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the Pastor …
son Todd is currently working on an organic farm near Peterborough,
New Hampshire. It is the type of farm known as a "CSA" --
which stands for Community Supported Agriculture. In the late winter
and early spring, community members have the opportunity to purchase
farm shares. That money is used to support the planting and growing
of the crops. Then throughout the growing season, each member comes
to the farm weekly to pick up a portion of the fruits and vegetables
as they are harvested.
talking with Todd about the work he would be doing, my wife and I
became very interested in this type of local food production, and we
decided to give it a try ourselves. A farm located in Kennebunk
operates in this same manner, and we are looking forward to receiving
our share of fresh produce in the months ahead. Todd assures us that
the experience of eating food straight from the fields is one we will
having grown up on a farm, nor even having done much in the way of
back yard gardening, living "close to the land" isn't
something with which I've had a great deal of experience. I do
appreciate, though, hearing the stories shared by others who have had
such an upbringing -- including my father's tales from his childhood
in rural Gettysburg PA, where he worked harvesting by hand the corn
that fed the dairy cattle, on a farm that has been in the Horner
family for over 200 years now (the land is currently being managed by
my Dad's brother).
romanticizing what farm life is like, because I'm sure it involves an
awful lot of hard, physical labor, I wonder if doesn't also have a
spiritual side -- at least for anyone who believes that the land
being cultivated is part of a world created by God, and graciously
given over to be nurtured and cared for by human beings. Living
"close to the land" could be taken to mean living "close
to God." That is, living with a deep awareness and appreciation
for how God is present to us and provides for us, through the earth's
ability to sustain our lives with good and healthy food.
like farming and gardening do have the potential to "re-connect"
us to the goodness of God's creation, but there are also other
avenues that can lead us in that same direction. My hope and prayer
for you as we enter the months of summer, is that you will take time
to in some way deepen your appreciation for the gifts God gives
through the natural world. And also that you will be moved to take
action, big or small, that will help to sustain and preserve this
marvelous earth that God has entrusted into our care.
Peace, Pastor Rich
FROM THE VICAR
was the last time that you were invited to an event and afterwards
thought about how glad you were to be there? I recently went to a
retirement dinner that honored one of my favorite seminary
professors. The evening began with an inspiring lecture on the Old
Testament prophets. We then shared a meal and words of appreciation
for the professor, a wonderful scholar and teacher, and a mentor for
many students. We concluded with worship, which included robust
singing of hymns, reading of scripture, and prayers. I left knowing
that I had been spiritually filled, as well as appreciating the
community in which I had participated.
do something similar at Holy Cross every Saturday and Sunday.
Although the ordering of events may be different, we sing hymns and
songs, read scripture, listen to a sermon, offer prayers to the God
who sustains us, and share a meal. We gather as a community with
mentors and teachers and friends. We are spiritually fed and
invite you to join us at weekly worship, hoping that you will have
been glad for the invitation. And please pass on the invitation to
someone you know who might be looking for a community in which to
worship our loving God.
for the invitation to be part of God’s family, Vicar
we discussed the budget at the preliminary hearings, and at the
annual meeting in January, we acknowledged that 2009 was going to be
a challenging year for Holy Cross. Council reworked the budget
several times in order to bring forward a balanced budget for 2009.
We are now a third of the way through the year, and the challenge is
apparent in our results through April:
good news is: Expenses
are running 3% below budget.
bad news is: Income
is running 15% below budget
result is: A
Year to Date deficit of $13,807.
are providing this update to ensure that all of our members and
friends understand the current financial situation. We
have been through better times, and we have been through worse times.
Your generosity is a constant.
TO HAVE SUCCEEDED
Submitted by Helen
To laugh often and
much; to win the respect of intelligent people and affection of
children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the
betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in
others; to leave the world a bit better, whether a garden patch or a
redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
Author not known
A TON OF FOOD FOR THE
HUNGRY – WE DID IT!!
Social Concern’s Ton of Food drive has reached its goal of
collecting 2000 pounds, a ton, of food for the Kennebunk Food Pantry.
A big THANK YOU to all who donated food, and to Henry Perkins and
Roger Rotvig who helped to deliver the many, many cans and boxes. The
food was collected during the seasons of Lent and Easter. Instead of
giving up something for Lent, many gave to a great cause.
you thought about inviting that family member or neighbor or
co-worker to come to church with you, “to taste and see the
goodness of the Lord” (Psalm 34:8)? If so, here is an opportunity
to act on that thought. And if not, please consider how important it
is to share the good news of God’s saving grace with a person or
family who may be looking for a place to explore their relationship
with God in a community of faith.
on June 20 and 21, Holy Cross will be having a visitor weekend on the
third weekend of each month. Not that you couldn’t invite someone
to worship at any time. That would be wonderful. But by having a
designated time for welcoming visitors, we will be making an
intentional effort to get to know them. A reception in the Narthex
will be held after each service, with beverages and snacks for all
who come to worship, old timers and new comers. The hospitality team
and perhaps members of council or a committee will be on hand to
greet visitors. There will also be a visual presentation of who we
are and what we are about as God’s people at Holy Cross.
invite you to first of all pray about those whom you might invite to
worship with you. Listen to where God is leading you. Follow his
direction. Even if there is no one right now that you would invite,
join us in welcoming those who do come. We are all invited “to
taste and see the goodness of the Lord.”
third annual Blueberry Festival is just around the corner. The
Festival will be on Saturday, August 8th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
There will be a bake sale, craft fair and rummage sale. The Social
Concerns Committee is sponsoring the event but everyone is invited to
help with work days and to donate rummage sale items. Upcoming
Blueberry Festival events are:
making work day on Saturday, May 30th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm,
lunch included. There are plenty of things to do and no talent is
needed. Everyone is welcome!
of rummage sale items begins on June 7th and ends on July 26th.
craft making work day will be held on Saturday, June 27th from 9:00
am to 1:00 pm (note time change).
baking work day will be on Friday, August 7th from 9:00 am to 1:00
more information see a member of the Social Concerns Committee or
call the church office.
