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Holy Cross News - March 22, 2023


Special Voters Meeting for the Calling of a Pastor
The Holy Cross Board of Elders and Church Council are calling a special Voters Meeting on Sunday, March 26th at 11:30 am.  The purpose of this special Voters Meeting is to extend a Divine Call to fill the Pastoral vacancy here at Holy Cross.  Please pray for the Holy Spirit's guidance in this very important matter and please plan to attend this special meeting.


Call News

  • Principal Poetter: Chris Poetter has accepted  the Call to be principal and upper grades teacher at Peace Lutheran School  in Kissimmee, Florida. 


Holy Week Services at Holy Cross

  • Sunday, April 2nd - Palm Sunday
    Services at 8:30am and 10:30am  (the 8:30am service will be live streamed and recorded)

  • Thursday, April 6th - Maundy Thursday
    Service is at 6:30pm -Individual Absolution and the Lord's Supper will be offered at this service.
    (the service will be live streamed and recorded)

  • Friday, April 7th - Good Friday
    Service is at 1:30pm -The Lord's Supper will be offered at this service.
    (the service will be live streamed and recorded)

  • Sunday, April 9th - Easter Sunday
    Services at 8:30am and 10:30am (the 8:30am service will be live streamed and recorded)

  • Monday, April 10th - no service


Camp Rise
Sunday, July 9th to Friday, July 14th
Camp is open to all youth who have completed grades 4 through 9! Early Registration ends April 15th! 
For more information or to register visit camprise.org or pick up a brochure in the welcome center.


Holy Cross Vacation Bible School : Save the Date!
Monday, June 26th to Thursday, June 29th. 
This year we will be traveling back in time to Jerusalem!


Bethany Auxiliary in April
Please join us for a very special Bethany Auxiliary evening on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 734 Holy Cross Way in Madison. A delicious salad supper will be served at 6:00 p.m. Dr. Julie Kjeer, Dean of Faculty, will be presenting on academics at Bethany Lutheran College (BLC). Dr. Kjeer impressed us when she spoke at the National Auxiliary meeting last September. Bruce Gratz, Vice President of Advancement, will be there to greet guests and give a brief update on BLC and to answer any questions. EVERYONE is invited and urged to attend this extra special event! You won’t want to miss it!


Wednesday Lenten Services 
The season of Lenten is a special time of looking first at the depth of our sin, and then at the depth of Christ's love for us in his passion and suffering. Services will be at 3:30pm (In-Person Only) and 6:30pm (In-Person, Live Streamed & Phone) Monday evening services will resume on Monday, April 17th.

Our theme this year is 'His Final Steps'

March 22 -  His Final Steps Led to a Fig Tree
March 29 - His Final Steps Led to His Enemies


Summer Adventures
If you are interested in learning more about our summer daycare program, please contact Linda Grennan at lgrennan@holycrossmadison.org.  Registration will open for Holy Cross Families on Wednesday, February 1st.  Please see the flyer for more information.


Chocolate Extravaganza
We are excited to announce that our Chocolate Extravaganza will be returning to Holy Cross this year on Saturday, April 1st, from 5:30pm to 9:00pm. The evening will be filled with fine-chocolate tasting, hors d'oeuvres, great fellowship and a silent auction.   You'll have fun, get to spend time with fellow Christians, and best of all, funds raised will go to Partners in Christ, which provides tuition and educational assistance to families here at Holy Cross.  Please reserve April 1 on your calendar, and watch announcements for more information.  If you or someone you know would like to make a monetary contribution or donate a silent auction item, please reach out to Tricia Blaschka (troachie1@hotmail.com)  or Nicolle Ward (dego88m@gmail.com). 


Volunteers for Wine and Chocolate Extravaganza
We are looking for volunteers for the Chocolate (wine) Extravaganza coming up on April 1st at Holy Cross. We appreciate any time you can volunteer as it is critical to the event's success! Please pay close attention to what you sign up for as some slots are before or after the event and some are during the event. Below is the link with all volunteer opportunities available:
Any questions, please email Nicolle Ward at nward@holycrossmadison.org


Chocolate Extravaganza Dessert Volunteers
We are looking for volunteers to make chocolate desserts for the Chocolate Extravaganza! If this is something you would be interested in doing, please sign up with the link below. Thanks!


Weekly Offering Information 
General Offerings           Actual                 Budgeted              Difference
Last Week                        $11,154.08           $13,687.19            (-)$2,533.11
Year to Date                     $563,376.64         $551,442.45          (+)$11,943.19


Thrivent Choice Dollars
If you are a Thrivent Member, you have the option to direct your 2022 Choice Dollars to Holy Cross until March 31.  If you haven’t already done so, don’t miss this opportunity to recommend where Thrivent gives back!  Directing Choice Dollars online is fast and easy.  If you need assistance, call 1-800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” at the prompt.


