The Bible is clear that the church and followers of Christ have an enemy whose intent is to steal, kill, and destroy. Since our inception, Crossroads has seen countless attempts by the enemy to undermine the ministry the Lord has called us to. Recently we discovered that someone has been stealing giving checks from our postal service mailbox. We wanted to make you aware so that you can join us in praying for the individual or persons involved, and also so we can offer some guidance on how you can determine if a check you may have sent to the church made it into our general offering as you intended.
To be clear, what's been affected are ONLY paper checks that would have been mailed via the US Postal Service. This includes handwritten checks sent, online bill-pay (which produces a paper check directly from your bank), and possibly funds that may have been sent from an investment fund in check form (this is atypical, most money sent from investments is transferred digitally these days).
Also to be clear, this issue HAS NOT AFFECTED ANY OF OUR OTHER GIVING PLATFORMS; our online giving through our website, app, lobby kiosk, and text-to-give platforms are as safe and secure as they have ever been. Also, we have taken numerous steps to rectify any vulnerabilities in our ability to receive checks via USPS including installation of a locked mailbox as well as working with the post office to ensure that our postal carrier is not delivering mail to the church on days our offices are closed.
We know that the theft occurred at least over the course of the last several months. We encourage anyone of you who have sent tithe or offering in check form in the last several months to compare your bank statement to your giving statement at the church. This is the ONLY way to determine if you may have had a check stolen. Unfortunately the thief has been able to successfully deposit several checks that we are aware of which means your bank statement would record a posted check, but would not reflect that those funds were actually received by the church as you intended.
To access your giving statement, follow the link below.
If you have any questions about this theft issue or how to access your Crossroads giving statement, please contact the church office at (704)795-0423. One of the ladies in our business office will be more than happy to help you.
Thank you so much for your generosity and obedience to the Lord in your faithful giving. Join us in our effort to take back ground the enemy thought he could have. And in all things may God get the glory!
In Christ, Pastor Bobby