July 2016 - Holy Cross Lutheran Church Rockport, Texas
NEWSLETTER OF THE HOLY CROSS LUTHERAN CHURCH, E.L.C.A.
The purpose of
Holy Cross Evangelical
is to know, and joyfully
share, the love of God
Rev. George Haynes
For Pastoral Care call
2872 Loop 1781
P.O. Box 301
Rockport, TX 78381
C h u r c h O f fi c e
PASTOR’S PULSE -
Pastor George Haynes
I have just entered into what is, perhaps, the most frightening experience
(or venture) of my life. I have just purchased 1,000 copies of my book,
Stewardship: One Incredible Adventure.
I must now sell at least 375 copies to break even with what I've
Invested, and I'm telling you, that just frightens the very bejeebers out of
It seems to me very, very egotistical to believe that there are that many
people who will be interested enough in stewardship to buy my book.
And if there are 375 people interested enough to buy my book, that still
leaves me with 625 copies of that book taking up space in my home.
I'll be honest with you. I wasn't prepared for putting my livelihood on the
line when I submitted that book for publication. I had a measure of
bravado, I was single then and it was just my own life involved. Now,
married, I have Linda involved in this, too.
It is frightening, even for a young man like myself.
I am not going to ask you all to buy a copy of my book. That would be
highly presumptuous and unfair. What I AM asking, is your prayers - lots
and lots of your prayers.
I wrote this book believing it could in some way benefit and enrich the
Church and its members. I have prayed that God would not allow it to be
printed if that were not the case. I am assuming- and that takes a lot of
guts- that God DOES feel it could be beneficial.
e- m a i l :
Pianist, Joyce Bjork
As of today, more than a little nervous, I'm involved in a whole new
venture. Pray for me.
“CONGREGATIONAL MEETING” JULY 24
(Immediately following worship service)
The Church Council is seeking permission to set up a Scholarship
Endowment Fund. The purpose of this fund is to give encouragement
and support to our young people when they graduate and are preparing
to enter into college, train in their chosen field, or move forward into
R E F L E C T I N G
T H E
L I G H T
C H R I S T ’ S
L O V E
MISSION AND MINISTRY
LITTLE LOOKS AT LITURGY
After the Canticle of Praise the Pastor invites the congregation to join in the Prayer of the Day or Collect.
This prayer gathers together the intentions of the people and concludes the introductory part of the worship service.
We next move to the Liturgy of the Word. This will focus on the 1st and 2nd readings, the Psalm, the Gospel and the Homily or sermon. These selections of readings are determined based on a three-year cycle.
This cycle is actually based on ancient Jewish practice.
The readings ordinarily move from Old to New, with the proclamation of the Gospel being the climax, reflecting how Jesus is the center of salvation history with all Scripture pointing to him. In the Liturgy of the Word,
we hear God's word spoken to us. What a blessing.
WANT SUMMER READING?
Did you know there are over twenty
great books for adult reading in the
Church Parlor? There are even more
books for youth in the children's Sunday
school room. Feel free to get and read
them, just please also remember to
COUNCIL PERSON OF THE WEEK
July 3-Cassandra Chollet
July 10-Gayle Fellman
July 17- James Coohon
July 24-Angela Jeschke
July 31-Craig Brown
Operating Fund spending for May 2016 was $19,637 versus
our budget of $14,187.
Operating Fund giving for May 2016 was $15,565.
Operating Fund giving for May 2015 was $13,912.
Cash on Hand:
Cash balances as of May 31, 2016 totaled $108,512.
Hymn Sing &
Assisting Ministers: July 17 Linda Haynes; July 24 Toni Post; July 31 Mary McMurray
Psalter: July 3 Warren Leith; July 10 Toni Post; July 17 Mattie Carpenter; July 24 John & Jackie Grunenwald;
July 31 Donna Marshall
Lector: July 3 Rebecca Stapleton; July 10 Ed Janacek; July 17 Russ Walker; July 24 Mary Ann McBride;
July 31 Carolyn Cauley
Ushers: July 10 Bob & Michele Scherzer; July 17 Suzy & Russ Walker
Communion Assistants: July 17 Tom & Cris Staley
Flowers: July 3 Rosemary Vieux Loving memory of Bob Shoemaker & Anniversary ; July 10 Tom & Lil Oseland
Anniversary; July 17 Angela Jeschke To God’s Glory; July 31 Monica Morris Glory of God
Cookies: July 3 Monica Morris; July 10 Angela Jaschke; July 17 Suzy & Russ Walker ; July 24 Edi Bischoff
Altar Guild Member to prepare communion trays– Michele Scherzer
GOD’S WORK.OUR HANDS
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: COMMUNITY TABLE JULY 12 2-7 P.M.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH at 301 BUSINESS TX 35
BACK PACK KIDS SAY
Remember– Although school is out we still need
donations during the summer for The Back Pack Kids so that we have funds
available when school starts.
