Matthew 28: 1-10


Church Service – April 17, 2022

Newsletter April 17, 2022-2 (click here to print PDF)

How to Stay Connected Until You’re Ready to Come Back

We know it’s hard to feel connected sometimes with everything that is going on. We are working hard here at Holy Cross to keep our church family thriving as much as possible while still being responsible with our decisions about the health of our congregation and the community. Here are some ways to stay plugged in to HCLM:

Prepare for Sunday Services – worship song set lists, scripture readings, and questions for deeper thinking will be posted throughout the week on Facebook and Instagram
Praying for You – We have always believed in the power of prayer. If there is something weighing on your mind or want to submit a prayer, let us know through our prayer request form or e-mail
Online or In Person Services – Sunday at 8:00 a.m. for traditional service or 10:00 a.m. for contemporary
Holy Cross Lake Mary Podcast – Check out and subscribe to our new podcast on iTunes or Spotify. You can also simply ask Alexa to “play the Holy Cross Lake Mary Podcast”

Tithes & Offerings

We give because we recognize that God has blessed us immensely and so we honor Him by giving back to Him out of our tithes and offerings. You can give online at or mail to church address at 780 N Sun Drive, Lake Mary, FL 32746.


Upcoming Events and Activities

April 14,15 and17th – Holy Week Services

Maundy Thursday (4/14) – 7 p.m.

Good Friday (4/15) – 7 p.m.

3 Easter Services (4/17)  6:30 a.m. (sunrise service -courtyard), 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.


Only ONE week of VBS (Jun 6th – 10th), so sign your child up early. If you would like to volunteer please register at this link Volunteer Link

April 19 – Third Tuesday Lunch Bunch

The Olive Garden, 10 Towne Center Cir., Sanford, April 19th, 11:30 a.m., is the place and time for a gathering of the “Third Tuesday Lunch Bunch”. Please RSVP by 4-17 to Mickey Bushman, 878-2842,

April 22 – HCLA Sports Pavilion Information Session

Holy Cross Lutheran Academy Upper Campus 100 Aero Lane, Sanford, April 22nd, 5:30 p.m., Join Ben Hoyer and come meet our new Director of Education Cindy Moon as we talk about the plans for a new Sports Pavilion to support student sports programs. Please RSVP by 4/17 to

April 23 – Spring Zone Rally (LWML)

Can you help? The Lutheran Women in Mission (LWML) is collecting donations of new socks and underwear for children ages 3 and 4 (boys and girls) to support local Head Start programs. Please bring donations and place in LWML barrel in the church narthex. Collections will be needed prior to our Spring zone rally on April 23rd. If you are interested in attending the rally please let us know. Any questions contact Christine Jennison ( or text Sharon Shyrock at 407-719-2409.

Dream Builders

The Dream Builders team is back at it  – raising funds and helping to build with Habitat for Humanity – Seminole Apopka’s Women Build project.  The Women Build project means one house goes up built at least 85% by women!  The Dream Builders team holds meetings together to plan group fundraisers and socialize.  We will spend at least one day on a Habitat Build in Sanford during April.  Open to women 16 and up!  Please text Sara Russell 773-710-6871 or send an email to if you’d like to participate. 

St. Luke’s Concert Series

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra- Friday, April 29 @ 7 p.m.

Save the Date: Crawfish Boil – June 18th at 6:30 pm. Purchase your tickets @ Only $25 for All You Care To Eat Shrimp, Crawfish, Potatoes and Corn. All proceeds go to support this summer’s youth group mission trip. Children UNDER 8 are FREE.


Youth & Children’s Ministry

April 17- Kids Church!!! – WILL NOT MEET ON EASTER

Kids K-5 Join Children’s Director Emily at 10 am in the Children’s Center!

April 17-Youth Ministry – WILL NOT MEET ON EASTER

Join Youth Director Blake during the 9 am Education Hour

Youth Group April 20th @ 6:30 p.m.

Join Youth Director Blake and Pastor Chris upstairs in the youth room. 

LCMS National Youth Gathering! – Next summer the LCMS (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod) is holding their National Youth Gathering in Houston Texas! This is a youth conference that our synod puts on in a different city every three years. For the first time in a long time, we will be sending a group to attend! This conference is for those currently in 8th grade to those in 12th grade. If this is something that you or your student(s) are interested in, please let me know! For more info click here

L-Team News and Calendar*


Adult Bible Study  9 a.m.
Student Ministry 9 a.m.
Sunday School 9 a.m. – upstairs in the Children’s Center with Emily

A Fighting Chance 11:30 a.m. – The Studio with Will Zacharias
Jiu Jitsu Club 12:10 p.m.- The Studio with Will Zacharias                                                            



Men’s Bible Study 7 a.m. (Pastor Chris)

Men’s Ministry 7:30 p.m.

Ladies Book Club (4th Monday only) 7 p.m.



Wednesday Morning Bible Study 10:30 a.m. 
Worship Team Practice 6:45 p.m. 



Ladies Bible Study by LWML 6:30 p.m. (Sharon Shyrock or Chris Jennison) – will return after Easter.  Christine Jennison( or Sharon Shyrock ( 


*If you are interested in starting an L-Team or your existing L-Team has resumed, please reach out to the office or one of the pastors. 


