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Announcements

 

Open Arms Sunday

Dear Family:

This weekend marks the 10th Anniversary of our Open Arms Christian Child Development Center. Therefore, we would like to honor our teachers and staff this Sunday, August 21, at both of our worship services for their hard work in caring for our children and their families.  Please join us for this special event, that will also include a reception for the Open Arms staff between services.  Our Open Arms staff and families are a special part of our ministry and we would like to invite all of you to join us in thanking them for their faithful service to God and our church.

God’s Blessings,

Pastor Bill and Pastor Tom


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Future Ministry Meeting – Tonight

If you did not have an opportunity to attend the proposed building expansion meeting last night, we would like to invite you to join us for the meeting tonight at 7:00pm.  We had about 70 people who attended the meeting last night.  We had a nice discussion with some excellent questions.  The meeting tonight will last about one hour (we finished last night at 8:15pm).  I look forward to seeing you tonight.
 
God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill and Pastor Tom

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Future Ministry Meetings

We would like to invite you to join us on Wednesday, August 3, or Thursday, August 4, at 7:00pm in the sanctuary to discuss the future of our ministry, what would be involved in expanding our facility, and how this would impact you.  We would value your insights as we look ahead to the next 15 years and consider what God has planned for us as a congregation.  The same information will be presented at each meeting, so you only need to attend on August 3rd or 4th.  The meetings should each last about one hour.  These meetings are designed to present information about possible expansion and to answer questions in preparation for our special voters’ meeting on Wednesday, August 10.  Members of our long range planning committee will be at both meetings.  You are an important part of our church and we look forward to seeing you this Wednesday or Thursday night.
 
God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill and Pastor Tom

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New Worship Time

Dear Family:
 
Please note that our summer worship schedule will begin this Sunday, June 19, which means our 8:30 worship service will begin at 9:00am.
 
Also, we will be collecting items for the Smithfield Rescue Mission.  We are inviting everyone to bring any of the following items with you to worship this Sunday, June 19:
 
Items needed for Clients:
Powered laundry detergent
Men’s underwear, boxer or brief (M,L,XL)
Gift cards ($10 or $20 denominations)
Rolls or books of first class postage stamps
Spiral Notebooks
 
Items needed for the Building:
Rolls or cases of toilet paper
Trash bags (all sizes)
Latex gloves (boxes of 100, size XL)
Dust buster type vacuums
Bleach (gallon size)
Floor cleaner
 
Items needed for the Kitchen:
Peanut butter (creamy, large) and jelly (large)
Canned fruit (large cans)
Aluminum foil and plastic wrap
Canned soups (large)
Grits and oatmeal
Margarine/butter/vegetable oil
Granulated sugar
Tea bags
 
Items needed for the Office:
Cases of 81/2 x 11′ white copy paper 20#
Rolls or booklets of first class postage stamps
File folders (new, 1/3 cut, letter, manila)
Bottles of aspirin/Tylenol, Pepto Bismal
Fast food restaurant gift certificates
Staples gift cards
 
Thank you very much for your support and we look forward to seeing all of you on Sunday.
 
God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill and Pastor Tom

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Confirmation Sunday

This Sunday, June 5, is Confirmation Day for 18 of our middle school students.  We will celebrate the faith that God has given them as they will stand before the congregation to publicly confess their faith in God and promise to be faithful to Him even to the point of death.  Please join us for this special event at our 11:00am worship service.

 


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Voters’ Meeting

Tonight will be our last Family Night for the season and our annual voters’ meeting to elect members to our church council.  The following members have agreed to allow their names to be placed into nomination to serve in the following positions:

President: Blaine Hall

Vice President: Richard Lavery

Education: Donna Harlow

Open Arms: Wendy Neuschafer

Property: Bob Lotter

Social: Sue Metzger

Elders: Ron Harrison, Chuck Fox, Alan Harmon, Robert Bennett, Brad deCathelineau

Dinner will be served tonight beginning at 5:45pm and the voters’ meeting will take place during dinner at 6:00pm.  Bible study for adults, youth, confirmation students, and children will take place at 6:45pm.  Dinner tonight will be hot dogs, hamburgers, beans, chips, and salad.  I look forward to seeing you tonight.
 
God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill

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Mission Moment

Dear Family,
 
Can you imagine what it would be like to live in Ethiopia? 

