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:

Take A Hike – Date Change to January 14th

The hike scheduled for this weekend is postponed due to looming inclement weather. We will meet at the church next Saturday morning at 8AM and carpool to DeLeon Springs for a nice hike followed by pancake breakfast at the Old Sugar Mill. Contact Dennis for more information or to let him know you are going –

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

Second Tuesday Lunch Bunch

They gather for fellowship and “fine” dining at local restaurants. For more information contact Grace Chewning at 407-322-8634 or Logan’s will be the place to be on January 10th, 11:30AM, 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.

Men’s Breakfast with Pastor Chris

Start the week off right with a positive devotional focused on fartherhood along with a good breakfast. The men meet at 6:30AM every Monday (starting up again this Monday, Jan 9th, and wrap up around 7:30AM. Contact Pastor Chris,, for more information.

Ladies Bible Study

Ladies Bible study (LWML) will be Jan 24th. 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

General Announcements

First Sunday of the Month Cookout Today

We will 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.

Put on your PJ’s and grab your pillows

Our Pre-K to fifth grade children will be wearing PJ’s on Jan 15th to Kids Church. Come listen to the Parables of Jesus.

Chili Cook-Off January 29th

At noon on Sunday, January 29th in the Fellowship Hall, it’s going to get a little spicy!  That is because the chase for the 2017 Championship Ladle is bubbling over.  All we need now is a bunch of Chili and our hungry chili fans.  There are prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd as voted by the Lake Mary Fire Department. Hot or not, vegetarian or meat, email Pastor Chris to register your Chili.

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.

Sunday School Volunteers

On Jan 28th our Sunday School Volunteers will be going house to house to share a progressive dinner. For more information contact Lisa Mangus at


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

Resolved to clean out for the new year?

Please save your clean, salable items for the LWML yard sale planned for Mar 4. More details soon.

The Cradle of the Reformation

Join Pastor Paul and Betty for a 10 day tour of Germany, April 25- May 4th 2017, with an optional Prague extension. Highlights will include a stop in Worms where Martin Luther made his famous “Here I Stand” declaration. A must to see in Coburg is the fortress where Luther took refuge and lived during the Augsburg Confession. For ore information contact Pastor Paul at

Prayers of the Church

Prayers of Thanksgiving

Andre Rueh prayer of thanksgiving for successful surgery following an emergency appendectomy Dec 27th

Prayers of Comfort

Larry Mellot (Lori Luedtke’s friend)
Judith Agirre (Ken and Esther Mau’s niece)

Prayers for Healing

Dale Luzzi scheduled for open heart surgery on January 9th; prayers for successful surgery and speedy recovery
Hugette Ayoub recently diagnosed with breast cancer, had surgery on Jan 6th; prayers for a full 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

General Prayers

Warren and Chris Jennison as they travel to and from the Keys to celebrate their 49th wedding anniversary

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