Christmas Newsletter

Holy Cross Lake Mary is a church that focuses on casting a light so those who are lost can find their way in Christ. We see the life of a disciple as being one where we live life as a gift and calling from God, receive and give the love of God and learn and share the Word of God. Everything we do is focused on this Live, Love, Learn approach to life. To find out more check us out at or at

Spotlight Announcements

December 26th: No Monday night Service

New Year’s Day:
8:00 Traditional Service with Communion
9:30 Contemporary Service
11:00 Contemporary Family Focused Service
Kids Church cancelled for New Year’s Day
Middle School & High School Worship cancelled for New Year’s Day

January 2nd: No Monday night Service

Church Office is closed December 26th – December 30th
Pastor Paul’s and Pastor Matt’s Bible studies have been cancelled on Dec 28th

Join an L Team

Jesus formed a team of people around Himself, and we believe we should be on a team too! Discipleship and growth happens best in the context of relationships. L-Teams give us the opportunity to build those relationships as we form little pockets of community in our life. To find out more information go to Here are some L Teams we currently have at Holy Cross:

Pastor Poker – Date Change to January 9th
Before there were video games, people used to play cards! For those of you who were raised to sort and hold those cards in your hands, we are offering an opportunity to join with other like minded people to play cards for fun. We play Texas Hold Em with a $5.00 buy in. At the end of the night the winner picks the charity that receives the winnings. You do not go home with the winnings, your buy in is a donation. We play at Pastor Paul Hoyer’s house and we start at 7:00pm and go until we are done usually around 10:30 to 11:00pm. Bring your own beverage! Contact Pastor Paul for more information
“Divine Dollies” [a/k/a Red Hat group]
These ladies assemble monthly on 1st Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m., for lunch and fun at various eateries! For more information contact Grace Chewning at 407-322-8634 or January 3rd they will be having lunch at Olive Garden. Contact Alice Clark 407-323-3109 to make reservations.

Hiking L Team
​Join us on January 7th as we visit ​De Leon Springs State Park ​- ​​hike​ through a forest with cypress, hardwoods and other plants native to this area, including a cypress tree that is more than ​600 years old​.​ We will be departing from Holy Cross Lake Mary at 8:00 AM – Breakfast to follow at the Old Sugar Mill.

Second Tuesday Lunch Bunch
They gather for fellowship and “fine” dining at local restaurants, 11:30 a.m.!
For more information contact Grace Chewning at 407-322-8634 or Logan’s will be the place to be on January 10th as the Lunch Bunch are dining at the restaurant. Call Alice Clark to make reservations, 407-323-3109.

Date Change: Book Club – A Man Called Ove
Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. The book written by Fredrik Backman will be discussed on January 30th at 7PM.

“…And I Ran”
This L-Team is for ladies whom share a passion for running; whether they’re first starting out, or have experience with running and are looking for fellowship. Our team provides coaching and encouragement. We keep pace between 10:30 – 12:30 minutes per mile to ensure that our newer runners stay with the group. Our group meets every Saturday morning at the trail head located behind Panera Bread in Lake Mary. We start our run at 7:15am sharp, and run 3.1 miles (a 5K distance). Please email Laura Gelchie at for further information.

The LWML is a mission focused L-team for Lutheran Women in Mission. We collect “mites” and do service activities to help others. Our monthly fellowship and Bible studies are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month 6:30pm and the business meeting will begin about 7:30 for those who wish to stay. Our mission is to be God’s hands and feet; to Serve Him whenever and wherever He leads us. All women, young and “young at heart” are welcome. Contact Sharon Shyrock at for information.

They meet fourth Tuesdays at Holy Cross [11:30 a.m./brown bag lunch; noon/game starts] represents socializing AND entertainment with lots of laughter, plus prizes for first Bunco, most Buncos, most wins, most losses, whatever, with white elephant items provided by the players. Takes all of 5 seconds to learn the “rules,” so prior experience obviously not required! Get ready to resume play on Jan 24th!

Last Thursday of the Month Dinner Club
If you enjoy eating and making new friends, then you might want to try this L Team. We dine at a different restaurant each month and share good food and fellowship. If you’re interested in joining us, just call Joanne Hench at 407-322-6004. Check the Weekly bulletins for our January dining experience.

General Announcements

First Sunday of the Month Cookout January 8th
Date Change – Our first Sunday will actually be the second Sunday this month due to New Year’s Day. We have the cookout after the 11AM service. It’s a great opportunity to connect with our church family in a casual, relaxed setting. Contact Helen Burns, 407-302-4316, if you would like to help out.

Comedian Michael Joiner
January 21st Holy Cross Lutheran Academy will be hosting comedian Michael Joiner. The show begins at 7PM at HCLA’s Upper Campus 100 Aero Lane, Sanford. $10 Tickets can be purchased at or by going to and clicking on the event. Come laugh with us. While it is clean entertainment it is intended for adults or middle school and above.

Worship Experiences

Sundays at 8:00am – Traditional Lutheran Liturgy
Sundays at 9:30am – Contemporary
Kids Church, Middle School and High School Worship during the 9:30am service
Sundays at 11:00am – Contemporary Family Focused
Mondays at 6:30pm – Traditional Lutheran Liturgy

Bible Studies

Bible Study Sunday 9:30 AM Fellowship Hall
Bible Study Wednesday 10:30 AM Fellowship Hall
Bible Study Wednesday 12noon Fellowship Hall
High School Student Ministry – Tuesday Nights @ 6-8 (Youth Room)
Middle School Student Ministry – Wednesday Nights @ 4-6 (Youth Room)

Staff Directory

Paul Hoyer – Executive Pastor Central Florida Cross Network
Matt Wallis – Senior Pastor Holy Cross Lake Mary
Chris Johnson – Family Life Pastor
Chris Kutcher – Worship Leader
Daniel Robison – Director of Student Ministry
Lisa Mangus – Director of Children’s Ministry
Carolyn Litwin – Worship Coordinator
Dennis McGavock – Director of Operations
Sue Moffitt – Office Manager
Lori Hill – Accounts Receivable
Barbara Anderson – Accounts Payable
Phong McCreary – CPA
Robert Bowes – Director of Facilities

Calendar of Events for 2017

First Sunday Cook Outs – First Sunday of the month following 11AM Service
Chili Cook Off – January 29th following 11AM Service
Scout Sunday – February 5th following all Services
Cancerbank Poker Tournament – Dates TBA
Ash Wednesday Service – March 1st @ 7:00PM
Lenten Bible Study – Wednesday Nights During Lent @ 6:00PM
Early Communion Classes – Wednesday Nights starting March 8th
Eggstravaganza – April 9th @ 9:30AM – 11:00AM
Maundy Thursday April 13th @7:00 PM
Good Friday April 14th @7:00 PM
Easter Worship – April 16th 6:30AM, 8:00AM,9:30AM & 11:00AM
14th Annual Crawfish Boil May 13th in the courtyard
Vacation Bible School – June 5th- – June 9th & June 12th – June 16th
Middle School Camp – June 26th – June 30th
Preschool Summer Camp – Dates TBA
High School Mission Trip – July 23rd – July 29th
Confirmation Classes/Retreat Fall 2017
Reformation – Octoberfest Dinner – October 21st @ 6PM
Trunk R Treat – October 28th @ 5:00-7:00PM
Happy Birthday Jesus – Dec 24th @5:00PM
Christmas Eve Services – 6:30PM, 8:30PM, 11:00PM
Christmas Day Services – 9:30AM

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