Your Turn...First Responder Rest Stop

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Today I'm writing with two hats on at once - you should see me, the dog can't stop laughing! Yes, I'm the Crossroads Volunteer Coordinator and that's how you may know me from these writings. But, I'm also the ministry lead for the First Responder Rest Stop ministry. So, while you try to decide if I'm wearing a fedora and a baseball cap or if it's a sombrero and a beret...read on and see if you want to come serve with us! No hat required.

The First Responder Rest Stop ministry has some opportunities for you to ANSWER THE CALL. If you'd like to be part of the team that cares for our first responders and wants to encourage them through acts of kindness, look through the list below. If you have questions about this ministry, the contact info is at the bottom.

SPECIAL ONE-TIME PROJECT
We've been doing this for 6 1/2 years, it's time to refresh the space. We need to move furniture out of the room, paint, and move things back in. If you can help with any part of this, we really need you. Date is flexible and we can work around our volunteers. We do hope to complete this before Appreciation Week in mid-May.

Friday afternoon or early evening (Weekly)
This is a basic drink refill and takes 5-10 minutes.

Saturday morning (Weekly)
This is a basic drink refill and takes 5-10 minutes.

Sunday after church (2-3 times/month)
3rd and 4th Sundays each month and the 5th Sunday quarterly. This is a full stock refill assignment and takes approximately 30 minutes.

Wal-Mart Shoppers (1-2 times/month, on call)
We need 1-2 people to make Wal-Mart trips for us. This will vary, but will average twice a month. You would need to be able to purchase and we will issue a reimbursement check within a week.

Costco Shoppers (1-2 times/month, on call)
We need 1-2 people to make Costco trips for us. This varies, but will average twice a month and can be a full cart's worth. You can purchase and we will issue a reimbursement check within a week. Or we can purchase a gift card for you to use if necessary.

SPECIAL REQUEST: We specifically need 1 person who is willing to purchase cases of water in Vancouver, as it saves us $4 per case on bottle deposits and we buy 10-15 at a time.

Lois Flores, 503.890.6117
lois.flores@crossroadsportland.com

March Madness

So there’s this big tournament about to start called March Madness…some of you may have heard of it. I gather it’s a rather big deal to college basketball fans. Me? Not so much. You? I don’t know. But this article isn’t about sports it’s about making a difference in the lives of young people who happen to love basketball.

I’m talking about Crossroads Hoopsters.  Glen Heiner has been opening the gym to the neighbor kids for over 20 years and Hoopsters was officially formed about 6 years ago. This ministry serves men averaging 16-25 years of age and their friends/families that come with them.

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The goal is to provide a safe, Christ-centered environment to play basketball and build relationships. The gospel is presented both in word and in actions. Hoopsters also provides mentoring, life skills, and leadership training. This includes GED test preparation, help with preparing job applications and resumes, and access to computers for online job applications.

There are so many ways you can help make a difference through this ministry, and you don’t even have to like basketball. If you’re friendly, like snacks, want to encourage youth, or know how to use a computer – there’s a place for you. Check out the list below for ways you can serve this young generation in our community.

  • Run the sign up list as they check in.
     
  • Buy or make a snack monthly, quarterly, or whenever it works. You can drop it off at church Sunday morning or  bring it to the gym that evening.
     
  • Visit with the girlfriends/wives and kids and just be friendly while watching the guys play.
     
  • Share a short devotional or prayer with the players and guests.
     
  • Help schedule speakers or connect Glen to relevant guest speakers.
     
  • Help with vocational mentoring and developing their computer skills.
     
  • Love basketball? Come interact with the players.
     
  • Consider adding this ministry to your regular prayer list. Let Glen know you are praying for the leaders, the participants and all others touched through this ministry. One of the most encouraging things you can do for leaders is to pray for them and let them know that.

If you have questions about this ministry or want to learn more about ways you can help out, contact Glen Heiner or Lois Flores.

If you are curious, stop by for a little while some Sunday night - 5:30 to 8:30 in the gym.

Glen Heiner, Ministry Contact
503.780.0919
grheiner@msn.com

Lois Flores, Volunteer Coordinator
lois.flores@crossroadsportland.com
503.890.6117

Excuses - Fact or Fiction?

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Many people have had some of the following thoughts when it comes to being asked to volunteer. If any of these have crossed your mind, you are not alone, but are they fact or fiction?

  • I’m not skilled or gifted.
  • I’m too old.
  • There are enough people to do everything.
  • That’s what we pay the staff to do.
  • I’m too young.
  • I used to serve.
  • I’m not needed.

 

ALL FICTION.
If these are true, then why do I have a list of great ways we need your help to serve? God is calling us to do more and to give back. 

Just A Few of Our Current Openings - I have plenty more!

  • Picking up bulletins and trash from chairs in Sanctuary
  • Prayer Team; Call 4-6 people a week to remind them it’s their turn to serve on the come to church.
  • Worship ministry provides bottled water and granola bars to the team - once a month pick those up and drop them off when you come to the church. Cost reimbursed.
  • Bake goodies for the First Responder Rest Stop.
  • Straighten Bibles, Connection Cards and Giving Envelopes on the chairs.
  • Help plan and host Women’s Craft Days (no craft ability required).
  • Bring a snack for Hoopsters ministry.
  • Help at Prescott Elementary School with simple teacher support projects.
  • I will need some data entry help (online program, work from home on your own schedule).
  • Take photographs for our ministries and events.
  • The Harbor - help fix and serve a meal to the guys there and talk or play games.
  • Visit with the girlfriends and families Sunday nights at Hoopsters basketball.
  • Substitute helpers needed for the Kids Ministry.
  • Coffee Cart before services.
  • Food bank ministry.
  • Create a ministry scrapbook.
  • Stuff the bulletin.
  • Vacuum - lots of rooms to vacuum!

