“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” – Matthew 7:24

Dear Crossroads Family and Friends,

As we continue toward the goal of finding a place to call home, let me remind you of the reasons why this is a goal of ours:

  • Our rental agreement is temporary. Neabsco Baptist has been a gracious host.  Recently, they even elected not to raise our rent for the coming year.  Nevertheless, as the Lord prospers their church, they have plans for expanding their building’s square footage.  Legally, there is a required ratio of parking spaces per building square footage.  To accommodate legal requirements as they expand their church building, they plan to tear down their rental facility, our current place of worship.
  • Our current facility is limiting. Compared to our previous facilities, having a rental facility with 24/7 access and a sanctuary dedicated to the purpose of worshipping God have both been highlights of our current facility.  Nevertheless, there remain several challenges about our current facility, including sufficient space for discipleship (Christian Education), fellowship, and childcare.

              I was excited when our after-worship fellowship time resumed, and when our Christian Education classes resumed.  However, as I tried to make my way through the crowd of fellowshipping friends to drop off my daughters at the make-shift nursery, I felt a little like I was navigating through a can of sardines…it was packed!  And then as I sat in on the youth Sunday School class (which was separated from the new member class only by a few yards), I have to admit…it was hard for me to focus on the short video we watched, with the sounds of other classes around us.

As we embark on another generosity campaign to help us meet our goal of finding a place to call home (a place which can, Lord willing, better facilitate our ministry), I want to remind you of some of the things I said during my recent sermon on the book of Haggai:

  • A building is a tool, not the goal. Our real goal is the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Mt. 28:18-20).  Our goal is making disciples.  We are to make disciples who are worshipping God together, fellowshipping with one another, and serving alongside one another in the work of God’s kingdom.
  • Building our church is about more than a building. It’s about people. It’s about growing the number of people we have and it’s about the people we have growing (in maturity, faithfulness, and fruitfulness).
  • Thank you for your generous giving! From December 2017 to December 2020, 47 giving units gave $559,109.  When I shared this with one of my pastor friends, he said: “Your church doesn’t need to be taught about generosity.  Your church needs to teach others about generosity!”  My encouragement to you is that you persevere in your great generosity.  Then, one day, when the story of Crossroads is told, it will be told like the story of the Macedonians who gave abundantly, even beyond their means (2 Corinthians 8:1-5), rather than the story of the procrastinating Jews of Haggai’s day, who put off the work of the Lord.

I am privileged to be your pastor, and I am excited to see what God will do for us, in us, and through us.  To him be the glory, forever and ever, amen!

Grace and Peace,

Alex Young

Our Origins

By God’s grace, we brought Crossroads Presbyterian Church to life in 2002, but its history began many years earlier. Pastor Ron Bossom, of Harvester Presbyterian in Springfield, Virginia, had a church planting vision to develop and birth a “church within a church.” Harvester wanted to grow and train a group of members from within the church who would become a separate, cohesive congregation before ever leaving Harvester. They could then move out to a new home base as a completely functioning, self-supporting congregation.

In 1982, Ron met a young Marine Corps lieutenant named Don Sampson, who attended Harvester for a short time, and they stayed in touch over many years. Don eventually felt a calling into ministry, went to seminary to pursue his calling, and felt a more specific call to church planting. Ron asked Don to prayerfully consider coming to Virginia to lead the church planting effort for a new daughter church in Woodbridge, and the vision God had given to Harvester began to come to life.

Two small group Bible studies grew to four, and after almost a year-and-a-half of preparation, the “due date” for the new congregation’s birth had arrived. The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) denomination officially designated Crossroads a member congregation, with its pastor and two new ruling elders. At its annual church retreat (with a Labor and Delivery theme), Harvester celebrated the birth of its daughter congregation, complete with shower gifts of communion trays, coffee urns, nursery supplies, and many other necessities. The first official worship service occurred on May 12th, 2002, at Potomac High School in Woodbridge. It was, appropriately, Mother’s Day.

The new group chose the name Crossroads because like ancient Israel, the Washington, D.C. area serves as a crossroads of many people and cultures. With a ministry to military and civilian individuals and families, Crossroads continues to serve as a home base for training, equipping, and sending God’s people not only to Woodbridge and the surrounding area, but out into all the world.

