May News and Updates

Please note: Summer service hours at 8am and 10am Sunday mornings. Hours return to 8am and 11am on September 3, 2017.

Thoughts from the Intern:

As I think about my time here at Holy Cross, the words that come to mind are “Thank you.” Thank you for taking me in these past months; thank you for making me a part of your community, thank you for teaching me, thank you for allowing me to try new things, and granting me forgiveness when they didn’t go as planned. Thank you for allowing me the space to grow as an individual and professional. I am saddened that my time here is coming to a close, but excited for the future of Holy Cross. I pray that as individuals, and as a congregation, you continue to grow in the grace of God. As I wrap up my time here, I hope that I can spend some quality time with many of you, and if in this next month you ever want to get coffee, you know where to find me. Again, I cannot say it enough, Thank you. 
~Samantha Brown

Jr./Sr. High Late Night

Here at Holy Cross we believe that we were created for relationships. Come build relationships and start off your weekend by enjoying this late night. Friday, May 19th we will start off out late night at 6:30 PM with dinner and have some games, service project, devotion, and movie time ending at 10:30 PM. Stay out late and have fun with friends! All 7th-12th grade students and friends are invited! Sign up in the upstairs of the HCCC or let Samantha know you can come by May 15th.

Book and Bake Sale

We will be having a Book and Bake Sale on Saturday, May 20 from 8:30am-3pm.  Please search your house for books you no longer read and ask neighbors and friends to donate their old books also.  We’ll also be collecting CDs and DVDs.  If you need to have your books picked up, just call Nancy Cote at 818-1175.

Calling  Bakers of All Ages:

We need your sweet stuff for the book sale/ bake sale on May 20th. If you like to make cakes, cookies, breads, rolls, cupcakes, coffeecakes, brownies, any sweet baked item, we need them for the sale!!!! Please bring them to Krampitz Hall on Friday, May 19th by 4pm, so we can label and price your “goodies”. Let us know what the item is called AND if there are any nuts in it. Any questions—email or call us:  Pat Ludwig, 510-8839 or Linda Cummings, 741-9140. Now get baking!!!! 


Holy Cross’s Young Adult Ministry will be gathering on May 21st @ 6:30 in K-Hall for a time of fellowship & fun. We don’t often get to see one another, but being in town for summer has its benefits! Please join us for a good time as we hang out & with a good homemade dinner and fun game night! All young adults are welcome!


Mark your calendars for May 27th from 5:00-6:00 PM, and please join us for this exciting devotional experience. Crossroads is a once-a-month Saturday evening devotional experience. We praise God with some contemporary Christian songs, meditate on the word with a short devotion, and connect with others in God’s love and peace.

Acolytes needed

We are in desperate need of acolytes for the 8am service. All four of our regular acolytes were just confirmed so we need replacements. The 11am service has many acolytes to go around but the 8am service is in need. If you even sometimes go to the 8am service, please sign your child up. All children should be serving the church in this way from 4th grade – 8th grade. We are happy to train. Your child will learn responsibility, composure, organization, attentiveness and independence through acolyting, not to mention serving God in His holy house!  Please see Peter Olsen for more information. Thanks!


Please re-register your child for the 2017/18 Sunday School Year on our website:, the electronic registration forms are located under the “Sunday School Tab”. We look forward to another year of Growing together in Christ! Mark your calendars for The Rally Day & Church Picnic on Sunday, August 27, 2017 @ The Clarence Town Park, Pavilion. Please join us for worship @ 10am followed by lunch, fun-games, and fellowship (hot dogs provided, please bring your own beverage & a dish to share). May Sunday School Dates to remember: May 4th @ 6pm: Sunday School Teacher Meeting May 21st: Last Day of Sunday School.

Hospice Memorial Walk:

The family of Pat Garlapo will be celebrating her life by participating in the Hospice Memorial Walk on May 21st at 11am.  We would love for you to join us on this walk to remember Pat and all the loved ones helped by Hospice.  If you are unable to walk and would like to support Hospice and their mission of bringing comfort to those who suffer and grieve you can do that also.  Please visit and search our team name…Our Forever Angel to register to walk or donate. Thank you so much, Doug, Carrie and Laura.

Would you like to get in shape?  

Looking for an opportunity to move and have fun with friends?  Starting May 2nd, Ruth Marzano will be offering an exercise class on Tuesday evenings at 5:30 in the back room of the HCCC.  Bring friends!  This class will be appropriate for all fitness levels.  If you have any questions, please contact her at

Summer Hours:

In June, July, and August Holy Cross will have two Sunday services at 8:00am and 10:00am. This will begin on Sunday June 4th. We will resume our “winter hours” on Sunday September 3rd and Rally Day will be on Sunday September 10th.

VBS Help Wanted! 

VBS planning is underway!  Mark your calendars for August 7-11!  Many volunteers of all ages are needed!  Please plan on attending an informational meeting on June 4th after the late service.  This quick meeting will answer any questions you might have about volunteering.  If you would like to help us or have any questions, please contact Ruth Marzano at or text Katie Marzano at 270-3170.  Help us spread the word about God’s Victory!

All-Church Rally Day Picnic: 

Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 27th! We will have a time of worship starting at 10:00am at the Clarence Town Park Pavilion, followed by lunch, games, fun, and fellowship. Hot dogs will be provided, please bring your own beverage and a dish to share.

Camp Pioneer Golf Benefit:

The Camp Pioneer Golf Benefit is set for Monday, July 17th at the Brierwood Country Club in Hamburg.  The early bird price (before June 1st) is $135 per golfer.  Please call Camp Pioneer at 549-1420 to register.  The proceeds will assist children of our military to have a camp experience.  Copy of the golf brochure contains all the details – and is available from your church office and is posted on the Bulletin board in K-Hall. Church organizations and businesses are urged to sponsor a hole at the benefit for a donation of $150.

Hearts For the Homeless:

December 2016 marked our 26th year of feeding the poor and homeless in our area. Holy Cross has supported “Hearts” from the beginning. Ron has shared the vision and ministry of Hearts For the Homeless and the congregation has responded with donations, prayer, and continued support. Our most recent $200 check from Dash’s (March) receipts went to the fund to purchase a new van to reach more clients. Thank you Holy Cross for 26 years of support! -Ron and Jill.

Help Wanted – Nursery Attendant:

As the years fly by, Holy Cross will lose another trusted Nursery Attendant as Taylor moves on to pursue her college education.  Many thanks and prayers go with Taylor on this next part of her adventure.  And now we look for the next person (or persons) to provide this important service to the young families that join us at our late Sunday worship. Specifically, we are looking for someone able to watch children during the second service, entertain newborns to three year olds for the full hour of the service, and to lead children up to the age of 7 in activities during the sermon. The proper candidate must be able to change the occasional dirty diaper, and Red Cross or equivalent Babysitter Training is required for any youthful attendants.  Please see any Council member or Pastor Nickel if you are interested in learning more about this compensated position. Thanks!

Heritage Home:

Our next visit to the Heritage Home will be May 28 at 10 a.m.  “Jesus Ascends to Heaven” (Luke 24, Matthew 28, Acts 1) will be the Bible story filmstrip.  And because it is Memorial Day weekend, we will sing, “God Bless America.”  A flag project will be on hand along with much singing, prayer, and celebrating birthdays.  It is good to be together! -Alfrieda, Ron, Margaret