Cross of Christ Lutheran Church

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


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September Calendar



Cross of Christ Summer Sunday Worship Schedule


9:30 a.m.

Service @ Cross of Christ

Saturday Services

Before 1st and 3rd Sundays

of the Month

5:00 p.m.

Service @ Cross of Christ



Special Events


Sunday School Kick-Off


September 14

10:30 a.m.

"Faith under Construction"


for more Sunday School information


"Youth Huddles"

September 7th and September 21st at Cross of Christ at 6 pm.

**On September 7 the youth will need to bring a white T-Shirt to tie-dye. We will be grilling out hot dogs and burgers.

**On September 21 we are going to talk about our Prayer Life and create a prayer band. Taco Night

There is a signup list for food on the Cross of Christ Youth and Family Facebook page or call Amy Shimon 507-459-4717 if you have questions.


Coffee Hour

(after Service)

Beginning in September we will once again be enjoying coffee hour fellowship after worship on non-communion Sundays at Cross of Christ whenever there are no other previously-planned events.  Last year a number of our Members graciously volunteered to be coffee hour hosts (make coffee, bring treats and clean up) and I’ll plan on those same participants for the 2014-2015 season unless they let me know they’re unable to help out this year.  But we are in need of more volunteers so if you are willing to be a coffee hour host/hostess, please contact me.  I’d love to hear from you! 

Lynn Meyer,   Fellowship Coordinator

C: 507/429-1077



Notice of member meeting of the Stone Church and St Peter’s Cemetery Association.

There will be a meeting of the membership of the Stone Church and St Peter’s Cemetery Association on Sunday, September 14, 2014 after the church service.

Membership consists of present members of Cross of Christ Lutheran Church and non-members with family ties to the congregation.

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Be watching for some changes to the Confirmation curriculum for 2014-15.

Confirmation will be held on Sunday mornings right after church starting October 12th.  This will be for all 7th-9th grade.

Further information will be forthcoming on confirmation in the coming bulletins and an informational letter will be sent out to all parents & students.


"A Sofa Says So Long"

Click to read this beautiful piece written by Inez Abraham


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Cross of Christ

Bell Choir Video on

 You Tube.


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.


2013 W/ELCA Board


Ruth Ann Stensgard


Denise Rostad


Jill Zmyewski


Dorothy Bergsgaard



Mission Action: Growth

Charlotte Kerrigan

Donna Bestor

Mission Action: Quilts

Dorothy Bergsgaard

Jill Zmyewski

Twyla Thorson


Elsie Olson

Marlys Comstock

Twyla Thorson

Bev Twaiten

Mission: Community

Lynn Meyer

Mission: Hospitality

Karen Martin

Sandy Fishel

Card Correspondent

Sharon Knudsen

Prayer Shawls

Margaret Anderson

Bazaar Chair

Craft Club


Evie Cole


Shelley Jerviss

Altar Guild Chair

Donna Bestor

Meals on Wheels Chair

Cheryl Skifton


Elsie Olson

Lefse Chair

Sherry Jergenson

Donna VanGundy

Craft Club Chair

Edie Peterson


Lane Zaffke


Gwen Nelson

Lynda McNamer

Office Secretary

Karen Todd





We need your gently used sheets for backs and middles for our August and September Do Days


The following items are needed for our

Mission Action Projects:


One kit contains:

     1 light or medium weight bath towel (approx. 52” x 27”) dark color

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

     1 nail clipper, remove packaging

     1 adult size toothbrush (original wrapper) *

     1 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.

Wrap items in towel and tie with a ribbon or yarn.

Cross of Christ Cookbook

Printable Copy

If you did not receive a correction sheet with your new cookbook, the corrections are as follows:

Page 66 – recipe for Potato Salad for 75

Add 3 quarts mayonnaise

Page 127 – Calico Beans

Change to 15 oz. can Bush baked beans.

Page 143 – Coconut Cream Cake

Add 8 oz. cream cheese to icing recipe

Page 149 – Easy Penuche Frosting

Not “Evaporated” milk, just plain milk

Page 153 – Rhubarb Torte

Cora Wheaton, not Cara Wheaton

Page 223- Spaetzle

Audrey Hegland, not Audrey Heglan

Page 186 – Date Pineapple Bars

Add 2 cups Oatmeal for the crumb crust


Due to the renovation at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Houston, MN, our annual FALL MEATBALL SUPPER held the first Wednesday in October has been CANCELLED for this year.  But we'll be BACK!  Watch for our announcements for our next supper in October 2015 to see our finished building project and have a tasty meal!


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2014 W/ELCA Schedule of Events



August has been a quieter month for the W/ELCA, but we plan to pick up the pace in September.  We will have our Do-Days September 8-9th with our business meeting on the 8th.  We always look forward to our pot luck at noon with the gals preparing their favorite dishes.  We have something to do for everyone.  If you don’t sew, there are school kits to pack or kitchen help.  Welcome, enjoy the fellowship.

Another reminder to bring your school kit items in during September.   We will be sending the kits to Lutheran World Relief sometime this fall.  Note the needed items below.

In regards to the cancellation of our meatball dinner, we will be asking each family to donate $20.00 or what they feel they can.  This money will be allocated in December to the various mission projects we contribute to each year.  We will advertise the cancellation of our fall dinner the same as previous years through newspaper ads and posters.  This way we will get the word out, but also that we will be back! 

Until next month, God’s Peace be with you.

Ruth Ann Stensgard



Valentine Brunch

February 8, 2014

About 100 ladies attended the annual Valentine Brunch at Cross of Christ. Red was the dominant color - jackets, sweaters, roses, etc. Cross of Christ men prepared and served the brunch. Kathy Little (guest speaker) did an excellent job of entertaining with her humorous explanation of love. Bree Jore and Lily Carlson completed the program with their beautiful voices.


Church Supper

October 2, 2013



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