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Cross of Christ
Stone Church

Join Us In-Person 


8:30 am - Historic Stone Church

10:15 am - Cross of Christ

Online Worship Continues

Sundays:  10:15 am




August 7. 2022

(Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-725137.  All rights reserved.)

C of C Worship Videos are on You Tube!

Did you know you can find worship videos and more uploaded to our very own You Tube channel.

Follow this link to subscribe and watch worship video at your convenience.

Registration is now open for Knights of North Castle VBS!


This August, Cross of Christ Lutheran Church will be offering VBS for children age 3 through those entering 6th grade this fall.

People of any age with any level of physical and cognitive ability are also invited to attend!


At Knights of North Castle VBS, students will enjoy an interactive, energizing, Bible-based good time as they go on a quest in search of the King's Armor. They will become Knights and discover how to serve God and God's mission for their lives.


After a high-energy opening assembly time, the Knights make their way to the Bible Story Station. Interactive Bible lessons reveal Castle Callouts to equip your Knights for an active life with God. Your Knights will discover a Banner Verse (Bible memory verse) that will remain with them in their faith long after VBS.


The students will expand on what they've discovered by participating in a variety of activities: making their own art projects at the Craft Station, singing new songs, exploring wonders at the Science Station, playing games at the Recreation Station, and enjoying tasty treats at the Snack Station.


August 7th - August 11th from 6 pm - 8 pm

Dinner will be served at 5:30 each evening
Closing Program on August 11th at 8:00 pm

Cost: Free!


To register click this link: Participant Registration

We are also in need of volunteers to make this a successful event! The registration link below will detail the opportunities available both before and during VBS.

To volunteer click this link: Volunteer Registration


If you have any additional questions, please contact the church office at 896-3102 or Diane Larson at 896-3272.



: 8:30 In Person Worship Stone Church w/ Holy Communion

10:15 In-Person Worship Cross of Christ w/ Holy Communion

10:15 Facebook Live-Cross of Christ Worship

5:30 Vacation Bible School


Pastors Day Off

11:15 Meet Up and Eat Up

5:30 Vacation Bible School 5:30 Vacation Bible School



11:15 Meet Up and Eat Up

11:00 Prayer Group

5:30 Vacation Bible School


5:30 Vacation Bible School

6:00 Executive Council




8:30 In Person Worship Stone Church

9:30 MSP Congregational Meeting at Cross of Christ

10:15 In-Person Worship Cross of Christ

10:15 Facebook Live-Cross of Christ Worship


Looking Ahead………….

August 17 Lawn Chair Concert Series

August 15 & 17 Meet Up and Eat Up

August 19 – 28 Apollo Music Festival

"Summer weather brings new needs for Cross of Christ's Food Pantry
Take What You Need, Give What You Can"


Hot weather during the summer is wonderful!  The food pantry is in need of items that can stand extreme amounts of heat. You have probably seen the Little Free Pantry box in front of Cross of Christ. The purpose of the Little Free Pantry (LFP) is to have food and supplies available to anyone in need at any time. The LFP is completely stocked by church members and other Houston citizens who wish to donate items. The motto of the LFP is "Take what you need, give what you can." Donations of non-perishable food items are always appreciated, including rice and pasta dishes; cereal; snack crackers; etc. During the summer feel free to leave any extra produce from your garden on the shelf on the back of the LFP. Hygiene items such as toilet paper, toothpaste/toothbrushes, and soap are also welcome. If you find the LFP is full, please hold your donations and check back later. If you or someone you know could use any of the items in the LFP, you are welcome to use them. If you'd like to learn more about LFP projects, you can find locations and other information at

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.   

Transition Team Update

The Transition Team met last night, Thursday, June 23rd, and finished what I think is the longest step in filling out the Ministry Site Profile (MSP).  We will be meeting again next Wednesday, June 29th, at 7:00 pm to complete the next steps in the MSP.  We will then review it.  It will be sent to the Church Council for review and approval after that and then congregational members will be invited to attend a Church meeting to approve the MSP for Cross of Christ Lutheran Church.  When the local reviews are completed the MSP will be sent to the Bishop for final review and approval and then added to the Church-wide "Ministry Sites" where Pastors can see it and decide if they would like to interview.  The Synod will also give the church up to three names of Pastors whom they feel fit the needs and gifts of Cross of Christ.

After the MSP is submitted will be the time when the Church Council will put together a Call Committee to do the interviews.  The job of the Transition Team will be done when the Synod approves the MSP and the work of the Call Committee begins.  We thank everyone who filled out the surveys or talked to members of the Transition Team about their church!    It has been very helpful.  I include the Transition Team's names so you know who they are and that they are interested in listening to you if you have something you would like to share with them.  In adding their names I also want to thank them for their focus and intensity in working on the MSP: Sandy Erickson, Krin Abraham, Denise Rostad, Janelle Lemke, Ron Evenson, and Steven Thompson.
As the Interim Pastor I am the ad hoc chair of the Transition Team but I will have nothing to do with the Call Committee for obvious reasons: you must call your own pastor.  I should not, can not, influence your decision.  It is between you and the Holy Spirit. 
Grace and Peace be yours,
Pastor Jeff Forbes



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.