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Crossroads Church is launching its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive that is expected to feed more than 100,000 people in need near its sites this holiday season. And this year there are some changes in the works.
The boxes bring hope and support to thousands of under-resourced people all over our city and region. Donating a box filled with Thanksgiving food items gives people a chance to celebrate this holiday with dignity and joy when they otherwise might not be able to.
The church community will begin picking up boxes at regular service times this week and boxes will continue to be available at Crossroads sites for the next few weekends. Anyone can participate in filling the boxes and volunteering. Information is available at crossroads.net/tfd.
Once filled, the meal boxes will contain fresh vegetables, side dishes, desserts, and other items that were included on a provided shopping list to create a full Thanksgiving meal for an entire family. This year a gift card will be included in the boxes in lieu of a frozen turkey to provide more freedom for families to choose their own protein options and ensure shelf stability as the boxes are distributed by local partners including schools and nonprofit groups. Boxes will be returned to Crossroads locations the weekend of Nov. 12.
This year boxes will contain QR codes that will teach participants about the organizations and families the meals will benefit to help create a unique and caring connection.
"The holidays can be difficult for many in our communities. Thanksgiving Food Drive gives our church the opportunity to provide relief and support that otherwise might not exist while developing deeper relationships with our neighbors," ReachOut Director Grant Doepel said.
Thanksgiving Food Drive was one of the first community serving events that Crossroads Church launched when it opened in 1996. It has continued annually for the past 26 years leading to hundreds of thousands of people being fed for Thanksgiving.
The latest addition to an ongoing series at Crossroads Church will provide a glimpse into the identity that God has given to us through on-location exploration in Israel.
Real Encounters with God: Downline was planned nearly a year ago and filmed in Israel in spring 2023. It follows Crossroads Senior Pastor Brian Tome and others as they uncover the six God-given essential identities that everyone possesses and learn about them through the lives of King David and Jesus Christ. The latest episodes as well as past seasons of Real Encounters can be found at crossroads.net/realencounters.
In addition to the weekly teachings, Real Encounters will also include an in-person prayer experience at Crossroads’ Oakley location in Cincinnati. The fully immersive experience, which takes about 30-45 minutes to explore, is designed for participants to have an encounter with God and discover what he says about who they are. It will be open Monday-Saturday Oct. 27-Nov. 9. Check out available dates and times here.
A prayer experience guide in the Crossroads Anywhere app will be used to direct the experience, so participants are encouraged to download it ahead of arrival and then check out other ways to grow on the app including daily scripture, prayer, group guides, and more.
Amidst this series the Crossroads community will continue to pray for people in Israel, Gaza, and the surrounding area who are being impacted by the current conflict. Crossroads is also finding ways to provide humanitarian relief including a contribution of $100,000 to Convoy of Hope’s efforts. The contribution will provide food, water, and housing for 20,000 people across the region for two weeks. The church expects to continue supporting work to care for people in Israel, Gaza, and the region.