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11526 – 162nd Avenue NE
Redmond, WA 98052
  Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Outreach Ministries

“Like good stewards for the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” 1 Peter 4:10

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

The Sunday Big Book Study of AA meets at Holy Cross on Sunday evenings in the Fellowship Hall from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Stillwater House

Stillwater House is a group home for mentally disabled adults. We provide Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas holiday dinners. Sign up sheets for individual dishes are posted in the fellowship hall prior to each holiday. The residents of Stillwater House are always very pleased and grateful for the wonderful meals we provide to help make the holidays special. Once a month we celebrate a Eucharist service at Stillwater.

Best Beginnings Preschool

Best Beginnings offers the Eastside community a unique education experience. The school serves preschool children ages 3–5. Through the use of a strong developmental, theme-based curriculum, we provide opportunities for children to develop their emerging skills in the areas of fine motor, language, academics, art, and math while promoting a life-long love of learning through a hands-on, fun environment. (more info)

Christmas Giving Tree

During December, a giving tree is displayed with tags that indicate a gift for residents of Stillwater House. After selecting a gift tag, the item is purchased, wrapped, and returned with the tag attached. This is an easy way to share your blessings with others during the holiday season.

Food Bank Farm

Congregations for the Homeless

Twelve churches on the Eastside open their doors (and kitchens) to homeless men for one month each year. The men are able to sleep in the church and receive breakfast, lunch and dinner. To qualify, they must be actively seeking to improve their situation through interviewing for employment or, if employed, saving money towards a deposit for a rental. The congregation of Holy Cross assists St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Medina, in July and Redmond United Methodist Church in January by providing dinners at the respective churches for these men. There are usually 25 men in the program. Sign-up sheets are available four weeks in advance. Families, youth groups and men’s groups are encouraged to sign up.

ESL: English as a Second Language

Through ESL we help non-native speakers become more comfortable speaking English and interacting in American society. Volunteers willing to help mentor, substitute or babysit are needed for 3 month terms, one or two days a week 10am to 11:15am.

Green Elephant Plant Swap

Come rain or come shine about 70 gardeners gather to exchange and share plants and advice with all at our Green Elephant Plant Swap. This happens on the first Saturday of January, March, June, and November from 10:00am to noon in the parking lot of the church. We can always use volunteers to help set up and take down (20 minutes each), act as host, oversee the coffee table, schmooze or donate plant materials from your yard. (more info)

Habitat for Humanity

When a Habitat for Humanity family moves out, the house needs to be readied for the next family by repainting and performing whatever repairs are needed. In Winter, 2012, Holy Cross has the privilege of flipping one of the houses in Redmond (Patterson Park). We commit to the work inside and to raising about $15,000 to buy out the owners who are leaving. This is a one-time outreach for 2012 (and qualifies for Microsoft Matching Gifts). We will host a spring auction to raise money for this project. There are lots of volunteer opportunities! Inside the house we will need painters and other handy folk to do the makeover.

We are currently looking for a volunteer to lead this ministry!

Kairos Prison Ministry

Kairos is an international interdenominational Christian ministry presented in men’s and women’s prisons in October and April over a 3½-day weekend. Volunteers attend Saturday morning team meetings (usually eight) during the three months preceding the weekend. The purpose of Kairos is to establish strong Christian communities among the populations of correctional institutions. Holy Cross members who have attended Cursillo or other three-day renewal movements are eligible to work on a team.

Mission Trips and Pilgrimages

Upon completion of each two-year youth group participants are given the opportunity to go on a mission trip or pilgrimage which may take place in a variety of locations in the United States and abroad. (more info)

Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse

As an outreach effort the Sunday school participates in the Samaritan’s Purse: Operation Shoebox. Families shop for gifts of toiletries, clothing and toys to fill a decorated shoebox. Boxes are sent to needy children around the world.

Redmond Interfaith Blood Drives

Under Holy Cross leadership, four churches in Redmond (Holy Cross, United Methodist, Redmond Presbyterian and Meadowbrook) have banded together to help meet our community need for 800 units of blood per day. Puget Sound Blood Center provides the technicians and we connect with the donors in this very unselfish gift of one hour that translates into potentially three lives saved. Blood drives are held every two months with announcements in The Cross and The Messenger. We also provide homemade cookies. Won’t you say “YES” to giving? (more info)

Union Gospel Coat and Blanket Drive

In November we collect blankets and coats for the Union Gospel Mission in Seattle where they are distributed to the homeless and those in need. Our youth group decorates collection boxes and members of the congregation provide transportation of the collected coats and blankets to the Mission. Everyone is invited to participate in this ministry by donating our extra blankets and gently worn coats.

YWCA Apartment

The YWCA shelter in Redmond provides long-term stability for a family that has been torn apart by domestic violence. About once a year Holy Cross gets called upon when a family moves out and a new one moves in. We clean, paint and furnish the apartments with new linens, bathroom and kitchen supplies. All funds are provided by the Outreach Fund of Holy Cross, which amount to about $1000 a year (gifts qualify for Microsoft Matching Gifts). We can always use volunteers to shop for the family and restock the apartment.

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