December Special Services
Holy Cross Church Children’s Christmas Service
Sunday, December 19th at 8:30am (Regular service at 10:30am)
Holy Cross School Christmas Service
Tuesday, December 21st at 4:00pm
Christmas Eve Services
Friday, December 24th at 2:30pm and 4:00pm
Christmas Day Service
Saturday, December 25th at 9:00am
One Service on the Sunday after Christmas
Sunday, December 26th at 9:00am
New Year’s Eve Service
Friday, December 31st at 4:00pm
One Service on the Sunday after New Year’s Day
Sunday, January 2nd at 9:00am
Pastor Bartels has returned his Call to be pastor at a dual parish in North Bend and Roseburg, Oregon, and will be remaining in his Call at Holy Cross. Please keep Holy Cross and the churches in Oregon in your prayers. May the Lord give us all a love for his Word, a love for one another and a love for the lost.
Amanda Shulz, our 2nd grade teacher at Holy Cross, has received a Call to teach Kindergarten at Grace Lutheran School in Oshkosh. Please keep Amanda and her husband Tom as well as Grace Lutheran School and Holy Cross Lutheran School in your prayers as she deliberates where she can best serve. She invites your advice during her deliberation process.
Rebecca Toepe has received a Call to teach 4K at Kids Crossing beginning next school year. Currently Rebecca is the Preschool Director at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Modesto, California. Please keep Rebecca, St. Peter Lutheran and Kids Crossing in your prayers. We trust the Holy Spirit will guide her in the way she can best serve.
HOLY CROSS CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EVENT
Are you thinking about downsizing your Christmas decorations? Or do you enjoy
shopping for a good deal or for a good cause? Then mark your calendar for Saturday,
Dec. 4th, 2021, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm to attend a special shopping event at Holy Cross -- a
CHRISTMAS DÉCOR RE-SALE (new this year), the familiar THAI MARKET (handmade
items by Christian artists in Thailand) and children’s BOOK FAIR (brand new books from
Scholastic). Complimentary coffee and treats will be served, and there will be a door prize.
YOUR PARTICIPATION IS NEEDED TO MAKE THIS EVENT A HUGE SUCCESS!
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP:
December 1 – 3. Bring re-sale items.
• Please bring your GENTLY USED, CLEAN, FULLY FUNCTIONAL, Christmas-related
items and decorations to the Fireside Room at church Dec.1 from noon – 4 pm or Dec. 2 & 3
between 8 am - 4 pm. (Unsold items may be retrieved on Sunday between 10:30 and noon;
those not retrieved will be taken to St. Vincent's.)
December 4. Shop and have fun!
• Bring your friends, show them Holy Cross, and have some fun shopping!
Proceeds from the Christmas Re-Sale will benefit needs at the church, the Thai Market sales
will benefit Christians in Thailand, and the Scholastic Book Fair will benefit needs at the
PLEASE JOIN US FOR FUN AND FELLOWSHIP!
Re-Sale Questions? Contact Sherri Bartels (email@example.com) or Karen Bradley
(firstname.lastname@example.org). Book Fair Questions? Contact Pam Starkenburg
Our delegates and pastors at synod convention this summer set a synod congregational budget of $790,000 for our ELS missions and ministries for 2021. In addition, our synod Board of Trustees earmarked all gifts over $760,000 to help with our Bethany Lutheran College’s operating budget. If you would like to participate in this special offering, at the Welcome Center, please find the envelope provided for this special offering to the ELS and its missions. Write your check to Holy Cross and designate it for the synod’s budget. May all our gifts be in accord with our Lord’s abundant blessings to us! Thank you!
Easy Way to Donate to Holy Cross Lutheran Church and School
If you are over 72 and have an IRA, you are required tomust take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from that IRA. The amount you receive from the RMD could affect the amount of taxes you have to pay. However, IRS regulations allow you to make a Qualified Charitable Donation (QCD) directly from your IRA to nonprofits and charitable organizations. Holy Cross Lutheran Church and School are eligible to receive QCD’s. Please note, you cannot receive the RMD and forward it to your charitable organization. The funds must go directly from your IRA to your selected charitable organization. Need more information, please talk with your accountant or your IRA financial representative. Directing your RMD to Holy Cross can help support the work of the church and school.
Celebrating 50 years of Christian Education at Holy Cross
Save the Date!
On the weekend of April 23rd and 24th, 2022, Holy Cross Lutheran School will be celebrating 50 years of Christian Education. In January of 2022, look for more information to come regarding the event on that Saturday evening and the worship service on Sunday morning. We will focus our attention on the students and teachers of the past and also look to the future. In John 21: 15, Jesus said, 'Feed my lambs'. We want to help the Lord's lambs and sheep to walk hand in hand with Him in this life and on into eternal life.
Dear friends in Christ,
Just a few lines to thank all of you for the cards and get well wishes during my days in the hospital, Rehab and not at Assisted Living. I can’t begin to tell you how much they meant to me. Especially receiving the Lord’s Supper at my apt. I have such wonderful Pastors and friends at Holy Cross. Thanks again for remembering me in your prayers.
