This week we continue the Sermon Series for Advent, Favored. This week Pastor Chris will look at the genealogy of Jesus Christ. Many times, the genealogy in Matthew 1 is overlooked, but this week we discuss why it’s critically important to understanding who Jesus was. Through this lineage we discover how God truly does amazing things through ordinary people!

Spotlight Announcements

First Sunday Cookout
It’s time to get cooking!  If you would like to help out at the cookouts contact Pastor Matt at mwallis@hclm.org. On Dec 6th come have lunch with us.

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

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

Warm Coats Needed

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 18th, 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 16th. 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 or bring it to church next weekend!

L-Team Announcements

After the Sermon Lunch Bunch

The After Sermon Lunch Bunch is going to Bob Evans on Sunday, December 6th @ 12:00 p.m. Please join us at the Bob Evans off of Lake Mary Blvd.  We’ve enjoyed food and fellowship at Jason’s Deli, Another Broken Egg and Panera.  Please call Lisa Mangus at 321-377-8643 or join us at the restaurant.


We just locked in 12 lanes of awesome fun at Airport Lanes! Join us at 7pm on WEDNESDAY, December 9th at Airport Lanes in Sanford. $10 covers two hours of bowling and shoes and a private room for discussion after. We hope to see all men! Bring extra money for food.


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.

General Announcements

Do We Have any Betty Crocker’s Out There?
Senior Intervention Group has again asked for our help with their Christmas dinner. They have asked for desserts for 250 people, there is a sign up sheet in the office. The event will be on Dec 16th so please bring your desserts to the church Dec 15th in the morning.

Angel Trees

All of the Angels have been taken off the tree so thank you to everyone who participated. Please bring the unwrapped items before Thursday, December 10th.

Brethren Reaching Out

You will notice a new Angel tree in the narthex, the preschool is supporting Brethren Reaching Out. This group is asking for children’s clothes. Bring back your wrapped gift with the Angel attached by December 9th.
Christmas Eve Ushers
We are in need for ushers to help with Christmas Eve services. This is a hugely important service opportunity. Ushers help keep the worship service running smoothly by guiding people through communion, collecting the offering, lighting of candles, and other functions. A friendly and welcoming usher can be a determining factor in the Christmas experience for our guests, visitors, and members. If interested and available, please contact Sue Moffitt in the church office or email smoffitt@hclm.org.

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 dcambra@hclm.org to find out our needs and his schedule.

Parents Night Out – Cancelled

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.

Gift Planning

Giving Real Estate gifts is often overlooked. Whole parcels or undivided portions can fund outright gifts or provide income to the donor for life and then benefits to ministry. Consider a conversation with Robin Paris, LCMS Foundation Gift Planning Counselor. You can reach her at 937-477-9713, or Robin.Paris@lfnd.org.

Prayers of the Church

Prayers of Thanksgiving

Aurora Liddell as we celebrate her baptism at the 9:30 service

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 CT scan of his liver shows a small spot; prayers for favorable results from PET scan 11/30/15
Kevin Fox (John & Sherry Fox’s son) has been diagnosed with leukemia and is in the Moffitt Cancer Center; prayers for healing

General Prayers

Pastor Jon Thomas has received a call to serve as Senior Pastor at St John’s Lutheran in Mansfield, Texas; prayers for God’s guidance and wisdom

Prayers for Healing from Cancer

Wolfgang Ahl
Barbara Bechtold
Robert Bowes
Jack Cadden
Ivan Cintron
Jane Deed
Millie Diaz
Paige Elward
Liz Foster
Carlton Graves
Scott Harding
Jonell Hagle
Stacey Homra
Pastor Randall James
Megan Johnson
Carol Jusits
Maria Katz
Al Laruffa
Lori Luedtke
Don Lundberg
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