Sunday, December 23rd from 10:15 to 10:45am will be a special time for celebrating Christmas for our Portuguese-speaking members and friends. The coffee hour will be Brazilian themed. Later, there will be a special celebration at one of our church member’s homes for a fellowship time to include Scripture readings, a devotion and traditional Christmas music in Portuguese are all part of this beautiful event. Plus, more delicious food, desserts and drinks will be offered. Contact the church office for more information.
It's our night to prepare, deliver and serve a meal at Father Bill's Mainspring Homeless Shelter in Brockton.
We prepare our "Tator Tot Casserole", and deliver an average of 14 of them! We also deliver salad fixings and dressing and many desserts. Sign up to prepare a meal or help deliver.
It's a meaningful way to love our neighbors!
Today is the day to place your order for gift cards, and submit your payment with a check made out to "Lutheran Church of the Cross." The list of retailers is on the bulletin board and the church receives a percentage rebate for every card purchased. Usually the cards are available the next week!
For more information, see the Scrip page under About Us, or phone the church office at 781-826-5121.
What is Confirmation?
Confirmation is a life-changing event for every youth fortunate enough to participate. Just as youth need assistance to grow physically and academically, the purpose of a confirmation program is to assist the formation of faith in young people. They receive the wonderful surprise of discovering how their faith is a source for building character and learning to make wise decisions. The result is a young person better equipped to deal with peer pressure and other teenage challenges. The youth naturally grows to comprehend the teachings in the Bible and appreciate the many advantages of living according to Christian principles.
What are the main activities?
Tuesday nights (twice monthly) on the scheduled day at the church from 6:45-8:00pm. This is where the students learn why Christians believe what they do.
There also will be social and community outreach events. Past events have included: Feeding Children Everywhere food preparation, SkyZone, bowling, Laser Tag, camping, visiting nursing homes, paintball etc. Feel free to suggest other special events to Pastor Lantz.
The confirmation program is primarily for youth in 6th through 8th grades. Special classes can be prepared for students already in high school. The classes are open to all students 6th through 8th grade whether he or she attends church or not. Maybe there is a friend you can invite? For more information or if you would like to join the class, please contact Pastor Lantz at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
NEHEMIAH CHALLENGE: REBUILD (October 1 to November 21)
Nehemiah courageously led the rebuilding of the city wall in Jerusalem after it had been in ruins for over 141 years. By God’s amazing grace, the project was completed in just 52 days! What could the Lord do in our congregation if we truly gave a 100% effort towards His ministry for 52 days?
Worship 52 visitors
Discipleship 52 people committed to daily prayer and God’s Word
Stewardship 52 people join the Mission Support Team
25% of members commit to percentage offering
Family Life 5 new youth activities (children, middle school, high school, young
2 new ways to improve communication and assimilation
Outreach 5 “Matthew Parties”
2 Community projects
That is a God-sized list of goals; however, we unquestionably can accomplish this and even more if we are willing to step out in faith and seek God’s help.
NEHEMIAH CHALLENGE – UPDATE DAY #46
Getting ready for Sunday’s message: “Keeping a Pure Heart”
Nehemiah 13: 22… “Then I commanded the Levites that they should purify themselves and come and guard the gates, to keep the Sabbath day holy. Remember this also in my favor, O my God, and spare me according to the greatness of your steadfast love.”
Check out the very interesting context of this Bible passage. Success in life can be a very big challenge for our faith.
Question for Biblical meditation: How is God keeping my heart, mind and attitude pure?
More good news from the Nehemiah Challenge:
Another family hosted a “Matthew Party” (inviting friends from church and friends from with no church family)… at the party there were a number of great conversations. One person was even able to talk with a neighbor from a Muslim background. What a great way to graciously share the love of Christ in a natural and effective manner!
Note from Pastor Paul:
I’d just like to express a very heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone that stepped out in faith during this Nehemiah Challenge.
You have heard the call of God and taken time for prayer, read God’s Word, make offerings with a cheerful heart, invite others to come to church, share the unconditional love of Jesus in so many wonderful ways!
