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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2016 Schedule of Events


Cross of Christ

Valentine Luncheon

February 13, 2016

10:00 a.m.

(tickets available in church office

or after Sunday services)



Cross of Christ W/ELCA

Mission Statement:

“As a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action, promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society and the world.”


Who Are the Women of the ELCA?

All confirmed women of Cross of Christ Lutheran Church are participants of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Women of Cross of Christ ELCA are a part of the Southeastern Minnesota Synod and a part of the Root rive Conference. Each individual voluntarily becomes involved in the program of activities offered by our local W/ELCA.


We have 3 circles, which hold monthly meetings at a time and place decided on by each individual circle. The circles meet for Bible Study and Christian fellowship. We also have nine serving groups. The serving groups are called on a rotating basis to serve at various church functions such as funerals, weddings, anniversaries and the like.


2016 W/ELCA Board


Susan Ferries


Denise Rostad


Jill Zmyewski


Carrie Herek



Mission: Growth

Charlotte Kerrigan

Donna Bestor

Mission Action: Quilts

Dorothy Bergsgaard

Twyla Thorson


Elsie Olson

Marlys Comstock

Bev Twaiten

Mission: Community

Rae Evenson

Mission: Hospitality

Karen Martin

Karyl Dronen

Marge Kitchen

Fall Supper Ron & Rae Evenson

Card Correspondent

Sharon Knudsen

Prayer Shawls

Margaret Anderson

Gwen Nelson

Bazaar Chair

Craft Club


Evie Cole


Shelley Jerviss

Altar Guild Chair

Donna Bestor

Jenelle Lemke

Meals on Wheels Chair

Cheryl Skifton


Elsie Olson

Lefse Chair

Sherry Jergenson

Mary Nabor

Craft Club Chair

Edie Peterson



Cross of Christ Cookbook Corrections

Printable Copy



Click Here for Cross of Christ's Kitchen Use Policy


Items needed for Personal Care Kits:

     * light or medium weight bath towel (approx. 52”x27”) /dark       color

      *new bars of soap (bath size/original wrapper) 

      *nail clipper, remove packaging

      *adult size toothbrush (original wrapper) *

      *sturdy comb, remove packaging

*Toothbrush multi-packs may be used by sealing an individual toothbrush in a business size envelope; no plastic bags or wrap.

Mission quilt needs:

New or gently used sheets, blankets, mattress pads.  Can be dropped off in church office Monday – Friday between 9:00 – 3:30 pm.


W/ELCA's 2016 Schedule of Events



As we embark on a new year for WELCA, I wish you a very wonderful new year. I speak on behalf of a very wonderful organization with a long history in the Lutheran Church. Throughout history, the women have served the church faithfully. While attending a service at my home church in northern Minnesota, I picked up a history of Bethel Lutheran Church. Reading the minutes of the “Women’s Ladies Aid”, I became aware of the importance of this group even in the 1800’s. The women were asked to help pay for windows for the church and another entry read, “As usual, the aid helped pay the pastor’s salary and gave enough money to pay up the budget.” That legacy shows itself in the ministries of the women at Cross of Christ as we prepare for programs and events in the next year.

The WELCA booklet with lists of serving groups will be available for pick-up soon.  Activities coming within the next month include Do Days, during which we gather to make quilts to send overseas and also to give to graduating seniors. It is a wonderful day of fellowship shared by these willing workers. The 32nd annual Valentine’s Luncheon will be held Saturday, February 13, at 10:00, and tickets will be available after church on January 31 and February 7.  Looking ahead to March, Cross of Christ is hosting the World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 4.

Mark your calendars and join us for service and fun.

Susan Ferries, WELCA president



In January the Circles will be studying the Book of Ecclesiastes, “Through This Vain World” by the Rev. Steven King. There will be afternoon and evening circles which will meet once a month.

If any ladies would be interested in joining a circle please call Charlotte Kerrigan 896-3743 or Donna Bestor 896-2249 by Nov. 16 so we can order the booklets.



Women of Cross of Christ


Every woman who is a member of Cross of Christ is encouraged to be an active member of the W:ELCA and is requested to share in the work of a serving group.


We have 9 serving groups which are involved in about four or five activities each year. Serving groups serve in rotation as determined by the Hospitality Committee. When you are called to serve, you will be asked for food or a donation of $5.00 and to work if needed. For the Fall Supper you will be asked to bring food or a donation of $10.00. Please turn all money into your chairman or the church office as soon as possible. Please have it labeled with your group's number.


2016 Kitchen Cleaning: General cleaning of the kitchen including ovens, stove-tops, cupboards, and shelves will be done by serving groups.

  • Groups 7-9  August

  • Groups 1-3  April

  • Groups 5-6  November


Women of the Church Activities

Valentine Luncheon 2014  Officers 2014

Meatball prep  Bazaar

lefse sale  quilts

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