Current Sermon Series: Closer. Being Passionate Disciples

Genesis 18:1-14, Colossians 1:21-29, Matthew 18:21-35


Current Sermon Series

It’s hot outside right now, but how is your faith?  Are you in the doldrums, or are you on fire for Christ?  Join us as we begin a new sermon series, Closer: Being Passionate Disciples. Find out how you can draw closer to Jesus and become a more passionate follower of Him!


Announcements & Updates

Save the Date – LWML FL-GA District Retreat

Join us for JOY in September! “A Woman of Joy” is the theme for our LWML FL-GA District Retreat at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center, Leesburg, FL, September 27-29, 2019. Deb Burma is the retreat leader for our study of Philippians, Paul’s letter of JOY.

Save the Date – Family Serve Grace and Grits

The next date for Grace and Grits is Wednesday, August 21st as we serve meals to those in Sanford that are in need. Families of all ages are welcome to help.

Family Game Night – August 23rd

Ready for a fun night out with other families?  Join us for Game Night at Holy Cross Community Center on Friday, August 23rd 6:30pm-8:30pm.  Bring drinks for your family and a snack to share.   You are welcome to bring a favorite game to add to the pile – but we will have plenty to choose from.   RSVP to Sara Russell at or send a text to 773-710-6871.

Middle School Summer Adventure Day Registration

Middle School Summer Adventure Day is July 31st. Adventure awaits for our youth who will be in 6th-8th grade for the 2019-2020 school year. Our next trip will be to the Little Wekiva River for canoeing. Registration is required –  Cost $25/youth.

Pastor Matt’s Tuesday Bible Study

Tuesday night Bible class has started in the Community Center from 6:30pm-8:00pm.  We are studying service, and how we deal with and help those in need both in our community and in the world. Based on the book, When Helping Hurts, this is a pastor led Bible study with both video and workbook components. As usual lots of good discussion as we look at these issues from a biblical and societal perspective. See you there!

Back-to-School Shopping

When the start of the school year is just around the corner, it means that it’s time to stock up on the essentials like backpacks, lunchboxes, binders, glue sticks, crayons and more. Let’s make sure the kids are set up for success this school year by making sure they have everything they need to learn. Pick up a list in the narthex and let’s make this a success for our local elementary school.

Confirmation Program

Parents, we invite your 7th & 8th grade students to join us for our 2019-2020 confirmation class! Our confirmation program is a small group based, interactive experience that gives students the opportunity to explore and confirm their faith in Jesus Christ. We meet weekly on Wednesday nights 6:30pm-8:00pm through the school year (with holiday breaks). Confirmation is a two-year experience in which students will learn about their faith, become familiar with the Bible, with prayer and will develop a personal testimony. This upcoming year is called “The Foundation”. We’ll be working our way through Luther’s small catechism, which covers the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Apostles Creed and the Sacraments. In addition to the weekly meetings there are three retreats spaced throughout the year where our students can grow in community with one another and dive a little deeper into the material we’ll be covering during the year. There is an annual supply/retreat fee of $100.  If you have further questions about our confirmation program or for a complete schedule of the year, please contact Daniel Robison at Register online at

Position Opening – Lower Campus

HCLA Lower Campus is looking for a part time kitchen staff. Send resumes to

VBS Leftovers and Left Behinds

This Sunday, July 21st from 8:00am to noon, there will be a table in the courtyard filled with VBS freebies.  Items leftover from this year’s wonderful VBS experience which you may have for free!  There will also be items left behind, towels especially, which you may claim.

Joy to the World – 2019-21 LCMS National Offering

This July, elected delegates and visitors from around the world will gather in Tampa for the 67th Regular Convention of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. This special collection of monetary gifts sets the tone for our next triennium under the theme “Joy to the World”, preparing hearts for prayerful rejoicing, gratitude and bold action. In the Narthex, there are information packets.

HCLA – Enrolling Now for 2019-2020

Do you want your child to love learning and to be prepared for what lies ahead? Would you like them to learn Christian values and principles at school?  Holy Cross Lutheran Academy is enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year.  Contact the school office at 407-936-3636 to schedule a tour and learn more about HCLA.   They have programs for preschool through 12th grade.

Looking for Alumni

Looking for graduates of St. John’s Jr. College in Winfield, Kansas.  If you are interested in visiting with other alumni, please come to the Lutheran Haven Fellowship Hall on Saturday, August 3rd, at 11:00am.  Please RSVP to Bev Millies at 407-451-4255,


L Team News

BUNCO – July 23rd

Come fellowship and have FUN on Tuesday, July 23rd at 11:30am with brown bag lunch, games start at noon in the Community Center. Prizes awarded for most BUNCO, most wins, most losses, and whatever with bagged white elephant items provided by the players.

Last Thursday of the Month Dinner – July 25th

Join this group on Thursday, July 25th 5:30pm at Patio Grill located at 2900 S Orlando, FL 32773. Call with your reservation by July 24th to Joanne Hench (407-322-6004).

Divine Dollies – August 6th

Join the ladies on August 6th at Toojay’s Deli & Bakery 3577 Lake Emma Road, Lake Mary, FL 32746 for lunch at 11:30am. To make reservations call Mary Charles (407-688-7575).


Prayers of the Church   

Prayers of Thanksgiving

Student Mission Trip


Prayers of Healing

Rob Bowes prayers of healing and speedy recovery from surgery

Tim Conkling (Missionary Friend of Connor Luedtke) very sick with numerous issues, prayers of safety and healing from surgery in Thailand

Jack Cadden continued healing and return to excellent health

Austin Erickson accident with fireworks on July 4th, two surgeries already and more needed; prayers for continued healing and strength

Hudson Curren (Phil Curren’s Grandson) 10 month-old in medically induced coma; prayers for healing and to find cause of seizures


General Prayer

Connor Luedtke hedge of protection as he travels with his friend to Thailand for surgery


We pray today for our nation and our world. We ask that God would be with all of our leaders and elected officials; we pray that He would bring peace to the world, an end to violence and especially watch over Christians that are facing persecution.


Prayers for Healing from Cancer

Barbara Bechtold

Robert Bowes

Karen Brett

Texann Buck

Becky Burrell

Jack Cadden

Theresa Ciullo

Andrea Clark

Joey DiFazio

Wayne Dose

Karin Duggins

Deb Fadool

Tosha Feldmann

Carla Ford

Michael Francis

Ron Frederickson

Jerry Gross

Dana Grimes

Courtney Guenther

Dennis Halloran

Bob Hamilton

Todd Haynes

Steve Homan

Marlin Houser

Alan Kimball

Lynne Kramer

Al Laruffa

Michelle LeBlanc

Lori Luedtke

Jean Mactye

Denise Melendez

John Metz

Judy McBride

Desmond Niburg

Dan Olson

Irmgard Pommerening

Sue Puglisi

Dave Riker

Martin Rodriguez

Karen Schlue

Johnathan Smith

Gary Starkweather


“Casting a light to help those who are lost find their way in Christ”


Sunday Services at 8:00am, 9:30am and 11:00am in the Worship Center

Monday Service at 6:30pm in the Community Center

Pastor Matt Wallis (

Pastor Chris Johnson (

Executive Pastor CFLCN: Pastor Paul Hoyer (