FaTHoM Discipleship

Fathom Discipleship Series

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Holy Cross seeks to be a community transformed by the love of Jesus. Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. FaTHoM is the name of our discipleship ministries at Holy Cross, specifically applied to our Sunday and Wednesday nurture programs. A fathom is a measurement of depth. Holy Cross wants to continually encourage all of our friends and members to “go deeper” in their faith as they grow in their understanding the depths of Jesus’ love for them.

The FaTHoM logo (above) helps to communicate our discipleship process at Holy Cross. The four waves of water illustrate four types of discipleship every Christians experiences along their faith journey:

  • Wave 1: Invitational Discipleship (Primarily worship services)
  • Wave 2: Instructional Discipleship (Primarily classes)
  • Wave 3: Relational Discipleship (Primarily faith families/small groups)
  • Wave 4: Vocational Discipleship (Primarily one-on-one conversations)

“I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3


FaTHoM is offered twice each week. Here are the details…

Here is what’s being offered this Fall!

FaTHoM Wednesday

FaTHoM Wednesday is a mid-week Christian Education evening for the whole family, infants through adults. We call it “FaTHoM” as it help us to “go deeper” in our understanding of God’s love. It is integrally connected with and mirrors our FaTHoM Sunday program, but on Wednesday we can begin with a meal and fellowship together to enhance our connections with each other. The rest of the time together is spent in one of the many electives that are offered for children & adults. It is offered every Wednesday (except during Advent and Lent) when we gather for worship instead of classes. It all begins at 6:00 p.m. followed by fun and fellowship for school-aged children, confirmation classes for our junior high youth, and a series of study electives for adults young and old.

Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. – Starting August 23

  • Christianity 101 New Member Series, led by Pastor Sattler. Get an overview of what Christians believe and why. Great for the curious, those interested in membership, or a review for members. Then check out Bible 101 or values 101 in the spring! 
  • Esther led by Michelle Searcy in Room 109. Esther, while a queen, lived as an outsider in a hostile environment. Women will learn strong lessons of faith, providence, and hope to equip them to live courageously “for such a time as this.” 
  • Counter Culture led by Scott Jung. The truth of the gospel should compel us to a contrite, compassionate, and courageous response to social issues in the culture. This study will challenge us to do just that! 

You can purchase a meal for FaTHoM Wednesday in advance, or bring your own.

Meals will be available each Wednesday evening to make it easier for busy families to get to FaTHoM. Each Wednesday, you may purchase pizza or Chick-Fil-A. Parents please drop off your child in their respective classrooms, then proceed to the gym to pick up your meal and then take it to the classroom to eat together as a class in your elective. Class discussion will begin at 6:00 p.m. and you may participate as you eat. Children will eat as a class in the gym. Online ordering for meals will allow for ordering on Tuesday of the week you plan to attend (or for the whole year if you wish). The early Christians ate together every day to build relationships, love and care for one another. Join us!

Purchase FaTHoM Wednesday meals To Register for Classes

FaTHoM Sunday

Faith in Jesus is an on-going relationship with God that, like all relationships, needs constant nurture and development. God has provided His Word, the Bible, to help continually strengthen faith. Holy Cross offers many ways to study His Word every Sunday morning from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. which we call FaTHoM Sunday.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
1 Timothy 3:16-17

Sundays 9:45a.m. – Fall 2017

  • A Man Named Martin led by Pastor Sattler in the Great Room. Encounter the 15th-century reformer from Germany, Martin Luther, who sparked the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago this year! Pastor just led a group through the Luther‑Sites of Germany. Insights and reflections will be shared.
  • The Book of Exodus led by Pastor McClean in Room 133. The Israelites’ exodus from Egypt is the key saving event of the Old Testament. Learn how this book points us to the key saving event of the New Testament. 
  • 5 Things You Can Do led by Scott Jung (Room 201). What can you do to improve your life at home? These short book studies will help! Have a Stronger Family (begins August 27) and Make Your Marriage Stronger (begins October 8).

For children and youth, here are the classroom locations:

  • Infant-2yrs  ~ Child Care (Room 142)
  • Preschool (Age 3-4) ~  (Room 125)
  • Kindergarten & Grade 1  ~  (Room 123)
  • Grades 2 & 3 ~ (Room 122)
  • Grades 4 & 5 ~  (Room 122)
  • Grade 6 – 8 ~ (Room 141)
  • Sr. High ~ “Atheists Says the Darndest Things” Brandon Grelle (Room 202)

ALL Children’s classes BEGIN in the Worship Center for music & worship before heading off to their respective classrooms.
Pickup for the children will be in the classrooms listed above.

Why is FaTHoM Capitalized Weird? ⇒

To Register for Classes

Junior Confirmation

For 7th and 8th Grade students, confirmation classes are offered every Wednesday during the school year from 6:00-7:30 p.m. as an alternative elective during FaTHoM Wednesday. You can learn more about Confirmation.

About Confirmation


Ladies Wednesday Study

Each Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. in The Youth Center of the Faith Life Center, Rachel Engler leads a study just for women.

Men’s Bible Breakfast

A time for men to join each other in collaborative discussion of the Bible. 1st and 3rd Saturdays each month at 8:00 a.m. in Room 141.

Women’s Bible Breakfast

All women are invited to visit and discuss the Bible on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month at 8:00 a.m. in the Wartburg Room of the Faith Life Center.

Why is it FaTHoM?

The consonants in “FaTHoM” (F-T-H-M) illustrate the various depths of faith in our Christian discipleship:

Fellowship – I enjoy Fellowship with God and Others
Taught – I’m being taught God’s Word
Help – I’m using my gifts to Help where I can.
Mission – I’m daily on Mission with Jesus!


Go Deep!