“I have raised you up  . . . that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth”

–Exodus 9:16

 

Our Journey

After nearly ten years at Potomac High School, we moved to an elementary school for a short time, and then to the General Heiser Boys and Girls Club in Dumfries.

We were thankful to the Lord for providing the Dumfries Boys and Girls Club (BGC) as our home base since 2012. We had some much-needed storage space and our weekly setup process had been greatly simplified. Although we spend many hours each week for set-up/tear-down, we felt grateful to have our facility. In this location, God strengthened essential, corporate ministries such as worship and fellowship.  Nonetheless, the facility still had its challenges without having full time access and management of the building.

In late 2017 the Lord provided us an opportunity to have full time access renting from Neabsco Baptist Church.  This has given us additional insight into the planning considerations for full time access and management. Our pastoral staff continues to faithfully lead us in transformational, God-centered, and Biblically based worship. Caring fellowship has been a key attribute of Crossroads, and naturally overflows from our faith into loving and helping relationships. At the Neabsco facility we have been edified by the fellowship ministry and have enjoyed many congregational dinners, special events, and community outreach events.

 

 

 

The “Why Now?”

While thankful for the Neabsco Baptist Facility, we see limitations to our current location here in Prince William County. We have been blessed by the worship space; however we are at only about 75% of the space we require. This requires dual use of portions of the facility and does not permit ministry growth.  The weekly set up, while greatly streamlined, continues to create a large, weekly time commitment for many.

Our nursery, a vital ministry to the many young families in our community, meets in a room that is inadequate for our covenant children.  Our Christian Education is currently being held at capacity and does not allow for further growth or more class offerings, and multiple classes must be held in the same room.   Office space is limited.  Fellowship meals are challenged by the lack of space and the configuration of the space that is available.  As a result, we continue to search for a new platform for our mission.

Although the Lord blessed us with a successful generosity initiative, we have not seen purchase opportunities within our price range.  While looking at several purchase opportunities we have received additional clarification on the costs associated with the purchase of a facility.  Some are newly identified costs that were not widely available when we did our first generosity initiative.

 

Goal: A Visible Presence

God has called all of us to make Christ known here at the crossroads of Northern Virginia. We believe He is calling us now to identify and purchase a property that will serve as our home base, that we might become a more visible presence in our community.

Having our own home base will allow us to facilitate many ministries more effectively:  Christian Education, Nursery, Women’s Ministry, Men’s Ministry, Special Needs Ministry, Youth Ministry, Worship and Fellowship. It will greatly simplify setup demands each Sunday, allowing our members to serve in other capacities, and it will make the Friendship Class more accessible to families with special needs.  Having our own home base will provide much needed space for ongoing pastoral, diaconal and lay counseling, so that “the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:17

A new or renovated home base will also allow us to further develop new initiatives as God might lead, such as Vacation Bible School, Faith & Finances classes, or English as a Second Language instruction, helping us to reach out to our neighbors and local community more effectively.

One of our goals is that every person and family is in a purposeful discipleship relationship.  This includes accepting the call to know Christ, to make other Disciples of Christ, and to be in accountability relationships.

 

 

Our World

Since 2014, Crossroads has partnered with a Baptist church in Gera, Germany, and another in Rostov-on- Don, Russia. This unique partnership serves the goal of promoting understanding between three quite different cultures that were once World War II enemies, all while demonstrating the reconciliation that comes through a relationship with Jesus Christ.  Each year, a church takes its turn serving as the host for the three mission teams and organizing local mission projects.

Our faith in Christ has been enriched through these friendships and in learning to communicate (even via Google translate!) how we live out gospel truths in very different cultures.

 “And let us consider how to stir one another up to love and good works.” – Hebrews 10:24

 

 

 

Our Neighbors

God has strategically placed Crossroads PCA in a community south of Washington, D.C. that is growing, influential, transient, and diverse.

