Who We Are

What We Believe

At Holy Cross we believe, teach and confess that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Lord, and that through faith in Him we receive forgiveness of sins, eternal life and salvation.  Being "Lutheran", our congregations accept and teach the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century.  The teachings of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three short phrases:  Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.

Grace alone
Salvation is the free gift of God's grace for Christ's sake alone.

Faith alone
Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers.

Scripture alone
The Bible is God's inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ.

 

Come Worship With Us!
When we worship with other Christians, receive the Lord's Supper and pray, we come close to God through His Son, Jesus Christ, and find forgiveness and new hopefor living each day.  At Holy Cross we believe in God's plan of eternal salvation through faith in the dying and rising of God's Son Jesus Christ and join together in worship to celebrate the Good News.

Holy Cross offers a Traditional and a Contemporary service each Sunday, along with a mid-week Praise and Prayer service on Wednesday evenings.  Our services are welcoming, practical, and serve as a powerful witness to God's love and forgiveness.

Growing Spiritually Through The Word
We also encourage spiritual development and Christian living and offer a variety of classes and groups that apply the Bible's truths to individuals' lives and help people understand what it means to be a Christian in the 21st century.

Bible Studies present an excellent opportunity to deepen your understanding of God's Word, to explore today's challenging issues, and to experience the support and encouragement of other Christians.  We invite you to join one or more of our classes today!

Basic Lutheran Beliefs - What Do We Believe at Holy Cross?
One way to find out is to come to the Basic Lutheran Beliefs class.  For those who want to join our Christian fellowship but are not yet confirmed as Lutherans, the class can lead directly to Adult Confirmation.  But the class is for anyone who wants to get down to the basics of "What does the Bible say about being a Christian?" 

The topics include:

  • The purpose of the Bible and how to use it
  • What God wants from people like us
  • Why God gave the 10 Commandments
  • Why God came the first Christmas and what Easter means for our eternal future
  • Why Christ created the Church
  • Baptism and Holy Communion, worship and prayer
  • How to grow as Christians

We would love to see you there.  Please check the calendar for the next session or call the Church office for more information.


Our Vision, Mission and 2020 Goals

2020 Vision Plan GAPS to Goals—update for the members      June 2012

 

Our Vision Statement

We are an engaged, Christ-centered family

Partnering with the community

To share God’s love through service and care,

Inspiring EVERYONE to seek and know Christ.

 

Our Mission Statement

We

Serve Christ and

Strengthen the people of our community by

Seeking opportunities to meet their

Spiritual and physical needs

 

 

2020 Vision Plan Gaps to Goals – An update on   what has been accomplished  since 2011

Inspired by the Holy Spirit, it was determined there are seven key goals which God is leading our church to focus on in the years to come.  The “gaps” we need to close in order to reach these goals become our vision action items.

 

Goal # 1—Prayer:  to grow  in our prayer life

Monthly Adventures in Prayer
Care Ministry People of Prayer, active prayer warriors, email urgent requests
Online prayer requests at HC website
Practice “stop & pray” at meetings, ask for God’s guidance
Portals of Prayer devotionals,  seasonal devotional booklets

Goal # 2—Worship:  people more engaged, more energized worship

Sanctuary modificationàenergized contemporary worship, more engaged members
Tried one blended service in summer 2011, went back to two different services in summer 2012
Included hymn #’s on the screens for hymnal use preference
Provided nursery care during late service
Engaging more personally with visitors before/ after worship

Goal # 3—Communications:  improved, effective sharing of information

Phone Tree—upcoming events shared on HC automated recorded phone messages
Enhanced Holy Cross website
Improved Messenger newsletter, article deadline compliance improved, reminders via email
Care Ministry—prayer requests, Servant of the Day needs emailed instantly
Pre-worship slide shows on multimedia screens—share event info
Video production team has been formed
Technical support team formed
Multimedia training team formed

Goal # 4 –Engagement in Church Life:  members more actively engaged in Bible study, worship and service activities

Spiritual Gifts classes
Church clean-up days twice a year
Connecting more with inactive members
Reintroducing the Stewardship program to members
Library renovation project begun
Servant of the Day, Love meals, Shut-ins, Care Ministry programs
Small groups: weekly Bible study groups,  ChristCare groups, “What Matters” (2011), “Prodigal God” (2012), “Experiencing God” (2012), “The Story” (2012-13)
Christmas Blessing Gift Offering—year-end opportunity to   give  extra  funds for   furthering God’s  Kingdom work (2011 and 2012)

Goal # 5—Leadership Development:   continue leadership development programs, mentoring new leaders, recognition and  appreciation, expand the leadership core

