Exodus 17:1-7, Galatians 3:23-29, Matthew 20:1-16
Current Sermon Series – Freedom: A Study in Galatians
Church Service – January 31st
Current sermon series, Freedom: A Study in Galatians. Join us this Sunday as we begin a new sermone series where we look at the book of Galatians. The book of Galatians shows us how to live in the freedom that comes from the grace and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. Summed up in the first verse of chapter 5 which says, “it is for freedom that Christ has set us free,” we will learn how to distinguish between law and gospel, and understand how to live in that gospel of freedom.
How to Stay Connected When You’re not Ready to Come Back
We know it’s hard to feel connected sometimes with everything that is going on. We are working hard here at Holy Cross to keep our church family thriving as much as possible while still being responsible with our decisions about the health of our congregation and the community. Here are some ways to stay plugged in to HCLM:
– Devotions on YouTube and Facebook- intended for our student ministry, but helpful for everyone.
– Prepare for Sunday Services – contemporary worship songs, scripture readings, and questions for deeper thinking posted throughout the week on Facebook and Instagram
– Monday Night Bible Study @ 5:30pm on YouTube and Facebook- A walk through the book of Psalms with Pastor Matt and Pastor Chris
– Drive Through Communion – the fourth Sunday of each month from 11:30 am -12:00 pm
– Praying for You – We have always believed in the power of prayer. If there is something weighing on your mind or want to submit a prayer, let us know through our prayer request form or e-mail email@example.com.
– Online or In Person Services – Sunday at 8:00 am for traditional service or 10:00 am for contemporary
Education Hour –
Each Sunday, we will be having Sunday School in the Children’s Center, Middle/High School Student Service in the Youth Center, and the Sunday Morning Bible Study in the Community Center during our new Education Hour between services from 9:00-10:00 AM. Hope to see you there!
Tithes & Offerings
We give because we recognize that God has blessed us immensely and so we honor Him by giving back to Him out of our tithes and offerings. You can give online at hclm.org/give or mail to church address at 780 N Sun Drive, Lake Mary, FL 32746.
Sunday Morning Seating Arrangements
You will notice that more seats have returned in the church. The groups of seating has returned to rows. We still ask that members of households to sit together while remaining socially distant from other households with 2-3 seats between families. Thanks for keeping others safe.
Upcoming Events and Activities
Jan 31 – Middle School Youth Group
Middle School Youth night is being moved for this month to accommodate Pastor Paul’s Retirement Party. Still the same games, food and fund, just moved to the 5th Sunday this month.
Feb 7 – Ordination of Danlias Howe and Matt Fitzpatrick
Join us for the ordination of Matt Fitzpatrick and Danlias Howe at 3pm. More information to come.
Feb 24 – 4th & 5th Grade Early Communion Classes Start
For the past few years, we have held an Early Communion Class for those 4-5th graders that, in their parent’s estimation, are mature and ready to receive the Lord’s Supper. The class starts on February 24 at 6:30pm and runs each week through March 31st. After completion of the class, the students are invited to partake in their first communion at the Maundy Thursday service on April 1st at 7:00pm. For questions reach out to the office or Pastor Chris. You can register at HCLM.org/communion
L-Team News and Calendar
Jan 31 – Disc Golf Outing
Do you have an interest in working on cars and motorcycles? Are you interested in learning how to do simple maintenence and mechanics on your own vehicle? Do you have a project car, or dream build that you are working on? Than come join us at Holy Cross’ own Shadetree Garage! Shandetree Garage is a group of (amateur and unlicensed) people that enjoy working on vehicles, increasing our knowledge of mechanics and tools, and helping people avoid paying the high cost of mechanic work for relatively simple jobs. We meet the first and third Thursdays of each month in the early evening. If you are interested in joining or need help with your own vehicle, contact Will Zacharias at firstname.lastname@example.org or Pastor Matt at email@example.com.