Altar Guild News
GOOD SAMARITAN FOOD BASKET
Two new sets of green pulpit and lecture
scarves have been purchased for use
during Pentecost season. One set with
purple grapes is now displayed for a few
weeks and another set with a different design will be put up in a few weeks.
The "wall hanging" on the right side of the
sanctuary was designed and put together
by Jo Ann Hees with a few suggestions
from Mary Anne McBride. The seashells
are there to remind us of the seashore
which we all enjoy in the Coastal Bend of
Texas. The blue ribbon and flowers represent our blue skies and water as it brightens up the church. The cross was selected from our Cross Wall in the Fellowship
Hall. Plans are to move the entire hanging
back to there at a later time.
All ladies are invited to participate in Altar
Guild activities. Anyone interested may contact Mary Anne McBride at 361-790-3832 or email [email protected] A very special
thanks to all the ladies (and spouses) for their
service to the church and our Lord Jesus
Christ. His work-Our Hands.
Every second Sunday we gather
food donations for the Good Samaritan Center. This food is given
to needy persons by the volunteers
at the center. Donations are down
during the summer months so we
need to keep this in mind. Bring
non-perishable goods and place
in the designated area.
TUESDAY JULY 12 2-7 P.M.
PARAMENTS for PENTECOST
Provided by the Altar Guild: Mary Ann
McBride and Jo Ann Hees.
SPECIAL EVENT PLANNED
FOR the FIFTH SUNDAY IN JULY
This summer, we are blessed with five Sundays in the
grand, old month of July! So, in order to make it special, we will have an "old-fashioned Sunday" event!
Pastor has asked that parishioners fill out a card with
their favorite hymn to be sung that day as part of the
service, and he plans for us to hear some historical
background on as many of the songs as possible.
So many of the songs that have already been suggested are the "oldie and goodie" type that we are
inviting all of you who are so inclined to come
dressed in clothes from ANY historical era. And, if
you are not into such shenanigans, then just come
dressed comfortably and have a good time praising
the Lord with favorite songs. After the service, we
will have an "old-fashioned" meal followed by tubs of
HOMEMADE ice cream! If you are in town, don't
miss it, and BRING FRIENDS!
LITTLE LOOKS AT LEVITY
Goat for Dinner The young couple invited their elderly pastor for Sunday dinner. While
they were in the kitchen preparing the meal, the minister asked their son what they
"Goat," the little boy replied.
"Goat?" replied the startled man of the cloth, "Are you sure about that?"
"Yep," said the youngster. "I heard Dad say to Mom, 'Today is just as good as any to
have the old goat for dinner.' "
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, E.L.C.A.
2872 Loop 1781
P.O. Box 301 Rockport, TX 78381
LECTIONARY AIDS FOR JULY
July 3, 2016-Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
Jesus commissions His followers to go where He would go and do what He would do. Risking hardship and
danger, they offer peace and healing as signs that the reign of God is near.
July 10, 2016-Luke 10:25-37
In this well-known parable, Jesus shifts the focus of concern from speculation concerning who is one's
neighbor to the treatment of one's neighbor with mercy.
July 17, 2016-Luke 10:38-42
Jesus speaks with two disciples. One is very busy, but the other sits quietly and listens.
July 24, 2016-Luke11:1-13
In Luke's gospel, Jesus prays often and urges His disciples to do the same. Here, He teaches them to pray
and encourages them to trust in God at all times.
July 31, 2016-Luke 12:13-21
The gospel of Luke tells not only how Jesus brought good news to the poor, but also how He sought to save
those who were rich. Here He warns against identifying the worth of one's life with the value of one's possessions.