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Mark Your Calendars
for the annual SERRV Fair!
Saturday, November 6, 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. Luther Hall
New this year:
Catalogs will be available before the fair.
Catalogs are being passed around the congregation. See a member of Social Concerns for a copy.
Orders will be taken up to the day of the Fair and will be delivered in time for the holidays.
Name change: SERRVs handcraft marketing program is now called A Greater Gift.
A Greater Gift is a program of SERRV International, a nonprofit alternative trade and development organization. Our mission is to promote the social and economic progress of people in developing regions of the world by marketing their products in a just and direct manner.
Sponsored by the Social Concerns Committee
All profits from this years sale will be donated to the York County Homeless Shelter.
YOUNG AT HEART GROUP
Back by popular request is breakfast at the Potting Shed on Friday, November 19th. Meet at church at 8:00 to car pool to this lovely place on a hill in Acton. In December we will be going to The Magic of Christmas in Portland. Contact Karen or Helen Rotvig for further information
GRIEF AND LOSS GROUP
A support group on Grief and Loss is meeting the 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 3:00-4:00 in Luther Hall. Anyone who is dealing with loss through death, divorce, illness, job, children leaving home, etc is welcome to attend. Through sharing, devotion and prayer, healing can and does take place. For more information speak with Donna Simmons or Karen. Childcare can be arranged.
SINGING MINISTRY SHARING THE JOY
Inspired by a speaker at a summer event at Holy Cross, a monthly sing-a-long at residential facilities in the area has been started. Betty Kreie has agreed to take the lead in this effort with help from musicians and singers. The event is being called sharing the Joy. Songbooks have been assembled and we are ready to go for our second event at Bradford Commons on October 31st at 2:00. Everyone is welcome you do not have to know how to sing. Just bring a kind heart and warm spirit. See Betty or Karen for more information.
Thank You to Nancy
A big THANK YOU to Nancy Harrison for her recent service as Congregation Council President. Her leadership has been much appreciated, and members of council were sorry to learn that Nancy needs to step down from the position due to the demands of a new job. Her letter of resignation was accepted with regret and best wishes.
Board of Deacons Notes
The Board of Deacons is being rejuvenated for its ministry of pastoral care to the members of Holy Cross. Those who serve as Deacons assist the pastor in reaching out to all those in the congregation who are in any kind of need -- material, emotional, spiritual. Several former members of the Board are continuing to serve, along with several new members who have agreed to join in this ministry. One new effort currently under way by the Board of Deacons is a visitation program. The goal is to visit with as many members of Holy Cross as possible over the course of the next year. The purpose of each visit is to simply spend a little time together, in order to get to know people better. It is the hope and prayer of the Board of Deacons that these visits will be a blessing to many on a personal level, and at the same time a blessing to our congregation as a whole.
WOMENS SUPPORT GROUP
A new Womens Support Group has started on Wednesday evenings, twice a month, from 7-8:30 at LSH, during the time period of confirmation. It is not at all limited to mothers of confirmands, but it is scheduled to coincide with the picking up of their children. In addition to prayer and devotion, we will be sharing the joys and challenges of being a Christian woman in the 21st century. The next groups will meet on October 27th (no confirmation that night), November 10th and 24th and December 8th and 22nd. Contact Karen for further information.
WOMEN OF THE BIBLE
The Bible study that meets in Luther Hall from 8:30-9:30 on Wednesday morning has begun to study women of the Bible. We have started with New Testament women, learning about the struggles and faith experienced by Elizabeth and Mary, kinswomen who bear miraculous children, John the Baptist and Jesus. All are welcome, including men.
COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING EVE WORSHIP
Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service will be held at the Church on the Cape in Cape Porpoise on Wednesday, November 24 at 7:00 p.m. Area choirs have been invited to participate and all choirs present will join in the singing of a hymn at the close.
Retiring and changing her Name
After retiring from the professional work force, Deadra Hamilton made the decision to change her last name of Hamilton (which she used for professional reasons) to the last name of D'Addeo (her husband's last name). In case you are wondering, the name D'Addeo is pronounced Dah-Day-O. When you see Deadra congratulate her on her retirement!
