Cross of Christ Lutheran Church

204 South Chase Street       Houston, MN 55943        507-896-3102

As a fellowship of believers, it is our mission to joyfully proclaim the gospel of Christ in word and deed, inviting people to worship together, nurturing them in the Christian faith, loving one another, and serving a world in need. We invite you to visit us.

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Cross of Christ

Summer Service Schedule

Sunday 8:30 a.m. Service at Stone Church
Sunday 10:15 a.m. Service at Cross of Christ
Saturday 5:00 p.m. Before 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at Cross of Christ

We invite you to view  all our scheduled events.

July Calendar

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Valentine quilt hanging made by Twyla Thorson

Cross of Christ

Valentine Luncheon

Enjoyed by All!

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Ikungi Lutheran Church

(Cross of Christ's

Partner Church  Tanzania)

History of the

Stone Church Cemetery

Stone Church

Cemetery Data



Senior Pastor

Lane Zaffke


Karen Todd


Gwen Nelson

Linda McNamer


Shelley Jerviss


Gayle Smith

Senior Choir Director

Jacob Olson


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Mark your calendar for Cross of Christ Vacation Bible School!

July 19 -23

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Remember Your Pledge to the Building Fund

Letter from Eric Johnson, Cross of Christ President

On behalf of the Council, I would like to thank all of you that have donated time and money towards the Cross of Christ building project. As you can see, the project has turned out beautiful and is a very nice addition to our church.

I am writing this as a friendly reminder to please ask that all members continue to make timely payments on your pledge. We were fortunate enough to be able to borrow from the Endowment Fund, but we do need to pay those funds back. We also need to raise another $125,000.00 above what has been pledged or currently paid. Any amount paid towards the project would be greatly appreciated.

God bless You All!

Eric Johnson, Council President


Pastor Lane speaking…


Cross of Christ belongs to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America or ELCA. It is not perfect as we are not perfect. There is no perfect denomination of any church body. They all have good things but also negative things. I do like the Missions statement and the vision that the ELCA ascribes to so I have quoted them here for you to ponder.


Mission Statement of the ELCA
Marked with the cross of Christ forever, we are claimed, gathered and sent for the sake of the world. This is the mission statement of the ELCA. As members of the ELCA, we believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. With our hands, we do God’s work of restoring and reconciling communities in Jesus’ name throughout the world.


Vision of the ELCA

Claimed by God’s grace for the sake of the world, we are a new creation through God’s living word by the power of the Holy Spirit;

Gathered by God’s grace for the sake of the world, we will live among God’s faithful people, hear God’s word and share Christ’s supper;

Sent by God’s grace for the sake of the world, we will proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, serve all

 people following the example of our Lord Jesus, and strive for justice and peace in all the world.


The Living into the Future Together:

Renewing the Ecology of the ELCA report presented to the 2011 ELCA Churchwide

Assembly focused on the future identity of this church as it faces the challenges posed by the major changes that have occurred in both our culture and the ELCA since this church’s founding in 1988. The 2011 Churchwide Assembly endorsed the work of the task force and supported its future work in collaboration with other church bodies and committees.


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Communicating with God

Inez Abraham

for Cross of Christ’s Prayer Team


    Not long after our mother’s death, my siblings and I met at the family home to make plans to distribute the furnishings and prepare the house to be sold. I was just a two-year old when my parents purchased the house, and our mother remained there until she entered her heavenly home sixty-five years later. The daunting task at hand stirred many of our memories, and it prompted me to speak boldly, “There is one item here that I would really like to have but only if it meets with your approval.”

  “What is that?” my brother asked.

    I continued, “Do you remember the plaque displayed on the north wall in our parents’ bedroom?” It was about 7 inches by 10 inches with a burgundy felt-like background and white embossed letters quoting Matthew 6:21, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Below the Bible verse was displayed a cluster of lilies of the valley. The plaque was suspended from a burgundy cord with an attached tassel. It was definitely an art-deco piece from the 1920s or 1930s, but it had special significance for me.

    On the floor beneath the plaque was a register that delivered heat directly from the hot air furnace two floors below. My sisters and I took turns on cold winter mornings standing on the warmest place in the house while we dressed for the day. We did not include our brother who probably regarded his sisters as “wimps” anyway.

    It was there, basking in the comfort of the warmth, that I memorized the Bible verse. Still a child, I wondered at the meaning of “treasure.” It suggested a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I recognized the rainbow as God’s promise to spare His people from disastrous floods, a covenant made with Noah. What is the treasure we are asked to identify?

    Despite our thorough searching in the family home, we were unable to find the plaque, which I sought. We surmised that the heat from the register had caused the letters to dry and separate from the plaque, making repair impossible. Only then would Mother discard it. Even the white lilies of the valley on the plaque have become a holy symbol much like the purity of the lily at Easter. The Bible verse is secure (and useful) in my memory. I had found the treasure in the words of the verse, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” It has become a helpful prelude to prayer and a promise I embrace.

    Twelve verses later, Matthew writes, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be yours as well” (Matthew 6:33).  With your heart, seek God’s guidance first, and your needs will be supplied.

    In your prayer time we encourage you to begin with a Bible reading. The weekly prayer suggestion sheet, available on the narthex table, cites one of the Psalms as a lead-in for your prayers. The Psalms are printed in the worship book and hymnals in each pew. You may use the suggestion sheet individually or join us, the Cross of Christ Prayer Team, on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM in the lounge.

    Inez Abraham

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Canning the Maple Syrup

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Cross of Christ Building Project Completed!! 


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