by Molly and Christian Ruch

Over the last few weeks you have hopefully read the many announcements about all that is happening for our ten-year birthday.  Perhaps all the information has felt a little overwhelming to you and hard to keep straight. Well, here’s an itinerary of the weekend to guide you through all that is happening.

Friday, September 12th – 24 Hour Prayer

We are kicking off our next decade with a time of giving thanks and asking the Lord for continued help. On Friday at 5:30 pm we will begin 24 hours of prayer in the sanctuary with a half hour Evening Prayer service. Following the service, we will have the church building open all night for prayer, continuing during the day on Saturday. Sign up for an hour – or a half hour – and come to pray. We ask that everyone who comes to pray write out a prayer or two on a card for what you would like to see God do in and through our church in the next ten years (there will also be an opportunity to fill out prayer cards at the potluck Saturday night). Instructions will be posted and prayer guides will be available.

Saturday, September 13th – Prayer, Potluck and Praise

Prayer times will continue all day until we end our 24 Hours of Prayer with another Evening Prayer service in the sanctuary from 5-5:30pm. You don’t need to be at the prayer service to join us for the all church potluck beginning at 5:30.


After dinner, at 6:45, we will take time to hear testimonies of God’s faithfulness and also to be led in worship by musician Paul Kyle, a long time friend of Church of the Cross. There will be nursery care provided through three years old.  Our evening will end around 8pm.

Sunday, September 14th – Holy Cross Day and the Birthday of Church of the Cross!

Sunday morning services at both 9am and 10:45. As usual we will be having cake (and a bouncy house for the younger set) following each service. New this year will be an ice cream social in addition to the cake, following the 10:45 service. So if you attend the 9am service, feel free to go home, have lunch, come back for a second piece of cake and an ice cream sundae. Or if your child just wants to bounce during the entire second service, that’s fine too. The ice cream social runs from 12:30 – 2:30. We will be inviting our neighbors around the church to join us for ice cream. If you’d like to help with this event, there are many ways to be involved; contact Trish Haapoja (

So – this is quite a full weekend and you may be thinking, “I already have a full weekend.” Well, here is our advice – make it fuller. 🙂 Maybe you will want to come early in the morning before all the busyness of your weekend to take some time for quiet and prayer. And since you have to eat anyway – come back for the potluck in the evening. Or, you may be an introvert and are thinking “This is just too much people time.” Well, find a prayer slot in the middle of the night with very few folks around. The church can be wonderfully peaceful and quiet. Come for the concert and sneak into a balcony seat. We don’t mind; we know you will be blessed by this evening. It’s pretty exciting to turn double digits for the first time (just ask our son Drew, who just experienced it this summer) and we look forward to celebrating it together.

We believe that God has orchestrated these events and you will be blessed by this entire weekend.