Life, together in the orchard.
Come as you are
As a community of faith, it is our privilege to love all, knowing that the world is often an unloving place. Affirming with the apostle Paul that in Christ “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female” (Galatians 3:28). Christ has made us one to share a living, daring confidence in God's grace. Liberated by that grace, we will embrace you as a whole person – questions, complexities and all.
We welcome all who are seeking God's love and grace. Welcoming all because God welcomes us, regardless of race or culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, or relationship status. Welcoming all without regard to addictions, physical or mental health, imprisonment, socio-economic circumstances, or anything that too often divides us. Our unity is in Christ.
There is a place for you here in the orchard.
Worship this Sunday at 10:30am
Visiting a new church can be intimidating. To help ease your concerns, we would like to share a little about what to expect as a guest.
To start, you will find plenty of parking upon your arrival and a warm greeting when you come inside. Coffee or tea is almost always on, grab a bulletin from an usher, and find a seat in the sanctuary.
Worship is at the center of who we are as God's people. It is what keeps us grounded. That worship is based in the rich traditions of the Christian church. In those traditions there is a pattern of gathering together to hear and reflect on God's Word for our lives and our world, to pray together, share a meal and then sent out to share that grace with the world that God loves.
at Holy Cross
Celebrate the season of Advent with Holden Evening Prayer by Marty Haugen and a brief meditation with an art display from the Saint John's Bible Wednesday evenings at 7pm through December 21st.
Christmas Eve Candle Light Worship will be Saturday, December 24, 2016 at 4:30pm. Please contact Kimberly in the office if you would prefer not to drive after dark and would like a ride.
Christmas Day, The Nativity of Our Lord, Worship Sunday December 25, 2016 at 10:30am.
Holy Cross is sponsoring an empty apartment at Compass Housing Alliance's new affordable housing development, Ronald Commons. It takes $1000 to provide what is needed to purchase items for a new start in this affordable housing complex that opens in January 2017. Donations can be made out to Holy Cross or Compass Housing Alliance. Please write Ronald Commons in the memo line.
Sundays, 9:00-10:00am in the Conference Room
Throughout the season of Advent, the Sunday Forum will be participating in the ELCA World Hunger Teams Advent Study. The story of Advent is a story of hunger. A people's hunger for salvation, the fleeing holy family's hunger for safety and the world's hunger for a new dawn. This study takes us through each week of Advent with devotions based on the lectionary, questions for reflection, prayers and hymn suggestions. Blessings related to our church's response to hunger and poverty are also included.
First and Third Thursdays, 10:30am
The Mid-Week Bible study group meets every first and third Thursday of the month at 10:30am. On October 6th we begin a study of the book of Acts, or what we lovingly call “The Second Book of Luke.” We welcome you to join us while we learn what Luke had to say about the early church. Come explore the foundations of our church traditions and join in conversation about what you hear Luke trying to say that is relevant to the church even today.