Library and Pantry Ministry

At the end of this summer, SOTC will have installed a Little Free Library and a Little Free Pantry on the church grounds.  Once installed, anyone in the community can donate or borrow books from the Little Free Library and donate or receive food from the Little Free Pantry. 

You can help by setting aside some new or gently used books to put into the library, and adding a non-perishable pantry donation to your weekly shopping list.  Suggestions for the pantry include canned goods, box cereal, small bags of rice, etc. 

The build team is also asking for a donation of a few shingles to top our library and pantry.  If you can donate a few shingles, please contact the church office.

Once we are set up to go, we will get registered on the Little Free Library website, so people can find us.

If you have any questions, contact Andrea Ballantine.

Day Camp Continues

The Shadow of the Cross Day Camp runs from June 22 to to August 14, 2020 (not including July 3), Mondays through Fridays, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $40 per day per child, plus a one-time $50 registration/snack fee.


Summer under the Son day camp

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Communion will be offered every week, using self-serve containers.

Please wear a mask, unless for specific reason you are unable to.

Here We Ride 2020 Event Scheduled for August 1 & 2

Here We Ride 2020  – Start & Finish from You Home!

WHAT IS HERE WE RIDE?  Here We Ride is a FREE Bike-riding event that will be held on Saturday and Sunday, August 1-2, 2020 to complement and celebrate the efforts of “The Reformation 500” exercise portion of the Here We Stand campaign.  Because of social distancing and limited gatherings, you can join Here We Ride right at home on your local trails and in your neighborhoods.


  • Starting and finishing at your home, you and your family are encouraged to ride the distance you chose in your neighborhood or on local trails.
  • Prior to the event, set your goal for miles you (and your family) will complete and collect pledges for the miles you will ride; 50% of the money raised will go to the ministry of your choice (church/school/other) and the remaining 50% to the Here We Stand campaign initiatives.
  • We ask that all participants register online so we can track participation.
  • Share this flyer or this video by Rev. Chris Garcia, chair of Here We Ride, with family and friends so that they can get involved too!


Prizes will be given for longest ride in each age category (5 & under, 6-12, 13-19, 20-39, 40-59, and 60+) and for the best decorated bicycle and most creative t-shirt designs by an individual or family.  Submissions for these prizes will be done via social media.  Share a photo of your bicycle, your creative Here We Ride t-shirt design, or a picture of your ride and the number of miles you completed.  Be sure to use the hashtags #milcms and #hereweride to enter to win!


For more information, contact Linda Ekong, call 888-225-2111 ext. 265 or visit

Sunday Morning Worship Services Continue

Shadow of the Cross re-opened on Sunday, June 21, at 9:45 a.m. Observing the restrictions imposed because of the pandemic, there will be a limit of 50 persons per service. You must register with the church office at 248/474-0675.

Please wear masks unless, for a specific reason, you are unable to. The church has established social distancing in the sanctuary. Communion will be provided in self-serve containers so as to limit contact. The sanctuary will be cleaned after every service. 

There will be a service every Sunday. Communion will be served every week. Bible study is on hold until we can streamline the process of reestablishing how we move forward. For this reason, Saturday evening worship is also on hold.

Aaron Clark has created a SOTC YouTube channel and we are streaming the service so that those who aren’t in attendance can still watch live. If you want to watch, you must go to YouTube (click here) and subscribe.

Please direct all your questions to the church office: 248 474-0675. The church staff works Mondays through Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thank you for your patience and perseverance, and God bless!

Blessings to our 2020 Confirmands!

Shadow of the Cross Lutheran Church welcomes our 2020 confirmands:  Kathryn Aumann, daughter of Steve & Heather Aumann; Hannah Leshuk, daughter of Tami Rulle & Chad Leshuk; Nathaniel Rooker, son of Steve & Heather Rooker. Welcome to membership by rite of confirmation.

To watch the confirmation service that took place on June 14, click here.

As you celebrate this milestone, may the Holy Spirit be with you to renew and strengthen you in your commitment to follow Christ.

“May you be blessed with the knowledge that you are never alone in life and that God will always be there to watch over you and guide you. Amen.”