Over the Hump...

...midweek reminders to finish your week strong!

Wednesday November 24, 2021

Communication Card

If you would like to share your praises, prayer requests, leave a comment about how you've been impacted recently or if you have a question about something you've been thinking about, please click here.

Participate in Discipleship

Would you like to walk with someone in the First Principles of following Jesus? Are you willing to serve the body by leading in corporate prayer, reading scripture, praying with those who come to the altar on Sundays? If so, click here.

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Here's Your Giving Report for this Past Week...

You see these offering reports each week because it is incumbent upon us to report to you, the Covenant Partner, how the church is doing (meaning we, the Covenant Partners) - the church to whom God has called you to responsibility and privilege.

We have a few projects that MUST BE COMPLETED by early Spring 2022:

  • Dedicated HVAC Units for The Upper Room: $10,000
  • A Dedicated HVAC Unit for The Loft (of the Worship Center): $6000
  • New Roof for The Upper Room (educational building): $37,000
  • Not a MUST, but the very last of our building renovations is the completion of our church kitchen: $50,000

As many of you know, we are living in a time of bizarre supply and demand of building materials and technology, where these prices can change drastically in a week, so these are not guaranteed invoices, only estimates. As the Lord blesses you and your family, would you consider giving to our Building Fund on a regular basis - weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, etc - or giving a substantial 2021 Christmas Gift toward the Building Fund or even plan to give toward the Building Fund off of your Tax Returns in 2022 so that we can pay cash for all three of these projects when we have them done in early Spring 2022?

God has provided for the needs of our church, our community and global responsibility AND He has done so graciously through one of the most difficult seasons for churches in the pandemic of 2020/2021 -- leveraging what we have and what we've been given to do ministry among our neighbors here in our community, in our city and around the world. #SoliDeoGloria

Global Partner Highlight

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Global Partner Spotlight - Area Churches/BRKC Association

Our Association of Kansas City Churches that we cooperate with here in Eastern Jackson County for missional outreach

  • The Blue River Kansas City Association (BRKC)
Also Pray for These Churches in Our Community:
  • First Baptist Church of Grain Valley and Pastor Wayne Geiger
  • Faith United Methodist of Grain Valley and Pastor Mike Cassidy
  • Valley Community Church and Pastor Jason Williams
  • Valley Baptist Church and Pastor Jason Williams
  • The Road Church and Pastors Dale Smith and Charles Ackmann
Pray for:
  • Their personal health-spiritual, emotional, physical and financial
  • That they would have compassion for others
  • For the management of their time and ministry
  • That C2 would both personally and corporately be a blessing and encouragement to them- financially, prayerfully, and physically thru correspondence and support

Pray that the Gospel message might be loud and clear in their pulpits, in their ministries and in their lives - -- so that all may hear...AND live! We ARE the Church!

Click here to read the latest newsletter from BRKC

Missions Opportunity From Your Couch!!!

Our missionary Stephanie Martin, Campus Ministry with CRU - Cote d'Ivoire, is seeking people to volunteer their time to video with Ivorians to help them work on their English. This would be a great way to serve others without leaving the comfort of your home. Click here to SignUp or go to SignUps in Church Center, if this is something you might be interested in doing or are interested in doing.

Missions Opportunity Right Here in Your City!!!

Afghani Families Arriving in Kansas City!

We are looking for volunteers to serve our new American neighbors arriving here in Kansas City through gospel-centered ministries of mercy. Currently, they are all residing in a hotel in North Kansas City while the resettlement agency works on helping them find homes and jobs. We get the privilege of providing fun things for them to do to help them acclimate to our country and city. Most of them are coming from a 3- month stay at a military base...prior to that, the only place they've known is Afghanistan. Here's how you can help:

  1. Join in providing fun activities onsite for the children.
  2. Bring your children to play and engage with their children.
  3. Join in taking groups on tours of the city - The Plaza, City Market, Crown Center, etc.
  4. Join in being a language partner in helping an adult learn some basic English.

If you're interested in coming alongside Pastor Darryl to do any of these things, please see Pastor Darryl.

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Christmas Baskets for Refugee Families in Northeast Kansas City

Crossroads has committed to show generosity and love by adopting 10 international families with Christmas baskets. These are families who have fled to the US as Refugees and have been resettled here in Northeast Kansas City. We are partnering with our Global Partners REFUGE KC to assist these families. You have the option to -

  1. Sign up for an entire family and provide ALL contents and the basket
  2. Sign up for one or multiple items for an individual family or across multiple families.
  3. Sign up to provide a monetary donation to purchase items for these baskets.

How Can You Pray for Our Global Partners?

Have you visited our page with all of the latest updates from our Global Partners who GO and SERVE on behalf of you and your family, taking the Gospel around the world as an extension of Crossroads Church so that others may hear...AND live?

Have you talked to your children about our Global Partners and encouraged them to pray for them in your family prayer time? Click the image to our Missions page or click here.

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How Can You Pray for Your Church Family?

Click Here to submit a prayer request that will appear on a private page for our church family to be able to bring one another before the Lord in prayer. You have the option to hide your personal info and/or the prayer request.

Click Here to view the Personal Prayer Requests submitted by your church family.

Praying over C2 Corporately

This is a hidden page on our website that has a list with 24 sections some with several sub points. They could easily be used as a 24-Hour Prayer Guide. They are also numbered so that you can use them as a Daily Prayer Guide, praying each day of the month for the request that corresponds with the date.

