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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Summer time!

This week we celebrate with our graduating seniors as they finish up their high school careers and many of them move on to some form of higher education!  For those students that still have a few years left of elementary, middle and high school we are gearing up for the summer months here at Cross & Crown and Rock Island.

Summer time means lots of students, work groups and added activities to our schedule.  Our services of the food pantry, clothing room, medical clinic, ect. will remain the same throughout the summer months but our times and activities at Rock Island will be much different.  Here’s a look at our schedule at Rock Island.  If you are interested in helping out or just coming to participate in a day or two please let us know! (405) 232-7696 or lwhitmire1@gmail.com

Also, we will be closed June 1-5 and begin our summer schedule June 8th!

Monday

10:00 – 1:00 Middle/High school help @C&C

1:00 – 3:00 All ages hangout & lunch

Tuesday

10:00 – 1:00 Middle/High school help @C&C

1:00 – 3:00 All ages hangout, lunch & craft

Wednesday

10:00 – 1:00 Middle/High school help @C&C

1:00 – 3:30 All ages lunch & movie

Friday

9:30 – 11:00 All ages help w/food boxes

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NWC Senior (K)night!

This week the Northwest Classen Knight’s boys and girls basketball teams will be celebrating senior night during their final home games of the year.  As many of you know, we have been very involved with the Knights this year.  Helping with practices, off season training and providing meals throughout the season has been a pleasure.  Now, as the season comes to an end we are excited for the seniors and are hoping to send them out with a special evening and a couple gifts.

We have been collecting baby pictures of the kids over the last couple weeks and plan to blow them up and have them posted in the gymnasium the night of the festivities.  Also, we are getting each senior a Bible with their name monogrammed on the front!

There are 14 seniors.  Each Bible (monogramming included) costs $18.  Each picture costs $6.  So, to sponsor one senior $24 would cover the cost. 

Would you be interested in contributing towards this effort?

Also, for those of you that are interested in investing in the youth of Rock Island that attend schools throughout the city, prom and graduation are quickly approaching!  There will be plenty of future opportunities to help provide special memories for some special kids.

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