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"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another."
Hebrews 10:25

Cross Lutheran strongly recommends people to get involved with small groups, we feel it is vital to walk with the Lord. For information on any of these groups please call the Church office at 630-553-7335

Missions

The mission or task which our Lord Jesus Christ has given every church is to make disciples of all nations by the power of the Holy Spirit: Jesus said, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. So wherever you go, make disciples of all nations: Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to do everything I have commanded you. And remember that I am always with you until the end of time. (Gods Word translation).) Trusting in His promise and lovingly responding to His assignment to us, we at Cross are carrying out that mission by His power.

Our experience at Cross has consistently been that we gain far more than we give by our involvement in the Lords mission outside ourselves. A minimum of one tenth of Cross income, both through our general fund and building fund offerings, goes to the Lord for missions or ministries outside Cross itself. Through The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, Cross supports the Lords mission in over 60 countries. Cross also supports local ministries and missions with major holiday offerings (East, Thanksgiving and Christmas). These missions include international missionaries and projects, local church plants and local outreach. Our Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) also supports mission projects in the United States and around the world. Check this site for information on upcoming trips!

Prayer Ministry

The purpose of the Prayer Ministry at Cross is to provide time, space, and assistance for those who would like to affect their lives through prayer. Prayer is the way we communicate with God and it unleashes His power in our lives. You are encouraged to . . . Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16

  • PRAYER REQUESTS : You may send us your prayer requests via e-mail to prayers@hiscross.org . You may also place your prayer requests, praises, and thanksgivings in the Prayer Requests box outside of the Chapel. Our Prayer Ministry team will send out these requests to our prayer warriors on the E-Prayer Team. If there is an emergency, please contact the Church Office at 553-7335. As with all of our prayer ministries, complete confidentiality is maintained. They will only be shared, after discussing it with you, and you make the request that the prayer be made public in the Church Bulleting or in the weekend service prayers.
  • SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER SUPPORT : Before, during, and after our worship services on Sunday morning,the Prayer Chapel is open for private prayer and meditation. Prayer ministers are also available to pray with and for you , before and after service. The Prayer Chapel is located down the corridor to the right as you enter the main church building.
  • SPECIAL PRAYER EVENTS : Special prayer events are occasionally offered through the Prayer Ministry Team. These events might include Prayer Walks, Fast and Pray Days, Prayer Vigils, Prayer Breakfasts, Prayer Services, and the like. We invite your ideas as well as your participation in all such events. Watch the Special Events section of this site for details on upcoming prayer events.

Prayer is a way in which we minister to one another, give thanks and glory to God, and maintain our own relationship with Him. The only thing you need to be a Prayer Minister at Cross is a heart for others and a desire to share Gods love. If you are interested in becoming part of the Prayer Ministry Team you are encouraged to contact Shirley Vollentine at shirleyvollentine@gmail.com .


"The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." James 5:16

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Adults

  • Choir Ministry - We are committed to serving God and enhancing worship through music. Choir members need to love to sing and be able to carry a tune. Meets weekly September thru May. Special music performances are presented at Christmas and in Spring. If you are interested contact Nathan Fisher, Director of Worship at 630/553-7335 ext 109
  • LWML - The Lutheran Women s Missionary League (LWML), with a membership of over 250,000, is the official women s organization of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod . The LWML focuses on affirming each woman in her relationship with Christ to enable her to be in ministry among the people of the world. For 60 years the organization has been encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and to financially support global missions.The LWML focuses on:

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Seniors

  • Bible Study for Senior Women : Our ladies group is made up of mature ladies. Our sesssions are ususally in-depth studies of different books of the Bible or related topics. Our sharing, caring and love grows weekly as we all grow older and sometimes frail. We continue to be prayer partners for each other and Cross congregation thru the example of our leader for many years, Elsie Gilbert. Group meets Wednesday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 AM in the Church Parlor at Cross.
  • Bible Study for Seniors : Meets Friday afternoons from 1:00 2:30 PM in the Church Parlor at Cross. We have been using the Faith Lessons on the Promised Land series, but a new study will be starting soon.

