ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 19, 2020
9:30AM Holy Communion Service
Jan. 19: Ann Ebert; Jan. 20: Ashley Young; Jan. 22: Gail Kloss; Jan. 24: Stan Smith;
Jan. 25: Pastor Sherry McGuffin-Bays
ALTAR FLOWERS are given in celebration of Gail Kloss’ birthday. Happy Birthday!
BULLETINS this month are given to the glory of God by Cross of Christ Lutheran.
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.
COUNCIL IS SEEKING NEW MEMBERS! We are seeking 5 members from the church to fill in two
of our spots for two years and then we have 3 three year positions. At this time our council members
help to vision and grow the church. They are liaisons for our ministry team leaders for actions
needed by council and we do need different points of view to get a bigger picture of our ministry and
leadership at Cross of Christ. Please see Bryan Young or Pastor Sherry if you are interested in
sharing in leadership. This year Bryan Young and Boyd Manges will leave us as they have served
their consecutive terms. We give thanks for their dedicated and faithful work with our leadership and
the congregation. We are so blessed here at Cross of Christ!
MIDDLE SCHOOL AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL WINTER PARK SLEDDING AND SKATING
WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY Attend Church on January 19th and stay for lunch...then we will head
to the Winter Sport’s Park for sledding and ice skating, hot chocolate and fun! Make sure to sign up
so that we have lunch prepared for you and your family and we can carpool as well. You can also text
Pastor Sherry at 231-881-1212 and let her know if you and your family and friends are coming!
ANNUAL MEETING JANUARY 26 DURING THE SERVICE.
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 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 25-27 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.
INFORMATION SHEET ON GIVING OFFERINGS is located in your mailbox. If you cannot find your
mailbox or do not have a mailbox, please let Pastor Sherry McGuffin know and we will get you one
right away! Memorial Funds are also a way of sharing your gifts. Memorials at Cross of Christ are not
designated except by the council. So if you have an idea or would like to suggest to a council
member what we may need, they will always listen and bring it to council.
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.
FINANCIALS FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 2019:
THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR TREASURES
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)
Note that in our benevolence we have over $12,000 as a gift from Women Who Care for the Paper
THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS FOR OUR SUNDAY SERVICES! WE CERTAINLY
January 19, 2020
9:30AM: Greeter: Kathy & Ernie Rusche; Usher: Wes Meckstroth & Eli Popp; Lector: Donna Smith;
Acolyte: Josie Poquette; Head Usher: Bryan Young; Assistant to the Minister: Bryan Young;
Coffee Hour: Yvonne & Bud Danker and Heather & Marty Engel; Nursery Attendant: Nicole
Ottney; Counters: Gordy Engdahl & Kasi Meckstroth; Bread Baker FOR THE MONTH: Sue Finley;
Recycling FOR THE MONTH: Carolyn Matzinger
January 26, 2019 Baptism of our Lord
9:30AM: Greeter: Karen Lewis; Usher:; Lector: Karen Lewis; Acolyte: Jackson Love; Head
Usher: Gary Engel; Assistant to the Minister: David Meckstroth; Coffee Hour: Jenny Gauthier and
Jean & Mike Smith; Nursery Attendant: Nicole Ottney; Counters: Gail Drake & Carolyn Matzinger;
Bread Baker FOR THE MONTH: Sharon Scott; Recycling FOR THE MONTH: Donna Smith
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, Jan. 19: 8:30AM Sunday School for 4years old-5
th grade; 9:30 Worship with Holy
Communion; Youth at Winter Sports Park after lunch at the church.
Monday, Jan. 20: 8:15AM #MeToo Bible Study
Tuesday, Jan. 21: 5:30PM Bible Study at Cindy Bergstrom and Patty Schmoldt’s home
Wednesday, Jan. 22: Game Day at the church 1PM
Thursday, Jan. 23: Choose a healthy activity!
Friday, Jan. 24: Find some quiet time to meditate and pray
Saturday, Jan. 25: Snowshoeing event. SIGN UP in the pink folder
Sunday, Jan. 26: 8:30AM Sunday School for 4years old-5
th grade; 9:30 Worship with Holy
Communion; Annual Meeting