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from: Church Council
The church council met with Rev. Barb Streed from the SE MN Synod on Tuesday, September 7th. Rev. Streed provided a summary of the call process and presented an in-depth overview of phase one, The Leave-Taking/The Transition-Time, which is where we currently are in the call process. For the Leave-Taking portion of this phase, Rev. Streed wanted our congregation to be aware of the things that a pastor cannot do once they leave their call. This includes:
Officiating funerals for persons from the former congregation
Officiating weddings for persons from the former congregation
Interfering in the life, pastoral care or mission of the former congregation
Returning to or engage in the life of the congregation
Retaining membership with the congregation
These rules are not meant to be hurtful or spiteful but are in place to ensure that the outgoing pastor can leave well and that an incoming pastor feels welcomed and is able to build new relationships with our congregation without interference.
The Transition-Time portion of phase one involves choosing a method for finding a new pastor. There are five options or models the synod provides. The synod recommended that we move forward with Model 2, which involves finding an interim pastor to fill in on either a part-time or full-time basis until a permanent pastor is found. Additionally, they recommended using their New Model, which was created in light of the recent shortage of pastors. Currently, the number of pastoral openings exceeds the number of pastors searching for a call. The New Model is considered an interim to settled model. This means that an interim pastor would be hired on a trial basis, usually lasting 1-2 years, with the intent of them becoming a permanent full-time pastor. This model gives both the pastor and the congregation the opportunity to determine if they are a good fit.
The synod will start working immediately on reaching out to potential pastors that are looking for a call. As they find candidates, they will send their information to the council for consideration. Communication will be frequent from the synod and pertinent information will be passed on to the congregation.
For the time being, pulpit supply has been lined up for the next eight weeks. If we are nearing the end of this timeframe and we still do not have an interim pastor, the council will work on lining up future pulpit supply. In the meantime, the council will start the process of forming a call committee. We ask the congregation to prayerfully consider joining or to think of other congregation members that may provide valuable insight to the selection process. Please reach out to a council member if you are interested or have any recommendations. This process may be long, but we all need to practice patience and know that God is guiding us and watching over us in this time of change and transition.
In Christ's Love,
Cross of Christ Church Council
Drive Through Meatball Supper Serves Around 800!
After many years of having the traditional meatball supper a sit down meal with the option of carry out, the pandemic forced a new concept for Cross of Christ. Hard workers prepared and the people came so it was considered a success! Thanks to everyone who worked and everyone who drove through!
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Honoring The Lord Through Giving
Several Ways to Give to Cross of Christ
Our church family is a beautiful tapestry of individuals who give of their time, talent and treasures in many ways to Cross of Christ. Giving is an opportunity to honor the Lord for all the abundant blessings He gives our lives, faith, family, work, and the beauty of nature he bestows on us.
Over many decades, our lives have been beautifully touched through the worship, prayer and fellowship of Cross of Christ Church. We have witnessed the joy of our children as they grow in their faith, the exuberance of our youth, the wisdom of our all members and in the generous sharing of volunteer service and special talents. Vital ministries have helped our church body continue the tradition of supporting us as disciples of Jesus.
The Church Council thanks every member who has continued to give and support the church in a variety of ways that include in-kind gifts, gifts of time and talent, gifts of stock, on-line gifts and gifts of cash during worship services.
Cross of Christ is instituting a new way to give which may be especially helpful for those in our agricultural community of grain producers. An account has been established in the name of Cross of Christ. If you are a producer who wishes to give one or several loads of grain, simply let the WINN Farmer's Elevator know you wish for the sale of the grain to be given to Cross of Christ. A check for the grain proceeds will be sent to the church. The producer will not only have to pay income tax on the profit or the self-employment tax.
Other ways to give instead of cash exist too. For example, if you wish to make a stock donation, you are able to write off the stock's value at the time of its deduction instead of writing off what you paid for it. If you have a $50,000 block of stock for which you paid $10,000, you are able to write off $50,000 on your taxes and you would also avoid paying the capital gains tax on the $40,000 in appreciation of the stock.
If you contribute property in-kind, the amount of your charitable contribution is generally the fair market value of your property at the time of the contribution. Or if you donate shares of a mutual fund to Cross of Christ, you may receive the full benefit of the increase in value by claiming its full fair value as a deduction and avoid any income tax on the gain.
If you are interested in giving a gift to Cross of Christ through another method rather than cash, please contact Patrick Forsyth at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 896-3030.