Holy Cross Lutheran Church

1495 Underwood
Atwater, Ca. 95301 Tel. 209-358-3471
Sunday Service 10:15 Sunday School 8:45

E-mail holycross@pacbell.net
Web site: http://holycrossatwater.wordpress.com/
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Volume 34
No. 11
Nov 2014

"Deny Yourself" August 9, 2014
Then Jesus told His disciples, "If anyone would
come after Me, let him deny himself and take up
his cross and follow Me." Matthew 16:24
Politicians throughout history and all around the
world today will tell you there are certain words they don't like to use. High on that list is the
four-letter word: "deny."
They don't like to use that word because it can get a person unelected. No, far better to
promise the electorate there will be a chicken in every pot and two American-made,
full-sized luxury automobiles in every garage. Indeed, most politicians today have turned
non-denying promises into an art form.
It's true, you know. Especially in an election year, politicians promise to provide for the
unions, even as they increase the profit of the employer. They commit themselves to
preserving the environment, even as they relax controls on pollution. They will strengthen
our country's might, while they cut back on spending for the military. They will stop the
construction of nuclear power plants, while they reduce dependence on fossil fuels. They
will improve roads and schools and double the police forces, but all this, they guarantee,
will be accomplished without anyone paying a penny more in taxes.
No, sir; nobody will have to deny himself in this utopia that will be brought about as soon as
Politician X is elected. Such is the promise.
In the minds and messages of some preachers that word deny has also become anathema and
has been excommunicated from their vocabularies. They reason things out this way: "God is
good and He owns everything. Therefore, if you, a believer, say the right prayer and do the
right things, you can claim a reward from God." The presentation ends with the thought:
"How could a good God say 'no' to such a fine follower as yourself?"
Sound good? I think so, too. The only problem is that teaching does not come from the Bible.
No, if it were true, Adam and Eve could have turned around and reclaimed the forbidden
Garden of Eden. If it were true, the multitude Jesus fed with a few loaves and fishes could
have successfully demanded He do the same for every meal.
Indeed, if it were true, perfect Jesus would have had the cup of suffering pass from His life
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and the cruel cross would have been crossed out of His future. If this "Name it! Claim it!"
doctrine were right, Jesus could have demanded a life in which He lived happily ever after.
But that's not the way it was -- or is. Our Lord denied Himself, He carried our sins, and then
He died. Our Lord denied Himself and because He denied Himself, all who believe on Him
are saved. Because of His denial, we listen when He says, "If anyone would come after Me,
He must deny himself and follow Me."
And how are we to deny ourselves? Well, it begins with loving the Lord with all our
heart, soul and mind. It continues with loving our unlovable neighbor as ourselves. When
Christians deny themselves, when they live a life of thanksgiving for the Lord's grace,
when they support each other, it is a blessed thing and the Savior's story of salvation moves
forward and has a powerful impact on the hearts of the lost.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, I shall always be indebted to You for the sacrifice which
saves me. May I always realize You didn't demand what You deserved so I might have the
forgiveness and a place in heaven I had not earned. This I ask in Your Name.

