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Holy Cross News and Updates- July 29, 2020

Holy Cross News and Updates – July 29, 2020


Deo Volente!
We’re all learning to change plans at a moment’s notice.  One week we don’t have to wear masks everywhere we go, the next week we do.  One Sunday we have in-person church at 8:30 am, the next Sunday we don’t.  This fall we’re planning in-person school at Holy Cross… but who knows for sure? 

I had an old Christian friend who used to talk about his plans, like going out to eat, or visiting the grandkids… and would then end his remarks with the phrase, “Deo volente,” which is Latin for “God- willing.”    As Christians, we make plans to the best of our ability, but in the end, we realize, and submit to the fact, that God may over-ride what we’ve planned.  James 4 says, Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into this or that city, spend a year there, do business, and make a profit.”  You do not know what tomorrow will bring…  Instead, it is better for you to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live, and we will do this or that.”

Since the Lord, in his wisdom and compassion, always knows what’s best, we trust that for Christ’s sake, whatever change of plans he brings into our lives, in the end are the wisest and the best. 


Please Note this Change Regarding 8:30 am Worship!

Recently we've received comments from members who have been in church or have been watching church online; indicating that the pastors' masks have made it difficult for them to hear what was being said during the church service.  Dane County Emergency Order #8 states that a mask may be removed, "when communicating with an individual who is.... hard of hearing and communication cannot be achieved through other means."  Given that, in order to accommodate the hard of hearing, we'll now be offering in-person church on Sundays at 8:30 am with members wearing masks.  Pastors will wear masks except when preaching or conducting the liturgy.  So, here's our new revised schedule:

·         Sunday, 8:30am service will be an in person and online service.  Pastors will conduct this service without wearing masks.

·         Sunday, 10:00am service will be an in person service. The Pastors will conduct this service wearing masks.

·         Monday Evening Service has been postponed until further notice.


On Monday, July 13th the most recent order from Public Health Madison and Dane County went into effect. It states that every individual, age five (5) and older, in Dane County must wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth when in any enclosed building where other people, except for members of the person’s own household or living unit, could be present. This is a friendly reminder for when you come to Holy Cross, masks are now required.

Memorial Service

A Christian Memorial Service will be held for Gary Meyer on Tuesday, August 18 at 2 pm at Holy Cross.  Visitation will begin at 1 pm.  If you are unable, or prefer not to attend in person, the service will be livestreamed at 2pm on the 18th.  Here's the link to livestream the service:   https://www.holycrossway.org/live .  Dane County Covid orders current as of August 18 will be followed during the memorial service.  Our Christian sympathies to his wife, Sally Wellman.

Wednesday 10:00 am Bible Study
Join us on Wednesdays for 10:00 am Bible Study!  We meet in the church where we’re able to spread out.  Masks are required and we practice social distancing. We’re studying the book of 1 Peter

Planning to Hold In-Person School this Fall… Deo Volente
School is only one month away!   We truly feel that the best education that we can offer a child takes place in-person here at Holy Cross.  So we’re going the extra mile and beyond to do everything we can to make that possible, while at the same time, being nimble enough to offer virtual classes if and when they are needed.  There’s a lot happening behind the scenes to prepare for a safe, seamless school year.  I can assure you that our principal and teachers and leadership are working hard to make this school year the best it can be.  Here’s a few of the steps we’re taking to prepare for in-person classes:

·         Temperatures.  Wellness checks will be done each morning before students and staff enter the building, which will include a temperature check for each person entering.

·         Masks.  All teachers and students will be wearing masks throughout the school day.

·         Hand sanitizing.  Hand sanitizing will be done when entering the building, entering and leaving the classroom, and throughout the day.

·         Cleaning.  All high touch surfaces will be regularly cleaned throughout the day.  Special attention will be given to after school cleaning to ensure all high touch surfaces, bathrooms, hallway and gym floors, cubbies and, gym walls are sanitized .

·         Social Distancing.  Desks will be arranged in the classrooms to allow for proper social distancing.

·         Policies.  Policies are being put in place to ensure that if there is a suspected case of covid at the school, proper steps will be taken to clean, quarantine and continue to educate.

·         Cohorts. One of the major ways we’ll be working to prevent the spread of infection at our school is to keep the students in their cohort throughout the entire school day, so that a child has exposure to the least amount of people as is reasonably possible. 

·         Virtual Readiness.  Another step we’ve taken is the purchase of classroom cameras that allow a student to participate in class virtually if the child is unable to attend in person due to quarantine or other health reasons.

We understand that during these unique times, any of our plans are subject to change! 

Please pray for the Lord’s guidance and blessing as we prepare for the school year!

SCRIP orders for physical gift cards are not being placed at this time.  Once we resume selling a message will be sent out.  You can place orders for e-gift cards through MyScripWallet.  If you have any questions about MyScripWallet please feel free to contact Colleen Kass (pallarcg@hotmail.com) or Chelsea Orvick (caorvick@gmail.com). We appreciate your continued support with the SCRIP program and look forward to selling again.


Installations on August 30

During church on Sunday, August 30 we'll be installing into office Nina Koester, our new Early Learning Center Director and two teachers, Dyann Nommenson, grades 3-4 and Jennifer Boll, grade 6.  Join us in-person or online as they promise to be faithful and as we build them up with the Word and prayer. 


Fall Bible Study

Book: Clearing a Path for the Gospel: A Lutheran Approach to Apologetics (Authors: Arthur Eggert, Geoffrey Kieta)

Dates: September through February (19 sessions)

Time: 90 Minute classes will be held at Eastside Lutheran in Madison on Sunday Evenings at 6:30 pm and Peace Lutheran in Sun Prairie on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm.

Cost:  $10 for those without a copy of the book

Sign-Up: email dan.larson@peacewels.org


Handbell Choir Director

Thank you to Lorraine McLaughlin for being our handbell choir director at Holy Cross for the past four years. Lorraine recently reached the decision to step down from that position and focus on increasing family obligations. Lorraine states, 'I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve Holy Cross. Thank you for the encouragement and support I have received along the way. It has been a blessing on my life.' Thank you again Lorraine!  


Holy Cross is now looking for a new Handbell Choir Director. If you are interested please contact Pastor Tweit at btweit@holycrossmadison.org. Thanks.


ELS president's newsletter

Twice is Nice

Shop: If you’ve visited our Jefferson location, you know the great bargains that can be found every day on 1,000s of items, but this month brings even more excitement for bargain hunters. Among the featured sales, from August 1-12, we have our 30¢ greeting cards on a buy one/get one sale! Then, from August 13-20, summer clothing is half-off. Not enough? How about 50¢ on all remaining summer clothing from August 21-24? Mark your calendar and find us open Mondays-Saturdays from 10-4 PM: we’re just a minute east on the Hwy 18 exit off the 26 bypass at 907 W. Racine St., next to the Jefferson Piggly Wiggly.

Volunteer: We are thrilled to report that we have had more than 20 new volunteers from more than 10 federation churches try us out, either cashiering, unloading donations at the back door, sorting clothing or working in departments from books to baby to kitchen and antiques. It’s a great time to join the wave—it takes so many to keep our 100% volunteer store operating well, and we are primed and ready to give you the support you’d like to have a fun and rewarding experience!

Donate: Having a rummage sale? Skipping your garage sale this year? Keep us in mind when you’re finished or needing an alternative – our donation drop-off hours include every day the store is open, from 10 AM - 3:30 PM. Bring donations to the door on the back side of the store, no appointment needed. Call 920-674-6868 and ask for the day manager if you have questions.

LLHS (Lakeside Lutheran High School) FEDeration CONnection –August 2020

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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