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April 14, 2018
As much fun as our youth group has together as they perform for seniors, it's a pretty safe bet to assume that their concert at Tryon Estates was their favorite performance yet. Was it the attentive audience as they sung their hearts out? Was it the prowess several demonstrated on both violin and piano? Was it the sincere, 'You're welcome!' replies they received after personally thanking (excellent idea, Sharol!) residents following the concert?
Or was it the....POOL PARTYYYYYY!!!
Thank you, Tryon Estates, for your generous offer as a reward for all the children's hard work and dedication!
March 10, 2018
When you consider that the call for help to benefit Thermal Belt Outreach went out very last minute owing to the previously scheduled 'Dad and Kids Day' being postponed, what a stellar congregation we have!
Holy Cross got the 'heads up' that TBO was very low on firewood--the only way many in our community have to heat their homes--and with many of our Dads away on our annual Vestry retreat, we are so grateful to those, young and old alike who stepped up, split and stacked firewood. Even the little ones did what they could, clearing up the raised beds, readying them for spring vegetable planting.
So an enormous THANK YOU to all of you who stepped in and stepped up!!
March 03, 2018
Being well acquainted with Laurelhurst Retirement Community as the residence for both my mother and mother-in-law, I nodded in agreement when the social director informed me, 'Sometimes are residents aren't very enthusiastic about signing up for activities, but they always turn out for anything that involves children!'
And turn out they did for the next stop in our youth choir 'tour.' With the accomplished Jean Moore on piano and the ever patient Sharon Ard encouraging choreography, the children gave yet another well received and most enjoyable concert. It's truly wonderful to see our Holy Cross youth growing up right before eyes, and actively seeking one another out for friendship and fun!
February 16, 2018
What better comfort can there be than for parents to have a well deserved 'date night,' or simply a chance to remain home, together, in complete peace and quiet, all the while knowing their children are not only being carefully looked after by the volunteers at Holy Cross church, but are having a wonderful time to boot!
The youth demographic at Holy Cross has continued to blossom and what fun it is for all of us to watch these children light up at yet another opportunity to spend time together!
February 14, 2018
February 10, 2018
How grateful we are to have the talented and patient Jean Moore to teach, coach and help deliver our precious little ones to highly anticipated recitals to our community's retirement facilities. Benson Hall residents were treated to the Holy Cross youth choir as the children performed their carefully rehearsed program. And if that wasn't enough several members of the choir showed their proficiency by playing the violin and tickling the ivories.
The smiles on the residents' faces says it all!
January 27, 2018
It's very much a 'warm fuzzy' when you see a group of folks collecting money during a church service for the needy, count out the total amount, determine the most needed items to be purchased with their budget, clip coupons giving them more bang for their bucks, do the actual shopping and deliver their foodstuffs back to the pantry, (Thermal Belt Outreach), all in the same day.
Exhausting? You bet.
Naps taken? Well, for one of them it was mandatory.
Because these folks were the youngest members of Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Tryon, NC, and aged three through ten. While their parents and a couple of adult volunteers did the actual driving (very hard to see over the steering wheel, even with a booster seat) these children spent pretty much their entire Saturday deep in thought, and along with a little horseplay (pushing each other around in the Lidl grocery carts), actively choosing groceries that would benefit families--including children their own age who might go without.
It's difficult for a child in a stable situation to understand and empathize what it's like for another child to go to bed hungry, to attempt to study on an empty stomach, to be too embarrassed to invite a friend over for a sleep over. But when they arrived at the food pantry, opened especially for them that afternoon to unload the nearly seven hundred pounds of food they had purchased, George, the manager, lowered himself to their level on one knee and explained why people find themselves in need in the first place.
"Sometimes a mom or dad loses their job," he said to an audience of five pairs of eyes that widened considerably as he went on. "Sometimes, a mom or dad leaves, or gets too sick to work, or even dies, and there's just not enough money to buy food."
The fidgeting, only too normal after a rather long day, suddenly stopped as the words were taken in. The unthinkable in regards to their own world became unpleasantly considered for a few moments as the magnitude of their offering grew before them.
Relieved to be dismissed, the remainder of their day was theirs--including a birthday party to attend, a favorite movie to watch, dinner to wonder about...
But this Saturday they're going to be at it again.
Yes, it takes a village to raise a child.
And sometimes it takes a child to raise our awareness.
Written by Pam Stone for her syndicated column I'm Just Saying
Pam is also a member of Holy Cross