StartNew Table Talks: June 2017

Hey Holy Cross,

We've set the next round of dates for our StartNew Table Talks.

Click here to sign up for Tuesday, June 13 at 7pm.

Click here to sign up for Sunday, June 18 at 12pm. (This one is after coffee hour and our Sunday service.)

Click here to sign up for Wednesday, June 28 at 12pm.

Have you not been able to attend a scheduled Table Talk at the days and times that have been made available? Click here to email Pastor Matt and recommend a few days and times that you'd be able to make a meeting.

These discussions will have a strict 1.5 hour time limit. RSVPs are required, so please click a date and time that works well for you. A Table Talk will not be held without 6 people signed up.

Childcare is available but must be requested before the meeting.

They will be focused on some specific questions but will also have the opportunity to share and reflect on life at Holy Cross. This is your opportunity to share your voice about our direction. 

If you're coming to a "StartNew Table Talk" there will be some homework to do beforehand to make sure you're prepared. You will be emailed a workbook and we'd also like you to think about five things before you come:
1) an action-oriented favorite Bible verse (something that we do or which God does)
2) a description of what defines us as a church (with a local focus at Holy Cross)
3) an idea of who we want to be at Holy Cross
4) an idea of who we are best equipped to pursue at Holy Cross
5) a short-term, medium-term, or long-term goal for Holy Cross

Through these discussions we're going to be looking for interconnected ideas and thoughts that are related to some questions we think are important to discuss:
1) How do you see Holy Cross moving through our community a year from now, 3 years, 5 years, 20 years?
2) How will we be interacting with the community?
3) What are we doing to relate with people?
4) What are we doing to share the message beyond our walls?
5) What are we doing to meet new people?
6) What are we doing to strengthen relationships?

Crafted By Truth: Daily Bible Reading Plan

We've been doing daily bookmark Bible readings at Holy Cross, with short selections attached to an image that's posted on social media. We want to expand these readings. Starting Monday, May 15, we're going to be using the "Crafted By Truth" reading plan that the Michigan District put together in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation to read the whole bible in one year. 

There is a reading plan available in the YouVersion Bible app which can give you a daily reminder to keep up with the readings. Download the YouVersion Bible app from your phone's app store and then search for the "Reformation Reading Plan." You can also click here to go to the reading plan. The reading plan is organized according to the books of the Bible that the Reformers found most helpful. There is an OT and a NT reading for each day, each week including a "day of grace" to take a reading break and a day for reading the Psalms and Proverbs each week. If you don't have a smartphone, we've printed copies of the daily readings you can pick up after church, or click here to download a copy you can print on your own. 

We hope you'll join us as we continue to read the Bible together.

Click here or on the image below to watch a video introduction for the Bible reading plan, "Crafted By Truth".

StartNew Table Talks: May 2017

 

Hey Holy Cross,

We've set the first dates for our StartNew Table Talks.

Click here to sign up for Tuesday, May 16 at 7pm.

Click here to sign up for Thursday, May 18 at 9am.

Click here to sign up for Thursday, May 25 at 7pm.

Click here to sign up for Tuesday, May 31 at 12pm.

These discussions will have a strict 1.5 hour time limit. RSVPs are required, so please click a date and time that works well for you. A Table Talk will not be held without 6 people signed up.

Childcare is available but must be requested before the meeting.

They will be focused on some specific questions but will also have the opportunity to share and reflect on life at Holy Cross. This is your opportunity to share your voice about our direction. 

If you're coming to a "StartNew Table Talk" there will be some homework to do beforehand to make sure you're prepared. You will be emailed a workbook and we'd also like you to think about five things before you come:
1) an action-oriented favorite Bible verse (something that we do or which God does)
2) a description of what defines us as a church (with a local focus at Holy Cross)
3) an idea of who we want to be at Holy Cross
4) an idea of who we are best equipped to pursue at Holy Cross
5) a short-term, medium-term, or long-term goal for Holy Cross

Through these discussions we're going to be looking for interconnected ideas and thoughts that are related to some questions we think are important to discuss:
1) How do you see Holy Cross moving through our community a year from now, 3 years, 5 years, 20 years?
2) How will we be interacting with the community?
3) What are we doing to relate with people?
4) What are we doing to share the message beyond our walls?
5) What are we doing to meet new people?
6) What are we doing to strengthen relationships?

Holy Cross Oxford Blog

Hey Everyone,

We're launching a blog on our website to make sure information about what's going on at Holy Cross Oxford is as accessible as possible.

Before today, I'd include a weekly message in our email announcements that would go out on Friday. But the problem is that after the email gets sent out and shared on social media, it's not as  accessible for finding information after the fact. 

Our blog's intention is to be a collecting place of useful things that you need to know, whether they're posts about events at Holy Cross, or set lists for our New Song Worship songs, or anything other information from the church or preschool worth keeping around for more than a week.

Thanks for reading!
-Pastor Matt