Isaiah 55:10-13, Galatians 4:1-7, Luke 8:4-15
Current Sermon Series – Freedom: A Study in Galatians
Church Service – February 7th
Current sermon series, Freedom: A Study in Galatians. Join us this Sunday as we begin a new sermone series where we look at the book of Galatians. The book of Galatians shows us how to live in the freedom that comes from the grace and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. Summed up in the first verse of chapter 5 which says, “it is for freedom that Christ has set us free,” we will learn how to distinguish between law and gospel, and understand how to live in that gospel of freedom.
How to Stay Connected When You’re not Ready to Come Back
We know it’s hard to feel connected sometimes with everything that is going on. We are working hard here at Holy Cross to keep our church family thriving as much as possible while still being responsible with our decisions about the health of our congregation and the community. Here are some ways to stay plugged in to HCLM:
– Devotions on YouTube and Facebook- intended for our student ministry, but helpful for everyone.
– Prepare for Sunday Services – contemporary worship songs, scripture readings, and questions for deeper thinking posted throughout the week on Facebook and Instagram
– Monday Night Bible Study @ 5:30pm on YouTube and Facebook- A walk through the book of Psalms with Pastor Matt and Pastor Chris
– Drive Through Communion – the fourth Sunday of each month from 11:30 am -12:00 pm
– Praying for You – We have always believed in the power of prayer. If there is something weighing on your mind or want to submit a prayer, let us know through our prayer request form or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Online or In Person Services – Sunday at 8:00 am for traditional service or 10:00 am for contemporary
Education Hour –
Each Sunday, we will be having Sunday School in the Children’s Center, Middle/High School Student Service in the Youth Center, and the Sunday Morning Bible Study in the Community Center during our new Education Hour between services from 9:00-10:00 AM. Hope to see you there!
Tithes & Offerings
We give because we recognize that God has blessed us immensely and so we honor Him by giving back to Him out of our tithes and offerings. You can give online at hclm.org/give or mail to church address at 780 N Sun Drive, Lake Mary, FL 32746.
Sunday Morning Seating Arrangements
You will notice that more seats have returned in the church. The groups of seating has returned to rows. We still ask that members of households to sit together while remaining socially distant from other households with 2-3 seats between families. Thanks for keeping others safe.
Upcoming Events and Activities
Feb 7 – Scout Sunday
This Sunday is Scout Sunday! Our church sponsored scouting units will be in the courtyard before service serving our congregation coffee and individually wrapped pastries. Be sure to stop by to say hi, grab a snack, and learn more about scouting if you are interested. For a copy of their annual scouting report visit their cart or go to the church Facebook page.
Feb 7 – Ordination of Danlias Howe and Matt Fitzpatrick
Join us for the ordination of Matt Fitzpatrick and Danlias Howe at 3pm. Matt will be an associate pastor at New City Church in Orlando and Dan will be associate pastor at Wellspring Church in Deland, both of which are part of our church network. There will be a reception to follow.
Feb 17 – Ash Wednesday Service
Each year, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. In 2021, Ash Wednesday falls on February 17. Often called the Day of Ashes, Ash Wednesday starts Lent by focusing the Christian’s heart on repentance and prayer, usually through personal and communal confession.
Feb 24 – 4th & 5th Grade Early Communion Classes Start
For the past few years, we have held an Early Communion Class for those 4-5th graders that, in their parent’s estimation, are mature and ready to receive the Lord’s Supper. The class starts on February 24 at 6:30pm and runs each week through March 31st. After completion of the class, the students are invited to partake in their first communion at the Maundy Thursday service on April 1st at 7:00pm. For questions reach out to the office or Pastor Chris. You can register at HCLM.org/communion
Mar 28 – 2021 VBS Registration Opens
Holy Cross 2021 VBS is coming! We are currently planning on doing TWO WEEKS of VBS from June 7-11 and June 14-18. With registration opening on Palm Sunday, March 28th. Unfortunately, it will still look different than what we have done in the past. Visit HCLM.org/VBS for full details.
L-Team News and Calendar
If your are interested in starting an L-Team or your existing L-Team has resumed, please reach out to the office or one of the pastors.