I thank God for all of you and look forward to finishing strong these final days of the Nehemiah Challenge. My prayer is that this is just the beginning of a new level of spiritual commitment and joy in how God will impact countless lives for eternity through the ministry of Church of the Cross!
I wish to extend an invitation for an afternoon of food, fun, and fellowship on Sunday October 21st from 1-4 PM at my home. Come enjoy the beautiful views over the cranberry bog from my front porch and my back patio sanctuary. Turkey chili and sandwiches will be provided, please bring a beverage, cheese, crackers, or a dessert to share. I’m looking forward to sharing a wonderful afternoon with you. Best, Kris
Contact the church office for more information - 781-826-5121
From the Open Space Committee: Join them at 10:00 AM on the Folly Hill property for a two mile walk on the Bog Iron Trail. The walk will feature the recent work of Eagle Scout candidate Christian Lyttle, who has added signage and improved the trail. We will walk the trail also known as the "Single Path", so named for Reverend Single, the blind former pastor of the Lutheran Church, who walked through the woods with his dog each day from his home on Broadway. A neat piece of Hanover history and a pretty woodland walk! Sturdy shoes and insect repellent are advised. For more information contact email@example.com. They will be meeting at our far parking lot, by the new kiosk.
There is a huge amount of work to be done outside, so if at all possible, set aside some time to come help. Blowers, rakes, tarps would all be helpful as well! And a special invitation to our Youth looking for Community Service hours. We need some strong young people to clean up the church grounds and could use your help. Gloves will be supplied if you don’t have any. We will be working from 7 AM -12 PM or whenever works for you!.Call me if you want to join us so I can make a list of who will be there. Thank you! Jeff Sampson – 617-877-2104.
A Fall Festival will be held here at church on Saturday, September 22, rain or shine, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The Festival is being organized by the Uptown Group but they are open to anyone and everyone participating. This is a fund raiser with 10' by 12' vendor spaces available for $25. Hot food will be available as well as a bake sale. Please see Linda Giolito (781) 452-7783) and let her know of your interest and support. Sandy Sweetser (781-934-7515 or 781-738-9707) is in charge of renting spaces.
By God’s grace, we are planning our third mission trip in Brazil. The objective is to help support a local Brazilian pastor and his congregation serving in a very poor community. (Canoas, Rio Grande do Sul) As in past years, we will also be working with three large elementary schools and one foster care facility. For more info or if you may like to help financially support this year's mission team, contact Pastor Lantz. (firstname.lastname@example.org) You can write a check and note it's for Project Moses Brazil. Or you can donate by clicking our PayPal button! Thank you!
Every family has dreams of going on wonderful summer vacations. These next two months our congregation will journey through an “A” List of sermon topics that are certain to be fulfilling and life changing. We are at our final destination of this series!
July 29 – “Adoration & Apostles”
This summer will be a time for real growth in God’s Word! Let’s keep praying and inviting others to come for these amazing moments of worship!
Vacation Bible Camp is held from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Monday through Friday. It is offered for children ages 3 - 10 or those entering third grade in the fall. Children and Adults ages 4th grade and up are encouraged to join us to help or to teach!
This year the theme is Concordia's "Splash Canyon" and we'll learn God's promises on life's wild ride! Registration forms are available!
Contact Cathy Hayes at email@example.com or call 781-826-5121 for more information or to register or volunteer to teach or help!
We will be celebrating the end of the school year and the beginning of summer with a Church Picnic right after worship. So, come to church dressed casual! There will be music, games for everyone, and a delicious cookout. This will be a great weekend to invite friends for a visit! If you want to help with the preparations or have ideas to make the event even more fun, contact Pastor Lantz. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
There will be a special Portuguese Bible study at the Cardinal Cushing Recreation Center from 10:30 - 12:30 PM. On the last Sunday of each month, there will be a time for music, prayer and studying God's Word in Portuguese. There will also be games and fun activities for kids and adults. For more information, contact Rosangela Lantz or Pastor Paul.