Principal's Message                                                               

Summer’s here!  What an incredible year it’s been.  Throughout it all, we celebrated the theme, In Christ Alone based on Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  With all the change that we experience in a year, one thing remained the same—Jesus Christ.  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 Christ Alone, 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 more than $3000 to Lutheran schools in Houston still recovering from hurricane flooding last fall.  Our students visited nursing home residents and shared their faith.  In Christ alone, we reached out in our community with love.  As a congregation, you should be proud of the work you accomplished through your school community in the New Braunfels community and beyond.

In Christ Alone, 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, Grace Preparatory, Memorial Early College High School, New Braunfels Christian Academy, and New Braunfels High School.  They will matriculate as Cougars, Eagles, Knights, Wildcats, and Unicorns with credits in Algebra, Speech, Spanish, and Health.  Our students shared their love and knowledge of history at the History Fair, build entire cities (of cardboard), and ventured west on the Oregon Trail.  They visited museums, zoos, and parks 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.

In Christ Alone, 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 supporting and encouraging the fine arts.

In Christ Alone, we built relationships and played as a team.  Cross Lutheran students demonstrate prowess in the classroom and on the courts.  Our students developed team work and expressed their athletic ability on the volleyball court, the basketball court, the tennis court, the football field, 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.

In Christ Alone, 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. Melissa and Mrs. Skinner in Spanish, and we said “goodbye” to Mrs. Lotz as she moved on to other adventures.  As a congregation, you should be proud of the people that God has Called into ministry into your midst.

In Christ Alone, 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!

In Christ Alone,

Corey Brandenburger

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