of prayer requests. Our community continues to be blessed through support of one another.
 
The laughter of children fills the halls of CROSSROADS every day. We made the bold decision to keep our daycares open at both campuses to help essential workers who needed childcare. Phil and Amy Shaver, owners of Four-Square Learning Center continue to provide quality infant and preschool care as well as expand their school age care during this critical time at the Lakeville Campus. LOVE Christian Child Care Center, owned by CROSSROADS and managed by Judy Hart, continues to help essential workers with childcare at our Inver Grove Heights Campus. All staff at both childcare centers have continued to do safety training while applying new policies and procedures to keep everyone safe.
 
The CROSSROADS family has stepped up to the challenge of the moment with flexibility and understanding that goes beyond what I would have envisioned. Pastor Deb and I are deeply grateful to all of you. Our CROSSROADS family has also increased their usual number of intentional acts of kindness, making a difference in our community.  I have heard numerous testimonies of members lifting people’s spirits with calls, emails, and personal notes. People have continued to make sandwiches for the homeless and drop off hygiene supplies for our elderly who are sheltering at home. I am so blessed to pastor a church that loves God and our neighbor as ourselves.
 
It has been encouraging to see how CROSSROADS continues to plan for the future. In the midst of a government slow down and deferred meetings, we signed three purchase agreements in March.  While banks have stopped loaning money for many development projects, plans have moved forward to construct a Senior Assisted Care and Memory Care Apartment building on our Lakeville Campus. Attached to the Ebenezer managed Senior Care facility will be a brand-new Four-Square Learning Center that will minister infants, preschool and school age kids.  At our Inver Grove Heights Campus, CROSSROADS has partnered to develop workforce housing that will help 50 families have an affordable place to live.  We have hosted community meetings, city planning sessions and ongoing planning meetings via Zoom and conference calls during this time. In spite of the obstacles, CROSSROADS has made tremendous progress while other building projects in Lakeville and Inver Grove Heights have come to a standstill.
 
There have certainly been challenges for us. The government, rightfully, told churches to close their buildings so that we won’t accidentally spread a harmful and sometimes deadly disease. This is no different than what my grandpa told me happened in 1918, except that today we have infinitely more options for connecting with each other. The government can close a building, temporarily, for the well-being of the community. The government can’t close CROSSROADS CHURCH. We began as a church without a building for the first 9 years at CROSSROADS. We have known since our inception that our church is present wherever “faith and life meet.” 
 
So about 10 weeks ago we ceased doing corporate onsite worship at our Lakeville and Inver Grove Heights Campuses. That same day, we opened the door to a new way of being the church on mission and living our faith. We’re still figuring it out and we still look forward to getting back into our buildings sometime soon. But, building or not, we’re still open for the essential work that the CROSSROADS family in mission is called to fulfill.
 
 
 
Inver Grove Heights Campus
Greetings! I hope you all are doing great! Things are just about to pick up at the CROSSROADS CHURCH IGH campus! We’ve been having joint worship with New Heights Community Church and things have been going very well! Currently we’re looking at restarting our small groups as well as planning for worship as soon as it’s safe for us to gather together again. All the while we’ve been offering new ways to interact through Zoom meetings and through online worship via Facebook. We also had a very successful Drive-In worship service where we handed out hot meals. Also, Grocery Giveaway has been more needed now than ever! We’ve been hitting record numbers the past few months and hope to continue it this summer. It’ll certainly be a blessing when we can gather together again, and CROSSROADS CHURCH is still blessing others during this quarantine. God is certainly on the move here at the IGH campus! Hallelujah!
 
Mark Schlasner
(Pastoral Intern, IGH Campus)
 
 
 
CROSSROADS is coming up to its 25-year anniversary as a church. CROSSROADS started with 5 people in a living room and nine Core Values. CROSSROADS is “Built to Last” because it is based upon Biblical principles that will endure over time. Our summer worship series will be revisiting the foundation of CROSSROADS in terms of its core values, mission, and vision as a church.  This series reminds us that all churches and believers built on God’s values are built to last.
 
 
 
May this message find you filled with kind people, happy moments, love in your heart, peace in your soul, and good health in your body. Children’s Ministry is moving forward with being as safe and healthy as possible, especially with our most precious children and families during these uncertain times. Until we meet in person there are Wednesday Zoom meetups, videos, Curriculum for KOW and Daily Devotions on our Children’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2396238520703408/.  I can promise you that you guys will be the first to know as restrictions relax and we get to resume some of our events 
kcameron@crossroadschurch.org  for any questions.
Praying for you all, and missing you, too!
Miss Krissy 
 
Visit CROSSTRAINING page HERE
 
 
 
 
Hello CHOSEN Students! We are so excited to be able to meet again soon! Please check in to the website https://www.crossroadschurch.org/youth/ for updates regarding how many students are allowed to participate in person with the guidelines given. Signups will be on a first come first serve basis. We have a beach day, movie night and other events planned which will be announced when dates are finalized. We are excited for the summer and can’t wait to praise God together!
 
