Church of the Cross is a growing community of faith where Jesus Christ changes lives.
We welcome the Holy Spirit so all will discover their God-given gifts and delight in sharing the love of Christ in the community and the world. Grace so pervades the atmosphere of the church that questions, doubts and fears can be honestly expressed and every person is loved, respected, nurtured and celebrated.
Today is last day!
Vacation Bible School - June 18-22, 6:15 - 8:45 p.m.
VBS is for children ages 4 to those who will be going into 5th grade in the fall of 2018. Children entering 6th grade are invited to be in our Crew program. This is training for our future Crew Leaders and Station Helpers.
So every child you know--your child, your grandchildren, neighborhood children--all are invited to join us for Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus.
Meet Pastor Gus
Twenty-three years ago we all thought how blessed we were when our bishop chose John Whitaker to be the new pastor of Church of the Cross. It looks like we’ve hit the jackpot again with our upcoming pastor, Rev. Gus Christo-Baker. The Staff-Parish Relations Committee and the church staff have met with Pastor Gus (he likes to be called either Gus or Pastor Gus) and are really looking forward to working with him.
Here’s a brief biography that Pastor Gus has provided for us:
My journey started in Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa on the 12th day of April 1954 and given the names Gustavus Olatungie Christo-Baker. We are blessed with three sons, George, Gerald, and Gregory, and three grandchildren Samaya, Ethan and Araya.
The first of ten children. The family has always been connected to the Methodist Church, but not until my junior-high school days did I accept the challenge of receiving Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
Received my call to pastoral ministry when I was in elementary school and that call was later confirmed by members of our church family. After college and the necessary procedures for ordination, I was ordained a minister and began serving God and the Community of Faith in full-time ministry.
Pastor John Leaving after 23 Years of Service to COTC
Pastor John has been appointed to serve at Shiloh UMC in Delhi, Ohio, near Cincinnati. His last Sunday with us is June 24. Please plan to be with us in worship at 11:00 a.m. that day as we say farewell to Pastor John and his family. A reception will be held in the Social Room after worship.
Truth is so important. God wants to lead us into truth. We do not want to build our lives on lies or misinformation or fear. The Psalmist asks for an undivided heart to revere God. A divided heart and mind is an anxious one. Truth involves our emotions as well as the facts. Recently, I attended a workshop sponsored by the Miami Valley and Ohio River Valley Districts, entitled “The Right Start: Beginning Ministry in a New Setting” I learned numerous tips about entering wisely into a transitional time. After talking with some of you who are experiencing this change, I realize that although I am experiencing this transition as a whirlwind, many of you are left wondering what is going on. Forgive me that the flow of information has not been better.
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