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 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.

Charitable Giving

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 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

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


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

Pedro Santos

Karen Schlue

Larry Schnabel

Jonathan Smith

Michele Vitale

Michelle Wonderlich


“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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