Social Concerns Committee will be sending Care Packages to our troops
in Iraq and Afghanistan. If you have a family member or know of
someone serving in these two wars, please let a member of the Social
Concerns Committee know the address and a package will be sent.
2008 confirmation picture is posted on the wall in Luther Hall and
you will notice a blank space to the left. This space is for the
2007 class picture, which I do not have. Parents, friends or others
knowing a student in that class who might have a picture, please send
the photo to me so it can be posted. Thank you! Helen Rotvig
keep our 2008 Pictorial Directory current. Please mail or e-mail your updates,
corrections and/or additions to the church office. Your help is needed to maintaining a
valuable resource. Watch for a set of printed revision labels
sometime this summer.
Social Concern Committee would like to thank everyone for making the
"Warm up America knitting squares. We received 133 squares!
many years the Social Concerns Committee of Holy Cross has supported
various programs of the York County Shelter Programs, Inc. of Alfred,
ME located on the campus of the Brothers of Christian Instruction.
This is the only shelter in York County and serves the whole county.
It provides housing, basic needs, counseling, job training, and rehab
in an effort to move people to jobs, transitional housing and then
permanent housing. The agency manages sixteen housing programs
located in the county. A food pantry on campus supplies food to
anyone without any questions asked. About 63 food boxes are given
out every day. Our committee has had projects like our annual
Blueberry Festival that has given money for the pantry. Also we have
the Christmas Giving Tree filled with requests from shelter clients
for basics they wish for such as pants, skirts, socks, mittens, etc.
The gratitude showing us for helping is deeply appreciated. Please
consider helping out this extraordinary organization when the
opportunity presents itself. Thank you!
Bible Camp is right around the corner!
will be held this year from June 29th-July 3rd, here at Holy Cross
from 9 a.m. until Noon. There is no charge and you are invited to
bring a friend! We will discover the wonder and glory of our Lord and
his world through Bible study, games, snacks, crafts, music and
science experiments! Most of Bible camp will be held right outside!!
(weather permitting) Please fill out the registration form included
in this Crier and return it to the church office, the registration
box in the Narthex or give it to Mary Keating.
will be a list of food items that are needed for VBC posted in the
Narthex, so please check that out. Below is also a list of items
needed for the science experiments. If you are able to donate any of
these items, please bring them and leave them in the box assigned for
them in the Narthex.
used drugstore reading glasses
plastic shower caps
cartons, not plastic or foam ones
need about 25 boxes of them)
peanuts (styrofoam kind)
& green cellophane
you have any questions on these items, you can talk to Ann-Marie
Gustufson (she will be the science group leader!)
will also be a craft donation list of items needed posted in the
Narthex too. Please check it out! We are very thankful for all the
generous donations of money & items to help Bible camp be
still are looking for volunteers to help with VBC, so if you are
interested please contact Mary Keating. We
hope to see you all at VBC this year! It's a great way to start your
Summer vacation! Please check out our display in the Narthex!
discontinued the nursery a while back as it was not being utilized.
However, we now have young children and families who would benefit
from a nursery. Therefore, we have recruited volunteers to staff a
nursery every Sunday at late service. For those children who are
fussy at early service, there is a blue box of toys in LH and the
wall speaker provides an audio of the service.
newly formed Evangelism Team will be focusing on mission by inviting,
welcoming, and sharing faith stories. You will be hearing more in the
months to come. All of you will be invited to learn more about
sharing the Good News of Christ and what it means to be a Christian
Community that invites and welcomes all who may be seeking a
relationship with God. Join us in prayer as we seek God’s guidance
and direction for our congregation and its ministry.
4th-6th GRADE SUMMER FUN DAY
who were in the 4th to 6th grade Logos this past year will be doing a
skit during services on July 26th. In preparation, we will be having
a rehearsal on Thursday, July 23rd (rain date on Friday, the 24th) at
11:00, followed by pizza and mini golf. Hope you all can come.
join us at the Arundel Barn Playhouse for a matinee presentation of
Godspell on Wednesday, June 24th
at 2:00. Ten tickets have been purchased at a group rate of $22. We
will try to get more tickets if there is an interest. Sign up in the
OF THE MONTH
by Jack Bates
eyes were on the radiant bride as her father escorted her down the
aisle. They reached the altar and the waiting groom; the bride kissed
her father and placed something in his hand. The guests in the front
pews responded with ripples of laughter. Even the minister smiled
broadly. As her father gave her away in marriage, the bride gave him
back his credit card.
summer night is like
perfection of thought.”