Virtual Events and Gatherings

In an effort to stay connected, to support each other, and to derive as much hope as possible from our faith, we are going to try something new. Instead of meeting in-person for some of our groups, we will be connecting virtually via Zoom instead.

Zoom is a free app that works on your desktop/laptop, smartphone, or tablet to connect multiple people. Zoom uses the camera, microphone and speakers on your device. If you can't connect via a device, you can also call in to join the group by phone.

To join a Zoom meeting by phone, dial: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) and enter the meeting ID (digits at the end of the link url).


Questions or need Zoom assistance? Contact Steve Oelschlager at


Saturday Men's Group

Date: Every Saturday

Time: 7 am 

(Tech setup with Steve Oelschlager starts at 6:50 am if you need to test your connection and equipment before the meeting starts.)

Join the Zoom group here:

This group is for men of faith to come together throughout the year to share their faith and thoughts about topics that are challenging. We support one another through our personal journeys. All are welcome.

Please join us on Saturday mornings. In September and October we will be using the material Dialogues On: Race to engage in respectful and challenging conversations about racism. Participant books are available for pick up at the church office. Request a book here:

Please contact Steve Oelschlager at  or Pastor Bob at with any questions.

Grounded in Grace: Friday Night Women's Group

Date: Friday, October 2 

Time: 6:30 pm 

Join the Zoom group here:

(Please join a few minutes early to test equipment.)

Grounded in Grace is an opportunity for women of faith to connect together in fun, fellowship, and learning.

In Marcus Borg’s Beyond Belief, a DVD series surrounding the thoughts and work of Lutheran pastor, theologian, speaker, and writer Marcus Borg, we are invited to engage in thinking alongside Borg who spent his adult life contemplating who Jesus is, and what faith is all about. This all resulted in insightful perspectives and more than a few challenges to how many of us learned the faith. Come share your experiences and unpack some of the thinking that you’ve always known to be true and how your experiences have been the same or different than others. Our third lesson, Followers of the Way, is inspired by Borg’s non-violent world view. “God's dream for the earth is for a world of justice (meaning primarily economic justice) and peace. And the way to justice and peace, in terms of Jesus' own message and incarnation, is the path of non-violent resistance to oppression and an affirmation of a non-violent world. That's one way of talking about…following the way of Jesus.”- Marcus Borg


Please contact Pastor Sally at with any questions.

Crossroads High School Youth Group

Date: Sunday, October 4 via Zoom

Time: 6:30 pm 

Join the Zoom group here:

Date: Sunday, October 18

Time: 4:30 - 6 pm

Location: Church parking lot


Crossroads High School Youth Group:

The Crossroads High School Youth Group (9th - 12th grade students) gets together for nights of community and fun! We take some time out each evening to share how God's grace has impacted us, as well as to discuss a new and relevant theme each month. In-person meetings are weather permitting.

The Crossroads High School Youth Group is directed by Sarah Grayer (

College Students Study Break

Date: Monday, October 5

Time: 8 - 9 pm

Join the Zoom group here:

(Please join a few minutes early to test equipment.)

College Students Study Break: 

College students, please gather via Zoom to catch up with friends (and the pastors!). We hope this will be a time for students to breathe, support each other as they navigate online classes and campus closures, and think about what faith looks like right now. We hope you can join us to reconnect and take a study break!

Please contact Hannah Oelschlager at (847) 502-5006 or Sam Randall (408) 614-4981 with any questions.

MP3: Men of Purpose, Principle & Prayer

Date: Monday, October 19

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm 

Join the Zoom group here:

(Please join a few minutes early to test equipment.)

MP3 topic: Hope...Walking the Way

Hope is such a powerful concept - it’s a key theme in the Christian faith experience. But what does hope look like in practice? What does it feel like and sound like? What does it do? Hope is about the long haul. Hope is robust and muscular and ferocious and long-suffering. Hope never gets so cynical that it can’t be surprised. Hope finds and names God in the world’s most desolate places. Hope kneels on hard ground and yearns without shame. Hope ponders and meditates and ruminates. Hope gets in apathy’s face and says, “No. Not good enough. Try again.” Hope sits in the darkness—out-waiting torture, humiliation, crucifixion, and death—until finally a loving and grace filled God shows up and calls us by name.

Men (21+), BYOB for social time from 6:30 - 7 pm, with special music and meaningful discussion to follow.  The evening will include both large and small group conversations (using breakout rooms in Zoom) so that we might benefit from each other’s wisdom.

Please contact Steve Oelschlager at with any questions.

Book Club

Date: Tuesday, October 27

Time: 6 pm (Please note time change for this month.) 

Join the Zoom group here:

(Please join a few minutes early to test equipment.)

Book Club Topic for October:

This month, the book club is discussing Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini. Resistance Women is a story to sink into, to relax and explore, to worry, to feel, and to think. Would you do the same thing these three women did? The book is thoughtful, thought-provoking, powerful, and inspiring. The author's note including information on the real people is not to be missed! If you have any questions, email Felicia Brandt at


Sunday School - Celebrate Wonder
Ages 3 - 5th Grade

Dates: Every Sunday morning

Time: 8:30 am via Zoom

This fall we group with the Deep Blue kids program we have been utilizing these last few years, as they grow into their virtual curriculum Celebrate Wonder. Celebrate Wonder offers online Sunday School and will be available most Sunday mornings via Zoom. These meetings are open to all students age 3 through 5th grade, and are hosted by Mrs. Mack and other adult or youth helpers.