Thru this page you can also access church family prayer requests, share personal prayer requests or praises, or use the OpenDoors link to pray for persecuted believers worldwide.

Click here or go to www.direction4living.com/prayforc2.

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Focus on the Family:

Thanksgiving is a chance for families to gather together and enjoy being with one another. But Thanksgiving can also be a meaningful time to reflect on our blessings and remember how God has been faithful in our lives. Many families have special Thanksgiving traditions they use to show gratitude to God and each other.

We partnered with Thriving Family to ask parents about some of their favorite Thanksgiving traditions. These cherished traditions help their families experience real gratitude amid the food and fellowship of the Thanksgiving.

Whether your family has a long history of traditions or your new family is approaching the holidays for the first time, these Thanksgiving traditions can bless your family. This Thanksgiving, consider how you can intentionally cultivate gratitude within your family.

Click here to read more.

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  • Wednesday, November 24th: No Midweek/Kidz4Christ
  • Saturday, November 27th: Decorating the Big House for the Christmas Season
  • Saturday, December 4th: Kidz Worship Makers Practice: Actors @ 9am, Bells @ 10am
  • Sunday, December 5th: Ladies Christmas Luncheon
  • Wednesday, December 8th: MidWeek Dinner
  • Friday, December 10th: Crossroads Movie Night - Christmas with The Chosen
  • Saturday, December 11th: Kidz Worship Makers Practice: Actors/Soloists @ 9am, Elementary @ 10am, Preschool @ 11am
  • Sunday, December 12th @ 6:00 pm: Kidz Christmas Musical
  • Sunday, December 19th @ 9:30am: Breakfast with the Ekklesia
  • Friday, December 24th @ 5:00pm: Hot Cocoa Bar/Eggnog/Christmas Treats before The Well: Christmas Edition
  • Friday, December 24th @ 6:00pm: The Well: Christmas Edition
  • Sunday, December 26th: No Ekklesia Hour @ 9:30am
  • Saturday-Sunday, March 4-6, 2022: Crossroads Men's Warrior Weekend

*Dates are subject to change and more events will be added! We'll keep you informed.


In order to keep our communications streamlined, we have broken our weekly reminders into three smaller digital publications. If you missed Friday's "C2 Essentials", click the image above to check it out or refresh your memory. "C2 Essentials" focuses on Essential Announcements, Updates, Links and Reminders for the weekend and the upcoming week to keep you connected to the Body of Christ at Crossroads.


If you have not yet downloaded our church app - CHURCH CENTER - you are missing out. Church Center has it all. As you'll notice on the image above, not only can you...
  1. ...find a Group
  2. ...participate in Group messaging with your Group and Ministry Teams and find contact information for those in your Group
  3. ...support your church, missions and special projects through Giving
  4. ...signup for a variety of special events (like the ones above this message)
  5. ...view an upcoming calendar of events here at Crossroads so you can mark your own calendars
  6. ...view a directory of contacts within the church family and see photos to connect a face with a name
  7. ...pre-check-in on your way to The Big House so you don't have to stand in line at the Check-In Stations

You'll find links to some of the most vital utilities and features you'll need access to in order to fully participate in community here at Crossroads Church

You can find and install Church Center in the App Store of your mobile device or by clicking the image above.

You can also find and bookmark all the Church Center features and utilities in your favorite browser on your computer by CLICKING HERE or by typing https://crossroadsgv.churchcenter.com/ in the search bar.

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Stay Connected to C2

Our Website: http://direction4living.com

General Email: infodesk@direction4living.com

Office Address:

  • 900 NW Jefferson St. - Grain Valley, MO 64029

Mailing Address:

  • Crossroads Church - PO Box 351- Grain Valley, MO 64029

Darryl & Sharon Jones - Elder/Lead Pastor

Bonnie Burns - Pastor Darryl's Admin Assistant

Daniel & Krysten Ballard - Elder/Worship Arts/Student Ministry Pastor

Michael & Summer Hicks / Elder

Please note: the church DOES have a phone line for those outside the church family. We've had the line for the last 22 years and it's good to have for the general public. However, the church line mostly attracts sales and marketing calls. As a result, it is not monitored very closely.

If you need to contact one of our Staff Pastors or Elders, PLEASE USE THEIR MOBILE NUMBERS WHICH ARE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU ABOVE. You'll also find this information in the front of your Crossroads Connections notebook. These numbers are not to be given out to the public but are available for your personal use.

Office Hours: 10am-3pm Monday thru Thursday

  • Pastor Darryl Jones is full-time here at the church but isn’t always in the office as ministry happens everywhere. Pastor Darryl and Sharon live here in “The Big House” and try to be very accessible to the church family. However, they do try to protect Friday each week as a day of restorative rest and time together. Click Here to schedule an appointment with Pastor Darryl. Pastor Darryl tries to “unplug” electronically on Fridays but can be contacted through Sharon in case of emergency.
  • Pastor Daniel Ballard is only in the church offices part-time while serving as a full-time EMT for the Odessa Fire Protection District.
  • Michael Hicks is a lay Elder and does not keep office hours. He is self-employed and owns his own company, East Side Electric, LLC.
  • Bonnie Burns is Pastor Darryl’s Administrative Assistant and works in the church offices during office hours.
  • Everyone else who serves our church does so on a volunteer basis—neither receiving compensation nor keeping office hours.

All of that to say - we are here to serve you, but “here” is always relative. Text, email and phone are our friends. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you can’t find us at “The Big House”.