About Us Presently, Cross of Christ Lutheran Church is considered a “mission” church. We’ve been active since October 2012, and have 70+ members including children. We’ve outgrown three former homes, and on July 26, 2015, we moved to our current site. We are located at 2540 S. El Paseo Rd., Las Cruces, NM, 88004. Map. We have complete wheelchair access. The Rev. Jim Connell — “Pastor Jim” — leads us in worship every week. He has 30 years of experience as a pastor in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. We encourage you to join us in worshiping our awesome God! Come, and together we can make history as we learn about the world’s Savior, Jesus Christ, and grow in Him. About Our Worship Sunday service time is 10:00 AM. Fellowship begins at 11:15 AM, followed by Bible Class/Sunday School. Every church has its own style of worship. We think you’ll enjoy the services at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, but as in any church you should expect it to take a couple of Sundays to become accustomed to our way of praising God together. Each week we follow the various worship guides (liturgies) in our service folder which will be provided. The services focus on readings from the Bible, and you are welcome to bring your own and follow along if you choose. There we hear God talk to us. Music and singing are an important part of our services, too. Loud or soft, in monotone or rich harmony, all our praises are music to God. We rejoiced with those who said to me, "Let us go to the house of the LORD." (Psalm 122:1) The Lord's Supper We celebrate the Lord's Supper bi-weekly. We believe that in the Lord's Supper, Jesus offers his body and blood to us for the forgiveness of our sins. The Bible also teaches us that Holy Communion is an expression of our complete "oneness," or unity of faith. For this reason, we invite to the Lord's Supper those who have confessed their agreement with our beliefs through membership in this congregation or one of our sister congregations of the WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) or the ELS (Evangelical Lutheran Synod). If you are a member of another Lutheran denomination or another Christian church, and you would like to commune with us in the future, please speak to our pastor after the service and he will be happy to explain what that entails. We don't want to be presumptuous and put you in the position of stating your agreement with our convictions before we have had an opportunity to explain them. For more information on our practice, we have pamphlets that describe our beliefs in greater detail, entitled "What about Closed Communion?", or please contact our pastor. Dress Sometimes people wonder how they are expected to dress at a church they’ve never visited before. Since the Bible presents no dress code, aside from simple decency and Christian humility, Cross of Christ Lutheran Church doesn’t make any rules either. Like most people, our members try to make their worship time at church a special time. This is often reflected in the way they dress. But dress is a personal matter of worship before God. One may dress casually and rejoice that we have a God who accepts us as we are. Another may dress to reflect the awe and reverence we have for our Savior King. On any Sunday at our church you may see running shoes and high heels, jeans and suits, and open collars or ties. When a person dresses out of love for God, the choice of dress (casual or more formal) is acceptable to God. . . and us. Offerings We don’t expect guests to put money in the collection plate, so please don’t feel obligated to do so. It’s perfectly okay to pass the plate to the next person. And you shouldn’t feel singled out either. Many of our members donate once per month, so a number of hands will simply pass the plate on. But if you feel compelled to donate, we’ll gladly and humbly accept your gracious gift, “for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). The Worst That Can Happen Attending church somewhere for the first time can be intimidating. Here are some common worries: "I would just die if they made me stand up and say something." We assure you, we won’t embarrass you in this or any other way. We want you to feel comfortable and at home with us. Church should be an enjoyable and uplifting experience. We promise to do all we can so you can learn about your Savior. "I know my child is going to be too noisy." Don't sweat it. We've seen and heard our share of energetic children over the years. The worship service has always continued in a God pleasing way. If you feel more comfortable stepping out for awhile, we have a nursery and other separate rooms in which you can relax. And, of course, bathrooms are also available. "I know I will feel out of place." We hope that this visitor's guide will ease your mind, but if you have a question, please ask someone for help. Don’t hesitate to say, "I am new. What is this about?" "I am afraid I will say or do something wrong." All of us have felt this way when in a new situation. But we hope you see the people of Cross of Christ to be ordinary people like yourself. We want to accept you as you are and help you become what Christ wants you to be. We do not want to throw cold water on that by a critical spirit. "I just want to watch at