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MESSAGE FROM PRESIDING BISHOP MARK S. HANSON

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

The images of the despair and destruction in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti continue to overwhelm us, but they also call forth our response of prayer and generosity. Paul’s letter to the Romans gives us words of comfort and hope. Paul writes:

We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God (Romans 8:22-27).

Thank you for continuing to hold in prayer the people in Haiti and all those who are working to bring relief. Thank you for your generous financial gifts.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is already working through long-standing partnerships with The Lutheran World Federation and Lutheran World Relief to provide emergency food, water, shelter and medical supplies. This church is uniquely positioned to provide immediate and ongoing help. The ELCA has committed an initial $250,000 from ELCA International Disaster Response, and we’ve authorized an additional $500,000 as congregations respond both to the immediate needs and long-term rebuilding efforts.

For those of you who would like to support these relief efforts, I encourage you to visit this Web page (www.elca.org/haitiearthquake). One hundred percent of all gifts made to ELCA Disaster Response, designated for Haiti Earthquake Relief, will be used for immediate relief and ongoing recovery.

This is what it means to be the church together in mission for the sake of the world.

I invite you to pray:

Merciful God, hear our cry for mercy in the wake of the earthquake. Reveal your presence in the midst of our suffering. Help us to trust in your promises of hope and life so that desperation and grief will not overtake us. Come quickly to our aid that we may know peace and joy again. Strengthen us in this time of trial with the assurance of hope we know in the death and resurrection of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

In God's grace,

The Rev. Mark S. Hanson
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

P.S.Thrivent has pledged to match $1 for every $2 their members contribute, up to a total contribution of $1 million from Thrivent. To make your matching gift (up to $250 per person), go to this Web page (www.thrivent.com/helpinghaiti).

 

REFLECTIONS FROM THE ASSOCIATE IN MINISTRY

As the national and global economy continues to have an impact on many people who are unemployed, losing homes, struggling to find food, the Social Concerns Committee decided that it was important to have another Ton of Food drive this year, beginning on February 14th through Easter. In addition, the congregation continues to provide free monthly meals to anyone in our community - a bean supper on the first Saturday of the month and a Friendship lunch on the second Monday. Quarterly fellowship dinners and mid week Lenten suppers are also welcoming of anyone who needs a meal. Jesus spoke often about the poor and hungry, calling his followers to feed and provide for them. It was central to his teachings about living out the faith. I hope that you will consider participating in this ministry of feeding the hungry in our communities. Whether that means bringing food for the food pantry or soup or bread to a meal, preparing, serving or cleaning up, donating money, or being in fellowship with our guests, we appreciate all of the ways in which you help those in our community who are struggling in difficult times. May you be fed with the joy that comes from serving others. Karen

HEALTHY LIVING BIBLE STUDY

New members welcome! We are beginning a new study, “Lord, I’m Torn Between Two Masters”, and invite you to join us. This study is based on the Sermon on the Mount. It asks, “Who is master of your heart, God or someone else?” and guides us to focus on the principles of faith that Jesus taught on the mountainside. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, 6 –7:30 pm. A healthy dinner with fellowship is followed by study and discussion. Contact Elaine Ballute if you have questions or would like to join us.  Thank you!

FEBRUARY IS LOVE, HOPE AND FAITH

February is a month of freezing temperatures and groundhog shadows, snow and winter sports, valentines and tokens of Love. In our house this means a continuation of the care and feeding of the animals that share our forest home – the mourning doves and chickadees, the blue jays and nuthatches, the woodpeckers hanging on the suet ball, and, in addition this year, a flock of wild turkeys who’ve taken to grazing beneath our birdfeeder. Birdseed has become a regular expense on our monthly budget as has a box of apple drops for the deer whose hoof-prints trail throughout our property.

Another sign of February in our house is the barrel of potting soil thawing beside the woodstove and the stack of seed catalogs growing on the table with pages earmarked for new plants to try. We start our planting before the end of February – precious little seeds of Hope in starter flats.

In this month of love and hope we begin the season of Lent and a chance to get closer to our Lord. Ash Wednesday, always the beginning of introspection for me, is a time to ask God, “Am I doing all you need of me?” Lent is a time to renew my Faith, to read devotions, the Bible, and other interpretations of God’s gifts, to pray from my heart, and to walk closer with our Lord.

In this spirit, I wish you all the time to pray with introspection and to share God’s gifts of Love and Hope and Faith. -- Donna Simmons

Thrivent Supports Congregations

For the past 7 years, Thrivent Financial Services for Lutherans has made about $1,300 available annually to each Lutheran congregation throughout the country. The funds at Holy Cross have been used for many small misc. items and causes that otherwise were not in the Church budget. Three Thrivent members at Holy Cross have formed the coordinating committee to see that these funds were directed in an appropriate manner.

Some of the more significant usages lately have been: 2009, $400 for a lap top computer for running informational slide shows on our TV set, located at times in the Narthex; 2007, $750 towards the cost of the new ceiling fans in Luther Hall; 2006, $850 to start off the new Hymnal purchase drive.

