A Publication of the Holy Cross
The Cross
December 2017
Articles and News
Join us for our Christmas Eve Services: 
December 24th ~ (No a.m. Service)
7:00pm~ Handbells
10:00pm~ Handbells & Choir

December 25th ~Christmas Day: 10:00am
Christmas Flower Dedications~ Due December 17
Making a donation towards the Christmas flowers is one way to commemorate a special person in your life or just give thanks for all your blessings. Please fill out a slip (located in the Messenger or Narthex), put in the envelope along with your donation. Leave it in the basket in the Narthex or offering plate. 
Upcoming Christmas Concerts @ Holy Cross
Redmond Chorale ~
Celebrate the holiday season with “A Baroque Christmas” concert featuring choral works by Bach, Handel, and others. Tickets available at the door.
$16 general, $13 seniors, $40 family
Sunday’s concert proceeds benefit WA Autism Alliance & Advocacy
Saturday, December 2 at 7pm and Sunday, December 3 at 2pm
Both performances will be here at Holy Cross. Proceeds from Sunday’s concert benefit the WA Autism Alliance.

Cascadian Chorale ~
Come experience the 'joys of Christmas' with Cascadian Chorale's concert "What Cheer!"  They will feature choral works ranging from the Renaissance, through traditional holiday favorites, to works by current, local composers. Five singers from Holy Cross belong to this wonderful group! Tickets available online or at the door Saturday, December 9th at 7:30pm.
The joys of Christmas are many and varied, as is the greatest of choral Christmas music. Some works here are favorites every year, such as Carol of the Bells, Biebl’s sonorous Ave Maria, and Thompson’s introspective Alleluia . We’ll also explore the late Renaissance in England, Holland, and Germany. And we’ll feature our own resident composers Bern Herbolsheimer, Jeremy Kings, and Joy Porter, plus a new work by Vashon Island-based Charles Lovekin. Join this evening of joy and wonder!

Saturday, December 9, 2017 7:30 p.m.
11526 162nd Avenue NE
Redmond, Washington  Tickets
Sunday, December 10, 2017 3:30 p.m.
8398 NE 12th Street
Medina, WA  Tickets
2018 Budget Pledge Card
               We hope you will faithfully consider all the blessings that Holy Cross has brought into your lives. Please fill out your card & place it in the pledge box in the Narthex or
mail to the office.
All year end pledges must be postmarked by December 31st to be eligible for a 2017 tax deduction. The office will be closed Dec. 25-January 2.
Advent Tea
Please join us in the Parish Hall on December 2, 10:00am-Noon as we begin our holiday season with delicious tea and sweet treats, fellowship, a Christmas meditation and Carols. Please RSVP to Pam Stanton-Wyman. Pamstwy@gmail.com or #425-765-4747.  
The Giving Tree
All of the ornaments have been claimed for the kids at
Redmond YWCA Family Village !
Thank you for your kindness and generosity!
Please place wrapped gifts under the tree by December 17.
Questions? Contact Lori Wheeler at wheelsfour5@gmail.com for help.
Microsoft sponsored "Chili Cook-Off" supporting Food Bank Farms.
Thank you, Heather Berkley Irwin , (and Carmella in the church office) for figuring out how to donate to Holy Cross through Square phone credit card reader. Thank you Eric Fritch for showing that widget in the first place.
Thank you  Fran Kennedy-Ellis  for supporting the booth and Rob Williamson for providing the gourmet Chili.
Dr. Lew Fink's Memorial Service
At 102 years young, Dr. Lew Fink, one of the founders, and Patriarch of Holy Cross, died peacefully Saturday, at his home of many years.
Lew's memorial service will be Sunday, December 3, 2:00pm at Emerald Heights. 

Congregations for the Homeless
Congregations for the Homeless works to end homelessness in East King County. They do this by helping men to successfully make the transition from homelessness to permanent housing. In their Year-Round Shelter program, different local host churches take turns providing housing for a month, while partner congregations like Holy Cross bring in hot meals. This January, Holy Cross will be feeding 40 men every Tuesday night at Redmond United Methodist. To find out more about this program, check out cfhomeless.org
To help shop, cook and serve meals to our neighbors in need, please see the sign-up sheet in the back of the Narthex and/or contact coordinator
Teresa Guenther at ursamaia@live.com .
  Merry Christmas Seniors!
Christmas Party ~ Potluck lunch & Christmas Carols
Thursday, December 7th @ 11:30am
(Ham will be provided, you bring your favorite side dishes)
New tradition...bring one big or several small jars of peanut butter for Hopelink instead of a gift exchange. 
RSVP to Melissa Holmes— holmesb@msn.com or #425-483-2721 
Faith Formation
Middle School Youth Curriculum
Youth continue their studies on Fundamental Theology and meet twice a month on Friday evenings to view the Harry Potter movies. The Deathly Hallows, To Die Is Gain: Good and Evil in the World of Harry Potter , includes mighty comparisons to Jesus’ life, death and resurrection will begin in January.
Here is the Friday night Movie Schedule:
December 1   Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
January 5        Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
January 19      Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
February 2      Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
March 2         Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
High School Youth Curriculum
Youth will wrap up their studies on Diversity soon and begin Nikki Gumbel’s Alpha Course in January.
Drop-In is every Wednesday evening for conversations, movies, music and fun. 
Please look for our Jesse Tree in the Parish Hall. Students created the felt ornaments that tell the story of the Bible from creation to the Christmas Story. The name comes from Jesse who was the Father of King David, “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots." Isaiah 11:1. The ornaments focus on either God's thread of redemption through the Old Testament or the lineage of Jesus leading up to His birth. 
ST. NICHOLAS visits at the end of the 10 AM service December 3 rd with chocolate coins for Holy Cross boys and girls!   

