Welcome to Holy Cross MCC
Sunday Services and Communion at 10 AM
A Message From Our Senior Pastor
Dear Holy Cross Members and Friends:
Thanks for the warm welcome back Al and I experienced last Sunday. Vacation is always fun and, for us, it is always good to return to our friends and to our important work together. Thanks also to all of you who continue to support the ministry of Holy Cross MCC with your time, your talent and your money. We couldn't do it without all three of these forms of participation.
This www.amazon.com, and remember to get the one written by Barbara Essex. To register for the class, please see the sign-up sheet in the church lobby or contact Deb in the church office.our study of The Bad Girls of the Bible begins. This class promises to be both fun and informative. You may order the book at
Our Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 8. This date is both final and firm. Thanks for understanding the need to postpone, which I explained in church. Remember, a quorum is needed, so we hope every single member of the church will be present as we look at the church's business needs for the coming year.
It is very important that all church-related activities be listed on the church calendar. The events on the calendar are given top priority. If you are the leader of a group, or a participant in a group that plans to hold an event at Holy Cross MCC during 2015, please get your information to Deb in the church office as soon as possible. The calendar is already unusually full. Thank you.
My sermon foris called, "God and God Alone." It is based on the story of God's intervention with Saul in Acts 9. Here is the text:
"As Saul was approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? Saul asked, "Who are you?" The reply came, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do." Those who were traveling with Saul stood speechless because they heard the voice but saw no one. Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. For three days he was without sight...
Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias who had a vision in which the Living One said to him, "Get up and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight."
But Ananias answered, "But I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name." But God's Anointed said to him, "Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and rulers and before the people of Israel; I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name."
So Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul and said, "Brother Saul, Jesus the Christ, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized, and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, "He is God's chosen one."
I hope you will spend some time with this reading in order to be better prepared fortime together.
On, we will welcome 12 new members of Holy Cross MCC. These fine folks have completed all the requirements for membership in our church, including our Membership Class. Be here to help us welcome them and to give thanks to God for bringing these new members to our ministry.
Finally for today, we are quickly approaching our goal of 200+ in worship! I'm thrilled about it. Help us hit and maintain that goal by inviting some friends to church every week. We're doing our best to become a sticky church where, as Larry Osborne writes, "our front door is wide, our back door is narrow and every single person is velcroed in with love."
God bless you this week.
Rev. Dr. Jim Merritt
Holy Cross Business Sponsors
Holy Cross MCC Business Sponsors have a unique opportunity to partner with our church to offer discounts and merchandise to our church members and their families.
For more information, please contact our church office at 850.469.9090 or Contact Us.
MLR Fine Jewelry & Gifts
Bonelli’s Café Italia
Scentsy for the Home
Randall’s Formal Wear
Breaking Bread Meal
Wednesdays at 8 am
Food Pantry Giving
Wednesdays at 8 am
Praise Team Practice