Dear Saints of Cross and Crown,
We have a wonderful congregation that is worth supporting. During the pandemic, you have remained faithful witnesses to the love of God in Christ and have continued to lovingly support our congregation. You have worked tirelessly on council and in the congregation to meet in person once again, reorganize all of our many ministries, create beautiful worship services, and give of your time, treasures, and talents to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ here in our part of the world. God continues to lead us all right here and now to be the hands, feet, and voice of God for such a time as this.
November is Stewardship month at the church and we need your help being all that God calls us to be. With Covid and quarantine, some people moving away, some not returning to worship, some facing economic difficulties, and the suspension of our partnerships with our homeschool groups, giving is not where it once was. This is true for most churches across the nation. It has been a challenging time for everyone.
But we shouldn't be surprised. God has always led people through challenges. The Bible shows story after story of "wilderness times", where the people couldn't see around the corner or know how every problem would be solved. Rather, with faith in the awesome power of God and determination to rise up, God's people have continued to thrive against all odds. We have no reason to be troubled. We still have a God who looks at our challenges as though they were more Red Seas to be parted, or more mountains to be moved. No big deal at all.
When we each hear the call from God to support a congregation worth supporting, it is not because we are asked to give to God what we own. Instead, we understand that God has created, claimed, and owned everything Himself. We are blessed to be a part of the holy church of Jesus Christ, and we are asked to give back to God a portion of what God has first given to us.
Church offers all people worship, the sacraments of baptism and communion, biblical truths, pastoral care, fellowship, community, opportunities for service and outreach, and the chance to be part of a movement of love, sharing the Gospel to another generation in the unbroken line of 2000 years of Christian ministry. Church is worth supporting. All we have is on loan to us from God, and God asks us to be partners in stewarding what we have.
Thank you for your prayer, support, generosity, and hard work. I am proud and grateful to get to be God's church with you.
I'd like to offer a special greeting to those members of our Cross and Crown congregation who are not worshiping with us in person yet, out of an abundance of caution with the Covid Delta variant, or the possibility of being exposed to Covid, or any other personal reason at this time. We love you and remember you in worship weekly. You are still very much a part of our congregation, and we are so glad to call you our church family. Whether in the same building, or connecting with worship and our community online through our Youtube channel, please know the human spirit knows no bounds, and the Holy Spirit holds us all together in the great Body of Christ. May you feel that peace and love that belongs to us all. Please do reach out to me if you would like to talk, or if I, or we as a church, can be there for you in any way.
In Christ''s love,
Welcome to Cross and Crown Lutheran Church.
Located in the City of Rancho Cucamonga.
We are proud members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Pacifica Synod Cross and Crown Lutheran Church in Rancho Cucamonga
All are Welcome
Christ has asked us to love God, love our neighbors, and love ourselves. We welcome ALL to worship with us 9 am Sunday mornings.
6723 Etiwanda Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739