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Relational Ministry

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Saturday Men's Group

Dates: Saturdays, April 6 & 20

Time: 7 - 8:30 am 

In person (Room 208) or via Zoom

Join the Zoom group:

This group is for men of faith to come together throughout the year to share their faith and thoughts about challenging topics.

David Brooks has been a favorite author of the group. We are beginning his latest book, How to Know a Person: The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen. David Brooks is one of the nation’s leading writers and commentators. An op-ed columnist for The New York Times, he appears regularly on PBS NewsHour and Meet the Press. He is the bestselling author of The Second Mountain, The Road to Character, The Social Animal, On Paradise Drive, and Bobos in Paradise. Please feel free to purchase a copy or let Pastor Chris know if you would like a copy. Please join us. 


Questions? Contact Pastor Chris at 

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Women's Discussion Group

Date: Tuesdays, April 9 & 23

Time: 9:30 am

Location: Room 208 (Zoom option by request)

This group typically meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. All women are welcome to join.

The ongoing discussion topics are being taken from ‘A’ is for Alabaster: A Preacher’s Alphabet by Anna Carter Florence, the Peter Marshall Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and holds degrees from Yale University and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div. and Ph.D.). Before joining the Columbia faculty in 1998, Dr. Florence served as an associate pastor for youth and young adults at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis.

 Questions? Contact Pastor Chris at

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FMSC Monthly Pack

Date: Friday, April 12

Time: 5 - 6:30 pm

Location: 742 East Park Ave, Libertyville


Our Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) ministry is back in action, with monthly packing sessions for our congregation and guests! FMSC provides a fantastic ad hoc volunteer and fellowship opportunity for people of all ages! Please join us for any of the upcoming packing sessions and participate in one of three volunteer activities—whether you prefer to sit, stand, or move around, you will be in good company with our rotating group of volunteers.


To sign up for one or more group packing sessions, please contact me at


New to Feed My Starving Children? Learn more about their mission at


Grounded In Grace

Date: Friday, April 19

Time: 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Location: Harbor Brewing Company, 136 Cedar Avenue, Lake Villa

RSVP to Terry Berger at (224) 775-1479 or

Grounded in Grace is a social opportunity for women of faith to connect together in fellowship.


Please join us at Harbor Brewing Company in Lake Villa. Please feel free to bring a snack if you'd like - and the facility is very dog friendly if Fido needs a day out as well.

Contact Terry Berger at or (224) 775-1479 with questions, or to be added to the Grounded in Grace Messenger group for the most current scheduling information.

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MP3: Men of Purpose, Principle, & Prayer

Monday, April 15

Time: 6 - 8:30 pm

Location: Fellowship Area

Cost: Free


Men of Purpose, Principle & Prayer is one of our men’s ministries at Holy Cross. We meet on select Monday evenings for fellowship, food and conversation. The evenings begin with fellowship at 6 pm and conclude by 8:30 pm.


The theme for our current MP3 season is “sacred moments”. In Celtic spirituality there is the concept of ‘thin places’ where the everyday/ordinary moments intersect with the sacred/holy. We will explore this notion and how it actually presents itself in our life and faith journeys. This will be a six-part series. The first three were held in 2023.


Our plan is to deconstruct the idea of ‘sacred’ into six components. In 2023 we will focus on three of the components: S for sanctuary/refuge/safe place; A for ancient philosophies/lessons passed on from previous mentors; and, C for ceremony/milestone moments/rites/traditions. We will finish with R for relational (Monday, April 15), E for emptiness (Monday, June 17) and D for deeper (September date to be announced later).


Men (21+) please plan to join in the journey.


Questions? Contact Pastor Chris at

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LIFT: Women's Ministry
Bingo, Bunco, & Bites

Date: Friday, April 26

Time: 6:30 - 9 pm

Location: Fellowship Area


Please join us! We will be playing Bingo and Bunco and sharing our favorite appetizer “bites” with each other. Bunco (and Bingo) will be taught—no prior experience is necessary. 

Please bring your favorite appetizer to share. If you would like to come but would prefer not to drive at night, please let Beth Ann Koenemann know at (847) 997-9937 and we will make arrangements for a ride. We hope you will join us for Bingo, Bunco, & Bites, it is sure to be a blast! Please RSVP to help us plan for the evening.

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Book Club

Date: March Meeting Rescheduled to
April 25

Time: 7 pm

via Zoom

The Holy Cross Book Club, open to anyone who is interested in reading and discussing books, routinely meets on the fourth Thursday of every month.


2024 Book Club Selections

January - The First Ladies by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

February - The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell

March - Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

April - The Land of Milk and Honey by C Pam Zhang

May - The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

June - What's Gotten Into You by Dan Levitt

July - Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

August - The Little Paris Book Shop by Nina George

September - Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton

October - Meet to select 2025 books

November - Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

If you have any questions, please email Felicia Brandt at

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Men's Breakfast Group

Dates: Tuesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30

Time: 7 - 8 am

Location: The Liberty Restaurant

419 S Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville

Begin the day with coffee, breakfast, fellowship, and thought-provoking and stimulating conversation. All men are welcome to join us.


Questions? Contact Pastor Chris at

Saturday Men's Group
Grounded In Grace
Book Club
MP3: Men of Purpose, Principle, & Prayer
Women's Discussion Group
Men's Breakfast Group
FMSC Monthly Pack
LIFT: Women's Ministry
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