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

Worship Schedule

Sunday 9:30 a.m. Service at Cross of Christ
Sunday 9:45 a.m. Sunday School

We invite you to view  all our scheduled events.

February  Calendar


The Online Giving Link is made available

for anyone interested in making a

 donation to Cross of Christ.


Visit Youth and Family

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Sunday School


And at least one parental unit!  
(Or even a grandparent, or godparent!) Join Pastor Carrier for an inter-generational course preparing you for your first Holy Communion.  Even if you are already receiving communion, you do not want to miss this.  You won't believe how much fun it will be!   Sessions begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in Lent, starting February  17th, and culminating with a special communion celebration on Maundy Thursday, March 24th.  
Sign up right away so we know how much we need in the way of supplies.  
Please note that you will also be expected to stay for Holden Evening Prayer Lenten Service, immediately following each session.


Cross of Christ

Valentine Luncheon

February 13, 2016

10:00 a.m.

(tickets available in church office

or after Sunday services)




The Online Giving Link is made available for anyone interested in making a donation to Cross of Christ.

Notice to

Cross of Christ Members

Pastor Beth Stempinski of Caledonia will be helping Cross of Christ in multiple ways as needed until we have an interim pastor in place. The first ministry we agreed to have Pastor Beth involved in is as a visitation pastor whereby she will visit any homebound members plus those in hospitals and nursing homes. Please contact the church office (896-3102) or Pastor Beth directly at 725-3880 or cell phone at 507-450-3716 if you or someone you know is in need of a pastoral visit.



2016 Schedule of Events

Click Here for Cross of Christ's Kitchen Use Policy

Ikungi Lutheran Church

(Cross of Christ's

Partner Church  Tanzania)

History of the

Stone Church Cemetery

Stone Church

Cemetery Data




Karen Todd


Gwen Nelson

Linda McNamer


Shelley Jerviss


Gayle Smith

Senior Choir Director

Jacob Olson


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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

7:00 p.m.


Lenten services  7:00  p.m.

February 17, 24

March 2, 9, 16

March 24 - Maundy Thursday - 7:00




Communicating with God:

Taking Inventory

By the time the February Parish Visitor reaches your PO Box, we will have experienced our annual meeting at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, January 24, 2016. The annual meeting is a time for taking inventory—selecting leaders, reviewing financial revenues and expenditures, and reporting membership increases and decreases.

  For me, taking inventory stirs memories of the year-end tally of consumable goods at our family restaurant. My husband Arlow and I were partners in the Village Inn operation, along with our four kids and wonderful employees. Arlow counted the inventory items, and I recorded them—a tedious and time-consuming task! The wizardry of electronically controlled inventory did not exist at that time. After completing the count, Arlow grilled the steaks he had purchased, prepared a salad, ad poured goblets of wine to celebrate the New Year—a party of two—as the clock struck twelve and the ball dropped in Times Square, signaling the New Year. It was a celebration of gratitude for the end of the good year and the expectation of new opportunities. It is one of my favorite memories of him because he was happy preparing food, serving the public, and working in the company of people he loved, and appreciating his acceptance by the local business community. He was where he was supposed to be.

  Our church family has a comparable opportunity at our annual meeting to review the past year, to count our blessings, and to consider how we can be better Christian witnesses to our community, our nation and our world. We, too, are where we are supposed to be and where our witness has impact.

  In 2015, through the Sacrament of Baptism, fourteen became members of our church, claimed as children in the body of Christ. They are all newcomers to life’s experiences.

It is our response to pray for them and to provide guidance and Christian example for them.

Here are their names:Holdyn Lund, Victoria Peterson, Wyatt Zmyewski,  

Sawyer Runningen, Hailey Lubahn, Amelia Halvorson,

Savannah Kildahl, Aubree Obieglo, Owen Krings, Jase Gerdes, Jakob Andersen, Kylee Krumrie, Ryan Ulmen, Nora Burroughs

Please remember to call us with prayer needs for anyone. We meet on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 in the library / lounge. Pick up the week’s prayer list on the narthex table.

Inez Abraham for the Cross of Christ Prayer Team:

Lynn Meyer,   Rae Evenson, Heidi Hein, Charlotte Kerrigan, Cheryl Skifton,   Ruth Ann Stensgard.



Cross of Christ Transition Team

The Transition Team has been meeting weekly with the objective of completing the Ministry Site Profile which is the first step in the process of calling a pastor.

The surveys which were sent to members in January have been tallied and are a part of this profile.

Members of the transition team are a cross section of our congregation.

Transition Team

Executive Comm.

Personnel Cab.




Haylee Carr

Eric Johnson

Dave Runningen




Erin Edwards

Carolyn Chapel

Ann Abraham




Ron Evenson

Lynn Meyer

Krin Abraham




Eileen Hegland






Chris Kildahl






Steve Thompson






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