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From the Pastor …
It is quite appropriate
that during the same week we are celebrating the 35th anniversary of
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, we have also received the results from
the second survey that was done as part of the Natural Church
Development (NCD) program. This timing is fitting, because an
anniversary isn't just for looking to the past, but also an event
that encourages envisioning what is still to come.
Being part of the
Christian community we celebrate the past and look to the future
believing that both are in the hands of the Lord. Everything we have
done, and everything we will yet do, is empowered by the Spirit of
Christ working in us -- heart, mind, and soul.
Spending time together
over the anniversary weekend, affords the opportunity for members and
friends to share stories, reminisce, fellowship, worship, pray, and
sing -- rejoicing over God's presence in our midst down through the
years, and remembering how richly we have been blessed by God.
Calling all of that to
mind, also serves another purpose: it gives rise to a feeling of
eagerness, as we anticipate God's continuing activity among us. An
awareness of how meaningful and exciting our prior experience has
been, leads us to trust in Jesus more deeply, and commit our lives to
him more fully.
The survey results from
NCD similarly provide a chance for looking backward, as well as
forward -- counting blessings and being energized for ministry that
is still to come.
Each time a congregation
takes the survey, they receive a score between 1 and 100 on eight
characteristics of congregational health: empowering leadership;
gift-oriented ministry; passionate spirituality; effective
structures; inspiring worship services; holistic small groups;
need-oriented evangelism; and loving relationships.
When the survey was first
administered at Holy Cross in July of 2006, our average score on
those eight characteristics of congregational health was 48 -- a
number our NCD "coach" told us was a pretty strong starting
point. The second survey at Holy Cross was taken in March of 2008,
and the average score has risen to 53. Once again our coach has
indicated that this is a very positive result -- a sign of
As was mentioned recently
in the Sunday adult study on the book of Acts, early Christians were
sometimes called "People of the Way." A description that
remains quite apt. We've been "on the way" for 35 years as
a Christian community called Holy Cross. As we begin the next 35
years, we'll continue to be "on the way" by following
Christ and serving others -- empowered by the Holy Spirit to keep
growing in faith, love, and obedience to the will of God.
ASSOCIATE IN MINISTRY REFLECTIONS
The challenges of being a woman in the middle years
of most lives can be overwhelming or exhilarating or any place in
between. Whether single or married, divorced or widowed, parent or
not, busy with work or family or other activities, one is often left
with little time or opportunity for sharing with other Christian
women the joys and sorrows, ups and downs, successes and challenges
of life in 21st century America. As women we are often the
caretakers of others rather than ourselves. Not only are good
nutrition and exercise important for self care. So are friendships
and social networks, chances to talk and sort things out, time for
listening and sharing, for reflection and perspective. This summer we
will be having a “Women’s Summer Conversation Group” every
Wednesday evening at 7:00 from July 9-August 20. I will initially
begin and guide the conversation, but others are encouraged to keep
it going. We will always begin with a devotion and end with prayer. I
hope that you will join us and come when you can, just as you are.
MESSAGE FROM A COUNCIL MEMBER
As I sit here thinking
about a topic for this article, I am also reading the lessons for the
next Sunday’s worship services, and as I read the second lesson,
the phrase “Go and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew
28:19a) keeps coming to the surface of my thoughts. This got me to
thinking about exactly what Jesus meant by “Go and make disciples”.
We at Holy Cross are very
blessed with the many opportunities we have to “make disciples of
all the nations.” First and foremost, we have a rich worship life.
This in and of itself is a very important way that we all can make
disciples. But the options do not end there. We have many outreach
(or dare I say evangelistic) programs available that anyone is
welcome to participate in. These run the gamut from attending a
Bible study at church to lending help to a stranger in need, and
anywhere in between. Most people don’t like to “step outside of
their box or comfort zone” when deciding where they feel they are
most needed, but the truth is that we are all needed everywhere,
especially when we are talking about Jesus’ Great Commission to
make disciples of all the nations. How then are we to make
disciples, in the hectic day to day of our own lives, when most of us
still have doubts about our own discipleship?
