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On Sunday, December 12th, Holy Cross officially received eleven new members into the congregation. To help you become acquainted with them, a roving reporter gleaned some information from each of them. Make an effort to welcome them and get to know them better.
KATHY HAMMOND lives with her husband and 18 month old son, Nicholas, who was baptized at Holy Cross. She is a potter, with a studio in Lyman. She is on staff at the Maine College of Art and works at Rivertree Arts teaching ceramics. She is also musically gifted and sang a beautiful solo at our Christmas Eve service.
JANE KING recently moved here from California and is already involved in the LOGOS program as a table parent and serving on the Trustees. She is working on getting her real estate license and is on the board of the Kennebunk Historic Preservation Commission.
WARREN KING is married to Jane and has recently moved here from California to be our new Director of Music. He is also a LOGOS table parent and kids’ choir leader. Originally from New England, he loves hunting, fishing, and beach combing. In addition to being our lead musician and choir director, he plays trumpet in the Coastal Brass.
DAVID KLETT is an Aviation Officer on the carrier Enterprise, stationed out of Norfolk, VA. He participated in the very beginning of the Iraq war for which he was awarded a combat medal this past spring. His wife, Elizabeth and children Brittany and Justin, with a new baby due in April, will be joining him in Virginia in June. In his spare time, David loves scuba diving, cooking and traveling.
HOMER MACNUTT is from Holden, Massachusetts, but has also had a home in Moody for 40 years. He is a retired vice president of a construction company. One of his favorite activities is playing golf.
CAROL OLSON has been living in Maine after a move from San Diego. She is retired from the semiconductor business and enjoys photography and cooking. She serves on the board of Rivertree Arts and on the Holy Cross Worship Committee and Stewardship Committee. She is designing a Holy Cross welcome packet for visitors.
ROB OLSON is married to Carol, having moved here from San Diego. He is also retired from the semiconductor business. He loves to hike, especially along the Maine coastline. Rob helped to start the Holy Cross Men’s group. He serves on the board of Laudholm Trust.
LYNNE WHITE enjoys being a mom to her two sons and is very involved in all of their many activities. She sings in the Holy Cross choir and Sharing the Joy. She is co-chair person of the LOGOS meals.
ROBERT WHITE is married to Lynne and works at Sweetser as the compliance officer. He is president of the board of the Young People’s Theatre in Methuen, Massachusetts. He often can be found in the Holy Cross-kitchen, helping with LOGOS.
OWEN WHITE is an 11-year-old 6th grader at Kennebunk Middle School. He plays piano and trombone and sings in the Boys Singers of Maine. He is involved in the Holy Cross LOGOS Program and sings in the choir.
SCHUYLER WHITE is a 15-year-old freshman at Kennebunk High School where he is a member of the chamber choir and wind ensemble. He plays piano, clarinet and tenor sax. He is involved in the Holy Cross LOGOS Program, Youth Group, and sings in the choir.
PAM WOLFGANG relocated here from Massachusetts with her husband, although she is originally from Illinois. She is a retired speech pathologist. She is a mother of four children and four grandchildren, with another one on the way.
The Board of Deacons of Holy Cross is charged with providing care for members of the congregation. Several specific ministries are serving this purpose such as Nursery, Service Bank, Soup Pot. A yearlong congregation visitation is also in place. However, we would like to organize the Board with a more intentional focus on care taking that includes study, prayer, mutual support, and visitation, as well as tending to the other projects. We are looking for a yearlong commitment from a core of people that would include skill training, regular devotion and prayer, mutual support, and outreach to members of Holy Cross through visitation and other personal contact. Please prayerfully consider whether this is a ministry to which you would feel called to participate. A meeting to further explore this commitment to service will be held at Luther Hall on Tuesday, February 22nd at 7:00 P.M. Contact Karen if you would like further information or cannot attend the meeting but are interested in serving.
Monthly Article from a Council Member
It’s February. Dark, cold, winter. Christmas is long gone, Easter is so far away that it’s hard to believe it is already Lent. Lent is early this year. Ash Wednesday is in the first part of February, before Valentine’s Day. So not only are we in the midst of dealing with snowstorms and bitter cold, but we are contemplating the depths of our sin as we attend weekly Lenten services. Lent is considered a time of penance and discipline. But there is more to it than that. There is the reason Christ died for us. Love. Our Father in heaven loves us so much that He willingly sacrificed His one and only beloved Son for us. And Christ loves us so much that He willingly let Himself be sacrificed. Love.
So in the midst of February, there is a holiday to commemorate Love. St. Valentine’s Day. Chocolates, flowers and valentines. All the appearance of a holiday made up by Hallmark to fill the gap after Christmas and before Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. But the holiday has a long history beginning with Pope Gelasius declaring February 14 St. Valentine's Day around 498 A.D. A holiday meant to celebrate the one thing that everyone wants and cherishes. And it is a holiday to celebrate the reason Jesus did all that He did.
