This Sunday, March 4th, will be the final time David Thanepohn will be leading our congregation worship services. He and his wife Jenny are moving to Peoria and David will be working full time as a Director at Chick-Fil-A. Jenny will start at Starbucks and they will both continue to follow where the Lord leads them.

I would like to personally invite you to attend services this Sunday or next and thank David and Jenny for their ministry here at Cross. David grew up in our congregation, attended the school and youth ministry programs. David served as a volunteer until he came on staff full time in the fall of 2014! Jenny has served in various ways behind the scenes, has been a huge support to David and was a leader in the youth ministry herself since their marriage in 2015.

We are planning a number of opportunities for the congregation to send these two off in a meaningful way. As, I mentioned, this Sunday is David’s final Sunday as a worship leader. Next weekend, we will be hosting a reception for David and Jenny between the services on Sunday morning. Please stop by the Fellowship Hall to see them. If you would like to give them a card, you can drop it by the office or bring it to the reception. The High School Youth will have their own farewell on a Wednesday night.

Please keep David and Jenny in your prayers as well as the many youth and their families who have been touched through their ministry here. David and Jenny are taking a leap of faith and following God where they have prayerfully determined Him to be leading. This is a tremendous example to us all. Sometimes, oftentimes, God leads us out of our comfort zone so we recognize He is leading our lives and not ourselves. When we are faithful to follow, God does immeasurably more than we ever thought possible.

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21