Adult Bible Study 9am
Student Ministry 9am
Sunday School 9am
Middle School Youth Group (4th Sunday only) 5pm-7pm (Pastor Chris)
Men’s Ministry 7:30pm
Ladies Book Club (4th Monday only) 7pm
Confirmation 6:30pm (Pastor Matt)
Ladie’s Bible Study by LWML 6:30pm (Sharon Shyrock or Chris Jennison)
Worship Team Rehearsal 6:45pm (Chris Kutcher)
MUG (Mother’s Under Grace) (Last Wednesday Only) 6:30pm (Nicole Dickinson or Kelly Kutcher)
High School Girls Small Group 6pm (Erica Bosco)
Shadetree Garage (1st and 3rd Thursday only) (Will Zacharias or Pastor Matt)
Announcements & Updates
2020 Tax Giving Statements Delivered
Your 2020 HCLM Tax Giving Statement should have been received last week. If you gave more than $50 last year and did not receive one or it was incorrect, we may need to update some of your information. Please contact the office as soon as possible to make household corrections as needed.
High School Mission Trip
We are optimistically working towards a High School Mission Trip this year. We would be aiming for a trip near the end of July similar to when we would usually go. Unfortunately, we do not think that we will be able to do North Carolina like we have in past years. In an effort to be safe and smart about this, we will be looking for an opportunity where we can spread out a little more and be closer to home. We will be looking for opportunities within a 4-5 hour drive of here where the kids can still serve.
Please help us determine the level of interest and get started on some of the fundraising process by completing a quick survey at HCLM.org/mission-trip
Holy Cross Lutheran Academy Now Enrolling
Our network school, Holy Cross Lutheran Academy is now enrolling for next year Preschool through 12th grade. You have the freedom to choose the best education for your child. Take the first step and schedule a tour at thehcla.org for additional information and to provide your contact information. You may also call 407-936-3636.
Wedding Coordinator Needed
The church is in need of a person to assist with weddings held here at Holy Cross. You will eet with bridal couples to tour them around the facility, manage wedding contracts, keep in contact with wedding parties as needed leading up to the wedding, be on site for rehearsal and day of wedding. Schedule flexibility available. Please email email@example.com if interested.
Memorial Coordinator Needed
The church is in need of a person to assist families with a reception when they are planning a memorial service at the church. Pot luck food volunteers are standing by to help as needed. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Still receiving mail from the church for a family member that moved out years ago? Not receiving mail from the church? Moved? New phone number? Changes to your household? It has been years since we have scrubbed our database to make sure we have all of your correct contact information. If you have had any contact or family changes, especially in the past three years, please be sure to update the church. You can do so by going to HCLM.org and clicking the “Update Requested” button or reaching out the office.
Nursery Volunteers needed
Does working with young children make you feel young again? You may be the right person to help our nursery director by volunteering for an occasional Sunday. You get to make your own schedule and student volunteers can earn community service hours for helping. For more information talk to Carolyn Zacharias in the nursery between 9am-11am on Sundays.
Holy Cross Lake Mary Podcast
Check out and subscribe to our new podcast on iTunes or Spotify. You can also simply ask Alexa to “play the Holy Cross Lake Mary Podcast”
St. Luke’s Concert Series
St. Luke’s is doing their concert series virtually this year. Go to sllcs.org/concert-series for more information. Here are their upcoming shows:
- Feb 13 – UCF Symphony
- Mar 21 – Lutheran Cantata Choir and Chamber Ensemble
- Apr 24 – Philharmonic Orchestra
Prayers of the Church
Prayers of Thanksgiving
For David Haynes as he is now cancer free
For Michelle Grass as she is doing wonderful after this recent round of radiation
Prayers of Comfort
For the family and friends of Carol Ronning as she passed this week
For the family and friends of Rhonda as she passed away from COVID
Prayers of Healing
Mother of Ilka prayers for a successful cancer surgery and quick recovery
Steve Murray prayers for quick healing and mobility to return through physical therapy
Mother of Steve prayers for relief and healing from colitis and bladder infection
Lori Ludke prayers for comfort and healing as she begins new chemotherapy
Lucy Schneider prayers for healing & understanding as Lucy was recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes
For all those suffering from coronavirus.
Prayers for Healing from Cancer
“Casting a light to help those who are lost find their way in Christ”
Sunday Services at 8:00am, and 10:00am in the Worship Center
and Online on Facebook and YouTube/hclm
Pastor Matt Wallis (email@example.com)
Pastor Chris Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Executive Pastor CFLCN: Pastor Paul Hoyer (email@example.com)
www.hclm.org Facebook: facebook.com/lakemarychurch