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What’s Happening at CofC: Week of 5/8/16

BLESSINGS TO FOREST AND ALDEN ON THEIR BAPTISM today at the 9 am service. Forest and Alden are twins sons of our Director of Music Ministry David Hendrix and wife Sarah.

ADULT FAITH FORMATIONWe continue our series “Grafted into the Olive Tree – Christianity’s Jewish Heritage.” You’re invited to come to this uplifting, energetic time of learning in the Library between worship services on Sundays, beginning about 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.  We’d love to have your child join us in the Youth Room!

ANNUAL MEETING JUNE 5 Among the items on the agenda for the meeting is a vote by the congregation on amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws to bring us into compliance with the ELCA Model Constitution.  Several copies of the revisions are available at the Information Desk. You can also view the document on the church’s website: http://www.crossofchristbellevue.org/constitution-bylaws-amendments/ .

PLEDGE CARDS There is still time to turn in your Pledge Card. Please feel to mail it in, drop it by the office, place it in the offering plate, or put it in the box on the Information Desk in the Narthex. Thank you.

CONGREGATIONS FOR THE HOMELESS Cross of Christ is hosting the men of CFH during May. If you would like to help out or have questions, contact Nadine Bentsen at 425-747-1543 or nadinebentsen@yahoo.com or Ann Huseby at 425- 922-6319 or ahuseby@comcast.net.

LEGACY PLANNING SEMINAR SATURDAY – What kind of legacy do you want to leave? Do you have a will, living trust, power of attorney, and medical directives to make sure your end of life wishes are carried out?  What conversations should you have with your children and other family members about these issues? Does the church or pastor know what kind of funeral or memorial service you desire, what your favorite hymns are? An informative presentation sponsored by the Cross of Christ Endowment Board will be held on Saturday from 9 am to noon. A sign-up sheet is available at the Information Desk. We strongly encourage you to attend and bring your adult children and/or other family members with you. For questions, please see Hal Mills or Linda Capron.

JUNE GARDNER (KARFSTEDT) MEMORIAL SERVICE SATURDAY – Members of Cross of Christ are invited to the service at 1:30 in the Sanctuary, and the reception following in the Fellowship Hall.  Pastor Adrienne Schlosser-Hall is officiating.

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE TOWEL DRIVE – Our Sunday School students’ Spring CLEANing Towel Drive collected over 120 towels, which were delivered this week to the Compass Housing Alliance in Seattle this past week; they will be used in their shelter programs.

 THIRD SATURDAY HIKERS – Our next outing is Saturday, May 21, and it will be to tour the Wild Horse Wind Farm, east of Ellensburg.  This hike features easy walking and beautiful views, including fascinating up close and person views of the giant windmills.  Questions? Ask Erik Paulson: ErikPaulsonCC@Comcast.net

TANZANIA TEAM MISSION Part of our mission is to bring needed items to the girl’s school. We are asking for donations for the following items: jewelry findings- stainless steel/ sterling silver earring hooks, barrel clasps, O-rings, (these can be found at JoAnne Fabric, Michaels with coupons), battery -operated smoke alarms for dormitories (can be found at Costco, First Alert that are good for 10 years), school supplies such as new pencils, new pink erasers, rulers, black pens, compasses, protractors (found at Dollars stores), and stethoscopes. Monetary donations are always accepted.  You can make a check to Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, Tanzania Mission. If you have questions call Mary Mehlum – 425-281-1967. Thank you for your help.

ARK SEEKING TEACHERS – The Ark is looking for a lead teach, assistant teacher and substitutes. If you know anyone who is interested, please contact Ark Director Jan Galbraith at 425-644-5414.

JOIN THE COOKIE BRIGADE Cookies are needed for Sunday Fellowship. Please sign up at the Information Desk.

FLOWER DEDICATIONS If you would like to dedicate or provide flowers there is a sign-up sheet on the North wall of the Narthex.

SOPHIA WAY UPDATE – Front desk volunteer needed Mondays 12:30 to 4 pm.  This is at the new offices at 11061 NE 2nd St in Bellevue. This year honor your mother on Mother’s Day with a donation to the eastside homeless women’s shelter. Information can be found at: http://sophiaway.org

EASTSIDE WINTER SHELTER FOR WOMEN AND FAMILIES – The current shelter is at Overlake Park Presbyterian, 1836 156th Ave NE, Bellevue.  Meals are still needed. Contact them via www.tinyurl.com/wintershelter15-16. The shelter is also in need of feminine hygiene products, diapers of all sizes, and blankets, which can be dropped off at Overlake Park Presbyterian.

QUILTS AND PERSONAL CARE KITS SUNDAY RECAP AND THANK YOU – Thanks for supporting Cross of Christ’s Quilting ministry. Following Quilt Sunday last week, 113 quilts were distributed to: Baby Corner (12), Sophia Way (8), Compass Alliance (35), Congregations for the Homeless (9), and Lutheran World Relief (49). Personal Care Kits totaled 156 this year and all go to Lutheran World Relief.  Thanks to you, 156 people will feel better.  Please join us if you would like to help. Our next shipment is in six months.  We are in need of bottom sheets (colored) and transportation to deliver the quilts and kits. There are many hands doing the work, but we’d love more!  We tie quilts on 2nd and 4th Mondays, 10am to 2pm. Bring a lunch.

ONGOING PRAYER CONCERNS – For those unable to attend worship: Lillian Anderson, Jim Bone, Pat Budzius, Leona Lenschow, Bill and Betty McConnell, Mary Moen, and Gerry Pittenger.