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Dear Friends in Christ -

posted Jan 9, 2018, 1:54 PM by Shannon Vietmeier

The first week of January is always a whirlwind, but even more so for Christians; while the world is ready to move on to a fresh start, we are still celebrating Christmas for twelve days. Then on January 6, we celebrate the festival of Epiphany, the revelation and manifestation that Jesus is the Savior of the whole world, including you! On the first Sunday after Epiphany, which was yesterday, we commemorate the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan and his anointing of the Holy Spirit.
 
As you begin this new year, it is always appropriate to adjust, dream, imagine, re-prioritize. But never forget what God has done for you in your own Baptism. Just as Jesus was claimed and declared the Son of God, so also you are his children. The same Holy Spirit which descended on Jesus lives in each of you, calls you again and again to God, and shapes you into faithful disciples. No matter what changes you make, or whether you keep the same old patterns, never forget God's call, claim, and commitment to you through the death and resurrection of his Son, for the forgiveness of your sins. 
 
New Year Blessings Abound! Same Old Promises still hold True! 
Pastor Culynn

To prepare for worship on Sunday  
(January 14), you are invited to read:
Psalm 23

God's Story January 7-13 Readings

posted Jan 9, 2018, 1:52 PM by Shannon Vietmeier

Confirmation- January 10

posted Jan 9, 2018, 1:52 PM by Shannon Vietmeier

Confirmation classes kick off THIS WEDNESDAY, January 10 at 7:00pm. We will begin our study of the New Testament with a parent-student night. All parents and students should plan to attend the class together.
Don’t forget about the make-up work: You need to turn in your handout and reading questions regarding, “The Return to ‘Yehud’” in the story of Ezra & Nehemiah for a possible 5 worship credits. These will be collected on January 10, no exceptions!

2018 Offering Envelopes

posted Jan 9, 2018, 1:51 PM by Shannon Vietmeier

Offering envelopes are available in the narthex.  If you are not signed up but would like a box this year, please leave a note for Arynn in the office.  

Mission of the Month

posted Jan 9, 2018, 1:51 PM by Shannon Vietmeier

Our January mission project will support the Christian Recovery Counseling Center.  This is a non-profit mental health clinic whose goal is to help men, women, and children find hope and healing from crisis situations.  Our "Noisy Offering" THIS Sunday, January 14, will go to support this program.

Work As Worship

posted Jan 9, 2018, 1:50 PM by Shannon Vietmeier

As a Christian, have you ever considered that your work is worship of God and an opportunity to share the gospel with your co-workers? Join us at Holy Cross on Friday, February 23, for the Work as Worship retreat.  Hear from Christian CEOs and leaders through this simulcast as we hear and explore the importance of
faith-based vocation.
To learn more and to sign up, visit: workasworshipretreat.org 

Library Book Club

posted Jan 9, 2018, 1:49 PM by Shannon Vietmeier

Book club will meet THIS Sunday, January 14 at 2:00pm to discuss Mountain Christmas Brides. Please contact Marilyn (320-963-5510) or Jean (320-237-3915) with any questions.  All readers are welcome!

Holy Cross Library Book Club

posted Jan 3, 2018, 4:43 PM by Shannon Vietmeier

We will meet on Sunday, January 14 at 2:00pm at church to discuss
Mountain Christmas Brides. This selection includes nine historical
novellas which celebrate faith and love in the Rocky Mountains during
the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. All of the authors of these short
stories are Christian fiction authors. We welcome all readers to our book
club! Contact Marilyn (320-963-5510) or Jean (320-237-3915) with any
questions.

First of All Prayer Group

posted Jan 3, 2018, 4:43 PM by Shannon Vietmeier

Too often, believers view God as a great cosmic Santa Claus: We think of
our prayers not as petitions but as demands. Then, if God does not grant
our request, we’re thrown into a faith crisis, believing He no longer
answers us. The real problem, however, is that we misunderstand the
Lord’s three answers to prayer:

1. Yes. We love this response! There is nothing more exhilarating or faith
-inspiring than to watch the Lord move mountains to provide what we
once considered impossible.

2. No. Here is where the problems begin for us. But we must accept the
fact that God says no to some of our requests. This is certainly not
because He’s greedy or uncaring. On the contrary, He is generous,
loving, and concerned about His children. Matthew 7:11 does not say
God will give “everything to those who ask Him,” does it? No, it says
that the heavenly Father will give what is good to those who ask.
Quite often, giving “what is good” means that He doesn’t agree to
things He knows are wrong for us.

3. Wait. This answer can be even harder than a flat-out no. Yet some
things that are good and godly may still be wrong for us today.
Remember, God is eternal; He sees all time at the same time. If He
regards tomorrow’s blessing as a curse today, He’ll withhold it for a
season until we’re ready to receive it.
Friend, do not be misled if God’s response isn’t what you expected—or
wanted—to hear. Instead, praise the Lord for answering our requests the
way He knows they should be answered!

Mondays at 11:00am & 6:00pm (except following a holiday weekend or
inclement weather). Questions? Call Eleanor (320-963-3475). Please
put any and all prayer requests you would like to share in the box located
in the narthex. 

Pause-Play-Refresh—March

posted Jan 3, 2018, 4:41 PM by Shannon Vietmeier

Who: 6th through 9th grade students
What: Confirmation Retreat with other Lutheran youth about Martin
Luther!
When: March 2-4, 2018
Where: Luther Crest Bible Camp, Alexandria, MN
Why: A chance to PAUSE and learn, PLAY in the winter outdoors, and
REFRESH through worship with other peers from around the Augustana
District.
The church will pay half of the $90 registration fee for any student
interested. Let Pastor know by February 7 if you are interested.

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