The answer to that
question depends on where you are in your faith journey. For me, it
is to pray unceasingly, and then act upon what I hear the Spirit
telling me. Sometimes, all we can do is to sit with somebody, and
say nothing at all. Other times we are called to be a very active
participant in another person’s journey. But for me, the short and
sweet answer to this question is to listen. Listen to God calling
your name. Listen to Jesus telling you that he loves you. Listen to
the spirit as He guides you along Life's pathways. It has been my
experience that the Spirit will lead us to assist in the Great
Commission, and present opportunities for us to fulfill this very
important task that Jesus has set before us.
It is my prayer for you
that you listen when you hear the Spirit calling you. You may be the
one person that someone else needs to help them decide to become a
disciple of Christ Jesus.
Dan Krampetz, Council Member
value of consistent prayer is not that He will hear us,
that we will hear Him. ~William McGill
TO SOLVE) THE GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS
The cover story on one of
my weekly news magazines had the above banner this past week. The
answers are very complex but the crisis is very real. A combination
of world wide bad weather for crops, the diversion of some food crops
to ethanol and the world wide inflation rates have turned a usually
difficult food availability situation into a global food crisis.
Holy Cross has always
contributed a lot to hunger, especially when asked for certain
specific causes. This year, under the direction of the Social
Concerns Committee, a four-fold outreach will be carried on to raise
at least $4,000 for hunger causes. Thrivent would add an additional
$1,333 to that amount if we reach our goal.
Phase one will be done by
the children in Vacation Bible Camp and on into the Sunday School
year beginning in Sept. Coin banks will be used to raise funds for
“God’s Global Barnyard”, a program of the ELCA and Lutheran
World Action to make farm animals available to families in Africa.
The children will be setting goals for sending chickens, ducks, lambs
and pigs to families so they can develop a sustainable animal food
source. Adults who want to join in the coin collection will be
welcome. Banks will be put in the Narthex.
The annual “Blueberry
Festival” has pledged half of its total income to the Food Crisis
goal. The other half will go, as usual, to the York County Shelter.
During the month of July,
when we are basking in the blessings of God’s creation, we will
have ELCA World Hunger envelopes in the pews and emphasize the need
to give to that cause. Perhaps many of our visitors will also learn
a little of our concern and response and may help our efforts or
bring ideas back to their home congregations.
The program will conclude
with the special emphasis on giving at our Thanksgiving time in
November. The envelope in the weekly envelope boxes may be used or
the special ELCA World Hunger envelopes will again be available.
Finally, in an effort to
meet some of the responsibility for hunger needs here in our own part
of Maine, the Social Concerns committee has determined that 15% of
everything raised will be sent to programs in York County with the
rest going to the ELCA-Lutheran World Action projects. That 15%
could amount to $800 if our goals are fully reached. For
more information, contact Roger Rotvig.
SAVE THIS DATE
The annual Young at Heart potluck will
be on Sunday, July 20th, at 4:00 at the Rotvigs.
Please see Helen or Roger Rotvig or
Karen for more information.
was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand
to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was
astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.
Twain, "Old Times on the Mississippi" Atlantic Monthly,
VACATION BIBLE CAMP
Mark your Calendars!
Vacation Bible Camp is June 23 – 27!! Group's "Power Lab"
promises to be a blast!
Come Discover Jesus'
Miraculous Power! Meet New Friends, Make Amazing Crafts, Eat Wacky
Snacks, Mind Blowing Adventures, Hyperspeed Games, Incredible Music,
and Explosive Experiments!
Sunday, June 1st:
Register for VBC between the services! Please check out our display
in the Narthex!
Remember, there is no
charge for VBC so please invite a friend or neighbor to attend. Make
sure you give them a registration form to fill out!
For more information,
Please contact Tammy Krampetz. Thanks!
We look forward to
another GREAT YEAR at VBC! Hope you'll join us!
