Before worship @ 9:15am on Sundays through June, you’re invited to grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us live on Zoom for Zoom Coffee Hour. If you’ve never used Zoom, you’ll need to download the application to your computer, which only takes a minute. Or, you can join the Zoom Coffee Hour by using your phone. Come join the online conversation by requesting an email Zoom invitation from the church office.
Sick of trying to connect to church only online? Don’t have access to technology and miss worship in your life? Need to just talk or have someone pray with you? Make an appointment with Pastor Linda for some “Lawn Care.” She will be happy to meet you for some socially distanced (with face mask) pastoral care either outside at your home or at church, lawn chairs provided.
Call Pr. Linda at the church office or 952-240-9767 to set up an appointment.
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.
From the Library Shelves
Shelley Jerviss, Librarian
The Fifth Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauck – When five New Yorkers receive an anonymous, mysterious invitation to the Fifth Avenue Story Society they suspect they are victims of a practical joke. No one knows who sent the invitations or why. No one has heard of the literary society. And no one is prepared to reveal their deepest secrets to a roomful of strangers. Yet curiosity and loneliness brings them back week after week to the old library. And it’s there they discover the stories of their hearts, and the kind of friendship and love that heals their souls
Tending Roses by Lisa Wingate – When Kate Bowman temporarily moves to her grandmother’s Missouri farm with her husband and baby son, she learns that the lessons that most enrich our lives often come unexpectedly. The family has given Kate the job of convincing Grandma Rose, who’s become increasingly stubborn and forgetful, to move off her beloved land and into a nursing home. But Kate knows such a change would break her grandmother’s heart. Just when Kate despairs of finding answers, she discovers her grandma’s journal. The beautiful handmade notebook is full of stories that celebrate the importance of family, friendship, and faith. Stories that make Kate see her life – and her grandmother – in a completely new way.
Life Between the Stitches by Evelyn Ruth Knoff – This is the story of a discarded Hardanger doily. We follow it from Grandmother Olivia’s journey from the mountains and forests of Norway in the mid-19th century to the prairies of Dakota Territory and America. The stories overflow from the “Doily Journal” and Olivia’s legacy. We laugh and we cry as we follow the saga of the doily and Olivia’s descendants as they learn the meaning of their heritage going into the 21th century.
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