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What is happening in our congregation.

Advent Wreath Reflections

posted Nov 16, 2017, 1:29 PM by Shannon Vietmeier

During the season of Advent, we invite groups of individuals, couples, or families to assist in lighting the Advent wreath.  Family members will read a Bible passage, a short reflection, and light the candles before the congregation joins in singing the Advent wreath song. 
If you're interested in serving in this capacity, please contact Jean (disciple@holycrossmaplelake.org).

Operation Christmas Child

posted Nov 16, 2017, 1:29 PM by Shannon Vietmeier

Our Mission of the Month for November is Operation Christmas Child, a program sponsored by Samaritan's Purse.  It's time to fill shoe boxes full of gifts to bless children around the world while introducing them to Jesus Christ.  National Collection Week is November 13-20.
Check out the table in the narthex for information on what to include in your box, along with 2017 updates.  Contact Sue Klassen (952-237-7416) with questions. 

Deck the Halls! November 26th

posted Nov 16, 2017, 1:27 PM by Shannon Vietmeier

On Sunday, November 26, following the second service, the congregation is encouraged to assist in decorating our church for the Advent and Christmas season. Many hands make light work. Hope to see you there!

Thanksgiving Eve Service

posted Nov 16, 2017, 1:26 PM by Shannon Vietmeier

The churches of Maple Lake will host our Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Service on Wednesday, November 22 at 7:00pm.  This year the service will be held at the Church of St. Timothy.  We will receive an offering to support the Maple Lake Backpack Buddies program; a combined choir will share a musical offering.  There will be a pie and coffee social to follow the service.

Annandale Christmas Parade

posted Nov 16, 2017, 1:26 PM by Shannon Vietmeier

Annandale is hosting their Christmas parade on Saturday, December 9 at 5:30pm. If you would like to help represent Holy Cross, please sign up on the sheet on the narthex table. Participants should arrive at church at 4:00pm and will go out for pizza afterwards. 

Children's Faith Formation

posted Nov 16, 2017, 1:26 PM by Shannon Vietmeier

During the Annual Meeting. Faith Formation students will be watching the Veggie Tales "Jonah" movie this Sunday in our new movie room.  There will be popcorn!

Annual Meeting this Sunday

posted Nov 16, 2017, 1:25 PM by Shannon Vietmeier

The Congregation's Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 9:15am.  During this meeting, we will elect new leadership and adopt our ministry budget for 2018.  Please make plans to attend.  Annual Reports are available in the narthex.

Dear Friends in Christ -

posted Nov 7, 2017, 12:22 PM by Shannon Vietmeier

I love the Festival of All Saints because it gives us a moment to pause and remember those saints who have been influential in passing on the faith in our own lives and those who supported the ongoing work of the church and now rest from their labors. All Saints is also a time to honor the communion of saints who gather around the gifts of God week in and week out. We celebrate that God has counted us worthy to be part of this merry band of sinners who praise the name of Jesus. 
 
Yesterday, as we prayed the Litany of Remembrance, I had no idea how relevant one of the petitions would be for this day. While we gathered for church, a small church in a small community in Texas, was attacked by a single gunman and 20+ people were murdered. It’s a horrific scene and one’s absolute worst nightmare. And yet, it seems the prayer is so applicable: “Help us in the midst of these things we cannot understand to trust in the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.” 
 
Please remember these sisters and brothers in your prayers. Pray that they would know God’s peace, comfort, and consolation and be sustained by the promises of Jesus. Pray that God would use this act of evil and transform it for the sake of his Kingdom of Mercy. Pray for the church throughout the world who faces such persecution every time they gather or bear witness to the Gospel! “Rejoice and be glad, for yours is the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 5:12)
 
Lord, have mercy on us all; and peace to us we pray! 
Pastor Culynn 

To prepare for worship on Sunday  
(November 12), you are invited to read:
1 Kings 18:17-40

God's Story November 5-11 Readings

posted Nov 7, 2017, 12:21 PM by Shannon Vietmeier

Annandale Christmas Parade

posted Nov 7, 2017, 12:21 PM by Shannon Vietmeier

Annandale is hosting their Christmas parade on Saturday, December 9 at 5:30pm. If you would like to help represent Holy Cross, please sign up on the sheet on the narthex table. Participants should arrive at church at 4:00pm and will go out for pizza afterwards.

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