"Money and Stuff" September 20, 2014
When Jesus heard this, He said to him, "One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and
distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." Luke
18:22
Let me assure you that in the test which follows, I shall not know how many answers you get
wrong. The test is made up of five questions. All you need do is check the "Yes" box, if you
think the passage is in the Bible, and the "No" box, if it is not. The answer key can be found
after the prayer.
Is This Passage In The Bible?
Cleanliness is next to godliness. Yes __ No __
Honesty is the best policy. Yes __ No __
Confession is good for the soul. Yes __ No __
We are prone to sin as sparks fly heavenward. Yes __ No __
Money is the root of all evil. Yes __ No __
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The truth is many of us don't know as much about the Bible as we
think we do. That is especially the case when it comes to what God
and our Savior had to say about money and stuff. This is why this
devotion speaks about money and stuff.
Now, if you're ready to stop reading, please don't. You may be
surprised by what the Savior had to say.
First, let me tell you some of the things Jesus didn't say. He didn't
say many of the things you can hear coming out of the mouths
of TV evangelists. Jesus never had His disciples selling holy
handkerchiefs, inspirational incense, or anointing olive oil soap and water taken from the
Jordan River.
Nor did Jesus ever tell anybody that if they wanted to have God give them money and stuff
they first had to bribe the Lord and get His attention by making a "seed offering." That also
means Jesus didn't imply the larger the seed offering the more money and stuff God would
be compelled to give.
What foolishness!
God has no need of our money and stuff. In the book of Psalms, God says, "I have no need
of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens, for every animal of the forest is Mine ...
and the creatures of the field are Mine ... the world is Mine, and all that is in it" (see Psalm
50).
So, what does Jesus say about money?
The Savior told His followers that money isn't a bad thing: "Just don't let your love for the
stuff get in the way of your love for Me and the salvation I bring." In other places, Jesus said
not to let family get in the way, or your plans. In that spirit, He told the God-loving rich,
young ruler to "sell all that you have, distribute it to the poor ... and come, follow Me" (see
Matthew 19:21).
It was a request the man could not do because -- although he loved God -- he loved his
wealth and lifestyle even more. His is a mistake we dare not repeat as we follow the
Redeemer who gave His life for us. We need to keep first things first, and Jesus should
always be first. And that, my friends, is an idea which is in the Bible.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, grant my heart may be properly
aligned so nothing gets in the way of my love and loyalty to
the Savior. This I ask in His Name. Amen.

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TEST KEY: All the boxes should be checked "NO," since none of these passages is found in
the Bible.
"Discernment" October 12, 2014
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of
insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until
the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ -- to
the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11
People have a hard time discerning what is best.
A number of years ago a young couple came to me for pre-marital counseling. The young
man, who had never been in a pastor's office, was nervous. After a few minutes of trying to
put him at ease, we began. Apparently, my efforts to relax him had been ineffective. When I
asked the first question, he froze. That question was, "Are you entering this marriage of your
own free will?"
The wait for his answer was lengthy.
Finally, his fiancée looked at her intended with a stare of dissatisfaction and commanded,
"For heaven's sake, tell him you want to be here." I've often wondered how that couple is
doing. I do know, on that day, the future groom had a tough time discerning what was best.
People have a hard time discerning what is best. It was a couple of years ago that a cake
decorator in New Zealand was asked to put 1 John 4:18a on a wedding cake. 1 John 4:18a is
a beautiful wedding passage. It reads, "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out
fear."
The decorator, not knowing a lot about the Bible, substituted John 4:18. There is a big
difference between the book of John and the book of 1 John. John 4:18 is not a good verse
for a marriage. When the cake was delivered to the wedding, it read, "The fact is you have
had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband."
The decorator had not discerned what was best.
Sooner or later almost all of us have that problem. Most of us have made meals which
sounded good but tasted terrible. That wasn't discerning what is best. We have counted on
people who betrayed us. That wasn't discerning what was best. We have gone the wrong way
when we traveled; picked the wrong line at the grocery store; spent a bunch of money going
to a movie that was incredibly disappointing. You see, we have a hard time discerning what
was best.
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Thankfully, in these trivial matters not much damage is done, and we can dust ourselves off
and move on.
Of course, there are times when good discernment is important. The apostle Paul, writing
under the Holy Spirit's direction, encouraged God's people to discern how their lives can
glorify the Savior by being pure, blameless and filled with righteousness.
Paul knew that when someone has been washed of their sins by the Savior; when they have
been rescued from hell and promised heaven, they will want to respond to God's grace with a
life filled with thankfulness. Further, he wanted us to remember that the world was watching
our actions to see if Jesus had really made an impact in our outlook.
Finally, Paul knew, as we should know, that if Jesus doesn't make a difference in our days,
well, we haven't discerned what was best.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, give me the wisdom to discern what is best and the courage to
walk that proper and God-pleasing path. May everything I do glorify the Savior who gave
His life for my salvation. In Jesus' Name I pray it. Amen.

