• An old-fashion BBQ chicken dinner
  • Camp-Out overnight in the church yard

Old Fashioned BBQ Chicken Dinner

Served from 6-7:30 pm

Adults $12 donation, Children 10 & under $6 donation

BBQ Chicken, Baked Beans, Corn-on-the-Cob, Watermelon

Deadline for tickets 6/21/2021

Please contact Temple Gallagher at 209-986-8367

Camp-Out in the Holy Cross Yard

from 7pm-7am

Bring your tent & set up camp at Holy Cross or park in the lot & sleep in your car. Participants will be served continental breakfast on Sunday morning.

Call the church office (209)472-2177 or email holycrossumc@sbcglobal.net  

to reserve your space for the camp-out.

Then ask your friends and family to pledge donations

for this 12-hour sleep-over. 

Below is the link to the Family Promise fundraising page!


Come and share the experience with family and friends!

Click on flyer link to share!


If you’re not able to camp-out at Holy Cross UMC, you can still participate:

• Wrap up in a blanket on the couch

• Sleep in a sleeping bag on the living room floor

• Put up a tent in your backyard

• Be sure to post photos on social media

• Ask friends and family to sponsor you in support of your efforts to help families battling homelessness.

All proceeds will be donated to our local affiliate: 

Family Promise of San Joaquin.

Wonderful news!

     We would like to invite you to worship in-person inside at 10:30am on Sundays.

      We will ask that you comply with all existing protocols, including:

  • Face coverings
  • Social distancing
  • No congregational singing
  • No sharing of food/drink
  • Restroom use will be limited to one-person-at-a-time.
  • No childcare or Sunday School will be provided (children must remain with their family).

     We will ask to know if you have been fully vaccinated for seating purposes. If you choose not to disclose this information, we will ask that you maintain a minimum of 6’ social distancing from other households.

     We will have a single entrance and exit, which will be clearly identified.

     We will limit capacity of each area to 50%. If we fill the sanctuary and social hall to 50% capacity, we will seat people on the patio.

     We will have hospitality volunteers available to guide and direct you.

     We look forward to actually seeing you while we continue our vigilance at keeping everyone safe.



     If you are reading this, I hope that you consider yourself a friend of Holy Cross United Methodist Church, and have an interest in our effectiveness in sharing the love of God in meaningful ways among each other, and out into the wider world.  If that is true, I would like to invite you to play an even greater role in helping this happen—and I’m not talking about giving more money.

     We have an element in our Sunday morning worship services called God Sightings, in which I pass along stories others—like you—tell me about where and how they have perceived God at work in, around, and through them in recent days.  There are some weeks I have several such sightings to share, other weeks none.  I want to exhort you to ensure that there is always a sighting to behold when we gather to worship.

     What is a God Sighting, you may ask?…thank you for asking.  Such a sighting is any event or awareness you have which enhances your belief that God is alive and active in this world. 

  •         It might be something as simple—yet overwhelming—as a brilliant sunset that calms your heart after an anxious day. 
  •         It might be something as awe-inspiring as calling someone just when they needed to hear from you.  I have read accounts of people on the verge of suicide who found new hope because someone called them at that exact moment.  Coincidence: I think not!
  •         It might be something as personal as a song coming on the radio which reminds you of a friend you had not thought of for years who you then reach out to through Facebook with whom you are able to reignite a treasured relationship. 
  •         It might be something as meaningful as being met in the depths of grief by a quiet assurance that “you will get through this” which gives you the confidence to keep on keeping on.

     The great value of sharing these God Sightings in worship is that the claims for faith which I make in my sermon get ‘fleshed out’ in your living, lending credence to all that has been said.  Think of it this way: if my sermon is the lecture portion where faith is described, God Sightings are the lab portion where that faith is experienced.

     I want to earnestly request you to first of all be aware of God’s activity in your life; then, I want you to share with me how you see that happening so that I can share it with the whole body of believers.  I am confident that the more we share, the more yet we will begin to share and, as a result, more people will be touched and blessed because such stories speak to our hearts in ways mere sermons often cannot.

     If you have a God Sighting which you would like to share, please send them to me at: hcpastorg@gmail.com or via snail mail to: Pastor Gary, Holy Cross UMC, 1200 W. Hammer Lane, Stockton, CA  95209.

     Thank you—in advance—for all you will share from here on…

     Pastor Gary


WORSHIP REMINDER: Our worship and livestream on Sunday, June 27, will take place at 9:00 A.M. in our sanctuary and on our website. Then, beginning at 10:00 A.M. in both of those places, we will make available the Service of Ordination and Commissioning from the Annual Conference Session, a chance to celebrate those whom God has called into ministry. This grand time of worship will feature a sermon by Bishop Minerva Carcaño—always a source of inspiration of blessing.

 “Children’s Worship” program

     Children's Worship is a free innovative online worship experience for children everywhere. The production is a collaborative effort sponsored by the United Methodist Churches of the Sacramento Pentecost Circuit. The 15-20 minutes includes music, faith-based messages and special friends to meet--including talking animals and a puppet called “Mort” ... video clips come from around our church family in Northern California and Nevada. 

      Please email Holy Cross UMC church office at holycrossumc@sbcglobal.net or leave a message at 209-472-2177 to sign-up. You will then receive an email each week with the link to the children’s worship! Videos are geared towards ages 4-10 years old and beyond.

Click the link below to watch Children's church