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The mission of the Episcopal Church of the Cross is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, and soul, and strength, and mind; and our neighbor as ourselves.  We are the ECC:  Loving God and our Neighbors.
In this edition of the Daily Cross…
  • Worship with Church of the Cross 
  • New Mailing Address for ECCLT
  • July/August Worship Ministry Signups
  • Common Threads
  • Men's Morning Fellowship
  • Walking with Others
  • Parents Night Out
  • Summer Mission Pilgrimage to India 
  • Safeguarding Certification
  • Daily Scripture Readings
  • Prayers
This Sunday, July 14
9:30 AM Worship and Children’s Ministry
18101 W. Highway 71, Suite 120
Texts in worship:  Amos 7:7-15; Mark 6:14-29
This Sunday’s worship bulletin can be found here.  The service will be streamed at facebook.com/ecclaketravis.
After Worship:  Please plan to stay for a few minutes after worship to prepare messages of hope and encouragement to be shared with the children of Gan Sabra and Dar-Ul-Fazl.  All ages are invited to participate!
New Mailing Address for the Episcopal Church of the Cross
Our new mailing address is 18101 W. Highway 71, Suite 120; Austin, TX  78738

July Worship Ministry Sign-Ups…
…can be found here.
August Worship Ministry Sign-Ups…
…can be found here.

Tuesday, July 16--Common Threads
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
At the home of Sue Peterson
Common Threads is a group at the ECCLT who meet weekly to knit and do other sorts of handwork.  Gatherings begin with sharing a meal.  Please bring something to share!  All are welcome and you don’t have to know how to knit! We have lefties and righties who can teach you. If you are new to knitting, we have supplies to share to get you started. For more information, please contact Judy Cariker at [email protected].


Friday, July 19--Men’s Morning Fellowship
7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
Hat Creek Burger
1602 RR 620 S. in Lakeway
Gather for fellowship, to share a meal, and dwell in the scriptures.
For more information, please contact Paul Johnson at [email protected].


Walking with Others
Presented by our Friends at Partners in Hope
Thursday, July 18
5:30 PM Supper
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Teaching
18101 W. Highway 71, Suite 120
Sign-Up Here
Walking with Others is two-hour teaching led by our friends at Partners in Hope in which we ways to be more connected with our neighbors.  We’ll leave the time together more confident and equipped to come alongside our neighbors, we’ll learn some practical ways to support others in an ongoing way, and we’ll learn how to have personal boundaries in supportive relationships.
Partners in Hope is an independent, local, and collaborative ministry focused on eliminating social isolation in central Texas.  Church of the Cross has a long history with Partners in Hope, including helping at workdays and hosting Fellowship Suppers.
To register to be with us at the Walking with Others seminar on Thursday, July 18 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, please click here.  And to learn more about Walking with Others, please click here.


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Parents’ Night Out

Friday, July 19
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Friends are invited!
Sign-ups available on Sunday mornings!
               Parents’ Night Out is a ministry of the Episcopal Church of the Cross to give moms, dads, and all caregivers an evening away, knowing that their children are well cared for.
               We’ll feed the kids supper; play some games; do some crafts; have a lesson; and there will be some guest presenters to make the evening special.
               Doors will open at 5:00 PM, and supper will be at 5:30 PM.
               Thank you!


Summer Mission Pilgrimage to India
Wednesday, July 24 through Tuesday, August 6
From Wednesday, July 24th through Tuesday, August 6th, members of Church of the Cross will be
traveling with our friends at Orphan Outreach on mission pilgrimage to India.  We will be spending
time at Gan Sabra in the city of Aizawl and Dar-Ul-Fazl in Manali.
               Gan Sabra is a private Christian home offering care for children of all ages affected by HIV/AIDS. In addition, Gan Sabra provides medical and nutritional support to vulnerable families impacted by HIV in the Aizawl area, and offers training on both the causes and the treatment of HIV, as well as appropriate care of those affected by the disease.
House of Grace (Dar-Ul-Fazl) is a private Christian home serving children who are orphaned or at risk due to abuse, neglect, or extreme poverty. Dar-Ul-Fazl provides complete physical, emotional, and spiritual care for both children and young adults. Located on the same property, Rainbow School opens its doors to both children from House of Grace and those living in the neighboring community. The school teaches preschool through 8th grade, and has been lauded for its commitment to educational excellence,
With both communities, ECC and friends will be sharing a ministry of encouragement and support to the staff and children.  We’ll share Bible lessons, and spend time with one another, and listen and laugh, and build one another up in faith, hope, and love.
Here’s how we can help with this mission:

  1. Please hold in your prayers the ministry of Dar-Ul-Fazl and Gan Sabra, and the team making the journey.
  2. We’re gathering supplies for this work and in support of the ongoing ministry of both Dar-Ul-Fazl and Gan Sabra.  If you feel called to offer any of these supplies, please click here to access an Amazon wish-list; and then, please bring the supplies to worship this Sunday, July 14 or next Sunday, July 21.
  3. Please be with us after worship this Sunday, July 14 when we will be preparing messages of encouragement and support to the children and staff of Gan Sabra and Dar-Ul-Fazl.
Thank you!

Safeguarding Certification

The Safeguarding Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas is how we ensure that the Church of the Cross community is the safest, most affirming, most life-giving community we can be for people of all ages.  We are all invited to be certified in the Safeguarding ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.
               The steps for being qualified in Safeguarding are:
1.            Be known to the congregation at least six months.
2.            Contact Paul Johnson at [email protected] to initiate the application process, the first step of which is a phone interview with Paul.
3.            Complete an online application.
4.            In this application, one gives permission for a background check.
5.            In this application, one also provides four references.
6.            Completion of the necessary Safeguarding Training.
               To begin the Safeguarding certification process, please contact Paul Johnson at [email protected] or 512-695-2803.
               Thank you.


Daily Scripture Readings
“Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord our God is with you wherever you go.”  -Joshua 1:9

Sunday, July 14:
Morning Psalms:              148, 149, 150     Evening Psalms:                114, 115
Joshua 1:1-18; Acts 21:3-15; Mark 1:21-27
Monday, July 15:
Morning Psalm:                25                          Evening Psalms:                9, 15
Joshua 2:1-14; Romans 11:1-12; Matthew 25:1-13
Tuesday, July 16:
Morning Psalms:              26, 28                   Evening Psalms:                36, 39
Joshua 2:15-24; Romans 11:13-24; Matthe 25:14-30
Wednesday, July 17:
Morning Psalm:                38                          Evening Psalm:                  119:25-48
Joshua 3:1-13; Romans 11:25-36; Matthew 25:31-46
Thursday, July 18:
Morning Psalm:                37:1-18                Evening Psalm:                  37:19-42
Joshua 3:14-4:7; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 26:1-16
Friday, July 19:
Morning Psalm:                31                          Evening Psalm:                  35
Joshua 4:19-5:1, 10-15; Romans 12:9-21; Matthe 26:17-25
Saturday, July 20:
Morning Psalms:              30, 32                   Evening Psalms:                42, 43
Joshua 6:1-14; Romans 13:1-7; Matthew 26:26-35


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
Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified:  Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.
               -A Collect for Fridays from Morning Prayer
Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, that in tranquility your grace may increase until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.
               -A Prayer for Peace

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