A Publication of the Holy Cross
The Cross
March 2017
Articles and News
Lenten Season and Holy Week Dates to Remember
Ash Wednesday             March 1                    (Services @ 12:00pm & 7:00pm)
Evening Prayer             March 3-April 7th   (Soup, Prayer & Art) 6:00pm
Green Elephant Swap  March 4                     (10:00am)
Men's Breakfast             March 5                    (8:30am office)
WEBS                               March 7 -April 11    (6:00pm Office)
Daylight Savings           March 12
Book Club                        March 14             (7:00pm Parish Hall)
Palm Sunday                  April 9
Seder Dinner                  April 13               (6:00pm-Parish Hall)
Good Friday                   April 14              (Stations of the Cross-12:00 & 7:00pm)
Easter                              April 16              (Services- 7:30am, 9:00am & 11:15am)                                                    (10:00am Brunch & Egg Hunt)
Office Closed                  April 17-21st
Cascadian Chorale       April 22                  (7:30pm) Concert Holy Cross
Women's Retreat          April 28-30
Evening Prayer for Lent by Fr. Jim
Soup, Prayer, and Art coming Fridays in Lent – March 3 through April 7
During the Friday’s of Lent, you can experience Evening Prayer and Compline, with reflections on the Stations of the Cross in images set to music. Combined with the readings, psalms, and prayers of the Daily Office, delve into the Cross of Christ,
and His call to each of us to take up  our cross and follow. 
Prayer becomes its own art form as we enter images, music and liturgy.  
Each Friday “Soup and Stations,” will begin at 6:00pm with a simple soup supper.  
Talk to Fr. Jim if you’d like to provide soup, salad or bread for any of the evenings.
We Welcome Emma Elizabeth McDowell into the
family  of God through baptism.

Food Life Line
We had a good year last year at Food Bank Farm.
This year's Field of Dreams is aiming for 250,000 pounds.
Spring WEBS 
Womens Evening Bible Studies (WEBS) will meet for a Lenten series this spring. Well start with simple soup & salad meal then review & discuss the coming Sundays Scripture lessons. The combo of fellowship and preparation for Sunday enriches your mind, heart, spirit & tummy. No homework just show up and dig in! Space is limited and registration required.
WHEN: 6:00-7:45pm, Tuesdays  March 7th through April 11th
WHERE: Office Building
COST: Donations
REGISTER:  Contact Kim Eichner
Kim.Eichner@comcast.net or #425-443-5464                                           
Holy Cross Women’s Retreat 2017
Does the Shoe Still Fit?
April 28-30,
Camp Huston Gold Bar, WA
                     Speaker: Robin M. Moore
In addition to the fun and fellowship we experience every year at our Women's Retreat,  we’ll explore our values and determine if they still “fit” who we are as individuals today.  What values are dearest to your heart?  How did you choose them?  Do they change as you age? And do you find that some no longer “fit?”

Robin M. Moore, Christian family counselor, will be our speaker.  Robin is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a practice in Bothell.  She is a native of the “Deep South,” has been married to husband Bill for 34 years (“most of them happy”), and has two adult sons with their own families.  Robin has mentored many individuals and led Bible study groups for decades. She says, "I am excited to share my heart and my experience with the women of Holy Cross. Retreats like these create a perfect environment for growth and encouragement, and I want to be a part of that.”

