Support the Youth and Save Money at the Same Time!
The coupons in the book are worth $12,000! The books are $45 – proceeds from the sale go to support the youth. WAIT A MINUTE...FORGET THE “BOOK”! There is also a digital version available. You can just use your smartphone to enter the code and have the coupons with you. Contact Pastor Amy today!
Going into 9th Grade?
Congratulations! It also means you will be confirmed this fall. Plan now to attend the Confirmation Retreat on October 14th. Keep your schedule open – more details to come!
Last Weekend’s Sharing of Treasures
Attendance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .538 Mission & Ministry Offering Received . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 7,091.47 needed for weekly budgeted expense . . .$ 12,387.25 Building Mort. & Maint. Offering Received . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 2,080.00 needed for weekly budgeted expense . . . .$ 5,038.75
“Now Is the Time!” Given (as of August 29) . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 453,998.84 Used for expenses on addition & mortgage $ 444,495.54 Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 9,503.30
Tony Haglund Senior Pastor Amy Eisenmann Associate Pastor Angela Smith, AIM
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Where Faith and Life Intersect!
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September 1 & 2, 2012 – Labor Day Weekend
WELCOME! Young and old, rich and poor, weak and powerful; all will find a welcome here at Holy Cross. Married and single, divorced and widowed, gay and straight, all will discover that this is a place of belonging. At Holy Cross we strive to be instruments of God’s invitation to noisy kids, grumpy grown-ups, even people who can’t figure out how to get their act together. Depressed, addicted, rebellious, resentful, bored or irritable, all are part of the Body of Christ. Even those of us who are filled with faith, hope, joy and love discover in this diverse and accepting community of believers a place where each of us belongs. HOLY COMMUNION is celebrated often at Holy Cross. If you are worshiping with us during a service that includes The Lord’s Supper, we invite you to join us in the celebration. You do not need to be a member of our congregation, a Lutheran nor even believe exactly what we believe. All will discover a welcome as Jesus feeds a world hungering for forgiveness and grace. Bread News: The bread is now nut- & soy-free, as well as dairy-free. NOISY KIDS we love ‘em! At Holy Cross, there’s no reason to be embarrassed about fidgety children. When you arrive make sure and grab an age-appropriate Beary Fun Bag for each of the kids. We do encourage parents to sit close to the front so that the young ones can see what’s happening in worship rather than be bored by staring at the back of someone’s head. If you’re interested in stepping out for a moment, we have our Young and Restless Room, located to the left, just outside the worship space. Here you’ll find comfortable chairs, a dimly lit environment and speakers so that you can continue to stay connected to the worship experience.
FIRST TIME VISITORS please stop by our Welcome Desk so that we can share a gift with you. The Welcome Desk can also provide information for you regarding programs for kids, restroom locations, and more. If you’re comfortable with us reaching out to you, please share your contact information on our Welcome Pads found at the end of each pew. Thanks so much for worshiping with us today.
Nurturing Your Faith
ADULT ED STARTS SEPTEMBER 9. Everyone is invited to come to the Fireside at 9:30am on Sunday mornings. First up...a Bible study on Acts led by Arlyn Thomas. Pastor Tony will be leading on September 16. WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY on Wednesday afternoon returns September 12 at 1:00pm in the Fireside Room. LOOKING FOR AN EARLY MORNING BIBLE STUDY AND GREAT COMPANY?! The men of Holy Cross are invited to join Pastor Tony on Fridays at 6:30am at the Fryin’ Pan. The ladies gather Thursdays with Pastor Amy for “Women at the Well,” 6:30am at the Hy-Vee Cafe, 49th & Louise. W/ELCA...TAKE A NEW LOOK! Looking for a place to gather with other women to talk about your faith? Women of the ELCA is just for you. Here you’ll find fellowship, study along with original, inventive and imaginative support. The next gathering is Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7:00pm. Get your “Daily Grace” at the itunes App Store...coming to Android soon!
