Cross Currents                                                                                                                                              January 17, 2019
      The Church of the Cross Newsletter
       One Body Worshipping on Two Campuses, Bluffton, SC   

1st on 3rd Men's Breakfast

Men, join us for the 1st meal of the day on each 3rd Saturday of the month.  Breakfast, fellowship and a Christian speaker.
RSVP here.

Saturday, January 19
7:30am - 8:30am
Cross Schools Campus

"Looking Back/Leaping Ahead" will be the theme of our annual gathering as a parish.  Following a catered meal, we'll review the many highlights for the year past, hear Bishop Mark Lawrence and be spurred by Father Owens to respond in even greater ways to the upward call of Christ.  Don't miss this exciting opportunity to look back and be energized to leap ahead!
Childcare will be provided for infants and toddlers.  There is no cost for dinner but advance registration is necessary.
RSVP here.

Monday, January 21, 2019
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Cross Schools Campus
Crossroads Ministry is a small group, in-home Bible Study focused on building relationships, encouraging and equipping women to live for Jesus. A  12-week study  of the Gospel of John are at the following times:  

Monday: 6:00pm-8:00pm 
Tuesday: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Wednesday: 9:30am-11:30am
Friday: 9:30am-11:30am

Call Mimi Harmon (770-316-1168) or Carol Halpin (313-418-7724)

"Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer"
Through 7 sessions, discover the root to clear and daily communication with God - humble obedience. Learn how surrender unlocks His many blessings intended for us, centers us in His will and helps us discern His voice in everyday life. Class sizes are limited to 24. Register at or 843-757-6270.

Begins Thursdays, January 24 or Friday, January 25
9:30am - 11:30am
17 Water Street  
Wednesday Night Teaching

Joseph was man of enduring faithfulness in the midst of hardship, a slave-turned-ruler, wise administrator, forgiving brother and devoted son. Join Father Owens as he unpacks the last fourteen chapters of Genesis revealing the story of this very special servant of God. 
A meal will be offered at 6:15pm ($5 single / $10 family) for those who would like to come earlier. Child care for infants and toddlers offered upon request.  Click here to RSVP for meal or child care.

January 30 - February 27
6:15pm Dinner
6:45pm - 7:45pm  Teaching
Historic Campus - Parish Hall
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A Time Such as This!
On Monday night, Father Owens will share with our Church where we've traveled and where we're going. In the 162 years of this church's history, we are currently in the midst of unparalleled growth. With the potential to greatly expand our facilities along with the explosive growth of Beaufort County and the surrounding areas, we are on the edge of something borderline phenomenal. God gets all the glory for those things that He has gifted to us and with His leading, our potential is unlimited.
If the Lord chooses to not return anytime in the foreseeable future, the facilities will outlive all of us. Right now we are laying the foundational blocks - not built on any man or earthly system, but completely on Jesus Christ. Monday night your presence is needed to see and hear all God has done and to experience up-close our next great adventure.
Perhaps you have been chosen for a time such as this.  Esther 4:14

Worship With Us . . .
God's Goods New Volunteer Information Meeting

 Saturday, January 19th at 2:00pm
Thursday, January 24 th at 7:00pm 

Multi-Purpose Room, Mission Mall, 
15 Centre Drive, Bluffton (right next door to God's Goods). 
For additional information, please contact Linda Tompkins, or 843-705-2577.
Cross Christian Women 
Winter Women's Retreat

Registration for the annual Women's Retreat  has now begun. 
Register by February 9th at   or by calling the Parish office.

February 22-24, 2019
Epworth-by-the Sea
St. Simons Island, Georgia
Three sessions structured to grow and strengthen the core leadership of The Church of the Cross.  Offered in the spring and fall, the parts must be taken sequentially because they build on one another, however they may be taken at different times offered.
The course has pre-requisites.  INFO: Sheryl Maddux at

Saturday, February 2 (Rectory, Father Owens)
Saturday, March 2 (Parish Hall, Vestry)
Saturday, April 13 (Rectory, Father Owens)
8:30am - 12:30pm
                Cross Schools                 God's Goods

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 278, Bluffton, SC  29910
Parish Office Location: 
Seven Oaks, 82 Calhoun Street, 
Bluffton, SC  29910


Historic Campus
*Saturday, 5:28pm - Contemporary Eucharist
*Sunday, 8:00am - 
Traditional Holy Eucharist
*Sunday, 10:00am -
Blended Holy Eucharist **
Cross Schools Campus
 *Sunday, 9:00am - CrossPoint - Contemporary Worship **
 *Sunday, 10:30am - CrossPoint - Contemporary Worship **

*Nursery Provided
**Cross Kids Separate Children's Program
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