Dear Saints of Cross and Crown,
We are back into the swing of things at Cross and Crown! It took a little while to get up to speed after being away for such a long time, but now we are so happy to be together as a vibrant community once again. Here are some notes and news:
+ Worship continues in the sanctuary, alternating timeless traditional services with contemporary praise services.
+ The Worship Committee has met, and plans are underway for more enjoyable worship opportunities.
+ We have welcomed back our Korean and Indonesian congregations, who have both resumed Sunday worship at Cross and Crown.
+ Our Youtube channel continues to grow to 390 subscribers! We currently have uploaded 392 videos, which have been seen 37,101 times across the United States, Europe, and India!
+ Our Young Adult Group has re-established meeting once a month for pizza, Bible study, and fun.
+ Our Sunday Bible study is enjoying in-person fellowship and an exploration of Romans.
+ We have resumed "Coffee with Pastor" and other in-person pastoral care appointments.
+ Plans are underway to repair and beautify our church grounds. This will take place in stages, and with lots of help from generous people.
+ We have been given a synod grant that will match up to $5000, giving us $10,000 to put toward much needed technology upgrades for the sanctuary.
+ Mid-week Zoom faith studies continue. Currently, we meet Thursday evenings and discuss Beckoned: Hearing God's Call to Deeper Faith.
+ A Fellowship Team will begin meeting regularly to plan fun church events and outings.
+ A new Council will soon begin, as two people have just stepped up to join our team.
+ We have resumed our monthly collection of food for Rancho Cucamonga Family Resource Center.
+ We are planning a meal and delivery for Central City Lutheran Mission.
+ We are involved in a synodical evangelism team, and we have resumed the use of advertising tools such as business cards and signage.
Thank you all so much for your faithfulness, encouragement, support, love, and assistance on all things involving this beautiful ministry, in this beautiful place we call our church home. We got through last year because of your strong faith and love, and that is how we continue into this new day God has given us. Cross and Crown is a special congregation full of kindness and goodwill, where everyone steps up, helps out, supports one another, and lives out our Lord's commandment to love God, neighbor, and self. Thank you -- and onward!
In His service,
Join us starting June 6 for a sermon series entitled Unraveled. After the events of the past year, many of us feel like are lives have become unraveled. We are looking into how this is ok, especially when we have a God that will stitch everything back together in new and remarkable ways.
Martin Luther lived during the bubonic plague, which is attributed to the destruction of half of Europe's population. Amid the plague ravaging his home of Wittenberg, Germany, Luther continued to minister to his people, but he had to be extra careful so as to not spread this deadly disease. One of the ways he ministered from a distance was through his writing. As one example among many, Luther wrote his arguably most important hymn, A Mighty Fortress is Our God, during those plague years. May these ancient words comfort you. God is truly our mighty fortress during every epidemic, pandemic, plague, and trial.
(English translation from the original German)
A mighty fortress is our God,
A bulwark never failing:
Our helper He, amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work his woe;
His craft and power are great,
And armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.
Did we in our own strength confide,
Our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side,
The Man of God's own choosing.
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth is his name,
From age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.
And though this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us.
The Prince of Darkness grim,—
We tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure,
For lo! His doom is sure,—
One little word shall fell him.
That word above all earthly powers—
No thanks to them—abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours
Through him who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go,
This mortal life also:
The body they may kill:
God's truth abideth still,
His kingdom is for ever.
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
10:00 am – 03:00 pm