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Easter Sermon Excerpt from Pastor Orvick

Pastor Orvick was the well-loved pastor at Holy Cross from 1954 - 1986.  Here’s an excerpt from an Easter sermon he preach here: 

 “A group of residents of a nursing home was expressing their fear of death to a pastor.  They were sick and knew they would not live very long.  The thought of death created anxiety and fear in their hearts.  The pastor then said, ‘Suppose I told you that I could lead you from this room into another room.  That new room would be one where there would be no more sickness or fear.  You would all be healthy.  No more wheelchairs.  No more pain.  As soon as you entered this room you would again be in the prime of life.  But to get into this room I had to lead you through a dark tunnel that would be frightening.  How many of you would follow me?’  Everyone raised their hands.  ‘Well, he said, this is just what death is like.  Jesus takes you by the hand and leads you through a  dark tunnel.  But he leads you right into that room which is bright and beautiful and free from all sorrow. ForJesus said, ‘in my Father’s house are many mansions.’  (John 14:6)  Yes, because Jesus lives we too shall live forever.”


Call News

Joel Koschnitzke who is the Holy Cross 8th grade homeroom teacher has received a call to teach business classes and coach varsity men's basketball at Shoreland Lutheran High School in Kenosha.  Joel would appreciate any counsel you may have to share with him. 

Christine Rau has been given a call to teach 6th grade and upper grade Spanish. 

Please keep these teachers and our school in your prayers as they deliberate where they can best use their God-given talents to serve in God's kingdom.  


Call Acknowledgment

Dear members of Holy Cross Lutheran:

Greetings in the name of our victorious Lord and Savior. May His overwhelming love be with you all. I have received the call you have been led to entrust to me as your sixth grade teacher and upper grade Spanish teacher. I am humbled by the great honor to be called to teach the Lord's precious lambs. I ask for your prayers for the members of Good Shepherd and myself as the Lord makes clear where He desires me to serve. I sincerely thank you for those prayers. May the Lord be with you all and bless your Easter. He is risen indeed!

In Christ's service,

Christine Rau


Bean Bag Tournament

On Friday April 16th starting at 6:00pm you can throw caution and bean bags to the wind at the annual Holy Cross Bean Bag Tournament. Weather permitting, we plan to play outside and will have pizza, water and a trophy for the winners. Please use the Sign Up Genius link to register as individuals or 2-man teams and we will set up brackets. Don't miss out on fresh air and fellowship!

Click here to sign-up


Summer Adventures

Summer is coming! Holy Cross will once again host its Summer Adventures program for children entering grades K – 6. Now is the time that parents are looking into summer options for their children and we’re asking you to help us get the word out about this great program. If you see people inquiring about summer programs on social media (community Facebook groups, NextDoor, etc), please comment and mention Holy Cross Summer Adventures as an option. Thanks for your support!


Summer VBS is back at Holy Cross!

We are excited to host our summer  vacation bible school! Ready, Set, Gold! Is our theme this year. It will be Tuesday, July 6th-Friday, July 9th from 9am to 11:30am.  Ages 3 to 6th grade are welcome to attend. You can email your registration form to frontoffice@holycrossmadison.org or drop it off. Attached is the Flyer and Registration Form.

VBS Flyer

VBS Registration Form


Camp Rise

Who: Youth ages 10 - 16 years old (completed grades 4 - 9)

What: Camp Rise

Where: Camp LuWiSoMo near Wild Rose, WI

When: Sunday, July 11 - Friday, July 16

Why: Enjoy a week with Christian friends and studying God’s Word

Go to www.camprise.org to find details about camp as well as digital copies of the poster, registration, health forms and what to bring form.

2021 Flower Chart

The flower chart for 2021 is posted on the bulletin board in the Welcome Center near the Fireside Room.  Sign up with your name, phone number and occasion if you would like to provide flowers for the altar.  You can bring in your own flowers or the Altar Guild will order flowers for you.  The usual bouquet is $40 but you can make it any amount you like.  Make checks payable to Holy Cross Altar Guild.  Drop off or mail your check in an envelope marked ALTAR FLOWERS.  You may take the bouquet after the last church service and enjoy it at home.


Bethany Auxiliary for April 2021

When the Madison Area Bethany Lutheran College (BLC) Auxiliary meets in-person there is a representative from Bethany present to give an update from the college.  Since we will not be able to get together in-person in April this year, here is just a sample of what is going on at Bethany this spring:

In-person and/or on-line learning is taking place on campus for 2nd semester with safety measures in place.

BLC has been approved to offer the college’s first ever Master of Arts degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC).

Josh Birkholz, a 1994 BLC grad is the 2021 BLC Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.

The Bethany Vikings Esports Team has earned its first ever preseason ranking of #1 in the country. (1000 colleges and universities!)  Their season begins in the spring.

Spring commencement will be May 7, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Check out www.blc.edu to find more information and availability of live streaming for concerts/events.

To support BLC through the Madison Area Auxiliary, please send your contributions (by April 25th) to:

Madison Area Bethany Auxiliary                                                                                                                                      c/o Cheryl Heiliger, 

2442 County Road AB,

McFarland, WI 53558


ELS Veterans’ Monument

March 29th is designated as Vietnam Veterans Day. It is set aside to honor the courage and sacrifices of our Vietnam Veterans and their families. It is also a part of the national effort to recognize the men and women who were denied a proper welcome upon their return home more than 40 years ago. It was a sad time in our nation's history when American citizens were unable to separate their distaste for the war from the warriors they sent to fight. Thankfully this mindset no longer exists in America. Vietnam Veterans are gaining the respect that was not so freely given upon their return. March 29th was chosen for this special day as on this day in 1973 the last combat troops and combat support units were withdrawn from Vietnam and the last prisoners of war (to our knowledge) held in North Vietnam arrived on American soil. Special days such as this serve as a reminder to reflect on all of the brave men and women that have served, many of whom perished in battle, throughout our nation’s history.

Please consider a generous (tax deductible) contribution to be matched dollar for dollar during this designated time period. (see the accompanying graphic) While not part of this match offer, we continue to encourage the honoring individual veterans with engraved pavers, benches and branch pillars to be part of the site. Ordering information is available on our website: www.els.org/monument)


Here I Stand Festival Service Invite

Dear Pastors and Congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod and Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.

Martin Luther was ordered to appear before the imperial Diet of Worms at 4:00 P.M. on April 17th, 1521. His appearance at the diet culminated in a famous speech the following day, which concluded:

"I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. [Here I stand, I can do no other.] May God help me. Amen."

On behalf of the Return to Wittenberg organization, I invite you to join us exactly 500 years after Luther's appearance at the Diet of Worms for a special Festival Divine Service, hosted by St John’s Ev. Lutheran Church (Hillside) in Milwaukee, WI. This Festival Service features exclusively the hymns, liturgy, and chants of the Reformer himself.

The Festival Preacher is 4th year WLS Seminarian Zachary Semmann, and Presider is Rev. Jeffrey Hendrix of Faith Lutheran Church (ELS), Oregon Wisconsin.

Organist is Kantor Daniel Baker who will be presenting an organ prelude beginning at 3:30 P.M. The prelude will feature settings old and new of Martin Luther’s Hymns on the Six Chief Parts of the Catechism

What: Festival Service Commemorating 500th Anniversary of Luther’s “Here I Stand Moment”

When: April, 17th 2021, 4 P.M.

Where: St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (Hillside) 804 W Vliet St., Milwaukee, WI

Who: Congregations, of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod and Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.

Note: St. John’s respectfully requests those in attendance wear a mask.


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