The Newsletter
For the Weekend of November 29th, 2015
Join us this weekend as we start our Advent season sermon series
The Christmas story is both a divine and a human story. It is real in it’s human implications. It affected real human people. This Advent we are going to examine one of those people, Mary, the mother of Jesus. God called her Favored. Despite her ordinary life, He utilized her to accomplish something amazing. This favor did not come without challenges. She faced some tough times. But in the end, she experienced the joy of having Jesus in her life. Come and join us as we see how God still uses us to do amazing things. Come and see how we are Favored.

Spotlight Announcements
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.

Sunday Worship Live Streaming
Our services may be recorded and streamed for live and later viewing on the internet. We highly respect your personal privacy and intimacy of worship. During communion a slide of the main window or music lyrics will be displayed to allow your privacy.  If you are uncomfortable being recorded, please select seating in the back half of the Worship Center or in the Balcony.  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to talk with one of the Pastors or A/V technicians.

L-Team Announcements
After the Sermon Lunch Bunch
The After Sermon Lunch Bunch is going to Panera on Sunday, November 29th @ 12:00 p.m. Please join us at the Panera off of Sun Dr. We’ve enjoyed food and fellowship at Jason’s Deli and Another Broken Egg.  Please call Lisa Mangus at 321-377-8643 or join us at the restaurant.

Divine Dollies
Get ready to spread cheer on Tuesday, December 1st, 11:30 a.m., in the Fellowship Hall. Just bring a covered dish to share with friends in Christ, along with your Holiday Spirit and good appetite! For those in the “Secret Pal” group, remember this is the time to exchange surprise Christmas remembrances and draw names for 2016!

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.

General Announcements
Calling all dessert makers
Senior Intervention Group has again asked for our help with their Christmas dinner. They have asked for desserts for 250 people. The event will be on Dec 16th so please bring your desserts to the church by Dec 15th.

Angel Trees
The Wednesday Morning Bible Study, Ladies Lunch Bunch, Divine Dollies and Bunco L-Teams have joined forces to place two Christmas trees, each with 48 Angels and tags suggesting items to benefit the Russell Home for Atypical Children in Orlando; The Salvation Army’s“Forgotten Angels”; and Pet Rescue by Judy.  Please bring the unwrapped items before Thursday, December 10th.

Mite Sunday – Today
Where do your mites go? LWML has awarded a $120,000 grant to provide funding to renovate the buildings of Jonathan Ekong Memorial Seminary in Nigeria so they are safe and serviceable under the burden of larger student numbers. The buildings, built in the 1940s, are in need of resurfacing the floors and walls, replacing roofs and ceilings, replacing all electrical and plumbing installations, painting, and treating the termite problem.

HCLA Elementary School – Library Assistant
If you like books, kids and reading to kids, we have an opportunity for you!  We are in need of a few library volunteers who would help students pick out books, read to them and some general library tasks.  If you have time on Thursdays from 9:30-1:30 and would like to volunteer, have questions or would like to first visit, please contact Chris Jennison at

Parents Night Out
Need to do last minute Christmas shopping but don’t know what to do with the kids? Holy Cross is hosting an open gym/kids night benefitting Children’s Miracle Network of Greater Orlando! Drop off your children from 5-9pm on December 18th at Holy Cross Academy’s Upper School. The event is open to friends, family and kids of all ages and is only $10 for the night. Hope to see you there!

Holiday Concert
Three performances at St Luke’s Lutheran church, Oviedo. Friday, Dec 4th at 7PM, Saturday, Dec 5th, matinee at 2PM evening 7PM. The Brass Band of Central Florida will be playing holiday favorites.

LWML is collecting laser cartridges, cell phones & pagers, digital cameras, tablets,  for recycling to help fund their National Convention in 2019. Please drop them off in the purple container in the church office.

Gift Planning
A Donor-Advised Fund is your very own ministry fund. It gives you or your family members the flexibility to recommend the ministries and timing your fund will provide. Questions? contact Robin Paris, LCMS Foundation Gift Planning Counselor, at 937-477-9713, or

Prayers of the Church
Prayers of Comfort for Those Who have Lost Loved Ones
Ian Supra

Prayers for Healing
Tracy Naughton (Chris Ray’s cousin) having health issues: prayers for healing
Marlin Cooley colon surgery; prayers for healing and favorable results
Kevin Fox, (John & Sherry Fox’s son) has been diagnosed with leukemia and is in the Moffitt Cancer Center; prayers for healing
Marianne Chapman fell and needs to have surgery; prayers for healing and a speedy recovery
Renee Fried has ovarian cancer, chemo not working, in a lot of pain; prayers for healing
Roland is in intensive care with pneumonia on life support; prayers for healing
Ken Rapp (friend of Debbie Rolf) in hospice needs heart valve replacement and is too weak for surgery; prayers for healing, comfort and peace
Rebecca Junk has been placed on the kidney transplant list; prayers that a match is found, surgery is successful and a complete recovery
Jack Cadden prayers for favorable test results as he travels to Houston, God’s guidance for his doctor, and a path forward that will put his cancer into remission permanently
Wayne Lenyk had a bone marrow biopsy; prayers for favorable test results and complete healing
Harry Mock (Stephen Ilardo’s Uncle) has spinal cancer; prayers for healing and that he seek salvation
Judy Kay (Jacqueline Litton’s mother) beginning chemo for a mass on her liver; prayers for successful treatment and minimal side effects
Claudia White 14 year old girl who suffers with epilepsy; prayers for healing and strength as she copes with the complications from epilepsy

General Prayers
Pastor Jon Thomas has received a call to serve as Senior Pastor at St John’s Lutheran in Mansfield, Ohio; 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