Category: Events

Second Sundays Concerts and Eats at 6pm June 11, July 9 August 13

Second Sundays (June 11, July 9, and August 13) – I’m told that a staple of summers in the past were those Sunday evenings when you could bring a meal, gather with friends (new and old), play yard games with the kids, and listen to some great music outdoors at COG. So we brought it back – Second Sundays starts at 6 pm on June 11, and is a perfect opportunity to invite your neighbors for a fun and relaxing evening.


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Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt


April 15 at 10:00 am

Come One, Come All!!!

On Saturday, April 15th, Cross of Glory will be hosting its annual neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt. We’ll divide the kids up by age groups and have filled plastic Easter eggs for them to find. We’ll also have lemonade or juice, crafts and cookie decorating for kids and parents after the hunt, and we’re looking forward to seeing the Easter Bunny stop by for some photo ops.


The event starts promptly at 10 am, and given how fast kids can move when they are looking for eggs, you’ll want to be there a bit early. This event is for the entire community (we have thousands of filled eggs), so bring your neighbors and friends (and don’t forget an Easter basket to hold your eggs).



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Lent Begins…Stop by for Soup on Wednesday Nights 6pm

Wednesday Night Lenten Activities

Soup Supper – 6:00 pm

Each Wednesday in Lent, March 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5, we’ll be having our regular soup suppers before our discussions of The Shack. The soup suppers start and 6 and The Shack discussions begin at 6:30. We will have a sign-up for those that wish to bring soups, breads, desserts, etc. Anyone wanting to volunteer these nights please contact the church office.


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Come Support Our Children’s Christmas Program!

On December 18, at our 9:30 service, Cross of Glory will be hosting a very special event, our Children’s Christmas Program! Whether your child is participating or not, you are ALL welcome to come and watch – and celebrate! – this wonderful program. And of course, stay for the service!

This year, our volunteer-in-charge is our own Jennie Hoffman. Taking on an event like this, with so many of our young folk, must be quite a challenge. How did Jennie become involved? “This is my third year with Kids Klub and helping with the Children’s program,” Jennie said. “The last two years were smaller programs, where the kids participated in an activity for the congregation.This year, Pastor Dana shared a play script that we are using.”

How many kids are involved and how often are practices? “We have 22 children in the play,” Jennie boasted, “The age ranges are fantastic as we range from four to 17! Frankly, we don’t practice enough! We’ve been practicing during Kids Klub, on Wednesday evenings and we will practice before church on Sunday.”

So how far off the reservation will the play be? Or will this be traditional? “No venturing this year…traditional story,” Jennie replied. “A traditional Christmas Story with an adorable group of kids. Sheep that are four and 15, twins that are the donkey and cow. We have three kings…Well maybe two kings and one queen. Our shepherds are teenagers, allowing the younger kids the opportunity to read. They are so proud and excited to lend a voice to this story. Their singing voices have been strong in practice, crossing fingers we don’t have a lot of stage fright!”

Can we look forward to the traditional songs?  “There will be several songs during the play: ‘Away in a Manger’, ‘Angels We Have Heard on High’, ‘We Three Kings’, and ‘Silent Night’.”

All Christmas programs have a baby Jesus story. Does Jennie have one to share? “We do have a Joseph that is ‘uncomfortable’ escorting Mary. Didn’t help the oldest boy (age 15…who is playing a sheep) commented a little on that situation!”

“I truly love the kids of our Church,” commented Jennie. “They are honest and curious. Very happy they have a program this year that is more involved!”

Besides Jennie, who gets the shout out for helping this year? This year’s program would not have happened without Carol Hruska and Chris Quenemeyer. Thanks all!


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Visit with Santa – December 3rd from 10:00 to 1:00

visitsantaA Free Community Event. Kids can visit with Santa Claus, get a photo taken, make a craft, share in some Christmas sweets, and play games. What Fun This Will Be!


We are also looking for some volunteers and donations. If you can be a part of any of the listed items below, please sign up in the Welcome Room or reply to this message.

