Fellowship Dinners are gathering for up to twelve people. Everybody brings something to share, and then gathers at table for feasting, friendship, and fellowship. There are two remaining Fellowship Dinners scheduled. Come along, sign up here for a Fellowship Dinner, and enjoy some time at table with old friends and new.
After worship this Sunday…
Confirmation preparation for youth and adults continues
This Sunday, we continue our teaching on the story, practices, and beliefs of the Anglican tradition and Episcopal Church. This Sunday we’ll be reflecting upon the story of the Anglican Tradition and Episcopal Church. This is a great opportunity for youth and adults to learn about the Episcopal Church, and is also preparation to be confirmed, received, or make a reaffirmation of baptismal vows when Bishop Kai Ryan visits the ECC on December 12.
We’ll begin about ten minutes after worship, and will meet for about forty minutes somewhere on the grounds of Star Hill.
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Continuing this Sunday... A Ritual of Grief: Anger 5:00 PM to 6:15 PM Room 208 in the Fellowship Building of Lakeway Church 2203 Lakeway Boulevard, Lakeway, TX
Also meeting on November 7th and 14th
Led by Dr. Gena St. David, Director of the Loise Henderson Wessendorff Center for Christian Ministry and Vocation, and Associate Professor of Counselor Education at Seminary of the Southwest.
In the process of grief, anger acknowledges where we feel injured, helpless, wronged, or protective. Imagine a knot being yanked tighter and tighter. Jesus expressed anger when those in power abused their power, injuring the vulnerable. (Matthew 21)
Before gathering for this session, we are invited to reflect on these questions:
What injustices have been endured?
When have you felt helpless or wronged?
When do you feel protective?
“Outrage is a sure sign our soul is awake.” -Hillman
-Gena St. David
Dr. Gena St. David
We are all invited to be with us for this time; and should you have a friend who may benefit from this ministry, please invite them to be part of it. This offering is open to anyone. For more information, one can be in touch with Paul Johnson at email@example.com or 512-695-2803. As well, please email Paul to let us know you’ll be with us so we can make appropriate preparations. Audio recordings of the gatherings will be available after each session.
Sharing from a Grateful Heart…
Over the next several weeks, we are asking one another to give prayerful consideration to how each of us is called to participate in the common life God has given us. We are asking one another to consider our financial support of Church of the Cross in 2022 and how we can share with one another the talents and abilities God has given us so that can have a life together.
God is good, and loving, and gracious, and merciful, and generous. God has created us, and given us life. God gives us the Kingdom, and the healing and wholeness it promises. All that we are and all that we have are gifts from the Source of our Being. God is the Great Giver, and our fundamental disposition is one of gratitude and thanksgiving. We are a grateful people. We are a thankful people.
So this season, we ask one another to consider how God is calling us to share with this people of our material and spiritual gifts…a sharing born of gratitude, from a grateful heart.
And so at this time, I invite you to be part of our life in this way. I invite us to pray, and talk with our households about how we are called to share; and then out of a grateful heart make our offering.
Pledging information will be available at worship over the next several weeks, and will be available on the website next week.
Thank you, friends; and God bless you.
All Saints’ Sunday is November 7th Our Litany of Saints
Church of the Cross observes the Feast of All Saints at worship on Sunday, November 7th. All Saints is when we give God thanks for the saints in our lives who have shared with us the journey; and who have guided, encouraged, and inspired us. All Saints is the great feast of the Church in which we are reminded that we are part of the great communion of saints stretching through space and time.
It is our practice at the ECC to remember with special intention in our litany of saints those souls dear to us who have completed their earthly sojourn and now abide in the nearer presence of God. If you have someone you would like remembered in our litany, please let us know by Thursday, November 4 at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Service with El Buen Samaritano
Who is ready to run some turkeys? We are!
Hands for Hope Saturday, November 20th
Calling for volunteers for El Buen Samaritano's annual Hands for Hope Event, where one THOUSAND Thanksgiving meals are going to be distributed to families experiencing food insecurity on SATURDAY, November 20th.
Here's what we need you to do: click here to sign for one of the Running Teams or Distribution Teams for the first shift (7:45am - 11am) on Saturday, November 20th. These teams include:
Side Fixings & Pie Bag Running Team
Food Pantry Bag Running Team
Frozen Turkey Bag Running Team
Holiday Meal Kit Distribution Team
This promises to be an energizing, impactful, and fun way to spend a Saturday morning putting our faith in action and would love to serve with you. Please note per El Buen policy that all volunteers must be fully vaccinated and wear a mask at all times. Thanks!
Daily Scriptures for the Week
Lord, you have searched me out and known me; you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You trace my journeys and my resting-places and are acquainted with all my ways. -Psalm 139:1-2
Sunday, October 24:
Morning Psalms: 63, 98 Evening Psalm: 103
Haggai 1:1-2:9; Acts 18:24-19:7; Luke 10:25-37
Monday, October 25:
Morning Psalms: 41, 52 Evening Psalm: 44
Zechariah 1:7-17; Revelation 1:4-20; Matthew 12:43-50
Tuesday, October 26:
Morning Psalm: 45 Evening Psalms: 47, 48
Ezra 5:1-17; Revelation 4:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9
Wednesday, October 27:
Morning Psalm: 119:49-72 Evening Psalms: 49, 53
Ezra 6:1-22; Revelation 5:1-10; Matthew 13:10-27
Thursday, October 28:
Morning Psalm: 50 Evening Psalm: 103
Nehemiah 1:1-11; Revelation 5:11-6:11; Matthew 13:18-23
Friday, October 29:
Morning Psalms: 40, 54 Evening Psalm: 51
Nehemiah 2:1-20; Revelation 6:12-7:4; Matthew 13:24-30
Saturday, October 30:
Morning Psalm: 55 Evening Psalms: 138, 139:1-17
Nehemiah 4:1-23; Revelation 7:4-17; Matthew 13:31-35
O God, who to save us did give your only-begotten Son, stir us with such love toward you that we may gladly share whatever you have entrusted to us of life and strength, influence and love, money and time, for the relief of the world’s sorrow and the coming of your Kingdom. Amen.
-A Prayer for the Will to Share, from Philip Parham
The ministry of Church of the Cross is supported by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and the tithes and offerings of the community and friends. Gifts in support of Church of the Cross can be set up online, through text messaging or checks/cash. Click here for more information and links.