Current Sermon Series: Seasons: Doing Life Together
Proverbs 4:10-23, Galatians 5:16-24, Luke 17:11-19
Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity
Current Sermon Series – Seasons: Doing Life Together
Church Service – September 13th
Current sermon series, Seasons: Doing Life Together! As we move into a new church season, we also move into a new season in our lives and in how we are dealing with the current pandemic. We welcome you home to do life together with your family here at Holy Cross. The readings will be about the life of Christ and the ongoing life of the church as we relate them to our ongoing lives during this challenging season. Please join us here or online, at 8:00am or 10:00am, for Doing Life Together!
How to Stay Connected During This Time
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:
– Daily 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
– Wednesday Night Bible Study on YouTube and Facebook- A walk through the book of Psalms with Pastor Matt and Pastor Chris (Moving to Monday’s starting September 21st)
– Unscripted Live – Thursdays at 1:30 on YouTube and Facebook – Unscripted chat with the Pastors and special guests
– 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Online or In Person Services – Sunday at 8:00 am for traditional service or 10:00 am for contemporary
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
Most of you have noticed the seating spacing at church. We have created groups of seating to allow members of households to sit together while remaining socially distant from other households. We feel that this is the best way for us to adhere to government guidance and care for others as we gather. Please find a seating group that most closely resembles your group size. If there are 2 in your party, pick a set with 2 seats, if all 2s are occupied pick a three and so on. You should not sit in a seating group with another household unless you have frequent interaction with that group outside of church(ie:they are in your inner circle). Thanks for keeping others safe.
What’s Going On
We are looking for those who would like to make a sweet treat that we can offer for the upcoming online bakesale. If you are interested in taking part in this event, please email the following to Lara Jackson at email@example.com or visit the Facebook event for a link to register, but don’t bake yet! The end of September, we will notify you how many of your items have been ordered for you to make. If you have trouble affording the ingredients for your recipe, but want to help, let us know and we will see what we can do.
Family Serve: Road Cleanup – Sept 13th
Join us as we make a noticeable impact in our community as we pick-up garbage along Longwood/Lake Mary Rd which the church as adopted. The whole family can attend! Grabbers will be provided, bring gloves and water. We will meet at GREENWOOD LAKES PARK (Between Lk Mary High and the Library) at 4pm on Sunday, Sept 13th. If you would like to join us for a meal at Beth’s Burgers after, feel free.
CancerBank Virtual Poker Tournament – Sept 19th
Cancer doesn’t stop because of COVID and neither does CancerBank. We will be hosting our 9th Annual Poker Tournament virtually this year. SIGN UP IS NOW OPEN AT CANCERBANK.ORG/EVENTS. The buy in is $50 and the night is sure to be a blast for all those who play! To be a sponsor of the event, please visit CancerBank.org or contact Pastor Chris.
Education Hour Starts September 20th
It’s official! Starting September 20th, we will be bringing back Sunday School, Middle/High School Student Service, and the Sunday Morning Bible Study during our new Education Hour between services from 9:00-10:00 AM.
Sunday School is Starting Again!
Sunday School starts again on Sept 20th. We will be changing the check-in process this year and regsitration is required. Be sure to register your child at hclm.org/youth/children-prek-5th/
We are also looking for high school students and adults who would be willing to volunteer to guide our youngest members during Sunday School. Talk to Pastor Chris or email Lara at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more.
Confirmation Start Sept 23rd
Middle School Student Ministry Kickoff Sept. 27th
Middle School Youth Group will kickoff on Sunday, September 27 from 5-7 PM here at Holy Cross. All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students are welcome to join us for a fun night including activities, devotion, and dinner. Please be sure to register your middle schooler at HCLM.org/Youth prior to attending so that we have up to date emergency contact information and can keep you in the loop about middle school happenings as the year progresses.
Cookies, Cakes, Candies…. and SHRIMP!?!?!
This year has been strange. With COVID cancelling most activities including our youth fundraisers and with all of the new requirements with masks and sanitization that has been implemented. In order to alleviate some of these issues, we are creating an online bake sale and shrimp boil to support our Youth Missions Program and the Academy with the unexpected COVID related expenses. In September we are planning on having an ordering system where people can order baked goods and for one day, on 10/10/2020, a take home Shrimp Boil Meal. If you previously purchased Crawfish Boil tickets and have not already been in contact with us about them, please email Lara at email@example.com
Family Trivia Night 2.0 – Oct 2nd @ 7 PM
Back by popular demand! We had such a great time bringing Family Trivia Night to you a few weeks ago so we decided to do it again. The Zoom link will be posted in the Facebook event the day of the event or you can email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org to have it emailed to you.
