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Holy Cross News - November 1, 2023

Dear members of Holy Cross,
Last Sunday, Michigan Lutheran High School in St. Joseph, MI, called me to be their Athletic Director, teach religion, P.E., and coach a varsity sport. I am truly humbled to receive this Divine Call. This is an opportunity to evaluate where my gifts best fit in God’s mission field. Over the next few weeks, I will deliberate where best to serve the Lord and His kingdom. I would ask that you pray for Holy Cross, Michigan Lutheran, and my family as I deliberate. I welcome any prayers, encouragement, and questions you may have. 
In Christ,
Andrew Schoenfeld

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” Isaiah 6:8
If you, or someone you know, has a talent for working with children, is kind, patient, and positive, we need you!
We have multiple openings, both part and full time, paid ($15/hr) or volunteer. Please contact Katie Krug at if you are interested or would like more information.
Volunteer Positions: 
Snuggling babies, reading books, playing with children, helping students during group lessons.
Paid Positions: 
Infant room: 7am-12pm
1 year old room: 3:30pm-5:30pm
2 year old room: 7:30pm-4:30pm
Floater (goes to multiple rooms): 8:00am-5:00pm
After School Care: 3:00pm-5:30pm

Starting this week, Holy Cross will begin sharing videos of our most recent sermons with you. Our hope in doing this is twofold. First of all, we hope that, as you watch these videos yourself as a part of your own regular devotional life, the Holy Spirit would strengthen your faith during the week. Secondly, we ask that you share these videos with your friends, relatives, and neighbors as you see fit. You could forward this email on to those you think would be interested, or simply copy and paste the links to your social media feed for all your online friends. For example, if there's a sermon that addresses a particular topic, such as grief, you can pass it on to someone you know is grieving. Our Savior told His disciples to "preach the gospel to all creation" (Mk 16:15), and this is just one more we can fulfill His great commission. And we have the promise from God that, as the apostle Paul says, "Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ" (Ro 10:17). The Holy Spirit will work on human hearts wherever HIs Word is proclaimed. 

10/29/2023 (Reformation) - "In the Midst of Lions, Trust God"

At Reformation, we are reminded how the Lord does not leave or forsake His people, especially in preserving the truth of His Word for future generations. As Pastor Van Kampen takes us to the familiar account of Daniel's visit to the lions' den, we are reminded that even though the "lions" of this world--the devil and his evil forces in this world--put our trust in God to the test, we can rely on our Lord with confidence that our trust in Him will never be put to shame.

When donating to our school, some people prefer to give toward an item for a specific classroom, as opposed to just giving to a general fund in which they have no idea toward what their donation goes.  There is currently a way to make that happen!
Our Holy Cross Lutheran School teaching staff has compiled a wish list for their classrooms, and the teachers’ aides have put together a display of those items in the cafeteria.  There are “Wishlist Trees” with leaves in fall colors designated for each classroom, as well as a list of items posted next to them that each classroom teacher is “wishing” for.  There are three trees: one for kindergarten through second grade, one for third through fifth grades, and one for sixth through eighth grades.
If you are interested in making a donation, please pick a leaf with a dollar amount written on it from the tree and then donate that amount toward the item of your choosing.  There will be someone at a table in the cafeteria after each church service to take care of your donation.
On behalf of the Holy Cross teachers, thank you so much for your donation!

On Friday, November 10th at 6 PM, Holy Cross Lutheran School Children will be hosting our annual Veterans Day program. We would like to honor all Veterans, if you know of a Veteran, please share the name(s) and branch of the military with us to put on the wall of honor! Send information to

The Lutheran Sentinel is the Evangelical Lutheran Synod’s magazine, published six times per year, and the official publication of the ELS. Online issues are free. and are available here: 
Some of you have chosen to subscribe by mail.  If you're not getting the Sentinel by mail, but would like to, please let Pastor Bartels or Pastor Van Kampen know at 608-249-3101.  The suggested annual donation to cover the cost of these mailings is $14.  Thank you!

Saturday, December 9th!  Time to start baking! Last year we raised around $3,000 for the School Library! This year proceeds will be split between the Church and SChool. Last year we ran out of overflow cookies within our 1st hour. We would like for you to help donate MORE cookies, bars, candies, jams & one those Norwegian goodies!   Please consider donating to this amazing cause to help support Holy Cross Church & School!  Any questions please contact Jodi Hougan at We will also have our annual Scholastic Book Fair going at the same time!

For Such a Time as This –Discernment, Boldness, & Compassion
(LGBTQ+ ideology, pronouns, parenting, schools, gospel outreach)
Saturday, Nov. 4 at St. Timothy Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lombard, IL from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
• Cost: $25. Box lunch: $15. Livestream: $10. Family discounts available.
• Registration, payment, additional info: (or call 630-627-2435).
(Presenters subscribe to the inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible as expressed in the conservative Reformation)

November 18, 2023
Please note if you are attending: the dress code is business casual. Please no jeans/tshirts.

Thanksgiving Eve Worship will be held at 6:30 on Wednesday, November 22rd. The Thanksgiving Eve Pie Social will be held immediately following the 6:30pm service on November 22rd. Join us in fellowship while eating delicious pies. Please bring a pie to share if you’re able, but it’s not required. Just drop them off at the kitchen window on the way into worship service. Toppings and beverages will be provided. See you then!

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Holy Cross Lutheran Church and School
734 Holy Cross Way
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: 608-249-3101