Current Sermon Series: Presence

Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:8-14, Luke 19:1-10


Current Sermon Series

Christmas time, or what the ancient church has always called Advent, is a time when we celebrate and look forward to getting presents! This year we are going to focus on the greatest gift of all, the presence of Jesus Christ in our lives. Discover how his presence enables us to be present in the lives of others. Join us for Presence: How to show up like Jesus.


Sunday Morning Bible Study – December 1st

Sunday Morning Bible Study will not be meeting on December 1st but will resume the following Sunday, December 8th.

Dedication – December 8th

On December 8th between 8:00am and 9:30am service, we will be dedicating the installation of the Mosaic commemorating the 35th Anniversary of Holy Cross in Lake Mary.


2019 Christmas Service Times

Christmas Eve: Tuesday, December 24th

6:00pm –   Family Christmas Service

8:00pm  –   Contemporary Candlelight Service

11:00pm – Traditional Candlelight Service with Communion


Christmas Day: Wednesday, December 25th

9:30am – Carols & Readings with Communion


Poinsettias for Christmas

If you would like to have a poinsettia placed on the altar in memory of a loved one or in honor of a loved one or event, please fill out the envelopes provided for you in the narthex. Each poinsettia is $7.00.

E3 New Member and Information Class

Our next E3 class, for anyone wishing to become a member or seeking to learn more about who we are as a church, will be held on December 12th. The class runs from 6:00pm-9:00pm. We share a light meal together and spend some time getting to know one another, learning who we are as a church and what we believe, and discovering your gifts and how you can put them in a practice. Sign up with Pastor Matt at


Announcements & Updates

Experience Bethlehem – December 21st

Join us at Holy Cross for a family interactive Christmas experience on Saturday, December 21st from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. Step back in time to experience what it was like in Bethlehem on the day that Jesus was born, and then visit our Community Center for fun activities and camel stew. Reserve your time slot to minimize your wait at or just show up when you can because walk-ins are welcome!

Experience Bethlehem Craft Help Needed

We need help with craft activities on December 21st. Please contact Chris Jennison at or sign up today between services with Chris Jennison in the Courtyard.

Christmas Angel Trees

This year we are sponsoring four Christmas Angel Trees.

1) Boys and Girls Club West Sanford – Tags with children’s name, grade, gender and wishes

2) Redeeming Life Maternity Home – Gift Cards to buy food and supplies

3) Pet Rescue By Judy – Various items

4) Pregnancy Center of Sanford – Various items

Please return designated tag (name of child) with the unwrapped gift and tag with description of item under the respective Christmas tree by Friday, December 20th. You can keep the ornament. Please bring all gift cards into the church office or give directly to Grace Chewning.

Lutheran Haven 2019 Christmas Seal

In the Narthex, there are the Lutheran Haven 2019 Christmas Seal Packets for their 74th Annual Christmas Seal Campaign. This campaign provides for those who have ministered to so many but now have need of benevolent assistance.

Christmas Shoppe – December 15th

On December 15th the Christmas Shoppe is coming to the 9:30am service for Sunday school. If you would like your child to participate in the event please bring a list of names and how much you would like them to spend per person and an envelope with change and small bills so they can go shopping for the family. The gifts will be wrapped with everyone’s name ready to put under the tree by the time service is over.

Bring Faith Home

Pastor Ethan is continuing his study ‘Bring Faith Home’ nights. All families are welcome to attend. Dinner and childcare is provided free of charge. The event will be held at the Lower Campus cafeteria (5450 Holy Cross Ct. Sanford, FL 32771) from 6:00-7:00pm. Please sign up with Pastor Ethan at for food count. Topics and dates are as follows:

December 4th – Raising Kids With Lifelong Faith

December 18th – Making Christmas Count

Girl Scouts Parent Night at HCLA Lower Campus

HCLA Lower Campus will host a parent night on Tuesday, December 3rd from 6:00pm-7:00pm at Holy Cross Lutheran Academy Cafeteria (5450 Holy Cross Court Sanford, FL 32771). We are excited to meet you & your family and to provide information about Girl Scouts.


L Team News

Holiday Happening – December 3rd

The “Divine Dollies” will gather on Tuesday, December 3rd, 11:30 a.m., in the Community Center for a covered dish HOLIDAY HAPPENING! Along with your appetite, just bring a food item to share.

Second Tuesday Lunch Bunch – December 10th

Join the ladies on Tuesday, December 10th at Appletons Café located at 3575 W Lake Mary Blvd. #101 Lake Mary, FL 32746 at 11:30am for lunch. Call Grace Chewning (407-322-8634) or Hilde Hoy (407-324-7616) to make reservation.

Christmas High Tea – December 12th

It’s that time again ladies! Time for our annual Christmas High Tea. This year we have scheduled it for Thursday, December 12th at 6:00pm. Please RSVP (Sharon Shyrock at if you will be able to come and how many will be in your party. We are asking for a $5 donation per person and that you please bring your own tea cup, saucer, dessert plate, and a wrapped ornament for our gift exchange. Please come and share in this annual Christmas tradition.


Prayers of the Church   

Prayers of Thanksgiving

Jacob Moffitt as we celebrate his birth and thankful for God’s Blessings

Bo Loughry thankful for his healing and recovery as he returns home


Prayers of Healing

Rita Freebern (neighbor of the Hench Family) in rehab to strengthen her legs after a fall

Ryan Lorenz recovery from surgery and injury

Dale Austin continued healing and recovery

Larry Esch continued healing from heart valve replacement surgery

Zoe Hooper (six months old) continued healing after heart surgery

Karen Lorenz continued healing and relief from pain and stiffness on left side, return function of left hand

Delaney Grill continued healing and recovery from surgery


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

Laken Binkley

Robert Bowes

Karen Brett

Texann Buck

Becky Burrell

Jack Cadden

Theresa Ciullo

Andrea Clark

Wayne Dose

Deb Fadool

Shelley Feazell

Tosha Feldmann

Carla Ford

Michael Francis

Ron Frederickson

Jerry Gross

Dana Grimes

Dennis Halloran

Bob Hamilton

Todd Haynes

Steve Homan

Marlin Houser

Alan Kimball

Al Laruffa

Michelle LeBlanc

Lori Luedtke

Jean Mactye

Luis Marin

John Metz

Judy McBride

Desmond Niburg

Dan Olson

Irmgard Pommerening

Kathy Ratchford

Dave Riker

Martin Rodriguez

Rafael Rosario

Karen Schlue

Larry Schnabel

Jonathan Smith

Michele Vitale


“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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