  • Arrival/Departure:  Arrive at Camp Huston is between 5:30 and 6:30 Friday night.  After check in, enjoy some snacks and socializing before dinner at 7pm.  Depart after lunch on Sunday, approximately 1pm.
  • Driving directions: Camp Huston is just one hour by car from Holy Cross. You may drive your own car or arrange to carpool or travel in one of our church vans. Travel east on Highway 522 to Monroe. From Monroe, take US 2 east about 18 miles to Gold Bar.  Turn left after the Gold Bar Market and Texaco station onto 1st Street. Go straight after the first stop sign. At the second stop sign, which is the end of 1st Street, turn right onto May Creek Road. Stay left at the “Y” intersection of May Creek Road and Ley Road. At the end of Ley Road is the Camp Huston entrance. You can also follow the signs from US 2 in Gold Bar to Wallace Falls State Park, located adjacent to Camp Huston(14725 Ley Road, Gold Bar, WA 98251).   
  • New to Camp Huston? It’s in a beautiful setting, tucked in the woods above Gold Bar, with a trail to Wallace Falls.  Simple twin rooms with community bathrooms (including showers) are provided. Although beds and a light bedspread are provided, you should bring either a sleeping bag or bed linens and your own pillow.  The showers have soap, but bring your own towel and other bathroom necessities.  If you prefer, for $15, Camp Huston will provide a pillow, pillowcase, sheets, blanket, towel and facecloth.  Coffee and tea are available all day from the kitchen, and the meals are served family-style.  Special dietary needs are willingly met.  
  • Registration questions?  Contact Diane Vanden Brook, 425-286-7191 or e-mail diburg@aol.com.    Copies are located in the Narthex.
  • Your registration MUST be received by April 19, 2017.  Thank you for helping us plan and prepare for your arrival.

Please mail or drop off this form and payment at the church office at:
11526 – 162nd Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052.  

Name,  Address, Phone Number(s), Email, Emergency Contact & #   

Retreat Fee: Single or double occupancy in twin rooms with bathrooms (showers included) provided. Covers program, 6 meals and two nights lodging.  

$230 double occupancy,  $270 single occupancy,  Fee for bed linens (optional) $15.00 Would you like to help sponsor an attendee? Donation amount here: _______ Cash/Check (made out to Holy Cross) Payment due with registration.   

Do you have any food restrictions or health issues?

  • Transportation:   A carpool or Holy Cross van will leave the church at 4:30 pm Friday, April 28.    Are you interested in carpooling or driving a church van?  

The Holy Cross Seder Haggadah
Holy Cross has a Maundy Thursday tradition of celebrating the Seder Haggadah followed by a quiet, somber and short service of the stripping of the altar.   The 2017 Seder Dinner will be held in the Parish Hall on Thursday,  April 13th at 6:00pm.  The evening will wrap up by 9:00pm.  Tickets are $14.00 for adults and $7.00 for light eaters and kids.  Complimentary tickets are available;
please contact the church office.  Come for the fun and community, but stay for the spiritual experience.  This Christian version of the Jewish Passover Seder is a representation of the ritual meal of The Last Supper Jesus had with his Disciples and instituted the Sacrament of Holy Communion.   We follow the customs and language of the Jewish Passover Seder. This is a family event and kid friendly. Fun highlights of the dinner are:   The kids hide the Afikomen from the Priest and he has to find it and offer a reward to the children.  We retell and remember the Jewish Exodus from Egypt. 
Four cups of wine/apple juice are consumed during the ceremony-use caution.  

Each interested audience member reads a portion of the service.  The Celebrant recites portions in Hebrew.  We sing a traditional Jewish Passover song, “Dayenu” while throwing green onions at each other.  We eat a delicious dinner together and laugh. After dinner, the service continues with The Lord’s Supper, which reminds us of how Jesus fulfills the Prophecy and of his sacrifice for us.  The evening concludes with the Stripping of the Altar.  In this a quiet and somber service the sanctuary lights are dimmed.  We sing quietly “A stable Lamp is Lighted” by Richard Wilbur and David Hurd Andujar while the priest strips and washes the altar.  The evening is over. Everyone leaves in silence to contemplate and thank Jesus for his sacrifice for us as we begin our Good Friday observance.  Hope to see you there !  Watch for more information on ticket sales.  Volunteers are needed to make this happen.  Contact Lydia Abbott if you can help. LydiaAbbott425@gmail.com or #425-556-9219.

Faith Formation
The High School Youth Group is looking
for more volunteers!

