Spotlight Announcements

Poinsettias for Christmas Last Day to Order

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
Christmas Eve:
5:00 PM – Happy Birthday Jesus
6:30 PM – Contemporary Candlelight
8:30 PM – Contemporary Candlelight
11:00 PM – Traditional Candlelight with Communion

Christmas Day:
9:30 AM Readings and Carols

No Monday Night Service on December 28th
Church Office Closed Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

No Kid’s Church at 9:30AM on 12/27/15

No BUNCO this month due to the Christmas Holiday

Pastor Paul’s Wednesday Bible Study has been cancelled for Dec 23rd and Dec 30th

Monday Night Men’s Ministry is taking a holiday and will resume January 4th

First Sunday Cookout cancelled for Jan 3rd

L-Team Announcements

After the Sermon Lunch Bunch

December 20th the After the Sermon Lunch Bunch will be going to Fred’s Market in Lake Mary.  On Dec 27th they will be having lunch at Noodles & Company located on South Sun Drive. Please join them at 12:00 p.m. for food and fellowship.  You can meet them there or call Lisa Mangus at 407-322-6890.


Thursday, Jan 14th at 6pm.
We will be meeting at Holy Cross Lutheran Church and heading to America’s Escape Game. This is going to be a great event, we will be trying to escape from the Lost Tomb of Montu. More details to come, questions, email Pastor Chris at

General Announcements

Electronic Giving
This holiday season, we thank everyone who has supported Holy Cross this past year with their time, talent and financial contributions and look forward to support from all of our members in the year ahead. If you need a convenient way to make regular offerings or if you plan to make an additional gift before the end of the year, we encourage you to check out our electronic giving options. As the pace of life speeds up, especially around the holidays, you may find electronic giving a most welcome way to make contributions. Visit or contact the church office for more information.

NHL Hockey Time
The 3rd Annual Thrivent Night at the Tampa Bay Lightning!
Tickets sales have begun for our game on Sunday, January 17th at 5:00PM, when the Tampa Bay Lightning takes on inter-state rivals the Florida Panthers.  Tickets cost $18 (a $26 value!).  Please note that individuals will need to order tickets as part of a group to be seated together for the special low group rate of $18/ticket.  Seating is limited and going fast, so we encourage everyone to order soon.  Last day for orders to be received is January 10, 2016. Contact the church office.

It’s Not TOO LATE – Youth Basketball and Cheer
There is still time to register kids PreK4 through the 5th grade for our Holy Cross run Youth Sports League for Basketball/Cheer (  The season starts in January and lasts 8 weeks.  This makes a great gift for kids that the whole family will enjoy.  We have also opened up our Spring Flag Football/Cheer registration which starts in March.  Holy Cross, through this sports ministry, is committed to providing a Christian environment focused on developing children physically, mentally, spiritually and socially.  All leagues take place at the Middle School / High School campus on Aero Lane in Sanford.  If you would like to volunteer to help this ministry with planning, coaching, as a referee, host or even leading halftime devotions, please contact Athletic Director, Matt Martin –

So Many Options, So Many Reasons
Charitable giving offers a surprising frontier of options that help express generosity in our hearts. Being generous is what Christians do — have done — for millennia. The process of gift planning isn’t new. However, many people haven’t considered how it can help them experience joy in life. Gifts can be given and controlled to fund our generosity once our earthly lives are complete and we no longer depend on the property.  Want to explore more joy? Consider a conversation with Robin Paris, Central Florida Gift Planning Counselor. You can reach her at 937-477-9713, or email:

Prayers of the Church

Prayers of Thanksgiving

Jerry and Mary Oyler as they celebrate their 46th wedding anniversary

Prayers for Healing

Edward Oswald (Nanette Peterson’s brother) diagnosed with cancer; prayers for healing
Roy Pierce in ICU; prayers for healing
Maryann True (Jennifer Donaldson’s mother) hospitalized with a stroke and pneumonia; prayers for healing
Lori Luedtke prayers for favorable test results and healing
Cassandra White (Jason White’s daughter) may need heart surgery to repair a defect; prayers for wisdom and understanding for the cardiologist and surgery team as they work to resolve this issue, prayers for strength and comfort for Cassandra
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 surgery, at home recovering; prayers for healing and strength

General Prayers

Fred & Gayle Curtis prayers for safe travel Dec 20-27

Prayers for Healing from Cancer

Wolfgang Ahl
Barbara Bechtold
Robert Bowes
Jack Cadden
Ivan Cintron
Jane Deed
Millie Diaz
Paige Elward
Liz Foster
Kevin Fox
Carlton Graves
Scott Harding
Jonell Hagle
Stacey Homra
Pastor Randall James
Megan Johnson
Carol Jusits
Maria Katz
Al Laruffa
Lori Luedtke
Heather Marvel
Rob May
Bruce Mensing
Ethel McLeod
Janice Miller
Fred Misener
Steven Montes
Desmond Niburg
Sam Niburg
Nicole O’Grady
Dan Olson
Audrey Pettit
Diane Plog
Claudia Quesada
Jessica Quintana
Howard Raddatz
Lisa Rooney
Marsha Rush
Jim Salley
Mike Salisbury
Evelyn Samples
Bryton Saxon
Sunny Schilter
Susan Shultz
Wendy Spring
Gary Starkweather
Debbie Stevenson
Phil Stichler
Brandon Stone
Kristen Sydney
Cindy Taylor
Jim Thompson
Patrick Walsh
Richard Wilton