New Opportunity: Rock Island After-School

The 2017-2018 Oklahoma City school year has begun!  Yes, that’s right.  OKCPS started Tuesday, August 1st!  Every school year we host an after school program at Rock Island. In year’s past during this time we fed the kids, played games, socialized, studied the Bible, and built relationship.  This school year we plan to do the same but are trying to be more intentional with our younger students by pairing mentors with students, getting others to help tutor, and gathering a handful of other volunteers that want to help set up, clean up, and make food.  This program will officially begin AUGUST 28th!!!  So, there is still plenty of time to sign up and help out.  If you are interested in being involved, have any questions or need more information, please, don’t hesitate to ask!  Here’s an overview of what we’re needing and how you can be involved:

 

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rebuild the walls with us!

Several years back as a part of our effort to reclaim run down, dilapidated homes in the neighborhood we began purchasing properties, restoring them and making them available to our neighbors.  Our desire is to empower, sustain, and solidify families and individuals in the community by working towards home ownership.  This ministry effort is called, “Rebuilding the Walls”, and is a reflection of the scripture given to us in Isaiah 58.

Currently we own 5 homes in the neighborhood and 3 of these have been restored, structurally solidified, and, in some aspects, rebuilt.  Our objective and desire is to restore the homes but to do so in a fashion and manner that is consistent with the neighborhood and the homes nearby.  The 3 homes that have been restored each have family units living in them and are working towards home ownership.

The 2 other homes that we own are sitting and waiting.  Both of these homes have been worked on by groups and individuals to get them to a point where they are ready to receive professional work.  In years past we would pay professionals (and as often as possible employ individuals from the neighborhood) to come in and work on plumbing, electrical, and heat/air.  Currently we don’t have the ability to do so.

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(Pictured: The home needing plumbing & heat/air help.)

So, what we are asking individuals, small groups, girl scouts, churches, and everyone in between is to help us raise $8,000 ($4,000 for plumbing/$4,000 for heat/air) to allow us to complete one of the homes that has been sitting for about a year.  Upon professional completion this will allow us to put several volunteer, workgroups to work on the home to finish up!  Once said workgroups finish their job we will be ready to place a new family unit in the home and see what God has in store for them next!

(Pictured: New back patio & inside look at the home.)

If you would like to contribute directly to this project you can give online through PayPal by clicking here or write a check and write, “Rebuilding the Walls”, in the memo.  You can mail the check, drop it off yourself or we would be happy to meet you at a time and place that works best for you.

If you are a professional who would like to give of time and/or resources or know someone who might be interested in doing so you can contact us by filling out the short form below, giving us a call at (405) 232-7696 or just drop by and tell us yourself!

Thank you in advance for partnering with us in this work God has allowed each of us to be a part of here at Cross & Crown.  We are continually blown away by God’s goodness and the work He is about in the hearts of people that want to honor Him in their lives by loving and serving others!

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What now?

The holiday season provides a unique opportunity for giving and serving those in our community and city.  It’s always exciting to see new families and individuals reach out with a desire to partner and serve others.  Our hope is that in and through these ‘seasons of giving’ relationships will be built and seasons of giving will turn into lives of giving!

Going into this (still) new year we hope & plan to do our best in keeping you all up to date with on-going needs of both the ministry as a whole, as well as, individual needs of our neighbors.  We learned early on that ministry is a team sport and done best in community.  There’s only one MVP in ministry – Jesus – but He invites us to partner with Him in restoring life, bringing about justice, and righting wrongs, amongst other things.  Will you partner with us as we partner with Him?

We have added a new page at the top right labeled “Needs”.  There we will keep an on-going list of needs and add to them periodically as needed.  Also, we will update our Twitter, Facebook, & Instagram accounts for quick, short updates.  If you are able to help with a specific need we post or can offer some assistance in some form or fashion please email us at crossandcrownmission@gmail, reply to the post or call us at (405) 232-7696.

Here is a short list of some current needs…

1. Food pantry volunteer – come for an hour (or more) on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday anytime between 8:30-1:00 to help organize and prepare food boxes to distribute to our neighbors that come for assistance with food.

2. Prayer room volunteer – come on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday at 10:15am and serve by meeting with those who come for all forms of assistance by sitting down with them, filling out paperwork, and praying with them.  Typically done by 12:15-12:30.

3. Rebuilding the walls – we are in constant need of professionals or those with skill-sets to assist with plumbing, electrical work, roofing, painting, ect. to help us as we acquire dilapidated homes in the neighborhood and restore them for those seeking home ownership (read more about this effort here.)

4. Rock Island/youth volunteer – come for one or two hours between the hours of 3:00-5:00 on a Monday or 2:30-4:30 on a Wednesday to prepare snacks, guide young kids on computers, play video games with teenage boys or sit & chat with a group of girls.  Also, we could use 1 or 2 volunteers on Thursday afternoons between the hours of 3:00-5:00 to assist middle-school & high-school students as they navigate the Bible & dive into scripture to consider different topics.

