A Publication of the Holy Cross
The Cross
September 2018
Articles and News
Camp Casey!

All Church Picnic ~
Sunday, September 16 @ 11:30am
Join your Holy Cross family as we take sometime out to relax, share a meal and just enjoy being together! We will celebrate with a delicious BBQ picnic and potluck. Hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie patties,
corn-on-the-cob, beverages and picnic supplies provided. Please bring your favorite side dish or dessert to share. We need tons of volunteers to help make this a success so please sign up in the Narthex.
Food Bank Farm
Thank you Glenn Crossley and
Carl Colegrove for helping fix our church irrigation system this week.
September Seniors' Picnic at the Lake!
Faith Formation
CAMP HUSTON – All Youth Retreat
SAVE THE DATE – October 5, 6, 7, 2018 –– God time, Great food, great fun, and RELAXATION. It’s a great weekend to be a Human BEING, not a Human DOING. Mark it on your calendar and be there. Depart Friday evening at 5 PM, return to Holy Cross Sunday by 10 AM in time for the Blessing of the Animals, St. Francis Day. All youth grades 6-12 are invited.
$75. Scholarships readily available.
Advent Devotional
A reflections booklet is underway! Please join in with your own thoughts by signing up for a date in Advent. You will write a reflection (300 words or less) on just ONE of the verses from the readings for the day you selected. Most writers find this to be an exercise in personal growth as well as a benefit to all their readers.       
An instructional booklet and sign-up sheet can be found in the Parish Hall. Or sign up with Sue via phone or email. Faithformation@holycrossredmond.org 425.885.5822.
EfM: Education for Ministry -
Recruiting for September
Every baptized person is called to ministry. The Education for Ministry (EfM) program provides people with the education to carry out that ministry. During the Service of Confirmation we ask God to "Renew in these your servants the covenant you made with them at Baptism. Send them forth in the power of the Spirit to perform the service you set before them." EfM offers an opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service.
Over the course of four years, participants in EfM will study the entire sweep of the Christian tradition from the earliest period to the present. This includes the study of The Old Testament, The New Testament, Church History, and Theology.
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! If you are interested in joining an EfM group at Good Samaritan Episcopal Church starting in September, you can learn more about EfM at the website, sewanee.edu/EFM , or by contacting Joe O’Neil ( jmnoneil@gmail.com ). Questions? Contact Tina Paul, Teresa Guenther, Melissa Holmes and many others at Holy Cross who have participated in this program.   
BOOK CLUB                                   
Tuesday, September 11 @ 7:00pm

Please join us for discussing our first book of the year. 
Newcomers are very welcome and we’re meeting this month at church in the Fellowship Hall at 7:00pm. 
Our selection for September is Beartown by Fredrik Backman
The bestselling author of A Man Called Ove returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price required to make it come true. 
People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.
Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.
Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.
Tina Paul
“Looking For Lovely” 
Collecting the Moments that Matter

In Looking for Lovely, Annie F. Downs shares personal stories, biblical truth, and examples of how others have courageously walked the path God paved for their lives by remembering all God had done, loving what was right in front of them, and seeing God in the everyday whether that be nature, friends, or the face they see in the mirror.
Intensely personal, yet incredibly powerful, Looking for Lovely will spark transformative conversations and life changing patterns. No matter who we are and what path God has us on, we all need to look for lovely, fight to finish, and find beautiful in our every day!

Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30am -Youth Room - Office

September 18
Introductory Brunch
No obligation; come find out about the study and socialize!

September 25 - November 13 Looking For Lovely Sessions

November 27  optional Service day
December 4    Christmas celebration 
Contact: Pam Stanton-Wyman #425-765-4747 / pamstwy@gmail.com
Flu Shots~ Save the Date!
Sunday, September 16th @ 11:15am
Sign up in the Narthex~
Questions: Contact Linda Wheadon
 #425-402-7313 / ldwheadon@gmail.com
St. Francis Day Blessing of the Animals Sunday, October 7
Our love for animals hearkens back to Eden, and longs for Heaven where all creation peacefully coexists. Our relationships with creation, with animals, domestic and wild, and each other, is the focus our day of blessings.
Bring your pets, your stuffed plush teddy bears, even a picture, for this special blessing.
*Fall Home Dinner Groups*
   Come & join your fellow Holy Cross members (couples or singles) for a once a month
meal & guest fellowship! Sign up in the Narthex.
The 2018 Flower Chart
Write your name on the date you wish to make a dedication.
More than one name can share a date. Complete a “Flower Donation Card” and place it in the provide envelope along with your donation.
($35.00 suggested donation.) Write “Flowers” on the memo line.
Drop the envelope in the offering basket or Office Mail Box located in the Narthex.
May We Pray For You?
Contact Karen Smith to be placed on the Holy Cross Prayer Chain.