Welcome

We welcome you to the Church of the Cross web site and encourage you to go from web to Worship with us in either Sunday Morning service (9:30 am) or Contemporary Worship (12:00 pm). Sunday School is at 10:45 am for all ages.

We have a favorite saying here, “Welcome to Church of the Cross: it’s not our church its GOD’S church.”  We are a group of believers who wish to follow God’s mission for us individually and as a Christian community.  We do this through our relationship with Jesus Christ our Lord, that relationship being nurtured through prayer, word, worship and service together.

All are welcome to seek God’s grace, mercy, forgiveness and living presence at Church of the Cross.  Come and see how the one true living Christ can renew your life, the life of your family, and heal the wounds we all get from life’s struggles.

The Pastor’s Note

Pastor Jim           

                               

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‘Tis the season of joy and light and hope.

‘Tis also the season when we get busy and sometimes worn out with all the busyness.

‘Tis the season when we wonder at times, “What is it all about? Why are we rushing around so much?”

What would our preparations for Christmas look like if we were not focused on you and me? What would Advent look like if were focused on Jesus instead, and the kind of community Jesus is calling us to be? What can we do this year, to experience that joy, light, and hope of the season?

“Do we spend our holiday season worrying about presents for people, purchasing stuff they might not need at all, all because we think that’s what we are supposed to do? Or do we follow God’s way, a new way to live?”

Our culture in the United States rates the success of the Christmas season by how much money we spend. If retailers have good sales, than, well, it’s been a good season.

I’m uncomfortable with that. What about you?

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, we can ask ourselves, “What are we celebrating at Christmas? Is it about the gifts, or the people? Is it about pleasing our children and other loved ones? Or is it about being with them? How do our daily decisions express our values as Christian, a people who celebrate the arrival of Jesus the Christ here on earth?”

This Christmas season, as we prepare to celebrate God’s Presence, here with us on earth, I invite you to try something that Ginsburg United Methodist Church down by Dayton started doing: spend only ½ as much on buying gifts and decorations, and then give an equal amount (the other half) to a cause that honors Jesus’ birth.

Here is a way to experiment with that approach: buy one gift for loved ones, and then ask them what project or causes they value. Make a donation in their name.

However you celebrate Christmas, I’m eager to hear your response to this idea that we could spend ½ as much on buying things, and then give an equal amount to a cause that honors Jesus’ birth. I’m finding this to be a challenge, yet also feel drawn to try it. I’m going to give it a try. How about you?

Peace

Pastor Jim