In today’s message. we see that the angel referred to Mary as being “favored.” What does that mean? What does it mean to be favored by God? What does it mean to be blessed? Does it mean that we get everything we want, or that God showers us with gifts or does it mean something more? Come join us this weekend as we continue with our sermon series on Mary and learn what it means to be favored!
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 $6.50.
Christmas Eve and Day Service Times
5:00 PM – Happy Birthday Jesus
6:30 PM – Contemporary Candlelight
8:30 PM – Contemporary Candlelight
11:00 PM – Traditional Candlelight with Communion
9:30 AM Readings and Carols
No Monday Night Service on December 28th
Warm Coats Needed Note Date Changes
For the past 10 years, Holy Cross, in cooperation with 18 area churches, serves quality meals Wednesday Evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the Sanford Civic Center in downtown Sanford. Average attendance is 150. A majority of those attending our homeless people living in Lake Mary / Sanford. On December 16th, Grace N Grits will be having a special Christmas Dinner and at the end they will give each attendee a warm coat. We will be doing a special collection up until December 15th. Please donate any used warm coat that no longer fits so we can help out this great cause! Feel free to drop it off in the office during the week!
The Fine Arts Team from the Upper School invite you to their Christmas Ensemble, Tuesday Dec 15th at 6:30PM. in the Upper School auditorium. The program will feature caroling led by the Praise Band and Chorus as well as a few solos and duets, and the Concert Band will also perform.
Who Wants to Have a Merry Christmas?
The 4th and 5th graders from Kid’s Church will be performing “Who Wants to have a Merry Christmas” on December 20th at our 9:30 a.m. service. The play is modeled after the game show “Who wants to be a Millionaire?” We hope our contestant can figure out the “true” meaning of Christmas.
Want to get in the Christmas Spirit?
We have some great Christmas programs scheduled for this upcoming week and we would like to invite everyone to come celebrate the Reason for the Season – Jesus Christ with our children performing different Christmas programs. All programs will be at the Aero Lane Campus at 6:30pm.
Monday, Dec. 14 – 3rd and 4th grade Play, violin ensemble, recorder band and beginners band
Wednesday, Dec. 16 – 2nd grade play
Thursday, Dec. 17 – Kindergarten and 1st grade Christmas pageant.
No BUNCO this month due to the Christmas Holiday
Pastor Paul’s Wednesday Bible Study has been cancelled for Dec 23rd and Dec 30th
After the Sermon Lunch Bunch
December 13th the After the Sermon Lunch Bunch will be going to TooJays in Lake Mary. Please join us at 12:00 p.m. for food and fellowship. You can meet us there or call Lisa Mangus at 407-322-6890.
LWML’s regular meeting date has been changed this month to Dec 15th due to the Christmas holiday.
Wine and Design
Looking for a fun night with the girls? Come to Wine & Design on Friday, December 18th at 6:30pm at the Fine Arts Building at Holy Cross Lutheran Academy’s Upper Campus (100 Aero Ln, Sanford) and leave with some great art for your Christmas Tree! Feel free to bring your own beverage as you are led step by step by Art Instructors, Kim Shadick and Sarah Marquis. We will provide the ornaments, paint, ribbons, glue, etc and you bring the creativity! PLEASE RSVP by searching WINE AND DESIGN L TEAM on Facebook for our group page or email Team Captain Cristin Kinderdine at Cristink88@gmail.com. Suggested Donation is $10.
We Need Help
Senior Intervention Group has again asked for our help with their Christmas dinner. They have asked for desserts for 250 people, and we have seven people signed up to bring in desserts. The event will be on Dec 16th so please bring your desserts to the church Dec 15th in the morning.
Do you have some Tim the Toolman Taylor in You?
If you signed up for volunteer hours with Plant and Build, here is a great way you can get started by working around the Lake Mary Campus. Please contact Dan at email@example.com to find out our needs and his schedule.
Ever wonder who sets up Communion?
Altar Guild needs additional workers. Please consider joining our group. We will work with you to schedule your service according to your time available. This is a “behind the scenes” need that is very important to our church. We take turns serving usually for a month at a time. If you have some time available, please call the church office or Mickey Buschman at 407-878-0204.
Basketball and Cheer – Holy Cross League for Kids
HCLM runs a community youth sports league for PreK4 through 5th grade. We are currently registering kids for our Winter Basketball/Cheer Season (Jan-Feb). The cost is just $90 and all practices and games take place at our Middle/HS Campus on Aero Lane in Sanford. Practice is just one evening a week and all games are on Saturdays. Be sure to register at www.SeminoleLeagues.com and come to one of our Evaluations/Orientations. They are on either Thursday, December 10th between 6:00-7:30pm, or Saturday, December 12th between 9:00-11:00am. Plan to come for about 30 minutes to run some drills, try on uniforms and learn all about the upcoming season.
Gifts of Appreciated Assets provide opportunity for being generous while providing a tax deduction based on the full value of the asset. There is also capital gain avoidance. Call Robin Paris, LCMS Foundation Gift Planning Counselor at 937-477-9713, or Robin.Paris@lfnd.org.
Prayers of the Church
Prayers of Comfort for Those who have Lost Loved Ones
Ken Rapp (friend of Debbie Rolf)
Don Lundberg (Dave Lundberg’s brother)
Prayers for Healing
Dennis Rebello had bowel surgery; prayers for healing
Ricky Dowda went to ER for severe shoulder pain, MRI showed mass in brain and spine; prayers for a benign biopsy and favorable test results
Tracy Naughton (Chris Ray’s cousin) having health issues: prayers for healing
Marlin Cooley diagnosed with colon cancer, had extensive colon surgery; prayers for healing and strength
Fred & Gayle Curtis prayers for safe travel Dec 20-27
Prayers for Healing from Cancer
Pastor Randall James