Faith, Fun & Fellowship
FALL PROGRAMMING BEGINS WED., SEPT. 5 AND SUN., SEPT. 9: Midweek-SS classes (pre-4th), Confirmation (5th-8th), Wednesday Night Live (9th-12th), Adult Ed, and Choirs kickoff this Wednesday. Also, Sunday School (pre-4th) classes begin next Sunday. 55 & OVER GATHERS Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 1:00pm for fun, games and fellowship in Room S101. Speaker will be Anna Madsen, Dir. OMG Center. GATHERING WEEKEND COOKOUT AND POTLUCK! Coming Sunday, September 9 at 12:00, the Fellowship Team will provide the grilled items – you are invited to share your gifts. If your last name begins with A-L please bring a side dish or salad; M-Z you get to provide the desserts! Find the sign-up sheet at the kiosk, or ask the office for help.
Faith in Action
A MINISTRY OF HOSPITALITY & WELCOME - THE ALTAR GUILD! Creating a welcoming environment is more than saying, “Hi!” Through their prayerful actions, members of the Altar Guild welcome everyone to God’s table of grace. Additional members are needed for this ministry; contact Cheryl Ziegler, 359-1585. IF YOU CAN “CLICK” A MOUSE... you can help run the AVI system – and your help is needed. It’s a simple, but important way to create a worshipful environment. Contact Tami in the office. SUPPORT THE MOBILE FOOD PANTRY & NECESSITIES FOR NEIGHBORS: The Food to You food of the month is cereal of any kind, along with hygiene packs (a roll of toilet paper, a bar of soap, and either shampoo or toothpaste). Necessities for Neighbors offerings include laundry detergent and toilet paper.
Sunday School at Holy Cross!
The kids Ages 2-Grade 4, come and discover God’s love for them on Sundays at 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. & Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Caring adults are also needed (see below). It’s a great way to pass on the faith and help keep the promises we all make at baptism!
Various help is needed for all ages & times:
*Shepherd *Classroom Assistant *Workshop Leader *Confirmation Subs
Sunday School: Sundays (9:30am & 11:00am) & Weds. (5:30pm) Midweek-SS (Weds.) begins Sept. 5; Sunday School begins Sept. 9.
Confirmation (Wednesdays): 5th-6th Gr. (5:30pm) 7th-8th Gr. (6:30pm) Confirmation begins Wednesday, September 5th. Stop in the office to register your child and to sign yourself up to assist!
Choirs Begin THIS Wednesday, September 5 Register in the Narthex, or come to rehearsal! Contact Rachael with questions!
Mustard Seeds (Pre–K) 6:30–7:00pm ~ Band Room
Half Notes (4th–6th) 7:00–7:30pm ~ Sanctuary
Adult Choir (>9th) 7:00–8:00pm ~ Sanctuary
Tiny Tunes (1st–3rd) 6:30–7:00pm ~ Music Rooms
7th & 8th Praise Band 6:00–6:30pm ~ Music Rooms
Bell Choir (>9th) 8:00–8:30pm ~ Band Room
Director of Children’s Education
Holy Cross Lutheran Church is now receiving resumes from persons interested in applying for the Director of Children’s Education. Candidates should be positive and outgoing with an aptitude for recruiting, training and celebrating volunteers. The Director of Children’s Education is responsible for the planning, organizing, coordinating and implementation of faith development ministries for children of Holy Cross from birth through the time they enter confirmation (currently 5th grade).
A job description overview is available upon request. Interested candidates should send application information to Pastor Tony Haglund (email@example.com) or drop off resumes to the front office.
Applicants have until Sunday, Sept. 9th to apply.
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The Four Keys of Faith Formation
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The Four Keys are provided to help you nourish your child or grandchild’s faith.
Scripture Readings for the week ahead:
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9; Psalm 15; James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Family Devotions: Together, read the text from Mark. Mark's Gospel shows Jesus challenging traditional ways in which the elders determine what is pure impure. Jesus protests against human customs being given the weight of divine law, while the essence of God's law is ignored. How is it ignored? Through our patterns of idolatry - putting anything - and everything ahead of God. There is Good News! God's mercy washes over us in the waters of baptism and we are created anew our deformed hearts reformed for works of mercy and love. Caring Conversation: James 1:19 encourages us to be "quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry." Why is this good advice? How can hearing God’s word help us to control our words?
