Current Sermon Series: Closer. Being Passionate Disciples

Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14, 2:18-26, Colossians 3:1-11, Matthew 9:9-13


Current Sermon Series

It’s hot outside right now, but how is your faith?  Are you in the doldrums, or are you on fire for Christ?  Current sermon series – Closer: Being Passionate Disciples. Find out how you can draw closer to Jesus and become a more passionate follower of Him!


E– Encounter, Engage, Embody – Next Series

This six week sermon series, is an in depth look into how we encounter, engage with, and ultimately begin to embody Christ and His Church.  It will cover the foundational biblical truths we all live by, how we at Holy Cross Lake Mary live out those truths in our community and how you can apply your passion as a disciple to make a difference in your own life and the lives of those around you.  Then, join us on Tuesday nights from 6:30-8:00 pm when we will dig deeper into each week’s topic and get to learn about some “behind the scenes” church stuff you’ve always wanted to know.  The Tuesday Night Class during these six weeks will also count as our new member class for this quarter.  So get ready for six weeks to change your life!


Announcements & Updates

Commissioning Our Teachers – August 11th

We will be commissioning our 2019-2020 Holy Cross Lutheran Academy teachers as well as praying for all teachers in the field of Education on Sunday, August 11th at the 11:00am service.

Sunday Morning Bible Study

Pastor Paul’s Sunday morning Bible Study will resume August 11th in the Community Center at 9:30am.

Family Serve Grace and Grits – August 21st

On Wednesday, August 21st our church will be serving dinner to those in the community who are in need through Grace and Grits. We will be cooking the meal in our kitchen and then transporting it over to First United Methodist (419 S Park Ave, Sanford, Florida 32771). Servers should show up to First United Methodist around 5:45pm. All ages are welcome! For more details talk to Pastor Chris.

Back to School

It is less than one week until school starts; many of the stores are having fantastic savings on school supplies. Please pick up a few of the items on the list in the narthex so we can help out the children right here in Lake Mary. Help these children start the new school year off right.

Family Game Night – August 23rd

Ready for a fun night out with other families?  Join us for Game Night at Holy Cross Community Center on Friday, August 23rd 6:30pm-8:30pm.  Bring drinks for your family and a snack to share.   You are welcome to bring a favorite game to add to the pile – but we will have plenty to choose from.   RSVP to Sara Russell or text to 773-710-6871.

Confirmation Program – August 28th

Parents, we invite your 7th & 8th grade students to join us for our 2019-2020 confirmation class! Our confirmation program is a small group based, interactive experience that gives students the opportunity to explore and confirm their faith in Jesus Christ. We meet weekly on Wednesday nights 6:30pm-8:00pm through the school year (with holiday breaks). This year begins on Wednesday, Aug 28th.

Confirmation is a two-year experience in which students will learn about their faith, become familiar with the Bible, with prayer and will develop a personal testimony. This upcoming year is called “The Foundation”. We’ll be working our way through Luther’s small catechism, which covers the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Apostles Creed and the Sacraments. In addition to the weekly meetings there are three retreats spaced throughout the year where our students can grow in community with one another and dive a little deeper into the material we’ll be covering during the year. There is an annual supply/retreat fee of $100.  If you have further questions about our confirmation program or for a complete schedule of the year, please contact Daniel Robison at Register online at

LWML Mite Boxes Benefit Many

We want each of you to know that the money you put in your Mite Box is much more than dimes and dollars. It’s hope, healing, love, and Jesus’ mercy, and it reaches around the world. We’ve been blessed with our faith and we are blessed as we share that with others. With tears in his eyes, Bishop Emmanuel Makala from Tanzania shares a testimony. He passionately thanked LWML for the $25,000 Tanzanian Sewing Center grant. You are our Lord’s hands, feet, and heart as you share His love.

HCLA – Enrolling Now for 2019-2020

Do you want your child to love learning and to be prepared for what lies ahead? Would you like them to learn Christian values and principles at school?  Holy Cross Lutheran Academy is enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year.  Contact the school office at 407-936-3636 to schedule a tour and learn more about HCLA.   They have programs for preschool through 12th grade.


L Team News

Divine Dollies – August 6th

Join the ladies on August 6th at Toojay’s Deli & Bakery located at 3577 Lake Emma Road, Lake Mary, FL 32746 for lunch at 11:30am. To make reservations call Mary Charles (407-688-7575).

Second Tuesday Lunch Bunch – August 13th

Join the ladies on August 13th at Bahama Breeze located at 1540 Rinehart Road Sanford, FL 32771 for lunch at 11:30am. To make reservations call Laura Seelen (407-203-7291).

Ladies Bible Study – August 22nd

All ladies are welcome to join us for our monthly Bible Study to be held on August 22nd at 6:30pm upstairs in classroom one. If you have any questions please contact Sharon Shyrock at

Book Club – August 26th

Join the Book Club on Monday, August 26th at 7:00pm for discussion of “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak led by Jill Drake.

BUNCO – August 27th

Come fellowship and have FUN on Tuesday, August 27th at 11:30am with brown bag lunch, games start at noon in the Community Center. Prizes awarded for most BUNCO, most wins, most losses, and whatever with bagged white elephant items provided by the players.


Prayers of the Church   

Prayers of Thanksgiving

Magnolia Kutcher as we celebrate her birth


Prayers of Healing

Mary Cembor (the Hench’s sister-in-law) pray for good results from biopsy of kidney

Marian Reeves (91 yrs old) fell and broke her neck

Rafael Rosario (Javier Rosario’s cousin) diagnosed with skin cancer – prayers for successful treatment and complete healing

Kathy Ratchford (Vicki Casas’ Mom) cancer is back; pray for her strength as she is very weak and for healing as she starts this battle again

Pati May prayers of peace, comfort and strength

Hudson Curren (Phil Curren’s Grandson) 10 month-old in medically induced coma; prayers for healing and to find cause of seizures


General Prayer

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

Barbara Bechtold

Robert Bowes

Karen Brett

Texann Buck

Becky Burrell

Jack Cadden

Theresa Ciullo

Andrea Clark

Joey DiFazio

Wayne Dose

Karin Duggins

Deb Fadool

Tosha Feldmann

Carla Ford

Michael Francis

Ron Frederickson

Jerry Gross

Dana Grimes

Courtney Guenther

Dennis Halloran

Bob Hamilton

Todd Haynes

Steve Homan

Marlin Houser

Alan Kimball

Lynne Kramer

Al Laruffa

Michelle LeBlanc

Lori Luedtke

Jean Mactye

Denise Melendez

John Metz

Judy McBride

Desmond Niburg

Dan Olson

Marisol Pagan

Irmgard Pommerening

Sue Puglisi

Kathy Ratchford

Dave Riker

Martin Rodriguez

Karen Schlue

Johnathan Smith

Gary Starkweather


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


Sunday Services at 8:00am, 9:30am and 11:00am in the Worship Center

Monday Service at 6:30pm in the Community Center

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Pastor Chris Johnson (

Executive Pastor CFLCN: Pastor Paul Hoyer (