First Sunday After Christmas

Exodus 13:1-3a, 11-15, Colossians 3:12-17, Luke 2:22-40


Upcoming Sermon Series

We have some great, Christ-centered, grace-filled and relevant sermon series planned for this coming New Year!  We kick it off in January with “Made New”, where we look at our newness in Christ through the book of Ephesians.  Then look forward to rest of the year as we focus on the story of Christ during Lent, and talk about things like Creation Care, God’s Grace, and the most interesting and down to earth book in the Old Testament, Ecclesiastes.   Join us as we Live, Love and Learn together in Christ!

Mercy Me Concert – May 4, 2019

Mercy Me tickets are now on sale in the church office. The Church has purchased 2 rows of tickets in section 111 for $30 a ticket including all fees and taxes. To purchase tickets: pay in office or order online through Question: Email Lara Jackson at


Announcements & Updates

Christmas Angel Trees – THANK YOU!!!

God Bless everyone for their contributions to our three Christmas Angel Trees. More than 80 “Wish List” presents went to children at the Boys and Girls Club see photo at Gift cards totaling over $1,000 were presented to the Redeeming Life Maternity Home. A car load of needed items plus $395 in gift cards were delivered to Pet Rescue By Judy.

Want to Serve This Christmas Season?

Holy Cross is partnering with theCross Mt. Dora and King of Kings in Omaha for a joint hurricane disaster relief trip on Dec. 30th-January 4th to Quincy, FL (Gadsden County). We will be staying with our Non-Profit Partners called “Recreation Experience”. This is the place our team just was sent to a couple of weeks ago to prep the area. MAJOR TASKS INCLUDE: RESHINGLING ROOFS, PAINTING, WEATHERPROOFING HOMES, AND CHAIN SAW WORK. Travel expenses will be covered and we will take some needed supplies as well that we will be able to leave there. To register or for more info go to

Prayer Team Meeting – January 13th

Mark your calendar for the upcoming meeting.

Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF)

LCEF is launching a special promotion for its 40th birthday.  Look for flyer in the Narthex for details of this offer.

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.


When planning for this year’s end of year giving, keep in mind the new tax law changes. Some people are including their 2019 giving in 2018 in order to get past the tax deduction limits. Whatever your strategy for giving is, make sure you follow through before the end of the year.

Spira Baby Shower – January 26th

A baby shower for Pastor Ethan and Kim Spira will be held on Saturday, January 26th at Holy Cross Lake Mary Community Center at 1:00pm.  They would like to invite the congregation to join them for light snacks, a few games, and great conversation.  Please let Kim’s Mom know if you’re attending by January 17th.  RSVP by email, text or a phone call to Cheryl Adams (, 317-319-4970. Gifts are optional.


L Team News

Divine Dollies – January 1st

No luncheon scheduled on January 1st but will resume on February 5th at the Marriott.  

Second Tuesday Lunch Bunch – January 8th

Join the ladies on January 8th at Toojays in Lake Mary at 11:30am for lunch. Call Alice Clark to make reservations at 407-323-3109.

Real Men of Jesus – January 10th

Calling all men, high school and up, who seek a deeper community connection with other men. Come join us on January 10th at 6:30pm location to be announced. Contact Chris Kutcher at

Coffee with Friends – January 10th

Come to Panera Bread on Sun Drive for coffee and girl-talk with your friends from church.  We’ll be there on Thursday, January 10th at 7:00pm for an hour of fun and relaxation. If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Shyrock at

JOY – January 17th

JOY (just older youth) is a social group for 50+ adults. For information, contact Denny McCombs at 317-919-7969 or at

BUNCO – January 22nd

Come fellowship and have FUN on Tuesday, January 22nd 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.

Ladies Bible Study – January 24th

Join the Ladies Bible Study on Thursday, January 24th at 6:30pm as we continue our bible study upstairs in classroom 1.

Book Club – January 28th

Join the Book Club on Monday, January 28th at 7:00pm for discussion of “The Immortalists” by Chloe Benjamin led by Jackie Grossi.


Prayers of the Church   

Prayers of Thanksgiving

Birth of Our Lord and Savior

Gavin Cook as we celebrate his Baptism at the 9:30 service


Prayers of Healing

Bob Hamilton diagnosed with liver & lung cancer

Gary Starkweather  bone cancer & has survived 6 yrs since his diagnosis

Irma James (widow of Pastor Randall James) additional repair surgery on femur fracture

Barbara Hartpence continued healing from femur fracture surgery; welcomes visits at Lake Mary Health/Rehab

Scott Powell healing from cancer

Alicia Hoye peace and healing from major surgery

Pastor Paul Hoyer continued healing from knee replacement surgery

Debra Winters (aka Mrs. Beebs) had surgery due to Buerger’s Disease; prayers for healing and recovery

Sonia Sebastiani (Sandy Escabi’s Sister) for healing and full recovery


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

Kathy Carr

Theresa Ciullo

Andrea Clark

Karen Dunn

Wendy Eisenhower

Joey DiFazio

Jamie Fabozzi

Tosha Feldmann

Al Follett

Carla Ford

Michael Francis

Jerry Gross

Dana Grimes

Courtney Guenther

Dennis Halloran

Bob Hamilton

Rileigh Hanson

Saundria Henderson

Martha Herring

Steve Homan

Marlin Houser

Jessie Howe

Lynne Kramer

Al Laruffa

Lori Luedtke

Jean Mactye

Desmond Niburg

Dan Olson

Irmgard Pommerening

Sue Puglisi

Karen Schlue

Jean Skelly

Gary Starkweather

Nancy Taggart

Deanne Tanner

Will Thompson

Maria Valez

Lindsey Williams


“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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Pastor Chris Johnson (

Executive Pastor CFLCN: Pastor Paul Hoyer (