Dear Sisters and Brothers at Cross and Crown,
Grace and peace in the name of Jesus.
As the Church anticipates this Sunday’s celebration of the third great day of the year, the Festival of Pentecost, I’m filled with gratitude for the wonderfully gifted and dedicated saints that the Holy Spirit has gathered together into the community of Cross and Crown. Just about a week and half into my ministry with you, I already feel yoked with you in the mission that God has entrusted to us.
At this juncture that’s due in large part to your staff. As I’ve jumped into the deep end of the C&C pool, they’ve been there to keep me afloat and made it possible for me to enjoy the efforts to keep my head above water.
Chris Lantz has amazed me with her ability to both read my mind and anticipate what I need. And her zeal to do well and “get the job done” is obviously rooted in her deep affection for and connection with the congregation. I’ve learned not to ask Chris to do something if I don’t really want it done and done now! She truly keeps things running and running well.
You all know what an extraordinary musician Matthew Rhea is. And I had some sense of that prior to my arrival. But in my short time here, I’ve learned that his ministry with the congregation reaches beyond the keyboard and the choir loft! This was true when you were able to gather for worship and he led the songs of praise, thanksgiving, and lament. And it is even more the case now. His willingness to be available to help plan and produce our new ventures in worship is just the tip of the iceberg of contributions that he is making to our leaning into the new opportunities that the Spirit is making known to Cross and Crown.
And Lisa Stocks is both a veteran and a newcomer to the Cross and Crown staff. For several months she’s been serving with the children’s ministry. But, just last week the council approved a new position which Lisa has accepted and will begin on June 1. She will serve 20 hours each week in a variety of ways that support the faith formation of all members of the congregation, but will focus on school-aged children and their families. I’ve spent a good deal of my ministry engaged with Christian education and educators. And I can tell already that Lisa is gifted for this ministry and is an asset as we address the unique needs of the present and plan for the future.
And now I’d like the opportunity to get to know all of you! For now, we’ll need to do that via Zoom Meetings. I hope that you’ll be able to attend one and we can chat for about 45 minutes. Bring your favorite beverage and snack to the meeting. For those of you who aren’t on the internet, please feel free to phone me: 419-792-5564.
Zoom Meet and Greets with the Deacon will take place on these days and times. Reminders and links to the meetings will come to you closer to the dates.
Tuesday, June 2 at 4:00 pm
Thursday, June 4 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, June 6 at 10:00 am
Wednesday, June 10 at 7:00 pm
May the blessings of the Holy Spirit be yours!
Blessings to you all,