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September 20, 2023 

Job Openings at Kids Crossing ELC
We are looking for caring and Christian teachers for a variety of positions in our Early Learning Center. Pay starts at $15/hour. If you or someone you know may be interested, please reach out to Katie Krug at kkrug@holycrossmadison.org.
1 Year Old Room: M-Th,  6:30 am - 5:30 pm, 1 hour break, off Fridays
After School Care: M-F,  3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Estate Planning Presentation
The Senior Ministry Committee invites you to join us on Thursday, October 26 from 1 pm - 2 pm in the Fireside Room to learn about estate planning and administration.  We'll talk about how a good plan can help achieve your goals, what the process looks like and how you and your loved ones can find peace of mind through it all.  Topics covered will be:  wills, probate, powers of attorney, advanced directives, probate avoidance and more.  The presentation will be made by Attorney Johner Allison from Levine Eisberner, LLC.  There's no cost for the presentation, but we would encourage you to sign up at the Welcome Center so we know how many people to expect.  Thanks!  Cookies and coffee will be provided.  


Bethany National Auxiliary Day
Bethany National Auxiliary Day will be held on the Bethany Campus on Monday, September 25, 2023, beginning at 9 a.m. During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Bethany leadership, tour new facilities, and get an update from the ELS and Seminary over lunch. The group will also take part in the annual business meeting where Auxiliary members vote on special projects to support.


The 9th annual DiaperDash is Saturday morning, September 23 at McKee Farms Park. Run the 5k or walk the 2 mile loop. New this year: Timed Race! The event will feature a kids dash, kids activities, raffle baskets, swag bags,  prizes and more! Join us in raising funds for our Diaper Bank that provides free diapers to families in need. You can register, donate and learn more about the event at:https://babiesandbeyondwi.org/diaperdash/ 


Christian Life Resources National Convention
The 40th Anniversary Christian Life Resources National Convention will be held on Saturday, October 14, at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School in Jackson, WI. Topics of interest: witnessing; abortion; assisted suicide; human trafficking. All presenters will inform and inspire in a concise "TED Talk"-style format. A catered lunch and other refreshments will be included throughout the day. Registration Fee: In person, $50; Virtual, $40; Students enjoy a $10.00 in-person fee; the student virtual fee is $5.00. For more information and to register, visit https://christianliferesources.com/resources/events/national-convention.


COOKIE WALK - Save the Date!
Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 9th!  Dig out those family favorite recipes and start baking because the cookie walk can't happen without cookies, bars, fudge, jam, etc! Last year we had an amazing selection, but one thing we could definitely use more of is those Norwegian goodies!   Please consider donating to this amazing cause to help support Holy Cross Church & School!  Any questions please contact Jodi Hougan at jspeth11@gmail.com


Pastor Appreciation Month 
October is Pastor appreciation month and we will be having cake and coffee between services on October 8th.  There will be a card box in the Narthex in the coming weeks.  Please show our Pastors how much we appreciate and love them by joining us October 8th


Administrative Assistant
This position will serve primarily as the administrative assistant for the church, and requires strong communication and customer service skills. The position requires strong organizational skills, an orientation to detail, a working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and Google Suite programs with advanced knowledge in Microsoft Word. Database experience is a plus.  Experience with managing facebook and website content is highly desired.  For information or to apply, contact Pastor Mark Bartels at mbartels@holycrossmadison.org 


Fall Harvest
All Holy Cross Church & School and Kids Crossing Families are invited to the Fall Harvest on Friday, September 29, from 5:30-8:00 pm at Schuster’s Playtime Farm (located at 1326 Hwy 12/18, Deerfield). Enjoy an evening with Potluck, Hayride, and Bonfire at the farm (one hayride will take place at 5:30 pm, and supper will be served at 6:00 pm in the round barn). Last names A-M bring a salad, and last names N-Z bring a dessert. BBQ and hot dogs will be provided. Optional activities include petting animals and play on the wooden play structure (free), corn maze ($10/person), and the haunted forest ($18.95/person). Please note that the haunted forest is not recommended for children under 11. 


Women’s Mission Rally October 21
At this time of the year, there seems to be more activities than time to do them. Take a five-minute break and “take it to the Lord in prayer” and things will go better. Also plan to take in the Mission Rally in your circuit. We in America have been so richly blessed with not only earthly goods, but in many cases with many opportunities to hear the gospel message. Let us work together to help share that message with those not only in our country, but in our foreign missions around the world. So, “with the Lord’s help, let’s get those jobs done!”
The Women’s Mission Rally  will be held on Saturday, October 21 from 9 am to 3 pm at Our Saviour’s Lutheran, Madison, WI. Signup sheet to attend is posted on the Welcome Center counter.  
Please sign up by September 25.  Donations for Missions can be given to Diane Baxter or Joan Behr and are due by the same date. Reminder that Missions are for women and men.  All are encouraged to attend.


