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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Word Studies for the Week of May 14th, 2017

May 14 ● Easter 5 How to Survive: Trust God ● 1 Peter 2: 11-12, 19-25 Luther states that the Christian must “act like a stranger in an inn who does not have his possessions there but only takes food and gives his money for it. For here there is only a stopover where we cannot remain. We must proceed on our journey. We are citizens in heaven; on earth we are pilgrims and guests.”   How does this metaphor work for you?   Is it hopeful or scary? Why does Peter say we should guard our conduct in verse 2:12?   How might the concept of being a good guest ...

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Holy Cross to Deliver Food to Seniors Sunday May 7

On Sunday May 07 Holy Cross  will delivering food packages to seniors in  Springfield after church, at 11:30 AM.   We invite you to come along and meet your neighbors. Anyone wishing to contribute food or shoprite gift cards for people in Springfield  can do so by dropping off food at the church 9AM-1PM Tuesday-Friday. Download a printable list to take with you on your next shopping trip! Please call to arrange a drop off time so that someone is there to receive them outside of normal hours. If you can can help for a few minutes, it would be much ...

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Word Studies for the Week of May 7th, 2017

May 7 ● Easter 4 How to Survive: Proclaim Christ ● 1 Peter 2: 1-10 Is it easier to listen to someone about deep and important things who is transparent about who they are? What might it mean to let yourself be built into a Spiritual house? How might you go about it? Where are you living in the dark?  Where are you living in the light?  How is God at work in you today? Luther writes: “You must, says Peter, exercise the chief function of a priest, that is, to proclaim the wonderful deed God has performed for you to bring you out of darkness into the ...

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Word Studies for the Week of April 30th, 2017

April 30 ● Easter 3 How to Survive: Seek Holiness ● 1 Peter 1: 13-23 Are Holiness and spirituality the same thing? Why or why not? Luther says about Holiness “The little word “holy” designates that which is God’s own and is due to Him alone…therefore see to it that you do not let yourselves be led again into the worldly lusts. But let God alone reign, live, and work in you.” We tend to think of worldly lusts in terms of personal vices, but are there other desires that can lead you from God? Peter encourages his readers to be holy, how might an ...

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