Holy Cross Lutheran Church (Lutheran Church/Missouri Synod) was established in 1960 in the city of Warren and is now a congregation of close to 400 baptized children of God who are:
Aiming our lives toward Christ,
Proclaiming Christ crucified,
Reclaiming lost lives for Christ.
We are by no means perfect people. We believe that by our very nature we are sinful human beings who live contrary to the Word and will of God. We sin by what we think, what we say, and what we do. But we also believe that God has done something about our condition of sin through his son, Jesus Christ. Jesus came into our world to give his life as a sacrifice on the cross to make payment for our sin, reconcile us to the God who has created us, and bless us with an everlasting relationship with himself. As a bumper sticker years ago used to say, “Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven.”
Living under that forgiveness, and with God’s help, we are aiming our lives toward Christ. We are walking the journey of faith that we might better know and understand our loving Father and become more like him. Sharing a common faith in a common Savior, we walk the journey of faith together as a congregation so that we might be encouraged by our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and, in return, be an encouragement to them. When we stumble, and we surely do every day, we are there to help one another back up on their feet.
We find ourselves firmly proclaiming Christ crucified. We do not trust in our own good deeds or life for God to save us. We believe that only by Christ’s death on the cross is our sin paid for and the free gift of eternal life given to us. Rejoicing in our relationship with God, we are about the task of reclaiming lost lives for Christ. We want the whole world to share in the joy and gladness of knowing God personally and living in the sure and certain hope of everlasting life with him.