In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries

You are here
As I approached a brightly lit, vertical floor plan at a mall, I noticed a woman standing in
front of it for quite a while. “Can I help you find something?” I offered. As people scurried
around us, she replied, “No, thanks. I’m just pausing for a moment.” Then, pointing to the
arrow that announced, “You are here,” she said, “I need to be reminded sometimes.”
Don’t we all! When life gets crazy, perhaps we need to stop, like the wise woman at the mall,
and remind ourselves that we don’t have to try to be everywhere at once. We’re “here,” and
that’s the only place we can be.
Better still, we can imagine a bright arrow pointing to where we are in life, proclaiming,
“God is here!”
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Thanksgiving Food Baskets will be delivered
again this year.
Holy Cross members will be asked to bring
donations for the Food Baskets on

Sunday, November 23rd for the
Worship Service
November 25th for the packing of the
Food Baskets






Food List





Turkey
Ham, canned
Cranberry sauce
Potatoes or Instant Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes
Green Beans, canned

Corn, canned
Gravy, canned or packaged
Stove Top dressing mix
9 inch pie
Jello - gelatin
Cool whip topping
Cash

Election year advice
In 1774, John Wesley, co-founder of the Methodist
Church, offered this advice to people who’d be voting:
• Vote, without fee or reward, for the person you judge
most worthy.
• Speak no evil of the person you vote against.
• Take care your spirits aren’t sharpened against those
who voted on the other side.

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Something's fishy
On her blog “Tales of Wonder,” Marlo Schalesky writes about the
short-lived goldfish her family has accumulated over the years.
When her daughter brought two more home, Schalesky tried to
lower her expectations: “Fish like this don’t live that long.” Yet
those particular fish thrived — one lived five years! Schalesky figured their well water must
have been purer than the city water their previous pets inhabited.
People are like fish that way, Schalesky suggests: What surrounds us has power over us.
Constantly “swimming” in negativity and impure thoughts hinders our growth and
well-being. Yet if we seek Christ-like surroundings, we’ll thrive spiritually.
“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such
things” (Philippians 4:8, NIV).

Returning thanks
After a family sat down for breakfast, the father offered his standard prayer of thanks.
Afterward, though, he began his usual grumbling about financial hardships, the food’s poor
quality, how it was cooked and so on.
One of his children interrupted: “Dad, did God hear what you said a while ago when you
were giving thanks?”
“Certainly,” the father replied confidently.
“And did he hear what you said just now about the bacon and the coffee?”
“Of course,” the father said, more hesitantly.
“Which did God believe?”

Grateful kids
Adults aren’t the only ones who benefit from counting their blessings. Research shows that
thankful kids get better grades, experience less depression and jealousy, and maintain a more
positive outlook on life.
Experts emphasize that parents must model gratitude, especially in today’s consumer-driven
culture. But professor Robert Emmons notes that being thankful usually comes pretty easily
for children. “Kids have a natural affinity to gratitude,” he says. “They often teach parents as
much or more about gratitude than the other way around.”
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Makin' a list
In Daniel Defoe’s classic Robinson Crusoe, the shipwrecked protagonist begins keeping a
tally of his life. He lists his problems as well as a corresponding inventory of things for
which to give thanks.
Crusoe’s pros and cons surprise him. For every evil, a good is present to even it out. For
example, the castaway doesn’t have any clothes — but the weather’s so warm he doesn’t
need any. He lost all his provisions at sea — but has access to water and fresh fruit.
Under the “evil” category, Crusoe writes: “I am singled out and separated, as it were, from
all the world to be miserable.” Yet the corresponding “good” puts things into perspective:
“But I am singled out too from all the ship’s crew to be spared from death; and he that
miraculously saved me from death can deliver me from this condition.”
When you’re tempted to hold a pity party, step back and thank God, your Rescuer, for all the
blessings he provides.

A Veterans Day prayer
God of all nations, you are our Strength and Shield. We give you thanks today for the
devotion and courage of all those who have offered military service for this country …
We ask today that you would lift up by your Spirit those who are now at war; encourage and
heal those in hospitals or mending their wounds at home; guard those in any need or trouble;
hold safely in your hands all military families and bring the
returning troops to joyful reunion and tranquil life at home.
Give to us, your people, grateful hearts and a united will to
honor these men and women and hold them always in our love
and our prayers until your world is perfected in peace and all
wars cease. Through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.
—Rev. Dr. Jennifer Phillips
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Bible Quiz

What was the source of Samson’s
strength?
A. His huge muscles
B. The Spirit of God
C. His uncut hair
D. He inherited it from his father