Holy Cross has a small landscape committee. We are having our first in person meeting at 5PM in the Fireside room on April 4th . We are also looking for new members to help keep our Church and School grounds looking nice. General duties include picking up litter, raking, weeding, and deadheading plantings.
We are taking a new approach this year so everyone can work on their own time schedule. So, if you have the ability to volunteer some time for grounds maintenance it would be awesome to have more help. Anyone donating a couple hours when they can, helps a lot! We will also discuss the formation of a new Tree and Shrub maintenance committee, anyone interested, please plan to attend. If you can’t be there but are interested in joining, or if you are already a member, please send your name, email address and cell phone number to sherrie2450@gmail.com
Thank you!
Sherrie Oswald


Summer ELS Youth Convention
The ELS Board for Youth Outreach is excited to announce that the 2023 LYA Youth Convention will be held at Bethany Lutheran College from Thursday, July 27 - Sunday, July 30. This annual event brings together youth from across the country. The Convention theme is “Created” (based on Genesis 1:27) and will feature keynote speaker, Seminary President Timothy Hartwig. Register at els.org/lya/ Cost is $250 per person.  After June 1, the cost increases to $300. Register early to ensure your top picks for classes and activities! Please watch for more information on financial assistance and transportation.   


What are the Smalcald Articles?
At Holy Cross, we only Call pastors who believe that the confessional statements in the Book of Concord are in agreement with scripture.  In fact we require our pastors to perform their duties in accordance with the Lutheran Confessional statements.  The Smalcald Articles are one of the confessional statements in the Book of Concord.  So, it's good for you to know what the Smalcald Articles are.  They were written by Martin Luther himself as his final testament of faith. The Smalcald Articles are available on the internet at https://www.gutenberg.org/files/273/273-h/273-h.htm. To study this confession, Dr. Arthur Eggert will lead a 5-week class at 6:30 pm on Thursday evenings beginning April 13. The live sessions will be held at Peace Lutheran in Sun Prairie and will be up to 90 minutes long. If you cannot attend in person, you can join the class online or view the recorded sessions later. All the necessary information for registering and attending is available on the Online Classes page of the In Terra Pax website www.interrapaxlp.com. Necessary information, class notes, and session videos will be updated on this website on a weekly basis.


Lakeside invites you to join in praise!
Join us at Grand Event XII on April 22, 2023, as we PRAISE the LORD--in support and celebration of LLHS Christian education. Proceeds directly support financial aid, general operating, the building improvement fund and more on this evening of fellowship and fun at Lakeside Lutheran High School. Guests will enjoy student and group interaction, entertainment, auctions, raffles, seated dinner, program, and dessert.
There are many, many ways to support this event. Plan to attend in person (don't delay your ticket purchase as only 100 seats remain). Register as a bidder to participate in online auction offerings or donation opportunities. Donate to the event with a cash gift, auction donation, or yummy dessert for our dash after dinner. Like, share, and comment on our social media content to reach a greater audience. Share the information with a friend. Pray for our mission and event. Give thanks for the generosity of our sponsors, donors, partners and volunteers. PRAISE God for it all. Learn more at llhs.org/grandevent.


Lakeside Job Opening: Attendance Secretary/Administrative Assistant
Lakeside Lutheran High School has an opening for an Attendance Secretary/Administrative Assistant to begin July 2023. This position supports the operation of the Attendance Office as well as other student-centric programs as directed. This hourly position (~32 hrs/week) requires 4 days each week during the school year when students are present, with some selected summer hours to complete end-of-year duties and to prepare materials for the upcoming school year. Read the full job description at llhs.org/apps/pages/jobs; complete employment application available there and submit to the LL front office or email to Assistant Principal John Dorn at jdorn@llhs.org.


Lakeside Job Opening: ELC Instructional Aide
Lakeside Lutheran High School has an opening for an Instructional Aide for its Extended Learning Center to begin July 2023. This position provides support to students in a study hall setting as they complete assignments from their various classes. This position may also provide assistance to students with special needs, such as those with learning disabilities or other barriers. They may be responsible for communicating with parents when necessary. Strong communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills are essential for success in this role. This is an hourly position needed during the school year, when students are present, with in-service and training days required outside of when students are present. Read the full job description at llhs.org/apps/pages/jobs; complete employment application available there and submit to the LL front office or email to kdenoyer@llhs.org.


Twice is Nice Retail Store News, April 2023
Shop: Easter items will go on 50% off beginning Monday, April 3. Spring/summer clothes have been on the sales floor since the end of March! It’s time to get serious (and by that, get some serious bargains) toward an updated warm weather wardrobe. We’re easy-to-find and open Mondays-Saturdays from 10-4 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. We will be closed Good Friday.
Donate! Purging this spring? Bring donations to the door on the backside of the store from 10-3:30 any day we are open. Did you know? Twice is Nice wants your used or unwanted candles and wax. The season for campfire starters is coming soon, and we have volunteers who make 1000s of firestarters with your used wax! Throw your wax into its own box or bag and donate it at the back door too. Questions?  Call 920-674-6868, ask for the day manager.


The Center for Apologetics and Worldviews
April 2023


LLHS FEDeration CONnection 
April 2023


Cross-Stitch Corner
Newsletter 10:2

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Madison, WI 53704
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