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"It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone."
Ephesians 1:11 (Msg)
The Holy Cross family of believers greets you in the name of Jesus Christ, our crucified and risen Lord and Savior! The Holy Cross membership is pleased to share with you details about its church and ministry, which, through its people and pastor, is dedicated to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The entire life of Holy Cross Church is centered around God’s Word and Holy Sacraments—His means of sharing with us His love and forgiveness. It is, therefore, with a sincere desire of sharing with you the treasures of Jesus Christ that we invite you to worship and fellowship with us at Holy Cross. For the Cross to us is certain salvation! If you are making Trumbull and the surrounding area your new home, Holy Cross welcomes you to the community, and more importantly, Holy Cross welcomes you to its sanctuary for worship.
To those who are now in the community, to those who visit us, to those who have no church home, and to all who would walk with us in faith, we promise true pardon and peace in the name of our Lord Jesus. Here you will find beautiful worship that glorifies God and bestows His life-giving gifts. The Scripture-based message is delivered by a pastor of conviction and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Here you can enjoy the company of fellow believers, be strengthened in your faith, and join them in extending God's Kingdom.
The mission of Holy Cross congregation is to carry out the Great Commission of our Lord (Matthew 28:18-20). We will share the love and forgiveness of Our Lord Jesus Christ with one another, our community and the whole world so that we can take part in the joyous privilege of "making disciples of all nations" through the power of preaching and teaching the Word of God, administering His Sacraments, and joining in service fellowship according to the confessional standard of the Lutheran Church.
The Faith of the Christian Church, as believed and practiced down through the centuries, is our Faith. It is expressed in the historic Creeds (or, Statements of Belief) – the Apostles’, the Nicene, and the Athanasian. We are a congregation of folk who are first and foremost sinful. Each Sunday we admit such to God and before one another when we say: “We have sinned against You (God) in thought, word and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone.” But we are also forgiven people—not because of what we have done, but because of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. By Jesus’ death on the cross we are forgiven; by Jesus’ resurrection from the dead we are raised to new life now and forever. We are reconciled to God, and we are at peace with Him. This is what God has done; this is what we believe.
Fellowship & Service:
Holy Scripture exhorts us as Christians to meet together, encourage one another, and build one another up in the Faith. In response to God’s Word, we offer a multitude of groups and events (both spiritual and recreational in nature) that seek to bring people together. As people who recognize that we have been served by Christ, we also seek to serve others. Both within the congregation and throughout the community, we involve ourselves in service, as God gives us the gifts, talents, resources and opportunities.
The Holy Cross congregation first worshipped in 1957 and from its origin has been a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LC-MS), a denomination dedicated to Christian education and missions. The LC-MS supports more than 2,000 elementary and 5,000 preschools, 60 high schools, 10 colleges and two seminaries. It is active in all 50 states and in more than 25 foreign countries. The LC-MS is home base for “The Lutheran Hour,” the world’s largest religious broadcast that reaches 30 million people each week.
The name "Lutheran" came into existence over 400 years ago, but the teachings which stand behind that name are as old as the Christian Church. It was the determination of Martin Luther and other 16th century reformers to rid the church of man-made doctrines that came into practice during the Middle Ages, and to make the Scriptures the source and guide for all teaching. The people who agreed with Luther were given the name "Lutheran," and this name continues to this day. We believe that the Reformation was not the beginning of something new, but a return to the teachings of Christ and the Apostles as revealed in the Bible and expressed in the ancient creeds.
Pastor Eric A. Wismar was installed as Pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church on May 17, 2015. His initial call was to serve God's people at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in New Fairfield, CT. He pastored there from August 2004 until his installation here at Holy Cross.
Pastor Wismar grew up in various towns throughout New England and graduated from Newtown High School here in Connecticut. Upon receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia College in Bronxville, NY he went on to work for both Immanuel Lutheran School in Danbury, CT as a middle school teacher, and Nova Group International in Tokyo, Japan as an instructor, trainer and administrator.
In the summer of 2000, he moved from Tokyo to St. Louis, MO in order to attend Concordia Seminary. His vicarage/internship took place at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Cabot, PA. He completed his Master of Divinity in August, 2004, and received a call to serve as pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd that same month. He and his wife Miharu, whom he met while he was in Japan, have been married since 1998.
Pastor Wismar has many interests. He enjoys physical fitness, especially judo, tennis, running, squash, swimming, plyometric training, TRX resistance training and weightlifting. His favorite subjects of study include history, philosophy, psychology, dogmatics, sociology, anthropology, isogogics and liturgics. Pastor Wismar is also an officer in the United States Air Force with the rank of Major. Right now he is serving in the Connecticut Air National Guard as a chaplain to the men and women of the 103rd Airlift Wing. He is also a Major in the Civil Air Patrol and is currently serving as the Deputy Commander and Character Development Instructor of the Stratford Eagles Composite Squadron, located in Stratford, CT.