Give thanks always
Full many a blessing wears the guise
of worry or of trouble;
Far-seeing is the soul, and wise,
who knows the mask is double.
But he who has the faith and strength
to thank his God for sorrow
Has found a joy without alloy
to gladden every morrow.
—Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Answer: B (See Judges 14:19.)
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Wake Up !!
Decide to have a good day.
'This is the day the Lord hath made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.'
Psalms 118:24

Dress Up !!
The best way to dress up is to put on a smile.
A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
'The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.
Man looks at outward appearance,
but the Lord looks at the heart.'
I Samuel 16:7

Stand Up!!
. . . for what you believe in. Stand for something
or you will fall for anything. 'Let us not be
weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we
will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do
good...' Galatians 6:9-10

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Operation Christmas Child
Collecting items for shoebox packing in October.

GIFT SUGGESTIONS
Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy
cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys
that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks,
paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
Non-Liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.
Accessories: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches,
flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.
A Personal Note: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of
yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child
may be able to write back.
Do Not Include: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns,
knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or
lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or
glass containers; aerosol cans.

Deliver to the Church by
November 9th.

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LWML October 13, 2014
President Gail Iken opened the meeting with prayer.
Minutes from the September 8 meeting were presented and approved.
Correspondence needing no action, we received a thank you from Mary’s Mantle and several
newsletters.
Mary Rahn presented the Treasurer’s report. The report will be filed for audit.
The Love Gift for September is designated for the Ruben Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The offering was collected.
There were no Birthday’s.
Christian Growth chairman Connie Northern presented the devotion, “Being Grateful”
No committee reports
Old Business
 The Fall Rally is October 18, 2014 at Lodi. District President, Robert Newton is the
speaker.
 October 25 there will be a Cookie Fellowship starting at 9 AM to bake cookies for the
Country Pantry.
 The Country Pantry is November 1, 2014. Help will be needed for pricing, set up and
staffing the day of the Country Pantry.
 Holy Cross Atwater is hosting the January LWML board meeting January 17, 2015.
We will provide morning snacks and lunch.
Gail printed out some Lutheran trivia for the group.
New business
 The Advent dinner is scheduled for the first Saturday in December. We need to choose a
speaker, menu, and entertainment.
 In the near future the bylaws need to reviewed and updated.
Mites were collected. A devotion for LWML mission project, preparing leader’s for a
diverse world –Concordia College, Selma Alabama was read.
The meeting was closed with the Lord’s Prayer.
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Respectfully submitted, Irene Iken.

VOICE OF CARE MINISTRY TO THE DEVELOPMENTALLY CHALLENGED $50,600

Voice of Care (VOC) began in the Northern Illinois District (NID) of The Lutheran
Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). This district recognized the need to reach and serve the
people who are developmentally challenged. Of the 300,000, over 90% of persons with
disabilities have been raised without belonging to a church home and have a critical need to
know their Savior and receive eternal salvation. With the help of a grant from the LWML
NID in the late 1970s, VOC was able to call the first chaplain to this ministry.
In 2002, NID could no longer include VOC in their budget. In 2003, VOC became
incorporated in the State of Illinois and was approved in February 2004. In May of 2005,
VOC became a Recognized Service Organization (RSO) in the LCMS and a member
organization of Lutheran Services in America. In September of 2005, Rev. Donald
Kretzschmar was installed as the executive director and also served as a chaplain. Over the
years, VOC has had many Deaconess field workers from Concordia University Chicago.
Currently, VOC provides the opportunity to share the love of God to over 600 people with
developmental disabilities who reside and work in secular facilities designed for this
population. Chaplains and volunteers travel to 18 such facilities and share the Bible through
lessons, singing, and prayer. Many residents then share this message to the staff in their own
unique way.
Vision for the future ministry of VOC include:
• increase the number of volunteers from local congregations and establish a Volunteer
Coordinator to monitor and recruit volunteers;
• increase the number attending the Special Needs Camps to 200;
• maintain a camp fee assistance program for those needing help to afford Special Needs
Camps experiences;
• increase the number of individual donors by 10% each year;
• increase the staff;
• increase the number of congregations who will offer disability ministries as an outreach
in their community;
• increase the number of facilities for people with disabilities to 25, up from 18;
• work to become a nationwide model for other districts of the LCMS and for the Church at
Large.
Do you see a need within your own district? Begin with prayer.
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Voice of Care's mission is to equip
the Church to nurture people with
disabilities and their caregivers in
their walk with Christ

