Pastor’s Corner – Groundbreaking News!
“To Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think…” Ephesians 3:20
To say we received more than I prayed for would be an understatement. Throughout Lent I was praying for a strong voter turnout and clear results. In my heart I would have been satisfied with a “Yes” or a “No” as long as the Holy Spirit brought unity and direction through the disciples of the congregation.
After 8 weeks of Lent, Easter, Fireside Chats, prayer and our week-long congregation vote; God has provided a strong voice and direction. We had 200 disciples vote. 98% of those votes were “yes”! It is time to expand our Church and School ministries! 24 years ago our Cold storage was built in faithfulness of God’s continued blessings at Cross. Today, we begin completion of that space creating a new, expanded space for school ministries, Children’s ministries and various other opportunities.
This is an amazing turnout and clear direction from God through the people of God. There is excitement and nervousness in the air. It is a big commitment, and a tremendous challenge lies ahead of us. Yet, the people of God took a leap of faith, and we are leaping together! Since the vote, God has continued to send people from the community to inquire at our school.
On Sunday June 11, 2023, at 9:11AM we will gather as a family of faith and break ground on the new project. This start date will balance the tension of prep work to be completed but also a start date that will allow us to finish in time to start the 2024-25 school and ministry year in the new facility.
The next step is to clean out cold storage. We will need lots of hands to sort and move items from cold storage to their new destination. Current items in cold storage will be kept, sold, or put in storage for use in the new space. This next year will be tight as we try to keep growing but with less space. But, after this year, the new expansion should allow us to move forward in an exciting and powerful way.
In times of great growth comes great challenges. The devil is never satisfied to leave us alone. Let us be bold to keep one another in prayer! Please keep the construction workers and school families covered with protection. Pray for your teachers and church staff and pray for one another. This is not completed and there is much faithful sacrifice and commitment needed from each of us. Pray that God will continue to protect and increase the unity and conviction he has so graciously provided. To God be the glory!
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20,21
Pastor Erik Gauss
Scripture Readings for Sunday, April 30, 2023
Titus 3:3-8; John 14:15-17, 25-26