A congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Our Faith Journey
"Providing Strength for the Faith Journey.” As a Christian community we provide this strength and encourage people of faith to grow...by CELEBRATING Christ and his message of grace and hope in our lives, through our acts of COMPASSION which transforms peoples’ lives, and, by nurturing COMMUNITY that reminds us that we are connected relationally.
Acts of Celebrating Christ...
Worship on Sunday mornings and special festivals throughout the year - Around the Cross Concert Series - Confirmation Choir - Youth Music Team - Sunday/Funday School - Mens Authentic Living series - Prayer Shawls - Counseling - CrossWays PreSchool - Baptisms and Holy Communion - Funerals - Ecumenical Partnerships - Internet Devotions - Vacation Bible School - Care of Creation emphasis - Performing Arts - Fair Trade ministry - Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago - Internship Ministry - Worship volunteers: greeters; ushers; readers; acolytes; acolyte assts.; Communion assts.; Assisting Ministers - Bread Bakers - Adult Choir - Instrumental Ensembles - Youth Choirs - Confirmation - Prayer Ministry - Pastoral Care and Visitation - Celebration Childcare - Weddings - First Communion Instruction - New Member Reception - Third Grade Bible Presentations - Lutherdale Summer Camp - Visual Arts - Drama Ministry - Altar Care - “Blue Christmas” in Advent
Acts of Nurturing Community...
High School Youth group - Kids of Promise - Kids of the Cross - Quilting - Mens Saturday Morning Discussion - Nursery ministry - Monday Night Bible Study - Interfaith Events - Womens Tuesday Morning Discussion - Church Picnic - Progressive Dinner - Monthly Newsletter - Spiritual Gifts Discernment classes - Red Rose Childrens Community Choir - Grief Support ministry - Fellowship events - Spiritual Disciplines - Book Club - Yoga Group - Bible Study groups - Middle School Youth group - Kids of the Kingdom - Common Threads - Gourmet Dinner Group - Mothering Matters - Parenting courses - Mother/Daughter Tea - Womens Saturday Morning Discussion - College Student Ministry - Thanksgiving Eve/St. Lawrence Episcopal - Lenten Soup Suppers - Leadership Development classes - Family Fall Festival - Hospitality through the building - Web Home Page - Creative writing - Tuesday Morning Mens Breakfast - Pilates Group- Abundant Life Group (financial practices) - Topical Study groups - Church Council - Ministry Boards
Acts of Compassion...
ELCA Benevolence - Lutheran World Relief - Youth mission trips - COOL food pantry/transitional housing - Lutheran Day Nursery, Chicago- PADS shelter ministry - Literacy Classes - Giving Tree - Meeting Space for community groups - South Africa AIDS/HIV clinic - Sagrado Corazon, Hispanic Mission in Waukegan (ESL, literacy, immigration, Bibles) - College Scholarship program, Mission Endowment Fund - ELCA World Hunger - Lutheran World Federation - Lutheran Social Services of Illinois - Rosebud Indian Reservation, S.D (housing, health, meals, VBS, literacy ) - Advocate Health Care - Habitat for Humanity, Lake County - Malaria Net Project - Lake County United - ESL classes - Partnership with Glenkirk - Willow House ministry - CROP Walk Emergency assistance for individuals/families

Mission Statement
We are a Christian community committed to celebrate God’s Love for all creation. We boldly proclaim the Gospel that frees us to witness, minister, and live the Christian faith in our everyday lives.

Core Values
Core Values create the foundation that informs our ministry and life together. Core Values shape our congregational culture and character. Core Values drive our priorities and decision-making. Core Values engage our creativity and imagination. Core Values communicate our distinctiveness and are descriptive of our life together in a faith community
  • "Come as You Are" and "Come Where You Are" in your personal faith journey. You are welcome and will discover a place of hospitality as individuals and families move towards the ultimate goal of knowing God.
  • Be inspired to "Embrace God's Gift of Grace" in a setting of openness and honesty through intentional engagement with the Christian tradition as embodied in faith practices.
  • As people created in the image of God, we explore the connection between our passions and a sense of vocation as we "Share our Gifts" in a dynamic, authentic and genuine environment.
  • Compose a Christian way of life through Christ-centered opportunities for personal transformation and discernment through sharing stories, risk taking, sharing the Word, praying, contemplating, and participating in truthful conversations around questions that surface in life.

Core Beliefs and Teachings
Core Beliefs and Teachings ground our investment in a relationship with God. Core Beliefs and Teachings connect us to a faith tradition. Core Beliefs and Teachings generate clarity in focus and purpose. Core Beliefs and Teachings define unity in midst of diversity. Core Beliefs and Teachings provide a framework of stability in a complex world of uncertainty.
The Bible We teach that the Holy Bible is the Living Word of God and functions as the authority in matters of faith and life. God We teach that there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. A relationship with God is a gift not an accomplishment! Jesus Christ Jesus Christ We teach that Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully human, who by His death and resurrection has redeemed us. The Holy Spirit The Holy Spirit is truly present at work in the community of believers. Its gifts vary from person to person and no one is left out . Human Nature We teach that no one is perfect and that everyone has sin and needs the grace, love, and forgiveness of God. Prayer We are a people of prayer and believe that God will answer prayer and longs for all of us to grow in prayer. Baptism and the Lord's Supper We believe, teach and confess that Jesus is truly present in, with and under the elements of water, bread, and wine nourishing our lives on earth with these gifts. The Church Holy Cross Lutheran Church is a small part of a greater body of Christ alive in the world and affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Our Evangelical Lutheran Heritage and Identity Our Evangelical Lutheran Heritage and Identity We believe, teach, and confess our faith in the Lutheran reformation themes of: grace through faith alone, scripture alone, and Christ alone!