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Worship Update

From Pastor Dana…

Hi everyone,

Remember I sent you an email a couple weeks ago about beginning indoor worship at Cross of Glory on Sunday, November 1. And remember that email also said we want to remain flexible, so we can respond to any new Illinois or CDC guidance. Well, by now most of you know that Will County is now subject to COVID mitigation restrictions, including a cap of 10 people for indoor gatherings. And that means we will delay the start of indoor worship at COG for the time being.

Throughout this pandemic, one of our primary concerns as a congregation has been caring for our neighbors. It’s why we wear masks and social distance, even when we’re worshipping outdoors. It’s why we will implement even more safety precautions when we move inside. But at this point, delaying the start of indoor worship is the best way to both keep our neighbors and us safe and serve as good role models for our community.

So for right now, each Sunday we’ll have the band and other volunteers who put the service together at the building. And the rest of us are all invited to worship online at 9:30 via Facebook live. (Please feel free to comment and tell everyone you’re watching. I don’t know about you, but the comments always make me feel more connected.) As soon as Will County gets back to Phase 4, we can go ahead with plans to add an indoor worship option.

Thanks so much everyone! I trust we all know that we are church together, even when we are unable to physically worship together. We have a God who always shows up wherever we are, and who continues to do amazing things in and through us. And the people of God said . . .

Amen, People of God!


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Drive-In Movie 10/23/20 is Cancelled

it’s supposed to be pretty windy tonight and the blow-up screen just doesn’t work with any wind. So tonight’s showing of Hocus Pocus is cancelled.

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Sign Language for Worship

Pat McIntosh Oles teaches us how to sign phrases like “I missed you”, I love you”, part of the liturgy — “The Lord be with you”, and “Amen”. Watch this to help us start some new traditions and learn to communicate in some new ways – both now and when we get to worship indoors together.

Sign Language Tips

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Pumpkin Painting – October 3rd

We can’t do our free family festival this year, but we can continue one really fun part of our festival — pumpkin painting!! In less than two weeks, on Saturday, October 3, from 10 to 12, the entire community is invited to paint pumpkins at Cross of Glory. We’ll have paints, brushes and pumpkins, and everything will be outside (where we can socially distance and wear masks) We need volunteers to help on October 3, so please contact Pastor Dana if you can help.
A big THANK YOU to the Sahs Farm for providing e pumpkins!!!

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Women’s Group – Eleanor Roosevelt Movie

Women’s Event – Tuesday, September 8th 

Watch award-winning actress and scholar Leslie Goddard portray Eleanor Roosevelt. We’ll gather at 6 for refreshments; presentation starts at 6:30.

We’ll watch it on the big screen at Cross of Glory while wearing masks and social distancing. Contact Marlene Tetyk for more info or to sign up.

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PFLAG Chapter – Meeting Monthly

Cross of Glory is super excited to be able to reach out into the community AGAIN and be a host for a new chapter of PFLAG Homer Glen Lockport.

PFLAG is a nationwide organization that envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

Our mission is to build on a foundation of loving families united with LGBTQ people and allies who support one another, and to educate ourselves and our communities to speak up as advocates until all hearts and minds respect, value and affirm LGBTQ people.

PFLAG has over 400+ chapters and now Cross of Glory hosts one of them! Thank you Cross of Glory!

We meet via Zoom on the last Tuesday of the month. Our next meeting is on November 24, 2020.

Any questions – please feel free to contact either Michelle Eckmayer, President, Lisa O’Malley, Secretary or Allen Kirkland, Treasurer our email is


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August Book Club

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things  by Bryn Greenwood

August’s book is All the Ugly and Wonderful Things  by Bryn Greenwood. We’ll discuss the book at Cross of Glory and via Zoom on Thursday, August 27th at 7:00 pm.

Please contact Cheryl Nabors with any questions.

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July Book Club

The Secrets We Kept  by Lara Prescott

July’s book is The Secrets We Kept  by Lara Prescott. We’ll discuss the book via Zoom on Thursday, July 23rd. The paperback was released on June 30th. If you want to borrow a book for your tablet, here are some apps where you can download it to your tablet or laptop. Some sites are: OMNI Libraries (Online Media of Northern Illinois),, and

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Cross of Glory Worshiping Outside until Nov. 1

Join us in the parking lot at Cross of Glory.

We will be following state recommendations…

Drive-in services involve congregants driving to a common location and worshiping together from their household vehicle, while listening to either a remote service or one that is broadcast through speakers. If done correctly, these types of services pose a low risk of infection. Maintain distance between cars so that there is more than six feet of distance between any group of congregants and another group of congregants – particularly if car windows are open. Restrooms should be regularly sanitized and have sufficient soap and hand sanitizer.

From Pastor Dana…

Hello everyone,

As we get ready to worship outside at the Cross of Glory building this Sunday, I’m sending you all the liturgy for Sunday’s worship. It includes all the spoken words and all the song lyrics. 

If you are planning to come and worship at the building, this attached document is essential. We do not have a screen outside, so you need to either copy the attached document and bring copies with you, or you need to download it and get it off your ipad or phone. We will not have copies available, so make sure you bring enough for everyone in your car. 

So remember, here’s what you want to bring:

        • A copy of the liturgy (AVAILABLE HERE)
        • a mask for everyone if you are coming out of the car (this is key — it is how we love our neighbor!!!)
        • your own chair if you’re coming out of the car
        • communion elements (bread and wine or juice)
        • wear a pride shirt or some other colorful shirt if you want to be in the video we’re creating after worship for Pride Month

Lots of grace and a sense of humor would be good too.  We’ll have people who will help you park (every other parking space). And if you are coming up front, please wear masks and socially distance — we’re shooting for 10 feet between groups because we are singing. 

I’m so looking forward to seeing your smiling faces (even if your smiles are behind masks). And if you’re just not comfortable coming to worship in person yet (or you are feeling at all sick and are staying home), that’s fine — you can join us live on our Cross of Glory Facebook page

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June 2020 Book Club

A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage

You still have time to read the book and join us (via Zoom) at book club at 7 pm on June 25th. June’s book is A History of the World in 6 Glasses, by Tom Standage – a little history about how beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and Coca-Cola changed history. There are new and used books on Amazon at lower prices. If you don’t want to buy a book, let me know and we’ll send a book after someone’s finished it. Please contact Cheryl Nabors with any questions.

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