We are excited for our upcoming Family Weekend

at Holy Cross November 3-4


The gospel creates a healthy community of varied age, ethnicity, and family status. It is our privilege to worship God together as we live out our identity as His brought-together people. In Jesus Christ, we are one spiritual family and therefore we welcome all from Holy Cross to participate with us on this special weekend as we enjoy our identity as God's family.


Saturday, November 3rd

  • Family park day and dinner at Crossroads Park (at Silverbell and Cortaro).
  • Find us at Ramada #1 anytime between 4:30 - 7:00pm.
  • We will have some activities but feel free to bring any basketballs, frisbees, or other park toys. Ramada #1 is next to the basketball courts and ball fields.
  • Our dinner theme is "Friendsgiving" = a special meal where friends get together and have Thanksgiving dinner. Main dish is provided. If you can bring a side dish or dessert of some kind, please indicate on the registration form
  • Register here to let us know how many in your family are attending. (This will help us plan for food)

Sunday, November 4th

  • Special morning of family worship. (available at both services)
  • 1st graders and up will join us for a family integrated worship service and will remain in the sanctuary.
  • Nursery through kindergarten classrooms will remain open. 

🎁 BONUS GIFT 🎁

In anticipation of our upcoming Family Worship Weekend we want to provide a simple means for spending intentional time to learn and consider all God calls you to as a parent, future parent, or grandparent.  Our desire at Holy Cross is for our households to be deeply saturated with the gospel and parents have a crucial role given them by God in creating that culture.  We want to come alongside to equip and encourage you as you live out this calling.  The link below provides a paid-access to streaming Paul Tripp’s latest 4-session conference on principles for Gospel parenting.  It is live and available for your home viewing through November 31.  Included is a discussion guide based on each session.  Also, please note that this conference is a replay of a live event at a different church, and as such, you are able to fast forward directly to Paul Tripp’s teaching.  We know these four hours will certainly bless your home and parenting. Go to conference videos / download study guide


Questions? 

Email our Director of Family Discipleship, Peter Zimmer.


A note to parents of young children

Family weekend is a great time to expose to our young children certain elements of worship that they may not normally participate in. This includes The Lord's Supper, the giving of our tithes and offerings, and to some degree the preaching of certain themes in Scripture. The following sections are meant to help our parents of young children thoughtfully consider how to best participate in, and plan for, our Family Integrated worship on November 4th.


The Lord's Supper

This celebrated event signifies important spiritual realities. Our participation in The Lord's Supper is one of the ways people who have faith in Jesus remember and enjoy the blessings of His grace. For that reason, we remind all parents that children who have yet to be baptized and profess genuine faith in Jesus should not partake.

This does not mean that there is no benefit to our yet-to-believe children during the Supper. On the contrary, it's a beautiful thing to demonstrate to our young children the importance and substance in this meal. As God's people partake in this meal, we proclaim the gospel to one another and point our children to the hope of salvation that is found in Jesus Christ. It also becomes a wonderful opportunity for further conversations with the youngest members of our church family. 

If you are uncertain if your child has expressed genuine faith in Jesus (trust in Christ, repentance of sin, and rest in the gospel), then it is best to not have them participate in the meal. In addition, I, Pastor Pete, and any other elder would love to help shepherd you and your family through these wonderful conversations with your children.


The Giving of Our Gifts

Another intentional moment of participation is the giving of our financial gifts during the worship service. We remind our congregation that the giving of our gifts is not only a biblical act of worship commanded in Scripture but also a clear demonstration of our sacrificial love for God, love for others, and love for the ministry of the church. We encourage you to prepare to make this an intentional time of participation with your young children. Talk to them beforehand about why we give (All that we have is a gift from God. He instructs us to give as an act of obedient stewardship and participation in the advancement of the gospel in the world. It's one way we show our love for others and sharing of what we have.) Consider giving each of your children a dollar bill to put in the offering plate during the service as a physical act of modeling and training of their faith.


Sermon: Violence in the Bible

We will continue in our teaching series through 1 Samuel for Family Weekend and our text brings us to 1 Samuel 17, the story of David and Goliath. This is a common story to adults and children alike. However, if you read the story you will notice that it is very violent and graphic. David and Goliath threaten one another with obscene language, David kills Goliath, cuts off his head, and parades around with his severed head. The dialogue between David and Goliath is also graphic and obscene. This brings us to an important topic of consideration: "How do we teach the violent parts of the Bible to our children?" There are three possible approaches discussed below.

  1. The first approach is to avoid the violent parts, altogether. I've read children's bibles and books that omit certain stories like Cain killing Abel in Genesis 4, the flood in Genesis 6 and David killing Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. 
  2. The second approach is to just tell the meaning of the story in paraphrase, still avoiding the violent parts. 
  3. The third approach is to faithfully tell stories in the bible to our children in ways that focus on the main point without denying or being distracted by the violent elements.

The first two approaches avoid violent themes in the bible and we think that's not always helpful. Violence in the Bible shows us how bad our sin is and what our sin leads to. Our children encounter violence in our sin-filled world through bullying, terrorism, and war. Eventually, the fallen world will confront them and they will need to see the brightness of the gospel against the backdrop of dark sin.


Finally, to pass over the violent parts in the Bible is to pass over the most important story in the Bible--and the most gruesome of all--the cross of Jesus. Our Bible dedicates dozens of verses to Jesus' gruesome crucifixion for good reason--sin is ugly but God's grace is beautiful.


We commit to walking a discerning line with you as we cover biblical stories that include violence. Our aim is to faithfully tell the story without being distracted by the violence. On Sunday, November 4th, we will be teaching an abbreviated sermon through 1 Samuel 17:33-45, 48-49 which includes the reading of David killing Goliath. I will skip the parts where David threatens to cut off his head and stop before he actually does. I'll focus mainly on the wickedness of Goliath, the faith of David, and the faithfulness of God to rescue his people.


In Christ, 


Pete Rehrmann

Lead Pastor