7th Edition | July 2019
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An Independence Day reflection from Billy Graham:

To many Americans, July 4th is a time to reflect on God’s goodness to us as a nation. Molded into the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia (which proclaimed our independence) are these words from the Bible: “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof” (Leviticus 25:10, KJV). Our legal system reflects our Judeo-Christian roots.

While we look with gratitude to the past on this July 4th, may we also look in faith to the future, and commit it and our lives to God and His will. The ancient words of the Psalmist are still true: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12).
Billy Graham source LINK
Upcoming Events
Keep your eye out for summer events through out the District!
Several churches and communities will be hosting Vacation Bible School, camps or service projects.

*VBS*
Cedar Creek UMC: July 8-10 at 6-8:30 pm
Edna FUMC: July 8-11 @ 5-7:30 pm
Elgin FUMC: July 8-12 @ 8:30 am-12:30 pm
La Trinidad Seguin: July 8-11
Victoria FUMC: July 8-11 @ 4-5:30 pm & 5-8 pm
Shiner FUMC: July 15-19th @ 1-4pm

*Basic Training Camp*
July 21-24 at El Shaddai Retreat Center

*Reading Program @ Luling FUMC*
703 E. Bowie * July 23rd - August 22nd
Every Tuesday & Thursday from 4:30-6 pm

Service Spotlight
Hallettsville FUMC sent a group to the Dominican Republic on a mission trip in June! What a blessing and great testimony.
Let's continue to lift up other groups going to mission trips and service projects through out the summer
From the desk of the Superintendent
Greetings Christian Friends of the Crossroads District,

I begin this Annual Conference year with humility and gratitude for being appointed by our Episcopal Leader, Bishop Robert Schnase, to represent him as Superintendent of the Crossroads District to begin a third year. It has been a great privilege to serve the faithful and dynamic pastors and congregations of the Crossroads District for the last two years. I thank you for your patience with me as I am learning more about role of the District Superintendent to represent the Bishop to provide support to clergy and congregations. I especially treasure the dedication and faithful Christian witness of Crossroads congregations in your communities for God’s kingdom. I am thankful also for our wonderful team of District leaders and staff as well who have contributed tremendously to help make our District support possible for these last two years. 

This new Christian year also brings transition in pastoral leadership for some of our churches. We say farewell to a number of loyal and gifted clergy who are either retiring or moving on to new appointments or different fields of service. We are thankful for their years of faithful service among us and send them forth with our prayers and best wishes. We welcome several newly appointed gifted and promising pastors who will be leading their congregations into God’s future with hope. We pray for their productivity and success.

You are invited to attend our second annual Koinonia, which is a term which means Christian fellowship and picnic. During this event, we will be able to greet and welcome those being newly appointed to serve in the Crossroads District. Our Koinonia gathering also provides an opportunity to celebrate all clergy as all appointments begin anew this year. Koinonia will be a casual and informal time of greeting one another, there will be activities for the whole family, and some good food and refreshments. Koinonia will be held again at Cathedral Oaks Worship and Retreat Center on Saturday, August 10th from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. We especially hope that pastors, their families, along with Lay leaders can be present. Later in August on the 27th, we will have our first District Professionals meeting where we will discuss plans for our 2019 Annual Charge Conference season.

In the meantime, I pray that the summer months will provide needed opportunities for us to experience renewal and refreshment for our souls to continue our great work in the area of God’s kingdom that we know as the Crossroads District.

Have a wonderful, safe, and fulfilling summer in God’s grace and peace. 

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Marcus