Family Service: As Lutherans, we believe that we respond to what we have heard through the Good News of Jesus Christ – for you, for the forgiveness of sins. As parents, you can create opportunities for your kids to learn about service, with the understanding that service is not a “have-to” or a key to salvation. Think about the Scripture verses for the week and the conversations you have shared. Help your child discover and use their unique gifts by encouraging them in the things that they do well and feeling passionate that they can serve others. Family Traditions & Rituals: We read in Mark that Jesus accused the Pharisees of setting aside the commands of God to observe their own traditions (Mark 7:9). Discuss together the traditions that characterize your home and family life. Do they reflect God’s place in your life together? What is one tradition into which you can introduce a faith element, or what is a new faith-based tradition you could make part of your home life?
Say, Pray and Bless...
A Prayer for the Week: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Amen.
Mealtime Prayer: Plates of food, gifts from above, signs of God’s gracious love. Thank you, God! Amen.
A Blessing to Give: May you have a clean heart, so that all you say, think, and do pleases God.. Amen.
HOLY CROSS HAPPENINGS
Saturday, September 1 Team 1 4:30pm Day6 Practice (Sanctuary) 6:00pm Worship/Communion Sunday, September 2 – Office Closed 8:00am Worship/Communion 9:30am Worship/Communion 11:00am Worship/Communion Monday, September 3 – Office Closed 5:00pm HCLP Staff Meeting (W101) 6:00 pm Saving Grace (Fireside) 7:00 pm SA Group (S101) Tuesday, September 4 9:00am Staff Meeting (Fireside) 1:00pm 55 Plus 6:30pm Family Ministry Team (W101) 7:00pm Property Team 7-9pm Hope & Praise Practice (Sanctuary) Wednesday, September 5 – All Choirs Rehearse 5:00pm Pizza Served 5:30pm Midweek-SS / 5th-6th Confirmation 6:30pm 7th-8th Confirmation 7:30pm Wednesday Night Live – 9th-12th Thursday, September 6 6:30am Women at the Well (Hy-Vee Cafe 49th St) 9:30am Worship Planning Meeting 6:30pm Fellowship Team (Fireside) Friday, September 7 6:30am Friday Guys (Fryin’ Pan W 41st St) Saturday, September 8 Team 2 10:00am First-Step Milestone 4:30pm Day6 Practice (Sanctuary) 6:00pm Worship Sunday, September 9 – Gathering Weekend 8:00am Worship/Communion 9:00am Blood Pressure Screening (Fellowship Hall) 9:30am Worship/Brady bapt / Adult Ed (Fireside) 10:30am Blood Pressure Screening (Fellowship Hall) 11:00am Worship / Miles Baptism 12:00pm Potluck Picnic
The front office will be closed Sunday, Sept. 2 and Monday, Sept. 3 for the holiday.
Prayers of the Church
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Members of the Military & Families Joshua Duus, James Frank, Caleb Hockel, Whitney Hockel, Ryan McNamara, Jeremy Pollock, Kevin Pollock, and Dalton Schmitz
Healing Kathy Cook, Zade Davis, Marilyn Harms, Val Klinker, Homer Knopf, Will Lyons, Faye Peschke, Jim Schaefer, Diane Stamp, Sandy Wahle, Deb Gay, and Bill Williams Care & Concern The Moxley family; the Sjogren family; and Debra Waltner
Thoughts & Prayerswith the Thies family...
John Charles Thies, father of Pastor Tim Thies, died August 28. Please hold in prayers Tim, Susan, Joshua, & Jacob and Tim's brother, Todd.
Prayers of the Church & the Circle of Prayer
If you have a prayer request that you wish to be shared with the confidential “Circle of Prayer” or the weekend’s “Prayers of the Church,” fill out a Prayer Request card located in the pews. If your Prayers of the Church request is for someone else, please include your name & phone.