About

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 blend of Traditional and Contemporary services, along with a mid-week service on Wednesday evenings during Advent and Lent.  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 call the Church office for more information.






Pastor

Andrew Koschmann

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Pastor Andrew Koschmann

Pastor Koschmann and his wife Judy recently came to Holy Cross from Carol Stream, IL where they served for 34+ years.  We are thrilled to have them join us as Pastor Koschmann takes over the Pastoral leadership.  






Director of Children and Youth Ministry

Betsy Burnham

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We are thrilled to have Betsy Burnham 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 assists with coordinating and leading youth events for Middle School and High School youth, and work with developing activities for Children and their families.

 






Support Staff

 

Children's Center Program Director, Cynthia Fehrenbach

Cynthia's heart comes through in all she does at Holy Cross.   In addition to leading our before/after school Children's Center program, Cynthia directs the contemporary One Voice music group, plays piano, rings for the bell choir and even sometimes plays the organ.  She loves children, music and as an enthusiatic hiker, the great outdoors.

 

 

 

 


Administrative Assistant, Linda Lutz

Linda has been the face of the front office for 16 years after a career working in the local school system.  She can be found in the office Monday - Wednesday of most weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Communications Coordinator, Gail Fern

Though she works full-time as the Business Administrator at First Immanuel Lutheran Church in San Jose, Gail also applies her skills at Holy Cross creating the weekly Sunday worship bulletin and our main communication newsletter, the monthly Messenger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Business Administrator, Andy Meyer

 

After 27 years in the corporate world Andy joined the Holy Cross staff in March of 2011.  His areas of    responsibility include the financial, facility, and HR activities of the church and Children's Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






Church Council

2018-2019

 

Council President, Tim Russell

The President will preside at all meetings of the voters assembly and Church Council, and will be the chief officer of the congregation. The President will assist the Pastor in working with the church staff in regularly scheduled meetings. The President will direct each Church Council member to give at least an annual report to the congregation about accomplishments from the past year and upcoming plans.

 

 

 

 


VP of Ministry to Members, Sunny Andrews

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.

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


VP of Ministry to Non-Members, Gene Eckert

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.

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.

The Treasurer 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.

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

 

 

 

 

 


Head of Trustees, Vacant

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, Donna Balistreri

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.

 

Vice-President of Children and Youth, Vacant






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 Michael Hughes and its members are:

Jeffrey Dick
Michael Hughes
Ed Lacina

George Lutz
Sean Meyer
Ross Miller
Rich Mirto
John Muller
Larry Sills

 

                   

 

 






Children's Center Board

President:  Donna Balistreri

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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Contact Us
Holy Cross Lutheran Church and Children's Center
Regular Schedule
Office Hours
  • 9-5 pm Mon-Wed
    8-4 pm Thur/Fri
Sunday
  • Worship Service
    – 9:30 AM
  • Sunday School (Kidz of the Kingdom)
    – 10:45 AM to 11:45 AM
  • Youth Bible Class
    – 10:45 AM to 11:45 AM
  • Adult Bible Study
    – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM