Principal's Message                                                               



By the time you are reading this message of mine, the school year will already be off to a roaring start.  The floors have been polished, the bulletin boards have been decorated, the training has taken place, and a whole new set of protocols have been adopted as we work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  The days we have prepared all summer for are finally here!  

New beginnings are exciting.  They are a time of joy and a time of anxious anticipation.  As our students, new and old filled the halls (and computer screens for our remote learners), they were filled with a mix of emotions.  Each young person that walks through our doors is a reminder of why our school ministry exists--to share Jesus with kids and their families.  

You may recall that our theme this year is: LOVE. SERVE. GROW.  It’s based on the idea that our goal as God’s people is to emulate Jesus.  We LOVE Him as He first loved us.  We SERVE others as He selflessly serves us.  We GROW together in Christ.  It’s great theme for a year in which we find ourselves doing lots of things differently in order to serve our neighbors and our community. We’re looking forward to unpacking all the ways that Lutheran schools serve in their communities throughout the year.  

We serve our community in a variety of ways through our Lutheran school ministry.  We collect food and supplies for those less fortunate in our community, especially the homeless.  We gather offerings for children around the globe each year as we dedicate our chapel funds to the support of Christian ministries around the world.  We visit nursing homes and bring joy to residents (and to us!). We set up tables and chairs for events.  We pray fervently for our congregation, our community, and the world.  

One especially important way we serve our community of learners and beyond is by celebrating the Word of God in chapel each week.  As this year begins, we won’t be able to open our doors for the community to come and join us for those chapel services.  But, thanks be to God, we have the technology and the opportunity to livestream our chapel services so that family and community members can participate each week in our online family devotional time.  We invite you to join us through Facebook Live or our YouTube Channel on Wednesdays at 8:30am.  You can also choose to watch it later from our YouTube Channel at a time that is convenient.  Either way, we’d love you to be a part of our commitment to LOVE. SERVE. GROW. this year.  

For now, safety protocols and recommendations are guiding how we do school.  For now, we are wearing masks, using lots of hand sanitizer, spacing ourselves out, and limiting campus visitors.  Until that time, when we can relax these standards, we seek to serve our community in new ways--we hope you’ll join us in celebrating each week!  Whether you join us for chapel or not, we do hope that you will commit Cross Lutheran Church and School’s school ministry and all those touched by it to prayer.  Pray for God’s continued blessings and support.  Pray that God would use our school ministry to GROW His kingdom as we SERVE His people with LOVE.

Loving, serving, and growing with you,

Corey Brandenburger,
Principal


Here are some ways you can assist Cross Lutheran congregation’s School Ministry:

Donate to our Tuition Assistance Fund.  This fund helps parents that need help with the cost of a Cross Lutheran education.  It’s a small investment that pays eternal dividends.

Donate to our COVID-19 response fund.  We’ve had to purchase new technology equipment for classrooms such as cameras, iPads, etc. in order to ensure that students could experience a seamless on- or off-campus experience.  

Pray for our faculty, staff, and students.  Your prayers are an important part of our support network.  Thank you for lifting us up as we seek to serve the Savior through our school families.

Spread the word!  Do you know someone that needs a great education? Send them our way!

Thank a teacher or staff member.  Whether they teach at Cross (or do some other important ministry) or teach elsewhere, public and private educators are going to be marching into a unique situation this fall.  Shine Christ’s light into their day by letting them know you are thinking of them.  
























    



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