The History of Our Church
The First Ten Years
The Board of Directors of the California-Nevada-Hawaii District called Pastor John-Paul Meyer as missionary-at-large to begin a new mission at Rocklin, east of Sacramento, in June of 1986. On October 4, 1986, work began on the Rocklin mission.
The “mother” of the new mission at Rocklin, St. Paul’s Church of Auburn, had surveyed the area, done demographics and provided four member families as a nucleus with which to start. There was rapid growth of both population and economy to indicate and encourage success.
After calling on prospects whose names were given him by other Lutheran churches and also calling on people who were referred to him by those prospects, and doing some neighborhood visiting, home Bible studies were started in January, 1987. Interest was so great that three home study groups instead of one began. All groups started “The Divine Drama” with a commitment to do the first half in 16 weeks. As interest and commitment grew, they were still in the first 16 weeks after a year of study. These Bible studies produced growth in the Word and motivated people to invite friends to join them.
By June, 1987, enough interest was shown to start worship services. A name was chosen, administration elected, and a place to meet chosen. The first worship service of Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Mission was held on Holy Cross Sunday, on September 13, 1987 in a rented facility in Rocklin.
The first Voters Assembly was held on May 21, 1989. Bob Schwermann was elected Administrator and Barbara Hull was elected Secretary/Treasurer.
Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church officially became a church, a member of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, at a special Charter Sunday service on September 10, 1989.
One Hundred and Twenty-nine men, women, and children, charter members of the congregation, signed their recently approved constitution.
Officiating at the service was the Rev. Ted Iverson, administrative director of the CNH District of the LCMS.
John-Paul Meyer was installed as the Pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church on December 17, 1989. The Rev. O. Oswald, President of the CNH District of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod performed the rite of installation.
On May 6, 1991, construction began on a new sanctuary at 4701 Grove Street in Rocklin. Ed Fogarty led the project. The construction was done by members of the congregation and Laborers for Christ.
Laborers For Christ is an organized group of dedicated Christians who volunteer their retirement time to work for the congregations, schools and social ministry organizations of The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod undertaking to construct their own buildings.
The laborers of “Laborers For Christ” are lay people – both men and women – who do physical labor for Christ by helping congregations and other church related organizations build churches, schools, parish halls, retirement homes, camp facilities; anything that needs to be built.
Dedication Sunday was on January 24, 1993.
On October 13, 1996, Pamela Boehle-Silva, R.N. was installed as Parish Nurse.
Official acts performed during the first ten years:
The first infant baptism was Joshua Holden Ramsey, November 8, 1989, son of John and Pamela (nee Russell) Ramsey. The first junior confirmation class was Tim Eisert, Lisa Houser, Teresa Hull, Rachel Meyer, and Katie Schwermann. Date was May 14, 1989. The first wedding was Eric Wahlborg and Suzy Swarm on November 13, 1988. The first funeral was Robert Lloyd Spriggs.