October 18, 2017

 

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Join us Sunday:

Worship Service 9:30-11:15* AM

Youth Sunday School after service*

Adult Bible Study after service*

*Approximately 11:15 AM

 

Upcoming Events

Fall Mission Blitz with
Christ Presbyterian and
Wauwatosa Presbyterian

Saturday, October 7

 

Special Sunday Celebrations

9/24 -- National Hispanic/Latino Heritage Celebration
10/8 -- Coming Out Sunday
10/15 -- Ascension Waukesha at Cross

 

Click the month on the calendar below to see many more events this month!


News

Education Coordinator Needed!

Paid position now available!
Complete details >>

 

Meet our Newest Staff

Vicar Gina Sterk >>
Wyatt Meyer, Food Justice >>

 

Gardening Help Needed!

As the planing season comes to a close, we need help of all kinds, including watering, weeding, garbage pick-up, pruning and! Contact the church office with your name a day of the week you'd like to volunteer and the task(s) that most interest you.  Our garden coordinator will be in touch!

 

Mural Updates >>

 

Read September's Newsletter

"DACA and Who We Are Called to Be," plus monthly articles, community announcements, and more! >>


Newsletter Archive >>


 

Mark your calendars!

Mardi Gras Ball

Friday, February 9, 2018

Installment payment information,
posters, flyers and more! >>


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Timeline 1870-1960

A Historical Timeline of Cross and the Community

  • On June 7, 1870, the Cross Evangelical Lutheran Congregation, Unaltered Augsburg Confession, was founded. Its first services were held in a rented home, which also contained a Lutheran school.
  • Just one year earlier, in 1869, the first African-American church in Milwaukee, St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church, was founded at the corner of Fourth and Cedar (Kilbourn). For nearly the next 100 years, Whites and African Americans worshiped separately.
  •  In 1875, the Cross congregation built a new church on donated land at 16th and Fond du Lac, moving into their new 65x40-ft. church on Christmas Eve, 1876.
  • By 1895, Cross added a new front structure, including a tower and steeple, plus a new balcony and pipe organ inside.
  • After the Civil War, African-Americans started to migrate north, pushed by threats of lynching from some Southern whites.
  • By 1900, 860 African-Americans lived in Milwaukee, mostly in an area called Bronzeville, between 2nd and 12th streets, and Highland and Walnut. At the same time, many of German and Scandinavian descent lived in the area around Cross Church, just four blocks west of Bronzeville.
  • In 1923, Cross Lutheran Church dedicated a new school building and parish hall.
  • In 1930, ground was broken for a new church building large enough to seat 700, and a parsonage -- the one that still serves us today.
  • Over the next 30 years, the congregation grew and added a succession of seminary student pastoral assistants and pastors to the staff.
  • In 1953, Cross Lutheran reached its peak membership at 1938 confirmed members and 2638 baptized members.
  • By the 1950s, the African-American population in Milwaukee had grown to 21,772.
  • Freeway construction in 1953 cut right through the heart of Bronzeville, and the Hillside Housing Project displaced many.
  • Cross Lutheran's first African-American members, attracted to the church by its Day School, were baptized at Cross in 1957, and confirmed in 1959.
  • In the 1960s, migration from the south increased the African-American population to 62,458, attracted by the availability of jobs in foundries, meat packing plants, and tanneries.

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