On January 2, Denie Ronnekamp, our good friend, our sister in Christ, passed into greater life. Though diagnosed with cancer years ago, Denie rarely spoke of it with us. She always chose to turn the conversation around making it more about us than herself.

Denie and family joined us for Sunday morning worship on December 23 to see our Children’s Christmas Program. The family would be reminded of memories of their own at Cross of Glory’s Children’s’ Christmas Programs many years ago. On Saturday, December 29, Denie joined other ladies from our church in our monthly Saturday Ladies’ Bible Study/Book Discussion. No one could have guessed that but days later, she would be in heaven with Jesus.

Denie’s funeral was held on Thursday, January 10, at Bethany Lutheran Church. Please remember husband, Bryan, and children, Geoffrey and Jayme, in your prayers. The family so appreciates long-standing friendships from our congregation.

On April 20, 4:45 PM, our dear friend Maysel Christy passed INTO greater life.

As most of you know, Maysel is loved by SO many!  Active in our church for decades, she has served Cross of Glory as our Financial Secretary FOREVER!  She was one of the few REGULAR, Sunday after Sunday participants in our Adult Sunday School class.  Always cheerful, smiling and encouraging, she brightened ALL our lives.

We will not recover from this tremendous loss but to say, that taking to heart her love for Jesus, her love for her family, church and friends, we will try to honor her memory by doing the best job we can to follow in her example. Maysel knew her Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ.  More importantly, Jesus the Christ knew Maysel.

We had recently studied Paul’s letter Colossians in Sunday School together.  From Colossians 3:  “Put on therefore as the elect of God, holy and beloved, kindness, humility, meekness and longsuffering.  Above all of these things, put on love which is the bond of perfection.  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts as you are called in one body. Be thankful!” Maysel could have written what Paul wrote.  After all, the above sentiments were written all over Maysel.

Maysel’s celebration of life service was at Cross of Glory on Saturday, April 28.  Husband Tom and children, Leigh Ann and Stephen, thank everyone who so graciously helped to make the day a time of fond remembrance of Maysel’s continued impact and example in honoring Christ.

God’s Peace and Love to you, brothers and sisters in Christ. Please remember Tom, Leigh Ann and Stephen in your prayers and best wishes.