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March Newsletter


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Ash Wednesday Worship

 

I would like to invite you to join us for Ash Wednesday worship tonight at 5:00pm and 7:00pm.  Dinner will be served between services from 5:45pm – 6:30pm.  Our theme for Lent will be “A Lent To Remember.”  Each week we will focus on something God remembers or something God wants us to remember.  Tonight we will remember that we are dust, but we are God’s dust art in that we are wonderfully made.  I look forward to seeing you tonight.

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill
 

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Now Hiring: Contemporary Music Leader

Contemporary Music Leader

 

Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Clayton is seeking a musically gifted, committed Christian to provide leadership vocally and from a keyboard or guitar in a part-time (8-10 hours/week) position at our Contemporary Worship Service on Sunday morning at 8:30a.m.

 

Qualifications for this position include: a knowledge of contemporary Christian music; maintain a library of music and resources as appropriate; ability to work in a team environment; and familiarity with sound equipment.

 

Responsibilities would include: identifying and recruiting volunteer musicians and singers; conducting weekly rehearsals; working with the Pastor and church staff in the planning of the worship service; and selecting music in keeping with the theme of the day or season.

 

Please email resumes and/or inquiries to Pastor Bill Beyer at william.beyer@holycrossclayton.com

 

Resumes may also be sent to:

Holy Cross Lutheran Church

2920 NC Highway 42 West

Clayton, NC  27520

Fax: (919) 553-4004

 

For questions or more information, please contact Pastor Bill Beyer at (919) 553-4784.


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February Newsletter


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January Newsletter


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LWML Cookie Walk and Craft Fair

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December Newsletter


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Special Event this Sunday

Dear Family:

I would like to invite all of you to join us for a time of prayer and praise in our new building this Sunday, November 24, at 10:00am.  We plan to gather in our new fellowship hall in the building (it will be labeled), offer prayers for our new facility and the ministries that will take place in the new space, and then have everyone (adults and children) go around to different parts of the building and write Bible verses and prayers with permanent markers on the studs, beams, or floors.  This is fun way of putting the Word of God on the building that will remain in place for many generations.  While we may not see the Bible verses and prayers once the walls go in, God will see them and we will always know that they are on the beams and studs.

We will enter the building on the side closest to the church where you will see some kind of boards on the ground to make it safe and dry to cross over the wet ground.  All of the rooms will be marked with signs, so you will know how they will be used in the future.  We will also have some copies of the floor plan available for everyone.  Therefore, bring a marker or Sharpie with you this Sunday (we will also have plenty to hand out to everyone) and join us for this special event.

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill

“I love the house where you live, O Lord, the place where your glory dwells.” – Psalm 26:8 


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November Newsletter


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Red Letter Challenge – Day 40

October 19 – Day 40
“Going”

“Go therefore and make disciples.” – Matthew 28:19

Following Jesus is the greatest opportunity we will ever have in our lives.  I think the disciples understood this as they immediately left behind their trades and careers to follow Jesus when He called them.  I don’t know if we truly understand how special it is to be a disciple of Jesus.

When Jesus was born in Israel, the people who were the most highly respected were those who taught the first five books of the Old Testament.  They were known as rabbis and Jesus was referred to as a rabbi or teacher many times in the New Testament.  In those days it usually took a great deal of work to become a disciple of a rabbi and usually only the best of the best made it.

The disciples Jesus chose were not the best of the best.  He called guys who didn’t go to rabbi school, guys who were unschooled, ordinary men like Peter, Andrew, James, and John.  These guys didn’t deserve to follow after the greatest rabbi ever, so can you imagine how excited they were to get the call from Jesus to follow Him.

Challenge: Become a disciple or follower of Jesus.  If you are not a follower of Jesus, find one or two people who are mature disciples of Jesus and ask them to mentor you.  If you are already a mature follower of Jesus, seek out one or two people you could mentor.

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill

 

Today’s devotion came from the book, “Red Letter Challenge,” by Zach Zehnder, pages 240-245.


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Red Letter Challenge – Day 39

October 18 – Day 39
“Going”

“You did not choose me, but I chose and appointed you.” – John 15:16

As we wrap up this 40-day Challenge, remember that God loves you for who you are.  He chose you to be His son or His daughter before the foundations of the world even existed and before you ever did a thing.  You don’t have to earn your way into a relationship with God.  In addition, He has not chosen you because of your efforts, but simply because He loves you.

When you follow Jesus, there will be days that you struggle.  There will be days that won’t go as planned.  The Christian walk is not easy, but when you fail, it does not disqualify you from being a follower of Jesus.  With only a couple of days left, remember that God is the one who gives you your identity.  Who you think you are will determine what decisions you make and how you live your life.  Your identity was given to you by God and it was confirmed when your sins were nailed to the cross.  Why would we look to anyone or anything other than God for our identity?

No matter how you’ve done in this Challenge, God still loves you and He’s still chosen you.  Don’t get defeated or frustrated.  Get right back up and keep moving.  You have a story to tell.

