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God’s Kingdom Is Great In 2-0-1-8

“The kingdom of God is…righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

Romans 14:17

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     I greet you as we enter into the summer months!  I do love the rhythm of summer!  Even though school is out, so much is going on.  God willing, Sharon & I plan to travel—for the birth of another grandchild in Iowa.  What blessings!  Here in New Braunfels, thousands upon thousands from around our nation will be descending upon us!  Let’s continue to be gracious, neighborly hosts!  Especially for those who will choose to Worship at Cross while they’re in town.  What a privilege we have in that.  Look for opportunities and people to invite to church with you!

     We continue our June/July practice:  We’re saving some paper & postage by combining the June & July editions of this Cross Ties Newsletter.  So, you’ll find both June and July calendars included, and a doubling-up on lists like Birthdays & Anniversaries—as well as both June and July Sunday Morning SERVICE Schedules.  Please be sure to note that!!  The August edition will return with its full issue of news, articles, schedules, and more.

         FAREWELL AND GOD’S SPEED – At the end of July, we’ll say farewell to Vicar Dwight, and Roseann and Elias!  Where has the time gone?!  Vicar’s final Sunday will be July 29.  On that day, we will say goodbye to Dwight & Roseann at the end of each Worship Service—when we’ll have a gift for them.  In addition, the Wyeths will go over into the Fellowship Center after each Service, in order for the Cross Family to have the opportunity to say goodbye.  We’ll have a reception with refreshments!!…as part of the celebration as they depart from our midst.  Please continue to pray for Vicar Dwight & Roseann and Elias, as they wind down and wrap up their Vicarage—and prepare for the year to come back in St. Louis. 

         I want to highlight three more things:

W FirstAt the June Voters Meeting (June 3, 12:30 p.m.), I plan, God willing, to seek voter approval of a new Vision Statement for our Ministry.  Simply stated here:  ONE IN CHRIST—We Gather; ONE IN MINISTRY—We grow; ONE IN MISSION—We Go.  I hope you will be at the voters meeting to hear and see much more about that!

W  Second – For the month of August, I’ll be doing a sermon series on being the Church, grounded in the four Epistle Readings for the Sundays in August from Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians.  Rich and exciting energy and encouragement, to be sure!  Miss a Sunday, miss a lot!

W  Third – Texas District President Ken Hennings is retiring at the end of the summer.  The Board of Elders has approved receiving a door offering that will go to a newly established endowment for mission work in the Texas District.  You will have opportunity to respond and support on August 5, 12, and 19.  Thank you in advance for being part of that! 

     Finally, it is the streaming presence of God’s love in Christ—flowing to us in Word & Sacraments—that makes us glad, not only in the summer, but every day of the year!  To love and believe in Him is to be here in His house every opportunity we are given.  That’s why I say, again and always:  See you in church! 

In the peace of Christ’s kingdom, and joy in the Holy Spirit—

                  Pastor Don Fraker – Romans 14:17



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