Family Night – May 22nd

 
Dear Family,

Tonight will be the last “Family Night” of the season.  We will be serving hamburgers and hot dogs from 5:30pm – 6:30pm.  Please consider bringing a side dish to share.

Bible study will begin at 6:45pm.  Children in grades Pre-K through 5th grade will be outside on the playground from 6:45pm – 7:30pm.

We will also be electing members to serve on our church council for 2019-2020.  The following individuals have agreed to serve on the church council:

President: Donna Harlow
Vice President: Jack Tucker
Education: Beth Otto
Property: John Neuner
Open Arms: Wendy Huff
Social Ministries: Teresa Bauer
Elders: Robert Bennett, Brad deCathelineau, Chuck Fox, Ron Harrison, Tony Swann

I look forward to seeing you this evening.

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill


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Open Arms Auction

Dear Family,

I would like to invite you to our Open Arms Christian Child Development auction this Saturday, May 4, from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at the church.  This is the only fundraiser that Open Arms does each year and it is a lot of fun.  The theme this year is “Disney” and auction items include:

  • Disney tickets
  • Signed football from the Carolina Panthers
  • Restaurant gift cards
  • Themed Gift Baskets for adults and children, such as movies, cooking, reading, and Disney
  • Children’s Artwork
  • Items from the Carolina Hurricanes

You will be amazed at all of the auction items and there will be a huge spread of food to enjoy.  Child care is available, which includes a hot dog dinner for the children.  Feel free to come dressed as your favorite Disney character.  I hope to see you sometime on Saturday night.

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill

 


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No Family Night April 17

Reminder: There will be no Family Night activities tonight, April 17th.


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Holy Week Services

Dear Family:

 

Here is the schedule of worship services for Holy Week and Easter:

 

1) Thursday, April 18, at 7:00pm“Maundy Thursday.”  The word “maundy” is a Latin word that means “to mandate.”  In this service we will remember our Lord’s Last Supper with His disciples when He created or “mandated” Holy Communion.  We will the end the service by stripping the altar as a reminder of when Jesus was stripped of His dignity as He was betrayed and arrested late that evening.

2) Friday, April 19, at 7:00pm“Good Friday Tenebre Service.”  The word “tenebre” means “darkness.”  In this service we will look at how heaven and earth intersect at the cross of Christ.  The lights will slowly be turned out during this service and we will leave in darkness and silence to contemplate our Lord’s suffering and death for us.

 

3) Easter Sunday, April 21:

7:00am: “Sunrise Worship” – This service will begin outside in our memorial gardens at the front of the church under the “He Is Risen” plague.  After some Scripture readings, we will then move inside to the sanctuary for the rest of the service.

9:00am: “Praise & Worship” – This service will be led by our praise team with contemporary Christian music.

11:00am: “Traditional Worship” – This service will involve traditional hymns on our organ along with our choir.

Communion will be served at all three services and Easter Breakfast will be served from 8:00am – 9:00am.

 

There will be no “Family Night” activities tonight, April 17, or next Wednesday, April 24.

 

In God’s Service,
Pastor Bill


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Easter Breakfast

Hello Everyone:

Next Sunday, April 21, we will have our annual Easter Breakfast from 8:00 – 9:00am and we need some help.  We are looking for volunteers to bring different food dishes such as cheese and crackers, deviled eggs, fruit tray, vegetable tray, casseroles, small sandwiches, bagels, etc.  We will also need some help setting up and cleaning up.  If you can help, please contact Teresa Bauer as soon as possible at:

Teresa Bauer
919-631-4491
(call or text)
tbauer@apexhaust.com

Thanks,
Pastor Bill


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Groundbreaking Celebration

Dear Family:

 

Our construction company has informed us that they plan to start construction on our new building next week, so we will do a special groundbreaking celebration this Sunday, March 17, at 10:00am on the property next to our parking lot.  Everyone is encouraged to bring a shovel with them as we will all turn some of the ground marking the official start of our construction.  A representative from the construction company will also join us for the groundbreaking event.  I realize this is short notice, but we were just informed a few days ago of the plans to start construction next week.  This will be a very special event and I hope you will join us.

 

Back on July 31, 2005, a group of us gathered on our property to officially break ground for our current facility and I thought you would like to see the attached pictures from that special day.

 

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill


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Ash Wednesday

Dear Family,

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day in the season of Lent in which we remember the road that Jesus traveled for us that led to His suffering and death on a cross for our sins.  We begin the season with two worship services tonight at 5:00pm (Traditional worship with ashes) and 7:00pm (Contemporary worship with ashes) with dinner being served between the services from 5:30pm – 6:30pm.  Ashes will be placed on our foreheads tonight as a sign of sorrow for our sinfulness, but they will be placed in the shape of a cross as a sign of Jesus’ tremendous love for us.

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill


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Family Night Menu Change

Our Family Night dinner menu for tonight has changed! We will be serving pizza and salad tonight at 5:30 pm, followed by bible study classes at 6:45 pm. We hope to see you there!


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Potluck Tonight!