Lois Flores, Volunteer Coordinator
lois.flores@crossroadsportland.com
503.890.6117
 

Diving In

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The season is here - I saw swimsuits in the stores this past week! While I’m not ready to jump into an outdoor pool yet, it did make me think about how different people approach swimming pools. I could easily identify 4 types of people and I think you’ll see where I’m going with this.

One Toe Testers
These are the people you’ll find sitting around the pool keeping an eye on the activities and may casually stroll by from time to time and stick one toe in to see how the water feels.

Edge Dwellers
You’ll find these people contentedly sitting around the edge, often on the steps. They have both feet in, but not very far and they can easily jump out of the water and run.

Cautiously All In
One step at a time, but never looking back best describes this group of people. They’re committed to going in the pool but it’s the first step, then the second, then third before they reach the floor of the pool. However, they are standing on their tiptoes before slowly inching deeper and deeper into the water. Eventually they are completely in and happy to be there.

Look Out Below! (aka Cowabunga!)
This last group has made the decision and they are jumping in with everything they’ve got. They can’t change their mind because they are already committed completely and you can’t stop and turn around in mid-air, nor would the thought cross their mind.

These descriptions reminded me of the variety of people who may be ready to consider volunteering. Admit it – you already knew that’s where this was going, right? Some are willing to test it out one time while others are ready for a bit more to see how things go. No matter how you would describe yourself, God and Crossroads needs you and we have a place ready and waiting for you.

Last time I asked you to ask God to keep the idea of serving on your mind and to be open to considering the possibility. This time I’m asking you to take the next step. If you’re ready to get in the pool, we are ready for you. On the back of the Connection Card, please check the volunteer box. If you really want to have fun, let me know which description fits you. You can also drop me an email or call me.

Maybe you’re in the pool clinging to the edge or floating on top – that’s okay. Together we’ll find the best fit for you. I promise you I won’t plug you in where you aren’t ready or overwhelm you. Come on in, the water’s fine. I can hardly wait to hear from you.

Lois Flores, Volunteer Coordinator
lois.flores@crossroadsportland.com
503.890.6117

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:10-11 (ESV)

Called To Serve

We have a new name for this bulletin feature, and you can watch for me to use the phrase “Answering the Call” as we connect through serving God together in future communications. For the most part, each update will run for 2 weeks but there may be times I surprise you so be sure to watch this section.

A little about the title I chose. This phrase is not original to me, I cannot take credit for it but I love it and it resonates deeply with me. I do believe that as children of God, we are called to serve. We know that the two greatest commandments are to love God and to love others. Loving God can be seen through the actions of loving others and what better way to love than to do something for others?

Society refers to this as volunteering and while I will often use that word, you will hear me using the word serving frequently because I think volunteering in church-related activities is serving God, the God we love.

I am busy meeting with different ministry leaders to see who currently needs our help. I already have several opportunities and will start sharing those with you in the next few weeks. Until then, would you please consider praying about answering the call to serve at Crossroads? I’m not asking you to sign up for anything yet, no weekly commitments for the next 10 years! I only want you to ask God to keep the idea of serving on your mind and to be open to considering the possibility.

Here to serve you,
Lois Flores, Volunteer Coordinator
lois.flores@crossroadsportland.com
503.890.6117

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:10-11 (ESV)

New Year, New Hat

Many people ring in a new year with joyful sounds of celebration and colorful party favors. Crossroads is ringing in 2018 with a new role for a veteran staffer. Lois Flores is now serving as our Volunteer Coordinator. 

You may know her from her 15 years working as an Administrative Ministry Assistant or as the Ministry Leader for the First Responder Rest Stop. It’s also entirely possible, and quite likely, that you’ve never met her as she is a bit on the shy, quiet and reserved side…until you get to know her. While Lois brings over three decades of administrative experience to this role, it’s really her passion for seeing people thrive while serving others that motivates her.

WAIT, WAIT, WAIT A MINUTE…

Hi everyone – let’s change this up from the formal 3rd person announcement and make it personal. To quote Joe Friday in Dragnet “Just the facts, ma’am” and here we go. My husband Tracy and I have been here since 2000 and have the most beautiful little fur-child and will happily bore you with dozens of pictures at your request or if you cannot outrun us. We have been married for 28 years and spent our 5th anniversary unloading the moving van that began our Portland chapter. My heart is overwhelmingly devoted to serving our first responders, primarily the police, and if you ask me a question I find it difficult to stop talking about this ministry so make sure your car isn’t running when you ask. While the beach is my happy place, I can never get too many road trips logged in, regardless of the direction. No to coffee, mushrooms, seafood and crowds. Yes to dogs, pie, the beach and super wonderful friends with deep and meaningful conversations. Avid photographer, creative yet organized, consistent reader and learner and a want-to-be adventurer.

Enough about me, let’s turn the focus to Crossroads and our remarkable volunteers. This will be a new weekly section so watch and see what’s happening. It will even have a really great name by the 21st – don’t forget to watch for that update. We are going to share a variety of information in this section and my hope is that it will encourage you to see God working through the people here and also connect you to this great and wonderful thing called volunteering. I’m really looking forward to an exciting year together, Crossroads family.

If you can’t wait, you can reach me at lois.flores@crossroadsportland.com