In between these major gifts there has been $1,000 for Aim and Vicar scholarship needs, $1,200 for world hunger. $1,600 for youth and Sunday school equipment & supplies; $900 for Camp Calumet and Royal Family Kids Camp scholarships. At least another 18 causes were the benefactors of smaller Thrivent grants.

In 2010, this fraternal grant program will be ending. In its place will be a program known as “Thrivent Choice”, where each “benefit” member of Thrivent will be given the opportunity to designate a certain amount of fraternal grant money to an approved Lutheran entity of choice. Colleges, Seminaries, Camps, Social Service agencies and Congregations are among the most prominent of the approved recipients.

While the details are still being established, their recent information on this reads as follows: “On average, eligible members will be able to direct between $25 and $100, though some may direct significantly more.” (the amount will vary according to the level of business participation the member has with Thrivent products)

We look to turn this change into a new opportunity for our Holy Cross Thrivent members to be more directly involved in some of these fine causes. We also hope to be able to interest other York County Thrivent members who are not affiliated with Holy Cross to join with us in support of the type of church and community service that has been carried out over the past 7 years.

DEATH OF DRAMA CONSULTANT

We recently learned of the death of John Steven Paul on July 10, 2009. John was the drama consultant who came to Holy Cross in 2007 from Valparaiso University and led us in a drama workshop. This workshop was part of our first Worship Renewal Grant. A memorial service was held at Valparaiso in September at which many former students performed as well as the university’s Bach Choir. He was much loved and respected and he certainly inspired those of us at Holy Cross who participated in his workshop.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church 2nd Annual Florida Reunion

Who: Any and all present and/or former members invited .

Where: Home of Betty and Bob Kreie in Sarasota, Fl. 34234

When: February 14th  2010

Social Hour: renewal of friendships-12.30 appox

Dinner -2pm. with Betty’s Famous spaghetti sauce

Desert to follow.

Come and renew old friendships. For some of us, they and we might really be old. You will not have to climb stairs. Bedrooms available for anyone who would like overnight accommodations on Saturday or Sunday (first come first serve).Church is at Concordia Lutheran where Bob and Betty attend. There are other numerous Lutheran churches in the area.

Come one-Come all—the more the better. See you on the 14th.

Upcoming Youth Activities

 February 19-21: Annual 8th – 12th Grade Ski Trip to Sunday River.

We will again be staying at the home of the Ballutte’s in Bethel, about 10 Minutes from the base of Sunday River. We will leave Kennebunk around 5:30 on Friday the 19th , ski Saturday and Sunday, and return to Kennebunk around 6:00 PM or so on Sunday. Cost to be determined. Friends are invited as well! A sign up sheet will soon be posted in the Narthex. See Diver Dan for more information.

February 28 – after 2nd Service: 4th Grade - college age Snow Tubing at Windham fun parks

We will leave Kennebunk shortly after second service on the 28th, and head to Seacoast fun Parks in Windham. Cost around $20 or so will cover snow tubing, snacks, and Hot Chocolate at the lodge. Friends are invited as well! Look for a sign up in early February. See Diver Dan for more information.


FRIENDSHIP LUNCH

Friendship lunch is served the second Monday of each month. The next one will be Monday, Feb. 15th from noon until 1 p.m. It is a rewarding and fun experience, so please contact Mary Keating or Vi Stephens if you would like to help out at the meals, donate food or even donate money for this worthy cause. Thank you!

THANK YOU!

I cannot tell you how surprised and thrilled I was to receive the beautiful quilt that marked the end of my internship year. All of your signatures will forever remind me of the wonderful people at Holy Cross. A special appreciation goes out to those who stitched and quilted and secretly gathered signatures. It is a gift that I will cherish wherever I go.

With gratitude and love, Karen

Holy Cross on Facebook

We’ve joined the twenty-first century! Holy Cross Lutheran Church has a page on the popular networking site, Facebook, and the number of fans keeps growing. It’s a great way to keep informed of upcoming events and activities. Just search “Holy Cross Kennebunk” from within Facebook, and see what’s up!

Epiphany Concert CD

Great thanks are owed to Rich McBrine, sound engineer extraordinaire, for recording and producing the beautiful CD of the 2009 Epiphany Concert presented by the combined choirs of Ogunquit Baptist Church and Holy Cross. The CD features lovely solos by our own Schuyler and Owen White, Cathy Hammond, and Danielle Mills, as well  as friends of Holy Cross Nancy Paige Gerber and Alex Pratt.

Given that production was not complete until mid-December, the response was very gratifying. As of this writing, 40 CD’s have been sold, raising $400 for the Holy Cross Music Ministries. Now that the Christmas season is over, the CD’s will no longer be available in the Narthex, but orders can be placed by contacting Warren or Jane King.This coming Fall, CD’s will hopefully be placed in retail outlets as well, for the coming Christmas season.

