Thank you to all who took ownership and prayerfully cast votes on the many items in our annual meeting. As a congregation we have agreed to extend a Divine Call to Will LeBeau, a 2019 graduate of Concordia University Chicago, to serve as Youth Minister. In addition, Will proposed to his girlfriend, Liz, and she said, “Yes!” Will and Liz will be married at his internship congregation in Pennsylvania on July 27. Will and Liz are very excited to be getting married and almost equally excited about beginning their ministry together here at Cross.
Over the next couple months we will be getting ready for the newlyweds to join us after their marriage ceremony. Part of the preparation will be updating the parsonage. After years of usage and some pet damage, we will be renovating the kitchen, installing drywall, replacing worn out flooring and painting the exterior as well as the interior. If you are willing to help with labor or donate funds to help with this project, please contact the church office.
The land exchange also passed, and we are thrilled to begin the paperwork process of the exchange. We have a lawyer volunteering which will help with costs. We are so grateful for the body of Christ utilizing their gifts for God’s glory! The process will not likely be completed for several months, but hopefully it is simply a formality from here on out.
The Building Committee will begin its work this week as we have a charter from the Governance Board. We will be praying and considering people to serve on the committee and determining the path forward. God is truly leading us on an exciting adventure!
We are extending an offer letter to Paul Goffron of Lombard to serve as Interim Principal at Cross. Paul has most recently served as Principal at Walther Lutheran High School. Paul is not currently certified as a church worker so there will be no offer of a Divine Call from the congregation. Please pray diligently for this opportunity as it is not an easy decision for Paul and his family, but it seems to be a very exciting “fit” for his skills and our needs.
Finally, we prayerfully selected Michael Reid, Daniel Schmitz and Ben Thanepohn as our Governance Board representatives. Please pray for them in their service! Also please thank John Kiedaisch and Jodi Weber for their willingness to serve and Joel Lietz for his years of service on the board. I am truly thankful for the willing servants here at Cross. This is not a simple role and takes significant commitment during and between meetings.
With each day the urgency of sharing the Gospel increases. Injustice and evil rage on seemingly without rest. It is easy for a Christian to feel wearied and worn through seasons of change. In Malachi 3, God reminds His people that even in the midst of a Godless world, our God is present and unchanging. May the presence of God strengthen and sustain us just as He has in every generation. “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.” Malachi 3:6
Pastor Erik Gauss