Florist Avenue Lutheran Church


Florist Closing; Re-Opening Under APC

Last month was a big one for our urban partner church Florist Avenue. On June 14 they celebrated the retirement of their pastor Carol Creitz and voted unanimously to close as “Florist” and turn all their assets over to All People’s Lutheran Church (APC). They are doing this to re-open as a new, second campus for the vibrant APC ministry, with a hip hop service every Sunday night and lots of outreach into the community.

They officially closed and re-birthed on Sunday, June 28, at a closing ceremony attended by Cross of Life-ers and against the backdrop of a beautiful banner made by our kids in Vacation Bible School. This is a big and brave step for our long-time urban partner, and it is yet another example of churches doing creative collaborations to make more ministry happen, so we will keep looking for ways to support them and whatever this new ministry looks like. Thank you to all the COL-ers who have supported the Florist community for so many years. We look forward to a new chapter of our partnership together!

The information below will be updated; please check back!



Florist Avenue Lutheran Church: 5975 North 40th Street, Milwaukee, WI  53209
(414) 339-6851. E-Mail:

"Shining the Light of Christ in the Neighborhood"
We are a Word and Sacrament community centered in Jesus Christ.
We give thanks to God by spreading the Gospel.
We encourage and help people to pray and share their faith stories.
We encourage and help people to use their gifts in the ministry of the congregation.
We will be aware of the needs of all, showing mercy and acting for justice.

Please contact Servanthood Advocate Kristine Meyers if you would like to learn more about Florist Avenue's ministries or help Cross of Life with the:

  • Saturday "Food for the Soul" Lunch Program
  • Summer Lunch Program
  • Annual "Back to School" Rummage Sale & Backpack Collection
  • Adult and Youth Choir Exchange

Florist Avenue Lutheran Church is also home to one of the satellite locations of the Bread of Healing Clinic, a free medical clinic for the uninsured that provides Medical Services and PharmaceuticalsDental Care and more. You can learn more about the clinic by clicking here

News from November 2013:
Cross of Life celebrates with Florist Ave Lutheran Church the completion of their new wheelchair accessible entrance, pictured at left! Construction continues inside for accessible bathrooms and offices. Florist Avenue hosts meals, backpack drives and serves as a satellite location for the Bread of Healing Free Medical Clinic.