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Cross Lutheran Church

PEEK OF THE WEEK
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** REMINDERS **
  • Friday, September 7th
    •     Next Grace Place Meal
      • Donations being sought to host Pizza Party
      • We are in need of Servers and a couple of pans of bars or several dozen cookies
      • Sign Up in the Narthex or contact Amanda!
  • Sunday, September 9th
    • Sunday School Kick-Off!!   
    • NOISY OFFERING! 
      • Your September Noisy Offering Donation will benefit the School Back-Pack Program
      • Provides food for at risk youth over the weekend)
  • Wednesday, September 12th 
    • Confirmation Orientation / Workshop 
      • Wednesdays 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Click HERE for Sunday School Registration Forms
Click HERE for Confirmation Registration Forms
Upcoming Events
  • Sunday, September 2nd
    •    9:00 am: Worship
    •    6:30 pm: Bible Study 101
  • Monday, September 3rd
    • LABOR DAY OBSERVED
  • Tuesday, September 4th
    •     9:00 am: Quilting
    •   10:30 am: Knitting
  • Wednesday, September 5th  
    •   7:00 pm: Worship 
    •    7:30 pm: Dream Team Meeting
  • Thursday, September 6th
    •   7:00 pm: CHOIR REHEARSALS BEGIN
  • Friday, September 7th
    •  GRACE PLACE MEAL
  • Saturday, September 8th
    •   8:00 Am: Men's Ministry
  • Sunday, September 9th
    •  9:00 am: Worship
    • 10:15 am: Sunday School
      • RALLY SUNDAY 
      • NOISY OFFERING - your September offering will benefit the School Back-Pack Program by providing food for at-risk youth over the weekend.
WEEKLY MINISTERS
 
(09/02/18)
Scripture Reader: Ellen Beer
Communion Assistants: Ellen Beer and Needed
Ushers: Ellen Beer and Al Briese
Acolyte: Joselyn Dykes
Greeters: Joy & Dick Reese
Worship Assistant: Linda Kempen
Coffee Server: Geno & Rena Hanson 
Altar Flowers: Geno & Rena Hanson 
Eternal Candle:
Marie Hamlin
Tellers: Sue Gibb and NEEDED
 
(09/09/18)
Scripture Reader: Kari Johnson
Communion Assistants: Tom & Sue Cody
Ushers: Joe and Logan Traynor
Acolyte: Zoe Poeshel
Greeters: Jim & Carolyn Hartmon
Worship Assistant: Pam Miles
Coffee Server: Barb & Leroy Dull
Altar Flowers: Needed
Eternal Candle: Marie Hamlin

Tellers: Ellen Beer and NEEDED
September Web Site Host: Kristi O'Connell in honor of Bill Couch's Birthday
NEW Adult Bible Study coming this fall!
I am very excited to share with you the start of a new adult study this fall. It will be the BIBLE BOOK OF THE MONTH adult seminar that will be held the Second Sunday of each month. It will be held in the Fellowship Hall from 10:30-11:15 am. This is a class in which I will highlight one Book of the Bible each month: its major themes and messages, key passages and other helpful background on the book.  Participants will then be asked to read the Book of the Bible during the month using a guide of suggested passages and study helps.  I will continue the Monday 4-5 pm class on the gospel of John, starting up on Sept. 10th after a summer break.
~ Pastor Durk Peterson
Women’s Bible Study is starting up again, starting September 15th.  We invite YOU to join us on the 3rd Saturday of every month.  We will be meeting at the church from 9:00-11:00.  Snack and coffee is provided.  There is also child care available for your children.  This year we will be studying the Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer:
 

The Armor of God. All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life. A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you: your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny. But his battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed. If you’re tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, The Armor of God study is for you.
 

The enemy always fails miserably when he meets a woman dressed for the occasion. The Armor of God, more than merely a biblical description of the believer’s inventory, is an action plan for putting it on and developing a personalized strategy to secure victory.

Children, Youth and Family Activities
Happy fall, everyone!  Cross’s Lutheran Youth Group or LYG!!  will start meeting on Sunday, September 16 at 10:15 am (after September, the group will meet on the second Sunday at 10:15 am). 
 
LYG!! is open to all youth in grades 8-12; non-Cross teens are invited to attend too!  The mission of the LYG!! is provide a safe space for teens to connect with one another and have conversation about topics they are facing and how this relates to their faith journey.  Come and check out this group!  Also, Cross will be hosting a teen night at the end of September-watch the Peek for additional information!

Other Important Dates:
  • September 9: Sunday School Kick-Off!!
  • September 12: Confirmation Orientation / Workshop (6:00 pm - 7:30 pm)
Click HERE for Sunday School Registration Forms
Click HERE for Confirmation Registration Forms

As the dog days of summer come to an end, the tell-tale signs of Fall start to arrive. One such sign of Fall is that Cross Choir will be starting back up for the year! We are excited to announce that we will be collaborating with the Sunday school children in their Christmas program and several instrumentalists this year, so you can definitely look forward to some awesome music coming your way. 

