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

cancelled at holy cross until further notice

We will resume worship as soon as permitted and are still unsure of the date.  
We will  keep everyone posted.
God’s peace.  Prayers for a healthy and happy spring!
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! 
we will still maintain office hours:
Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
phone:  (906) 353-6541
email:  holycross@up.net
Transformation – a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance.
We are in a time of change. Several years ago I did a Lenten series on this very topic of “Change”. Change is constant in our lives. Some changes mark gradual transitions, as when daytime shifts toward twilight or winter turns to spring. Sometimes we choose to undergo some changes after carefully considering our options, while others are forced upon us.
Much has changed during this pandemic.  The appearance of grocery stores and post offices have changed.  Our own appearances have changed due to face masks and gloves. Social distancing has made changes in our plans and habits and our minds and hearts continue to change with the passing thoughts and feelings each day brings.  
As I spoke to several of you over the phone this past week two major themes came to the surface. One – experiencing these changes makes us feel strange. Two – some good will come out of this.  With those thoughts in mind, I encourage you to read the article below written by Marc Winn in 2015.  In his words I find a beautiful analogy with the changes we are facing today and the possible good that can come out of this.    
Pastor Julie

Imaginal  Cells      By Marc Winn         December 9, 2015   Have you heard of imaginal cells? Although they are associated with insect life-cycles – for me, they are a great metaphor for the way the world is undergoing transformation at the moment.   Imaginal cells are the ones that create the incredible process of metamorphosis that occurs when a caterpillar changes into a butterfly. These cells hold all the potential for the future, but initially they act separately, before combining as one to create something incredible that is a great improvement on their previous existence.   The process of this change is amazing. Within the chrysalis, the structure of the caterpillar dissolves into a soupy organic mush. Hitherto dormant cells – “imaginal cells” – from the caterpillar start to develop the new structure of a butterfly, even though there is no similarity whatsoever between the two creatures.   Initially, each of the imaginal cells operates as a single-cell organism – entirely independent of one another. The immune system of the caterpillar even identifies them as threats and attacks them. Regardless, the imaginal cells continue; they multiply, and they connect with one another, forming clusters.   They start to resonate with the same frequency and communicate in the same language, passing information backwards and forwards until there is a tipping point – when they stop acting as individual, separate cells and instead, become a multiple-celled organism: a butterfly. If we take this as an analogy for society today, it presents an exciting proposition. When systems are breaking down, you can either collapse and die or rise to the challenge of creating something better – and achieve the next stage of evolution. Leaders are the imaginal cells within their community or organization. As ideas spread and like minds connect, the possibilities grow exponentially to transform systems, policies and processes to meet the greatest challenges in our world today. Thought leaders – and others – can imagine a greater future and work together to make visions a reality. We are living in an era of increasing interconnectivity. Thanks to the internet, across the globe and across different specialisms and areas of interest, people can instantly communicate with one another like never before. Ideas, news, problems and solutions can travel fast and far – within seconds. We have the capacity to take advantage of the ‘collective consciousness’ – acting in groups as a community with shared ideas, values and circumstances, instead of individually. With focus on a single intent – whether to create environmentally friendly energy, cure cancer or reduce hunger – people working together have the power to radically transform the human race and the world we live in. This heralds massive evolutionary change for us. What if we harnessed this power? What if we worked like imaginal cells – thinking differently from the old ways, working together with others who share our values and principles – to create something wonderful in the world? Our speedy communication networks and efficient technology means that we have the power to take collective action to identify solutions to both personal and global problems. This excites me. This is what drives me to look for imaginal cells in my own community – with the aim of connecting and empowering them to accelerate and multiply. To network, to share and work together – to produce transformational results for the future. Just as it takes the total disintegration of the caterpillar’s structure in order to create a butterfly – it may take the complete breakdown of present systems before a better future occurs. But I am convinced that each of us, working together to make the world a better place will produce something incredible on the other side. Let’s fly! Marc  

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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