Association of Church Musicians Presentation 
On Saturday, October 14 at 9:00 a.m., Jim Baxter, will present a program about the logistics in procuring and moving an existing pipe organ to a new location and acoustics for worship spaces at Holy Cross Lutheran Church (734 Holy Cross Way, Madison, WI 53704). Jim is an ACM board member and Organist/Choir Director at Holy Cross Lutheran. 
Holy Cross Lutheran procured a 1994 Holtkamp organ from Brown Memorial Church in Baltimore, Maryland in 2018. Jim will walk us through and explain how this organ was rehomed to Holy Cross’ newly built worship space and what acoustical considerations and enhancements were made to allow the organ to effectively speak and make music in the space. 
Jared Stellmacher, ACM Vice-President and Director of Worship and Music at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Madison/Verona, will demonstrate the Holtkamp instrument performing hymns and literature including Piece Heroique (Cesar Franck), Now Thank We All Our God (Sigfrid Karg-Elert), Variations on American (Charles Ives), and Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major (St. Anne), J.S. Bach.

Thank You From the Tweit’s
Dear Holy Cross Family,
"I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:3-6
Bernt and I want to thank you for the tremendous outpouring of love and support we've received from you in response to my cancer recurrence. We are deeply moved and humbled by your care and concern for us and our family. Your prayers are being heard by our heavenly Father and truly felt by us as currently, I am doing remarkably well with minimal side effects from my medications. We won't know for a while yet how my cancer is responding to my treatments but are hoping the drugs are working.
We pray for and love you all!
Katie and Bernt Tweit 

Adult Pick-up Basketball
Are you interested in playing pick-up basketball on Wednesday evenings in October through December? If so, please send your email information to Bill Luetzow (bill.luetzow@gmail.com). We are aiming to have 5 v 5 full court basketball Wednesdays from 7:30 - 9/9:30pm. A sign up genius will be sent out to those interested so we can ensure that we have enough people each week. 


Bethany Seminary Begins a New Academic Year 2023–2024
Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary began the new academic year on August 21, 2023 with an opening service at Good Shepherd Chapel. For the opening service, President Hartwig preached on 2 Corinthians 5:18–21, explaining that through His work of reconciliation, Jesus has healed the relationship between God and man. Jesus faced God’s anger over our sins in our place. The Father is fully satisfied by the life and death of Jesus. We are forgiven. God loves us. We are reconciled to God. The heart of pastoral work is bringing this message of reconciliation to others. This is at the same time simple work and complex. It is simple because pastors are only telling others of what they have experienced themselves—reconciliation with God through Jesus. It is complex because people have different experiences and life is hard. It can be difficult to know just the right thing to say to the individual. God promises to use pastors to be His ambassadors and will bless their efforts in His stead.
The teaching staff for the seminary this semester is as follows: Timothy Hartwig, Brian Klebig, Nicholas Proksch, and Timothy Schmeling. Professor Timothy Hartwig is teaching courses in homiletics; Professor Brian Klebig is teaching communication; Professor Nicholas Proksch is teaching in the areas of New Testament, evangelism, homiletics, and hermeneutics; and Professor Timothy Schmeling is teaching church history, symbolics, and homiletics. The seminary enrollment this year numbers ten. There are two vicars, three seniors, two middlers, and three juniors. The vicars are Joel Hansen at Bloomington Living Hope Lutheran Parish (WELS) in Bloomington, Minnesota, and Matthew Lehne at Jerico, Saude, and Redeemer Lutheran Churches in New Hampton/Lawler, Iowa.


October 2023 Twice is Nice News
Fall brings sweater weather and seasonal home décor opportunities, and Twice is Nice can help you with that. We know some of you are ready and waiting for our annual Christmas WOW, when all things Christmas (except trees) will be on the sales floor Monday, October 9, at 10 am! We’re easy-to-find and open Mondays-Saturdays from 10-4 PM: just a minute or so east on the Hwy 18 exit off the 26 bypass at 907 W. Racine St., next to the Jefferson Piggly Wiggly.

Volunteer: Toward this goal, the weekend of October 7-8 is Christmas changeover. We hope to see old and new faces who will help us get a higher than ever amount of Christmas inventory on the floor—LLHS parents and teens, grandparents, friends, congregational groups—you’re all needed! Beginning 4 pm on Saturday, Oct. 7, the shelves get stripped of merchandise and washed, several hours of work for many hands. Then starting at 10 am on Sunday, Oct. 10, we welcome help to merchandise Christmas items—an all-day, come-when-you-can for as long as you can. Lunch will be provided Sunday. Enter via the back-donation doors either day. Another immediate need we have is for Friday cashiers; bagging help will be critical during the Christmas ornament-wrapping season! Call the store at 920-674-6868 during open hours or email manager@twiceisnice.shop to let Megan know you plan to help. THANK YOU!


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