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Holy Cross News 
October 4, 2023




Now Hiring! Teacher’s Aide/After School Care Supervisor

Holy Cross Lutheran School and Early Learning Center are looking to fill the position of a teacher’s aide/After School Care supervisor. Employment would consist of approximately 30 hours of teacher’s aide duties and approximately ten hours of After School Care supervision. Hours will be from 9:30 am - 5:30 pm and starting pay rate is $15.50 per hour.  Contact Principal Rick Holz at or  Vice Principal Andrew Schoenfeld at

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Estate Planning Presentation

The Senior Ministry Committee invites you to join us on Thursday, October 26 from 1 pm - 2 pm in the Fireside Room to learn about estate planning and administration.  We'll talk about how a good plan can help achieve your goals, what the process looks like and how you and your loved ones can find peace of mind through it all.  Topics covered will be:  wills, probate, powers of attorney, advanced directives, probate avoidance and more.  The presentation will be made by Attorney Johner Allison from Levine Eisberner, LLC.  There's no cost for the presentation, but we would encourage you to sign up at the Welcome Center so we know how many people to expect.  Thanks!  Cookies and coffee will be provided.  



Christian Sympathy

Long-time Holy Cross member, Blanche Armson, fell asleep in Jesus on Monday, October 2 at the age of 97.  A private funeral service will be held on Monday, October 9.  Our Christian sympathy to her family.  May the Lord comfort them with the promise of the resurrection!

Trunk or Treat

Holy Cross will be hosting our annual Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 21st from 10:30am – 11:30am.  We are asking for candy donations.  We have 2 areas where you can place your donations.  One tote will be in the narthex of the church near the doors to the cafeteria.  The other tote will be located near the front desk.  We are also looking for volunteers to decorate their trunks and hand out candy! Please sign up here. Candy to hand out will be provided."



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


Christian Life Resources National Convention

The 40th Anniversary Christian Life Resources National Convention will be held on Saturday, October 14, at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School in Jackson, WI. Topics of interest: witnessing; abortion; assisted suicide; human trafficking. All presenters will inform and inspire in a concise "TED Talk"-style format. A catered lunch and other refreshments will be included throughout the day. Registration Fee: In person, $50; Virtual, $40; Students enjoy a $10.00 in-person fee; the student virtual fee is $5.00. For more information and to register, visit


Pastor Appreciation Month 

October is Pastor appreciation month and we will be having cake and coffee between services on October 8th.  There will be a card box in the Narthex in the coming weeks.  Please show our Pastors how much we appreciate and love them by joining us October 8th.

The card box will be on a table in the Narthex during the month of October.  Feel free to drop in a note or gift to the Pastors.  


Member Mixer

Mark your calendars for October 22 as the membership development board will be hosting another "member mixer" event immediately after second service in the fireside room.  This is a casual event meant for all congregants--whether you are new to the church or have been attending for decades--designed to help each other learn about their neighbors and make more personal connections.  The main focus will be on conversation and mingling and pizza and chips will be provided so there is no need to bring anything.  Childcare will also be provided in the gym (although children are also welcome to join the adults).  Please sign up by October 18 to ensure enough pizza is ordered by using the sign up sheets located on the doors or in the welcome center and we hope to see you there.


Happy 105th Birthday, Norm!

Norm Marozick turns 105 on October 9!  If you would like to send him birthday thoughts and prayers, here's his address:

2121 Sheridan Dr

Madison, WI  53704



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Women’s Mission Rally October 21

At this time of the year, there seems to be more activities than time to do them. Take a five-minute break and “take it to the Lord in prayer” and things will go better. Also plan to take in the Mission Rally in your circuit. We in America have been so richly blessed with not only earthly goods, but in many cases with many opportunities to hear the gospel message. Let us work together to help share that message with those not only in our country, but in our foreign missions around the world. So, “with the Lord’s help, let’s get those jobs done!”

The Women’s Mission Rally  will be held on Saturday, October 21 from 9 am to 3 pm at Our Saviour’s Lutheran, Madison, WI. Signup sheet to attend is posted on the Welcome Center counter.  

Please sign up by September 25.  Donations for Missions can be given to Diane Baxter or Joan Behr and are due by the same date. Reminder that Missions are for women and men.  All are encouraged to attend.


Adult Pick-up Basketball

Are you interested in playing pick-up basketball on Wednesday evenings in October through December? If so, please send your email information to Bill Luetzow ( We are aiming to have 5 v 5 full court basketball Wednesdays from 7:30 - 9/9:30pm. A sign up genius will be sent out to those interested so we can ensure that we have enough people each week. 


COOKIE WALK - Save the Date!

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!


Association of Church Musicians Presentation 

On Saturday, October 14 at 9:00 a.m., Jim Baxter, will present a program about the logistics in procuring and moving an existing pipe organ to a new location and acoustics for worship spaces at Holy Cross Lutheran Church (734 Holy Cross Way, Madison, WI 53704). Jim is an ACM board member and Organist/Choir Director at Holy Cross Lutheran. 

Holy Cross Lutheran procured a 1994 Holtkamp organ from Brown Memorial Church in Baltimore, Maryland in 2018. Jim will walk us through and explain how this organ was rehomed to Holy Cross’ newly built worship space and what acoustical considerations and enhancements were made to allow the organ to effectively speak and make music in the space. 

Jared Stellmacher, ACM Vice-President and Director of Worship and Music at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Madison/Verona, will demonstrate the Holtkamp instrument performing hymns and literature including Piece Heroique (Cesar Franck), Now Thank We All Our God (Sigfrid Karg-Elert), Variations on American (Charles Ives), and Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major (St. Anne), J.S. Bach.


ELS Newsletter

October 2023


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