Fully Alive August 2016 DRAFT3 - holycross- ?· “Alive” by Hillsong Young & Free, “After All” by David Crowder ... free to look them up on Youtube ... Fully Alive August 2016
How would you answer the above question? From my per-spective there are only two pos-sible answers: YES! or NO! We know the answer because our bodies will tell us by how we feel and maybe even look. The Bible talks about the importance of taking care of our bodies. Paul reminds us that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. In his first letter to Timothy he states: Physical training is of some value! (1 Timothy 4:7) By now, we all should know the basics of keeping ourselves physically healthy. But, what about your spiritual health: are you in shape spiritually? What are the basics when it comes to being in good spiritual shape? This is critical because Paul goes on to say: Train yourself to be godly because godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. (1 Timothy 4:8) Right now I can think of at least 75 people who know the basics for staying spiritually healthy. These are the children, youth, and adults who participated in our OlympiOn Vacation Bible School during the last week of July. Here are the basics for good spiritual health: STEP 1 - Listen to God & Gods Word! STEP 2 - Trust God Take God at His Word! STEP 3 - Obey God Do what God says! STEP 4 - Confess to God When you fail, admit it and receive Gods for-giveness! STEP 5 - Follow Gods Way Courageously live the life God has called you to live for Him! It is a simple training regimen. Like all good training regimens, it promises great benefits. And, like any good exercise pro-gram, the time to start is now. Not sure? Then, take Step One right now and listen to God: Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discour-aged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9) You know what to do from there. So, go ahead and follow the steps. You have al-ready taken the first. Helping People Become Fully Alive in Jesus! Pastor S (See OlympiOn VBS pictures on pages 6 and 7 of this issue.) A R E Y O U I N S H A P E ? A U G U S T 2 0 1 6 F U L L Y A L I V E ! Fully Alive! I N S I D E T H I S I S S U E : W O R K C A M P 2 0 1 6 2 C A M P O U T 2 0 1 6 4 P O B L O F A R E W E L L 5 O L Y M P I O N V B S 6 C O M M U N I C A T I N G A N D C E L E B R A T I N G T H E M I S S I O N A N D M I N I S T R I E S O F H O L Y C R O S S Do Workcampers tend to exag-gerate? I have asked myself that question many times. As we traveled back from our re-cent mission adventure in West Virginia, I actually got to sit in the van for a bit and read my care cards (thank God for extra drivers). It seems to always be the case that at least one of these notes of affirmation from a camper says they had the best week of my life. Such responses makes the enormous amount of work, organizing, recruiting, fundraising, planning, and praying that have gone into our camps over the years worth-while. If you look at the photos on this page and the next, I hope you see what all we packed into a week immersed together in our life in Jesus. We hope you will join us in 2017 for The Road, our next Workcamp adventure. Because no, they are not exag-gerating. :) Page 2 F U L L Y A L I V E ! W O R K C A M P M I S I S O N 1 6 : T H E B E S T W E E K O F M Y L I F E ( C E D A R G R O V E , W V ) Page 3 C O M M U N I C A T I N G A N D C E L E B R A T I N G T H E M I S S I O N A N D M I N I S T R I E S O F H O L Y C R O S S Come on out and join us for our first annual Holy Cross campout. Everyone is welcome. It will be held at Chester Woods park on September 16th - 18th. There are still spots open to camp. If you are not a camper, don't worry, you are also wel-come to come for any or all of the activities. The goal is to get to know other Holy Cross fami-lies in a relaxed, fun setting. Here is the schedule: Friday nightbring your roasting stick, lawn chairs, a s'more item, and a story to share around the fire. Saturday AnytimeCome out anytime for hiking, games, and fun. Bring a game to share. Saturday 6:00 pm- Potluck.Bring a dish to pass and your own drink. Plates, napkins, sil-verware provided. Sunday 9:30 am- Outdoor wor-shipBring your lawn chairs. This event is being planned by Ernie & Kathy Freudenburg, Jay & Diane Gatzlaff, and Ken & Lorrie Langford. Contact anyone of them with questions or suggestions. See you there!!! On Thursday evening, July 14, 2016, POBLO / International Friendship Center hosted