Early Communion Class for 4-5th graders
The class is for children, that in their parent’s estimation, are mature and ready to receive the Lord’s Supper. The class starts on March 8th at 6:30pm and runs each week on Wednesdays through April 12th. After completion of the 6-week class, the students are invited to partake in their first communion at the Maundy Thursday service, April 13th at 7pm. If you would like to have your child participate in the class, we ask that you do two things. 1) Reserve your spot (so we can order materials) by Feb 22nd by registering online at hclm.org/communion 2) Have at least one parent attend each of the six 1-hour sessions with your child.
Special Voters’ Meeting
We are planning on a special voters’ meeting for the purpose of calling 2 pastors to Holy Cross/CFLCN as we continue to Plant & Build. The voters’ meeting will be held at Lake Mary in the Worship Center on Feb 26th at 1P.M.
Ash Wednesday March 1st
We will be having Soup, made by LWML, and Sandwiches,which you will bring with you, at 6PM followed by our Ash Wednesday Service at 7PM. We will have the imposition of ashes and communion at this service.
Guest Speaker Next Sunday
Please join us for a special guest speaker Cynthia Khan following the 11AM service. Born and raised in Pakistan and having lived in four countries, Cynthia has first-hand experience interacting with Muslims and people from other Eastern religions. She will share with us her testimony and talk about Islam in the United States from a Christian perspective. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall and enjoy a light lunch together while Cynthia speaks.
L Team News
Soup, Sandwiches and Bible Study
These three words sum up Wednesday evenings during Lent, 6:00PM in the Fellowship Hall. LWML makes the soup and they are currently looking for volunteers to help them. If you would like to participate contact Shari Danford at 941-545-5046 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You bring sandwiches to share.Pastor Paul has chosen the book “Forgiveness: a Lenten Study” for the Lenten Bible study. We have ordered 15 books and will be available for $10.00.
Mite Money – Donations Next Sunday
A $120,00 grant has been awarded by LWML to the Jonathan Ekong Memorial Seminary in Nigeria to provide funding to renovate the buildings so they are safe and serviceable under the burden of larger student numbers. The buildings, built are in need of extensive repair. The Lutheran Church in Nigeria is the oldest partner church of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in Africa.
Last Thursday of the Month Dinner Group
From Filet Mignon and original pasta dishes to fresh salads and fresh, boneless chicken Zingers, Miller’s Ale House has something for everyone. Join this group on Thursday, Feb 23rd at Miller’s Ale House, 50 Town Circle, Sanford, 32771. Call Joanne Hench (407-322-6004) by Feb 22nd with your reservation.
The Husband’s Secret
Cecilia finds a letter that her husband wrote and wanted her to read in the event that he died. Although he is still alive, Cecilia is tempted to sink her teeth into it anyway, unaware of the possible consequences his words could have for their lives. Join the Book Club ladies on Feb 27th for a lively discussion of this book by Liane Moriarty.
Represent fellowship AND FUN at Holy Cross with lots of laughter & socializing while playing BUNCO! Come see for yourself on Tuesday, Feb 28th [11:30 a.m./brown bag lunch; noon/game starts] in the Fellowship Hall. Prizes awarded for first BUNCO, most BUNCOs, most wins, most losses, and whatever are in the form of bagged white elephant items provided by the players. Since it takes all of 5 seconds to learn the “rules,” prior experience obviously is not required!
Ladies Bible Study
Ladies Bible study (LWML) will meet Feb 28th in the Fellowship Hall. Bible Study starts at 6:30pm and the business meeting will begin about 7:30 for those who wish to stay. Hope to see you there! Any questions contact Sharon Shyrock at email@example.com.
Save the Date Cancerbank April 1st
Put on Your Shoes and Tie up the Laces
Our healthy hikers are heading to Blue Springs on Mar 4th at 8:30AM. Join them for a 2-3 mile hike.
Sunday Morning Bible Study
The Bible is clear that God is against injustice but many of us do nothing about it. What breaks Jesus’ heart should break our hearts. Join Lana Wallis for a new Bible study outside in the playground at 9:30 Sundays starting Feb 12th. They will learn about slavery and human trafficking and how it is happening right here in our backyard. Actually, Orlando is a major hub for sex trafficking!
Prayer and Healing Service
Here at Holy Cross, we believe that Jesus is alive and well among us through his Holy Spirit, and that a part of his continuing ministry is healing the sick and afflicted. We believe in a supernatural God who still does supernatural things every day. That’s why we’re having a healing service on Saturday, March 4th at 5:00 pm in the sanctuary. We’re coming together as a congregation to expect and pray for the healing power of Jesus to be present among us. Come join us!
Calling All Musicians!!
The Upper School is growing the band and we need your help! Do you have a dusty clarinet in the attic, a set of drums in the garage, or a trumpet laying under the bed? Very often students would like to join the band and learn to play, but parents want to be sure they are truly interested before making that financial commitment. Upper School would benefit greatly from a collection of instruments for classroom use during this process. If you have an instrument that you would like to donate, please feel free to drop it off at the Upper School or the church office.
Collecting Items Now
LWML’s rummage/garage sale is Mar 4th, 8a to 3p in the Fellowship Hall. No TVs; all other salable, clean items are welcome. “Rent-a-table” for those who want to sell their own rummage/crafts: $10 per 6 foot table. Text Valerie Schulz 407-463-0831 to reserve a table. Come to buy and bring your friends! Proceeds from sale are benefiting LWML mites, also supporting two members of Holy Cross to attend the national convention.
The shelves for soups and stews were bare until help from Holy Cross arrived on Monday morning, thanks to all who’ve brought in donations so far! Our donations of these staple items help many families put together a quick and nutritious meal. Let’s double our efforts for the rest of the month and see if we can fill up the shelves at the Food Pantry.
Prayers of the Church
Prayers of Thanksgiving
Mistee Grunklee a prayer of thanksgiving for the mending of broken relationships
Prayers for Healing
Gene Freebern ( neighbor of the Hench’s) hospitalized with heart problems; prayers for full recovery
Antonio Rosario went to ER with chest pain; prayers for favorable test results
Nolan King 2 yr old with cancer; prayers for healing
Laura MacFarland (friend of Pamela Sadlon) has breast cancer, will have surgery and start chemo soon; prayers for healing
Stacey Homra experiencing paralysis and memory problems; prayers for healing
Rebecca Junk beginning kidney dialysis after surgery for the port; prayers for a successful result and for kidney function to improve
Alene Duerk has been moved to a rehab facility; prayers for healing
Alexandra Gleason (friend of Rosie Pingel) prayers for favorable test results
Sandy diagnosed with metastaic cancer throughout her body; prayers for doctor’s discernment for her care
Clarice Litton (aunt and sister-in-law to the Litton family) fell and broke her ankles and chin bone; prayers for complete recovery
Jesse Todd hospitalized with heart issues, may need a pacemaker; prayers for proper diagnosis and healing
Jennifer Flinchum has cancer receiving chemo; prayers for healing and recovery
Mae Schultz (Joy Block-Gonzalez’s 95 yr old grandmother) has skin cancer which has spread; prayers for healing
Teri Leto battling breast cancer; prayers for healing
Carol Gershkon prayers for healing physically and spiritually
Richard Lovell (Gayle Curtis’ nephew) prayers for employment and God’s guidance during this time
Prayers for Healing from Cancer
Pastor Randall James