Each session begins with conversation and peer engagement facilitated by Mrs. Mack, followed by music with Mrs. Mack. After this part of the session, a video is shared featuring the Bible story of the day, videos of the story, and a teacher teaching the lesson. The session conclude with Mrs. Mack bringing the children together for final comments and prayer. These virtual sessions last 30 to 40 minutes.

The October Sunday School lessons are grounded in the book of Genesis and its early characters.

October 4 - God Creates People, October 11 - God Creates Helpers, October 18 - Abraham & Sarah, October 25 - God’s Promise to Abraham

If you miss a virtual session, the lesson video portion will be available to view for a week on the Holy Cross Sunday School Google Classroom. If you haven’t joined the classroom yet, you can do so at the following link:     Classroom code: ksnvyua

Dialogues On: Race

Dates: Tuesdays, September 15, 22, 29, October 20, 27, November 3 & 10 at 7 pm via Zoom

Register here:

At Holy Cross, we recognize that discussions about racism are difficult topics that require safe and respectful moments to have thoughtful conversations as people of faith. This series will utilize a discussion book published by Sparkhouse, and each week we will discuss a weekly topic, watch a video featuring a leading voice, and share our thoughts and ideas with each other. Each session will end with a check in and prayer.


Our goals and hopes are that you build lasting relationships as you share your thoughts with one another, and engage in respectful conversation about local and worldwide issues. We hope that you feel like this is a place where you can have difficult conversations, hearing others’ thoughts, and ultimately turning conflict into community.


Participant books will be available for pick up at the church office. To request a book, please fill out the following form:

Women's Discussion Group

Date: Tuesday, October 6 at 9:30 am

Via Zoom:

Everyone needs an opportunity to connect… even without a book to discuss. Each session, Pastor Sally will pose a question or topic of the date for discussion or display a short video for reflection as a group.

The October session will focus around reconnecting with one another and exploring transition. As the fall leaves begin to turn color and drop, what are some things you’ve outgrown in your life that you are ready to let drop? What do those transitions look like and how are they going?

We will be meeting the first Tuesday of each month. Contact Pastor Sally with any questions at

Reflections and Discussions About Dear Church

Dates: Sundays, September 13, 20, 27, October 4 & 11 at 11 am

Via Zoom. Please register:

Join a guided reading group facilitated by Holy Cross member Carol Dikelsky for conversations about the themes explored in Lenny Duncan’s book, Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S. Duncan is a black, queer ELCA pastor who is a nationally recognized writer, speaker, preacher, thinker, and agitator who has centered most of his theological work in the task of dismantling white supremacy in the Christian community. During five Sunday morning Zoom sessions, we’ll prayerfully unpack this thought-provoking book, review related media and resources, and explore calls to action.

September 13       Introduction to the book and background about the author

September 20      Part 1: Dismantling White Supremacy is the Way of the Cross

September 27       Continued

October 4              Grace is an Ever-Widening Circle

October 11             The Church Can Lead the Way


Participant books are available to pick up at the church office. To request a book, please complete this form:

Confirmation: Large/Small Group

Date: Sundays, October 4 & 18 at 6:30 pm

Via Zoom

Class Schedule:

Large Group: Sunday, October 4, Sunday, November 1

Small Group: Sunday, October 18, Sunday, November 8

All confirmation large/small groups and electives will be held virtually through December 2020.


Questions? Contact Pastor Sally at

Confirmation Electives Course Catalog

Confirmation Electives Matrix

This is NOT Sunday School
Intergenerational learning adventure!

Dates: Wednesday, September 16 - Sunday, December 20

Time: 12 - 1:30 pm CST



Holy Cross is at work to bring more learning your way through shared classes with other congregations. This means we may have members from other congregations joining us for our courses and groups just as we might participate in their events. With Zoom and virtual connections, all sorts of new possibilities exist. Watch our print and digital communications for more information.

This is NOT Sunday School is an intergenerational learning experience, perfect for families and individuals of all ages that will launch weekly starting September 16.

Each week’s session features video teaching by a professional from the Christian formation network, Forma, as well as downloadable lessons, readings, and engagement opportunities for all ages. The curriculum is from Exploring the Bible by Forward Movekent and instructors include Victoria Hoppes, Roger Hutchison, and Miriam McKenney, and others.

You can find out more and sign up on the ChurchNext website today. 

Bonhoeffer: Faith Becoming Fresh Again

Dates: Thursdays, October 1, 8, 15 & 22

Time: 5 - 6:15 pm (6 - 7: 15 pm EDT) via Zoom



Holy Cross is at work to bring more learning your way through shared classes with other congregations. This means we may have members from other congregations joining us for our courses and groups just as we might participate in their events. With Zoom and virtual connections, all sorts of new possibilities exist. Watch our print and digital communications for more information.

From our friends at St. Armands Key Lutheran Church in Sarasota, Florida. Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Gabriel Morgan. All are welcome!



Week One: An Introduction to Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Week Two: How to Pray: The Psalms
Week Three: Religionlessness
Week Four: The Expense of Cheap Grace



After prayerful and thoughtful deliberation, the decision has been made to suspend indoor worship at Holy Cross Lutheran Church until further notice


Virtual worship services are posted on the following page:

Sunday School classes, educational and relational groups will meet virtually. See a list of groups meeting online here:

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