Carlson & Nona Community Group
This group meets every week in Cross’ Parlor which is located off the lobby by the sanctuary. We are a mixed group of adults and would love more folks to join in on the study with us. We are currently studying Joining Jesus on His Mission. Once completed the group decides together what the next study would be we would like to dig into next. Love to have you join us!
When: Tuesday evenings, 6:00-7:00 pm
Where: Cross Lutheran Parlor
Leader: Gwen Carlson
Party with the Pastors at Cross Life! Have you ever wondered what Cross is all about? What makes our church tick? Whether you are new to Cross or have been with us for years, there is always something to learn about Cross Lutheran!
Have you heard about South Campus, North Campus, Thrift Shop, Plano Mission, Children’s and Youth Ministry? Cross Life gives people an overview, not just of our ministries, but explains the discipleship process at Cross and who we are! A light meal will be served. If you have questions or plan to attend, please contact Mary Pat Bretthauer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-385-8103.
When: Noon on the second Sunday of most months
Where: Fellowship Hall
Leader: Kayla Olson
Kids Hope USA Mentors
One simple thing will make a tremendous difference in the life of an at-risk child—one-on-one, positive attention from a responsible, caring adult. Cross Lutheran Church has partnered with Kids Hope USA to provide adult mentors to the children from Bristol Grade School. Through this church-school partnership, we will help bring hope to kids who need a little extra attention in order to succeed.
Kids Hope USA mentors spend just one hour per week, reading, talking, playing, and listening to a child at school. By helping the child feel loved and valued, mentors help that child to learn, grow, and succeed. Would you consider being a mentor for a child in our community? The commitment is one hour a week, during the school day. Your time can change a life – and that’s no small change.
Leader: Matthew Conrad
Life Advocacy Team & Bible Study
The purpose of the Life Team is to come alongside the church leadership and assist in the task of bringing life issues before the congregation, providing education and resources for the development of Christ-like views of life issues, and to be a source of awareness when it comes to community and congregational needs in the life area.
The Life Advocacy Team at Cross seeks to fulfill this purpose by walking with Jesus and those in need, even into the difficult situations in life. We choose to grow in our faith by sharing in His Word and prayer, and loving our neighbors as ourselves. By recognizing how Jesus has also developed us often through our struggles, in turn, we too can help meet the needs of those struggling with life issues—be it within our group, among our congregation, or in the surrounding community.
Some areas of our outreach include supporting the Aurora Pregnancy Information Center (PIC) with several diaper collection and baby bottle spare change collections, sponsoring a workshop series on creation, developing “God’s Garden for the Little Ones” memorial site at Cross for families who have experienced miscarriage, abortion, still birth or new born death. If any of these areas are on your heart too, please feel free to contact us to learn more.
When: Sundays at 10:30 am
Where: Church Parlor
Leader: Laura Laesch
Marriage Mentoring Ministry
Marriage Mentors are healthy couples who want to help other couples who are hurting or in need. For couples interested in offering healing solutions to couples in need using a method that is Biblical, loving and effective, contact Ed and Janet Kutay at 630-553-4556.
The role of a mentor couple: To mediate first, teach second. Mentees love it because it is focused specifically on their life issues and they enjoy the feeling of accomplishment when solving their own issues. Mentors love it because it is a very structured, yet an easy process to follow and they don’t feel pressured to “fix” couples.
What Marriage Mentoring is: It is a hands-on method of mediation and negotiation, empowering couples to solve their own issues. D.A.R.E. is unique in that it is designed to be effective for premarital couples, couples wanting to enrich their marriage, and couples in crisis.
What it is NOT: D.A.R.E. Marriage Mentoring is not another teaching curriculum. It is not a replacement for clinical or pastoral counseling.
Leader: Ed and Janet Kutay