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For the week of:

May 17th, 2020

at Cross Lutheran!
THE 'SAFER AT HOME' ORDER ISSUED BY THE GOV OF WI HAS BEEN LIFTED
PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR COMMUNICATIONS FROM PASTOR JOHN AND OUR COUNCIL
REGARDING PLANS AND NEXT STEPS AS WE MOVE FORWARD.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
 
Continuing to “REACH!”
Dear family at Cross Lutheran
Praying and hoping for normalcy!  That is the only way I can describe how I believe most of us feel.  Throughout our church’s response to COVID-19, the congregation of Cross Lutheran has been blessed with faith, courage and wisdom, giving consideration to the health of our friends and neighbors.  During this time of crisis our congregation has been incredibly diligent to stay connected with one another and our staff and leadership has worked to provide ongoing ministries and worship.  We have proven that our faith, although similar to the virus by spreading from person to person, is stronger and more resilient than then the fear of the virus. I am so thankful for the way you have been praying for each other, our leadership and our staff.  As you know we are inching closer to having the State “re-open”.  You may have heard this may happen in multiple phases.  Like you, I am eager for the day when our congregation can gather and worship together again and ever more eager when we can exchange a simple gesture of love and respect by shaking hands.  I anticipate that we may be able to hold services as early as June 1st, however, this date seems to be moving target and changes by the moment.  Where does that leave us as a congregation and what will the next steps be?  Currently we are planning on having a congregational meeting on Sunday, June 7th.  This meeting will be a meeting to procced with the initial call of Pastor John to become our residing full time pastor.  I want to make sure that we can get as many members to attend as possible, we will need to achieve a quorum.  The call committee will be present to answer any questions you may have.  We want to limit this meeting to only the discussion and vote for the call of Pastor John.  We feel that under the current outlook we will be able to gather with limits of 50 people per room.  Keep in mind we can spread out in the fellowship hall and the sanctuary to ensure the safety of all.  Regardless of what the state decides we are planning on having this meeting on June 8th.  We may just have to react to the number of people that are allowed in the building at one time.  If fewer than 50 people are allowed we will have multiple meeting times.  I appreciate everyone’s patience and flexibility with this.  We will keep you posted as more information is realized. 
We must remember the throughout history, God never abandoned his people.  At the Cross, when all seemed lost, Jesus died but three days later he rose from the dead!  I feel our commitment to our faith and our trust in our Lord will rise as well.
God is with us!  Do not be afraid.  We are all this together!
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!  Psalm 133-1                
 
Darin Schlueter, 2020 Council President.
 Cross Lutheran Church                                www.robertscrosslutheran.com
Member ELCA   1246 County Road TT   Roberts, WI  54023   715-749-3551   Rev. John Sutherland, Pastor 

From: Pastor John Sutherland <pastor@robertscrosslutheran.com>
Sent: Friday, May 15, 2020 10:24 AM
To: News <news@robertscrosslutheran.com>
Subject: Returning to Worship
 
Dear Saints of Cross Lutheran,
 
The wonderful council of Cross Lutheran has been praying and thinking over the decision when to return to in person worship. For everyone’s best interest and safety we have decided that we will continue online worship for both May 17th and May 24th.  There will not be any in person Wednesday worship until at least May 27th.
This will allow us to gather more info about safe practices.  We very much appreciate your patience
 
 
God Bless,
 
Pastor John and the Cross Lutheran Church Council.
 
Don’t forget to see us online on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.      
May 12th, 2020 
 
Dear Saints of Cross Lutheran, 
 
To state the obvious, we are living in strange and new times (for many of us) as the Covid19 pandemic is causing much havoc and financial hardship for many. Therefore, I am pleased to announce a new ministry opportunity designated for the members of Cross Lutheran who may be experiencing economic hardship because of the pandemic.      
This ministry is the Cross Lutheran Covid19 relief fund and will be available to active members of Cross Lutheran that are: furloughed, jobless, whose working hours are reduced or whose businesses have been stopped because of the pandemic. If you have any doubt about your eligibility for help; please speak directly to Pastor John.      
Funds will be sent directly to utility companies, landlords, banks or automotive service and accounts. This is a limited fund, and distribution will be capped at $300 per household until the fund is depleted.   
Distribution of funds will be held in the strictest confidence; although for accounting purposes there will be an application to fill out.  These applications will be secured and then destroyed once the crisis has ended or the account is depleted.  
For donations to the fund please write Covid19 relief on the line item of the check.  
Limited funds will be available on May 15, 2020.  Checks will be written and sent out on the Friday or Tuesday following the request.  Please note that Friday is Pastor John’s day off, and so urgent requests should be made by Thursday.   
If there are any unused funds in the account on December 1, 2020; these funds will be turned over to the church council to be used as they deem best.     
 