Prince William County attracts people from all around the world and is one of the fastest growing counties in the state. People often move to this area for duty with the military, or for jobs with the federal government, government contractors, or many of the service industries. Crossroads welcomes many military families into our home base due to our proximity to the Pentagon, Marine Corps Base Quantico, and Fort Belvoir. Over 355 second lieutenants from The Basic School at Quantico have worshiped at Crossroads over the years. Crossroads is strategically placed to influence prominent members of the community and to train and equip those who continue to pass through. Indeed, more than 150 members and countless regular attenders who passed through “the crossroads of Northern Virginia” continue to serve in other churches around the world.

Almost two-thirds (64%) of Prince William County residents claim no faith affiliation. One of our goals is to continue to equip everyone to share their faith and focus on reaching others.  Over the past 15 years, God has provided opportunities to partner with local nonprofit organizations. A new home base will better enable us to serve as “salt and light” to our neighbors.

 Our Future

We know that God has called us to play a vital role in His kingdom through a more visible presence in our community, engaging fellowship, active ministry involvement, purposeful discipleship relationships, and an explosion in evangelism.  These activities are happening now and can continue to grow with your engagement.  A more permanent home base is not a goal in and of itself, but one of the tools with which we can make the church vision a reality.

 

Nothing Can Hinder God’s Work

Housing costs in the Washington, D.C. region are the 11th most expensive in the country. In Prince William County, the median price for space adequate for our ministries is $1.65 million -$3.15 million.

We currently have ~$864,000 on hand.

Therefore, we need to raise $510,000 ~ $877,600. Having this amount on hand, combined with a loan, will enable us to move more quickly when adequate space becomes available.

 

# of commitments       $ amount of each                     Total amount

1 – 2                             $100,000                                 $100,000 – $200,000

2 – 5                             $50,000                                   $100,000 – $250,000

7 – 9                             $25,000                                   $175,000 – $275,000

5 – 10                           $10,000                                   $50,000 – $100,000

8 – 15                           $5000                                      $40,000 – $75,000

10 – 18                         $1500                                      $15,000 – $27,000

$510,000 – $877,600

 

 Where could you fit in?

 Will you join us in a transformational pledge

to one of these commitments?

 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” –Philippians 4:19

 

We Invite You

We invite you to join us on this journey of faith as we seek to find our own HOME BASE here in strategic Northern Virginia.

Will you –

  • Pray? – No house or home base has stability unless God builds it. Please pray that we would faithfully and wisely carry out the mission God has given us in the strategic crossroads of Northern Virginia. Our God is able.
  • Partner? – We invite you to partner with us on this challenging and exciting project. Please prayerfully consider how God might allow you to give above your current tithe to support a Crossroads Home Base.
  • Provide? – We believe God will supply the needed resources to enable the ministry to which He has called us. Will you consider all the ways God may be calling you to invest in His kingdom, that you might share in our joy?

Online Home Base Commitment Card

  • Please check all that apply:

# of commitments                  $ Amount of Each Commitment                 Monthly Amount*

1 – 2                                            $100,000                                                           $2,777.78

2 – 5                                            $50,000                                                            $1,388.89

7 – 9                                            $25,000                                                            $694.44

5 – 10                                          $10,000                                                            $277.78

8 – 15                                          $5000                                                                $138.89

10 – 18                                        $1500                                                                 $41.67

*Till December, 2024

Each man should give as he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly, or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 

II Corinthians 9:7

In reliance on God to provide, I am making a Home Base Commitment beyond my regular giving of:

  • through December, 2020
  • Description:

  (Please do not include gifts already made to the Building Fund in this commitment.)

Full Name

(Note: By checking the boxes, typing your name, and clicking submit you are communicating your intent to contribute in the amount indicated.  Notification of this information will only go to the church financial administrator)

Comments:

 (Selecting ‘Send’ will generate an email from your email software. To complete, click ‘send’ withing the generated email)

If you have further questions please contact Chuck Assadourian at chuck.assadourian@comcast.net

 


Files

Prayer Card
Home Base Commitment Card – For placement in an envelope addressed to:
Crossroads Presbyterian Church
ATTN: Financial Administrator
13216 Putnam Cir.
Woodbridge, VA 22191
Crossroads Generosity Initiative Pamphlet