Giving and Serving Opportunities
Latest Giving and Serving Opportunity (September 30, 2020):
Click for more info: → Hope Street Food Pantry
There are always many needs in our local community. But the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will provide many new opportunities for our church, and each of us as individuals, to minister to others by serving and giving to others.
During this difficult season, there may be an increased need for benevolence within our church body and the wider community. Some needs will be immediate, others will be weeks and months down the road. Because we will not have unlimited funds, the deacons and elders will have to make sometimes difficult decisions about how, when, and where to help. Below is an explanation of our biblical priorities and opportunities to participate in meeting these needs.
The elders and deacons, as stewards of the gifts given by the church, will focus on three priorities (Galatians 6:10 – So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith):
- Our church community (church members and regular attenders)
- Our local community (those currently being served by church members, those in our immediate area, and existing outreach ministries and partners)
- Our city (new opportunities to serve the wider community to help meet needs precipitated by the pandemic)
Benevolence to and Serving our Church Community
1 Timothy 6:18 – They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share
Hebrews 13:16 – Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God
Benevolence for our Church Community:
Benevolence gifts are offerings given above and beyond regular giving (tithes) for the ongoing operations of the church. Offerings can be given to the church’s general fund or designated for benevolence purposes.
Benevolence funds are then typically used to help meet urgent essential needs, such as food, clothing, shelter, medical, and transportation.
You can give in the same way you have in the past (please remember to designate as benevolence):
Serving our Church Community (Needs and Opportunities):
- Details coming soon
Giving to and Serving our Local Community
These are the needs and opportunities in our neighborhoods and the local community that we are familiar with and support. You are encouraged to give to them directly or to volunteer to serve as the Lord leads.
Watch this video from Jeremy Oddy on how to love our neighbor:
Books for Participants at YMCA Literacy Camp being held at Crossway (Gordon Howe) – July 19, 2020 – This need has been met.
- CWCC is hosting this camp for the month of July for 40 underprivileged children for the month of July.
- A request is to help the children by providing books they can take home to start their own personal libraries.
- There is a provider that sells books at a deep discount to groups working with underprivileged children so for just $15 (approximately) we can put three books into the hands of each one of these children.
- God has instructed us to teach the next generation all about Him and teaching them to read is an important step in that process.
- You can read more about the program by following the “read” link below
- If you’d like to contribute you can do so by following the “give” link below. Just select the Mercy Ministry fund in the drop-down box and in the comment section put “YMCA books”. You can also mail a check to the church if you prefer.
Bead of Life Church (Hidden Valley) @ Northside Baptist Church (Gordon Howe) – May 9, 2020
- Mr. Charles Robinson of Bread of Life Church in Hidden Valley needs help packing meals and sorting donations for distribution in the local community.
- Times are Monday to Sunday from 10 am-1 pm and 2:30 pm-5:00 pm
- This service opportunity takes place at Northside Baptist Church (333 Jeremiah Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28262).
- Please click below for a schedule of open slots and to sign up:
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (Gordon Howe) – April 7, 2020
- CMS is requesting prayer for the district, staff, students, and their families.
- Read the prayer requests here:
Stoney Creek Elementary (Sandi Howe) – April 6, 2020
- Current needs include food, school supplies and delivery drivers (financial gifts accepted)
- For further information email Sandi Howe or call 704-724-1267
Forest Park Community/Harvest Community Church (Gordon Howe) – June 16, 2020
- Harvest Community Church has been delivering meals to families at Forest Park (mobile home park across from our church) since the COVID crisis began.
- Harvest has asked for volunteers to help with the pick-up and delivery of these meals.
- The meals are provided by Second Harvest and picked up at Stoney Creek Elementary (:07 minutes from Crossway) and delivered to the trailer park to four (4) separate families around 11:30 am on Wednesdays or Thursdays till the end of the summer.
- If you are interested please contact Tish Barber at 980-254-2755 or email:
Hope Street Food Pantry (Gordon Howe) – Updated August 14, 2020
Hope Street Food Pantry (Hope Church) is now serving food to over 3,500 people a month right here in our own local community to help address the ongoing food crisis in our community.
- They need help to sort and pack food that they receive for distribution from Loaves and Fishes. This happens on Wednesday mornings, normally at 11:30, but please follow the link (button immediately below) for exact times as they sometimes vary slightly.
