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Survey Update 2019 
  
We will close out the survey Dec 12 and present the results at 9:30 am on Sunday Dec 16 in the Parish Hall.  
 
If you have not received the survey please check your spam and junk folders. Some have reported that their survey had been flagged as spam in error.  
 
If you did not receive the survey and would like to participate please email the secretary directly by clicking here. She will email the link directly to you.   
Stewardship Progress 2019 
 
 
   
     Our progress as of November 28, 2019 
Holiday Hours and Services
Holy Cross Holiday Services and Office Hours
 
Advent Evensong Service 
Dec 19 at 7 pm  
There will be a light reception afterwards in the Parish Hall.
 
Children's Christmas Pageant  
Sunday Dec 23rd at 10:30 am
 
*Las Posadas
Sunday Dec 23rd 6:00 pm
(*A service in Spanish that reflects on the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem and being turned away because there was no room for them in the Inn. It includes music, Eucharist and concludes with a festive dinner.
Even if you cannot speak Spanish, you are welcome to participate!) 
 
Christmas Eve Family Service  
Monday Dec 24th at 4:30 pm   
 
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service  
Monday Dec 24th at 8:30 pm  
 
Renewal of Wedding Vows Service
Tuesday Jan 1st at 11:00 am
   
   
Church offices will be closed on the following dates in recognition of Christmas and New Years 
December 25 
December 26  
December 31st  
January 1st  
 
No Holy Eucharist Services  
Wednesday December 26th
Friday December 28th
Wednesday Jan 2nd
     
Saturday December 22 2018  
Saturday December 22 is the official day that has been chosen to prepare for our Christmas services!
 
Below are the events happening at Holy Cross that Saturday.  
   
(1)      9 am -  Greening of the Church 
     
Volunteers are needed to help
decorate the church for Christmas.   
There is a sign up sheet in the Narthex or click here to email Fran if you are able to help decorate for Christmas!  
You may also drop by before or after rehearsal. Any help would greatly be appreciated.  
 
 
(2)      10 am -  Rehearsal for the 4:30 pm  
Christmas Eve Family Service
 
 
  (3)     11 am -  Rehearsal for the 8:30 pm Christmas Eve Candle Light Service   
   
Happening in December

     
 
 
 
It's that time! The Shared Blessings Tree will be in the Narthex, decorated with gift tags until Sunday December 9. This year's gifts will go to DSS adults in protective services and children served through Power Packs at Hickory Tavern Elementary. Please remember the following when returning gifts.
  • Late arrivals may not be delivered, so please return gifts on time.
  • Please wrap gift unless noted on gift tag. A Christmas card is also appreciated for these recipients.
  • Place gift cards in a box to prevent loss.
  • Please don't lose the tags as they identify the agency and, in some cases the individual receiving the gift.
  • Securely attach the tags to the gifts.
Your wonderful generosity is always greatly appreciated by those receiving the gifts.  Thank you for caring and sharing!
 
   
     
 
 
Volunteer needed as Liaison contact person for the following Ministry Partner:
 
  • Just Say Something
The Liaison contact person does not have to physically volunteer for the organization. Just a few hours during the year to stay in contact and provide information to our congregation regarding their volunteer needs.  
For specific information about each organization and a the job function contact Dan Donboch at 864-905-7498 or email imjdd@hotmail.com
   
 
     
 
   
      
 
Prime Timers: A bus tour of the Rocky Mountains & Western Frontiers is planned for June 5, 2019 (14 days), with YMT (Your Man Tours-check out their website). Contact
swshumaker1@gmail.com or 380-5547 OR ga.randall1950@gmail.com or 313-3857. Brochure pages are posted on our bulletin board.
 
   
   
St. Peter's will host a MeToo-charist on Sunday, December16, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. You are invited to come and welcome others for whom this might be a helpful experience of support and grace.
 
A little more than a year ago #MeToo became an expression of solidarity among the victims of sexual assault and violence. The speaking out by a small and growing number of victims of sexual trespass by celebrities began to embolden others who live with the pain and-often-shame of having been violated in intimate ways. What started with a few voices grew into a chorus of people who said, "Me too."
 
The highly respected Centers for Disease Control-theU.S. federal government agency responsible for public health-estimates that one in three women has suffered contact sexual violence at some point in their lives (and one in six men). If this were an infectious disease, it would be described not just as an epidemic, but as a pandemic-because of its widespread effects.
In the midst of such a widespread, debilitating, and preventable dis-ease; the Church has an important role to stand up and speak out with those who have suffered or are suffering now. Following in the way of Jesus, the Church is called to align with the vulnerable and to firmly reject behaviors that are evil.
 
Please join us as we listen to what God's Spirit is saying to us through the ancient Scriptures and contemporary voices. Include your voice in our prayers for healing, justice, and peace. And gather with us around the Lord's Table to receive solace and strength from the Holy Communion.  
 
 
 
 
   
Poinsettias are on sale
 The deadline for ordering poinsettias is Monday, December 17. The cost is $15. Please turn your check and this order form in by that date. You may either drop them in the offering plate, give them to the church secretary, or put them in the secretary's box in the vesting room. Please remember to mark your check on the memo line: Christmas Flowers. 


 
 
We need healthy snacks (other than granola bars please)  
*raisins, *pudding cups, *trail mix, *peanut butter crackers
and veggi cups. See pew inserts for additional items.

 
A "Wish List"has also been set up on Amazon. You can view and purchase items from our wish list by Clicking here  
 
Monetary donations are also accepted. Please make checks payable to Holy Cross and put "Power PACKs" in the memo line. Thank you so much for your support.
For more information or if you would like to donate your time, please contact Leslie Donahue(leslie.donahue@gmail.com), Jennifer Hellams (jy.workman@gmail.com), Linda McAllister(lrdmcallister@gmail.com), or Bob Shumaker (bobshumaker2@gmail.com).
Youth
 
 
Youth Calendar:

Dec. 19- Christmas Break Is Almost Here  Hot Dogs and Marshmallow Roast
Dec. 19-Secret Angel (will discuss on Nov. 28 �� )
 
Questions or Concerns: Email Kimberly @ youth@holycrossep.org call @ 864-967-7470 ext. 106 or text @843-345-9620 
 
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Simpsonville, SC 29681