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Welcome to the Family, Jojo!

Let's welcome Jojo, our newest Intern from Concordia University Texas to theCross Mount Dora!

Jojo grew up in a town called Midlothian, Texas, located south of Dallas, with her mom, dad, and two sisters. After graduating high school, she still wasn’t quite sure what the next season looked like so she took a year to figure it out. The Lord led her to Concordia University Texas, where she pursued a degree in Religious Education. Over her three years there she found new passions, one including graphic design and communications. 

to get to know jojo a little better, we asked her some Super deep questions to find out who she really is!

1) How'd you get the name Jojo?

My real name is Samantha Jo, so when I was really little I was called Sammi and then Sammi Jo and then Sammi Jojo and I guess Jojo just stuck. Some call me Jo, some Sam and others Jojo. I am cool with all of it! 

2) What's your favorite sports team?

Only America’s Team, which is obviously the best. Go Cowboys!!

3) What are your favorite hobbies?

Trying out all the local coffee shops, reading, and shopping at Hobby Lobby, trying to make all my Pinterest dreams come true!

4) What's your favorite Disney movie and why?

Ugh, just choosing one is near impossible... but if I really have to, it would have to be Monsters Inc. I had the Mike Wazoski doll growing up and for Halloween I was Boo for like three years in High School.

5) What's your Enneagram?

I am a 2! My wings are pretty balanced. I stinkin' love the Enneagram and love talking about it, so if anyone wants to, I am all ears! 

6) What's been your favorite quarantine activity, and what will you do when we're free?

Journaling has really gotten me through quarantine and I have been working out (occasionally haha). But as soon as all this is over, I am headed to Hobby Lobby!!!

7) If you could be any kind of shoe, what would it be and why?

A pair of Vans. They are fashionable, yet SO functional. I can play soccer in them if I wanted but also they go with any outfit. It’s a win win. 

8) What are you most looking forward to in Florida?

I am looking forward to meeting so many new people and building new relationships with an awesome staff! I am pumped to get to do what I love while serving a great God! 

Let's all help to make Jojo feel welcome to her new church home! 

Posted by Lyndsey Coyle with
Tags: intern

Life In Transit

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For the last year, I have been fortunate enough to learn and grow in ministry here at theCross. When I arrived here last May I was working in Camp Cross as a college intern from Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In January, when my collegiate internship was complete, I was offered a six-month contractual position to stay on staff and lead our Kid’s Ministry in Mount Dora. It was a blessing for me to be able to help out in a time of transition for the program while continuing to enhance my skills in ministry.

I am so grateful to have been able to both fill a needed position here at theCross for the last year and to fulfill the requirements I needed to graduate from college. I have now graduated with a degree in senior adult care services, and I have been heavily praying about pursuing a job in that field. I am open and willing to see what God has next for me. Because I am interested in pursuing work in this field, or a field similar, I feel led to finish out strong through July 15th as Kid’s Director of Camp Cross, and then, to pass the torch to the next wave of leadership. I will certainly still be around church, and fully supportive of the ministry here, and am looking forward to continuing to serve on our awesome Dream Team as part of this faith-filled family of Jesus followers!

Some of you may have questions about our Kid’s ministry moving forward.  While we may not have all the answers, I believe the timing has worked out well, as we are welcoming Sydney, our new Concordia University Intern, at the beginning of June. We will work to get her plugged in as quickly as possible to make this transition as smooth as possible.  

The sermon series that we are in, “In Transit,” is hitting close to home for the church, for personal life, etc. and we are truly trusting in God and His ability to provide the right people at the right time!

If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an email.  I would love to talk with you!


Posted by Emily Wright with
Tags: staff, church, life