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Cross Lutheran
for the week of: 
September 8th, 2019

What is the Mortgage Reduction Campaign’s purpose and how is it different from the Annual Stewardship Appeal?
The Campaign’s purpose is to raise necessary funding above and beyond our giving to the annual budget, to support mortgage reduction from the building expansion and enhancements completed in 2017. The Annual Stewardship is a one year commitment and funds Cross’ normal operating expenses including: missions and ministries, salaries and benefits, insurance, office supplies, utilities and building maintenance. We are encouraging a three year commitment to the Mortgage Reduction Campaign, which is in addition to your support of our Annual Stewardship.
We ask that you pray for God’s guidance throughout this process as well as the campaign volunteers and entire faith community. This is an important moment in Cross’ history and we thank you for your interest!
Faithful Giving: Time, Talents and Financial Contributions Needed in Our Time of Change
Summer is nearly over. With that, our Congregation now moves into our more active ministries seasons - Interim Pastor Welcome and Support, New Pastor Search, Capital Campaign, Confirmation, Cookie Fair, Sunday School, Advent, Christmas, Adult Education, Lent, Easter, Grace Place Support, Blood Drive Support plus much more.
Our Congregation lives a culture of stepping in and stepping up when the call to action needs us the most. So, please continue to generously share your time and talents where you see a calling to serve. And, continue your gracious financial to support our ministries to the benefit of our Congregation, Community and the World.
    Blessings to you all!
    Steve Smart, Treasurer
Weekly Ministers

Scripture Reader:
Worship Assistant:
Communion Asst:
PowerPoint Assist:
Cross Kids Worship
Amanda Swanson
Cross Kids Worship
Cross Kids Worship
Cross Kids Worship
Cross Kids Worship
Coffee Servers:

Eternal Candle:

Altar Flowers:
Worship Committee
Sue Gibb, Steve Powell
Steve & Diane Smart

Steve & Diane Smart


If you are not able to fulfill the volunteer position, please  contact a replacement. Thank you!  
Click HERE for the September Weekly Minister Schedule
Sunday, September 15th
9:00 am: Cross Kids Worship 
     -  Rally Sunday! 

     -  Noisy Sunday!
10:15 am: Sunday School

Monday, September 16th
NO Adult Bible Study - Colossians
5:30 pm: Worship Committee
6:30 pm: Stewardship Committee

Tuesday, September 17th
9:00 am: Quilting
10:30 am: Knitting
Wednesday, September 18th
6:00 pm: Confirmation 
7:00 pm: Worship
Thursday, September 19th
5:30 pm: AA (Open) "12x12" Mtg.
7:00 pm: AA (Open) Speaker Mtg.

Friday, September 20th

Saturday, September 21st
9:00 am: Women's Bible Study Starts
Sunday, September 22nd
9:00 am: Worship 
10:15 am: Sunday School


Sunday, September 15:
          Rally Sunday

          Cross Kids Worship
          Noisy Offering (SCC Backpack Program) 
              ~Backpack and Briefcase Blessing
              ~Outdoor Play Area Dedication
          Youth Group Kick-Off 
            SUNDAY SCHOOL 10:15-11:15 AM

Sunday October 20 or 27:

          Confirmation Service Event

Sunday October 27:
          Confirmation Sunday
Choir rehearsals will begin on Wednesday, September 25th at 7:30, immediately following worship. It is my hope that it will be more convenient for everyone to remain after worship, and have the choir practice immediately following.  

I am excited to be your director again, for the about the third time since 1977, when I organized our very 1st choir here at Cross!! Like I have said, I am “kind of like an old tire that you keep retreading!!”

We really need new members, as we have lost several in moves and for health reasons over the last few years. Especially needed are tenors and basses. Without those voices we are very limited in the kind of music we are able to sing. You do not need to have a trained voice, only enjoy singing. Together we can make a” joyful noise!!” I am hoping to do a few anthems with our Praise Band this year also!!!

I believe our choir is vital to the ministry here at Cross, so with commitment of new members we will continue!

Everyone ages Grade 8 through 100 are welcome!  If anyone needs a ride either to or from home to attend, we will see that is available.

I'm looking forward to a great year! If you have questions or concerns, please give me a call  me a call or email.

