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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Joseph Ellwanger -- Pastor Emeritus

 

Pastor of Cross Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, 1967-2001, Joseph W. Ellwanger brought a wealth of knowledge and experience garnered in his years working in Birmingham, Alabama, where he had grown the congregation from 30 members to 300. He was also active in the civil rights movement, marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and participated in the funeral for one of the four girls who was killed in the church bombing.

 

Once he arrived in Milwaukee, Ellwanger again carried out lively, productive ministry and led the transformation of Cross Church from a congregation that was over 95% white and outer urban to become an 80% black urban congregation with 700 members.

 

One of his greatest strengths was refusing to see any boundary at the doors of the church, keeping his Vision always on the greater community, and Cross' place in it. he helped the congregation develop a refugee program, a youth-oriented ministry, and an ecumenical prison re-entry ministry called Project Return.   he gave leadership to the forming of MICAH, a congregation-based justice organizing group in Milwaukee,formed in 1988, and was President of MICAH, 1995-1997.

 

Since his retirement in 2001, both he and his wife Joyce have worked diligently on a variety of projects and organizations involving social justice and other issues facing the community today.

 

On Sunday, June 6, 2010. Pastor Joe was declared Pastor Emeritus of Cross Lutheran Church, and the lower level community room was dedicated as the Ellwanger Fellowship Hall. A  portrait and plaque have been added, commemorating both the man and his contributions.