Your Weekly Update – from Holy Cross


Holy Cross Celebration Sunday will be held  Sunday, August 20,
with ONE combined worship service at 10:00a.m.
We will celebrate together what unites us as one, with a combined worship of traditional forms (hymns, choir & orchestra) along with some contemporary music, as we join together in the celebration of Holy Communion.
Child care WILL BE provided in Room 111.

The morning ALSO includes
an old fashioned “Community Picnic” (= a Church Picnic for the whole community!)
with food provided by our Youth Groups and fun and games for the whole family.
You may bring a dessert to share.
Church members, friends, school families, and the community are invited to celebrate with us!
Door prizes will be held and lots of give-aways!
It’s the official kick-off of the School Year & the Fall2017 FaTHoM Discipleship/Christian Education program. Let’s celebrate together!
No other worship services or FaTHoM Classes held.

NEW FaTHoM Studies Starting Next Week

Sundays 9:45a.m. – starting August 27

  • 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. Great study to commemorate a special 500th anniversary of the Reformation! signup
  • 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. signup
  • 5 Things You Can Do led by Scott Jung. We will look at TWO books to improve your life at home.
    Have a Stronger Family (begins August 27) and Make Your Marriage Stronger (begins October 8).  signup

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! signup
  • 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.” signup
  • 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! signup

To Register, click here
To signup for meals on Wednesdays, go to

PARENTS! Sunday School registration table!

We’ll be near the bounce houses with PLAY DOH for the children! Parents, please come and register your children for Fall Sunday School (Fall Sunday School starts August 27 in the Worship Centre, 9:45 – 10:30am). DOHn’t miss it! See Danielle Allmand-Clark ( or Katie Soffietti (317 625 6825) for more info.
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New Children’s FaTHoM on Wednesdays

For the fall semester of FaTHoM, we want to add some energy to our Wednesday Children’s Ministry. We will be following a fun, twelve-week study on BUGS and what they can teach us about the Christian life. Each night will include an opening, food and memory work, and then three rotation sites (lesson, crafts, and activity). We still need some helpers on Wednesday nights (6:00-7:30 PM):
Opening Leaders: Can you help with music or a weekly skit? This would be the place for you!
Guides: Lead a group of children from site to site, and participate with your group. No advanced preparation necessary!
Lesson Leaders: Present a Bible passage and key verse for the night to the groups, and facilitate discussion. Curriculum is provided.
Craft Leaders: Lead the groups in a craft ralated to the lesson. Craft suggestions are provided.
Activity Leaders: Lead the groups in a fun game or activity related to the lesson. Game suggestions are provided.
Contact Scott Jung,, or stop by the table in The Crossing on Sunday to find our more information!

First Day of School Today

The whole school joined in a convo this morning to celebrate the new school year and pray for teachers, staff, and each other. See some photos & videos of this morning on Facebook.
Holy Cross now offers classes for preschool age through 8th grade, with two of all grades through 5th grade! Click for more…

New Member Series

An overview of Holy Cross and what Lutherans are about, for everyone new to Holy Cross or wanting to explore what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Come discover what Jesus can mean for you and your family.
Christianity 101 New Member Series, led by Pastor Sattler, Wednesdays beginning August 23, 6:00pm.  signup

Guatemala Mission Trip Opportunity

Brad Reay, a member at Cornerstone Lutheran Church, is leading this mission trip and is opening the trip to anyone from Holy Cross.  Cornerstone has a long-standing partnership with Central American Lutheran Mission Society (CALMS –  They will be going to two remote villages (El Maguey and El Trapiche, in the Zacapa region) where they have sent mission teams for the past almost ten years, and where they have developed very strong relationships.
If you are interested in getting more information, please contact Brad as soon as possible.

