Due to current concerns over the spread of this infection, Sunday School, Bible Study, and Confirmation Classes have been suspended until further notice. The School and Preschool are also closed.
Sunday morning church services are being resumed on May 31. The service is being live streamed so it will not be available here until later in the day on Sunday.
The board of directors and Pastor Scheer have been discussing what sort of changes will be put in place in order to ensure that everyone who comes to worship can feel safe and able to focus on worship while you are here. To that end there are several new procedures that we will need to get used to, at least for the time being. In general, social distancing and face masks are being requested of everyone as much as that is possible. To encourage this we will be practicing the guidelines listed to the right.
We are requesting that everyone honor these guidelines for the safety and consolation of your fellow worshipers, so that all who come can worship in peace and comfort. The board of Directors will continue to monitor and change or alter these guidelines as needed.
If you are not feeling well, we ask that you protect others by remaining at home to worship through the live stream or a video of the service that will be provided later on Sunday morning.
As always feel free to reach out to the Pastor or the Board of Directors with concerns or comments. We are looking forward to seeing each of you in worship and fellowship and we continue to pray for an ending to this pandemic.
Thank you and God Bless,
Pastor Scheer and the Holy Cross Board of Directors
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· The church will be sanitized after every use
· Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the building
· Church and school building will continue to be off limits for meetings and group events
· The water fountain has been turned off
· Bulletins and Portals of Prayer will be available on tables and spread out to avoid unnecessary contact
· Coffee and doughnuts will no longer be offered before or after the service
· Bathrooms will remain open lights are on a sensor
· When you arrive we ask that you not assemble in the narthex but continue into the sanctuary
· Please follow the markings on the pews as you choose your seats
· Please do not sit near people you have not been sheltering with
· Families who have been sheltering together are invited to sit together
· We ask that masks be worn even during the service when possible, except when receiving communion
· (The BOD understands that masks can be difficult for some to wear. Those who are unable to wear a mask are still welcome to worship. We simply request that you consider keeping an extra amount of distance to try and keep others safe.)
· No seating will be available in the choir loft
· No offering will be taken during the service
· An offering box will be available after the service in the Narthex to receive your offerings
· Communion will be served in a continuous line and we ask that you maintain social distancing of at least six feet from others while waiting in line
· The Pastor will say “Take and Eat…” and “Take and drink…” corporately at the beginning of the Holy Supper
· Please replace your mask after receiving communion
· After the service we would ask that any fellowship and socializing be done outside and that everyone is respectful of others by maintaining social distancing practices
During the past 6 months the church leadership has held business meetings remotely using Zoom. The required Voters meeting in April had to be cancelled. There is another required meeting in November. We will be trying to hold that meeting using Zoom. There will be no meeting in the church as in the past. We do not wish to exclude any member who wishes to attend the Voters meeting.
Zoom requires the use of a device that has both a camera and a microphone so that you can be both seen and heard. And Zoom is a little tricky to use for someone who is not technically savvy.
If you wish to attend the meeting but you do not have a device with these capabilities or you are not sure if you have a compliant device, please contact the church.
While the date of the meeting is set for Sunday, November 8, the time of the meeting has not been decided.
There is a “contact us” form below for your convenience. Someone will contact you to evaluate your situation. This form requires the entry of an email address. If you do not have email, type something that looks like an email address (email@example.com for example). We will contact you by phone.
Your device may work and we can test that before the meeting so you are familiar with the tricky part. Or, you may have a family member who can help. Or we can make a laptop available to you.
As usual, reports will be available prior to the meeting. These reports may be available in the church prior to the day of the meeting, or they may be posted on the web site, or they may be sent to everyone prior to the meeting. This has not been worked out.
Please bear with us as we continue to face this challenging time.
Sunday School meets each week after worship services to teach the good news of Christ’s life, death and resurrection to our children and youth. Sunday School begins with an opening devotion in the church sanctuary at 10:15, and then children are dismissed to classes ranging from pre-kindergarten to post-confirmation. Teachers employ some very fun and innovative techniques during classes, including play-acting, props, and crafts, that make lessons inviting and memorable. As part of the Sunday School curriculum, students also have the chance to perform Christmas and Easter pageants for the congregation. This is their opportunity to share their love for God with members of the congregation.
During the summer, most often in June, Holy Cross holds Vacation Bible School (VBS), a week-long program of Bible stories and learning. Holy Cross conducts VBS between 6:30 and 8:30 in the evening so that all family members have the opportunity to attend. VBS includes Bible study, singing, games, arts and crafts, and socializing, and is energizing for children and adults alike.
Holy Cross Heavenly Harvest Food Pantry is established to alleviate the physical and emotional hunger of the poor and needy in our community in a dignified and supportive manner.
Holy Cross Heavenly Harvest Food Pantry is a faith based food pantry that raises awareness of the needs within the community and forges new relationships.
For more information or if you would like to visit our food pantry, email us at HeavenlyHarvestFoodPantry@yahoo.com.
If you are an older adult or retiree looking to foster friendships and also share time for service projects, the Amazing Grays is ideal for you. The Amazing Grays meet every 4th Tuesday of the month at 12:00 noon in the church’s annex building. Parishioners from other churches in the area are also welcome to attend. The Grays read devotions at every meeting and invite guest speakers who deliver entertainment, Information and advice on a variety of topics, including health concerns, safety, and insurance. In December, the Amazing Grays hold a Christmas party to have fun, socialize and collect gifts for needy children. In addition, the Amazing Grays plan occasional bus trips to relax and enjoy attractions away from the city.
