Our second midweek Advent service is tonight, Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 pm. “Behold the Light: Many Lights are Brighter—Together!” is tonight’s message based on Roman 15:4-7. Isaiah 11:1-11 and Matthew 3:1-12 are additional Scriptures lessons we will read during the worship service. You are encouraged to invite your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors to join you for this beautiful and heartwarming service.
Christmas program practices will be held on Saturdays, December 9 and 16 from 10:00 am – 12 noon. Practices will be in the sanctuary each Saturday. The final dress rehearsal will be on Sunday, December 17 during the Sunday School hour. Kids should arrive at 9:30 am that morning.
The annual Sunday School Christmas program is on Sunday, December 17 during the 11:00 am service. The Sunday School children and youth are looking forward to sharing the news of our Savior’s birth with the congregation. The beloved carol, “Away in a Manger”, is the basis for this year’s program.
You are invited to journey with us during the beautiful season of Advent! It is a stirring season of hope, anticipation, and great expectation, as we remember Christ’s birth in Bethlehem and look to His return on the Last Day! “Behold the Light” is the overall sermon theme for midweek Advent, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day worship services.
The first midweek Advent service is tonight, Wednesday, December 6 at 7:00 pm. Pastor Jim’s message, “Behold the Light: Put on the Light!”, is based on Romans 13:11-14.
Join us at 9:00 am on Saturday, December 2, as we decorate the church for Christmas. Treats and refreshments will be provided. If you would like to bring cookies to share, please do. Those who work past the lunch hour, a pizza lunch is provided.
Holy Cross is excited to announce that we will be hosting another Night to Shine Prom in 2018. Please mark your calendars for Friday, February 9, 2018. We received another generous grant from the Tim Tebow Foundation. We are looking for volunteers again, please speak with Shari Schulze, Night to Shine Coordinator. More information will be shared in the months ahead.
What is a Night to Shine Prom? Check it out: https://www.timtebowfoundation.org/ministries/night-to-shine
Pastor Jim will be holding a Greeter Training Workshop on Tuesday, November 28 at 7:00 pm. During Bible Class on Sunday, December 3, he will give us a refresher course on how to be welcoming to visitors and guests. Join him and other members, as we all learn how to be friendly ambassador for Christ at Holy Cross.
Tomorrow, Sunday, November 26, is the last day to get your Christmas Poinsettia from the Holy Cross Youth Group! Each Poinsettia sells for $11.00. Speak to a youth group member before, between, or after the worship services to purchase your Christmas Poinsettia(s). Thank you to all who have purchased a Poinsettia.
The fundraiser is to help send Holy Cross youth members to the 2019 LC-MS National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis. The theme is REAL.PRESENT.GOD. Visit the National Youth Gathering website for more information at www.lcmsgathering.com.
The staff at Holy Cross wishes you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving Day! We are thankful to the LORD for you! We pray that you have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving! As we celebrate the holiday, the church office will be closed November 23-25.
What Are You Thankful For? The answers to that question can be vast! At your Thanksgiving table, place a pen and a note card with that question on it next to each place setting. Have your guests share their answers before, during, and or after the meal.
“Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.” – Psalm 136:1
You are invited to Holy Cross’ annual Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service on Wednesday, November 22 at 7:00 pm. Pastor Jim’s sermon is entitled “Prayers of Thanksgiving: ‘Rejoice in the Lord! Again, I Say Rejoice!’” based on Philippians 4:4-13. We encourage you to invite your family, friends, and neighbors to this uplifting service of praise and thanksgiving to the LORD!
A Thanksgiving Prayer: Heavenly Father, God of all grace, govern our hearts that we may never forget Your blessings but steadfastly thank and praise You for all Your goodness in this life until, with all Your saints, we praise You eternally in Your heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. [Collect LSBuilder 191, Thanksgiving to God]
Attention Holy Cross family, all Happenings articles are due early this week. The deadline is Tuesday, November 21 at 9:00 am. All worship materials will be published earlier due to the Thanksgiving holiday, as will the December Holy Crossings newsletter and calendar. Your diligence is imperative. Many thanks.