Bible Groups, Teams & Organizations
Sunday School Classes meet every Sunday from September through May from 9:00 am to 9:40 am. There are classes for children from three years of age thru high school.
Adult Study Hour meet every Sunday from September through May from 10:45 am to 11:45 am. Check with the pastor regarding the study material of each class.
Women's Groups meet at various times throughout the year for study or fun activities.
A Men's Group meets twice a month on the 1st Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. including snacks, & 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. with a potluck meal. Contact Paul Schuette at 989-453-2744 for more information.
Teams & Organizations
Altar Guild - Finance Team - Ministry of Stewardship - Auditing Committee - Lutheran Social Services of Michigan - Ministry of Worship & Music -
Cemetery Committee - Ministry of Education - Ministry of Youth -
Christian Education Association (CEA) - Ministry of Mission Outreach - Nominating Committee - Endowment Fund Trustees - Ministry of Parish Life - Thrivent Financial for Lutherans - Ministry of Properties
Information on these teams and committees may be obtained from the church office or any council member.
Christian Education Association (CEA):
The C.E.A. is an organization of parents, concerned members of Cross Lutheran Church and other non-member school families who are committed to the concept of Christian education.
The C.E.A. is active in planning events to raise monies for various funds, such as: Kitchen Fund, General Fund, Field Trip Fund, Library Fund, New Building Fund, Playground Fund, Christmas Fair Fund, Art Day Fund, Concessions Fund, Computer Fund and Church Fund.
A few of the events we look forward to are the Pancake Breakfasts, Spaghetti Dinner, Auction/Garage Sale and the Christmas Fair.
Please contact any C.E.A. officer or member for more information.
The Audit Committee shall analyze all financial records for accuracy and accountability and shall verify stated bank balances with the respective bank or financial institution. If any disagreement as to the accuracy of the records exists between a Treasurer and the committee, an attempt to resolve the differences before the annual meeting shall be made. If the difference cannot be reconciled, the matter shall be brought to the attention of the Congregation Council. If the services of an Auditor or financial consultant are deemed necessary, the Congregation Council may engage such person or firm, but not exceeding the limit of authority to expend funds.
The chairman of the Audit Committee shall orally report to this congregation at its annual meeting and submit a written statement of its findings to this congregation’s secretary with the signatures of all members of the Audit Committee affixed.
The Constitution Committee met during the late spring, summer and early fall 2006. The purpose was to completely revise the Church Constitution and By-Laws; this process had not been performed for a number of years.
The process involved referencing the model constitution and by-laws from the ELCA and a copy from Zion Lutheran. The proposed Constitution & By-Laws were studied in their entirety; updating language, wording and policies. Current ELCA church practices and methodology were included to bring congregational policies and practices in alignment with other ELCA congregations. After proposed constitution and by-laws have been presented to the congregation, one year period for consideration in which questions, comments, suggestions or changes can be made. After congregational approval, the only other approval needed is by the North/West Lower Michigan Synod which takes about 2 weeks, but no longer than 120 days.
The proposed constitution and by-laws was presented to the congregation in early December, 2006. The congregation voted on the proposed constitution and by-laws in early December 2007. It was presented to the North/West Lower Michigan Synod for its' approval January 2008. Elections taking place for 2008 carried through until the following year when the new procedures for election of officers in the new constitution will took affect.
In early 2011, a vote was taken to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and a second vote taken to join with the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). Again, the constitution committee met to update the constitution and bylaws to reflect that change.
The person receiving the largest number of votes of those nominated to the Committee shall act as chairperson of the committee during the ensuing year.
It shall be the duty of the Nominating Committee to:
1. Solicit and accept from the members of this congregation, nominations for those positions on the Congregation Council, Nominating Committee, Audit Committee, Cemetery Board, and for each congregational delegate eligible to vote at the annual Synod Assembly.
2. Contact each nominee, explain the duties of the respective office and secure the approval of the nominee to place his/her name on the ballot.
3. Publish a slate of two or more nominees, if possible, for each position one month prior to the annual meeting.
4. Provide ballots and conduct the election at the Annual Meeting of the Congregation.