The Amazing Grays serve the Holy Cross community by preparing and serving luncheons after funerals. It’s a comfort to grieving families to know there are friendly and helpful people handling this task for them.
To participate in the Amazing Grays, you don’t have to be over 55 years old - or have gray hair - all adults are welcome!
If you are a great social planner or organizer, then consider being an active member of Holy Cross Boosters. The Boosters organize and help set up the annual Easter breakfast, congregational picnic, dinners, and other special events. All members of Holy Cross Lutheran Church belong to the Boosters, but we also need leaders with great ideas and planning skills.
After worship services on Easter Sunday, you can enjoy a pancake and egg breakfast, and fellowship with congregational family and friends. The breakfast is sponsored by the Boosters and helps raise money for church projects.
Congregational Picnic and Dinners
Every year, Holy Cross holds a summer picnic sponsored by the Boosters and Sunday School. There is a church service at 10:00 a.m. followed by fellowship, fun and games. At various times during the year, the church may sponsor congregational dinners to socialize and raise funds for special projects.
A diamond has many facets – and so do the 75 years of Holy Cross Lutheran Church. From the beginning of the church as a mission congregation to today, we have shone in the West Park area. Beginning with services in Huntley Hardware, moving on to a building that was once West Park Animal Hospital and then to our current location on Rocky River Drive, complete with a school, pre-school and extra classroom space in a modular unit. We have been blessed with pastors and leaders who have led us to use our resources to spread the Word.
The first 25 years: 1944-1969
Holy Cross began as a mission congregation of Unity Lutheran Church in December,1944. The current sanctuary was built in 1958. We added the Educational-Fellowship Hall, in 1964. The Holy Cross annex, now the pre-school began as a parsonage. Pastor McRee, Pastor Majoros, Pastor Dechow, and Pastor Pelikan lived there during their respective pastorates at Holy Cross. For several years the parsonage was used as a Group Home residence for Bethesda
The second 25 years: 1969-1994
During these years Holy Cross became one of four congregations who started West Park Lutheran School. Paul Hink was the first principal followed by Glenn Kloha, Nancy Clark, and now Reverend Michael Scheer.
These last 25 years: 1994-2019
West Park Lutheran School is now Holy Cross Lutheran School and has added additional classrooms in the form of a modular unit at the back of the E-F Hall. Another facet of the church was added in the form of the Heavenly Harvest Food Pantry. Food is distributed to those in need on the first Saturday of each month. Currently we are serving up to 50 families per month.
The Next 25 years: 2019-2044
What will happen before we reach the century mark? Be a part of Holy Cross’ history -volunteer to spread our mission through words and actions. Let’s continue what God has led us to do.
The Holy Cross handbell choir, Joyful Sounds, will begin again on September 14, 2020. Rehearsals are on Monday evenings from 7 - 8 p.m. If you can count to four and breathe then you can learn to play handbells. If you don’t read music, don’t let that stop you from trying the bells – we can help you learn! If you don’t feel confident enough to join right in with the group, we can prep you with one-on-one learning sessions prior to the group’s first meeting. We hope to play in church once a month, and also during the holiday seasons. If you are interested, please contact Cheryl Onesky, 216-973-8629, or speak to her directly.
Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross
Arranged by Jason Krug
Holy Cross Church and School Volunteers
To enter the school, visitors must check into the office and be buzzed in by Tom, the school secretary.
Still, Still, Still, arranged by Cathy Moklebust
Morning Joy arranged by Christine D. Anderson
What Wondrous Love Is This
arranged by Susan E. Geschke
Breathe On Me, Breath Of God arranged by Jason Krug
Holy Cross supports a Christian day school. Since 1980, this school has offered students from kindergarten to 8th grade a high quality Christian education. The school’s mission is to lead children to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior while pursuing academic excellence. Many children graduating from 8th grade continue their secondary education at Lutheran West High School. The school offers: Full time state certified teachers, Daily Religion classes, Weekly Chapel Worship Services, Basic skills tutor, School Nurse, Speech Therapist, Computer instruction in all grades, Music program for band and chorus, Field trips for all grades K-8.
The school year begins in late August and runs through the first week in June. Contact School for tuition information. Cleveland scholarships are accepted, and other need-based scholarships are available as well. The school is a ministry of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
Two new classrooms have been added, and are being used this fall!
We invite your children ages 3-5 to our Christian school to experience a partnership with parents in educating each child. Our entire faculty and staff appreciate the opportunity to partner with parents to tell children about our Lord and Savior, Jesus, who is our wonderful God.
Train up a child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
We provide a nurturing, quality early childhood program that focuses on each child's social, emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritual growth. Children engage in enjoyable, meaningful, age-appropriate activities. We have a course of study that incorporates Ohio's Early Learning Standards and state certified teachers that meet the highest qualifications. Holy Cross Lutheran Preschool is star rated by the Ohio Step Up to Quality program.
Sunday Service: 9 AM - traditional with communion
Sunday School: 10 AM
Office Hours: M—F 12:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Pastor: Reverend Michael D. Scheer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Principal: Reverend Michael D. Scheer (email@example.com)
4260 Rocky River Dr. Cleveland, Ohio 44135