Barbara Dull
715 222 0832
You are Cordially Invited to Attend the Retirement Party of Pastor Dean Simpson 


Does the uncertainty and chaos of life keep you up at night?

Is irrational worry your constant companion?

Could you use some calm?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions, you are not alone. According to one research program, anxiety-related issues are the number one mental health problem among women and are second only to alcohol and drug abuse among men. Stress-related ailments cost the nation $300 billion every year in medical bills and lost productivity. And use of sedative drugs like Xanax and Valium have skyrocketed in the last 15 years. Even students are feeling it. One psychologist reports that the average high school kid today has the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the early 1950s. Chances are, you or someone you know seriously struggles with anxiety.

Max writes, "The news about our anxiety is enough to make us anxious.” He knows what it feels like to be overcome by the worries and fear of life, which is why he is dedicated to helping millions of readers take back control of their minds and, as a result, their lives.

Anxious for Nothing invites readers to delve into Philippians 4:6-7. After all, it is the most highlighted passage of any book on the planet, according to Amazon:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Max guides readers through this Scripture passage and explains the key concepts of celebrationasking for helpleaving our concerns, and meditating.

Stop letting anxiety rule the day. Join Max, and the women at Cross,  on the journey to true freedom and experience more joy, clarity, physical renewal, and contentment by the power of the Holy Spirit. Anxiety comes with life. But it doesn't have to dominate your life.

Please join us on Saturday, September 21, 2019 as we start this journey together at Cross.  This study is open to Women of all ages.  We meet on Saturday’s at the church from 9-11 am.  If you need childcare so that you can attend, please contact Raena DePerry.  WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!


Prayer support is wonderful when going through a hard time.
This is one of our Ministries at Cross.
Please feel free to come to a Prayer Minister during the Service or afterwards.
We promise you confidentiality.
Or, call to have your prayer request put on the Prayer Ministry Fellowship (email).

We also welcome Praise Prayers


Please check out the link below to the
monthly Prayer Ministry update. 
If you would like to join the Prayer Ministry Fellowship in the ministry of intercessory prayer or have a prayer request, please
call Kay at:
715-381-5802, or 
email Kay at:
Click HERE to check out the NEW September Prayer Ministry Update
We have a new church giving app!
We are excited to share with you a new way to give to the church 
GivePlus Church is a mobile giving app that enables you to make
one-time or recurring gifts from your smartphone.

Visit the App Store or Google Play and search for “GivePlus Church”
to download the app for free and start donating today!
Thank you for supporting our mission.
Cross Lutheran/Give Plus Mobile
Have you tried out our new app? 
We would love your feedback! 

Use our new ‘Give Plus Church” App, or sign up via our website, for one-time or recurring gifts   
(for General Fund and/or Building Fund!).  

  • Starting Wednesday, September 25th
  • 6:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Books available 1st day of class for $10.00
  • Led by Lanae Nelson
Questions? Call or Text Lanae at: (715) 497-3005
Saturday, November, 9
7:00 PM

More Details to Come  
See Amanda w/Questions
Wednesday Night Worship
continues at 7pm with our
AMAZING Worship Team

“By Faith” ! 
Missed Sunday Worship?
Here are the Scripture Readings for this week!
Psalm 51:1-10
Exodus 32:7-14

1 Timothy :12-17
Gospel of Luke 15:1-10
Noisy Offering 2019
now on Cross Kids Sunday
(usually the 3rd Sunday)!

Next Noisy Offering is: September 15, 2019


$ 152.33

$   78.58


$ 2240.21

$ _ 58.86

_ 81.95

$ _111.35

$ _ 85.79

$ ______

$ ______

$ ______

$ ______

Central Community Gardens “CCG” in Hammond & Roberts WI
Community Garden plots are still available to rent in Roberts and Hammond! 
Contact Coordinator Mike Deneen with any questions or interest. or (715) 386-9792 
+ + + + + + + + + + + + + +
  • Plots are ready: 
    (tilling & soil amendments); water; education; group buying, friends, flowers, tools. 
  • Nutrient Dense Food.  
General goal:
  • Established in 2011.              
  • CCG is a Non-profit Community Group, with the goals of improving opportunity for land use, while promoting better health for our community through learning and practicing best horticulture practices, among as many as possible. 
Locations for gardens plots
  • Cross Community Garden:
    • Cross Lutheran Church                
    • 1246 County Rd TT
  • St. Mary's
    • Cemetery “S/W corner”, at 1420 Fithian St, at water station - go North then on left past garage.  
  • FireHall
    • VOH 1055 Clyde Hanson & Cty Rd T, enter from Davis ST. (North 1/2).
  • 1630 Thayer St.
    • VOH West end
Email Mike Deneen


Take a look at all the good works our congregation has been up to this year!

