June 20, 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

 

Lindsey Heights
STEM Summer Camp

June 18-22 & June 25-29
1350 W North Avenue, Room 309

Game Design, Robotics, Robo Battles and more for Grades 3-5!

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NARCAN Presentation

Thursday, June 21 ~ 7 p.m.
at Cross Lutheran Church

Learn how NARCAN can save lives. Ken Ginlack, Emergency Department Case Manager from Ascension, Kevin Sick, from Aids Resource Center of Wisconsin, and Marquette Police Officer Paul Zienetek will discuss how NARCAN, when properly used, can bring people back from an overdose. Persons whose lives were saved by NARCAN will share their experiences. A limited number of NARCAN kits will be given out to those in attendance.

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Vacation Bible School

July 9-13

Are you able to help in the kitchen, lead a group, or offer your gifts in som way? If so, let Vicar Gina know!  >>

 

News & More

The Mural is Underway!

See how it's coming along >>


Read our June Newsletter

Engaging in the missions of Cross, a tribute to The Rev. Dr. James H. Cone, getting out in to the garden, community updates 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.