Current Sermon Series: Closer. Being Passionate Disciples

Genesis 15:1-6, Hebrews 11:1-16, Matthew 28:16-20


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!


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. Bishop Emmanuel Makala from Tanzania 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.


Announcements & Updates

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.

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 Sara Russell / 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. There is an annual supply/retreat fee of $100.  Contact Daniel Robison at Register online at

Middle School Youth Group Kick-Off

– September 4th

Those who will be in 6th-8th grade this year are welcome to join us for Middle School Youth Group. This is typically held the first Wednesday of each month during the school year from 4:00pm-6:00pm in the HCLM Youth Room. We will be kicking it off with an extra special night on September 4th at Planet Obstacle from 4:00pm-7:00pm. The cost will be $20 per student and will include all access day pass, grippy socks, and pizza dinner. Registration and signed liability waiver will be required to attend. Email Lara Jackson at for questions.

Family Serve – Road Clean Up – September 7th

Join us for a fun morning with your family while we make a noticeable impact on our community. We will be cleaning up trash along Longwood Lake Mary Road. All ages are welcome. We are meeting at Star Child Academy on Longwood/Lake Mary Road to clean up our adopted road. If we get enough volunteers we can get this done pretty fast! Please bring a trash “grabber” (we have a few) and some gloves.

HCLA – Enrolling 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

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).

JOY – August 15th

JOY (just older youth) is a social group for 50+ adults. Our next meeting is on August 15th at 6:30pm. Bring a “brown bag” supper and then enjoy game night in the HCLM Community Center. We will have a variety of card and board games available. If you are interested in just havin’ fun, bring a friend and come join us.  Contact Denny McCombs at 317-919-7969.

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

Aurora Bjerkestrand-McCoy as we celebrate her Baptism at the 9:30am service

Tyler & Kim Shadick as they celebrate their 6 years of marriage

For our teachers Grant them your strength to have courage in every situation, your wisdom to show others the path to success


Prayers of Comfort

To the Family of Pati May

To the Family of Ralph LaVigne


Prayers of Healing

Lynn Hawkins complete healing and recovery from infection which has severely impaired hearing

Millie Cobb healing after lung cancer surgery

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.


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

Rafael Rosario

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

Pastor Matt Wallis (

Pastor Chris Johnson (

Executive Pastor CFLCN: Pastor Paul Hoyer (