"The Chronicle"

A Newsletter for the Friends and Members of
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Athens, GA  
800 West Lake Drive                                                                                    July 5, 2019

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


This Week's Gospel Reading with Points to Ponder
Luke 10:1-11, 16-20           
10 After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2 He said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3 Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace to this house!' 6 And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7 Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8 Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9 cure the sick who are there, and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you.' 10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11 'Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.' 16 "Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me."17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!" 18 He said to them, "I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. 19 See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."
The word "evangelism" strikes fear in Lutheran hearts. But far from indiscriminate shouting on the street corner, Jesus counsels his disciples to seek out people who willingly receive the peace we have from Jesus. Are there unbelieving people in your life who are open and curious about what Jesus offers? How might you share Jesus with them as good news for their lives?
②The disciples experience great success in their ministry. When have you experienced Jesus' power as a result of your words or actions?

Diakonia: The Call to Service
Sundays, July 7, 14, 21, 28, and August 4; 10 - 10:50 a.m.; Purple Room
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.

So Long Sweet Summer Lock-in
Friday, July 19 at 9 p.m. to Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m.
Youth who have completed eighth grade through new high school graduates gather for a farewell to summer. We'll have games, movies, Escape Room, midnight evening prayer, snacks, and breakfast! Bring pillows, sleeping bags, air mattresses, phone chargers, and snacks to share. Snacks should be peanut and tree nut-free. RSVP to   deaconessamanda@holycrossathens.com.
Book Club
The book selection for July is A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell.  This impressively researched biography tells about the covert operations of Virginia Hall in Nazi-occupied France.
We will be meeting on July 9th at 11:30 at Dominick's in Watkinsville (1430 Capital Ave.). 
If you have thought about coming to book club but have not joined us yet, please come. We welcome new people!

Questions: call Marybeth Harris
                  email. mbtomharris@aol.com

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:
July 17, 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, July 17: Sloppy Joe 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!

Thank you so much for hosting me this past Sunday! I thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet with many of you and share a little about what my upcoming year with Young Adults in Global Mission. 

I am excited to work through Young Adults in Global Mission with La Sagrada Familia in Apizaco, Tlaxcala Mexico. La Sagrada Familia is a short-term migrant shelter for men, women, and children located along the La Bestia or the Northward Train. During my time, I will be working in partnership with the local nonprofit to best help serve the needs of the migrant population. I am excited to spend this next year in fellowship and hopeful about the work I have be called to do. 

This next year would not be possible without the support of the ELCA. Over 80 other young adults will join me in partnership with communities across the globe this upcoming year. The ELCA is committed to partnering with sustainable local nonprofits and organizations to support our global community. Many mentioned on Sunday being interested in financially support this effort. The easiest way to do is to either donation online using the following link or through checks made payable to the ELCA with Sarah Henning GCS3534 in the memo. Holy Cross will be collecting throughout the summer. Lastly, if these two options don't work for you please don't hesitate to contact me directly. 

As I move to Mexico this August, I hope some of you may be interested in following my journey. I would love for you to use this link, so I can add you to my newsletter for the upcoming year. Also, you are welcome to add me on Facebook ( Sarah Henning) where I will be updating throughout my year. 

Thank again for your continuous support of not only my work but the work of the church. I ask this upcoming year you take time to pray not only for me and my family, but also my host family in Tlaxcala and  La Sagrada Familia  community. Please do not hesitate to contact me (Cell: 770-596-9298/ Email: Seh87896@uga.edu), if you have any questions or concerns. 


Sarah Henning

Youth Lock-in
July 19th-20th
Pool Party
July 27th 
Blessing of the Backpacks
August 4th  
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.
Monday, July 8
9:30 Staff meeting

7:00 Congregation Council
Tuesday, July 9 
11:30 Book Club @ Dominick's

Thursday, July 11 
2:00 Whispering Pines - Bingo

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.  

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