At the April 17 th  Session meeting, I shared a letter supporting religious tolerance which SHECA (Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Clergy Association) has put together to address the importance of building relationships with other faiths to promote sacred peace. Session unanimously agreed to have COTC included as a signer of the letter. SHECA has intentions of sharing the letter publicly in some fashion, and congregations are invited to share it as they desire as well. The letter is provided here for your information. Click on the following link: SHECA LETTER
 
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Julie
This year all Presbyterians (and others) can read the same daily newspaper that is available to those attending the 223rd General Assembly (2018) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in St. Louis, June 16–23. Click HERE to sign up.
May 20th is Pentecost Sunday. Please join us as we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and share in the celebration of Confirmation and Holy Baptism. Wear RED for this celebration. And, if you still have the red stole Pastor Julie gave you last year, please wear it as well. Additional red stoles will be provided for those who do not have one. 
Wednesday, May 23rd @ 6 pm is the next Feed My Starving Children event.

Please click HERE to sign up.
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May 27th is Graduation Sunday.
 We want to acknowledge any 2018 graduations during the service. Please call or email Pastor Julie with details so we can celebrate your accomplishments. 
Book club next month

June 6 – The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
Dates for the SOUTH DAKOTA MISSION TRIP are Saturday, June 23 to Saturday, June 30. 

Sisseton Scholarships are available for individuals who are interested in going on the mission trip to Sisseton, SD, but may need some financial help. 
See Jim Vakoc or Pastor Julie if you are interested. 

This is the sixth year in a row that Church of the Cross has participated in this Presbyterian led outreach to Native Americans on the Sisseton reservation. Volunteers are needed for: Vacation Bible School teachers and assistants, construction and repair work on reservation churches, cook team and work teams. See Stu Truelsen or Jim Vakoc for details. 
Many children who will attend Vacation Bible School in Sisseton, SD, love the craft time each day but do not have basic art supplies to use at home. Once again, COTC volunteers would like to give students in grades K-3 some art materials that they can keep for their own use .
Many of you donated last fall and we thank you very much! For those of you who would still like to contribute, we still need 50 each of:

*child-size scissors, *glue sticks, and *packages of markers (10 pack, thick or thin). 
Donations may be placed in the Sisseton basket in the lounge.