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Announcements

 

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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Special Voters’ Meeting

On Sunday, April 22, there will be a special voters’ meeting at 10:00am to extend a call to Rebekah Bajwa to serve as our Director of Christian Education (DCE).  Below is some information about Rebekah that the call committee thought would be helpful to you in preparation for our voters’ meeting.  Rebekah will be responsible for working with our children and youth, along with our small group ministry in the church.  At the meeting you will hear more about the responsibilities and expectations for our DCE, along with the process that was involved in finding DCE candidates and recommending that a call be extended to Rebekah.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact a member of our call committee: Gene Gevers, Donna Harlow, Troy Hirt, Beth Otto, Shaunna Voorhees, Chuck Fox, Britney deCathelineau, and Tommy Elliott, or me at any time.


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New Member Classes

New member classes are currently taking place on Sunday mornings at 9:45 am. The classes will take place in the serving area outside of the kitchen.  Even if you are a member of Holy Cross, you are certainly welcome to join us for the following classes:

Sunday, April 8 – “Who Is God?”
Sunday, April 15 – “Building To Serve”
Sunday, April 22 – No class.  We have a special voters’ meeting this day to call a Director of Christian Education. 
Sunday, April 29 – “Differences in Denominations: Part 1”
Sunday, May 6 – “Differences in Denominations: Part 2”
Sunday, May 13 – “Why Should You Join A Church?”
Sunday, May 20 – “Our Vision and Values”


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Family Night Begins Again

 
Dear Family:

Just a reminder that “Family Night” will meet again tonight.  Dinner will be served from 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm, and Bible studies for children, youth, and adults will take place from 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm.  Confirmation classes will also meet again at 6:45 pm.  The adult class is going through the book, “gods at war,” and will be looking at Chapter 7.  Books are available in the church office if you do not have one.  The classes are stand alone gatherings, meaning you do not have to attend every Wednesday night to benefit from the discussion.  I look forward to seeing you tonight.

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill


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VBS Registration

VBS registration is now open for all students! To register click the photo below (or visit www.holycrossclayton.com/VBS).

Volunteers can register by emailing harlow5@mac.com.

 

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Family Night

 
Just a reminder that tonight is Family Night! Join us for dinner at 5:45 pm followed by Lenten Worship at 7:00 pm. Nursery is available for children 5 and younger during service.
 
Tonight’s sermon, “Merge”, is a continuation of our “Signs of Lent” worship series. During Lent we are reminded to Merge our lives with the long history of the story of eternal life that began in the Garden of Eden and was revealed in the sacrifice of Jesus.
 
We hope to see you there!

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Today is 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 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm, with dinner being served between the services from 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm. 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. While our country today may be celebrating Valentine’s day, this day gives us a great opportunity to tell others about Jesus and the great love that He demonstrated for us through His death on the cross. No one in the history of our world has ever shown that kind of love for others. So as you give and receive valentine’s today, remember the cross of Christ – the greatest valentine gift of love the world has ever known.
 
In God’s Service,
Pastor Bill
 

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Ash Wednesday Service

We will have two services on February 14th for Ash Wednesday.
 
Join us as we kick off the Lenten season with the “Signs of Lent” Worship Services. The season of Lent is a 40-day period in which we focus on the passion of Christ in preparation for Easter.  The season begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14, with a cross made with ashes on our foreheads as a sign of our sinfulness.  But the cross is also a sign of the gift of forgiveness that God gives to us in Jesus.  There are a lot of signs that we see in our lives that tell us what to do and there are signs that we will see during the season of Lent that show us the way to Christ.  In Wednesday’s service we will be reminded to make a U-Turn in our lives, turning away from our sins and turning back to God through Jesus.
 
Worship: 5:00 pm
Family Night Dinner: 5:45 pm
Worship: 7:00 pm (Nursery available)

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Natalie Harris Called Home

Dear Family:

Natalie Harris, who usually attended our early service, was suddenly called home last week to live with Jesus in His heavenly kingdom.  There will be a memorial service for Natalie this Thursday, January 25, at 2:00pm at the church.  Everyone is invited to attend.  I invite you to pray the following prayer with me:

Heavenly Father, we give thanks for all the mercies You granted to Natalie during her earthly life, especially for calling her to faith in Jesus.  Comfort her family and friends as they mourn her 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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January Prayer


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Dave Ramsey Classes Start Tomorrow

Tuesday Nights

7:00—8:30 pm

Starting January 9th

 

Back by popular demand, Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University classes will be taught at Holy Cross. This is a 9 week course. To register for this course and purchase class materials, visit www.fpu.com/1051266.

 


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2018 Year of Prayer

 

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