Dear Holy Cross Members and Friends,
God keeps blessing us over and over again. I hope you enjoyed Jes Morgan’s preaching as much as I did last Sunday. Jes has made great progress in her formation process and is on her way to becoming a fine clergy person. This is a time for the entire Holy Cross MCC community to celebrate what God is doing in Jes and thereby in our church. Pray for her and for Carrie as they complete the process toward Jes’s MCC ordination. We’ll be sure to let you know when the ordination service is scheduled.
We are growing our multimedia tech team to match our growing in-house and internet congregation. If you have experience with sound boards, lighting boards and video production, or if you would like to learn, Holy Cross MCC needs you. Michelle LoFaso, who oversees our multimedia team will be gathering a list of names and then offering this training. If you’re interested, or even if you might be interested, see Michelle. Michelle is also in charge of scheduling our sound techs, so any requests for their assistance should be directed to Michelle. Thanks for your cooperation.
On July 26, we will hold Session two of our Mission/Vision/Purpose Statement workshop. You might notice that as a result of our last session, the list of potential names for our statement has grown. For those of you who attended the last session, please remember to email your mission statements to firstname.lastname@example.org. I was thrilled with the attendance at our last session – over 25% of our membership participated. However, it is also true that others need to join us. It will take all of us working together to hear God’s voice as to the mission/vision/purpose for Holy Cross MCC for the next five years or so. Even if you missed the last session…especially if you missed the last session, come join us on Sunday, July 26 after the Fellowship Meal as we discern God’s will for our church together. Thank in advance for your participation.
For this month only, our Board of Directors meeting will be held on Monday evening, July 20, at 6:00PM. As always, members are welcome to attend. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall area of the church.
This Sunday’s gospel reading includes Mark’s version of the beloved story of “The five loaves and two fishes.” We’ll take an interesting view of the story and ask ourselves some important questions about the ways God can bless us. Why not take a few minutes to read the story and consider it before Sunday?
Mark 6:30-44 The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.” But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?” And he said to them, “How many loaves have you? Go and see.” When they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. And all ate and were filled; and they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men.
Now one more thing…Save the date! Friday, August 14 our Music Ministry will host a Variety Show which promises to be the event of the season. The list of acts is diverse and impressive. This event will be a fundraiser specifically dedicated to our Music Ministry – our Praise Band and our Choir. We’ll also include a silent auction and a raffle during the event. I know music is important to Holy Cross MCC, so save the date and be here to support our magnificent Music Ministry on Friday evening, August 14 at 6:30PM.
Have a wonderful weekend. Remember to stay safe and drink a lot of water in the summer heat. I look forward to seeing you here at Holy Cross MCC and out and about in the community.