Adult Bible Study 9am
Student Ministry 9am
Sunday School 9am
Middle School Youth Group (4th Sunday only) 5pm-7pm
Men’s Ministry 7:30pm
Ladies Book Club (4th Monday only) 7pm
Ladie’s Bible Study by LWML 6:30pm
Worship Team Rehearsal 6:45pm
MUG (Mother’s Under Grace) (Last Wednesday Only) 6:30pm
High School Girls Small Group 6pm
Shadetree Garage (1st and 3rd Thursday only)
Announcements & Updates
2020 Tax Giving Statements Delivered
Your 2020 HCLM Tax Giving Statement should have been received last week. If you gave more than $50 last year and did not receive one or it was incorrect, we may need to update some of your information. Please contact the office as soon as possible to make household corrections as needed.
High School Mission Trip
We are optimistically working towards a High School Mission Trip this year. We would be aiming for a trip near the end of July similar to when we would usually go. Unfortunately, we do not think that we will be able to do North Carolina like we have in past years. In an effort to be safe and smart about this, we will be looking for an opportunity where we can spread out a little more and be closer to home. We will be looking for opportunities within a 4-5 hour drive of here where the kids can still serve.
Please help us determine the level of interest and get started on some of the fundraising process by completing a quick survey at HCLM.org/mission-trip
Holy Cross Lutheran Academy Now Enrolling
Our network school, Holy Cross Lutheran Academy is now enrolling for next year Preschool through 12th grade. You have the freedom to choose the best education for your child. Take the first step and schedule a tour at thehcla.org for additional information and to provide your contact information. You may also call 407-936-3636.
Wedding Coordinator Needed
The church is in need of a person to assist with weddings held here at Holy Cross. You will eet with bridal couples to tour them around the facility, manage wedding contracts, keep in contact with wedding parties as needed leading up to the wedding, be on site for rehearsal and day of wedding. Schedule flexibility available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Memorial Coordinator Needed
The church is in need of a person to assist families with a reception when they are planning a memorial service at the church. Pot luck food volunteers are standing by to help as needed. Please email email@example.com if interested.
Still receiving mail from the church for a family member that moved out years ago? Not receiving mail from the church? Moved? New phone number? Changes to your household? It has been years since we have scrubbed our database to make sure we have all of your correct contact information. If you have had any contact or family changes, especially in the past three years, please be sure to update the church. You can do so by going to HCLM.org and clicking the “Update Requested” button or reaching out the office.
Nursery Volunteers needed
Does working with young children make you feel young again? You may be the right person to help our nursery director by volunteering for an occasional Sunday. You get to make your own schedule and student volunteers can earn community service hours for helping. For more information talk to Carolyn Zacharias in the nursery between 9am-11am on Sundays.
Holy Cross Lake Mary Podcast
Check out and subscribe to our new podcast on iTunes or Spotify. You can also simply ask Alexa to “play the Holy Cross Lake Mary Podcast”
St. Luke’s Concert Series
St. Luke’s is doing their concert series virtually this year. Go to sllcs.org/concert-series for more information. Here are their upcoming shows:
- Feb 13 – UCF Symphony
- Mar 21 – Lutheran Cantata Choir and Chamber Ensemble
- Apr 24 – Philharmonic Orchestra
Prayers of the Church
Prayers of Healing
Lori Ludke prayers for comfort and healing as she begins new chemotherapy
Lucy Schneider prayers for healing & understanding as Lucy was recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes
Rosalie Loughry (Gary Loughry’s Mom) prayers for healing and a successful open heart surgery
Jim Hutsel prayers for healing from complications after surgery
For all those suffering from coronavirus.
Prayers for Healing from Cancer
“Casting a light to help those who are lost find their way in Christ”
Sunday Services at 8:00am, and 10:00am in the Worship Center
Pastor Matt Wallis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pastor Chris Johnson (email@example.com)
Executive Pastor CFLCN: Pastor Paul Hoyer (firstname.lastname@example.org)