Spotlight Announcements

January 1st
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

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 8:30 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.


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.

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.


If you purchased a poinsettia for the Christmas season you may take it home with you today. Thank you

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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Prayers of the Church

Prayers of Thanksgiving

John and Sherry Fox as they celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary on Dec 24th
Louis and Karen Lorenz as they celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary on Dec 17th
Paul and Debra Berg as they celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary on Dec 10th

Prayers of Comfort

Frederick Misener (Kristin McAllan’s father)
Shirley Yates (Brianna and Tristan Feldmann’s grandparent)

Prayers for Healing

Dale Luzzi scheduled for open heart surgery on January 9th; prayers for successful surgery and speedy recovery
Bonnie Lachowicz had urinary surgery, surgeons could find nothing wrong; prayers for the doctor’s discernment for her treatment and healing
Marilou Sutherland (Gertrude Lopeman’s sinster-in-law) has colon cancer; prayers for healing
Gudrun Warnken (Gertude Lopeman’s sister) fell and cannot walk; prayers for healing
Ralph Morgan needs surgery for newly discovered aneurysms; prayers for successful surgery and no additional complications
Uwe Pommerening was hospitalized with congestive heart failure, now at home; prayers for complete recovery and a return to good health
Laurie Adami cancer has returned; prayers for complete remission, healing, strength and a return to good health
Judy Kay George (Jacqueline Litton’s mother) prayers for strength and healing as she receives chemo to treat remaining cancer
Marg Winsauer (Jen Follett’s Aunt) has leukemia; prayers for healing
Ann battling Parkinson’s disease; prayers for healing spiritually and physically

Prayers for Healing from Cancer

Wolfgang Ahl
Barbara Bechtold
Robert Bowes
Mark Brink
Jack Cadden
Cherrie Case
Ivan Cintron
Jane Deed
Millie Diaz
Laura Doherty
Paige Elward
Jamie Fabozzi
Carlton Graves
Jonell Hagle
Stacey Homra
Pastor Randall James
Megan Johnson
Carol Jusits
Ray Kerr
Mary LaPlante
Al Laruffa
Lori Luedtke
Heather Marvel
Reenee McGavock
Janice Miller
Steven Montes
Desmond Niburg
Sam Niburg
Nicole O’Grady
Dan Olson
Audrey Pettit
Pamela Petty
Diane Plog
Claudia Quesada
Jessica Quintana
Marian Ritter
Marsha Rush
Jim Salley
Evelyn Samples
Bryton Saxon
Sunny Schilter
Bob Smith
Wendy Spring
Gary Starkweather
Debbie Stevenson
Phil Stichler
Cindy Taylor
Jim Thompson
William Ulm
Roger Webb
Rayna Wendell
Richard Wilton
Marg Winsauer