Principal's Message                                                               

Summer’s here!  What an incredible year it’s been.  Throughout it all, we celebrated the theme, REAL. PRESENT. GOD. “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) It was an exciting year of growth and change as we acknowledged God’s real presence in our school and our lives.  And all thanks go to God for ensuring that our congregation was able to continue sharing the ministry that shared that Good News with kids and their families in a very real and present way.

Through our REAL. PRESENT. GOD, we reached out into our community.  Our students, teachers, and volunteers reached out into our community in a variety of ways.  Whether it was honoring our Veterans or celebrating our grandparents, our students loved people for Jesus.  Our students gathered food and necessities for the homeless in our community and shared those gifts through the Cross Cares program.  Our National Junior Honor Society students helped Lutheran World Relief Quilters load trucks destined for those in need.  Our students and families shared gifts in chapel allowing us to send nearly $3000 total to Lutheran Heritage Foundation to provide books to children all around the world that highlight the love of their Savior, Jesus and to fellow missionaries in the Dominican Republic.  Our students visited nursing home residents and shared their faith with residents.  Our families collected clothing for the cold and homeless and items for foster kids.  We shared in the congregation’s joyful task of collecting over 8,000 diapers for Options for Life.  Through it all, we reached out in our community with love.  As a congregation, you should be proud of the work you accomplished through your school ministry in the New Braunfels community and beyond.

Through our REAL. PRESENT. GOD, we demonstrated academic excellence.    Our students showed their brain power in a variety of ways this year.  We sent 13 of our state qualifiers to the Private School Interscholastic Association contest in Fort Worth.  They represented us well!  Our 8th graders will be heading off to Canyon High, Memorial Early College High School, and New Braunfels High School.  They will matriculate as Cougars, Eagles, and Unicorns with credits in Algebra, Speech, Spanish, and Health.  Our students shared their creativity and skill at the Art Fair, built entire cities (of cardboard), and ventured west on the Oregon Trail.  They visited museums, zoos, parks, the NASA Space Center, and even the nation’s capital as part of their teachers’ whole-child approach to education.  As a congregation, you should be proud of the strong students you are sending into your community and beyond.

Through our REAL. PRESENT. GOD, we celebrated the arts.  Our students demonstrated their Mighty Eagle Spirt through the arts.  They sang, rang, and played instruments.  The drew, painted, and sculpted their ideas and shared them with their class and community.  As a congregation, you should be proud to be part of a centuries-long tradition of the Christian Church of supporting and encouraging the fine arts.

Through our REAL. PRESENT. GOD, we built relationships and played as a team.  Cross Lutheran students demonstrate prowess in the classroom and on the courts.  Our students developed teamwork and expressed their athletic ability on the volleyball court, the basketball court, on the cross-country course, and in P.E. classes each day.  As a congregation, you should be proud of the young athletes you support—our mighty eagles really soar because of you.

Through our REAL. PRESENT. GOD, we said, “hello,” and we said, “goodbye.”  Our school ministry changes throughout the years as new faculty and staff come and go.  We said “hello” this year to Mrs. Debbie Schmalz in Prekindergarten and Ms. Abbie Fenton in the lunch room.  We said “goodbye” to Mrs. Schmalz and Mrs. Murken as they moved on to other adventures.  We said, “come and join us” to Miss Sharon Whightsil who will be joining our ministry in the fall.  As a congregation, you should be proud of the people that God has Called into ministry into your midst.

Through our REAL. PRESENT. GOD, we will continue to develop, grow, and carry Christ to the world.  Our students Gather, Grow, and Go as dearly loved children of God.  The things they learn here at Cross are for a higher purpose.  We are preparing students for tomorrow with a Christ-centered education today.  As a congregation, you should know that God is proud of the work you do as you endeavor to bring the little children unto Him.  Thank you for your tremendous investment in school ministry.  It is a blessing that will have eternal benefits!  I am proud to be part of your ministry team.  Have a blessed summer!

One in Christ, One in Ministry, One in Mission,
Corey Brandenburger


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