REFORMATION SUNDAY – Next Sunday, October 25. We will celebrate the work of the Holy Spirit in re-forming the Church through Martin Luther and others with festive celebrations at both services.  We traditionally wear red, the symbolic color representing the Holy Spirit, and of course sing with gusto Luther’s great hymn, “A Mighty Fortress!”

ADULT FAITH FORMATION – We are wrapping up our series on “The Blessing of the Four Gospels” today as we focus on the Gospel of John. Join Pastor Dave in the Library about 10 minutes after the service, until 10:55.  Up next: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s magnificent book, “The Cost of Discipleship,” beginning next week.

LWR SCHOOL KITS – Due to the Syrian conflict, Lutheran World Relief has an urgent need for school kits for the children in refugee camps.  Money to assemble and send kits is needed; make out checks to Cross of Christ and add either LWR school kits or LWR shipping fund to the memo line.

CHILDREN’S FAITH FORMATION – There is no Preschool through 3rd grade class today due to the YD retreat.  Children’s Faith Formation will return next Sunday.

THE SOPHIA WAY –   Special request for bus passes, food gift cards and gas cards are needed at the Office to give to women who stop by looking for services.  Bus passes are also needed at the Day Center. Contact Dorinda Otto to learn more.

YOU ARE INVITED TO CELEBRATE – 50 Years of Operation Bootstrap Africa (OBA) and 20 Years of the MaaSAE Girls Lutheran Secondary School (MGLSS)!  Sample East African food and learn more about how these organizations are changing the lives of women, girls and communities across East Africa. You will also have an opportunity to honor God’s work at MGLSS through a financial gift to help purchase solar energy equipment for the school.  Sunday, November 8 from 1:30 pm to 4 pm., Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 2650 148th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98007.

GOD’S WORK OUR FEET – Thank you to everyone who participated!  Make sure you pick up your envelope at the Information Desk.

CAFÉ TANZANIA – A huge ‘thank you’ to Joann Roseburg, Joyce Johnson, and Kirsten Clark for generously donating to our Cafe Tanzania! We now have two great espresso machines up and running at the cafe!  With the new addition of two new espresso machines, the Cafe is ready to satisfy your Sunday morning caffeine cravings! Volunteer baristas have are being trained by a professional Starbucks barista to ensure quality espresso beverages. Cafe Tanzania is now serving all your favorite drinks including Caramel Macchiatos, Chai Tea Lattes, and Hot Chocolate. Stop by, support the congregation’s youth, and donate to our Tanzania Mission!”

SHOES (used) FOR SOUTH SUDAN – Once again we shall partner with Kent Lutheran Church to assist God’s mission in South Sudan.  What we can recycle: Men’s women’s, and children’s shoes. Cleats, sandals, dress shoes and athletic shoes alike. We cannot recycle: Shoes with holes, plastic “flip-flop” sandals, “crocs”, rubber boots, and any women’s fashion boots above the ankle.  Thanks!

ARK SUBSTITUTE TEACHER – The Ark Child Care is looking for substitutes. Must be over 18 and love children. Experience with group care & Early Childhood Education is preferred, but will train.  Contact Ark Director Jan Galbraith at 425-644-5414 or email

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