The Saturday 5:30 PM and Sunday 8:30 AM worship services held in the sanctuary have resumed. Face masks are required. We ask that you bring your own mask and wear it while on the church property. Social distancing rules also apply. Entry to the church will be through the sanctuary doors at the front of the church only. Disinfecting wipes will be available to clean your hands as you enter.
We understand if you do not feel comfortable coming to the church at this time. We will be recording our 8:30 AM Sunday service each week and the recording will be available to view online that Sunday afternoon/evening.
Starting June 3rd the we will start hosting a 5:30pm Saturday and Sunday 9:45 am services starting the June 3rd
We are very excited to make this announcement.
In response to Governor Pritzger’s Executive Order Number 38 released on May 29, 2020 and information contained therein related to the “Free exercise of religion’ exemptions. the Holy Cross Leadership Task Force has decided to begin services again starting this coming weekend.
This has been a very challenging time for everyone. We do realize that some of you may be upset that we’re reopening, while some may be upset that we didn’t reopen sooner, or that some will be upset that some of the things we are doing have changed for now. We are doing our best to navigate through these waters and we continue to ask God for His leading and wisdom. And having absolute faith as described in Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
We have much to be thankful for and He has certainly used this for good at Holy Cross. From starting a Recording Ministry, to former members coming back to Holy Cross, and new worshipers experiencing our online service and wanting to come to Holy Cross, as well as pulling the Leadership within the church even closer together. He is always at work – Praise God!
Please know that if anyone does not feel comfortable with coming to a service yet, we do understand. We are going to continue recording a service and posting that online so that you can continue to worship and join us in person when you feel ready. The Recording Ministry, headed by Ken Hauser, will record the Sunday morning 8:30 service. The service will then be posted online sometime Sunday afternoon.
Below is the outline and process highlights that we will use to safely begin worshiping together again:
- Services – We will start by holding two services:
- Saturday 5:30 PM – Traditional
- Sunday 8:30 AM – Semi-blended with two contemporary songs
- Worshiping Safely:
- Face masks and social distancing are required. We ask that all those who attend bring your own mask if you have one and wear it while on the church property (inside and outside). If you forget yours, the church will have some on hand to help.
- We have disinfecting wipes to clean your hands before you enter the sanctuary.
- Doors Enter / Exit – Only the Sanctuary doors in the front of the church will be used to enter and exit. Ushers will provide direction and hold the doors to limit the hand touching on handles.
- Recording – The Recording Ministry headed by Ken Hauser will record the Sunday 8:30 service. The service will then be posted online sometime Sunday afternoon.
- Bulletins – We will use the same bulletin for each service, and the bulletin will note which songs are for Sunday only; this will allow us to be more efficient
- Bulletin Distribution – Ushers will hand the out with masks and gloves
- Number of People – We will not limit the attendance and we will not request reservations. Based upon the latest average weekly attendance (not including these past few months) we had about 140 people worshiping across the three services.
- Tracking Attendance – Ushers will do their best to record attendance as people come in. This is for a just in case scenario IF someone would inform us they had tested positive for COVID-19 and were coming to services. This way would could do a more targeted reach out to make people aware.
- Seating Worshipers – Ushers will seat worshipers so we can control the pews were people sit
- Communion – Station Communion will be conducted. Directions will also be verbally provided during the service
- Preparation of Communion – Elders will wear masks and gloves to prepare the wine and wafers
- Communion Process Wine – Ushers will release pew by pew keeping social distance. Elders will wear masks and gloves. The individual wine / non-alcoholic wine will be in the trays, but only have about 15 per tray so the cups are all separated.
- Communion Process Wafer – Prepared with mask and gloves as above. When serving the wafer the communicant will cup their hands and the Elder will drop the wafer into their hands.
- Offering Plate – Offering plates will not be passed but will be at the back of the church where members can leave their offering.
- Exiting – Ushers will release from the back rows first
- Cleaning – we won’t bore you with the details, but the church will be cleaned each week or more often if deemed necessary
We are looking forward to once again seeing you and worshiping with you.
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.Hebrews 13:20-21
From a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith deepens perseverance.
Now, you may recognize this greeting and this encouragement from the opening of the book of James. We have certainly been challenged these past couple of months and it has not been easy for anyone. Unlike many in the world, though, we have the promises and true Words of our Lord and Savior that provide us Joy, a deeper faith, encouragement, and perseverance. Our God is with us, He has a plan, and we also know that He will use this for His good. We may not understand it now, but we can have faith in Him and His Words.
Halleluiah! – we will soon be able to rejoin in person communion worship services on a very limited basis. Following careful consideration and observing current CDC guidelines we will resume worship services beginning the weekend of May 16-17.
- Attendance will be limited to 10 members; appointments will be required to ensure we do not exceed capacity and to permit everyone to have an opportunity to attend
- Please contact Jean Hoger to request a reservation [847.602.0803]
- Worship services will be abbreviated to 20 minutes in length and are scheduled for:
- Saturday 11:45 a.m.
- Sunday 9:00 a.m.
- Sunday 9:45 a.m.
- Sunday 10:30 a.m.
- Social distancing (6 feet of separation) and facemasks will be required
- The Lord’s Supper will be provided in a safe and sanitary manner
We believe that a cautious and measured plan to reopen provides the safest approach for the good of all church and community members. Thank you for your understanding and patience as together we embark on this new journey.
Continue to stream our online recorded worship services, follow Pastor’s devotions, spend time in prayer each day and stay connected with family and friends. Please keep Holy Cross and our leaders in your prayers for wisdom and guidance.
Yours in Christ, Pastor Gruen, the Elders, and the Governing Board