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“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body…Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus…” 

Colossians 3:15-17 – ESV

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An August “Mixed Grill”

     In the name of Christ, I greet you!  We enter the month of August, and I’m excited for the days ahead!  First, join me in praying for rain for our increasingly dry land.  We’ve had a relatively rich and wet year so far, but here comes August, with our “usual” need for more moisture.  We ask the Lord to continue to bless our entire land as we praise Him, from Whom all blessings flow!
     A couple things I’ll highlight this month:

     1stWebsites—I can remember the days when all that really meant was the corners of our ceilings!!  (Get it?!? (-: )  Now, of course, it means the online, internet presence that is so prevalent.  And, so utilized!!  Did you know:  the number one factor for people visiting churches these days is that they have first visited their websites on the internet?  I bring this up because our Webmaster for nearly 20 years, Mary Ann Queen, is stepping away from her role in that capacity.  She’s hanging up her mouse!  Mary Ann, it’s impossible to calculate the number of hours you have spent through the years bringing us the fine product that our Cross website is.  I know it has been a labor of love.  Thank you!  Well done, good and faithful servant!  What you have done to get us where we are is remarkable, and appreciated!

     2nd—Another Well done is due!  Gene Brison, after 30 years of conducting the Grace Notes, one of our adult hand bell choirs, is stepping down from the podium.  Gene, speaking of labors of love—your dedicated service has enhanced the Worship life and ministry of Cross Lutheran for a very long time!  The wonderful bell music has rung out, and rung true—to the praise and glory of our great God!  Thank you!  God bless you for your many years and countless hours of directorship making music to the Lord, encouraging all of us to ring a new song unto Him!

     3rd—Another year for Cross Lutheran School begins August 27.  Elsewhere in this edition of the Cross Ties you’ll find more information about the new faces and new things going on with the “centerpiece” of our ministry here at Cross—our amazing Lutheran School!  I’ll include an invitation to come to the Opening Service for our School year, at about 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 27.

     4th—Another prayer request:  we are getting closer to meeting to extend a Divine Call for our new Associate Pastor!  Please continue to pray for God’s rich guidance and blessing as we get closer to this wonderful time, experience, and new pastor!

     That’s it from me for this month!  God’s blessings, and I look forward to seeing you in church!

    In the name Christ, in Whom we are one,
    Pastor Don Fraker – Colossians 3:15


Commending of Self Prayer

Blessed Lord Christ, I commend myself to Your direction and care today.  May I speak with Your tongue, work with Your hands, walk with Your feet, feel with Your heart, think with Your thoughts and breathe with Your Spirit.  Amen.

(by John Baillie – 1886-1960)


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