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Red Letter Challenge – Day 2

Hello Everyone!

Today’s devotion is on Principle #2: “Forgiveness.”

“Forgiving”

 Scripture: “For it is by grace that you have been saved through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9

 Many times your couch can look really nice on the outside, but if you lift up the cushions you may find some things that shock you – money, potato chips, legos, and jewelry.  Our lives are like this.  On the surface many of us look great, but on the inside we may be a mess.  We carry around a lot of hurt and pain, and many of us feel like we are held captive to the past. 

 God doesn’t want you stuck in the past, because if you can’t let go of the past you’ll never be able to move into the future.  He has taken your mess and nailed it to the cross so you don’t have to keep beating yourself up about it.  He wants you to experience His grace.  God’s grace assures us that we are forgiven, as there is no sin too big that God did not die for on the cross.  The second week of our 40-day Challenge will focus on receiving God’s forgiveness and learning how to forgive others.

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill


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Red Letter Challenge

Hello Everyone!

Today we begin the “Red Letter Challenge,” a 40-day journey where we will seek to put the words of Jesus (the ones printed in red letters in your Bibles) into practice.  Each day this week I will be sending you a devotion based on 5 principles: Being, Forgiving, Serving, Giving, and Going.  The devotions this week will simply introduce the 5 principles.  Next week, the devotions will contain words spoken by Jesus and a challenge for the day to put the words into practice.  Today’s devotion is on the principle of “Being.”  I pray that our lives will be changed and our faith will be strengthened over the next 40 days. 

“Being”

 Scripture: “Be still and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10

Many of us are very good at doing things, but we often don’t know how to just be.  Before we do what Jesus asks us to do, we need to be with Him.  The first week of the challenge will be about spending time with God and we will consider different spiritual disciplines that will enable you to connect more closely to Jesus Christ.

A good way to follow Christ and to seek Him first is for our doing to flow out of our being.  Our doing flows out of who we are and who we become when we spend time with Christ. 

I pray that as you spend time with Christ that you will be anxious to start doing what He says and will experience a sense of peace in your life.  Over the first full week of the Challenge you will learn different ways in which you can be with Jesus.

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill


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Carol Aitken Called Home

Dear Family,

Carol Aitken was called home last Friday to live with God in His heavenly kingdom.  Carol struggled with some health issues recently, but we take comfort in the fact that since Jesus rose from the dead and lives today, Carol lives as well.  There will be a memorial service to celebrate Carol’s life this Sunday afternoon, September 8, at the church at 3:00pm.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Please remember her husband, Doug, and his family in your prayers.  I also invite you to pray the following prayer with me:

 

Heavenly Father, we give thanks for all the mercies You granted to Carol 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.

 

There will be a dinner reception after the memorial service at “Brick and Mortar” restaurant, located at 217 E. Main Street, in Clayton.  If you would like to attend, please contact Doug at FAC@nc.rr.com so he can let the restaurant know how many people will be attending. 

In God’s Service,
Pastor Bill


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Adoption Celebration

Below is a letter from Robin & Katie Copenhaver-Oelrich and their children inviting the congregation to an Adoption Celebration this Saturday, August 31, at 9:00am at the church.

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill

 

Dear Holy Cross,

Robin and I would like to thank all of you for your prayers and help over the last three years as we added to our family. From help acquiring beds, bedding, mattresses, clothing, a bike, larger housing, and on and on and on.  As of July 22, 2019, all six of our children are officially adopted!  I must say, it’s been a long journey and there were some twists we didn’t expect…. like parenting seven children.  

This Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 9:00am; we are having a ceremony to celebrate our journey and welcome our children.  All are welcome to attend.  August 31, 2016 was the day that our children began their journey to us.  So, we found it fitting that three years later we celebrate their journey. 

We would like to have a short pot luck following the ceremony.  There will be an Ohana theme.  Ohana comes from the Disney movie Lilo and Stitch.  Stitch explains “Ohana means family, and family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.”  Google states that Ohana is a Hawaiian ideal that encompasses ‘the village’ of the family.  It includes relatives, community, and friends.  

