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Social Ministries 2013
The Social Ministry Team is always looking for new project ideas. We are also always looking for more volunteers! Contact one of us if you have any questions or have anything to contribute.
Chili Challenge a Success!
The Chili Challenge fundraiser not only tastee and fun but also raised money for a member of our congregation in need. Congratulations to Debbie Dellis and her prize winnng chili! A big thank you to those who organized the event, those who brought their favorite chili and those who supported the cause!
Tanzania Sunday Celebrates our Sister Congregation in Iringa
Slide Show from Sermon
God's Work Our Hands - Celebrating ELCA 25th Anniversary
Volunteers prepared 50 Personal Care Kits
Farewell and God Speed
We celebrated Lynea Geinert’s ministry and sent her off to her new position at Prince of Peace in Burnsville with a blessing.
Holy Cross volunteers serve in Loaves and Fishes Program
Holy Cross volunteers serve dinner for those in need every other month at Faith Lutheran Church in St. Paul. If you would like to help out, just sign up on the list at the back of the church. Adults and confirmed youth welcome!
Welcome Pastor Anne Hockenstad,
Interim Pastor of Holy Cross!
Pastor Anne’s Contact Information
Pastor Anne can be reached at this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. She can be reached in the Holy Cross church office Monday – Thursday. The church number is 651-793-0643. Pastor Anne is in the office at various times on Mondays-Thursday. She is available to meet with Holy Cross members during the day and some evenings. Friday is her day off. If you are in need of emergency pastoral care or in the case of a death, please call her on her mobile phone at 651-468-5773.
School Bags for Oakdale Students
Volunteers from Holy Cross House of Prayer and Guardian Angels Churches fliled over 100 school bags with supplies for students at Oakdale Elementary School. Thank you, volunteers!
Other Social Ministry Projects
Military Christmas Greetings**** April Showers Baby Supplies Collection for Women's Shelter **** Feed My Starving Children Project
Mission Trip to Tanzania
Our Mission Team arrived home safely on July 3rd from Iringa, Tanzania Participants are: Sarah Lipker, Diane Boonstra, Roxanne Choulock, and Pastor John, Sandy, Bethany and Nathan Stiles. If you’d like to read the updates and see pictures and video online, Pastor John set up a blog at http://bluejeremiah.wordpress.com They will be sharing their experiences in coming weeks. Below are some pictures from the team.
Above left: The children of Ikengeza greet us as our bus rolled into the village.
Above right: Here is one of the preaching points of Ikengeza made up of mostly Masai villagers. The church is made out of branches
and is too small for them to meet now.
Above left: Pastor John presenting the wooden altar cross to Pastor Anania Kadege and one of the evangelists at Ikengeza.
Above right: Meeting some of the children at Ikengeza!
Above left: Here we are being welcomed to a preaching point with drummers!
Above right: Here are some typical homes in Ikengeza made from mud bricks and thatched roofs. Other roofs have corrugated tin.
Above: Here is our welcome to Ikengeza with the church in the background.
Above right: Here are three of the students we sponsor at Ikengeza. It costs money to attend secondary school,
so most children stop going after elementary age. There is a need for more scholarships!
Above left: Roxanne shows a picture she's taken of two Masai warriors.
Above right: This is the sanctuary of the church in Ikengeza.
Above: This is the roof Holy Cross funds were used to construct
for one of the preaching points.
Many of you are probably wondering: "What does the Holy Cross Social Ministry Team do?"
The official duties of the team are as follows:
This team shall recruit, motivate, equip, and support members of the
congregation to assist Church members and the community at large in
times of need. This team's responsibility includes but is not limited
to coordinating the Church's effort to help the poor and hungry, whether
through a local food shelf or on a worldwide basis through the ELCA
World Hunger Appeal; overseeing the Church's role in such nonprofit,
social organizations as the Community for Affordable Senior Housing
and Habitat for Humanity; encouraging the congregation's financial
contributions to assist those who have experienced tragedies or disasters;
promoting blood drives; and any other social ministry which the team
So what does all this really mean?
It means that the Social Ministry Team helps people! We try to carry out our Christian duty to help alleviate problems with hunger, housing, and other social issues that prevail in our world today. This includes helping people in our own community as well as people on the other side of the world.
Among the projects that we have done:
- Provide and serve food for Loaves and Fishes (a soup kitchen) once every other month.
- Collect food for the local food shelf
- Organize the Christmas Giving Tree for local needy children
- Distribute coinboxes to collect money for the ELCA World Hunger Appeal during Lent.
- Collect hats, mittens, gloves, etc. for Oakdale Elementary.
- Collect school supplies for Oakdale Elementary.
- Organize a Habitat For Humanity work day.
- And more!
Holy Cross has twelve Befrienders who are trained in listening skills and are part of the pastoral ministry team. If you would like to request a Befriender or have questions about Befriending ministry, please contact
Pastor John at 739-0643 or send e-mail to Befrienders@holycrosslc.org.
Jobs in Transition
Federal Government Jobs - USAJobs
Simply Staffing - Eastern Minnesota/Western Wisconsin
Minnesota Department of Employee Relations
Minnesota Workforce Center
Star Tribune Employment Classifieds