 
 
 
 
New Heights Community Church Summer 2020 Newsletter
 
Greetings in the name of Jesus!  This is Pastor Dan of New Heights Community Church in Inver Grove Heights.  At this time, we were supposed to be deep into a process of joint worship services and shared ministry with Crossroads IGH (what we are calling a programmatic merger). We were looking forward to a full administrative merger (becoming unified as one church) later this year. That process, like just about everything else, has been affected by this COVID-19 pandemic.  Because of this, there is not a lot to report due to the fact that we have not been able to gather together for around two months now. 
 
There is also not much to report on upcoming church events as how things will look for church gatherings and events this summer are still up in the air.  One thing for sure is God is in control and He will accomplish His purposes.  Not even a pandemic can stop that from happening. 
 
I look forward every day to the time we can gather together in person and I can see your smiling faces and hear what God has been doing in your life. Let’s keep praying for that to happen soon!
 
Pastor Dan
 
 
 
 

“Freedom Indeed” New Sunday Service at CROSSROADS CHURCH I.G.H. Campus

Starting in mid-September by God’s grace:
 
3:30p-4:30p: Pre-service Prayer/Worship
4:30p-6:00p: Sunday Service
6:00p-6:30p: Post-service Prayer/Fellowship
 
Are you looking for a place of worship and fellowship where you can…
  • be knitted together by the Holy Spirit with other followers of Christ?
  • operate freely, but in order, with the gift or gifts that God has given you?
  • grow in your relationship with the LORD and the body of Christ?
  • be strengthened in your faith, and be equipped for every good work?
  • go deeper in your walk God and be an active participant as you co-labor with Jesus?
  • learn to carry the presence of God and become a representative of the Love of Jesus to others?

If you answered yes to any, or all of the questions above, we encourage you to join us and others at this new Sunday afternoon/early evening service to grow in our relationship with God individually and together.
 
1 Cor 14:26 How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.
 
Some of the main areas of this new ministry are: intercessory prayer, being sensitive to the Holy Spirit, developing home groups/small groups, relational discipleship/mentorship, community outreach, and winning souls for Jesus. The ministry focus is to know Jesus Christ and to make Him known to all whom we meet. Making disciples who will make disciples, helping to shepherd them until they mature in Christ. 
 
We are in the process of forming leadership & ministry teams and developing/encouraging new home groups and small groups to begin forming. Home/small groups are essential to the growth of the body of Christ and that is where a lot of our focus will be. 
Please join us as we all grow to be participants in the Kingdom of God.
 
Current opportunities to participate and grow:
Tues: Leadership/Ministry Training
6:30p-8:30p @ Crossroads I.G.H. campus
 
Thur: Home Group                       
6:30p-8:30p @ Blanchard household in Farmington
 
Wed: future Bible study                  
6:30p-8:30p @ place and time to be named later
 
For more information about the future Sunday service, to serve, to participate in a current home group, or start your own home/small group please contact:
 
Jason Oehrlein – 651.336.7870
Gary Blanchard – 952.288.3652
Antoinette Blanchard – 612.414.4197
 
Thank you! 
Blessings and grace to you all!!
Pastor Jason

 
 
BEING GOOD STEWARDS BY BURNING THE MORTGAGE!
 
As Pastor Paul mentions in his Pastor’s page of this newsletter, CROSSROADS is very blessed to have continuous givers, even through this virus pandemic. Folks have been great about sending in donations and been especially generous in giving to support Outreach ministries of the church which help those in special need during this time.
 
One thing we have not been promoting very much, other priorities have obviously taken place, is that we are coming up on our final months to give to the Capital Campaign. Three years ago, we started a campaign to bring down our debt as well as to improve our two campuses. So far we have paid off over $150,000 of principal on our mortgage! We have also purchased a new boiler and water heater for the Lakeville campus and new concrete sidewalks and driveways at the Inver Grove Heights campus. 
 
We are still about $250,000 short of paying off our bank loan on the church. Wouldn’t it be amazing to celebrate CROSSROADS CHURCH’S 25th anniversary next March with a burning of the mortgage celebration?! 
 
For those of you who paid off your pledge early, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!
 
If you have made a Capital Campaign pledge that has a balance due or if you would like to donate still, please consider doing so by clicking this link https://www.crossroadschurch.org/investing-in-generations/ or mailing donations to CROSSROADS CHURCH, 17671 Glacier Way, Lakeville, MN 56044.
 
Thank you for all you do you support the ministry of the church that God has called us to be for such a time as this!
 
Blessings,
Pastor Deb Marzahn