Current Sermon Series: Presence
Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-11, John 4:16-26
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.
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 is still one large print edition 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.
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 HCLM.org/eb 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 email@example.com 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.
If you are age 70½ or older, consider making a donation from your IRA using a qualified charitable distribution, which is not taxable and could satisfy some or all of your annual required minimum distribution. It’s important to note that if you make a qualified charitable distribution from your IRA, the custodian of your account may not identify it on your 1099-R form. It is your responsibility to inform your tax preparer of the transaction in order to secure the tax benefits. To discuss gift planning options, contact Dennis McGavock at the church office.
L Team News
JOY – December 19th
JOY (just older youth) will not be meeting on Thursday, December 19th but will resume January 15th. Contact Denny McCombs at 317-919-7969 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Ladies Bible Study
The group will not be meeting on Thursday, December 26th. Our Bible Study will resume on January 23, 2020. Any questions please contact Sharon Shyrock at email@example.com.
BUNCO – December 24th
The BUNCO group will not be meeting on Tuesday, December 24th, due to Christmas Eve. Our group will resume on January 28, 2020.
Divine Dollies – January 7th
Join the ladies on January 7th at Cheng’s Chinese Restaurant located at 3705 Lake Emma Road Lake Mary FL 32746 for lunch at 11:30am. To make reservations call Alice Clark (407-323-3109).
Second Tuesday Lunch Bunch – January 14th
Join the ladies on January 14th at Keller’s BBQ located at 3893 Lake Emma Road Lake Mary, FL 32746 for lunch at 11:30am. To make reservations call Alice Clark (407-323-3109).
Prayers of the Church
Prayers of Thanksgiving
Abigail Robison as we celebrate her Baptism at the 11:00 service
Karen & Louis Lorenz as they celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary
Prayers of Healing
Michelle Wonderlich recently diagnosed with breast cancer, young mother of two young boys
Claudia White for comfort and strength from rare condition after tests at hospital
Linda Weiler continued healing and recovery from recent procedure
John DiLorenzo (Carmine Bowes’ Father) is having procedure for blockages in his heart on December 27th.
Mary Cembor (sister-in-law of the Henches) for continued healing from thyroid surgery
Kristen Hench (the Hench’s daughter-in-law) for continued healing and speedy recovery from knee surgery
Barbara Hartpence for healing from pneumonia
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
“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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pastor Chris Johnson (email@example.com)
Executive Pastor CFLCN: Pastor Paul Hoyer (firstname.lastname@example.org)