God Bless, 
 
 Pastor John  and the Cross Lutheran Church Council.  
   
Print out and fill out the COVID 19 Fund Application and return to Pastor John for consideration.  
Copies can be also be picked up from the office 
COVID 19 FUND APPLICATION
THROUGH THE END MAY 2020:

SUNDAY
9:00 am: Worship via YouTube** 

WEDNESDAY
6:30 pm: Worship via YouTube**
 
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TO OUR CLC
YOUTUBE CHANNEL. 
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OR GO TO: WWW.ROBERTSCROSSLUTHERAN.COM
CLICK ON THE 'YOUTUBE' ICON IN THE UPPER RIGHT CORNER OF THE MAIN PAGE
Cross YouTube Channel

Weekly Ministers

Stay tuned for more information regarding
when On-Site Worship will resume. 

Until then...
~ join Pastor John for Sunday Worship and 
~join By Faith! on Wednesday's for Worship

on the CLC YouTube Channel

CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILY EVENTS
 
MAY Events postponed until further notice


 
NEW TIME AND TALENT SURVEY'S ARE LOCATED  ON THE WELCOME CENTER!  
(See below for descriptions of the different weekly minister duties)

 
In the spirit of our Lenten Stewardship Generosity Initiative and being generous with your time and talents, please take a moment to consider the ways you would like to help out here at Cross. Please fill out the survey and turn it into the office.  It's also a great way to meet all the fantastic people in our congregation!  We'd also like to capture your updated contact information.   

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.  WE WILL TRAIN!

Acolyte:
Light the altar candles before worship.  Anyone can help!

Coffee Server / Fellowship:
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 ($25 / 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)

WHO'S WHO? 

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 2020 Cross Lutheran Ministry Leader and Committee List.  
2020 Ministry Leader & Committee List
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

+++++++++++++++++++++

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
APRIL 2020 - Prayer Ministry Update
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:  
  • You will need to log in to your existing Amazon account. 
  • You may need to choose  'My Amazon Smile' from the sidebar menu to choose or change your charity to Cross Lutheran Church.  
Shop Amazon Smile for Cross Lutheran Church
Wondering how to make changes to your Simply Giving automatic deductions?  
 
You are able to make your own changes!
  • Copy or paste this link in to your web browser: www.robertscrosslutheran.com/give/
  • Go to the Simply Giving section at the top section of the page.  
  • Go to the Log in / Create Profile button at the top.
  • If you know your Profile Credentials you can log in, if you do not, it will lead you through the process of re-setting your password.  
  • Enter your Email Address and Password you originally registered your donation under.
  • If you do not know either of those, go to the Forgot your Email Address or Password? link to reset your Profile.  
If you would like to set up a new donation go to the Create Profile button under the Create Your Profile section on this page.  
www.robertscrosslutheran.com/give/
GIVING IS AS EASY AS 1-2-3 WITH THE 'GIVE+CHURCH' MOBILE APP!
  1. Download on the app store - available for Apple and Android (iTunes or Google Play)
  2. Enter our zip code “54023” and choose “Cross Lutheran Church”
  3. Tap “Give Now” and enter your info
You can make one time, or recurring donations (to the General, Building, or Capital Campaign fund). You are able to make donations to multiple funds in 1 transaction.  You can also give to more than one church via the mobile app, so making a visitor donation is EASY!
Cross Lutheran/Give Plus Mobile
www.robertscrosslutheran.com/give
Since we started in the Direct Your Dollars program at Family Fresh, we have collected $16,662 in grocery receipts! We are well on our way to $100,000, when we will get $1000 to give Grace Place!
 
Thanks to everyone,
and keep them coming!
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.  
**For now and in the near future, we encourage you to use either our Simply Giving or Give Plus Mobile program.  There may be changes coming regarding use of the Giving Kiosk for Covid19 reasons.
We will keep you updated.**  Thank you! 

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, 
or 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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