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Holy Cross News - November 30, 2022 


Pastoral Call News
On Sunday, November 20, the Holy Cross Voters extended a Call to Rev. Matthew Moldstad to serve as our Associate Pastor.  Currently, Pastor Moldstad serves as co-pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in Mankato, Minnesota.  He has served at Peace Lutheran for 5 years.  Prior to that he served at Peace Lutheran in Kissimmee, Florida for 5 years.  Please keep Pastor Moldstad, his wife, Joni and their 5 sons, as well as Holy Cross and Peace Lutheran in your prayers as he deliberates where best to serve.  We trust that the Holy Spirit will guide Pastor Moldstad in his decision process as he determines where he can best serve Jesus' blood-bought lambs and sheep.   If you would like to reach out to him and let him know you're praying for him, his email is:  pastormoldstad@gmail.com


Call Acknowledgement Letter
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Grace and peace to you in the name of Christ our King! On November 20th, I received a divine call from the voting members of Holy Cross Lutheran in Madison to serve you as an assistant pastor. I am honored to receive this call and look forward to hearing more about the ministry of Holy Cross. At this time I now have two calls, one to my current church, Peace Lutheran in North Mankato, and one to your church, Holy Cross Lutheran in Madison. I am reminded of our Savior’s words to his disciples in John 15:16a, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide.” Yes, it is God who chooses us to carry out the specific work he has given us to do. I ask that he would direct me to the place where he would have me serve at this time. Please pray for me and my family during this deliberation process. I will pray for the ministry of your church as well.
In His Service,
Pastor Matt Moldstad


Endowment Fund Goal Met!
We did it!  Thanks to all who contributed to our Endowment Fund during 2022!  We have officially met our goal to access all of the matching funds that were made available to the congregation!  With our matching funds, during the course of 2022 we've been able to add over $100,000 to the Endowment Fund!  Thank you to our special matching donor and to all of you for accomplishing this goal!  O, give thanks unto the Lord for He is good for His mercy endures forever!  Amen!


Next New Member/Bible Information Class
Begins Monday, January 9
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, January 9th 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 me at mbartels@holycrossmadison. or 608-347-0302 if you are thinking about attending the class or have any questions.


Material Aid for Ukraine Thank You
The response from the congregation for material aid for Ukraine was overwhelming. We didn't know how much to expect but we'll now have more boxes to send to Ukraine. We will inventory the items, pack it all in boxes to send to the shipping company in Chicago. We'll keep the congregation informed of the progress of the shipment. Thank you for your generous response.
Kermit and Beth Traska


Vacancy Plans
During the months of November and December we're blessed to be able to have the assistance of Pastor Gene Kock and Pastor Tom Heyn, who will help during our pastoral vacancy.  Pastor Kock will teach Wednesday 10 am Bible Class, help with hospital and home-bound calls and he and Pastor Heyn will help Pastor Bartels in the preaching schedule.  Pastor Kock is a very active retired pastor living in Sun Prairie.  He and his wife, Sylvia, are members of Peace Lutheran Church in Sun Prairie.  Pastor Heyn serves as our synod's Director of World Outreach.  He and his wife, LaRue, are members of Holy Cross.  Thank you so much to Pastors Kock and Heyn for helping us during this transition period.  We also want to thank all who, behind the scenes, are stepping up in various ways to help get the necessary work done during this vacancy.  Please pray for God's blessing and strength as our congregation waits for God to send our new pastor.

 Preaching Schedule

  • December 4/5       Pastor Bartels

  • December 11/12   Pastor Kock

  • December 18/19   8:30 am Sunday School Service                            Pastor Heyn       10:30 am and Monday

  • December 24        Pastor Bartels (Christmas Eve)

  • December 25        Pastor Bartels

  • January 1              Pastor Kock 


Livestream "Christmas at Bethany Lutheran College"
The performance features Bethany's Chamber Orchestra, Concert Band, Concert Choir, Handbell Choir, and Mary Martha Singers. This choral and instrumental celebration of the season involves nearly 150 Bethany students.  The performance on Sunday, December 4 at 3 p.m. will be livestreamed. Invite your friends and family to enjoy the concert from afar! Click here to livestream:  https://iframe.dacast.com/b/51317/c/75316


Cookie Walk is Back!
We are excited to announce that the cookie walk will return this year! 
Saturday, December 10th from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. 
This will include a yummy variety of baked goods, scholastic book fair, kids cooking decorating & craft and lastly some coffee & treats to enjoy as you shop around.
We are still looking for Volunteers and Donations!