ASH WEDNESDAY

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the holy season of Lent, the 40 days before Easter. A service with Holy Communion and the imposition of ashes will be held on Wednesday, February 17th at 7:00.

SOUP AND BREAD LENTEN SERVICES

Beginning February 28th, on Thursdays during the season of Lent, we will be making time for a simple meal of soup and bread, followed by the night prayer service of Compline. Join us for this opportunity to gather together for a meal and meditation on our Lenten journey to the cross. Supper will be served at 6:00, with services at 6:30. On March 18th, instead of soup, we will join the Harvest Café for supper at 5:30 with worship at 6:30.

Holiday Decorations


If you’ve ever helped with the Christmas decorating at Holy Cross, you know how grim it is to climb to and from the unlit tower storage room. Thanks to Roger Rotvig’s carpentry skills, we now have a clean and bright storage space in the church basement. As we fill the new shelves, we will be sorting through all the decorations that have collected in that attic over the years, to save and store just those that are in good condition and usable, or perhaps have a special sentimental connection. If you know who the donors were for particular items, please contact Jane King Every effort will be made to contact donors as to their preferences regarding their gifts.

YOUNG AT HEART

Join us for a Valentine’s Tea Party at the home of Mary Keating on Friday, February 12th  at high noon (12:00!!) Come as you are or dress in style. Please sign up in the Narthex.

GAME NIGHT IN SPRINGVALE

Those of you who live in Springvale, Acton, or Sanford and usually travel a long way to church activities, are invited to an evening of games and fun, including dessert, at the home of Linda Gaidimas in Springvale. We will gather at 7:00 on Friday, February 5th.  Arrangements can be made for separate activities/supervision for children. Please RSVP to Linda or the church office.

TON OF FOOD DRIVE

Social Concerns will once again be sponsoring a drive to collect a ton of food for the Kennebunk Food Pantry. Our kick-off will be on Sunday, February 14th . Each week we will weigh and track our donations on a poster and then take the food to the pantry. Our game plan is to collect a ton, 2000 pounds, of food by Easter. We welcome all of our fans to help us reach our goal.

Share the Bounty Volunteers

It was with much thought and consideration that the bean supper was canceled on January 2nd. It just seemed like the weather was going to be too dangerous for volunteers and guest to be out driving.

Thank you to all who volunteered for that bean supper. It was wonderful to see the new names appear on the sign-up sheet. It is hoped that the cancellation will not dampen the enthusiasm to serve.

A new sign-up will be posted each month. The following items will still need to be attended to in order to produce the bean supper.

  • Shopping for the ingredients done a week before the bean supper (beans, mayo, brown sugar, molasses, etc.). A list will be provided each month.

  • Shopping for the perishable ingredients done the day before the bean supper (hot dogs, bacon, cabbage, carrots, etc.). A list will be provided each month.

  • Sorting and soaking the beans done on Friday night. Ten pounds of beans need to be sorted through to check for bad beans and stones and then soaked in water in big pots, five pounds per pot.

  • Starting the beans by 9:00 Saturday morning. A recipe/training will be provided.

  • Watching the beans and stirring them all day. Adjusting seasonings as they cook.

  • Shredding the cabbage and carrots for the cole slaw, usually done before 2:00 on Saturday so it is ready.

  • Setting up the kitchen for the serving (preparing pots to cook the hot dogs, setting out serving bowls and spoons, etc.)

  • Making the cole slaw (recipe will be provided).

  • Setting up the tables at 2:45 (putting the tables and chairs in place, putting out place mats, plates, silverware, condiments, etc.).

  • Setting up the desert, drinks, bread tables.

  • Serving the meal from 3:45 or so to 6:00.

  • Doing the dishes during the meal.

  • Cleaning up and putting things away.

The next bean supper is scheduled for February 6th. Please check the board in the Narthex to see if there is any slots available and consider volunteering. It is a fulfilling experience!! Thank you!

SOCIAL CONCERNS WORK DAY

On Saturday, January 30th , from 9-1, we will be making pillows for cancer and surgery patients. Please join us. Lunch is included.

STORM CANCELLATIONS

Although we hope that we won't have to cancel services here at Holy Cross, it does happen on occasion. If you are wondering if a service is canceled, please call the church office or check the website (www.kennebunklutheran.org). Both the answering machine and the website are updated as soon as a decision is made. TV stations will also be called but sometimes it takes a while for the cancellation to be noted. Please check before driving over. We want everyone to be safe. Thank you!


JOKE OF THE MONTH

by Jack Bates

Three buildings in town were overrun by squirrels --- the town hall, the hardware store and the church. The town hall brought in some cats. But after they tore up all the files, the town manager got rid of the predators, and soon the squirrels were back.

Ace hardware humanely trapped the squirrels and set them free outside town. But three days later, the squirrels climbed back in.

Only the Lutherans came up with an effective solution. They baptized the squirrels and made them members. Now they see them only on Christmas and Easter.

 


Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end. ~Author Unknown


 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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