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Holy Cross Lutheran Church and Children's Center
Disability Ministry
Leader: Arthur Larson

 

HOLY CROSS RESPITE EVENTS

Frequently asked Questions

What are respite events? Holy Cross offers 3.5 hours of fun for children affected by disability and siblings, ages 1 to 12 (developmentally) allowing parents a few hours of quiet and refreshment.

Parents: Take a break, get away, do some shopping, and breathe.  

Children:  Games, crafts, fun, music, snacks, and more.

What is the cost? Respite events are free to the families. 

What is the need? These parents tend to be stressed, tired, and isolated. 85% of their marriages end in divorce. Many are single parents. Only 12-15% of families with disabilities have found a church that welcomes them or have heard God’s perspective on disability.

Who looks after the children?  All activities are led by trained staff and volunteers.  Each child has a “buddy” to look after them and play with them during the respite event.  On-site nurse is available.

Can I volunteer to help?  We need volunteers to be a “buddy” with a child with a disability or a typical sibling.  If you are not a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, please contact Art Larson.  A short training time is provided prior to each respite event.

What are the dates and times?  April 29, 2017, 9:00am to 12:30pm; and September 30, 2017, 9:00am to 12:30pm. (Pre-registration required one week before the respite event.)

For more information:  Call the church office at 408-356-3525 x0 or email  secretary@holycrosslosgatos.com.

 


Meeting the Needs of People with Disabilities

Holy Cross is committed to meeting the needs of people with disabilities.  Holy Cross shares the belief of Joni & Friends (www.joniandfriends.org) in the Luke 14 mandate to "Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame...so that my house will be full."  Holy Cross has successfully integrated a number of people with a variety of disabilities and ages into existing programs at Holy Cross.  This includes a "buddy" system for those with special needs.  Please contact Holy Cross and allow us the opportunity to meet your special needs.

The people of Holy Cross want to be a church that is responsive to the needs of people in this community, with able-bodied and disabled people caring for one another.  We want to communicate to everyone that God really cares about the disabled, and He wants us to share His love with those who may be hurting and lonely.

Accessibility of Sanctuary and Grounds

Holy Cross Lutheran Church has made a commitment to making the sanctuary and buildings of the church fully wheelchair accessible and we will do our best to meet the needs of anybody with a disability. Accessibility features include:

  • The sanctuary and all buildings of Holy Cross Lutheran Church are fully wheelchair accessible.
  • Places for people in wheelchairs to sit are provided in inclusive areas. Multiple disabled parking stalls are available.
  • An enhanced sound system has been installed for people who are hard of hearing in the sanctuary.
  • Wheelchair accessible restrooms are available.
  • Large print bulletins, hymnals, and Bibles are available upon request.

Let us know if we don't meet your needs and we'll work with you to make changes.

Contacts for Disability Ministry Information
Church Office - 408-356-3525 x0

CNH Disability Ministry Task Forcehttp://www.cnh-lcms.org/pages/page.asp?page_id=274635


Personal Testimonies from Disabled Members

Kelly Anderson

 

I was born on June l3, l964. I was a pretty normal baby. No one knew there were problems until I started nursery school which was pretty hard for me. Kindergarten was even harder so I repeated it. Then we moved to Los Gatos and I started first grade in Special Education. My teacher suggested vision therapy and tutoring in reading and I learned to read simple things. I still cannot read above second or third grade level or do math. I was in Special Ed all my school years including a two-year program at Foothill College. I now work 2 days a week at Kinko's and volunteer 3 days a week at Saratoga High School, working with the Special Education class and in the office. I feel comfortable working with the three to five-year olds in Sunday School. I love helping with the monthly senior luncheons at church. My mom thinks I have a special talent for helping others, especially kids, seniors and others with developmental disabilities.

 

 

Art Larson
I was 18 years old when God decided to change my life. Oh, He had been with me all of my life and had given me Christian parents to teach me His ways. I had already accepted Him as Lord and Savior of my life. I was 18 years old, on my way to college to study mechanical engineering, when a tumor near my spinal cord destroyed my spinal nerves, leaving me completely paralyzed from the chest down.

I have since figured out that four fundamentals have helped me through this life changing experience. The four fundamentals are faith, family, friends, and future. God gave me the faith to trust that this "accident" was part of his plan for me. God gave me a family that has supported me in everything that I have done. God gave me friends to help and encourage me. God gave me not only a future here on earth under His care, but I hold the promise of a future of eternal life with Him close to my heart.

Since my spinal cord injury in 1976, I have gone through undergraduate and graduate school to get a masters degree in mechanical engineering and continue to work as a mechanical engineer. But more important than that, I have kept my faith in God and have seen many good things happen in my life and other people's lives because of my disability. The churches that I have attended since my disability have always received me just as I am and have welcomed me into their congregation. Holy Cross is certainly no exception. I have been involved in all activities from social activities, Bible Study, and church leadership positions.

I currently promote disability awareness at Holy Cross. The need to bring all people into the body of Christ, including those with disabilities, is a need that few churches address. Holy Cross has made that commitment, and I am grateful for that commitment. I am truly blessed to be a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, and I know that any person with a disability would be welcome at Holy Cross, and blessed because he or she came into our house of worship.