Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Season of Thanks

I am so thankful to the volunteers that serve at Crossroads. We have had many Christmas events this year including the “Christmas Tree Lighting”, the “Narnia Experience”, the “Nothing is Lost That Can't Be Found” concerts (2 nights) and Christmas Eve…not to mention our regular services on the weekend and during the week. What is amazing to me is the amount of work it takes to make it all happen and our church family continues to step in and make it look effortless, beautiful and they do it with excellence. 
I know everyone is doing it for the Lord, but Crossroads and I are so grateful for them. Because of them, what is happening at Crossroads is astounding. They are not only building community within our church family, but they are reaching outside of our church and into the community and around the world!

So thank you ~ to all of you that sacrifice your time to help us emphasize the birth of Jesus during this busy season!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

December 13th Miracles

I'm so excited about Christmas! We have already had our Christmas Tree lighting, the Narnia Experience and this Sunday will be very special as well. Pastor Chuck's sermon will be about miracles and he will have a few miracle stories. Brianna Burton and Vicky Hoffman are singing a duet about miracles so really don't want to miss it. Brianna and Vicky are two volunteers that sing their hearts out for God. I really wish I could sing like they do!

Be sure not to miss our "Miracle Sunday" service on December 13th @ 9am, 11am & 5:30pm!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Basic Training

Amanda Genduso sent this to me today and I decided to repeat it!


The Christmas Season here at Crossroads is going to be wonderful! Char, you would agree with me that the spirit is moving! Part of my job this year (I AM SSSOOO EXCITED and BLESSED) is to coordinate the campus décor. Well, as you can imagine this is a HUGE job, pulling out all the décor, moving it to the staging area, preparing it for display…

On Monday I was a little overwhelmed by this task. It’s more than I could do physically. I mentioned my plight to Pastor of Community, Dan Pierce, he said, “Let me send a text out.” Honestly, I thought “Yeah Right! Everyone is exhausted from the Masquerade Ball and Trunk & Treasure.” Five men from our Generate Ministry showed up with smiles on their faces to help! They helped me for hours never complaining! They got poked from the tree branches, dirty, sweaty and glitter flying everywhere!

It is an honor to serve with Steve, Albert, Brad, Dylan, and Sean!

Thank you for your help! You truly showed selfless service~ This season is going to be awesome to watch God move~

Monday, October 26, 2009

It's about the Blood!

Sunday was so exciting! We had 3 Blood Mobiles here from Life Stream. Greg & his daughter Angela Campbell; Steve, Cathy, Amanda & Justin Lake; Janai Ederaine, Chris Castillo & Ida Saadati along with a few other volunteers headed up the Blood/Bone Marrow drive. The entire volunteer team did a fantastic job!!! We ended up with 88 people that gave blood.

Greg Campbell, Steve, Cathy, Amber and Justin Lake started helping at our very first Blood/Bone Marrow drive. They have become very passionate about people giving blood to save lives. We get excited talking about how we can get more people to donate blood. Steve is a Fireman/Paramedic and he sees the great need for blood on a daily basis. Giving blood has been a passion for me. (I have to admit when I was 18 I started giving because I would get out of work for a few hours.)

We've also encouraged people to sign up for the bone marrow registry. I signed up years ago for a 6 year old girl in Norco that needed it. I've never been selected yet, but if that day comes, I can't wait to help save a life. At Crossroads we have had Craig Mellen and Nicole Schulz receive bone marrow and they are alive today because someone cared!

Crossroads is a church passionately committed to Christ, His Cause, and His Community. Saving lives by giving blood and/or joining the Bone Marrow registry touches all three areas.

Matthew 25:40 (New International Version) "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Football @ Third Place Cafe

I really enjoyed last Sunday night in the Third Place Cafe. We had buffalo wings, hamburgers and hot dogs. There were a lot volunteers doing the cooking and serving...not to mention it was all men!!! The football game was on and it was a good night for guy fun!

Thanks to all those volunteers who make it happen! If you haven't gone, you need to try it out on Sunday evenings. Maybe you can volunteer and have fun with the other guys!!!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Servant Leadership

We have a mom who has been attending Crossroads for 13 years with her 17 year old son who is autistic. They come to church and listen from the little hallway just outside the door. She comforts him as he kicks, fidgets and makes noises. She just wants to participate in our church services without him distracting others.

Sunday, Jennifer Felix (Director of Disabilities) and Sharon Bautista (Key Volunteer for Disabilities) came up to me so excited! They had offered to watch him while mom attended service "inside" and she was able to get the nourishment from God that she needed.

Jennifer & Sharon had quite an adventure with him...he got away and they had to chase him, he grabbed a donut from the cafe and shoved it in his mouth and it just got a little crazy!

What's exciting to me is that they had to struggle with him, but now they want to do this every week to enable that mom to get time with the Lord. She came out of the service in tears because she had the ability to attend a service!!! They want to work with him each week to help him get used to being around others.

Jennifer & Sharon are leaders with the Disabilities ministry and yet they are serving this mom! That is a great example of "servant leadership" Thank you Jennifer and Sharon for letting God use you in a mighty way! It made my day!

If you would like to volunteer in this ministry or any other ministry, please contact me at! You will be blessed when you serve!

Matt 25:40 says "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me".

Monday, October 5, 2009

What a Night @ Membership Dinner!

Last night we had our membership dinner. The people that jumped in and helped out are so appreciated!!! We couldn't have done it without them and it was a spirit filled evening. I could write forever about all the things they did, but I'm going to tell you their names and I know they would say, "oh, I didn't do that much"...they are so humble. They are so appreciated and loved...what a family we have!

