Our History

Celebrate Our Past + Continue His Mission

by Steve Wheeler, Pastor

Cross View 50th Anniversary LogoCelebrations have long been a part of the history and heritage of God’s people.  In Old Testament times, the Israelites were commanded to celebrate milestone events such as the Passover, Shavuot (Festival of Weeks, Pentecost), and others.  In New Testament times, we celebrate milestone events such as the Lord’s Supper, Easter, and others.  While each of these celebrations looked backwards and remembered God’s faithfulness and provision for His people in the past, they also looked forward as God’s love and mission continued into the future.

The 2018-2019 year of ministry marks Cross View’s fiftieth year as a congregation.  It is a milestone year in our history, worthy of great celebration.  This year, in the tradition of God’s people of the past, we celebrate our past, but we also continue God’s mission.  Fifty years ago on October 13, 1968, Cross View celebrated its first worship service at Creek Valley Elementary School as a mission start.  Not yet an official congregation, our temporary name was “West Edina Lutheran Church.”  A few months later on February 9, 1969, Cross View celebrated its Charter Sunday.  This date marked the official beginning of “Cross View Lutheran Church.”   

During the past fifty years, no one could have imagined all that God would do among us, in us, and through us as His Word was preached, as His Sacraments were administered, and as His love was shared and embodied with our community and with our world.  Countless lives have been and continue to be impacted!  As we celebrate our past, we thank God for the many people over the last five decades who selflessly gave of the time, talents, and abilities entrusted to them, allowing God to use them to forward His mission in this place.  We thank God for the ministries and for the various missions that were carried out in Jesus’ name that impacted so many souls.

As we celebrate this milestone of fifty years in mission and ministry, we also celebrate that just as surely as Cross View began as a mission church; it continues to be a mission church!  The same mission forwarded by those first charter members continues to be our mission to this day.  To be sure, a lot has changed in our world, in our society, and in our culture in the past fifty years, but our mission remains the same.  We no longer live in a “churched context.”  We are now living in a “post-churched context,” a time when the community around the church is increasingly unchurched.  This will require us to adjust our approach to the re-dawning of the missionary age.  This shift in culture will challenge us to find new ways reach people with the same message of God’s love and rescue for the world that is in Christ Jesus.  We celebrate the opportunity to continue His mission with a Heart for the Harvest.  It’s a great time to be the church!

The next five months will be filled with opportunities to celebrate our fifty-year milestone.  The first celebration will be on October 7 as we offer an Oktoberfest to our community. Our second celebration will be on October 14. Our Sunday worship services that day will remember Cross View’s first worship service (October 13, 1968).  Our third and fourth celebrations will unfold on February 10 (remembering our Charter Sunday February 9, 1969).  Celebration worship services will be held on the morning of February 10.  A celebration banquet will be held later that day at 4 PM at the Marriott Hotel.  The Rev. Dr. Dean Nadasdy will be our keynote speaker.

For  five months (October-February), articles and historic pictures will appear in the Clarion, remembering each decade of Cross View’s ministry.

We have much to celebrate!  What started as a mission church fifty years ago continues to be a mission church today. By God’s grace, in the year ahead, we will continue to expand our missional footprint through 4.0 – Building for Generations.  With a Heart for the Harvest, we will follow in the footsteps of our predecessors.  What a joy it is to celebrate our past!  What a joy it is to continue His mission!