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Holy Cross News and Updates- July 1, 2020

Holy Cross News and Updates – July 1, 2020


God Bless America!

Our country needs the help of its Christian citizens!   The United States is facing the challenges of a pandemic, economic turmoil, civil disobedience and racism.   What can we do?  Let’s pray for our country’s leaders!  1 Timothy 2:1-4 says, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all those who are in authority, in order that we might live a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and dignity.”  May God be with our leaders and give them wisdom, compassion, courage and conviction to lead in a way that is a blessing to our land.  Please take some time this 4th of July weekend to pray for our country.  God bless America!

New Kids Crossing Director!

We’re excited to announce that Nina Koester has accepted a one-year call as Director of Kids.  Nina currently works at our center in the infant room and has had previous experience as a Director.  She and her husband are members at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waterloo.  Please keep her in your prayers during this time of transition.


Capital Campaign Coming to an End

Three years ago, on July 1, 2017, we began the Capital Campaign for our new sanctuary.  At that time, our members sacrificially pledged $1,267,223!  As of yesterday at noon, with only one day left in the campaign, we had received $1,264,939 in donations…  only $2,284 short of reaching the full pledged amount.  Yesterday evening a member graciously offered to make up the difference!   Praise be to God!  We have now received the full amount pledged in donations!   Now is a great time to evaluate what you pledged.  If you’ve met or exceeded your pledged amount, thank you!  If you haven’t completed you pledge yet, please prayerfully consider doing so.  Thank you!  


Job Opportunities at Holy Cross

    • Resource Teacher - 20 hours per week to be our Resource Teacher. The responsibility includes: tutoring students, making assignments, working with homeroom teachers, and coordinating with Madison Metropolitan School District with assessments.

  • Teacher’s Aid - 20 hours per week to be our Teacher's Aid. The responsibilities include: working in the classrooms assisting the homeroom teacher. supervising lunch and recess duties, and helping students with reaching instructional goals.


Wednesday Bible Study -  Re-Opening!

As we begin to enter Forward Dane Phase 2, it’s time to re-open our 10 am Wednesday morning Bible Classes!  Class will start on Wednesday, July 8 at 10am.  We’ll make sure to practice social distancing.  Masks are optional.  Bring your own beverage.  We’ll begin a study of  1 Peter.


Call News

The School Board has called Jennifer Boll as 6th grade homeroom teacher.  Jennifer lives in DeForest and formerly served at St. Stephen’s  Lutheran School in Beaver Dam.  Please keep Jennifer and Holy Cross school in your prayers as she deliberates her call.


Road Construction by Holy Cross

Just a heads up that during the summer months, there will be road construction along the frontage road that leads to Holy Cross Way.   Dane County will be replacing culverts and reconstructing intersections on Commercial/County Road T/County Road TT.  This will not affect your ability to get to Holy Cross  since the road will be closed to thru traffic, but open to local traffic during construction.


Thanks from the Haugleys

“Dear friends, Pastors and congregation of Holy Cross,  Henry and I want to thank you all for the many wonderful and meaningful anniversary cards, phone calls and emails you all sent out to us.  It was a memorable way to celebrate our 50th anniversary.  We are hoping that we will be able to come back to church sometime in the near future since we miss seeing and hearing the Word of God in person.  But we’re glad we have the ability to watch the live-stream services on Sunday mornings.  We know we were blessed through these past 50 years completely through God’s love and Grace, and we are thankful for all of his blessings, daily.  Thanks again to all!”
Henry and Dorothy Haugley


ELS Military Monument

In our world today our veterans are receiving the honor, help, and recognition they deserve; much like our WWII veterans received when they returned home to the United States. We in the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS)  highly value those members and neighbors who have served and are still serving us valiantly in their willingness to protect our lives and freedoms. As we again celebrate the birth of our nation this Fourth of July, we are presented with the opportunity to remember how our nation won its freedom and reflect on those who fought to earn it. It is also an opportunity to show our appreciation by supporting the ELS Military Monument to be constructed on our Bethany Lutheran College campus.  For details of this project and ways to donate please visit our ELS website (www.els.org, go to the "About" heading and click on Military Monument).


Urgent Need in Peru

The Board for World Outreach (BWO) has been informed of an urgent need in our Peru field. Due to the coronavirus epidemic, many people in Peru have lost their jobs. As a result, many of the parents of the students in our two schools are unable to pay the tuition for their children.  The teachers in the two schools  have not been paid since early March and are facing great difficulty in providing food for their families. If any congregations or individual members of the ELS would like to help with this urgent need, please send such offerings to the BWO at 6 Browns Ct, Mankato, MN 56001 with a notation that it is for “Peru teacher salary relief” in Peru. Or go to els.org/donate, choose one of the “Other” categories and specify that the gift is for “Peru teacher salary relief”.  We remember what St. Paul wrote to the Romans, “Now, I am going to Jerusalem serving the saints. For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. Yes, they were pleased to do so, and they are indebted to them.”  May we be pleased to help the poor among the saints in Peru. Thank you.

Pastor Thomas Heyn, Administrator, ELS Board for World Outreach


Elementary Camps are still happening at Lakeside!
Lakeside summer camps for elementary age students are still on during the month of July.  4 day long camps will be held for each of the following:  basketball, soccer, running, football, volleyball.  For more information click here:  https://www.llhs.org/apps/pages/summercamps.


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Catechism: Our students study the chief parts of Christian doctrine using Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, the Bible and a weekly workbook that correlates with the chapters of the catechism.

Handwriting: Our students continue practicing cursive lettering with use of Zaner-Bloser worksheets and progress to using regular lined notebook paper.

Memory Work: Each week, our students learn Bible passages and parts of the catechism.

Literature: Our students focus on integrating the arts to make a connection with the reading content. We use a novel lesson books-based curriculum.

American History: Our students learn how our country began and grew. We use the text, U.S. History, Creating America: Beginning to Reconstruction and Reconstruction to present, published by McDougal Littell, 2002.

Spanish: Our students learn Spanish through Duolingo on their Chromebooks. They reinforce online lessons through flashcards and opportunities to speak Spanish throughout the day, including a “Spanish” day dedicated to mostly speaking Spanish.

Spelling: Our students retain, internalize, and transfer valuable spelling knowledge for improved results in all areas of literacy in the classroom and beyond. We use Zaner-Bloser’s Spelling Connections 2012

Language Arts/Writing: Our students participate in forensics, and in particular, develop public speaking skills through a four-minute speech presentation. They also learn through The Shurley Method for language arts, which includes a heavy dose of grammar and writing.

Science: Our students learn science concepts and principles in a hands-on approach. We use the STEM Fuse curriculum.

Math: Our students deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts through smaller, easily assimilated increments are spread across the year. They review and build connections to other “strands” every step of the way. We use the Saxon Math curriculum.

Art: Our students learn studio art techniques, including portrait design, charcoal pencil drawing, sumi-e painting, fundamental watercolor painting, puppet-making, and block printing.

Music: Our students continue participating in handbell and vocal choirs and perform in church, chapel and the Lakeside Lutheran High School Fine Arts Fair, among other opportunities. Students also learn to read music.

Physical Education: Our students learn skills in several sports, including volleyball, cross-country, basketball, archery, track and field, dancing, and softball, in conjunction with cooperative games that emphasize teamwork, problem-solving, and the importance of fair play.