Welcome to Holy Cross

A Greeting from Pastor Jon

 

Please join us for worship:

Saturdays at 5 p.m. Casual, Blended Service

Sundays at 9 a.m. Traditional Service

We are here to serve you in any way we can!  All are welcome.

Pastor Jon’s Message:

“There Are No Second Chances”

Thank you to Dennis Marten for covering our worship services this weekend and sharing the message while Pastor Jon teaches a Deacon and Lay Ministry Seminar and attends the District Pastor’s Conference in Palm Springs.

Click HERE to find the complete archive of Pastor Jon’s sermons on YouTube

 

Praying Together – Prayer gathering each Sunday from 10:15-10:25 a.m. in the Amen Corner

Spend ten minutes praying together for Pastor Jon, our church leadership, and building up our community of believers. We have a lot to be thankful for and many opportunities to serve and grow! No commitments necessary, just come as you are able.

Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them (Matthew 18:19-20).

 

Highlights from Sept 17 Congregational Voters’ Meeting

  • We had a lot of people in attendance and went through 16 pizzas after the meeting.
  • We have been very blessed by God through the stewardship in our church and our giving has been tracking extremely well, even through the summer months.
  • We will have six Bible studies this fall. Additionally, there will be an e-book written by Pastor Jon called, “What if You Are Wrong?” that will be made available the first week in October and we will read it and have a discussion on it in early November.
  • We are currently supporting two missions through financial donations. They are providing financial support to seminary student Tanner Sutcliffe and providing aid to refugees of the Ukraine war through Lutheran World Relief.
  • We heard a review of the District Convention that occurred this past summer by David Tenquist.
  • Our President, Dennis Marten, gave an update about a number of things that are happening. We will have a new security system installed later this month with keypads for access into the sanctuary and office. We will explain more about this when we get closer. We are also looking at remodeling the Narthex area.
  • We have a Spanish speaking church renting space from us and they seem like a wonderful group of Christian people. If you drive by our church during the week, it looks like something is happening pretty much all the time as all three churches that meet at Holy Cross are spreading the Gospel of Jesus.
  • Our Capital campaign has received more than $75,000 to date.
  • Our audit committee, headed by Jesse Brown and Erin Blumer, followed the format provided by the LCMS and presented some ways to help streamline procedures to help our financial processes. There has been great care in seeing that our finances are handled well, but they have made recommendations for us to do things even better.
  • Celebrate Recovery is the newest ministry kicking off at Holy Cross. Randy Dannheim will lead the training and Bible study through the fall as we prepare for a January kick-off.
  • We are looking to start a new contemporary service later this fall. We are interviewing someone whom we think will be the right person to make that happen.
  • The By-Law changes were discussed and passed. There was very little discussion based on the changes to the consolidation of our boards. There was discussion regarding the number of meetings each year and the required number of people for a quorum. The feeling is to require two meetings, but to offer additional as needed. Even though a suggestion was made to increase the percent of members needed for a quorum or keep it at the current number, the Voter’s Assembly unanimously chose to go with the changes that were proposed in the By-Law redraft that was discussed at our previous meeting. Copies of the bylaws were also made available the last three weeks.
  • There were a lot of exciting things shared at this meeting and we have every reason to be thankful as to the wonderful things God is doing in our midst at Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

Outreach Giving to Support
Ukraine Refugees in Poland

The giving of the congregation has been truly amazing. Recently we have had inquiries about helping support Ukrainian refugees. We are excited to announce that during the month of September we will be focusing on monetary donations through Lutheran World Relief (LWR) for Ukrainian refugees. LWR is a non-profit helping support many different issues plaguing the world. You can find more information on how they are helping with the Ukraine crisis HERE.

 

If God calls you to help this ministry, we ask that you use a special mission envelope or place a separate check in your envelope. Please make sure you designate it for Ukraine mission. This should be done above and beyond your normal giving.  

If you have any other questions, please reach out to Eric Atkinson. There will also be an updated information sheet in the Outreach bulletin board outside the entrance of the sanctuary.

Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

Study of the Weekly Readings: Led by Dennis Marten in the Amen Corner.

Study the Gospel of Matthew: A verse by verse study of the first Book in the New Testament led by Mike Reese in the conference room next to the church office. This class is in person or on Zoom. Contact the church office for the link.

Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
A new study on Ecclesiastes began on August 30, led by Dee Kett in the Amen Corner. If you have questions about the study or are interested in signing up, call or text Dee at (480) 599-6797.

Wednesdays:
9:00 a.m. Gospel of Mark led by Pastor Jon. This is a Zoom Bible study. Contact the church office or Pastor Jon for the link. 

6:30 p.m. Class began September 21. Celebrate Recovery Bible study and training led by Pastor Jon and Randy Dannheim. We will provide this Bible study for our members and those interested in being a part of the leadership team. Anyone is welcome to attend and there is no expectation that you would have to be part of the leadership team. The plan is for the Celebrate Recovery to be open to the community in January of 2023. It will meet in the Amen Corner or you can participate online through Zoom as well. Contact the church office or Pastor Jon for the link. 

7:00 p.m. Class began September 21. Go through the books of the Bible based upon the Bible Project, led by Mike Reese. Meet in the conference room next to the office or via Zoom.

 

Bible Study Resources

Check out this link to The Bible Project to find great resources in growing in the Word of God and Understanding the Bible.  

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