Just a reminder that we will have a pot luck dinner tonight for our “Family Night” ministries.  Dinner will be served from 5:45pm – 6:30pm.  Bible study for adults, high school youth, confirmation students, and children will take place from 6:45pm – 7:30pm.

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill


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Family Night Begins Tonight

Dear Holy Cross Family:

Just a reminder that our Family Night ministries begin again tonight with dinner from 5:45pm – 6:30pm and Bible studies for adults, high school youth, confirmation students, and children from 6:45pm – 7:30pm.  There will be two new Adult Bible Studies:

The Bible On Trial: Beyond A Reasonable Doubt – In this video based series the case will be made that the Bible is authentic, dependable, God-inspired, and worthy of our complete faith.  This class will meet in the sanctuary.

Spiritual Warfare – This study will use the book titled, “The Bondage Breaker” by Neil T. Anderson and it will reveal the whys and hows of spiritual warfare, expose Satan’s battle for our minds, and teach us how to be the spiritual warriors God wants us to be.  This class will meet in the narthex area where we eat dinner.

I look forward to seeing you tonight.

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill


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Worship Cancelled

Due to the weather, both worship services today, December 9th, have been cancelled.


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Visitation & Memorial for Rev. Pat Zimmerman

Dear Family:

There will be a visitation to honor Rev. Pat at Paul & Lizy Coleman’s home (1032 Newburgh Circle, Raleigh, NC 27603) on Friday, December 7, from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. I realize many of you may have activities taking place this Saturday and will be unable to attend the memorial service. Therefore, Paul & Lizy would like to invite you and anyone in the church to their home for a time of visitation to celebrate Pat’s life.

There will be a memorial service to celebrate Pat’s life next Saturday, December 8, at 11:00am. Everyone is invited to attend.

To view Rev. Pat’s obituary, visit this link: http://www.memorialsolutions.com/sitemaker/sites/Cremat2/m/…

In God’s Service,
Pastor Bill


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New Member Classes

Dear Family:

I will begin a series of New Member Classes this Sunday, December  2, at 10:00am.  The schedule for the four classes is listed below.  If you are interested in becoming a member of the church or if you are already a member but would like a refresher on “What Lutherans Believe” then I invite you to join us for the following classes:

Sunday, December 2   – “Who Is God?”
Sunday, December 9   – “Differences in Denominations: Part 1”
Sunday, December 16 – “Differences in Denominations: Part 2”
Sunday, January 6 – “Our Vision and Values”

Our New Member Sunday will be on January 13.  Please know there is no obligation to join the church as a member after attending the classes.  The classes will meet in the area outside of the kitchen where our adult Sunday School class normally meets.

If you had been attending my adult Bible study on 1 Corinthians, we will finish the study in January and then we will continue with a study on 2 Corinthians in the new year.

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
2920 NC Highway 42 West
Clayton, NC 27520
(919) 553-4784


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Rev. Pat Zimmerman Called Home

Dear Family:

Rev. Pat Zimmerman was peacefully called home on Tuesday to live with Jesus in His heavenly kingdom.  There will be a memorial service to celebrate Pat’s life next Saturday, December 8, at 11:00am.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Please keep Lizy Coleman and her family in your prayers as she mourns her father’s death, but looks forward to the day that she will see him again in God’s heavenly kingdom.  I invite you to pray the following prayer with me:

Heavenly Father, we give thanks that You have kept Pat in the faith and have now taken him to be with You forever.  Comfort us with Your holy Word, and give us strength that when our last hour comes we may peacefully fall asleep in You.  Amen.

In God’s Service,
Pastor Bill


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This Weekend at Holy Cross…

Dear Family:

I would like to invite you to join us for the following events at Holy Cross this weekend:

Friday, November 2“Trivia Night” at 7:00pm.  Join us for a fun evening of team trivia.  The cost is $10/person and the money raised will go towards sending our high school youth to the National Youth Gathering next summer in Minnesota.  Child care will be available.  To register, contact Rebekah at 919-553-4784 or rebekah.bajwa@holycrossclayton.com.

Sunday, November 4“Backpack Buddies Sunday.”  It is time for us to restock our food pantry for our Backpack Buddies program at East Clayton Elementary School.  Every family is asked to bring one of the following items with them to worship on Sunday:

  • Shelf Stable Milk Boxes
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Individual Breakfast Items
  • 100% Juice Boxes
  • Canned Fruits
  • Individual Pasta (ie – mac & cheese; Ramen noodles)
  • Canned Meats & Stews
  • Healthy Snacks

Please place your food items on the table in the narthex area before you go into the sanctuary for worship.

This Sunday, November 4, is also All Saints Sunday.  Every year churches around the world set aside the first Sunday of November to remember those who have died in the faith, but who live in God’s heavenly kingdom today.  While the names of all of our members who have died since our church was started in 2001 will be listed in the bulletin, we will only read the names of those who have died over the past year in our worship service.  Please join us for this special worship service.

In God’s Service,
Pastor Bill
(Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour this weekend.)


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