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From the Library Shelves

March 2020

Shelley Jerviss, Librarian

The Book of Calm, 250 Ways to a Calmer You by Adams Media – Being calm is about finding a moment of quiet in the chaos of everyday life. Slowing down, taking a breath, and embracing peace can help give you a new perspective on your day and prepare you for any challenges that may come your way. From taking a mindful shower to doing some deep breathing, this book offers 250 ways to fill yourself with feelings of peace, calm and well-being, including breathing exercises, mediations, mantras, yoga poses, inspirational quotes and more whether you’re preparing to do something that scares you, trying to keep your cool in the middle of a tough conversation or just looking for a breather after a hard day, this book will keep you centered and serene.

Freedom’s Light by Colleen Coble – Hannah Thomas believes she’s escaped Galen Wright’s evil intentions by marrying an older lighthouse keeper. Seemingly safe in faraway Massachusetts, her world is upended when John is killed in one of the first battles of the Revolutionary War. Hannah is allowed to continue the difficult task of tending the twin lighthouses in John’s place, though she faces daily disapproval from John’s family. She thinks her loneliness will subside when you younger sister arrives, but she finds Lydia’s obsessions only escalates the dangerous tides swirling around her.

A Journey to an End by Anita Dennler Dahlby – The author says she never planned to be among the populous of adult children caring for their aging parents, but when circumstances as abrupt and unwelcome as a tsunami presented themselves, her elderly father came to live with her husband and herself. Not only was their coveted retirement lifestyle interrupted, but she was catapulted into a three year journey that included many a crisis, painful confrontations, encouraging reprieves, and a closure that can only be attributed to divine intervention. Dementia, cancer and dependency all became facilitators in fostering an understanding and love of her father that finally gave her an inner peace she never thought possible. There are probably millions of other stories like this, but this one is hers. Donated by Karen Todd.

Help Wanted: Communion Ministers

Our congregation needs people of all ages to prepare and/or serve at the table of grace. No experience necessary. No degree or certifications needed, only following simple directions with joy. Only prerequisite is to love Jesus and his church. Anyone who receives communion and is old enough to confidently prepare, handle and serve is encouraged to sign up for training and be added to rotation schedule. Sign up to help with preparing, serving or both with Kathy Olson, Pastor Linda or call the church office.

Suicide Survivor’s Support Group

Have you lost a loved one to suicide? Have you felt alone with your grief? Have you thought it would be helpful to join a support group but there were none in the area? If you answered “yes” to these questions, please consider coming to a  suicide survivor’s support group right here in Houston.


The group is open to the community and will be held at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church. The group will be facilitated by Cynthie Christensen. Upcoming meetings are scheduled for March 15 and April 19 starting at 4:00 pm.  Please call or email  your interest in joining or have questions. Her home # (507) 864-9689 and email



Keith Herek, Capt.

Carrie Herek, Casey Herek

Bruce Virock

Brad Hongerholt


Greeters      (service at 10:15)

Mar. 1   Susan Ferries, Gwen Nelson   

Mar. 8   Gerald & Cheryl Skifton

Mar. 15  Garth & Shelly Edwards


Mar. 22  Rae Evenson & Jeanne Feldmeier

Mar. 29  Lisa Skifton & Stacy Steinfeldt

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.



204 South Chase Street       Houston, MN 55943       


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