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Let’s Talk About a Weekly Houston Community Meal Night!


In our Council brainstorming conversation during our regular monthly meeting, an opportunity was presented about Houston having a community meal and how that could be combined with our already successfully busy and productive Wednesday night activities here at Cross of Christ by opening up our Simple Supper portion of the evening to any and all by making it also a Community Meal night.  Based on our experience with the Meet Up and Eat Up program and the Houston Food Shelf, we acknowledge there are many in our community who could benefit from a mid-week meal and fellowship with others.  The idea will be further reviewed with the possibility of having other churches and organizations host some of the meals here at Cross of Christ.  Could be Lions, 4-H, garden clubs, sports clubs, local businesses – the options are many!  

Acting on this idea fits well with our Cross of Christ Mission Statement which states….”As a fellowship of believers, it is our mission to joyfully proclaim the gospel of Christ in word and deed; inviting people to worship together, nurturing them in the Christian faith, loving one another and serving a world in need.”  At this time we’re only giving birth to the idea and we hope to have a public community meeting in the future to encourage further discussion and planning.  All Cross of Christ members will be welcome and encouraged to attend that meeting.  

Let me leave you with this……Psalm 12:5:  “The LORD replies, ‘I have seen violence done to the helpless, and I have heard the groans of the poor. Now I will rise up to rescue them, as they have longed for me to do.’ ”

God hears the cries of the helpless, poor, needy and disenfranchised.  He is the great rescuer!  Let’s join in the work of the Lord and be those among us who rise up to help our neighbors in need.  We need to ask God to give us eyes to see and ears to hear how we can step out of our comfort zones to show the love of Jesus to the very least of us.

Let us share the blessings God has most abundantly bestowed upon us.

Lynn Meyer, Church Council President

From the Library Shelves

November 2019

Shelley Jerviss, Librarian

Being Christian, Exploring where you, God and life connect by Stephen Arterburn and John Shore – Being Christian: What does it mean? and How do you do it? However you answer those questions—even if the answer is “I don’t have a clue”—you need this book. Here the authors tackle some simple but complex questions that just about everyone has about being Christian. And they do so using everyday language. Not churchy language. Not confusing language. Not the language of seminary professors. After you read the book you will probably want to talk about it with some friends, because just about everyone you know has some of the same questions about being Christian.

Growing up Rural – You Smell Barn by Janet Martin and Suzann Nelson – This book is a companion to the award-winning book, Growing up Lutheran, that was the inspiration for all six Church Basement Ladies Musicals and reviewed in last month’s Parish Visitor. This is another funny, down to earth accounting of rural life as remembered by the authors in the ‘50’s and 60’s and before. Donated by Sandy Fishel.

Outstanding in the field; a farm to table cookbook by Jim Denevan – Jim Denevan’s traveling open-air dinners treat guests to an unforgettable experience: a meal cooked with farm-fresh ingredients served right where they were grown—in fields, ranches, vineyards, and community gardens across the country. In this book he brings his philosophy to readers everywhere, sharing the experience of what it’s like to walk the land before each dinner in order to touch, smell, and taste what’s growing as well as to plan a menu based around what’s ripest. He profiles regional American farmers as well as seasonal ingredients, offering 100 original recipes culled from these spectacular yet uncomplicated feasts.


Help them share, save and spend— wisely. Attend Parents, Teens and Money Matters® to learn how to help your teens make intentional money choices in how they share, save and spend. Increase your own understanding of stewardship, and get tips for talking about money and values in your family. During this session, we’ll also show you how to help your teens make intentional money choices in how they share, save and spend.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

6:30 p.m.

Cross of Christ Lutheran Church

210 S. Chase St. Houston, MN




Please call Cross of Christ Church Office at 507-896-3102. This session is hosted by

Steven G Halvorson, FIC, RICPr, CLTCr  

Sponsored by Thrivent Financial




Jerry Knudsen, Capt.

Howard Solie

Tom Stilin

Gene Lundak

Dennis Paulson

John Plitzuweit

Mike Markegard

Adam Markegard

Steve Skifton 


Greeters      (service at 10:15)

  • Nov. 3 – Susan Ferries Kelly Porter

  • Nov. 10 –  Gwen Nelson Stacy Steinfeldt


  • Nov. 17 – Cheryl Skifton Gerald Skifton


  • Nov. 24 –  John Green Judy Williams


Being an usher or greeter is an important ministry!


Ushers and greeters are open to male and female, young and old, individuals and families. All of us, as ministers of hospitality, need to remember that everyone we welcome has a place in God's faith community.

You will have an opportunity to learn something new about God as you welcome others.  Whether you are new to this ministry or have been doing it for a long time, this is a chance to grow and serve with one another.

Please prayerfully reflect more deeply on how you can be a part of this ministry of ushers and greeters.  For more information please contact the church office, Head Usher, Jim Edwards, or Pastor Linda.

You can now make a contribution with text! Simply send a text message to [507-260-0765] with the amount you would like to contribute (example: 25). Within a few minutes, you’ll be sent a text with a link to register. Click on the link and enter your cardholder name and debit or card information. Once your registration is complete, you will receive text verification and a receipt of your donation via email. For future giving, send a text with the amount you wish to give, and it will process automatically! You can even text “repeat” to make it a recurring donation. Text giving is one of the fastest, easiest ways to give. We hope you enjoy this new way to share your generosity, and we thank you for supporting the church.



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