Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church

In God We Trust

“God will meet you where you are in order to take you where He wants you to go.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and for the safety of our parishioners, in-person worship will begin Jue 14th at 10:30 a.m.

We are a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and our church believes in Bible-based principles and teaches the word of God in it's truth and purity, and administers the sacraments according to the mandate of Christ Jesus, we worship and serve together and invite you and our community to worship with us.

Mission Statement
Holy Cross, in accordance with Article II of our Constitution reads in part:
 “The purpose of this congregation shall be to live to glory of God, and with His help carry out His will in our daily lives as revealed in the Sacred Scriptures;”
It goes on to say that our goal is to “preach and teach the Word of God, administer the two Sacraments as instituted by Christ and to be united in peaceful fellowship by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The 2nd Article concludes by stressing the spiritual and educational dimension of our ministry in these words: “to show love and concern for its members; to provide for the religious instruction of all its members and to witness in the community the Gospel of Jesus Christ in accordance with the confessional standard of the Evangelical Lutheran Church,”  LC-MS
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  • 3116 South Racine Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • pastor@holycrosschicago.org Anyone seeking baptism, first communion, confirmation, wedding, funeral should call and speak with the pastor.

Sunday School coming soon

Lamb’s Connection is our Sunday School for the children between the ages of 4 through 11. Each Child is given a chance to experience a one on one connection to God’s word. Focusing on letting the children connect and share the Love of Jesus. They will experience what worship is about and why it is so meaningful. A chance to walk with Jesus through the Bible Stories that He had told long ago and how they can apply them to today’s world. Crafts are also performed to teach the Children that – whatever we do, we do to the glory of God.

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Ladies Aid Society

Holy Cross Ladies Aid Society originated in 1886. This society has been a continue source of fellowship and support to Holy Cross Lutheran’s mission field. The ladies meet quarterly to discuss the needs of the church and how to continue to support the missions of the church. Within our Ladies Aid Society, there are two committees which serve Holy Cross, Altar Guild and Sewing Circle. The Altar Guild serves as the added touch of the church visuals for the Worship service such as caring for the Altar paraments, cleaning the Communion ware, purchasing flowers, garment care, etc. The Sewing Circle women meet one day a week. They use their talents through threading God’s Love in their sewing and quilting. Other talents are also performed from those that don’t sew, such as, crafts. Coffee, lunch, and ideas are also shared in great fellowship.

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Holy Cross Seniors meet in Christian fellowship on the fourth Wednesday of every month, from Noon to 2:00 pm. (Check calendar for any changes). Seniors share and discuss any community awareness, have a light lunch and play games or watch a video, on occasion even go on field trips. Shared fellowship and kindness has given them a monthly boost in their longevity. Accepting youngsters as old as 50 and beyond. Come join the fun and share their experiences.

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This ministry is very special because it calls upon special people to serve in a variety of capacities where they can use their ability to be patient, caring, loving while providing a vital service to the church. The needs of the church may be in lawncare, special projects, painting, decorating for holidays , etc..


In addition to Sunday Worship opportunities are offered at special days and times, such as during Lent, Advent, Thanksgiving & Christmas. Please refer to our monthly Newsletter for details. For Spiritual Growth, we also offer Bible Class, Sunday School and Confirmation instruction. Instruction in our precious christian faith and doctrine is also offered as scheduled and/or by request. The Sacraments are sacred acts instituted by God for the forgiveness of sins. Holy communion is celebrated every 2nd, 4th + 5th Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Holy Baptism may be arranged with the Pastor after a required pre-Baptism session with Pastor and family

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Meaning of the LCMS Logo Cross The LCMS logo is three crosses in one. It declares that “we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity.” The open arms point upward toward God in prayer and openly receive God’s grace. The lower arms point down, as if open to embrace the world with God’s love. The 12 individual parts of the logo cross remind us of the 12 tribes of Israel and the 12 apostles. The four arms appear to be in motion, as we urgently tell the world what God’s love in Jesus Christ means to us and, uniquely, as Missouri Synod Lutherans. http://www.lcms.org/ http://www.ni.lcms.org/

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The foundation of our precious Christian faith is God’s holy, precious and inspired Word. For us, the Word of God is the sole source of all that we believe, teach and confess. Because they are based on God’s Word, we also hold to the Lutheran confessional statements as found in “The Book of Concord” of 1580. We accept the Book of Concord as a faithful presentation of the teachings of the Bible. In confirmation class and adult instruction, our focus is on one of the books contained in the Book of Concord, namely, Luther’s Small Catechism and its six chief parts: The Ten Commandments, the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, Confession and Absolution and the Sacrament of the Altar. Go to www.lcms.org for further details regarding what we believe, teach and confess as Lutheran Christians.

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Rev. Ortiz is the interim pastor and has been an ordained minister since 2008. Since then I pastored several churches including one Hispanic church. I have been blessed to arrive here at Holy Cross and seek to serve the members of the church and the community to the best of my ability. The Holy Spirit is very active here and while the harvest is plentiful there workers are few. Therefore, we will gather and encourage the faithful servants of Christ to raise more workers and together fulfill the mission God has placed in our hearts.

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Do you need an effective FAQ list?

Yes, it is vital that all pertinent questions are asked but it is also important that we remain calm and do not panic.  2 Timothy 1: 7, "for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control." With a calm mind and clarity we can have an effective list of questions and answers.

Got questions that need answering?

  It is important to listen to the experts and not be overwhelmed by the sensationalism that drives much of the media.  Psalm 46:1 
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”  God is our safe place when we need protection from something. Knowing God is our refuge enables us to trust Him more freely.  There is no situation we will ever face that is out of God’s control.  

What do you want your parishioners to know?

This is one of the places you can use for adding FAQ answers on our website.  The decision to close Holy Cross Lutheran Church was not taken lightly but it was necessary.  Many of our members are over 60 years of age and since the coronavirus has been spreading quickly steps had to be taken to protect both the young and elderly alike.

Want more people to learn about your church?

The website of Holy Cross Lutheran Church gives a good overview of who we are and what we do, but everyone is invited to come worship with us to experience the love of God.  As Christians we are all held to a higher standard to love one another, to be a role model for the young and to make disciples of all nations.  We aren't perfect but we are all children of God, in a Christ centered community seeking to live our life honoring God.  If you want to know more, if you want to experience the love of God then "Come and See".