Annual leaders retreat / workshops
Leaders monthly “table talks” (2012)
Staff weekly prayer and planning meetings
Attended the 2012 CNH district  convention (Pastor, President and  DCE attended)
Special growth retreats for Pastor and DCE
Leader  and Staff appreciation:
            Staff appreciation Christmas lunch and  congregation gifts
            Celebrated Pastor Scott’s 10th  anniversary (2011)
            Celebrated Linda Lutz’ 10th Anniversary (2012)
            Donna Jones’ retirement (2012)
            Retreat trip to Cabo San Lucas gift for  Pastor Scott, Thao and  sons (2012-13)
            Cards and small appreciation gifts  for  church leaders  and staff during the  year
            Developing the leaders resource room in the  church office

 

Goal # 6—Children & Youth Ministry:  to encourage  young families to become active in  church life

Inviting, involving Children’s Center families with Holy Cross
Yearly Summer Family Campout
Summer Family  Bonfire /BBQ Night (2011 and 2012)
Trunk or Treat (2011 and 2012 Autumn Festival)
Energized children’s and youth Sunday School with growth in attendance
“Faith Legacy” groups for  equipping families with  young children
Rally Day/ annual church picnic
Fantastic Easter and Christmas children’s / youth  worship programs!
Good News Club is growing
Outstanding Vacation Bible School  program with ~300 children & youth each summer
Volunteers in the nursery during the late service on Sundays
Combining fellowship activities with  Jr and Sr High  youth together
An energized Good Tidings groups in the new sanctuary layout
Instant Parties provide fellowship to raise funds , support for youth activities and missions

 

Goal # 7—Connecting With the Community: engging in regular  care and service in the community and  with the community, to spread the Gospel to all people

1. Regular on-going HC community ministry programs:  NOW, COME, SJ Family Shelter, Real Options Community Pregnancy Center, Hope Senior Center, Nursing Home Ministry; neighborhood outreach:  HC youth visiting nearby apartments ( spring 2012), Adopt-a-Family program (2012), Autumn Festival outreach, Thanksgiving dinner invitations to neighbors, Children’s Center families

2.  Work alongside other organizations to serve & speak the Gospel to  our community:  Habitat for Humanity All Faiths Build  (Cupertino 2012), SJ Veterans resource Fair prayer table & child care (2011, 2012),music concerts with other churches, New Life Band from Tanzania, Joni & Friends Summer Family Camps and  HC  Respite Events for Families with Disabilities, International Short-term mission trips


Senior Pastor

Scott Perry

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Senior Pastor Scott D. Perry

Pastor Scott and Thao (along with then 2 1/2 year old son, Andrew) came to serve as a pastor of Holy Cross in September of 2001.
 
Pastor Scott met his lovely wife, Thao at a missions conference in St. Louis called New Directions. They embarked on a brand new direction that day!  At the conference, Thao was sharing with a large group how God had used her tumultuous journey from Vietnam to the U.S. to come to more fully know the love and hope of Christ.  Thao had recently been baptized at St. Peter’s Vietnamese Lutheran church in St. Louis.  Scott and Thao were married at St. Peter’s in 1998.  Thao lived her first fifteen years of life in the war-torn county of Vietnam, 4 years in Nashville, TN, 9 years in St. Louis, MO and now going on fifteen years in the beautiful Santa Clara Valley.  Thao earned an M.S. from St. Louis University in Organic Chemistry in 1998 and presently works in the medicinal research department at Gilead Life Sciences in Foster City, CA.  
 
Pastor Scott grew up in Anoka, Minnesota and went to Bethany Lutheran College and Minnesota State University in Mankato, and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. Pastor Scott  also received an M.A. from San Jose State University in the area of Communication Studies in 2008.  God has gifted him wth  the gift of fluency in Mandarin Chinese and he loves to study history, culinary arts and play the trombone.

Thao and Scott have two sons, Andrew Hieu (16) and Justin Scott (12).  Andrew and Justin both love sports and are very active at Holy Cross in children and youth ministry.  The family enjoys camping, hiking and biking together.  Scott and Thao love to cook and specialize in preparing Southeast Asian cuisine.  Thao is an especially amazing cook and Scott encourages her in this hobby by doing his part in the role as eater!

Pastor Scott and Thao’s hope and prayer is that you would put your trust and hope in Jesus our true and living Savior and Lord.  May You know His true peace and rest in our restless world.  Whether you are a brand new believer or have been a Christian for many years, there is always a next step in following Christ.  Talk with Pastor Scott more about this.  Please come and visit a worship service at Holy Cross soon at either the 8:30 traditional or the 11:00 Praise and Worship style service.  Pastor Scott also teaches a Bible study in the New Life Building every Sunday morning between the two worship services.  Everyone is welcome!