Jesus fulfilled the Law and gave us the greatest commandment. To love one another. So during this Lenten season and especially on February 14th, let us remember what Love has done for us. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life." John 3: 16
In peace and love,
Over the past few years, several small groups have formed at Holy Cross, sometimes with the intentional purpose of being a group, such as the Men’s Group. Sometimes a group with a different purpose, such as Bible study, has evolved into an ongoing group. When Holy Cross first became a congregation, the entire church was a "small group"!! As we have grown, some groups have come and gone, and some have sustained the course. At this point in our maturity as a congregation, the intentional formation of "small groups" is becoming an important direction for Holy Cross. It was one of the goals to come out of the Visioning Process that we did a few years ago. Small groups are a crucial tool for assimilating people into the life of the congregation beyond Sunday worship. They provide an opportunity for people to become better acquainted, to support one another, to grow in faith, to pray together, to care for others. They help us to nurture our spiritual lives while nurturing one another.
Over the next several months, I will be highlighting a different small group in the Crier. This month, Helen Collamati is sharing her experience with small groups in general. As you read these articles, I hope that you will consider joining a small group at Holy Cross. Please contact me if you would like further information.
Your Associate in Ministry, Karen
Since 1974, small groups have been a way of spiritual growth and faith maturity for me and for many men and women who would gather each week to share scriptures, readings, thoughts and ideas about who we thought we were in Christ. The mystery unfolded for us as we recognized our own unique personhood and giftedness, and developed our personal prayer relationship with God. We came to a deeper understanding of who we are in the Body of Christ and personally experienced whom we served. We humbly learned that in the Kingdom of God, no one is above another, but each was a vital part of the other. We looked to Christ in every situation as we experienced and rejoiced in the many physical and emotional healings we received.
As children of the Father, we splashed around in a Pool of Love and Grace enjoying His presence. Our small group helped us to be disciplined in our faith in God. It takes personal discipline to trust God after feeling alone to solve life's issues and crises...even joys!!! God wouldn't have it that way, He loved us so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to tell us about and to die for an eternal Kingdom of peace and joy and hope to which all are invited..........even here on earth. It's inside our skin where we live that it all happens and it often develops in small groups.
SHARING THE JOY
This ministry of bringing joy to residents of local nursing homes happens on the third Sunday of the month. We will sing again at Bradford Common on Sunday, February 20th from 3:00 – 4:00. Sharing favorite hymns or oldies with the residents brings joy to all who participate. You do not have to know how to read music – most of it is familiar. Even if you don’t sing, your presence in talking with the residents is also important. Please join us. See Karen for further information.
Bread & Soup:
Please join your friends and family of Holy Cross at our simple meal of bread & soup. The meal will start at 6 PM. The dates are Thursday’s February 17 to March 17. Please note on February 17 and March 17 we will be joining Harvest Café at 5:30 pm. Please try and sign up, so Harvest Café has a count of the extra people. Please see the sign up sheets in the Narthex. May we all draw closer together in this very peaceful time of companionship. Thank you. Church Life Committee
YOUNG AT HEART
A Valentine potluck luncheon for all who are Young at Heart will be held on Saturday, February 12th at noon in Luther Hall. Join us for fun and fellowship. We will be reminiscing with some of the old favorite songs and hymns. Bring a valentine card to give to a resident of an LSS group home in Southern Maine.
ELCA Task Force
The ELCA task force has recently issued a report with several recommendations having to do with the Church’s stance on homosexuality. The report can be accessed through the national church website (www.elca.org) or you can call the Holy Cross Church office to get a print copy. After further discussion and feedback over the next few months, the recommendations will come up for a vote at the National Assembly of the ELCA this August.
Please note that the Worship Committee is sponsoring a monthly healing service beginning this Lent. Pastor Horner and Warren King will be providing leadership (along with others perhaps). The Healing Service will take place on the second Sunday of each month beginning on February 13th at 5:00 p.m. here at the church.
WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP GROUP
Formed by the group of mothers who go to Calumet for the yearly mothers’ weekend, but not restricted to just mothers or those who have gone to Calumet, this group will meet monthly on Sunday afternoons for fellowship and support. The next meeting is on March 6th at 2:00 at the home of Jane King. Bring a snack to share.
SAVIN KUCH BRINGS KHMER TO KINDERGARTEN
Savin Kuch, a member of Holy Cross and a senior at Kennebunk High School, has been helping out with Mrs. Goldberg's kindergarten class at the Kennebunk Elementary School. There is a young girl in the class, who like Savin, speaks the native Cambodian language of Khmer. As there are two other bilingual students in the class, they are doing a themed unit on diversity. Savin will be presenting a lesson on the Cambodian language and culture to the kindergarteners. She has been very helpful to the students and teacher in understanding the challenges of being bilingual in a classroom. Savin is also keeping a journal of her observations and taking photographs. She is researching more about the educational system in the US as it relates to bilingual students and will be doing a presentation. Most important, she is sharing her unique gifts in helping others to understand her culture and to honor diversity. Please keep Savin in your prayers for support while she works with these students.
