|the Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross “Gathering people together in the love of Christ.”||Office@HolyCrossRedmond.org
11526 – 162nd Avenue NE
Redmond, WA 98052
|Tuesday, April 25, 2017|
Parish Life and Fellowship Ministries
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35
The Advent Tea is a fun and special annual event for the women of Holy Cross to enjoy music, meditation, fellowship and great food together and is a great way to enter into Advent and prepare for the Christmas season. Invitations are handed out at all services about three weeks prior to the event and notices are included in the bulletin. The tea is held in a member’s home the morning of the first Saturday in Advent.
Holy Cross Day Picnic
In mid-September we reunite after busy summer schedules and celebrate Holy Cross Day with a potluck picnic and barbecue. The picnic follows the 11:00am Sunday morning service. Help is always needed to plan, set up and clean up.
Mardi Gras Dinner
On the Tuesday night before Ash Wednesday, we celebrate the coming of Lent with a Mardi Gras family dinner. This is our last chance to celebrate before the somber, reflective time of Lent and is a great chance to spend the evening with other church families and enjoy a delicious meal! This event has many opportunities to participate in food preparation, serving, set up, clean up and enjoying a good dinner with family and friends. A new tradition for Mardi Gras has been the addition of the Dessert Dash. Participants pool their money and the highest bidding table runs first to choose a dessert. Desserts are donated by the youth and all proceeds benefit their youth missions and pilgrimage.
The Seder originated as a ceremonial dinner celebrated to remember God’s deliverance of the Jewish people, the Passover. The dinner uses all five senses as the narrative describes the story of how God keeps his promises, of redemption and salvation and about God’s work in our history. The story includes Faith, Hope for the future, and the Love of God. Jesus celebrated the Seder at the Last Supper and commanded us to “Do this in remembrance of me.”
Holy Cross celebrates the Seder during Holy Week, on the Thursday before Easter (called Maundy Thursday). While ceremonial, it is a lively time of companionship and celebration. The events commemorated in the Seder foreshadow Christ’s coming. All ages attend and everyone takes turns reading the liturgy. There is symbolism as we light candles and taste the bitter herbs. A delicious dinner is served, and then we continue the story to the events leading up to the Crucifixion. We end with a solemn stripping of the altar, leaving in silence to ponder the miracle and resurrection that we know is to occur.
We reserve camping sites at Camp Casey, a privately owned facility on the west side of Whidbey Island, for the first weekend in August for a time of fun, relaxation, and fellowship. Reservations are required.
Book Club is a monthly gathering of reading enthusiasts (99.9% female) who discuss a book previously chosen by the group. The group chooses books for the year in September; books are discussed October through June over dessert and coffee. We meet the second Tuesday of each month. Special occasion meetings in the summer might include a movie or a potluck for those members in town. Book club is a great way to meet new people and expand the genres you read. (more info)
Coffee Hour Hosts
Coffee Hosts provide hospitality, coffee and tea following the Sunday services. Hosts set up tables with cups, cream, sugar, coffee, tea, etc. Clean-up involves putting away dishes and loading the dishwasher. This is a great opportunity to get to know new people.
The Seniors Group jumps into the church van once a month and heads off to places of interest (Leavenworth, the Seattle Zoo, Mariners games, the Flight Museum, for example) for a fun-filled day of fellowship. We also get together for a Christmas Party and a summer salmon barbeque. All fun-loving adults 55 and over are welcomed to join us! (more info)
Small Dinner Groups
These dinners are a great opportunity to make new friends and get to know old friends better. Groups of six to eight are formed twice a year. At mutually agreed upon dates, participants meet for dinner at each other’s homes.
Sunday Afternoon Outdoor Adventures
The Adventure Group meets on the first Sunday of each month after Church (about 11:45) in the parking lot by the Holy Cross vans to explore an out-of-the-way place or event in our community. The outings involve light trail hikes, trips to beaches or large local parks and zoos or museums and we use the church vans for transportation. Quaint little ice cream shops are a necessary part of the trip back to the church. We return at 5:00pm. A newsletter is posted on the back wall of the Fellowship Hall that describes future treks. This is a great way to meet people and appreciate this area - please join us! All that is required is a lunch, a camera and a smile (and appropriate clothes, of course).
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