first and I know that they will try to involve me or sign me up." It is unpleasant to be pressured or to be part of a "membership drive" as though we were heads of cattle, isn’t it? We believe that church membership should be a voluntary thing, and that the most important thing is to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness and salvation. It takes time for this to be cultivated. People need time to evaluate and decide if they wish further involvement. We believe we should respect that need. "I don’t know that much about the Bible." Church and Bible Study are opportunities to grow in our knowledge of the Bible and faith in Jesus. You won’t have to answer any questions you don’t want to answer. And remember, sometimes the wisest words we say are, "I don’t know." To Find Out More If you would like to read more about our beliefs and practices, click on the Resources button at the top of the page, or check out our denominational website: www.wels.net. About Our Church Body Cross of Christ Lutheran Church is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). This church body got its name because it was formed in Wisconsin in the 1850's. Our membership in this Synod unites us with Christians across our country and the world. It allows us to pool our resources for mission work as well as for writing hymnals, Bible classes, and other materials. But above all, we can be comforted by the fact that we know there are Christians throughout the world who share a common faith with us. Our congregation and Synod are solidly based in the Bible. We believe that Jesus is our Savior and the only way to heaven. Through faith in Jesus we are united to him and each other. The name "Lutheran" comes from the great reformer Martin Luther (16th Century). In a period in history when the Church had lost sight of its Savior and the truth of his Word, Martin Luther boldly challenged these errors and preached Jesus Christ as Savior. We are proud to remember his work in bringing to light the truth of God’s Word by using his name to identify ourselves. A Final Thought We pray that this has helped to answer some of your questions and alleviate your fears. Our goals as a congregation are quite simple. We want to grow in faith and share that faith with people like you. Everything we do is meant to accomplish these two goals. We pray that there is nothing that stands in your way from learning more about your Savior. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, or if there is anything we can do for you. God's blessings to you, and we look forward to seeing you in church.
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Visitor’s Guide
About Us Presently, Cross of Christ Lutheran Church is considered a “mission” church. We’ve been active since October 2012, and have 70+ members including children. We’ve outgrown three former homes, and on July 26, 2015, we moved to our current site. We are located at 2540 S. El Paseo Rd., Las Cruces, NM, 88004. Map. We have complete wheelchair access. The Rev. Jim Connell — “Pastor Jim” — leads us in worship every week. He has 30 years of experience as a pastor in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. We encourage you to join us in worshiping our awesome God! Come, and together we can make history as we learn about the world’s Savior, Jesus Christ, and grow in Him. About Our Worship Sunday service time is 10:00 AM. Fellowship begins at 11:15 AM, followed by Bible Class/Sunday School. Every church has its own style of worship. We think you’ll enjoy the services at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, but as in any church you should expect it to take a couple of Sundays to become accustomed to our way of praising God together. Each week we follow the various worship guides (liturgies) in our service folder which will be provided. The services focus on readings from the Bible, and you are welcome to bring your own and follow along if you choose. There we hear God talk to us. Music and singing are an important part of our services, too. Loud or soft, in monotone or rich harmony, all our praises are music to God. We rejoiced with those who said to me, "Let us go to the house of the LORD." (Psalm 122:1) The Lord's Supper We celebrate the Lord's Supper bi-weekly. We believe that in the Lord's Supper, Jesus offers his body and blood to us for the forgiveness of our sins. The Bible also teaches us that Holy Communion is an expression of our complete "oneness," or unity of faith. For this reason, we invite to the Lord's Supper those who have confessed their agreement with our beliefs through membership in this congregation or one of our sister congregations of the WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) or the ELS (Evangelical Lutheran Synod). If you are a member of another Lutheran denomination or another Christian church, and you would like to commune with us in the future, please speak to our pastor after the service and he will be happy to explain what that entails. We don't want to be presumptuous and put you in the position of stating your agreement with our convictions before we have had an opportunity to explain them. For more information on our practice, we have pamphlets that describe our beliefs in greater detail, entitled "What about Closed Communion?", or