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

Service Schedule

Sunday 9:30 a.m. Service at Cross of Christ
Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sunday School
Sunday 10:45 a.m. Confirmation
Saturday 5:00 p.m. Before 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at Cross of Christ

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6:00 p.m.

Spring Clean-up Day

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Houston Volunteer Firefighters'

Pancake Breakfast

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Free Will Donation


Spring Gardeners

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Valentine quilt hanging made by Twyla Thorson

Cross of Christ

Valentine Luncheon

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Ikungi Lutheran Church

(Cross of Christ's

Partner Church  Tanzania)

History of the

Stone Church Cemetery

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Senior Pastor

Lane Zaffke


Karen Todd


Gwen Nelson

Linda McNamer


Shelley Jerviss


Gayle Smith

Senior Choir Director

Jacob Olson


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Summer Worship Schedule Begins May 24th!

8:30 a.m.

Stone Church

10:15 a.m.

Cross of Christ



Pastor Lane speaking

John 18:1 After Jesus had spoken these words; he went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered.

John 19:41 Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and on the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid.

The garden was an important location for Jesus at the event of his betrayal, death and resurrection. Jesus went to the garden of Gethsemane for his last prayer. He was buried in a tomb in a garden where he was resurrected. To me this suggests that gardens are a place of spiritual peace, rest and renewal.

Many of us love the old hymn “In the Garden”. The refrain for this hymn is

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

  The reason it isn’t in our hymnal is because it is a private hymn, one person. I think it is too bad that sometimes we are so technical as to leave it out.

Gardening is the number one hobby of people in the United States of America. For me, while the work is sometimes demanding, the rewards are great. I get good, healthy food from Mary’s and my garden. We use almost all heritage seeds in the garden, so we are connected with people who valued gardens in the past. It is also a place of spiritual peace, rest and renewal for me. I often sing “In the Garden” while I am there, alone. I hope you can as you garden also.


Communicating with God

Inez Abraham

for Cross of Christ’s Prayer Team

His name was Evan Torpen, and he was a man of God. Evan was a member of my hometown congregation, and each Sunday of the year, he came to worship services dressed in his black suit and white shirt despite the extreme weather conditions of blistering hot summers and chilling winters. He and his wife, Olga, sat in the front pew on the right side of the center aisle, making it easy for him to take his place at the front of the church to begin each service with prayer. He was a “klökke,” which in Norwegian defines a lay member who offers prayers. So vivid is my memory of him that I can easily picture myself as a little girl again sitting in the pew with my family waiting for Evan Torpen to pray. I regarded our minister as a holy man (we did not use the term “pastor” until a changing culture accepted the less formal designation). I reasoned that if our minister was holy, Evan was deserving of second place on the holiness ranking.

Each Sunday he stood in front of the congregation, bowed his head of white hair, folded his hands and prayed. He had big, strong, farmer hands—hands that gripped the reins to guide his horses while plowing the fields, hands that tossed bales of hay, hands that carried buckets of water for his cattle, hands that guided his dairy cows to the stanchions for milking. Farming was his work during the week. On Sunday he prayed. He thanked God for the privilege of working the land, raising crops, caring for his livestock—a partner in God’s creation! Each prayer began with asking for God’s blessings for our minister and for the congregation.

 I suspect that there was a similarity in the content of his prayers from week to week, but the earnestness of his “conversations with God” was always present. It was his hands that intrigued me; I fixed my eyes on them from the moment he folded them and lowered his arms until the crossed thumbs were visible to me. I compared his “thumb cross” with the cross on the altar behind him and thought how convenient and clever it was for God to design our   versatile thumbs to form a cross when we pray.

Children would be receptive to the thumb-cross as a symbol of God’s love for us. The cross of Good Friday led to the open tomb of Easter and assurance of salvation when Jesus said, “You are mine!” Parents, could you fold your adult, guiding hands over your child’s folded hands and pray together,  “God bless Mommy, God bless Daddy, and God bless you”?  Your child will absorb the blessedness of the moment.

Remember to pray for Pastor Lane and for our congregation. Remember to pick up the week’s prayer list on the narthex table. Thank you for “thinking prayer” and choosing time to talk to God. We are blessed!

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Canning the Maple Syrup

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Cross of Christ Building Project Completed!! 


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