Welcome to holy cross

Holy Cross Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Northern Great Lakes Synod and
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
211 State Street
Baraga, MI 49908
PHONE: (906) 353-6541
If you or someone you know are in need of food –
The Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw Community Action Agency can help you.
Visit the  website below or call (906) 482-5528.
From The Northern Great Lakes Synod E-Notes…..
While we are involved in the tremendous effort to mitigate the spread of COVID – 19, there is another important issue that requires our attention. Michigan’s response to Census 2020 is critical for the people of our state. The Census is critically important in determining funding for local communities and essential services, shaping our congressional representation, and determining legislative districts and much more.   Congregation and community members are encouraged to respond to the census. Click here for the Michigan Be Counted, Core Messages document that provides essential information. For more information, please contact the Michigan Census 2020 team at the following toll-free phone number: 833-8CENSUS (or 833-823-6787). 
Sunday Worship

Guidelines for Returning as a Worshiping Assembly on June 21, 2020 at 11:00

“Let us enter God’s gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise! Give thanks to God, bless his name.  For the Lord is good; God’s steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”  Psalm 100:4,5

How good and how pleasant it is to come together again! We do so with great joy and respect for one another as the body of Christ. Together as Church, we discern how to offer a faithful way forward during this pandemic. While our worship may not look as it did before, it remains a place where we encounter God’s grace found in Jesus Christ. We will maintain the following practices out of respect for one another’s health and the community at large:

  • Come to worship healthy. Stay home if you are sick in any way, shape or form. It is recommended you take your temperature. Please wash your hands before you leave your home.
  • It is requested that you come to worship wearing face masks. If you do not have one they are available on the half wall to your right when you enter through the door.
  • Once you enter through the front door you will also see hand sanitizer on the half wall to your right. It is recommended that you use it. Hand sanitizers and Clorox wipes will also be available in every pew. Please wipe down the area you were sitting in when worship is over.
  • Every other pew will be vacant in order to maintain social distancing of 6 feet. They will be clearly marked off. Keep in mind to sit at opposite ends of the pew from the people in front of you. Family units are welcome to sit together.
  • Singing of hymns should not take place in closed spaces as the aerosols exhaled amount to a factor of 60x more than breathing. This also means the choir will not be singing at this time.
  • We do not have an organist at this time. We will play recorded music.
  • Communion will take place the same way we were doing on Wednesday’s Faithful Hearts. A table will be set up with individual cups (the kind we use when we commune at the railing) of wine or grape juice with a wafer next to each one. These will be spaced out so no one will be able to touch the cup or wafer next to it. A receptacle will be near the table to dispose of your cup.
  • An offering plate will be in the narthex for your convenience as we will not be passing offering plates.
  • We will not have a greeter for the time being. Bulletins will be placed on the pews ahead of time.
  • We will not physically Pass the Peace but it will be spoken.


I do not see these practices as limitations but as opportunity for creativity. The God we worship is a creative one- full of diversity and wonder.  I look forward to sharing sacred time together and uniting once again. “Let us enter God’s gates with thanksgiving and God’s courts with praise!”

With Joy,

Pastor Julie

If you are in need of a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic – Call the church office at (906) 353-6541 to order one.  One of our talented quilters, Melissa Treadeau is making them and giving them away free of charge!  An awesome lady, offering an awesome gift to anyone who would like one – we appreciate Melissa’s talents and generosity! 
summer office hours:
Wednesdays  from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
phone:  (906) 353-6541
email:  holycross@up.net
click on the link below for news from the synod:


Special Announcement regarding Synod Assembly

The Synod Council has determined that Synod Assembly will be postponed until May 13-15, 2021 at Finlandia University in Hancock, MI.

Refunds will be sent out to those already registered.

We will let you know when 2020 Synod Reports are ready and available on the NGLS website.

If you have any questions, please call the Synod Office at (906) 228-2300.  Thank you!



We are a people of faith who reach out to others with God’s unconditional acceptance and grace in Jesus Christ; who sometimes, like you, experiences doubt and hope. In our shared humanity, join us as we discover Christ in our midst through Word and sacrament – water, wine and bread….the common things of life.


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How to Give While Away. . .

We appreciate your continued support for the mission of Holy Cross Lutheran Church during this time. Your giving is how we as a church are able to give to our community. Thank you for keeping God’s work going through your hands!  Blessings on your giving!  Ways to give:

  • Mail your check to: Holy Cross Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 40, Baraga, Mi 49908
  • Stop in at the church office Wednesday or Thursday between 12:00 – 5:00
  • While doing your local grocery shopping at Larry’s Market ask for Cindy Giddings. Cindy, our record keeper, will deposit your check for you.
  • You can deposit your check directly into the Holy Cross General Checking Account at Superior National Bank. If you chose this route, please notify Cindy Giddings at 353-6036 to ensure your giving is recorded for tax purposes.
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 Holy Cross Lutheran Church seeks to praise the Triune God

in Worship and Works.

Together, we serve and welcome all of God’s children and act

as stewards of God’s creation.

 Hospital Visits

Rules to protect patient privacy mean that limited information regarding who is in the hospital is available to pastors who visit at local hospitals.  If you’d like Pastor Julie to know that you’ve been hospitalized, please contact her at:  Office hours Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Office Phone:  906-353-6541 Cell Phone:  906-370-5301 E-mail:  holycross@up.net

As a member congregation of the Northern Great Lakes Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  The following websites contain an abundance of information about the work we do together as God’s Church!

Check them out! Synod website address: www.nglsynod.org  ELCA website address: www.elca.org