Daylight Savings Time ends Nov 1st, remember to turn your clocks back one hour on Saturday night

Book Club News
The Elephant Whisperer is a heartwarming, exciting, funny, and sometimes sad memoir of Lawrence Anthony’s experiences with these huge yet sympathetic creatures. Set against the background of life on an African game reserve, with unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife. Come for a lively discussion on Oct 26th at 7PM.

Holy Cross 101
Pastor Matt is offering a new member class, no secret handshakes, no passwords involved. It will be a onetime class on Thursday October 29th from 6-9PM. It will be a meet & greet with other new people, a Q & A with Pastor Matt and an introductions to our beliefs. It is a chance for you to learn more about Holy Cross and meet other people in a fun and friendly atmosphere. A light dinner will be provided.  If you plan on attending, please contact Pastor Matt at

Something New is Coming to Holy Cross!
On November 2nd we would like to invite you to our new Monday night service!  The Monday night service will be an evening service from 6:30 to 7:30 PM that celebrates our rich Lutheran heritage with a traditional service.  We will share the same message for the whole weekend of services so that we can grow and learn together, and so that you won’t have to miss anything even when you’ve been out of town.  We are going to kick it off with the special service on November 2nd so please remember there will not be Saturday night service on October 31st. Please join us!

200 Baskets for the Sharing Center
Help us provide a nice Thanksgiving Dinner for families in our community! This week we are collecting chicken broth and sugar, next week is jello, pudding and cranberry sauce. Look for the complete list in the narthex.

First Sunday Cookout
It’s time to get cooking! Looking for the best volunteer job ever…grillmaster. If you would like to help out at the cookouts contact Pastor Matt at On Nov 1st come have lunch with us.

November Family Serve
We have our next family serve on Saturday, November 14th at 9:00am. We will meet at StarChild Academy on Longwood/Lake Mary Road and clean up our adopted road. If we get enough volunteers we can get this done pretty fast! Please bring a trash “grabber” (we have a few) and some gloves. For more information or to RSVP, please emailPastor Chris at

Last Thursday of the Month Dinner Group
R.W. Blue American Grill & Bar is now open at 1210 S. International Parkway in The Shoppes at Oakmonte in Lake Mary near Interstate 4. The menu features fresh salads, sandwiches, burgers, and wings. Our diners will be visiting this new restaurant on Oct 29th please call Joanne Hench (407-322-6004) by Oct 28th.

Lead, Join or Just Come and Listen
Have you ever thought about getting involved in an L Team at Holy Cross, or maybe even starting one of your own?  Are you currently a member or a Captain of an L Team?  Then Pastor Matt would like to invite you to our next big L Team event!  November 1st, coinciding with the First Sunday of the Month cook out, we will be holding an L Team training and information session in the Fellowship Hall.  L Teams are a great way to get involved, meet new people, and grow in your faith simply by doing the things you already enjoy!  At this event, you can learn all about L Teams as well as how you could potentially start one and become a Team Captain.  If you already have an L Team, you can learn new ways of helping it grow and succeed.  Come join us!

Can You Help?  
Holy Cross Lutheran is sponsoring the next Lutheran Women in Mission Rally to be held on November 7th. The luncheon will include potluck salads. Can you volunteer to bring a salad or a brunch item for the morning during registration? Please email Sharon Shyrock @ to volunteer to bring items or help serve during the rally. We’d LOVE to have many of you share in the worship of that day and join in “Singing Praises” to our Lord.

“Fourth Tuesdays”
Represent fellowship AND FUN at Holy Cross with lots of laughter and socializing while playing BUNCO! Come see for yourself on Tuesday, October 27th [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!

We could use your help!
Holy Cross Lutheran Academy will be helping at the Heathrow Arts Festival on November 14th and 15th.  We are in need of people to assist with parking on both days.  If you or your family could assist for a 2-hour time slot, please go to or contact the Upper School office at 407-936-3636 #3.  Saturday we need help between 1:00 and 5:00 and Sunday we need help between 10:00 and 4:00. This is a great way to be in the community and help spread the word about HCLA.

Holy Cross Lutheran Academy Open House
HCLA is having an open house at our lower campus on Tuesday, November 10 from 1:00 – 5:00pm.  If you have an upcoming Kindergarten through 4th grader and are looking for a great Christian education, we invite you to attend.  We will provide tours throughout the afternoon.  For additional information about HCLA, visit or call 407-936-3636 #4.     The lower campus address is 5450 Holy Cross Ct, Sanford.  Between our 3 campuses we serve students and families from Preschool through High School.

Prayers of Thanksgiving
Bette Flynn is cancer free
Praise be to God Katie and baby Claire are healthy

Prayers of Comfort for Those Who have Lost Loved Ones
Dorothy Peterson (Grace Chewning’s friend)

Prayers for Healing
Deborah Domroski has neck pains, headaches and vision issues, having an MRI of her brain; prayers for favorable test results, a proper diagnosis and peace
Wolfgang Ahl (Rob Sinninger’s uncle) had surgery for cancer; prayers for healing and that he becomes cancer free
Bob Cembor (Joanne Hench’s brother) had cataract surgery on Oct 21st and will have cataract surgery again on Oct 28th; prayers for successful surgery and healing
Carla Mosca undergoing tests; prayers for favorable results
Mike Nicolosi has stage 4 stomach cancer that has spread to his lungs, abdomen and shoulder; prayers for healing,comfort and peace
Anette Johansson having headaches; prayers for favorable results from her CT scan
John Koury has had a stroke with seizures, doctors are still determining the best course of treatment; prayers that God gives guidance to the medical team and comfort to the family
Nellie Towers (Pamela Sadlon’s mother) undergoing testing; prayers for favorable results
Joan Willman (Pamela Sadlon’s Aunt) readmitted to the hospital for an infection; prayers for healing
Chris Jennison had surgery; prayers for healing and a speedy recovery
John Piros emergency surgery for a brain hemorrhage; prayers for full recovery, prayers for his family as they deal with this trauma
Bert Cook cervical disc surgery; prayers for healing and full recovery
Susan Ashcraft (friend of Mary DeBonville) prayers for successful surgery and a full & speedy recovery
Joyce Guckert having heart problems; prayers for healing

Prayers for Healing from Cancer

Wolfgang Ahl
Barbara Bechtold
Robert Bowes
Amanda Broughton
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
Ian Supra
Kristen Sydney
Cindy Taylor
Jim Thompson
Patrick Walsh
Richard Wilton