Save the Date – Drive Through Trunk R Treat Oct. 24th
Announcements & Updates
September Supply Drive – Trunk R Treat Donations
We are starting to collect candy and donation for Trunk R Treat! We are expecting a large crowd because we are one of the only places doing something this year. We love to be able to serve the community in a responsible way, but we need your help to be able to pull this off. Please bring bags of candy to church with you on Sunday or drop it in the office anytime during the week. You can also support through Amazon by purchasing directly to our wishlist and have it shipped directly to the church at https://a.co/1PO2Jdo
The FL/GA LWML Virtual District Convention
The biennial convention always promotes a “Giving from the Heart” and a “Serving with Gladness” opportunity to share God’s blessings with others. The ‘Giving’ this time is a minimum of $5 donation to Angel Flight Southeast, an organization which enlists volunteers with private airplanes to make medical flights. These flights help anyone on the life saving flights in a 5 state southeast (USA) area. Donations can be placed in the Mite Box. Make checks payable to Angel Flight Southeast. The deadline to contribute is Sept 14th.
The ‘Serving with Gladness’ involves writing notes of hope, compassion, and encouragement which will be given to persons who are suffering losses of any kind. The note, accompanies a wooden cross with a heart attachment which symbolizes Christ’s hope and promise of eternal life. Specially designed cards will be given to whomever wants to write notes. Please contact Chris Jennisen ASAP if you would like to participate at email@example.com. She must have them to send out prior to September 20th.
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:
- Sept 12 – Brass Band of Central Florida
- Oct 18 – Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
- Nov 21 – UCF Symphony Orchestra
- Dec 4 – Brass Band of Central Florida
Giving In the Corona Virus Era
The CARES Act allows for an additional, “above-the-line” deduction for charitable gifts made in cash of up to $300. If you are not itemizing on your 2020 taxes, you can claim this new deduction. If you itemize, charitable contributions are 100% deductible up to your Adjusted Gross Income(AGI).
Additionally, people as young as 59 1/2 may contribute proceeds from an IRA up to 100% of their Adjusted Gross Income(AGI) without tax or penalty under the CARES act. As always, please consult your financial advisor.
Prayers of the Church
Prayers of Thanksgiving
Mike & Mila Mooney as they celebrate their 50th wedding anniversay on September 18th
Haley Hench as she celebrated her 13th birthday on September 9th
Jill VanDamme as she celebrated her birthday on September 11th
Kaitlin Willcox as she celebrates her 15th birthday on September 16th
Shane Jackson as he celebrates his birthday on September 16th
Prayers of Comfort
For the family of Rita Freeburn as she passed away this week
For the family of Judy McBride as she lost her battle with cancer this week
Prayers of Healing
Justin McCarty (nephew of Lori Hill) prayers for healing from Corona Virus
Anna McCarty (niece of Lori Hill) prayers for healing from Corona Virus
Barney Moore prayers of healing from Corona Virus in a nursing home in Polk County
Ryan Lorenz prayers of healing from his kidney stones
Michelle Grass prayers for healing from breast cancer and prayers for a successful surgery
Marilyn Childs Prayers for healing from a back surgery she had this week
Dennis Bridger Prayers for a speedy and full recovery from a brain aneurysm and peace and comfort for his family
Danielle Bottass prayers for physical and emotional healing after a horrible car accident
Joan Bove (Kim Sanders’ Mom) prayers for healing from complications of being hospitalized after a broken hip
Paul Baker (friend of Tracy Alfonso) prayers of wisdom for Dr’s as they help Paul with congestive heart failure
Ralph Lembrich prayers for healing from recent surgery
Terri prayers for quick and complete healing from stroke
Bob Rogers prayers for healing from back issues
For all those suffering from coronavirus.
Prayers for those who are dealing with the fires out west
We pray today for our church – that the body of Christ would look to Him for comfort and restoration among the fear and chaos of our world.
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)