This page provides you with some more stuff we hope you will find helpful. We are grateful that you are taking the time to read this and to check out our website. But of course, getting to know a place and the people who are a part of it through a website is a little like trying to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner by reading about it. So we invite you to come and meet us, and to explore with us what it means to live as a Christian in the twenty-first century. We believe we have much to offer but that you have much to offer to us as well.
We are a traditional Lutheran Church and a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). As such, we are also a part of the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin. A Synod is a geographic region of congregations that are a part of the ELCA and the word synod literally means to walk together.
We understand that visiting any place for the first time can be difficult and that coming (or returning) to church ranks right up there in degree of difficulty. So, though this may not make it a lot easier, here are a few things that we hope you may find helpful.
As a traditional Lutheran Church, we generally worship making use of a liturgy and a hymnal (or songbook). Liturgy is just a fancy way of saying we have some basic parts of worship we use regularly. This provides some structure and flow to the worship. The basic elements are Gathering, Word, Meal, and Sending. These are listed in the bulletin and the songs and most other parts of the worship are found in the hymnal. Our worship nearly always will include Holy Communion or, as it is often called, the Lord’s Supper. All are welcome to come to the table for Holy Communion.
We strive to welcome everyone, as Jesus did and taught. When we say “All are Welcome,” we are saying all means all. Because Jesus welcomed everyone and spread the circle of who is included in God’s embrace even wider than his own closest followers were comfortable with, we will seek to do the same; though we admit, we too may fall short.
See Luke 18:15-17, Jesus welcomes the children; Matthew 25:31-46, we see Jesus in the stranger; Romans 12:13, extending hospitality a crucial virtue.
We believe that we all mess up, sometimes in really big ways(!) but we also believe in God’s forgiveness and grace. And we know that too often people (maybe you) have been hurt by the Church and its pastors or people and those hurts often go deep. Yet just as God forgives us our sin, we hope you might be able to forgive those who sinned against you. We believe God’s steadfast love endures forever and that God is always more ready to give than we are to receive. Therefore, since God created us to be in relationship with one another, we hope that you might visit and give us the opportunity to get to know you as a companion with us on this journey through life.
I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” - Psalm 122:1
We hold worship services with Holy Communion as follows:
Sunday Mornings at 9:00 a.m. with Fellowship at 10:10 a.m.
Wednesday Evenings at 7:00 p.m.
We are located at:
615 Maple Street
Glenwood City, Wisconsin 54013
From the North:
From State Road 64, head South on State Road 128/WI-128 (5.8 mi). Stay straight to go onto WI-170/1st St. Turn left onto Maple St/WI-170. Go approximately 6 blocks and Holy Cross Lutheran Church is on your right.
From the South:
Take the WI-128 exit, EXIT 28, North toward Glenwood City. Once you are in town, take the 2nd right onto 1st St/WI-170. Take the 2nd left onto Maple St/WI-170. Go approximately 6 blocks and Holy Cross Lutheran Church is on your right.
From the West:
Take I-94 to exit 28. Take the WI-128 exit, EXIT 28, North (left) toward Glenwood City (9 mi). Once you are in town, take the 2nd right onto 1st St/WI-170. Take the 2nd left onto Maple St/WI-170. Go approximately 6 blocks and Holy Cross Lutheran Church is on your right.
From the East:
Take I-94 to exit 28. Take the WI-128 exit, EXIT 28, North (right) toward Glenwood City (9 mi). Once you are in town, take the 2nd right onto 1st St/WI-170. Take the 2nd left onto Maple St/WI-170. Go approximately 6 blocks and Holy Cross Lutheran Church is on your right.