April 25, 2018

 

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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

 

Congregational Retreat

Saturday, April 28 ~ 8am-1pm
at House of Peace

Come join us!

 

Pastor Joe Ellwanger
speaks on the importance
of Social Justice

Wednesday, May 2 ~ 8-9am

1000 Innovation Drive, Wauwatosa

Hosted by the Medical College
of Wisconsin. Flyer >>

 

 

Yard Clean-Up &
Garden Sign Dedication

Saturday, May 19

 

Healing Service

Saturday, May 19

 

 

News & More

Scholarships available!

Registration is open for the Ellwanger
and Luedke/Hoffman Scholarships!
Deadline is May 1, 2018.

Learn more >>


Adopt a Plot for 2018

Apply now for a plot in our 2018 Cross Lutheran Community Garden!

foodjustice.crosslutheranmke@gmail.com


Read our March/April Newsletter >>
Keeping our women and daughters safe, updates on our congregational retreat, our food pantry, and adopting a garden plot, plus other news, articles and more!

 

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Timeline 1963-1995

A Historical Timeline of Cross and the Community, continued

  • In 1963, after 95 years of service, Cross Lutheran Day School was forced to close for financial reasons. From 1962-1982, the building was used as a day care.  In 1984, the building was sold to Shalom High School, a privately funded alternative school
  • In 1967, riots broke out over issues of de facto segregation in schools and housing as well as police relations, resulting in the shooting death of one man and the destruction of many of the businesses on 3rd Street. The city was under martial law for ten days.
  • Just two weeks later, Pastor Joe Ellwanger arrived from Birmingham and found racism just as strong here as it was in the South.
  • During the 1960s and 1970s, the Black Panthers asked Cross Lutheran to host their breakfast program. The Board of Elders were concerned about indoctrination that could result, and instead formed the Central Cities Citizens for a School Breakfast Program. This program eventually became what is now the Hunger Task Force, an independent non-profit.
  • In the early 1980s, Cross created a food pantry that began to address growing community needs, later expanding to address spiritual needs, lack of jobs, substance abuse and more. This grew into the current Bread of Healing Empowerment Ministry.
  • As the level of crime increased and the number of ex-offenders grew, Project RETURN was started in 1981 to address the gaps in service helping ex-offenders transition back into society.
  • In 1995, Cross' electrical system caught fire, engulfing the entire church in flames. The church was rebuilt, using existing walls and the steel roof beams, which were strengthened by flames.

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