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Support Groups


GriefShare - Watch Promotional Video
Unless otherwise noted contact mbretthauer@hiscross.org 630-385-8103 or kbonnie1017@comcast.net for additional information.
  • Passages - is a one-on-one ministry for individuals dealing with rape and sexual abuse. If you need help, you can anonymously contact Margaret at 630-553-6043 for more information.
  • GriefShare - is a 13-week support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. Each GriefShare session includes a DVD that has top experts on grief and recovery along with real-life stories of people who have experienced similar losses. Small group discussions follow the videos. For more detailed information click here www.griefshare.org
  • Spectrum - Support for pre-teens and teens that have experienced a loss through death, divorce, change of location or any type of situation that would create anxiety, fear or sadness. The group discussions focus on different topics each week from self-esteem issues to inner feelings and thoughts. A journal is utilized and hands-on tasks are done to help with interactions.
  • Rainbows for all God|s Children - | is a support group for children kindergarten through eighth grade who have suffered a loss through death or divorce. In a small group setting, with children their own age, games, activities and sharing help children work through the changes in their lives and realize they are not alone.
  • DivorceCare - is a 13-week support group for adults, divorced, separated or in the process of divorce. Each week a different topic is covered via videotape with top Christian experts in the fields of marriage and family counseling. Small group discussions follow the videos. For more detailed information click here www.divorcecare.org
  • DivorceCare for Kids - | is a 13-week support group for children age 5 to 12 that will run concurrently with the adult DivorceCare series. It is a video and activity-based curriculum that helps children deal with the many different issues that children experience when their parents divorce. For more detailed information click here www.dc4k.org

    DivorceCare - Watch Promotional Video

    DivorceCare for Kids - Watch Promotional Video
  • Stephen Ministry | Christ caring for people through people. Stephen Ministers are equipped to provide high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to individuals facing a variety of crises or life challenges. This includes people who are grieving, divorced, terminally ill, unemployed, hospitalized, homebound, lonely or discouraged, or experiencing other life struggles. For more information, contact Shirley Vollentine at 630-553-7609 or Bonnie Krantz at 630-392-8745.

    The PBS "Religion and Ethics" news show recently aired an eight-minute feature on Stephen Ministry that vividly describes the life-changing ministry happening in thousands of congregations. Click here to watch the Stephen Ministry Promotional Video .

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Care Ministries

Contact Mary Pat Bretthauer, Interim Coordinator of Care Ministries: mbretthauer@hiscross.org  or at 630-385-8103.

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body. Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. In fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. I Corinthians 12:12-27

Ministries available - to aid those in need and for one to have opportunities to serve (training provided):

  • Personal Relationship
    • One-on-one setting (visit in a home, hospital, nursing home)
    • Group setting (lead or assist with a bible study and worship in local facilities)
  • Transportation
    • Saturday/Sunday Bus Ministry (driver/helper for small handicap bus, no specialized license needed)
    • Rides to doctor or testing for people unable to drive (utilizing your own vehicle)
  • Food/Meals
    • Prepare and deliver complete meal to individual home when need arises
    • Prepare hot/cold dish and deliver for Funeral Luncheon fellowship meal
    • Assist on-site (at Cross) with team serving Funeral Luncheon
  • Support Groups
    • Co-facilitate or assist bible based video/discussion sessions
      -Grief (programs address loss experienced by adults, children, or teens)
      -Divorce (programs address issues faced by adults or children)
  • Specialized Opportunities
    • Connecting weekly with someone walking through a difficult time in their life (Stephen Ministry)
    • Using handyman skills
    • Reaching out to special needs individuals and families with spiritual guidance and support
    • Participating with a Life Advocacy Team bringing awareness to life and death issues (using God's Word as foundation)

Access these ministries through mbretthauer@hiscross.org or call the Church Office at (630) 553-7335.

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Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church and School
8609 Route 47 • Yorkville, IL 60560 • (630) 553-7335 (Church) • (630) 553-7861 (School)