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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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No Family Night

Dear Family:

Just a reminder that “Family Night” will not meet this evening, Oct. 31, in honor of Reformation Day (or Halloween as our society calls it). Therefore, enjoy your evening at home together as a family. If you give out candy tonight to trick or treaters, just remember that the free candy is like eternal life – free through Jesus’ death and resurrection, which is a real treat.

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill


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Backpack Buddies

Backpack Buddies has officially started for the 2018/2019 school year. This year we will be packing 25 bags per week!! If you are out grocery shopping, please consider picking up an item or two to help fill our pantry!
 
*Note: Dollar Tree sells shelf stable boxes of milk! This is a much more cost effective way to stock up on milk items for our backpacks!

 

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Back to School Bonanza

Dear Family:
This Saturday, August 25, is our “Back To School Bonanza.” A special “thanks” to those of you who donated supplies and gave financial gifts towards this exciting outreach event. If you would like to help this Saturday, please note the following times:
9:00am – 10:00am — Set Up.
10:15am – 11:00am — Escort Training
11:00am – 12:00pm — Children Gather Supplies

If you have any questions, please contact John & Linda Miesch at 919-553-3579.

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill


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Worship Time Change

Dear Family:

Just a reminder that our fall worship schedule will begin this Sunday, August 26, with our early service at 8:30am.  We will have our annual mission fair between services from 9:45am – 10:45am.  Sunday School and Family Night will begin again in September.  I look forward to seeing you this Sunday.

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill


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Special Voters’ Meeting

Dear Family:

A special voters’ meeting will take place at the church on Saturday, August 25, at 6:00pm to approve a construction bid for the expansion of our church building.  We are nearing the halfway point of our 3-year “Building To Serve” capital campaign and the building committee believes we have a bid that is within our budget. 

Attached below is a brief description of everything that has happened in the planning process over the past two years, along with information about the construction company and some of the costs.  If you have any questions before the meeting please contact one of our building co-chairs: Dennis Reese at dnereese@nc.rr.com or Scott Dull at fscottdull@msn.com.  Desserts will be served at the meeting!

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill
 

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Phil Lee Called Home

Dear Family:
 
Phil Lee, who usually attended our late service with his wife, Margaret, was suddenly called home Friday to live with Jesus in His heavenly kingdom. There will be a visitation and viewing at the church on Monday, August 20, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm; and a memorial service to celebrate his life on Tuesday, August 21, at 11:00 am. Everyone is invited to attend.
 
Please keep Margaret and her family in your prayers, and I invite you to pray the following prayer with me:
 
Heavenly Father, we give thanks for all the mercies You granted to Phil during his earthly life, especially for calling him to faith in Jesus. Comfort his family and friends as they mourn his death with the hope of the glorious resurrection and a happy reunion in heaven. Amen.
 
In God’s Service,
 
Pastor Bill

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Summer Worship Schedule

Dear Family:

Just a reminder that this Sunday, June 24, we will begin our summer worship schedule.  Our early worship service will begin 30 minutes later, but the late service time will remain the same:

9:00am – Praise & Worship Service
11:00am – Traditional Worship Service

We have had a great week at Vacation Bible School and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.  Our VBS children will be singing at the 9:00am worship service this Sunday.

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill
 


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Rebekah’s Installation this Sunday

Dear Family,

This Sunday, June 17, at both worship services we will be installing Rebekah Bajwa as our Director of Family Ministry.  This will be a very special day for our congregation as we welcome Rebekah and her husband, Wick, to our church family.  There will be a reception for Rebekah between services at 10:00am.  If you are going to be in town, I strongly encourage you to attend worship this Sunday in order to welcome and support Rebekah in her ministry with us.  We praise God for sending Rebekah to our ministry staff and we pray God’s blessings on her as she takes on this important role as our Director of Family Ministry.  I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

In God’s Service,
Pastor Bill


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Memorial Service for Dale Derflinger, Sr.

Dear Family:

It is with great sadness that I share with you the news that Dale Derflinger, Sr., died suddenly last Sunday.  His memorial service will take place this Saturday, May 19, at 11:00am at the church.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Please keep his wife, Kelly; his son, Dale, Jr., who will be confirmed in a few weeks; and his mother-in-law, Yvonne Chrisikos, in your prayers during this difficult time.  I encourage you to join with me in praying the following prayer:

Merciful Father, Your will and plans for our lives are beyond our understanding.  Please comfort Kelly, Dale, Jr., Yvonne, and all family members whose hearts are heavy with sorrow and grief, and lead them to look to you for confidence and strength as they face the future.  Sustain them with your presence and fill them with your love.  In the name of Jesus, our Savior and Redeemer, we pray.  Amen.

In God’s Service,
Pastor Bill


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Auction This Saturday

Dear Family:

I would like to invite all of you to our annual Open Arms Child Development Center auction this Saturday, May 5, from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at the church.  The theme for the event is “Construction” based on our planned expansion of the church building.  Dress is casual, but we will have a prize for the best “construction outfit.”  We have several exciting items that will be available for bidding, such as:

1) Family Fun Activities: Disney tickets, State Fair tickets, Ice Skating, Trampoline Parks, and Rock Climbing.
2) Sports Memorabilia from the Carolina Panthers, UNC, NC State, and the Carolina Hurricanes.
3) Beauty Packages – hair, nails, facials, LulaRoe, etc.
4) Lessons – horseback riding, tae kwon do, swimming, etc.

Other items include:
 

 
Beautiful Stained Glass Crosses:
  

Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served throughout the evening (which are always excellent), and child care will be available which includes a hot dog dinner.  It will be a fun evening for everyone.  For more information you can contact the church office at 919-553-4784 or go to the Open Arms facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/open.arms.169/.  I look forward to seeing you on Saturday night.

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill


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Youth Yard Sale

 
The youth will be holding a yard sale at Holy Cross tomorrow, April 28th starting at 7 am. Proceeds will be used to help send our high school youth to Camp Linn Haven and the 2019 National Youth Gathering. Stop by and do some shopping to support a great cause!

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Voters’ Meeting Sunday

Dear Family:

I would like to invite you to join us for our special voters’ meeting this Sunday, April 22, at 10:00am in the sanctuary as we seek to extend a call to Rebekah Bajwa to be our Director of Christian Education (DCE).  Our plan is to have Rebekah work with our youth, children, and small group ministries.  We will tell you more about Rebekah at the meeting, members of the call committee will share some of their thoughts that came from the interview process, and you will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Members of our building committee will be at the meeting to give you an update on the building process, as well.  We continue to move forward with the plan for the new building, but there have certainly been some unexpected challenges along the way.

There will not no Sunday School or New Member Classes this Sunday since we want everyone to join us for the voters’ meeting.  The nursery will be staffed for the meeting if your children would like to use it.  I look forward to seeing you at this important meeting.

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill


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