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Giving isn't limited to holidays at Crossroads UMC

Amy Millhorn Leonard • Dec 19, 2017 at 4:30 PM

“Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” - Romans 12:13

Crossroads United Methodist Church in Kingsport not only gives to those in need during the Christmas holiday, but they give throughout the year. Crossroads UMC has expanded its hospitality to the community through various programs.

“We want to make sure when we are offering a cup of water or food that we share the message of Jesus Christ with folks. We are not just offering that water or food, but offering it in his name.” The congregation at Crossroads exemplifies this quest through their many ministries in the community.

Families in need of food may come to the church’s food pantry located through the back door of the church on Thursdays from 10 a.m. until noon once per month. At sign-in, they will be greeted by a smiling church volunteer and then receive food items in coordination with Second Harvest Food Bank. The Crossroads Clothing Closet features gently-used and clean clothing to select from and is also open Thursdays from 10 a.m. until noon. Donations of gently-used and clean clothing can be dropped off Monday through Friday at the back door between 9 a.m. and noon.

Crossroads United Methodist Church, along with other area churches, provides food for the Kingsport City Schools’ Homeless Education Program and collects school supplies and food items as needed by local school students. Pastor Lantz and other volunteers mentor students at a local elementary school through a one-on-one reading program.

The church is a part of an international Kairos Prison Ministry: Inside and Outside. Pastor Lantz and others from Crossroads, along with other trained volunteers from several churches participate in Kairos weekends inside the prison. In addition, they have people who volunteer for Kairos outside weekends. They also provide snacks monthly for “Journey Meetings” held at the prison. This rewarding ministry has a huge impact on those incarcerated and their families.

Local dialysis, radiology and oncology patients receive snacks and bottled water along with prayers and words of encouragement from volunteers from Crossroads. They also attempt to donate food on a bi-monthly basis to the Light House Ministry Center in Elkhorn City, Kentucky.

There is more in the works.

Crossroads United Methodist Church is proud to announce a Celebrate Recovery program which will begin some time in the first quarter of 2018. Additionally, they are planning a mission trip to Central America.

Pastor Lantz says the church’s quest for giving could not be possible if not for its group of wonderful volunteers. These individuals of all ages step in and bake cookies, volunteer in the clothing closet and food pantry and do whatever is needed to fulfill the church’s quest of giving. Pastor Lantz says, “Our goal at Crossroads is to have enough opportunities for people to use their time, talents and resources to give to others and share the message of Christ, making them disciples and transforming themselves and others.”

Does Crossroads sound like a church that can transform you? Worship service opportunities are on Sundays are 9 a.m. for a traditional service and 11 a.m. for a contemporary service with Sunday school at 10 a.m. and a prayer meeting at 6 p.m. On Wednesdays, two adult Bible study groups, as well as children and youth, meet at 6 p.m. The children have their own church and Sunday school and other events like Vacation Bible School and a fall festival. They are presently also conducting a shoe drive. The active youth group at Crossroads helps with Vacation Bible School and fall festivals at the church and attends “Resurrection Retreat” in Gatlinburg each year. To learn more, contact the church at (423) 246-2982. Or visit their website at www.crossroadskingsport.org.

The entire community is invited to Crossroads United Methodist Church’s special Christmas Eve service starting at 9 p.m. featuring music by the Praise Team and ensemble band.

Crossroads United Methodist Church is located at 200 Bays Cove Trail in Kingsport.

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