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July Book Club

The Secrets We Kept  by Lara Prescott

July’s book is The Secrets We Kept  by Lara Prescott. We’ll discuss the book via Zoom on Thursday, July 23rd. The paperback was released on June 30th. If you want to borrow a book for your tablet, here are some apps where you can download it to your tablet or laptop. Some sites are: OMNI Libraries (Online Media of Northern Illinois), EReadIllinois.com, and HooplaDigital.com.

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Cross of Glory Worshiping “Drive-in” Style

Join us in the parking lot at Cross of Glory.

We will be following state recommendations…

Drive-in services involve congregants driving to a common location and worshiping together from their household vehicle, while listening to either a remote service or one that is broadcast through speakers. If done correctly, these types of services pose a low risk of infection. Maintain distance between cars so that there is more than six feet of distance between any group of congregants and another group of congregants – particularly if car windows are open. Restrooms should be regularly sanitized and have sufficient soap and hand sanitizer.

From Pastor Dana…

Hello everyone,

As we get ready to worship outside at the Cross of Glory building this Sunday, I’m sending you all the liturgy for Sunday’s worship. It includes all the spoken words and all the song lyrics. 

If you are planning to come and worship at the building, this attached document is essential. We do not have a screen outside, so you need to either copy the attached document and bring copies with you, or you need to download it and get it off your ipad or phone. We will not have copies available, so make sure you bring enough for everyone in your car. 

So remember, here’s what you want to bring:

        • A copy of the liturgy (AVAILABLE HERE)
        • a mask for everyone if you are coming out of the car (this is key — it is how we love our neighbor!!!)
        • your own chair if you’re coming out of the car
        • communion elements (bread and wine or juice)
        • wear a pride shirt or some other colorful shirt if you want to be in the video we’re creating after worship for Pride Month
           

Lots of grace and a sense of humor would be good too.  We’ll have people who will help you park (every other parking space). And if you are coming up front, please wear masks and socially distance — we’re shooting for 10 feet between groups because we are singing. 

I’m so looking forward to seeing your smiling faces (even if your smiles are behind masks). And if you’re just not comfortable coming to worship in person yet (or you are feeling at all sick and are staying home), that’s fine — you can join us live on our Cross of Glory Facebook page

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PFLAG Chapter – Meeting Monthly

Cross of Glory is super excited to be able to reach out into the community AGAIN and be a host for a new chapter of PFLAG Homer Glen Lockport.

PFLAG is a nationwide organization that envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

Our mission is to build on a foundation of loving families united with LGBTQ people and allies who support one another, and to educate ourselves and our communities to speak up as advocates until all hearts and minds respect, value and affirm LGBTQ people.

PFLAG has over 400+ chapters and now Cross of Glory hosts one of them! Thank you Cross of Glory!

We meet via Zoom on the last Tuesday of the month. Our next meeting is on July 28, 2020.

Any questions – please feel free to contact either Michelle Eckmayer, President, Lisa O’Malley, Secretary or Allen Kirkland, Treasurer our email is Pflag.hgl@gmail.com.

PLEASE LIKE AND SHARE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE – Pflag Homer Glen Lockport.

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June 2020 Book Club

A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage

You still have time to read the book and join us (via Zoom) at book club at 7 pm on June 25th. June’s book is A History of the World in 6 Glasses, by Tom Standage – a little history about how beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and Coca-Cola changed history. There are new and used books on Amazon at lower prices. If you don’t want to buy a book, let me know and we’ll send a book after someone’s finished it. Please contact Cheryl Nabors with any questions.

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May Book Club

I Am No One by Patrick Flanery

You still have time to read the book and join us (via Zoom) at book club at 7 pm on May 28th. May’s book is I am No One, by Patrick Flaner – a quickly moving psychological thriller that reflects our own world where surveillance is increasingly accepted. Please contact Cheryl Nabors with any questions.

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Little Food Pantry and Little Library Kiosks

We have a new little free library and little free food pantry set up near the cross. Anyone can take and/or contribute to the library and pantry. Just stop by and take what you need and share what you can. (The motto for the little libraries is “take a book, share a book.”)

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Coronavirus Message from Pastor Dana – March 16, 2020

Hi everyone,

Thanks to all of you who helped make yesterday’s worship work!! We were able to transition from all of us gathering, to just a few present and most online via Facebook, to what we’ll see in the future — all of us on Facebook. We also learned that we are able to do our music without running into any online streaming problems. 

So starting this Sunday (March 22), and for as long as necessary, our Sunday worship will occur only online via Facebook. Make sure you are sitting in front of your computers at 9:30 each Sunday to participate in worship (and I do mean participate). 

Also, all other COG in-person meetings are cancelled. That means no more Lenten midweek meals or other COG meetings at this time. (We are a polling place on Tuesday, and it looks like that is still on.) At this point, the plan is to have someone at COG for a couple hours each day, although that may change at any time so please feel free to contact me on my cell at 414-916-3241.

 I recognize that all this uncertainty makes it all the more important that we stay connected in whatever ways we can. So we’ll try to take advantage of the interactive features of Facebook to keep us all connected during Sunday worship. And we will try to use technology to meet in other ways — more info on that later. 

I also realize that this is a scary time for all of us. Our health, our finances, our relationships — pretty much our entire “normal” way of life — are changing very quickly in very challenging ways. We all know that we are facing some difficult times ahead, and that our “new normal” will look pretty different for awhile. (“Hunker down” was the phrase I heard this morning.) It is very important that we all take the Coronavirus situation seriously by following CDC and other government recommendations. But remember everyone — we are in this together.  And we need to be there for each other — not physically in many cases, but in other ways – phone, email, letters, texts, chatting online, and in whatever other creative ways we can do that. And we need to be aware of friends, family and neighbors who may be in at-risk or frontline groups. I’d love to hear your ideas on what we can do for them as well. 

Finally, everyone — please try to extend a bit more grace to others. We are all dealing with slightly different concerns and situations. As Christians, we always need to approach others with empathy and love, but even more so at this time. And people of God, don’t ever forget — God is in this; we are not alone. 

This situation is changing hour by hour, so please check your email and our Facebook and website often for updates and other information. And if you’re not on Facebook already, please consider joining so you can be a part of our Sunday worship. 

Here are links to our sites:

Cross of Glory Lutheran Church Facebook page (this is our publick site where we’ll have Sunday worship): 

https://www.facebook.com/CrossOfGloryHomerGlen/

Our smaller Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/73511614150/

Cross of Glory website:  https://crossofglory.com/

May God be with you all,

Dana

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In the Loop: 03/15/2020

    • PFLAG Meeting – March 31st (Cancelled)
    • Book Club – March 26 (Becoming by Michelle Obama)
    • April Women’s Event – April 2 (The Greatest Showman at the Rialto) (Cancelled)

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Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser – May 1st

We will hold our annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta fundraiser for Centro Infantil de los Angeles, on Friday, May 1st starting at 6PM. We are accepting donations for raffle baskets and monetary donations for the benefit of the daycare at Centro Infantil.

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In the Loop: 03/08/2020

  • PFLAG Meeting – March 31st
  • Soup Suppers in Lent – Wednesdays at 6:00 starting March 4
  • Book Club – March 26 (Becoming by Michelle Obama)
  • April Women’s Event – April 2 (The Greatest Showman at the Rialto)
  • Welcome Place Preschool
    • Pancake Breakfast and Open HouseMarch 15
    • Open House – April 25

»Download the March 8, 2020 In the Loop Newsletter

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