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Cross Lutheran
PEEK OF THE WEEK! 
for the week of 
October 20th, 2019

So, what is next for Cross Lutheran now that Pastor John is serving as our Bridge Pastor?  What is a Bridge Pastor anyway?

Let’s begin with the transition process. Calling a new pastor to a congregation is done in a very purposeful and prayer filled manner. There are many steps to complete before the arrival of the next pastor.

When there is a pastoral vacancy the congregation goes through a period of self- examination and data collections.  Cross will be us the CAT survey as a means of collecting data. CAT is the acronym for Congregational Assessment Tool. This is an awesome opportunity for the congregation to collect undisputed data about the present make up of the congregation and to help Cross determine what kind of pastor would be the best fit for this call. 

Once the data from the survey is presented, in addition to opinions and desires expressed through conversations and meetings, the Ministry Assessment Team (MET) will compile a profile of the congregations which is reviewed by the entire congregation and then submitted to the ELCA.  It is our introduction to all ELCA pastors and pastors of the few other denominations with whom we share full communion.   This profile is called the Ministry Site Profile (MSP.)

When the MSP is completed, the Call Committee picks up the reigns. They will work with the local synod office in receiving names of candidates to interview. 

My goal is to have this congregation ready to interview this spring.  Our CAT survey will begin in November and be presented back to us in January.  From that point, I would like to have the MSP completed and reviewed in February or early March.  Once the Call Committee is orientated by Pastor Randy Olson on synod staff, they can begin to receive names of candidates to interview. Typically, the process takes 4-6 weeks, and once a congregational vote happens; the next pastor will give thirty days’ notice to the congregation that they are currently serving.

If all goes to perfect plan and timing you should at least know the name of your next pastor in June.

I am a Bridge Pastor serving in the capacity of an interim pastor.  My duties and ministry are to prepare Cross Lutheran for her future.  Bridge pastors are used when a congregation is healthy and the former pastor’s tenure was not too long. Bridge pastors can also be invited to remain and interview in the congregation whereas interims can no longer do so.  So, to answer the question that some have asked; yes, it is a possibility that I could be here for the long hall if both parties agree.  Should it come to that point, the call committee would still interview me.  However, other names would be withheld from them until the point that either one of the parties would say no.  There are no guarantees, so for now let us go on in ministry together and have fun doing so. 

God Bless,

Pastor John           

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN UPDATE




 
 
In What Ways Can I Make a Gift to the Mortgage Reduction Campaign?
 
Below are various ways in which to make a gift to the campaign. Please consider one or multiple options when determining a commitment. There may be tax benefits to giving. Please consult your accountant or financial advisor to learn more.
 
  • Cash or check
  • Stocks, bonds or real estate that have appreciated - Funding charitable giving with appreciated stocks, bonds or real estate may have tax advantages.
  • Individual Retirement Account - The Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Charitable Rollover provision allows individuals who have reached age 70½ to donate up to $100,000 to charitable organizations directly from their IRA, without treating the distribution as taxable income.
  • Gifts from the cash value of life insurance
 
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!
Weekly Ministers
10.20.19
Scripture Reader:
Worship Assistant:
Communion Asst:
Ushers:
Greeters:
Acolyte:
PowerPoint Assist:
Cross Kids Worship
Amanda Swanson
Cross Kids Worship
Cross Kids Worship
Cross Kids Worship
Cody McHenry
Cross Kids Worship
Coffee Servers:

Tellers:

Eternal Candle:

Altar Flowers:
 
Manore & Varela Family's
Diane Smart, Laura Daher
Sue Gibb
Graf Family
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10.27.19
Confirmation Sunday
Scripture Reader:
Worship Assistant:
Communion Asst:
Ushers:

Greeters:

Acolyte:
PowerPoint Assist:
Steve Smart
Teri Peterson
Ron & Geri Campbell
Steve Smart, Steve Powell
Geno & Rena Hanson
Connor Dykes

Kendra Fox
Coffee Servers:

Tellers:
Eternal Candle:

Altar Flowers:
CYF Treats; Worship Committee Coffee
Sue Gibb, Will Daher
Sue Gibb
NEEDED
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WEBSITE SPONSOR FOR OCTOBER: 

Denise Wakefield

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If you are not able to fulfill the volunteer position, please  contact a replacement. Thank you!  
Click HERE for the OCTOBER Weekly Minister Schedule
Sunday, October 20th
9:00 am: Worship w/ Noisy Offering
Confirmand Project during Cross Kids Worship
11:00 am: Arlyss Wilcoxson Visitation
1:00 pm: Arlyss Wilcoxson Funeral

