Principal's Message                                                               


There is a lovely little children’s book called, Santa’s Favorite Story written by Hisako Aoki and Ivan Gantschev.  In the story, the forest animals find Santa resting from being too tired to deliver the heavy packages for Christmas Eve.  The animals are worried that Christmas will be ruined if Santa can’t do his job.  Santa, being a wise and caring teacher, takes the opportunity to share with the forest creatures the story of the first Christmas and how it would still come even if he weren’t there.  It’s a great little read, and I recommend it for lots of reasons—the pictures are lovely watercolors, the story is well done, and the message clearly rings true that Christmas is about Christ.  

It is in Christ alone, that we find any meaning in Christmas.  It’s a message told by Santa in the story, but more importantly, it is a message that is relayed daily in our classrooms by each and every teacher and staff member at Cross Lutheran Church and School.  The school ministry provides opportunities each day for our own little ones to better understand the Gospel, to know that Christmas is about more than Santa and presents, and that we, as Christians are linked inextricably to the God that filled a manger, hung on a cross, and rolled the stone away from an empty tomb.  

It’s easy to overlook the important work that you as a congregation are doing in and through your school ministry.  There are endless details that seem to get in the way of seeing the big picture.  Like the little animals worrying about Santa, we can get sidetracked by things that would have us take our eyes off the real reason we do what do—Jesus.  For some, it may be the budget and how it’s spent.  For others it may be school activities and how they are organized.  For others it is curriculum and how it is conveyed. For some, it may be staff and what we think of them.  Regardless of the distraction, be reminded, like the animals were reminded by Santa in the story, that Christmas comes because it’s still about Jesus. 

  And, whether or not we get budgets, and activities, and curriculum, and staffing, and a host of other things right or wrong, Jesus is still coming back. We have a blessed opportunity to ensure that our students and their families are ready when He does return.  The school ministry, like all other ministries at Cross, is firmly rooted in Christ alone.  It is in Him, and through Him, and for Him that we proclaim His life-saving message to children and their families each day.  Thank you, for your continued prayers and support of this important ministry of Cross Lutheran Church and School.  

On behalf of the entire team of teachers and staff members at Cross Lutheran Church and School, I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a new year filled with blessings!  

In Christ alone,


Corey Brandenburger, Principal

Please join our PK-8th Grade students for a fine arts celebration of Christmas on Thursday, Dec. 14 @ 6:30pm.  

  











    



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