Hebrews 13:16
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. 



Cross Lutheran Community, 

Thank you for helping me celebrate my baptism! Your love & support will help guide my journey with God! Thank you for the lovely gifts as well. 
~ Love, Randall Graf


Roberts Food Pantry
(RE: 2019 June Noisy Offering Donation $81.95
and the Worship Committee Donation of $75.00
in the name of Joyful Brass)

Thank you for both recent donations.  The one for $81.95 and the "Joyful Brass" Contribution.  The fact that Cross Lutheran is so generous and loyal is of great importance to us. 
~ With deep appreciation and gratitude.  Thank you and God Bless.  The Roberts Food Pantry.  


(RE: 2019 May Noisy Offering Donation $58.86)

Dear Pastor Peterson and Members of Cross Lutheran Church:
Thank you so much for your donation of $58.86 received on 6/11/2019.
Every act of generosity helps us further our mission: 
to provide support and resources to achieve freedom from domestic and sexual violence. In fact, your recent gift will support families in need of crisis support, advocacy, and emotional support.  Thank you!  
Thank you for your support in helping to make our community a better place. 
~ With Warm Regards, Amy Berg, Development Director



HALOS of the St. Croix Valley
(RE: 2019 Red Shovel Donation $2774.57)

Dear Cross Lutheran Church - 
Thank you so much for your thoughtful gift.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank you on behalf of Halos of the St. Croix Valley for your generous donation.  
We are grateful for generous people like you.  It is because of you that we are able to continue providing so many supportive resources to those families facing the loss of a child.  
Thank you for making our mission a success.  Thank you for supporting families who have lost a child. 
~ Halos of the St. Croix Valley


(RE: 2019 WELCA Donation $500.00)

Dear Cross Lutheran Church WELCA:

Thank you for your recent gift of $500.00 to Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence.  Your support is deeply appreciated and will be used to fund the general operations of Turningpoint.  
Thanks to your generosity, we will meet our mission: to provide support and resources to achieve freedom from domestic and sexual violence
Thank you again for your support of Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence.  
Thank you very much for this generous support!
~ Warmest Regards, Amy Berg, Development Director



ELCA Good Gifts
(RE: 2019 WELCA Donation $500.00)

Dear Cross Lutheran Church,
"What a good gift you've given!  Thank you for your recent gift of $500.00 to ELCA ministries through ELCA Good Gifts.  
Your Good Gift is a very good gift, indeed.  With resources like seedlings and seminary courses, vaccinations and vegetable gardens, Bibles and blankets, you're equipping God's people - around the world and around the corner - with what they need to live abundant lives.  
Thank you for your support of the vital ministries that we do together - and for your very good gift." 

~ In God's abundant grace, Christina Jackson-Skelton, Executive Director, Mission Advancement 



Roberts Food Pantry
(RE: 2019 WELCA Donation $500.00)

“Thank you for your amazing generosity.  Your ongoing support is of great importance to the food pantry.  The shelves are looking very well kept as well as our clients being taken care of properly.  Thank you again and God Bless"

~ The Roberts Food Pantry


Empower Tanzania
(RE: WELCA $500.00 Donation)


"Once again, we reach out with grateful hearts! We were so thrilled to see your most recent donation.  My goodness! On behalf of all of us at Empower Tanzania, I want to thank you again for your incredible generosity.  As you have witnessed over the last months, we believe in empowering the people we work with in rural Tanzania. Part of what makes our work come alive is our expectation that those we reach contribute something of value towards the projects we do.  Not surprisingly, we've found that our Tanzanian friends are incredibly smart, resourceful, and willing to work hard.  What they lack are means, but thanks to communities like yours, we can help them along and impact incredible change that provides continued growth and opportunity for generations.  
We appreciate your continued support of the work being done in rural Tanzania.  We received your donation of $500.00 on 03/18/19.  We are thrilled with our relationship with the good people of Cross Lutheran and are grateful for your generosity."   

