A lot has been happening around here! In addition to the celebration of a dead man coming back to life (that would be Easter!), we also voted to extend a Call to Mr. Robert Kellar. Rob is currently the principal at Salem Lutheran in Afton, MO. I am pleased to announce that this recommendation passed by a vote of 175-5. He has received the Call papers for him and his wife, Karen, to pray over. Karen is an active preschool teacher herself and may also be a great fit for our team. Keep watching this newsletter for updates and keep praying for God to grant wisdom in this decision.
At Cross we have also been praying for a regular youth minister to serve our congregation. We searched for over a year to find a part-time leader with no results. It has been six months since Grant Riehle-Moeller stepped down as our interim youth leader. Our last opportunity was to attempt to have an intern from Concordia University. The intern is a full-time worker, but the expense is more in line with part-time pay since we are not required to offer health care. Concordia only had one intern interested in High School ministry and that intern was not placed at Cross.
The Governance Board has approved the 2019-2020 fiscal year budget which begins on July 1. In this budget we have made provisions for a full-time Youth Minister. This is a leap of faith and will require us all to grow in faithfulness with our offerings. This also allows us to expand the search for a Youth Minister. We will start with a couple interviews of DCE (Director of Christian Education) candidates who will graduate from the Concordia University system this year and then expand our search if we do not find a match there.
In addition you may have heard Lisa Dickey, who served as the Executive Director of Loving Arms Childcare Center, resigned just before Easter. We have named Lisa Winn as our Interim Director and are in the beginning stages of our search for the next Executive Director. This will be only the second director in the 20 year history of Loving Arms.
In a ministry the size and reach of Cross we are bound to have staff vacancies and turnover. These are to be expected and are a great opportunity to pause and pray and seek God’s direction for the future. Change is never easy; it is always a challenge, but we know God is refining us through these challenges into the leaders He desires us to be. May you seek and trust in God through every trial and allow Him to lead you in the direction you should go!
“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” John 8:12