This Week at Holy Cross … 

                        April 22 - 29, 2018


My Verse to Reflect on this Week …


But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 
      (1 Corinthians 15:57)





Helping People Become Fully Alive in Jesus!



to Jesus;

SHARING the Truth

of Jesus;

CELEBRATING the Life with Jesus.


Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection… 


___  I now have a clearer understanding of what will happen when I die. 

___  I can rest in Jesus with the assurance that because He lives, I will live also. 

___  I can live each day with hope knowing my future is secure in Jesus who died and rose for me. 

___  I believe in the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. 





Monday – John 12:37-50 

Tuesday –  John 13:1-17 

Wednesday –  John 13:18-30 

Thursday –  John 13:31-38

Friday –  John 14:1-14 

Saturday – John 14:15-31 



Parents /Caretakers of Young Children
are invited to the Child Care space (East Hallway) today after worship to meet and greet, discuss ideas, exchange information, and help determine direction for a new ministry for parents.  If you have children in KidZ Alive, just drop them off in the Parish Hall and come on over.  Of course, bring your younger children with you. Be prepared with ideas and opinions, we plan to have a questionnaire ready to get discussion started! Questions? Contact Christin or Bryant Frey, or Curt Boger. 


Our Kidz will be supporting the Belarus van project with their offerings through the last Sunday of April.  It’s a great opportunity for them to partner with the congregation as they learn about the orphans and their needs. Send a few extra coins to get the children of Belarus a safe and reliable van! See you at Kidz Alive!

With two Sundays to go our Belarus Mission Project for Lent and Easter has almost reached $5000!  Thank you for your generous support of Andrew and Galina Zenchenko 
and their ministry to children in orphanages in Belarus.
Please give an extra offering today by using one of the special offering envelopes in the pew for your extra gift to help the Good News of Jesus find its way into the hearts and lives of the orphans of Belarus!  Jesus said, “Let the children come to Me and do not hinder them. The Kingdom of God belongs to children such as these.”  (Luke 11:16) 


on Wed. April 25 at 6 pm! Meet at Holy Cross for instructions and to sign waivers. We will pick up litter along West River Rd NW from 55th St NW to 37th St NW and the RCLS and Holy Cross grounds. We need lots of help! BRING YOUR OWN GLOVES. Meet back at Holy Cross afterwards for supper and to share stories of treasures found. Please contact Ken or Lorrie Langford with questions at 507-259-8558. Psalm 24:1 “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.”


July 23-27     Time?  9:00a - Noon     

Who?  PreK - Grade 5

This year at Vacation Bible Study we will learn that God keeps His promises! As we explore 5 Bible accounts of God’s faithfulness, we will be given hope and life now and forever. God promises He is with us today and always - no matter how wild the ride.    

How can I help?  Anyone grade 6 through adults are invited to share in this fun experience! Register and/or Sign-up to help at   Contact Pastor Fran with any questions.

Friday, April 27 is the fourth Friday of the month so a team from Holy Cross will be making and serving a meal to people who are homeless and in need of God’s caring presence in their lives. This 6:00 evening meal at DDH in Rochester is served by teams of individuals, families, & friends and can be prepared in the DDH kitchen or made at home and brought in. To learn more of this rewarding ministry, write Dorothy Day House on the back of your Connection Card, and someone from the board of Missions & Evangelism will be in touch with you to answer your questions.  For I was hungry and you fed me.  (Jesus in Matthew 25)



Saturday, May 12 from 8:00am – 3:00pm

Rummage sale, Car wash, Bake sale, Grilled Lunch, and Gertens’ Flowers!
Don’t miss out on this annual fundraiser. Thank you for supporting the Youth Workcamp Mission ’18! See more details of this year’s mission below.





28 Participants and 3 redshirt volunteers have signed up to head to Houston next summer! They will be spending the next several months fundraising and working together to prepare!  We need you.  This is the largest group we have taken on a mission in quite some time, and we will need a lot of support to get there.  Financial donations can be made at church in the regular offering,.  Online gifts can be done at, click on Support, then Give Online. It’s one thing to just send money to an organization; it’s even better when you know the people that will be serving!  Check out our Honey and other items at the new Produce Pantry at church.  Tell friends and neighbors or offer to bring them some! 100% of the proceeds go directly to mission support.  About the Trip…  Most people know of the destruction in the Houston area from Hurricane Harvey in September of 2017.  By far the biggest impact has been flood waters; the damage that floodwaters can do must be seen firsthand to be truly understood.  The effects are devastating and take a long time to completely overcome. By the summer of 2018, many of the residents of Houston will be tired, discouraged, overwhelmed, and hopeless. Our goal is to bring what light we can to each situation, whether it be cleaning up, removing debris, redoing drywall, or whatever else needs doing as we come alongside the people affected.  We will depart July 5, and return July 15.



Goals & Purpose: 

ü  Continually introduce students to Jesus Christ and His Truths

ü  Provide a safe place where students and adults alike can experience the tangible love of God, and can feel like they belong.

ü  Provide opportunity for continual growth toward becoming Fully Alive in Christ!



On Wednesdays!  After school time, supper at 5:45 or so, then connecting time, worship, and breakouts for confirmation students, other youth, young adults, and other adults.  Everyone is welcome; we’re always looking for more adults to mentor alongside the youth of Rochester.











22: Jubilate Handbells at Trinity (10:30a worship)

23-27: NWEA Spring Testing


4: Jazz /Pops Concert – 7:00p

5: Softball Tournament – South Park, Spring Valley

6: Spring Athletic Banquet – 3:00p

11: RCLS Field Day  (Rain date: May 25)

17: Grade 6 Trip to State Capitol and Fort Snelling

18: Safety Patrol Outing

21: Track & Field Day in Winona (grades 3-8)

28: No School – Memorial Day

29: 8th Grade Graduation

(May 30 – June 1) 8th Grade Camping Trip




Helping People Become Fully Alive in Jesus!