a Farewell & Goodbye Ban-quet at Holy Cross for POBLOs Director, Kristine Murray, her husband, Dave, and daughters, Juliana and Ella. POBLO Volun-teers, a few POBLO ESL stu-dents, and Holy Cross friends gathered to break bread and pray for God to bless the Murray family as they prepared to move to Oklahoma City. They will be greatly missed. POBLO wel-comes new Director, Katrina Meyer, who has hit the ground running! Please pray for Gods continued blessings on the min-istry of POBO. On Tuesday, July 19, 2016, POBLO held the first of this years series of cooking classes at Holy Cross for international students. Attending were wom-en from China, Korea, Thailand, and Iran. Holy Cross member Karen Kelle and her sister-in-law, Betty Lindberg, taught the women how to make home-made pizzas, dinner crepes, and dessert crepes. The women enjoyed discussing differences in cooking from their native countries, including what spices they use, how they wash fruits and vegetables, and what kind of pans they use for different tasks. Betty shared Jesus words in John 10:10 with the women as an introduction to Jesus and the abundant life that He offers to us. The Holy Cross Ministry Team got to take a break from their work to sample the deli-cious foods at the close of the class. In the second week of class, Karen and Betty took the wom-en to Trader Joes, which sup-ports POBLO with weekly dona-tions of food and flowers; Peo-ples Co-op, to discuss spices and the olive bar, and HyVee, to show the international foods are offered for sale there. Subse-quent cooking sessions will cover homemade soups, pastas, casseroles, roasted vegetables, pies, cookies, and everyday meals. Please pray for Karen and Betty as they move forward, building relationships with the women, and planting seeds of Gods love. And please pray for the students, that they would come to know Jesus as their Savior. H O L Y C R O S S C A M P O U T P O B L O A T H O L Y C R O S S Page 4 F U L L Y A L I V E ! Join us for the first annual Holy Cross Campout! P O B L O F A R E W E L L B A N Q U E T F O R T H E M U R R A Y F A M I L Y ( S e e P O B L O a r t i c l e o n p a g e 4 ) Page 5 C O M M U N I C A T I N G A N D C E L E B R A T I N G T H E M I S S I O N A N D M I N I S T R I E S O F H O L Y C R O S S P O B L O C O O K I N G C L A S S ( S e e P O B L O a r t i c l e o n p a g e 4 ) O L Y M P I O N V A C A T I O N B I B L E S C H O O L Page 6 F U L L Y A L I V E ! Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 Coach Lisa St. Peter shows OlympiOns the torch they will make. Head Coach Fran preparing OlympiOns for Joshua 1:9 Calisthenics Coach Zeke Green leads Recreation. Coach Shelley DeYoung gives instructions for creating Olympic-themed snacks. OlympiOn Praise Team on Day 1 Page 7 C O M M U N I C A T I N G A N D C E L E B R A T I N G T H E M I S S I O N A N D M I N I S T R I E S O F H O L Y C R O S S O L Y M P I O N V A C A T I O N B I B L E S C H O O L S O N G S The OlympiOn VBS children worked hard memorizing Bible verses during the week, helped in part by the fact that two of the songs they learned were verbatim from scripture. The songs, Hebrews 12:1 and Joshua 1:9, are from an excit-ing Scripture Memory series, G.T. and the Halo Express, which includes seven fun stories where Bible truths come to life. Heres a note from Billy Graham about G.T. and the Halo Ex-press: I highly recommend to parents and grandparents this God's Word for Today's Kids series [G.T. and the Halo Express] as a wonderful approach to Scripture memory for children. G.T. and the Halo Express CDs are available at ww.gthalo.com. Other songs that were sung at VBS include God is on the Move by 7eventh Time Down, Alive by Hillsong Young & Free, After All by David Crowder Band, and My Lighthouse by Rend Collective. We hope to continue the use of these songs on Sundays in worship, so feel free to look them up on Youtube and/or purchase them for your own music library. Coach Kevin Kelle helping the children memorize and apply Gods Word. OlympiOn athletes in training! More training! August Issue of Fully Alive! 2703 9th Avenue NW Rochester MN 55901 Phone: 507.289.1354 Fax: 507.289.4815 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.holycross-church.org H O L Y C R O S S L U T H E R A N C H U R C H Non-Profit Org. U.S. POSTAGE PAID Permit No. 264 Rochester MN 55901 Holy Cross children and youth have been actively engaged this summer! See inside for photos of some of the ways God is on the move!