Challenge:  Choose someone today who hasn’t done anything to earn your favor and find a way to bless that person.  

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill

 

Today’s devotion came from the book, “Red Letter Challenge,” by Zach Zehnder, pages 234-238.


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Red Letter Challenge – Day 38

October 17 – Day 38
“Going”

“Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.” – Mark 16:15

St. Francis of Assisi once said, “Preach the Gospel, and if necessary, use words.”  People love this quote and I think it’s great, because it emphasizes that our actions are very important when it comes to living out our faith.  But I think far too many people look at this quote and use it as an excuse to never speak.  There is a time to show people who Jesus is through our actions, but there is definitely a time to speak as well.  It’s not an either/or, but it’s a both/and.  I need to both show people who God is through my actions and I need to speak the Gospel.

We’ve lost our boldness when it comes to speaking about God.  Many of us would rather do anything else.  Why is that the case?  If God has truly died on the cross for you and paid the price that you deserved to pay, if He has literally rescued you from hell, wouldn’t you want to share that good news with others?  There are many people around us who do not know Jesus, and we have a responsibility to both show them and tell them all about Jesus.

Challenge: Write down five people in your life who do not have a relationship with Jesus or who do not attend a church.  Talk to one of those five people today about your testimony.  Make a plan over the next month to speak to the other four.

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill

Today’s devotion came from the book, “Red Letter Challenge,” by Zach Zehnder, pages 228-233.


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Red Letter Challenge – Day 37

October 16 – Day 37
“Going”

“You will be my witnesses.” – Acts 1:8

Each of us is unique and God has done extraordinary things for each of us by saving us from our sins and giving us eternal life.  Beyond that, God has done so much else for us and each of us has a story to tell.  What has God done for you?  What difference has God made in your life?  I believe answering those questions is far more effective than some of our evangelism strategies.  People connect with you when they hear how God has made an impact in your life.

The Bible reminds us that when we speak about Jesus, we do not go alone.  We go with His Holy Spirit and His power.  Many times in the Gospels, Jesus says that when we speak on His behalf His Holy Spirit will speak through us.  He will give us the words to say.  When you testify about who Jesus is and what He has done for you, God’s Spirit is given the opportunity to work powerfully and mightily through you.  Don’t underestimate what God can do through you and your story.

Challenge: Write down your testimony.  If you are struggling with what to write, answer these two questions: What has God done for you?  What difference has God made in your life? 

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill

 

Today’s devotion came from the book, “Red Letter Challenge,” by Zach Zehnder, pages 216-219.


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Red Letter Challenge – Day 36

October 15 – Day 36
“Going” 

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” – Matthew 25:35

One of the best ways to grow the church and build God’s Kingdom is to continue meeting new people and getting involved in the community.  However, it’s not always easy to meet new people and it may not feel very comfortable to form new relationships outside of your circle of Christian friends.  But God never calls us to a life of comfort and ease.  Instead, He calls us to a life that pushes us out of our comfort zone.

I believe that the more I push myself out of my comfort zone, the more God shows up.  One of the nicknames of the Holy Spirit is the “Great Comforter.”  You probably don’t need the Holy Spirit if you never leave your comfort zone, but when you go beyond the levels of your comfort, you experience parts of God you would otherwise miss.  Therefore, I encourage you today to get more involved with people you don’t know very well or with people you may not know yet.  You never know where God might lead your relationship.

Challenge: Talk to a neighbor you haven’t met yet or to one you don’t know very well.  Try meeting new people this week.  Consider asking a friend to go with you to meet new people.

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill

 

Today’s devotion came from the book, “Red Letter Challenge,” by Zach Zehnder, pages 210-215.


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Red Letter Challenge – Day 35

Good Morning!

Today we begin our last week of our Red Letter Challenge with an emphasis on “Going.”

October 14 – Day 35
“Going” 

“Return to your home and declare how much God has done for you.” – Luke 8:39

You have probably heard statistics about how important family time is, and yet it seems like families are spending less and less quality time together.  Several years ago Time magazine had an article that said: “Studies show that the more often families eat together, the less likely children are to smoke, drink, do drugs, get depressed, develop eating disorders, and consider suicide, and the more likely they are to do well in school, delay having sex, eat their vegetables, learn big words, and know which fork to use.”  It may not sound like a big deal to have family dinner together, but clearly it’s important.  And what’s most important is spending time together doing things that glorify God.

In these moments, we can tell our children and family members about God and what He’s done.  Therefore, before we go out and proclaim to the world who God is, let’s first remember that we are living out our faith in our home.  How can you be a better witness of God’s love today?  Are there ways you can engage in godly conversations more often?  Do you pray with your spouse?  All of these questions are good to consider when talking about declaring what God has done in our homes.

Challenge: Gather your family or friends together today and share what God has done for you.  Pray with your family or friends and have everyone pray at least one sentence.  Try doing this as a family for a week.  If you don’t know what to pray, start by thanking God for all the things He has given to you and done for you. 

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill

Today’s devotion came from the book, “Red Letter Challenge,” by Zach Zehnder, pages 204-209.


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