 
Monday, October 21st
4:00 pm: Adult Bible Study - Colossians
5:30 pm: Worship Committee (Cross)
6:00 pm: Thrivent Financial: College Savings Workshop
6:30 pm: Stewardship Committee

 
Tuesday, October 22nd
9:00 am: Quilting
10:30 am: Knitting
7:00 pm: Cross Lutheran Book Club

 
Wednesday, October 23rd
6:00 pm: Confirmation
6:00 pm: Adult Bible Study 101 - Mark
7:00 pm: Worship
7:30 pm: Choir Practice 

 
Thursday, October 24th
5:30 pm: AA (Open) "12x12" Mtg.
7:00 pm: AA (Open) Speaker Mtg.
7:00 pm: E-Team Meeting @ Bobtown Brewhouse

 
Friday, October 25th
 
Saturday, October 26th
 
Sunday, October 27th
9:00 am: CONFIRMATION SUNDAY           
10:15 am: Sunday School
2:00 pm: Trunk or Treat

 

CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILY EVENTS
 
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UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Sunday, October 27
Trunk or Treat! 2-3 pm 
See Flyer attached below!

 
Sunday, October 27
Confirmation Sunday
 
Friday, November 15
Youth Game Night for Grades 6-12
 
Sunday November 10

Operation Christmas Child

 
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WE WILL NOW HAVE NOISY OFFERING ON CROSS KIDS SUNDAYS!
(See Peek of the Week for Dates)


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Trunk or Treat Flyer
CROSS KIDS NEWS - FALL 2019
FAMILY EVENT
Saturday, November, 9
7:00 PM
TARGET CENTER


SIGN UP AT THE WELCOME CENTER
ONLY 20 SEATS AVAILABLE !

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

“By Faith” ! 
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
www.robertscrosslutheran.com/give/
Do you ever wonder who to contact when you have a question or an idea?  Do you want to become more involved in what goes on here at Cross, but don't know where to start?  Wonder no more!  Attached is the 2019-20 Cross Lutheran Ministry Leader and Committee List.  
2019-20 Ministry Leader / Committee List
Missed Sunday Worship?
Here are the Scripture Readings for this week!
 
10.20.19
Psalm 23
Genesis 1:27-31

Ephesians 2:4-9
Gospel of Luke 18:1-8
IS PRAYER MINISTRY FOR YOU?

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

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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: kmnbjerke@gmail.com
Click HERE for the October Prayer Ministry Update
Noisy Offering 2019
now on Cross Kids Sunday
(usually the 3rd Sunday)!

Next Noisy Offering is: October 20th, 2019
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JANUARY:    
ROBERTS FOOD SHELF  
FEBRUARY: 
GOOD SAMARITAN FUND
MARCH: 
RED SHOVEL CAMPAIGN
APRIL: 
RED SHOVEL CAMPAIGN
MAY: 
TURNING POINT
JUNE: 
ROBERTS FOOD SHELF
JULY: 
HEARING LOOP FUND
AUGUST: 
ROBERTS FOOD SHELF
SEPTEMBER: 
SCC BACKPACK PROGRAM
OCTOBER: 
GOOD SAMARITAN FUND
NOVEMBER: 
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
DECEMBER:    
SCC BACKPACK PROGRAM

      

$ 152.33

$   78.58

$
534.36

$ 2240.21

$ _ 58.86

$
_ 81.95

$ _111.35

$ _ 85.79

$ _97.45

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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: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/39-1182384
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.

WEEKLY MINISTER Duties

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 

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

Greeter:
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

Teller:
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 John, or the Church Office.
 
The Giving Station is available each Sunday for financial offerings and other special appeals! 
WE HAVE A CHIP READER FOR THOSE WITH CHIPPED CARDS! 
You can still swipe your card if you don't have a chipped card yet.  


 

In the Case of a Pastoral Emergency:

If you have any Pastoral needs
(i.e. hospitalizations, home communion visits, counseling, etc.)
please contact Pastor John Sutherland at: (715) 651- 2710. 
You can also contact Pastor John via email at:
pastor@robertscrosslutheran.com
You may also contact the Church Office at: 
(715) 749-3551
 or: churchoffice@robertscrosslutheran.com 
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