Cross of Christ Prayer Group
We've had an active prayer group at Cross of Christ for a number of years. We meet at church weekly at 11 am on Wednesdays. Although we have a small group of dedicated women who attend in-person regularly, it would be wonderful to include others in our group who may not be able to attend in person but who would like to participate in this ministry by bringing prayer needs to the group and lifting up prayers as brought by others. So we've formed a "private" group on Facebook, the Cross of Christ Prayer Group. Only those in our private group are able to make or read the posts.
I create a written prayer list each week which I share with our in-person group on Wed morning and post for our private FB group. Members of the FB group are encouraged to post prayer needs on-going which I then read to the in-person group weekly.
If this ministry is something you may like to be a part of either in person or through our private Facebook group, I would enjoy hearing from you.
Blessings and good health,
Reintroducing Glad Tidings: To provide care, compassion and connection to the residents of Valley View Health Care and Rehab and Heritage Court Assisted Living by a card and letter campaign. Can you write and send a card/letter to one or more residents during these times as a way to give them something to look forward to and keep their spirts up. Please pick up a resident list if you can help with this ministry and shine your light of Christ to a neighbor in need. Contact the Church office to receive a list of names. firstname.lastname@example.org or 896-3102
Cross of Christ is instituting a new way to give which may be especially helpful for those in our agricultural community of grain producers. Called, Gifts of Grain, an account has been established at the Farmers Co-op Elevator in the name of Cross of Christ. If you are a producer who wishes to give a portion of a load, 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 have to pay income tax on the profit or the self-employment tax.
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.
The Ministry of Volunteering:
I am very proud and thankful to have so many of our members volunteer freely and often to carry out our various Cross of Christ ministries. It’s not news that we are experiencing a number of Covid-19 related unique challenges in the way we carry out our ministries. And the need for volunteers is great. Here are some examples:
Greeters: Located at church entrances to assure all who enter for in-person worship are feeling well, wearing masks, social distancing, using hand sanitizer and practicing safety precautions as described in our Preparedness Plan and more.
Ushers: As members arrive, explain seating arrangements, bulletin placement in pews, location of offering plate(s), release members after worship in a prescribed manner, pick up and discard unused bulletins, and more.
Communion Preparation and Clean Up: Before worship: prepare individual communion cups and wafer envelopes and place in front of the church on a cart. Prepare altar with appropriate communion vessels. After worship: remove, clean up and store communion service as necessary.
Readers: Read from our Holy Scriptures at the lectern during worship.
Audio-Visual Assistance: We are reaching a large number of our members plus non-members with our weekly on-line service on Facebook Live. At this time we are using Pr. Linda’s cell phone and she is the primary person responsible for setting up our AV system not only for Sunday morning worship but also for funerals. She is only one person and fully admits we could do better in this area. We do have funds to purchase some additional AV equipment but Pr. Linda could use some advice on what that might be and assistance on setting it up. So we are inviting any members who are tech savvy to volunteer their skills in helping Pr. Linda implement some needed improvements in our AV technology.
Altar Guild: Kathy Olson, chair of the Worship and Music cabinet on council is in the process of updating the altar guild’s function and asks for volunteers to carry out such things as changing of the paraments and more.