Krista Young, the former Director of Christian Education at Hope Lutheran in Wake Forest, will be moving with her husband and two teenage daughters to Ethiopia to serve as a missionary.  She will be joining us in worship this Sunday, May 22, to tell us about her upcoming ministry work in Ethiopia.  She will also make a special presentation about her work between worship services at 10:00am

in the narthex area.  We invite you to join us for this special event this Sunday in worship and especially for her presentation between our worship services.
 
God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill and Pastor Tom

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Bible Journaling Class

There will be a Bible Journaling Workshop tomorrow, Saturday, April 16, at 10:00am at the church.  Everyone is invited to attend.  For more information, please see page 8 in your April Newsletter.
God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill and Pastor Tom

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City BBQ Fundraiser

Holy Cross Family.

As you may be aware, the Holy Cross High School Youth who will be attending the National Youth Gathering in New Orleans in July will be hosting a Holy Cross Spirit Night at City Barbeque in White Oak (110 Cabela Dr, Garner, NC 27529). The fundraiser will be held all day on Monday, April 11th, between 11am and 10pm. 

City Barbeque is donating 25% of sales to Holy Cross for all orders that are accompanied by the flyer attached to this email. You may either show the cashier the flyer on your phone or bring a printed-copy of the flyer on April 11th. Walk-in sales as well as phone orders are both acceptable! 

Not only has this fundraiser been successful for us in the past, it is a lot of fun to join our other brothers and sisters of Holy Cross for a very tasty meal at City Barbeque! 

God’s Peace to you all…

Pastor Bill and Pastor Tom


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Family Night

Hello Everyone:
Our “Family Night” ministries will begin again tomorrow night,
Wednesday, April 6, with dinner being served from 5:45pm – 6:30pm and Bible studies for children, confirmation students, youth, and adults from 6:45pm – 7:30pm.  There will be a new Adult Bible Study titled, “Persuasive Gospel,” in which we will consider how we talk to others about our faith.  We will look at different forms of persuasion and the ethics of persuasion in our lives.  Pastor Tom and Arthur Berger will be leading this study.  Arthur is a graduate student at NC State University and usually attends the late worship service on Sunday morning.  We are very happy that Arthur is willing to teach and we think you will really enjoy his class.  This class will serve as a nice lead in to another study we would like to do in the fall on Christian Ethics.  See you tomorrow night.
God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill and Pastor Tom

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VBS

VBS 2016


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Holy Week

Dear Family:
As we continue through Holy Week and prepare for our Easter celebrations, we would like to invite you to our special Holy Week worship services listed below: 1)

Thursday, March 24, 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 look at the parable of the Great Banquet in Luke 14, receive Communion in the service, and 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, March 25, at 7:00pm“Good Friday Tenebre Service.”

The word “tenebre” means “darkness.”  In this service we will look at the parable of the Landowner and the Tenants in Matthew 21.  We will also focus on the seven last words or phrases that Jesus spoke from the cross.  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 on the cross. There will be no “Family Night” activities tonight, but we pray you will join us for these special worship services tomorrow and Friday as they will truly enhance your spiritual preparation for the joy of Easter morning.
In God’s Service,
Pastor Bill and Pastor Tom

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Easter

Dear Family,

As we prepare for our Easter celebration, we need some help with two things:

1) Our Easter Egg Hunt for children will take place next Saturday, March 26, at 10:00am. We need individually wrapped candy that we can put in the eggs. If you can bring candy to the church by Tuesday, March 22, that would be great. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa deCathelineau at texans5@nc.rr.com.

2) Our Easter Breakfast will take place next Sunday, March 27, at 8:00am. We still need some casseroles, mini quiches, and breakfast meat. You can sign up to help at church or you can contact Stephanie Garehan at sgarehan@gmail.com.

Thank You Very Much!
Pastor Bill


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Reminders

Hello Everyone: Our “Mite Madness” will continue this

Sunday, March 20, as our children will all have an opportunity to bring their Mite Boxes to the altar to add to our mite mission collection.  Thank you very much to all of you who have participated in this event over the last two weeks. Also, our Sunday School children will be singing in worship at both services this Sunday, March 20.  I invite you to join us as we support our children and wave our Palm branches to celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Finally, we plan to do some cleaning on the inside of the church this Saturday, March 19

, in order to prepare our wonderful facility for our Holy Week and Easter celebrations.  Please join us on Saturday between 8:00am and Noon as we could use your help.
In God’s Service,
Pastor Bill

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