From the Library Shelves
Shelley Jerviss, Librarian
Quilt of Faith by Mary Tatem – For hundreds of years, industrious women have been creating objects of beauty and comfort from discarded scraps of fabric. In the same way, God takes the bits and pieces of our disjointed lives and puts them together to form something altogether new and useful through heartwarming stories inspired by twelve beloved quilt patterns. Mary Tatem uncovers spiritual insights that offer comfort like a cozy quilt. You’ll enjoy stories featuring quilt blocks such as Dresden Plate, Sunbonnet Sue, Lone Star, Rail Fence, Flying Geese and more. Whether you’re a quilter or quilt lover, this book will show you how to see God’s hand is at work in your life.
When Women Walk Alone by Cindi McMenamin – Every women—single or married—has walked through the desert of aloneness. Maybe you’re going through it right now. Perhaps you’re feeling overwhelmed by certain difficulties. Or deep inside, you’re restless and you’re not sure why. Or you feel disconnected from others around you, or you’re suffering from a serious personal loss. The alone times in life can be an invitation from God to deepen your relationship with Him. He can provide the healing and hope you need. And best of all, He has promised He will never leave you. This book will help you turn your alone times into life-changing encounters with God who cares for you more than you will ever know.
Julia’s Last Hope by Janette Oke—No one in the small lumber town of Calder Springs, tucked away in the remote setting of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, was prepared for the news. When the men of the village left for another day of work at the lumber mill, they did not know their lives would be dramatically changed. But without warning the mill closing was announced. The local timber supply was gone, and the harsh reality was that no mill would open to replace what was lost. Without the lumber industry, the town would die—they had seen it happen before. No jobs, no future, and worthless homes on their hands. The best anyone can hope for is to relocate and start over. John and Julia Harrigan had lived a tranquil, prosperous life in Calder Springs. The death of the town involves John’s work, their lovely home and a bright future for their daughters. Raised in the East and educated in a fine school, Julia Harrigan seemed an unlikely candidate to change the grim reality. But by the grace of God and for the sake of John and her children, Julia decides they must find a way to save the town and home they love.
Notice to Do-Day Quilters:
No Do-Day for July. Out of precaution there will not be any in-person quilting for the month of July.
Attn: Cross of Christ Congregation
There will be NO "Fall Supper" this year due to Covid-19. The safety of our people is our #1 priority.
Fall Supper Committee,
Ron and Rae Evenson
CHRIST IN OUR HOME DEVOTIONAL
JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER
Reflect on short, inspirational, daily devotional messages written from a Lutheran perspective. Also available in large print.
If you would like to receive the 3rd quarter devotional book please contact the church office (896-3102) to have one mailed to you or schedule a time to pick one up from the church. Indicate small or large print books.
Looking for someone to coordinate a date and time for Cross of Christ to complete our Adopt a Highway clean-up for this spring/summer. Call Pastor Linda to work out the details. About a 2 hour commitment. Thanks for loving God's creation and our community!
Refocusing on Mental Health with Pastor Linda
It’s the easiest thing in the world to be over-stressed and anxious. I’ve found that since so much of my stress and anxiety is based within my mind, it is really beneficial to have tangible objects, tasks and rituals in order to ground myself and restore balance.
Here at Cross of Christ we are looking into a number of ways to be attentive to Mental Health needs locally, especially during this time of stress. One project we are in the development stages of is, Mental Health Care Kits, for children, teens and adults. Each kit will include items to provide solace and coping tools while letting them know somebody cares about them.
List of possible items to add to bags:
-Crayons/Color Pencils/Markers (6 or 12 pack) Water Color Paint Set
-Pad of drawing paper Play doh/Puddy
-Fidget Spinner Small lego set
-Coloring books/activity book/puzzle books -Deck of cards
-Card games (children and adults) Sidewalk -Chalk
-Squishy stress balls jump rope
-Jacks water bottle
-Novelty shoelaces kids 24 -100 piece -Puzzles
-Mad libs for teens pipe cleaners
-Sticky googly eyes add water -Muffin/cookie mix
-Adult coloring books joke book
-Maze/word find crossword/sudoku books
-Pinwheels wind sock
-Essential oils herbal teas
-Nail polish novelty sock
We hope to include in every bag the book, “I am Peace; A book of mindfulness” by Susan Verde. If you are interested in collecting items, donating funds, or organizing the bags, please contact the church office. All items can be dropped off at the church, please call first to make arrangements.
PERSONAL CARE KITS SOME IMPORTANT GUIDELINES TO REMEMBER
Be sure to shop for light- or medium-weight towels, which are easier for kit recipients to hand wash and air dry, take up less storage space and are considerably less expensive than the fluffier towels we may prefer to use.
Please give new items only.
Please do not donate items with any religious symbols, messages or your group’s name.
Please do not donate any items decorated with a U.S. flag, patriotic or military symbols, or references to the armed forces, including camouflage.
Do not add other items or leave out any of the items listed.
All items should be new and in good condition.
Do not enclose the kit or any of its contents in plastic bags.
INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING IN EACH PERSONAL CARE KIT
ONE light-weight bath-size towel (between 20” x 40” and 52” x 27”), dark color recommended TWO or three bath-size bars of soap equaling 8 to 9 oz., any brand, in original wrapping ONE adult-size toothbrush in it’s original packaging* ONE sturdy comb, remove packaging ONE metal nail clippers (attached file optional), remove packaging * Toothbrush multi-packs may be used by sealing an individual toothbrush in a business-size envelope; no plastic bags or wrap
HOW TO PACK YOUR KITS OF CARE
Fold the towel in half width-wise. Place the rest of the items in the towel, fold and roll so nothing falls out, and secure with yarn, ribbon, string or rubber bands.
Pack completed kits, like items together, in boxes. Label contents in LARGE, BLOCK LETTERS on the outside of the boxes.
Use strong cartons secured with packing tape, not to exceed 40 pounds.
Do not use plastic or paper bags to pack donations.
A word about face masks from your pastor:
You have likely all heard that the Governor announced an Executive Order requiring Minnesotans to wear face coverings in all public indoor spaces and businesses starting Saturday, July 25th. This order was put in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. While this order remains in place, I want to encourage a few things about regarding this.
First, while in the building of Cross of Christ it has been requested the use of the face mask since June 1st. So, this new mandate has not changed that expectation. If anyone is needing additional face masks, we have some available in the church building.
Second, please do not call out someone with or without a face mask. The order does exempt people with certain disabilities and/or medical or mental health issues from wearing masks. While it may be easy to assume that someone is deliberately defying the mask order, we oftentimes don’t know what personal reasons may prevent them from being able to follow it. Only the sinless among us may cast the first stone.
Third, please do not confront someone if you see them with or without a face covering. Getting in someone’s face about their use or non-use of a mask violates the spirit of this order by not adhering to social distancing, and it will likely not convince someone to put on or take off a mask, anyway. If you own or work for a business, I ask that you use common sense and follow your employer’s policies if you’re confronted with this situation.
Finally, I ask that you be kind and considerate of each other as we navigate this mask business. Many stores and public areas are mandated to require masks to remain open and to allow those employees to continue working. They're simply doing their jobs to require masks.
What does our faith…what does scripture say about being a responsible citizen??? Romans 13:1-3 – The Message.
“Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So live responsibly as a citizen. If you’re irresponsible to the state, then you’re irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you’re trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear.”
Looking to give a helping hand or have a special talent?
The Church and its grounds are always needing a little help and sometimes a lot of help. If you want to helping, it might something you already have in mind or you just have a free afternoon.
Contact the Church, and start or be put on a list to contact when your specialties are in need.
Thinking of You!
Glad Tidings - You are invited to provide care, compassion and connection to our homebound members of Cross of Christ. Some are living at Valley View Health Care & Rehab, Heritage Court, Manor Apartments, home and other long term care facilities. You can write and send a card/letter to one or more homebound members as a way to give them something to look forward to and keep their spirits up. Please pick up a list or request one from the church office and shine your light of Christ to a neighbor in need. Thank you for your shared ministry.
A MESSAGE OF GRATITUDE:
The Council expresses sincere gratitude to all who have given in their own ways during the Covid-19 challenges we face. Several have volunteered by providing services to people in need such as making masks, break room baskets for VVHR staff, calling the homebound, stocking the Little Free Pantry, working with Meet Up and Eat Up summer lunch program and many other ways. Our weekly offerings have gone down during these troubling times but so have our expenses. The Council encourages everyone to prayerfully consider their continued financial support to assure continuation of our budgeted ministries. We have faith that God will help and guide us into a future full of hope and promise.
I DON’T FEEL SAFE WHILE AT HOME/QUARANTINED. HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF?
While staying at home is critical to slowing the spread and severity of COVID-19, not everyone feels safe in their home. Various organizations can provide confidential support for people who feel unsafe or for people who are concerned about someone else’s safety.
• National Domestic Violence Hotline has 24/7 confidential support for people experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship o Resources on saying safe during COVID-19
o Create a safety plan o Get immediate support § Get help by phone: (800) 799-SAFE (7233) § Online chat if you are unable to speak aloud safely Text: “LOVEIS” or “AMORES” to 22522 Ø Or, click “Chat Now” on their website
• RAINN has a 24/7 safe and confidential sexual assault hotline that connects individuals to a local service provider who can provide a variety of free resources o Hotline number: 800-656-HOPE (4673) or Online chat
I’M HAVING A LOT OF STRESS OR ANXIETY BECAUSE OF COVID-19. WHAT CAN I DO?
Find a mental health community - Being in contact with people who can relate to your experiences can be helpful. It can help you learn information, find resources that suit you and feel supported by people who understand.
• Find a free online support group
• Contact your local NAMI Affiliate or NAMI State Organization for information on programs in your area
NAMI HelpLine: Call (800) 950-NAMI (6264) Monday through Friday between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm ET for mental health resources or email
• Crisis support resources or Crisis Text Line: Text “NAMI” to 741741 to chat with a trained crisis counselor
Free 24/7 text line for those in crisis (English only)
• SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: Call (800) 985-5990.
Provides 24/7 crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters
• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call (800) 273-TALK (8255)
If you or someone you know is in crisis—whether they are considering suicide or not—please call the toll-free Lifeline to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7
• The Trevor Project Resources: Call (866) 488-7386, Instant Message a counselor on their website, or text “START” to 678678 24/7 The Trevor Project is a national organization offering support, including suicide prevention, for LGBTQ youth and their friends