 


Director of Children and Youth Ministry

Betsy Jenks

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We are thrilled to have Betsy Jenks back with us as the leader of Children and Youth Ministry.  Betsy worked at Holy Cross as our DCE for five years before leaving to pursue other things.  While traveling and moving every year, Betsy worked at several retail locations and different office jobs, but always missed working in the church.  In her new part-time position, Betsy will assist with coordinating and leading youth events for Middle School and High School youth, and work with developing activities for Children and their families.

What a blessing to have Betsy back with us in her new role!


Support Staff

The Holy Cross Church Staff


Administrative Assistant, Linda Lutz

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bulletin Coordinator, Gail Fern

 

 

 

 

 

 


Business Administrator, Andy Meyer

 

After 27 years in the corporate world Andy joined the Holy Cross staff in March of 2010.  His areas of    responsibility include the financial, facility, and HR activities of the church and Children's Center.

Andy also leads a Thursday evening small group study and helps with the Multi-Media ministry.  His hobbies include investment management, music and sports.

 

 


Children's Center Program Director, Cynthia Fehrenbach

 

 

 

 


President

Tim Russell


Church Council

Church Council 2015-2016

 

President, Tim Russell

 


VP of Ministry to Non-Members, Sunny Andrews

This Vice President is an officer of the congregation and a member of the Church Council.  The Vice President will report monthly to the Church Council and/or Voter's Meetings regarding the plans and activities of those areas of ministry relating to Community Outreach, Missions and the Welcoming Team.  The V.P., Ministry to Non-Members will meet regularly with these groups and/or receive reports from them following their meetings.

Sunny Andrews presently holds this office.

The Vice President serves a 2-year term and may serve 3 times, for a total of six (6) years.


VP of Ministry to Members, Wanda Olsen

This Vice President is an officer of the congregation and a member of the Church Council.  This Vice President reports monthly to the Church Council and/or Voter's Meetings regarding the plans and activities of the Adult ministry committees.

The Vice President also chairs a monthly meeting with the Adult ministry committee.

Wanda Olson presently holds this position.

The Vice President serves a 2-year term and may serve 3 times, for a total of six (6) years.


Treasurer, Jeannine Boettcher

The Treasurer regularly monitors the financial activities of the Church and delivers financial reports to the Church Council.  The treasurer is also responsible for preparing the annual budget and presenting it at the annual June Voters' Meeting for approval.  The budget may be amended and voted on again at the January mid-year Voters' Meeting if necessary.

George Lutz presently serves as Treasurer.

The Vice President - Support serves a 2-year term and may serve 3 times, for a total of six (6) years.


Council Secretary, Karen Heinitz

The Secretary will keep accurate minutes of the Church Council meetings and the Voters' Meetings for the permanent records of the congregation and will perform other duties in keeping with the office.

Jeannine Boettcher presently holds this position.

The Secretary serves a 2-year term and may serve 3 times for a total of six (6) years.


Head of Trustees, John Muller

The Head of Trustees looks after the condition and health of the church campus facilities.   This position manages bids on large projects and organizes the bi-annual work day to clean and tune up the facilities.  Please contact the church office if you are interested in helping with facility and/or grounds maintenance as we depend on volunteers for most of our projects.

 

 


Chairman of the Children's Center Board of Directors, Gail Fern

The Board of Directors of the Children’s Center (CC) will consist of eight voting members, five of which are members of Holy Cross, and three of which are parents of children attending the CC (parent members). The five members from Holy Cross will be elected by the voters and the three parent members will be selected by the parents of children attending the CC. The chairman will be a member of Holy Cross and will be elected by the voters. The chairman will attend and be a voting member of the Church Council. The term of office of the board members elected by the voters will be two years; whereas the parent members will be selected for a one year term. The Board of Directors of the Children’s Center will:

a.    Be responsible for the establishment of policy and the administration of the Children’s Center.

b.    Oversee the operations of the Children’s Center. This will include staffing, performance against budget, and approval of non-routine expenditures.

c.     Establish policy in accord with Holy Cross congregational policy and federal and state laws.

d.     Ensure that the Children’s Center remains an integral part of the mission and ministry of the Holy Cross congregation.

e.    Submit a budget annually for CC operations to the Church Council.

f.     Develop a set of goals and annual objectives for CC operations

g.    Designate one member of the board as Treasurer for the Children’s Center. This person will have responsibility for  producing monthly financial statements, maintaining separate checking and saving accounts, and paying CC expenses promptly. This person will also have reporting responsibilities to the Holy Cross Treasurer, who will ensure that all financial responsibilities are correctly executed.