The Jesse Tree is a pageant consisting of ten short vignettes tied together with the visual prop
of a large Jesse Tree. After each vignette one of the symbols is placed on the tree. We invite kids ages 0 through 18 to join us in some realm of this production. The Pageant will end as the cast sings “Sing We Now of Christmas”. Please sign up to be a part of this fun production.
Miracle Ranch Retreat  
Depart Holy Cross Friday, January 12 at  3:30  P.M. - return Sunday, January 14 at 12 noon.
Paintball, Horseback Riding, Ropes. Fun, Fun, Fun! $160.    
Turn in your registration, waiver and check by January 1, 2018.
Scholarships available.
January 5-7th, 2018  -- Winter HYC at Camp Berachah Black Mountain Camp in Auburn! If you prefer onsite housing, and having some extra activities in a great camp environment, this is the conference for you! Cost approximately $90-$115.
 Register online  ecww.org
Women's Book Club donates children's books to Hopelink.

DATE     BOOK                                                      HOST
12/12/16   Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance    Tina Paul
1/01/18 HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

1/09/18  Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran Holy Cross- Melissa will organize group effort
2/20/18  The Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles  Holy Cross
*This is 3rd Tuesday due to Mardi Gras—(Dianne will organize group effort)
3/13/18  Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger  Melissa, Marilyn & Vicki
4/10/18  Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead Sue Crossley
5/08/18 Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly Mary Shifton (probably)
6/12/18 Left open for a book still to be discovered…. Laurel
or a classic we want to read again.

7/10/18 Potluck BOOK SELECTION IDEA—TRY FOR JUNE. Submit book ideas ONE WEEK before May meeting…..then vote ONLINE by each member ranking their favorites.
Advantage: We could read one more book and everyone gets an equal vote in selection. What do you think?

OTHER BOOKS RECOMMENDED in no particular order.
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute, The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates,
The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer
Belgravia by Julian Fellows of Downton Abbey fame
A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley from the movie Lion
The Summer before the War by Helen Simonson (WWI)
A Book of American Martyrs by Joyce Carol Oates
The Paris Architect by Charles Balfour (WWII)
Stillwater House is now "Sound Mental Health"
Christmas Dinner Sign Ups
Thank you to all who signed up to provide the residents a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner. They really enjoyed it. We are now ready to provide them with a Christmas Dinner. See the list in the Narthex.
No dietary restrictions. Deliver your dish in a disposable container on December 24 between 9:30 and 5:00 or Christmas Day before 11:00am. 
Please prepare your dish for 20 people, and deliver it to: Sound Mental Health
8705 166th Ave NE Redmond, WA 98052.
Contact the office with any questions.
Blood Drive - December 22 here at Holy Cross
An especially Merry Christmas to all who have donated blood over the last year at Holy Cross or the other churches in our Redmond Interfaith Blood Drives. While you are celebrating the holidays with family and friends, others may be signed up for a surgery or need a transfusion just to have a little more energy to keep going. YOU can help them enjoy their holidays, too, by offering to donate on: Friday, December 22 ~12-6pm  (closed 2:30-3:15pm)  MOST PEOPLE CAN DONATE! 
Email: Tina Paul (in the directory) or call me (206-605-1933) for an appointment.
If you can’t donate but would like to help by making a dozen Christmas cookies, that would be wonderful, too!  
Our first wedding since the remodel.
*Congratulations to Ryan & Ashley*
    Women's A.M. Bible Study
Come join us on Tuesday mornings starting @ 9:30am.
Daniel, Seeking a Heart Like His. A DVD study with Beth Moore.
Questions: Contact Pam Stanton-Wyman -  pamstwy@gmail.com
Green Elephant Plant Swap ~ January 6
Rain or shine, Pacific Northwest gardeners gather to exchange and share plants, seeds, cuttings and gardenalia with all. Whether you feel the budget crunch or just want to grow your own delicious healthy food, the vegi-swap is offered so we can exchange and share vegetable seeds and plant starts for our own Beat-the-Economy Victory Gardens. It’s too late for bare root plants but potted trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and tropicals are most welcome. If you are interested in growing your own food, you are not alone. Swappers are free to come and go as they please. Most of the deals are sealed by 11:30 am. Arrive at 10 am for the best selection.
Tailgating Encouraged. The format for the trade is like a tailgate party. Traders exchange expert gardening information as well as plant materials. In two hours all the deals are sealed. We have plenty of new parking .
Free Stuff. Many gardeners generously share plants from the abundance of their gardens—An excellent way to begin your garden. Also an excellent way to thin out that giant patch of shasta daisies, etc. There is always a pile of plants free for the sharing at the swap.
What if I have nothing to trade? Cookies and chocolate work like money.
"Save the Date" ~
Epiphany New Member Celebration
On Sunday, January 14 at 8:00am & 10:00am services, the Newcomers Ministry group would like to introduce our Newcomers. After the 10:00am service we will have an Epiphany Celebration to welcome them. If you would to be officially welcomes as a new member please contact Heidi Leto in the office. Publisher@HolyCrossRedmond.org or #425-885-5822. Thank you.
Mark your calendar and plan to attend the Annual Meeting & Potluck ~ January 28, 11:30am

May We Pray For You?
Contact Karen Smith to be placed on the Holy Cross Prayer Chain.
Merry Christmas