WELCOME FOREST AND ALDEN HENDRIX! – Twin boys born to Sarah and David, our Director of Music Ministries, a week ago today.  Mom and boys are doing just great. The twins will remain in the hospital for some time as they continue to grow but David reports all is going very well. Please continue to hold the Hendrix family in prayer as we celebrate with them!

ADULT FAITH FORMATION – We’re beginning a new series today titled “Ephesians: A Study in Unity.” Pastor Dave will led this six-part series through the letter the Apostle Paul wrote to the churches of Ephesus focusing on the uniting and reconciling mission of Jesus Christ. You’re invited to come to this uplifting, energetic time of learning in the Library between worship services on Sundays, beginning at approximately 10:15 and ending at 10:55.

CHILDREN’S FAITH FORMATION/SUNDAY SCHOOL – for age 3-3rd grade continues! Our Faith Formation program is designed for children to be able to drop in any time they happen to be here. Right now we are taking a Lenten journey that will end with the joyful celebration of Easter.  We’d love to have your child join us!

LENTEN SOUP SUPPERS Each Wednesday through March 16 a soup supper will be served at 6 pm each Wednesday in the Fellowship Hall. A Midweek Lenten service will follow at 7 pm in the Sanctuary.  If you would like to bring a pot of soup or help with the supper on March 9, please contact Sharen Stoll at Bellevuesharen@yahoo.com or 425-484-7078.

ARK SELLING CARDS TO BUY PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT – The Ark is selling four different boxed sets of beautifully embellished greeting cards, with envelopes, to raise funds for the purchase of new outdoor equipment.  Samples are available today in the Narthex.  Cost is $32.85 per set including tax. Orders can be placed today. Thank you for supporting the Ark!

YOUTH QUAKE NEXT WEEKEND – Our Middle and High School students will be joining hundreds of other Lutheran teens from around the state and region for a weekend filled with high-energy worship, interesting break-out learning sessions, service project and tons of fun at Youth Quake, a Lutheran youth retreat in Olympia beginning Friday evening and wrapping up Sunday morning. To learn more please connect with Director of Youth Ministries Kristie Walker at youth@cofclc.net

LIGHTING PROJECT UPDATE – Significant progress was made this week! Most of the installation is completed, although several details remain to be worked out. Next steps include adjusting light levels and direction as well as learning the impressive programming capabilities of the system. Thanks for your patience during the installation process.

CROSS OF CHRIST HOSTING SOPHIA WAY SHELTER IN MARCH Representatives of The Sophia Way and Catholic Community Services of King County contacted Cross of Christ this week with an urgent and last minute request. Their shelter for single women was desperately looking for a host congregation in March when the congregation scheduled to host was denied due to a new permitting process in that church’s city. With our extensive experience and with dedicated volunteers willing to step up at this late date to champion this cause, Cross of Christ has offered to meet this critical need.  We will be providing shelter for 12-24 women overnight, from 8:30 pm to 6:45 am. At least two staff members from Sophia Way and/or Catholic Services will be on site during these hours. If you or your group would like to provide a meal please go to this website http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f48adaf2ba02-winter to sign up. To learn more, or to volunteer to help with meals, please contact Ann Huseby 425-. 922-6319 or ahuseby@comcast.net.

OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT SOPHIA WAY – Sophia Way also continues to seek donations of food, clothing and volunteers. Clothing donations can be dropped off at Value Village in Kirkland.  12515 116th Ave NE, Kirkland. Food can be dropped off at the Sophia Way Day Center at Sophia’s Place at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 3030 Bellevue Way. Volunteer orientation will take place this Thursday from 4-5 pm. Call Tara at The Sophia Way to R.S.V.P. at 425-463-6285.

BELLEVUE GIRLCHOIR CONCERT – Darcy Morrissey, Director of Bellevue Girlchoir which rehearses each Monday and Wednesday here at Cross of Christ, invites the congregation to “A Day in the Life,” a concert featuring John Rutter’s “Mass of the Children,” presented by the Bellevue Chamber Chorus Concert and featuring both the Bellevue Girlchoir and Boychoir, on Saturday, March 19, at 7 pm, at Bellevue Presbyterian Church. See the flyer on the bulleting board outside the Library for more details.

PAGETURNERS’ BOOK CLUB – meets tomorrow at 3 pm at the home of Hildegard Schmidt. The book is “Wild Swans” by Jung Chang, a non-fiction account of life under Mao in China. The book in April is “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr.  All are welcome.  Contact Hildegard to learn more at 425-747-5249.

NEW TIME FOR WEDNESDAY BIBLE BREAKFAST – 7:30 am, in the Conference Room (204).  Everyone is welcome.

SEE THE TULIPS WITH THE LARKS on a Skagit Valley Tulip Tour Thursday, April 14. The tour will leave from Cross of Christ at 8:30 am and return at approximately 6 pm. The cost of tour is $70 per person, a lunch BBQ is available for an additional $8 – $15.  A sign-up sheet is available at the Information Desk in the Narthex.  For more information contact Heidi Fine at 425 885 6750 or email finealso@comcast.net.

JOIN US AT THE BALLPARK The LARKS are organizing an outing to Safeco Field for Sunday, September 4, to watch the Mariners play the Los Angeles Angels from our own private suite complete with great food! Carpools will leave from Cross of Christ. Sign up at the information desk. Cost is approximately $120 per person, payable to Jock McNaughton.  Contact Jock at 425-641-1874 or jockandjudy@hotmail.com to learn more.

CHURCH WORK PARTY SATURDAY –  Contact Art Hill for more information at 425-747-6932 or ireland1946@hotmail.com. 

WELCA SPRING LUNCHEON— Save the date: April 9 at 11:30 a.m. All women welcome.

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