Word Studies for the Week of June 25th, 2017

June 25 ● The Ten Commandments, A Better Way Life: The Third Commandment ● Matthew 10: 24-39 How rested are you? Do you often get time to unwind and be with those you care about? What are some of the blessings that might come from keeping a Sabbath? Jesus asks us to acknowledge God before others, how is your worship attendance a statement of your faith? In the catechism Luther centers the Sabbath on hearing the Word through preaching, what other aspects of Sabbath keeping are there? Are they of equal importance? How is Sabbath keeping a witness to your ...

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Annual Report of the Congregation for 2017

  You will find our annual report for our congregation in preparation for our annual meeting June 18th, 2017

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Word Studies for the Week of June 18th, 2017

June 18 ● The Ten Commandments, A Better Way Life: The Second Commandment ● Matthew 9:35-10:8 How does the Second Commandment flow from the first commandment? What are some of the ways that we can take the Lord’s name in vain or use it in a meaningless manner? Why are people more likely to be offended by curse words that describe human bodily functions than those that take God’s name in vain? Do we sometimes use God’s name to hurt others? Can you think of some ways this happens? Luther looks at the Second Commandment in two ways, the command not ...

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Word Studies for the Week of June 11th, 2017

June 11 ● Trinity Sunday: The Ten Commandments, A Better Way Life: The First Commandment ● Matthew 28: 16-20 Can a person have more than one god? What gods do people put before the one true God? How would you define the term god? Is there a difference between a god and God? Luther says the first commandment is that we are to fear love and trust God above all things; how often do we break this commandment? What does the term “fear God” mean to you? How do you “fear God”? How does one know if they love God or not? What things are tangible ...

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Family Promise Sunday July 16th 10AM-Supporting those without a Home

Join us for a presentation by Amy Beth Jones of Family Promise based in Summit NJ as she introduces the good work they do in New Jersey to help those who struggle to find a home they can afford. Family Promise-Union County (FPUC) is one of more than 200 Affiliates nationwide serving children and their families. FPUC is overseen by the national Family Promise office. The need for shelter and comprehensive support services in Union County remains great. In the 2016 Point in Time count, Union County reported: 328 households were experiencing homelessness, an increase ...

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New Study! The Ten Commandments: A Better Way of Life!

Wednesdays beginning June 21st 7-8PM Why rely on self-help to improve things when God is offering a better way of life?  The Ten Commandments are more than list of things not to do; they contain a way for us to organize our lives in a healthy way.   They also reveal to us where we need God's help to change.   Join us as we examine how Martin Luther's interpretation of the commands reveal a path toward living in God's grace that can not only help us with our own lives, but be a blessing to others.  We would love to see you!

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Word Studies for the Week of June 4th, 2017

June 4 ● Pentecost How to Survive: Live in the Spirit ● Romans 8: 14-17, 22-27 Luther says about verse 8:14 that we are: “not to fear death… and likewise give up the empty pleasures of the world and its corrupt and sordid prizes… This is not characteristic of our nature, but is a work of the Spirit of God in us.” How does the Spirit help us overcome the worst in ourselves? Paul like Jesus contrasts the slave and child, how are they different, how are they similar? What is the comfort of being known as a child of God? Using Paul’s language, what ...

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World Vision Thanks Holy Cross for Its Support Helping Refugees

Thank you to the congregation of Holy Cross Lutheran Church for your warm welcome on Sunday, May 28th.  I always look forward to my visits to Holy Cross because my family has so many great memories from the years when our children attended the nursery school.  Jon, Arlene, Heidi and Hayley were extremely helpful to me before and during the worship service.  I was also touched by the outpouring of compassion from all those who I spoke to after the service and was thrilled at the number of people who chose to become “Refugee Responders”.   If anyone missed their ...

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Word Studies for the Week of May 28th, 2017

May 28 ● Easter 7 How to Survive: Humble Oneself ● 1 Peter 4: 12-14; 5: 6-11 Read verses 4:12-13.  Does suffering an ordeal mean that one has lost God’s favor according to Peter? Is there a difference between prosperity and blessedness?  Do you think the Bible can have a different idea of blessing than many people in our culture today do? What are some of the ways that being humble can be really satisfying?   Does it always have to be hard; or can one find peace though it? What does it mean that we have a God who willingly calls us to cast our ...

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Word Studies for the Week of May 21st, 2017

May 21 ● Easter 6 How to Survive: Resist Fear ● 1 Peter 3: 13-22 What are some things that our culture fears that Christians should not?   What are some of things that Christians should fear? How does keeping God holy in our hearts help us overcome our fear?   What is God’s most consistent message to you? How hard is it to keep one’s conscience clear when one is facing unjust suffering?   How does returning evil for evil destroy our own selves? Luther states that “God does not want us to search for misfortune and to choose it ourselves. Walk in ...

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