Director of Christian Education Message

New Beginnings

I don’t know about you, but I love new beginnings. Growing up, I remember when my brother and I moved to a new school. The idea of starting over both scared and excited me. I could start the year off however I wanted. That same excitement has grown with me over the years. If you don’t know, I’m a planner. Not a perfect one, by any means, but I get a thrill over creating lists, planning out a strategy and seeing it come together. 

The end of summer can be a big bummer, but as parents and laymen in our church, we can look at the end of August and beginning of a new school year with excitement and plan, PLAN for what’s to come. Instead of dwelling on what we didn’t get to do over the summer or the, not so distant, future of homework and busy schedules, sit down with your spouse or your peer group and strategize how you can best tackle the year to come. 

For parents, preparing for school is a great time to get your child excited about the year, and encouraged to take on challenges that may come their way. Help create a positive and successful year by preparing them for it! Help them get their bedroom organized and clutter free, their room should feel like a place where they can wind down at the end of the day and rest. Go over your calendar. This is a big one. Prioritize! What’s important and what isn’t? Decide what activities or extra programs you want to participate in, and figure out the best time for homework, play and family time.  And don’t forget to cut yourself some slack and give yourself some wiggle room. Plans and schedules change regularly, prepare your family to be flexible! 

When it comes to your child’s feelings about school and homework, help strategize ways to make them feel successful. Talk about study habits, that homework is a lot like practice for professional athletes and that you are going to be there to help and if you can’t help them then together you’ll find someone who can. If you’re negative about homework then your child will adopt that attitude and it’ll be much harder to get them to do it and be successful. Participate in back to school activities, make shopping for school supplies, a back to school outfit or new shoes an exciting outing. 

And remember, God has called you to be a parent, a friend, a supporter and a prayer warrior. But most importantly, God has redeemed you in those roles as well. You are saved from feeling like you have to do it all and do it well. With Him there is always room for forgiveness, rest and hope.

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.”  Ephesians 1: 7-10

God’s richest blessings on the beginning of a new school year! 

Ways to support and participate in the ministry of Cross: 

+ August 20: Rally Day, directly following second Service

+ August 27: Back to School teacher installation during Worship, Backpack Blessing for our students, Back to School BBQ for our school families

+ August 30: First day of Cross Lutheran School; come welcome parents and families! 

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