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Guatemala Exploratory Mission Update

Church in GuatemalaOn April 24-30, Tom Koch and Pastor Steve Wheeler traveled to Guatemala on an exploratory mission trip with CALMS (Central American Lutheran Mission Society).  They visited several sites that had been pre-screened in advance by CALMS missionaries.  They met with local and civic leaders at those sites to find out what God was already doing in their midst and to assess whether or not Cross View might come alongside of one of them.  The purpose of the trip was to find ministry opportunities that would allow Cross View members, led by the Holy Spirit, to sow Gospel seeds in Guatemala.

The group visited three major sites – Santa Cruz, La Union, and Gulan.  After a careful analysis of each of the sites, much conversation, abundant and prayerful deliberation, and a unanimous leading of the Holy Spirit, Tom and Pastor. Steve recommend that our congregation partners with the very small village of Los Vaquez, located in the mountains surrounding the small town La Union in Zacapa.

Pastor Steve explains that the rationale for our recommendation is as follows: "First, we saw tremendous need in this little village of 55 families.  Second, no church or other outside organization has ever partnered with this village.  Third, we felt that the village was of a manageable size that our congregation could truly make a difference by partnering with them.  Fourth, we felt a very strong connection with Carlos, the Lutheran translator and missionary, with whom we would work.  Fifth, the village had very receptive leadership that was excited to work with us.  Sixth, we felt, by the Spirit’s leading, that there was great potential for meaningful mission and ministry there.  And finally, the village demonstrated a beautiful and sincere love for the Lord Jesus Christ."

On Sunday, May 12, the recommendation was presented to the people of Cross View during the education hour, and there was a great deal of enthusiasm and excitement about the potential of sending future teams.  Cross View is tentatively looking at November 15-24 to potentially send our first team of 8-22 people. 

An open forum for Q & A will be held on Thursday, July 18, 7-9 PM at Cross View. 

Pastor Steve adds, "We cannot express how powerful our visit to Guatemala, and in particular our visit to Los Vasquez, was for us.  The experience will forever change our lives as we reflect upon and pray for these beloved brothers and sisters in Christ.  If you are interested in joining the team, please join us for the open forum on July 18, or email steve@crossview.net or tjkoch47@gmail.com.  Please keep this mission opportunity in your prayers, praying that God opens a door to transform lives near and far with the Good News of Jesus Christ."

Traffic Flow Changes Starting May 26

Due to the start of our construction project, please be aware of the following changes that will take place starting May 26.
  • The upper/West parking lot and the upper level entrance to the church will be closed.
  • Enter the lower/South parking lot from the McCauley Trail Entrance – look for members of the Parking Team to direct you.
  • Use Door 3 to enter the church building – look for members of the Welcome Team to direct you.
  • When leaving Cross View, please take the exit to the East onto Timber Trail.
Click the image below for an enlarged map.

Cross View Construction Map

 

Building For Generations LogoCapital Campaign Logo Unveiled

Introducing...our new logo for the Cross View 4.0 – Building for Generations capital campaign!

  • The number 4 integrated into the cross is areminder that this is Cross View’s 4th building project.
  • The angled crossbar forming the 4 can be perceived as a speed square – a carpenter’s tool.
  • The stylized ".0" under the cross is not just about version number, but can also be a reminder of the stone rolled away from the empty tomb or a symbol of young and old generations side-by-side.
  • The slogan “Building for Generations” is a triple-entendre:
  • With a history of growth and building expansions, we have been building for generations to reach this point.
  • We are building a new addition for all generations attending Cross View.
  • We are building for future generations to come.

 


Cross View Connect Logo

 
Cross View Connect is our congregation's NEW online directory and resource. It will help our members connect with each other and our staff, and stay informed about upcoming events and activities.
 
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
  • To access Cross View Connect, you must first send by email a unique email address for every adult in your family who would like access to your account. Send that to connect@crossview.net.  One of our staff members will get back to you with a username, a password, and easy steps to access the system.  
  • You also may fill out a printed form and drop it off in the church office.  Forms will be available at the Connection Center just outside the sanctuary at church.  
  • If you have previously shared an email address with our staff, please still send an email to connect@crossview.net, confirming that the email address we have on record is the one you want to use for this new system.
 
WHY DO I NEED THIS?
Once we set up your account and you log in to the new Cross View Connect, you will be able to edit your contact information and set your own preferences about who can see that information. By default, all information will be accessible by church staff only.  But if you would like other members to be able to see your basic information and contact you, you will be able to change your privacy settings within the new system. We will give you instructions on how to do that when you sign up.
 
Other features include:
  • An easy way to sign up to receive short email updates about events and activities
  • An easy way to track and download your personal giving history
  • More exciting features will be shared soon
 
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Just click here or type crossview.net/connect into your browser.
 
 
WHAT ABOUT PRIVACY AND SECURITY?
All of your contact information will remain private online unless you change your privacy settings and we will never publish any of this information publicly online. This is a private, password-protected system for church-related activities only and may never be used by anyone for personal business.   
 
 
WILL THERE STILL BE A PRINTED DIRECTORY?
Yes, and we'll be keeping our photo directory, as well.  Do you want a printed copy of contact information that other members have shared? Just send an email to connect@crossview.net and we'll print one for you. You also may call the church office for help. 
 

 

Christine Eid Named "Master DCE"

On January 5, 2017, at the NADCE (National Association of Directors of Christian Education) Conference in Orlando, Christine Eid, Cross View's Director of Children's Ministry, received the Master DCE Award! At the biennial National NADCE Conference, this award is given to only one individual tthat exemplifies the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates strong commitment to serving Jesus 
  • Demonstrates commitment to excellence in meeting the social, emotional, spiritual, and cognitive needs of children, youth, and adults
  • Active in leadership within congregation
  • Active in leadership within community 
  • Active in leadership within LCMS District and Synod
  • Demonstrates passion, vision, creativity, leadership, and commitment to the DCE ministry, the local congregation, and the LCMS

Congratulations on this prestigious honor, Christine! Cross View is incredibly blessed to have you as part of our ministry team!

 

Live Streaming!

We are now streaming both Sunday services live at www.crossview.net/live. If you aren’t able to worship with us or have friends and family who want to experience our worship services, this is for you!