"And I think that's what our world is desperately in need of – lovers, people who are building deep, genuine relationships with fellow strugglers along the way, and who actually know the faces of the people behind the issues they are concerned about."
– Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution
At least one Sunday each month is designated as a "Mission Sunday", during which a special offering is collected at worship to support a ministry outside of Cross of Grace. It's a great reminder that God has blessed us to be a blessing for the world and we're always looking for ideas about how to make that happen. If you know of a ministry or organization that could benefit from our support, please let us know. We love to have representatives from various places join us to share the story of how our gifts will do God's work in the world.
Listen to some of our recent Mission Partners:
IN-HOME GRACE &
The In-Home Grace & Hospitality Team is designed to provide meals in time of personal need. When there is a member who finds it necessary to have medical surgery and will have some recovery time in their home, or a new addition to the family has arrived and there is some adjustment time needed, the In-Home Hospitality Team is there to provide a main meal for those in the home. If you would like a meal delivered, or would like to prepare a meal when there is a need, please contact the Church Office.
GROCERIES OF GRACE
Cross of Grace houses a food pantry offering non-perishable food items to individuals and families from the community. Donations can be made anytime, though we've designated the fifth Sunday in any month a good time to replenish our supply. If you'd like to take advantage of this ministry by receiving food, please call the office Monday - Thursday, between 8 a.m. and Noon to make arrangements.
In keeping with the Biblical command to care for creation, Cross of Grace recycles whatever paper we can and invites others from our congregation and the community to join us in this effort. By adding your paper to the designated dumpster in our parking lot, not only will you be doing your part to honor the earth, but the small amount of money we collect in return is added to our Mission Endowment Fund, which funds ministries and organizations beyond our walls. (Besides trash, cardboard and telephone books, any paper is allowed.) In addition to paper recycling, Cross of Grace now offers ink cartridge and battery recycling. Contact the church to find out more.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
The Shawl Ministry shares a gift of knitting or crocheting with those in need of comfort and solace. Many blessings are knitted into every shawl. The craftsperson begins each shawl with prayers for the recipient and continues throughout it's creation. The shawl is dedicated upon completion.
Once a month the Shawl Ministry meets for an hour of fellowship, knitting and prayer. Labels from Cross of Grace are attached to each shawl and we are blessed to be able to make these available as people have need. Everyone with a love of creation is welcome to participate. Patterns and yarn suggestions are available at the meetings or you may see more about this program at www.shawlministry.com. Please contact the church office if you know of someone who would have need of a shawl.
Cross of Grace sponsors missionaries through the ELCA. We are proud to offer prayerful, emotional, and financial support to Karen Armstrong through her work with Educación Popular En Salud (Popular Education For Health) in Chilé. Karen's most recent update can be found here.
ELCA GOOD GIFTS
Each year, during the 40 days of the season of Lent, Cross of Gracers collect money for the ELCA Good Gifts. Each family saves spare change as a discipline for ourselves and as a sign of solidarity with the poor. After our Easter celebration, the children enjoy choosing which animals they'd like to purchase with the collected funds! (To learn more about ELCA Good Gifts and/or to make an offering yourself, check them out online by clicking here.)
Cross of Grace uses only fairly-traded coffee and sells it to our members and friends at cost through the Equal Exchange program. Equal Exchange empowers farmers and consumers, supports small farming co-ops and uses sustainable farming methods. These farmers provide high-quality organic coffees, teas, chocolates and snacks. Our support of them cuts out the middle-man of large corporate production, creating stronger communities, a more just food system and a healthier planet. Join us to try some of these products and check their website (www.equalexchange.com) to learn more.