April 18, 2019

 

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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

 

Maundy Thursday Passover Meal

Thursday, April 18 ~ 6:30 p.m.

at Incarnation Lutheran Church
1510 W. Keefe Avenue

 

Good Friday Fish Fry Fundraiser

Friday, April 19, 2019 ~ 11-4:30 p.m.

A delicious meal of catfish or perch, plus spaghetti and more! Proceeds benefit our Boiler Fundraiser. Only $12. Details >>

 

Good Friday Service

Friday, April 19, 2019 ~ 6:30 p.m.

 

Easter Sunday Service

Friday, April 21, 2019 ~ 9:30 a.m.

 

Rabbi Cohen, Guest Preacher

Sunday, June 2 ~ 9:30 a.m.


Heavenly Harp Concert

Friday, June 28 ~ 7 p.m.

Beautiful harp music, plus inspiring stories! Learn more >>

 

 

News & More

Scholarships Available!

Apply now for the Ellwanger and
Luedke/Hoffman Scholarships!
Get more info >>

 

Support our Boiler GoFundMe

Keep the church warm all year!

Help us reach our $50,000 goal. >>

 

Weekly Fellowship Hour

Immediately after Sunday service!

Sign up to host here >>

 

 

 

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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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