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Padre's Ponderings - July 26, 2018

Posted onFebruary 15, 2019 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

For decades Church leaders have diminished their summer schedules anticipating folks will be giving other activities a priority. Services are often combined, Christian education offerings suspended, office hours reduced, and Vacation Bible School (if any) seen as an adequate replacement for all children and youth activities. Our planning has never reflected a June - August hiatus; and this year's experience again certifies the "summer doldrums" to be a myth at The Church of the Cross. Note the following....Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings - February 15, 2018

Posted onFebruary 15, 2019 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

The nip in the air this morning is sharpened by a freshening early spring breeze making its way among the tall pines, naked hickories and old oaks, causing last fall's leaves to dance around my feet and the Spanish moss to quiver and sway overhead. Aside from nature's interruptions, stillness and silence reign in this place....Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings - January 4, 2018

Posted onFebruary 15, 2019 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

St. Matthew tells us that after worshipping the Christ Child in Bethlehem, the Wise Men "departed to their own country by another way." (Matthew 2:12 RSV) While those words might simply mean they took a different route home to avoid Herod in Jerusalem, I choose to believe there's more . . . that after embracing Mary's baby as the Messiah, the Wise Men lived the remainder of their years on this earth "another way" which was, by God's grace, a better way....Keep Reading

Through His Eyes

Posted onFebruary 1, 2019 | by: Pastor Jonathan Riddle | 0 comments

The Bible says that Jesus was the only perfect person in history and yet He managed to notoriously attract the imperfect. Even in His day, Jesus had a great deal of respect for people who didn't believe....Keep Reading

2019 Annual Gathering . . .

Posted onJanuary 29, 2019 | 0 comments

I was overcome by feelings of humility and gratitude when I stood before the over six hundred who attended this year's annual gathering! After joining our voices to sing "Blessed Assurance" and "I Have This Hope," together we committed the evening to prayer ...Keep Reading

Annual Report

Posted onJanuary 18, 2019 | 0 comments

If you would like to read the Annual Ministries Report that will be available at our Annual Parish Celebration......Keep Reading

Christmas is Upon Us

Posted onDecember 7, 2018 | 0 comments

The Christmas season is upon us. I know this because people are driving more aggressively, my mailbox is stuffed on a daily basis with magazines I never ordered and I'm busier than any other time in the year....Keep Reading


Posted onNovember 29, 2018 | by: Pastor Jonathan Riddle | 0 comments

As many of you know, this fall our oldest son Samuel began his first semester in the Corp of Cadets at Virginia Tech. Virginia Polytechnic Institute is one of only two major public universities to host a senior military college as part of a larger civilian university. Lord willing if he's able to reach the end, he will graduate with a college degree as a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corp. It is an incredibly challenging program. This past August he began a four-year program with 45 other NROTC freshmen and now just 16 remain....Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings

Posted onNovember 9, 2018 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

As plans are made for pledges to be placed on the altar during our Thanksgiving Services, I'm excitedly looking ahead to 2019, for I believe it will be a special one for me personally and for this parish family. Here's why....Keep Reading

Good News, Great Joy

Posted onOctober 26, 2018 | 0 comments

One of my greatest memories didn't start off that way. During my time as a student at Appalachian State, I had the opportunity of earning extra money around Christmas by working at Samaritan's Purse. Operation Christmas Child was just getting off the ground....Keep Reading