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TWO SERVICE WORSHIP SCHEDULE BEGINS AUGUST 24: Beginning August 24, we return to holding two worship services each Sunday. The 8:30 service is a traditional Lutheran service, utilizing a variety of liturgical resources to help draw us closer to God. The 11:00 service is a contemporary Christian service with a unique Lutheran approach. We look forward to seeing you at Holy Cross!
SUNDAY SCHOOL: Online registration for Sunday School for the 2014-15 program year is online now - click here to be taken to the form for preschool through high school. If you have questions about the upcoming Sunday School program, please speak with Amanda Dudgeon.
BISHOP MILLER INSTALLS PASTOR AMY AIMONETTE: Bishop Wayne Miller of the Metro Chicago Synod of the ELCA presided over the installation of Pastor Amy Aimonette as Senior Pastor of Holy Cross on August 17. We enjoyed his gifted preaching during worship as well as visiting with him during coffee hour. What an exciting time in the mission of this community of faith!
CONFIRMATION. Confirmation (Affirmation of Baptism) instruction is gearing up for the 2014-2015 program year. If your child will be in seventh or eighth grade this fall and you would like to know more about Confirmation studies at Holy Cross, please plan on attending the Confirmation Student & Parent Orientation meeting on Wednesday, September 3 at 7:00 p.m. If you have questions, please talk with Jake Bower.
ADULT BIBLE STUDY BEGINNING RALLY DAY: Beginning Sunday, September 7, and continuing through October 26, Pastor Hanson will lead a conversation during the Adult Bible Study between the worship services based on David Lose’s book, Making Sense of the Christian Faith. Although it is not necessary to have a copy of the book to be part of the discussion, please contact the church office if you would like a copy of your own. Orders, including payment of $10 per book, must be placed no later than Monday, August 18.
SPECIAL CONGREGATION MEETING: The Congregation Council has called for a special Congregation Meeting on Sunday, August 24, 10:15 a.m. The sole item on the agenda will be the election of a Call Committee. All voting members of the congregation are encouraged to attend.
MEN’S 9-HOLE GOLF SCRAMBLE is set for Sunday, August 24, 1:00 p.m. at Arrowhead Golf Club; 10th hole BBQ to follow. Please sign up in the Narthex.
RALLY DAY ORCHESTRA: We invite brass, string and woodwind instrumentalists to come "join the band" to add a festive touch to September 7 Rally Day's 8:30 a.m. worship service. The orchestra will accompany congregational hymn singing. There will be two rehearsals to prepare: Saturdays, August 30 and September 6, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Sign-up sheet is in the Narthex.
FIRST DAY PRAYERS: Parents and students – many of you start of the school year this week and we want you to know that your Holy Cross family is thinking and praying for you all. May you all feel the presence of the Holy Spirit guiding you in your life outside of church! Good luck, and we cannot wait to hear how the start of the year goes!
WHAT’S UP KIDS VOLUNTEERS: The What’s Up Kids Ministry is looking for enthusiastic individuals to serve as teachers. If you are interested, or would like to find out more, talk to Amanda Dudgeon.
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS: Parents, sometimes we lament that our children don't come with owner’s manuals. Regardless of efforts to be the best parents we can, sometimes we find ourselves challenged and overwhelmed. Parents struggling with a child's perplexing or changed behavior often feel isolated and at a loss for what to do next. God is not silent and you are not alone. If you are struggling, and looking for help, please contact social workers and members Rhonda Kelloway, Michelle Rogers or Pastor Amy for resources and confidential help.
PADS: Although Holy Cross does not participate in a formal way during the summer months with Public Action to Deliver Shelter, all of us know that issues of homelessness don’t take a summer vacation. If you are interested in seeing whether there might be a way for you to volunteer with PADS during the summer, please check their website.
PHOTO DIRECTORY: Holy Cross will be producing a new pictorial directory through Lifetouch later this year. Dates for photography at the church are October 28, 29, 30 and November 1. Online and face-to-face sign-ups will be available approximately six weeks prior to photography dates, but if you know your family will not be together for a photo this fall, please contact Brenda Davis or Renee Evans to learn how you might schedule a sitting over the summer.