9:30AM Holy Communion Service
Feb. 2: Tom Olsen; Feb. 3: Shanika Honaker, Alana Honaker; Feb. 5: Jordan Young;
Feb. 8: Karen Lewis
ALTAR FLOWERS are given in celebration of Tom Olsen’s birthday by Kris Olsen!
BULLETINS this month are given in memory of their father, Fred Wehrenberg, by Bill & Jane Wehrenberg.
DEDICATION OF FLOWERS AND BULLETINS If you would like to have the flowers on the table dedicated or in honor of someone please see the sign up notebook on the sign up table in front of the office. Dedications for flowers and bulletins are listed in the notebook and are $10. Please write in the memo of your check what you are offering either bulletins or flowers. Thank you in advance for your kind donations and memorials.
MONTH OF WORLD HUNGER COLLECTIONS AND NOISY OFFERING! This year we have a piggy bank for each home for the month of February. Sit them on your eating table and every time you gather for a meal or a snack put in some change or money. Bring them on Sunday, February 23rd when we collect them and bless them to be sent to Lutheran World Hunger. Ash Wednesday falls on February 26th this year and you will also receive a 40 day devotional in your box. This will help us focus through our Lenten journey.
THE DANIEL PLAN Dean Tahtinen will begin a class on the book and study called The Daniel Plan and it looks at our wellness in different areas of our life. He will meet after church for one hour for 5-6 weeks. Please look at the fliers in your box and on the bulletin board for more information. There is a sign up sheet so that he can order the books…so please sign up in the pink notebook at the sign up center.
YOUTH SALE! VALENTINE CANDY BOUQUETS!!! The Middle and Senior High Students are selling candy bouquets for $20 a piece. The bouquets will be delivered to the church where you can pick them up on February 13. If you would like to order some you can email the church at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add your information to the sign up sheet, or the sign up sheet is sitting in the upper fellowship area with samples of the bouquet. We thank Thrivent for the start up money for this project! Any questions? Contact Heather Engel, Kasi Meckstroth or Sheri Popp.
NURSERY VOLUNTEERS We would love to have nursery volunteers during the worship service. The nursery can be held upstairs if you would like. Please sign up in the volunteer folder for nursery volunteer for any Sunday that you would like to help! Thank you.
GIFTS TO BE GIVEN!!! When people ask you where you give donations…tell them Cross of Christ. We welcome all financial donations so give in honor of someone or in memory of beloved.
STEWARDSHIP OF THE CHURCH:
Due to high winds and wet window frames, one of our windows blew out of the frame. We are raising funds at this time to replace our windows…even just one at a time. If you would like to give towards our window campaign or if you know someone looking for a place to donate funds, offer to do so at Cross of Christ! Remember to make a note in the memo of your check or on your offering envelope.
Thank you for praying about your donations to Cross of Christ. We are so very grateful! As we continue to move forward in ministry and mission you will be invited to a cottage meeting/small group meeting. We really are looking forward to hear from you all! We are so very blessed.
MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH are planning a mission trip this summer. We will need more adults to attend with us if possible. We will need help with transportation and organization. You do not have to have a child attend youth group to go! Just let Pastor Sherry know as soon as possible. The trip will happen in August.
SENIOR HIGH YOUTH GATHERING IN KALAMAZOO February 7-9, 2020. We ask for prayers for Wesley Meckstroth, Chase Bellanger, Mr. Dan and Pastor Sherry as they prepare to go to the Gathering in Kalamazoo this year. Your donations and support of our youth not only sends our children but opens the door for children in our area. Thank you!!!
MARK THE CALENDAR: When using the church building for meetings etc. please mark the day and time on the calendar, on the bulletin board by the women’s bathroom, so a reminder can be put in the announcements. It is important for the office to have this information.
BIBLE STUDIES: 8:15AM #Metoo Bible study will meet at the church on Mondays at 8:15AM! We are studying “The Prayer-Filled Life (The Contemplative Tradition)” in Devotional Classics edited by Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith. If you would like a book, please see Pastor Sherry McGuffin-Bays or let her know and she will place it in your box.
TUESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY will meet at 5:30PM on Tuesday, February 11th. We meet evenings at Cindy Bergstrom and Patty Schmoldt’s home. Please contact Cindy Bergstrom if you plan to attend…this is a great group discussion and light meal. We are reading chapters 28-30 of the Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. Cindy’s phone number is 231-838-9675.
SHARING HOPE: Support group for anyone who has a loved one with suicidal tendencies. Second Thursday of every month, Genesis Community Center, 1124 Northmen Drive, 6:00PM – 7:30PM, contact Wendy Kuebler 231-881-7248.
COTTAGE MEETINGS TO BEGIN BETWEEN NOW AND THE END OF FEBRUARY Everyone in the congregation will be invited to a meeting where the council member hosting will ask some very important questions about our church and congregation…we need, really need, your input. There will be different meetings at different places and each of you has been assigned to a person! You will be hearing from them very soon. Please try and attend because we need your input and it will be a good time to meet people face to face and learn names if you don’t know them! Children are also invited and the meetings shouldn’t take longer than one hour.
CHURCH RAFFLE FOR THE GENERAL FUND will begin as soon as we receive our license from the state. We have a painting by Thomas Kincaide, a beautiful quilt by Karen Hamal, an afghan by Sheri Popp and a cash prize of $250. Each family unit will receive 10 tickets to sell for $10 each! This should be a fun time and the drawing will happen right after Easter.
ANNUAL DIRECTORY - each mailbox received one, others available by the mailboxes
Financials for the month of December, 2019:
Fund Income What we need Difference
General $10,267.73 $10,130.58 $137.15
Benevolence $277.00 - -
Property $778.00 $1038.00 ($260)
Totals $11,322.73 $11,168.58 ($122.85)
Fund Status Year to Date:
General Fund Property Fund
Opening Balance $2,216.53 -
+ income $117,155.69 $8070.00
-expense $112,291.91 $15,238.33
Ending Balance $7,080.31 ($7168.33)
Ending total balance year to date: ($88.02)
THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS FOR OUR SUNDAY SERVICES! WE CERTAINLY APPRECIATE YOU!
February 2, 2020
9:30AM: Greeter: Ann Howard; Usher: Bill & Gail Drake; Lector: Mary Michelsen; Acolyte: Jackson Love; Head Usher: Ernst Rusche; Assistant to the Minister: Mary Michelsen; Coffee Hour: Backus Family and JoAnn Wilder & Boyd Manges; Nursery Attendant: Nicole Ottney; Counters: Melissa Hansen & Bryan Young; Bread Baker FOR THE MONTH: Dan Bays; Recycling FOR THE MONTH: Gary Engel
February 9, 2020
9:30AM: Greeter: Ron Marshall & Carolyn Matzinger; Usher: Ron Marshall & Carolyn Matzinger; Lector: Melissa Hansen; Acolyte: Wesley Meckstorth; Head Usher: Carolyn Matzinger; Assistant to the Minister: Mary Michelsen; Coffee Hour: Joan & DeWayne Cox and Dean & Diana Tahtinen; Nursery Attendant: Nicole Ottney; Counters: Deb Manker and Carolyn Matzinger; Bread Baker FOR THE MONTH: Dan Bays; Recycling FOR THE MONTH: Gary Engel
HERE IS WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR NECK OF THE WOODS! (Don’t forget to sign up on the calendar when you are planning your events.)
Sunday, Feb 2: 8:30AM Sunday School for 4years old-5th grade; 9:30 Worship with Holy Communion
Monday, Feb. 3: 8:15AM #MeToo Bible Study ; Girl Scouts 6-7PM
Wednesday, Feb. 5: Game Day at the church 1PM
Thursday, Feb. 6: Gary Engel’s Cottage Meeting 6:30PM
Friday, Feb. 7: Don’t forget to order your candy bouquets for your valentine! Senior High leaves with
Pastor Sherry and Dan for Kalamazoo for the Great Lakes Youth Gathering at noon
Sunday, Feb. 9: Senior High Youth and Pastor & Dan return from Kalamazoo.
Sunday, Feb. 9: 9:30 Worship with Holy Communion
For those in the armed services: Michael Drake, Ryan Finley, Jeremy Hamal, Douglas Dinger, Derik Dinger