Ephesians 6:7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men!

If I have missed someone, let me know and I'll add them to this list!

Michelle Broduer & her son Matthew
Mike Chambers
Patrice & Kevin Maturkanich
Dave LemMon
Marcos Mosqueda
Barbara Vernon
Rich Davison
Chris Wells
Beverly Bond
Ginny McDougal
Mikey Enriquez
Jonathon & Sharon Barlow
George & Mary Young
Fred Carr
Glen & Arlene Govednick
Gary & Mary Cowan
Holly Carver
Gabryelle Roybal
Johnathan & Janet Smith
Tony Smith
Mike Olson
David Valverde
Joe & Tammy Gaffney

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

If you would love to join the family and volunteer, please contact me at

Monday, September 28, 2009

Volunteer Funnel

Your time serving the Lord is so important! God uses every little detail to bring people to know Jesus. I like to think of it as a funnel!

From the minute someone drives onto our campus and encounters the Parking Team, he or she experiences an overwhelming amount of love! For example, they are being welcomed by our friendly Greeters and escorted by our smiling Concierges. The Welcome Center is available for anyone who has questions while at the same time the Ushers are available to direct them to their seats. From the initial opening of the service, the Worship Team brings everyone to the throne of God and they experience Him in an intimate way. Then through Pastor Chuck’s teaching on the Word of God, people come to know Christ and there are Decision Counselors available to guide them on to their next step, all while their children are being taught about Jesus in the Children’s ministry. The communion that has already been prepared in advance provides for a time of reflection of what Christ has done on the cross and is the culmination that “funnels” people forward to have an eternal life with Christ!

We are all an essential part of the body and we need every part working in harmony. I love the passion our teams have and how they jump in to help each other. I see so many hugs and camaraderie. I pray that God will use each and every one of us to do His will!

Please join in the fun and volunteer! I know it looks like we have it all handled, but we do need more volunteers! Be a part of the Volunteer Funnel that brings people eternal life in Christ!

Romans 12:4-5 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

Thursday, September 17, 2009 of our volunteers (keeping the name private, but you know who you are) just came in crying! I was concerned and she explained what had happened.

A young women had discovered she was pregnant and decided to get an abortion. She was afraid to tell her parents and of course, didn't want to endure what goes along with this situation. This wonderful volunteer spent time with her praying, listening and showing her the love of Christ. The volunteer was moved to tears when she received the call that the young woman was not going to have the abortion and another life had been saved. This volunteer told the young woman that she was her hero. About 1/2 hour later the volunteer felt the Holy Spirit prompting her to call the young woman. She gave her a call to explain that she needed to repent & change the way she was living and the young woman rededicated her life to Christ.

This young woman will now be embraced by our church family and she will see the love of Christ in action!!! It's amazing how God will use you if you are willing to hear and obey His promptings! I appreciate every single volunteer @ Crossroads and I know God will bless them for their obedience!

Everyone NEEDS to volunteer! It enables God to use you and connects you to people in a special way!!! Email me at so that you won't miss out on the blessings.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Today I'd like to tell you about Eunice! She is a volunteer that has been here at Crossroads for a long time. She volunteers in the women's ministry, she is the Leader for our Welcome Center and helps in our Decision Counseling area on Sundays! A while back, I really needed help with administrative work and was asking our team leaders if they knew of anyone that would have time during the week days. She immediately said she would do it. I was so excited and she jumped right in and started working 4 days a week in the office with me. Next thing you know she's helping out at our front desk and then helping others with their copying issues, etc. It was such a blessing to us and we have never been so appreciative!

I know that when she gets to heaven, she will hear from God; "Well done good and faithful servant." She loves people and wants nothing more than to serve her Lord! I'm amazed at all the time and support she has provided because of faithfulness to God.

She has expressed to me how much this has meant to her. I believe when we serve others and God, it is a blessing to us!

If you are interested in receiving that kind of blessing, you can contact me at

Monday, September 7, 2009

Getting Started

As the Director of Involvement @ Crossroads I never thought I would be blogging, but I read a great book (Tribes) that inspired me about doing a better job of keeping in touch and more importantly, creating community within Crossroads.

It came to mind that I should blog about the volunteers at Crossroads that sacrifice their time and energy to serve God. They love what they do and there are many who go way above and beyond what anyone would expect.

This first blog will be a great big thanks to the leaders of the various teams. I know they do it for God, but I'm am so humbled to know that they work hard at their jobs and homes...then spend their free time putting together schedules, coordinating get togethers, calling or emailing their teams! It's very much appreciated by myself and the Crossroads leadership.

So thank you to Tony Smith (Communion/Offering), Mike Olson (Ushers), Eunice Johnson (Welcome Center), Todd Holtkamp (Emergency Response), Jeff Evans (Communion Consolidation), Gary & Carolyn Lauren (Decision Counseling), Mark, Cheryl & Kyle Peabody (Greeters), Bill & Betty Johnson (Saturday AM Communion Preparation), Kirk Bennett (Sunday PM Communion/Offering), Mark & April DeSeive, Richard Leonard (First Responders), Arnold Carraway (Prison Ministry) & Frank Ayars (Parking).

If you think you would like to do some volunteering...please contact me at We can always use your help!

About Me

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I work as the Director of Involvement at Crossroads Christian Church. I oversee approximately 600 volunteers and I love our people! My husband, Mike, is the best guy ever! I have a 25 year old son, Craig.