Getting involved at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Bellevue, WA

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Getting Involved

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Getting involved
in worship

Sunday Worship at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Bellevue, WA

Worship

Every Sunday at 10:30am. During the winter months, the opportunity for worship is in the sanctuary. During the summer, worship may be in the orchard to take advantage of beautiful weather!

Worship at Holy Cross is based in the rich traditions of the Christian church through singing, prayer, readings from the Bible, an uplifting message, and weekly Communion.

The choir performs at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Bellevue, WA

Choir

The passion of the lively group of folks is to SING! Through a variety of musical styles throughout the year the goal of singing is to celebrate the presence of God in the world.

During the summer there is also an opportunity to worship and sing in the amphitheater with a group of acoustic musicians.

If you like to sing and can commit to evening rehearsals on Wednesdays from 7:00–8:00pm September through June, contact Marti at marti.hammel@yahoo.com and let her know you're coming. New voices are heartily welcomed.

Other opportunities to
grow in faith.

  • Sunday Forum

    From September through June, Holy Cross provides Adult Forum on Sundays at 9:00am.

    Discussions include focused-topic Bible study, selected written works by a variety of authors, and guest speakers that share social issues such as war, homelessness, immigration, care for the earth, and God's Justice.

  • Seattle Taiwanese Lutheran Church

    Seattle Taiwanese Lutheran Church has been providing worship opportunities, Bible study, support, and fellowship for Taiwanese people in the greater Seattle area since 2011. Seattle Taiwanese and the host congregation, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, also gather together for worship on Christmas and Easter, cooperate in providing a food pantry, and participate together in the Faith Action Network.

    Seattle Taiwanese gathers here every Sunday at 1pm.

  • Multi-Generational, Multi-Cultural

    Holy Cross Lutheran Church and Seattle Taiwanese Lutheran Church are currently working together to create an multi-generational, multi-cultural gathering. If you would like to participate in it's creation, or just learn more information as it becomes available, please contact the church office at 425.746.4848.

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Getting involved
with community

Earthkeeping Team at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Bellevue, WA

Earthkeeping Team

The Earthkeeping Team are the congregation's advocates for the environment. As a member of Earth Ministry, the team seeks to live in harmony with the environment and to take thoughtful action as stewards and leaders within the faith community, the neighborhood and throughout the region and world. Learn more about the team on the Earthkeeping blog.

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The Orchard at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Bellevue, WA

Orchard Gardens is the hands-on part of the Team's work:

The P-Patch which is open for community gardening. In 2015 the gardeners, in addition to producing organic produce for themselves and family, contributed over 2000 pounds of produce to the HopeLink Foodbank. Learn how you can be a part of this great work at P-Patch Info.

The Orchard on the church grounds is composed of apple, pear and plum trees. There are also walnuts and hazelnut trees. The orchard predates the church and is well over 50 years old. The team is working on reclaiming these heirloom trees.

Other opportunities
for community.

  • Quilters

    The quilters group meets in the Annex on Tuesdays at 9:30am, September through November and January through May, assembling and tying quilts for local and worldwide needs. No experience necessary, come tie one on! For more information or questions email Dave.

    Quilters at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Bellevue, WA

  • Women's Book Group

    The Women's Book Club meets once a month to discuss a book we've all been reading together. Search “book group” on the calendar to find the next meeting and what book will be discussed. Contact Carolyn for more information.

    Women's Book Group at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Bellevue, WA

  • Pinochle

    Pull up a chair and join the fun. There's always someone around if coaching is in order. Contact Dave for the date and time of the next game.

  • Nurture Group

    This is a group of women who tend the needs of the Holy Cross community especially during life-changing events. It may be a card, phone call, visit, a meal or a special reception for Mother's Day, Father's Day, funeral or baptism. Contact Carolyn for more information.

    Nurture Group at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Bellevue, WA

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Getting involved
in outreach

Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Bellevue is an advocating congregation.

Advocacy

Holy Cross is an “Advocating Congregation”, sponsored by the Faith Action Network, always seeking a just society for all.

In addition to the Faith Action Network (FAN), Holy Cross works with the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance and Earth Ministries to be a voice for: the homeless, immigrants, and the environment. As an Advocating Congregation, Holy Cross supports the resolution passed by the Northwest Synod for “A More Just and Equitable Tax Structure in Washington State.”

During the course of the year, folks from Holy Cross attend fundraisers, donate items for auctions, host discussions, and participate in advocacy days in Olympia.

Other opportunities
for outreach.

  • Meaningful Movies

    Join folks from Holy Cross at The Eastside Chapter of “Meaningful Movies,” a neighborhood film & discussion group organized around social justice and advocacy. Like us on Facebook.

    “The Meaningful Movies Project” is a non-profit organization that helps neighborhoods, groups and individuals organize, educate and advocate using the power of social justice documentary film and conversation to build positive and meaningful community. It is the organizing arm of the Meaningful Movies Network, facilitating communications and providing resources and support. To learn more, visit their website here.

  • Immigration Reform

    Since 1939 Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service has been a champion for migrants and refugees. LIRS helps newcomers who have been forced to leave their homes and begin anew. Holy Cross Lutheran joins with LIRS in welcoming newcomers, and advocating for just immigration laws.

    The four principles held on immigration reform are: 1) Uphold family unity. Current immigration is focused on deportation, ignoring the impacts on family. 2) Provide just processes for documentation, citizenship, and safe immigration. Current immigration policy is focused on exclusion. 3) Respect human rights. Current immigration policy violates human rights and the U.S. Constitution. 4) Address root causes of migration and respect the integrity of the earth. Current economic policies are a major cause of migration.

  • Working to End Homelessness

    Holy Cross has been dedicated to addressing issues related to homeless for many years, starting with serving dinners and hosting conversations for the Congregations for the Homeless program.

    As a continuation of that work, Holy Cross became an “endorsing congregation” in 2006, a part of the King County 10-year plan to end homelessness. Holy Cross continues to work on implementing the plan by working with the Interfaith Task Force to End Homelessness.

  • Orchard Gardens

    Holy Cross Lutheran Church operates a community garden open to everyone. Together, gardeners donate a portion of their fresh produce to local food banks. Last year gardeners provided over 2,000 pounds of fresh, organic produce to area families in need.