Volunteers Needed:

Crafts Table

Clean Up



Setting Up

Wherever Needed

Donations Needed:

  • Cookies/Sweets
  • Juice
  • Candy Canes that will be passed out from Santa

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Advent Wednesday Nights: Dinner at 6:00pm December 11/30, 12/7, 12/14

We will be eating at 6:00 pm and at 6:30 the children will go off and practice for the Children’s Christmas Program while the rest will stay for a devotion with Pastor Dana. Bring a dish to share, signup sheets are in the Welcome Room

  • Nov 30 – Chili Food Theme
  • Dec 7 – Italian Food Theme
  • Dec 14 – Mexican Food Theme

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Annual Trick or Treat Tailgate Oct 30th!

The  Welcome Place Preschool’s  Annual Trick or Treat Tailgate

 Come one, come all! Bring your family, friends, and neighbors! Come see the decorated car trunks filled with goodies! Come play the ghoulishly great games! Dress in your favorite costume and join in  the costume parade inside! Try terrifying treats too!

Sunday, October 30 at Cross of Glory

1:00 to 2:30 pm

(Will all be held indoors if weather is bad)

 Schedule of Events:

  • 12:45-1:00 Vehicles arrive to set up
  • 1:00-1:30 Trick or Treat Time
  • 1:30-2:30 Parade of Costumes, Crafts, Games, Cookies, & Best Trunk Awards

If you would like to decorate your vehicle and pass out treats or help with the event please contact the church office (708) 301-6998. Vehicles are asked to be decorated (preschool appropriate), and you need 3-4 large bags of candy for the many kiddies! There will be a prize for best decorated vehicle.

We are also looking for volunteers: games, crafts table, and treats table, set up, clean up.

Donation of: Cookies, Juice, three (3) prize baskets for the  winners of the Best Prize Trunk Awards.

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Game Night and Blackhawks Watch Party, April 9, 5:30pm

Come and watch the Hawks game on the big screen!!  Game broadcast begins at 6:00 pm. Hawks Bingo and Trivia Contests will happen during intermissions.
Not a hockey enthusiast? No problem!  Bring your favorite board game or card game to play.
Event is BYOB. Sign up in the Welcome Room to bring a dessert or appetizer to share.

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Ponder, Pray… and Eat Soup at Wednesday Soup Suppers During Lent!


Pick a Wednesday! February 17, 24 or March 2, 9, 16!

We will explore together the ways God invites us to “Faithful Living” as we reflect on Jesus’ temptation experience in the wilderness and other scriptures that have something to teach us about living faithfully. We will do this through activities, stories, reflection, prayer, and music as we learn and worship. This will be for all ages, children through adults.

We will also be doing a special collection during these weeks for the ELCA World Hunger program that assists those who experience daily reality of hunger.

6:00 pm – Soup Suppers

6:30 pm – Ponder, Pray, and Praise

We will have a sign-up sheet for those that wish to bring soups, breads, desserts, etc… Anyone wanting to volunteer these nights please contact the church office.

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The Light of the World: Advent Nights and S.E.E.

Come, let us return to worship on Wednesdays in December. Let’s come together as a community of faith and fill ourselves up so that can we can share the Light of the World.

We will celebrate three Advent Wednesdays in December, the 2nd, 9th, and 16th.



S.E.E. is the Spiritual Educational Experience for children ages 4 years of age through 5th grade. Our S.E.E. leaders are excited to share this new program titled, “The Light that Shines in the Darkness”, with fun and music.

Advent Nights begin at 6:00 pm with Dinner. Everyone is welcome, so bring your family and friends. This is about connecting with everyone, socializing and fun.

6:30: children will go to S.E.E. and the adults stay to learn more about faith and the Light in the World.

7:00: Children and adults come back together for closing prayer.

7:15-7:30: Children practice songs for the Christmas program.

No Registration form needs to be filled out for S.E.E. during the Season of Advent. However, we would appreciate a head count so that we have enough materials for everyone. Please sign up in the Welcome Room for both S.E.E. and for the Advent Night Dinners.

Dec 2nd: “Finding the Light” – SEE Activity is Advent Wreath

Dec 9th: Shining the Light” – SEE Activity is Flashlight Tag

Dec 16th: “Embracing the Light” – SEE Activity is Luminaries 

We are ready to accept Registration forms for the January session of S.E.E. In January, 2016, S.E.E. begins January 6th and will go through Lent.


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