Historic Stone Church

Cross of Christ Lutheran Church

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May 22, 2022

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Senior Recognition Sunday

On Sunday, May 22, the Cross of Christ seniors who will be graduating this year will be honored during the church service with the gift of a quilt made by the quilters of Cross of Christ and will be celebrated with a reception following the 10:15 service. We have eight seniors this year: Emma Chapel, Karalee Christensen, Calley Colsch, Aydan Florin, Hayden Griggs, Isaac Heyer, Therese Jore, and Grace Rohweder. 

Please join us for cake and coffee after the service on May 22 to wish our seniors the best as they venture out in a new journey post high school.

AT CROSS OF CHRIST THIS WEEK: 5/22/22-5/29/2022


10:15 In-Person Worship Cross of Christ

10:15 Facebook Live-Cross of Christ Worship

6:30 HHS Choir Concert


5:30 Youth highway clean up at the Stone Church WEDNESDAY: 9:00 Stone Church cleaning




11:00 W/ELCA at the Stone Church

11:00 Scott Bloomquist Funeral Service

SUNDAY: 8:30 In Person Worship Stone Church

10:15 In-Person Worship Cross of Christ

10:15 Facebook Live-Cross of Christ Worship


Looking Ahead………….

  • May 24 Stone Church youth highway clean up (rain date May 25)

  • May 25 Stone Church Cleaning

  • May 27 W/ELCA at Stone Church

  • May 29 First Sunday for early church at the Stone Church

Prayer Requests


We will be adding Prayer Requests to the Sunday bulletin.  If you know someone who is ill, hospitalized, healing at home from surgery, or has other health concerns, let the church office know. 


If it is a family memberwho calls, the person will be added right away.  If it is a friend or acquaintance of a fellow member of the church who calls, we will contact them to get their permission.  If the person you would like to add is not a member, please give your own name and relationship to them if others would like to ask you how they are because we would probably not have that information at the church.  We need to do it this way because of privacy laws.

Spring Cleaning at the Stone Church

On May 25, the Stone Church will be opened in the morning for the annual cleaning day in preparation for the summer worship schedule. A potluck lunch is also planned for the day. Even though the building has not been used since last fall, there is always a lot to clean to prepare the building for the doors to be opened for the summer worship schedule. If you would like to help, please come to the Stone Church at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25. If you have questions, please contact Elsie Olson (896-2236) or Rae Evenson (896-3863).

Meet Up and Eat Up

Meet Up and Eat up on Mondays and Wednesday will begin on June 13. Lunch prep will be at 10:00 a.m. with lunch distribution at City Park at 11:15 a.m. Volunteers are welcome.


Summer Coffee at Stone Church 

Volunteers are needed to serve coffee at Stone Church, the 1st Sunday of the month.  Everyone is invited to bring cookies to share.  We also need helpers to serve and clean up. If you can do one Sunday during the summer, please call Elsie Olson at 896-2236.   


Memorial Day Service 

Monday, May 30th, 10:00 a.m.,  a Memorial Day Service will be held at the Houston City Park (in case of rain, service will be at the Houston High School). Scout Troop 53 will serve breakfast from 8:00-9:00 a.m. at the Legion. Breakfast will be free to all Veterans; others will be asked for free will offering. This event is sponsored by Houston American Legion Family.   


Transition Update

The transition team--comprised of Janelle Lemke, Denise Rostad, Ron Evenson, Sandy Erickson, Steve Thompson, Krin Abraham and Pastor Jeff Forbes--would like to thank those who completed the survey questions so far. The Transition Team has tabulated the responses and is now planning the next steps to get as much information as possible as to complete the Site Ministry Profile.
If you have not yet completed one of the three surveys, you still can; however, we are not going to be issuing a fourth survey of the same type. We will be using different methods to gather information. Once again, we will ensure that the those who like to complete questionnaires electronically will be allowed to do so and those who would rather have a paper, mail-in, or face-to-face responses will be given that opportunity. The survey responses so far have demonstrated that we are a diverse group unified by our faith and desire to help Cross of Christ survive and thrive. Therefore, we will do our best to listen to every member so we can embrace those traditions that provide comfort and implement those changes that help us improve as a community of faith.



Lately, questions have emerged about giving methods. For the past several weeks, an article about the Vanco app has been in the Parish Visitor, which caused some to ask questions. The questions about the Vanco Mobile App, Give Plus App, and Simply Giving demonstrated that we need to do a better job communicating to our congregation. Of these three, Give Plus no longer exists. If you created an account in Give Plus, you will need to create a new account in Vanco Mobile. However, if you set up a recurring gift in Give Plus, that will continue even though the app no longer can be accessed. If you had the church office set you up in Simply Giving, that account is still active, but it is now housed in the Vanco platform. Therefore, all electronic giving is now through Vanco (Download the Vanco Mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store). To search for Cross of Christ in the Vanco platform, search for Cross of Christ, Houston MN to get to the correct church. In this way you can change anything that was originally set up in Give Plus or Simply Giving.
Some have asked for other methods other than Vanco to give electronically. Through your bank, you could set up Cross of Christ as an organization in your electronic bill pay option. You can set this up as a one-time payment to use when you want or as a recurring payment. Your bank will send a check to Cross of Christ with a check stub indicating the donation has been made by you. This method allows your donation to come to the church office so your donation can be entered into the church's accounting program so the donation gets added to the charitable giving statement you receive at the beginning of the year for the previous year's tax filing.
For those who want to use envelopes, we have "forever" envelopes that are not dated so they, like the forever stamps, never become outdated. Envelope packets are available in the narthex.
If you have any questions about any of the giving options, please contact the church office.

Usher Sign Up

We are looking to expand the number of people willing to usher on Sundays. Families or friend groups may sign up for one Sunday or a group of Sundays. Most Sundays only require two ushers, which could be an adult and an older child or two adults. We are trying to fill the schedule through the end of the year, so multiple opportunities exist. Confirmation-aged students also could use this activity to fulfill one of their service requirements for confirmation. Please contact Jim Edwards at 896-2386 or the church office at 896-3102 or cofc@acegroup.cc to request a Sunday for your family.