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Updates, Current Events, and Encouragement

Staffing Update – New Roles

Dear Church of the Cross, As you know Pastor Jordan has accepted a call to another church and his last weekend with us will be June 30-July 1.  We hope you will be in worship that weekend to celebrate Jordan’s wonderful ministry amongst us.  As the Governing Board has...

Pastor Jordan takes a new call

May 30, 2018 Dear Lutheran Church of the Cross, We are a Jesus-centered community on mission. To be on mission with Jesus means trusting Him when the unexpected happens and having joy when His work expands through us. It is in that spirit I share with you this letter...

Does Jesus really want me to give up chocolate?

The season of Lent (40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter) has become a lot like New Year’s Resolutions.  I hear of people giving up chocolate, or pop, or even Facebook.  Making promises not to eat certain foods, or participate in certain activities.  But do...

3 Days of Prayer

Every congregation, member and pastor is being invited to set aside some time each day of January 2, 3 and 4, 2018 for prayer. Our attitude toward prayer has often been characterized by saying, “well, all we can do now is pray!”.  Prayer is not the hopeless act of...

Pastor Nathan’s Summer Study Break

You are such an amazing church!  I love the way God continues to work in us and through us for His glory and our good.  I am so blessed by the amazing staff and ministry teams that pour their lives in God’s mission.  I am so grateful for God’s protection...

5 Reasons to Worship Faithfully this Summer

School is out and for many that means vacations, new activities, and a different rhythm to life for approximately three months.  Too often Christians allow the summer months to become an excuse for less regular participation in worship gatherings.  While this is...

Spring Break Food Bags

Praise God for His provision!  LCC provided 300 food bags to students in Southeast Polk and Bondurant School Districts during Spring Break.  As food insecurity continues to be a major issue in eastern Polk County, LCC partnered with the school counselors to identify...

Kristie Kolsrud Called as LCC’s Community Engagement Coordinator

LCC is thrilled to announce that Kristie Kolsrud will be our new Community Engagement Coordinator.  This part-time position will oversee LCC’s missional initiatives of 1) Hunger: alleviating hunger in Jesus’ name throughout eastern Polk County, 2) Homes:...

Christmas Neighboring

You live where you live for a purpose.  God has placed you in a particular neighborhood so that you can share the joy of Jesus with those who live around you.  There’s no better time to do that than the month of December.  What does that look like?  It’s...

LCC Calls Noah Ruppert as Worship Pastor

LCC is a church that trains and builds up leaders for God’s Kingdom.  Sometimes this means sending them out to other churches and ministries.  Sometimes this means giving new opportunities within our church to honor the growth that has taken place and position them...

BIG CHURCH. small church.

As I look back on my life, one of the most significant ways I have grown in relationship with Jesus is through the people God has put in my life. From my parents to…

Kids Cafe Recap

We saw God work in amazing ways at Altoona Kids Café this summer!

Andrew Potratz called to Pastoral Ministry

Dear LCC, We are a church that equips and sends missional leaders into Kingdom work. This is exciting work as we get to watch the Spirit of God grow gifts and refine character in the leaders serving among us. At the same time, it is sad work, because as a person’s...

LCC Choir Update

God has done amazing things through the music ministry here at LCC. We have been blessed with the leaders that have been part of His mission. With that in mind, here is a message from Doug Churchman, our Choral Music Coordinator:

Holy Week – REVIVE 2016

A look back at Holy Week 2016. God moved in some powerful ways! Let’s continue our REVIVAL as God continues to faithfully lead and direct us!

Welcome, Jordan Gehlhar!

On March 6, LCC voted unanimously to extend a call to Jordan after having received a unanimous
recommendation from the Call Team. We praise God for the prayerful work of the Call Team throughout this
process and God’s faithfulness to lead us all in His paths.

Mobilizing Your Resources

As God calls us to mobilize around this vision, He calls us to leverage all that we are and all that we have for this Kingdom cause. This mobilization flows from a simple faith in the promises of God.

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