"The Chronicle"

A Newsletter for the Friends and Members of
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Athens, GA  
800 West Lake Drive                                                                                    August 2, 2019

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


This Week's Gospel Reading with Points to Ponder
Luke 12:13-21              
13  Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me." 14  But he said to him, "Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?" 15  And he said to them, "Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one's life does not consist in the abundance of possessions." 16  Then he told them a parable: "The land of a rich man produced abundantly. 17  And he thought to himself, 'What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?' 18  Then he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19  And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.' 20  But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' 21  So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God."
St. Augustine said that people ought to use things and love God. Sadly, for many of us it's often the other way around. Think about your most prized possessions. How do they (or could they ) help you to love God more fervently?
Jesus reminds us that we cannot take our possessions with us when we leave this earthly life. However, North Americans are plagued with record consumer debt and rampant consumerism. What can the church of Christ do to bear witness to a better way of life? What would this witness mean for your life?
Light Dinner and Healing Service 
August 7th @ 5:30pm
Ministry Team Fair

Diakonia: The Call to Service
Sundays, July 21, 28, and August 4; 10 - 10:50 a.m.; Purple Room
This week: Waiting Tables!
Join Deaconess Amanda for a five week Bible study exploring the baptismal vocation of diakonia (service). Learn what diakonia is and why it's every Christian's vocation. Also, gain an understanding of what makes the diaconate (deacons, deaconesses, and diaconal ministers) different from the shared Christian vocation of diakonia. Teens and adults welcome. Please bring your favorite Bible.

Blessing of the Backpacks
Sunday, August 4; during 8:30 or 11 a.m. worship
Bring backpacks, briefcases, diaper bags, and totes to receive a blessing for the upcoming academic year! All satchels will receive a colorful tag with the words "Blessed to be a Blessing."

Men's Bible Study

A Men's Bible Study will resume on Thursday, August 15. This study-group meets each week at 8:00 a.m. at Jittery Joe's in Watkinsville. The study focuses on the Gospel Text for the following Sunday. If interested or have questions, please contact Lowell Jett or Joe Holt.
Southeast Synod 
Men's Retreat 2019
Dates: November 1-3, 2019 
Theme: "Being in Community"
Location: Lutheranch Retreat Center
Cost: $166 per person This includes 4 meals and a double occupancy room. Single rooms may also be available for an extra fee.   
There will be Bible Study, hiking, canoeing, fishing (please bring your own gear), and other activities.

To register:
Drop your check (made payable to Holy Cross) in the offering plate or by the church office by September 1st.
Questions? Contact Pastor Hilkert or the church office. 
                 Book Club 
The Holy Cross book club will meet on Tuesday Aug. 13.  We meet at 11:30 at Dominick's, in Watkinsville.   
Our book selection for August is I'll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de los Santos. Please join us for good conversation and a delicious lunch. 

Questions please call or email: Marybeth Harris 
"A New Road 37"
A bereavement seminar for widowed persons, "A New Road 37" will be held on October 4-6.  Brochures describing this seminar are available on the narthex table.  Please speak to Joe Holt if you have any questions about this event.
Weekly Prayers of Intercession 
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.

Bigger Vision Feed the Hungry Project:
August 21
Jesus reminds us in Matthew 25:35
,"I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger
and you welcomed me." (NRSV)
In recalling these words of Jesus, Holy Cross' Community Care Team would like to invite our church family to continue to provide and serve two more evening meals to 40 residents this summer at the Bigger Vision of Athens Homeless Shelter (95 North Avenue, Athens). We will need donations of various foods, volunteers to prepare donated foods in advance to be delivered, and volunteers to arrange and serve the food from 5:30-7:00 PM.
The July Bigger Vision Feed the Hungry
meal being planned is:
Wednesday, August 21: Hot Dog Supper
Please sign up on the sheets in the Narthex.
For more information, please contact Linda Tiller, 706-215-9256. (You can leave questions or a message at this number.) THANK YOU!

IHN Host Week
September 1-8
Sign-up board is in the narthex.
Inspiring Story From Blayne McDonald, FPA Service Manager 
A guest recently came to me, seemingly different than she had been. She and her children have always been happy and kind, but this morning was different. She told me how she had finally had the space, the mind space, to think about what makes her happy again. She explained that without the extra stress of figuring out where to stay at night and where meals were going to be for her and her children, she was able to dream again and think about her future. She then proceeded to tell me about how much fun she had at the church the previous night and how that had sparked her imagination. She not only had fun, but was able to think about how she could turn what made her happy into her future job, future life. 
I tell you this to say thank you. Thank you to our volunteers, supporters and everyone who is able to partner with us to make all of this possible. Our program can be difficult. It is tough to stick to the schedule and there are a lot of moving parts but it is making a difference in families' lives.

Rally Day
August 11th
Milestones Presentation
August 18th 
Ministry Fair
August 24th
Worship Server Training
September 28th 

3rd Quarter Discipleship Guide
Available Now!
Click here. Hard copies are available in the narthex.
Sunday, August 4 
Blessing of the Backpacks @ both services
Monday, August 5
9:30 Staff meeting
Wednesday, August 7 
1:00 Prayer Shawl

5:30 Lite supper followed by Healing Service

7:00 Community Care Team

Thursday, August 8
2:00 Whispering Pines - Bingo

Sunday, August 11 
Rally Day

Quick Links
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2019 Council Members

Staff Listing
Nathan Hilkert - Pastor

Amanda Spangler
- Faith Formation Director

Amanda Sacchitello -  Music Director

Administrative Assistant

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.  

Celebrate an Event or 
 Honor/Remember A Loved One with Worship Flowers

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.

To donate to Sarah Henning's Young Adults in Global Mission Trip:

  • Online
  • Mail a check made payable to ELCA, P.O. Box 1809, Merrifield, VA 22116-8009.
    Please reference "Sarah Henning - GCS3534" in the memo line.
  • Call 1-800-638-3522 x 2861