WOMEN OF THE BIBLE
The Bible study that meets in Luther Hall from 8:30-9:30 on Wednesday morning is studying women of the Bible. In February we will be learning about Mary Magdalene. All are welcome, including men
EVENING BIBLE STUDY
During Lent, a Bible study will be held on Monday evenings from 7:00-8:30 in Luther Hall beginning on February 14th. Mary, Mother of Jesus, will be the topic. This study was recently completed by the Wednesday morning class and was very much appreciated. Karen will lead the class – contact her for further information.
Adult Class on "The Resurrection of the Son of God"
Feb. 13 through March 20.
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! What does this mean to us today? What did it mean to those Jews who became known as Christians who gathered in the upper room, worried and fearful. We will take time during Lent to review N.T.Wright's 'The Resurrection of the Son of God'. We will concentrate on tracing the rise of the belief in resurrections through the Old Testament. Then we will attempt to understand Paul's description of the life of the age to come. Finally, we will look at the Gospel accounts. I invite everyone to join as we explore what Heaven on earth may really mean to Christians today.
COOL School Update
February Theme - Jesus’ Miracle – Feeding 5,000
Bible verse – Matthew 14:20 & 15:37, Mark 6:42 & 8:8, Luke 9:17
"They all ate and were satisfied."
Key Idea: Jesus cares about all our needs.
Story can be found in Matthew 14:15-21; Mark 6:35-44; Luke 9:12-17; John 6:5-15
SENIOR HIGH YOUTH:
There will be a Snow-tubing trip to the Seacoast Snow Park in Windham on Sunday February 13th. (Senior High only -- middle school youth will have a chance to go on a different day.) We will meet at the church at 1:00pm and be back around 5pm. Cost is $14. Add your name to the sign up sheet in the Narthex at church and feel free to invite a friend.
A Ski trip is being planned for Friday February 25th to Sunday February 27th. (This will be for both senior high and middle school youth.) NEW THIS YEAR will be the option to do cross country skiing, as well as downhill being available. We will stay Friday and Saturday nights at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rutland, Vermont and ski at OKEMO Mountain. Look for more info and a sign up sheet soon in the Narthex, and again friends are welcome. Please plan on turning in a nonrefundable $25 deposit by Sunday Feb 20th for yourself and any friends who plan to come along. This trip is a lot of fun, and we look forward to seeing you there!!
The season of Lent is fast approaching. Lent which roughly translates to "spring" begins with Ash Wednesday which is Feb. 9. The day before is of course the celebration of Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, Carnival (farewell to meat) where traditionally pancakes are used because of their abilility to absorb Fat which was to be used up before Lent begins. The season lasts 40 days not including Sundays. The first three Sundays in Lent are Invocavit,Reminiscere and Oculi. This season is rich with musical traditions that reflect the Penitential spirit. With the help of the choir here at Holy Cross I hope to make this season a memorable musical experience.
Thoughts on our music ...
Our singing group, "Share the Joy" has increased each month that we have been singing. We have been blessed by good singers young and old among which are Schyler and Owen White. I have been told they are also members of the Portland Boys Choir. Owen entertained us with a solo song in Swahallian, and Betty Kreie fed us all with a wonderful homemade soup, and then we left for the nursing home for our January event. I hope more will join us for these "Share the Joy" outings. I also would like to thank all the youngsters of Holy Cross for their performance par-excellence during both the Christmas time offerings. Much time must have gone into patient practice. When many of us are just forgotten memories, members will still be serving the church in a grand manner. Carl Lude
GRIEF AND LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
A support group on Grief and Loss is meeting the 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 3:00-4:00 in Luther Hall. It will meet again on February 8 and 22. 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.
Altar flower contributions for Holy Cross
Believe it or not, Spring is coming. And of course, when we think of Spring, we think of flowers. I've been thinking about flowers a lot, because I have agreed to coordinate altar flower contributions for Holy Cross.
Flowers on the altar remind us of the glories of God's creation, as well as the fleeting nature of our earthly life. To me, the visual symbolism is a powerful part of the worship experience. Even Martin Luther recognized the deep symbolic value of flowers when he chose a rose for his personal seal. Luther's coat-of-arms, which he defined as a symbol of his theology, is embroidered on the central kneeling cushion at our altar. In describing his design, Luther wrote that the rose was selected to show that Christian faith yields joy, peace, and comfort -- certainly emotions we experience when enjoying exquisite flowers.
The signup sheet on the whiteboard in the Narthex is the place to reserve a date for which you want to reserve the honor of dedicating the altar flowers in celebration or memoriam. We are getting new flower fund envelopes for your flower offering, on which you can write the date you have selected and the honoree's name(s), as well as your own. These envelopes can then be placed in the offering plate during the service.
I would very much appreciate hearing from anyone who would like to assist with this ministry. You won't even need to begin right away, as we won't be needing flowers during the penitential period of Lent, from Ash Wednesday to Holy Week (February 9 - March 26). If you would like to help in any way, please contact me. Jane King
If you have a family member serving in the military in Iraq, could you call the church office with their name and address? The Wednesday morning devotions group would like to send some notes of encouragement and support. Thank you