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CHRISTMAS EVE AND DAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE: Holy Cross will celebrate Jesus’ birth with services on Christmas Eve at both 5:00 and 10:00 p.m., and on Christmas Day at 9:30 a.m. The earlier service on Christmas Eve is designed especially with families in mind as we sing familiar carols and, together, recount the story of the birth in Bethlehem. The later service on Christmas Eve is done in a more traditional candlelight setting. Then on Christmas Day, our celebration continues as we again sing carols we have sung since we were children, and marvel at the gift of the Word made flesh. Worship on Sunday, December 28, will be a single worship service at 9:30 a.m.
PARENTS NIGHT OUT 2014: Parents of children between the ages of three and 10, take advantage of our Third Annual Parents Night Out, Hawaiian Adventure, on Friday, December 19, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m! This great event is hosted by our Mission Trip students and is a perfect opportunity for parents to take a night off. There will be dinner, hula-hoops, grass skirts, games, face painting and more! For more information and to register, click here.
MIDWEEK UPDATE: Not receiving Holy Cross’ Midweek Update and would like to do so? Please let us know! You can email the office, or place a note on a Connection Card, along with your email address, and place it in the offering plate when you are at church.
MISSION TODAY: The December edition of the Holy Cross newsletter, Mission Today, was distributed at worship December 7 and is available online. May the stories found within this mission newsletter inspire you!
WOMEN’S RETREAT SCHEDULED FOR 2015: The Women Restored planning team is once again hard at work planning a short retreat for women on Friday, February 6, 2015. Save the date and plan to take a few hours to connect with God and other women for spiritual nourishment!
MARKS ON MARK: With Advent, the church has begun a new year of Scripture readings in worship. In the coming year, many of our gospel texts will be taken from the Gospel of Mark. Pastor Hanson concluded a two-part discussion providing an overview of that Gospel in Adult Education December 14. On December 21, we'll look at Advent images in art.
HOLY CROSS STITCHERS: Do you have an interest in learning how to knit? Are you already a passionate novice or a stitching master? We’d love to have you join our NEW knitting group on Thursday mornings, 10:00-11:30. Our first gathering is January 8. If you are interested, please sign up in the Narthex, or speak with Amanda Dudgeon. We hope you will join us!
PADS: Please consider volunteering for PADS Monday evening, December 15, through Tuesday morning, December 16. See the sign-up sheet in the Narthex to see if there might be a way you can help. Also, if you so generously give your time to this effort and are an overnight volunteer, please contact Robin Fortman regarding registering and training.
ADVENT IN ART: Sunday, December 21, Pastor Hanson will lead a discussion on Advent images in art. Plan to grab a cup of coffee and join him between the worship services.
CHRISTMAS SHARING THANKS! The week of December 7, many, many volunteers helped serve nearly 90 families by giving them food, clothing and toys! Thank you for your generous donations of your time, talent and treasure to this ministry. May we continue to be a blessing to this community that God calls us to be.
CHURCH OFFICE: In observance of Christmas and New Year’s, the church office will be closed December 25 and 26. The office will be open on Wednesday, December 31, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and closed on Thursday, January 1.
OFFERING ENVELOPES for 2015 are available in the Narthex. Please pick up yours today – but please do not begin using those envelopes until January 4! A reminder, too, that for gifts to be counted in 2014, they must be received at Holy Cross, or if mailed, postmarked, by December 31.
SUNDAY SCHOOL: Sunday, December 14 was the last Sunday School session for children and students until Sunday, January 4, 2015.
THANK YOU to my dear church family for all your prayers, cards and visits during the past three months. Holy Cross is truly a caring, loving, Christ-centered community. Marge Elfstrom
ADVENT CANDLE AND DEVOTIONAL CARD: If you did not get an Advent candle and devotional card, please feel free to pick one up in the Narthex. We hope you will use this light as a reminder of the light of Christ in whom we have our greatest hope.
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