Over the past several weeks, I have been honored by many kind words and well wishes from my Friedland family as my wife Steph and I prepare to make the transition to serving the Union Cross congregation.
In my final Friedland newsletter article, I’d like to share an excerpt from the book With Courage for the Future: The Story of the Moravian Church, Southern Province by C. Daniel Crews and Richard W. Starbuck:
“On 6 August 1893 after morning service at Friedland Br. Samuel A. Woosley went to Union Cross and preached in the afternoon – a rare occasion for the little crossroads community. Response was so positive that a Sunday school was formed… By Christmas Union Cross had 58 scholars, and had a Christmas celebration with music provided by the Kernersville band…The Union Cross congregation was formally organized on 18 July 1926 with 40 members from nearby Friedland forming the core.”
Friedland and Union Cross have been connected for quite some time. Our histories are entwined, and both churches share the strong desire to serve Jesus. While I will no longer be one of your pastors at Friedland in 2023, I’m glad to say that we will still be neighbors! I’m also glad that Pastor John will continue serving here, as Friedland is blessed by his ministry.
Again, I am grateful for the time I have had with you, and I thank you all for your kindness. It is my prayer for 2023 that Friedland and Union Cross can continue to grow the relationship between our two awesome churches. I pray that we will continue to inspire and encourage one another, and work together to spread the gospel message. God Bless You Friedlanders, and may the peace of Christ be with you always.