Do you have some time to
share? Are you interested in learning about Jesus in our everyday
lives? We are looking for folks to help in this year's VBC, June 22
(after late service for set up), and then June 23 thru June 27 (for
VBC itself). We need Group Leaders, Crafters, Snack Makers (and
eaters too!), Decorators, and Cleaner-uppers! Can't make the whole
week? That's OK too! Come by when you can and we'll put you to work!
VBC DONATIONS NEEDED
The leaders of the “Wacky
Works Crafts & Missions” (otherwise known as the Vacation Bible
Camp craft team) are busy planning the crafts for VBC. The following
is a wish list of things we would like to have for our “campers”.
Donations can be left in the box marked “Wacky Works Crafts” in
the Narthex of the church. We would like all donations no later than
Sunday June 15th. If you have any questions, please
contact Deadra D’Addeo. Thank you for your help!
Vacation Bible Camp Crafts
Empty and clean .5 liter soda/water
bottles with tops
1 bag grass seed
Colorful electric tape
Snap and seal or zipper type plastic sandwich bags
Large empty shoe boxes
Peel & stick wiggly eyes (medium size)
Inexpensive hair gel in different
(inexpensive works better)
Shrink Art plastic (sold in 8X10 sheets)
Empty liquid hand soap PUMP bottles
|Brown paper grocery bags
9 oz. clear cups
Stretchy cord for beading
Soccer Ball beads (colors of blue, red, purple, white, and
4 oz. bottles of soap bubbles
Permanent markers in different colors
**We are making small first aid kits at
VBC for the homeless. We need the following items for this project:
New plastic soap containers
(used for traveling) Travel size hand sanitizers
Individually wrapped “Wet
Ones” Assorted Band-Aids
Individual packages of
antiseptic wipes Small tubes of salve (like Bacitracin or
Neosporin - store brands are fine)
We are also looking for monetary
donations this year for the following craft kits:
Power Lab “Buddy Beaker” kits
$13.99 for a package of 10 or $1.40 per child
“Brainy Boppers” kits $11.99 for
a package of 10 or $1.20 per child
“Incredi-ball” kits $6.99 for a
package of 10 or $.70 per child
As I reflect on our 35
years at Holy Cross, this sentence keeps echoing in my thoughts:
Beginning there was a NEED
In the middle there was a
Now there is a NEED
And in the future there
will be this same NEED.
What is this NEED? It
began with a need to worship in a familiar style and tradition called
LUTHERAN. Seeking fellowship of other Christians. Living together
as a family seeking God's will as a congregation and as individuals.
I see this NEED ongoing today. We have grown and the family is
larger. It's our challenge to carry out our mission to bring the
Living Christ among us. Studying scripture together. Worshiping
together. Serving together. Sharing our joys and sorrows as we work
together. Small study groups and a shepherding program comes to mind
as a means for this to bless us. We have been truly blessed with our
three pastors as our shepherds.
I came across the
following and felt it speaks to all of us sheep:
A Look At The 23rd
The Lord is my
I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie
down in green pastures.
He leadeth me beside
the still waters.
He restoreth my soul.
He leadeth me in the
paths of righteousness.
For His name sake.
Yea, though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death.
I will fear no evil.
For Thou art with me.
Thy rod and Thy staff
they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table
before me in the presence of my enemies.
Thou annointest my
head with oil.
My cup runneth over.
Surely Goodness and
Mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.
And I will dwell in
the house of the Lord.
That's Eternity!In Christ's love, Betty Kreie
STUDY ON AMOS
Tuesday, June 3rd, the morning Bible Study group will be studying the
book of Amos. We meet weekly from 8:30-9:45 and include time for
prayer and care as well as the Bible Study. All are welcome.
Social Concerns Committee is sponsoring a fund drive for aid to those
who have been victims of many severe natural disasters throughout the
world. The committee has placed a coca-cola bucket in the Narthex for
your donations. We are asking that you give up a cup of coffee or
soda - or two - and donate that money instead to our global offering
for Lutheran Disaster Relief. We will be designating half of the
funds for the earthquake in China and half for domestic
Join us for brunch on
lucky Friday the 13th of June at Merriland Farms in Wells.