5. As a 501(c)(3) we are in constant need of financial support.  Each of our full-time staff members are responsible for raising their own support.  In addition to individual fundraising of staff members we have special efforts and ongoing ministry efforts (such as the Whittier school building & Rebuilding the Walls) that require additional funds in order for us to move forward as we do our best to develop resources we believe are helpful & necessary for our community.

If you would like to offer support, you can do so by way of check or HERE through PayPal – (you don’t have to have a PayPal account to give through PayPal.  You can use a credit or debit card.)

If you prefer to write a check, please, make a check payable to “Cross and Crown Mission” and write either “Operations” in the memo portion or designate the staff member’s name of your choice in the memo portion. Mail it to the following address:

Cross and Crown Mission

1008 N. McKinley

OKC, OK 73106

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4th Annual 3×3 Basketball Tournament

Cross & Crown’s 4th Annual 3×3 basketball tournament is just around the corner. We are excited to announce that we are in the process of organizing volunteers, cleaning the courts & accepting team registrations for this year’s tournament.

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For those of you that are planning to participate in the tournament here are a few things to consider:

1. It will be hot! Bring some sunscreen, a hat or anything else you might desire to help keep yourself cool.

2. If you would like to guarantee that we have your correct t-shirt size you need to submit your team registration and shirt sizes before August 2nd.

3. The tournament will be officiated by paid officials. The youth games will have knowledgable, basketball enthusiasts officiating games.

If you are an individual that wants to be involved but aren’t interested in playing here are a few ways you can help:

1. Sponsor a team from the neighborhood that might not be able to come up with the funds to play/pay ($125 per team).

2. Become a corporate sponsor. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a corporate sponsor you can email, call or text us and we will send you an information packet explaining all the details. Or, click the link Corporate Sponsor Form

3. Provide Gatorade!

4. Contact us to see how you can help with some of the ‘dirty work’ required to get the court ready. Individuals & groups welcome.

5. Buy a tournament shirt! All participants will receive a shirt with their team registration. Anyone else can purchase a shirt for $20. This year’s shirts designed by GRP FLY!

6. There will be plenty of activity going on the day of the tournament. Even if you don’t have an “official” position we would love for you to come out and watch a game or two, grab something to eat, meet some our of neighbors and enjoy the day with us.

Here’s why we started the tournament & an explanation of what our hope is Tournament Explanation

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Rock Island After-School Schedule

Here is a look at this semester’s after-school schedule. Take a look at the days and times we will be open and let us know if you would like to help out with some homework, help prepare food or just hang out with some kids and build relationships!

Rock Island Fall Schedule

Monday – 2:30-4:45 All ages hangout, snack & tutoring

Tuesday – 6:00-8:00 MS/High-School Bible study & meal

Wednesday – 2:30-4:45 All ages hangout, snack & tutoring

Thursday – 3:00-4:45 All ages hangout, snack & tutoring

3rd Annual 3×3 Summer Shootout!

Get your sunscreen ready & start tuning up that jumper. Cross & Crown’s 3nd Annual 3×3 Summer Shootout is just around the corner. We are excited to announce that we are in the process of organizing volunteers, cleaning the courts & accepting team registrations for this year’s tournament.Cross & Crown Mission (1)

For those of you that are planning to participate in the tournament here are a few things to consider:

1.  It will be hot!  Bring some sunscreen, a hat or anything else you might desire to help keep yourself cool.

2.  If you would like to guarantee that we have your correct t-shirt size you need to submit your team registration and shirt sizes before August 2nd.

3.  The competitive league will be officiated by paid officials.  The ‘just for fun’ division will have knowledgable, basketball enthusiasts officiating games.

If you are an individual that wants to be involved but aren’t interested in playing here are a few ways you can help:

1.  Sponsor a team from the neighborhood that might not be able to come up with the funds to play/pay ($125 per team).

2.  Become a corporate sponsor.  If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a corporate sponsor you can email, call or text us and we will send you an information packet explaining all the details. Or, click the link Corporate Sponsor Form

3.  Provide Gatorade!

4. Contact us to see how you can help with some of the ‘dirty work’ required to get the court ready. Individuals & groups welcome.

5.  Buy a tournament shirt! All participants will receive a shirt with their team registration.  Anyone else can purchase a shirt for $20.  This year’s shirts designed by GRP FLY!

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6.  There will be plenty of activity going on the day of the tournament.  Even if you don’t have an “official” position we would love for you to come out and watch a game or two, grab something to eat, meet some our of neighbors and enjoy the day with us.

Here’s why we started the tournament & an explanation of what our hope is – Tournament Explanation

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