If you just caught yourself thinking “I'm too old to help with the youth” I want to assure you that nobody is too old to have a positive impact on the lives of our high school parishioners. Some of the most influential people in my life so far were the adults in my home church who volunteered in my High School Youth Group. Becoming a youth volunteer is a great way to invest in the future of the church and live out our baptismal covenant. I'm sure the youth of this church have something to learn from you and you have something to learn from them.  We meet Sunday mornings during the 10:00 AM service for a lesson and discussion. We also meet every Wednesday night from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM for DROP IN. DROP IN is a casual time for the youth to hang out, play games, do homework, do service projects, and get to know each other in a Christ centred community. If you choose to join us you will be committing to participating in some or all of these meetings as well as taking the “Safeguarding God's Children” training on the next available date.

I encourage you to pray about this and discern if this is a community you would like to commit to and invest yourself in. If you are interested you can talk to Sue Dimmitt or Timothy Watson or send an email to youth@holycrossredmond.org and we will set up a meeting to discuss our expectations and your involvement in the team.  

- Timothy Watson

March 31 – April 1
Our Youth will grow closer to Christ and each other as they fast together for 30 hours and raise funds to fight hunger.
Join us for a jam-packed overnight lock-in. Tim is taking the lead on this event and we’ll be joined by two other churches.
It’s a challenging but really cool weekend.  
Souper Bowl of Caring
Thanks everyone for throwing a $ in the pot last Sunday.
We sent a check for $293.00 to Hope Link. 
Southern Social Justice Pilgrimage for 2017!
The purpose of the trip is to experience the south through a social justice lens via the history, culture, and people who live there.  Sites include New Orleans, Jackson, Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma, and Dauphin Island.
The trip is open to all high school students and this year’s 8th graders.  
The cost of the trip has not yet been determined but the cost will be shared. 
Families will pay part, students will fund raise part and Holy Cross will pay part.  

Holy Cross Hosts JYC in May!
May 5-7 ~ $35.00
Please plan to join the fun by hosting youth in your home for the weekend or helping with food prep at home or during the weekend of May 5-7.  Hosting registration forms are on our website.
Upcoming HYC Youth Conference
HYC - High School ~ $35
March 24-26, 2017
Spring HYC at St. Mary's, Lakewood
Prayer and Art by David Olsen
As Fr. Jim and I were talking about Lent and using some of the prayer services from the Book of Common Prayer and a version of the Stations of the Cross that I had used several years ago, he “suggested” that perhaps I should write an article on how prayer and art could be combined in worship.  But, to make it a little more interesting, I should make it somewhat autobiographical.   Well, many of you, I am sure, know how those “suggestions” of Fr. Jim’s can go, so here I am!   I started this sitting here at my computer, staring at a blank screen for a while in an effort trying to figure out how to start and where to go with this article.   You see, prayer and art, for me, just seem to go hand in hand.  Look at most any church, listen to most music in a liturgical service, look at the most any psalm, or some of the other books of the Old Testament.    Each of these are a means of expressing the artistic feelings of man when they worship God.  Mankind has built temples since our earliest times as a way to express how we “feel” about god.  God as we as Christians know Him, or god as the many different forms as he has been worshipped since the earliest times.   But, then there was that twist about making it “somewhat autobiographical.”   For me, art has always been a part of my life.  I started off early on studying music.  I have played a variety of instruments and as you know am taking up the organ again.  I have sung back in the day when I had an acceptable voice – those days are long gone now.  And, then I have done creative writing.   Writing for me has always been an expression of the inner me that I have shared both in its written form and in a spoken form through retreats and days of recollection.   Today I have focused much of my artistic endeavors in photography.  I have returned to photography from when I was in school when film was the only means and Photoshop was not even known.  I used slides and writing when I was in the monastery with different styles of music to create reflections and meditations for retreats and liturgical events.   So, with the brief background, how does all that fit into life here at Holy Cross and Lent?   An excellent question!   During the Friday’s of Lent, we will be offering Evening Prayer and Compline with a reflection on the Stations of the Cross.  The Stations of the Cross will be set to music and will have various images that we hope will give you, combined with the readings of the day and the psalms along with the other elements of the Office of the Hours, to reflect on the meaning of the cross and the death of Christ and what it means for each of us as Christians.   The Office of the Hours comes down to us from the earliest times of the Church.  The simplicity of the prayers is what makes the Office a moving experience when approached as an offering of self and when you take the time to free yourself from the thoughts of everyday life.   In doing so, prayer does become art and it becomes its own form of art and what we surround ourselves with in music and liturgy is what takes it to that higher level of praise and offering of self to God.
  Thank you Fran Kennedy-Ellis for organizing the Blessing Bags!
Blessing Bags will be available during Coffee Hour on March 5th for a donation of $5 each.    Your donations help offset the cost to Holy Cross. Thank you for supporting this outreach ministry.   
If you have any questions, please contact:
Tracy Brooks: tracy@ tracybrooks.com  or Fran Kennedy-Ellis: fkennedyellis@gmail.com
Thank you for being a blessing!