PRAYER #1
To God be the Glory!! As we dedicate our mites, reaching out to Your people, keep us
mindful of the power of mites—Your power! This LWML Mission Grant for 2013-2015
helps provide the opportunity to share the love, promise, and hope to those with
developmental disabilities. May the resources made available through this grant give
volunteers that extra assistance as the Word of God is told in story and song. We give all
thanks to You, our Heavenly Father. Amen.
PRAYER #2
Dear Jesus, over the 70-plus years the LWML has been blessed by You. With this Voice
of Care grant, we pray for Your grace on those with developmental disabilities. May the
volunteers’ patience and love reach into their hearts with Your salvation. You alone know
the hearts and minds of all Your children. In Jesus Name, Amen.
PRAYER #3
Our Father in heaven, Holy is Your name. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the
Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future
Jeremiah 29:11. (NIV). VOC has a vision for the future; a vision to reach more of those
struggling with all types of disabilities. We ask for Your direction as VOC uses this grant to
bring the love, comfort, and peace that comes from You alone. We praise and adore You,
gracious Lord. Amen.
PRAYER #4
Dear Jesus, as children and adults, all receive encouragement from the simple song, “Jesus
loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so.” We ask Your blessing on those who struggle
with the meaning of those words, due to their disabilities, reach into their hearts and minds
and give them comfort. We remember in prayer the many volunteers who share the love of
Christ with all they come in contact with. A smile, a hug, the little words, “I love you,” can
mean so much. The future and vision of VOC is in Your hands. Thy will be done. Amen.

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Thank you for the prayers! Dede Johnson

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 5:31 PM
Please pray for a friend of mine, Amber
Cardoza. She has a problem & needs our
prayers.
Thanks, Sharon Roper
Friday, October 10, 2014 4:12 PM
Kenny asked for prayers for his grandma,
Leatha Olin. She is in Mercy Hospital on the
6th floor. She has pneumonia.
Monday, October 13, 2014 10:08 AM
Please pray for Natalie again- she's having
surgery again today.
Thank you, Dede Johnson.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 11:21 AM
Vikki Trexler (Katrina and Kendra's
Grandma Trexler) is moving to the
Franciscan today.
Prayers that she is accepting and comfortable
with the move to her new home.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 1:41 PM
Dear Prayer Warriors, My dear friend Linda
is having a D & C tomorrow the 23rd. I pray
for successful surgery, minimum pain in the
healing and for God to hold her hand through
the process. Your prayers are appreciated
more than words can say.
Hugs & Blessings! Mary Rahn
Thursday, October 23, 2014 8:33 AM
Please pray for Pastor Tim, Ann, and all who
mourn the death of their son Josh. May all of
us be reminded of the hope we have in
Christ's resurrection.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 9:26 PM
Please pray for Vikki Trexler, Katrina Trexler
and Kendra Granado's grandmother, as she is Some have asked for Pastor Tim and Ann’s
mailing address. If you wish to send a card
being evaluated for Alzheimer's/Dementia.
or letter regarding the loss of their son, Josh,
please send it to the following address:
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 3:55 PM
A young girl in our MT neighborhood that
was diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome Tim Francisco
has finally come home after 3 1/2 months in 201 Avenida Majorca Unit F
the hospital and rehab! Here is a link to her Laguna Woods, CA 92637
amazing story.
Thanks.
http://www.krem.com/story/news/local/
Dennis
spokane-county/2014/10/17/10-year-old17

Friday, October 24, 2014 10:25 AM
Thank you friends for all the prayers for my
friend Linda. All went well with the D & C
and the results were as hoped. A bit of
recovery time and all is well. Thank you for
the blessings of all your prayers for
Linda. God is amazing!!! Hugs! Mary Rahn

When We Pray, God Works

children around the world, including how
to pack a shoebox, and where to find your
nearest drop-off location. You can discover
the destination of your gift by making your
shipping donation online, download free
resources from our resource hub, and learn
more about The Greatest Journey, Operation
Christmas Child’s follow-up discipleship
program.

