Special Announcements

Church Office Closed for Thanksgiving on November 23 and 24


“The Story” – Week 3 Meeting November 28th

We are embarking on a journey of reading through God’s Word in the Book “The Story” together.  “The Story” is a version of the NIV Bible arranged so that it can read straight through as a chronological narrative.  The Bible Study will not meet on Tuesday, November 21st but will start back on November 28th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.  See you then!


2017 Christmas Service Times

Christmas Eve: Sunday, December 24th

9:30am – ONE Sunday Morning Worship Service with Communion

Kids Church will not be meeting

5:00pm – “The Birthday of a King”

Family Christmas Service with Children’s Message

7:00pm – Candlelight Christmas Service

11:00pm – Traditional Candlelight Service with Communion

Christmas Day: Monday, December 25th

9:30am – Carols & Readings with Communion


Submitting Prayer Requests & To Volunteer

Need prayer or want to volunteer, but don’t know who to talk to? Did you know that Holy Cross has two easy to remember email addresses to help you out?

Prayer@hclm.org is set up for those times when you or someone you know is in need of prayer. You can send a quick email anytime to request prayer and it will be received by a Pastor or even can be sent to our prayer team to have a whole army of people praying for you by the end of the day.

Volunteer@hclm.org was set up for those times when you see need that our congregation may be able to fill or if you yourself want to volunteer with something going on in the church.


L Team News

Advent L-Team Kick-Off – November 29th

What a better way to get into the Christmas Spirit than to learn more about the Advent season while giving back to our community with friends old and new? Bring the family to join Pastor Matt, Wednesday, November 29th in the Community Room from 6:30-7:30 with this L-Team Kickoff as we learn what Advent really is. Then join us throughout December as we go Caroling in a local neighborhood, Bake Christmas treats, Help with decorating the church, Stuff stockings to bring with as we visit those in the nursing home, and more! Contact Lara Jackson at ljackson@hclm.org.

Book Club – November 27th

Join the Book Club on Monday, November 27th at 7:00pm for discussion of “Life from Scratch” by Sasha Martin led by Kathy Sinninger.

BUNCO – November 28th

Come fellowship and have FUN on Tuesday, November 28th at 11:30am with brown bag lunch, games start at noon in the Fellowship Hall. Prizes awarded with bagged white elephant items provided by the players.

LWML – Bible Study – Wednesday, November 29th

Please join us for Bible Study in the Fellowship Hall (November 29th at 6:30pm). LWML have moved their monthly Bible Study meetings to the 4th Wednesdays. Contact Sharon Shyrock at ssshyrock@yahoo.com.


General Announcements    

Family Serve – November 22nd

We are hosting meals at the Sanford Civic Center. Contact Pastor Matt at mwallis@hclm.org for more information.

Christmas Decorations – December 2nd

Christmas trees, lights, wreaths: We must be talking about decorating the Worship Center and Fellowship Hall for Christmas. Church Decorating will be held on Saturday, December 2nd starts at 9:00am. See you there!

Parents Night Out – December 8th

Need time for a date or holiday shopping? You’re in luck! Friday, December 8th, Holy Cross Student Ministry will be hosting Parents Night Out! From 5:30pm-8:30pm, the kids will have cheese pizza dinner, watch a movie, play games, and do crafts all for $15 per kid! Potty Trained Pre-School-5th graders are welcome. Go to www.hclm.org/PNO to register. Any questions email Lara Jackson at ljackson@hclm.org.

Greeters & Hospitality Needed

Greeters and hospitality people needed for “The Birthday of a King” at the 5:00pm Christmas Eve Service. If you would be willing to help, please contact Lisa Mangus at lmangus@thehcla.org.

Save the date! High Tea on December 13th

You are invited to the 3rd Annual Christmas Tea, hosted by LWML to be held on Wednesday, December 13th at 6pm. We will be serving a High Tea, with scones, finger sandwiches and a sweet. Please bring your favorite teacup and dessert plate to use and a wrapped ornament for the gift exchange. A $5 donation is requested to cover costs. RSVP by December 10th to reserve your spot. Ladies of all ages are welcome.

Volunteer Build Day with Habitat – December 2nd

We have another painting day. Register at hclm.org/reformation500.

Teacher Needed

Holy Cross Lutheran Academy is in search of a 4th grade Language Arts and Social Studies teacher to start in December through the rest of the school year.  We are looking for a Christ centered individual who holds or can easily qualify for their Florida Teacher’s certificate.  If you are interested or know someone please send an email to the Elementary Principal Mr. Sinninger at rsinninger@thehcla.org.

Job Opening – HCLA

A part-time position is available at our Preschool Lake Mary Campus for an Aide. No experience necessary.  A love of children and a flexible disposition required. Contact Lisa Mangus at lmangus@thehcla or call 407-936-3636 ext. 2 if interested.

Seminole Leagues Youth Basketball

Seminole Leagues Youth Basketball Program Registering Now
Makes a Great Christmas Gift Grandparents!!!

Holy Cross Upper Campus is excited to host another winter basketball program! Whether your K4-5th grade student is a beginner, intermediate, or skilled player, Seminole Leagues is for you! We evaluate each player individually to obtain skill levels for league parity. Our league utilizes the faith-based Upward Sports program. We are family friendly with one practice per week and all games are played on Saturday. This is especially convenient with the upcoming holiday season rapidly approaching. The cost for the 8 week season is only $100 (includes uniform). Please don’t delay in signing up because evaluations will be done on December 9th and the 16th. We will start the season on January 13th. Please go to seminoleleagues.com for more information and to register today!

End of Year Giving

Now would be a great time to think about end of year giving. Many retirement accounts feature a Required Mandatory Distribution that can be donated to a charity with no taxes due.


Prayers of the Church   

Prayers of Thanksgiving

Audrey Pettit cancer free

Steven Montes cancer in remission

Prayers of Healing

Walter Nyblade unresponsive after surgery for tumor behind his eye; prayers for him and his parents (caregivers)

Achmad prayers for proper diagnosis and treatment

Cathy Maisonet – Recovering from brain surgery and diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. Pray for her and her family

General Prayers

The Pendley Family safe travel


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

Jack Cadden

Ivan Cintron

Lucy Clark

Diane Culpepper

Millie Diaz

Paige Elward

Jamie Fabozzi

Roger Hart Jr

Hetty Lou Horn

Michael Horn

Marlin Houser

Jessie Howe

Pastor Randall James

Megan Johnson

Carol Jusits

Kevin Kittelson

Al Laruffa

Lori Luedtke

Cathy Maisonet

Dennis McGavock

Janice Miller

Desmond Niburg

Nicole O’Grady

Dan Olson

Jessica Quintana

Lori Rockey

Bryton Saxon

Karen Schlue

Wendy Spring

Will Thompson

Charlie Willis

Richard Wilton

Marg Winsauer


“For wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.” Proverbs 8:11


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

Monday Service at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall

Pastor Matt Wallis (mwallis@hclm.org)

Pastor Chris Johnson (chrisj@hclm.org)

Executive Pastor CFLCN: Pastor Paul Hoyer (paul@hclm.org)