Sermon Series: Carols for a King

Malachi 4:1-6, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 16:21-23

 

Sermon Series – Carols for a King

Join us this advent and Christmas season as we look at the coming of the King through the eyes of classic Christmas Carols and Hymns!  The lyrics in these songs are tied closely to the words of Scripture.  We will see what those words have to say to us about Jesus and His incarnation as we also get to enjoy some great music of the Season.

 

2018 Christmas Service Times

Christmas Eve: Monday, December 24th

6:00pm –   Family Christmas Service

8:00pm  –   Contemporary Candlelight Service

11:00pm – Traditional Candlelight Service with Communion

 

Christmas Day: Tuesday, December 25th

9:30am – Carols & Readings with Communion

 

December 24th – No (Regular 6:30pm) Monday Night Service

 

December 31st:  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.

Preschool Lake Mary Christmas Programs

You’re invited to the Holy Cross Preschool Lake Mary Christmas Programs on December 18th at 11:00 am, December 19th at 1:00 pm and December 20th at 11:00 am at Holy Cross Worship Center.

Early Childcare Christmas Program

You’re invited to the HCLA Early Childcare Christmas Program on December 20th at 6:30pm at Holy Cross Worship Center.

Blood Drive – December 9th

“One Blood” will have their bloodmobile on Sunday, December 9th parked in the front from 8:00am – 1:00pm.

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 hclm.org/mercyme. Question: Email Lara Jackson at ljackson@hclm.org.

 

Announcements & Updates

Experience Bethlehem – December 22nd

Join us for an interactive family Christmas experience that you won’t want to miss on December 22nd from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Report to Bethlehem for the census just as Mary and Joseph did to experience what it was like that night. Visit the living nativity tableau, eat Camel Stew, complete Christmas crafts with the kids, and so much more.  Bring the whole family and all of your friends. If you would like to help with the event, contact Lara Jackson at ljackson@hclm.org.

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.

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 www.thecross.family.

Christmas Angel Trees

We are sponsoring three Christmas Angel Trees (Boys and Girls Club West Sanford, Redeeming Life Maternity Home and Pet Rescue By Judy). Please return items by Monday, December 17th. Please bring all gift cards to the church office or give directly to Grace Chewning.

Lutheran Haven 2018 Christmas Seal

In the Narthex, there are the Lutheran Haven 2018 Christmas Seal Packets for their 73rd 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 16th

On December 16th the Christmas Shoppe is coming to the 9:30am service for Kids Church. 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 no more than $5.00 so they can go shopping for the family. The gifts will be wrapped with everyone’s name ready to put under the tree before the end of service. The money raised for this event is going towards new tables in the classrooms on the Lake Mary Campus.

Prayer Team Meeting – January 13th

Mark your calendar for the upcoming meeting.

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

Second Tuesday Lunch Bunch – December 11th

Join the ladies on December 11th at Appleton’s at 11:30am for lunch. Call Grace Chewning (407-322-8634) to make reservation.

BUNCO

We are not meeting on Tuesday, December 25th. But get ready to resume play next year on Tuesday, January 22, 2019!

 

Prayers of the Church   

Prayers of Thanksgiving

Bob Rogers as he celebrates his birthday on December 9th

 

Prayers of Healing

Michael Francis (Dennis McGavock’s Brother-in-law) recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

Mike Benson return to good health after recent liver transplant

Courtney Guenther battling cancer; prayers for her and her family

Selma Andino prayers for a good outcome after treatment

Marla Hartson (friend of Mila Mooney) hospitalized

 

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

Rileigh Hanson

Saundria Henderson

Martha Herring

Steve Homan

Marlin Houser

Jessie Howe

Kevin Kittelson

Lynne Kramer

Al Laruffa

Lori Luedtke

Jean Mactye

Desmond Niburg

Dan Olson

Hal Penley Sr

Irmgard Pommerening

Sue Puglisi

Karen Schlue

Jean Skelly

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

Pastor Matt Wallis (mwallis@hclm.org)

Pastor Chris Johnson (chrisj@hclm.org)

Executive Pastor CFLCN: Pastor Paul Hoyer (paul@hclm.org)