Principal's Message                                                               

For students, parents, teachers, and staff of Cross Lutheran’s school ministry, May is usually marked by a flurry of activity as we approach the end of the school year.  Of course, this year, we are still approaching the end of the 2019-2020 school year, but our activities and our celebrations are markedly different.  When we left for Spring Break, we didn’t know that our students wouldn’t be returning to the campus until the fall.  

It has given new meaning to our school year theme: REJOICE!  “In Him our hearts REJOICE, for we trust in His holy name” (Psalm 33:21).  We are reminded that our rejoicing is not in human ceremonies or traditions, but it is in HIM!  At times such as this, the importance of a strong Lutheran school ministry rings true.  We will surely continue to REJOICE with our students even as our year ends in a very different way than we expected.  Our teachers and leaders will find unique and creative ways to honor the hard work, academic excellence, and grit that our students have demonstrated at Cross Lutheran School all year long.  

As we learn to REJOICE in these new ways, we are reminded that we can do so because we put our trust in Him.  “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).  Our students know this because our congregation has provided a place for them to come and hear the Good News each day.  And while we have not been able to gather on the campus to hear it, our teachers have worked continually to provide an online alternative that meant our students would continue to grow academically, but most importantly, spiritually.  

I want to take a moment to point out the amazing people that our congregation calls and supports as they do professional churchwork.   Thank you to our teachers:  Jennifer Cavender, Kelly Owens, Sharon Fraker, Sandy Gremmer, Nadine Fink, Sharon Whightsil, Rebecca McArthur, Cheryl Moehring, Melanie Douglas, Amber Lujan, Jeff Fink, Kari Lettow, and Chris Valdez.  Thank you to our administrative and support staff: Deb Fraker, Michelle Withers, Carrie Bustamante, Sarah Doegey, Corinne Swientek, and Courtney Mann.  Thank you to our church office staff: Pastor Don Fraker, Pastor Mark Harris, and Trixy Bailey.  Thank you to our custodial team: Janice and John Thiem.  We, as a congregation, could not do the very important work of Lutheran school ministry without YOU!  Because of your commitment to Jesus and His message, our students have been able to continue REJOICING in Him as they continue to learn at home.  Each and every one of the people listed here and many more volunteers and others elected to congregational offices have made a huge difference during this very strange time in history.  I am humbled and honored to be the principal of the school ministry of Cross Lutheran Church and School.

Please stay tuned to our social media pages, our YouTube channel, and watch for ways that you can be involved in the various celebrations that will mark the end of the 2019-2020 school year.  In the meantime, will you please join me in lifting up all the faculty, staff, and students of Cross Lutheran Church and School as we finish our final month of the 2019-2020 school year from home?  Many hearts will be hurting, but we know that Jesus is right there with them, and His deep love for us gives us a reason to REJOICE even when the world says we should not.  May God bless and keep us as “in Him our hearts REJOICE for we trust in His holy name” (Psalm 33:21)!


Dr. B.


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