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Holiday Giving & Generosity

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15th Annual Cookie Walk

Date: Saturday, December 9

Time: 8:30 - 11 am

Cost: $10 per pound

The annual Holy Cross Cookie Walk is just around the corner. We are excited to once again to present our 15th Anniversary of the Cookie Walk. Mark your calendars to join us!


Start your holiday shopping as there will be dozens of homemade cookies, bars, cakes and breads from which to choose. They make fabulous gifts for pastors, teachers, family and even yourself. There will be gift basket raffles as well as the charming Christmas Gingerbread House donated by Kris DeGregor. The Cookie Walk is a wonderful way for you and your family to kick off the holiday season, but more importantly, your generous donations immensely benefit those at the Two Strike Indian Reservation.

Unable to attend the Cookie Walk in person? Contribute online at the link below. Donation deadline: Sunday, December 10

During this year’s Cookie Walk on December 9, the Crossroads High School Youth Group will be offering a donation-based gift wrapping service from 8:30 to 11 am to raise funds for next summer’s ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans, Louisiana. You are invited to bring gift items from home to be wrapped or items purchased during the Cookie Walk. Gift wrap and gift tags will be provided. You may wait for gifts to be wrapped that morning, or pick up your wrapped gifts from the church office during the week of December 11. If you have any questions about this fundraiser, please reach out to Edwin Andrade at                    or (502) 370-9572.

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The Giving Tree

Deadline to return gift donations: Monday, December 4

For Christmas, the Holy Cross congregation will again be reaching out to families and individuals in need in our community through our annual Giving Tree program. Gift items benefit families in the COOL Transitional Housing program in Waukegan. This year the Giving Tree will be back in the gathering space. Gift tags will be available on Sundays in November. Tags will feature specific gift requests and/or sizes.

Please return individually wrapped gifts

with tags attached to the outside of

each package.

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Bake & Donate

Drop off date: Friday, December 8

Time: 11 am - 8 pm

We need your help by baking so we can support three important organizations supporting the Two Strike Community at the Rosebud Sioux (which means friend or ally).


So bakers…pull out your family favorite cookie and/or candy recipe(s) and donate 3 dozen or more of your traditional, scrumptious treats to the Cookie Walk.


Sign up in person starting Sunday, November 12, in the Gathering Space or online now at the link below.


Please drop off your wrapped treats to the Gathering Space on Friday, December 8 between 11 am and 8 pm. 


Bakers will automatically be entered into a basket raffle!

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Holiday Meal Boxes for COOL Ministries

Donation deadline: December 10

COOL Ministries is preparing to provide food assistance for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays to thousands of people in Lake County.


A $20 donation will provide a turkey meal and fixings for a family of six. Donations toward a meal box may be made by check, made out to Holy Cross Lutheran Church with “Holiday Meal Boxes” in the memo line or online below.

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