~ Kindly, Leslie Klipsch, Director of Communications,


Herald of Faith - Honduras
(RE: WELCA $1000.00 Donation; Men's Group 350.00 Donation)

Gift personally delivered by Steve Smart


"Thanks so much for your gift to Herald of Faith for Maria to help young women learn to sew.  Your gift will help her get the villages to instruct girls.  It will also help a couple of "graduates" get a new sewing machine.  Your gifts go a long ways to continue helping these young ladies obtain income to support themselves and often a young family too.  Steve Smart shares that your team does a great job of helping many others.  Please keep up the great work.  May you all be blessed as you bless others." 
~ Thank again, Dave



Roberts Food Pantry
(RE: 2019 Donation $152.33)


“Thank you for the “noisy” donation.  Cross Lutheran has been a great source of support for the food pantry for many years now.  It has been so very appreciated.  Thank you, and God Bless the Noise!" 

~ The Roberts Food Pantry

Did You Know
Cross Lutheran is registered as an AmazonSmile Charity?
What is Amazon Smile? 
§ You shop. Amazon gives.
§ Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.

How does it work? 
§ Use this link to shop:
Save your Family Fresh/Econofoods grocery ​receipts!
We’re raising money for Grace Place meals through the
Direct Your Dollars Program!
  • Every time you shop at a Family Fresh or Econofoods store, save your receipts!
    • Complete original receipt
  • Once we’ve collected $150,000 in receipts, we can turn them in, and receive a $1,000 check for Grace Place!
  • We will be doing this indefinitely.
  • For every $150,000 in receipts, we get $1000!
A Direct Your Dollars box is located near the Welcome Center in the entry.


Curious about what is involved with each of the Weekly Minister Duties? Here is a description!

We are always in need of new volunteers! 

Scripture Reader:
Read scripture during worship service (this is a great way to get kids involved!)

Communion Assistant:
Prepare wine & bread prior to service and helps serve during service 

Hand out bulletins prior to service, help with offering plates, help with communion, and count worship attendance for office & Synod purposes.

Greet congregation members as they arrive before worship (arrive 8:30 am)

Worship Assistant:
Lead the Psalm, Apostles’ Creed and Prayers of the Church

PowerPoint Assistant:
Advance the PowerPoint in time with worship service

Coffee Server:
Bring treats, serve coffee, and greet people after worship

Help count the offering and prepare bank deposit after worship

Eternal Candle:
A donation to maintain the eternal candle each week ($6 / week or $24 / month)

Website Host:
A donation to maintain the church’s website; this option is only available on the first signup for each month ($30 / month)

We are excited at the generous response to the small group sign ups! Small groups are beginning to meet so watch for information from small group leaders if you have signed up. We are grateful for the volunteers who are leading each group. The hope and purpose of these groups is to build relationships and devotional lives in Christ. 
These are our Cross Lutheran  Connections! groups:
* Book Group:
          led by Diane Ullom
* Bible Study 101:

          led by Teri Peterson
* Brew and Bible:

          led by Dan Tokheim & Natalie Hoppe
* Women and Wine:

          led by Megan Spenningsby
* Dinner Group (x2):

          led by Jan Manore 
          led by Tom & Fran (Heinbuch) Sullwold
* Parents of Younger Children:

          led by Nate & Carrie Weinandt
* Woodworking:

          led by Bill Couch
* Board and Card Games:

          led by Heidi Martin
* Life Transitions & Changes:

          led by Mary Roen
* Knitting:

          led by Sadie Varela 
* Community Gardens:

          led by Mike Deneen
If you would like to join one of the following groups, please contact the group leader,
Pastor Durk, or the Church Office.
The Giving Station is available each Sunday for financial offerings and other special appeals! 
You can still swipe your card if you don't have a chipped card yet.  


In the Case of a Pastoral Emergency:

During the transition to an Interim Pastor, if you have any Pastoral needs
(i.e. hospitalizations, home communion visits, counseling, etc.)
please contact Pastor Burt Williams (from the Roberts UCC Church) at: 
1- (563) 387-7093.
You may also contact the Church Office at: or (715) 749-3551
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1246 County Road TT
Roberts, Wisconsin 54023

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