Adult Forum for November and December
What if the Spirit of Holy God was to break through into the body of churchgoers everywhere?
What if youth and adult experienced Spirit led repentance? Revived in spirit they would be freed to Praise God from the heart, and to enter increased worship of God, who loved us so much He gave His only Son, Jesus Christ, to live and die on earth so He could be born again in our hearts, that we might live Spirit filled lives in this world.
What if we could live in the Glory of the Living, Risen Christ...the Glory of God's grace?
What if during this Advent season, we would pray and ask that God's transforming power change each of us into the Likeness of Jesus Christ, "from one degree to another?" (2Cor.3:18) to become fruitful ministers of God's gifting, each one according to his/her calling?
Would we wait for a better offer?
Join Helen Collamati and Pastor Rich at the Adult Forum, held at 9:30 a.m. Sundays, in this study that will explore and encourage the growth of your Christian faith.
Parish Education Update
SENIOR HIGH YOUTH GROUP
On November 7th between services, a bake sale will be held to raise money for a trip to Boston in the Spring. Please support our youth by contributing baked goods to the sale and/or by buying something to sweeten you up! On November 26h, we will participate in a Christmas Carol trolley ride in Salem, MA. On December 5th we will carpool to Portland to a concert at First Lutheran by the now infamous group "A Bunch of Guys." This group is mostly former Calumet staff, led by Dave Piper and Knute Ogren. They made the CD "Take a Breath" which has raised over $50,000 for world hunger. The concert will feature a new CD, the proceeds all designated for hunger. This concert of Christian music is for all ages and for a great cause. For further information on any youth events, contact Karen or Barbara Horner.
Senior High Bake Sale
The Senior High Youth will be sponsoring a Bake Sale to be held on Sunday November 7th between services. The money raised will be used to defray the cost of a trip to Boston the Senior High Youth Group is planning in the spring. If you would like to contribute any baked goods for the sale please contact Michele Janiak to let her know what you plan to bring. Your support in this way would be much appreciated, along with the support of all those who purchase items on the 7th.
Senior High Concert
Another event coming up for the Senior High Youth is a concert on Sunday December 5th in the afternoon. The group is called "A Bunch of Guys" (although Catherine Corgan is also a member!) and they will be performing at First Lutheran Church in Portland. The group has already produced one CD, the sales of which have raised thousands of dollars to combat world hunger. The concert on the 5th is free of charge, but a new CD will be available for purchase. Once again the proceeds will be used to help feed hungry people around the world. Senior High Youth should look for a sign up sheet to appear soon in the Narthex, and add their name to the list. (Adults are welcome to come along as well, both as drivers and also to simply enjoy the concert and support a wonderful cause.)
C.O.O.L. School info:
November Bible Story: Solomon A Wise and Godly Leader
Bible Reference: 2 Chronicles 1-7 & 1 Kings 1-3
Teaching Theme: God will help us make wise decisions that reflect His love.
Bible verse: Let the wise listen and add to their learning. Proverbs 1:5
4th 6th GRADE LOGOS
Meeting twice monthly on Wednesday from 4:30-7:00, the 4th-6th grade Logos program is off to a good start. On October 6th we had our first meeting with 13 4th-6th-grade children attending. Energy and enthusiasm was in abundance as Pastor led recreation time with balls, water balloons, relays and lots of good fun. Our new music director, Warren King, then led the group in worship skills. By the end of the period, they were all singing and sounded great. Watch for them in church, some Sunday soon! Two of our Logos alumni, Drew Horner and Casey Rayburn, led Bible time. What great mentors they are! The family time meal was held in conjunction with the older Logos group. Table parents for the 4th-6th grade are Jane King, Karen Indorf, Drew Horner, and Casey Rayburn. Everyone soon learned that you dont eat until everyone is served and that saying Thank You to the kitchen crew is so important. Once a month Deidre DAddeo will lead the group in an art project. Children are encouraged to bring friends, as one person did the first week. This was a great start for this program. The kids and leaders alike have lots of enthusiasm and look forward to a wonderful year. It is not too late to join. If you have questions, see Pastor or Karen.