Sign up to Donate Cookies

Sign up to Donate Your Time

Donate Items for Kids Craft & Cookie Decorating (Drop off at the Front Office)
-Christmas Sprinkles
-Red, White, Silver Beads


Weekly Offering Information 
General Offerings       Actual                 Budgeted            Difference
Last Week               $18,771.00       $14,904             (+)$3,867.00
Year to Date            $296,350.71     $312,980.85       (-)$16,630.14


Sunday School Christmas Program
Dear Parents,
We will have our Sunday School Christmas program on Sunday, December 18th during the 8:30 Service. We would love for all the children from pre-K through High School to tell the message of our Savior's birth. Students will prepare during Sunday school in their classrooms beginning November 6th and will have group practices in the Sanctuary on December 4th and 11th. Please have your (grand)child/ren join us! There will be no Sunday school or practice November 27th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Please direct any questions to Sara James: anmasa36@gmail.com. 


WELS Wind Ensemble
Christmas Concert on December 10th @ 2:00 pm
Fall River School Auditorium
150 Bradley St
Fall River, WI


Seminar: How to Develop Healthy, Trusting Relationships and How to Repair Broken Ones
When: Saturday, February 4, 2023
Time: 9 am to 4 pm
Where: Double Tree Hotel
Cost: $50 in November
          $75 in December
          $100 in January/February 
For more information or Register go to www.christiancounselingmadison.com


Kids Crossing Job Opportunities:
Contact Linda Grennan at lgrennan@holycrossmadison.org for more info

1 year old assistant teacher - full time

2 year old assistant-afternoons

3 year old lead & assistant teacher

4 year old lead teacher


Next Thoroughly Lutheran Class
On the streets of Nicaea in 325 AD, even common shopkeepers were discussing the nature of Christ, while the bishops debated the teachings of Arius down the street. Today, many Lutherans in America know less about the person of Christ than did those uneducated early Greek Christians. The doctrine that Jesus Christ has both a divine nature and a human nature and the relationship between these two natures have troubled the church throughout its history. Major Protestant bodies have ignored the clear biblical teaching and made up their own theology about Christ to placate their reason. These false teachings can lure people to embrace a false faith. To address this issue, Dr. Arthur Eggert will conduct a six-week Bible study entitled “The Person of Christ” beginning on Thursday, January 5, 2023. Classes will start at 6:30 pm and can be attended in person at Peace Lutheran Church in Sun Prairie or via livestreaming on Vimeo. The textbook will be Christ, a book from the People’s Bible Teachings series, available from NPH. If you plan to attend in person, please email church.office@peacewels.org and tell us who will be coming so that we can print up enough materials. Visit the Online Courses page on www.interrapaxlp.com for more details and information updates.


TiN December 2022 News

Shop:🎄 50% off on all Christmas items begins Friday, December 16 through Friday, December 30, 2022. We’re easy-to-find and open Mondays-Saturdays from 10 AM-4 PM: just a minute east on Hwy 18 off the 26 bypass, at 907 W. Racine St. (next to the Jefferson Piggly Wiggly). (Note that the store will be closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 in addition to all our regularly closed Sundays.)

Volunteer: Will you join our vital crew? Could you donate a Saturday a month, or is yours a congregation who could provide a team to volunteer one day a month? What's your interest? We need one or teams of volunteers to price:

·         Fall/Halloween Items

·         Halloween Costumes

·         Christmas (wall hangings, table tops, stockings, hats)

·         Coats (sorting, pricing)

·         Artificial Flowers

·         Pots and Pans

·         Sporting Goods

·         Metal Wall Décor

·         KnickKnack Wooden Shelving

·         Seasonal Garden Flags

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 2023 with volunteering time for a vital ministry!


Center for Apologetics and Worldviews/Board for Home Outreach
December Q & A Flyer


LLHS FEDeration CONnection
December 2022

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734 Holy Cross Way
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: 608-249-3101
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