We will meet there at 9:30 or carpool from church at 9:15. This is a
lovely place nestled among the trees with indoor or outdoor seating
and scrumptious food. Please sign up in the Narthex.
GROUP SUMMER FLING
All of those who are
going into 8th – 12th grades are invited to join us for a summer
retreat at the Ballute’s home in Sunday River the weekend of July
25-27. (This is where the ski trip was held.) Friends are welcome.
Cost will be $30 for meals and snacks. Recreational activities may be
extra. Look for further details soon. There is limited space so
first to sign up in the Narthex with a non-refundable $20 deposit
will secure a spot. Financial assistance is available through Pastor.
With the price of gas
continually rising, we don’t want anyone to not come to worship or
other events happening at church due to the expense of driving or for
other transportation issues. Therefore we are trying to develop a
list of people who might consider carpooling. Karen is developing
the list and would appreciate your contacting her or the church office if you are interested in carpooling. Please
indicate which service you usually attend, where you live, and
whether you would need a ride, be willing to drive someone else, or
be willing to take turns driving. She will then get back to all who
respond and try to make it work.
CROSS FEEDING FRENZY FOR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Social Concerns Committee is sponsoring a feeding frenzy for a
Habitat project on June 5th. The local chapter of Habitat for
Humanity is building a house in a week, all of the work to be done by
professional contractors. The house is located in Alfred and is being
built for a family with four children. Local churches have been asked
to provide a day of food for the workers. Holy Cross will be feeding
the workers on Thursday, June 5th. If you are willing to make a pot
of chili, donate sandwiches, muffins, cookies, etc, a sign up sheet
is on the board in the Narthex. We also need a couple of people who
can help Dick Eaton on that day to deliver and assist with the meals.
Thank you for your assistance with this project.
SUMMER CONVERSATION GROUP
July 9th - August 20th, each Wednesday night at 7:00 we will be
having a discussion group for women in the middle stages of life.
Meeting in the Sunday School area where it is nice and cool, we will
share dessert, conversation, and prayer about both the joys and
challenges of living as Christian women. Come when you can but please
sign up in the Narthex so we can plan for desserts. Karen will begin
the discussion, but others are encouraged to keep it going.
We will be having a picnic supper for all who attend the Saturday Service on June 14th at 6:15, after the service. This will be a chance to share a meal and celebrate God's many blessings that have come to us through this Saturday worship service.
next Chick Flicks will be held on Saturday, June 28 starting at 11:30
am. We will be meeting at Ricetta's for lunch and then back to
church for a desert of ice cream sundaes and to watch the movie 13
Going On 30 starring Jennifer Garner. We will be done in plenty
of time for the service at 5:30. The sign up is on the board in the
After several years of
service, Julie Clapp has resigned as Treasurer of Holy Cross. We are
in need of a new Treasurer since Julie, having resigned, is still
doing the job as Treasurer but would like to be able to concentrate
on her other duties at church. The ideal candidate should have a
knowledge of computers and, preferably, Quickbooks. Training will be
provided. If you feel you are called to serve the church in this
very important position, please see Pastor, Mike Scott, Barbara
Weldon-Morin or Julie Clapp. Thank you!
NEW CRIER DEADLINE
Starting for the August Crier,
the deadline for The Crier will be the second Tuesday of the month.
So, for August, the deadline will be July 8th.
This will be a hard deadline, meaning, everything must be received
by Tuesday, July8th.
The Crier will be compiled and edited on the following Saturday,
It will be delivered to Beverly by Tuesday, July 15th and mailed the same morning. This will enable The Crier to be
delivered well before the end of the month so that any information on
events or activities that are taking place at the beginning of the
month will be available in plenty of time for people to make plans to
This will be announced in the
bulletin throughout the month of June and announced at the beginning
of the services starting in July so that everyone should be notified
in plenty of time to submit items that need to be in the August
If you have any questions, please
see Pastor Rich or Julie Clapp. Thank you!!!
on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the
Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for
HAPPY FOURTH OF