Cross Lutheran Church: 1821 N 16th St., Milwaukee, WI 53205, (414) 344-1746
Cross Lutheran Church is a diverse community that welcomes and celebrates all people and where youth are honored. Their mission is to share the Good News of God's love in Jesus Christ, to serve our community and the world and to advocate for justice.
Sunday Worship Service: 9:30 a.m.
Youth Sunday School: 10:45 a.m.
Adult Bible Study: 11:15 a.m.
High School Ministry: 1:30 p.m.
Cross Lutheran Church is also the primary location of the Bread of Healing Clinic, a free medical clinic for the uninsured that provides Medical Services and Pharmaceuticals, Dental Care and more. You can learn more about the clinic by clicking here.
News from November 2013
COL welcomes Pastor Arlen Solem, the new pastor at our partner Cross Lutheran Church and the Director of their Bread of Healing Empowerment Ministry. BOHEM provides a free meal, food pantry, Bible study and support groups every Wednesday, as well as job training, tutoring and girl’s empowerment programs to folks on the margins in the central city of Milwaukee.
Pastor Arlen said this after his first month: “A term that I have learned is the ‘Entry Point.’ The Entry Point is the food …. That Entry Point is the initial reason so many people come, but so many stay for more. People come to the Bible Study, people are brought into the Jobs Program, people go to the Men of Faith and Women of Faith Group, people are counseled, challenged and encouraged.
"The importance of the Entry Point became really clear to me in the Men of Faith group the other day. One man said that he started coming to the food pantry years ago, and never had any intention of getting anything but food. Then he started coming to the Men of Faith group just to kill time while he was waiting for his food, kind of like flipping through a magazine waiting for a dentist appointment. He said that he sat in the men’s group for about four weeks, not participating but listening more and more. After about four weeks he began to participate in the men’s group. And then things really snowballed. He now has been clean from crack cocaine for four years. He says that he came for food but got a whole lot more than he bargained for. In many ways, he got his life back.
God’s blessings and thank you all for the wonderful support that you give in the BOHEM. It is truly a font of salvation to a world in need.”
To get involved with Cross Lutheran or their Bread of Healing’s Empowerment Mnistries contact Muriel Otto, COL Director of Adult Ministries, or COL Servanthood Advocate Sheila Schrieber.