please contact our pastor. Dress Sometimes people wonder how they are expected to dress at a church they’ve never visited before. Since the Bible presents no dress code, aside from simple decency and Christian humility, Cross of Christ Lutheran Church doesn’t make any rules either. Like most people, our members try to make their worship time at church a special time. This is often reflected in the way they dress. But dress is a personal matter of worship before God. One may dress casually and rejoice that we have a God who accepts us as we are. Another may dress to reflect the awe and reverence we have for our Savior King. On any Sunday at our church you may see running shoes and high heels, jeans and suits, and open collars or ties. When a person dresses out of love for God, the choice of dress (casual or more formal) is acceptable to God. . . and us. Offerings We don’t expect guests to put money in the collection plate, so please don’t feel obligated to do so. It’s perfectly okay to pass the plate to the next person. And you shouldn’t feel singled out either. Many of our members donate once per month, so a number of hands will simply pass the plate on. But if you feel compelled to donate, we’ll gladly and humbly accept your gracious gift, “for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). The Worst That Can Happen Attending church somewhere for the first time can be intimidating. Here are some common worries: "I would just die if they made me stand up and say something." We assure you, we won’t embarrass you in this or any other way. We want you to feel comfortable and at home with us. Church should be an enjoyable and uplifting experience. We promise to do all we can so you can learn about your Savior. "I know my child is going to be too noisy." Don't sweat it. We've seen and heard our share of energetic children over the years. The worship service has always continued in a God pleasing way. If you feel more comfortable stepping out for awhile, we have a nursery and other separate rooms in which you can relax. And, of course, bathrooms are also available. "I know I will feel out of place." We hope that this visitor's guide will ease your mind, but if you have a question, please ask someone for help. Don’t hesitate to say, "I am new. What is this about?" "I am afraid I will say or do something wrong." All of us have felt this way when in a new situation. But we hope you see the people of Cross of Christ to be ordinary people like yourself. We want to accept you as you are and help you become what Christ wants you to be. We do not want to throw cold water on that by a critical spirit. "I just want to watch at first and I know that they will try to involve me or sign me up." It is unpleasant to be pressured or to be part of a "membership drive" as though we were heads of cattle, isn’t it? We believe that church membership should be a voluntary thing, and that the most important thing is to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness and salvation. It takes time for this to be cultivated. People need time to evaluate and decide if they wish further involvement. We believe we should respect that need. "I don’t know that much about the Bible." Church and Bible Study are opportunities to grow in our knowledge of the Bible and faith in Jesus. You won’t have to answer any questions you don’t want to answer. And remember, sometimes the wisest words we say are, "I don’t know." To Find Out More If you would like to read more about our beliefs and practices, click on the Resources button at the top of the page, or check out our denominational website: www.wels.net. About Our Church Body Cross of Christ Lutheran Church is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). This church body got its name because it was formed in Wisconsin in the 1850's. Our membership in this Synod unites us with Christians across our country and the world. It allows us to pool our resources for mission work as well as for writing hymnals, Bible classes, and other materials. But above all, we can be comforted by the fact that we know there are Christians throughout the world who share a common faith with us. Our congregation and Synod are solidly based in the Bible. We believe that Jesus is our Savior and the only way to heaven. Through faith in Jesus we are united to him and each other. The name "Lutheran" comes from the great reformer Martin Luther (16th Century). In a period in history when the Church had lost sight of its Savior and the truth of his Word, Martin Luther boldly challenged these errors and preached Jesus Christ as Savior. We are proud to remember his work in bringing to light the truth of God’s Word by using his name to identify ourselves. A Final Thought We pray that this has helped to answer some of your questions and alleviate your fears. Our goals as a congregation are quite simple. We want to grow in faith and share that faith with people like you. Everything we do is meant to accomplish these two goals. We pray that there is nothing that stands in your way from learning more about your Savior. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, or if there is anything we can do for you. God's blessings to you, and we look forward to seeing you in church.
A small viewing of how God has blessed us.