The Hub Newsletter | July 2020
Overcoming through Christ
I shall never forget an assignment while I was in a seminary preaching class when I was struggling with the turmoil being experienced by God’s people in a difficult passage of Scripture. The passage helped me examine the problems of the day from the perspective of Biblical times, but I struggled to find a solution and hope. My preaching professor, the legendary Dr. Zan Holmes, Jr., said something that I never forgot. He said (to paraphrase), “just as Scriptural text helps you interpret the problems of the world, always look to the Biblical text for the solutions as well”. This instruction defined my approach to exploration of Scripture throughout my ministry. Today’s challenges succinctly come together for me in the classic saying of Jesus in John 16:33 where he said: “In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (RSV)

I have seen Jesus overcoming in these perilous times through pastors and congregations upholding a faithful Christian witness. This has happened as congregations have demonstrated great flexibility. Most have created alternative forms of worship that have reached phenomenal numbers of people with the gospel. Churches have attended to the needs and care of members. Leaders have offered resilient and resourceful leadership to manage operations and ministries. Then churches have also demonstrated what Bishop Schnase calls “extravagant generosity”. For example, when it was learned that some churches in our District were struggling financially because of restrictions on in-person gathering, several other churches and individuals stepped up and we raised almost $6,000.00 through our Golden Rule Fund: Churches Helping Churches initiative. With this special effort, there were enough funds to send checks to the seven churches that met challenges to help them with at least half of their reported needs. Cathedral Oaks is cultivating a strategic partnership, only possible by Divine intervention, that will ensure its future sustainability. Giving in general has remained consistent in most churches in the District. Churches, members, and supporters have invested their time, talents, and gifts to ensure the survival of the church’s witness. The resilience and faithfulness of pastors and churches of the Crossroads District has overall been astounding and inspiring.

Nevertheless, our challenges persist. As I write his article, COVID-19 cases have been increasing. Pastors and their leadership teams have been forced to reconsider their original plans to reopen. The impact of the pandemic on our economy is settling in. Social and political issues are intensifying. Many are afraid, anxious, growing frustrated, and young people are uncertain about the future. The list continues.

But I am reminded of the simple yet profound instruction of my seminary professor to look to Scripture to understand the problems and find God’s solutions. In this hour, I am drawn to the words of Jesus who said, “In the world we will have tribulations; but we can be of good cheer, because He has overcome the world”. He is overcoming in the Crossroads District through the faithfulness of pastors and congregations who are continuing to be led and guided by God through the living Christ as revealed in Scripture by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Important Announcements
Pastoral Assessment - Optional This Year

Reminder: The Pastoral Assessment process is optional year due to the unusual circumstances of church life and ministry brought on by the Coronavirus Pandemic. This information has been sent to SPRC chairs. Forms are also available on the District website.
The Rio Texas Conference is offering a Covid-19 Survey to church leaders and members to see how they are fairing during the pandemic.

Please click on the following link to take the survey:
We Welcome the Following New Pastoral Appointments at Crossroads District Churches
Clifton Stringer Lockhart FUMC
Jackie Freeman Cuero FUMC
Mary Cline Weimar FUMC
Darin Zumwalt Shiner FUMC
Jacob Hunter Industry FUMC
Jeanet Jackson Wesley Harper UMC
Nohemi Ramirez La Trinidad UMC
Elizabeth Edmiston Manor UMC
Carl Clark Staples UMC
Sidney Martin Edna Scruggs UMC
Jose Rignack Getsemani UMC
Ryan Reed William Taylor UMC
Wilda Reyes Fentress UMC & Cedar Creek UMC
Golden Age Home is having a special fundraising campaign. This Senior Assisted Living facility that has a United Methodist related history has offered phenomenal care for its residents and their families during this difficult season for senior care facilities. It is asking for our help.

Golden Age Home is celebrating 60 years of striving to help seniors in Lockhart, Texas to age on their own terms. The last few months have impacted our residents greatly and has also increased our employee’s workload. We continue to remain Covid free, we have done so by the grace of God and our employee’s dedication to ensuring our residents stay safe. All employees have been working harder, some far more hours than normal, and we have had the need to hire additional staff. We take our resident’s health and safety seriously!
To help continue these efforts, Golden Age Home is participating in the GIVE65 Even t – a 65-hour, online fundraising event hosted by the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation of Canada. You can give seniors hope in our community by donating $10 or more during the GIVE65 Even t, July 15 - 17. You can even schedule donations on July 13 th  and 14 th . We have the chance to receive up to $5,000 in matching funds and we are also competing for a $10,000 financial reward for having the most donors.
Visit and enter Golden Age Home in the search bar to find us July 13-17. Please help us continue our mission and bring hope to seniors with a charitable donation!
How can I pray for you?
As we continue through these difficult and uncertain times, let us lift one another up in prayer, encouraging each other, seeking peace and comfort in Jesus Christ.

Visit the District website to share your prayer request or words of gratitude with us or send us an email at . Our District Prayer Coordinator and prayer team are ready to join you in lifting up our needs, concerns and joys to the Lord.

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."                                     1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Summer Hours at the District Office
This summer, especially during the month of July, there will be varying days that the District office staff will be taking vacation time and limiting office hours. Arrangements have been made that messages will still be checked and responded to as soon as possible. As needed, persons calling will be referred so the appropriate help can be provided. We appreciate your understanding during this time.