Memorial Day is the unofficial move from spring to summer. Pools are opened, grills are seasoned, lawn chairs are pulled out of storage. People traveling to friends and family can be fun and also demanding. Movement is the way we reach the destination and is simultaneously difficult and exciting. Here at Cross we have some “moving” as well and seek prayer and God’s guidance as we continue toward the goal He has placed before us.
In a congregation our size, staffing moves are common, and this spring is no exception. Karen Hardecopf has moved to part-time retirement, and Pastor Scott Lohman has come on board to help with her reduced hours. Pastor Scott will be leading our visitation and senior ministry efforts.
Pastor Matthew Conrad has accepted the position of Pastor of Human Care and Mission! He and his family will be moving to Yorkville soon, and we look forward to the energy and support he will bring to our ministries into the community. He will focus on both the community of believers we call Cross ministries and the communities we look to reach for Christ.
Claire Pavia has accepted a position to teach in the Hinckley-Big Rock school district as a third grade teacher. This is a big move for her and her family after 14 years of ministry with Cross! We are happy for her but will greatly miss her strong teaching skills and emphasis on bringing technology into the classroom. This also means Cross is on the move to find who God has in store to move the mission forward through Cross Lutheran School. Pray He will lead us to a great teacher, a great teammate and a partner in the mission of making disciple-makers.
This month we will receive conceptual drawings from an architect about what it might look like to have facilities that promote the vision to mature as disciples that Walk, Grow and Love. Our facilities are a blessing and a challenge as we try to move forward together.
On May 31, we will have our annual congregational meeting where we celebrate how God has been moving us over the past year and the direction He is guiding us on for the new year. We look forward to sharing, celebrating and praying together as a family of Christ in this place. Please join us after services (11:45 AM) on May 31 in the large gymnasium as we Move the Mission Forward in big ways and small ways! “And Jesus said to His disciples, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’” Matthew 4:19
His servant and yours,
Pastor Erik Gauss