Cub Pack 129 held its annual Blue and Gold Banquet in Rogers Hall this evening. Tacos were on the menu again this year. Prior to the meal, however, all the Cubs and families and guests gathered in the sanctuary to see the Arrows of Light Den cross over to Boy Scouting. These young men have completed the Cub Scout journey, and they are ready for more and bigger adventures. Most will be joining Troop 119 forthwith; one plans to join Troop 121; at least one is unsure if he will continue on the Upward Trail.Arrows of Light Crossing Over
I did a rough count of those gathered in the sanctuary to see these boys cross over, as well as the other Cubs receive their Whittlin' Chips and Bobcat badges and other awards. All told, we had at least 77 people in the sanctuary for the Crossover ceremony. Counting the people in the kitchen downstairs, there were at least 80 in attendance tonight. That's a lot of people -- and a lot of kids -- that our congregation touches. Later on, I spoke with several people about various things, including at least one very deep conversation with a mom who wants her son to do the God and Me
program with me. This is serious Christian Education, serious missionary work. For some of the kids in our Scouting programs, we tell them as much about God as they know. Before the ceremony, one of the Cubs, a fourth grader whom I taught knife safety to last week, looked at me with new respect. "You're a pastor?!" he said. Yes, I'm the pastor of this church.
Then, looking at my uniform (which I wasn't wearing last week) he said, "And you're a Boy Scout?!" His eyes shone.Crossover Congregation
Our congregation was well represented at the Blue and Gold/Crossover. We have a number of volunteers and parents involved in our three BSA units. Though I always wish for more, even those who aren't directly involved in Scouting already. It takes all of us to welcome new people, to provide a different kind of bridge for the Scouts and their families to cross over, into new relationships, where our pride in these boys -- and their siblings, and their parents is expressed. All evangelism is relational. It's not enough to bring 'em in, somebody's gotta meet 'em there.
So that's what we do. We welcome those who come through our doors. And teach them about God. And about honor. And talk with their families about the challenge of raising kids in this crazy world. And challenge all of them to take the next step in their relationship with God and in their discipleship. This evening, the newly crossed-over Arrows Den were straining to get at the tacos, and I said, "We gotta pray first." Then, I turned to these 10-year-old boys and said, "You know, if you're so eager to get started, would one of you like to pray so we can start?" Austin immediately volunteered. And so rather than me saying grace, one of the Scouts led everybody in prayer. Just like he did it all the time.
Good job, Austin. Good job, everybody. I am so very proud of you all.