Cross of Christ W/ELCA Mission Statement:
To mobilize women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ
AS A COMMUNITY OF WOMEN
CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD,
CALLED TO DISCIPLESHIP IN JESUS CHRIST,
AND EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT,
WE COMMIT OURSELVES
TO GROW IN FAITH,
AFFIRM OUR GIFTS,
SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER IN OUR CALLINGS,
ENGAGE IN MINISTRY AND ACTION,
AND PROMOTE HEALING AND WHOLENESS
IN THE CHURCH,
THE SOCIETY AND THE WORLD.
Women of the ELCA
Today, women’s lives have changed. Women enjoy access to a wide variety of careers and have greater freedom and ability to contribute to the ministries they value. Women also now have the opportunity to respond to the call to ordained ministry as well as the call to teach Sunday school. Still, embracing the world as God’s gift and God’s people as sisters and brothers, being committed to growth in faith and action, standing for justice with the poor and oppressed — these remain. Women of the ELCA builds on the strong history of women’s missionary movements, Bible study, and service in which our foremothers engaged. Some of us recall stories from our grandmothers of how they saved “egg money” (from the sale of eggs) so they would have money to donate for support of missionaries in other countries. You may have heard how our foremothers trudged through snow for hours to get to Bible study at another woman’s house, hung their stockings on the line to dry while they studied, and then trudged home again the same day. Or you may have heard about schools and orphanages built in various parts of the world with women’s Thank offerings. Of course, that’s only part of the history.
All confirmed women of Cross of Christ Lutheran Church are participants of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Women of Cross of Christ ELCA are a part of the Southeastern Minnesota Synod and a part of the Root River Conference. Each individual voluntarily becomes involved in the program of activities offered by our local W/ELCA.
We have a circle, which holds monthly meetings at a time and place decided on by the circle. The circle meets for Bible Study and Christian fellowship. We also have nine serving groups. The serving groups are called on a rotating basis to serve at various church functions such as funerals, weddings, anniversaries, and the like.