eJeremiah 23:5-8, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 21:1-9
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Current Sermon Series – Seasons: Here Comes Heaven
Church Service – November 29th
Current sermon series, Seasons: Here Comes Heaven – Get ready for our final chapter of Seasons as we head into the Christmas season. During this time we look forward to the coming of heaven to earth in the person of Jesus Christ. We will focus on the comic celebration of Christ’s birth as well as our hope in the Second Coming of Jesus and how both of those things bring us hope and new life right now. Join us, starting this Sunday!
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
– 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 email@example.com.
– Online or In Person Services – Sunday at 8:00 am for traditional service or 10:00 am for contemporary
Education Hour – Student and Children’s Classes on break this week
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.
What’s Going On
Christmas Decorating for the Church – Nov 28
Come join in the fun of decorating the sanctuary for Christmas. We will be starting at 9:00 AM.
Drive Through Communion – Nov 29
A socially distant way to continue to receive the Lord’s Supper until we are all comfortable meeting again.
E3 New Member Class on Zoom – Dec 3
Cruise Through Christmas – Dec 11 & 12
Join us for another Holy Cross Lake Mary Experience as you drive through thousands of Christmas lights for an experience like no other. Twinkling lights, dancing trees and a starry night await you. It’s safe, FREE, fun for the whole family. Registration at HCLM.org is recommended to reserve your time slot.
Middle School Youth Group Christmas Party – Dec 20
Calling all 6th-8th graders, put on your ugly sweater and join us for a fun night of food, games, and devotion as we celebrate the birth of Christ! Bring your favorite snack to share, bring a friend and come party with us from 5 pm-7 pm. Masks are required.
Christmas Eve Services – Dec 24
Services will be at 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm, and 11:00 pm. Registration is required to ensure that we can properly social distance. For more information visit hclm.org/Christmas
Announcements & Updates
Volunteers needed for Cruise Through Christmas
We need 10-15 adults and high schoolers to help with Cruise Through Christmas on Dec 11 & 12 from 5pm-8:30pm. You don’t need to be available both nights to help.
Lower Campus K-5 in Need of Aftercare Teacher
Background check required and CPR required. DCF training started. Position is 3 PM – 6 PM Mon thru Fri. Begins January 2021. Please email Jessica Binkley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Preschool and VPK in need of Substitute Teachers
Must have 45 hours of DCF training on transcript to apply. Background check and CPR required. Please email Jessica Binkley at email@example.com
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.
Artificial Christmas Trees Needed
Donate your unused artificial Christmas trees and outdoor decorations to the church for the upcoming Cruise Through Christmas. Donations can be left in the Narthex or brought directly to the office no later than December 6th.
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”
Ladies Bible Study – Every Wednesday
There will be a new Ladies Bible Study starting on this Wednesday on the book of Ecclesiastes. They ladies meet each Wednesday upstairs in the Children’s Center at 6:30pm. All ladies are welcome.
Angel Trees are in the Narthex
Help local organizations and families by selecting an angel off of on of the four Angel Trees which benefit the Boys & Girls Club, Crisis Pregnancy Center, Redeeming Life, and Pet Rescue by Judy. After taking a tag and shopping, please place unwrapped gifts with item tag taped to it under the tree. Please drop off any gift cards that may be requested directly with Grace Chewning or in the office. Items are due Dec 17th, you make keep the ornament.
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:
- Dec 4 – Brass Band of Central Florida
- Jan 23 – Orlando Concert Band
- Feb 13 – UCF Symphony
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
Prayers of thanksgiving for a loving and supportive church and for families and friends
Prayers of Comfort
For those who are grieving the loss of someone during this holiday weekend
Prayers of Healing
Rick Mann prayers for healing from stage 4 prostate cancer
Brandon Oyler prayers for healing from COVID
Michael Guadagnoli prayers for healing from cancer and successful surgery Nov 30
Angeline (Schulz Daughter-in-Law) prayers for healing in body and spirit as she is sick and awaiting COVID results
Brenda prayers for healing from several health issues
For all those suffering from coronavirus.
Prayer of health and healing for all who are hearing this, that they may find strength in your love and support from those around them with any health issues no matter the size that they may be going through
Prayers for John Celano as he begins his career in the Army as he heads to Fort Benning for basic
We pray for a spirit of peace and gratitude to embody all the people of the world, not just this Thanksgiving weekend, but for it to endure in the hearts of your faithful servants to help bring change to this 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)