Current Sermon Series: Seasons: Doing Life Together

Genesis 4:1-15, 1 Corinthians 15:1-10, Luke 18:9-14

Eleventh Sunday after Trinity


Current Sermon Series – Seasons: Doing Life Together

Church Service – August 23rd

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
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
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 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.

Announcements & Updates

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.

Family Trivia Night Next Friday!

Grab a dry erase board and your family to join us on ZOOM for a Virtual Trivia Night, Friday August 28 from 7pm-8pm. The show  will be broadcast live from our own HCLM sanctuary and you will be playing against other families for gift cards which will be given out virtually during the event. The meeting link will be posted on Facebook or you can email Lara at to get the link.

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 Starchild Academy at 4pm on Sunday, Sept 13th. If you would like to join us for a meal at a local restaurant after, feel free.

CancerBank Virtual Poker Tournament – Sept 19th

Cancer doesn’t stop just because of a Pandemic. We debated for a long time on what we were going to do about our annual poker tournament and what was the best way to continue to help the community and provide a quality fundraising event for our supporters who have been attending and donating for years. We have decided to switch to a virtual poker tournament this year and we hope that you will join us. Registration details to follow. To be a sponsor of the event, please visit or contact Pastor Chris at

Middle School & High School Student Ministry

While we are not fully ready to roll out our youth groups here at the church, we are starting to plan and prepare for when we can gather with our youth again. Here’s what to expect:
        -Middle & High Sunday Service 9:00-9:50 am (during Education Hour)
        -Middle School Youth Group for 6th-8th grade to the first Sunday of each month from 5 PM – 7 PM.

        -7th & 8th Grade Confirmation  on Wednesday nights
        -High School Youth Group for 9th-12th grade Tuesday Nights 6-8 pm
        -High School Girls Group (already underway on Zoom) Thursday Nights 6:30 pm

The best way to stay up to date on all things Student Ministry is to register at and as we start making plans again for things like Youth Groups, Confirmation, and other student ministry events, we will reach out to you.

Save the Date – Drive Through Trunk R Treat Oct. 24th

With everything going on, we had to re-imagine what Trunk R Treat would look like this year. We have come up with a socially distanced drive through experience to get you and the kids out of the house while keeping you safe. More details to come.

Qualified K-5 Substitutes Needed

HCLA Lower Campus is looking for substitute teachers for the 2020-2021 school year. If interested, please send resume or contact Jessica Binkley or 407-936-3636 Option 1

Sharing Center – Back to School Supplies

“School days, school days. Dear old golden rule days.” School is starting in just two weeks and whether kids are going back in person or virtually, there are still those that need assistance with school supplies in our community. In an effort to help them, we will be collecting school supply donations through the month of August. Grab a supply list off the table in the Narthex and bring items to church with you on Sunday or drop it off in the office during the week.  Can’t get out to be able to donate? Purchase from the Church’s Amazon Wishlist and your donation can be delivered directly to the church! Go to to see the wishlist.


Prayers of the Church   

Prayers of Thanksgiving

 Cody Norman as he celebrates his 10th birthday on the 23rd

John Fox as he is on the mend and is very grateful for everyone’s prayers for healing

 Hilde Hoy as she celebrated her birthday on the 20th

Bob & Hilde Hoy as they celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary on the 25th

Prayers of Comfort

The friends and family of Jerry Randall as he passed away this week.

Prayers of Healing 

Alan McGinn prayers for complete healing as he recently had surgery on a brain tumor

Norman Kelly prayers for complete healing and recovery after his stroke

Rita Freebern (neighbor of Joanne Hench) prayers for general healing

Kirk prayers for recovery from heart attack

Jeannie prayers for healing from a broken hip

Karen Kalich prayers for healing from surgery

For all those suffering from coronavirus.

General Prayer

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

Barbara Bechtold

Laken Binkley

Robert Bowes

Dennis Breglia

Texann Buck

Becky Burrell

Andrea Clark

Jenny Colen

Kyle Corbett

Leo Cybulski

Deb Fadool

Tosha Feldmann

Shirley Firestone

Carla Ford

Jim Foster

Michael Francis

Ron Frederickson

Pat Goodwine

Jerry Gross

Dana Grimes

Bob Hamilton

Todd Haynes

David Haynes

Steve Homan

Joy Hostler

Marlin Houser

Karen Kalich

Alan Kimball

Elizabeth Koob

Al Laruffa

Rick Lembrick

Sally Lowd

Lori Luedtke

Charaline Luna

Jean Mactye

Kathy Marwood

Judy McBride

Leslie Pilz

Paul Queck

Dave Riker

Martin Rodriguez

Karen Schlue

Debbie Shaffer

Gina Shaffer

Jonathan Smith

Tina Smith

Franca Sparacio

Martin Summ

Hector Vazquez

Steve Wash

Linda Weiler

Scott Williams

Etta Woodruff

Charles Zahn


“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

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