"The Chronicle"

A Newsletter for the Friends and Members of
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Athens, GA 
Lutheran Campus Ministry at UGA
800 West Lake Drive                                                                       June 8, 2018

Our Purpose: to connect with God and other people to make a difference!

Our Principles: Do what Jesus did - Everyone a missionary - 
Live in a generous spirit - Hospitality is more than manners - In Christ we are all the same

Our Results: *** Recipient of the 2014 CCSD Impact Award. *** 2014 Food Bank of NE GA Volunteer Group of the Year.
*** Among top 200 ELCA congregations in Malaria Campaign.  *** In top 1% of Luther Seminary Supporters. 


This Week's Gospel Reading with Points to Ponder
Mark 3:20-35
[Jesus went home;] 20 and the crowd came together again, so that [Jesus and the disciples] could not even eat. 21 When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, "He has gone out of his mind." 22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, "He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons." 23 And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, "How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. (continue reading)
Book Club

The Holy Cross Book Club will be reading When the Heart Cries by Cindy Woodsmall, for our June selection. This book is the first in a series of books about the Amish community.  We will meet on June 12th to discuss the book and of course enjoy a delicious lunch at Dominick's ( 1430 Capital Ave., Watkinsville.)
Book Club meets every 2nd Tuesday at 11:30.  If you have never been before please join us.  We love to see new faces.

Questions: Call or email Marybeth Harris

Father's Day Pot Luck
June 16th @ 5pm
Fellowship Hall
Mark your calendars for Saturday June 16th at 5 PM, we will be celebrating the men in our congregation with a Father's Day BBQ. Pastor Nate will be preparing the meat, and he welcomes any of you who would like to join him at his house on Friday June 15th, to keep the fire going.
You are invited to bring a side dish to share, salad, vegetable, bread, or dessert, the meat and beverages will be provided. Be thinking about a "Dad" story that you would like to share. Hope to see you there.
~ Hospitality Committee
Join Pastor Nate and Amanda Sacchitello for "Hymn Happy Hour." Sundays 10-11, starting next week, 6/17. We will travel through the church year, sing some familiar (and lesser known) hymns, and learn the stories of how they came to be written. Whether you're a musician or not, we hope you'll join us and gain a deeper appreciation for the songs of the church.

VBS 2018
Wizards and Wonders:
A Hero's Journey with Harry Potter
Tuesday, June 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. //  
Fellowship Hall and Education Wing
For ages 0 to 100+!
Join us on "Platform 9-3/4" for a call to adventure! We'll travel with Harry to explore who we are, where we come from, and to whom we belong. Along the way we'll be guided by the story of Moses, who also questioned--and accepted God's call for him.
Dinner begins at 6 p.m., with program following at 6:30. This is the second of five gatherings. Please register in worship or via email ( deaconessamanda@holycrossathens.com) if you plan to attend. See the dates below:

  1. Register June 17 for experience on June 19
  2. Register July 8 for experience on July 10
  3. Register July 15 for experience on July 17
  4. Register July 22 for experience on July 24
Click here for more information. 
Summer Small Groups
June 13th-August 22nd 
Try something new this summer, as Holy Cross pilots a new way of doing small groups.
We'll be discussing Adam Hamilton's book Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves And Other Things the Bible Doesn't Say. 
A few things you need to know:
  1. Each lesson will stand on its own. You do not have to commit to the whole series of 6 lessons.
  2. The lessons will be held every other week ,with NO lessons during the week of July 4th.
  3. Each session will be held twice in the same week, so you can chose a day that is better for you. Both groups will run from 7-8:30 p.m.
  4. Registration is for individual lessons not the whole session-unless you want to, of course! Starting Sunday, June 3rd, a registration form will be available. You can register for a lesson as late as the Sunday before that lesson. 
  5. These are dessert sessions that will have different hosts and facilitators each week, rather than meeting at the same place with the same facilitator. Registration helps hosts know how many to expect. 
Holy Cross will provide the books for everyone who registers. 
Questions? Contact Pastor Nathan (404.731.7466), Deaconess Amanda (762.728.0730), or Kathi Wilson (770.5963177) to find out more.
Monday June 11th 7-8:30pm
Hosts: Mike & Aggie Smith (directions will be emailed to those registered)
Facilitator: Kris Brandt
Bring a small dessert, please.
Thursday June 14th
Hosts: Rob & Sue Maier (directions will be emailed to those registered)
Facilitator: Kris Brandt
Bring a small dessert, please.
...to all who participated in hosting our IHN families. They were well cared for and loved. Next host week is August 19th-26th.

Give Cancer the Boot
We are just under reaching  our goal..  we just need a little more to reach our goal...  if anyone can give a little extra. We are at $4719.    We only need $281.00 to reach our goal. We still can get credit for 90 more days..  so that means we only need $3 a day to make it..and   we can  GIVE CANCER THE BOOT..
Thrivent Financials' Kids' Contest is Here!
(Membership is not required for participation in the contest and will not affect the outcome.)

Click here for more information.
Weekly Circle of Prayer
Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth. Psalm 54:2

We welcome your requests for prayers for persons in need or prayers of thanksgiving for blessings received. Please note that prayer requests will remain on the list for four Sundays. A request may be extended by contacting the church office. Names in bold are new this week.
  Click here for requested prayers.

Celebrate an Event or 
 Honor/Remember A Loved One with Worship Flowers
2018 dates available
You are invited to contribute financially for the flowers for Sunday worship and, thereby, honor or remember a loved one or a special occasion/cause. Click here to select the Sunday/s of your choice.
For details on how this process works (including payment options), please click here!
Thank you for enhancing our Sunday worship with beautiful flowers.

The Gathering (Houston, TX): June 27-July 1

June Jamboree (Talmadge/Lanier): June 23

Sunday Servants Needed
Click here to sign-up to help at the 8:45 service. Click here to sign-up to help with the 11:11 service.
Sunday, June 10 
AFFIRM in Livingston, AL thru 6/15
Monday, June 11  
7:00 Half Truths small group (off campus)

7:00 Congregation Council

Tuesday, June 12 
11:30 Book Club @ Dominick's restaurant

Wednesday, June 13 
1:00 Finance Team

Thursday, June 14 
7:00 Half Truths small group (off campus)
Saturday, June 16
5:00 Father's Day Potluck
Sunday, June 17
10:00 Hymn Happy Hour

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Holy Cross Lutheran Church
"Connecting with God
 and other people
 to make a difference!"

Holy Cross Interior
Sunday Worship:

 8:45am & 11:11am

Faith Learning for Children,

10:00 - 11:00 AM 
Staff Listing
Nathan Hilkert - Pastor

Amanda Spangler
- Faith Formation Director

Amanda Sacchitello - Interim Music Director

Administrative Assistant

Nursery Attendants:

Lauren Best

Food 2 Kids
Donation Items Requested May-July
Toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss

Place in the translucent bin in the Fellowship hall

Please join a council representative at the *Council Corner* the first Sunday of each month to discuss upcoming events and any thoughts you might like to bring to the attention of the council. 
We will meet at  
10:30 am in the Fellowship Hall.