 Please note that Cross Choir is a community group that welcomes all age groups and voice parts. We are hoping to strengthen our sound with even more singers this year and encourage you to join us. All who enjoy singing and lifting up your voice in joyful praise are welcome. New this year: choir members will receive optional, free, 15-minute, weekly voice lessons from Chelsea. Rehearsals will be held Thursdays at 7pm and a few Sundays after church.

Our first rehearsal will be Thursday 9/6. Also, please visit our booth at the Ministry Fair on 9/30 for a chance to win three 30-minute voice or piano lessons!
Contact Chelsea at: chelsea.lloyd@my.uwrf or (507)-269-9786 for more information.
Special thank you to Jim Hartmon, Pam Miles, Melissa Briese, Rachel Welsh and Dan Briese for their research and development on the outdoor play space at Cross.  By Rally Sunday, you will see our play set back up and ready for kiddos!  This team has also reviewed ideas from Melissa Briese on adding to our space and creating a fall-safe ground cover (until a decision has been made on a different ground cover, please know that the grass does qualify as fall-safe 😊).  The team decided to proceed with purchasing a Noah’s Arc playset which includes two slides, a rock climbing wall and firefighter’s pole!  The Arc will be set up in addition to our existing playset.  The building committee allocated $5,000 towards the cost of renovating our play space and WELCA graciously donated $1,500 for this effort. 
Thank you to both of these groups! 

 

Missed Sunday worship? 

 

Here are the scripture readings for this week:

Psalm 15
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9
James 1:17-27
Gospel of Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23


 

Wednesday Night Worship
led
our contemporary worship team
"By Faith"
continues EVERY Wednesday!


Click HERE for the August Prayer Ministry Update

Are You Satisfied?

On several occasions I have heard professional athletes describe their training in this way. “I’m always trying to improve- trying to get stronger and quicker and better.” Great athletes are never ever satisfied with their workouts and performance. They are always seeking to improve.

I would ask us as followers of Christ if we are satisfied with our discipline and devotion to Christ.  Here are some questions to challenge us:

Am I worshipping often enough to honor God and Christ?

Am I reading scripture to learn more about God’s Word and his love for me?

Am I serving others in the name of Christ enough? Is there more I can be doing?

Am I taking time to pray and reflect on my life and the lives of others?

Am I inviting and bringing others to church?

Am I giving a generous offering from my heart to the heart of our congregation’s mission?

As you think about these questions you may find yourself feeling guilty- guilty for not doing enough, right?   I hope not.

My purpose in asking these questions is to motivate you to grow in God’s kingdom- increase in your love, serving, giving, etc.   Of course, we make choices that can help us improve and strengthen our discipleship. But….it is God’s Holy Spirit that moves us, inspires us, and motivates us to serve Christ.

Are you satisfied with where you are at?  I hope not! I hope and pray you will move ahead in your life of faith to serve and grow in Christ. The fall is a great time to re-engage after the summer. Get ready to step up your giving and discipleship.

See you in church!

-Pastor Durk

Grace Place is in need of cleaning supplies. If you can help out, please bring items to the office. 
 
Items needed are:
  • Cleaning products (without alcohol in them) 
  • Dish soap
  • 13 gallon garbage bags 
  • 55 gallon garbage bags
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Bath towels (new or gently used) 
  • Wash cloths (new or gently used)
  • Disinfectant wipes
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. 
 
If you did not get a chance to and would like to join one of the following groups, please contact the Church Office.  
 
Here are the Connections! groups that have formed:
* 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 and Tom Sullwold and Fran Heinbuch
* 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
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. You may email Kay at: kmnbjerke@pressenter.com.
 
Click HERE for the Prayer Ministry Update
Please click on the link below
to view the
September Weekly Minister schedule.

If you are not able to fulfill the volunteer position; please contact a replacement or the church office. 
Thank you!
Click HERE for the September Weekly Minister List


We are looking for a piano player or guitarist to lead music with the Sunday School kiddos once or twice a month. Please contact Melissa Briese or Amanda Swanson if you are interested and available.  

We also need people to fill the weekly minister positions for Fall.  From coffee service, to greeting and ushering.  Several positions available.

Please consider signing up to help!

Thank you!

Giving Station 

The Giving Station is available each Sunday for financial offerings and other special appeals! 
We now have a chip reader for those with chipped cards! 
You can still swipe your card if you don't have a chipped card yet.
If you have questions,
please see Pastor Durk.

Need to Contact Pastor Durk??

If you have any Pastoral needs
(i.e. hospitalizations, home communion visits, counseling, etc.)
please contact Pastor Durk at:
pastor@robertscrosslutheran.com or (612)702-5509.
You may also contact the Church Office at: 
churchoffice@robertscrosslutheran.com or (715) 749-3551
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