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Mother's Day is Coming...  What's the Best Parenting Advice You've Received?

There have been a number of people in life who have either demonstrated or shared this important piece of parenting advice that I have kept on my heart. In our confessional Lutheran understanding of Scripture, we treasure a right understanding of the importance of God’s law and gospel. Yet I must admit that my tendency is to lean on the law side of my parenting approach. The encouragement that I have received, and try to pass on to others, is not to neglect the importance of the gospel. The pure understanding that I am forgiven, a saint, a new creation through the work of Christ is what sets my heart looking for ways to demonstrate my love for God—not because I have to, should, or must, but because I can’t help but look for opportunities to be thankful. This is our treasure! Don’t leave it to a chance understanding for your kids. Live in joy with your children and be intentional in sharing the gospel with them so they too can be motivated by Christ’s love.  

from WELS member Dan Nommensen and his wife, Kelly who have a teenage daughter and son.   


Sign Up Not Required for Worship Services

Some of our members who have recently been vaccinated and are ready to come back to in-person church have been asking if you need to sign-up to attend church services.  This is just a reminder that there is no need to sign up before coming to Sunday or Monday church There’s plenty of room for you to come.  The most recent Dane County order no longer has capacity restrictions for worship services.  Masks, however, are still required.  We would love to have you join us!


Annual Voters Meeting

Sunday, June 6 after church

All voting members are encouraged to attend our annual voters meeting. Agenda items include:

-The 2021-2022 budget will be presented for adoption.

-Elections will be held for Boards and Committees


Next New Member Bible Information Class

Monday, June 7th

Would you like to know what Holy Cross Lutheran Church believes, teaches and confesses? Our next Bible Information Class at Holy Cross begins on Monday, June 7th at 7:30pm (right after the Monday evening worship service). This class is designed to answer questions about what we believe at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. No obligations of any sort! The class will run 10 weeks, generally from 7:30 – 9:00pm. Contact us at mbartels@holycrossmadison.org or btweit@holycrossmadison.org or 249-3101 if you are thinking about attending the class or have any questions. Thanks, Pastor Bartels / Pastor Tweit 


School Call News

Richard Holz has been called to be our 8th Grade Teacher and Athletic Director.  Rick currently teaches at St. Stephen’s in Horicon, WI.

Paul Braun has been called for our 6th grade Teacher.  Paul currently serves at Good Shepherd in West Bend, WI.

Andrew Schoenfeld has been called to be our Vice Principal.


Mission Offering Challenge Update and Matching Donor!

This past fall the Board of Elders challenged the congregation to donate $25,000 to missions outside of our church budget.

  • Last October/November, the congregation gave  $11,000 to help build and furnish a High School in the Peruvian Amazon Jungle 

  • Last December/January, the congregation gave $5,000 to purchase smartphones for 18 seminary students in India to help with remote seminary instruction. 

  • We're now kicking off our final challenge to reach our $25,000 goal!  Our goal is to raise $10,000 to purchase live stream and video conferencing equipment for our sister syond in Chile.  The equipment would be housed in the congregation in Santiago, where the synod president is pastor.  This would enable them to livestream church services and do remote seminary teaching, video conferencing with church leaders,  etc.  

  • MATCHING GIFT!  A Member has graciously offered to match contributions to this campaign dollar for dollar up to $5,000.  So, if the congregation donates $5,000, the matching donor will donate another $5,000 and we'll reach our goal of $10,000!  Thanks so much to our matching donor!

Please prayerfully consider giving to this challenge to help spread the Word in Chile!  Thank you!


Coffee at Elie’s Is Back!

Tuesday, May 11, 9:00 am

The Senior Ministry Committee invites you to join us for a cup of coffee and good Christian fellowship (and breakfast if you like). Meet us at Elie's Cafe, 909 E Broadway.


Helen Miller’s Funeral

The funeral for Helen Miller will be on Saturday, May 15th at 11:00am. Visitation begins at 10:00am.


Bean Bag Tournament 

On Sunday, May 16th starting after the second service, we will gather for 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. Don't miss out on fresh air and fellowship! 

Sign Up Here to register as individuals or 2-person teams and we will set up brackets. 


Thank You!

Praise the Lord for his mercy to grant healing in my medical emergency on Easter weekend.

I thank you all for your prayers, well wishes, and get-well cards.  Your support made each day brighter!

Jim Baxter


Handbell Choir Director

Holy Cross is seeking an Adult Handbell Choir Director. If you are interested please contact Pastor Tweit at btweit@holycrossmadison.org. Thanks.


Altar Flowers

The flowers on the altar on May 9 are given by Adeline Olson in memory of Norm.

The flowers on the altar on May 16 are given by Yvonne Monson in honor of the baptism of Ramsey Howard Benjamin.


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


VBS Supply List

As we prepare for VBS in early July, please consider donating the following:

  • Black craft foam (9x12 sheets) need about 20 sheets

  • Yellow/gold craft foam (9x12 sheets) need about 20 sheets

  • Wide large craft/ popsicle sticks (need about 200)

  • small stones, or glass beads

  • Pony beads (many needed)

  • Empty tissue boxes (square works best) (this will only be for the oldest group ) need about 25


VBS - Make an Impact

Vacation Bible School makes an impact on kids's lives.  How about helping make an impact this year!  VBS will be July 6-9 (Tuesday - Friday).  While we've already got most of our teaching staff, our craft leader and our music leader in place, they could use helpers.  If you're willing to help with crafts, music, recess or in the classroom, please email Jodi at frontoffice@holycrossmadison.org.  Thank you!


VBS - Snacks During Covid

Any other year we would be asking you to help make and bring snacks for VBS.  We always get such a good group of snack volunteers.  However, due to Covid, we'll have to provide all of the snacks ourselves using our food service director.  If you would be willing to help by making a small monetary donation to help us purchase snacks for VBS, it would be greatly appreciated!  Thank you!


Petting Zoo!

Bring your family and friends to Holy Cross on Friday, June 11, 4pm - 7pm.  We'll have a petting zoo outside as well as sub sandwiches, chips and cookies for everyone.  Come and have some good Christian fellowship!  Bring a friend and introduce them to the Holy Cross campus.  Church, school and Kids Crossing staff will be present to meet and answer questions you or your friends may have.  No cost.  We'll follow current Dane County covid directives.


ELS President’s Newsletter

May 2021


Center for Apologetics and Worldviews: Q & A Leading to Christ

May 2021 Flyer


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Holy Cross Lutheran Church and School
734 Holy Cross Way
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: 608-249-3101
Email: frontoffice@holycrossmadison.org