Current Sermon Series: Presence

Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Luke 10:38-42


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.


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


December 23rd – No (Regular 6:30pm) Monday Night Service


December 30th:  No Monday night Service


Church Office is closed December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st


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.

Portals of Prayer

There are Portals of Prayer (January-March 2020) for personal and family devotions in the Narthex. There are still two large print editions available.

Early Childcare Christmas Program

You’re invited to the HCLA Early Childcare Christmas Program on December 20th at 6:00pm at Holy Cross Worship Center.


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 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.

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.

Bring Faith Home – Cancelled Last session

Pastor Ethan has cancelled his last session on December 18th – Making Christmas Count.


L Team News

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

Bob Rogers as he celebrates his birthday on December 9th

Charles(Chip) & Emily Patterson as they celebrate their marriage

Larry Esch successful heart valve surgery, doing great.  We are blessed!

Dan Olson cancer free


Prayers of Comfort

To the Family of Harry Loughry (Gary Loughry’s Uncle)


Prayers of Healing

Mary Cembor (sister-in-law of the Henches) for healing speedy recovery from thyroid surgery

Kristen Hench (the Hench’s daughter-in-law) for healing and speedy recovery from knee surgery

Barbara Hartpence for healing from pneumonia

Pedro Santos diagnose with severe leukemia, prayers for guidance and strength

Dennis Breglia diagnosed malignant lung cancer


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

Laken Binkley

Robert Bowes

Dennis Breglia

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

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

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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