Heart-felt thanks to all who lent a hand building Blessing Bags, especially our awesome youth (who assembled the bulk of the bags), visionary leader Jim, Heidi Leto (who makes many things at Holy Cross happen), our stellar volunteers, sweet Miss Gracie for her artwork, lively Lynn Ray, and last but certainly not least: Tracy Mills Brooks, who lovingly priced, purchased, stored and transported all the goods. She's an efficient one-woman army! We are blessed to be a blessing!  Remaining bags will be available at Q1 Holy Cross coffees and events (or you can message me to replenish your supply).   THANK YOU!    Fran Kennedy-Ellis

Women's A.M. Bible Study Winter Session
Every Tuesday @ 9:30am ~ Now through April  4th  ~
“Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World” ~ We have a few openings...contact me if you’d like to join.  Pam Stanton-Wyman—pamstwy@gmail.com
Spring  Session ~ April 25—June 13  (Title TBD)
EfM ~  Education for Ministry 
Recruiting a “New Group”
If you love to read and love to learn and want an environment where you can talk about faith issues, EfM may be for you!  This includes the study of The Old Testament, The New Testament, Church History, and Theology. If you are interested in joining an EfM group at Good Samaritan (Episcopal Church in Sammamish) starting in September, you can learn more about EfM at: sewanee.edu/EFM, or by contacting Joe O’Neil (jmnoneil@gmail.com), or in our congregation...talk to: Tina Paul, Melissa Holmes, Kelvie Comer, Wendy Hathaway, Carol VanderVeen or Cindy Holeman to learn more.
Holy Cross Men,
This is a reminder that our next monthly Men’s Breakfast March 5th located in the church office.  Our mystery chef will prepare one of his special preparations. Our guest speaker will be our own Timothy Watson (HC Youth Leader) who will share his story, his plans for our church youth
and his ministry aspirations.
Also, remember our annual Men’s Retreat is on June 9, 10, & 11. See you then.

Book Club ~ March 14th @ 7:00pm
   This month we’re going back to the first decade of the 1900’s and reading a novel Orphan Train by Cristina Baker Kline following a couple of orphans taken from the slums of New York and transplanted to Minnesota to sometimes less than desirable home situations.  The storyline flashes between these orphans and a high schooler who has been through our modern foster care system.  Vivian, the 90+ year old orphan from the early 20th century and Molly, the young person aging out of foster care form an unusual bond that changes both their lives.   Book club will meet for wine and dessert on Tuesday, March 14th @ 7pm - Parish Hall with Melissa Holmes,
Vicki McDivit and Marilyn Lidiker hosting (in the directory).  Newcomers always welcome…..please let one of the hosts know if you are coming so they can share directions and have plenty of dessert.   
 Happy Birthday! 

Our new sign showing the times for our Eucharistic celebrations and that we welcome you to our Episcopal church! Fr. Jim and I put it up on Friday.
Thank you David Olsen & Fr. Jim!

May We Pray For You?
Contact Karen Smith to be placed on
The Holy Cross Prayer Chain.
KarenSmith05@earthlink.net or #206-226-3491