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Celebrate Recovery kickoff next Wednesday!

Our Celebrate Recovery (CR) begins on Wednesday, February 1. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and worship is at 6:30 p.m. Most weeks there will be small groups at 7:15 p.m., but the first week we will not have the small groups.

The invitation is open for anyone to attend. The purpose of CR is to help people who are struggling with any kind of addiction to find support and freedom that can be found only in our Lord.

We are still looking for leaders to help with dinner, making the PowerPoint presentations for the worship time, and filling into slots as needed. This will be one of the largest outreach events that Holy Cross has undertaken.

Please pray for the Lord to work powerfully through this mission. You will be receiving an email invitation that we encourage you to send to others to invite them to be a part of CR. There are also CR business cards that are in the narthex and table in the sanctuary that we encourage you to take and hand out to others.

Mark Your Calendars

  • Ash Wednesday is February 22. There will be a morning service at 10:30 a.m. The same message will be shared at the Celebrate Recovery worship service that night at 6:30 p.m.

Pastor Brian’s new address:
Pastor Brian has moved to his new location at The Gardens, which is located near 60th Street and Thomas. 6001 E. Thomas Rd. Scottsdale 85251.

Giving statements:
For those of you who had envelopes in 2022, your year-end giving statements are in your mailboxes. If you have any questions about your statements, please do not hesitate to contact the church office.

Service Opportunity

February 18 • 8:45-11:00 a.m.  •  Mesa (Near US 60 and Alma School Rd)
We currently have space available for 20 volunteers for our upcoming meal packing session at Feed My Starving Children ( FMSC is a Christian based non-profit dedicated to sending dry food packets to areas in need. It is a very fun and fast paced session where we attempt to pack as many food packets as possible! The session does require standing for two hours, along with repetitive motion. Reach out to Eric Atkinson for more information ( or 715-530-0750) Sign up is on the back table at Holy Cross.

Serving the Homeless

We have had a lot of need again over the past couple months for food to assist the homeless in our community around Holy Cross. Our pantry is once again running very low. If you could bring non-perishable food items that can be easily opened to the office or to church, it would be greatly appreciated. We have a bucket in the back of the church to collect items if you bring them to worship with you.

Bible Studies

Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
Study of the Weekly Readings:  Led by Dennis Marten in the Amen Corner.

Study of Matthew Led by Pastor Jon in the Conference Room.

Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.   Meeting Jesus Led by Dee Kett. If you have questions about the study or are interested in signing up, call or text Dee at (480) 599-6797.

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

6:30 p.m. Celebrate Recovery Bible study and training led by Pastor Jon and Randy Dannheim. 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 on February 1. Meet in the Amen Corner or via Zoom.

Mental Health Coaching

Mike Dafoe has been trained to assist you in finding the the right direction and resources you may need with personal mental health challenges or for people that are close to you. The work he will perform can be done on phone or Zoom. This is a free and confidential resource. If you would like to talk with Mike, he can be reached at 605-390-7541 or

Online Giving to Holy Cross

The Prayer Chain allows for rapid access to prayer in case of emergencies and other challenging situations. Please contact Dawn Kravagna (Team Leader) or contact the church office.

Amazon Smile & Thrivent Financial

If you are a member of Amazon Prime or Thrivent Financial, you have the opportunity to have of portion of the money you spend or invest come to Holy Cross.  If you are a member of Amazon Prime, go into your Amazon account and select “Programs & Features”.  Then select Amazon Smile and designate Holy Cross Lutheran as your charity of choice.  A percentage of most purchases will go to Holy Cross and cost you nothing.  For those who are Thrivent members, you have the opportunity to designate Thrivent dollars to the charity of your choice.  It is based on what you have invested with Thrivent.  Again, it does not cost you anything, but this charity that Thrivent provides can benefit our congregation.  If you need help with either of these options, please contact the church office.