- They also need assistance in distributing the food on Thursday afternoons from 4 PM to 7 PM. (Sign-up link is below.)
- They are also in need of the following items: Baby Wipes, Toilet Paper, Size 4, 5, 6 diapers, Rice, Mac and Cheese, Ravioli, Peanut Butter, and Beans.
- Or, donate directly to Hope Street through their website or a check can be made out to Hope Street Food Pantry and mailed to 4100 Johnston Oehler Road, Charlotte, NC, 28269.
- Learn more or give directly on the Hope Street Food Pantry web site:
Neighborly (Matthew Morrison) – April 4, 2020
- You can send a letter to someone who is isolated, such as seniors at assisted living communities they partner with.
- For more information:
Safe Families-2 (Gordon Howe) – April 7, 2020
- Donate grocery gift cards to parents in need.
- For more information and how to give:
Safe Families-1 (Gordon Howe) – April 3, 2020
- Need is for funding to assist families with financial hardship. child from unnecessarily entering foster care.
- Use this link to give:
Serving high-need students (Jonie Stumbo) – This need has been met!
- Jonie is an elementary school teacher at a rural school (and Luke’s Kids leader at Crossway). The need is for supplies to facilitate homeschooling for her high-need students.
Congregations for Kids – CFK (Kimberly Jamison) – March 16, 2020
- This need is from the Charlotte Foster Care System (prayer requests and needs)
- For more information (on Crossway Connect):
Giving to and Serving our City
We also want to do what we can to help meet needs and take advantage of serving opportunities in our city.
Check out JJ’s video about evolving opportunities to serve in our city:
Watch Gordon Howe’s video on how we can care for our city:
Linda Cable shared information on how to sew Olson masks:
Crisis Assistance Ministry (Gordon Howe) – June 8, 2020 – This Opportunity is no longer available.
- As the state continues to open up, many of our most vulnerable neighbors will need financial assistance for utilities when the state’s executive order prohibiting utility disconnections ends.
- Crisis Assistance Ministry has received a federal grant of $1.2M specifically for this purpose, but the deadline for disbursing those funds to needy residents is June 26th.
- As a result, CAM is in desperate need of volunteers aged 18 and older to help residents at 25 targeted apartment complexes in NE Charlotte fill out the assistance requests.
- To see the list of apartment complexes posted on Crossway Connect, click the button below…
- Click below to complete a simple form to request additional information…
CharMeck Police Department (Gordon Howe) – April 15, 2020 – The dates have passed, but please continue to pray. for CMPD.)
- The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department is asking for our prayer due to the growing problem with violence in our city.
- They are asking 90 churches to pray for 90 days from May 10th to Aug 8th, 2020. Please mark your calendar for May 21st as this is Crossway’s focus day.
- This document provides more information:
Crossway Blood Donation Drive (David Moore) – June 10, 2020 – This need has been met.
- Due to a city-wide blood shortage, we are hosting a blood drive in our parking lot Saturday, June 27, from 10:00AM to 3:00 PM.
- Limited spots are available. Donors must be at least 16 years old.
- Sign up online:
- Read the flyer for more details:
CharMeck Responds (Gordon Howe) – April 3, 2020
- There is a critical need for PPE (personal protective equipment). Businesses and others who have access to stored PPE supplies (dentists, cleaning companies, etc.) are asked to donate them. Individuals can also donate funds to aid the purchase of PPE.
- More information on their website:
- Or, read this document:
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina – Convention Center Food Packing Event (Gordon Howe) – April 8, 2020 – This need has been met.
- There is a need for volunteers (age 18 and up) to help pack food boxes at the convention center on Thursday, May 21st. (This event repeats weekly.) There is one 10-person slot plus spares (9am – 12pm).
- View general information here:
- Or, Sign-up here:
Urban Ministry Center (Nita Jakubisin) – April 2, 2020
Their needs are for prayer, financial donations, and urgent needs via Amazon wishlist for items sent directly to the Urban Ministry Center.
- For more information (Crossway Connect):
Charlotte Homeless Ministry Providers (Laura Hutchinson) – March 18, 2020
- Laura provides “wish list” information and links to the Urban Ministry Center (existing outreach ministry) and Supportive Housing Communities needs
- For more information (Crossway Connect):