Director of Christian Education Message

Where is it that you feel the safest? Safety has always been important, but as the world changes and we become more aware of life around us, we wonder how we can be safer. How can we protect that which we love? 

I remember being a camper in fourth grade and sneaking out in the middle of the night with my counselor to toilet paper the maintenance guy’s cabin. It was such a fun memory that I still remember it to this day. Fast forward to the summer before my freshman year of college where I was able to serve at the same camp as a counselor. Boy, had things changed. Gone were the “old school” camp days and a new age of liabilities and covering our bases had begun. I sure miss those “old school” days and as an adult I’ve come to appreciate where we have been and where we are going. 

It’s important that we as adults in society and as caregivers of people (that’s who we are as a collective Church) put policies in place and maintain an environment where those we serve alongside and those we are responsible for feel safe. Yes, we have an updated security system and every person who possesses a key or fob has a responsibility to follow the rules and protect. But I want us to think beyond the physical building and contemplate how we’re providing a safe place for sinners to bring their mess and be redeemed by Christ. Now, more than ever, I see Cross as a safe place for our children to learn how to love others, share what’s been gifted to them, and receive forgiveness. I’ve seen adults walk through these doors and not just ask for financial assistance but ask for emotional support. And as a Church we’ve been able to give them so much more than that. 

The promise for ourselves and the one we get to share is this: 

“’I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’” Hebrews 13: 5b-6

We are in the business of giving people exactly what they need; Jesus. I want to thank you for what you already do and encourage you to keep doing it and more. The one who made us has redeemed us and I’m so thankful to get to serve alongside all of you. 

What’s Coming Up:

BBQ Fundraiser:  Thank you for grabbing a bite to eat last month at the BBQ Fundraiser for our youth. We were able to earn over $1,100 to go towards the youth Glorybound trip. We are so grateful for your help and support!

PSIA: March 3 & 24:  These academic competitions are a great way for us to show our community and other families Christ’s love and generosity. If you have free time on either of these dates please consider spending it with us! You’re welcome to call Corinne Swientek in the office to learn more about it and get plugged in! 

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