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Holy Cross News and Updates- October 21, 2020


Prayer for the Nation at the Time of National Elections

Gracious Heavenly Father, all governments are given by You for our good.  Teach us to honor all who govern , because they are Your servants.  As we approach a time in our nation to choose our leaders and representatives, we ask You to grant wisdom to all who will cast their ballots.  Give us leaders who will govern with wisdom and laws that bring order and justice to our nation.  Provide a continued environment in which Your Church may preach and teach all of Your Word and administer Your sacraments without interference or persecution.  Strengthen the faith of all who trust in Your Son as their Savior with the knowledge that You guide and control all things.  We ask that you help our citizens to unite for the common good of all, obeying the law of the land, setting aside selfishness and all evil thoughts.  When all decisions are made, help us to support our leaders in all their work, and to obey all laws that do not oppose You and Your Word.   As with all things, we ask that Your will be done.  In the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we pray.  Amen.


Christian Sympathy

We extend our Christian sympathy to the family of Nancy Jevens.  Nancy passed away on October 14 at the age of 91.  She was a long time member at Holy Cross.  Nancy's daughter and son-in-law, Joe and Sandy Burgus and her granddaughter and husband, Heather and Andrew Schoenfeld, and great-grandson, Jackson Schoenfeld,  are members at Holy Cross.   A funeral service will be held at Holy Cross on Thursday, October 22 at 11 am.   Visitation will be held at the church from 4 pm until 6 pm on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, and from 10 am until the time of the service on Thursday. Due to COVID, we ask that everyone wear a mask and practice social distancing at the visitation and service.


Christian Sympathy

We extend our Christian sympathy to the family of Nancee Largen.  Nancee passed away on October 20th at the age of 77.  She was a long time member at Holy Cross.  Nancee's husband, Walter; daughter, Karin McGowan; grandchildren, Clara and Orie McGowan; sister Sandy Smith and niece Janet Wipperfurth are members at Holy Cross. A private memorial service is being planned for the immediate family.


Altar Flowers

The flowers on the altar on Oct. 25 are given with thanks to God in honor of Helen Miller’s 100th birthday.


Weekly Offering Information

General Offerings       Actual                   Budgeted                       Difference

Last Week                    $11,910.20           $13,524.00                     (-) $1,613.80

Year to Date                $187,036.32         $202,855.95                   (-) $15, 819.63


Ladies Aid

Ladies Aid will meet Thursday, November 5, 1:00 pm at Holy Cross.  Due to COVID regulations, no food or beverage will be served.  Feel free to bring your own beverage if you want.  Masks must be worn and there must be social distancing.  

At this point, 11 members have committed to attending.  If you have not notified Patty Horstmeier you are attending, please do so by November 4.  Depending on the number of attendees, we will meet either in the fireside room or the church.  One of the Pastors will lead our Bible study.


Elders Mission Projects

Dear Holy Cross Members,

As you may have read in the last newsletter the Elders is moving forward with some mission

projects with a goal of providing help to fledgling Christian communities.

Our first goal is to raise $6000 for purchase material for a secondary school project in the Peru Jungle. This may seem like a faraway place and a small project goal but this relatively small amount of money will make a huge difference in the lives of so many young believers. We are already so blessed to have $1000 pledged toward this goal and would like you to prayerfully consider adding to it. We will place a fundraising thermometer in the Narthex and will display some information about the project soon. If you are able to contribute anything, please add it to your offering envelope and place it in the offering plate with “Peru Jungle School” marked on it. Thank you for your consideration and may God bless the Peruvian Mission!

Ephesians 2:20 Having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus

himself being the cornerstone.


Calling All Veterans

Holy Cross Veterans, we need your help!  Unfortunately, due to COVID, our school won't be able to hold our annual Veteran's Day program this year.  However, we still want to honor our veterans, so our school children want to make and send thank-you cards.  Could you please either email your name and address to frontoffice@holycrossmadison.org and mention that you're a veteran, or call our church secretary, Jodi Hougan, at 249-3101.  Thanks much!


Help Fight Hunger

The Goodman Community Center has had over 4000 requests for food meals. Holy Cross would love to help out in feeding families in our community! We will be taking a collection of the items listed below from Nov. 1st - Nov. 15th. If you would like to make a monetary contribution, please use this website address. https://www.goodmancenter.org/events/thanksgiving-baskets

Place any goods in the bin at the welcome center. 


-cans of vegetables

-cans of fruit

-boxes of mac and cheese

-jars of gravy

-cans of cranberry sauce

-broth, any kind

-boxes of stuffing

-aluminum roaster pans

Special Birthdays

In the month of October two of our members will be having special birthdays. If you would like to send a card, please use the addresses below:

Norm Marozick (was 102 years old on October 9th)

2121 Sheridan Dr.

Madison WI 53704

Helen Miller (will be 100 years old on October 25th)

719 Jupiter Dr #5110

Madison WI 53718


Bike Needed

Do you have an adult male bicycle in good working condition that you are no longer using?  We've got a person in need who could use it for transportation, if you're willing to donate it.  Please contact Pastor Bartels if you're interested.  608-347-0302 or mbartels@holycrossmadison.org.  Thanks!

