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Christ—Our Fortress In Heaven In 2-0-1-7

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help…” – Psalm 46

Reformation 500th Anniversary

        I greet you as we enter into the summer months.  In May, 1963, Nat King Cole released the song, “Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer”.  And, while I don't necessarily endorse everything about the song, the simple, toe-tapping joy of that music has been part of the summer soundtrack in my head for just about that long!  This summer-I'm looking forward to more of the same, and I hope you are, too!  

       In what I think is a related way-the fourth verse of Psalm 46 points this out to us.  It reads:  “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.” (ESV)  Here in New Braunfels, we certainly know how rivers add to the gladness, joy, and blessing of our community!  Indeed, thousands upon thousands from around our nation know it too, and 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.  

       We've done this now for several years:  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's calendars included, and a doubling-up on lists like Birthdays & Anniversaries-as well as both June and July Sunday Morning SERVICE Schedules.  The August edition will return with its full issue of news, articles, schedules, and more.

       I do love the rhythm of summer!  So much going on.  God willing, Sharon & I plan to travel-to a family wedding in Mequon, Wisconsin, and seeing our sons and families.  We'll also spend extended time up in Iowa with Rachel, Mike, and three of our grandkids!  God willing, we will be back for what is a mid-summer event here at Cross:  saying Farewell to one Vicar-and saying Welcome to the next!  

       With that said - Part 1, we prepare to say FAREWELL AND GOD'S SPEED to Vicar Garret, and Amber and Oliver!  Where has the time gone?!  Vicar's final Sunday will be July 23.  On that day, we will say goodbye to Garret & Amber at the end of each Worship Service-when we'll have a gift for them.  In addition, the Kaspers 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.

       WITH THAT SAID, Part 2!! - Then comes the arrival of our next Vicar: Dwight Wyeth, and his wife, Roseann!  Lord willing, they'll arrive the end of July.  We'll be learning lots more about them in the months ahead!  Vicar Dwight's Installation will be Sunday, August 6!  THAT IS WHEN WE WILL HAVE A WELCOME POTLUCK FOR THEM!!  Each year, with the arrival of our new Vicar, our Welcome Potluck has been one of the best-attended events we have!  Let's keep it going!  Both Dwight & and Roseann are from up near Chicago.  They need an official TEXAS howdy!  So let's give them one on August 6!  One of our legendary potlucks-complete with YOU and your FAMILY and awesome food is just the way to do that!

       WE WILL ALSO DO A PANTRY SHOWER/POUNDING/INGATHERING! - this is also one of our “Vicar Traditions,” and is a tremendous blessing to our new vicar and family!  Maybe you've always done this…maybe you've never done this.  Please participate!  Please bring food items for the Wyeth's pantry on the five Sundays of July.  Thank you in advance!  We'll use the black table in the Narthex of the Sanctuary for the ingathering of food to be taken to the Vicar's apartment.

       Please continue to pray for Vicar Garret & Amber and Oliver, as they wind down and wrap up their Vicarage-and prepare for the year to come.  Please pray for Vicar-elect Dwight & Roseann, as they spend the summer in Illinois, and then head toward Texas!

       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 Christ, our Fortress-
Pastor Don Fraker
Psalm 46


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