LOGOS 4TH-6TH MEETS THE PRESS
Dateline October 20: A roving reporter was on the scene of a loud and enthusiastic group of Logos kids in Luther Hall. Making her way through a busy kitchen, she found 13 young people making candles under the direction of Deidre DAddeo. After some tough questions posed by the reporter, she uncovered the following facts about this amazing group.
Annie was born in Maine and loves dogs. Her favorite Logos activity is being a table server.
Arianna was born in Florida and loves owls and wolves. She likes the Bible time best.
Ashley was born the farthest away Germany. She is a horse lover. She enjoys the games and activities of Logos.
Ben, born in York, Maine, likes the fox. His favorite thing to do in Logos is eating.
Claire was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and also loves wolves. She likes playing Logos games.
Clint is the best friend of Evan and was born in Biddeford, Maine. He likes squirrels. Being new to Logos, he hadnt yet decided what he liked the best but he wants to come back!
Evan was born "away in Canton, Ohio. His favorite animals are huskies. He also likes playing Logos games.
Jesse was born at Maine Medical Center. He likes dogs, especially golden retrievers. He couldnt decide which Logos activity he liked the best.
Kayla was born in Framingham, Mass. She is a big fan of cheetahs. In Logos she enjoys the arts and crafts.
Owen was born in Cambridge, Mass. He also likes golden retrievers. He really enjoys eating at Logos.
Sarah H. was born across the country in Dallas, Texas. She likes the stingrays at Seaworld. Her favorite Logos activity is crafts.
Sarah T. was born in Massachusetts. Her unique favorite animal is the ossolat. She enjoys all of the activities in Logos.
Tyler J. was unavailable for comment.
Mrs. Deidre DAddeo was born in Denver, CO. She loves goats. Arts and crafts are her specialties. She loves the enthusiasm of the children in Logos.
Doing background checks on the kitchen crew, your reporter discovered some interesting facts about these women. She concluded that they were well qualified for their jobs.
Cheryl M. was born in Pawtucket, RI. and likes dogs. She enjoys preparing the food for Logos.
Danielle M. was born in Rockland, Maine. Her favorite animal is a huge rodent, the capy bara. Like her mother, she enjoys preparing the food for Logos.
Mary K. was born in Shreveport, LA. She likes dogs, especially black labs. Getting to chat with friends that she doesnt have time to see at church is her favorite thing.
Wendy B. was born out of the country in Evreux, France. She likes dairy goats which she has raised. Cooking supper at church instead of home is a nice change for her.
The consensus of the children attending Logos is that it is awesome! Next meeting of 4th-6th graders is November 3rd from 4:30-7:00. It is not too late to join. And friends are always welcome.
National Bible Week
November 21-28 (Sunday through Sunday of Thanksgiving week.)
Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth
Psalm 119:105 - Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
The Thrivent members of Holy Cross are invited to participate in the election for Chapter officers which will be held on Sunday, Nov. 21. A table will be set up in the narthex between services to enable you to vote.
A Note From the Trustees:
Both doors to the Narthex are kept unlocked when the building is open by using a small hexagonal key. In the past year, six of those keys have disappeared. If you took one home by accident, please return it to a shelf by either door. Thank you.
I would like to thank everyone at Holy Cross for the potluck dinner that we had. Everyone certainly made Jane and I feel most welcome. I would like to invite anyone who would like to sing in the choir to come on Thursday evenings at 7:00 in the sanctuary. Christmas is unbelievably just around the corner and we can always have more singers. Also, if anyone has any instrumental background we can use more musicians at the 8:00 service. See me after the service Or call. In God's peace, Warren King
Crier Publication Info: CHANGED FOR DECEMBER CRIER
Deadline for the December Crier will be the 17th of November. I will be going out of the state the week of Thanksgiving and would like to get the Crier before I leave town. Please send articles to Darleen Rottinghaus.