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“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…”  
Colossians 3:15 – ESV 

Quo Vadis?

     That Latin phrase can be loosely translated:  “What’s next?” or “Where do we go from here?”

     And that question has been wondered about and talked about and asked of me—and among the members of our church family—especially in the light of our “vacancy” in Called Administrative Staff presence/ministry here.  

     “Are we going to pursue Calling another DCE?”  “What about an associate pastor?”  “How about someone to lead in the area of our music ministry?”  “Should we have a business manager—at least a part time one?”  “Can we afford to do anything?”  “Can we afford to not do anything?”  There are more questions, many ideas, and lots of opinions!  And they are all helpful from the standpoint of the ongoing encouragement for each of us to continue to pray to the Lord for His guidance, direction, and blessing!  Cross is His Church, always has been; always will be.

     We experienced and celebrated some of that blessing early last September, gathered for the potluck dinner for the 90th anniversary of Cross Lutheran Church & School.  At that event, people were asked to write down opinions and share their thoughts on the “next thing” in terms of Staff.  Of course, it was not intended to be an official vote of the congregation…but a great opportunity to get some understanding of the feelings of those gathered.  The two Staff positions receiving the most support were an Associate Pastor and a Director of Christian Education (DCE).  

     In my report to the Voters Assembly at our November Meeting, I said that I believe our next Staff position should be an Associate Pastor.  I presented a timeline that would see us, if we are ready, extending a Divine Call in our regular June 2019 Voters Meeting.  That would mean that, if accepted, the pastor could arrive on the scene as early as late-summer or perhaps early-fall.

     So, why do I consider an associate pastor MY next “quo vadis?”  Because I believe a pastor team/presence will be a tremendous blessing to the church family—and to our growth in ministry and mission here.  An additional pastor can enhance relationships with current and new members that I am simply not able to do because I am one person, shepherding the flock of almost 800 people.  Two people can do that much better in a ministry that is growing like we are!  We’ve got growing ministry happening everywhere—especially in our Lutheran School.  Principal Corey is doing an absolutely fantastic job of helping me—and all of us—to see that each and every one of us plays a great role in the ministry of Cross Lutheran School.  It is a true statement that pastors connected in strong ways to their school ministries provide much, much blessing in connecting families with the Lord Jesus, and for the growth of the kingdom.

     Certainly, there’s more to be said, but I’ll stop here for now.  Thank you for your prayers, and thank you for your partnership in the amazing things God has done and is doing here at Cross!  Yet another reason I thrill to say to you:  See you in church!
     
     In the name of 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)

REALLY? NO EULOGY? WHY? A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR FRAKER here.     

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