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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March 7th, 2015

8:00 - 11:00 A. M.

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Valentine quilt hanging made by Twyla Thorson

Cross of Christ

Valentine Luncheon

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Quake Life

March 20 -22

6th - 9th Grades



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Ikungi Lutheran Church

(Cross of Christ's

Partner Church  Tanzania)

History of the

Stone Church Cemetery

Stone Church

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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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Lenten Services - Wednesdays  -  7:00 p.m.

Sunday 9:30 a.m.

Service at Cross of Christ

Sunday 9:45 a.m.

Sunday School

Sunday 10:45 a.m.


Saturday 5:00 p.m.

Before 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at Cross of Christ



Pastor Lane speaking…

12But we appeal to you, brothers and sisters, to respect those who labor among you, and have charge of you in the Lord and admonish you; 13esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.

14And we urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them.

15See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. 16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing,

18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19Do not quench the Spirit. 20Do not despise the words of prophets, 21but test everything; hold fast to what is good;

22abstain from every form of evil.


Cross of Christ has begun a prayer hour every Wednesday from 10am to 11am. Everyone is invited and encouraged to come and join. People can come and go as desired you don’t have to be there the whole hour. Every week a prayer list is put together of people in need, local businesses, issues that arise in our community, international issues…the list can go on and on. It is just a suggestion of things to include in prayer. Certainly there are things in everyone’s life that we need to put in conversation with God.


 Occasionally there will be information of different styles of prayer and meditation that you can apply to your prayer life. This list and information will be available to pick up on Sunday in the back of the church. You don’t have to do it on Wednesday. You can pray whenever you can or want to pray. Wednesday is just set aside for those who are able to join in and make the church available at a common time.


 Prayer is a standard discipline that is common to most religions. What we are trying to do is encourage, provide opportunity and information. I hope that even if you cannot be there Wednesday mornings you will still take part wherever and whenever you are able. As part of this, we will begin praying through our membership list as well starting in March. Check the list and if your name is on it and you would like some specific issues to be included you can let me know. They also will not be made public unless you want them to be public. For example; I have a grandson due to be born on or around March 9.  I request that you join Mary and me in praying for a healthy bouncing baby boy and that everything goes well with the delivery. Thank you for joining us.


In Christ,

Pastor Lane


Communicating with God

Inez Abraham

for Cross of Christ’s Prayer Team


In February’s Parish Visitor Pastor Lane described prayer as “an in-depth conversation with God.”  That jump-started my thinking about the many ways we communicate—give voice to our thoughts, feelings, and hopes.  I thought about the rapid changes through the last few decades in the means of communication.  During the Korean Conflict my brother served our country as a high-speed radio operator at a bleak outpost on a mountaintop on Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island.  Morse code was the means to transmit classified messages from varied sources to the troops on the ground in South Korea.  He was literally talking with his fingers.


That means of transmitting information, adequate in its time, seems quaint compared with the services available to us in today’s “Age of Communication.”  With a hand-held electronic marvel, we can connect quickly to anyone almost anywhere.  If all of the cell phones or smart phones in Houston were laid end to end, it would make an impressive lineup.  Consider the multitudes of conversations whirling through cyberspace from just our community.  It is mind-boggling!  As valued a service as it surely is, there are glitches—have you ever groaned at a “dead zone” where the conversation ended abruptly, or your contracted minutes expired (same result), or a robo voice said, “Your call is important to us; please stay on the line.”  So you waited and waited and you wondered how important you really are.


We are important to our Heavenly Father.  He claimed us in baptism, we affirmed our faith in confirmation, and we need to have conversations with Him,  free of dead zones, dropped services or delays.  Our prayers will be heard; God’s love is unending.  His line is always open.


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Cross of Christ Building Project Completed!! 


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Upstairs Kitchen 


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