Volunteer Spotlight: Oasis Helpers

For the past several years, Holy Cross has had a faithful group of servants helping the homeless with services to ease their lives. Laundry, showers, access to charging stations and more allow for a little respite from the despair of homelessness. The Oasis is located at The Sharing Center in Longwood. See Pastor Matt to find out about this and other volunteer opportunities.


Announcements & Updates  


Only ONE week of VBS (Jun 6th – 10th), so sign your child up early. If you would like to volunteer, register at this link VOLUNTEER LINK

We are sending students to the National Youth Gathering! Once a month they will be providing baked goodies after service. Please consider supporting them as they raise funds for their trip!  will 4/17 be the next bake sale. 

There are some exciting things happening at youth group, and one of the most exciting things is that our youth group is growing! With growth, we are in need of small group adult leaders for both middle school and high school students. Being a small group leader is an incredible way to get involved in our church community as well as getting to know students who are the future of the Church! If you or somebody you know may be interested in being a part of what happens at Holy Cross on Wednesday nights, please let Blake know!

Save the Date: Crawfish Boil – June 18th at 6:30 pm. Purchase your tickets @ Only $25 for All You Care To Eat Shrimp, Crawfish, Potatoes and Corn. All proceeds go to support this summer’s youth group mission trip. Children UNDER 8 are FREE.

Job openings at Holy Cross Lutheran Academy

Accepting resumes for the 2022-2023 School Year for the following positions: Secondary Math Teacher, Elementary Teacher, Secondary Language Arts Teacher, Part-Time Secondary Spanish Teacher, and Substitute Teachers. (Holy Cross Lutheran Academy offers employment opportunities to qualified individuals who desire to serve Christ  as well as the students, families, and staff of HCLA.) For more information go to

Job openings at Redeeming Life Outreach Ministries

Redeeming is hiring for two positions. Click Here   for more information!


Metal Collection Notes:

Aluminum cans and any other non-serviceable metals can be recycled. Two collection points are available: the blue box in the courtyard and the other is behind the dumpster inside the enclosure. All aluminum cans and any metal objects no longer serviceable are gladly accepted. 

All donations are greatly appreciated for this worthy cause. Thank you! Contact Warren Jennison @321-377-8524 with any questions/comments about the ministry. All profits go to the youth. 

Thrivent Scholarships:

Thrivent Charitable Community Scholarship – Two $5,000 scholarships
The Thrivent Charitable Community Scholarship was established in 2013 to benefit students who are members of churches and students of schools that have an active endowment fund at Thrivent Charitable. Applicants must be high school graduating seniors seeking a four-year undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university. Through this scholarship award, we hope to provide educational opportunities to two individuals who demonstrate financial need, high academic achievement, and a commitment to sharing their blessings with the world. This scholarship program is through a Field of Interest Fund, made possible by Thrivent Charitable donors to benefit our shared community.

WomenLead Scholarship  – Two $3,000 scholarships
WomenLead recognizes the need for diverse leadership in ministry, nonprofits and civic organizations, and seeks to accelerate the extraordinary leadership of women to lead change using their talents to educate, advocate, and activate. The Chris Andersen WomenLead Scholarship was established in 2017. Two educational scholarships in the amount of $3,000 will be awarded to women of Christian faith seeking a Master or Doctoral level degree that will prepare them to serve in public service, non-profit leadership and/or in Christian ministry. Women of diverse backgrounds (race/ethnicity, age, faith) eager to lead through bold action, innovative vision and faith-inspired passion are encouraged to apply.

Applications for these scholarships are due on April 29, 2022. More information is available on our website. If you have any questions about the scholarships or the application process, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at or call (800) 365-4172.


Communion is available in our in person services (1st and 3rd Sunday at 8am and 2nd & 4th Sunday at 10am). For those who are not able to get to a service or are not yet comfortable attending in person services, please contact the office or one of the pastors and we will be happy to make other arrangements. 

Prayers of the Church

Prayers of Thanksgiving

Penelope Carriere – thanks and praise for Penelope’s Baptism last week at the 10 a.m. service.

Prayers of Healing

Vince Pedigo – (Litwin’s neighbor), was in a severe accident in December and still struggling with health issues.

Brittany Mead – 23 y.o. diagnosed with guillan-barre syndrome. On a ventilator and cannot move. Prayers for recovery.

Prayers of Comfort

Marian Reeves – passed away 4/7/2022. Prayers of comfort for the family.

*Pray for all those suffering from coronavirus 

General Prayers

We pray today for our nation and our world. We ask that God would be with all of our leaders and elected officials; we pray that He would bring peace to the world, an end to violence and especially watch over Christians that are facing persecution.

Prayers for Healing from Cancer

Laken Binkley Jerry Hoffman John Myron
Gary Brown Marlin Houser Bradford Plog
Becky Burrell Alan Kimball Ivis Rodriquez
Kyle Corbett Elizabeth Koob Wayne Scheussler
Deb Fadool Rick Lembrich Karen Schlue
Tosha Feldmann Lori Luedtke Debbie Shaffer
Michael Francis Charaline Luna Gina Shaffer
Pat Goodwine Jean Mactye Sue Stark
Diane Gross Rick Mann Scott Williams
Jerry Gross Kathy Morgan  Georgene Walden 
Todd Haynes Eric Johnson Mary Lee Soyars


“Casting a light to help those who are lost find their way in Christ”

Sunday Services at 8:00 a.m., and 10:00 a.m. in the Worship Center

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