Good Reads

Professor Emeritus Art Eggert (UW-Madison) is a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Sun Prairie and a frequent participant in Wednesday morning Bible study at Holy Cross.  He's authored some good books on Lutheranism and would like to make them available to you at his cost.  Please see the descriptions below.  If you would like to order one or more, please contact Jodi af frontoffice@holycrossmadison.org by Nov. 15.  Thank you!


⧫ Simply Lutheran – A Practical Guide to Lutheran Teachings explains how the parts of the Lutheran faith fit together to make the whole of what we believe. It is written for laypeople so that they can understand their faith better. It also gives almost all the relevant scriptural verses at the bottom of each page, so they are readily available and need not be looked up. The book is useful for any Lutheran, but it is particularly valuable for new members, for the parents of confirmation students, for Sunday school teachers, for those who want to talk to non-members about Jesus and for elders. Price $15.00.


Christian, Lutheran, Confessional – How We Got to Where We Are discusses the development of the Christian church relative to the events of the secular world. It explains the rise of Lutheranism and the challenges that it has faced and is facing. It is written for laypeople who would like to know  more about the history of the church but do not want to get bogged down in the messy details that are characteristic of history books. The book is useful for any Lutheran, but it is particularly valuable for anyone who teaches or for anyone who just wants to understand the nature of the church better.  Price $5.00.


⧫ Clearing a Path for the Gospel – A Lutheran Approach to Apologetics explains how to defend one’s faith against various attacks in various situations. It provides the technical background for apologetics and identifies the traps to avoid. It is a decidedly Lutheran approach to apologetics, and it covers attacks from science, philosophy, and psychology, as well as more general attacks against the Bible, against God and against His plan of salvation. The book is useful for those whose faith is under attack by friends, in the office or in the school. It is particularly valuable for college students and for elders. Price $10.00.


Employment Opportunity at Peace

We are looking to hire a halftime Administrative Assistant who would work in support of the administrative duties of primarily our church and learning center.  In addition to general administrative experience, a qualified applicant would have good computer skills, especially operating in both the Google and Office platforms.  If you, or someone you know, is interested in additional information, please contact Randy Wiessinger at rpw@wiessinger.com .

Lakeside Lutheran High School - TOP 1% IN STATE

Lakeside placed #1 among area high schools and in the top 1% in the state in ACT scores.  The ACT tests college readiness for math, science, english and reading.  While Lakeside graduates are ready for college, Lakeside strives to educate,encourage and equip students for whatever lies ahead, whether that be a 4-year college, post graduate work, a technical college, the military, or entering the workforce right out of highschool.  The one thing that ties it all together is a foundation built on Christ and his Word.


November 2020 News from Twice is Nice

Shop: Many customers have expressed their appreciation that we now accept debit and credit cards, and we’re pleased to be able to satisfy payment preferences this way!


Holiday Extended Hours announced: Twice is Nice will have extended shopping hours until 6 pm on Fridays and Saturdays during October and November 2020. (Usual hours 10-4 pm Monday-Thursday. Donations received until 3:30 each day we're open.) See you soon!


Volunteer: We bid a warm welcome to new volunteers Jennelle DeNoyer and Sarah Bilitz (both from Peace, Sun Prairie). We are grateful for ALL of our volunteers and always strive to find the job that fits a volunteer’s time. We do ask for your prayers for volunteers who are able to commit a day a week at the store as this is essential to being able to continue our successful operation. Call the store at 920-674-6868 and ask for the day manager when you’re ready to hear about the great opportunities we have for you as a volunteer!


Bethany Auxiliary News

It was a year ago, on November 5, 2019, that we were able to gather together at Western Koshkonong Lutheran Church in support of Bethany Lutheran College. Since then our world has changed…but Bethany is still providing “the one thing needful” for hundreds of students on campus and via the internet. The Bethany Lutheran College Auxiliary still offers funds to benefit students and faculty. Our local treasurer reports that she sent $1,300 to the National Auxiliary in September 2020. Thanks to all who contributed to the Auxiliary during these difficult times. So once again we are asking anyone who would like to send a donation in lieu of our November meeting to:

Madison Area Bethany Auxiliary c/o Cheryl Heiliger,

2442 County Road AB

McFarland, WI 53558


ELS Women's Missionary Society Newsletter



LLHS FEDeration CONnection

LLHS FedCon 


The Christ In Media Institute: Gospel Outreach

GOWM 2020 Conference opens for online discussion from October 19th until November 9th at www.gowm.org


Click the link below to see Presentation topics.




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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