Thanks for being a part of our village and traveling on this amazing adventure with us!

Best,

The Copenhaver-Oelrich’s 

Robin, Katie, Damien, Angie, Dianna, Fanny, Nimsi, Jayden, and Dexter

 

A link to the evite:  https://www.evite.com/event/014ATHVS2IJMQYXIYEPJPQRNHZEW5A/rsvp


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Worship Time Change

Dear Family:

Just a reminder that our fall worship schedule will begin this Sunday, August 25, 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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Joan Stuart Called Home

Dear Family,

Joan Stuart was called home today to live with God in His heavenly kingdom.  Joan struggled with some health issues recently, but we take comfort in the fact that since Jesus rose from the dead and lives today, Joan lives as well.  There will be a memorial service to celebrate Joan’s life this Saturday, August 24, at the church at 4:30pm.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Please remember Chuck and his family in your prayers.  I also invite you to pray the following prayer with me:

Heavenly Father, we give thanks for Your loving kindness shown to Joan and to all Your children, who having finished their course in faith, now enjoy life in Your kingdom.  Be with Chuck and his family in their grief, that they may know the comfort of Your love and peace.  Amen.

In God’s Service,
Pastor Bill


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August Newsletter

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Parking Lot Changes

Our new parking lot adjacent to our current parking lot is ready to be used.  It still needs another layer of stone and it will be paved near the time the new building is completed, but the weight of the construction vehicles would damage the lot if we paved it now.

Temporary striping will be painted on the stone to identify parking stalls and driving directions.  The new parking lot will be similar to the current parking lot as it will be a one-way loop with diagonal parking, both left and right.  It will eventually have two entrance/exit locations, one near the site exit drive close to Hwy 42 and the other near the front of the new building.  The North-west half (back end) of the current parking lot will be permanently closed.

Many things will not change.  Our Site Entrance and Exit from Hwy 42 will remain the same.  The South-east half (nearest Hwy 42) of the current parking lot will be mostly unchanged.   We will continue to use our “Drive-thru canopy,” but the handicapped parking will be moved to the section between the islands in front of the canopy.  Cones will be placed where needed to redirect traffic.

Attached is a sketch showing how we will initially access and use the parking lot and drive pattern with only one entrance/exit.  The dark shaded area is the new parking lot.  A second sketch will be distributed prior to the availability of the second entrance/exit.  We will try to have some people on site to guide you on Sunday morning.

God’s Blessings, Pastor Bill

 


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NYG Sunday

 
Do you know what it is like to gather with 22,000 Lutheran high school youth from across the country to sing and praise our real, present God for His many blessings?  It was amazing!!  Words can hardly describe the joy and excitement our 34 youth and 7 adults had together at the National Youth Gathering in Minnesota last week.  Therefore, thanks to your generous support over the past year, our youth will share their experiences with all of you through pictures, videos, songs, and their own words this Sunday, July 21, at 10:00 am.
 

I invite all of you to join us in the sanctuary for this special presentation this Sunday as you will see and hear some incredible stories of how our youth grew in their faith and encouraged each other at this very special event.  The National Youth Gathering takes place every three years and if you have a student going into 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, or 10th grade this fall, they will be eligible to attend the next National Youth Gathering in the summer of 2022.  We know where the next Gathering will be held, so join us this Sunday for this special presentation and to hear where the 2022 Gathering will take place.  Hint: The next Gathering will be held in a large city where more than 145 different languages are spoken, located southwest of North Carolina.

 

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July Newsletter

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Jason Pischke Called Home

Dear Family:

Jason Pischke was suddenly called home last week to live with Jesus in His heavenly kingdom.  There will be a memorial service to celebrate his life on Saturday, June 22, at 3:00 pm.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Please keep his wife, Tonya,  their children, Justin, Jacob, and Jessica; and their entire family in your prayers during this difficult time.  I also invite you to pray the following prayer with me:

Heavenly Father, we give thanks for all the mercies You granted to Jason 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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June Newsletter

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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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May Newsletter


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