Thanks to Polly!
Polly Browne grew up at Holy Cross and attended Holy Cross Lutheran School. She went on to be a Lutheran Elementary School teacher in our synod and then went on to become a professor in the Education Department of Bethany Lutheran College where she taught students how to become teachers. The Lord called Polly home to heaven nearly a year ago. Recently, Holy Cross was informed that we were named in Polly's estate and subsequently, Holy Cross received a gift of $35,000 from Polly's estate. Thank you to Polly for remembering her childhood church and school in her estate planning... and especially, thanks to the Lord for this wonderful blessing to our congregation!
Home Devotions Seminar – Lord of Love Lutheran Church, DeForest, WI
We invite you to join us at Lord of Love Lutheran Church on the morning of Saturday, February 5th, 2022 for a presentation on home devotions. Our guest speaker will be Reverend Johann Caauwe, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wood Lake, MN and vice president of The Hausvater Project (hausvater.org). Look for more details and registration information to come. Mark your calendars.
We hope you can join us!
Position Opening – Evangelical Lutheran Synod
The Evangelical Lutheran Synod invites applications for the position of Business Administrator. Request job description from Keith Wiederhoeft, 6 Browns Court, Mankato MN 56001. Keithw@blc.edu. 507-344-7395. Please submit resume and references to President Glenn R. Obenberger at the same address by January 10. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting or finance. Benefits include health, life insurance, and pension plan. Start date after March 1, 2022.
Christmas at Bethany!
Bethany Lutheran College is proud to present their annual Christmas at Bethany concerts! Taking place in Trinity Chapel, these concerts proclaim the Good News of Christ's birth through song and scripture. After a year of celebrating this tradition remotely in our homes, we are blessed and honored to be presenting a live and in person series of concerts once again. Concert dates are December 2 and 3 at 5pm and December 4 and 5 at 3pm. The concerts are free, but a reservation is preferred. Seats can be reserved by visiting blc.ticketleap.com. All concerts will also be live streamed at blc.edu/christmas-at-bethany.
Multi-Congregational Bible Class
The Arab-Israeli Conflict: It seems like every few years fighting breaks out between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Someone kills someone, someone shells someone, or someone threatens someone, and soon Israelis and Arabs are attacking each other. It is easy to ask why they don’t just compromise and live peacefully together. In addition to the usual human greed and intransigence, there are deep religious problems between the Arabs and the Israelis that go back almost 4,000 years. To make sense out of what you see and hear in the news, one needs an understanding of the underlying reasons for this strife.
As part of this year’s Multi-Congregation Bible Class Series, Dr. Arthur Eggert will examine the roots of the Arab-Israeli conflict and why it has become an endless struggle. In this four-session course he will explain the religious development of modern Judaism and Islam, and how historical issues have created unresolvable problems. Dr. Arthur Eggert is an Emeritus UW-Madison Professor and a WELS author. The classes will meet at Peace in Sun Prairie at 6:30 pm on Thursdays beginning January 6 and at Eastside in Madison at 6:30 pm Sundays beginning January 9. (You can switch between sites if you like.) There is no book for the course, but there will be reading assignments from the Bible and the Internet.
To sign up or get more information, email email@example.com.
LLHS Job Opening: Kitchen
Could you be the one who helps keep our Warriors fed and ready for the afternoon? Please consider yourself or share with someone you know who enjoys the kitchen and keeping lunch the best part of our teens' days! Lakeside Lutheran High School is urgently seeking interested applicants for this part-time job that is tied to the LL calendar (work only days when school is in session). Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs. and work in a fast-paced environment. Hours vary, but most days are from 9:15-2:15. Training provided. Application is at llhs.org/apps/pages/jobs. Contact Todd Grundman (grundman@llhs,org or 920-648-2321 x2205) with questions.
Twice Is Nice
Shop: Thank you to all the volunteers and customers who helped us set a new sales record in October of almost $100K. Christmas items alone just in October brought in $21,225. WOW! 50% off on all Christmas items begins Monday, December 17 through Wednesday, December 23. The store is closed Christmas Eve and Day. 75% off Christmas items begins Monday, December 27 through December 30. Closed New Year’s Eve and Day. Valentine’s Day items are on the floor Monday, January 3!
We’re easy-to-find and open Mondays-Saturdays from 10 AM-4 PM: just a minute east on the Hwy 18 exit off the 26 bypass at 907 W. Racine St., next to the Jefferson Piggly Wiggly.
Volunteer: We welcomed 14 new volunteers from six different congregations, and we hope many of them return often! Will you join the crew? Could you donate a Saturday a month, or is yours a congregation who could provide a team to volunteer one day a month? Are you computer savvy enough to help with marketing items for us online or checking inventory to see if it is on a recall list? These are jobs that could be done from home. Call 920-674-6868, ask for the day manager. What a great way to start 2022 with volunteering time for a vital ministry!
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