Cell: 317.766.1082

Sharing Place Food Pantry

Our “BE the Church” special emphasis for the month of September is The Sharing Place.
After a very busy summer, The Sharing Place cupboards are empty. Please help The Sharing Place restock the shelves by donating nutritious food items along with personal care (hygiene products), cleaning items, and baby care products.
Here’s a suggested weekly donation list:
09/03/2017 – Mac & Cheese, Breakfast Cereal, and Personal Care / Hygiene Products,
09/10/2017 – Canned Meats (Tuna & Chicken), Peanut Butter and Jelly, and Baby Food,
09/17/2017 – Canned Fruits, Vegetables, Beans, and Cleaning Products, and Baby Diapers (Size 3, 4, 5, or 6),
09/24/2017 – Spaghetti Sauce & Noodles, Assorted Macaroni, Boxed Skillet Dinner Kits, and Baby Care Products (Shampoos and Wipes).
Bring your donated items to the “BE the Church Donation” nook in The Crossing.

Make Your Donation Count!

The Sharing Place food pantry is partnering with the new Meijer store in McCordsville to replenish the pantry shelves with food, hygiene items and diapers. Visit Meijer between Sunday, August 20 through Saturday, September 16, to make a donation to The Sharing Place (mention it to the clerk) and they will match it! Thank you for helping to fight hunger in our community!

Volunteer Sign Up Lists

Opportunities to assist with weekend worship can be found online at:
Children’s Church: CLICK HERE
Child Care (Nursery): CLICK HERE
Acolytes: CLICK HERE
Greeters: CLICK HERE
Creative Praise Worship Help: CLICK HERE
ALL of these links can be found on our website at
Volunteering in worship is a great way to Connect, Nurture & SERVE! First time volunteers will be trained. Questions? Click reply.


Register for FaTHoM Discipleship Series of classes for children & adults!




In your prayers, please remember:
•  Jim Boerger’s brother Leroy who is hospitalized
•  a friend of Hospodarsky’s who is gravely ill.
•  Peace, healing and oneness in our nation and around the world
• Those in longterm care: Bob Beck, Pauline Jefferson, Thelma Pontius, Sally Beck, Dora & Gunter John, Margaret Ellis.
• Those who are battling cancer and its treatment: Jill Goeglein, Tim Searcy, Jan Gillespie, Ed Boon, Cliff Johnson;
also for a friend of Rebecca Bash, a friend of Katie Soffietti; Caitlin Balgeman’s co-worker; the mother of Becky McLear, Aaron Smith’s uncle; Steve Walton’s niece, Michelle Vandergrift’s sister; the father of Carrie Finke; the brothers of Brad Hitzfield, & Marilyn Carlson.
• Those who care for the ill, nursing staff, caregivers, technicians, all medical personnel, emergency & trauma teams, hospice workers.
• For all in authority: our president, congress, judges, governors & mayors, town councils, and all elected & appointed leaders.
• For the protection of those who serve to protect us, police, firefighters, security forces.
• For those who serve in our defense in the military, including those who currently serve from our midst:
Andrés & Marco Alejos, Mandy Braasch, Nathaniel Eakins, Kelsey Geiger, Craig Hall, Mike Hewitt, Jacob & Jan January, Andrew Rauscher, Bobby Reeves, Hamilton Rencurrel, Hunter Rogers, Michelle Sanner, Connor Searcy, Chris Slade, Alex Wakley, Brian Welsh, & Zac Wehmeyer.

Do you wish to add someone to the Prayer List? Just click “reply” and fill us in on the details, and then be sure to update us on their condition/situation. 
Serve Him with Joy!
Pastor Sattler

Church Staff
John Sattler, Pastor
Dave McClean, Pastor
Scott Jung, Faith Life Director
Paul Groth, Director of Worship
Abbie Stancato, Creative Praise Director
Brandon Grelle, Youth Director
Michelle Searcy, Administrator
Karen Geiger, Principal
Angela Dant, Director of Community Relations
Susan Muhl, Staff Support
Mike Short, Director of Properties

Lynn Conlin, Church Office Secretary
Jenny Hohnbaum, Youth Coordinator
Paulette Carson, Counselor
Naomi, our Comfort Dog
School Office



Dad was angry when he saw that his son scored a zero in math.

“Son, can you explain this to me?”

“Well dad, the teacher didn’t have any stars left to give me, so she gave me a moon!”