Advent

There’s a phrase that, every time I hear it, irritates me to no end. It’s not intended to be an irritant, often the opposite. It’s meant as a sign of respect. And so I take it for what it is. But I hear it a lot, and every time I want to grind my teeth in frustration. “I know you’re busy, but…” Busy. In our culture it’s the apex of “making it.” In our culture what we do defines our value, our worth. It’s the first question we ask one another when meeting each other for the first time, the first…

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Pansies, Preparation, and Peace

Yesterday, I planted 6 pots full of pansies...purple, yellow, and some kind of burning mix of orange, red, and yellow.  I began by pulling out the old plants - basil, coleus, and vinca - then pulled off my gloves and got my hands into the dirt,  tucking the pansies into place with some rich potting soil around their roots.              Pansy planting is a fall ritual for me as I prepare my porch for the cool Wilmington winter.  Pansies make me laugh with their funny faces, and they keep me hope…

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ERD for Advent

You can support the work of Episcopal Relief & Development simply by doing your Christmas shopping: ·      Gifts for Life is ERD’s program for providing alternative gifts to those that really need them while honoring your loved ones.  You can choose from many essentials such as clean water, livestock or even micro-credit loans.  Gifts start at just $12 (for a mosquito net).  All Gifts for Life purchases and ERD donations are doubled (up to $760,000) through December 31st.  Catalogs are ava…

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Connections with Friends Update

Connections with Friends has had a busy fall season. Two trips were offered to Kenansville and New Bern.  The ladies who attended had fun and reported that it was a good way to get to know other ladies in our church family. One movie afternoon was planned for October.  A group of ladies saw the movie “Victoria and Abdul” at the Pointe 14 theatre.  It was great to have others enjoy the movie with you. The game group has been meeting on Friday nights for the last 3 months.  We have an average o…

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Message from our New Music Director

My family and I just wanted to thank everyone for being so great to us. Being a part of a new church can be a little difficult but everyone at Holy Cross has made us feel welcome. You all are really great. We are excited for the future and we are thrilled to be spending time growing with everyone. The Roeben Family (Ethan, Kaylee and Zaide)

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Gratitude

The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work… Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!  2 Corinthians 9:6-8, 15 Meister Eckhart,…

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