“Continue earnestly in prayer”
—Colossians 4:2
Prayer is at the heart of Operation Christmas
Child as we work to share the Gospel with
children all over the world. As faithful people
like you pray for the project, the Holy Spirit
prompts people to pack shoeboxes, pairs
those gifts with just the right child, and soften
hearts to the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Join thousand of prayer partners by signing
up to pray during National Collection Week
as we lift up every aspect of this Samaritan's
Purse program, from the shoebox collection
and processing to distribution, asking the
Lord to prepare children around the world for
the life-changing message of the Gospel.

November 9th
after lunch

As the Apostle Paul reminds us, God is able
to do “exceedingly abundantly above all that
we ask or think, according to the power that
works in us” (Ephesians 3:20 NKJV)

Completed boxes need to
be at the church no later
than November 16th.

National Collection Week is
November 17–24!
Visit our website to find everything you
need to share good news and great joy with
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The World is Mine
Today, upon a bus, I saw a very beautiful woman
And wished I were as beautiful.
When suddenly she rose to leave,
I saw her hobble down the aisle.
She had one leg and wore a crutch.
But as she passed, she passed a smile.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.
I have two legs; the world is mine.
I stopped to buy some candy.
The lad who sold it had such charm.
I talked with him, he seemed so glad.
If I were late, it'd do no harm.
And as I left, he said to me,
"I thank you,
you've been so kind.
It's nice to talk with folks like you.
You see," he said, "I'm blind."
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.
I have two eyes; the world is mine.
Later while walking down the street,
I saw a child I knew.
He stood and watched the others play,
but he did not know what to do.
I stopped a moment and then I said,
"Why don't you join them dear?"
He looked ahead without a word.
I forgot, he couldn't hear.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.
I have two ears; the world is mine.

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With feet to take me where I'd go..
With eyes to see the sunset's glow.
With ears to hear what I'd know.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.
I've been blessed indeed, the world is mine.
If this poem makes you feel thankful, just forward it to your friends. After all,
it's just a simple reminder that we have so much to be thankful for!
Give the gift of love.
It never comes back empty !

Soup or Chili Lunch
November 9th
After Church
Invite a friend to join you for church
and bring a pot of soup or bread to
enjoy for lunch.

We will setting up the Christmas Tree at
1 pm on November 29th. Many hands
make lite work. See you there.

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Prayers of thanks
To give thanks in solitude
is enough. Thanksgiving
has wings and goes where
it must go. Your prayer
knows much more about it
than you do.
—Victor Hugo

For all the saints
Let there be this difference
between the servants of Christ
and the worshipers of idols,
that the latter weep for their
friends, whom they suppose to
have perished forever …. But
from us, for whom death is the
end not of our nature but of this
life only, since our nature itself
is restored to a better state, let
the advent of death wipe away
all tears.
—St. Ambrose (A.D. 340-397)
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’S SPECIAL DATES
BIRTHDAYS
CATHY W AKEFIELD
IRENE SCHMIDT
ARON SCHMIDT
BRENDA BURGER

11/14
11/16
11/21
11/28

OF OUR

MEMBERS

BAPTISM ANNIVERSARIES
WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
PAM JOHNSON
11/20 HARVEY & HAZEL
11/09
CATHY W AKEFIELD
11/26 JOHN & BETTY
11/11
NICHOLAS JOHNSON 11/26
COURTNEY BURGER 11/30

SERVING IN NOVEMBER
AT

HOLY CROSS LUTHERAN CHURCH
Please Remember: It is up to YOU to arrange coverage if YOU
are UNABLE to serve on your scheduled day. Please contact the
church office with any changes.
THANK YOU FOR USING YOUR STEWARDSHIP TALENTS
BY SERVING DURING WORSHIP!!!
Elders:
Ken Lambert, Jr.
Aron Schmidt
Larry Rogge
Acolytes: Volunteers
Lay Readers: Volunteers
Stewardship:
Doreen Keesler
Anna Bautista
Ushers:
Volunteers

Altar Guild:
Lillian Hopkins
Connie Northern
Altar Flowers/Before &
After Worship Greeters
Sharon Roper
11/07
Harvey & Hazel
11/14
Ken Lambert Jr.
11/21
Mike, Pam & Nick 11/28

If you would like to help with
any of these committees,
please call the church office.
358-3471

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