 
 

 


Chairman of the Board of Elders

Larry Sills

Chairman of the Board of Elders, Todd Bollentino

The Board of Elders will consist of at least six male voting members.  The number of Elders will be recommended by the Board of Elders and approved by the Church Council.

In the event of the simultaneous absence of the President and all vice-presidents, or their inability to continue in their offices, the Chairman of the Board of Elders will become the acting presiding officer of the Church Council.  The Board will:

  • Together with the Pastors, minister in all matters pertaining to the spiritual welfare of the congregation.
  • Together with the Pastor, call qualified people of the congregation to serve as Deacons and Deaconesses in the Department of Care, and promote and supervise the activities of this department.
  • Consider complaints and grievances of members of the congregation if Matthew 18:15-16 has been fully observed, and report to the congregation those which cannot be otherwise adjusted, in accordance with Matthew 18:17-18.
  • Make every effort to induce members who have been negligent in their attendance of services, in the use of the Sacraments, and the financial support of the church, to mend their ways and fully enjoy the rights and privileges of their membership.
  • See that all services are conducted in such as manner as to avoid needless disturbance and to foster an attitude conducive to worship among those in attendance.
  • Arrange for pulpit assistance, special services, and guest speakers as necessary.
  • Appoint head usher and supervise ushering service.
  • Receive the list of candidates submitted by the District President when the congregation is to call a pastor or teacher. The Board will study the list and present it to the Church Council with the recommendation of the Board.
  • Support worship by participating in worship as needed, e.g. serving communion or leading worship in the absence of a pastor.

Board of Elders

The Board of Elders will consist of at least six male voting members.  The number of Elders will be recommended by the Board of Elders and approved by the Church Council.

In the event of the simultaneous absence of the President and all vice-presidents, or their inability to continue in their offices, the Chairman of the Board of Elders will become the acting presiding officer of the Church Council.  The Board will:

  • Together with the Pastors, minister in all matters pertaining to the spiritual welfare of the congregation.
  • Together with the Pastor, call qualified people of the congregation to serve as Deacons and Deaconesses in the Department of Care, and promote and supervise the activities of this department.
  • Consider complaints and grievances of members of the congregation if Matthew 18:15-16 has been fully observed, and report to the congregation those which cannot be otherwise adjusted, in accordance with Matthew 18:17-18.
  • Make every effort to induce members who have been negligent in their attendance of services, in the use of the Sacraments, and the financial support of the church, to mend their ways and fully enjoy the rights and privileges of their membership.
  • See that all services are conducted in such as manner as to avoid needless disturbance and to foster an attitude conducive to worship among those in attendance.
  • Arrange for pulpit assistance, special services, and guest speakers as necessary.
  • Appoint head usher and supervise ushering service.
  • Receive the list of candidates submitted by the District President when the congregation is to call a pastor or teacher. The Board will study the list and present it to the Church Council with the recommendation of the Board.
  • Support worship by participating in worship as needed, e.g. serving communion or leading worship in the absence of a pastor.

The current board of Elders is led by Chairman Larry Sills:

and its members are:

                    Michael Burnham                     Tom Conway                  Mike Fehrenbach                  

 

Randy Frederick                   George Lutz                            Rich Mirto 


Children's Center Board

President:  Gail Fern

Members:  Cynthia Fehrenbach (Children's Center Director), Linda Lutz, Pat Helton, Amy Pederson, Cindy Snow, Gail Fern, Christine Carroll, Erin Moore

The Board of Directors of the Children’s Center (CC) will consist of eight voting members, five of which are members of Holy Cross, and three of which are parents of children attending the CC (parent members). The five members from Holy Cross will be elected by the voters and the three parent members will be selected by the parents of children attending the CC. The chairman will be a member of Holy Cross and will be elected by the voters. The chairman will attend and be a voting member of the Church Council. The term of office of the board members elected by the voters will be two years; whereas the parent members will be selected for a one year term. The Board of Directors of the Children’s Center will:

a.    Be responsible for the establishment of policy and the administration of the Children’s Center.

b.    Oversee the operations of the Children’s Center. This will include staffing, performance against budget, and approval of non-routine expenditures.

c.     Establish policy in accord with Holy Cross congregational policy and federal and state laws.

d.     Ensure that the Children’s Center remains an integral part of the mission and ministry of the Holy Cross congregation.

e.    Submit a budget annually for CC operations to the Church Council.

f.     Develop a set of goals and annual objectives for CC operations

g.    Designate one member of the board as Treasurer for the Children’s Center. This person will have responsibility for  producing monthly financial statements, maintaining separate checking and saving accounts, and paying CC expenses promptly. This person will also have reporting responsibilities to the Holy Cross Treasurer, who will ensure that all financial responsibilities are correctly executed.



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