are at the heart of Holy Cross!
Holy Cross’ vision of ministry includes what we do in response to the needs of our own congregation, our city and for the wider community! It is about allowing faith to be active in love. It is about loving your neighbor as yourself. It is about being Christ’s hands in a world that sometimes hurts.
WITHIN HOLY CROSS
Caring Companions: People who reach out to the homebound and hospitalized by making friendly visits and bringing home Holy Communion.
Prayer Shawl/Cloth Ministry: This is a way to care for people who are suffering, surrounding them in the prayer and love that is part of each piece we create. We can help both friends and neighbors feel Jesus surrounding them with His loving presence through the prayers that go into our creations and that continue during and after their presentation. When we crochet or knit, we begin with prayer and go on praying for the recipient, using prayers provided or those of our own. Prayers can deeply touch the life of someone who is ill or suffering and become a visible symbol of Jesus’ love and care.
Please find the attached documents for more information on making the shawls and cloths.
Healing Services: Prayers of healing are offered during worship services on the third weekend of the month during Holy Communion. During this time, a Pastor will pray for your individual request. Private counseling can be arranged by appointment with Pastor Meredith.
Prayers of the People: During worship services prayers are offered up for celebrations, struggles and sympathies.
Card Ministry: Cards are sent for moments of grief, illness, hospitalization, births and senior birthdays.
Hospitality: Our Kitchen Angels are a ‘welcoming’ group that blesses post-worship times with fellowship that includes coffee and treats, cares for a grieving family with a meal and pitches in with good old fashioned hospitality during many church events.
Parish Nursing: Is the intentional integration of the practice of nursing with the beliefs of our faith tradition. They are RNs who encourage physical and Spiritual health and wholeness by developing and leading programs within our congregation. A Parish Nurse is available the second weekend of the month during worship services to perform blood pressure screenings. Flu shots are offered in fall.
Stephen Ministry: Equips and empowers lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. It is a one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in our congregation that use the Stephen Series system.
“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
The Message, Galatians 6:2
BEYOND OUR WALLS
Quilters: The Quilters are busy making quilts on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 9:00 am. They would love to teach you to tie quilts...no sewing skills are necessary! Annually, they produce nearly 150 quilts that are shared with the local hospitals, Native American reservations and Lutheran World Relief.
Local Partner Organizations: We support the Menomonee Falls Food Pantry, ERA’s Senior Network (formerly Interfaith Senior Programs) of Waukesha County, Luther Manor and Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.
Partnering Community Programs: On the first and third Thursdays of the month, meals are served at the Community Banquet located in St. James Catholic Church at 5:30-6:00 p.m. This is facilitated by Sussex Outreach Services. Holy Cross participates in set-up and desserts; cooking and serving; and clean-up and take-down on a rotating schedule with other community churches.
Blood Center of Wisconsin Blood Drives: During September and January Holy Cross hosts a blood drive. Please watch our website calendar for dates.
Mr. and Mrs. Shivers: Handmade or purchased donations of hats, mittens and scarfs are collected for our partnership churches Hephatha and All People’s Lutheran Churches. Donations are collected in the Mr. and Mrs. Shivers collection box. The box is located in the coat closet near the southeast entry doors.
Holy Cross is a church that cares, but we need YOUR help! The caring ministries at Holy Cross depends on people who are willing to be called upon to be involved in loving service to those in need. If you would like to become involved, have questions or would like to explore your growing commitment to discipleship, contact: