Welcome to Shepherd of the Cross Lutheran Church!
At Shepherd of the Cross, you’ll find a community who loves God and is eager to love God’s people. Led by Christ, and transformed by His love and grace, Shepherd welcomes all people to join as shepherds in worship, praise and compassionate service to others.
Since the beginning of this community, Shepherd of the Cross has always been much more than a place. Originally meeting at Muscatine’s old Holiday Inn and now residing in a beautifully constructed building on the north end of Muscatine, the spirit of this community goes beyond an individual building. At its core, Shepherd of the Cross is a living, breathing, thriving community of people gathered around the cross of Jesus Christ. Renewed by our encounter with the living God in worship, fellowship, education and service, this community is reformed to live as disciples of Christ in the world.
We invite you to join us as we gather in God’s presence and are reminded of God’s promise of love. Take a look around. Join us and experience the community of Christ gathered together in Word, Sacrament, fellowship and service. Come and join us at Christ’s table, where all are welcome.
--Pastor Aleese Baldwin and the people of Shepherd of the Cross
What to Expect
When you come to Shepherd of the Cross, you’ll find people of all ages joined together in community. We believe that all people – regardless of age, gender, background or race – are welcome to gather together encountering God’s grace. We’re not a perfect community. Nor are we a picture of solemn reverence. Kids occasionally cry or have an outburst and our elderly members sometimes need to sit toward the back so they can stretch their legs in the middle of worship. Point is: we’re flexible. And we’d like to welcome you just as you are.
We also believe that you’re never too old to be growing in faith. As shepherds of the cross, we commit ourselves to lifelong learning and offer Sunday morning education for children, youth and adults almost every week.
Still a relatively “young” congregation, we’re very enthusiastic to see new faces join us. If we come up to greet you and ask you to share a bit about yourself with us, know that we’re genuinely interested in getting to know you and your story.